Our friend and defender, Dick Puddlecote, praised a person named Clive Bates today because that person defended ecigs. I am not quite sure that that person, Clive Bates, matters at all. I am not sure that what he says has any influence. Why should it? We have been demanding for months and months that ecigs should not be included in a EU ‘tobacco directive’ for the simple and obvious reason that ecigs are not ‘tobacco products’. Why should the opinion of Clive B matter more than ours? Who cares?
The reality is that the opinion of Clive B is like the opinion of an ex-torturer who has retired from torturing. He still want people to confess, but wants them to be forced to confess painlessly. He might advocate certain drugs, like ecigs, which will produce a confession painlessly. “I used to smoke 40 cigs per day, but I discovered ecigs, and now I am cured and tremendously happy. A few months ago, I could not run ten yards. Now I can run ten miles. My ecig has saved my life. And, I am 75 years old”.
Painless confession has always been the goal of sophisticated torturers. I am not sure if I have got this right, but I think so. Cardinal Walensky, a Polish catholic cardinal, confessed, after months of brainwashing, to misleading the faithful.
It is hard to know whether Clive B is a torturer or a tortured. Does his advocacy of ecigs indicate a plea to be forgiven for his advocacy of torture of smokers? He himself said that massive taxes, deliberately aimed at smokers, were wrong. Read this:
“You told us to quit smoking. You taxed the pants off us; you’ve bullied us with your public information campaigns; you’ve racked up the stigma that we felt.
You’ve tried to stop us using these products wherever we can. You’ve hit us with massive societal disapproval. Tobacco companies haven’t done that, government and public health have done that.
So we’ve done the right thing. We’ve got off smoking; we’ve protected our health; we produce a vapour which doesn’t harm anyone; most people aren’t troubled by it. Just leave us alone! Just get off our backs!”
Just suppose, for an instant, that SHS is just as harmless as ecig vapour. Does Clive B accept that? If not, why not? The Doll Doctors Study indicated that even the heaviest of smoking does not have any effect for some thirty years. Why should a bit of SHS have any effect at all before the people exposed to it are long dead for other reasons?
Note the implication in the final paragraph, ‘we produce a vapour which doesn’t harm anyone’. Is that not just the same as a denial that SHS is dangerous?
Bates is as rabid a persecutor of smokers now as he ever was. He has just the same mindset. His attitude to ecigs is much the same as that of a person who advocates that drinkers of wine should stop doing so, and, instead, drink tea or coffee. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES drink water directly from wells and streams. That water is dangerous. DO NOT DRINK WATER UNLESS IT HAS BEEN PASSED AS SAFE BY THE EU, AND CLIVE B.
We smokers do not want to be patronised. We know that we are being deliberately milked to the extent of 700% tax on our preferred amusement. For that is what smoking is – an amusement. Smokers experience that amusement lots of times per day, even though they might be poor and under-privileged. The best way to render us less under-privileged is to massively reduce the tax on tobacco. That will be necessary anyway, since smokers have already ‘outsourced’ their sources.
What non-smokers must understand is that, the more that smokers cease to contribute taxes, the more that they themselves must contribute. It is quite comical really that non-smokers, who rail against stinking of tobacco smoke and need a shower after a night out, are the principal taxpayers whose money is wasted by various university departments. It really is comical.
I don’t really understand the fuss about Clive B. Who is he? Why does he matter? Who cares what he says? Why did he start the demonisation of smokers? Just because he was replaced by the much more rubbery Arnott does not mean that he has any affinity or tolerance for smokers. He thinks that smokers kill babies, unless he is lying.
Clive Bates says that Smokers kill babies. He says that Smokers kill babies. Arnott says that Smokers kill babies. Cameron says that Smokers kill babies. EVERYONE says that Smokers kill babies.
There is an underlying principle which has been neglected, which is that every individual person has the right to decide for himself. Further, he has the right to decide for his children. That is called ‘being a parent’. The decision by the Scottish Dictatorship that all children need a ‘named person’ to replace their parents is obscene. The word ‘obscene’ means ‘sexually corrupt’.
The BIG PROBLEM seems to be that all dictats are written in stone, no matter how weak arguments might be. Clive B will not make any difference. The TPD demands will be passed into UK law by sycophants. The sycophants are predominantly MPs who do not give a shit and give way to Zealots.
I am amazed, and will continue to be amazed by the sycophancy of MPs.