Smoking and Drinking

Today my blog is in two parts. Just two small ideas I would like to float.


I was watching Newsnight this evening and there were the usual suspects complaining about the smoking ban. Recently, knowing how much I appreciate the smoking ban, friends have asked me why I approve as I am a very committed Libertarian.

I guess it all boils down to the fact that I am an asthmatic – and until the smoking ban I was unable to go into pubs and many restaurants – as secondary smoke brings on my asthma and the idea that it has been inside someone’s body tends to make me retch.

Now, for the first time in years, I can eat in any restaurant and go to pubs with friends. I can socialise once more. You cannot imagine how much this makes me feel free not having to inhale filthy smoke that has been in someone’s filthy lungs. And yes, their lungs are filthy. If you don’t believe me, ask your doctor for a picture of a smokers lung..


We are learning, day by day, how twenty-four hour drinking is not solving our drinking problem in this country, even though, in Europe, they have twenty-four hour drinking and not a patch of the drink problem that we seem to have.

I have a theory that could halt the problem, but no government will dare to carry out my idea to its conclusion.

We need to pull down all the pubs and just allow cafés to sell alcohol. We need to adopt the European small 250 ml bottles and serve all beers, draft or bottled, in these measures. In addition, we need to only use standard 125 ml glasses for wine.

France hasn’t got pubs, except at their ports where the Brits invade. In all other areas of France, they just sell alcohol, in small glasses in their restaurants and cafés. When you are sitting down in a civilised café, it is not the same atmosphere that you see with drinkers standing around a bar egging each other on to “drink up” and get another round in.


  1. #1 by istanbul7tr on Thursday, 3 July 2008 - 11:01 am

    I believe we have the incorrect approach to drinking and social etiquette generally. Certainly, there is nothing quite like a good pub especially in the countryside. A cafe bar is not the same. Both should exist.I am not convinced smoking is necessarily bad for you – I’m not a cigarette smoker – I suspect the crap they put into cigarettes is the problem. Only this week the man across the road died of ‘cancer’. Have smokers been suffering from ‘cancer’ since tobacco was introduced to us? I suspect tobacco has some beneficial properties. I suspect cancer is related to the crap diet we now have. I do not know the answers, but I know the health system relies on cutting, radiation and profit. I do not see that as being the civilised solution.Just as an example, one could look at the work of G. Edward Griffin are numerous other sources to research. Banning and prohibition I do not buy. Open minded education I do buy.I am so tired of the endless media descriptions of our ‘degenerate alcohol drug taking’ youth. We educate our children so badly, they are confused, ill-informed and given scare stories of ‘don’t do this and don’t do that’.We must all have the education and freedom to think for ourselves. Ron Paul!

  2. #2 by Andrew on Thursday, 3 July 2008 - 9:30 am

    Does this presuppose you have an answer?It probably could be put at the door of an earlier blog where I have said a lot of the ails of our society has been caused by the breakdown of the family unit?See my blog on this at:

  3. #3 by NPP on Thursday, 3 July 2008 - 5:33 am

    Re: we need to pull down all the pubs and just allow cafés to sell alcohol. Please no! This is not the answer.

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