The new cabinet isn’t the only funny thing happening around town this week. Another funny political joke I’ve heard recently actually took place in the final days of Salah Al-Muwajdeh as minister of health, who announced that smoking in public places such as the airport, malls and tourist-related restaurants will be banned starting the first of March.
And while that’s great that they’re finally getting around to implementing the law (at least for the next four months) I don’t think I need to point out the punchline here.
In a country where nearly every government employee can be found casually smoking in smoke-filled public-sector spaces as they interact with the everyday citizen. In a country where police officers blow smoke in your face in smoke-filled police stations and will either offer you one or pawn one off of you. In a country where the environment rangers who have the “power” to fine you for smoking can be seen smoking in their own cars. In a country where public sector doctors and judges and nurses and security guards, all smoke carefree in front of a wall that is cluttered with non-smoking signs…
In this kind of country: what the heck do you expect the everyday citizen to do when they’re at the airport, a mall or a restaurant?
In this kind of country, I’m forced to wonder what exactly were lawmakers smoking when they dreamt up this policy?
Clean up your own house first.