It isn’t often that we dare to contemplate the possibility that a real political conspiracy actually occurred. By ‘political’, I do not mean conspiracies among politicians – they are ten a penny. I mean conspiracies which use the political system.
There was a classic case, and it must be true that there must have been many, many more in the past – unless it was considered beneath the morality of Parliament. I speak of the ‘public places indoor smoking ban’.
I don’t think that we should ever lose sight of the trickery involved in the creation of that ban.
I’m sure that readers will be able to pick out other tricks, but here a few.
1. The Health Bill was about other matters and the Smoking Ban was stuck onto the end of the Bill as though it was just a tiny bit of an addendum. The other matters have now disappeared since they were just minor procedural matters for chemists’ shops and such, and yet they provided the excuse for introducing the Smoking Ban as if it were a minor matter of not much consequence. Indeed, it might not have been of great consequence had it not been for….
2. Some sort of MPs’ health committee which said that excluding wet-led pubs and similar establishments made no sense since employees were still exposed to SHS. Thus, at the last minute, an amendment was moved to include the exclusions. Thus, publicans in the personally owned and tenanted sector (not pubcos), had no time whatsoever to organise and protest. It was a ‘fait accompi’ within a few hours.
3. Any person who dared to oppose and ignore the ban was humiliated, prosecuted and hit with the full force of the police and magistrates. Massive fines and imprisonment. You would think that ‘permitting’ a person to smoke in a pub was 100 times more dangerous than driving while pissed as a fart.
There must be other things, but those three alone must surely indicate that the important bits were prepared in advance in secret. That is the very definition of ‘a conspiracy’. It was not what ASH et al said in public which was conspiratorial – it was the deliberate framing of the Health Bill to allow a last minute amendment to the smoking ban, which had already been prepared, to bugger up the (privately owned) pub industry.
There is no doubt in my mind that the above realities resulted from a deliberate conspiracy. Does anyone think otherwise?
If that is true, then it is reasonable to suppose that an awful lot of tobacco control stuff is conspiratorial. Also, it is reasonable to suppose that corruption is widespread. The corruption does not have to be monetary – it might be preference for jobs. It is the new nepotism and ‘colour-bar’, except that the ‘colour’ is “sky-blue-pink-with-a-finny-addy-border” – only the conspirators know what the acceptable ‘colour’ is.
The conspiracy is already backing tobacco control into a corner. Ecigs have a kaleidoscope of colours and TC is fearful. Snus had only one colour, and was easily banned throughout the EU except Sweden. Why was snus banned? That question has been asked but notanswered. WHY WAS SNUS BANNED? WHY WAS SNUS BANNED? “Dear Mr Hunt, Sec of State for Health, please investigate the reason for the ban on snus imposed by the EU bureaucrats. Who were the people who made that decision? Why did they make that decision? Were the reasons similar to the those which have been intended to scupper ecigs? What is the level of corruption involved, and are you part of it? Is there any possibility that you will stand up in Parliament, in the same way that people like Churchill did in the past, and DEMAND an end to EU corruption?”
Our political system stinks, and has stunk for a long time. But only in recent times has the stench become overpowering. I think that reason for the overpowering stench is because the political corruption in no longer small-scale, internal corruption within the UK. It has become international corruption on a huge scale. How can it be otherwise? Is there a dedicated ‘police force’ looking for criminals in the UN, WHO, World Bank, IMF, etc?
Cameron, Clegg and Miliband had five years to suss these things out, but they preferred to waltz about on the World Stage BIG TIME, whilst persecuting their own smoker citizens BIG TIME.
If there was one REALLY, REALLY BIG THING that could be achieved, it would be to inform ALL smokers throughout the UK that they are not diseased lepers. In other words, be PROUD to be a smoker and thus a free spirit. Every human person is a free spirit. But God only knows where that idea leads to.