Octabber Resistance

I came across two articles on breitbart today. The headline above the first was:

Town Mayor Beaten Unconscious By Locals After Announcing Plan To Welcome Migrants

and above the second was:

Former Mayor Suing Townspeople For Failing to Welcome Migrants

I wondered at first if they were about the same mayor in the same town. But in fact they were stories from two different towns in Europe.

Somehow or other these two stories seemed to summarise the state of modern politics in Europe, where the political class has ceased to represent ordinary people, and is increasingly at odds with them.

The European political class, right down to the level of mayors, seem to believe that it’s no longer their job to merely represent ordinary people, but to instead to cajole and bully and shame them – in this particular case to “welcome migrants,” which neither town seemed particularly disposed to do.

The same is true in the UK, where – as I reported yesterday – Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government plans to reduce the nation’s waistline. It’s no business of the government to attempt to reduce the nation’s waistline. It’s not their job. It’s a role that they have arrogated to themselves.

Politics now, across the whole of Europe, is governments versus peoples.

But people don’t want to be cajoled and bullied and shamed. It shouldn’t be any part of representative democracy for governments to engage in this – whether it’s about smoking or waistlines or migrants.

The principal task of the peoples of Europe over the next few years or decades is going to be one of ridding themselves of this arrogant, bullying political class, and replacing them with politicians who see their first duty as one of listening to the people they represent rather than lecturing and coercing them.

And the more the arrogant, bullying political class tells people to stop smoking, drinking, eating, and tells them to go Green, accept hordes of migrants, and cut their “carbon footprint”, the sooner this will happen.

I am beginning to understand why the French people overthrew their government in 1789, and cut off the heads of many of the ruling aristocratic political class. That may be the only cure for such arrogant, bullying people. I hope they have a few guillotines in their museums that they can get working again, should this expedient prove necessary.

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Today is the start of Octabber, a month when people are encouraged to smoke twice as much tobacco than usual. Regular commenter DP today wrote:

Having seen a ‘stoptober’ (he must surely mean Octabber) advert on Facebook, I shall now smoke an extra four cigarettes this month. My second regular smoke of the year (National Smokers’ Day – 1 July) produced an interesting appreciation of the experience. Perhaps all those cigarettes (up to 6 a year) I’ve smoked under extreme provocation from the anti-smokers, are beginning to kindle an addiction. Who knew that ash et al were such an effective marketing tool for the tobacco industry?

I commend DP’s principled stand. Perhaps next year he’ll reach 7 a year?

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21 Responses to Octabber Resistance

  1. Roobeedoo2 says:

    I’ve been pleasantly surprise at the lack of publicity for Stoptober this year. It’s been very quiet. Last year it was ramped up throughout September.

    • Joe L. says:

      Hopefully your obsevation is indicative of the funding cuts for antismoking organizations we’ve been hearing about over the past year. Maybe we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. jaxthefirst says:

    To my mind, one of the biggest advantages of the Brexit vote is that, over time, politicians, after a long period of not really having to do much by way of “real” governing (all the biggest and most important decisions having been snatched away from them by the EU) will suddenly now have to start making the kind of big decisions that we actually elect them to make. Things like national security, running an effective civil service, passing proper laws (rather than silly single-issue ones that duplicate laws we’ve already got), and managing the country’s economy. They simply won’t have enough time to waste devoting their energies towards personal crusades. That’s why they’ve all been running around like chickens with their heads cut off since June. It isn’t just that they never had a proper plan in place for a Brexit win (which, of course, they didn’t), but the fact is that the vast majority of the present incumbents in Parliament have never had the foggiest idea of the size and scale of the real job of running a whole country. To be honest, they’ve been out of the “power loop” for so long, they’d have a tough time running a children’s birthday party! They think being an MP is all about having the contacts and the clout to make silly little changes here and there – a park smoking ban here, a street drinking ban there, traffic-calming measures somewhere else – that sort of thing. But now, all of a sudden, they’ve got a really, really BIG THING to sort out, and panic has clearly set in. On the negative side, I strongly suspect that we’ll therefore see quite a rash of “sugar tax” style campaigns, as these small-minded politicians suddenly realise that the window of opportunity to push their own personal preferences onto the rest of us is shortly about to close. So we’d better brace ourselves!

    In the longer-term, however, I think that Brexit will really sort out the wheat from the chaff amongst our Parliamentary representatives. Sadly, we’re stuck with the pretty mediocre (and that’s being generous) bunch that we already have for a few years yet, but I think that gradually those who have a modicum of ability will come to the fore over the course of the very tricky, very lengthy and highly complex Brexit process, simply because they will have to, and those without ability will gradually fade from the political scene, as it becomes increasingly clear that the scale of the job which they are now expected to do is far in excess of their – err – somewhat “modest” capabilities. And good riddance to the lot of them. I strongly suspect that it’s largely from the ranks of those inept, hopeless politicians that vanity projects like sugar taxes, and park smoking bans, and cycling super-highways, and London lorry bans, and all number of other shallow “single-issue” hobby-horse-style rules emanate, so their departure from the corridors of power can only be a good thing. With a bit of luck, they’ll take with them their support for all those spiteful, sycophantic little single-issue lobby groups who have “had their ear” for so many years, so it’ll be largely all over bar the shouting for them, too, at least as major players in policy-making. So, good riddance again.

