Today is National Non Smoking Day, one of those days like ‘National Feminists against Blue Elephants Day'. You are vaguely aware of these days only because the BBC has told you that morning, in an almost mediaeval catalogue of Saints days to be celebrated.This one is different, the sanctimonious State ever present on wanting to protect you against yourself, with your childish demands to be able to do what you want with your own body in the privacy of your own home, Nanny dealt a resounding smack to Nick Hogan a bankrupted Pub Landlord who had the temerity to allow a smoke in protest, by the simple expedient on not actually being there, and refusing to act as an unpaid law officer enforcing the Government’s will.

He was heavily fined with costs, and when he could not pay was jailed for six months despite asking the ‘Honourable’ Court for time to pay.

From these directions given to Magistrates, making any protest against Government policy is likely to land you in Jail.

Page 23 of the Guidance:

In addition to the evidence of smoking taking place, the Courts have also indicated that they are taking into consideration the following matters:

• the number of occasions on which the council is able to demonstrate that information and advice on the smokefree requirements have been provided to the person in control;
• the failure by the person in control to take action after the receipt of such information and advice;


• public statements made by or on behalf of the person in control:
• that they do not agree with or support the smokefree legislation;

•that they are actively campaigning against it;


• that they do not intend to do anything more than simply inform people that they should not smoke.

Officers of LACORS and the CIEH are continuing to closely monitor prosecutions and may be able to provide information on trends, levels of fines and costs, etc but not of course advice to councils in preparing their own cases. Of particular interest are those cases brought against repeat offenders which test the ability of the council to secure penalties prescribed in the legislation which will act as a deterrent against further offending as this information may be used to inform responses to further consultations by the Government.

So you can be imprisoned by this Labour Government for not agreeing with or supporting smokefree legislation.

This is not about clogging lungs with nicotine, this is about Civil Liberties being intruded upon in the private sphere, and it being punishable by jail for protesting.

The blogosphere orchestrated by Old Holborn and Anna Raccoon managed to raise nearly £10,000 in four days to get Nick Hogan released. This was achieved by Friday 5th, getting the money released by Paypal, and in cash by one of the UK  high street banks because of money laundering ‘regulations’ has meant that Nick Hogan has languished in jail for a further five days.

Nick Hogan was released this afternoon.

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