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Banging on about the Smoking Ban


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Betrayal
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With the Conservative-led coalition government today unveiling an insane tobacco display ban, I'm reminded how a lot of people were arguing a year back that UK smokers should vote Conservative at the upcoming election. Voting UKIP, they said, was a wasted vote. The thing to do was to vote Conservative, because iDave wouldn't wear any further antismoking measures.

I wasn't convinced, and voted for UKIP anyway. I'm glad I did, because iDave and the Conservatives have proved today that they're as much the party of antismokers as the Labour party or the Lib Dems. And today the faint chance that I might one day vote Conservative at some election was finally extinguished.

These days I just wonder what sort of socialist 'Big-Society' iDave is, and if and when Conservative voters are going to recognise that the Conservative party isn't conservative any more, just like the Lib Dems aren't liberal.

What a turn-about! Five years ago, I thought of myself as slightly left wing. Now the Conservative party isn't right wing enough for me.

What happened? Well, the smoking ban is what happened. The smoking ban that expelled me from society, and shattered my social life. Five years ago, I was a member of society, and more than happy for less fortunate people - blacks, women, gays, etc - to be given a helping hand to equal status as me. Now I couldn't give a damn about any of them. Because I have myself become an outcast. An outcast Englishman in England! It's something I could never have foreseen happening in my wildest imaginings.

I'm becoming an ultra-conservative, I think. Or maybe a nationalist. I dunno. I just want my country back the way it was 10 or 20 years ago. No, make that 50 years ago. Back to the days when you could go into a pub, and drink a pint of beer, and smoke a cigarette, and think nothing of it. Because I hate everything that this country has become over the past five years. And it hates me.

Actually, I don't think my core beliefs have changed at all. I remain pretty much a 'liberal'. However, because this word has become corrupted to mean something more like its opposite, I now have to say I'm 'libertarian'. It isn't that I've changed, but that the entire British political establishment has lurched leftward, particularly when iDave took over the Conservative party and repositioned it slightly to the right of Labour. This leaves everyone who is politically to the right of, say, Stalin, without a party to vote for.

And I feel betrayed. Betrayed by all the political parties. Betrayed by all the institutions. Betrayed by the BBC. Betrayed by the medical profession. Betrayed by science.

I think that, with the smoking ban, all these cheerfully betrayed their own people. Or the quarter of them who were smokers. And they been busy betraying them again today.

And it seems to me that if you can betray that many people, you can betray absolutely everybody. And maybe that's what these same people have been doing as they've set out to bind Britain into the EU. To do that, they had to be prepared to betray Britain, betray democracy, and betray absolutely everything that it ever stood for. Everything.

And why? Why are they doing it? Probably because they've been bought. Bought by an EU which seems to vote itself ever more taxpayer money every year. Bought by pharma companies who want to win the nicotine franchise from the hands of the tobacco companies.

It's as good an explanation as any. If you're a politician these days, you just sell yourself to the highest bidder. And there's a lot of money swilling around out there. And a lot of people who'd like a cut of it. If smokers get stamped on, who cares. If an entire nation has to be sold into slavery, too bad.

Perhaps that's all we're looking at. Corruption. The complete and utter corruption of the entire political class. From top to bottom. From the lowliest council official to the highest EU bureaucrat.

Whatever the reason, it's clear that it's not their electorates that these people are serving. They've betrayed them all. The Labour party has betrayed its labour roots. And the Conservative party has betrayed conservatism. And the Lib Dems have betrayed both liberalism and and democracy. They're all soiled goods. They're all empty vessels, hollowed out inside by maggots. It's a wonder that, when you see Nick Clegg or David Cameron on TV, that a maggot doesn't pop out of their forehead or their nose, and peer about, before burrowing back inside again.

Perhaps it's something that just happens quite naturally from time to time. Particularly at the end of a long economic boom, when there's a lot of money sloshing around. What started out once as something noble and principled gradually becomes corrupted. Eaten away by rust. Dissolved in the universal solvent of money. It happens to everything sooner or later. One day it ceases to be fit for purpose, and needs to be replaced, even it's a family heirloom. Nothing lasts forever. If there's a smell of corruption in the air, it's because something has died, and needs to be laid to rest.

There's some sort of explosion coming. All these people are going to be swept away. It's only really a question of whether this is done through the ballot box, or whether it's done in the Libyan fashion.

And in a country like Britain, it'll almost certainly be through the ballot box - unless that also has been corrupted. And in these volatile times, as old loyalties are everywhere breaking down, the next political regime may spring up very rapidly from nowhere - a bit like the Tea Party in America. The end of the old regime may be very sudden. After years of habitually voting one way or other, the electorate will vote en masse in some new and totally unexpected way. It just hasn't happened yet.

