Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Quote of the Day

This one, by David Hockney is on Iain Dale's site

"Look at this smoking ban coming in soon. Ridiculous. This country is run by dull people" - Yorkshire-born artist David Hockney.

Dull people - understatement of the century ( and the last one)

I would say, dull, unimaginative, short-termist, minimalist, stupid, intransigent and wasteful.


Crushed said...

as a smoker, I agree.
To me the whole thing strikes of totalitarianism. Whatever happened to FOREST- Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco?

Julia Buckley said...

Hm. Smoking ban can't come quick enough AFAIAC. Can't wait to be able to go to the pub and not come back coughing and stinking like an ash tray!

Bill Haydon said...

Tsk. Get off the fence, Jeremy!

Jeremy Jacobs said...


I certainly have to agree with you. But up to a point only.

Can't see much wrong with someone smoking a pipe in a country pub somewhere.

Crushed said...

As a smoker, I think this ban is NULAB all over.
If you don't like drinking in smoky pubs, don't go to them.
People can't care too much or simple market economics would have provided a brace of no smoking pubs.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Exactly CbyI

BTW, what does Crushed bY Ingsoc actually mean?

Crushed by...........

Idle Nudists Gathering Snowflakes On Christmas?

Shades said...

Ingsoc is "English Socialism" in Orwell's 1984.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Of course, how silly of me to overlook that.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I must be very dull, then. as I'm for the smoking ban. It has been in place in Italy for about 3 years and works well in a country where more people smoke than in the UK.

Anonymous said...

Here in my area of the U.S., city officials a few years ago forced businesses to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to set up separate smoking sections so non-smokers wouldn't be bothered by second-hand smoke. Now, despite the huge cash outlay by those businesses, our city fathers have decided no one can smoke in any public place.

It's a witch hunt, pure and simple.

To Welshcakes Limoncello above, I have to ask: works well for who? All those people who are never going to get sick or die because they don't smoke?