Political Disintegration

What’s happening with UKIP?

Just when Nigel Farage had stepped down as its leader, and ascended onto the global political stage, as the personification of Brexit and debating adviser for Donald Trump, it seems to be disintegrating.

First they elected a new leader, Diane James, but she’s now resigned after less than 3 weeks in office, apparently because there was some document that she didn’t want to sign. And then, days later, her most likely successor, Steven Woolfe, gets into a punch-up with one of his MEP colleagues in the European parliament, and winds up in hospital. And so now Nigel is back as acting party leader. And so his trip onto the global political stage lasted only three days.

And what about Theresa May? Telegraph:

It is in this context that Theresa May’s speech needs to be understood. It was as emphatic a repudiation of the Thatcher-Reagan economic world-view as it was possible to get without actually naming them: time and again, she said that government was the solution, not the problem. She took explicit aim at small-state libertarians: the subtext was that collectivist, paternalistic Christian Democrats, not individualistic classical liberals, are back in charge of the party. She believes in a large, powerful, aggressively interventionist state that can, she feels, regenerate the country and protect ordinary workers.

I’m not really sure what that means. But I suppose the “small-state libertarian” is the nearest position to mine, wanting less government rather than more government. So it doesn’t sound like she’ll be pushing to relax the smoking ban any time soon, even though she was herself a smoker when the 2007 ban came into effect, and so might be expected have some idea of its impact.

And the Labour party has just re-elected the unelectable far left Jeremy Corbyn as their leader, more or less ensuring Michael-Foot-style political oblivion for the party. The only thing I know about Corbyn is that he voted for the 2007 smoking ban, and that’s all I need to know about him.

Tony Blair is now saying that Britain has become a “one-party state.” I can see what he means, now that the Conservative party is likely to win every foreseeable future election, if it can manage to maintain its unity. But actually I think that the real “one-party state” was the series of Blair-Brown-Cameron-Clegg governments, in which all three parties were interchangeable members of an amorphous European globalist political class.

The reality, it seems to me, is that we’re living in a time of political disintegration that is a consequence of a growing global revolt against this over-mighty globalist political class. All the political parties lost their way in that era, and all of them are trying to retrace their steps, with the left becoming more left wing, and the right becoming more right wing, and the centre (Lib Dems?) disappearing. This is true not just in Britain, but across the whole of Europe, where the EU globalist political project is on the rocks. It’s also true in the USA, where a Republican party that had lost touch with its grassroot conservative voters has been taken over by a Donald Trump who can and does connect with them, and a Democrat party that seems to have lost touch with its core blue collar voters (e.g. coal miners) by favouring immigrants and minorities above them (and was almost captured by the leftist Bernie Sanders as a result).

In the globalist era, an international political elite planned a new global order over the heads of the people, without any consultation of them. The people had become irrelevant to them. But now the people are revolting against them everywhere, and populist leaders are everywhere emerging as their champions – Nigel Farage in the UK, Donald Trump in the USA, and Marine Le Pen and others across Europe. And many of these new leaders are – unsurprisingly – not quite as polished and suave as their globalist predecessors.

And in many ways, the wave of smoking bans that has swept the whole world in the past decade or so was a prime example – perhaps even the prime example – of an elite globalist project, enacted everywhere without a by-your-leave from the hundreds of millions of enraged smokers that were thereby exiled to the outdoors. Yet nobody ever mentions these bans – not even the conservative US talk radio hosts I mentioned yesterday. Hardly any politician ever says anything about them either. Why the silence about something that evicted about 1.5 billion people around the world?

But Trump VP candidate Mike Pence is one who has spoken out. Which might almost make him my current favourite politician, on a par with Nigel Farage. So when Donald Trump is gunned down by Clinton-Foundation-funded islamists hours after being inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, the 46th President may yet prove to be a friend of the world’s smokers. Seems nobody else much is.

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12 Responses to Political Disintegration

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

  2. Roberto says:

    “the 46th President may yet prove to be a friend of the world’s smokers. Seems nobody else much is”

    There is no way to know what would be Trump’s attitude to smoking and smoking bans if he becomes the next USA president. The only time I heard any mention from him on smoking was when interviewed by Anderson Cooper in CNN about 4 months ago. In the interview Trump mentioned that he neither smoked nor drunk, recounting how his elder brother (who was a heavy smoker and drinker) strived to keep him away from smoking and drinking. However, he was quite relaxed and not judgemental on this.

