Smokers were once restricted to designated smoking zones. Now we are excluded altogether. Antismokers who liked a drink were ecstatic, they could have the rapidly-closing pubs to themselves, right up to the cry of 'Very last orders, please'.
Oh, they are still safe in the warm pubs for now, but Colchester is leading the way...
Smokers will recognise the method behind this move at once and will know where it leads. The definition of anyone drinking as a 'drinker' sets them apart from humanity, just as anyone smoking ceases to be human and becomes a 'smoker'. They must be kept separate from real people. At first, they are given a special place to go.
The article is simply standard technique in action so let's skip straight to some of the comments -
bobbydionysos Today 05:31 PM
great idea. i suggest the mid-atlantic.
aerojack7 Today 05:18 PM
Why tolerate these sots at all? Round them all up and put them in tent cities on the outskirts until they sober up. You can then direct them to the different agencies to assist them in cleaning up their act.
There should be near zero tolerance with out of control people in public spaces. There are plenty of alternatives to just letting them run amok. Compassion some times takes the form of a swift kick in the pants.
Skep41 Today 04:49 PM
If the spouses of these drunken sots made it easier for them to imbibe they would be castigated as 'enablers'. Now, in these degenerate times, these drunken slobs, awarded the ennobling appellation of 'anti-social problem drinkers' by an indulgent community are considered a needy group of under-served citizens in dire need of a safe, warm venue to work out their psychological quirks. I have a better idea; why not turn the firehoses on these odiferous hunks of human refuse? They'll soon go away.
Does the tone sound at all familiar? Smokers everywhere will recognise the bile and spite in those words at once.
Welcome to Denormalised Club, drinkers. Oh, today it's just those in the street and note that there is no indication they are causing any actual trouble there. Just drinking. Like you do in pubs at the moment. Pubs are indoor designated drinking areas so you're perfectly safe, aren't you?
Smokers used to have indoor areas, and just look where we are now.
I have no doubt that CAMRA will be fully supportive of this move, and of the next one which will be to ban drinking outdoors altogether, because they think it will never affect them. They can dash into their real ale dens and cry 'Sanctuary!' and no ban shall cross the threshold. No ban on any normal pub activity has ever happened, no Western country has ever completely banned alcohol consumption, and if you believe it will stop with Colchester removing the unsightly from the streets, I have a bridge for sale.
So, who's next? Removing anyone over a certain waist size from public view lest they offend the Precious Ones? Police called to stop people putting too much salt on their chips? Ridiculous? Of course it is. Never happen. I mean, it's not as if anyone plans to stop people smoking in their own private cars or homes, is it?
In a way, I'm glad I was in the first wave of denormalisation. It means I will not be shocked by the next wave, nor by the one after that. They aren't coming for me, they've been for me. I've been dealt with.
Now they are coming for you.
So what's it going to be then, eh?