We have just had the tenth anniversary of the smoking ban in England. I know that many people hate the smell of burning tobacco. I get that, and so did those who opposed an outright ban in every enclosed public space. There were alternatives at the time, and if anything, thanks to much better ventilation systems, those alternatives are even better than they were.
Have a listen to this interview I gave last Friday on BBC Three Counties Radio. As you listen to it, you will become aware of my frustration. I was banging my head against a brick wall. The interviewer clearly thought it was far easier to make it a criminal offence to smoke virtually anywhere. Of course, it is easier. Acting in a liberal way and finding a compromise takes longer. That’s something the health fascists will never do.