British docs call for smoking ban

Another Reuters article talks about the presidents of the British Royal Colleges of Medicine calling for a nationwide ban in 'public' places. Some of these quotes are so outlandish that it seems the entire concept of self-determination as a human trait is beyond their comprehension.

"If the government has rejected calls for a new law, then it must spell out what exactly it does intend to do about the problem," ASH director ASH Director Deborah Arnott said.

"To rely on voluntary action without clear timetable targets and government support would be to fail those whose health is threatened by second-hand smoke and to abandon a vital weapon in the armory of tobacco control."

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In other words, they start

In other words, they start out with the assumption that something MUST be done. Therefore, the government MUST spell out a plan of action, and voluntary action MUST be inadequate. A very neat way of stepping around the prior question of whether the government should be doing anything at all.

The soccer moms are tirelessly paving the road to hell.

Can't have people doing

Can't have people doing things voluntarily now can we, says the government. If people start doing things voluntarily, without our gun in their backs, they may understand that they do not need us at all.

"To rely on voluntary action

"To rely on voluntary action without clear timetable targets and government support would be to fail those whose health is threatened by second-hand smoke and to abandon a vital weapon in the armory of tobacco control." (emphasis added)

Heh. Refreshingly (if unintentionally) honest! He comes right out an admits that the alternative to voluntary action is to use a weapon.