Lib Dem Voice today publishes an article by Roger Williams MP backing a ban on smoking in cars where children are present.
This proposal is about as well thought out as that of Lib Dem MSP Jim Muir of whose bill I wrote back in April:
On first glance it may seem an attractive extension of tough anti-smoking laws to further dissuade the recalcitrant minority of smokers to give up and to protect children from second hand smoke. Until you think about it that is.It was a wrong headed idea earlier this year and nothing has conviced me since that this is still not the case.
There are a number of fundamental problems with this bizarre idea - notwithstanding its fundamental illiberalism and unacceptable increase in state intrusion into the private realm. Firstly it is basically unenforcable - as anyone who has observed drivers chatting or texting on their mobile phones with impunity can testify.
Secondly - even if it was enforceable (and it will be interesting to hear the police's view of the proposal) - it is aimed at the wrong target.