Rishi Sunak was promoting himself as a serious politician who wanted workable policies that respect consumer choice.
preposterous anti-smoking gimmick borrowed from Jacinda Ardern
Last December, the Kiwis banned anyone born after 2010 from ever buying a pack of fags. It will be five years before this starts to bite, although it may be academic by then because the government is also removing nearly all the nicotine from cigarettes, so it is doubtful whether many smokers will be buying tobacco legally anyway.
Instead, under no pressure whatsoever, Sunak suddenly decided to wade in with the same policy.
The incremental approach outlined today is politically clever because few people are prepared to defend the rights of adults who smoke as it is, let alone people who might want to smoke in the future
At some point in the future, a 33-year-old will be able to buy cigarettes while a 32-year-old will not.
large informal market of cigarette sales between adults of very similar ages.
Customers will be infuriated. Tourists will be baffled. A few will become aggressive. It may ultimately require a system of national ID cards for the system to work properly.
wheeze will breach equalities legislation.