I’m a bit late to this particular party:
Legiron got it about right:
I’m sure pub landlords will be delighted with Jeremy’s plan to ban those persistent smoking customers who just keep coming back in all weathers and spending their filthy smoker money, despite having it made clear to them they aren’t welcome inside. Now, thanks to Pompous Jeremy, they aren’t going to be welcome outside either, at least during the short British spells of pleasant weather. So why would they ever go back?
Yes, the regulars just keep on coming back, don’t they? Clear them all out so Jeremy can have a smoke free pub garden for a couple of weeks every summer. Next summer he’ll be sitting in an untended garden behind a closed-down pub – but it’ll be smoke free. Alcohol-free too. Bonus, eh, Jeremy?
At the time I took the screenshot (a few minutes before writing this) he had over 100 more retweets than likes. Also 14000 comments against 216 likes. On Twitter that’s called being ‘ratio’d’ which translates as ‘nobody likes you’.
A well deserved result for Jeremy Vine there, whoever he is.
Jeremy Vine is the perfect embodiment of the antismoking BBC:
Jeremy Guy Vine is a British presenter, broadcaster and journalist. He is best known as the host of his own BBC Radio 2 programme which presents news, views, interviews with live guests and popular music.
He’s the reason why I don’t watch BBC TV or listen to BBC radio, and want the BBC closed down. The BBC think they own all public debate like Jeremy Vine thinks he owns whichever pub garden he happens to be sitting in.
Several commenters have pointed out that he wasn’t “pushed off ” his table by tobacco smoke: he chose to leave. A whiff of tobacco smoke from an adjoining table is really no different from a snatch of conversation from an adjoining table. Everyone has had the experience of being sat next to people talking loudly, and having any conversation they were having being drowned out by the din. But if you don’t want to hear anyone else’s voice but your own, why go and sit in the middle of a noisy bar? Why not just stay home? Why impose your demand for a quiet, smoke-free, alcohol-free environment on people who like noisy, smoky, boozy bars?
And if you say that tobacco smoke is poisonous, and loud conversation is not, then think of those occasions when you’ve had to listen to people at an adjoining table saying things that make your blood boil? Rage can kill people too. It’s called apoplexy.
And was the smoker at Jeremy Vine’s adjoining table really being “inconsiderate”? Was he also inconsiderately talking to some companion, and inconsiderately laughing from time to time. And was his companion inconsiderately munching on a ham sandwich?
It was really Jeremy Vine who was being inconsiderate, as he called for smokers who had already been banned from smoking indoors to now be banned from smoking outdoors as well. Clearly he has no consideration for smokers. And if he has no consideration for smokers, he’ll have no consideration for anyone else either.
Of course, the arrogant, smug bastard is also a global warming alarmist:
He’s clearly one of those people who will believe everything any “expert” will tell him. He listens to authoritative voices – authoritative voices like that of the BBC, for whom he has himself become an authoritative voice.
But isn’t a radio station, broadcasting all day and all night, any different from an adjoining noisy table in a cafe or bar? Isn’t a radio station made up of loud talkers who can be heard not just a few yards away, but a few hundred miles away? Isn’t Jeremy Vine himself an arch-polluter of the public environment? If he’s going to complain about smokers in pub gardens, shouldn’t he first take note of what he himself is doing?
One last thing: his Twitter poll came out split exactly 50 – 50. Britain would seem to be as divided about smoking bans as it is about Brexit. These are both deep social divisions.