From Forest site:
“Today, as I mentioned earlier, Scotland on Sunday has reported the result of a survey – not any old survey but a Scottish Parliament survey – that found that:
Almost two-thirds of Scots oppose “nanny state” plans to impose a smoking ban in hospital grounds, a Scottish Parliament survey has found. A greater number of people are against plans for a £1,000 fine for anyone caught breaching the ban.” [My bold]
I think that there is nothing more obvious as an indication of PANIC than demands for totally ‘over the top’ punishments. What would a person be fined £1.000 for? It would be for setting fire to a tiny paper tube containing a bit of dried leaf in the open air. Does the phrase, “Hung for stealing a sheep” ring any bells? As I understand it, people have been fined occasionally £50 for lighting up in a pub, and a few publicans have been fined a couple of hundred pounds for ‘permitting’ smoking after hours when their pubs are locked up and closed.
What this demand for huge fines indicates is that the Zealots know very well that no one will take any notice of their ridiculous demand, and that the only way to make sure that people comply is by threatening to hang them. “…plans for a £1,000 fine for anyone caught breaching the ban” might just as well read, “hang these wanton criminal scum”.
I was reading something today about ‘stigmatisation’. Here is a link:
Essentially, the link says that public health initiatives run the risk of stigmatising individuals or groups of people. It cites, especially, the problems with pigs in Denmark being resistant to antibacterial medicaments. It seems that the farmers who own the farms which have such pigs are being shunned, as though they themselves are ‘infectious’. Does that surprise anyone? There was a time when people who had a cancer were equally shunned because of the ‘omerta’ about cancer. Lots of people actually believed that not only the person who had cancer was ‘infectious’ but also that anyone who was in contact with that person who had cancer was infectious. It is called, “FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN”. Tobacco Control deliberately and maliciously transferred that FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN from cancer victims to smokers. Smokers were to be FEARED, because they ’cause’ cancer. Thus smokers have been stigmatised – marked with the sign of the devil. The article in question actually states that the stigmatisation is akin to Nazi stigmatisation of Jews.
I won’t go into detail, but the article says that there are several steps in the process of stigmatisation. I won’t go through them -read the article – but there is one prime requisite. That is POWER.
I doubt that anyone could deny that Tobacco Control has been harnessing POWER for decades and decades, starting before WW2. In the 1930s, the Nazis were demonising tobacco. (Note the difference between ‘stigmatising’ and ‘demonising’) But even the Nazi emphasis was preceded by the eugenicists in the USA around the late 1800s and the early 1900s.
What is different today is that there is a growing recognition of the mechanics at work. For example, it would not surprise me if the demand for a £1,000 fine was weakened to only £950 pounds, or even only £900. People must realise that these fines are irrelevant because they would never actually be applied. You can bet a pound to a penny that the £1,000 is a maximum. No magistrate would actually fine anyone such an amount. Thus, the £1,000 has no other purpose than to be a frightening threat. What that shows is that the Zealots know very well that their proposals cannot be enforced in the normal sense of ‘willingly agreed to by most people except criminals’. They can only be successfully imposed by aggression. For the imposition of even the possibility of a fine of £1,000 for setting fire to a tiny paper tube containing a small amount of dried leaf in the open air is beyond satire. Good heavens! My local hospital has a huge chimney from the incinerator. Presumably, the incinerator burns aborted foetuses and the still-born, body parts and infected detritus of all sorts. On a foggy day, the smoke will drift into the hospital, along with the smoke from vehicle emissions from the roads around the hospital and the road which runs through the hospital.
If the Scottish Parliament put the demand into law in any form whatsoever, then it renders itself to be worthless. It will show itself to be a parasite. Sure, in the Big Picture, the hospital grounds smoking ban is of minor importance, but if the MSPs cannot get their minds right about that idiocy, how could they possibly deal with vastly more powerful apparatchiks in the EU?
Damn it! Why didn’t the Scots vote for independence? Damn it! The vote MUST have been fixed! Scotland is an embarrassment. It needs to be cut free, which goes also for Wales and Northern Ireland. ENGLAND is big and strong and can only be weakened by the hangers-on. Let them go and let them come under the protection of the EU. I am sure that the EU will protect them from immigration. I look forward to helping to build the new Hadrian’s Wall and the new Offa’s Dyke.
You see, it isn’t the people. It is the Zealots who are buggering everything up. It is because they are Zealots that they are prepared to give up their valuable practices as doctors and become MPs. It is really weird. They combine a death wish with dreams of immortality – import thousands of terrorists and, at the same time, lengthen the extent of old age into the immortal.
But I must not extend this blog further than its remit. We do not do immigration etc. Persecution, Stigmatisation, denormalisation, etc, of smokers is enough for the time being.