The website The Smoking Ban is Shit reports:
Pubs are closing down at a rate of nearly four a day because of poor sales and the effect of the smoking ban, the organisation which represents the industry has warned.
Last year, 1,409 pubs shut their doors, according to the British Beer & Pub Association.
"Britain's pubs are grappling with spiralling costs, sinking sales, fragile consumer confidence and the impact of the smoking ban," said Rob Hayward, the organisation's chief executive. "Pub closures at this rate are threatening an important hub of our social fabric and community history."
It's not just pubs that are closing. It's social clubs, bingo halls and snooker halls too.
Those of us who opposed the smoking ban warned repeatedly that this would happen.
But of course, the fanatical, obsessed minority got their way, as they so often do in our so-called 'democracy'.
Peter Hitchens once described the abolition of capital punishment as the most snobbish piece of legislation that Parliament had ever passed. But the smoking ban pushes it very close. It was, as I argued here, a piece of legislation motivated primarily by New Labour's middle-class hatred, both for the working classes whom they despise with a passion and the so-called 'toffs' who enjoy a post-prandial cigar in their West End clubs.
New Labour is dominated by anally retentive, prissy, puritanical, snobbish, socially insecure middle-class control freaks (Patricia Hewitt and Margaret Hodge being classic examples), who loathe the very idea of people enjoying themselves.
They never go to pubs, bingo-halls, or working-men's clubs, so what do they care if these institutions close?