It is now blatantly obvious to all that government has set its stall at destroying smokers and/or their ability to smoke in peace & quiet. Having observed the abhorrent stigmatisation, disgraceful denormalisation & the personal persecution of businesses in this country, nasbouk has to state quite clearly that, with regard to a matter of personal choice, the British govenment have now far exceeded the bounds of decent human conduct in allowing such discrimination to occur against a minority faction (that existed quite happily) in this country. Smoker/smoking hatred has been carefully nutured over the past 20 years, similar to Nazi hatred of the Jews-and Germany was destroyed! In all consience we can no longer allow this disgraceful treatment of good, honest citizens to continue-are you with us or not with us?
Councils are now pouncing on Shisha bars/cafesbusinesses with any old excuse, simply to close them down-but Shisha bars/cafes are a way of life for a large majority of our people; they have been for over 3,000 years.
Unlike the English pubs or clubs, of which 12,000 have now been lost since the implementation of the smoking ban, Shisha bars/cafes are primarily a venue that cater for those who enjoy relaxing with perfectly legal tobacco products. All people entering are fully aware of the purpose of a Shisha bar/cafe and therefore do not enter if they are opposed to a)… others smoking or b)… do not like the smell of smoke themselves. In short, Shisha bars/cafes have a specific purpose.
Shisha bar/cafe business has steadily grown over the decades in line with immigrant settlers. In this age where Health & Safety rule our daily lives, no stone is left unturned by Environmental Health Officers in their quest to ensure that cleanliness & hygene are of the highest order. Shisha bars/cafes are, therefore, businesses that care greatly for their customers and take an enormous pride in their customer base and also in their ability to attract new customers.
Shisha bars/cafes are not simply a smoke orientated business, but a great social gathering place too, where ‘elders’ often meet with the teenage generation to educate and guide. A significant factor is that a very high percentage of these people understand the meaning of ‘respect’ whereas, sadly, a very high percentage of their white, British counterparts have seldom come across the word let alone understand its meaning! It keeps the younger, adolescent members of the Asian community off the streets-and out of trouble. It is also proven that these social gatherings are far more effective than simply using ‘home guidance’.
Our mission is a simple one. We must unite to keep our Shisha bars/cafes alive. It is our culture, an age old culture that must not be allowed to die because of some ideology from an unelected organisation that has resigned itself from fighting illegal substances (as they know they cannot beat the providers), to wage a war on those that choose to enjoy a perfectly legal substance-tobacco. We have seen what happens when people simply lay down submissively and listen to empty government promises (“clean air drinkers, they will come”), businesses die in their thousands. Our fathers and our forefathers were accepted in this land decades ago and invited to live in peace & harmony. They worked hard and succeeded in gaining a foothold in British society and have invested heavily in businesses & property, only to suddenly find that our culture, which harms no one, is no longer wanted here. After investing £100,000 (in some cases) to provide a ‘social habitat’, tailor made for Asian style relaxation, it is totally wrong to discriminate against our culture so as to appease some ideological notion that has gained a foothold.
We cannot allow our culture to be destroyed, we have a right not to be discriminated against and a right to representation. Nasbo is here to fight for all shisha bars and cafes, for we know that simple amendments to the indoor smoking ban will safeguard thousands of businesses, millions of pounds of investment and tens of thousands of jobs nationwide.
Our friends at SmokersJustice.co.uk now have the proof that this law has been corrupted in favour of smoke free enforcement and the only way to stop this relentless intrusion into our human rights is to unite. We must unite as one body otherwise, like the public house licensees, they will shut down premises one by one. That is an indisputable truth!
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I have been appraised of a situation whereby a shisha cafe/bar owner has sent in all the relevant documentation, claiming damages (ie; restitution from his local council) – for all the shop front damage caused when they (the local EHO’s) ordered a burly policeman to “break in“, using a crowbar (!) even though the premises was actually open and full of customers at the time. The shop frontage is comprises entirely of pre-cast, re-inforced, aluminium quadrangle. The girl who tended the door had allowed the last ‘pre-booked‘ customer in some minutes earlier and had locked the door, leaving the key next to the till so as to continue serving customers, and also so as to prevent any of the areas less salubrious residents from entering and causing mayhem. The local MP is only too aware of the immigrant drug related problems in the area – yet the local councillor seemed unaware, or was instructed to be ‘unaware’!
The door & frame were made of solid stock and were much approved by all police forces as an anti-burglar deterrent when first invented – thus, the door/door lock & frame were never going to succumb to a mere crowbar!
The upshot was that they all trooped to the rear of the building as the door, door locking machanism & framework were all rendered useless as a security measure thanks to the utter stupidity of an ignorant EHO.
