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The Fag Drag - Will Banning Cigarettes Spawn A New Industry?


Still detmined to be the killjoy government Labour are passing new anti smoking laws. But do they really think banning the display if cigarettes in shops will stop anybody from smoking?

The Fag Drag - Government Attacks Smoking Again
by Ian R Thorpe
2009-11-04
CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, Non commercial, no derivs. KEYWORDS: cigarettes, tobacco,smoking, nanny_state, health, government, politics

Forget Booze Cruise, Now It's The Fag Drag

We ought to have reached the point in the life of this Labour government when satirists and polemicists start to lay off them and turn our attention to The Conservatives who will surely sweep to power next may though given a little luck it will be with a small enough majority to allow minor parties to exercise a moderating influence. Labour are now in such a bad way that satirising their increasingly incompetent efforts is like trying to get laughs by kicking a corpse.

But even as we turn our guns on the equally inept and uninspiring Tories, Labour are such masochists they cannot resist setting themselves up for another pummelling.

The latest example of Labour's love of being headbutted and simultaneously kicked in the bollocks is a crazy new law that prevents cigarettes being displayed in shops. The logic here is typical of the irrational thinking of the Politically Correct Thought Police, they think that seeing cigarettes and tobacco products displayed encourages people to smoke or at last to think of smoking as a normal activity.

This is pretty rich coming from the people whose Nanny state ticks us off for describing man / woman action that does not involve whips, locks and chains, marmite or underwear with spikes sewn in it as "normal sex," that wags a disapproving finger when we talk of "normal" people who have jobs, drink alcohol in moderation, shun all but the prescription variety of drugs and relax with activities that do not involve throwing themselves off buildings, swimming in raw sewage or tattooing themselves with a pin and a bottle of Quink. We cannot describe Gordon Brown as "a mentalist" or even suggest someone who wears their underpants outside their trousers is two prawns short of a cocktail. Instead we must celebrate diversity and respect people's right to be different.

But woe betide you if you want to be different by having a quick smoke. Unless it is Cannabis of course. The Cannabis question is just too complex for their contorted moralising.

Otherwise Labour's Politically Correct Thought Police would rather you swam in raw sewage than smoked in the privacy of your own home and just as the Puritans of old would cover the legs of their pianos lest those knobbly wooden stanchions made young men think of a Lady's slender ankle and thus become inflamed with lust and rape the piano, so seeing a packet of B & H or a bag of Golden Virginia will fill lifelong non smokers with an insatiable craving for tobacco.

The people who make Labour policy then have little contact with reality. Certainly less than the Conservatives who at least are honest enough to admit they are only interested in looking after Number 1 (and getting the moat cleaned at the taxpayers expense, less even than the Liberal Democrats who are so deluded they still think they have a chance of winning next year's election but at least don't think seeing a packet of ciggies will make anyone into a smoker.

So non - smokers, does seeing a shelf full of ciggies in your local shop or supermarket make you want to take up the dreaded weed? It doesn't inspire me to smoke but I'm not normal or rather to be politically correct, I am normal but having brain damage makes my normal different to everybody else's. The only message a display of tobacco gives out is: "This shop sells cigarettes, if you want to buy some we can be of service."

Do the pumps outside a petrol station turn drivers into speed freaks and Clarkson worshipping petrol heads? Does a pie shop make people obese? Are these great seducers too much for our weak minds to cope with or can we in fact think for ourselves more competently than the Nanny State can ever think for us?

Now we get to what is really annoying about Labour and their Politically Correct attitudes. It is their belief we are all dribbling simpletons. Thus they make the facile leap of logic to believing that if cigarettes are out of sight and thus are kept out of mind everyone will stop smoking. It is impossible to quantify how wrong this is and in how many ways it is wrong. One thing comes to mind though that demolishes the whole argument.

The Fag Drag.

We are not talking about a motorcade for gay and transvestite drivers here. Now that supermarkets regularly run beer and spirits as loss leaders few people feel the need to do a booze cruise but the Fag Drag is becoming more popular. I don't know if the term is generally used, it has probably been banned in other parts of the country by the Thought Police but here, and you can call us old fashioned if you like possums, a faggot is a meatball known for inducing euphonious farting and a fag is a small stick of tobacco wrapped in paper. So The Fag Drag means going to a place where taxes are lower and dragging a load of ciggies and rolling tobacco back. These can be sold on at a reasonable profit and a hatchback can carry enough to make the trip worthwhile.

My son and other acquaintances who frequent pubs more shady than those I go into nowadays guess at least half the tobacco sold in town has never seen the cigarette shelf of a local shop.

