Here in Sydney half the city is absolutely seething over the lockout laws that have devastated Kings Cross. And over in my old home of Perth there's another pub-related issue revealing the petty stupidity of nanny statists. It involves the charming "eatin' and drinkin' emporium" JB O'Reilly's in West Leederville.
See, they have some ornamental decades-old durrie ads on their walls and anti-smoking zealots wanted to spank 'em for it! Thankfully Premier Barnett scotched the proposed punishment:
“I’m overruling it,” he said.
“It is ridiculous - they are collector’s pieces. They show an era gone by. It’s not promoting smoking
“If that’s the way they choose to decorate their pub, good on them. I support them.”
So funny that lefties in WA have done their darnedest to portray Barnett as this arrogant, out of touch silvertail type. "Emperor", they call him. But while he is from the upmarket western suburbs, the reality is that he's got a much better idea of what most normal, working class folk value than his political foes.
Another prime example of his common sense approach that riled the fluffy wuffies occurred a coupla years back. It was in the wake of a spate of fatal shark attacks and greenies were shrieking up a storm because some noahs had been terminated with extreme prejudice. In one news grab he said something along these lines: "People should calm down. After all, this is just a fish we're talking about."
Like a red blood spill to a bull shark it was. Riled the moonbats even more!
No wonder the guy keeps winning elections.