Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Smoking, drinking and obesity: a recent history of attacks

THIS IS TURNING INTO A MAMMOTH POST, SO I'M GOING TO SPLIT IT OR I'LL LOSE THE THREAD...

PART 1: SMOKING
FoREST have launched a new campaign called Save Our Pubs and Clubslaunched at the Buckingham Arms last week—which aims to amend the smoking ban to allow smoking areas in pubs and clubs (do go and sign up). You know, allowing landlords a modicum of freedom in deciding what should be allowed on their own, private, premises.

As some of you may know, your humble Devil is vaguely involved with FoREST's 30th Anniversary celebrations and, whilst we were being wined and dined—courtesy of FoREST—in Boisdale in March, I decided to ask our host, "we all know that you are funded largely by the tobacco companies, so I feel I have to ask—what is your sponsors' objective?"

Our host replied that his sponsors wanted to stop the denormalisation of smoking. Recently, The Free Society carried an article recently, explaining what "denormalisation" means.
The government has added a terrifying new word to its lexicon. The word is ‘denormalise’ and we should be very, very afraid of it.

It is trotted out by the Government’s chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson when he’s having a pop at smokers. In fact, this verb is entirely directed at them.

But he doesn’t say that, of course. Sir Liam simply wants to ‘denormalise’ smoking. But smoking can’t be denormalised, only smokers, which means that for the first time in our history it is government policy to cast opprobrium upon a sizeable minority of the people it is paid to govern.
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By denormalisation, he is setting up smokers to be scorned, frowned upon and suffer all the nasty bits of discrimination. This, among our politicians, is the ultimate evil when it comes to racism and sexism but is now perfectly acceptable, indeed desirable, when used against a minority of, ooh, 10 million or so.

A national health service for all – except for smokers. The right to work – except for smokers. Doesn’t sit well, does it? Replace the word smoker with black, or Jew, or woman, and for those people contributing billions of extra pounds to government coffers, it truly sticks in the craw.

This is the nature of modern government, though. Doctors are now talking of refusing to treat fat people. Perhaps they should be denormalised, too? Or how about drivers who decide to spend their hard-earned cash on a sturdy Range Rover instead of a nice Toyota Prius? Denormalisation is the least they can expect.

And another article points out the tactics by which the government and fake charities aim to achieve this.
Government ministers across the UK have often used the term ‘denormalise’ to describe the motivation behind their anti-smoking policies. They say their intention is to denormalise smoking as an activity, but the inevitable result, and arguably the real agenda, is the denormalisation of smokers as individuals.

It is difficult to ignore the Orwellian nature of ‘denormalisation’. It could have come straight from the pages of 1984, where a totalitarian authority seeks to control not only the actions, but the thoughts and feelings of its oppressed citizens. With the invention of ‘newspeak’ Orwell showed us how language and propaganda can be used to achieve conformity and obedience, whether through the creation of phantom threats, or the relentless drive to make everyone think and act the same way, lest they be guilty of a ‘thoughtcrime’.

Of course, if you want chapter and verse on all of these tactics, then I highly recommend that you buy Chris Snowden's excellent Velvet Glove, Iron Fist (use that link and earn cash for your humble Devil!)—Chris covers everything in fine detail.

Back in April 2007
, your humble Devil covered a story about how the EU wanted to ban smoking outdoors.
The EU is now considering a proposal signalling the first move to limit smokers' right to puff away outdoors. It states that, as well as a ban on lighting up in all workplaces and public buildings across Europe: 'Restrictions could also be extended to outdoor areas around entrances to buildings and possibly to other outdoor public places where people sit or stand in immediate proximity to each other, such as open air stadiums and entertainment venues, bus shelters, train platforms etc.'

I can't help thinking that the EU really should put its own fucking house in order before ordering everyone else about, the stinking bunch of whore-cunt, fuck-stick arse-wipes.

Remember the ban on smoking in the European Parliament? And how they backtracked after only 6 weeks?

UKIP MEPs and staffers were fairly instrumental in having that ban lifted, quite simply by refusing to stop smoking. And UKIP are now urging civil disobedience because—yes, you guessed it—the proposed outside smoking ban has raised its ugly, totalitarian head again.
SMOKING outside pubs and offices could be banned under plans to be announced by the European Union tomorrow.

Brussels bureaucrats want to outlaw it in areas like beer gardens and covered patios – and even extend it to concerts such as last weekend’s Glastonbury Festival.

The European Commission says the current ban in enclosed public places doesn’t go far enough and non-smokers are still in danger.

Are they? Are they really? This large study on the effects of passive smoking—published in the British Medical Journal—would seem to disagree.
No significant associations were found for current or former exposure to environmental tobacco smoke before or after adjusting for seven confounders and before or after excluding participants with pre-existing disease. No significant associations were found during the shorter follow up periods of 1960-5, 1966-72, 1973-85, and 1973-98.

