"This policy is expected to spread, we are told by 'experts' (John Banzaf leading the field: this is the organisation of which he is chief executive, you can see him give his tuppence worth about a council's anti-smoking policy in Scotland here). We can see how smokers get the short straw: it reflects the power of the enemies of tobacco in the market place".Now we all know that Banzaf is a raving lunatic of gigantic proportions when it comes to anti tobacco and he has long advocated that smokers should be denied jobs. Well, let's take this a step further and show you where lunatics like this take us.
Let's think to Libya, Egypt Yemen etc for a minute and just look at the carnage over there as Governments, Rulers, Dictators etc are ousted by the people-because the people are not at all happy. Smoking bans have been implemented, not to long ago, in these countries. (H/T Frank Davis)
Consider the implications of said smoking bans to those who live impoverished lives, those who have nothing to start with, those whose only comfort is a fag! What are 'they' denying these people? For many it will seem that they are denying them their very existence; for many, enough is enough!
Back home, here in good old Blighty, we have a different scenarion as, post war, we built up industries that earned people money, some people lots of money! The common factor was possessions, we all accrued more and more possessions which we guard jealously. The first of many Americanisms crept in the back , viz, "keeping up with the Joneses" as people, some unashamedly, tried to outdo each other with the latest gadgetry or apppliance etc. In other words we left our far east counterparts way behind as they had camels and mud huts (whitewashed!) and we had washing machines and cars.
So, rulers and dictators, adhering to the WHO's requirements have banned smoking and caused themselves all manner of problems.
Now let's suppose that we lost our greed factor, our "I'm alright Jack" persona's and thought about this situation properly. "Smokers should not be employed" screams Banzaf, Ok then, let's not be employed! It's as simple as that folks. The state has to provide the unemployed with the means to survive, albeit meagerly, but to survive. It is their rules we are playing by not ours. In a country of 63 million people where a certain previous government has already bankrupted us AND sold our gold reserves at a bargain basement price it is not going to take the 25% of the population who do smoke to cease work and relax on the dole. I would think that out of 15.5 million smokers less than 25% of that number can bring this country to its knees bigtime! Let's say that 3.5 million no longer work, added to the already fast approaching 3 million already existing on state benefits and I would think you will have to agree with me that this, and any other government, is totally fucked!
You begin to see now people just how fragile a government really is, it relies on people's avarice, people need to own this, that or the other. on the other side of the world they don't have this, that or the other so they don't miss it! We have become too self indulgent, we crave possessions, we love to laud over others, our class society dictates such.
Marching through Buckinghamsire in 1936. (The Jarrow marchers.)
75 years ago the men from Jarrow marched to London (another one is coming soon) in protest at the lack of jobs in the North East. Well wishers helped them along the way with bread & pennies - would the same happen today in our materialistic society? I doubt it, most people would shrug their shoulders and say 'good luck' to them as they plodded through their town or city. But what if the smokers joined this year? The students are unhappy, the jobless in the north east are unhappy again, the jobless in the North West, the South East and the South West are unhappy too as our industries fade away. The smokers all over the country are unhappy too as are all the ex licensees of their labour behind their respective bars, indeed, one licensee suffered the ignominy of HMP bars for his efforts to object!
So folks, are you beginning to see just how fragile this country really is? Do you not see that protest is workable-a silent protest. No need for yawping and bawling like common yobbo's, a peaceful march, gathering momentum on the way to London is the way to capture the MSM's attentions. All disenchanted factions joining together for once and showing these turkeys in power that they do need to listen to the people because with out the people ( I think I mentioned this before)...they are fucked!