I was writing yesterday about how I fell out with an old friend who I’d found out had been working for Tobacco Control for much of the time I knew her.
She was a friend who became an enemy.
Friends are people who are helpful and supportive. Enemies are people who are unhelpful and destructive.
There’s nothing new about friends who become enemies. It happens all the time. And quite often enemies become friends. Everyone has the experience of becoming friends with someone, and then falling out with them, or drifting apart. Everyone also has the experience of being distant from someone, and then becoming friends with them.
I regard everyone who works in Tobacco Control as enemies of mine. They are all people who are working in one capacity or other to make life hard for smokers like me. They are people who are working to exclude and demonise smokers, and to push them to the furthest margins of society. They are not helping us in any way: they are hindering and hurting us.
Deborah Arnott is an enemy of mine. So is Stanton Glantz. So is John Banzhaf. And so is Sir Richard Peto. And so are countless other people. There are lots of them. And they include my old friend.
Another enemy of mine is the current leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. He voted, in his capacity as a Member of Parliament, for my expulsion – and the expulsion of millions like me – from society. That, in my view, was an unforgivable crime carried out by him and a bunch of his fellow MPs. If he’s also an antisemite, that’s just more nasty icing on what was already a very nasty cake:
Frank Field has resigned the Labour whip citing the party’s “toleration of antisemitism” and a “culture of nastiness, bullying and imtidiation that [the leadership] has allowed to grow unchecked”.
Nastiness, bullying and imtimidation is what the Labour party has been doing to smokers for a very long time. Nastiness, bullying and intimidation is what the Labour party does all the time.
And I regard myself as being at war with these antismoking zealots. And if they act to hinder and obstruct and hurt me, I in my turn wish to hinder and obstruct and hurt them. I look for weaknesses of theirs that can be exploited. And the antismoking zealots in Tobacco Control have lots of weaknesses.
One weakness of theirs is that they like to pretend to be the friends of smokers. They like to portray themselves as “helping” smokers to stop smoking. And this is a deceit. All they ever do is set out, using every weapon available to them, to force smokers to stop smoking. But it seems to be important to them to go about their business of exclusion and demonisation while masquerading as helpers and assistants, working to improve “Public Health.” They like to see themselves as doing good, even though all they ever do is harm.
I don’t make any similar pretence about my intentions towards them. I don’t wish to “help” them in any way whatsoever. I simply want to destroy them. I have said many times: Tobacco Control must be destroyed.
They are people who have set out to demonise and exclude millions of their fellow men and women. But they seem to need to tell themselves that they are not actually grievously harming them, but instead helping them. It’s what gives them their moral assurance. For as long as you can convince yourself that you are helping people rather than just hurting them, you will feel morally justified in doing so. For should you ever wake up one day, and realise that you’re just hurting people, and that you’re being a complete and utter bastard, you’ll probably stop what you’re doing.
I’ve begun to think that one reason why the antismoking zealots in Tobacco Control hold so many conferences all over the world is that they feel a constant need to re-affirm to each other the virtuousness of their cause. They need to tell each other, over and over again, how noble their cause is. After all, it’s not as if they have any new “science” to report to each other. There was never any science at all behind what they do.
And I suspect that they feel this need because a growing number of people see nothing virtuous whatsover in their crusade against smokers.
Another sign of weakness in Tobacco Control seems to be a new propensity on their part to exclude the media from their conferences. If they were assured in their beliefs, they’d welcome reporters, welcome questions, welcome scrutiny. But instead they avoid it. They hide themselves away (rather like those climate change alarmists who refuse to debate their opponents).
These are signs of weakness. The antismokers know that they are on uncertain moral ground while they insult and demonise and exclude and rob smokers, and they are having an increasingly difficult time justifying their behaviour. Hence the need for all these morale-boosting conferences. And they’re getting sensitive to criticism. Hence the exclusion of the media.
We should look for weaknesses in these enemies of ours. And when we find them we should exploit them. We need to drive them off the moral high ground that they occupy. We need to ram home the message, over and over again, that they are not doing anything in the least bit good, but are doing something profoundly evil. And when we have driven them from their moral high ground, we will have defeated them. For when that has been done, they will no longer be able to feel justified in what they do.
And one day, when that happens, that old friend of mine will wake up and realise that she has wasted her life. And, with luck, so will Deborah Arnott.