So the Plain Packets Protest has got itself 235,000 signatures. That’s a pretty good haul. And it seems that the antismoking zealots have responded by getting people from all round the world to sign in favour, in one case using the photo above. Which I think I’ll keep and use to illustrate a short story: (e.g. “Emily lit another one of her mother’s cigarettes, and gazed thoughtfully into space…”)
I don’t know why the antis are so alarmed. The public consultation is a fraud anyway. It’s just being done to go through the motions, before announcing the predetermined conclusion: which is presumably that plain packaging will be required by law.
And then they’ll move on to the next measure. Which is probably smoking in cars, or something. The whole sequence of ever-more-intrusive bans is probably proceeding according to a timetable (with ‘public consultations’ at every stage).
I was wondering yesterday whether there’s actually any stop line in the process, where the antis declare that It’s All Over. And I thought there probably wasn’t one, if only because if they ever declared Game Over, they’d lose their funding. And they wouldn’t want that, would they?
No, it’ll just go on and on. And it won’t stop even when smoking has been banned everywhere. They’ll then have to install cameras in every home to make sure nobody’s not sneaking a quick puff. And having got rid of all smoking, they’ll have to eradicate all the toxic ex-smokers (because with no tobacco available, there’ll be no smokers left). And then all the words associated with smoking, like ‘tobacco’, ‘cigarette’, etc, will have to become prohibited words. It really can go on and on.
But in the process, it’ll become abundantly clear to everyone what mean-spirited little shits these people really are, if it isn’t clear already. It won’t just be smokers like me that will hate their filthy guts: everyone will.
And perhaps some of the antismokers will start hating themselves, and what they’re doing. Because I imagine that quite a few of them actually believe they’re doing something good, in which case it’s possible that they’ll stop believing.
A very good friend of mine worked in Tobacco Control. She ceased to be a friend when I found out. But I’m sure she believes she’s doing something good, and not in the least bit ‘Nazi’ like I wrote and told her. I occasionally wonder if she ever has any qualms about anything she’s doing, or that Tobacco Control is doing. Like ‘denormalising’ smoking, and marginalising and demonising smokers. I told her to let me know when she’d stopped persecuting smokers. I haven’t heard back. So I guess that she still is. Although I think she’d probably say that she was ‘helping’ smokers.
Anyway, sooner or later, everybody is going to hate Tobacco Control. And the economic damage that smoking bans do will also become obvious to everyone. And the social damage as well.
It’s probably what happened in the USA during Prohibition. At the outset, probably a lot of people thought that the prohibitionists were saintly do-gooders. By the end they’d probably finally figured out what a bunch of hate-filled bastards they actually were, and what tremendous damage they’d done.
And I suppose that David Cameron and Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband do realise that people like me are never going to vote for them or their parties again. There’s going to be no forgiveness from me for what they’ve done. Not even if they repeal the smoking ban, and hand out £10,000 of compensation to every smoker in Britain. I’m never going to mark my cross beside any of their filthy parties again.
I guess that, if they realise it, they just don’t care. Because they reckon they’ll always be able to get enough votes to be re-elected. After all, they always have, so far.