Saturday, February 18

Revolt in Blair's local club

Tony Blair might be well advised to stay away from Trimdon Labour Club in his Parliamentary constituency of Sedgefield, only a short distance from the PM's North East home.
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The one-time bedrock of grassroots support, it's members are outraged by Tuesday night's vote in the Commons to ban smoking in public places. They had hoped that private membership clubs would be excluded from the ban; there is currenly more than just mumbling from members proposing to ban Blair in protest.
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Councillor Paul Trippett, the manager of the Trimdon Labour Club and one of the men who helped the young Blair secure nomination as Labour's Sedgefield candidate over 20 years ago, is among those who has openly expressed his views at the club on the smoking ban.
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He is actually quoted in the Financial Times (not much read in Labour drinking clubs I suspect). He feels it illustrates Labour's "middle classism". Ouch !
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Banning fox hunting; promoting ID cards; outlawing public smoking; all trouble Mr Trippett, a traditional Labour Durham County councillor. 'People worry "what next?",' he says. Other parties can gain advantage here, he warns, by talking about freedom of the individual. Mr Trippett fears the New Labour nanny state is taking hold. "I think people should be helped to stand on their own - and then left to run their lives."
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He suspects some middle-class Labour MPs do not understand the working class - especially those not motivated by health issues.
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"Those who don't want to get into shape very much don't want to", he says. "I drive everywhere, I drink too much, I eat too much. That's what I want to do and what I indend to do.''

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Mr Trippett fears the "nanny state" and in the states we fear "big brother" (reference to G. Orwell's 1984) Government seems to be moving to take control or at least make us conform to a set of rules no matter how we might choose.

NOW, I do agree that up to a certain age, children should not be able to buy alcohol or cigarettes but upon reaching that age, when we are all "ADULTS", I think that the choice should be hours. While I do not agree with the choices that some adults make, I do agree with their right to make them. If I don't want to smoke that is my choice (and is compounded by the fact that I am allergic to cigarette smoke) I know that I have friends who smoke and if I am around them and they are smoking I have a decision to make. Either I can stay and take an allergy tablet or I can leave and be around people who don't smoke. I think no smoking in a resaurant that doesn't have separate rooms or ventilation for their customers is fine with me. But then most of the smokers I know dont' smoke and eat at the same time either anyway!

I wonder what will be next on your government ban list or on the next EU ban list. At least here in the states, I know I only have one Government control to really worry about.