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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Free from what?

Pretty soon we're going to be able to sit in a pub or restaurant, in an atmosphere free from.... er, what exactly? Logic? Clarity? Principle?

Most countries' non-smoking policies are drawn up to protect the employee's right to work in a hazard-free environment. It's a simple, clear and powerful stance.

By arbitrarily exempting working men's clubs and working class pubs - er, I mean private clubs and pubs that "don't serve food" (whatever that means) - the Government has sent a clear message that it puts votes ahead of the nation's health.

This is a blatant attempt to secure the Labour Party's shift to the right, by targetting the working class and hardline socialists. Are we going to stand by and allow the voice of the left to be silenced by laryngectomy?

posted by Plig | 10:41 |

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