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Damn it! Yes, the political hegemony needs to be destroyed, but I do not think that UKIP is the answer.

If there is an answer, it will come (if it comes at all) from a group of MPs who get fed up with the hegemony. It nearly happened with the - what were they called? - Shirley Williams and co. Can't now remember the name - Social Democrats? Liberal Democrats? The name will not spring to mind. It nearly happened.

One wonders if there is a person who could do it - that is, re-organise politics. If I was asked to nominate such a person, I would choose Gordon Brown. You may laugh out loud if you wish, but I had some admiration for GB - he was certainly not one of the Chelsea Set. If we think of Blair, Cameron, Clegg, the Miliband bros, etc as The Chelsea Set, then we can see how they exercise political control. Only someone (or a group) with clout can break this hegemony. That is why we need something like 'The Tea Party'.

Somebody like Gordon Brown could do it, provided that he appealed to everyone who is fed up with the status quo. By that, I mean the spin and the persecution. Given the public will (and I think that it exists), I could see a new political movement which could overwhelm the current same as same as.

The importance of 'someone like Gordon Brown' is that he knows how to organised Government. I feel sure that there are a lot of people who would join him in such a venture, if he had the courage.

Of course, the destruction of the special interest groups would be of paramount importance. If the 'new order' does not see that this is true, then nothing has changed, and the Chelsea Set continue to reign.


Junican

Possibly not.

Tony Blair's 10 Years Of Tobacco Control

The Comment concludes: "Blair promised much for tobacco control but required considerable pressure before he delivered.

Let us hope that Gordon Brown, the new Labour Prime Minister, is able to act on the radical advice on long term planning and promotion of public health he commissioned in 2004, and responds to the nation's major public health problems with timely and powerful solutions."
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/75557.php


Gordon Brown plans tonic for pharmaceutical industry - 2009

"The Government has placed the pharmaceuticals industry at the heart of its economic agenda with the appointment of Lord Mandelson and Alan Johnson to a key health sector group that will report to the Prime Minister.

Gordon Brown has summoned senior industry figures, such as Andrew Witty, chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, and David Brennan, his opposite number at AstraZeneca, to a meeting at No10 to discuss ways of protecting pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies, their revenues and their jobs, as the economy deteriorates rapidly."
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/health/article5594350.ece


Rose

Ah well! Seemed like a good idea at the time!

Junican

Here's another favourite.

How to scrounge off the State, by Gordon Brown - aged 22

"Social security hand-outs should be regarded as "free money", the "so-called welfare State" should be used wherever possible and there's nothing wrong with squatting or being a "parasite".

These are views in a guide on how to scrounge off the State, "con" private firms and "use and abuse the system", published by the man set to become Prime Minister.

It is not a leaked copy of Gordon Brown's manifesto in his campaign to succeed Tony Blair, but a 200-page booklet produced as a socialist student leader in the Seventies, long before "stealth taxes" were invented.

However, cynics will say the seeds of the welfare State boom under Labour can be seen in the document edited by 22-year-old firebrand Brown when Rector of Edinburgh University.

Entitled Alternative Edinburgh, it provides a revealing insight into his attitudes to the State and the law in its suggestions of ways to live for free."


""For the experienced parasite the Edinburgh Festival is a gift," the booklet declares, with advice on gatecrashing receptions - "enter via the side door" - and getting a free bath and food at smart hotels."


"The man who tried to hide the abolition of the 10p tax rate in his recent Budget was an early student of media manipulation.

"Counter-information is the key to success," students are advised. Direct action like squatting works because it attracts the Press."

The guide helpfully lists local Marxist and anarchist groups."
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23391907-how-to-scrounge-off-the-state-by-gordon-brown.do


Gordon Brown's £3 rent cheque bounced at university halls of residence

"Bill Paterson, warden of Goschen House, Mr Brown’s hall of residence at Edinburgh university, said that Mr Brown was the only student he could remember whose rent cheque for £3 bounced when he tried to pay it in.

The Bank of Scotland stamped the cheque in red ink “refer to drawer”. Mr Paterson, whose name was misspelt by the student “Bill Patterson”, kept the memento and is now considering auctioning it off on eBay.

“It was the one and only time anyone had ever bounced a cheque on me,” said Mr Paterson, 63, who had been charged with collecting Brown’s weekly rent."

"Mr Paterson recalled him as an affable if slightly chaotic student.

“I remember moaning once that he never seemed to take his turn tidying the kitchens and putting the bins out and one of his fellow students replied, 'well, what do you expect, he’s a Socialist.’”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/gordon-brown/6828017/Gordon-Browns-3-rent-cheque-bounced-at-university-halls-of-residence.html

Not someone we wish to be associated with, I think :)


Rose

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