    As far as I know the present electoral campaign has omitted all mention on how health authorities are intruding in the private sphere of common folks aiming to change their lifestyles, even if a lot of Trump voters are among the sectors of the public that is more likely affected by Nanny state coercion, not only on smoking but on diet and lifestyle in general. On the other hand, a lot (or even a majority) of state officials (medics, FDA regulators, academics, etc) that design and execute these policies are liberal democrats that have been very well funded by the Obama administration. Still, I doubt that anti-smoking is a strictly liberal cause. Perhaps liberals tend to revile tobacco smoking (not marijuana smoking) and conservative tend to be more tolerant, but there are a lot of exceptions to this rule.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

      2008 Regular Session

      To: Public Health and Human Services; Judiciary B

      By: Representative Mayhall, Read, Shows

      House Bill 282
      AN ACT TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FROM SERVING FOOD TO ANY PERSON WHO IS OBESE, BASED ON CRITERIA PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE WRITTEN MATERIALS THAT DESCRIBE AND EXPLAIN THE CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS OBESE AND TO PROVIDE THOSE MATERIALS TO THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO MONITOR THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

      BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

      SECTION 1. (1) The provisions of this section shall apply to any food establishment that is required to obtain a permit from the State Department of Health under Section 41-3-15(4)(f), that operates primarily in an enclosed facility and that has five (5) or more seats for customers.

      (2) Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies. A food establishment shall be entitled to rely on the criteria for obesity in those written materials when determining whether or not it is allowed to serve food to any person.

      (3) The State Department of Health shall monitor the food establishments to which this section applies for compliance with the provisions of this section, and may revoke the permit of any food establishment that repeatedly violates the provisions of this section.

      SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2008

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Perhaps liberals tend to revile tobacco smoking (not marijuana smoking) and conservative tend to be more tolerant, but there are a lot of exceptions to this rule.

      The libtards shoot their own ass in the foot the composition is basically the exact same thing.

      Marijuana v.s. Tobacco smoke compositions

      From: Institute of Medicine, Marijuana and Health, Washington,D.C.
      National Academy Press, 1988

      “The smoke from any burning plant contains hundreds of chemicals that may have biological effects . . .”

      “Cannabis smoke is similar to tobacco smoke in that it is a mixture of very small particles and a gas-vapor phase. Both the particulate and vapor phases contain many identified and probably some still unidentified constituents that, based on clinical experience with tobacco smoke, must be assumed to be potentially harmful. The amounts of some materials in tobacco cigarette and marijuana cigarette smoke are compared in Table 3. Toxic substances, such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and nitrosamines occur in similar concentrations in tobacco and marijuana smoke; so do the amounts of particulate material known collectively as “tars”.” (pg 15)

      Table 3 : Marijuana and Tobacco Reference Cigarette Analysis of Mainstream Smoke (pg 17)

      Strange Abbr: mcg: microgram C? : known Carcinogen (X means yes)

      A.Cigarettes

      Units

      Marijuana

      Tobacco

      (85mm) (85mm)
      Average Weight (mg) 1115 1110
      Mositure (%) 10.3 11.1
      Pressure Drop cm 14.7 7.2
      Static Burning rate mg/s 0.88 0.80
      Puff Number 10.7 11.1

      B.Mainstream Smoke

      I. Gas Phase

      Units

      Marijuana

      Tobacco

      Carbon Monoxide % 3.99 4.58
      mg 17.6 20.2
      Carbon Dioxide % 8.27 9.38
      mg 57.3 65.0
      Ammonia mcg 228 199
      HCN mcg 532 498
      Cyanogen (CN)2 mcg 19 20
      Isoprene mcg 83 310
      Acetaldehyde mcg 1200 980
      Acetone mcg 443 578
      Acrolein mcg 92 85
      Acetonitrilebenzene mcg 132 123
      Benzene mcg 76 67
      Toluene mcg 112 108
      Vinyl chloride ng 5.4 12.4
      Dimethylnitrosamine ng 75 84
      Methylethylnitrosamine ng 27 30
      pH, third puff 6.56 6.14
      fifth puff 6.57 6.15
      seventh puff 6.58 6.14
      ninth puff 6.56 6.10
      tenth puff 6.58 6.02

      II. Particulate phase

      Units

      Marijuana

      Tobacco

      Tl particulate – dry mg 22.7 39.0
      Phenol mcg 76.8 138.5
      o-Cresol mcg 17.9 24
      m- and p-Cresol mcg 54.4 65
      Dimethylphenol mcg 6.8 14.4
      Catechol mcg 188 328
      Cannabidiol mcg 190
      D9 THC mcg 820
      Cannabinol mcg 400
      Nicotine mcg 2850
      N-Nitrosonornicotine ng 390
      Naphthalene mcg 3.0 1.2
      1-Methylnaphthalene mcg 6.1 3.65
      2-Methylnaphthalese mcg 3.6 1.4
      Benz(a)anthracene ng 75 43
      Benzo(a)pyrene ng 31 mj / 21.1 tobacco

      https://erowid.org/plants/cannabis/cannabis_info3.shtml

  3. Mark Jarratt, Nashisan, Japan says:

    I hope you are correct about elite globalists who repeatedly fail to effectively represent their constituents, and richly deserve ejection, or worse.

