Dies Irae

Good rant from Dick Puddlecote:

Back in 2006, government passed legislation to usher in a new age of intolerance and snobbery. It had taken around 30 years for the Godber Blueprint to take effect, that is to foster an atmosphere where it was perceived that active smokers would injure those around them, especially their family and any infants or young children who would be exposed involuntarily”.

This, of course, was the smoking ban. Based on a pre-planned lie and brought to prominence by way of three decades of slogans such as “smokers stink”, it played upon a latent dislike of smoking and smokers amongst the dregs of our society. It was an incessant onslaught which turned a nation comfortable with co-operation and tolerance into one where to openly hurl disgusting insults and threats at otherwise law-abiding and productive members of the public was actively encouraged.

It was a victory for the army of fanatical single issue state-funded tax-spongers who prey upon the borderline insane mentality of the revolting; the contemptuous; the arrogant; the pinch-lipped; the selfish; and the proudly anti-social.

A clusterfuck of the abhorrent; a circle-jerk of the hateful and nauseating.

It may be an irrelevant aside, but the thing that really gets me about them is their complete indifference to smokers, and how totally inconsiderate they all are towards them. They only consider themselves. Nobody else matters.

Some years ago I was talking to one of them about the smoking ban, and he suddenly said: “Well, I like it!” He approved of the smoking ban, and his approval was all that really mattered. I had the same experience in a phone call to an old friend, when she said, “But I like it,” in response to my complaints, once again as if that was all that mattered.

It’s the same with all the MPs who voted for the ban which, as Deborah Arnott predicted, would “exile smokers to the outdoors.” Out of sight is out of mind. The only thing they didn’t like was the way the smokers clustered outside the pubs like drowning sailors clinging to a lifeboat, and didn’t stay completely out of sight.

They exiled millions of people to the outdoors, sweeping them out as if they were so much dust and dirt, and they never once spared them a single thought. Not when they were first debating kicking them all out, nor at any time since. Because for them smokers had become non-persons. They didn’t count. They didn’t exist.

For them, millions of smokers in the UK, and tens of hundreds of millions of smokers all over the world, simply don’t exist as members of the human race. They don’t count. If they are regarded as anything at all, it is as sub-human “addicts” whose humanity (and whose rights) vanished the moment they lit their first cigarette, and 70% of whom (we are regularly told) wish they had never had lit one, and who can only be “helped” by progressively driving them further and further outside society.

The exclusion of smokers is already so complete that they are almost never mentioned in any public discourse. No politician ever says anything like, “Hey, listen. Don’t you think we’re treating smokers utterly abominably?” Not even Nigel Farage, who is about the only one who actually does consider smokers, because he’s a smoker himself.

It’s dead silence.

But one day the silence will be broken – this is inevitable -, as hundreds of millions of excluded smokers find their voice at last. It will be a dies irae, a day of terrible anger unleashed. It’ll be like a flash flood in a narrow canyon, rising quickly, flowing fast, and sweeping absolutely everything before it. It will be an unstoppable tide. A tsunami.

But they’ll never see it coming.

Because they’re not looking.

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17 Responses to Dies Irae

  1. “It was a victory for the army of fanatical single issue state-funded tax-spongers who prey upon the borderline insane mentality of the revolting; the contemptuous; the arrogant; the pinch-lipped; the selfish; and the proudly anti-social. A clusterfuck of the abhorrent; a circle-jerk of the hateful and nauseating.”

    Frank, y’shoulda been a poet! :)

    Your mention of Dies Irae has opened an annoying little itchy spot in my brain. That phrase was used as a chapter heading or episode title for the culmination of some series or book I’ve watched/read within the last year or two and I can’t think which one it might be. Anyone know? Or will this itch keep pestering me?

    :?
    MJM

    • Some French bloke says:

      Kaamelott 6×09 maybe?

    • Frank Davis says:

      “It was a victory for the army of fanatical single issue state-funded tax-spongers who prey upon the borderline insane mentality of the revolting; the contemptuous; the arrogant; the pinch-lipped; the selfish; and the proudly anti-social. A clusterfuck of the abhorrent; a circle-jerk of the hateful and nauseating.”

      Frank, y’shoulda been a poet! :)

      Actually, Dick Puddlecote wrote that. WordPress lost the indent, which I’ve now restored.

  2. Timothy Goodacre says:

    It can’t happen soon enough for me after another Budget completely taking the piss out of smokers.

    • beobrigitte says:

      There will be friendly street sellers – I already came across new ones; barely a week after the proud announcement of ladelling 5% tax onto rolling tobacco.

      Haven’t bought any of the new ones, still have a good supply and am off to stack up again even cheaper over Easter.

  3. Clicky says:

  4. Harleyrider1978 says:

    I think what it will be is the bans just become political liabilities on politicians in the end just like last time and it just quietly gets repealed and washed into the bin of society. TC will have no voice or power anymore just gone like a flying knat over a unwanted shitcan.

    • Joe L. says:

      I tend to agree. As much as I would like to witness a ‘dies irae,’ I believe we will eventually see this oppression end with a long, drawn-out whimper, not a bang.

    • ::hoping Harley The Seer is correct!::

    • Rose says:

      A Toast to the End of Prohibition

      “Dec. 5, 1933: Prohibition comes to an end in the United States

      The 18th Amendment, which prohibited the production, distribution and sale of alcohol, easily ranks as the least popular amendment in U.S. history — and the only constitutional amendment ever to be repealed.”

      “The national experiment was a resounding failure, even according to some of its early supporters. Lifelong teetotaler John D. Rockefeller, Jr, had recanted his support the year before Prohibition’s repeal,”

      “Early temperance advocates had warned that drunks were in danger — because of their high blood-alcohol levels — of spontaneous combustion (a claim that has since been proven impossible), but instead Prohibition sparked its own public health crisis. Drinking tainted bootleg liquor caused blindness, paralysis, and an estimated national average of 1,000 deaths a year.”

      “Economically, the measure also failed to generate increased sales of clothing and household goods, which supporters claimed would skyrocket once breadwinners stopped throwing away their income in saloons. Sales of soda and juice were similarly expected to rise, along with entertainment industry revenue, as people sought ways to amuse themselves while sober. But those hopes were never realized; instead, the ban on alcohol cost the federal government $11 billion in lost tax revenue, according to Ken Burns’ documentary Prohibition.”
      http://time.com/3605609/a-toast-to-the-end-of-prohibition/

  5. Barry Homan says:

    I think things will change, but nobody can foresee how or what will change. Usually there’s something that has to happen, something colossal like a war, a real epidemic, or the emergence of a strong personality or organization that will toss society on its head, reshuffle the entire deck.

    The only certainty is that change WILL happen, and it’s a simple question of when.

  6. Yvonne says:

    Smokers addicted to nicotine, the rest addicted to sugar = we are all addicts now.

  7. beobrigitte says:

    It’s dead silence.

    But one day the silence will be broken – this is inevitable -, as hundreds of millions of excluded smokers find their voice at last. It will be a dies irae, a day of terrible anger unleashed. It’ll be like a flash flood in a narrow canyon, rising quickly, flowing fast, and sweeping absolutely everything before it. It will be an unstoppable tide. A tsunami.

    I can see the beginning of this happening now. It starts off with one “little” thing and spills over to all things people are dissatisfied with. The smoking ban and ASH are pretty much top of the people anger list.
    Especially with even more tax being ladled onto tobacco.

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