You may accuse me of going on a bit about the smoking ban, and you may be right.
But have you ever stopped to really think about it?
The anti-smoking movement started in the States [where else?!], and is largely based on pseudo-science, lies, distortions and just enough hard facts to create a movement. Through skilful propaganda, this movement has grown into a world wide phenomenon. Quite why this movement exists, I’m not sure. They claim to be concerned about the general health of mankind, but I find this very hard to believe, as surely such things as famine and wars do far greater damage?
What really concerns me is the way the movement has created a shift in public opinion that defies logic.
Take for example the case that was reported yesterday of a man caught giving a cigarette to a three year old. Now I wouldn’t for a second condone this, just as I wouldn’t condone giving a three year old alcohol or control of a car. But the public perception of the “evils” of smoking led to this bloke getting a prison sentence. What? What he did was irresponsible, but the reaction was completely out of proportion to the action simply because of the now ingrained perception of cigarettes being the ultimate evil.
The anti-smoking lobby have successfully cordoned off smokers as a separate group within society and have turned society against them. Smokers are filthy, irresponsible sub-humans who must be “educated” and re-integrated into “normal” society at all costs.
One of the sites which I frequent is the excellent Freedom-2-Choose, which is informative and often very humorous. Yesterday there was an article which got me thinking and finally polarised my thoughts. In his article Collective Madness 2, Frank Davis examines the growing rift between smokers and anti-smokers.
You may think this is all an overreaction, but is it?
The question I would ask is where will it stop?
Already “they” are turning their attention to alcohol and obesity. Soon the lover of the occasional pint of stout will be seen as the dregs of humanity, who is indulging in a filthy habit and must be shunned by “decent society”? A person eating a plate of chips must immediately be “re-educated” for their “own good”?
And what will come after that?
Will they turn their beady eyes on the non eco-friendly? Will they demand that iPods be taxed out of existence because of the horrific damage being done to the hearing? Your guess is as good as mine.
One of the aspects of all this that really gets up my nose is the snitch-lines. They have set up phone numbers for members of the public to inform the authorities of their neighbours transgressions. How insidious is that? We have phone numbers to call if someone [God forbid] is smoking where they shouldn’t. We have phone numbers to call if we think someone is driving the way they shouldn’t.
Where is this going to end?
Are we going to have phone numbers to call if a neighbour is found putting a bottle in the normal bin?
Are we going to have phone numbers to call if we think a neighbour is getting too fat?
You mark my words – it will come.
Sooner or later you will fall into a target group.
Remember the Soviet Union?