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BBC NEWS | Health | Thousands to police smoking ban

Thousands of council staff are being trained to police the smoking ban in bars, restaurants and shops in England.
Ministers have given councils 」29.5m to pay for staff, who will be able to give on-the-spot 」50 fines to individuals and take court action against premises.
They will have the power to enter premises undercover, allowing them to sit among drinkers, and will even be able to photograph and film people. ..

Local authorities have been given the power to enforce the ban so it does not consume police time.

A government-funded course is expected to train 1,200 council officers in the next few months with more expected to follow later.

Councils will use these fully-trained officers to brief other staff on how to enforce the law as many towns and cities will have scores of officers patrolling public places.

In other news: Just three PCs on patrol at night in towns | Uk News | News | Telegraph

As few as three uniformed police officers are available to patrol the streets, respond to 999 calls and tackle night-time disorder in some towns and city areas, according to research into the experiences of front-line Pcs.

Well you better hope your mugger dares to light up a cigarette then!

As Mr Sparrow, who tipped me off on this, says "Thousands of council officers will be freed up from other work (what the
fuck were they doing anyway that so important it can just be dropped like that?) and Britain's new securitate will be able to photograph and film people covertly in order to issue summary £50 fines without even a trial.

So that's it. How much longer before the fifth column of council spies will also be taping our conversations and monitoring them for homophobia, islamophobia and inappropriate thoughts or political views?"


Ah, and you're forgetting the Coastguard, who are now to be given the job of boarding foreign merchant ships on passage within the UK 12 mile territorial limit and issuing £30 FPNs to any Filipino crew caught smoking on the mess decks of their Liberian-registered ships. Whether they're calling at a UK port or not. All foreign ships entering British waters will also be obliged to display the required number of 'no smoking signs' in all enclosed common spaces or face even larger fines.

You think I'm making this up? This is exactly the legislation now being proposed by the DfT.

In their evangelical zeal, they're determined to protect the crews of foreign merchant ships from the harmful effects of smoking. Even though many only earn $5 a week or whatever and risk rather more dangerous threats to their wellbeing than inhaling the bosun's fag smoke.

I won't make fun of the old gent because I have suffered through a pretty bad ingrown toenail or three; but I will say he apparently got what he asked for in that he supoported the system that led to the 3 month wait.

All the best,

Oh gheeze.
When will the toothpaste tyrants show up?
How about the pooter pontiffs calibrating
how many times you pass Ch4?
Start yourselves a club of volunteers to
mark who these undercover twits are, start
following them round, photographing and
filming them.
/banging head against brick wall...

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