The Righteous were overjoyed; forecasts of pubs entering a renaissance as families and non-smokers flocked to the pub flooded the media.
Only they didn't..
Buoyed by their successes, the Righteous are now turning their swivelled eyes on the drinkers.
Don't think you haven't been warned; they have learnt their lessons banning smoking. Within a year I think then Englandland pubs will be subject to this, or, more draconian measures.
In other news, Sky is inviting the party leaders of the three main political parties to a live televised debate..
They will broadcast it on Sky News, which is Freeview, and offer their live feeds to other broadcasts effectively free.
There will be three chairs, to be filled by a party leader or no one.
Call Me Dave has agreed to attend, as has Invisible Clegg.
Gordon "Texture Like Debt" Brown has yet to issue an answer.
If he blusters about "getting on with the job" or the like, he's going to be called a coward. If he sends Lord Mandelsnake of Fondlebum & Boys, he'll be called a coward.
If he turns up, he'll be shredded.
I think Sky should take a note from the Hattersly Have I Got News For You episode, and get an empty bottle ready to take GTLSB's chair.
Overall I would like to see more parties invited; Green, UKIP, English Democrats and even the BNP.
But, in an hours debate that'd lead to too short a time for the party leaders to duke it out properly.
Choosing the right debate chairman would be hard; I'd suggest taking an ordered list of 5 names from each leader and taking the first common name among them.
Questions should be taken from the audience, who will be picked at random from all applicants.
Interesting times ahead, oh yes.
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