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BBC London presenter to Labour MP: "What do you want to ban next?"

I did an interview on Friday evening with the excellent Eddie Nestor on BBC London.

It was at 6.20 and I was standing outside The Castle Inn, Cambridge, where I was having an after work drink with a colleague.

Also on was Tooting MP Sadiq Khan. Sadiq believes government should extend the smoking ban to stop people smoking in more public spaces.

Here are some highlights:

Sadiq: "Legislation changes behaviour."

Me: "You really are patronising!"

Eddie: "What do you want to ban next?"

Sadiq: "If I can discourage my children, and your children, to start smoking that is a good thing."

That says it all, really.

Of course I'd prefer my children not to smoke (until they're 18 and can decide for themselves) but it's none of Sadiq's business whether they do or not.

Focus on your own children, Sadiq, but leave mine alone.

What next? Perhaps you'd like to discourage my teenage children from drinking alcohol or eating junk food as well.

Or perhaps you'd like them taken into care as soon as they're born and their entire childhood can be supervised by the state according to some official rulebook.

Is that what you want?

Click here to listen. The discussion starts at 01:15:00.

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Reader Comments (6)

He'll want to discourage your children, mine and everyone else's not to do whatever he doesn't like. #Snob #Thug #Bully

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 13:28 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

Can Mr Sadiq not understand that the sight of smokers in public, coughing and spluttering and dropping down dead in the street from heart attacks is surely more of a disincentive to his children’s starting smoking than hiding smoking away as a secret, adult and rather glamorous pastime that children aren’t allowed to see?

Or could it be the fact that smokers aren’t “coughing and spluttering and dropping down dead in the street” as they are supposed to be doing, and this distinctly stubborn (how dare they!) refusal to present themselves as Mr Sadiq likes to portray them is the real reason for his suggestion, because it runs the risk of his children realising that in this instance Daddy is – err – wrong?

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 13:35 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

Sadiq: "If I can discourage my children, and your children, to start smoking that is a good thing."

By 'discourage' he means pass laws which will require the police of social services to arrest and try parents who 'abuse' their children by smoking in their presence.

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 15:31 | Unregistered CommenterJunican

UK Government to Introduce New Law Policing How Parents Love Their Children
Nanny Knows Best yet again……………….

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 16:37 | Unregistered Commenterharleyrider1978

Labour is so popular these days it's losing all it's core vote and it serves 'em right. Sadiq Khan represents everything that is turning the voter off. He is typical of the vast majority of Labour MPs who think we voters are too thick to think for ourselves and hence Gods of wisdom such as his good self must make decisions for us and our families.

They're nothing but vile, abusive, pretentious bullies and thugs and I hope they get the kicking of their history at the next election. I'll certainly be doing my bit in spreading the word to help make it happen.

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 18:49 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

I would of said to Khan. "You don't seem to like the idea of people changing their behaviour on their own initiative."

He defiantly comes across as a 'I want the credit for this' type.

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 21:12 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

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