The concept is not as simple as might first appear. It is easy to confuse ‘infantilisation’ with ‘simplicity’. Most of us do not know anything about ‘The International Monetary Fund’ of ‘International Bank for Settlements’, or whatever. We know bugger-all about the ‘EU Central Bank’. I used to be a manager in the TSB, and I achieved professional standards by passing the Banking Exams. But that was in the 1960s, long before computers did all the work. In those days, Banks settled the movement of funds from one to another by exchanging cheques at the end of the business day. Couriers walked around London exchanging cheques. I have forgotten how ‘overnight money’ earned interest, but it did. It is a long time ago.

But, essentially, the concepts are simple. Bank A says to Bank B, “You owe me more money than I owe you, so you must pay me interest on the excess amount that you owe me”.

But it would be stupid to expect every person to know how banking at that level works, any more than such a ‘banker’ should know how plastering a wall works.

But, in recent years, the number of people who actually understand how things work, in the EU, for example, has grown less and less. In fact, knowing how things work has become unnecessary. The ‘experts’ know, but there are very few of them. And they may get things wrong with devastating consequences.

TobCON has created just such a situation due to the world-wide over-ruling of national imperatives. Starvation or tobacco control? TC wins.

Infantilisation can exist at the highest levels, such as in Australia. The ban in Oz of nicotine ecigs speaks volumes about the infant-like nature of the minds of Oz MPs. The same applies to the EU-wide ban on snus, apart from Sweden. Those who engineered that ban had infantile minds. And it is easy to see why – it is because of the ‘War Against Tobacco Companies’. Throw stones at the other kids.

Lots of EU, UN, FCTC, IPCC suffer from the same infantilisation. The trouble is that they do not see it.

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