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U.K.: Riot police storm pub after a smoker lights up in protest to the ban
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | October 15, 2007

Posted on 10/15/2007 1:51:46 AM PDT by Stoat

Riot police storm pub after a smoker lights up in protest to the ban

Last updated at 08:37am on 15th October 2007

 

Cigarette snubbed out

The ban on smoking in public places came into force in July this year

 

It wasn't exactly the dramatic finale one cricket fan was expecting.

Having installed himself in his local pub to watch England play India, John Vaughan was enraged when the channel was switched over to football just as the cricket was reaching its thrilling conclusion.

So Mr Vaughan lit up a cigarette in protest. When he refused to extinguish it, staff pressed a panic button behind the bar.

And a few minutes later six riot police officers wearing protective gear stormed the pub.

Mr Vaughan had been watching the one-day international at the Copper Pot pub in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, last month.

The game was about to finish when the channel was switched to the England versus Israel Euro 2008 football qualifier.

Mr Vaughan said yesterday: "The cricket only had ten minutes left, but the football wasn't even going to start for another 45 minutes.

"We complained but nothing happened. So I decided to light up out of protest.

"Staff told me I couldn't smoke, but I said I'd had enough of being pushed around by the Government.

"They pressed a panic button and the next thing I knew, there were six policemen in the pub and two outside."

No action was taken against demolition boss Mr Vaughan after he agreed to leave.

There was a big cheer round the pub from about 60 people, added Mr Vaughan, "and even the police found it quite amusing."

Warwickshire Police confirmed officers had been sent to the pub on September 8 following reports of a man "smoking and being aggressive".

A spokesman said: "They explained why he should not be smoking, asked him to leave and he did so happily."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britain; donutwatch; england; greatbritain; johnvaughan; policestate; pufflist; smokers; smoking; uk; unitedkingdom
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Staff told me I couldn't smoke, but I said I'd had enough of being pushed around by the Government.

It seems you are having impure thoughts.  Let us help you.  Cleanse your mind, and then rejoin the happy masses.

1 posted on 10/15/2007 1:51:52 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Gabz; SheLion

Puff Ping


2 posted on 10/15/2007 1:55:40 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

3 posted on 10/15/2007 1:59:36 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has pay fever. There she goes now... "Ha Hsu, ha hsu, haaaa hsu, ha hsu...")
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To: Stoat

unless you own the bar, follow the rules and shut up. or leave. simple as that.


4 posted on 10/15/2007 2:10:20 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: Stoat

oh, and here’s another thought. my guess is that if this guy was acting the way he was and NOT smoking, the cops still would have been called. the article latches on to the smoking part and it probably wasn’t the main reason the cops were called. be careful what you believe when it come to the media.


5 posted on 10/15/2007 2:12:42 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: Stoat
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1911248/posts

“I was told by one police officer that he did not ‘want to start a race riot’ by arresting Pakistani men for sexual offenses”

Go after smokers with riot police and turn a blind eye to Muslim Pimps and rapists!

6 posted on 10/15/2007 2:13:36 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: thefactor

By your reasoning, the government is the bar owner.


7 posted on 10/15/2007 2:13:58 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Stoat

> “Staff told me I couldn’t smoke, but I said I’d had enough of being pushed around by the Government.
>
> “They pressed a panic button and the next thing I knew, there were six policemen in the pub and two outside.”

Mayday, Mayday Mayday! This is an Emergency: I say again, this is an EMERGENCY! The Barneyfication of the United Kingdom is in peril! Tele-Tubbist forces are no longer in control and the Proles are revolting! Broken Arrow! Broken Arrow! A Barney Position is about to be over-run! Send in everything you have!!!


8 posted on 10/15/2007 2:15:06 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghill mi do dhuine. Fg am bealach.)
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To: Earthdweller

how so? was the man in question the owner? it’s a private establishment. you can be ejected or refused service for almost any reason. and if you refuse to follow the bar rules, the police will be called to remove you because at that point you are effectively trespassing on private property when you are no longer welcome.


9 posted on 10/15/2007 2:23:05 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: Stoat

and ANOTHER thing! how does a bar have only one tv in this day and age? next you’re going to tell me it wasn’t hi-def. that would be a real crime.


