H/T Junican. BBC:
The Lords has backed a Labour plan to ban smoking in cars carrying children, despite opposition from the government.
Labour peers tabled an amendment to the Children and Families Bill detailing their proposal for England, which they said was about “protecting children”.
Ministers argued that campaigns were a better way to discourage people from smoking around children than the “blunt instrument” of a new law.
But peers backed the move by 222 votes to 197.
The amendment empowers, but does not compel, the government at a later date to make it a criminal offence for drivers to fail to prevent smoking in their vehicle when children are present.
It seems that the House of Lords have got ahead of the British government on this, though:
David Cameron is prepared to consider Labour plans to ban smoking in cars carrying children, the Prime Minister’s spokesman has said.
Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, wants to force the government to make it a criminal offence for drivers of private vehicles allow smoking when a child is present. Under his plans, drivers caught smoking in front of their children would be fined £60.
Labour has tabled an amendment to the Children and Families Bill, which is debated in the House of Lords today.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “This is an issue that is going to be discussed and debated in Parliament today. The Prime Minister’s view is that he wants to listen to the arguments.”
Labour says that if it is not passed in this vote, it will be included in their manifesto for the next election.
H/T Smokingscot for this additional insight:
Clearly banning smoking in cars will do little to protect the health of our children! So what’s the point? Don’t get me wrong, I am in favour of banning smoking in cars. However, for me the real benefit of the proposed legislation is about helping to change the social acceptability of smoking. Hopefully measures like this will help to discourage smoking in general and in particular discourage smoking at home. What we are really trying to do is change the attitudes of smokers and ideally give them another nudge towards giving up.
So, never mind the chiiiiiiildren, here’s someone who really just wants to legislate smoking out of existence, and seems to think that making laws to stop people smoking is just giving them a ‘nudge’.
Next they’ll be ‘nudged’ to stop them drinking alcohol in front of their own children, or eating hamburgers in front of them, or doing anything else of which the state disapproves.
In this manner, freedom is gradually lost. What’s startling is how enthusiastically all concerned – even peers in the House of Lords – are rushing to dispense with it.
I wonder whether they will like living in the prison they are busy building for themselves? Because they will be incarcerated in it too.