Today is the tenth anniversary of starting writing my blog, of starting banging on about the smoking ban.
I was wondering this morning if I’d ever stop. And I thought that I’d probably only stop if a lot more people start writing about smoking bans, and I won’t need to any more.
For me the UK smoking ban of 1 July 2007 was a watershed event. There was life before that day, and there was life after that day. There’s been no other day quite like it before or since.
What was so important about that day was probably best summed up by a complete stranger, who came up to me outside the River pub (actually the Otter Inn in Devon) and said:
“It’s not a free country any more.”
And he was exactly right. For 1 July 2007 was the day on which Britain ceased to be a free country. And I think that the day when your country ceases to be a free country is a very, very important day.
When was the last day when Britain ceased to be a free country? My best guess is 14 October 1066, the date of the Norman conquest of England.
Nothing visibly changed on 1 July 2007. No army marched in. No bombs went off. No tanks rolled through the street. But it was the day on which an invisible mantle of top down control descended over Britain, which has remained there ever since. And as far as I am concerned, Britain has been an occupied country since that day, and will remain an occupied country until an Englishman can once again sit in a pub and drink a pint of beer and smoke a cigarette.
And it’s the same more or less everywhere else. Nearly every country in the world has its own equivalent to 1 July 2007 when they became occupied countries. In Spain that date was 1 January 2011. Up until that day I’d been thinking of moving to Spain, and after that day I never thought about moving there again. What was the point of moving from occupied Britain to occupied Spain? If you’re going to live in an occupied country, it’s best to live in your own one.
Tobacco Control has occupied pretty much the whole world. And it has a very tight grip everywhere. And is always seeking to tighten its grip, to extend its restrictions.
What is Tobacco Control? It’s a global entity that is a subset of the World Health Organisation, which is a subset of the United Nations. Tobacco Control operates through a web of supranational organisations, which include the European Union, which is also an antismoking organisation. I see it as a sort of religious cult, like Freemasonry or Marxism or global warming alarmism.
These days I see all politics through the perspective of tobacco control. As far as I’m concerned, Brexit was the delayed revolt of the British people against the UK smoking ban. Is it entirely accidental that Nigel Farage is one of the only politicians in Britain who was a smoker fighting against smoking bans (e.g. Stony Stratford)? And the current rise of what’s called national populism across Occupied Europe is the same thing.
The British political class, with a few exceptions, is a collaborator class: they collaborate with Tobacco Control. Most Conservative MPs voted against the UK smoking ban, but when the Conservative government of David Cameron came in, they carried on implementing new Tobacco Control measures (display bans, “plain” packaging) as assiduously as their Labour party precursors. David Cameron was a Quisling. And so also was (and still is) Theresa May. It remains to be seen who the next Conservative party leader will be, but the chances are that he’ll also be yet another collaborator.
The only thing that puzzles me about the current seemingly-global “nationalist populist” revolt, as it plays out on the internet through new “alt-right” voices, is that none of them speak of the one thing that unites them all: smoking bans. More or less wherever you live in the world today, you’ll be experiencing the the same choking, stifling smoking bans as everywhere else.
But nobody speaks about it. It’s a forbidden topic. Perhaps it’s that nobody living in an occupied country ever speaks about their Occupation. In France in 1940 did any French people ever ask each other: “Are we still occupied?” Occupation was something that everyone experienced all day every day, until the occupation ended in 1944.
And none of the new online rebels smokes cigarettes on-camera, even though many of them are smokers. Alex Jones doesn’t smoke. Paul Joseph Watson doesn’t smoke. And so on and on and on. Pretty much the only person I’ve seen light up on-camera is the American (ex-)comedienne Roseanne. The rest of them may as well be as much part of the occupied mainstream media as the BBC or Channel 4.
When freedom returns, it’ll return in a haze of tobacco smoke. The day I see a TV presenter light up a cigarette on-camera will be the day I see freedom begin to return to this island.
Until then Britain will remain occupied. As occupied as it became on 1 July 2007.