First, I must extend to readers my sincere hope that they will suffer no further persecution during 2017. I really mean that. There is just the possibility that that Tobacco Control is beginning to run out of steam. After all, we are used to seeing medical porn on cig packets, so bigger medical porn pictures will make no difference. The fact is that Plain Packaging is nothing new at all. It is just an embellishment. The Zealots scream about it as though it is a ‘breakthrough’, but it is nothing of the kind.
I had a jolly good plan today. Herself suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. She can neither urinate nor defecate voluntarily (a consequence of still being alive after some 40 years of suffering from that condition). The urination problem is solved by a catheter, but the defecation problem requires ‘special methods’. No need to go into detail. We had decided, because several members of family were visiting, to meet up at Daughter Three’s place this evening. It is within easy walking distance, even with the wheelchair. The ‘special methods’ worked perfectly, and herself had a splendid poo.
So we decamped to D 3’s place and had a jolly time. In fact, I took the opportunity to go to the pub and ‘meet and greet’ many acquaintances there. After that, there was a traditional Meat and Potato Pie. The recipe for that dish has been handed down from my mother, to my wife, to my daughters, to my granddaughter. Essentially, it is beef, potatoes, bacon for flavour, salt, pepper, with a suet crust. It is served with red cabbage. Utterly delicious!
I mention these things because the ‘snowflakes’ do not have the foggiest idea what it is like to deal with REAL, INCURABLE conditions. They think that problems in Africa can be ‘cured’ by texting ‘water’ and donating £5. They have no idea.
We are inundated, in our consciousness, with blithering idiotic simplifications. ‘Text water‘ and donate £5 and all the problems will be solved.
I dare say that there are lots and lots of people who can only think emotionally. That statement is a bit weird. You would think that ‘thought’ and ’emotion’ are different things. But I think that they mixed together. Some people think without emotion at all, and others emote with very little thought at all. The first can produce the holocaust, and the second can produce witch hunts. I was watching a programme on the TV today which highlighted the fact that only humans barter. Think about that. No other species on Earth has the nous to barter. “I’ll give you and apple if you give me a banana”. It does not happen other than between humans.
We are inundated, in every way, by simplifications. “If everyone stopped smoking, there would be no lung cancer”; “if the consumption of sugar was reduced throughout the population, then there would be no obese people”; “if unit pricing of alcohol was introduced, then there would be no alcoholics”.
Sooner or later, Government will realise that ‘prevention’ costs more than dealing with the consequences, and that the consequences will still happen.
2017 will be a very entertaining year.