The EU Vote Tomorrow on the Directive

H/T Dick Puddlecote (see sidebar) for this:

Note the date in the line “By European Respiratory Society. 25th Feb 2014”, and the date of the press release: 26th Feb 2014. The ERS issued the press release on the day before they wrote it. Further, they congratulated the EU Parliament for voting for the directive before the vote had take place (which will take place later today, the 26th). I suggest that you read Dick’s post:

http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.co.uk/

The EU is becoming more and more out of control. Unless this organisation, ERS, has deliberately made assumptions, the implications are that they have been tipped off that the vote will definitely be in favour. Where could such a tip-off come from? Could it be from Big Pharma, as a result of its knowledge of the number of palms which have been greased?

There are two words which are often used as though they mean the same thing: totalitarianism and fascism. They do not mean the same thing.

As I recall, totalitarianism described Stalin’s decision to rationalise the farming industry of Russia. At the time, farming in Russia was was organised on semi-medieval lines – many, many small farms run independently. Stalin decided that the whole thing should be reorganised to create massive ‘cooperatives’, regardless of the human suffering that might be involved. In other words, ONE system replaced all the little systems. That is why the political idea was called ‘totalitarian’ – only ONE system was allowed, and that system embraced THE WHOLE of the agrarian society.  Fascism is quite different. Fascism involves the unrestricted use of power. For example, Hitler, once elected, declared himself to have total authority to do as he wished from then on without limit. To do that, Hitler gained control of all the forces of law and order – the police and the army.

What we are seeing in the EU is a combination of the two, but it does not work by the use of naked force. It is much cleverer.

The first need is to establish the totalitarian principle as ‘a good thing’. Thus, the idea of ‘standards of excellence’ are established. These standards are common throughout the EU, which makes them ‘one size fits all’, which is the very essence of totalitarianism. Of course, the very wealthy will have their privileged access to Rolls Royces  and private jets, but the vast, vast majority will only have access to ‘the approved’ choices, which will all be much the same. And the supply of these choices will be from huge conglomerates. Private Enterprise is being phased out.

Fascism is being implemented a little at a time. It is being done under a semblance of democracy. In the EU, only the New Aristocrats can decide what is done and decided in the EU. The Parliament can vote for or against, but cannot originate anything. Only the Elite can originate legislation. As we have seen with the tobacco directive, even if Parliament reject a certain legislative course of action, much the same legislation can be reintroduced in a different way. Even though the grabbing of power is done in a different and slower way, it is much the same thing. It requires the EU set-up – only the Elite may propose what should be done.

Further, in the fascist fashion, there needs to be a means of enforcement. Again, the means is not visibly ‘strong arm’. It is much more subtle. It employs ‘fear of the unknown’. It employs propaganda hate. It employs exaggeration and multiple repetition. But it is still fascism.

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So we can expect the directive to be passed. Enough palms will have been greased. But the reality is that none of it matters very much. So obscene pictures get bigger – so what? Menthol is banned – so what? Menthol is not big in the EU as it is in the USA.

But what about ecigs? Well, to be honest, I have no idea. The whole thing is a mess. The only item which interests me is the idea that the strength of liquid is to be limited to an average. It would be interesting to see what would happen if batsmen in cricket were only allowed to score ‘the average innings’ and were declared to be ‘out’ once they reached the average score. For that is the reasoning behind ‘the average’ nicotine strength need of smokers who wish to swap to ecigs. Individual needs do not exist. Only averages exist. One size fits all, aka totalitarianism.

Dick P has given a link to the actual debate:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe/

Apparently, the action begins around 10.30am. I must put the alarm on.

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One Response to “The EU Vote Tomorrow on the Directive”

  1. The EU Vote Tomorrow on the Directive | VapeHal... Says:

    […] H/T Dick Puddlecote (see sidebar) for this:Note the date in the line “By European Respiratory Society. 25th Feb 2014″, and the date of the press release: 26th Feb 2014. The ERS issued the press release on the day before they wrote it. Further, they congratulated the EU Parliament for voting for the directive before the vote had take place (which will take place later today, the 26th). I suggest that you read Dick’s post:http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.co.uk/  […]

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