total public smoking ban was not in the pre-election manifesto as it
would have been folly to have put it in. That is not to say that the
public in general will not appreciate that the maxim KISS (Keep It
Simple, Stupid) is the way MPs were likely to go, particularly since
they think the Irish have made a success of it.
Feb 14th 2006
Ireland, the solution has been for most pubs to have outside areas,
heated by ecologically disastrous gas heating, where people sit rather
While I have plenty of time for Patricia Hewitt, it is not in any way
equivalent to bringing in seat belts in cars. In my opinion, not a
single life will be saved - deaths are sometimes postponed till
drawn out and sometimes worse. I had a very dear uncle who smoked
heavily all his life, kept fit and died suddenly as result in his
seventies, and another who had a worse time with emphysema.
There will be more smoking at home and more children will suffer from
smoke in the home. I grew up in the 40's when everyone smoked and it
may well have affected my health. I was asthmatic - though that could
have been due to the massive amounts of asbestos I ate from my
chemistry set and miles of central heating pipe insulation.
If there is much less smoking, the government will have to find another
source of revenue to fund the health service and the pensions of those