Politicians are generally not that bright.
New Zealand is about to have a new, stupid law come into being on 10th December. It’s an anti smoking law. This law is designed to stop people smoking in any place of work that has walls and a roof. Outside is OK.
Before I begin my rant, I need to make it clear, that I am not a smoker. I use to smoke 25 years ago, but gave it up as I knew it wasn’t doing my health any good. I am not against smokers, but I am sad about their poor old lungs taking a hiding.
The government have designed this law so that the only people who might be penalised will be the employers. They have a clause that says, "If an employer or proprietor fail to take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent someone from smoking in an internal area’ they will be fined a maximum of $4,000. Employees and Joe Public will be fined $400. They however add this "Fines will not be imposed on individual smokers for smoking in indoor workplaces…" The only place an individual will be fined if they smoke is inside an aeroplane……….
So what is this saying. Basically, we, (the Government) will fine any employer who doesn’t try to stop smokers and we wont touch the smokers. If you as an employer however put up signs etc and can prove that you have done your best, we wont fine you either.
My question is, why then have the stupid bill in the first place ? It doesnt have teeth and is just another perfect proof that politicians are generally not very smart and love wasting our tax dollars..