Just a quickie – have to go out for limited boozing and then home for a sleep. Second day of real work tomorrow and I still have to learn all the rules. Can’t ignore them if I don’t know what they are.
View from the Solent dropped an interesting link in the comments on the previous post. Comments below the article speak of Prohibition, but this is not Prohibition.
When alcohol was Prohibited, you could still get some and still drink it. Unless you turned up for work smashed, nobody cared. Nobody was tested. Nobody was required to sign ‘no booze’ declarations and nobody was refused employment just because they liked half a shandy at the weekend.
This time, the city governance has made it illegal for an agency to employ a smoker. If you stop right now, you still cannot get a job for twelve months. Some places go further -
In some more-aggressive environments referred to as nicotine-free, employee urine-samples can be taken and tested for any presence of nicotine, not excluding that from gum or patches. Employees testing positive can be terminated.
The choice of that last word is interesting, is it not?
This is not companies declaring they don’t want smokers. This is official local government declaring that it is now illegal for companies to employ smokers. The companies no longer have a choice. Even if they are run by, and entirely staffed by smokers, no choice. Smoker-operated businesses will be run out of the State.
This is not prohibition. This is ‘sew on the yellow stars’ time and if you hear anyone scoffing ‘Godwin’s Law’ watch out – they are the ones who look forward to running the gas chambers.
Prohibition is far too small a word for this.