One Nation, Huh?

I’m glad that I don’t have a TV set. Because it seems that Ed Mili, who is probably the leader of the Labour party or something (as if I cared), wants Britain to be One Nation.

It’s almost as bad as Dave Cam and his Big Society, which I’m not a member of either.

Britain can overcome the current challenges by coming together as it had in the past, he said, adding: “One nation: a country where everyone has a stake. One nation: a country where prosperity is fairly shared.

“One nation where we have a shared destiny, a sense of shared endeavour and a common life that we lead together. That is my vision of one nation, that is my vision of Britain, that is the Britain we must become.”

I don’t have a stake in Britain. I’m an outcast. Or as Deborah Arnott would say, an exile. I have to stand outside.

But the focus was on his own philosophy, which he explained had been forged through his experiences as the child of Jewish refugees from Nazism and days at a London comprehensive school…

He spoke of how his Jewish mother was rescued during the war by nuns and his father joined the Royal Navy after fleeing the Nazis.

Well, now that the Nazis are back, this time with more of their smoking bans, he might find himself a refugee again pretty soon. Unless, of course, he’s one of them now.

Anyway, I thought his parents were communists. And illegal immigrants as well.

“Have you ever seen a more incompetent, hopeless, out-of-touch, U-turning, pledge-breaking, make-it-up-as-you-go-along, back-of-the-envelope, miserable shower than this Prime Minister and this Government?” he asked.

The last few Labour governments spring immediately to mind.

It’s kind of bizarre really. Here we are, living under a piece of divisive legislation that has made social pariahs of millions of people, and we’ve got a Conservative leader who spouts a lot of baloney about a Big Society, and now we’ve got another one who gabbles about One Nation.

Look. We don’t have a Big Society. Nor do we have One Nation. Nor are we going to have any One Big Nation-Society any time soon. We have a society divided between insiders and outsiders. The insiders sit inside the pubs, and the outsiders sit outside the pubs (like I was this afternoon). It’s a deep division, and it’s set to get deeper.

Anyway, it’s all hot air. Ed’s not going to do anything for smokers or pubs. No more than Dave Cam or Nick Clegg.

But reading some of today’s comments, about age and age differences, I’m reminded that the current crop of British party leaders all look pretty juvenile to me, particularly Ed. And that doesn’t inspire much trust. I don’t have the sense that these people have lived very much, or made many mistakes, or been made any the wiser for it. They are − all of them − curiously insubstantial people.

Along the same lines, I had the further thought today that, in the war on smoking, it’s the older generation that is being quietly and deliberately sacrificed. It is upon the older generation that the impact of the smoking ban is felt most strongly. Many young people have never known anything else. Too bad if our oldie pub communities and networks of friends have been shattered by the smoking ban. We are disposable, and we are being disposed of. And a deaf ear is being deliberately turned to our protests.

A propensity to sacrifice large numbers of people in the pursuit of an ideal, purified world is of course a characteristic of Nazism.

The antismokers are fighting a very long global war on smoking. First they introduced bans gradually in trains and buses and planes. Then they banned advertising. Next they’ve banned smoking in pubs and cafes and restaurants. Recently they banned tobacco displays in shops. Now they want to bring in plain packaging. After that they’ll bring in car smoking bans. And outdoor smoking bans. And home smoking bans. And finally they’ll make tobacco illegal. I know people say that they won’t do that because they depend on the tax revenues from tobacco to fund their antismoking drive. But by then they’ll be living off the tax revenues from alcohol and everything else. The Deborah Arnotts of the world will seamlessly shift their aim from one target to another, barely changing gear in the process, or even using different formulations of words. In fact, they are already doing so.

I read once that when a fox wishes to dispose of a population of fleas, it first takes a leaf between its teeth, and then it walks very slowly backwards into a lake, until only the tip of its nose sticks out of the water, and all the fleas have gathered on the leaf. And then it releases the leaf.

Tobacco Control has adopted a similar strategy. Their aim is to gradually purge society of tobacco, and then alcohol, and then whatever comes next on their long list of things to be banned. It’s a transition they hope to accomplish within a couple of generations. And if a couple of generations have to be sacrificed to achieve their goal of a smoke-free and alcohol-free society, then so be it.

Although of course it makes complete nonsense of any notion of “One Nation” or a “Big Society”.

 

 

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19 Responses to One Nation, Huh?

