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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4518900.stm

    And who said that one thing doesn't lead to another?
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    Well it's entirely different. I don't expect this character believes his comments will result in a ban, but maybe they will raise awareness a little - which can't be a bad thing. Smoking affects everyone in the room, whereas drinking doesn't (unless the person's an aggressive drunk).

    To quote your signature:

    "The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of actions of any of their number, is self protection. The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will. is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant." - John Stuart Mill

    I believe a ban on smoking would fall under the "prevent[ing] harm to others" category, whereas limiting drinks to three would contravene Mill's idea.
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    The head of the Royal College of Surgeons is quite an influentual position... I suspect this might lead to a few proposals being banded around the Scottish Parliament... and you fellows inevitably follow our oppressive laws...
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    (Original post by LibertineNorth)
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4518900.stm

    And who said that one thing doesn't lead to another?
    well the logic of "one thing leading to another" is badly flawed here but the idea nonetheless is an interesting one.
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    I disagree. When someone starts chiselling away at certain liberties, it all starts to give way.
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    Terrible idea. It's all about individual responsibility.
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    The article quite correctly refutes the one idea leading to another theory:

    " 'Outrageous idea'

    But Paul Waterson, of the SLTA, said the idea was a non-starter and that the comparison with smoking was misleading since MSPs had not rationed tobacco consumption. "

    What a ludicrous idea.
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    (Original post by LibertineNorth)
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4518900.stm

    And who said that one thing doesn't lead to another?
    what so because smoking was banned, gradually everything in the world will be banned... drinking, christmas, having sex, breathing?!
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    In pubs, probably.
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    (Original post by Jacques Derrida)
    Terrible idea. It's all about individual responsibility.
    I agree, that's what freedom is about. You're allowed to do a hell of a lot more and hence learn from your mistakes.
 
 
 
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