Cultural Murder

The smoking ban was an act of cultural murder.

In England, on 1 July 2007, they murdered an old, friendly, convivial culture. And now friendship and conviviality have gone.

And they’ve been gradually murdering friendship and conviviality all over the world.

It’s not different from regicide. Kings are unifying figures. They bring peoples together.

And 30 January 1649 was the date of another murder. That was the day they murdered the King of England. And England has never ever been quite the same since.

21 January 1793 was the day when they murdered the King of France. And France has never ever been quite the same since.

And 17 July 1918 was the day they murdered the Tsar of Russia. And Russia has never ever been quite the same since.

And 22 November 1963 was the day they murdered the President of the United States. And the USA has never ever been quite the same since.

Murder seems to be the only thing they know how to do. These people are never able to make anything, They only know how to smash and break things.

Nobody should be too surprised if the world becomes a colder and darker and crueler place, once friendship and conviviality have been murdered. Nobody should be too surprised if everyone falls out with each other.

WW1 started with the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (and his wife) in Sarajevo. The end of the Roman Republic began with the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in 44 BC

The UK smoking ban was preceded by another act of cultural murder: the fox hunting ban that came into force on 18 February 2005. So the smoking ban was one of several acts of cultural murder. You create your new society by murdering the old one.

But in fact you can never create a new society. You can only murder an old one. Once you’ve smashed the Ming vase, the broken pieces don’t combine and re-unite to form a new and improved Ming vase. All you’re left with are broken pieces.

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6 Responses to Cultural Murder

  1. Rose says:

    I’m glad you mentioned the fox hunting ban, Frank.
    I like foxes (I don’t keep chickens) but it was one of those things that though you don’t take part yourself, and don’t even like it, you don’t want to see an ancient British social activity end. Foxes do a lot of harm and do need controlling, so if you can turn a grim and necessary chore into something more convivial that’s surely a good thing.

    And we all knew why Labour was doing it, no matter what reasons they gave,

    Hunt ban is class war, admits MP
    2004

    “The fallout from the political row over the new ban on hunting with hounds reached boiling point last night after an over-candid Labour anti-hunter admitted what the countryside lobby has claimed all along: it was “class war” against “the last hurrah of the feudal system.”

    Peter Bradley MP, the former Westminster city councillor who now represents the industrial-rural mix of the Wrekin in north Shropshire, made his admission in the pro-hunting pages of the Sunday Telegraph, which were full yesterday of angry predictions of defiance and revolt.

    “It was class war. But it was not class war as we know it. It was not launched by the tribunes against the toffs – it was the other way round. This was not about the politics of envy, but the politics of power. Ultimately it’s about who governs Britain,” the MP wrote.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/nov/22/hunting.labour

    At that time, I still couldn’t quite believe that we were going to be next, but at least the Hunt, complete with dogs and horses can still meet at the pub without being accused of killing the barstaff.

    • AndyDan says:

      Well said Rose, I agree with everything you say.
      In Wales, fox hunting was never really a toff’s sport. I stumbled across the hunt once in the hills near Bridgend, after the supposed ban. I even saw the tired fox getting away as the hounds ran around aimlessly. The people who had turned out to watch it were from all classes and walks of life. Another social interaction they tried to destroy.
      I bet they’re still secretly hunting foxes in the Welsh valleys. But, we’re not smoking in pubs.

    • smokingscot says:

      I go on the basis that fox hunting is necessary, though I was taught that when killing a thing it should be quick and clean.

      So I’d prefer it be done properly, without all the fanfare, damage and chaos that surrounds a full on fox hunt.

      However I do accept the countryside benefits considerably from wealthy individuals who want to dress up, keep a horse, shout idiotic things and in about 40% of the cases the fox outwits the dogs.

      Scotland attracts the same sort of pretentious types for grouse shooting, so they help keep our heather in good condition and assist with things the like Harris Tweed industry.

      This year they’ve had to cancel several shooting events because of the dry summer that’s led to far fewer chicks. Nevertheless there will still be that daft ritual where the first Grouse of the season will be flown down to some London restaurant.

      Anyway the “glorious 12th” was off because it was a Sunday.

      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/09/not-glorious-twelfth-grouse-shoots-cancelled-across-britain/

      But back to the fox business and one incidental has been the dramatic rise in the number of feral foxes now taking up residence in towns across the country.

      This link says they have to kill 70% of them every year to control them. That ain’t going to happen.

      http://www.thefoxwebsite.net/urbanfoxes/urbannumbers

      Seen far too many of them myself, scavenging through bin bags. However attacks on small children are on the rise – as one might expect.

      thesun.co.uk/news/5577199/fox-attack-baby-seven-months-bit-bouncer-injuries/

      So this “class thing” may not be so bad after all!

