Smoky-Drinky this evening. No pubs involved, since the rain has been pretty persistent again this summer and we don't feel like getting cold and soaked to support a business that's banned us from indoors.
I think the pub industry is finally noticing that the smoking ban is having some effect, and that it's not all down to the supermarkets (local Tesco has three 12-can boxes of Boddingtons for £20). The supermarkets merely cashed in on the new and huge demand created by throwing smoky-drinkers out of pubs. Can't say I blame them.
Freedom-2-Choose has a more realistic summary of what the smoking ban has really done, something the blinkered haters of the smokophobe ranks will simply dismiss even as they pass the boarded up pubs, clubs and restaurants. Well, they aren't going to be invited to Smoky-Drinky when the last pub closes. Let them set up their own versions. They could call them Prim and Proper evenings.
Pat Nurse has news of a smokers' protest in Lincoln. Good luck to them, but I seriously doubt anyone in authority will listen. They lost any interest in listening five seconds after the last poll was counted, and they will do exactly the same next time. Dick Puddlecote has been talking to them and even those who agree that the ban is insane won't help us. Their career prospects are in the hands of the Dreadful Arnott and they are far too scared to fight.
I see no hope for the entertainment industry. None. For years they denied that the smoking ban was causing their downfall and even now, they pretend it's only one factor when it is clearly the principal force destroying the entire industry. Government pretends it isn't even happening at all, encouraged by Wormtongue from ASH. Even when the entertainment industry finally accepts its real enemy, Government will continue to hide from the truth behind a pile of Pharma cash. So the entire industry, along with all the employment and economy that's tied to it, is doomed to a slow death and there is no way to stop it. The only ones who could stop it are not interested in trying.
If you currently work in that industry, take comfort in the knowledge that both antismokers and your MP believe you'll be better off permanently unemployed than working in a smoky bar. That lifetime of penury is for your own good. Just remember who did that to you. It wasn't the smokers.
Frank Davis wonders if the electorate will finally vote out the idiots we now have in charge, or perhaps the politicians will re-learn the skill of listening. I don't think they will. All that will happen when this coagulation falls is that either the Tories or Labour will be back in the big chair again. Pubs and clubs will continue to close, smokers will still be treated as filth and Smoky-Drinky will become a haven from the Puritan madness outside. It already is, but the divide will only get deeper.
Antismokers, try looking beyond the end of that nose you are so fixated on. When you have to pay extra to make up the lost revenue from all those businesses, when your tax is hiked to cover the lost revenue from smokers who have been driven into the waiting arms of the Men with Vans, you will no doubt blame the smokers.
We aren't doing this. You are.
Anyway, I'm off out to a little oasis of sanity. I'll be taking along the book (two posts down) but not mentioning anything about politics. Let's see if the subliminal message takes hold.