Conclusions The results do not support a causal relation between environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality, although they do not rule out a small effect. The association between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and coronary heart disease and lung cancer may be considerably weaker than generally believed.

Well, what a fucking surprise. Well, actually it isn't, because there are no studies showing significant health risks from second-hand smoke—and Roy Castle can go fuck himself.

But who would have thought that governments and fake charities would whip up hysteria on the very flimsiest of pretexts in order to gain control? Who'da fucking thunk it?

So, the EU ban has no medical evidence to support it whatsoever—and I know I have cited only one report, but there are many others—but the EU wishes to press ahead regardless. Indeed, as my peripatetic Greek friend highlights, the EU has even induced the Greeks to introduce a ban—although the Greeks have instituted it in a typically Greek way.

By the way, it is very much worth considering that, whilst one arm of the EU is trying to stamp out tobacco smoking, another is very much encouraging tobacco: the EU subsidised tobacco growing to the tune of €920 million (£620 million) in 2007 alone. Can anyone say, "hypocrisy"?

Meanwhile, back in Britain in 2007, we introduced our ban and did so in what has become a typically English wayover-budget by £100 million for a total, in 2007, of £1.6 billion—and with copious use of undercover spies to ensure its enforcement.

The project of denormalisation was started with a specially high fine for littering, i.e. dropping a cigarette butt, of £80.

With the war on smokers well on the way, the next undesirable thing to be hit must be drinking...

PART 2: DRINKING
Of course, your humble Devil has been tracking the progress of the denormalisation of drinking for a good long while now; many of the major stories were sumarised in this post in which I... er... commented on the proposed cigarette packet-style warning labels to appear on booze.
But it is because these fuckers always need to find something to ban in order to justify their own existence. So, fox-hunting and fags are nearly conquored, so it's time to move strongly against alcohol. We can hardly pretend to be surprised; the attacks have come fast and furious over the last few years: we had surgeon John Smith trying to limit people to three drinks a night, the EU Commission report on "passive drinking", health "experts" setting ludicrous "binge-drinking" definitions, the Preston police trying to ban "vertical drinking", the bloody EU (again) trying to curb alcohol advertising, the move to ensure that all drinks in pubs are served in plastic recepticles, and Patsy cocking Hewitt begging the Chancellor for some of that hot Polly-style lovin' much higher alcohol taxes.

This last was one of my more vitriolic posts and this one paragraph basically sums up my attitude towards all of these attempts to infringe on my freedom to get absolutely stoshus.
Go fuck youself, you stinking apology for a cunt of a human being; did I say human being? I meant hideous chicken-brained whore of a monkey's arse dipped in aubergine surprise—the surprise being that it is made of aubergines and shit, shit, shitty-shit-shit-shit—and mashed up with the pus-filled discharge of a diseased, eighty-year-old whore's raddled, smelly and very badly-packed kebab. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, you cunting cunt cuntitty cunt cunt. Tit.

So there.

Where do we find these bloody parasitic busybodies, eh? We are crying out for more scientists, entrepreneurs, inventors, doctors, nurses, anyone competent and all we seem to end up with is these fucking killjoy scum.

Needless to say, the war on drinkers has escalated over the last few years: my colleague, The Filthy Smoker, covered some of the egregious lies and distortions being pushed by the government and its satellite fake charities only a few days ago. One of the things that he covered was the obviously faked "deaths from alcohol" figures...
According to the ONS, there were 509,090 deaths in England and Wales in 2008 and there were 6,541 deaths related to alcohol in England. That last figure doesn't include Wales so let's be generous and add a further 500 deaths for the sheep-worriers.

Which gives us a total number of about 7,000, or 1.38% of all deaths.

Of course, that doesn't give us the percentage for the whole of Europe, but seeing as we're supposedly some of the worst drinkers in Europe (another fucking lie), that should be considered a conservative estimate. Still nowhere near 10% though, is it? It's not even close to the 1 in 25—or 4%—claimed for the whole world, and for that global total you need to factor in a billion muslims who don't drink at all, plus God knows how many people who haven't got a pot to piss in, let alone a pub to get pissed in.

The thing is, as Costigan Quist pointed out (a tip of the horns to Dick Puddlecote and his rather good post around this subject), the British are not drinking significantly more than we used to.
Are we drinking more now than a decade ago?
No. You can look at all the data and see that pretty much everyone, men and women, all age groups, are drinking about the same as we were in 1992 and in 1996.

The only significant change I can see is that drinking amongst young people rose from 1994 to 2000, but has been falling since and is now back to where it started. Indeed, Conservatives might like to bear in mind that by far the biggest increase in young people drinking was from 1994-1997, in the second half of the Major administration.

