Living in an overregulated, overtaxed, brainwashed prison camp


Oh the contrast with the overregulated, overtaxed, brainwashed prison camp of mostly compliant sheep and grim apparatchiks to which I am now unhappily returned. Boris Johnson’s United Kingdom is much, much closer politically, socially and economically to Tito’s Yugoslavia than it is to Milanović’s Croatia.

It’s been like this since the smoking ban of 1 July 2007, if not before.

In other news

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Net Zero Carbon Emissions as Soon as Possible’

What the hell does he know about it?

I suppose climate alarmism is our new religion, with its own new vision of hell.

But then

Pope’s Swiss Guards Resign Over Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

Serves him right. Covid is also a new religion.

Tucker Carlson: Public Health has become America’s reigning religion

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53 Responses to Living in an overregulated, overtaxed, brainwashed prison camp

  1. Mark Jarratt says:

    Yes well if the UK is worse than the former Yugoslavia then Australia is worse than Soviet Russia, and we are building remote desert gulags to quarantine the healthy. Fortunately, various legal actions against government biomedical fascism are underway, also addressing inalienable rights unable to be removed on the whim of elected officials and their zealous enforcers, packs of thugs who pepper spray, handcuff and arrest peaceful protestors to “protect” them against an unremarkable virus. Appeasing the evil CV19 god is now the official state cult, and heretics shall be excluded and punished, like “unclean” smokers (it is also quite irrational how many seem to believe unvaccinated equals rampantly infectious!)…

    • Dmitry says:

      All right, friends. Seems there are two ways to keep the flame alive.
      1. Somebody contacts WordPress and negotiates to inherit this blog. I have no idea how to do it. Then that blog administrator has the right to place own posts and collect, maybe, the posts from those of us who are willing. And the rest will be like before. That means that the new Frank will have a bit of work to do, even when writing personally only 1 post a week. But that option keeps the blog alive, together with all the valuable archives and links.
      2. We try to migrate to other places. Smokingbandits, you say? Why not. Thing is, only Beobrigitte knows how to contact them. I have an intention to write a eulogy, trying to sum up Frank’s legacy, so, dear Beo, you may consider it an offer and write to my e-mail, if you think it’s reasonable.
      But in any case it will take several writers to replace Frank. I know there are people here who might do it.

  2. Mark Jarratt says:

    An article for you Ross, and your fellow cross Tasman Sea residents. Zero risk is unachievable in reality and was always doomed to failure. I could have told St Jacinda that for free 18 months ago.

  3. Doonhamer says:

    In a carbon (combustion, not diamonds, I presume) free world how will they notify the selection of a new Pope?

  4. Emily says:

    I am so sorry to have to tell everyone that Frank has passed away. I received the news via email this morning from his brother Andrew. I also spoke to Andrew on the phone just now. He has asked me to let everyone know here. Frank passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday it appears. Andrew and his wife have started formalities and will keep me updated with any details.

    I am overcome with shock and sadness. We will all miss Frank so much. Frank was a great friend and an original thinker. He had an impact on so many lives with this blog and community. I met so many good friends here and Frank’s ideas inspired us all.

    • Very sad news. Frank was ne of the good guys and wil be sorely missed

    • Roobeedoo2 says:

      Frank’s writing had such an impact on me. He was a top bloke and very kind. I shall miss him very much.

    • Barry Homan says:

      Thank you for conveying the news, Emily.

    • Fredrik says:

      Thank you Emily.
      I am sure his consciousness is in a beautiful place now.
      And thank you Frank. And I know you are happy for people to write sentences starting with the word And.

    • legiron says:

      This came as a shock. I’m going to miss Frank’s writing. I rarely commented here, the rarely seemed to be anything to add to what he’d already written.

    • beobrigitte says:

      Thank you Emily for letting us know.
      Going to miss the debates – and the opportunity to have them again live over a pint in the pub Frank drove us to.

    • Travel well dude.

      Be safe.

    • Joe L. says:

      We have lost an incredibly talented writer and a tenaciously critical thinker, two things which are sorely lacking in today’s world. We must all continue banging on against antismoking tyranny in his honor.

      Rest in peace, Frank. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

    • Very sad news. I will miss him.
      Rest in peace Frank.

    • Vlad says:

      Oh man, this is sad.

    • Zia says:

      I am very deeply saddened by this news.
      Thank you Emily for letting us know.

    • Rhys says:

      So sad to hear this. Rest in peace, Frank.

    • DP says:

      Dear Emily

      Thank you for passing on the sad news of Frank’s death.

      Vale Frank Davis and thank you for all your posts. I shall miss your writings.
      I am having a beer and cigarette in your memory.

      Rest in peace: you have earned it.


    • Dmitry says:

      Thank you, Emily. It’s a shock. Now I have to try hard to be like him, without his living example.
      How do we all communicate in future? Why don’t we agree on following another blog like this one?