10 posted on 10/15/2007 2:24:32 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: DieHard the Hunter; SheLion; Gabz

Bingo pingo!


11 posted on 10/15/2007 2:26:11 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Stoat

The genius of this is that the health-fascists have taken a clinically defined mental illness, the compulsion to control others, and turned it into a mass political movement that puts the health-fascists themselves into power.


12 posted on 10/15/2007 2:29:32 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: Stoat

“Awright, hands up, you bloody tobaccoholic cricket terrorist, it’s off to the Bailey with ya’ now.”


13 posted on 10/15/2007 2:31:47 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: Stoat

The entire effort to eliminate smoking is to save people from dying from the effects of tobacco smoke. So we save one from dying at the age of sixty. However, no one can be saved from death. And life in those later years is not easy. There is a loss of income as one becomes unable to do the things they did in younger years. Many as they go into their later years become dependant on the state for survival. The estate they have built in their younger years is liquidated and, rather than going to their children as an inheritance, goes toward their survival.


14 posted on 10/15/2007 2:46:06 AM PDT by jonrick46
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To: Stoat

The Emglish have gone mad.


15 posted on 10/15/2007 2:57:19 AM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: thefactor
The bar rules were forced on the owner by the government.

The ban on smoking in public places came into force in July this year

I dare say there wasn't an issue with smoking in the bar prior to this.

BOHIC

16 posted on 10/15/2007 2:59:07 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Im paranoid. The only question is, am I paranoid enough?)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Hammer - nail - head.


17 posted on 10/15/2007 3:01:18 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Im paranoid. The only question is, am I paranoid enough?)
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To: Stoat

18 posted on 10/15/2007 3:08:10 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: Stoat

Didn’t we know this would happen? Instead of doing something important; like going after the real enemy, terrorists, for example; they use to go after innocent citizens.

Of course, this is their real target. To bring the population under control and turn them into slaves. What’s next prison camps?

Our governments are creating confusion, for example, allowing so many different illegals, to walk in; in order to create distraction and confusion; so they can take control.


19 posted on 10/15/2007 4:05:59 AM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: Stoat

'ello, 'ello. What's all this then?!

20 posted on 10/15/2007 4:12:27 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Stoat

It seems you are having impure thoughts. Let us help you. Cleanse your mind, and then rejoin the happy masses.

Welcome to Hillerystein. She will do this, among other things, for our own good.


21 posted on 10/15/2007 4:53:50 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: mylife

‘es smoking a fag. See ‘im off, then, if you will.


22 posted on 10/15/2007 5:00:59 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: DieHard the Hunter
"...the Proles are revolting!"

A fact that has long been well known. :-)
23 posted on 10/15/2007 5:12:59 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (You can't seriously tell me you think we need more laws, or that we don't already have too many.)
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To: Daveinyork

“It was a fair cop, but society is to blame.”

“We’ll be charging them too....”


24 posted on 10/15/2007 5:15:31 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Barney: I don’t like it. I don’t like it one bit. I tell you, this is just the beginning. Going around breaking street lamps! City property, mind you. Next thing you know they’ll be on motorcycles and wearing them leather jackets and zooming around. They’ll take over the whole town! A reign of terror!
Andy: Barney, these are just boys you’re talking about. They are only about eight years old.
Barney: Yeah, well today’s eight-year-olds are tomorrow’s teenagers. I say this calls for action and now! Nip it in the bud! First sign of youngsters going wrong, you’ve got to nip it in the bud.
Andy: I’m going to have a talk with them. What else do you want me to do?
Barney: Well, just don’t mollycoddle them.
Andy: I won’t.
Barney: Nip it! You go read any book you want on the subject of child discipline and you’ll find every one of them is in favor of bud nipping.
Andy: I’ll take care of it.
Barney: There’s only one way to take care of it.
Andy: Nip it...
Barney: In the bud!