Now the reason I tell you all this is four-fold:
a)… The policeman, on the night, advised the business owner to sue the council as it was upon their instruction that he tried to force open the unenforceable!
b)… They illegally attempted to raid the flat above the business, which is a privately rented abode and is a completely separate entity….
c)… They frightened all the customers half to death, many of whom have written ‘complaint statements‘ concerning the nights events (they have all been filed correctly).
d)… All documentation has been shown to three individual, retired magistrates for ‘considered opinion’ and all three have declared that the council should make restitution. Hence the business owner has forked out the necessary £205.00 fee at his local courthouse and sent all documentation off to Salford (Manchester). Now won’t this be interesting as who knows what wheels turn within what wheels???
Now I add the last little gem because many of us already know just how corrupted our laws have become since June 1st, 2007 (and if anyone wants to take me on with that statement, they are quite welcome to – I look forward to the challenge )
It appears that the council has replied to the gentleman’s legal challenge stating that they will defend ‘robustly’ (much favoured word at the moment) and should they be successful, they will of course be claiming THEIR legal expenditure from the business owner!
That is absolutely priceless as it has cost this poor soul £205.00 in the first place to even challenge for his rightful reparation-but of course we must remember that nobody, but nobody is allowed to challenge the almighty local council/s – wherever it/they may be!
I will update this saga as it unfolds folks
This is unbelievable as far as double standards go – and even more so as it comes from Bradford Council who prosecuted yet another shisha bar/cafe as reported here a few days ago. Let me remind you of some of the ‘verbal gems‘ from Council staff:
No doubt many of you will have seen that Junoon Experience Ltd in Grattan Road, Bradford were raided (yet again because of an anonymous tip-off) and duly hauled before the courts. The owners were fined £2,500 + £653 costs and a £120 surcharge. They did not bother to attend the court hearing – and I don’t blame them for no matter what they may have said, the intolerance of anti smokers and the directives from the EU Tobacco Control would have remained exactly the same.
As I say, nice to be back after the hackers & interrupters of truth have been dismissed and we are back online again to cause unrest and concern to EHO’s and all other anti-smoking jihaddists nationwide. And why shouldn’t we when they are, by means of the most crooked of laws ever passed, murdering businesses here there & everywhere, fining good honest citizens money they don’t have just because they still enjoy a harmless smoke where an idiotic, ill thought out law now says they can’t. A classic example of the lies & misinformation used is right here in Leicester!
Lecester Royal Infirmay sits proudly, slightly south west but near the city centre. It does some wonderful repair jobs on the sick and the injured but at it very doors it spreads blatant lies & dreadful misinformation as the most repetitive & annoying tannoy in the universe constantly chants “Welcome to Leicester Hospitals, you are now on NHS property and it is illegal to smoke” Now there is a downright lie if ever there was one because of course we all know only too well that it is not illegal to smoke on hospital grounds as it OUTSIDE.
Leicester Royal Infirmary-the voice of lies & misinformation
Happily, I have already objected to the senior management but they continue to allow the message to be broadcast every single minute of the day! So much for truth & integrity! I think it is time to write to them again and remind them of their double standards.
The media maintain their relentless pursuit of anyone enjoying themselves via any form of smoking, the latest being TOWIE (The Only Way Is Essex) actresses Robyn Althasen and Imogen Leaver (above) who have been snapped in Marbella enjoying a shisha pipe. Wowee! what earth shattering news that is when the country is heading for bankruptcy, muslim loonies are beheading wives in West London, burning wives in Scotland & the cost of living going through the roof! Oh, and of course, the other great story is about the tobacco smugglers who are flooding this country with cheap tobacco products – well whose fault is that? Who caused this ‘massive problem’ in the first place?
Pubs, clubs & shisha bars all closing
This is the kind of crazy country, crazy system we have to live in. Country in financial decline but happy to keep closing down pubs, clubs & shisha bars – you just couldn’t make it up.
The only normality at the moment is the fact that Englands faint hearted “Lions/Sheep” lost theie opening World Cup match against Italy: 2-1. Some things never change!
An Islington (London) shisha cafe that repeatedly flouted the smoking ban has been hit with a £3,000 fine. More easy money for the now corrupted judicial system of this country. We have a law that basically kills off certain types of businesses and lines the pockets of those who decide on the format of such laws. What a crazy country we now live in!
We have stated all along that the EU directive was to use the courts to deter any would be sinners with regard to the smoking ban ban this latest conviction is far beyond the realms of ‘the benefit of the doubt’ or even ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ – for the latter maxim has definitely been totally forgotten by our legal system and those that sit in judgement. Just prior to the smoking ban law being implemented I was informed by a magistrate friend
As the lunatics find the truth emerging and that their idiotic idealism will eventually fail completely we find that outdoor shisha smoking laws have been quickly amended in Souq Wafiq
Anyone taking any notice of what is going on ‘ooop north’ lately? Leeds Council have now decided that “More needs to be done to deal with the creeping health timebomb that is Leeds’s growing shisha culture, licensing bosses have been told.”
A creeping timebomb??? Priceless really when consider that this “timebomb” has been going on for 3,000 years!
I am sorry to have to say this but on this occasion I can find very little sympathy for the owner [Mr Rward Mrad] of an Acton (London) premises – a shisha cafe that wasn’t even a recognised cafe!