Nobody much seemed interested in hunting down Margo’s dentist. Jax probably had it about right:
Like a lot of people (although not you ballsy lot on here, who are much braver!), I take the line of least resistance when dealing with medicos of all kinds, including dentists.
Dentists are actually required to give smoking cessation advice so complaining to the NHS, GDC or MPs brainwashed enough to vote for display bans and plain packaging won’t get you anywhere.
Which is probably perfectly true.
But it also seems true that if Tobacco Control doesn’t meet any resistance, it will be encouraged to press on with further measures. And that’s exactly what it does. After getting their public smoking ban they’ve successfully campaigned for tobacco display bans, car smoking bans and plain packaging. And they’re after a complete outdoor smoking ban, of course. They never stop.
As long as smokers simply retreat before them, they’ll carry on advancing.
What happens when retreat ceases to be an option? Nannying Tyrants closed down his blog a year or two back, and announced he had made The Great Escape. He’d left England. He didn’t say where he’d gone.
I think that’s another example of retreat. In fact, it’s headlong retreat. He’d taken the path of least action.
But what happens when his new country of abode adopts the same strict antismoking laws as the UK? I remember reading that when the UK smoking ban came into force in 2007, the musician Mike Oldfield (of Tubular Bells fame) did the same thing – and moved to Spain. But Spain brought in its own equally draconian smoking ban in 2011. Has he moved somewhere else again since?
What happens when there’s nowhere to go? What happens when they’ve finally got you cornered, and there’s no way out?
Maybe that’s the point where the path of least action is no longer to flee (which has become impossible), but instead to fight. A hunted animal will flee from its pursuers until it’s finally cornered, when it’ll very often turn round and fight.
I can see a time coming for smokers when retreat will simply no longer be an option, and they’ll have to turn and fight.
We can’t expect politicians to do it for us. Politicians are only going to be as determined to do something as their voters are. And if their smoking voters just retreat before every new antismoking edict, why should they not retreat also? As long as nobody is complaining loudly about it, they’ll carry on nodding through every single new atrocity that Tobacco Control proposes.
As far as Drs. go I tell them from the start I want no lectures, at my age I am entitled to be left alone and I have no wish or intention to stop smoking, so far they accept that. Of course whatever kills me it will be ‘smoking related’ unless the insanity passes.
I think everybody is hoping that the insanity will soon pass, like a thunderstorm or something. But what if it doesn’t? In my reply, I wrote:
This is one of the reasons I’ve turned against the NHS. I’ve realised that, once they no longer have to keep their customers happy, they become little tyrants. In fact, that may well be exactly where the insanity starts, and why it’s not going to end any time soon.
I phoned my local NHS dentist today. It was closed yesterday: they don’t work on Mondays (Nice work if you can get it!). And today I was told that treatment could only be done on Thursday, on a first-come first-serve basis in response to phone calls received first thing that morning. Why they couldn’t book people in before Thursday wasn’t explained. So everyone has to phone at 9 a.m. on Thursdays. The phone’s probably engaged all morning. Or maybe just not answered at all. Who needs customers?
So it looks like my local NHS dentist only works on Thursdays. And much the same must go for the rest of the staff, who’re hardly likely to show up if no dental treatment is being provided.. And they’re all most likely on full time wages.
It’s the same with my local library. It used to open every day. Now it only opens twice a week. Who needs readers?