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Bolshie Bureaucrats

The EU Commission is, it seems, never satisfied with the power that it already has. Now its functionaries are looking at banning smoking in bars, cafes and restaurants. An overpaid lout by the name of David Byrne (he is, apparently, the bureaucracy’s ‘health commissioner’) is claiming that “there is clear evidence now that there is a correlation between passive smoking and health related responses like disease.”

What nonsense. Byrne’s argument is as shaky as his grammar. Any correlation is statistically irrelevant, except, perhaps, in the case of asthmatic children – and children should not be in bars in the first place. To be blunt, Byrne’s statements are dishonest, manipulative and insulting. In any normal organization he would be drummed out of office.

In Brussels, doubtless, he will be promoted.


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