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Sunday, 23 August 2009

Shooting ASH tiddlers in a barrel

Yes, I know. It's not big and not clever to mock the afflicted. But ASH started it with their now much-derided 'myths' about smoking bans.

Myth: There will be heavy handed enforcement with undercover officers and covert filming

Pro smoking organisations and landlords reasoned that the smoking ban would result in heavy handed enforcement, covert filming and armies of undercover enforcement officers

Source of the claim: BBC and Forest


Never going to happen. Course not.

COUNCIL staff are to use hidden headcams to catch people having a sneaky ciggie in no-smoking zones.

The £700 cameras look just like mobile bluetooth headsets.

But Trading Standards officers will use them to catch smokers and hit them with a £50 fine - and another £100 if they are caught throwing away the fag end.

Four officers will patrol the towns of Ayr, Girvan, Troon, Prestwick, and Maybole.

Furthermore ...

If the project is successful, it could be taken up by local authorities across Scotland.

I make that - BBC & Forest 1 (thousand) v ASH 0

Either ASH were lying or just ineptly deluded, their choice. We look forward to the retraction on their web-site.

NB: This could lead to a series of ASH-myth-busting-busting, so cache the ASH page like I have.


helend498 said...

Yet another ASH myth exposed Dick - well done.

How anyone can believe what they state defies all logic.

Dick Puddlecote said...

I've done plenty on my blog already. Like I say, it's like shooting fish in a barrel, all F2C writers should have a go, it really is easy.

Suggest more and we'll have a bash :-)

Curmudgeon said...

Oh, I thought councils were having to cut back because of the recession.

What's the betting they'll still be putting in road humps as well?

Obviously the only things that get cut are essential services.

Barking Spider said...

Give the lying fuckers an inch.....

Mark Wadsworth said...

Well spotted.

The fact that they are spying on people does not surprise me one bit.

What does surprise me is that ASH would even bother denying that the smoking ban would be enforced by fair means or foul.

TheBigYin said...

I saw their 'myth' bustin' page many moons ago. Tis' time to kick some arse here starting with myth 1) "Pro smoking groups claimed that the smokefree legislation would be bad for business and we would lead to many pubs closing down. The evidence to date from notable pub groups is that the smoking ban has had 'little impact' upon their sales." Yeah, fookin' right you jumped up arseholes!

Chris Snowdon said...

This is a bit old now but I believe it still applies:

Myths and reality revisited

Dick Puddlecote said...

Brilliant it is too, Chris. The best bit about ASH's web page is the fact that it keeps on giving.

Whoever thought it was a good idea to put it up in the first place was a bit stupid. The fact it is still there is a Godsend for a plethora of up-to-date articles like the one above.

The ASH page is a handy reference point for continually debunking their lies. :-)

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