This dreadful idea has been burbling about for a while. It has been resurrected by Simon Chapman.
If you’re a smoker, could you imagine having to apply and pay for a licence to buy tobacco?
The application process might even include a test to find out if you understood the risks of smoking, and your swipe card licence would limit your tobacco purchases – perhaps to 50 cigarettes per day or less.
It might sound extreme, even social engineering, but this is the proposal of a public health expert in Australia, who suggests that it could provide a practical “disincentive” for smokers.
It’s difficult to know just where to start with such an awful, authoritarian scheme. The puritans really have taken hold of Australia – a place that once had a reputation for being somewhat free and easy. Not any more, it seems. It makes our despotic anti-smokers seem tame in comparison, although they are doubtless watching with interest and this very scheme was mooted here by Julian LeGrand a couple of years back. That cretin labelled it paternal libertarianism and in so doing completely twisted the term libertarianism beyond all comprehension. My dictionary exploded. I’m still picking up pieces of shrapnel all this time later.
It is up to the individual to decide what they will take into their body – not the government, not some jumped up fake charity and not Simon Chapman. No one forces Chapman to smoke and that is where his interest in the subject should begin and end. What others do with their bodies is none of his concern and it is not his place to decide what they imbibe or how much.
Of course, in the UK, there is a simple workaround – the cross Channel ferries and the booze ‘n’ fags run. Tobacco can be bought perfectly legally at lower rates of taxation on the Continent and brought home for personal consumption. No licence necessary.
While bans on smoking in public places have been broadly accepted as “liberal measures rather than authoritarian intrusions on personal freedom”, said Prof Collin, a smoking licence would be vulnerable to attack by the industry, which would deem it “health fascism”.
Er… The ban on smoking in public places may have been accepted, but to call it liberal is akin to slavery is freedom. It is extremely authoritarian and no one should pretend otherwise. All of the measures these nasty killjoys indulge in can be collected together under the banner of health fascism. None of it, not one jot is even remotely liberal and they demean the word by conscripting it.
These people are evil and it is our sacred duty to do all we can to undermine their nasty little schemes wherever and whenever we can.
Scum; the lot of them. Evil scum.