Voters in Switzerland have rejected a total ban on smoking in enclosed public places at a referendum.
Although Geneva voted slightly in favour, results from the country’s other 25 cantons showed a majority of voters rejected a full ban.
This is what happens when you ask the proles what they want. Which is why it will never happen here. The proles, you see, don’t know what’s good for them. That’s why we need the great and the good of Westminster and the Guardian readers of Islington to decide for us.
In some cantons, more than 70% of voters rejected the ban, according to Geneva newspaper La Tribune de Geneve. Geneva itself bucked the trend by supporting the ban by 52% to 48%.
That’s a fairly conclusive result – even the Geneva one is hardly a ringing endorsement for the anti-smoking zealots. So there is a little plot on this earth where common sense still applies. I knew there was a reason I liked the Swiss system.
The Swiss Socialist party “deplored” the result, saying that better protection against passive smoking would have “incontestably been a major step in the improvement of (workers’) conditions”.
Yes, well, we would expect socialists to take that line having been comprehensively trounced. And still they trot out the old passive smoking lie. As a non smoker, I have worked in smoky bars and pubs in my time. I’m still here and not a bit fazed by the experience. After all, no one held a gun to my head and made me do it.
The question being, what protection is available for workers from passive socialism?
La Tribune de Geneve suggests voters rejected a full ban because they did not want to force the smaller cantons into changing their local laws, and because of resentment at perceived state interference in people’s lives.
Well, quite, but over here, there’s nothing perceived about it. How do we get the Swiss system adopted here?