Boris is an optimist, a patriot, a lover of the good things in life — wine, women, song, fast cars, Greek epic poetry… He has no time for the puritanism of the left, nor for the narrow reductivism of identity politics, nor for constraints on freedom of speech…
Boris Johnson feels like the Restoration of Charles II after far, far too long under the grim, Christmas-banning Puritans.
There’ll only be a true restoration if the smoking ban is repealed, and people can once again smoke in pubs and restaurants and cafes and clubs.
But I very much doubt that this will happen. If nothing else, nobody is suggesting it should happen. The only person who has ever suggested anything like this is Nigel Farage. Nobody else ever mentions it.
Boris may well be a lover of the good things in life — wine, women, song, fast cars, Greek epic poetry -, but he’s not a lover of tobacco.
James Delingpole also mentioned a piece by someone called Laurie Penny, in which she wrote of the coming Conservative era:
“People are going to die. People are going to live shorter, meaner lives. Communities on the brink of collapse will implode. We’re going to have to try and hold it together through these years.”
Reading this I couldn’t help but think that it was Labour that already did this with their 2007 smoking ban. Communities collapsed. I watched it happen. And people died. What else can happen when people are exiled to the outdoors?
It’s no better in the USA, as Joe L reports:
Upon further research, it appears that this bill [about to be signed by Donald Trump] does indeed raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years across the entire U.S.; it does not appear to be limited to federal property as I/we originally assumed. The sections of the bill pertaining to raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products were basically attached to a completely unrelated bill consisting mostly of defense-related spending because the slimy politicians who wanted to get the age increase passed knew this big bill would very likely get passed in order to prevent a government shutdown.
And with that my admiration for Donald Trump takes a very big hit. He’s no more a friend of smokers than Boris is. Neither of them smoke. so they care nothing for smokers. And Donald Trump has just thrown American smokers under a bus. There are going to be 20-year-old smokers all over the USA who have been buying tobacco for years, but will now be prevented from doing so. Will they vote for Trump in 2020? Very likely not.
So much for “having no time for the puritanism of the left”.