Smoking, cigarettes and the morality of New Labour

The Government has announced plans to raise the age that a person can legally buy cigarettes from 16 to 18. This has generally been well received but the Libertarian Alliance point out that New Labout thinks a 16 year old is mature enough to make choices about their sexual preferences but not about buying cigarettes, making the unsubtle point that:

in Tony Blair’s New Britain, a man may sodomise a schoolboy in a public lavatory, and the police must look the other way; but if he gives the boy a cigarette afterwards, he will soon be committing a criminal act

(Hat tip to Guido)