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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Smoking ban hero Nick Hogan jailed for six months!

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Nick Hogan, a staunch enemy of the smoking ban, who has been bankrupted by this pernicious piece of legislation, has been jailed for six months for his stance against a law that is unprecedented in it’s ferocity against the hospitality industry.
Nick Hogan, 43, was sentenced to six months in prison for refusing to pay a fine imposed for flouting the legislation.
Two years ago Hogan, who ran two pubs in Bolton, became the first landlord convicted of breaking the law for allowing his customers to routinely light up in his bars.
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Hamish Howitt                              Tony Blows
Nick is not the only landlord who, from long before this act of terrorism against hard working landlords/ladies, has fought the ban. Hamish Howitt  and Tony Blows have both been bankrupted for their opposition to this vile law that puts the onus on them to police the smoking ban experiment under the threat of a £2,500 fine if they fail to do so.
Last night his wife, Denise, 53, who is also a publican, said she was disgusted that her husband would be in prison alongside murderers and rapists.
'Criminals and bad people go to prison not law-abiding businessmen like my husband who are trying to earn an honest living,' she said. 'Nick doesn't deserve to go to jail, all he has done is speak his mind and people simply don't like it.
'Ninety per cent of people who come into my pub want to smoke, even the non-smokers think there should be a choice. These laws are ridiculous.'
That is what this country has come to Denise, hard working people are criminalised at the stroke of a pen to salve the bitterness of the righteous.
At the hearing, in January 2008, magistrates were told Hogan held a 'mass light-up' in his two pubs, the Swan Hotel and Barristers' Bar, in Bolton, on the day the smoking ban came into force in July 2007.
He was visited by inspectors from the local authority, who found letters taped to pub tables advising customers they had the 'freedom to choose whether or not to smoke'.
Nick, along with Hamish and Tony Blows were firm believers in the organisation called Freedom2Choose and it’s ethos, frequently writing on their forum. If only we could have done more to help hero’s like them. Although the good members of F2C frequently put their hands in their pockets to try and offset any fines these guys received from the heavy mob ‘enforcers’ of the state it was nothing but a drop in a very large ocean where these fines are concerned.
And, of course, there are no shortage of ‘righteous’ organisations waiting in the wings to gloat:
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the anti-smoking group ASH, insisted it was a myth that the anti-smoking legislation had forced pubs out of business.
She said: 'Many pubs have shifted their focus to serving food, so they have changed their nature.'
She added: 'Mr Hogan is the exception, not the norm, because compliance rates for the ban are way above 90 per cent.'
What a load of shite from the leader of a fucking FAKE CHARITY! We, the smoking public, know differently Arnott!
I have met Nick and Hamish many times, (Tony Blows only once,) as both came to meetings I held in a pub outside Leeds, (the landlord there also fights the smoking ban.) Below is a video I took at one of those meetings that Nick addressed.
Please note that Freedom2Choose, the organisation, did not sponsor nor sanction this video or any content within.
As you can see Nick Hogan speaks passionately about the trade he loves, the trade that has now turned it’s back on him, the trade that has seen him martyred for them. When will the hospitality trade fight for it’s brethren???

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

They can't put us all in prison! Maybe a day of national disobedience across the countries pubs would stretch this stupid law to breaking point.

TheBigYin said...

The emails to F2C are hotting up for a picket outside the prison where Nick is being held, once we find out WHERE he is being held that is. Watch this space.

generalsn said...

90 percent?? What a joke. There are over a dozen bars within two miles of my house in Chicago ignoring the two year old Illinois ban. It's fading into forgotten history.

TheBigYin said...

If only that were true here generalsn. Our bars are run by big companies called Pubcos and it was they that pushed for a more draconanian ban, much harsher than Labour outlined in their 2005 election manifesto, to 'level the playing fields' as they put it. Now the pubcos are buying up those pubs that went under due to the ban. There is no resistance barring a few hardy souls that go to jail for their belief in property rights. What a pale immitation of a country we have become.

Anonymous said...

Nazi bastards

Anonymous said...

Blacks won their civil rights but only after someone first stood up against sitting in the back of the bus and sat in the front row seats.

Gays won their civil rights but only after they first refused to vacate the bar to be arrested and came out resisting police with bricks and bottles.

Smokers won their civil rights but only after they first ... er, well, hmm, let's see, uhh, duh, ah ...

Anonymous said...

Absolutely disgusting. To be imprisoned for defending the preference of 90% of his customers.This clearly shows what a backward dictatorship this country now is.

Chrissie Fuller said...

Nick's in Forest Gate in Manchester.

Soon as I have his number I'll post it on here.

Keep up the good work!

capstan_tobacco said...

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TheBigYin said...

Your link does not work capstan_tobacco.

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