A quick post tonight, more for fun than anything else.
I am going to vote for ‘Brexit’, but I am a bit scared. The reason that I am a bit scared is that Brexit might cut off my ability to get cheapish smokes from Magalluf or Prague. Is there anything better than enjoying a lovely holiday, and coming back home wealthier than when you went? For that is the truth. You can go to Prague for a week for around £400, and you can buy, say, 3000 cigs for £375, which would cost you around £1000 in the UK. Thus,even in simplistic mathematical terms, you would save £225, whilst enjoying a wonderful week’s holiday in Prague for nothing! Further, the Chech Republic has just, once again, repulsed a tobacco control blitz. Bars and Restaurants in the CR will not be forced to throw their patrons under the tobacco control bus.
In the UK, and even more so in that bastion of ‘what-the-fuck-does-it-matter?, Ireland, the Zealots have reigned supreme. It is hard not to calculate that the Zealots have taken advantage of our erstwhile habit, in our social interactions, of ‘Laissez faire’. We accept what we find. Thus, if we go into a smoky pub, we can stay or go elsewhere.
That has always been that way. If we seriously thought about it, in the context of Muslim ‘determinism’, we would reject smokophobia on the same grounds.
Tobacco Control relies upon ‘determinism’, which means that all outcomes are the same for everyone. But it clear, even from the statistics upon which TC relies, that outcomes are not even remotely the same for everyone. For example, why is it not ‘reasonable’ for a person to eat wisely, exercise wisely (just busying about), enjoy a couple of beers in the pub and smoke a few cigs? What is the problem?
The fact is that there is no problem with that idea. The hysteria is an artificial construct, and always has been.
I am going to vote for Brexit. It is a win-win situation for smokers. Either I can carry on as usual, which will almost certainly be the case, or I can blast ASH and all those who are complicit.
What is most important, and about which hardly anyone speaks, is the massive and obvious corruption, not only in the EU, but also in the UN.
I do not understand why the USA has not kicked the UN out of the USA.
Or perhaps I do…..