...I say, "You did something that everyone hates, and over time people have gotten used to it and begin not to care too much."
The fact that this is connected with the Prime Minister's response to a smoking ban question is inconsequential. This is authoritarian thinking, and is wrong wrong wrong!
What sort of state do you have when government takes action, not for the benefit of the economy, or defence, or indeed anything directly in connection with the remit of government. But in terms of the lives and the society.
Parliament is not meant to change society. Society drives parliament. And to do anything otherwise is to go against all ideas of democracy and the tradition of this country; which everyone (except David Davis it seems) has forgotten.
That being said, maybe this is simply opportunism. Maybe there is no discernable tradition within this country any more on any real sense. That is, multi-cultralism (note not immergration), has succeeded too well. That is not one incomming culture has overcome what was indigenous (even though that is a historically inaccurate comment) within this country, but the ultimate mass of difference has created a societal flux.
Maybe our society is nothing more than a name - The United Kingdom - and a mess. And it is for our labour government to take advantage of this. Fun times!