They never stop, do they?
Lib Dem peer bidding to extend smoking ban to outside areas thanks ASH for its “assistance”
People like MP Mark Pritchard and Baroness Northover never stop working to completely exclude smokers from society.
They never stop working to diminish and defame smokers.
They never stop working to discriminate against smokers.
Do they really think that they can remake society?
Who else do they want to exclude from their ideal world?
Who do they think they are?
I don’t think they have a hope in hell in succeeding with what they’re trying to do. I don’t think any one bunch of people can ever decide what everyone else will think. I think it’s sheer conceit on their part. I think they’re doomed to failure.
Perhaps it once was possible when everybody read the same newspaper and watched the same TV channel and attended the same church which preached the same message, and excluded all dissenting voices. But the internet era is one of a growing plurality of news sources, a plurality of religious beliefs, and a plurality of different and conflicting messages. It’s getting harder and harder to get people to all think the exact same way. The antismoking agenda is just one message among many. And for any one message there will always be a counter-message. For everyone who says that smoking is bad for you there will be someone else who says that smoking is good for you (e.g. protects against Covid-19). The louder that any one message gets shouted, the stronger the reaction against it will be. There’s always a reaction.
There’s never going to be a “smoke-free” world. There are far too many people who don’t want such a world.
I think that the end result of all the current exclusion and defamation and discrimination against smokers will be a rise in the status of smokers. They’ll be recognised as another minority in need of protection, like blacks and gays and women.
It hasn’t happened yet.
But it will.
One day it will.