Via the Pub Curmudgeon, I see the Cameroid, the Head of the Country, has declared the smoking ban a success. 'Success' means that it achieved what it set out to achieve.
If it has succeeded, we can therefore determine what it was intended to achieve.
A reduction in second-hand smoke harm? Did it achieve that? No. Not possible, since there has never been a shred of evidence of any harm at all, much less a single proven death. Made-up numbers do not count as research. So the success of the smoking ban means it cannot have set out to achieve that.
How about a reduction in the numbers of smokers? There hasn't been one. Remember, the smoking ban has been declared by Head Boy Dave to be a success. There has been no reduction in smoking therefore this cannot be the measure by which he judges success.
Saving money? With all those signs, all the smoking cessation Uberleuitenants and "Achtung! Rauchen!" Stasi to pay for? All that money
poured into the Dreadful Arnott's vicious little Klan, all that
research that would have been more diligently performed by a drunk
Tasmanian devil with ADHD, all that has saved money how exactly? Seems to me it's cost rather a lot, really, and anyone blaming smokers who refuse to fund it by buying UK-duty tobacco had really better grow up fast. Whatever your pleasure, no matter how innocuous you think it is, you are on the list and you are paying for your place on it.
Fewer children taking up smoking? No sign of that and as the crimional gangs take over supply while the price rises, children will find it easier to get tobacco than ever before, so that's not the success he's talking about.
Fewer hospital admissions due to heart attacks, less lung cancer, reduced asthma and chest problems? The ban has had no effect at all on any of these things (again, made-up numbers do not count as research) so the 'success' Dave refers to must lie elsewhere. None of the above can possibly have been the aim of the ban since Dave calls it a success, and it has not changed any of the above for the better, if at all.
Again, he says it has succeeded. So what was it intended to achieve? Well, let's look at the effects it has had and see what Dave calls 'success'.
Pubs decimated and the remaining pubs struggling for business. Hordes of bar staff, waiters and associated workers on the dole. That's one effect of the smoking ban. Is that your success, Dave?
A whole slew of the population treated as filth with Government approval. Is that the success, Dave?
How about this, Dave? Is that your success? Read those comments again, Dave. That is the effect you have had with your smoking ban. That is your success.
Since the Government call this 'success' we can only assume that it is what they intended all along, because what they said they intended to achieve didn't happen. Okay, they lied, they're politicians, nobody can pretend to be surprised at that.
If the smoking ban had been about any aspect of health, it has been a complete failure. If it was in any way intended to help business, it has been a disaster.
If it was intended to make twenty percent of the population isolated and to encourage their suffering at the hands of the small-minded, the spiteful and the malevolent, it has been a roaring success.
Well done, Dave.
Well done indeed.
Here. Have an O-level. Now go and get a proper job heading fenceposts into the ground or something. It won't hurt. As my grandmother used to say, "where there's no sense there's no feeling".