The Killjoys Delighted

Tom Utley:

Which brings me back to this Wednesday afternoon, when I walked the dog down the hill — and saw, to my delight, that our local had reopened at last.

Inside, there were four staff members but not a single customer (although I later found a handful smoking in the garden when I, too, slipped out for a cigarette). At least this meant I wouldn’t have to wait for my drink. Or so I thought.

I sanitised my hands by the door, as instructed, and went up to the bar where I asked Maddie for my pint.

Good to see someone identify themselves as a smoker. It would have been easy to miss out that small detail.

I haven’t been outside my flat for months. So I have no experience of visiting pubs in the wake of Covid-19. Does one really have to “sanitise one’s hands”?

There is no annoyance in life, however, that politicians can’t strive to make worse. Sure enough, a cross-party group of anti-smoking fanatics at Westminster is hatching a conspiracy to make visiting the pub even less appealing to regulars than it is today, with all those inflated prices and new restrictions.

So far, so good. But then:

Yes, I know smoking is terribly bad for me (whatever protection it may offer from Covid-19). I know, too, some people loathe it, and I’m always careful to show them consideration, particularly when they’re eating. Meanwhile, I applaud the one million who are said to have given up since the lockdown began. All I can say is that they’re much stronger willed than I.

Alas, this is the usual surrender.

It’s a surrender I’ll never make. I don’t believe that smoking is  “terribly bad for me.” And I don’t “applaud the one million who are said to have given up since the lockdown began.” Also I don’t think they’re “much stronger willed than I.” Given the current exclusion and demonisation of smokers, it seems to me that these days you have to be strong-willed to carry on smoking, not to stop smoking.

The simple truth is that the prohibitionists don’t just want to stop people smoking outside pubs: they want to close down pubs as well. They hate alcohol just as much as they hate tobacco. They hate food as well. They hate everything that is enjoyable. They’re killjoys. That’s all there is to it.

I don’t believe anything they say about tobacco or alcohol or food, however much it’s dressed up in statistical arguments.

Anyway it looks like Covid-19 will be used to kill off another 20% of Britain’s pubs. The killjoys will be delighted.

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22 Responses to The Killjoys Delighted

  1. slugbop007 says:

    Killjoys Incorporated, paid for with taxpayers money. Parasites! Public Health Welfare Bums.


  2. slugbop007 says:

    I don’t think that a million stopped smoking. More lies & videotape. I also think that people should not answer their polls. I think some had a difficult time, like me, buyiing their favourite tobacco. The Quebec government declared tobacco shops non-essential way back in April. Fortunately we could still purchase other tobacco products at dépanneurs (overpriced convenience stores). After several weeks my tobacconist found a loophole in the government’s directive. They left a phone number on the shop window. We called in our order, they told us the price, we gave them the money, then we waited outside the store while the shopkeepers found our items. A minute or so later the door opened and a hand held out a brown paper bag with our purchases and change inside it. Very black market, but effective.

    One more anecdote. The Premier of Quebec held a press conference last week and announced he and his government were working on changing our habits and that they would not finish the job for a long time to come. This could get ugly. I hope it does. The unions don’t like him. Unfortunately they have no smoking signs posted all over their building just across the street from where I live and they don’t really give a hoot about the lives of less fortunate Quebec citizens, only their own kind. There was a demonstration in front of our building around three weeks ago. There could be more to come. Maybe I’ll join them. Wearing a mask, of course. Can’t protest without wearing a mask.


    • Joe L. says:

      I don’t think that a million stopped smoking.

      I don’t believe it, either. If there’s one thing Tobacco Control has proven to be good at, it’s cherry-picking statistics and fabricating data to suit their agenda. I’d love to hear how they claim to have arrived at this convenient estimate of one million people. I doubt the raw data or methodology used will ever be made public.

      Can’t protest without wearing a mask.

      Unless you’re protesting in support of Black Lives Matter, in which case masks are not needed, because SARS-CoV-2 is a “woke” virus, and does not spread at those protests. But if you want to protest your government for infringing upon your rights, you must wear a mask, or else you’ll be responsible for killing everybody’s grandma.

  3. Rose says:

    I went to the pub for lunch on thursday we had to book over the phone in advance and there was hand sanitiser on the bar and that was about it. The tables were set out in accordance with social distancing and an assortment of doors and windows were wide open which gave the sensation of sitting in a wind tunnel set on low, but not enough to make the food go cold even though it is on top of a hill.

    We had a very pleasant lunch and then naturally went home for the coffee and cigarettes.