The figures are confused because of the new alcohol units measurement. Remember that the number of units in drinks was recently revised upwards (there was a big advertising campaign, with the new unit value in foam on the beer glass and things like that). Some of the so-called increase seems to be down to this revision - the rises disappear in the like-for-like figures.

As an example, suppose you drink a glass of wine a day, which used to be one unit. The reality is that your alcohol consumption hasn't changed. If we jump onto the new figures, it looks like you're suddenly drinking more units (last year you drank 1 unit a day, this year you drink 1.5 units a day).

The Rowntree report shows both. Unless I've totally misunderstood the figures, it makes sense to compare like with like for trends. On the like-for-like figures, we're all drinking about the same - some a tiny bit more, some a bit less.

Has binge drinking for women doubled?
The shock headline is that twice as many women are binge drinking, but that appears to be utter rubbish.

It relies on this new units system. Funnily enough, if you count a glass of wine as 1.5 units instead of 1, the number of women drinking more that six units in any day suddenly rises. What a shock!

When you compare like with like, the proportion of men and women binge drinking is lower in 2006 (the latest year given in the study) than for any year in the last decade.

But, of course, we bloggers point all of this out in vain. For, as a few email correspondents pointed out to me, only a couple of days later some similar lies were wheeled out, by the state's mouthpiece, regarding alcohol mortality in the Scots.
Alcohol may have caused the death of twice as many Scots as previously thought, an NHS study has found.

Researchers used a new method of calculating alcohol-related deaths which is said to more accurately reflect the damage done by drinking.

By "more accurately", what they actually mean is that the study used a new method of lying—by chucking in all of the diseases, such as stomach cancer, that might possibly be caused by drinking (but for which there is little to no evidence, and which might be caused by many other things as well)—in order to provide some shock figures.

But why? Well, we'll come onto that.

The parallels with the attacks on smoking are alarming; indeed, the strategy is spelt out very clearly by the author of the Lancet study cited by the Filthy Smoker, above.
"The big message is treat alcohol like tobacco..."

The sequence is fairly simple really. The first thing that you do is to regulate the substance, e.g. through licensing, age restrictions, etc.; you need to concentrate on the health risks associated with the substance; you need to exaggerate the figures, by lying if necessary; then you need to appeal to those who don't like said substance and try to imply that they are suffering even if they do not indulge (e.g. second-hand smoke, third-hand smoke, passive drinking) to get them on board (after all, get a big enough minority and they'll be able to force their prejudice on others through the ballot box). All of these get the denormalisation ball rolling, and now you have enough support to start the legislative bans, and more subtle bans.

I have complained before about those signs in shops that insist that say things like...
If you look under 21, we will need ID of proof of age when purchasing alcohol.

My local Sainsbury's has changed it to 23 recently. Why? The drinking age is 18: why 21, or 23, or 25? And why would a shop try to restrict people from purchasing items? Because the state has insisted on it, through subtle or overt pressure. The state is denormalising the buying of alcohol.

And the bans? Well, they have started already.
More than 700 “controlled drinking zones” have been set up across England, giving police sweeping powers to confiscate beer and wine from anyone enjoying a quiet outdoor tipple.

Local authorities are introducing the zones at a rate of 100 a year, The Times has learnt. Some cover whole cities, a radical departure from what the law intended.

Yup, that's right: the law never intended that, eh? Don't fucking make me laugh: this is precisely what the law intended.

The signs all around the shops—much like the ones pertaining to tobacco, and the moves to push cigarettes under the counter—are to denormalise the buying of these substances.

These public bans are about denormalising the drinking of alcohol—in precisely the way in which they are attempting to stamp out smoking in films (or even to edit or erase cartoons that show it).
"He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."—1984, George Orwell.

The thinking is that if people are not seen to be drinking or smoking, then these activities do not exist—or, rather, they are not normal.

Yes, at present people can smoke and drink in their homes and private cars but, as has been spelt out by the director of ASH Scotland, the state is moving to stop this too. Indeed, they have made a start, as far as alcohol is concerned, by advocating higher and higher age limits—with more dire and unrealistic warnings—for any kind of exposure to alcohol.
Once a control zone is in place, police can seize alcohol from anyone who is not on licensed premises, even if the bottles or cans are unopened. Although drinking is not banned in the zones, police can ask anyone to stop drinking and it is an offence to refuse, punishable by a maximum £500 fine. No explanation or suspicion that the person could be a public nuisance is required. The highest fine will soon rise to £2,500.
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Laws giving local authorities the power to set up the zones, or “designated public place orders”, were introduced in 2001 at the height of government concern over public drunkenness.

Note that they were introduced because of "government concern"—with the stress firmly on the word "government". Generally, the people were not—and are not—screaming for bans on drinking in public.
The law made clear that the zones should cover only streets or city centre areas with a record of alcohol-related disorder or nuisance.

