Friday, February 16, 2007

What is the right name for a Government like ours?

After a brief contemplation of the options I think I will plump with tyranny or maybe at best oligarchy.

Why? Well first the proposed smoking ban will apply to all public areas - including private ones like pubs that allow the public in, except one, Royal Palaces.

Now the bureaucratic despots that govern us are to set up a system of informers,

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.

The money couldn't be better spent once they have been trained as snoops then they wuill be able to be put to all sorts of useful tasks for HMG, like checking in greasy spoons for people who order more than one lean rasher of bacon. Or maybe walking up and down the touchline during school games to ensure that no child touches another whilst playing 'pain free' rugby.

Any other suggestions?

John East over at Choice Cuts has a perfect name for them,
"The new body is to be called the State Anti-Smoking Inspectorate, or STASI for short."

Update - unstealth edit due to crap writing at pace - pointed by an arrogant chappy on a newsgroup. He was right about the near illiteracy of the post, but if he couldn't understand the sense of the post as he suggests then his condescension is stronger than his comprehension.

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