This is probably the best one. Those lower leaves were minced by slugs and had become diseased, so I took them off. It’s only half the height of last year’s plants but considering what a dreadful growing year it’s been, I’m happy to get anything at all.
Second best. Behind it is a tiny one that’s been struggling. This has one of my ex-fermentor glass tubes over it with a ring of copper tape around the top, because some slugs were munching at it and they are in danger of becoming obese. Seems to be pretty good at keeping the slugs out. Unfortunately I only have two of those.
I don’t know how much I’ll get this year but every puff of smoke from these is one more puff that isn’t paying for the Dreadful Arnott or Lansley the Thug to dream up new ways to make life miserable.
I haven’t seen much in the way of wild plants yet. Well, I haven’t been back to all the places I dropped seeds but I suspect that this year, the rampaging slugs and the cold snap in spring will have done a lot of damage. Next year I hope to see some wild ones growing in Wales, the land of the feeble and home of the slave.
Can’t be helped. These are just starting to flower now so there’ll be another batch of seed ready to get thrown around. Apart from the flowers I dry for smoking, of course.
Notice the packaging, the pretty colours that draw us smokers in like moths to a flame? Of course not. There’s no packaging at all. When it’s cured and ready there’ll still be no packaging at all. No additives, either. Just plain, straight tobacco and it won’t have the damn twigs in it that have become common in commercial packs of baccy now. It’s as if those companies just don’t care.
Australia’s Court of Cobberland has decided that it’s perfectly okay for the government to take possession of the intellectual property of a private company, even if the company isn’t Australian. Are you paying attention, Mr. MacDonald? Do you see where this is going, Mr. Castlemaine and Mr. Fosters? If they can do it to one company they can do it to anyone. And they don’t like you any more than they like the tobacco companies. You must have realised that by now?
No, of course they haven’t realised. They will continue to try appeasement as they are knocked back, step by step. Just as the tobacco companies do.
I still say the tobacco companies should make an example of Australia. Pull out. Close every factory and every warehouse. Source no packaging within Australia. Nothing. Pull out altogether.
I don’t mean ‘threaten to do it’. I don’t mean ‘warn the government you plan to do it’. Just do it. Start shutting down operations in Australia. Start with those who make the packaging now. You don’t need them any more anyway. Close factories and warehouses. Refuse to import any products to Australia. Let the black market have Australia and let the tax revenue die. See if they can recoup their losses from the anti-tobacco Nazis who have never, and will never, contribute a single penny to any country’s economy.
It’s not just the tax on cigarettes. It’s the taxes paid by the business, the rates paid by the factories, all the income tax paid by all the workers, the fuel duty paid by the transport firms who move the products around, and much more. The effect on the economy would be devastating.
So come on, Big Tobacco. Show us you have some guts. Stop cowering and cringing and trying to appease these filthy, self-righteous scum who have never put in an honest days’ work in their lives. Appeasement has never worked and never will. You have to show them what it really means when you’re gone.
Pull out of Australia. Entirely. Do it once, and just watch your enemy crumble.
Oh, and don’t go back unless there are certain concessions regarding business premises and employment conditions.
Come on, tobacco companies. Take the whip out of the bansturbator’s hands and beat the buggers to death with it.