25 posted on 10/15/2007 5:37:09 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Stoat

“I’d had enough of being pushed around by the Government.”
the reply by Government was to push him around some more. If there had been a group of machete-carrying fascist murderers chopping British heads off I suspect the pub owner would not have pushed the panic button and the police would have arrived 2 hours later with bags to pick up the heads and mops to clean up the blood. The authorities would have said “only people carrying out the tenets of their religion. Nothing to see here. Move on”


26 posted on 10/15/2007 5:41:49 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

The government is willing to force people to stop smoking “to protect their health”, but not willing to expel the millions of fanatics who want to chop their heads off.


27 posted on 10/15/2007 5:46:05 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (for those of you in Rio Linda...)
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To: Stoat

“wearing protective gear stormed the pub.”

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for a hilarious story. I envisioned them showing up in Hazmat Suits due to the smoke hazard (can’t stop laughing)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


28 posted on 10/15/2007 5:53:28 AM PDT by jedward (I'm not sure you meant, what I understand...or maybe you did.)
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To: thefactor
The ol big brother society. Gubba-mint knows best.

How bout banning alcohol and serving coca cola.

Same difference isn’t it? Second hand smoke kills....alcohol in the blood stream of a driver...kills.

Coca cola and CCTV cameras in the pubs to monitor the citizens.

29 posted on 10/15/2007 6:02:49 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: lowbridge

Barney-the-Purple-Dinosaur: Hey kids, did you know smoking is bad for you?

Amanda: Gee, Barney, when people smoke around me, I feel sad!

Luis: Yeah, because if people smoke around me, I could die!

Barney: Oh No! That’s not very good! If people smoke, they could get cancer! And so could anyone else who accidentally breathes in the smoke — even if they aren’t smoking themselves!

Jenny: Barney, that’s not fair! People shouldn’t be allowed to make other people sick with cancer. They might die!

Barney: Jenny, it’s AGAINST THE LAW for people to smoke and make you sick with cancer!

Baby Bop: I don’t want to get cancer, Barney!

BJ: Me neither!

Barney: OK Kids, are you ready???

(All) Yeah!!!!

(to the tune of B-I-N-G-O)

ALL:
NO NO NO TO SMOKE!
Smo-king is no joke!
Makes me want-to-choke
And Smoking is Ill-Leee-Gul!

Amanda: I would never smoke tobacco in front of you, Barney! You’re my friend, and I don’t want you to get cancer!

Luis: Me, either, Barney! And cigarettes are expensive, and they smell icky!

Amanda: People who smoke should pay lots of tax!

Baby Bop: and Smoking is Illegal! Someone could call the cops!

BJ: and even smoking Marijuana isn’t good for you!

Barney: So what do we do if someone is smoking, kids?

All:

Stop!
Drop!
Call the Cops!
No No No to Smoke!
Smoking is no Joke!
Makes me want-to-choke!
And Smoke-king is ill-leee-gul!

Barney: Thanks, kids!

ALL:

I love you
You love me
Smoking is a tra-ves-tee
If you light-em-up
I am gonna call the cops
What-ever it takes to make you stop!

Barney: Thanks, kids!

Amanda: You will always be our big, purple friend, Barney! I love you!


30 posted on 10/15/2007 6:04:57 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghill mi do dhuine. Fg am bealach.)
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To: DoughtyOne

LOL!


31 posted on 10/15/2007 6:42:33 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

With the connivance of socialists in Britain, the Muslims will attempt to establish an Islamic reich..


32 posted on 10/15/2007 6:44:29 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: metesky; Just another Joe; Madame Dufarge; Cantiloper; Judith Anne; lockjaw02; Mears; CSM; ...

33 posted on 10/15/2007 6:50:09 AM PDT by SheLion (I love Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

LOL! Thank you for the laughs! Knowing where Europe has gone and where we’re headed...it’s nice to have some humor to dull the effects :)


34 posted on 10/15/2007 7:20:36 AM PDT by jedward (I'm not sure you meant, what I understand...or maybe you did.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

That is effing BRILLIANT!


35 posted on 10/15/2007 7:30:52 AM PDT by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: Stoat; Abram; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; Allosaurs_r_us; ...
"Staff told me I couldn't smoke, but I said I'd had enough of being pushed around by the Government."