There are now 712 zones, some covering vast areas where there is no record of disorder. There are city-wide bans in Coventry and Brighton, which cover even the quietest suburban streets. Birmingham tried to introduce a city-wide ban but had to back down in the face of public opposition.

And has Birmingham respected the wishes of the public?
Instead it is introducing the drinking zones gradually across the city.

No. It is sneaking the ban through piecemeal, deliberately ignoring the wishes of the people of the city.
Camden in North London has a borough-wide ban, apart from Hampstead Heath, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. The Times has learnt that Lambeth in South London is planning to make the whole borough a controlled zone, with no exemptions, even in Brockwell Park, a local beauty spot that is popular with picnickers.

What? Fuck. Fucking Lambeth bastards...
Research on the zones has been conducted by The Manifesto Club, a campaign group that challenges what it sees as excessive regulation.

Note the careful use of the passive tense there—the media are on the government's side, make no mistake. An excellent example of this fawning can be seen on the BBC website where—despite a poll showing that the percentage of teenagers drinking weekly has dropped from 50% to 38%—the headline screams "Youngsters 'drinking dangerously'". OMG! Teh horrors!
It found that police are routinely ignoring Home Office guidelines and confiscating bottles of wine and beer from peaceful picnickers and other adults having a quiet drink outdoors. In some cases, drinks have allegedly been seized by police from adults who have just bought them from an off licence and are on their way home.

So, what have we got here?

Well, we have the police making up the laws as they go along, and with no comeback at all; the police are now a law unto themselves. We are, quite literally, living in a police state.

Most terrifyingly of all, to my mind, we have state agencies, like Birmingham, that have given up any kind of pretense of governing in the name of the people that they are supposed to serve.

The political classes are now so sure that the British people are too cowed to resist any of these hideous restrictions in their traditional freedoms that they feel able to do precisely what they want to do: and it is the sheer, terrifying confidence in the security of their tenure that really scares me.

We do not live in a democracy, or anything approaching one: we live in an elected dictatorship in which we live our lives by permission of—and only as far as—the oligarchy wish us to.

And they are about to deprive us of yet more of our rights and freedoms, as well as the services that we have paid for...

PART 3: OBESITY

It's been slightly delayed, I'm afraid, and I have lost a lot of the fire with which I started—as such, this is going to be a quick wrap-up (although I shall return to this theme often).

So now we need to consider "fat people". The recent attacks on food consumption have been almost as unrelenting as those on booze—although not yet as dangerous for the companies involved.

People like Amanda Platell in the Daily Hate have long been railing against the overweight—asking why they should be treated on the NHS (um... because, like everyone else, they are forced to pay for it, Amanda?)—and, recently, one fucking cunt of a doctor whinged on about how "fat celebrities" were making being overweight seem "normal".

As usual, things are not so black and white: after all, some studies have shown that overweight people can actually live longer.

Much as the scares about salt and water were, to be frank, bollocks. But that hasn't stopped the goverment and fake charities attacking the likes of MacDonalds or Sainsbury's or other food retailers.

In fact, via The Englishman (again), it is salt and fat that make food tasty.
...fat and salt makes food taste good. There is no point taking all the fat and salt out of your food because people won't like it and they will eat with someone else.

Fife-based nutritionist Carina Norris said : "Ideally, we would like people to start weaning themselves off these tastes and on to healthier options."

I think that they call this "choice editing"...
"But failing that, it would be great if restaurants and manufacturers did their own bit by taking salt and fat out of foods."
Ms Norris added: "The problem from a business point of view is that no-one wants to be the first one to take fat and salt out of their foods and make them less tasty. People would go somewhere else."

But, once again, this isn't actually about the science at all—this is about conforming with the authorities' agenda. As the Free Society article said...
What Sir Liam Donaldson and his ilk are saying, in other words, is that in order to be a part of society, we have to be like them. That is to say we should be slim, non-smoking cyclists who like rambling and other wholesome pursuits. Our aspirations should be nothing less that aiming to live for ever.

Of course, the concept that I should be like that fat, ginger cunt Sir Liam Donaldson fills me with horror, but it is entirely in line with these bastards' agenda—we proles should all be forced to live under one set of rules, but the ruling apparatchiks need not conform at all. It's very Stalinist, is it not?

CONCLUSION

There are common threads running through all of these campaigns—as has been pointed out numerous times. Even the drinks industry responses utilise exactly the same doomed methods that the smoking industry used before it.

And whatever happens, it is you and I who are going to suffer. Why? Well, because we might like the occasional smoke, or a drink. Because every now and then, nothing hits the spot like a Stinky Mac's. And the aim of the state is to stamp out these things—to "denormalise" them.

