Heartwarming news from Croatia today.
So they’ve managed to get their ban relaxed within 4 months of it coming into force.
There’s also strong resistance to the smoking ban in Holland. Back in July, courts eased the law.
The Dutch government is taking the case to the country’s Supreme Court, so it’s not over yet.
In Germany, the Bavarian ban on smoking was the most stringent, but politicians soon started backtracking. September 2008:
The Bavarian ban was relaxed in August 2009 to allow small bars to allow smoking. German Joys blogs about the German smoking bans.
I’m not really sure what the situation is like elsewhere. France has a pretty comprehensive smoking ban. May 2009
From this thin evidence, it seems that the most stringent bans (like in Bavaria) breed the strongest resistance. So why hasn’t there been strong resistance from Britain, which has the most stringent bans of all? Is it because us Brits have been totally debollocked over the past few decades?
I doubt it. There’s really no reason to suppose that us Brits are any less red-blooded than anybody else. What I would suggest is that when the law is as ferocious as it is in Britain, and smokers and non-compliant pub landlords (like Tony Blows) are subjected to the most fantastic swingeing fines, people are driven into submission. But that submission breeds the most tremendous resentment and hatred. (the hatred that drives this blog, in fact). And my own guess is that when that molten anger finally erupts, it will be in the most tremendous explosion. And the longer it takes, the more powerful that explosion will be.
I’m waiting for Britain. I have faith in the British people. They are slow to anger. Very slow. It is no crime to be slow to anger.