This resistance is not about sitting around and chanting 'Ohm'.
It's time to act like the monsters we are made out to be.
It's time to act like the monsters we are made out to be.
I have changed the sidebar image. That young whippersnapper Clegg decided he wasn't at all interested in what anyone had to say. Not just smokers. Not one single detail of government will change as a result of his ridiculous pretend consultation. Nothing. So there is no further purpose in engaging with government in any way. They asked for opinions, received many, ignored them all. The time for discussion has passed. Long passed, if only we had realised. This new government is the Gorgon in a smiley mask. No wonder he gave in so easily. He realised that his oppression would continue under Wavy Davey's Red Tories and Simpering Nick's Laughable Dhimmicrats.
They don't want smokers anywhere but they want the taxes, they want to treat us as filth, they want to encourage the antismokers to bully us, they don't want us in their hospitals, on trains or planes or buses, in pubs, in clubs, in restaurants, cafeterias, and they'd very much like to evict us from our own homes. Their drone antismokers are happy with all that and whine 'Godwin's law' when they are pointed out as Nazis.
I buy my tobacco from Man with a Van. So I don't go abroad, he does. Sure, he makes a profit so I'm not paying 'abroad' prices, I'm paying a little more but I don't mind that at all. When Man with a Van makes a profit, he does not use it to abuse those who are paying him. That's a good business model and one which the Cleggeron Coagulation, allegedly part Tory, could learn from. Unfortunately they are not listening. To anyone.
If you fancy a little stocking up trip, there's someone running occasional sightseeing trips to places where you can marvel at the sight of smokers indoors, and be amazed at the nonsmokers who are not sitting quaking in their own faeces, are not running screaming like a little girl who's just been shown what Dirty Vince keeps under his mac, and most of all, who are surprisingly not dead. Abroad has far stronger nonsmokers than we have here. Except in America where they have easily-terrified targets for us too (thanks are due to Dick Puddlecote for the tip).
If they believe that being near us will kill them, I say play to it. Tell them it's true, that the merest touch will kill them within days, that even conversation will produce a cancer within three weeks. Scare them to death because they are too stupid to live. Think of yourself as an agent of natural selection and keep a straight face while you describe the aches, cramps and tightness of the chest they can expect to experience shortly. No sores or bruising, keep it to stuff they can easily produce psychosomatically. It does work. Ask a witchdoctor.
The blog world is not enough, not at all. The non-internet smokers need to get angry too. They need to hear that there is a way to take revenge on our elected tormentors. Stop paying them taxes. Well, you know, a lot of the estate smokers haven't paid taxes on their tobacco for years. Their technique is not so subtle: Customs aren't too keen to tackle a band of rowdy chavs who have staggered off the Easyjet from Alicante with a straw donkey stuffed with tobacco. Others, though, have simply accepted that they are dirt and deserve to be treated as such. Their downcast eyes must be raised.
So a conversation starter would be a good thing. Some image they can puzzle at and wonder about. The one at the top of this post, for instance.
Stickers of that image are available at £2.50 for 100. The producers of the stickers are not interested in making a profit. If you have a printer, you can print your own. It's a monochrome image so it shouldn't touch your colour ink as long as you set up to print monochrome. Or use a monochrome printer.
I have just printed nine copies of this image onto Kodak A4 magnetic photo paper using a ten-year-old HP Laserjet 1100. They came out perfect. Yes! Fridge magnets! Hopefully they'll stick to those silly outdoor metal ashtrays too. Maybe lamp posts and street sign posts. Bus stop frames and smoking shelters.
Yes, they will get pinched because they're only attached by magnetism, but that's the point. I can replace them. Smokers will want one each and I want them to have them. I want them to take them home and stick them on their fridges and see them every day until the message sinks in. I'll just keep replacing them. They should also stick to most parts of the inside of a bus or train too - and again, they'll be lifted and taken home by someone. I will replace them.
You know, you can also buy T-shirt transfer paper for inkjets. You need to be able to reverse the image before printing but having done that, you just iron it on. Supermarket plain white T-shirts are dirt cheap too. The only tough part is that the image doesn't scale up to A4 particularly well. Anyone know how to make it grow?
Then there's the ironing, at which I can claim no more than very basic skill but I'll give it a go.
Blogs won't change the world because most of the people we need to reach never read blogs. This one gets between 600-700 visits a day which impresses me, but that's only about one hundred thousandth of the population of the UK and those visits are not all from the UK. From here, I don't even reach a hundred thousandth of the people of this country. I know most of the Smoky-Drinkers never visit because many of them aren't interested in the internet and one doesn't even have a land line. From here I'm not even reaching the people in this town!
Every time I go anywhere I'll take some of these. They will appear wherever there is a steel surface. Sometimes I might just leave a few lying around. Airport departure lounges would be a good place to drop such a reminder.
If you have no printer, $2.50 for 100 stickers is a good deal. If you have a printer, sheets of precut stickers are available as are magnetic photo paper and iron-on transfer paper.
Note that there is nothing illegal in advising people to buy tobacco abroad, nor in buying that tobacco abroad. The only way to make it illegal would be to take us out of the EU. Ha ha ha.
Buy them or print them, it's up to you, but get them out there. Even if you don't smoke, this is your chance to take some small revenge on the Cleggeron's fake consultation, to react to the Great Repeal Hoax that has changed nothing at all. I mean, we all know that a year from now, the Cleggeron Coagulation will point to that consultation as evidence that they are 'listening'. They are not. They never will. They had their chance and we should offer no more chances. There is no further purpose in discussion and no more room for compromise.
Stop paying them to hate you. Resist.