No Privacy

A Japanese brokerage firm has banned its staff from smoking, even while working from home. Nomura, the country’s biggest investment bank, has asked its local staff to give up smoking during the working day in a move labelled as ‘intrusive’. More than half of the company’s staff in Japan are currently working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nomura announced the move in an internal memo on Tuesday, saying in a statement the following day that the new policy – introduced without plans for monitoring or punishment for rule breakers – will improve employee health and the workplace environment….

What will they demand next? No alcohol? No meat? No TV?

They’ve started invading the privacy of their homes.

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  1. Stephen Helfer says:

    For some reason the antipathy for tobacco appears to be unique. I’ve heard this slippery slope argument for 30 years and I’ve yet to see persecution of drinkers, the obese, or the sedentary that even remotely compares to that of smokers. To some extent, however, like smokers who are accused of killing the innocent with secondhand smoke, the unvaxed are being accused of killing the innocent with their infectioness.

  2. jaxthefirst says:

    Yes, Stephen. Over the last 18 months I’ve often been struck by the similarity between the present Covid restrictions and the anti-smoker ones which we have endured for many years. With just a few word changes and manipulation of a different set of figures in the same way, many of the tactics used could have been lifted, template style, from the anti-smokers’ playbook – and in fact probably were. I know that it had been posited years ago that the whole anti-smoking movement (culminating in smoking bans all over the place) was, in effect, an “experiment” – a “how to” trial-run, if you like – for greater things to come, and that smokers had simply drawn the short straw because it happened to be an anti-smoker, Richard Doll, who was the first out of the traps in the PTB’s search for a suitable “target group” to try their tricks out on, but the swift, and uncannily similar, progress of Covid-mania has seemed to support that theory.

    I do think that drinkers, the sedentary and the overweight are still dangerously close to the crosshairs, though, and I suspect that once Covid-hysteria has faded a bit all the usual suspects will start crawling out from under their rocks and braying about their own personal bugbears all over again. They have a problem, though, with each one, so it’s debatable which will be first. With drinkers, they have the problem that the majority of people do still enjoy alcohol – including the majority of themselves – and, like smokers before them, they’ve got a long road ahead of them bringing that number down to a suitably-small minority for them to be bullied and harassed in the same way as smokers have been; with the sedentary they have a problem in that it’s a lot more difficult to force people to do something than it is to force them to stop doing something – you have to be a lot more authoritarian and it takes a lot more heavy-handed behaviour and intrusive monitoring to make people actively do something they don’t want to do; and with overweight people they have the obvious problem that many, many people have only become overweight or obese after they were, effectively, one way or another, forced to give up smoking, and they know that people know that, from personal experience of piling on the pounds almost from the day they quit, so there’s a big danger that people, in their desperation not to be bullied for being wicked, NHS-crippling obese people will return to smoking in order to melt those fat stores away and get their BMI down (even if they don’t admit it).

    So there are problems with each one. Not that that will stop them, of course. Zealots always manage to find a way, somehow. Let’s just hope that, having experienced first-hand how easily and enthusiastically Governments around the world have moved into democratic backslide mode over Covid, displaying suitably-amended anti-smoker tactics at every turn, drinkers, the sedentary and the overweight will finally wake up to the fact that all those anti-smoker measures that they so keenly endorsed in the run-up to the smoking ban (and beyond) really can (and will) be used against them in respect of whatever other things the all-powerful Healthists choose to disapprove of next.

    • Mark Jarratt says:

      Too true Jax the First…neurotic healthists, determined to inflict their risk averse safety cult on everyone, whether there is consent or not. A day of reckoning for the pearl clutching curtain twitching busybody charlatans is long overdue.

    • Walt Cody says:

      There have already been several brief tries at claiming obesity is contagious (one was merely that the overweight tacitly encouraged their dinner partners to pig out, but the two others claimed that obesity was connected to some virus that fat people could exhale or sneeze out and that could cause the innocent —virtuous—thin to suddenly balloon). The idea of injecting the notion that any targeted minority is a source of contagion isn’t a new one. Blacks, Chinese and Jews have all been fingered by various governments at various times and subject to everything from widespread discrimination to death camps. I refer you to an excellent book documenting this, “Silent Travelers” by history professor Alan Kraut.

    • Stephen Helfer says:

      You make excellent points, but as I said in my comment I’ve been hearing the slippery slope argument for 30 years and while the persecution of smokers has only increased I’ve seen little evidence of persecuting other groups with the exception of anti-vaxers and the vaccine hesitant.

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