The primary prerogative of the Stormont Assembly is to ban things. That appeals to the notion that it must be seen to “do something” and so bit by bit it chips away at liberty;
Cigarettes will no longer be sold in vending machines in Northern Ireland from 1 March 2012. MLAs agreed the move during a debate in the assembly on Tuesday afternoon. It is being introduced to drive down the number of children and young people who smoke by limiting their unsupervised access to the machines.
Nanny always knows best.