Dick Puddlecote has a cracking idea.
A collection of those sayings the smokophobes like to regard as fair and level argument (I'm not going to call them antismokers any more. They are sufficiently deranged to warrant a 'phobe' term. They've invented enough of their own).
Things like 'kill all smokers' and other sayings that can only come from dangerously unbalanced minds. Things that, if applied to any other group at all, would get them arrested.
Such a collection could be published and sent to all those politicians who support the ban, with a note to the effect of 'These are your supporters. This is how they think and you approve of this. Can you explain why, or should we start sewing on the yellow badges now?'
The smokophobes demand that we stop buying from Man with a Van and pay that duty so the NHS won't have to be cut. The NHS already treats smokers like lepers, they have decided that none of their staff will be allowed to smoke even in their own homes and that any staff carrying tobacco will be subject to disciplinary action. Should we smokers pay more to be shat on harder?
The NHS is of no use to me at all now. They will not treat what's really wrong with me, they'll assume that no matter what I present with, from scrofula to rabies, it was caused by smoking. They'll demand that I change my lifestyle to the approved one or I won't get treatment, and I see no point extending my life if it is to be as a drone. 'Live long and stagnate' is the medical mantra now. It's not for me.
They are planning to refuse to treat me at all unless I obey the 'give up' diktat. Don't get smug, smokophobes, especially if you are a little overweight or like a drink, or just don't fit the BMA's British Standard Human. You're on the list too. Obey or die. I don't know about you, but I can only choose 'die'. Obey is simply not an option.
I'm still working on the other reasons why I wouldn't use the NHS even if they'd let me. The free-at-point-of-infection diseases they supply. There's a lot to say but it needs to be carefully worded. I am a microbiologist and that's not the safe occupation it used to be. There was a time when we just worried about infecting ourselves. Now we worry about visiting the woods.
And now, I have to go and do something else. A publisher has just requested a full manuscript of a novel. It's the first time that's happened so I have to reply and celebrate with whisky. It requires concentration because I really have to do those things in the right order. So I'll shut up for the night.