Smoking versus Industrial Pollution

We smokers are, perhaps, the ONLY members of society who are discriminated against and I feel very strongly that we have the right to smoke in public places, provided we don't invade spaces designated to non-smokers.

If what 'they' say about passive smoking were true then my own children – and most other 30-50 year-olds – would now be suffering from smoking-related diseases, since nearly everybody smoked when I was young (I'm 68).

I am forever amazed at the power of the Politically Correct Brigade and the devious means by which they have convinced politicians and the medical profession that smoking is the sole cause of cancers and other respiratory diseases….yet no-one, to my knowledge, has carried out research to discover whether there are more cancer sufferers in cities (where pollution from other sources is so much higher) than in country communities.

Until they do, I'm not convinced.

Why is this idea important?

We smokers are, perhaps, the ONLY members of society who are discriminated against and I feel very strongly that we have the right to smoke in public places, provided we don't invade spaces designated to non-smokers.

If what 'they' say about passive smoking were true then my own children – and most other 30-50 year-olds – would now be suffering from smoking-related diseases, since nearly everybody smoked when I was young (I'm 68).

I am forever amazed at the power of the Politically Correct Brigade and the devious means by which they have convinced politicians and the medical profession that smoking is the sole cause of cancers and other respiratory diseases….yet no-one, to my knowledge, has carried out research to discover whether there are more cancer sufferers in cities (where pollution from other sources is so much higher) than in country communities.

Until they do, I'm not convinced.

Overpopulated prisons – free non-violent offenders!

Our prisons are overpopulated yet we continue to incarcerate non-violent criminals.

Why not categorise criminals, leaving only the violent, criminally insane and child-abusers 'inside' and giving community service sentences to those who, for example, are (first-time?) offenders in theft/unarmed-burglary, motoring offences, embezzlement, etc.

Finding a job and reimbursing their victims, or doing community work, could be a condition of freedom, perhaps with compulsory education classes.

There would be less work for the Prison Probation Services, but these could be re-assigned to working within the community to ensure that those on community service fulfil their obligations.

Repeat offenders, however, could – as a last resort – face imprisonment.

Why is this idea important?

Our prisons are overpopulated yet we continue to incarcerate non-violent criminals.

Why not categorise criminals, leaving only the violent, criminally insane and child-abusers 'inside' and giving community service sentences to those who, for example, are (first-time?) offenders in theft/unarmed-burglary, motoring offences, embezzlement, etc.

Finding a job and reimbursing their victims, or doing community work, could be a condition of freedom, perhaps with compulsory education classes.

There would be less work for the Prison Probation Services, but these could be re-assigned to working within the community to ensure that those on community service fulfil their obligations.

Repeat offenders, however, could – as a last resort – face imprisonment.