How is it that anti-smokers can form a political entity when smokers cannot? At the lowest level, ASH ET AL receive massive funding from the Government. I am not just talking about direct grants to Ash – I am talking about the salaries of university professors, health department apparatchiks, FCTC officials, and all the rest. ASH get somewhere in the region of £500,000 per an. In Government finance terms, that is a drop in the ocean – not worth bothering with. It would not matter if ASH was defunded. ASH is just a loudspeaker. Other loudspeakers can replace ASH, as we have seen in Australia. ASH is redundant. It has served its purpose and now has nothing to offer. Its purpose was to elevate smoking to a serious disease, and it has succeeded in doing so. There is no further need for ASH.
So ASH has been complaining that the ‘next logical step’ in the torture, persecution and humiliation of smokers, has not yet been put into effect. It is clear that the Government had much more important things to calculate. I would expect that the idea of a General Election has been on the cards ever since June 1916, after the Brexit vote. How could it be otherwise?
Sometimes, in World Affairs, there is a huge time gap between events and actions consequent upon those events. We ordinary citizens an voters have no concept of what is going on, and it is immensely difficult to find out. But that is what we elect our political representatives to do – to find out what shenanigans are going on and to stop the corruption. That is what MPs are for.
Why does no one talk about the goings-on in the UN? Or the World Bank? Or the The Bank of International Settlements? Or the International Monetary Fund? How is it that those organisations are sacrosanct and can do no wrong?
It really is absolutely amazing that the UN is NEVER EVER DISCUSSED. Nor, until recently, has the EU been discussed. It is as though an enormous castle, citadel, cathedral has been constructed in full view which no one noticed. Think of the Palace of Westminster being demolished and replaced with a shiny modern construction without anyone seeing what was happening.
But The Elite DID know what was happening. Our problem is identifying The Elite. I do not say that The Elite were wrong. I say that they, and their actions, should not be secret.
It is hard to see how the newly elected Government, after the GE, can open everything up, but that is precisely what it should do. We are sick to death about platitudes. The HARD FACTS are that the World Bank has been co-opted, via corrupt manipulations, to support the ‘torture, persecution and humiliation’ of smokers.
The UN is nothing but a POLITICAL organisation. It is weird that such a POLITICAL organisation has no political accountability.
What is clear is that Smokers are not permitted to form a group. They cannot do so because they are weak and easily disrupted. Ideally, Smokers would get together, but they are weak and not intellectually strong. That is a fact.
But Smokers do not have to be a political party. The interesting thing is how Smokers can can undermine the received wisdom. It is possible to do so.