Eventually, they will go. And the state has learned the lesson of the American Prohibition—the problem was that people didn't want to give up drink, and no one thought that drinking was inherently wrong.

That is what denormalisation aims to achieve—a society in which drinking, smoking or eating fatty foods is actively wrong, frowned upon. A society in which these things are regarded as morally wrong, not merely illegal.

In fact, the establishment is moving further towards the idea of "choice-editing" as advocated last year by a piece of crap called Tim Lang. Readers might recall the bloated and unhealthy look of Sir Liam Donaldson as I quote the relevant paragraphs from the above-linked post...
Tim Lang is a dangerous cunt who should be ignored and, if he insists on pushing his worthless opinions forward, he should be actively removed. For he conforms to the Devil's first rule of those who advocate totalitarianism...

Those who advocate restrictions in people's choices always assume that they will be the ones who decide what those choices are to be. Those who advocate totalitarianism, of however mild or serious a flavour, always see themselves as the ones in power.

People like Tim Lang are taking over and—most insultingly—they are using our money to constrain our lives. And, so they claim, for our own good.

One day, quite soon (in historical terms), these cunts will win: we won't smoke, and we won't drink, and we will eat our tasteless food in front of the idiot-box with one eye on the door—waiting for the police or other inspectors to visit. We will all be equal in misery, apart from the people who rule us—they will be in expensive dachas, eating tasty food, feeling worthy (in that they have helped us all be more equal) but not uncomfortable (for the rules won't apply to them).

And fuck me—that's going to be a miserable world...

38 comments:

The Filthy Smoker said...

NO! You're wrong Mr so-called DK. Since the smoking ban came in I don't have to wash my clothes no more and I don't have to take a shower no more and smokers are only a minority so why should they have any rights and the government is my friend so don't have a go at the government, I prefer no-smoking pubs and my preference should override everyone else's preference, smokers smell like ash-trays and i don't want to kiss an ash-tray and smoking's bad so you'll just have to get used to it and it's the best thing Labour ever did and how would you like it if I sprayed toxic chemicals in your face and have you ever heard of Roy Castle and what about the pubs that haven't closed down, did you ever think of them eh? and you've had your way for too long and you're wrong and i'm right and you should all be killed and it's not the smoking ban it's the recession and you stink and I hope you die of cancer.

Did I miss anything?

Dick Puddlecote said...

Brilliant.

A few bits you missed though, hope you don't mind. ;-)

The 'actual' studies on passive smoking and lung cancer. That is, not the guff that state-sponsored web-sites cherry-pick and present as fact.

Of the 75 published studies of ETS and lung cancer, 70 percent did not report statistically significant differences of risk, 17 percent claim an increased risk, and 13 percent imply a reduction of risk.

Hardly overwhelming.

Nor are the stats on smoking bans and heart attacks from by far the largest study on the subject.

It examined 217,023 heart attack admissions and 2 million heart attack deaths in 468 counties in all 50 states of the USA over an eight-year period.

Conclusion?

we find that workplace bans are not associated with statistically significant short-term declines in mortality or hospital admissions for myocardial infarction or other diseases. An analysis simulating smaller studies using subsamples reveals that large short-term increases in myocardial infarction incidence following a workplace ban are as common as the large decreases reported in the published literature.

And don't forget the only court case in the world on the harm of passive smoking came up blank. At the EU funny enough.

While acknowledging Mr Labate's exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and finding no other cause for his lung cancer, the Medical Committee in its decision nonetheless stated that it could not establish with certainty the connection with his professional activities. The Commission accordingly denied the request, following the finding by the Medical Committee that the connection between the disease and Mr Labate's professional activities was not sufficiently established.

The claims for compensation submitted in the letter of 25 October 2007 by Mrs Labate are dismissed as manifestly unfounded


Ever felt lied to?

Looking forward to part 2. :-)

IJ said...

Banning smoking was the only thing I agree with this piece of shit Government. If you want to stink somewhere out go and do it in your own fucking house or go outside.

Old Holborn said...

An execellent post.

IJ, your logic does not apply to publicans and drinkers who want to smoke in their own property, does it?

A big hairy fuck off from OH

Dick Puddlecote said...

Oh yeah, I forgot. On the back of all the hysteria, we have nurses advocating smokers being left to die [37 secs sound file].

Nice.

Rob said...

Another fair and unbiased article from the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8129259.stm

They are reporting this stuff as fact, and no contrary voice is allowed.

Four pints a week!! What a complete joke. Did no-one at the authoritarian's friend, the BBC, think "hey, this sounds a bit ridiculous, let's investigate, get the opinion of someone else, have a bit of balance".

Um, obviously not. The BBC is absolutely entwined with the puritan establishment.

James Higham said...

The pub must not be allowed to die. Let's get out there, bending those elbows.

Anonymous said...

