Hat tip to my girlfriend for noticing this one; now that Scotland has introduced a smoking ban in public* places it suddenly needs a vast army of 'smoking enforcement officers'. From the TV report on these officers it appears that these new state employees warrant fancy business suits and have to operate in pairs (and I doubt it is two for the price of one!). So yet again 'public health' is a convenient excuse for the state employing ever more non-workers and placing ever greater strain on the productive sector. It is amazing that that Edinburgh City Council has trouble emptying the bins or maintaining the streets, but it can afford to divert vast resources into stopping people lighting up.
Just another day in the life of the state.
*I say public, but it is obviously a pretty incoherent definition of public that includes privately owned businesses.