There is a passage in the Terry Pratchett novel Making Money which describes perfectly why government attempts to micromanage human existence are ultimately doomed due to the resourcefulness of human beings at evading any attempts to restrict their ability to think for themselves. Making money also explains the financial crisis perfectly and there are more laughs than in a dry, academic tome.

To be able to predict the outcome of Labour's war on tobacco we only have to look at the prohibition era in the United States when the outlawing of alcohol made organised crime that nation's biggest industry.

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UK Government Loves Extremists, bans Opponents Of Extremism
If it sometimes seems possible to the causual obsrver that the UK government has greater committment to Islam than to serving the interests of Christian and secular people who make up the vast majority of the population, it will seem blatantly obvious after you have read this article.

After Triggering Mass Migration Crisis, Germany Bribing Foreigners To Leave
Though Angela Merkel clings to power the effects of her 'open doors' immigration policy damage Germany. It may amuse nationalists to observe as, with one face the pledges support for a United Nations initiative to open all national borders, while with the other she tries to persuade German voters she has listened to public opinion and understands her mass immigration policy is abhorred by a majority of voters ...

De — Dollarisation: More Nations backing Away From The US$
In a year which saw the global geopolitical spiralling back towards cold war polarisation, with the weaponisation of currencies, the global community is dividing into two camps, those nations that still support using the US$, and those that favour the new methods of settling accounts through technological payment systems that need no reserve curencies, only a few trusted currencies.

Japanese researchers develop a prototype humandroid to replace human labourers
There's no doubt about it, scientidts are a creepy - weird, dangerously obsessive bunch of wankers. They would rather be machines than people. But to stop them feeling like emotionally crippled losers because of their machine - like behaviour, they want to replace all the rest of us with machines. Now I can understand why scientists want to develop sex robots ...

Is The UK Foolish To Leave The EU

This question, worded slightly differently, comes up innumerable times in comment or Q & A threads on websites. Here's a near pefect answer from a fellow warrior for liberty and opponent of Euronaziism,
Barney Lane: Is Brexit a foolish idea? Brexit means Britain is in the EU but is now leaving it. Which part is foolish, the being in part or the leaving part?

Leaked Documents Reveal Facebook's Biased, Convoluted Censorship Policies
Since the phrase 'fake news' entered the vernacular, Facebook has employed thousands of human moderators to identify what is and is not acceptable content to be posted on the censorious social media website, not to replace the 'Artificial Intelligence' automated moderation system but to make the judgements 'Artificial Intelligence' cannot

The Importance Of Freedom Of Speech and Information
Politically Correct attitudes try to dictate to us how we should behave towards each other with the emphasis on not saying anything likely to cause offence (sic),which seriously inhibits our right to express opinions. Well let’s be straight, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and hurt feelings never killed anybody.

Yellow Vests Don’t Take Christmas Vacations
For the seventh weekend in succession protestors in Yellow Vests (the Gilets Jaunes) have been out in the streets of Paris, making a public spectacle of their disillusionment with the elists government of President Emmanuel Macron. In spite of Chrstmas celebreations the yellow vests continued their bid to forece the resignation of Macron.

Security Expert: Sweden is “On the Way to Civil War”


International security consultant Olle Fjordgren has issued a stark warning that his native Sweden is “on the way to civil war” as a result of the problems caused by mass immigration, a soft justice system that often seems to blame victims of crime as much as the prepetrators, and inability to tackle lawlessness among immigrants in the country’s expanding “no go zones” where crime is rampant.

Sweden: Authorities cancel traditional Christmas concerts, promote Islamic events
Sweden’s, and perhaps the world’s largest outdoor Christmas concert “Oh Holy Night”, which traditionally airs on Christmas Eve each year, has been cancelled, SVT news reports. This is most likely part the Swedish governmenmt's policy of suppressing European traditions in order not to offend migrants, Muslim extremists, who steal, rape and murder in the knowledge that courts will be lenient because "asking immigrant to obey Swedish law is racist ...

Extremist Muslim Group Influence Government Report On IslamophobiaControversial Muslim activist group MEND, which has ben involved in promoting extremism as well as lobbying the government in support of further Islamification of british institutions, has “exerted decisive intellectual influence” in the government's first report from a think tank looking at Islamophobia in Britain, according to a research note.

Media’s hyping of Russia threat a ‘grotesque absurdity’ says veteran investigative reporter John Pilger
Investigative journalist John Pilger has called out the “grotesque absurdity” of those in the Western media who hype the so-called threats from Russia and China to Cold War levels, in an interview with RT’s Going Underground.

