Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The most interesting bit in Russell Brand's TV programme about drugs.

In case you missed it, see reasonably fair write up in The Telegraph.

The revealing bit was when RB was in a cafe interviewing two women who were full-on Category B drug users i.e. whose lives had been ruined by drugs and/or whose lives were ruined so they turned to drugs. Chicken and egg.

The first merrily admitted to still regularly using drugs, despite having been in prison and put on some mandatory, then RB chatted to the other one.

You could see the first one in the background of the shot, smoking a cigarette... outside the cafe.

There's this weird thing with smokers, me included, we are so terribly law-abiding and subservient when it comes to the smoking ban. For example, cheerfully admitting, on public TV that you take drugs, despite being known to The Authorities, but popping outside when you want a fag.


Ian B said...

It's not so much about being law abiding. It's that the Proggies cunningly made the business (cafe, pub, etc) owners liable for the smoking of customers, so we obey the law so they don't get into trouble.

Progressive society is based on everyone being a policeman. The classic puritan model.

Mark Wadsworth said...

IB, yes, that's a good point, but it comes to the same thing.

Another example is smoking outside offices: employers frown on it. So I go and smoke outside the office next door - they can't tell me off; and the people from next door smoke in front of our offices - my bosses can't tell them off.

Which is a shame because otherwise we could have amiable and pointless conversations while smoking.

subrosa said...

Well said Ian B and good point Mark.

Bayard said...

Mark, has anyone come up with the numbers of man hours wasted by having smokers not at their workstation while smoking?

Mark Wadsworth said...

S, ta.

B, it's probably a small figure. The non-smokers are at their desks reading the Daily Mail sidebar of shame while the smokers are out having fag.