Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Back in the USA...
...after sojourns in the UK and the Ukraine. (Vice Squad undergoes multi-stop travel only if the destinations lend themselves to wordplay. Watch out, Paraguay and Uruguay.) Mucho vice policy news out of Britain in the last few days. New Prime Minister Gordon Brown has scrapped the mega-casino planned for Manchester. All of the substitutions that would ensue in the wake of the public smoking ban were perhaps not thought through fully in advance; in particular, the smell of cigarette smoke covers up other odors, which can now have their day in the sun, as it were. And a failure to pass some implementing legislation in a timely manner has left Stoke-on-Trent as the one town in Britain where smoking in pubs lingers on, more-or-less without hindrance -- but only for a few days more.