So, the next move has been made in the British Medical Associations, BMA’s, long, relentless campaign against freedom.
It is calling on the government to introduce an extension to the current smoking ban to cover private vehicles.
This, they say, is to protect passengers from the concentration of toxins, which are, they claim, 11 times greater than in a smoky bar (remember those?).
Its press release says: “We are calling on UK governments to take the bold and courageous step of banning smoking in private vehicles’’.
In fact, the bold and courageous step would be to overturn the current smoking ban and to tell the busy-body Calvinists of the BMA to put that in their pipes and smoke it.
Sadly UK governments don’t do bold and courageous.
But this one has given the subject, through the creation of the e-petition, a means by which he or she can force parliament to address certain issues.
Crier in the wilderness has therefore submitted the following e-petition:
“The Britsh Medical Association, BMA, has called upon the government to ban smoking in private vehicles. This is the latest in a long series of assaults by the BMA on the liberties of the British subject and subversive of our constitutional freedoms and rights. We call upon the government to introduce a Bill of Attainder against the voting members of BMA Council to imprison each of them for 10 years and to make their property forfeit to the Crown. Such an Act would justly punish the BMA Council members for their treasonable intentions and serve as a deterrent to other tyrants.’’
The measure may seem drastic and the punishment harsh, but one must remember that the traditional penalty associated with a Bill of Attainder was death. I’m letting the BMA Council off lightly.
If Council members complain that I am seeking to criminalise what they regard as blameless behaviour one can only point out that they will at least know how smokers feel.
Whether the e-petition will be accepted, I shall discover in a matter of days and will keep you posted.