Rape Gang Found Guilty of Sexually Abusing Oxford School Girl
Following on from a previous report on this page, about an Oxford grooming gang that lured young girls to their "shag wagon", three men have been now been found guilty of historic sexual offences against an Oxford school girl who was groomed and raped from the age of 14.

UN Migration Pact: Which Governments Are Prepared To Sell Out Their People?
The United Nation’s Global Compact for migration since being discussed and adopted by leaders and opinion makers from around the world at the Marrakech conference in Morocco this month, it has had a very divisive effect around the world from both the public and their respective governments as wannabe global government The United Nations Organisation seeks to make migration a human right

“Britain’s political class could see a revolution like they’ve never seen before,” yellow vests UK warn
Yellow Vest movement hits UKThe Yellow Vest movement, which started in france and has spread to The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Spain is not on course to end anytime soon, with British activists taking to the streets of London last Friday. They donned the appropriate hi vis waistcoats and blocked traffic on Westminster Bridge, one of the main rover crossings in London, chanting pro-Brexit slogans.

Yellow Vests Week 5 And Bare Breasted Mariannes
After France’s Yellow Vests rebellion turned violent last week during the fourth week of protest against the government of Emmanuel Macron, this weekend’s protests (week 5) saw a further escalation in the protesters anger against the government, which they claim is for the rich and foreign nations rather than the people of France. Well as this news site has always said, that is what globalism is all about.

Bare-Breasted ‘Mariannes’ Confront Macron’s Riot Police Thugs As Yellow Vests Second French Revolution Gathers Momentum
After France’s rebellion of the Yellow Vests protest against the globalist, elitist government of Emmanuel Macronturned violent last week this weekend’s protests (week 5) saw a further escalation in the anger against the government, which they claim is for the rich and foreign nations rather than the people of France. Again vast number of police, around 70,000 according to unofficial reports, have been mobilized across France in an effort to suppress the protesters,

Bare-Breasted 'Mariannes' Confront Macron's Riot Police Thugs As Yellow Vests Second French Revolution Gathers Momentum
After France's rebellion of the Yellow Vests turned violent last week during the fourth wek of protest against the globalist, elitist govertnment of Emmanuel Macron, this weekend's protests (week 5) saw a futher escalation in the protesters anger against the government, which they claim is a government for the rich and for foreign nations rather than the people of France. Well as this news site has always said, that is what globalism is all about.

The Truth About Climate Change Is Not On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone was once a decent music magazine, in fact my title references a Dr. Hook song lyric which made the claim that you have ‘arrived’ when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. Alas, like so much connected with music, entertainment and Hollywood, The Rolling Stone has disappeared up its own arse. Now, instead of sticking with what it is good at, Rolling Stone fancies itself as a left wing opinion maker ...

EU To Reduce Dependence On US Dollar As Sanctions Hit Trade With Iran
Plans to reduce European Union dependence on the US dollar have been rumoured for a while now, as China’s alternative to the Petrodollar continues to gain strength. The EU is not signing up to the move by Russia, China and the other BRICS bloc nations to replace the dollar but are thinking involvement with the emerging economies bid to break US economic hegemony will improve the 27 member Union’s ability to run an independent foreign policy ...

G20 Elitists Club Teetering On The Edge Of The Abyss
Ten years after The G20 first convened to bring together the leaders of world’s main powers and controllers of natural resources. The Group of 20 was doomed from the start. Russia and China were never going to agree to US economic hegemony, the European Union nations were never going to accept Saudi Arabian human rights abuses and some of the third world nations were never going to be happy with the liberal west's LGBT rights.

Mass Arrests In Paris As “Gilets Jaunes” Protests Go Into Third Week, Spread To Belgium
As the violent protests of the so?—?called Gilets Jaunes (Yellow vests,) which have spread to most major cities in France, with protestors angry at the policies of elitist president Emmanuel Macron, which they claim ignore the interests of the working and middle classes and favour the elites and the globalist corporations who support the move towards a federasl European superstate.

November 2018

UK Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents
After Mark Zuckerberg has twice failed to respond to a summons to answer questions in front of a UK Parliamentary investigation into Facebook’s failure to protect users privacy, and hold accountable for the Cambridge Analytica data breach outrage, the U.K. Parliament has seized a cache of Facebook’s confidential documents

SJWs Infiltrate Google?—?Organise Rebellion Of The Humandroids
Thousands of Google employees staged walkouts in offices around the world earlier this month in protest at the company’s bias toward white males in its hiring policy and the alleged protection of senior employees accused of sexual harassment and assault.

