Eurocrats Tell Johnson They Will Not Renegotiate Brexit Treaty
So it looks like we’re heading for a No Deal Brexit. Unless the Remainers in Parliament can prevent it happening. And they will do their level best to do that, even if that means bringing down Boris Johnson’s government.
So my guess is that’s what they’ll do, sometime prior to 31 October. They’ll bring down the government rather than let Britain leave the EU. Because the Remainers in Parliament owe a stronger allegiance to the EU than they do to the UK.
It all boils down to what you think you belong to: your native country or the European Union. Americans probably faced the same question back in 1860: Did they feel they belonged to their native states (Kentucky, Virginia, etc) or did they feel that they belonged to the United States of America?
Why do some people think one way, and other people think the other way?
I can only answer for myself. I used to be pro-EU, but when in 2009 the EU declared war on smoking, I flipped overnight from being pro-EU to anti-EU. And when I found out earlier this year that the EU had actually declared war on smoking way back in 1989, I became even more intensely anti-EU. Why should any European smoker want to belong to the virulently antismoking EU? No wonder the EU is beginning to disintegrate.
I sometimes wonder whether Nigel Farage is simply a smoker like me, but one who saw far earlier than I did the antismoking virulence at work inside the EU.
Antismoking is just like antisemitism. And the two very often go hand in hand. They’re both deeply irrational phobias. They both demonise something: antisemitism demonises Jews, and antismoking demonises smokers. I’m not in the least bit surprised that the Labour party whose MPs voted en masse for the UK smoking ban is now being charged with antisemitism. What else is to be expected? Jeremy Corbyn is an antismoker who voted for the UK smoking ban, so he’s probably an antisemite as well: if he demonises the one, he’ll probably demonise the other.
The only surprise for me is that while people will readily condemn antisemitism, hardly anybody condemns antismoking, even though the two are structurally identical.
And of course global warming alarmism is another demonisation process. Only this time it entails the demonisation of carbon dioxide (or maybe the element Carbon) and carbon dioxide emitters rather than the demonisation of tobacco smoke and tobacco smokers.
All these things are witch hunts. All of them pursue entirely imaginary witches. All of them conjure up imaginary threats and imaginary enemies, and then do terrible harm as they go to war with them. Smoking does nobody any harm, but the war on smoking does tremendous harm.
I don’t wake up thinking about the European Union every day. And I don’t wake up thinking about global warming either. But I do wake up every morning thinking about the UK smoking ban of 1 July 2007, when I was first exiled to the outdoors, and where I have remained ever since. For that day left a permanent mark on me. It left a wound that never heals.