I was watching Douglas Murray complaining about Covid lockdowns and masks and social distancing and all the rest of it, and how immensely socially destructive it all was, and how unnecessary it was.
As I listened, I was thinking: This has all happened before, and it has all happened very recently – with smoking bans. And they were equally unnecessary, and equally socially destructive. When was Douglas Murray going to mention smoking bans?
But he never did mention them.
I strongly suspect that Douglas Murray is a non-smoker who simply never noticed smoking bans, because they didn’t personally affect him. Or maybe he’s an antismoker (although I’ve never heard any antismoking sentiment expressed by him).
But I think that if we now have draconian lockdowns and social distancing and masks, it’s because the powers that be took notice of the lack of reaction (by “thought leaders” like Douglas Murray) to smoking bans, and took this as a green light for any number of new restrictions, which we’re now seeing with lockdowns and masks.
The likes of Douglas Murray are getting what they deserve. They wouldn’t speak up for smokers, and now a smoker like me won’t speak up for them.
“First they came for the smokers and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a smoker.” (not quite Martin Niemoller)
I don’t think Douglas
Adams Murray is a thought leader. I think he’s a thought follower.
Do we have any thought leaders?
Oh, and he never got to say anything much about music either.