Let Them Eat Cake, Drink Booze and Smoke Ciggies Says Libertarian Politician

Smoke, Drink And Eat Whatever You Want: Norway’s Public Health Minister

11 May 2019

For years we have been lectured and harangued by the bansturbators, (that is, the people who get off on stopping us doing things that give us pleasure,) their fingers wagging furiously in our faces as they tell us smoking will kill us, even looking at an alcpholic drink will destroy our livrers, a pinch of salt will cause heart attacks, strokes and acute asplaxification of the nurdlers, a cream cake or two will make us obese, a steak dinner or a burger will give us cancer, and driving our cars will destroy the planet. So it was a pleasure to come across a news item about a politician who believes adults can be trusted to behave sensibly and left make their own choices in life.

Norway’s new public health minister, Sylvi Listhaug is such a politician, she believes that adults don’t need the constant lectures and admonishments from government about what they put into their bodies – telling Norway’s state broadcaster NRK that “people should be allowed to smoke, drink and eat as much red meat as they like,” according to a report in the snowflakes favourite journal, the New York Times.

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Norwegian Health Secretary Sylvie Listhaug – Picture: http://www.hegnar.no/

“The government may provide information, but I think people in general know what is healthy and what is not,” she added.

The interview – published a few days into her new role as head of the ministry, was “dotted with the kind of sharp, controversial comments Ms. Listhaug, deputy leader of the right-wing, anti-immigration Progress Party, is known for,” reports the Times – which promptly goes on to disparage the conservative politician for actually believing in individual freedom and personal responsibility, two of the basic principles of real liberalism, (we all know people who ‘identify’ as liberals do so only because hir sounds cuddlier and less threaening that if they were honest and called themselves fascistic authoritarians.

Ms Listhaug is no stranger to controversy, as immigration minister she made headlines in 2017 with disparaging comments about Sweden, saying that Norway should not become like its neighbor, which was accepting more refugeesnd African despite having experiences a huge rise in crome rates, especiall in sex crimed by middle – eastern a males against European women since abolishing border controls and letting all comers claim residency in the country. Last year, she resigned as justice minister after comments about terrorists
(which were in fact true,)
she made on Facebook threatened to bring down the government.

This week, opposition politicians and health advocates suffered collective apoplexy as they tried to outdo each other in denouncing in the strongest terms Ms. Listhaug’s comments on habits that are hyped as major risk factors for many serious diseases, all of which are big money spinners for Big Pharma

The secretary general of Norway’s Cancer Society, Anne Lise Ryel was shocked by the comments – saying in a statement: “I fear that this will set public health efforts back for decades, and that this will compromise the general understanding among Norwegians of the health consequences of tobacco and alcohol use.” It is notable that a way of preventing cancer (and some maverick doctors say a cure,) has been available since the 1960s but no public health charity or government department in the democratic world is promoting it. Could that be, perhaps, that no expensive drugs, therapies or surgery are involved, only self discipline.

Ryel has called for Listhaug to be removed from her post, adding that “she seems to lack understanding of what public health really means and what her role as minister in that area should be.” Perhaps she understands more than Ryel admits. This publication knows public health is about shovelling taxpayers’ money into Big Pharma’s coffers.

Listhaug stuck to her guns, fireing back in a Friday email to the Times, writing: “The government believes that people have to take responsibility for their own life, but the government has to make sure that everyone can make healthy and informed choices.”

“The number of daily smokers has declined sharply since 2000,” she added. “This confirms that the Norwegian tobacco policy and control strategy works.”

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2017, 11 percent of Norwegians aged 15 or older smoked daily, one of the lowest rates among the group’s 34 member nations. Norway has also had the steepest decrease of any of the countries since 2000, when the equivalent figure was 32 percent.

The Eurosceptoc Progress Party has been a junior partner in Norway’s center-right governing coalition since 2013. Its rise to prominence created unease, coming just two years after a far-right, anti-Muslim extremist who had once belonged to the party killed 77 people in a murderous rampage. It;s rapid rise has accompanied a crime wave in the immigrant communities of Noway’s cities, with turf wars between rival immigrant gangs for control of the drugs and sex trades often erupting into violence on the streeets of the capital city Oslo.

