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A Smoke Free England is Finally Here

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Smoke Free EnglandToday England’s public buildings, pubs, restaurants and clubs will all be smoke free under the new smoking ban legislation. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be finally writing this article, after watching it happen in Scotland, Ireland and Wales I thought England’s day would never come but it has and that day is today!

Smokers who believe the new law is ridiculous clearly only care about themselves, consider us non-smokers that shy away from certain locations such as pubs and clubs to stay away from the smoke. Think of our health as well as your own.

Read more on Labour’s website.

Tories to Continue Blairs Public Service Reform

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Concerns over Gordon Brown’s intentions as Prime Minister are continuing to surface in the news. An article on the BBC News Website discusses why the Conservatives are the best party to carry on Mr. Blair’s public service work.

Shadow Counsellor George Osborne stated “The fact that Gordon Brown has abandoned the centre ground of public service reform to the Conservative Party is a great opportunity for us to improve life… for the many not the few”.

Read more over at BBC News.

Will the Legal Drinking Age Rise to 21?

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Young Person DrinkingAccording to an article on the BBC News Website there is talk of raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21. Statistics show that alcohol-related illnesses have doubled in the last ten years to 262,844 cases per year and that people suffering injuries due to too much alcohol consumption has again doubled to 148,477 a year. There has also been a 20% rise in hospital admissions from underage drinkers misusing alcohol.

It is obvious that the UK has a problem with alcohol misuse and that children and teenagers are drinking too much too often, but even if the legal age is changed, will this really stop them from drinking? I don’t think so… the main problem my friends and I faced as teenagers was a serious lack of anything to do in the area. We drank because we were board and I expect the situation is still the same now. Unless the government plan on creating somewhere for teenagers to go in the evening the problem will persist.

I’m not saying this is the only issue related to underage drinking; home life, location, choice of friends and many other factors will lead children and teenagers to drink. I doubt the main problem is with young adults between the age of 18 and 21, so I can’t really see how raising the legal drinking age will stop school children from drinking.

Smoking Ban Commences in Wales

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Smoking Ban in WalesPubs, restaurants, public transport and offices will now all be smoke free in Wales thanks to the new smoking ban introduced this morning. Anyone caught smoking in these areas could be fined £50 on the spot, there will also be consequences for people in charge of buildings if they continue to allow smoking.

Scotland has already put their smoking ban into place and Northern Ireland will implement theirs on 30th April 2007, England will then follow suit on 1st July. I personally cannot wait until the England ban comes into place; I tend to avoid pubs that I know are really smoky but will happily visit them again once the law comes into place.