Dick Puddlecote posts on the effort of David Nuttall, MP for Bury North, and his wish to get a sensible amendment to the smoking ban by means of a ten-minute Bill. Whilst one can but applaud David Nuttall and his attempt, it will probably be in vain, all due to another 'bill' which is probably going to be passed in what is the real seat of power - that being situated in Brussels.
EUobserver reports that the European Commission is preparing to introduce new rules in 2011 to ban smoking in public places across the EU. EU Health Commissioner John Dalli has argued: "We need a complete ban on smoking in all public spaces, transport and the workplace […] It is not only about the health of visitors, but also the employees". Dalli also said that the Commission will propose that tobacco products be no longer visible to customers and that packaging be made as unattractive as possible.
As is well known, in any totalitarian state people do not have a choice but must be instructed in how to live their lives and so it will be in the European Union. What comes next, one may well ask? Limitation put on what and how much you may drink? The type of food you may eat? How far you may drive your car due to carbon emissions from the exhaust? In fact, will you be allowed to own a car that is not electric?
You see, dear Reader, there is no end to their powers now with ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and whilst the Lib/Lab/Con retain their grip on the 'democratic' process, there is absolutely nothing to stop the EU Commission doing whatever they damn well please.
One day there will emerge a 'leader of men', with rehetoric and resolve - over the centuries that has happened and it will happen again - and that person, be it man or woman, will prod the British Lion from it's slumber; and then heaven help any country that dare stand in the way!