Italy’s Matteo Salvini has become a thorn in the side of the EU.
Populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had harsh words for French President Emmanuel Macron after French police confirmed they dropped off unwanted migrants in Italy, claiming it was a mistake.
Italy Declares War On Merkel And The EU
…So, the first prong of their assault on the power structure of the EU is this, challenge them on their budget while making strong statements to the rest of Europe that they are not looking to exit the euro. If they do, it will be Germany forcing that situation.
The other prong of the assault is to remake the EU from within, which Salvini has openly stated is one of his goals.
It started more than a month ago when he met with Hungarian President Viktor Orban who agreed on a strategy of creating a ‘League of Leagues’ to unite the opposition to the current technocratic rule on the European Commission.
Something that may be worth bearing in mind about Salvini is that he’s a smoker. And one who has given up smoking at least twice.
The leader of the Northern League took part in the Rai Radio2 program, Un Giorno da Pecora , conducted by Giorgio Lauro and Geppi Cucciari. ” On Monday, June 20, at 11.59 pm, I light up my last cigarette and finish my smoking career – Salvini admitted – Smoking is idiotic and hurts I had stopped for eight years on New Year’s Day since 2000, but then stupidly I resumed This time I will not do it “.
The above quote is from 2016. Since then:
FILE PHOTO: Northern League’s leader Matteo Salvini smokes a cigarette during an electoral rally in Palermo, Italy February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo
So it looks like he’s back smoking again.
I used to be pro-EU until the European Parliament voted for a European smoking ban in 2009. After that I became anti-EU more or less overnight. And as a smoker I can’t see how a political institution like the EU can survive once it starts demonising and excluding something between a quarter and a third of its 500 million citizens. It’s simply (and stupidly) made itself far too many enemies. And so I always see the rise of right wing political parties in Europe as part of the inevitable backlash by Europe’s angry and excluded smokers. After all, my own rejection of the EU is the response to it by one angry smoker.
And maybe Salvini is simply another angry smoker? And in fact he may be even angrier than other smokers, because he’s also angry at himself for carrying on smoking. Every time he lights a cigarette, he must call himself an “idiot”. And it can’t be much fun calling yourself an idiot all day long.
It’s not something I do. But then I’ve never tried to give up smoking. Not once. Ever. Nor have I ever tried to even cut down on smoking.
Because, unlike Salvini, I simply don’t believe anything that’s said about smoking any more. I suppose at one time I sort of half-believed what they said. But now I don’t believe a single word they say. And it’s not just that I don’t believe what they say about smoking, but that I also don’t believe what they say about pretty well everything else as well.
And why should I believe them? Why should I believe some little shit from a university or a medical association when he stands up and says something? I’ll listen to them. But I won’t automatically believe them. Same goes for climate scientists. Same goes for anyone.
But Salvini is someone who believes experts. He believes the experts who’ve been telling him that he’s an idiot to smoke. He believes them so much that he’s now telling himself that he’s an idiot to smoke. He’s absorbed the message completely. And if he’s angry at the EU, and the European political class, he’s also angry at himself. And that must mean that he’s a very, very angry man indeed.
Isn’t Tobacco Control doing a wonderful job? They’ve created a society of both angry capnophobic antismokers and angry excluded smokers. And they’ve also created a society of smokers who are angry at themselves. What better way to destroy a society than to not only turn everybody against each other, but even turn them against themselves? And I can only suppose that it is Tobacco Control’s intention to destroy society, given that they’ve been doing such a wonderful job of it.
In the end, it’s going to be Tobacco Control that will be destroyed, because something as evil and poisonous and destructive as Tobacco Control must be destroyed. And if Tobacco Control takes half the medical profession with it, and all the senior doctors in the WHO and RCP and BMA, so be it.
Matteo Salvini is just another angry smoker. And there are lots and lots of them out there. And most of them, like him, don’t know why they’re so angry.