You Want Violence, Eh?

My attention has been drawn to to an NHS video which shows smokers being punched by invisible people. No doubt this is what antismokers would like to do to smokers. Or, more likely, would like other people to do to them. I suppose they think, in their crude way, that threats of violence will ‘encourage’ people to give up smoking. Can we look forward to videos depicting drinkers being beaten up? Or fat people?

What these people don’t seem to understand is that smokers are perfectly capable doing exactly the same to anti-smokers. Smokers are perfectly capable of hitting back, with extreme violence. The people who make these videos probably imagine that they can do so with impunity, and that the state (or in this case the NHS) has a monopoly on violence. But it doesn’t. It never has, and it never will.

These people are like vandals, tossing around lighted matches (or cigarettes) inside a house. Ha, ha. What fun to be a vandal. And paid by the government to boot. When they at last succeed in starting that fire, they will find themselves trapped in a burning building. Where are they going to run to? Or have they already got visas to Argentina and Paraguay, and the new identities to go with them?

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3 Responses to You Want Violence, Eh?

  1. Anonymous says:

    NHS video
    I’ve registered a complaint with the ASA about the video.

  2. Frank Davis says:

    Re: NHS video
    I registered a complaint with the ASA about an earlier video. It was turned down. I think all complaints to date have been rejected except maybe the little girl with a fish hook through her lip.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Re: NHS video
    I’m reliably informed, though I’ve never put it to the test, that the only cast-iron way of ensuring that a complaint gets taken seriously is to say that (a) you object to it on the grounds of racism, (b) you object to it on the grounds of sexism, (c) that it is illegal or unlawful in some way, or (d) that your cheeeeeldren (no matter whether you have any or nor) were upset by it. Any other minority groups (like smokers), or indeed adult members of the public generally, are considered “fair game” and any complaints they make are largely ignored.

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