Tipped by John Walker (not the whisky) in Email is the FOI response to North Norfolk Council concerning how much they spend on smoker persecution.
They spent £12,202.36
So what did they get for that? Well, there were 41 complaints about smokers so that cost £297.62 per complaint. Every antismoker who whined cost the council tax payer that much. If you live in North Norfolk, every Stasi whiner cost you that much. You must be delighted to see your council tax increase to cover these public-spirited curtain-twitchers. Aren't you?
But there must have been a return on investment, surely? The fines would cover it. Wouldn't they?
How many prosecutions or penalties have there been? 0 Prosecutions, 6 FPN's
Six fixed penalty notices. So if they were charged £2034 each, that's the cost of enforcing the will of those who bleat about the smell covered.
How much has the council received in fines for breaches of the smoking ban? £140
Oh. They are a mere £12062.36 short. That's covered by council tax. You antismokers paid it too. Those of you who aren't bothered by smokers chipped in also. But hey, it's money well wasted, isn't it?
You know what's funny? More and more smokers are taking trips abroad or finding a Man with a Van and paying less tax because of the antismoking agenda. Meanwhile the antismokers are, like everyone else, paying more. And it's all being wasted because none of it makes a jot of difference (thanks to Email and comment tips for that one).
Hate isn't free, antismokers. It's costing you money, and increasingly, it's costing you more than it costs us.
Keep hating. We'll keep smoking and laughing at you.
You think amending the smoking ban is akin to bringing back hanging, Nicky Clegg? In a way it is. We'll just give you more and more rope. You might see what it means before the trapdoor opens but there's a large part of me that hopes you don't.
In fact, I don't think you can.