Two and half years ago, Donald Trump applauded Britain’s Brexit vote:
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump had said it is a “great thing” that the people of the UK have “taken back their country” in voting to leave the EU, during a visit to reopen his golf resort in Scotland.
However, two and a half years later, we still haven’t got our country back. And I don’t believe that we will ever get our country back, given that most of the political class in Britain, including our Prime Minister, don’t really want to leave the EU at all. So I’m sure they’ll pull some sort of stunt to keep us inside it.
But, whether or not Britain actually does leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019, there is a profound sense in which we won’t have got our country back. For in my view, we’ll only get our country back when we can once again sit in a pub, and drink a pint of beer, and smoke a cigarette. And that’s not going to happen at the end of March.
And the same could be said of the Gilets Jaunes in France, in their attempts to unseat President Emmanuel Macron. For even if they do succeed in toppling him, they still won’t be able to sit in a bistro, boire une demi, et fumer une gauloise. For the French are as dispossessed of their country as we British are. And simply getting rid of Macron won’t make things any better.
And the same is true of more or less every other country in Europe, and every other country in the world. Smokers have been everywhere dispossessed, in what has been nothing short of a global revolution that has seen smokers exiled en masse to the outdoors.
It’s a secret revolution about which nothing is ever written in the mainstream media. It may as well not be happening as far as they are concerned. There’s a conspiracy of silence surrounding it, that ensures that the subject is never raised, never discussed. It’s been a silent holocaust.
Nor is it that Donald Trump, once elected, gave the USA back to the American people. For they also are as dispossessed as anybody in Europe or the rest of the world, as one of them was pointing out earlier today:
It would be great if the USA was, as you describe, a place where one can easily relocate to or even find smoker friendly refuges in nearby towns, and thus we all get what we want. The reality is that smoking bans are nearly universal, including park, beaches, and subsidized housing, or what you would call council houses or estates.
Trump may well Build The Wall, and maybe even Drain The Swamp and – who knows – even Lock Her Up – but he’s not going to give back to dispossessed American smokers their bars and diners. After all, he never said he would, so why should he? He may well, for all I know, have continued with the White House smoking ban that Hillary Clinton inaugurated. What the hell is the point of locking her up, if her handiwork is to remain in place?
In this respect, Trump is really as disappointing as any other US or British or European politician. None of them speak up for smokers. All of them are quick to do the bidding of Tobacco Control, in order to further dispossess the already dispossessed. Even a smoker and drinker like Nigel Farage will only call meekly, and very occasionally, for smoking rooms in pubs. Has Marine Le Pen, another smoker, ever called for France’s smoking ban to be lifted? Has Matteo Salvini, another smoker, ever called for Italy’s smoking ban to repealed? Not to my knowledge.
If, as many people now seem to believe, the EU is on the brink of disintegration, will Europe’s dispossessed smokers afterwards regain their former possessions? There is no sign that they will. But to the extent that Europe’s new nationalist populist leaders will not be globalists, they are unlikely to continue to pursue globalist ambitions (like global smoking bans) with quite the same zeal as their predecessors. There’s hardly any light at the end of that tunnel either.