Something I read yesterday:
I simply do not see how there can be a happy ending to a situation where the political and media class chooses to write off a whole section of the population as being beyond the pale of discourse.
Well, yes. And smokers comprise a substantial section of the population. And exiling us to the outdoors pushes us beyond the pale of discourse. How can there be any happy ending when something like that has happened? There won’t be one.
It’s us smokers who are supposed to be the casualties here. We’re supposed to become extinct. But I don’t think that’s what’s going to happen. I think it’s going to be the political and media class who are going to be the casualties.
And it’s already begun to happen. And it’s easy to see how it happens. For once you’ve expelled people from the public discourse, stopped listening to them, then they’ll stop listening to you. Once you’ve written off millions of viewers, they’ll stop watching you. Once you’ve written off millions of voters, they’ll simply stop voting for you. They’ll start listening to different people. And start voting for new parties.
And that’s what’s happening all over Europe and America, and Canada and Australia and New Zealand. It’s probably happening everywhere else as well. And it’s why all these new parties are popping up everywhere. Like AfD in Germany, 5Star in Italy, and Vox in Spain. They’re attracting all the people who’ve been expelled from the public discourse for one reason or other: eating, drinking, smoking, or whatever. The mainstream media and the mainstream political parties no longer speak for them, so they find other people to speak for them. And so the mainstream media and the mainstream political parties are dying. What else was ever going to happen?
In the UK in recent weeks there have been splits emerging in both the Labour party and the Conservative party. It’s all about Brexit, of course, but Brexit is all about saying goodbye to an oversize EU that doesn’t listen to ordinary people, and doesn’t represent ordinary people. So it’s really the exact same thing again. Ordinary people are looking for something that does listen to them, and does represent them.
I didn’t provide a link to the quote above. So here’s one now. The quote is from James Delingpole. And he wasn’t writing about smokers. He was writing about something else. But he may as well have been writing about smokers. After all, he claims to be a pipe smoker, given the photo at right. Yet I’ve never read anything by him about smoking and smoking bans. The nearest I’ve heard him get was in conversation with Chris Snowdon, when Chris Snowdon said he hated the smoking ban, and James Delingpole didn’t say the same. So I suspect that Delingpole is someone who smokes but doesn’t mind the smoking ban. And most likely that’s because Delingpole never spent much time in pubs and cafes, playing pool or chess or cards. He was probably sitting at home writing, and puffing on his pipe. Nobody was going to exile him to the outdoors. So the smoking ban didn’t bother him. It was the people who went to pubs and cafes and restaurants and clubs that got hit the hardest. So Delingpole never writes about smoking bans. He writes about Brexit and politics and climate change instead. I think he’s missing a trick.
Aside from that, as a matter of interest, The Pale was an area of southern and eastern Ireland that was under English control during the Middle Ages. If you lived outside that area, you came from Beyond The Pale.