Have Mainstream Media Seen Through Facebook And Google At Last Mainstream media has seen through Google and Facebook at last, it seems. For years print and broadcast news have heaped praise on digital media while tech corporations like Google and Facebook censored content and filtered their rivals pages out of search results.

The Full Orwell - UK Government Comes Over All Big Brother
In a stealthy, or to be more accurate, creepy move that bypasses the democratic process the British government, without debate in our elected assembly, without media coverage and without the authority of law, the UK Government has usurped to itself the power to take biometric data from all of us and store it in ...

The Dark Motives Behind The FUKUS axis Regime Change In Libya


At around that time, a coalition of western powers, France, The UK and The USA (the FUKUS axis,) had deposed the Libyan dictator Muammar Gadaffi and turned Libya from the most prosperous and socially advanced nation on the African continent to a chaotic failed state with three rival factions, the Islamists, tribal warlords and gangsters all claiming to be the legitimate government.

Nations Rebel Against The UN Migration Pact The UN's Global Compact for Migration sets out nonbinding guidelines for an integrated approach to international migration. DW looks at the agreement and at why some nations are vehemently against it. The compact is based on belief that the world needs to cooperate if massive migration flows are to be managed in a humane manner, while still taking account of the values of state sovereignty ...

Russian Gold Reserves Hit Putin-Era High, Buying Frenzy Accelerates
The move to dump the US dollar as the main reserve currency for international trade seems to be gatherinmg momenum in spite of US sanctions mania when smaller countries will not obey wasdhington's diktat.

Bloomberg's Yuliya Fedorinova and Olga Tanas report today that the Bank of Russia has more than doubled its monthly gold purchases, bringing the share of bullion in its international reserves to the highest of Putin’s 17 years in power, according to World Gold Council data.

Genetically Engineering The Apocalypse

Scientists tend to get carried away with enthusiasm fort theor latest idea, which they invariably claim will bring great benefits to humankind. The problem with such enthusiasm is, with their minds focused on prestigious awards, research grants and lucrative publishing deals, these rather immature people do not often think of the undesirable consequences of their creations.


October 2018

Top Cop Slams Politicised ‘Hate Crime’ Obsession, Demands Focus on Real Crime

One of the UK’s highest ranking police officers has attacked the government's policy of prioritising “hate crimes,” over serious crimes such as theft, vandalism, violence and fraud, calling for officers to be reassigned to investigate more burglaries and violent attacks by focusing on “core policing.”

gettyimages-898778760-640x480 Most British people agree police have lost control of the streets because of politically correct government policies

One of the UK’s highest ranking police officers has attacked the government's policy of prioritising “hate crimes,” over serious crimes such as theft, vandalism, violence and fraud, calling for officers to be reassigned to investigate more burglaries and violent attacks by focusing on “core policing.”

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Chair Sara Thornton CBE also said she did not want to see “misogyny” and offensive comments about women specified in law as hate crimes. One can only hope she feels the same about truthful criticisms of Islam, which glorifies misogyny, violence and rape.

Grooming Gangs: Police Ignored Mother's Pleas to Find Charlene Because She Was Working Class

Elites Losing The War On Cash? Sweden U-Turns On 'Cashless Society' Agenda
Sweden was leading the the War On Cash, the ruling elite had pushed the idea that a cashless society would protect citizens from crime and be more convenient. There was no mention that in a cashless society we would completely surrender control of our money to banks, and our privacy in financial matters to government security agencies...

Presentiment?—?Can Your Body Sense Future Events Without Any External Clue?

Recent work at the limits of scientific enquiry is looking at the phenomenon of presentiment (knowing stuff is going to happen before it happens) Research in this area is discovering our bodies may anticipate events below our level of normal consciousness. This is entirely consistent with the work already done in the physics associated field, Quantum Entanglements.

Lancashire Bans ‘Cruel' Halal Meat From Schools, But Some Councils ‘Kow-tow to Islam’ and Serve Halal
In a rare example of politicians putting British values first, Lancashire council voted to cease serving meat from animals that are not stunned before slaughter in schools. Although it signals a step in the right direction after a decade of leftists pushing officials towards favouring Islamic communities over Secular and Christian citizens, around one in 10 UK councils are still supplying sharia compliant halal meat to schools .

Scaremongering IPCC Pushes Climate Hysteria With Latest Doomsday Report
Those discredited jokers, gropers and fake scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have surpassed themselves in the idiocy stakes in their latest report (Summary for Policy Makers linked below). It is just a rephrased version of the farrago of adjusted data, dubious science, wailing and gnashing of teeth and eco-fascistic edicts on how we shall all live our lives in the future.

