Smoking bans KILL businesses - FACT!
Never has the saying "follow the money" been as true as it is these days with, seemingly, all and sundry trying to get on the 'gravy train'. Just look at the
Retiring with amounts (yearly) most people can only dream of!Another one feathering his already well stuffed nest is Peter Mandelson who now, a year after stating we need to be out of the EU, is cosying up to the Cameroon and urging him to ignore the people and stay in! Ignore the people??? Who the hell does this faggot think voted him (mistakenly) into office in the first place? Oh yes, it was the people! It's easy to see why the EU is so favoured by many-they are all copping bundles of wedge from this upside down, topsy turvy band of lunatics who think that democracy runs only second to tyranny. y. The fact that the EU is falling apart is really of no consequence to us, here, on this island that we have successfully defended for centuries. The fact is that, thanks to Blair & his band of muppets, we are now the dumping ground for all nations. How many people do government think this island can cater for? We already have 65million people here - and that doesn't include the immigrants that government have no idea of where they might be! Cameron almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at the last election, promising reform after reform..... but what has he reformed that is of any use to this country and its economy? We'll see shall we.........
The Bulls Head, High Lane, Stockport finally admitted defeat this week and announced on its facebook page that it will be closing its doors for the last time this weekend. Sad but true as yet another of our great watering holes dies the death of so many since July 2007. I am assured by a local resident that the 'Bull' was a great place to be a few years ago but the smoking ban took the customers away and the place has never recovered from such a mighty blow! This article from a rewnowned media source hits the nail smack bang on the head-although not necessarily in the right order:-
Now they have almost got it right, but they seem to forget that prior to the smoking ban, although licensees knew they were being ripped off they weren't overly bothered because punters were drinking, punters were smoking, punters were playing the cash machines etc etc-in other words they were taking plenty of money! Since the ban however, the story has been completely different as pub after pub has closed its doors to those who gave the licensees a living. Yes, pubco's were ripping licensses off but it took the smoking ban to bring that fact to public & government attention. My local pub is a prime example: pre ban, turning over £11,000-£13,000 per week was no problem. Now??? Lucky if the place takes £3,000 per week, which has at least allowed the licensee to barter and get a fair rental system in place-considerably reduced at that. How Sir Richard Everard must now be regretting begging the government to introduce the smoking ban! Everards are looking forCheap supermarket alcohol that encourages cash-strapped consumers to drink at home, the six-year-old ban on smoking in U.K. bars and restaurants, and high property prices add further reasons for the publicans to cry in their beer.
One of the 'wonderful offers' happens to be the Barley Mow on Granby Street in Leicester City Centre. It is such a wonderful opportunity that Everards no longer advertise rentals or any other financial details on the website, so you now have to 'enter the lions den' to see how much you are going to be ripped off for! Interestingly we held our very first Leicester 'anti smoking ban' meeting here as we filled the upstairs of the pub, much to Kim's delight as it was a saturday and there was already a dearth of customers downstairs! Roger Helmer & Derek Clarke, both true libertarians and both non smokers, spoke at the meeting. Kim got out of the Barley Mow as fast as she possible could for she took heed of the dire warnings from that meeting. Interestingly, our almost self appointed 'elected' Mayor used to use the Barley Mow for his midday snacks, yet since the smoking ban he has not been sighted in the place-and he hates smoking with a passion.
No doubt, and much to Soulsby's chagrin, the latest reports show an INCREASE in smokers worldwide-now there's a thing, eh folks! Same old story as ever..... try and hide the sweeties and people will go out of their way to find them and try them; politicians never learn and probably never will. Soulsby was our MP (much to many people's disgust) but resigned as soon as it became clear that the path was exceedingly well oiled for him to walk straight into the mayoral position-and cop for a pay rise within months of his appointment! Follow the money you see folks-hop from one gravy train to another, possibly better gravy train!
Let's just imagine that everyone gives up smoking (worldwide), what the hell are each nations governments going to do to cover the rapidly ageing populations welfare needs? Secondly, where is the £11bn (this country only) going to be reclaimed from that smokers happily contribute each year to the treasury? Thirdly, with smoking rates having nose-dived since the sixties why have cancer rates rocketed-and will continue to rocket? Amanda Sandford talks utter crap as she knows as well as I do that this country certainly can't be doing with doubling it's retired contingent-government are moaning now about having in excess of 10,000 centenarians!Of course you know why she spouts such utter bilge: send in an FOI and ask how much wages she is stuffing into her bulging bank account every month by demonising smokers-who pay the exhorbitant tobacco tax to pay this bitch! Follow the money folks!!! Cameron is doing nothing to appease 25% of his populace and will find more of this happening this year!Amanda Sandford of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) said: "As the overall number of smokers worldwide is still rising, this study shows how important it is for all countries to implement a range of tobacco control measures to curb the terrible toll of tobacco-related illness and death.
Phil Everly (left) is no longer with us-but their music will never die!Sadly, last week we had to say goodbye to the younger (Phil) of the Everly Brothers who finally gave way to COPD in hospital (enjoy the links folks). The pair were said to be the most influential singer/songwriters as we dragged ourselves, post war, out of the Big Band era and into what turned out to be the golden years of pop music. Unbelievably, in a comments section of some rag or other (I really wish I had kept the link!) I saw a string of anti smoking zealots almost laughing at Phil's demise caused by COPD-which in their tiny minds was obviously caused by smoking! When I checked back later to see if anymore nasty minded little amoebic brained creatures had joined in the 'fun' the page had disappeared. Just shows that there are no depths to which these intolerant, miserable, killjoy people will not stoop. Phil Everly was a lifetime smoker but even at the age of 74 smoking was blamed for his death-74 years of age for God's sake! (He had a lot longer life than this unfortunate non smoking teenager!) One thing is for sure folks, he had one hell of a life and there are very few of us who wouldn't crave for the life he and his brother had together-even though they oft quarrelled! Rest in peace Phil, ignore the squealing of the 'stuck pigs'.
Despite all the seeming doom & gloom above we have got to finish on a delirious note, for one of the most ludicrous proposals ever has been rejected by the House of Lords!
'Outlawed' in this case means to serve "Injunctions" on people for doing something that someone else might not like! So, as depicted above, kids call round at Halloween and you can't stand the interruptions of the little face painted demons on your doorstep-you call plod. They have a duty of public service thus have to follow the complaint through-can you see where this is going folks? You suddenly have 5 yr olds with ridiculous injunctions against them! It is utterly bizarre that any MP should actually propose such a bill/law. Can you imagine just how many injunctions would be issued in only one week?The Government has suffered a massive defeat over plans to outlaw ‘annoying’ behaviour which could have outlawed noisy children, carol singers and nudists.
Injunctions could be imposed on anyone causing 'nuisance or annoyance'