Councils given powers to police anti-smoking laws!!

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  1. Thousands of council staff are being trained to police the smoking ban in bars, restaurants and shops in England.
    Ministers have given councils £29.5m to pay for staff, who will be able to give on-the-spot £50 fines to individuals and take court action against premises.
    They will have the power to enter premises undercover, allowing them to sit among drinkers, and will even be able to photograph and film people.

    Should make life interesting for smokers trying to evade the 'fag gestapo'
  2. Shame the 29 million quid wasn't used to catch real crimes like murder, rape terrorism etc etc but no this toss government run by archfiend tosser blair would rather waste it on catching peeps having a crafty fag. :frustrated:
  3. Those council staff who have wet dreams about 'going undercover' and being some sort of government agent, should also realise that they will be 'policing' the communities where they probably work, rest and play. Imagine the reception in their 'local' if they had been there the day before 'on the snoop'. You can't run with the hare and the hounds.
  4. A waste of money that could be better spent on more MRI scanners etc.
    The whole ban is Nannyism...complete nannyism.
  5. I'm having a cig right fcking now cunnts. Anyway read today that a pub landlord is quiting the buisness because of the smoking ban and how his customers are turning their backs on pubs with smoking bans.

    Britain is all control, control,and more fcking control-I predict a riot I predict a riot. Kaisers-Don't send in the gestapo-you will only get sood.
  6. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    So, your local council now has the legal right to enter your home to inspect your toilet seat upgrades for revaluation, they can install CCTV all over the place to watch your every move, they have their own army of 'Community Support Workers' (aka Brownshirts) and they now have the right to video/record the activities of whoever they like in a public place with covert recording equipment.

    The last part of this little jigsaw is for them to be allowed to record your telephone calls, watch your broadband connection and visit unannounced so that their unpaid 'Community Thought Crime Unit' can inspect your hard-drive to see if you have any anti-government material on it.

    The police can't put units on the streets to watch for crime, but your local council certainly already has enough Gestapo to put a bod on every street corner to watch for smokers, illegally parked vehicles, bathroom delivery vans, chewing gum, litter, over-filled bins and the middle classes.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting things are ripe for a takeover by the Nationalsozialist, but I am wondering whether there is going to be a fire in the Commons, and maybe even an 'Enabling Act' that will grant more powers both to the Labour Party (which can now make laws without parliamentary approval) and local councils who now have more powers to watch the people (for their own safety and well being).

    My only fear is that due to immigration, we do have an issue with Lebensraum. What is the state of our treaties with Europe again?
  7. Picture the scene ......

    Millwall are at home to West Ham. In a boozer near the ground half a battalion of tatooed skinheads, generously equipped with baseball bats, stanley knives and bovver boots are enjoying several post match refreshments before heading to the tube station to wave bye bye to the opposing fans. Many of them are blatantly smoking.

    Suddenly, it's a raid. In rolls the 'enforcer'. Due to the council's aggressive diversity policy, he's a transvestite, Chinese asylum seeker in a wheelchair.

    '胡锦涛总书记等党和国家领导人分别看望老同志', says the enforcer.

    'I am an agent of the London Assembly. Everybody with a fag in their mouth form an orderly queue while I issue spot fines', says his council funded interpreter. The assembled crowd moves closer ......
  8. It reminds me of the part time fireman who set off fires so he could get called out more and paid more-twaat. The government are just pushing on the people to see if they react then if anyone does-hey their increase of powers was all justified-fcking clowns. worst nation to bring up your kids-getting there slowly but surely.
  9. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Ooooh, I think I need to change my keks, and my keyboard. Fecking hilarious!! :headbang:
  10. No it isn't. It's a clear indication of the beginnings of a police state. That muslim fellow lifted by the old bill the other day got it all wrong; a police state is one where you look over your shoulder all the time because you don't know who's watching you. Now it's stoolpigeons from the council, next it'll be your neighbour, because the council's paying him a retainer to keep an eye on you. See what's written below.
  11. Having got rid of the Stasi in E Germ we now have a council version rearing its ugly head over here.......
  12. I'm appyling for the job free undercover drinking being the council it will be slack (not like there any good at anything else around here)
    although obviously golf club members will be shafted having an irrational hatred of golfers :thumright:
    obviously will need to go on lots of training courses and require vast amounts of kit and when sacked after a year or so for being uterly utterly useless :twisted:
    take them to the cleaners at a tribunial as they won't have even followed there own procedures
    anyone fancy a pint ? :mrgreen:
  13. "Officers will be able to sit among drinkers undercover and photograph and film people."

    I really, really want to be there when the first of these 'officers' gets his face caved in.

    Just to film the scene, of course.
  14. probably end up employing ex "them" types theres a firm specialise in doing covert survillience for housing assocatiations and councilwhen they want rid of anti social scumbags and there neighbours are too scared to testify.
    do the hole hiding in a hedge thing
  15. Since they're going to have the ban, it does make sense to ensure it's properly policed, or it really is the worst of both worlds. Without enforcement, we'd only get another utter mess like the hunting ban (which some officers have admitted - IIRC - that they can't police properly).