The Dispossessed

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.

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5 Responses to The Dispossessed

  1. Dirk Belgium says:

    Trump says that he is a stable genius. Trump says that he knows more about tax laws than any other person. Trump declares that he knows more about military strategy than his own generals. Trump is a deluded narcissist. Trump declares that he reads the Bible. He does not. He doesn’t even know about genesis:

    Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

    Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”

    That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

    The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” 35 So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

    So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab[g]; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi[h]; he is the father of the Ammonites[i] of today.

    So what kind of morality do we get from the Bible> Fuck your father?

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    Entrenched corruption is one of the reasons it is so difficult to counter the tobacco control cartel. Pharma interests dominate the medical profession and have captured public health and the government health bueraucracies. Consider this recent case: Dr. José Baselga, who resigned his position as the top doctor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after failing to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug companies, is now going to work for drug company AstraZeneca. The article is here: “Top Cancer Doctor, Forced Out Over Ties to Drug Makers, Joins Their Ranks” https://www.propublica.org/article/astrazeneca-hires-dr-jose-baselga?utm_content=bufferd93c7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=buffer

  3. jaxthefirst says:

    Many years ago, in a Biology class at school, I remember learning about a relatively insignificant little bacterium, called E.Coli. There are several types, and some can make you ill, but the most common types are pretty harmless and in fact what many people don’t realise is that it’s one of the bacteria which lives naturally, and totally harmlessly, in the human gut all the time. The reason it’s significant in public hygiene terms is that it’s one of the bacteria which should be destroyed as part of our water-cleansing system, so it’s one of the “marker” bacteria which is tested for when water cleanliness is assessed, not because it is dangerous or one of the real “baddies,” but because if it turns up in our drinking water system, that’s a sign that contaminated water is entering the system and/or the cleaning system isn’t working properly. So it’s a very useful “measure” for other, potentially bigger and nastier things, because it gets into the water system in the first place via us and – er – our poo!

    So, what has a quiet little bacteria like E.Coli got to do with smoking bans? Well, I see smoking bans and the various attitudes towards smoking and smokers in general as a similar “marker,” in social terms. In the great scheme of things, although smoking bans are pretty much devastatingly negative as far as smokers are concerned (and, increasingly, many non-smokers, too), there are bigger and more important things to worry about in the world, like wars, civil strife, violent crime, the erosion of democracy, injustice, human cruelty, famines and pollution etc etc. But smoking attitudes and smoking bans are perfect indicators of individuals’, towns’, areas’, countries’, or even whole continents’ attitudes towards these other, “bigger” things. Just look at the most unfair, undemocratic, cruel, and inhumane organisations or entities in the world and you’ll see accompanying hideously violent “punishments” meted out to people who dare to smoke tobacco (e.g. ISIS). Look at previously fiercely-democratic countries whose leaders, for one reason or another, have either lost touch with or lost interest in the basic concepts of democracy and you’ll see an accompanying slide towards more and more intolerance towards smokers and smoking (e.g. the UK, USA, Oz, Europe). Look at any employer or company who has a reputation for treating their employees like serfs or paid slaves with no respect and no consideration and you can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll be one of those employers who imposes draconian smoking restrictions on their “serfs” (e.g. many local councils in the UK, many companies in the US, some companies elsewhere).

    Attitudes to smokers are, almost universally, a mirror image of attitudes towards people in just the same way as the presence of generally-harmless little E.Coli is a marker of potentially harmful contamination of the water supply by other, worse organisms. And that’s why smoking bans and unfair attitudes towards smokers should actually be taken much more seriously than, in and of themselves, the single issue of smoking actually merits. Because when it comes to assessing attitudes towards people in general, there is no more accurate indicator than to look at attitudes towards smokers. And, because it’s so accurate, it even works – as an assessment tool – when considered by non-smokers, too. Something which perhaps non-smokers might like to consider at their next job interview with that big sparkly company. That company’s attitude to its smokers might not affect them, but the accompanying attitude towards it’s people inevitably will ….

    • margo says:

      Very good comment. I agree.

    • Frank Davis says:

      The political classes everywhere seem to have forgotten that they are supposed to represent all the peoples of their own countries, not instruct or command them,

      Smoking bans are the clearest example of a shift from representation to command. The law is no longer being used to adjudicate between equal rival claims, but to instead impose rules and regulations on people without their consent.

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