    On another tack, I am, of course, supporting Octabber in my usual fashion by trying to smoke a bit more throughout the month, but this year I’ve added the cringeworthy “Sober October” to the mix too and will make a point of having at least one alcoholic drink every day. Doesn’t sound like much to all you regular beer or wine consumers, I’ll admit, but I’m usually a very, very occasional drinker and under normal circumstances, it’s likely that I would drink very little alcohol, or maybe none at all during the month, in the absence of any special occasions (which I don’t think there are in October for me, this year). So in my case, the Sober October campaign will have achieved the highly worthy aim of increasing my alcohol intake by about 30-fold at the very least. Result!

    • Rose says:

      Oh I do hope you are right, Jax. Lifestyle meddling is a luxury they can no longer afford now that they have proper, important jobs to do.

      I saw my first advert for Sober October yesterday, so I shall have to buy a bottle of fizzy lemonade, which ticks another box, and break out the Angostura Bitters again which I hope counts.

      • DP says:

        Dear Rose

        At least they are not demanding total abstinence, merely a little sobriety, so the one bottle of wine is OK.

        The sports club we used to frequent in Nigeria offered a drink called a Chapman. Amazingly Mr Google knows all about it – https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=chapman+bitters+drink&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b&gfe_rd=cr&ei=hqHyV8qRLqjA8geiq7K4Bg

        From memory, the club’s recipe was lime cordial over ice, a dash of Angostura bitters topped up with a lemon-lime Mirinda in a pint glass, and a slice of lemon or lime. Our home made Chapmans didn’t taste the same, so perhaps the club actually used grenadine, as suggested in on-line recipes.

        It was the only pseudo-alcoholic drink we had, save for New Year’s Eve, gulps of Dad’s beer or teenage parties at the golf course and the Deputy High Commissioner’s house.

        I hear nostalgia calling. Must invest in a bottle of Angostura.

        DP

  3. Lecroix says:

    Reblogged this on Contra la ley "antitabaco" and commented:
    jajajaja ¡es exactamente lo que dices tú, rubia!

    “I am beginning to understand why the French people overthrew their government in 1789, and cut off the heads of many of the ruling aristocratic political class. That may be the only cure for such arrogant, bullying people. “

  4. Rose says:

    Make Irn-Bru as ‘unacceptable’ as smoking, say Scotland’s health campaigners
    2nd Oct

    “Leading Glasgow University academic Mike Lean, along with Cancer Research UK and Obesity Action Scotland, claim the UK Government’s sugar tax – due to be implemented on soft drinks in 2018 – does not goes far enough and says the Scottish Government, which is developing a new obesity strategy, must take a stand to stop hundreds of thousands of deaths from type 2 diabetes, breast and bowel cancers. They are also demanding that the Government ban billboard adverts and sponsorship deals with soft drink companies.”

    “Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s cancer prevention expert based at the University of Stirling, backed moves to make sugary drinks as socially unacceptable as smoking.”
    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14777126.Make_Irn_Bru_as____unacceptable____as_smoking__say_Scotland_s_health_campaigners/

    Excuse me while I fall about laughing.
    If that doesn’t wake people up, I don’t know what will.

    • smokingscot says:

      Clearly Linda Bauld has never gotten totally wasted.

      Irn Bru is – in Scotland at any rate – the default cure for a monumental hangover. It’s got to be the real thing however; none of this diet rubbish. And that’s why it outsold Coke and Pepsi in Scotland for years. Still beats Pepsi.

      http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/business/Industry/article1136333.ece

      On a slightly more serious note, they say there are two types of people who use Poundland. Those who must and those who chose to do so. It’s the must’s I refer to, also known as the less well off. Or the disadvantaged, or just the poor.

      Just how do you feed a bunch of kids on a severely limited budget?

      Poundland caters to them magnificently. here’s their list of “soft drinks”:

      http://www.poundland.co.uk/food-and-drink/soft-drinks.

      If you really want to depress the heck out of yourself, go spend time there a couple of days before Christmas. The care and consideration they put into presents for their kids is remarkable – and you just know they’ll be bust within an hour. Ain’t no Fisher Price – not even close.

      (I on the other hand frequent the place because they’ve got five Rizzla for yer Quid and they do a super line of 6mm filters, 525 or so, funnily enough for the same price).

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  6. Igromyown says:

    I have always preferred the previous month of Startember.

  7. Rose says:

    Just in case Jeremy Hunt and Action on Sugar pretend it’s a new idea.

    1953: Sweet rationing ends in Britain
    5th Feb 1953

    “Children all over Britain have been emptying out their piggy-banks and heading straight for the nearest sweet-shop as the first unrationed sweets went on sale today.Toffee apples were the biggest sellers, with sticks of nougat and liquorice strips also disappearing fast.One firm in Clapham Common gave 800 children 150lbs of lollipops during their midday break from school; and a London factory opened its doors to hand out free sweets to all comers.
    Adults joined in the sugar frenzy, with men in the City queuing up in their lunch breaks to buy boiled sweets and to enjoy the luxury of being able to buy 2lb boxes of chocolates to take home for the weekend.

