Having forced people who smoke (a perfectly legal habit) to stand outside public buildings like naughty schoolchildren, the iron fist of Establishment lunacy may now usher forth a series of aliments from pneumonia to hypothermia likely to be experienced by the average smoker. Why? Because the AGW apostles have their sights set on the eradication of patio heaters. Forget the booming economies of India and China with their carbon yeti prints. The growing number of patio heaters people are now compelled to purchase – due to the prohibition of smoking (a perfectly legal habit) in enclosed public places – are the enemy within. Who knows, the polar ice-caps could be melting at a rate of metres per second because of a few thousand heaters in public houses and car parks around the UK. Yeah, sure.
‘Why don’t smokers wear jumpers?‘ cry the environmental lobby. Why don’t the environmental lobby mind their own business? Do you have to go outside AND dress up like Roald Amundsen simply to enjoy a cigarette? What next? Will you only be able to smoke within 30ft of a building? Will you be banned from smoking in your own house if you have pre-pubescent children? How about the banning of smoking around animals?
This move is the foul hand of a lobby that has been indulged far too much. Having witnessed smokers relegated to the status of social pariahs, other like-minded groups and individuals are playing to their emotions by using the hollow husk of ‘green’ fascism to make their enjoyment of a cigarette (a perfectly legal habit) even more restrictive than it was before. In the interests of personal freedom, I urge as many readers as possible to purchase a patio heater if that is what they desire. If some smokers believe standing outside on a cold, dark December, freezing their knackers off, benefits the longevity of planet Earth, they deserve to get hypothermia!