Banning smoking… in homes?

Remember Orwell’s ‘1984‘? When everyone’s house had a TV screen in it, where government officials could watch what you were up to? We get closer and closer to this reality by the day… if Labour’s Louisa Wall has her way, that is.

Newshub reports: quote.

A Labour MP is floating the idea of banning smoking in homes.

A document released on Wednesday shows such extreme measures may be needed if the Goverment wants to hit its target of making New Zealand smokefree by 2025.

Politicians are considering how to reduce smoking in cars carrying children. If it were up to Labour’s Louisa Wall, it would be banned? – immediately.

“Children don’t have a choice,” she told Newshub.

The ban wouldn’t stop there, she explains.

“I’d like to see smoking, from my perspective, banned at home.”

The public is split on the idea, with some telling Newshub smoking is a no-no in the house and around children, while others say people should be able to make the choice. end quote.

I know many of you do not like smoking at all, and you probably see this as fair enough. However, at least as of today, smoking tobacco is not illegal, and what’s more, it provides a big chunk of tax revenue to the government. Like it or not, I do not believe that the government should be telling you what legal actions you can or cannot perform in your own home. quote.

But Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says that will not happen on his watch.

“That sort of invasion of people’s privacy we are not going to support. The idea of interfering with people’s homes that way is simply wrong.”

He will get on board with a ban in cars – but the home, he says, is different.

“You can go into a different room in the home or outside on the balcony. Inside the car you’ve got no option.” end quote.

Yeah, Winston, whatever. You were the one who campaigned for decades to reduce immigration, and who is now prepared to sign the UN migration pact. Oh, and you were going to abolish the Maori seats. Remember that? I know people who voted for you on the strength of that. We all know what your word is worth. quote.

Fresh calls for smoking solutions come as Parliament has been told yet again that Smokefree 2025 is not on track – all signs point to us failing.

Mr Peters has had enough of raising the price to try and get people to quit.

“Personally, if you ask me, we’ve got to stop running around and hammering poor people, working people,” he says.

“The reality is you can’t turn around in five seconds flat,” he said when asked if the Government will implement an excise tax rise in January.

“The real question is what’s going to happen in 2020? I think you could say that’s a very moot point now.” end quote.

What’s the matter, Winston? Has it suddenly occurred to you that 2020 is just over a year away, and it will be an election year? Have you suddenly realised that you have broken too many promises and that people might not vote for you as a result?

Diddums.

Whether or not this is a serious idea from Labour – and Louisa Wall has got away with crazier ideas than this – there is one ‘elephant in the room’ here. This government is trying to do everything possible to stop people from smoking a legal substance… while paying compensation to people who smoked methamphetamine in state houses.

I mean, meth is still illegal, right?

Not only that, but this government is also very close to passing legislation which legalises cannabis.

Don’t most people who use cannabis smoke it, and don’t some of them smoke it mixed in with… tobacco?

So, according to this government, it is okay to smoke meth or cannabis at home, but not tobacco. To quote the Dowager Countess of Grantham, it seems we have all ‘fallen through the Looking Glass’.

Or this government has – to quote another, and very different source… “No surpwises there.”

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