      • jaxthefirst says:

        How about over at your place at SmokingBandits, then, Dmitry? Sounds good to me – I’ll definitely keep checking in, and hope to see a few of the regulars from here over there, too!

      • RdM says:

        I hope that this place may still stay alive for contributors, as he may have wished it;-
        He once remarked that he scattered breadcrumbs, and some folk responded.
        Anyway, the free WordPress site should continue, one can comment on old posts.

        Bring them to the foreground, interweave into the present perhaps, make present.
        There’s a lot of worthwhile reading in the archives, which could be commented on.

        Thankfully because the last 15 comments are visible on the RH side, new comments on old discussions will be visible to anyone who checks in daily, or every few days even.

  5. Barry Homan says:

    Mercy Sweet Jesus

  6. Sackerson says:

    Sincere condolences.

  7. jameshigham says:

    So sorry to hear about Frank. RIP.

  8. Margo says:

    That is terribly sad news.

  9. Twisted Root says:

    I once asked Frank how come he was so prolific and managed to write a blog every day relating to the smoking ban without repeating himself. He replied it was just like writing a daily journal. The last real journalist.
    His legacy also includes models of global heating and cooling and close to earth asteroid paths. It would be nice to know these are archived and not lost.

  10. Inspector Alleyne says:

    Devastating News. Thank you for showing us that we are not alone in this fight.

  11. Lepercolonist says:

    Very sad news. Frank was a must read every day. He said that reaching age 70 is considered a full life. The stupid smoking ban certainly did not help his condition. Thanks Emily.

  12. Furtive Ferret says:

    That is indeed very sad and I’m deeply shocked. I haven’t commented on here for a while but I did read each new blog post as it was posted and had noticed that there had been a significant drop in the frequency with which Frank posted.

    RIP Frank your blogging will be very much missed.

  13. RdM says:

    I also echo thanks to Emily for letting us know, conveying the sad news. Thanks, Emily!
    We met up later with a few others in the smokydrinkybar that Frank created and funded, and discussed hopes that that might somehow be able to continue, yet to be seen to.

    At least this, his blog, being a free WordPress site, should I think stay alive on the net.

    Let’s also remember his other WordPress site,

    and his earlier Idle Theory site,
    (who knows what the mechanics are for that site staying alive?)

    No doubt it will be a busy time for his brother with a lot to organise, so once again gratitude and how fortuitous that you’ve been able to be in contact, Emily, and can inform further.

    I know that at least a few UK folk here will attend whatever funeral / memorial celebration of life service event will transpire, and there should be a few photos around and anecdotes told.
    I’ve expressed a hope that it might also be recorded, so that overseas folk can share in it.

    But indeed a deep sadness that he went so suddenly, early, only in his early ’70’s.
    We last spoke in visual contact in the SDB only a couple of weeks ago.

    Farewell, Frank. We will always remember you!

  14. Rose says:

    Oh…. that is a shock, I will miss him.

  15. EG says:

    Thank you Emily. It’s very sad news. He will be remembered by a lot of people around the world.

  16. Rose says:

    Yes, thank you very much indeed, Emily.

    I got to meet Frank one sunny day in 2018 and naturally he blogged about it.
    At this moment it is something of a comfort to see him smiling.

  17. Smoking Lamp says:

    I am sorry to hear that Frank has passed away. We must continue to strive for the reversal od smoking bans in his memory and in order to preserve our liberties. Godspeed Frank!

  18. jaxthefirst says:

    I am so sad to hear this. Frank was one of the few bloggers who stayed true to the faith, blogging from the early days about the unfairness of the smoking ban, the terrible precedent that it set on all sorts of levels and keeping on right through to the bitter end, never giving up, and notwithstanding the occasional posts on his other interests, never forgetting that this blog was, first and foremost, a place for smokers to meet, to chat and share experiences about the awful, divisive smoking bans that we, his readers, were enduring, wherever we were located. So many other blogs and sites have fallen by the wayside or been diverted into other areas over the years that his was like a constant little oasis of refuge for like-minded people in the middle of a desert. I too had noticed that his blogging had become a little less frequent and his posts considerably shorter, but they remained insightful, useful and informative nonetheless and I will miss them greatly.

    I feel that I have lost a good friend, even though I never met Frank personally, and he will be truly missed. Smokers have so few really loyal friends these days who they can count on and who understand the reality of our situation so clearly as he did – because he was living it, too.

    Rest in peace, my friend. Light one up on my behalf when you reach the Gates – there are no smoking bans in Heaven!

  19. Philip Neal says:

    I was so sorry to see this. I sensed that Frank was slowing down, but he was sharp and insightful to the end. Although I never met him, I too feel that I have lost a friend. There seem to be no pro-smoking blogs left now and I shall miss having this place to share my thoughts with likeminded people. May he rest in peace.