  1. wobbler2012 says:

    Very good post Frank, that is the plan. God only knows how bad it is going to be in 50 years time, it will for sure make the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s and 90′s look very good and free times.

    And as for the speech, I started listening to it and it’s always the same, it’s like Groundhog day. The party in opposition are always saying “trust us the current lot are shit we’ll make it all better” yet when they get in and fuck it up the party in opposition at their own conference will say “trust us the current lot are shit we’ll make it all better” yet it never is, it’s always the fucking same shit. Yet the dickheads fall for the rhetoric election cycle after election cycle, no wonder we’re in such a mess.

    Oh while I’m at it isn’t it funny how these cocks always renege on their manifesto’s? There should be a law that dictates that whatever they promise in their manifesto’s is delivered, because it never is, so they can promise anything they like with total impunity to get the lemmings to vote for them.

  2. Ivan says:

    Beautifully written Frank. Thank you.

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Well done frank. I think the whole damn house of cards is fixing to collapse. In fact if we look back at the last time these NAZIS pushed smoking bans,alcohol bans and such they also caused a Worldwide depression and its looking as though thats the case again. It was the depression that truly destroyed them! At least for about 40 years.

  4. c777 says:

    The Liebour party conference?
    Millibands just a patsy like all of them.
    His handlers make the real decisions.
    However the first prize for cheek went to the Kinnock’s.
    They’ve got a bloody nerve stepping foot in this country, thieves and traitors the pair of them.
    I cannot see Labour being around much longer,their relationship with the Public sector parasite unions will be their downfall ,and they know it ,they are locked into a death embrace, Labour and the unions.
    The whole Liebour party may soon implode as the looney left try to take over again.
    Labour brought in the ban, myself and i’m sure many others, will never ever forget or forgive that.

  5. I had the same thought as you about this One Nation/Big Society poppycock. There they both are pompously trying to be our friends, while their government and civil service are furiously waging war on those who like a drink, a smoke, a burger, a can of coke, or salt on their chips.

    They’re even willing to fight tooth and nail with the EU for the right to punish us, while they won’t stand up to them at all when it would be in our people’s interests.

    Now they want us to forget all that and stand shoulder to shoulder with them? Per-lease.

  6. beobrigitte says:

    I actually watched this speech – and was speechless!

    This
    “Have you ever seen a more incompetent, hopeless, out-of-touch, U-turning, pledge-breaking, make-it-up-as-you-go-along, back-of-the-envelope, miserable shower than this Prime Minister and this Government?” he asked.

    was a curious question, coming from a spineless, incompetent, hopeless, out-of-touch, U-turning, pledge-breaking, make-it-up-as-you-go-along, back-of-the-envelope, miserable shower of tobaccocontrol riddled party leader.

    It’s kind of bizarre really. Here we are, living under a piece of divisive legislation that has made social pariahs of millions of people, and we’ve got a Conservative leader who spouts a lot of baloney about a Big Society, and now we’ve got another one who gabbles about One Nation.

    ONE NATION?? How can we be one nation?
    Labour still owes this country the promised INDEPENDENT review of the smoking ban. I guess they just choose to ignore the damage this ban has caused.

    No I have neither forgotten and never forgiven the introduction of the smoking ban. It is sad, when this smoking ban becomes an issue in who to vote for but they asked for it.

    • margo says:

      Indeed it is sad. I’m getting to the point where, if I vote at all, it will only be for someone who promises to overturn the ban – no matter what his/her other policies might be. And, considering how strongly I feel about certain other matters, that’s a terrible thing.
      Did Miliband say a single word, by the way, about what his policies actually are?

      • beobrigitte says:

        Indeed it is sad. I’m getting to the point where, if I vote at all, it will only be for someone who promises to overturn the ban – no matter what his/her other policies might be.

        So am I. This ban has done too much damage. It is quite obvious that the labour years will need a long time to be ironed out; give me my ashtrays in pubs back and I will see that the pub trade will be revived and with that students footing extortionate loans for £15000/year jobs after graduation will not have to resort to the sex trade to finish their studies.

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Tourism crisis in Lebanon

    Al-Bawaba‎ – 1 hour ago
    Lebanon’s hospitality sector has begun to dismiss employees following a sharp decline in business, a leading hotelier told The Daily Star.

