Is this an Orwellian vision of a future Britain as might have been met with total disbelief in the fifties?
Two police officers accompany a local council official on visits to dozens of pubs in a Kent town to check if anyone is smoking on licensed premises. No-one is caught until the last pub where the landlord is discovered having a quiet smoke behind the bar. He, the landlord, now faces a fine of up to £2,500.
I cant blame the police for this one, the anti-smoking law is not yet in the psyche of the people of this island and the council official may have thought that he/she was in danger when trying to uphold the law and do their job. As for the landlord he knows the law, there has been enough pub-licity. So - no not at least Orwellian.
The fine is one thing but the ultimate cost for a landlord is refusal of a licence when it comes up for renewal. I can't see them doing this but it could happen if they decided to make an example of him.
I'm afraid the landlord must be a bit of an idiot to think he could keep smoking and no one would catch him at it eventually.
And correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't smoking behind the bar not allowed even before the ban came into place?
who just simply cannot resist a quick smoke, no matter what the consequences. Thats why airplane toilets have smoke detectors. And also why I was asked, on visits to oil and chemical refineries when I used to drive tankers, I had to hand in not only all sources of ignition, but any smoking materials as well. And why a council official and two police officers have to be paid for to carry out these checks.