I’m not going to reveal totals because I have no intention or revealing anything that is ‘secret’ to ASH ET AL. Suffice to say that, for some reason or other, there has been an enormous jump in viewers and visitors from Australia viewing my post about the law in Australia governing the growing of tobacco plants in Australia. Here is a link to that post:
Very briefly, around 1911 severe restrictions were placed upon the movement of tobacco plants and seeds in Australia. It is really weird that that was so at that time. What was the point? One can only guess. Was it because there was a budding tobacco plantation industry, owned by aristocrats, which needed protection? Or was it that the climate and land in Australia was so perfect for tobacco plants that they would have spread like wildfire had the seeds not been restricted? I do not know.
Whatever… That law was never repealed, and so Australians are forbidden to grow tobacco plants. Except that they are not…. Well, not really. I know for a fact that many Australians grow their own in greenhouses. I also know that some people have asked for official permission to grow plants and been refused. The reason given was concerned with ‘security’. That is a really weird reason since it vaguely assumes that tobacco plantations all over the world are surrounded by high walls and watch towers. But those are the sort of excuses that Tobacco Control uses, are they not? TC is a scam, and always has been.
For some reason or other, there has been a massive increase in visitors from Australia and views of that post. I wonder if it can have anything to do with recent revelations that the Aussie Nanny State intends to massively increase tobacco taxes? Frankly, I must admit that if I lived in Australia, and such massive tax increases were imposed, I would deliberately stop smoking for three months or so. I have done it before and I could do it again. Only the first three days are difficult, and they are really difficult. The urge to light up is really, really strong. But that is what is weird about it. It is not an urge to smoke as such. It is an urge to light a cig. I am smoking now, as I type, but by that I mean that I have a cig lit. When I stop typing to think, I take a drag. Like now….
What would be really great would be a really strong smokers association. I do not understand why no such association has emerged. Personally, I think that the reason is that smokers have, for decades, been suffering from ‘guilt trips’. They believed the low-scale drip-drip propaganda and despised themselves. But suppose that demonisation of alcohol had reached similar levels? Suppose that people despised themselves for going to the pub and having a couple of pints of ale? According to ASH ET AL, 75% of smokers agree that tobacco taxes should be increase provided that the increased money was spent on smoking cessation. It really is hard to believe that turkeys vote for Christmas, but it seems that they do. I assume that what ASH ET AL say is true. Either it is or it isn’t.
Perhaps it does not matter. There is a sleeping giant out there which will one day wake up. It is kept asleep by ample doses of extremely expensive tobacco control narcotics. But the tobacco control narcotic doses have be increased and increased.
In the last couple of days,I have vacillated about breaking free from the dead hand of the EU, only because the EU tobacco directives are not as bad as the laws which Cameron et al have passed. That idea is a trap. We need Brexit so that our politicians cannot hide behind EU directives. It is utterly ridiculous that some young, junior minister, with no experience whatsoever, and who is ignorant of what a directive contains, can override Parliamentary procedure and get away with it. The fact that it happened with Soubry MP, health minister at the time, assisted by the smarmy get, Andrew Black, ought to have produced huge, flashing signs that all was not well. Soubry committed the UK without authority to do so.
For me, the fact that CAMERON ET AL decided to let it pass speaks volumes. The reality is that it was scandalous and that it should never have been allowed to pass.
It is impossible not to believe that there is a comparatively small group of people who intend to control the whole world. I mean, it is not impossible to consider that thought. I shall ask again: “Who decided that Cameron was to be the leader of the Conservative Party?” When you think about it, he appeared from nowhere.
So today has been a spectacular day for this blog. My guess is that someone or someones have started to think about the persecution of smokers via taxes, for that is what they have become – persecution. I have no doubt that the Nazis in Germany made Jews pay more in tax. Do not let tobacco control dilute the comparison. Doll himself associated with German anti-tobacco extremists pre-war. The comparison is genuine and real.
So we have had a best day ever, statistically. Not that it matters. But it is a sweet moment.