The smoking ban did this government a lot more damage than their tiny minds can comprehend.
Now even more people enjoy a drink do they not.
Let them commit another act of political suicide.
The puritans who impose these unpopular agendas are very much a minority.
To listen to these, "strange people", and act on their oddball beliefs is an act of extreme naivity by any politician .
I believe they are called "VOTE LOSERS".

Anonymous said...

This evil socialist dictatorial attitude on just about everything we do is making me seriously consider taking up smoking. I think that smoking is going to be one of the overt acts of defiance against the forces of evil in this country.

john in cheshire

GCooper said...

Excellent post, DK!

There are many ingenious ways of lying with medical statistics. One of the favourites is ascribing illnesses to causes which are quite unproven.

Ingrown toenail? Alcohol-related disorder...

Rob (above) hits the nail on the head, too, with 'the puritan establishment'. Something in the socialist mindset seems to drive the little twerps to puritanism. Maybe it's their absurd belief in the perfectibility of mankind and society?

Either way, if we do not round on this new model army of purse-lipped busybodies and cast them ashore on an uninhabited island where they can tut and cluck at one another till death, society will become intolerable for the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Agree with most of what you say DK - in general and on this post But I'm with IJ. Being able to go to work and go to a pub, to drink or eat, whithout being gassed is the one positive impact on my quality of life to come from New Labour.

Exemptions should have been made - outdoor bans going way too far - etc. - but don't underestimate how popular the existing measures are, even for strongly committed anti-statists like myself.

Anonymous said...

There used to be a bit of a fight when some old geezer popped his clogs.

The anti-smokers would say "He once kissed a girl who smoked. He's mine!"

The anti-drinkers would say: "He got rat-arsed on his stag night. He's mine!"

The obesity guys would say: "He was 2 pounds overweight when he came in!"

The salt guys:- "He had a bag of ready salted crisps in 1979!"

Now, thanks to the new statistical tools avaiable to the righteous, they can all have him.

Course the fact that the poor old scrote was 97 and had been run over by a bus is neither here nor there.

Kevin B

L is for Labour. L is for Lies said...

The message is clear. The time has come to denormalise socialists.

Voting Labour has to be seen as an anti-social act.

Advocating Marxist doctrine has to become as inappropriate as shouting drunken sweary abuse during a family funeral.

Demanding that the hardworking and successful be penalised to benefit the feckless and lazy should be as detestable as wanking in public.

Given a choice between a childminder who was a Labour activist and one who was a convicted paedophile, people should prefer the latter.

Yes. The time has come to root out the scum and denormalise them! It’s the only way.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Anon@7:14pm, you say that exemptions should have been made, and that you are happy that you can go to work and go to a pub, to drink or eat, whithout being gassed.

Excellent! You can do all that even if the Amend the Smoking Ban campaign is successful.

We are agreed then. You can sign up here.

;-)

Anonymous said...

Will somebody PLEASE organise some rioting about all this utter shite???

North Northwester said...

Hey, can we suggest not treating junkies for their drugs-related illnesses and all the fashionably-dressed bachelors for their own bathhouse and outhouse acquired maladies?

Would that work?

Oh, and in Bolton the NHS are stacking the smokers up on the pavements if you want to check it out over at my place....

manfromthefuture said...

Since March, you have to look over 25 to buy alcohol now (up from 21). Apparently, most parks are now alcohol free. No summer wine & cheese picnics for you from now on!
Here’s what they’ll do: make it illegal to be drunk in a bar! I always like this because it sounds funny. Drunk in a bar? Never! But this is indeed the case for the USA and Canada. Over here you have to be drunk and disorderly. If I’ve had one too many ciders and quietly wurzel away in the corner, this is legal here (currently). The clever bit is that someone else (eg a policeman) can claim im drunk (regardless of the true state), but to falsely claim im disorderly is too obvious a lie. Throw in a few fines too for good measure. “Had a shandy? You’re drunk! That’s 90 quid spot fine please!”

On the same subject, I’ve been pointing out to people that homebrew is still legal, furthermore AFAIK, boy scouts could brew their own beer and then consume it legally because only the buying and selling is controlled. This is a clue that new legislation would have to shift onto controlling actual consumption the same as it is for drugs and tobacco.

Anonymous said...

Yes, we home educators are getting the same thing. Home education 'could' be a cover for abuse, forced marriage (I'd like to see anyone try to force marriage on my kids!), and domestic servitude (of the parents? No, the kids! I should be so lucky). It's worded just well enough to escape defaming us, but works very well in making the public say that we must be monitored, have plans for education (hard to do when the children choose what they want to learn) and may have visits from the local Stas.. er authorities to grill the kids alone (without parent or anyone basically). All because Balls want to stitch us up and control us. Parents are responsible for seeing that children have an education provided to them. Most do that by delegating the responsibility to schools (which make such a good job of it). Schools fail 450,000 bullied children every week, and 1 in 6 children leave school not being able to read, write or add up. Over 1 million kids play truant, and about 16 poor souls commit suicide per year because of bullying in schools. Yet WE get the monitoring?

