This is a subject which I would not normally comment upon. It is not part of this blog’s purpose. But it is hard to resist.
The question that comes into my mind is, “Why do these kamasaki individuals sacrifice themselves?” It makes no sense that they are young men. If a General says that it would be a good idea to kill as many people as possible, and thus create fear, by suicide bombs, it would make sense for very old Islamists to kill themselves chanting “Alluha ackba” or whatever. It makes no sense for young persons to sacrifice themselves, while chanting “Alluha ackba”.
In WW2, some Japanese aircraft pilots sacrificed themselves by crashing their planes into American ships. They were incredibly brave. Incredibly brave. They thought that their self-sacrifice would win the war. It is reasonable to assume that those Japanese airmen were clever and intelligent. And yet they killed themselves to defend a despicable, autocratic, medieval, totalitarian, fascist, regime.
That is what happens when politicians like Cameron et al pretend to represent THE PEOPLE, when, in fact, they represent no one at all. That idea is very important. Cameron et al, including Miliband, Clegg, Corbyn, et al represent no one at all. And that scenario is deliberately engineered. They do not represent Big Business, but they conform.
Persecution of smokers is an abomination of personal autonomy. The tax on tobacco products must be reduced to normal VAT levels, and so must alcohol taxes. In this modern era, there is no excuse for inordinate taxes. Sin taxes must be justified by the illustration of ‘Sins’. It is not enough to say that ‘Sins’ produce harm. The ‘Sins’ themselves must be justified as ‘Sins’.
I am an old man. I cannot deny it. I have gone beyond the Zealots.
I am infinite.