Last night a distant neighbour held his annual Guy Fawkes night. Usually it takes place the weekend nearest the 5 November but he must have had his reasons for it happening last night - or maybe that was just a rehearsal. I don't know these neighbours but I have the benefit of seeing his half hour of fireworks from my garden each year and the show is perhaps better from here than his own place.
I know a few of the folk who would have been present and also have taken their grandchildren. None are smokers (the adults not the grandchildren). In fact a couple of them are 'anti-smokers' and dare I say hypocrites, because they're quite happy deriding cigarette smokers yet they're also happy inhaling arsenic and allowing their own grandchildren to inhale it during a lengthy firework display. Let's not omit the inhalation of the smoke from the bonfire which will continue to smolder away until morning.
Should we ban fireworks? Of course not. Should we ban the smoking of cigarettes? There are many who would say yes, in fact I've suggested it myself occasionally. Inhaling the 'second-hand' smoke is bad for you shout the anti-smoking lobbies but they don't call for smoking to be banned. That's because the tax from smoking pays the wages of the antis. Enjoy your celebrations and avoid eating that burnt baked potato.
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...