A few days ago I read on the Devil’s Kitchen:
Labour threw open Britain’s borders to mass immigration to help socially engineer a more multicultural country, a former Government adviser has revealed.
The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and "rub the Right’s nose in diversity", according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett.
I think the main thing I drew from this is that New Labour really have been engaging, or attempting to engage, in social engineering. And if they’ve been doing it with immigration to produce a more multicultural country, then they’ve most likely been doing it with the smoking ban as well.
For the pub smoking ban has always seemed to me to be an attempt to destroy a traditional British culture – a relaxed, boozy culture of beer and cigarettes. I’ve always felt that any MP who voted for the smoking ban was someone who was either indifferent to or actively hated traditional pub culture.
For in order to create a brand new ‘multi-cultural society’ it is arguably necessary to dismantle the pre-existing culture, in much the same way that acres of back-to-back housing has to be demolished to make way for concrete high-rise housing in the 1950s and 60s.
So, was the smoking ban something that was necessitated by public health concerns, or was it motivated just as much by a desire to destroy traditional British culture, and ‘radically change the country’? Since the alleged public health concern always rested upon the flimsiest of reasons, perhaps this alternative explanation merits consideration.
If it was an attempt to change the culture, it would appear to have been a thoroughly botched job. It was one which simply destroyed the old culture, and left smokers stranded outside their pubs in the open air. Was that really intended? Not a great success really. When post-war governments set out to destroy the hated back-to-back housing in the 1950s, they at least had an idea of of the high-rise housing the displaced population were to move to. But in the case of the smoking ban, the government made no attempt to provide an alternative ‘smoke-free’ culture to which smokers might wish to belong, and happily forego their cigarettes to enjoy. All we have, after the smoking ban, is a vandalised cultural institution, that has not been replaced by anything better. They demolished the old culture, but put nothing in its place.
But then, since this Labour government seems now to wish to set about attacking drinkers as much as it set about attacking smokers, perhaps the truth is that the Labour government didn’t give a damn about the pubs at all. First the smokers would be driven from them, and then the drinkers. Perhaps the Labour party, in its desire to ‘radically change the country’, is quite happy to see the entire pub industry close down. Perhaps it has all been part and parcel of a much wider assault on British culture, which includes setting children against their parents, and making every adult into a paedophile.
It might make some sort of mad sense if this Labour party were firmly locked in power, and had years or decades in which to carry through this sort of cultural revolution. But next year Labour are almost certain to be voted out of office. And in large part they’ll be voted out by the traditional British working classes whose culture they have so grievously assaulted, and who once made up their core vote, and who are quite likely to never forgive them for what they have done. There seems to be a strong case for arguing that the Labour party will not be re-elected to government for another generation, after these serial acts of cultural vandalsim.
But perhaps the Labour party is not bothered about committing political suicide, because they know that David Cameron’s Conservative party will simply continue where they left off, and carry on with Labour’s wholesale destruction of British culture. After all, the Tory party shows no sign that they will act to amend the smoking ban in any way whatsoever. What is there to say that the Tories won’t continue and intensify Labour’s war on smokers and drinkers and fat people? Have they said they won’t?
Perhaps it is that Labour and Conservative and Lib Dem are just individual flavours of a single party – the established political class – which has come into existence over the past 50 years or so, and which has its own internal consensus upon which all are tacitly agreed. It’s a consensus that seems to be in favour of the EU. And of global warming. And of multiculturalism. And of who knows what else. Perhaps David Cameron also believes in ‘engineering a more multicultural society’, and ‘radically changing the country’? Perhaps it has been deemed necessary to entirely shatter British culture in order to facilitate an easy transition to a new European culture?
Perhaps. Perhaps. Perhaps. I’m speculating. Who knows what the truth is? But if the ill-thought-through smoking ban is the prime example of such social engineering in operation, then very much more of it can only bring disaster. People will revolt in the polling booths, when they’ve simply had enough. Not only will the Labour party be destroyed, but so also will the Conservative party. The political settlement of the past 60 years, and the political class that grew out of it, will be shattered, and new parties will arise from the rubble to take their place.
But then maybe David Cameron, when he takes office next year, will announce a referendum on Europe for the British people. And maybe he’ll declare that he’s become newly sceptical about global warming. And he’ll repeal not just the hunting ban, but also the smoking ban as well, and a great deal of Labour’s totalitarian legislation. But apart from the hunting ban, it doesn’t look very likely right now that he’ll do any of these.