LA News Release, Nurses Should "Go Back to Emptying Bedpans - Leave Smokers Alone" (September2005)

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In Association with the Libertarian International

Release Date: Sunday 4 September 2005
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199,


The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties think tank and pressure group, condemns the demand by the Royal College of Nursing for a total ban on smoking in public.

Libertarian Alliance spokesman, Dr Sean Gabb comments:

"There is no good evidence to support the claims about passive smoking. Breathing the cigarette smoke of others has no proven adverse consequences for health. This being so, smoking is a purely personal matter. There should be no ban on smoking in public. This should be left to the choices of consenting adults.

"These nurses are overwhelmingly employed by the National Health Service. Our taxes pay their salaries. As such, it is impertinence on their part to start telling us how to live our lives.

"Their job is to help put us together again whenever we present ourselves for treatment. It is none of their business what we do with ourselves in the meantime.

"What we do with ourselves is our own business alone. As for the financial argument, smokers pay taxes that many times over cover the alleged greater costs of treating them. Even otherwise, that would be an argument against a health service funded by compulsory mass insurance - not for turning the country into a therapeutic police state.

"These women should confine themselves to the duties they have been employed to discharge. These duties include emptying bedpans and preventing bedsores.

"Any nurse who longs for a less subservient relationship with the British public should resign at once from the National Health Service. She should then have cards placed in all the telephone boxes of Central London, these to say: 'Nurse Sadie Offers Stern Discipline to Naughty Boys and Girls'. I have no doubt she will find all the willing clients she could ever handle. I wish her well in her new occupation.

"Any nurse who wishes not to work in the voluntary sector should remember her place, and keep her mouth shut on issues that do not concern her."


Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

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