The Gathering Storm

Over the last couple of decades, it has become clear that the UK is becoming ungovernable. But it is not the fault of The People. The People have done nothing wrong. A short piece written by Simon Cooke epitomises what we are talking about:

https://theviewfromcullingworth.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-lga-gets-in-hubble-bubble-over.html

The Local Government Association is in a funk about shisha bars:
‘Smoke-free laws are not offering strong enough punishments to deter irresponsible shisha bar owners who are making lucrative profits, which means councils often need to carry out costly and lengthy investigations to take action against the same bar over and over again.’

I’m not sure what the problem is with Shisha Bars. It did not take long for TobCON in Local Authorities organise raids, accompanied by massive police back-up, on pubs which were suspected of allowing smoking after time when the doors had been locked. Why the difficulties with Shisha?

I don’t know for sure, but it seems that Shisha is not by any manner of means always tobacco. Herbs of various kinds are often used. I suppose that you could call them old-fashioned ecigs, with or without nicotine.

So an organisation which does not make national laws is doing its best to persuade National Gov to make it easier to criminalise People who are doing nothing wrong. Note especially in the above quote how ‘making profits’ is equated with criminality.

What is important about Simon Cooke’s piece is that the escalation of law-breaking as regards anything to do with inhaling anything, is all a result of the smoking ban.

And I still do not understand how the Blair Gov got away with it. How can you make a third party responsible for the illegal action of a first or second party? It can only be complicity. What happened was that ‘not interfering’ became ‘complicity’. Thus, if you saw a gang attacking an old man, you must interfere, regardless of the danger to yourself. That is exactly what happened to publicans.

But that idea is rebounding big-time on politicians. They can say what they want, but the fact is that they are all complicit. They all have personal axes to grind. They are dishonest.

Only one thing is certain. The People, in 2016, voted to leave the EU. The Gov had no alternative but to invoke Art 50. Failure to arrive at a deal is the fault of politicians in the UK and the EU. That failure has nothing to do with Brexit. That idea is important. The buggering about for the last three years by politicians has NOTHING to do with the decision of The People.

But ‘the gathering storm’ is deeper than just Brexit etc. It is about reorganising the State Machine. The biggest drag on the EU is its massively top heavy administration. Nobody know what the person next to them is doing, other than crosswords. The same applies to the UK.

The dam has to burst.

 

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4 Responses to “The Gathering Storm”

  1. Smioking Lamp Says:

    Bans on shisha should be reversed, just as all smoking bans should be reversed. This is another example lifestyle ale control running rampant. I suspect the tobacco control cult and the public health movement that it captured are a symptom of underlying societal disintegration. Yes, the dam will burst… It will do so sooner than later if Brexit is reversed.

  2. Rose Says:

    And I still do not understand how the Blair Gov got away with it

    Neither do I. How can you ban nicotine from one specific plant in a public place, while allowing nicotine from any amount of other plants in the same public place?

    I knew that there was nicotine in common vegetables when I was a kid 50 years ago, so what was their excuse not knowing?

  3. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    We must all be vegetables for obeying these stupid rules and lifestyle controllers.
    Furthermore if the Remainers succeed in delaying Brexit many of us will be very , very cross indeed.

  4. junican Says:

    What it comes down to is that politicians are weak and uncertain. Imagine Blair trying to orchestrate the Iraq war. Easy to decide to have a war but bloody hard to conduct one.
    So it is easy to give in the “Public Health”, no matter how damaging and expensive the consequences are.

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