Governments around the world have stepped up campaigns to fight unhealthy habits usually be imposing punitive taxation. France recently told people not to drink every day; a soda tax in Britain has helped lower sugar levels in some drinks, and Australia’s graphic warnings on cigarette packages, considered a success, are being copied in other countries. –New York Times While governments claim success for their authoritarian attacks on personal liberty, the rise in contraband goods smuggled from nations were taxes on tobacco and alcohol are low or zero has risen astronomically and in Europe there have been cases of small factories being set up producing low quality cigarettes made with cheap tobacco in in healthy conditions, which are paked in fake reproductions of leading brand packaging and passed off as the real thing.

Listhaug also said that smokers in Norway are made to feel like “pariahs,” and that she would not be the “moral police” in government – echoing comments made by Austria’s far-right defense of freedom of choice in their oppostion of antismoking legislation.

Listhaug is a former regular smoker who told NRK that she is now just a social smoker.


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Ciggy’s £1.50 each. I smell an opportunity

Smokers face Nanny State Naziism (picture source)

Surrounded by almost TTIP levels of security, the World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting its biennial Conference of the Parties in Moscow between 13th to the 18th October.

Attended by most signatory nations to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the aim of the convention is to make tobacco as profitable as heroin restrict and control people who smoke tobacco, “vape” electronic cigarettes, nicotine mouth stimulant, snus, and use Shisha pipes. It has 179 members who are mostly sovereign states plus the European Union.

The giveaway that reveals the convention is really about bureaucratic control freakery lies in the clause about controlling electronic cigarettes. While users get their nicotine hit, the vapour does not have the same impact on health because the vapour is free of tar. But people enjoy it and so Nanny State and her Thought Police thugs must try to ban it.

But things are not proceeding to plan for the control freaks. running The conference has been boycotted by USA and Canada over President Putin’s involvement in the Ukraine while Director General Dr. Margaret Chan has been criticized for cozying up to Putin and praising Russia’s recent tobacco control measures.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, Ian Smith, the Executive Director of the Director-General’s Office is talking to the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific about the Ebola outbreak. He says, “The Director-General sends you her best wishes for a productive session (on stopping the spread of Ebola). Unfortunately she is fully occupied with coordinating the international response to what is unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times.”

Yes, fully occupied in Moscow talking tobacco in preference to what many would believe is the far more pressing problem of the Ebola outbreak. Is Dr. Chan suffering from something of an obsession? You may say that, I couldn’t possibly comment.

What has really created dissent is the secret nature of the Moscow event. No media is allowed, and the votes taking place – including the one to back a “global tobacco tax”, which is said to have passed – are not being formally recorded. Its as open and accountable as the Bilderberg Group or the TTIP negotiations.

Journalists and the public have been entirely excluded frm the conference sessions. Mohamed Daganee, Libya’s former Health Information Director said, “We don’t know who [the public] are,” while a Ugandan representative proclaimed: “We don’t need the public here!”

One item of leaked news from inside the conference is that a statement of intent to raise the cost of a pack of cigarettes to £33 ($50) through taxation.

So as no politician will oppose the war on enjoyment, I’m off to liduidise £100,000 of assets and invest it in contraband ciggies. After all Al Capone did well out of alcohol when they banned that.


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Orange Juice is as bad as Coca Cola says government health expert

Professor Jebb is in charge of the government’s responsibility deal, a series of voluntary pledges by industry aimed at tackling health problems such as obesity and alcohol abuse. Even though she is an academic and therefore is out of touch with reality, in view of the salary she picks up, to which we all contribute a little of our hard earned, she would at least know something of what she is talking about.

It has long been the case of course that academics spend all their time banged up on university campuses (for the safety of themselves and others?) with noses buried in books of theory and very very seldom visit the real world. These days however it seems to be the case that anyone who has the title Doctor or Professor is a retarded fuckwit. It’s a result of the left hijacking the system and replacing education with ideological indoctrination. The intellectual left have always hated the masses

Prof Jebb has warned that fruit juice should not be counted as one of your five-a-day portions of fruit as many juices because of its high sugar content.

“I would support taking it out of the five-a-day guidance,” she told The Sunday Times. “Fruit juice isn’t the same as intact fruit and it has got as much sugar as many classical sugar drinks. It is also absorbed very fast so by the time it gets to your stomach your body doesn’t know whether it’s Coca-Cola or orange juice, frankly.

“I have to say it is a relatively easy thing to give up. Swap it and have a piece of real fruit. If you are going to drink it, you should dilute it.”

Boggart Blog predicted years ago that once the bansturbators had completely demonised alcohol and tobacco they would start on the final pleasure remaining to the working class, sugar.