  20. Fumo ergo sum says:

    This is indeed very sad news. One of the greatest minds and one of the purest souls still around in this world has been lost. I never met Frank in person. I do not even how he looked like nor how is voice might have sounded. And yet I think that Frank may have been someone who has had the most profound impact on my life in the past decade.

    When I first discovered this blog for the very first time about five years ago, I was delighted and relieved to see that there was someone out there in the virtual outside world who was, just like I was and still am, utterly flabbergasted by the smoking ban and all other hideous forms of social engineering launched upon the public. From the very beginning I hugely appreciated Frank’s unremitting honesty: he was a man whose words and acts were one. Rather than joining the flocks of conformist and often pedantic sheeple, Frank preferred to cut himself quite literally off the world. Not because he would not have cared for the world, but rather out of ‘love of the world’, as Hannah Arendt would have called it. Love of the world, that is, love of freedom, love of justice, love of equal liberties for all. And above all, love of enjoying the God-given right to go inside a pub, having a pint of beer and smoking a cigarette.

    Frank was a very intelligent person. He saw the bigger social and cultural picture of what was going on in the wake of the smoking ban. As no other, he could easily connect the dots between the antismoking agenda, the cult of healthism, the glaring hypocrisy of the woke industry, global warming alarmism and finally the blasphemous worshipping of the false covid religion. Or as Frank once pointedly described it: ‘A Many-Headed Hydra.’ I definitely owe it to Frank that I too could finally see the bigger scheme of things, so that I could no longer conceive of the smoking ban as an isolated phenomenon in the chain of events. Instead, it became very clear to me that this was a deplorable yet almost inevitable affair the formal causes of which stretch back at least to the seventeenth century. After all, this was the period when Thomas Hobbes first conceived of man no longer as an intellectual creature endowed with an individual free will, but as a mere spatiotemporal ‘body’ to be instructed and moulded by the will of the sovereign. A monarch like king James I, for example, who levied steep taxes on tobacco because he haughtily conceived of smoking as “a custome lothsome to the eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmful to the braine, dangerous to the Lungs, and in the blacke and stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the Stigian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.”

    Even though I learnt a great deal on this blog, assembling knowledge perhaps wasn’t the main reason why I visited and sometimes myself commented here. Thanks to Frank’s many followers and commentators I realised that I was not alone in this world, and that there were many other angry – or rather: steadfast – smokers who would not surrender to the evil forces that be. So in a certain way, this blog also had an important ‘therapeutic’ meaning to me. Each visit always felt like a sort of homecoming – albeit a virtual one. I confess, I sometimes dreamt that the readers of this blog would literally come together and establish a new community. A large-scale co-housing project, for example, featuring a smoky lounge and a cosy wine bar. Or something like Noah’s ark. But instead of taking two animals of each species with us, we would embark with two cartons of cigarettes of each brand.

    Rest in peace, Frank, and my infinite thanks for everything you have been willing to share with us. Enjoy, at last, your well-deserved pint and cigarette at the counter of your favourite bar in heaven. Many thanks to all of you as well, for having joined Frank throughout the years during his quest for truth, freedom and wisdom. Let us bang even harder against this despicable smoking ban.

  21. RdM says:

    Fumo ergo sum,

    I and I am sure others have appreciated your thoughtful comments over the years.
    You wrote:

    “I never met Frank in person. I do not even how he looked like nor how is voice might have sounded.”

    There are a few still pictures of Frank scattered in his blog, i.e. here:
    with Nisakiman shortly before his death, and a couple of other smokydrinkybar regulars!

    And with Rose, in

    I have one of him with Brigitte and Emily on their visit, but not sure if blogged.

    Also you can hear and see him speak with Emily in an early interview if you click on the Smoky Drinky Blog graphic link on the RH side.

    I won’t link directly to it here, because Frank’s WordPress settings only allowed 2 links per post, before it went in to moderation – and of course, he’s no longer around to moderate.

    Be aware that the link within that to the SDB is wrong, appear in is now deprecated, but the other link from here, whereby com, is correct, and you might find folk there Sat evening-late UK time.

    If you have a webcam & microphone, perhaps even built-in to a laptop, you could meet up.

    I’m sure we – as one of the few regular attendees – would be delighted to see a new face and hear new speech, words, thoughts, social interaction. And of course you can smoke too! ;=})

  22. RdM says:

    However …

    The SDB started out as an appear in link, limit 4 users for free, and Frank bought a subscription to Pro, enabling 12 users and a background image to continue (initially for free but dropped).
    Then it was bought by the perhaps slightly absurdly named whereby com, which recently upgraded to allowing up to 100 users per pro (bought monthly) meeting interface.

