I am not a happy camper today.
That odious fat skunk James Reilly is back in the headlines.
Reilly, I might remind you is an ex-Minister for Health and ex-deputy leader of his party who was summarily and quite rightly chucked out of both posts. As Minister for Health he let the health service rot while he concentrated his entire efforts on his anti-smoker obsession, bringing in the Plain Packaging legislation. He is blinded by his own fanaticism and is now [unfortunately] a senator; a compensatory post as even his own constituents failed to vote him in at the last election.
Now the cunt is banning smoking outdoors where food is served.
You lot may have guessed by now that I frequently visit the coffee shop in the village. It’s quite big indoors but has a nice little roofed terrace out front. So I sit there with my pipe, my dog and my coffee and chat to friends and locals [and frequently to total strangers]. It’s a convivial spot and grand for a relaxing hour or two. In fact it is difficult to pass the place as Penny always insists on dragging me in as she loves it too.
So if this snide piece of smoker hating law is passed then that is another little avenue of pleasure denied to me.
An unintended consequence of the smoking ban has been the prevalence of smokers in the outdoor areas of bars, cafés and restaurants, Mr Reilly said.
Yes, well the anti-smoker crusade is full of unintended consequences, isn’t it?
This means that nobody can enjoy a meal outdoors on a sunny day in this country, without having to inhale other people’s smoke.
I could equally say that a smoker can’t enjoy anything on rainy days, which are by far in the majority in this country.
Anyone spending their hard-earned money in a restaurant or café should be entitled to enjoy their meal in a smoke-free environment.
Aw fuck off you cretinous vindictive cunt! What about smokers’ entitlements? The fact that we pay way above our weight in punitive taxes should entitle us to something? But no – this isn’t about entitlements, nor is it about health. It is just another move to punish smokers and deny them another little remaining slice of pleasure.
There is a simple solution in my case – just get them to make the terrace a No Food Area. The owners are both healthy smokers so that should be no problem.
If smokers can be exiled to the outdoors, then let non-smokers be exiled to the indoors.