With this in mind I hesitantly started an E-petition, not for a repeal of the ban nor for separate smoking rooms but for the business owners to be able to make their own mind up whether to allow smoking in their establishments...they do have property rights after all?
"your e-petition COULD be heard in the house of commons."If, and I say if, we had a massive hit of signatories then the government may call us a bunch of right wing bloggers, just like they called the 'bring back hanging' signers in the press recently.
There are two anti smoking petitions on there already, one to ban prisoners from smoking, on health grounds, of course, and one to enforce hospital smoking bans outside more rigorously.
Anyway, putting away my contempt for such things I filled in the E-petition form and got this reply:
You have now confirmed your email address.Shouldn't be a problem should there? When I wrote:
Your e-petition will now be checked to make sure it complies with the terms & conditions for creating an e-petition.
Checking can take up to 7 days, so we'll send you an email once this is done.
The smoking ban in the UK was built on a tissue of lies about SHS (Second Hand Smoke) to appease the EU and the domestic Tobacco Control movement prevalent in our ‘big society’. This socially divisive ban should be amended to allow businesses their property rights and be allowed to say whether they allow smoking in their privately owned establishments or not.
There is a movement afoot in this country that apes the puritans of old that want to inflict laws on the people of the UK that forbid them personal choices and freedoms. That failed then and it will fail now as our freedoms and choices will not be bartered.
I therefore ask this government to give businesses the freedom to choose whether they go smoking or non smoking.The smoking ban was never about health but about social control.Please sign this petition for the sake of freedom and democracy.I am a founder member of Freedom2Choose dot info.
So getting an e-petion off the ground is subject to scrutiny is it? I wonder which wording will eliminate me from contributing eh?
I will let you all know when I get an answer as to whether my e-petion gets off the ground.