    The thing is though, that Frank paid a monthly sub of I think 10 pounds for that.
    This was innovative in the days before Zoom & Covid, but now others are in the field.
    If Franks sub expires at the end of the month, or whenever, it will revert to the free interface.
    No background, and perhaps only 4 users at a time reliably.

    Meanwhile, other players have stepped up, years later.

    I’d suggest looking at
    where one could create (already done?) and meet in, for instance, say, in lowercase
    Or, if one wanted, perhaps an uppercase version,
    or even perhaps
    Frank’s SmokyDrinkyBar (if spaces are allowed, I didn’t try.)

    Anyway, perhaps something to discuss at the next still existing SDB meet in a day or so.
    Easy to experiment – I logged into the first two without a problem!
    A just in case scenario, in case Frank’s whereby com subscription ends soon.

    Best wishes to all,

    ~ RdM

  23. RdM says:

    I meant to add that jit si allows up to 100 users for free
    (although as Bucko commented – for how long? – but hey, it’s here now, and the already offer pro upgrades for business users beyond that. So it may be safe fore a while?)

    And, I see that
    (i.e. Frank’s SmokyDrinkyBar) does work too, potentially, although it’s a clumsy looking link!)

    So maybe just continuing with the lower (or upper) case version would be best.

    I’m just concerned to see a replacement in the wings if Frank’s subscription expires.

    Cheers, despite sad times! ;=})

  24. RdM says:

    Ah, you did rightfully express that cynical outlook – for how long? – but I still think it might be good.
    The great thing about the SDB … we couldn’t really tell if you were that drunk … ;=})
    Until you confessed that you had to go to bed.

    Great to see you, as always!

  25. RdM says:

    Of course I regret my hasty typing typos, they, for, not the, fore.
    And even calling attention to them.
    But I hope Frank’s blog will continue in comments, even beyond this post.

    And we will hear news of his funeral soon, I hope photos even video from those there.
    If it can be arranged or seems meet, convenient, possible.

    It’s always good to hear other anecdotes.

  26. Mark Jarratt says:

    I have only just heard that Frank is most unfortunately deceased, from ANTZ warrior Michael J McFadden in Philadelphia USA. I am most taken aback and saddened by this news, and always looked forward to the pithy well argued posts by Frank, and his curmudgeonly mordant rapier wit. Truly those with a commitment to fight the seemingly endless encroachments of the nanny police bully state will miss his challenging discourse, even if the neurotic paternalist health cultists would never change their dogmatic determination to control the lives of others based on such evidence and argument.

    If there will be a streamed virtual funeral or if there is a condolences book I will be sure to join with other FOFs (Friends of Frank) to commemorate the departure of this uniquely critical thinker.

    I will check back on this fine blog, which can hopefully be retained as a digital memorial, with ANTZ and their fellow traveller zealots obliged to pass an examination on the contents after the Great Reset, when ordinary people wrest back control from dictatorial health cultist elites.

    Sympathy to all…

    Mark in Canberra, Australia.

  27. Walt Cody says:

    I learned of this a few days ago thru legiron and didn’t think to check in here. This is devastating; The loss of a good friend I never met but thought of as a friend. I do hope someone can figure out how to maintain this site—maybe with some of his articulate followers like jax and others writing occasional lead posts to start the conversation. I’ll check back to learn what’s happening here.

  28. Rose says:

    I will check back here too, until something is worked out.

    Meanwhile, news you might have missed while our company is fractured.

    Remember this?

    Smoking as a Sars cure? Nonsense, say doctors

    “Rumours that smoking can help prevent Sars have been sweeping the mainland.
    With fears rising over the increasing number of cases, the claims have become a hot topic of conversation, but doctors are worried.

    Some people say that few smokers were among the total number of victims in Guangdong, where the disease is thought to have originated. As the rumours intensify, fears that many teenagers and women could turn to smoking have prompted doctors to write newspaper articles warning people of the risks involved.”
    https: //

    It seems that those rumours weren’t unfounded

    Velvet Glove Iron Fist
    Smoking and COVID-19: a new evidence update

    Updated 14 October

    “Studies which find smokers to be significantly less likely to get COVID-19 continue to be published, even if they are ignored by the media. There are so many of them that it’s difficult to keep up.”

    Covid 19 is now refered to as Cov Sars 2 in certain quarters.

  29. Emily says:

    Hi all – I wanted to let everyone know that a memorial service for Frank has been scheduled for November 5. There will also be a webcast option to watch the service. If anyone in the UK would like to attend the service in person, or if anyone internationally is interested in the webcast, please email me at and I can send you the details. The webcast details will not be available until a bit closer to the date but I will keep track of everyone who contacts me and make sure everyone gets the details as appropriate.

  30. Александра Собина says:

    I’m sad, I liked Frank very much. Never met in person, just on zoom meetings. Beer and a fag? Well, will go and get right now.
    Would be good if we could keep this place running, I think he would like it.

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