Prof Judd’s warning came after a group of “health experts” (anorexic OCD bell ends sociopathy issues) warned that sugar has become as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco, (told you so) urging the food industry to cut 30 per cent from processed in Britons’ cupboards.

She’s talking bollocks of course, fruit juice is a wide ranging description that covers very cheap stuff made from concentrate, to very high quality (i.e. the expensive stuff) that is 100% natural. People buy what they can afford. Mrs T and I like a brand of Apple and Mango that is labelled 100% fruit juice, no added sugar. It has a short shelf life once opened because there are no preservatives. We don’t like real orances because they are messy.

Launching a scheme called action to steal more taxpayers money ‘Action on Sugar’, these people say such a reduction could shave 100 calories from each person’s daily intake and reverse the UK’s growing obesity epidemic.

They are also asking companies to stop advertising sugary drinks and snacks to children claiming sugar has become ‘the alcohol of childhood.’

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Liverpool, UK, Simon Capewell described sugar as “the new tobacco“.

Told you so x 2. Where do these Nazis get off? (science was ever fascism’s whore)These cupid stunts are always contradicting themselves. How many years have they been banging on about getting your five – a – day. I’d be willing to bet this bullshit is somehow tied in to the government – big pharma conspiracy to force us all by law to take anti – obesity drugs every day.

Next they will be telling us to stop eating sugar because it contains as much sugar as sugar. Where do these effing retards keep coming from? They scream and shout about evolution but do not understand what a simple phrase like survival of the fittest means.

What we need is a campagin to ban all nutritional advice thus allowing everyone eat whatever the hell they like and however much they like. That way all the dickheads, retards, window – lickers and academics in the world will die of various eating disorders and only those intelligent enough to east a sensible, balanced diet will survive to reproduce. Like Darwin said. Simples.

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While medical science, funded by research grants from Big Pharma and corporate health care pushes to find ever more costly (i.e. profitable) therapies for the diseses that threaten us, the body is its own best doctor, as our ancestors knew. All we need do in many cases is give it the right support.

Mother jailed for child cruelty after rejecting NHS care to seek treatment at foreign clinic for teenager’s hormone therapy

from: The Ledbury Reporter:
“A MOTHER took her daughter for medical tests for conditions she didn’t have and gave her medication that would not have been prescribed by doctors in the UK, a jury has been told. Health professionals, police and social services became involved after an article written by the girl’s mother was seen by her father, Worcester Crown Court heard.

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After the usual empty promises made at the annual conferences of the three main political parties – all three party leaders swore that only their party can save the National Heath Service (NHS) eternally a key isue in UK politics, we decided it was time our we too a close look at why NHS finances are always in a mess. We assigned the task to our team of old gits with a vast store of business experience behind them and no fears of suffering career damage as the Politically Correct Thought Police exact retribution for the crime of being ‘off message’.

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India To Prosecute Bill Gates For His Vaccine Crimes
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Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses
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Labour, the (very rich, elitist) People’s party plans to ban your beer and pies
Are Labour still the peoples party or have they forgotten their core voters and working class roots and sold out to the metrpolitan left-wing intellectual media mafia. After the latest P R faux pas, few voters over 40 will be able to asociate the people’s party with cloth caps and ciggies. Ed Miliband’s proposed crackdown on tobbacco, alcohol and ‘unhealthy eating’ could well be the policy that loses the election.

Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose existential threat to humanity threat, top expert says
For 80 years antibiotics have helped us to fight disease. But bacteria are growing resistant – so it’s time we stopped treating winter colds with such a powerful weapon as antibiotics. Much as we might all like a cure for the common cold, there’s a much more worrying problem looming when it comes to infections and our ability to fight them off. Microbiologists have likened this impending crisis in healthcare to climate change. Antibiotics are becoming less effective, and quickly.

The Vaccine Paradox – When The Only Way To Sell Vaccines Is To Make A Crime Of Being Unvaccinated
The propaganda aimed at convincing us vaccine are safe and totally effective is not about the greatest good of the greatest number, it is about corporate profit and political power. This is why, as vaccine horror stories proliferate and the lies and fraud of vaccine makers are exposed, there has to be talk of making a criminal offence of being unvaccinated. I expect one of my future posts to be titled,’Vaccines, the tool of fascism’

Passive Smoking Causes Junk Science And Research Grant Phishing

Spotted a blog on the latest science scam to be exposed as a steaming pile of bullshit, passive smoking, by James Delingpole in The Daily Telegraph today. I didn’t read a lot of the article being aware that the whole “passive smoking” scare was based on junk science, a single study run by doctors who were anti – smoking activists.

