14 Mar 2015

And Then, It's Plain To See….

I watched something last night and it wasn't on TV so must've been a TV clip on YouTube and I can't find it again. Or, to be more precise, I can't be bothered looking.

It was one of those clips that's about six click clips further on than the clip linked to the original link you clicked on. Know the one I mean?

The clip I ended up on was that Mr Neil asking some MP and others about cigarette plain packaging. Just the usual stuff until Mr Neil asked the MP, who thought the idea was absolutely top-hole, what was the point of plain packaging a product already hidden behind closed shutters. The MP started his response with, unsurprisingly, "Well,….." and made the point that people leave their packs on tables in plain sight and plain packaging will….. And? And that was about it.

I thought a follow-up question could've been to ask the MP when the last time was he'd seen a pack o' fags on a table anywhere? You can't use 'em anywhere so why bother? In a pub? What's the point of getting 'em out of your pocket and putting 'em on a table just to have to re-pocket the packet every thirty minutes or so as you wander for the door and out into the weather? How many packs do you see lying on tables being ogled longingly by kids as they meander to the counter at McDonalds? Now days, you ever see a pack just sitting on any cafe, restaurant, bar or meeting place table? Or any table anywhere come to that.

What does he think we do out here? Sit down some place and, very first rattle out the box, empty our pockets? Phone – check. Car and house keys – check. Wallet with cash and cards – check. Handkerchief – check. Oh, ciggy pack and lighter. There. All done and neatly laid out. Now I'll just nip to the restroom after asking that nice fellow at the next table, the fellow in the stripy T-shirt, a mask and a sack marked Swag, to please keep an eye on my stuff for a moment.

These children in charge really do need to get out more.

As for tables in the home, at time of typing, to the best of my knowledge, the law stating that cigarettes must be kept locked in the gun cabinet, behind your two side-by-sides, at all times, has yet to be passed. I give it five years tops before it is by the way.

Are these people nuts? I'll rephrase that. These people are nuts.

Quote;  Steuart Henderson Britt.

“Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing but nobody else does.”

              Luis Buñuel.

"Tobacco and alcohol, delicious fathers of abiding friendships and fertile reveries."


A K Haart said...

"Are these people nuts?"

They could be, in which case they should have allergy warnings stamped somewhere. I don't mind doing the stamping.

Mac said...

A nice thought but, as per your own post, let's first fit them up with red noses and dehumanise them as they would us.