Better late than never, you can see me on BBC Breakfast with Duncan Bannatyne (January 14, above) by clicking on the image above or this link HERE.
During the interview Bannatyne denied having written that a 12-year-old boy should be able to call the police if his mother lit up in a car while he was present. The transcript reads:
Duncan mentioned there this example of a 12 year old boy whose mother smokes in the car. In an article Duncan wrote he actually said that boy should be able to go to the police. Now what type of society ...
That’s not true Simon, that’s not true, that’s not true.
You wrote that in an article.
No I didn’t. I was asked a question: how would you police that ...
Right, it’s your view though isn’t it.
Well children at the age of 12 should be allowed to live an existence that is smoke free and not have people blowing ...
So should they ... do you really think children should be able to report their parents to the police if they do that?
I believe, unlike Simon, I am for smokers, I believe that smokers are 90% good, law-abiding citizens and I believe they will obey the law, and they will see the law and they will stop, and you know if they don’t they will be seen by police officers and other people, the children won’t have to go to the police. You know, people said this about seat belts, you can’t introduce seat belts, how will you police it? You can police it, it’s not a problem, but most smokers will stop smoking with children in the back when it’s against the law.
FACT: writing in the Observer (October 11, 2009), Bannatyne declared unequivocally:
Smoking should be banned in cars, and particularly any vehicle with children in it. On a school visit I met a 12-year-boy who wanted to be an athlete who told me that every morning his mother lit up when she was driving to school, even though he'd begged her to stop. He should be able to report her to the police [my emphasis].
"Not true", eh, Duncan? I suggest you get your facts straight next time.
Full article HERE.