We recently opined that Sweden will end up as part of the Caliphate. On close inspection, the UK is headed that way too.
We came back to find Blair’s nanny state has banned smoking in all public areas, including pubs.
The pub is the community center of Brit society – if you want to get to know an area, you just head for the local pub. It’s without parallel in the rest of the world – the bars in the US and Continent don’t come close.
…the smoking ban threatens to kill off that traditional centre of community life, the pub. “There is no longer any chit-chat and happy hub-bub around the bar,” writes a pub owner from East Sussex. “They’ve gone outside, those who can be bothered to come at all. The non-smokers are out with the smokers and there is no banter with the staff any more.” Average pub takings are down by a quarter and a Herefordshire reader reports that five pubs within a 10-mile radius of his home are set to close.
There is no difficulty in anticipating where this will lead. Simply pop over to Denmark which, for all its virtues, has no pubs and village life is as exciting as a morgue.
We’ve noted an important exception – an ethnic cafe close to us provides smokers with hookahs – shared cigarettes:
Research suggests that a session of hookah tobacco smoking (tobacco molasses) which lasts 45 minutes delivers 36 times more tar, 15 times more carbon monoxide and 70% more nicotine than a single cigarette
Since hookah smokers exhale the smoke, they produce at least as much “second-hand” smoke as cigarette users.
The rationale for banning smoking in public areas is that a) it’s bad for the smoker, and b) it’s bad for the second-hand smoker. So there’s no justification for allowing the hookah.
Except of course that as we’ve seen with the creepy West Midlands Police, Muslims get a pass from observing Brit laws.
Thus the Brit government has knocked a big hole in the nation’s social capital, simultaneously eroding the ancient institution of the pub and elevating an alien institution and culture in its place.
Brits can’t survive much more of this.