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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Brussels is "too clever or civilized"

Time to ditch those Belgian clichés, it would seem.

Remember the days when we used to snigger at that irrelevant, uninspiring land which was somewhere near France? When The Sun used to laughingly challenge their readers to name famous Belgians and come to the conclusion that most only knew two, one of which was the fictional Poirot?**

How things change once a government hell bent on the destruction of everything British get their teeth into closing down every avenue of enjoyment for its citizens. The Guardian is now extolling the virtues of Brussels as a city with a thriving hospitality industry. It's never been so cool.

Untouched by the EU anti-smoking directive, Brussels' cafe culture is buzzing. Here are some great local spots to grab a coffee, or something stronger

As one commenter to the Guardian's piece put it, "Still don't understand why in Brussels there's no smoking ban though...maybe they're too clever or civilized?"

It's a global recession, says Labour. And the smoking ban is universally popular. Considering the vibrancy of Brussels nightlife, one must come to the logical conclusion that both of these statements cannot simultaneously be true. In short, Labour are lying (yes, I know it's an obvious one, but there is a chance that a hermit crofter in the Outer Hebrides may not have noticed it yet).

If even the Guardian are talking up the benefits of not enduring an over-arching smoking ban as a partial reason for a burdgeoning interest in Belgian bars, when pubs in Britain are currently being read the last rites, Labour are in serious danger of having their life support system switched off themselves.

The only beef left-leaning Grauniad readers can find with the story is that the EU might be looked on as authoritarian by the implication that smoking bans are directly attributable to the unelected commissioners (hence the article headline being changed to correct the misconception at 4:47pm today) instead of being laid directly at the door of our weak and illiberal government.

Patronising goons like Patricia Hewitt and fatty Liam Donaldson can bang on about health costs as much as they like, but as this article shows, there is a reciprocal degradation in social welfare which is entirely ignored.

The unelected EU commissioners may well not have passed the legislation which is destroying the social fabric of British pubs, but why the need when we have a lardy unelected cock of our own to do it for them? Liam Donaldson hasn't gained a single vote from any of Britain's 44 million electorate, yet has pushed through the UK smoking ban and is now after your beer whilst his minions are going for your chocolate.

Belgium are too clever for such nonsense. Their objection to silly rules has resulted in a benefit to their country in city travel, at least, and a more relaxed and happy life for all of their population, not just some.

So the answer to the Sun question of naming famous Belgians can now be answered with "all 10 million of them".

** The other was Jean-Claude van Damme, if you were interested.


vincent1 said...

Now you have it mention Dick, the pubs were full, weren't they. Smokers and non-smokers alike, all sharing the same space.
Are the publicans here, not asking why?
I have been known to get my booze from the hypermarkets in Brussels a long time ago. Is it still cheaper in them than the pubs?
I have to admit, I thought the drink in the pubs in Brussel, would be cheap, what happened there!
As for some Scottish Health Secretary given information about health. He is 40,000 burgers in front of me, and you , I bet, lol

Some of them are, Hamish Champ is not one of them, Camra are blaming everything but the ban.
As for labour, they can whistle for my vote and lots more going by how well the "get gordon out" pettiton is going!
mandyv for smokers and non-smokers alike, fighting for choice and TRUTH

Anonymous said...

Actually Dick, the prick Donaldson is not the fat boy he was going by recent images of him in the Press. He has obviously gone on a crash diet in preparation for his assault on the so called obese; he would be called a hypocrite otherwise. No, he is still a hypocrite and one I hope will receive his marching orders after the next GE.

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