MP: 'Smoking in public ban proposal is total and utter nonsense'
PUBLISHED: 09:43 17 October 2014
A Hertfordshire MP has blasted a proposal to ban smoking in public, branding it "total and utter nonsense".
Charles Walker, whose constituency includes Northaw and Cuffley, reacted after a London Health Commission report this week suggested banning smoking in the capital’s parks.
Report author Lord Darzi said it could be a blueprint for the rest of the country if approved.
But Mr Walker told the Welwyn Hatfield Times he would not accept the move, which sparked fierce debate when it was suggested.
He said: “This is total and utter nonsense.
“I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, so I can come at this from a detached point of view.
“You either have the courage to say we’re not going to allow smoking at all, which isn’t a position I advocate, or you exercise a degree of common sense.
“Going up to law-abiding people if they’re smoking in a park would bring public policy into disrepute.
“I just find it extraordinary, I’m sorry but this really annoys me.”
Mr Walker said he already disagreed with the existing ban on smoking in pubs, as he said it should be up to the landlords.