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Stony Stratford - spread the word

As others have already reported, Cllr Paul Bartlett has suffered a serious setback in his attempt to ban smoking outdoors.

About My Area has the story here – Stony Stratford Smoking Ban: Town Council Rejects Bartlett's Proposals.

See also: Stony Stratford meeting overwhelmingly rejects Bartlett proposals (Dick Puddlecote).

To date, however, the only mainstream reference I can find to this uplifting news is in today's Daily Telegraph: The tiny town that refused to give in to a fresh-air fascist ('Stony Stratford is a jewel for standing up for the right to smoke outdoors', Bryony Gordon).

This news must be disseminated far and wide otherwise the only 'story' people will remember is Stony Stratford set to ban smoking in all public places (Daily Telegraph, June 29).

That's how bandwagons start.

So spread the word. Write to your MP and to your local newspaper. Tell them what happened in Stony Stratford. (When writing to your MP send him or her copies of relevant reports.)

Shout it from the rooftops and don't let this moment go to waste.

PS. Forest Eireann's John Mallon writes: The message from Stony Stratford. See also: The new religion (Smoking Out The Truth).

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Reader Comments (13)

My pen is burning in my hand as I speak Simon....

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 8:12 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Thurgood

It may not be talked about but you can bet your life it's been noticed. I'm taking great pleasure in 'enlightening' my MP, one Stephen Pound, a trendy muppet of this Parish.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 8:40 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Frank, I wouldn't make that assumption, especially with regard to the council meeting on Tuesday night. It's up to each and every one of us to tell MPs and others what's been going on. I would be willing to bet that the vast majority will be quite unaware of the current situation.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 9:07 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

This is unrelated, but I don't know where else to put it.

A new study has found that taller woman are more prone to cancer. My first thought was 'but smoking is supposed to stunt your growth!'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/jul/21/taller-women-cancer-study?CMP=EMCGT_210711&

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 9:19 | Unregistered CommenterNoodlebug

Simon: I take the point which is why I've just 'enlightened' my MP but I'd be willing to bet that the likes of Nuttall and Davies won't be hiding the fact. I agree the likes of the APPG would try to pretend it didn't happen. Bit too Democratic for them.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 9:33 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Simon,
BBC Red Button (aka Teletext) carried an article on Saturday 16th about the protest stating there were 200 people and Dick Puddlecote's involvement.
That was in the UK section as well as the regional section.
I felt it was fair reporting and admit to being surprised they'd done the research and got the gist of it summed up very well.
A couple of million people log on to Teletext every day and the headline used by the Beeb will have snagged anyone with the slightest interest in this subject.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11:21 | Unregistered CommenterSmoking Scot

Indeed as already we are hearing today that Hackney Council are banning smoking in the area of the park where the chidrens play area is .... even though Hacknet Council admit they have no power to enforce it! Whats next? ... the whole park?

http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/2011/07/21/clissold-park-play-area-to-become-smoke-free/

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 12:03 | Unregistered CommenterSmoking Hot

Yes SH, I'm afraid it will be the whole park - but only if they are allowed to get away with it.

These left-wing councils, along with their brethren at ASH, play on one word, that being "children". Who amongst us, not even the Government for that matter, are going to stand up and say that we will smoke near children, or that we don't care about children?

I know, as most people with any common sense do, that passive smoking does such minuscule harm to anyone, that it is completely irrelevant to even talk of it as any form of danger. That minuscule amount of harm is lessened ever further when it is in the open air, making it less harmful than breathing in the smoke from a BBQ or even leaves burning in the park.

We all know that the biggest form of danger to the human body are the fumes from motorised vehicles. So much so, that people chose to use these fumes from time to time to commit suicide - but in order for these fumes to kill anyone, they need to be inhaled within a small enclosed space for some hours, with no ventilation whatsoever. In other words, even the killer fumes from a vehicle's exhaust will not kill you if you are in the open air!

If this council is allowed to get away with this, in the name of the children, it won't be just the whole park that will be classified as smoke free, but every street, every pavement, every doorway. Think about it, children quite rightly use all these spaces, and if Hackney can justify no one being allowed to smoke anywhere near them, then our streets will most definitely be next!

These play-areas are just testing the water. Accept this, and the world is Hackney's oyster!

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 14:18 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Thurgood

http://patnurseblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/so-good-i-had-to-copy-it-all.html Shared in full here along with Councillor Cooke's call to rally against the NuPuritans. Has the revolution against the Nanny/Bully state begun? I agree with Simon tho, we still afford to be complacent. They have more money, more manpower, more Govt support and more chances to bring these outdoor bans in by the back door than our small but passionate and honest movement.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 15:30 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

ASH has reported the Stony Stratford defeat of Paul Bartlett’s motion at a recent council meeting. Here is their headline: 'Stony Stratford smoking ban: Town council rejects Bartlett's proposals - for now.' I like the ‘for now’ bit, as if they are certain this issue will return.
Well, so will the anger and the resistance. It has gone away ASH – for now!

I’m surprised that with ASH so fond of figures that they didn’t give any for the numbers asked to vote on these proposals. They carefully ommitted the fact that there were 150 people present when the vote took place. Of course we know that only 2 voted in favour of Bartlett’s motion – that being Bartlett and one other.
Why did it take you so long ASH, to put it on your site I wonder? Looks like you’ll have to go away, lick your wounds and regroup – you appalling scummies.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 22:54 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

God!! Has this country lost the plot or has it not ? With people like that nutter Bartlett around.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 7:09 | Unregistered CommenterPeter James

Your comment "appalling scummies" really made me smile jj. It reminded me of when I was a child, and I had an argument with another boy, I called him a bugger-swine. I'm not sure if I got a telling off for this or not, but my mother often laughingly reminded me of it in later years.

Now however, I could think of a lot harsher names to call the creeps at ASH, than appalling scummie or bugger-swines...

Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:49 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Thurgood

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Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 14:34 | Unregistered Commenterhausyed

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