There is a lot of debate about abortion rights here in Ireland at the moment [in fact it has been going on for decades].
My stance on the subject is quite simple – it is none of my fucking business. I am unlikely at my age to become pregnant and therefore I have no right whatsoever to lay down the law for those women who may find themselves in that position. It's their bodies – they make their own rules.
But that got me thinking.
Statistically roughly one fifth of the people who impose these bans are smokers which presumably means the rest don't or are lying about it? A small minority of those that don't smoke are presumably rabid anti-smokers while the rest probably don't give a shit about the subject either way, with minor variations from leaning towards freedom of choice through to "it doesn't smell very nice".
So any proposal to hound smokers is bound to be carried. Those who couldn't normally give a shit are probably going to be swayed by the two magic words "health" and "children" so the vote will pass, simply because it doesn't affect the majority.
I wonder what would have happened with the smoking ban here if the vote had been confined to individual pubs or offices? Would pub owners and their clients have voted for the ban? My guess is that they wouldn't, and those that did could go smoke free in their own right. The same would apply to offices, though I imagine there would have been a smaller proportion who would have remained smoker friendly. But the laws were passed by those who didn't smoke, and probably didn't frequent that many pubs. The smokers were outnumbered.
One of the great problems with modern society is the concept that the majority know what's best for the minority.
Let only those who are affected make the decisions.