Jigsaws and Colouring Books

Thanks to Kin-free and Joe_L, from the Scottish Sun:

Another proposal is to give prisoners in Scottish jails jigsaws and colouring books to wean them off cigarettes.

If the plan is to treat inmates like children, don’t be surprised if they behave like children.

This fits neatly with my recent observation that Tobacco Control infantilises smokers.  People like Deborah Arnott regard smokers as naughty children.

In fact I suspect such people regard everybody as being children, and they think the role of the state is that of a parent who bullies and cajoles people into compliance with state-defined social norms. If we have a Nanny State, it is because many people think that nannying is what the state should be doing, rather than, say, merely representing the people.

I think this is something that needs to be further explored.

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4 Responses to Jigsaws and Colouring Books

  1. Rhys says:

    That’s why they had to turn us all into addicts, Frank. Addicted to cigarettes, addicted to food, addicted to gambling, fercryinoutloud. If we were still considered actual competent adults, we’d be capable of making our own decisions, and people in general would be horrified at what’s happening. But we’re slaves to whatever, so the ever-benevolent ‘rational adults’ must decide for us, as we’re incapable of doing it.

  2. waltc says:

    Yes, they do see us plebes as children and the converse is that they see themselves as adults– like the principals of the schools where they’re charged to “give us a lesson,” even if it means keeping us after school, stripping us of our rights to extra-curricular activities or outright expelling us. Surely, those kiddies who voted for Trump and Brexit were throwing a childish tantrum and need to be sent to their rooms, perhaps after a good thwacking.

  3. Smoking Lamp says:

    The social controllers as epitomized by tobacco control extremists are at the core antidemocratic. Liberties get in the way of their desire to dictate and dominate. Sowing fear and infantilizing the public is at the core of their quest for totalitarian control. (I avoid the term citizens since they reject that concept when they infantile and marginalize their fellow humans.) I suspect the current global ‘ruling class’ — like many other before them — ignores the likelihood ‘precariat’ that they have created will revolt. Perhaps we are seeing the beginnings of that revolt in Paris…

  4. beobrigitte says:


    I do wonder which planet Deborah Arnott lives on….

    SECOND-HAND smoke is a killer, causing heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
    Is this why the baby-boomer generation (people born in the late 1940s – 1960) will have to wait for their state pension until they are 67 years of age? We all do live longer???

    You don’t have a right to smoke, but you do have a right to breathe safe air.
    I DO have the right to smoke! Tobacco is a legal product. To the fearful anti-smokers: It is impossible to breathe safe, clean air these days. Especially if you live in a densely populated area.
    I assume that anti-smokers can read, so it would not be a problem to say away from pubs that allow smoking?
    I do hope Deborah Arnott will breathe “safe” air to the age of 120 – there is no guarantee that the woman will be spared dementia and everything that comes with it.
    On the subject of ageing, what is Deborah Arnott doing about existing old age poverty?

    I was part of the prison service steering group which oversaw English and Welsh prisons going smoke-free and vaping proved to be a ‘game-changer’, in helping smooth the way.
    I don’t believe prisons have become a “safe” place.

    After Scottish prisons go smoke-free, everyone will wonder what all the fuss was about.
    Clearly Deborah Arnott fails to acknowledge the still existing “fuss” (and booming black market). She may repeat everyone will wonder what all the fuss was about. as many times as she wants, it still won’t become “the truth”.

    On the rest, I agree with Simon Clark.

    In the meantime disgruntled people begin to ladle out protest votes in elections. Interesting times ahead?

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