Innocent until proven guilty? Not for us. We're all suspected child abusers. We're parents of home educating children. Our kids are stuffed in cupboards and never seen!
No doubt they are smoking and drinking to their heart's content in there.

If you're interested in learning more about bias and discrimination please have a look and a laugh at the 'independent' Mr. I-am-a-recipient-of-a-CBE-from-Balls-for- services-to-Balls Badman's 'review' of home education, starring prejudiced local authorities, paranoid government minions and one or two of the thousands of home educators who tried to educate him.

http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/HC-610_Home-ed.PDF

Danae
http://www.threedegreesoffreedom.blogspot.com
(Soon to be no degrees of freedom blogspot)

The Filthy Smoker said...

Oh for fuck's sake....

Doctors sound alert over binge drinking from age eight

Children as young as eight are being brought into hospitals unconscious after getting drunk on cheap cider, spirits and alcopops such is the ease of access to cut-price alcohol, according to doctors.

Reporting that drink-related problems had become “much, much greater” over the past decade, doctors called for a minimum price per unit of alcohol, clearer labelling of alcoholic content and a ban on the advertising of beers, wines and spirits.

Keith Brent, a paediatrician from Bournemouth, said that the Government’s refusal to take strong action on the most pressing of public health issues was symptomatic of an administration that “bowed down to big business”.

“The intoxicated children I see are not being brought in because they are getting drunk in pubs and bars,” Dr Brent said. “They are being found unconscious in the park and on the beach. They have £20 in their pocket and their aim is to get as drunk as possible. If you put a minimum price on a unit of alcohol, then at least you can begin to limit the amount of alcohol that can be bought."


No suggestion that the parents might be at fault. No suggestion that the police might be at fault. No suggestion that the shop that sells the booze might be at fault. No, it's all down to advertising and price. How the fuck is a 50p unit minimum price going to stop a 12 year old getting pissed with £20?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6624690.ece

J said...

Danae (or anyone else),

Do you know of any other group of people in the UK where state officials have automatic right of access to private homes, along with the right to question children alone, without any suspicion of a crime? With no need for a warrant or reasonable cause? Is this a first for the UK or have I been burying my head in the sand till now?

If this is allowed to go through, the next logical group to whom this could spread would be families with under 5s who don't use nurseries. The majority of child deaths at the hands of parents happen to this age group so I'm surprised they didn't start with this group. But maybe opposition would be too strong if it applied to such a large group? Maybe it's easier to slip it through if it only applies to home educators and 'project creep' will do the rest.

Mike Rouse said...

Don't smoke, don't drink, but looking forward to your obesity piece!

Anonymous said...

I take all your points entirely, but as both my parents – who smoked all their lives – both died from smoking-related cancer I will assume that they were merely being lied to at the time by the state.

Captain Ranty said...

Anon (1:54),

Don't rule it out. With over 60,000 iatrogenic deaths (AKA medical "mistakes") every year in our hospitals is it really that implausible?

Maybe you are not aware that no doctor can say with absolute certainty that tobacco has killed a single person since we started using tobacco over 8,000 years ago. Not one death can be scientifically proven to have been caused by tobacco. Not one.

It is, was, and always will be a medicinal herb. It protects against around 15 cancers, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and another 30 or 40 maladies. Odd, dont you think, that lung cancer was unheard of until the industrial revolution and the introduction of millions of cars and trucks on our roads, and LC cases leapt off the charts after 3 Mile Island, Trinity, Nagasaki and Hiroshima? Since then there have been thousands of subterranean and ground-burst nuclear detonations and there are estimated to be over 30 billion nuclear particles (that bind on to grains of sand)just waiting to be scuffed/kicked/disturbed only to be breathed in by the unsuspecting victim. And then there was the Swedish study last year which concluded that people living within 500m of a main road were 68% more likely to contract LC, COPD or emphysema.

Sometimes the dots we join aren't even on the same page.

Mark said...

DK you really ought to read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.....

thefrollickingmole said...

Our cuntmander in chief here in Australia used one of your fucking "think of teh ciiiillldren" fucking phrases to push up the price of pre mixed drinks here in Oz.

The term "alcopops" had NEVER been heard in Australia in any serious conversation until the wankers decided they needed cover to increase the taxes on them. From the moment they started using the word "alcopops" the lickspittles in the media picked it up and ran with it. The doctors association, and assorted quangoes all piled on as well.

So now my missus had to pay (shes old enough for me to trade in for 2 18 year olds)nearly 1/3 more for her preffered drinks.
Kids switched to bottles and casks of goon instead.

