It’s nice to see our national broadcaster being so balanced and impartial.
There were a few things I noticed about this report.
Regarding impartiality, I noticed that all the smokers were either filmed with their back to camera or in soft focus. By not showing their faces, the report gives the impression that the smokers are non-people and that like criminals must not be identified.
Also when they did their little sampling of opinion, wasn’t it strange how each clip either showed a large crowd of children passing or else the interviewee was actually holding a child? Why didn’t they interview a smoker? They found them earlier, so could easily have asked for an opinion there? Isn’t it strange that they couldn’t find anyone to say that the whole concept of banning smoking outdoors is extremism and the Bully State at its worst?
Of course Luke Clancy was allowed to trot out that old lie – that there is “no safe level”. He then compared smoke to asbestos which, while great propaganda is like comparing apples and cannon balls. Asbestos is a known cause of asbestosis. It is a defined hazard, and will appear on many death certificates. But still I would breath asbestos dust if the quantity was below the danger limit because – yes – there is a safe level of asbestos. If there weren’t then every person who ever came in contact with raw asbestos [myself included] would be dead by now.
Incidentally I hadn’t heard of the “Tobacco Free Research Institute” so I looked them up. Is it not interesting that your tax money and mine is being used by the government to lobby the government? Also I might add, your charity donations to the Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society?
And I always thought those donations went into research.
Its fucking stupid, How is it to be enforced?
What bullshit! It would answer the Gubmint better to be getting the country back in order. Now I’m smoking, from my ears
in my opinion, news stands for No Ethics We’ll See
Cat – I’m very disappointed at our national broadcaster. But then what else should I expect when we also have a national newspaper censoring any dissent at the smoking laws?
Shove a big fat (lit) cigar up their arses !!
People who try to ban smoking outdoors are just plain malicious.
You might also add Grandad, that Dr Luke Clancy is retained by Government here to advise them on nicotine replacement products, while being contracted to Pfizer to help them develop ……… nicotine replacement products.
You couldn’t make this shit up !!!!
tt – It’s all for the sake of the wee chiiildren. The little sods must never see a cigarette being smoked as they will instantly either become addicted or will drop dead.
John – That Clancy fellow is a slimy git. He seems to permanently wear that supercilious smirk on his face. If I had the cash I’d put a bounty on him! 😈
…like comparing apples and canon balls.
Well done GD, that surely conjures up a picture. Which particular canon did you have in mind?
That is truly pathetic. And yes, it’s great how smokers in the clip are some anonymous faceless creeps, worthless being asked a question. And the in order to be interviewed you need to carry a baby.
Stephen’s Green is surrounded on 4 sides by roads carrying very heavy traffic, and they worry about a few cigarettes !!
I notice on TV news they are doing the same with fat people. Not showing their faces. Next thing will be blankets over heads.
I hope you Irish returned the compliment and celebrated St. George’s Day yesterday. You know St. George? Brought the snakes into England.
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Snookertony – Heh! I was referring to Canon O’Grady. Balls of fucking steel Either that or it is a typo….
Perfideous – That is an excellent point. However you must realise that cigarette smoke is like concentrated Sarin Gas, whereas exhaust fumes are completely harmless. That’s the way the Antis seem to think anyway.
tt – Of course I celebrated St George’s Day. I drank a cup of tea, didn’t I?
GD, a smokers blog…
I would advocate outdoor smoking……………..of politicians on pyres
Jan M – There are quite a few of us scattered around the place, though for some strange reason this country is rather lacking in them.
Dougal – How could I possibly argue against that? They’d burn well too, with all that fat on ’em!