    This trend also appears to be occurring in Australia, where the cynical attempt by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to marginalise minor parties and independent candidates recently backfired spectacularly.

    Pauline Hanson is now a senator, after two decades in the political wilderness. Ms Hanson isn’t very sophisticated but has a talent for reflecting the perhaps ill informed but genuine views of many, which the entrenched self perpetuating political classes ignore at their peril.

    It was also most encouraging that classic libertarian Sen David Leyonhjelm was reelected, although he was a target of the elites, and is the only Australian politician who cares one whit for freedom, personal responsibility, and persecuted tobacco consumers.

  4. James Higham says:

    UKIP will come out of this. 3.8 million want it to.

    • smokingscot says:

      Wholly agree and if whats been written that Ms. May thinks:

      “collectivist, paternalistic Christian Democrats, not individualistic classical liberals, are back in charge of the party. She believes in a large, powerful, aggressively interventionist state that can, she feels, regenerate the country and protect ordinary workers.”

      (Though quite why the author attempts to include Boris in that lot is worrisome – meaning s/he may be more interested in flowery language and $5 words than getting the facts).

      If so there is space now vacant in the political spectrum for those who want to represent the views of “small-state libertarians”.

      UKIP is wall to wall with them. That is people who firmly believe that The State most definitely is not the solution. And want a whole helluva lot less of it.

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    http://www.itv.com/news/2016-10-07/local-health-authority-impose-surgery-ban-for-obese-and-smokers/

    Local health authority imposes surgery ban for obese and smokers

    A local health authority has announced they will deny operations to the obese and smokers as part of a cost cutting measure.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Clean Air Quality Law.

    It is hereby ordered that all things that generate chemical releases simular in nature to tobacco smoke are hereby OUTLAWED.

    1. Automobiles and gas or diesel engines or any other contivance that emits chemcial releases. This savings equals to the public not being forced to inhale 100s of billions of cigarettes each day.

    2. All plants are outlawed as they releases tons daily of the Carcinogen ISOPRENE. Equal in volumes of Millions of cigarettes each day.

    3. Restaraunts will be outlawed from preparing any cooked foods as these release 100s of millions of equal cigarettes each day.

    4. In home cooking is also outlawed as it produces upwards of 10s of thousands of equal cigarettes inside and outside the home.

    5. Outdoor cookouts and fireworks are outlawed as they releases 100s of millions of equivalent cigarettes a day or on weekends in the yards and parks of our city.

    6. Humans are hereby outlawed from existence insode the city limits as their own human breath contains hundreds of the same chemicals as found in tobacco smoke!

    7. Nature itself is outlawed as it generates Billions of chemcial releases naturally into the atmosphere a day hense posing a threat to human life.

    8. This Clean air law becomes effective Immediately.

    9. Your preference of suicide is a personal choise,Police will write tickets and lock up any survivors after this law becomes effective. A grace period of 30 days will be in place to educate the public on its existence.

    Signed into law by the GHOSTOWN ADMINISTRATION

    The Ghost Town Administration has just learned that all these chemicals found in tobacco smoke are natural to the earth and that mankind also evolved within this filth ridden air!
    Therefore all Tobacco Control Measures are here by OUTLAWED as for being contrived JUNK SCIENCE!

  7. Frank Davis says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/07/we-voted-brexit-to-get-greater-freedom-not-to-have-yet-more-gove/

    Charles Moore:

    We voted Brexit to get greater freedom, not to have yet more government

    I think the word ‘freedom’ occurred only once in Theresa May’s powerful speech to her party’s conference on Wednesday. She spoke of ‘maximum freedom to trade’. She did not mention freedom in general.

    Theresa May’s speech sounds like socialism by accident. It is troubling.

    Indeed, she moved firmly away from freedom. One sentence spoke of ‘Supporting free markets, but…’, another of ‘Supporting free trade, but…’. This was lukewarm, like her passage thanking David Cameron, which also ended with the word ‘But’. The word ‘liberty’ fared even worse. It was not used once, and the word ‘libertarian’ was employed as a term of abuse.

    Mrs May seemed to turn freedom into a class issue. ‘If you’re well off and comfortable…,’ she declared, ‘It’s…easy to say that all you want from government is for it to get out of the way’. If you were one of the ‘ordinary, working-class people’ with whom the vicar’s daughter repeatedly identified, you knew different, she assured us.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Amen!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Mrs May seemed to turn freedom into a class issue. ‘If you’re well off and comfortable…,’ she declared, ‘It’s…easy to say that all you want from government is for it to get out of the way’. If you were one of the ‘ordinary, working-class people’ with whom the vicar’s daughter repeatedly identified, you knew different, she assured us.

        The last thing the poor need is more charity they want jobs and better jobs so they can pay their own way Miss May you communist!

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