I still have about a quarter of a bottle of red left, and so I’ll do a quick post.
Freedom to Choose (Scotland) [see sidebar] petitioned the Scottish Parliament to the effect that the smoking ban should be reconsidered since air-cleaning equipment has advanced spectacularly in the last several years.
Needless to say, the petition was kicked into touch with minimum examination.
But it is worth the while of readers to watch the actual discussion which took place in the ‘Health and Sport Committee meeting which dismissed the petition:
It may take some time to allow the video to progress, but one should move to about 180 minutes in, at which point, the petition is discussed for a few minutes before being dismissed. One of the committee members says his piece against the petition and the walks out – can’t be bothered. Two members of the committee spoke against the petition without once referring to the evidence which had been put before the committee – both repeated the mantras of Tobacco Control. The Chairman the read from a preprepared script to dismiss. No effort whatsoever was made to discuss the evidence. Only the bigoted, heresay evidence of Paterson and Simpson (who walked out) was heard.
If that is the way the Scottish Parliament do business, then the sooner Independence is achieved, the better.
But my main point is that it is clear that these Zealots (like Paterson and Simpson) DARE NOT CONFRONT THE EVIDENCE. They avoid it. They repeat mantras as though they were evidence. Mantras are not evidence.
But we saw EXACTLY the same thing in the McTear V Imperial Tobacco Company Case, in which Tobacco Control refused to bring to the Court their evidence that smoking causes lung cancer. Even there, they relied upon mantras.
I have been wondering recently why Tobacco Control have not been trumpeting the diminishing in lung cancers over the past decade or so, as a result of the great reduction of smoking since about 1960. I have investigated, and found that there has been only a marginal reduction of lung cancer deaths over the past 30 years, despite a massive reduction in smoking prevalence. I should be able to produce the figures tomorrow or the day after, since I have done the necessary work.
It is beyond my comprehension that these Members of the Scottish Parliament can be so mentally closed. It can only be that they are frightened. What are they frightened of? It can only be that they are frightened of being exposed as STUPID! Regardless of Tobacco Control’s mantras, it has always been as clear as the nose on one’s face that normal concentrations of tobacco smoke (or any other air contaminant) is harmless to the normal human body.
But what is also incomprehensible is that not one member of the Scottish Health and Sport (!) Committee spoke up in defence of the petition. Not one. Not one member had examined the evidence. Not one.
Good luck to Scotland, when you become independent. As a ‘Watson’, my origins are Scottish, and I wish you well. But I am now very English. It would suit me very well be rid of Scotland, Wales and Ireland. But when you get your Independence, and rely upon the likes of Paterson and Simpson to ward off evil with their mantras and their switch sticks, don’t come crying to us English to bail you out – go to the EU. I am sure that the EU will give you the appropriate instructions.
I can’t wait for England to become an Independent Nation again. Maybe then we can be rid of this stinking political system which persecutes us all.