… and still the government finds yet more things to ban

This time, they want to ban logos on cigarette packets to discourage kids from smoking.

Hoorah! That ought to do it!

The really important thing is to be seen to be doing something, no matter how ineffective and petty it might be. Change is progress. If the government isn't doing anything, then what do we need a government for?

Yes, banning cigarette logos was top of my list too, Gordon. Glad to see you're getting your priorities right. Very well done!

Rewriting movie history

BBC: Call to restrict smoking scenes

An anti-smoking group in Liverpool is calling for all movies with smoking scenes to be given an 18 certificate.

The latest modest proposal from the anti-smoking bigots. Doesn't it seem just a little bit over-the-top to you? Here's a short list of films that would be given an 18 certificate if they had their way:

  • Casablanca
  • The Quiet Man
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Blade Runner
  • The Full Monty
  • As Good As It Gets
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • pretty much any film depicting the Second World War

Yes, we know smoking isn't nice, but neither is being a criminal (not quite the same thing yet—although rapidly heading that way in the movies). Tell you what, while we're at it, let's slap an 18 certificate on every film with a bad guy in it too, just to make sure they don't tempt children towards a life in crime.

Brainwashing

And people who take their children to church are brainwashing them. Just one of the many choices you are entitled to make as a parent, I guess.

But why complain about one and not the other?

Just when you thought they couldn't possibly extract any more piss

BBC: '£10 licence to smoke' proposed

Smokers could be forced to pay £10 for a permit to buy tobacco if a government health advisory body gets its way.

This one will never happen. I assume even the most ardent anti-smoking whiners will agree that this is just a tad over-the-top.

Mind you, they are a notoriously intolerant bunch.

I've warned you many times, fellow drinkers: we're next.

Correlation does not prove causation

New Scientist: Anti-smoking drug linked to violent behaviour

The anti-smoking drug Chantix is to be investigated by the US Food and Drug Administration after reports linked it to suicidal and violent behaviour.

Of course, an alternative explanation might be that depriving a naturally suicidal or violent person of the calming effect of nicotine might lead to suicidal or violent behaviour.

Fags do have certain benefits to society, as well as their drawbacks.

Eat, drink and be merry…

…for tomorrow they'll ban it.

Serves us right for not cutting the smokers a bit of slack. It's gone to their heads:

BBC: Tax alcohol more says top doctor

Tax on alcohol should be increased to reduce the damage being caused to people's health, the Chief Medical Officer for England has said…

Increased taxation citing health reasons is already in use with regard to tobacco.

Because, as we all know, increasing taxation was incredibly effective at getting people to give up smoking.

Puritans

Some Puritans yesterday.

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A liberal voice in an intolerant world

For a Guardian staff journalist, Simon Jenkins talks a lot of sense.

(Apart from the total bollocks about dogs, obviously.)