I continue with my reading of the Gulag Archipelago I am up to page 281 of 671).
Inevitably, as you read such tomes, ideas of all sorts spring into your mind. ‘Frustration’ has, today, been one such idea. I cannot remember what precise paragraph brought that idea into my mind, but it was quite clear to me as I was reading it. Solzhenitsyn (hereafter, ‘S’) rails in that paragraph about how thousands of Nazis were tried for war crimes after the war, but but no perpetrators of mass suffering and murder in the USSR have been tried since the USSR collapsed. Everyone says, “Don’t stir up the past. It is over and done with”. But S himself was a prisoner and remembers the suffering that he was put through. At the time of his arrest, he was an army officer – artillery. He was not told why he had been arrested, as was almost always the case. But he was fortunate – his commanding officer told him, to the chagrin of those people who had arrested him. “Did you correspond with X?” X was a friend from university. When X was arrested, the correspondence fell into the hands of the Soviet captors. As young men do, in all innocence, there were quips and comments about what was happening. Such quips and comments were deemed to be ‘plotting against the regime’ and thus traitorous. But at least S had an idea what was going on.
But what caught my eye especially was that S said those curiously common words: “They should be strung up from lampposts”.
It was that expression that set me thinking. We often see words to that effect in comments on a variety of subjects. “I wish I had a strong length of hemp and a lamppost to hand”.
And I thought about that. I cannot say that I like Arnott, or any of the rest of TC fake Zealots, but I would not regard their ‘crimes’ as a ‘stringing up from the nearest lamppost’ matter, and I wondered why so many people think that way. It was when I read the similar sentiment in Gulag that the reason came into my mind.
In almost every respect of Government and Regulations, the ‘little man’ has no say whatsoever. For example, as regards ‘plain packaging’ of cigs, some 500,000 signatures were collected against the idea, compared with roughly half that number in favour. And yet those opinions were totally disregarded; the ‘verdict of the jury’ was ‘guilty as charged’. Further, in Parliament, the vote in favour of PP was overwhelming. When the smoking ban was passed and enforced with the greatest of rigour, the ‘little man’ who enjoyed tobacco was was thrown out into the street.
Thus begins the frustration. There is nothing that you can do. And with every passing day, whenever a smoker goes to the pub, the frustration builds up. Over the last few days, since the beginning of January, that old advert which pictures a cigarette with a tumour growing on the side, has been featured again and again. When it appears, I cannot help but cry, “For God’s sake, FUCK OFF! Stop trying to frighten us to death!” That cry comes from frustration. We smokers are confined within a sort of pit from which there is no escape.
But there are people who are confined within similar pits which are not smoking-related pits. They too are very, very frustrated. But because they have no support, either in the media or in politics, they are seething with frustration.
And so, to the horror of the Elite who do not see the frustration building up, since they exist only within their own bubbles, Brexit and the election of Trump EXPLODED!
Frustration is like a volcano. Or rather, a series of volcanoes along the length of a ‘fault’ in the crust of the Earth. Persecution of smokers is only one of the volcanoes. Under the smoking volcano (!), there was a seething mass of frustration, as was the case with other volcanoes. Brixit and Trump caused those volcanoes to erupt. But suppose that Cameron had not conceded the referendum? It would not have mattered, because, sooner or later, the volcanoes would still have erupted.
The 1960s, 1970s and 1980s have often been sneered at, and yet I think that there was more contentment in those decades than before or since. There was full employment and youths were well paid for working and spent their money on fun, until they married and settled down. We had respected armed forces – not that they were used very well. Apart from the Falklands, they were very often used to shore up Tyrants.
It was around 1990 that the rot began. It was around then that the UN produced its ‘Millennium Goals’. Nations signed up to it without realising that the ‘Millennium Goals’ was actually a communist manifesto.
Why did the UK sign up to a communist manifesto?
Do people know that the person who signed the UK up to the FCTC was an unanimous Foreign Office Official? Do people realise that the person who signed the UK up to the recent TPD was a junior health minister, who did not know what it said? And who has been ‘moved on’? Well, she was ‘move on’, but I suspect that she is no longer a minister.
But all this moving ministers from one position to another and then sacking them does not affect the frustration of disaffected groups. That is true of smokers especially. Forest does the best that it can, but it can hardly be described as a huge pressure (volcanic eruption!) group.
But sometimes such groups actually are counter-productive, in the sense that they can be beaten down. Sometimes, it is better that the volcano should be allowed to blow its top.
But does Theresa May and her Cabinet realise that the volcano has erupted? Do the EU Apparatchiks realise that fact? The frustration in the minds of the ‘little people’ has erupted, and it cannot be subdued.
It may be that the repeal of anti-smoker legislation is at the very back of the queue, but nothing less than the repeal of ALL anti-smoker legislation will relieve the frustration.
That is why such immensely frustrated people demand that Arnott et al should be strung up by a strong hemp rope on the nearest lamppost.