I have been having some conversations with a friend. They concerned the consequences of Brexit.
Because my wife suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, I have been confronted, time after time, with insoluble problems. No need to go into detail, but think of the difficulties when a person has legs which do not work at all. Think of the uselessness of those legs, and how much better it might be if those legs were amputated. Of course, one would not act on such an idea, even if it was possibly the best thing to do. You might amputate a leg if it had been irreparably damaged by a bomb, or if it was gangrenous, but you would not amputate it simply because it does not work.
In my wife’s case, the legs, even though they do not work, still have a function. The bones are a rigid structure. If the legs can be ‘tied up’ in some way, then they can be used to support her body. In fact, that is what we do. We have a machine which ‘locks’ her legs in a position and uses the structure of the bones of the legs to enable me to lift her up into a standing position. I can then ‘do what needs to be done’ – use your imagination. You get used to ‘doing what needs to be done’. There is no problem at all. You just do it.
In those circumstances, what is the worst thing that can happen? It is that the machine fails. That failure has nothing to do with the illness. It is a mechanical failure with no direct connection to the illness.
My friend vaguely suggested that I should vote ‘Remain’ in order to safeguard my ability to go to Spain and buy cigs at half price. What is the worst thing that can happen if I lose that ability? It is that I would have to pay full UK price for cigs. That is the ABSOLUTELY WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN. The ‘worst thing that can happen’ is not that bad. It isn’t that you and yours are rounded up and transported to gas chambers, or expelled from ‘polite’ society. ‘Polite’ society is no longer my place; I much prefer ‘Impolite’ society.
But, what makes things worse, is that my friend thinks that my ability to buy cigs at half-price and import them is permanent. It is not. That situation could be changed tomorrow by EU dictat, and that dictat would be set in stone.
We can generalise the idea of ‘What is the worst thing that can happen?’ As regards the German car industry, its exports of Mercedes cars would cease to exist. Would that happen? Of course not! Any ‘punishment’ for Brexit would have to be selective.
No, the world will not come to an end when we break free. What we want and need is a new breed of politicians. Funnily enough, it is quite possible that Corbyn could be that breath of fresh air in UK politics. It is possible. It is just about possible. But he would have to declare that he wants to free individuals from stultifying regulations. Thus, he would have to declare that smoking pubs and bars would be legal, because individuals want such things.
The ‘worst thing that can happen’, in reality, is that ‘Collectivism’ via the EU, WHO, IPCC, UN will cause a devastating world war. That world war need not be military – it could be commercial. The New World Order would control the media. No one would know that a particular country was being starved into submission.
Those lessons are clear and should be acknowledged from the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The FCTC is a perfect example of ‘the worst thing that can happen’, but in reverse. The FCTC Organisation costs billions, and enjoys jollies in exotic places. It never goes to inhospitable places, such as Greenland or the Outback in Australia, or into the depths of the Sahara desert. It is an example of ‘the worst thing that can happen’ in reverse, since it sucks in funds provided by taxpayers without the taxpayers’ permission.
I think that ‘the worst thing that can happen’ is also ‘the best thing that can happen’. What is of the greatest importance is that we stop funding/feeding the monster.
Our Parliament was primarily established to curtail the King’s demands for ‘tribute’, aka ‘taxation’. It has now become ‘The King’, and there is no opposition.