Compliance

As far as I know, all major tobacco product manufacturers have fled the UK, including Northern Ireland. As far as I know, they have also fled Southern Ireland, if they were ever there. I suppose that they must have been there in the past. As far as I know, tobacco product manufacturers have fled from countries which persecute them and relocated to countries which welcome them and the jobs and wealth that they create. Logically, all alcohol product manufacturers should do the same thing, and all ‘processed’ food manufacturers also, along with any manufacturers of sugary ‘confectioneries’. If they did so, then they would avoid all the puritanical obstacles which UK Zealots erect between manufacturer and purchaser. If a chocolate manufacturer relocated to Bulgaria, he would have a plentiful supply of ‘cheap’ (meaning ‘without massive additional costs in the form of national insurance contributions’) labour. He would not be responsible for collection of duties and VAT. Importers would be responsible. He exports at cost plus margin of profit, less local taxes. Importers add the VAT and DUTIES.

Is it any wonder that manufacturers fled? They were described as ‘Merchants of Death’, and yet the only REAL deaths which have been recorded have been from the effects of tobacco control.

There is something weird about politicians. For all their talk about Freedom FROM, they never talk about Freedom TO. Never ever. They cannot, because they can only think in terms of NEW regulations and not in terms of the removal of OLD regulations. They are hard-wired.

Tobacco companies have no option but to comply. THE PEOPLE DO have the option. They have the option NOT TO comply.  If, as a result of Brexit, ASH ET AL get a law which forbids me from importing more than 200 cigs, I shall not comply.

My reason is that in today’s world, the idea that Customs can check every holiday-makers baggage is contemptible. At Manchester Airport, there are NO customs officers to be seen. Perhaps there are some for flights from the USA, although I doubt it. When I went to Brussels and Bruge, on my bicycle, in 1957. I came back home and had to pass through the Customs Shed. There were long tables, manned by Customs Officers. I wheeled my bike to a table, and the Officer asked me if I had anything to declare. I said ‘No’, but I had a watch hidden in my front lamp, and I felt ever so guilty. But what else did I have? I had a couple of panniers with my stinking clothes in. No one showered in those days unless they were sissies. Stinking showed your manliness.

The important thing is that I complied. But I had no alternative. Except that I DID NOT comply. I DID NOT reveal the watch that I had bought.

I see the same thing applying to a post-Brexit situation. The idea that thousands and thousands of Customs Officers will suddenly be employed is laughable. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. Ignore any ASH ET AL promoted and propagandised ‘limits’ – they will not be enforced. Their demands are Shakespearean tragedies.

What SHOULD happen is that we voted to ‘LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION’. All the pundits, including UKIP, have avoided the precise meaning of those words, and, even though the political parties and the MSM know the precise meaning, they will not say so.

The precise meaning is ‘WE SHALL NOT COMPLY’, either now or in the past. The edicts written in stone will not be complied with. You do not have to repeal a law – you can just ignore it.

I think that our negotiators know that the are coming from a position of great strength, regardless of the election. They have the power of the referendum. The EU Apparatchiks have no plebiscite at all.

Well, I HOPE that our negotiators realise the strength of the referendum.

It is very noticeable how the the EUrophiles have tried to downgrade the referendum.

May is a gonner. It is obvious. But that does not mean that she cannot use her remaining time productively. Whatever the phraseology,  she should tell her Cabinet to act together and fight against totalitarianism and persecution.

Only when compliance falls apart will sense reappear. In a way, TobComs have defied, in their own way, and contributed thereby to the return of ‘common sense’.

It is a slow process.

 

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6 Responses to “Compliance”

  1. Pamela Webb Says:

    Hope you got your watch through ok junican

    • junican Says:

      Yes. But why should a customs officer think that a scruffy, unkempt, stinking young cyclist have ‘anything to declare’? Not worth bothering with.

  2. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    Don’t forget Auld Kendal quality tobacco Junican. I don’t know whether Chancellor are still manufacturing their expensive cigarettes in Ipswich ?

    • junican Says:

      Oh, I know that that there are small manufacturers still going. For my last birthday, among other things, my daughters bought be a pouch of rolling tobacco produced in the Lake District from a local tobacconist. It was very nice, similar to Pueblo.

  3. beobrigitte Says:

    Tobacco companies have no option but to comply. THE PEOPLE DO have the option. They have the option NOT TO comply. If, as a result of Brexit, ASH ET AL get a law which forbids me from importing more than 200 cigs, I shall not comply.
    Neither shall I. My visitors still will bring tobacco but this won’t be enough to get a nice stash like I have now.
    I would simply make use of some of the offers I have had so far and pay 50p more than I now do buying tobacco abroad myself.

    My reason is that in today’s world, the idea that Customs can check every holiday-makers baggage is contemptible. At Manchester Airport, there are NO customs officers to be seen. Perhaps there are some for flights from the USA, although I doubt it.
    I believe there are customs officers at Manchester airport on incoming direct flights from the USA. I returned from the USA via Paris and returned to Manchester on a short haul flight. No customs officers in sight.

    • junican Says:

      About Customs, my only relevant experience is coming back from Tenerife, which is outside the EU. EU regs about importing stuff for your own use do not apply. But there was no significant Customs presence that I recall. There were certainly no lines of tables with officers asking, “Anything to declare?” We went on a cruise, starting from Rome, about five years ago. Again, when we disembarked, there were not customs checks, nor were there when we arrived back in Manchester.
      I think that Customs rely upon airline limits of baggage and the fact that most people are now non-smokers and that most travellers will not bring back as much stuff as they possibly can. Most might bring back a few cartons – say, five. That is because few youths can really afford to shell out £1000 to stock up. Why would they suspect a little old man with one suitcase?

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