Of course it will. It’s the fashionable thing. They all take their lead from each other. None of them want to be left behind. That’s how fashion works, whether it’s hats or skirts or smoking bans.
The city’s latest anti-smoking measures cover public golf courses and sports grounds as well as plazas like Herald Square.
Smoking will be allowed on pavements outside parks, and car parks in public parks. One area the ban does not cover is “median strips” – known as the central reservation in the UK – the sliver of land in the middle of a large road.
Strange that the median strips are left. Will the motorways be crowded with smokers on the central reservation, getting run over by trucks on the way there, or on the way back?That’s the whole idea, probably. It’s got nothing to do with health, after all.
Soon now, the only places that smokers will be allowed to smoke will be in special camps in remote places, surrounded with barbed wire. Smokers will be taken there in cattle trucks. And none of them will come out alive. And the official cause of death will be: smoking.
It’s a slow motion holocaust. First there are a few restrictions on smoking. Then there are more. Finally there’ll be almost nowhere smokers can smoke, even in their own homes. Nowhere except the camps. At each stage in the process there’s a pause while people get used to the latest set of rules, and begin to police them themselves. The pub smoking ban is pretty much self-policing, after all. Once the new laws are in place, people will obey the law. They always do. And smokers are as law-abiding as anybody. And anyway if the law is changed incrementally, step by step, year after year, it gives people time to adjust to the new normality.
After all, that’s pretty much how it happened in Nazi Germany. The Jews weren’t bundled into gas chambers overnight. No. They were just driven out, little by little, from their jobs and their homes. They had to wear yellow stars. Or were restricted to ghettoes. And vilified in the mass media. In the end, the only place left for them were the camps. But probably because the restrictions weren’t imposed all at once, but gradually, most people got used to the new Jew-free society. And nobody said a word about it.
Same now. Nobody says a word. It’s all happening again, just like it did in Nazi Germany, and for the exact same ‘public health’ reasons. The Jews were seen as a racial poison that had to be eradicated. Which is exactly how smokers are portrayed now. And no statesmen or bishops or writers are thundering about the iniquity of it, just as they didn’t back then.
Nothing has been learned in 100 years. Nothing at all. And that’s probably why there’s a Jewish state of Israel, fiercely guarding itself. Because Israel’s Jews know that nothing has really changed, and that it could all happen to them again. Because the eugenic programme that the the Nazis were following is still in place, preserved by the senior doctors in the medical profession and in the WHO. And those guys probably still think that Jews are a racial poison.
The Jews were evicted from their jobs and homes and herded into the gas chambers over a period of about 10 years. The smoker holocaust is being run more slowly. It’s probably more like a 50 year programme. There were only about 10 million Jews in the world back then, but there are between one and two billion smokers on the planet now. So it’s bound to take longer to eradicate the smokers.
It’s not just the numbers. There is another difference. And that is that people aren’t born smokers like Jews are born Jews. It’s a lifestyle choice. Smokers can become ex-smokers in ways that Jews could never become ex-Jews. And ex-smokers can become smokers again. And so the antismokers will become increasingly worried about ex-smokers. So once all the smokers have been eradicated, ex-smokers will fall under suspicion. Even ex-smokers will start getting fired from their jobs and evicted from their homes and refused medical care. It’s the Precautionary Principle. Better safe than sorry.
And these days we have the internet. It’s not part of the broadcast mass media. It has a plurality of points of view. Over the past 10 – 20 years, it’s become an entirely new source of information and opinion. And it’s one that now rivals the mass media in its influence. If there’s something of a furore about Global Warming, it’s entirely because of the internet. The mass media still push the global warming alarmism message. It’s the mass media versus the internet. And the authorities can just switch off the internet any time they like. Except they probably won’t do that. They’ll just ban things one by one, in a set of creeping restrictions, one by one, just like with smoking bans.
I think it’s very, very interesting that the authorities are moving so slowly and so carefully with their smoker extermination programme. Why don’t they just make smoking illegal, and have smokers wear yellow stars? Why are they pussyfooting around? Well, it’s because they fear starting a panic. They’re worried that if smokers were made to wear yellow stars, that people might remember that this is what happened to the Jews, and wake up. So they won’t be dishing out yellow stars to smokers any time soon, much as they’d like to. But what that also means is that the authorities very much fear what people might do if they caught wind of what was happening. The authorities are very frightened of the people. So they tread very carefully, watching intently what happens with every new ban they impose, only moving on to the next ban when they’re sure that the last ban has been swallowed and digested.
But people like me can see what they’re doing. I’ve got a whole raft of books in my library about Nazi Germany. The first of them was The Scourge of the Swastika, which I read when I was about 15, and shocked me to my soul. But there’s also The Musicians of Auschwitz, and Mothers of the Fatherland, and Escape From Sobibor, and the Drowned and the Saved. They’re all great classics of the literature.
I’m getting old now. I’m 63 years old. Thanks to the smoking ban, I’ve lost almost all my friends. But I’ve lived my life, and it was an absolutely wonderful life. And I’m beginning to think that when you’ve become an old man like me, it’s an ideal time to become a suicide bomber or something. It’s stupid that young people should be asked to throw away their lives before they’ve even lived them. It’s the old guys who’ve lived their lives, and who believe in freedom and personal autonomy and stupid shit like that who should step up to the plate and lay down their lives – like my Spitfire pilot uncle laid down his life, aged 23, fighting for a freedom he never lived to see.
His iconic photograph, cigarette in hand, sits on the mantlepiece above my electric fire.
So if anyone wants somebody to walk into the BMA in London, or the WHO in Geneva, and just blow the whole fucking place up, and half the cunts who work in it, I’m your man. Because I’ve got nothing left to lose.