Using the Regulatory Investigatory Powers Act - designed to prevent us from chaps with bomb-belts they have been spying on the pub.
Why, because we are told the publican allowed people to smoke there. It used the,
Surveillance to find out if a city pub was allowing customers to flout the no-smoking ban – in return for them putting money into a fund to pay any fine which resulted if they did get caught.Quick! Get 50 armed coppers surrounding the Old Bull and Bush, cigarettes might be lit!!! Deadly threat to drinkers.
Interestingly the system that the unnamed pub has introduced is one that worked very well in Holland where thousands of small bars and clubs did the same. Now of course with the mass civil disobedience the Dutch authorities have seen sense and changed the law.
But (Ref previous article) Britain is a law abiding society and we haven't seen similar mass silent protest here, so those few people who do flout the draconian anti-smoking legislation are low hanging fruit for the anti-terror police to target.
Of coursde the Council is unrepentant in this gross misuse of RIPA,
“We only use these powers when absolutely necessary," a council spokesman said.Yeah right. Why not just walk in? No, pf course not, they silly numpkins just want to play Spooks and go all covert and smoke and dagger.
I bet some Council official sidled in there, bought a pint (on expense of course) and dropped his coin in the kitty, lit up a cigarette. Noting that the publican turned a blind eye to this outrageous insult to public decency, he twisted off the hot end and, in the style of tabloid writers everywhere, made his excuses and left.