Paying UK Prices

Because I could not go away in October, I am running out of half-price cigs from Spain. I am hoping to get away at Easter when daughter(s) will look after the wife. Until then, I shall have to pay UK prices.

It hurts, but not because of the money. It is a matter of principle. I abhor the persecution inflicted by punitive taxes. The WHO TobCON division recommends education, bans and high taxes. Do you see which one of those three is actually direct persecution? It is the high taxes. Bans are a nuisance, but they do not actually force you to stop smoking. For many people, costs do. And that persecution is aimed directly and deliberately at the poorest people on the planet – those people who find smoking to be a pleasant experience which they can enjoy all day long without getting ‘high’ or ‘inebriated’. Nicotine is a mild stimulant. It is not dangerous.

So I have been looking on the net for the best suppliers. There are loads of sites which charge continental prices. One site offered insurance against seizure! Another site argued that there was, in fact, no reason under EU regs which stops a person from importing stuff into the UK by post. I should have read that opinion, but what I was really looking for was a reliable supplier of UK taxed stuff. As I said, it was not the cost as such which was my driver. It was convenience and safety from a credit/debit card point of view.

But the prevalence of sites which offer cheap stuff, imports from Eastern Europe, for example, suggests that Customs cannot be bothered to chase after people who are importing small quantities. One site gave prices – around £45 for 200. That equates roughly with Spanish prices. I guess that those sites are acting as intermediaries – you pay them and they arrange for your order to be filled and dispatched by the supplier somewhere in Bulgaria. The only problem with that system is that you have no come-back if your order disappears. Also, there are a lot of rogues out there.

So, for the next couple of months, I must top up my stock at full UK, punitively taxed, prices. But I have several kilos of leaf and three years home-grown to tide me over. All of my home-grown is already shredded and flaked. On its own, it is a tad ‘harsh’, meaning having an unpleasant after-taste, but it blends well with a mild variety like Virginia. (Not all Virginias are mild) The 2015 stuff is now aged and stands alone quite well, but it is still better used as a blend.

What I need to do is shred and flake more of the leaf, but it is boring. I have the time, but it is boring. My friend in Ireland has a much bigger and better machine, but it is still hand-cranked. The perfect machine would be electric. But would such a machine be safe? A hand-cranked machine stops when you stop rotating the handle, but an electric machine would carry on even if it was stripping your fingers of skin.

What I found annoying when searching for a convenient deal was that you can only buy cigs in quantities of 100 from sources in the UK. But I did find one supermarket which had 200 cig cartons. I am not sure how that could have happened.

I think that it was the Labour Minister Prescott who ordered that cigs could not be sold in quantities greater than 100. That was years and years ago. It was another facile but pointless, easy regulation much beloved by politicians. How else could you describe Cameron’s acceptance of PP? Pointless but easy. But now it turns out that the EU owns the copyright for the vile pictures. Not not to worry! Australia has offered the UK its vile pictures free of charge! But what annoys me is the restriction to 100 cigs. It does not deter me, but it is another nuisance. What would be really annoying is if Asda said that that I could only order 100 cigs at a time on our weekly grocery order.

Yes, I have decided to get my cigs from our usual supermarket and have them delivered to our door.

I detest the Government and all politicians. As soon as they become Ministers, their brains boil. They become tools of the Elite. They cannot help it. Again and again, we have seen politicians become childish once they attain an actual position where they have power. They ban running about in the playground. Faced with Brexit, they have no idea what to do. They are at the mercy of ‘special interests’, including the Civil Service, which is bound up with the EU, WHO, UN and all their works.

There already exists a ‘One World Government’. It is hidden from sight. TobCON is the prime example.

Trump has taken them on to some extent and they are squealing. But they are deeply entrenched. Why are we in the UK still throwing vast amounts of money at the FCTC organisation? It can only be carelessness. Ministers do not care what funds are dispensed to these parasites. Which Minister is responsible for donations to the UN and FCTC? I have no idea.

I don’t think that people like Theresa May PM have the foggiest idea what they are doing. They are being told what to do. But would someone like Reece Mogg or Johnson have any better ideas? I doubt it.

There is only one answer to Brexit which accords with the vote of the People. It is LEAVE!!! Nothing else matters.

But I am annoyed that the Ministers who started the negotiations and then resigned when May tried to force them to accept the Chequers Agreement, did not publish their own descriptions of the negotiations at the point where they resigned. There is utter silence from them. In fact, the whole negotiation is shrouded in secrecy. Why is that?

I must pay UK prices for my cigs and it hurts. I cannot at this time zip over the Belgium on the ferry.

Not to worry. Where there is a will, there is a way.

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7 Responses to “Paying UK Prices”

  1. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    Hi Junican. You didnt come across a site that supplies from Greece did you ? I’m desperate for some George Karelias Orientals which you can only get in Greece. I can get George Karelias Virginia in Austria and Switzerland but not the Orientals. Incidentally can you recommend a cutter to fine cut pipe tobacco into cigarette grade tobacco ?

    • junican Says:

      I came across a site which sells Karelia. There were about three types, but I do not remember their names.
      I have no idea what type of cutter can deal with pipe tobacco. The cutter that I have, and the one that my friend in Ireland has, are for use with leaves. I doubt that they would work with dense stuff like pipe tobacco. I honestly do not know what the answer is.

  2. Alan Says:

    Just a suggestion, with the price of ferries such as P&O having risen. It can work out cheaper to fly to charleroi Airport with Ryan Air, booking early enough means you can usually get outward and return flights same day for £10 each, then hire a car usually about 50 quid for the day. Drive from the airport to `Adinkerke, fill up at real tobacco, petrol station about 30 quid. Ryan air baggage policy keep changing, however for some reason they do not recognise rucksacks as luggage or cabin baggage, a decent size one can hold 100 pouches of tobacco or 20 sleeves of cigs.

    • junican Says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Alan. Last time I crossed the channel with friends, which they organised, I drove to Newcastle and boarded the ferry there. It was not at all expensive – about £50 return. It was fun. Even if the price has since doubled, it is still worth the cost, provided that you buy enough stuff. When I go to Mallorca, I spend about €1200. I regard the holiday as a separate expense which I would pay for anyway, so half-price stuff is a massive bonus.

    • Timothy Goodacre Says:

      Thanks Junican.

  3. beobrigitte Says:

    But the prevalence of sites which offer cheap stuff, imports from Eastern Europe, for example, suggests that Customs cannot be bothered to chase after people who are importing small quantities.
    Simply because they do not affect the ever increasing black market.
    And Brexit will curb the until now generous amounts we can bring back from our travels, so these sites offering cheaper tobacco will stop sending them to Britain as postage will also increase.

    • junican Says:

      Don’t be so sure! Are we going to have an army of Customs Officers checking the baggage of every traveller? That’s what used to happen when hardly anyone went on holiday abroad. Besides, the idea of ‘The State’ having authority to demand ‘searches’, without ‘reasonable suspicion’ has long been debunked. But it is also true that the reduction of smoking prevalence has much reduced the likelihood of travellers importing vast quantities of cigs in ordinary suitcases.
      But what is a ‘vast quantity’ from a Customs point of view? We read about ‘hits’ where millions of cigs are discovered. We do not read about ‘hits’ where 20 x 20 sleeves are discovered. Who cares about such small quantities?

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