Libertarian ping! To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here.
36 posted on 10/15/2007 7:38:11 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: Stoat

>>So Mr Vaughan lit up a cigarette in protest. When he refused to extinguish it, staff pressed a panic button behind the bar.


And a few minutes later six riot police officers wearing protective gear stormed the pub. <<

I’m not surprised that staff would use a panic button.

Nor am I surprised that , not knowing what the problem was, police would respond in force.

What amazes me is they enough problems in pubs to have installed panic buttons in the first place.


37 posted on 10/15/2007 8:08:15 AM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: traviskicks; eyespysomething
"Staff told me I couldn't smoke, but I said I'd had enough of being pushed around by the Government."

Aren't we all.

I'm currently in the process of scrambling to find some money because my accountant grossly under-figured my estimated taxes. The kids' Christmas presents are going to the government as it stands right now.

Also looking for a new accountant.

38 posted on 10/15/2007 8:19:25 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic t gehate, t ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille furor gan)
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To: SheLion

Great pic!

It tells quite a tale about how ridiculous all this is.


39 posted on 10/15/2007 8:29:14 AM PDT by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither- GUN CONTROL=SLAVERY)
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To: thefactor

Well, yeah, but it wasn’t the bar’s rule, but a nanny state mandate.


40 posted on 10/15/2007 8:32:29 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Stoat
Oh, what a riot! Everything about this story is so funny. It would've made a great Monty Python skit: the bar changing the station, the guy lighting up in protest, the panic button, and finally...

six riot police officers wearing protective gear stormed the pub

...I presume unarmed. That guy will have a story to tell for the rest of his life.

41 posted on 10/15/2007 8:51:46 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: lowbridge
Your post made my day. I’m a huge Mayberry fan. Nip on!
42 posted on 10/15/2007 9:07:43 AM PDT by ParsonAl
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To: Scotsman will be Free

my subsequent point is that smoking was a red herring in this article. see post #5.


43 posted on 10/15/2007 9:08:24 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: freekitty
Yes, absolutely.

One can go back to a picture of the late George Orwell. He did smoke the "shag" tobacco and admitted he should have cut back on that.

England needs another Eric Blair (George Orwell). It is getting worse. Between 1794 and 1840 the starving English working class and farm labouring class revolted. They had Australia to ship them off to.

Today that class have their backs to the wall.

44 posted on 10/15/2007 9:11:23 AM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: Stoat

Christ on a stick .... Hitler won.


45 posted on 10/15/2007 9:12:21 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (False modesty is as great a sin as false pride.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

I agree that the real issue is government CONTROL,not some good hearted crusade to protect innocent smokers.
Yet the smoker himself is a dman fool for slowly commiting suicide by inhaling that obnoxious poison.Why not just put a gun to his head and get it over with quickly?


46 posted on 10/15/2007 9:15:43 AM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: atomic conspiracy
I have long felt that the health-nazis will inevitably whip the anti-smoking, second-hand smoke hysteria frenzy to the point where a smoker is killed in the act of smoking and self-defense will be cited as the justification for deadly force. Sooner or later, it will happen...

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

CS Lewis

47 posted on 10/15/2007 9:23:27 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: thefactor

Ohio has a smoking Ban too. But as a Southerner, I am proud of the rebellious nature of the folks of Ohio.

The bars I go to give you a water cup to use as an ashtray. Sometimes the cops even come into the bars and they could care less about this stupid law.

The following quote from Andrew Jackson certainly does apply....”They made their law, now let’s see them enforce it...”


48 posted on 10/15/2007 9:27:05 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: thefactor
unless you own the bar, follow the rules and shut up. or leave. simple as that.

Apparently you don't get it...the smoking ban is NOT the bar owner's rule. It's the Gubmint's rule enacted by the Ministry of Vice and Virtue and physically enforced by the Gestapo.

49 posted on 10/15/2007 9:28:20 AM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Your parody is perfect in every note. Totalitarians often try to infantilize those they seek to rule. People who can no longer confidently think or act for themselves live in fear of others who do, and welcome the smothering embrace of Big Brother or Big Nanny. In this respect, our own public schools appear to be paving the way for the dictators of tomorrow.


50 posted on 10/15/2007 9:39:59 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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