    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/Lebanon/2012/Oct-03/189971-hotels-dismiss-staff-over-low-tourism.ashx

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    Car-makers should resume placing ashtrays to newfangled vehicles

    To the Editor:

    I am a nonsmoker. Never smoked, never will. I love and respect all my friends and family who choose to smoke. However, I hate, hate, hate cigarette, cigar, marijuana or any other stinking smoke.

    One of the most egregious acts perpetrated on our environment is the smokers’ habit of flinging their butts out their car window. Following in my car I find myself grumbling and wondering how an otherwise thinking individual can sully our world in such a thoughtless way. Why can’t they just use their ashtray? Why? Because they probably don’t have an ashtray in their car!

    What are smokers to do, eat their butts? In a wrong-headed attempt at curtailing this horrible habit, car makers have built ashtray-less cars.

    A friend drives a Mercedes Benz. He has an ashtray. That’s the ticket. All you puffers have to do to cease your annoying act is to run out and buy a Mercedes. Problem solved.

    Dave Machan
    Fayetteville

    http://blog.syracuse.com/opinion/2012/10/car-makers_should_resume_placi.html

    • margo says:

      Bringing ashtrays back to cars. Excellent! You make me smile every day, Harleyrider

      • beobrigitte says:

        I agree, Margo. Harley is proof that what we are being told about the Americans loving the smoking ban is as much a lie as “The smoking ban works wonderfully in other countries”.
        Keep up the good work, Harley!!!!! I have referred many German people who are disgruntled with the Americans for this ban to your posts. They begin to understand the extend of the lies we are being told!!!

    • nisakiman says:

      Heh! That’s a great find, Harley. And so true.

    • beobrigitte says:

      A friend drives a Mercedes Benz. He has an ashtray. That’s the ticket.

      Whilst this is true, I must admit that the ashtray in my car (I will not buy a car without ashtray) will not be used for it’s purpose.
      As a thoughtful member of society it took a while for me to join this smoker’s statement of flicking the butts out the window as a mode of saying: ‘I do smoke in MY car and you are not invading it’.

      I – for one – will be glad when this anti-smoker nonsense is over and the ashtray in my car can be used for it’s purpose again.

  9. Henry Crun says:

    What Ed didn’t tell us was that the reason that his family fled Poland in the first place was because his commie grandad was in the Red Army that got its arse well and truly whipped by the Free Poles

    • beobrigitte says:

      because his commie grandad was in the Red Army that got its arse well and truly whipped by the Free Poles

      These days I am learning a lot about the Polish (new member of family) – they have already been invaded by tobacco control……. And they don’t like it, either.

  10. ricktransit says:

    Exactly my reaction when I saw this One Nation claptrap on the front of a newspaper. And it’s been my reaction to every positive, optimistic pronouncement from a politician since July 2007. It all makes me feel – so what? I can’t have a cigarette indoors anywhere except in my own house. i’m constantly vilified and considered to be a stinking idiot by bigoted commentators. “Let’s make this a great nation!” It won’t be a great nation until I can sit down in comfort and have a pint and a cigarette again. And it’s not just politicians. It’s in advertisements for hotels, bars, restaurants, ships, the lot: “Relax in our luxurious ambience”… “Enjoy our cosy atmosphere”. What’s luxurious or cosy about having to go out into the cold and the rain if you want to smoke? Everything these days contains the unspoken message “Unless you smoke, of course, in which case you can fuck off”.

  11. nisakiman says:

    Everything these days contains the unspoken message “Unless you smoke, of course, in which case you can fuck off”.

    Ne’er a truer word were spoken. (Or typed! :) )

  12. waltc says:

    ““One nation: a country where everyone has a stake. One nation: a country where prosperity is fairly shared…..One nation where we have a shared destiny, a sense of shared endeavour and a common life that we lead together.”

    Sounds like socialist claptrap to me. “Prosperity is fairly shared” means “soak the rich” or anyone who has more than anyone else. “Shared destiny”? “A common life”? No, I want a private life, thanks. not part of some collective life let alone a collective destiny. No do I want to share my destiny, good or bad, with anyone else. Earn your own goddam destiny.

    As for the role of smokers and soon a lot of other incorrect groups in this One Nation To Be, the impulse behind this isn’t just Nazi, it’s all totalitarianism, left, right and middle. After all, it was Lenin (wasn’t it?) who came up with the premise that “you have to break eggs to make an omelet.” Smokers, in this case, are just the first eggs

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