The comment thread was entertaining however.

(I point out here that because the “passive smoking causes lung cancer scare” is a fraud, that does not mean smoking is not harmful in many other ways – make your own choices but be fully aware of the risks.)

Best comment in the whole thread and the one I just have to share was this from someone who truly deserves the name ace.

ace55 (approx 1 pm – 13 December, 2013)

“The dangers of passive smoking will only be statistically proven when someone does a single, large study of population groups from similar backgrounds, living in similar environments, with similar lifestyles, levels of wealth, healthcare provision, diets etc. [ … ] There is another way, of course. Take two identical twins, lock them both up for life, expose one of them to passive smoking and the other to fresh air, and see which one dies first. It could be the only useful thing Jedward ever did.”

Love it.

One In The Teeth For The Bansturbators

Having analyzed the experience of 27 countries for more than a decade, the nice people at Delloitte came to the conclusion that the use of horrifying visual images on packaging does not have any significant impact on smokers’ addiction.

“There are countries where there is a decreasing trend of smoking, but there is, and vice versa,” – experts say. That is, the graphic images have the same impact as the warnings about the dangers of smoking – some give up, and some do not.

As an example, experts compared Canada and the United States. For example, in Canada, where the frightening images appeared in 2000, six years later the number of smokers had decreased by 2.5%. This figure is in the U.S., where graphic images on cigarette packs are not used and warning labels are located on the side of the plain packs the decrease during the study period was 3%.

Suck on that, you bansturbators.

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FoI Act – Freedom of Irony

Intersting story in the Independent today about the tobacco giant Phillip Morris trying to use the freedom of Information act to get their hands on research by Srirling University about teenager attitudes to smoking.

The lefties, who you may recall were prominent in the campaign for a freedom of information act (and were right for once) are screaming and shouting about how unfair it is that organisations thery don’t like can use the act in the same way as people they approve of.

What did they think was going to happen?

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Things Just Keep Getting Better!

The other day Boggartblog brought you the news that we’re just not drinking enough, tipping the unfinished bottle down the sink wastes an incredible amount of the old Mucho Collapso and so we should all ensure that we drink every last drop, a practice Boggartblog has advocated for years.

But things just keep getting better.

In a report drafted by the Science Advisory Commitee on Nutrition, the scientists advising the government suggest that the daily calorie allowance, currently 2000 for women and 2500 for men, used for the past 18 years as the basis for healthy eating plans, could be upped by as much as 16%.
That’s at least a Mars a day for everyone.

Nanny Government however is not best chuffed to put it mildly. They rather deludedly think that this report may cause confusion amongst consumers and lead people to ignore government advice.

I’ve never heard anybody with a weight problem blame confusion for it and as for heeding government advice, does anybody do that, ever?

More interestingly Boggartblog wonders whether this is the start of an uprising.
First of all the Nutty Professor tells us horse-riding is more dangerous than taking ecstacy, then compounds his uppitiness by suggesting that alcohol and tobacco should be classified as more dangerous than weed.

Then we have the waste resource people telling us not to waste the wine.

Now we have another advisory body telling us that the governments figures for healthy eating are a load of bollocks.

Whatever next, a H&S elf pointing out that everybody wearing hi-vis jackets negates the effectiveness of just a few wearing hi-vis jackets?

A doctor suggesting that in the majority of cases swine flu is just flu, and you will get over it?

A climate change guru refusing to go to Copenhagen on the grounds that getting all those bigwigs over there for a jolly creates an unacceptable carbon footprint.

Bring It On says Boggartblog – with a deep fried Mars bar, a pint of Bordeaux and some of that wacky baccy.

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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.

Brown Acts To Help The Crime Industry

You have to give credit where it is due. When Gordon Brown said he was going to help all sectors of the economy he meant it. After throwing billions at the banking and finance industry, slashing interest rates to help retail and manufacturing and even considering help for the car manufacturers before The Sinister Minister Peter Mandelson reminded them we no longer have any car manufacturers, the government has now engineered a package to help organised crime.

The new regulations announced in today’s news that will ban cigarettes and tobacco products being displayed in shops will give a big boost to the smugglers by eliminating the competition.

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