I suppose that, these days, over much of the Western world, if you asked anyone what their most pressing concern was, they’d probably say Immigration, or maybe Terrorism, or maybe Islam, or Donald Trump, or the European Union.
I should perhaps do a poll of my readers. I would ask: What matters most to you? And the question would be accompanied by a list of options which would include not only all the above but also Global Warming and Political Correctness and Net Neutrality.
They’re all important things that get talked about. And they’re all things in which I’m interested as well. After all, I frequently write about them.
But if anyone were to ask me what my own most pressing concern was, I’d have no hesitation in giving my own personal answer:
The Smoking Ban.
For it remains the case that, since 1 July 2007, when the UK smoking ban came into effect, it’s been the centre of my concern.
In fact, I wake up thinking about it every day.
Nothing else really matters to me. Europe? I’m not too bothered, to be honest. Donald Trump? I don’t care. Immigration? I’m indifferent. Islam? I couldn’t give two hoots.
But the smoking ban is something I care about profoundly. And I can illustrate what it is that matters to me by something that happened on 1 July 2007. I was standing outside a pub in Devon that day, in the company of a number of other smokers who had all just been exiled to the outdoors, when one of them – a complete stranger – came up to me and said: “It’s not a free country any more.”
Never a truer word was spoken. In England, 1 July 2007 was the day that freedom died. Because if you can’t sit in a pub and drink a pint of beer and smoke a cigarette, you have no freedom. You have no freedom at all.
Some 1000 years of English history was annulled that day. We all became serfs just like we used to be 1000 years ago. We all became subject to complete and absolute tyranny again. After 1000 years of struggle to throw off the yoke of Popes and Kings and Tyrants, we were back under the yoke again.
And it wasn’t just us poor English that fell under the yoke. The Scottish and the Irish also fell under the same yoke, but on different days than we English did. And the same happened in France and Spain and Italy. Almost every single country in Europe has fallen under this yoke. In fact, more or less every single country in the world has come under the yoke. Much of the USA has fallen under the yoke. And also Russia and China and India, and Australia and New Zealand and Canada.
The smoking bans that have spread over the globe over the past decade or two have seen the imposition of a global tyranny.
But nobody talks about it! Instead, they talk about Donald Trump, or the EU, or immigration, or global warming. Nobody ever talks about the poisonous smoking bans spreading their mendacious, totalitarian, and divisive mantle of control over the whole world.
They think it doesn’t matter. They think there are more important things that deserve their concern. They think that more or less anything else is more important than smoking bans. And that’s the main reason why the smoking bans continue to multiply and spread, and why freedom is vanishing everywhere at ever-increasing speed.
I think that Alex Jones is an American patriot. I think that Owen Shroyer and David Knight and Steve Pieczenik and Roger Stone and Michael Savage are American patriots as well. I think Donald Trump is an American patriot too. I think they’re all patriots and freedom lovers. But to the extent that they ignore the smoking bans that are multiplying around them, to that extent they may as well not be fighting for their countries or for freedom at all. For Tobacco Control wishes to take away everyone’s freedom, and Alex Jones and Owen Shroyer and David Knight and Steve Pieczenik and Roger Stone and Michael Savage and Donald Trump are letting them take it. None of them are protesting about smoking bans at all. These patriots and freedom lovers never say a word about the absolutely tyrannical smoking bans proliferating everywhere.
What’s the point in having a First Amendment right to free speech, or a Second Amendment right to bear arms, if you can’t even light a cigarette inside a bar or in your own home?
I notice that Q or QAnon – a phenomenon about which I’ve written a couple of times – is now getting mainstream media coverage (e.g. BBC). And Q presents himself as a patriot and freedom-lover. His regular mantra is Where We Go One We Go All.
Not if you’re a smoker, though. If you’re a smoker, you can go to hell, and ‘we’ won’t be anywhere in sight. For neither Alex Jones nor Donald Trump nor Q will lift a finger to help you.