The whole lot of them basicly ran government propaganda non stop for over a year. I have absolutely no trust in my government.

And thanks a lot to you Poms for giving them an off the shelf campaign to use, alcopops my hairy left nut.

North Northwester said...

"And thanks a lot to you Poms for giving them an off the shelf campaign to use, alcopops my hairy left nut. "

Serve you right for all that damned cricket and rugby. Don't know why we taught them to you if you're going to go and win all the bloody time.

On the other hand, why don't we start exporting all our Leftie moonbats to Oz, just as we used to do to horse thieves and trade unionists?
You can have our anti-smoking lobbyists and our equality campaigners and our community leaders - the lot.

You can settle them somewhere nice in the suburbs - a place with lots of swimming pools with cobwebs...

Roger Thornhill said...

Some suggestions for "denormalisation"


Statism
Socialism
Authoritarianism

North Northwester said...

Roger Thornhill said...Some suggestions for "denormalisation"
Statism
Socialism
Authoritarianism.

Hmm..How about some more?...

Disrespect.
Denigration.
Demoralisation.
Dehumanisation.



Disposal.

thefrollickingmole said...

North Northwester

You blokes allready gave us a dose of that during the Thatcher years. Thousands of millitant unionists. Half the bulding union bosses still speak like theyve just jetted in from glasgow.

Id be more encouraged if your idea was somewhere well inland with a tanker of salty water. The damage the thatcher refugees did was (and still is) huge.

Still I suppose fair is fair, we did lumber you lot with germaine Greer.

Anonymous said...

Damn those porridge-wogs.

Whenever I feel a hand in my pocket taking my cash it's a fried Mars bar eater.

Every time I hear some new scare about "chocolate should be banned" or "smoking causes instantaneous death" it's some be-kilted Nesbitt spouting it.

You're welcome to them. Can't OZ invade them or something? Hell, we'll give them to you. They have some oil you know. We won't mention the preponderance of Socialist puritans, but look! Oil!

Please, please take them off our hands....

Roger Thornhill said...

NNW:

Hmm..How about some more?...

Disrespect.
Denigration.
Demoralisation.
Dehumanisation.



I think I covered those in my comment.

Statism, Authoritarianism and Socialism spawn, fester, entrench, feed and gloat over the above.

North Northwester said...

Roger Thornhill
"I think I covered those in my comment."

Apologies.
Synonyms, then?

Anonymous said...

Hi J,

Yes, we believe the under-5s and their parents will be next. One or two local authorities are said to be agitating for the right to 'see' the under-school-aged child at home to check for child abuse.
If home educators go down, the little ones will be next, I fear.

Danae
http://www.threedegreesoffreedom.blogspot.com

North Northwester said...

Anonymous 12.28 "If home educators go down, the little ones will be next, I fear."

True enough. Al this concentrating on adults' bodies has been a warm-up exercise.

What they're after: what they've always been after, is children's minds.

Widmerpool said...

I don't get the no alcohol to under 25s either. Last winter I was in the UK for the first time in 3 years. I went into Sainsbury to buy a bottle of wine and the kid at the till says 'I suppose I should ask for some ID'. I thought he was making a joke, but no. I'm 37.

Captain Ranty said...

I was in Houston two years ago and I stopped at a strip mall to buy some smokes. I went in, asked for a couple of packets and the woman said to me, "Ah'm goan need ter see some ID hunney". I said, "Really?, I'm 45 years old". She insisted so I whipped out my passport, which she barely glanced at. After I paid her I asked if she honestly thought I was younger than 18, and she says "Nope. I ast yer cos yall talk funny".

Texans can be bizarre that way....

Anyhoo, I wanted to thank DK for the tremendous effort here. It is grand to see all of these topics eviscerated in the same place.

Slainte,

Cap'n Ranty.

wv: Mandloni (please God, don't tell me the twat has Italian family....)

Pissed off Smoker said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&v=Z71Vv6QAmiw

UNBELIEVABLE

paulC said...

The science is certainly complex, and I loathe politico's who cherry pick from the available data to prove whatever case they want to make. And yet ....

Alcohol-related deaths are increasing (ask any hepatologist), tobacco very certainly increases mortality, and the Western diet vastly raises the incidence of most degenerative diseases. It is also the case that the developing economic collapse will seriously impact on health care availability.

My medical colleagues are increasingly having to make hard choices about which patient gets which expensive medical resource. Why not discriminate on the grounds of patient responsibility? That would be fairer than the current post-code and frequently class-based lottery.

All should be free to make their own choices but as our medical resources shrink, this will increasingly mean that if you choose a lifestyle that will damage your health, you will have to take the consequences.

If you're consistent about this, you have my respect. But most people are not. They get sick, and then whine and beg for health care resources. That is hypocritical, selfish and immoral.