The Rebellion of Smokers

There are a couple of things which I have read/watched this evening which have raised my spirits somewhat. The first is a simple comment on Frank Davis’s latest post.

Timothy Goodacre says:

Isn’t it nice Frank to be part of the Resistance !

It can be so disheartening to see the latest claptrap from TC, such as last night’s post, that we fail to see the wood for the trees. Has smoking prevalence really fallen to 15.6%, or whatever perfectly exact number the Zealots claim? Remember the ‘confidence trick’. For some time, the EU stats for UK smoking prevalence have been higher than ASH ET AL’s stats. If ASH ET AL get their stats from YouGov, then they are very suspect since the owner of YouGov used to be on the Board of ASH. But it may be that the stats come from National Stats, which is a different thing. I do not think that Nat Stats has been got at. Even the most biased of MPs would think again about getting National Statistics to distort the figures. Having said that, I remember not long ago, Nat Stats revising a question concerning pub attendances after the ban. I cannot remember the question exactly, but it involved a sort of double negative. It was something like: “Do you NOT go to pubs because of the smoking BAN?”. It is a perfectly reasonable question, but it involves a double negative. Something like that.

Every smoker is a rebel provided that he does not feel ashamed. If he says to himself, “Life is short and it is better to enjoy yourself than live into decrepitude and senility”, then he is a rebel. If he says to himself, “I wish that I had not been so weak and started smoking, and I wish that I could stop smoking” then he is a wimp and deserves all the taxation and bans imposed upon him.

We are indeed fortunate that we precious few are part of the Resistance.

The other thing was watching the video of the conversation between Sir Roger Scruton and James Delingpole:


It is an hour long, but well-worth listening to. But there are so many strange ideas that it is hard to comprehend. For example, he said that wars are normal; that Muslim male youths are between a rock and a hard place – they want to drink alcohol and fuck, as is natural and normal, but their faith forbids such behaviour. They do not know what to do. They are, sort of, captive.

He is not the only one to say that there is going to be a massive conflagration, and he blames it upon ‘multi-culti’. The politicians who permitted it and encouraged it are long gone before the effects hit.

If I was a tobacco smuggler, I would not be smuggling packet of cigs. That would be rather stupid. I would be smuggling raw tobacco. In a recent Finance Act, importing raw tobacco requires a permit, contrary to EU Law since raw tobacco is an agricultural product and can be freely traded throughout the EU. Some States in the EU are tobacco growers, such as Poland and Bulgaria. They could object in the EU court to the ‘permit’ rule in the UK if they wished to. They probably will not, since they have the whole of the rest of the EU States to trade with.

Having said that, I doubt that smugglers give a shit about permits or have ever done so. They smuggle vast quantities of cured leaf and have ‘cottage industries’ shredding and flaking the stuff to provide bags of tobacco. I should imagine that a kilo bag of shredded and flaked tobacco is worth quite a lot more than the original raw tobacco leaves.

But I speak philosophically since I have no direct knowledge of such things. It just seems to me that it would be far easier to import raw leaf than packets of cigs. Does anyone sell ready-rolled ‘hash’ cigs? Perhaps they do.

I am pleased to be part of the Rebellion. It has cheered me up to recognise what Tim and Rose implied. We hold the high moral and ethical ground of what we do with our own bodies.

What it comes down to is that The State has no responsibility to take care of people who become horribly obese, but WE, THE PEOPLE, will help such people out of the kindness of our hearts, even though they brought the problem on themselves. Lots of people bring ‘accidents’ upon themselves because they take risks. In order to avoid ‘accidents’, one would need to insulate oneself.

The ‘Rebellion of Smokers’ requires refusal of ALL impositions. No laws concerning tobacco apply to us. We may have to obey, but only because of Force applied to us. But we have ways to circumvent the impositions.

It is not unlike Prohibition in the USA 100 years ago. The wealthy still enjoyed their fine wines and scrumptious malt whiskeys. It was the poorest people who were subjected to gang warfare.


5 Responses to “The Rebellion of Smokers”

  1. Smoking Lamp Says:

    The analogy with Prohibition is apt since it is the same strain of intolerance that breed prohibition of alcohol and seeks prohibition of tobacco (and alcohol again). The resistance is essential.

  2. Rose Says:

    Lorry driver caught trying to smuggle nearly ten million cigarettes into Hull
    5 JUL 2017

    “It had been “expertly” packed by smugglers, with the cabins’ insides stripped and their doors facing the walls of the trailer, but officers drilled through the cabins to find them filled with boxes of cigarettes.

    Simon Clegg, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court each box contained about 10,000 President cigarettes, and there were 9,600,000 in total. The total duty that should have been paid on them was £2,281,344.

    There was no suggestion the cigarettes were counterfeit.”

    There must be a thriving black market, no matter what ASH says, or smugglers just wouldn’t bother.
    Which rather throws all their figures out.

    • junican Says:

      I would guess that Customs received a tip-off from some rival gang. From your description of what happened, it is clear that Customs knew what they were looking for. So they intercepted ONE consignment. Big deal.The comical thing is that the article translates cigs made for a penny each, if that, into massive tax losses. Erm… There was no loss of tax revenue since since the eventual purchasers would not have bought the cigs had they not been cheap. Thus, there is no ACTUAL loss of tax revenue. Put simply. If the goods were not available at a low cost, they would not have been purchased at all.

  3. Rose Says:

    Todays news

    Police seize TWO MILLION illegal cigarettes after raids across Merseyside

    “In early December 1926, New York’s federal grand jury went on record as opposed to the national prohibition laws, arguing, among other things, that they had all by themselves created “a ruthless and dangerous set of criminals.”

    And still the federal sleuths mounted large prosecutions; still the Dry Navy prowled the coast for rum runners; a week before Christmas, President Calvin Coolidge went before Congress to request still another $30 million for enforcement.

    For all the diligence, there were said to be 22,000 thriving speakeasies in the city – this number came from an assistant U.S. attorney who had quit his job in hopeless despair – and it was estimated that a good 100,000 cases of whisky continued to arrive every week.”

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