Attack of the Fox-Hunting Chain-Smokers!
In February of 2005, the Hunting Bill gained Royal Assent after the government of Tony Blair used the Parliament Act to force it through. The Bill contained measures to completely ban fox hunting, on the grounds that it was unnecessarily cruel to the foxes and thus unethical, and there was the appropriate propaganda from both sides involving dismembered vulpine companions and culled hunt'n dawgs, etc. etc. At the same time there was a little something called the Civil Contingencies Bill which was barely reported at all, and was quite frankly terrifying, but more on that later. The main thrust of it was a puerile argument about whether or not it was icky.
Fair enough, I suppose it is rather icky, but that was no reason to ban it, simply because a load of animal rights busybodies denounced it. And there was various statistic-massaging on both sides to show that more people went with (not) banning it, when in all honesty most people probably didn't give a tin shit.
In November of 2005, there's questions about a smoking ban in public places because it harms people nearby due to the eeeeeevil cancer fog that they give off from the heavily processed dead leaves in a burning tube of paper that they have clamped in their gob. Undoubtedly both public health & safety busybodies and members of Phillip Morris/BAT/R. J. Reynolds/Gallaher Ltd/Imperial Tobacco (delete as appropriate) will engage in statistic massaging in terms of how much damage such secondhand smoke does people to try and support/oppose a ban. Oh, and something frankly petrifying called the Prevention of Terrorism Bill 2005 has since dropped out the news what with the sabre-rattling, even though it's probably far more relevant and important to peoples' ways of life than a smoking ban, but more on that later.
Well, I don't smoke, but I don't insist on banning smokers. Indeed, I've developed a technique for avoiding the effluence of their coffin nails, and that's called "sitting downwind of them." I highly recommend it.
Oh, and if your comment on this entry will involve an opposing argument which can cancel down to "Think of the children!" then you can go rape a rope.