There was a debate up in Dublin last week.
Unfortunately I wasn't there and can only rely on second-hand reports, but according to those reports I missed a lot of fun.
You see the debate was on the subject "How to really stop people smoking" and it promised to be a balanced and open discussion with views being expressed by both sides of The Great Divide.
Unfortunately it didn't work out that way because God was there.
Now God [who also goes by his earthly name of John Crown] knows everything. Well, actually he doesn't. He knows everything about his viewpoint of the world and everyone else is wrong, even if they are right, if you get my drift? If someone says something that disagrees with his viewpoint he is obliged to stamp his foot and sulk.
For those that don't know him, God/Crown is a highly respected oncologist, and fair play to him for that. Unfortunately he is also a rabid anti-smoker. Not only does he see every smoker as the devil incarnate but he thinks that anything, no matter how radical, daft or counterproductive is a Good Thing if he thinks it will further his aims to rid the world of his obsession.
He completely fails to see that all the dictats of his fellow believers have failed abysmally. He cannot see that all the laws have been counterproductive. His way is The Only Way, and even though he was in the presence of experts who could possibly even help with his goals, their Way was not His Way so he wasn't even going to listen.
I read an interesting account over at Dave Atherton's place where he comments on God's performance and also on that of God's predecessor, Luke Clancy. It seems that blinkers come with the God-job? Or maybe it's just something infectious?
But the best bit of news to come out of this whole business is something that my pal John says –
"Crown stated his intention to "come after" local Irish pro-smoker lobbyists next."
Well, God, seeing as you know everything, you know where to find me?
In case you have forgotten, I'm down here in Glendoher.
I'm the one with the pipe.