James Fatso Reilly has finally nailed his colours to the mast.
This dangerous idiot is abusing his position of power to force his personal prejudices in a vendetta against Irish smokers.
So far the measures introduced into this country have had no effect whatsoever. After the smoking ban we had a total ban on advertising, a total ban on the display of tobacco products, a ban on packets of 10 cigarettes, an almost total ban on vending machines and lurid images on all tobacco products. The price of tobacco products is also the highest in Europe, yet smoking rates remain the same, if not higher. All these measures have achieved is to make Ireland a haven for tobacco smugglers, and to decimate our hospitality industry.
Einstein is quoted as saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Reilly is piling ineffective measure upon ineffective measure and is expecting different results.
How he expects to achieve his goal of a tobacco-free Ireland is anyone’s guess. Banning smoking in public? Banning smoking in cars? Doubling the price of tobacco? The only reason there is such high compliance with the smoking ban is that business owners are forced to police smoking on their own premises. Such tactics can’t work in public areas, so I can guarantee that it would be almost impossible to enforce a ban. Increasing the prices will just increase the smuggling trade. He has already stated that we are to be graced with “plain packs” despite the UK having the sense to drop an idea that has no basis or foundation and is based entirely on faulty logic.
Supposing Reilly is successful, where is he to make up the billions he currently receives from Excise Duty? How is he going to explain to the hard pressed tax payer that despite the lack of smokers, the hospitals are still full of people suffering from “smoking related” diseases?
James Reilly is a dangerous man. He is abusing his position to further his obsession. He has no mandate other than his own twisted logic. He has become the Heinrich Himmler of the Anti-Smoker Movement.
The one ray of hope is that he will be long gone from power come 2025.