  2. Rose says:

    The country had kept them out of power for 18 years and there was a whole generation that had never experienced life under Labour, it wasn’t just smokers and fox hunters that were in their sights.

    Hunt ban forced through Commons
    2004

    “Commons Speaker Michael Martin has invoked the Parliament Act meaning a ban on fox hunting will be in place by February 2005.

    He told MPs the Act was being used for only the fourth time since 1949 – a move sparked by peers who earlier rejected a ban on hunting with dogs.”
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4020453.stm

    Blair attacks hereditary peers
    1998

    “The defeat of the government’s plans to change European ballots by the Lords illustrates the “overwhelming case” for reform of the upper chamber, Downing Street has said.
    The government was left reeling after the Lords defeated it for the fifth time on the bill to change the electoral system for next year’s European elections.

    Earlier, Prime Minister Tony Blair told MPs the issue was no longer about voting rights but Tory hereditary peers defying elected MPs.

    After the Lords voted against the government, Baroness Jay announced the bill had been lost and that next year’s Euro-elections may have to be held under the old first-past-the-post system.

    The bill will be re-introduced afresh after next week’s state opening of parliament, and the Parliament Act will be used to ensure its passage.”
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/216872.stm

    Hereditary peers likely to go quietly
    1999

    “The end, when it came, was so brutal the Lords had no idea it had been abolished. Seated in the splendour of the Queen’s Chamber, peers were forced to send a messenger to learn their fate after the Commons had passed a motion condemning them as “useless and dangerous and [who] should be abolished”.

    “If all goes to plan, 751 hereditary peers will lose their 800-year-old right to sit at Westminster at the end of the current parliamentary session next month, depriving them of the chance to watch the Queen’s Speech on November 17.”

    “Casting himself as an unlikely underdog, the hereditary Lord Strathclyde, the Tory leader in the lords who has nearly half of the hereditary peers at his disposal, said: “We only have bows and arrows at our disposal, while the government can turn its machine guns on us.”

    Voting down the bill would provoke a constitutional crisis, because it would breach the Salisbury convention that peers do not vote down a manifesto commitment. The government would be forced to invoke the parliament act and impose the Lords reform bill in the next session.”
    https: //www.theguardian.com/politics/1999/oct/26/lordreform.constitution

    Blair to axe last of the hereditaries
    2003

    The removal of the hereditary peers will cut a swathe through the Conservative front bench. Among those affected is Lord Strathclyde, the Conservative leader in the Lords, who last night condemned the plans as “unacceptable class bias”.

    The demands for more comprehensive reform of the Lords collapsed when MPs, in a series of votes in February, rejected all seven options for change proposed by the joint committee of MPs and peers.

    The Government axed more than 600 dukes, viscounts, earls and barons in November 1999 and at that time, peers with inherited titles did not put up serious resistance. Lord Cranborne was sacked by William Hague, the former Tory Party leader, for drawing up the secret plan with Mr Blair.

    The Government can expect fierce resistance to the move. Lord Strathclyde said last night: “There should be an elected House. What we don’t want to see is an appointed House with no safeguards against the abuse of prime ministerial patronage.

    “Half of the Labour Party don’t want the hereditary peers replaced by New Labour’s crony aristocracy, such as Lord Birt, Lord Bragg, and Lord Sainsbury, who is a donor to the Labour Party.”

    The axeing of hereditaries would clear out 10 of the Tory front bench including Earl Howe, a shadow health spokesman and Viscount Bridgeman, a home affairs spokesman.”
    https: //www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/4187243/Blair-to-axe-last-of-the-hereditaries.html

    But even so

    Smoking ban ‘is based on bad science’
    2006

    “The Government takes more notice of scare stories than of evidence, a Lords committee has said THE ban on smoking in pubs was an over-reaction to the threat posed by passive smoking and symptomatic of MPs’ failure to understand the concept of risk, a House of Lords committee has said.

    The Lords Economic Affairs Committee accused the Government of kneejerk reactions to scare stories about health, saying it did not weigh the risks. Ministers placed insufficient weight on available scientific evidence and relied instead on “unsubstantiated reports” when formulating policy.”
    https: //www.thetimes.co.uk/article/smoking-ban-is-based-on-bad-science-rhrthd2w5qm

  3. George Speller says:

    As a musician I also remember the chilling effect of the Public Entrrtainments Licence which, until it was quietly shelved, stopped me playing folk music in pub sessions. As a morris dancer who wears a black face disguise I am being murdered right now.

    • Rose says:

      I had forgotten that one, didn’t it catch out a carol singing MP?
      As for black face, morris dancing, as our Lords and Masters seem to have no knowledge, let alone regard for our cultural traditions and will misinterpret them deliberately, I’m not in the least bit surprised.

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