We're From The Government And We're Here To Help!
Cuz' they know what's best for you Ducky, yes they do...
Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the Scottish Executive's ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants: cue dancing in the streets. Not everybody will be dancing, however. The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has rained on the Executive's parade by revealing that 34% of publicans have had to sack staff as a consequence of the smoking ban, drink sales have fallen by 11%, and food (which was supposed to prosper under a ban) by 3%.This has always been the genius of our system of government, it was understood that government was bad from the get go, and how sad that we seem to have lost sight of that most salient fact.
Such crassly commercial considerations cut no ice with health commissar Andy Kerr, who roundly declared there was no evidence the drop in staff was due to the smoking ban, though he did not offer any alternative explanation. That, you see, is the mystical gnosis of government: publicans think they know why they have laid off their staff, but they are deluded. It is reserved to the political magi, such as Kerr, to possess the inner knowledge of why these sackings really took place, on the ideological astral plane.
As Digger sez: Well now some pub workers in Scottish pubs don't have to worry about that nasty smoke or that nasty money they earn either, since they no longer have a job.
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