    “But on a solemn note Gilmore explains that people choosing to stand outside to smoke, shivering in the cold, demonstrates that tobacco is a drug of addiction.”

    I still won’t give ASH the satisfaction, apart from anything else, I don’t believe it’s true.

  4. nessimmersion says:

    Yet more reasons why informal pubs in garages will continue to slowly gain popularity.
    As well as cheaper beer, being able to smoke, you can now add no social distancing bollocks.

    • Rose says:

      Years ago I got interested in brewing country wines from a kit they sold at the local supermarket and it progressed to finding a home brew shop, learning about yeasts, buying books on the subject and brewing from scratch.

      In the end, there were so many experiments and it was all going so well, once a week I challenged people (I had a social life then) to try and drink me out of house and home (not literally) and they never did. I’d got interested in how you ran a mead hall by then and had bought even more books.

      Huge fun and at very little cost to make. Needless to say no donations just the pleasure of their company.

      • nessimmersion says:

        Just starting out myself TBH.
        I’m doing it as much to cut my cloth to the likely future income however the cynical / economically aware side seems more switched on than all the healthcare puritans.
        People will always find an alternative.
        Norway has the highest sugar consumption in Europe per capita and its not because they like it on their weetabix.
        Make it too expensive / awkward / inconvenient to drink alcohol or be convivial and people will find another way.
        London suburbs are apparently full of garages/ garden rooms converted to pubs where people can drink/ smoke/not socially distance as they choose.

        • Rose says:

          How to lift a wild yeast
          Some don’t recommend using wild yeast, but one day commercial yeast may not be available, I have been lucky each time I tried it.

          In a clear jam jar without a lid, place an apple from an unsprayed tree, fill half way with a 3 parts water, one part honey mixture at no more than blood heat.
          Cover with clingfilm, don’t use a lid, or when the honey starts to ferment it will explode.
          After a few days in a warm place, bubbles will form on the apple, when bubbles start rising from the bottom of the jar, the yeast culture is ready to use.

          Honey mixture
          3 parts water to one part honey, about a teaspoon of cracked corn (yeast nutrient) juice of one lemon, no more than blood heat when you put the yeast culture in.

          Get that rolling , within one lunar month you have a party in a jar.
          But thats a very basic recipe I lifted from a saga.

          I tried a glass of bought mead, and couldn’t believe that nasty, sticky stuff was the same as the Vikings wrote poetry over, so I experimented.
          At the same time, I was wondering why bobbing for apples in a barrel of ice cold water was supposed to be fun.
          The two ideas ran together.

          All I’ve collected on alcohol

        • nessimmersion says:

          I can see I’ve reading to do once the night draw in.
          Tried a bottle of mead in Alnwick once, local shop ( possibly Lindisfarne recipe?) that was ok.

  5. Mark Jarratt says:

    The extent of petty government intrusion is astounding, one consequence of placing “health” (an individual good) above everything else, founded on eugenics and bourgeois purity (i.e. fear of the world). It is even more worrying that so many readily accept yet more authoritarian official control, police nanny state bullying, and self destructive unfit for purpose “countermeasures”. Two parallel worlds: reality, and the fantasy world inhabited by media fearmongers and shrill activists. Spineless politicians only heed the latter, same as tobacco control. Due process is ignored in the haste to appease the mob.

  6. Lepercolonist says:

    “Given the current exclusion and demonisation of smokers, it seems to me that these days you have to be strong-willed to carry on smoking, not to stop smoking.”

    I totally agree, Frank. The quitters surrendered.

  7. Vlad says:

    #Given the current exclusion and demonisation of smokers, it seems to me that these days you have to be strong-willed to carry on smoking, not to stop smoking.#
    Perfectly put.

  8. Александра Собина says:

    “… these days you have to be strong-willed to carry on smoking, not to stop smoking.”
    Very true, lets stay strong.

  9. Александра Собина says:

    Rose says:
    July 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm
    I went to the pub for lunch on thursday…..

    Did you sanitize your hands and gave your details like name and address too? Was there limited time to stay?

    • Rose says:

      It was booked a week previously so we did give names and addresses. We could have stayed as long as we liked, it wasn’t crowded and it is a pub.
      I sanitized my hands when I got back to the car, we carry our own in the centre console for shopping trips.

      Is it Alexandra or Alexander by the way, it was my first attempt at google translate.

  10. Александра Собина says:

    Meant Alexandra. Some while ago Frank made it as Саня(San’ya), what was very cute, but later it disappeared and shows Alexandra now.

  11. Charles Burns says:

    Looks that way. But hand sanitizer kills bacteria not viruses (viri?) Just one more manifestation of collective hypochondria

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