    Stocks ‘sufficient’

    The government and manufacturers have been quick to reassure the public that there would be no repeat of the first attempt to de-ration sweets, in April 1949, when demand far outstripped supply and they were put back on ration after just four months.
    This time, the Minister of Food, Major Gwilym Lloyd-George, has told the House of Commons that he has no doubt that stocks are sufficient. He has ordered a one-off allocation of extra sugar to manufacturers to help them meet the anticipated surge in demand.

    Sugar still rationed

    Sugar itself, though, still remains rationed, and manufacturers say the Ministry of Food should have freed sugar supplies as well as those of sweets and chocolate.As it is, they will have to make enough sweets to meet the demand of a de-rationed market, but with only 54% of the sugar supplies they had before the war.

    However, overall the industry gave a warm welcome to the news. “We are very glad about it,” said a spokesman for the Cocoa, Chocolate and Confectionery Alliance. “We will do all we can to make it work.”
    So far, despite the heavy sales, there have been no signs of panic buying, even though there are already shortages of the most popular brands.One reason may be that the price of confectionery has nearly doubled during the war, and many have not been taking up their full 6oz ration.

    Sweet coupons, though, will be with us for some time yet: it takes so long to print all 50m ration books that next year’s have been designed already, sweet ration and all.”
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/5/newsid_2737000/2737731.stm

  8. Pat Nurse says:

    Octabber was never about getting people to smoke more, or to promote smoking to anyone who doesn’t smoke. It is about smokers saying in a positive way that we love our tabs and we won’t quit no matter how much we are bullied but it has never encouraged people to smoke more than they enjoy or to start smoking if they’ve never smoked.

  9. Smoking Lamp says:

    In the spirit of Octabber Resistance: “Should The Smoking Ban In Bars And Lounges Be Lifted In Cheyenne? [POLL]”

    Read More: ShouldThe Smoking Ban In Bars Be Lifted In Cheyenne? [POLL] | http://kgab.com/do-you-think-the-smoking-ban-in-bars-and-lounges-should-be-lifted-in-cheyenne-poll/?trackback=tsmclip

  10. DP says:

    Dear Mr Davis

    I read somewhere that the stoptober smoker persecution fest has had its funding cut. Those nice people at ash have a helpful table showing how much taxpayer cash has been squandered on mass-media campaigns: http://ash.org.uk/media-and-news/press-releases-media-and-news/stoptober-ash-calls-for-more-mass-media-campaigns-to-help-smokers-to-quit/. They quote Lord Prior as stating that stoptober funding is £1m this year. Apparently half of that is being thrown at Facebook to advertise stoptober fest.

    That nice Ms Arnott is demanding more spending, though quite why when the advent of electronic cigarettes has helped many who want to stop or reduce smoking tobacco consumption. All that’s required is that e-cig companies be allowed to advertise their wares at no cost to the taxpayer and that nice Ms Arnott and her colleagues can pack up their tents and retire – preferably to jail.

    The hope is to reach an annual cigarette total of nil, when the taxpayer funded persecution of smokers is finally ended.

    That Ms Arnott of ash et al and all the other tax-sponging charlatans be prosecuted and when found guilty, jailed and stripped of their lavish pensions, would be a bonus. Ms Arnott might learn to appreciate tobacco in smoker-friendly prison. I am sure she would soon become adept at rolling her own.

    DP

  11. beobrigitte says:

    I came across two articles on breitbart today. The headline above the first was:

    Town Mayor Beaten Unconscious By Locals After Announcing Plan To Welcome Migrants
    I haven’t been able as yet to confirm this but I do know that a large number of locals feel ill at ease with the ?uncontrolled influx of such a large number of people whose culture and expectations differ greatly from theirs.
    I have no doubt that many of the immigrants are true war refugees and humanity has to win.
    We all watched the WHO turning it’s back on a raging Ebola epidemic in northern Africa in order to be wined and dined in Moskow and to conjure up behind closed doors more inhumane treatment for smokers and vapers.
    However, events, such as on New Years Eve 2015-2016 in Cologne, are happening as well as attacks, e.g.

    Also, overrunning an increasingly disgruntled population fuels the fire of, what used to be minor, far right groups.
    ‘Frau Merkel, schaffen wir das wirklich?’ would be a valid question.

    Politics now, across the whole of Europe, is governments versus peoples.

    But people don’t want to be cajoled and bullied and shamed. It shouldn’t be any part of representative democracy for governments to engage in this – whether it’s about smoking or waistlines or migrants.
    That does remind me of something I haven’t missed until it was mentioned here. The lack of the Ashite’s idiotic October ads. But then, governments might have to deal with REAL problems now HERE?

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government plans to reduce the nation’s waistline.
    I thought this guy had been given another, albeit non-descript, position elsewhere? It is blatantly obvious that he represents whoever provides him with the option of early retirement.

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