Universal Basic Income Is Silicon Valley’s Latest Scam…The plan is no gift to the masses, but a tool for our further enslavement
A daft idea from socialist intellectual idiots that has quickly acquired sacred cow status among the mindless mobs that make up 'the left' is Universal Basic Income. Among the most prominent champions of UBI are a clutch of Silicon Valley billionaires, whose complete lack of ethical awareness and track record for exploiting low paid workers should make us wonder why we continue to support their shoddy products.

Censorship Comes To The Internet - Goodbye Free Speech
Censorship has always been a sore point in democratic societies, without the right to free speech democracy does not exist. So why have we for years now been willing to tolerate the efforts of Silicon Valley high tech corporations and their left - leaning (that's left as in Chairman Mao or Pol Pot,) been willing to tolerate this.

How Many Times Can Dr. Merkel-Who Regenerate Her Government
>This week the new series of Doctor Who launched amid much ballyhoo about The Doctor being played for the first time by a woman. While many pedantic Whooverans are appalled and complain that the lead role belongs to a man, in my opinion Jodie Whittaker (best known to date for Broadchurch,) the thirteenth Doctor Who, looks as if she may be the best Doctor since David Tennant.


Algorithms Are No Better At Telling The Future Than Tarot Cards Or A Crystal BallAccording to a new report “An increasing number of businesses are investing in advanced technologies that can help them forecast the future”. It’s true , almost every day we see supposedly intelligent people who believe that with things called ‘Data Science’, ‘Artificial Intelligence,’ and ‘Big Data’, machines can already be relied on to make better decisions than humans, and that soon computers will surpass us in actual intelligence.

E.U. Parliament Members Call for Facebook Audit, Competition Law Overhaul
Though not widely reported (well the proceedings were boring,) a number of parliamentary hearings in the European Parliament and the elected assemblies of member nations, have investigated Facebook’s user data breach scandal involving the data thieves Cambridge Analytica. European Union MEPs, including those from Britain have called for a full audit of the social media company and an overhaul of E.U. competition law.

Vaccine Damaged Child Compensated By US Special Vaccine Court. As they started their family, Mooresville residents Theresa and Lucas Black dutifully got their children immunized, never doubting their doctor’s word that vaccines are safe and necessary. But their faith in those promises was shaken in 2001, when their 3-month-old daughter, Angelica, developed life-threatening seizures and brain damage just three days after getting several vaccinations.

How Many More Lives Does Angela Merkel Have Left?
Germany was the most prosperous and stable democracy in Europe under Hausfrau - Volksfuhrer Merkel until she won her third term as Chanellor. That victory had the same effect as being declared divine once had on Roman Emperors. Merkel began to believe she could change the world by supporting schemes to unite Europe under a single government and flood the continent with third world migrants. And she believed she could succeed because Germans, the ignorant masses, would march in lockstep behind her.


Supreme Court Fiasco Shows The US Democratic Party Is No Friend Of Democracy
A look at the way efforts by the US Democratic Party to shaft Trump have backfired on them. Trump is no politician for sure, he's undiplomatic, confrontational, crude, economical with the truth when it suits him, and very direct in expressing his views (a change from the mealy mouthed equivocation favoured by most politicians, but whatever his failings, he's a smart operator and he's outwitting the Democrats every time.

How Can The 'Left' Talk Of Equality When They Don't Tolerate Diversity Of Opinion
One of the first things I learned at my Grandfather's knee was the importance of free speech and of exposure to different ides and shades of opinion. Grandad had been a member of the Labour party before World War One and had lived through the class wars early in the twentieth century. My Dad was a Labour man too, until as a newspaper reporter, he learned things about socialism that shocked him.

Brexit has terrified 'Brussels bubble' - German insider The EU elite "lost faith in their own appeal and abilities" following the Brexit referendum vote and the surge in support for nationalist parties. The knee jerk response of the Brussels bubble was to try (and fail) to punish Britain for defing Brussels in the same way as they had punished small nations like Greece, Portugal and Ireland, which in their perception was the only way to prevent the EU breaking apart.

How Russia plans to disentangle its economy from US dollar
The Russian Finance Ministry this week officially revealed a plan to end the country's dependence on the US dollar for foreign trade. Economic analysts are warning it will be a long process, but Russia and China, with support from Iran and a number of other oil rich countriies whose oil trade is restricted by US use of the petrodollar to manipulate makets, are several years along the road to economic independence alredy ... MORE in Currency Wars
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