Last year, smoking was banned in pubs and restaurants in England and Wales, as well as in workplaces and other public buildings. A blow for good sense, the health of the nation and some clean air for folk to breath.
So what happens? Suddenly the smokers are driven out of the pubs and onto the streets.
High streets everywhere are filled with groups of people, huddled together in all weathers, puffing away at their weed. Instead of being hidden away they are in full view.
Moreover they leave behind their litter. There was supposed to be crackdown. Yes a grandma gets fined £50 because a four-year-old throws a sweet-wrapper on to the pavement, but no-one tackles the smokers.
No Smoking signs are put up everywhere, or the owners are fined. There are even signs in four languages.
Am I beginning to sound like a grumpy old man? OK, I'll shut up.
My other ABC Wednesday N posts this week are ~~ Newton Hall from the Rear at Hyde Daily Photo ~~ Newton Bank Printworks at Old Hyde ~~ No Through Road at Sithenah
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