King Cnut (he was Canute when I was at school, but modern teachers don’t know that many letters) proved to his simpering courtiers that he was not some kind of god by sitting in front of the oncoming tide and instructing it to halt. It didn’t. The simpering courtiers continued to simper, however, and despite intense rolling of the regal eyes and much shaking of the Royal noggin, they tried to ban the sea from their shores for disobeying their glorious King. Serfs were dispatched to pick up little bits with spoons and throw it back out again.
As far as intelligence among the ‘ruling class’ goes, nothing has really changed and nothing is likely to. I often wonder how many times Mrs. Queen has sat with her head in her hands and said ‘Fuck we. Can our subjects not vote in someone with at least enough brain power to work both eyes at once?’
The story of the old Cnut is often mis-told, as if Cnut really believed he could halt the incoming tide. He didn’t, he tried to prove he was not omnipotent to the arse-lickers and yes-men he was cursed with. They were stupid then and they are stupid now.
Now, those courtiers are employed as drones in the service of the Green Health God, a Chthulu-like entity that is far less friendly than the one Lovecraft made up. They have been beating back the tide for years with the help of their spoon-weilding serfs in the media, but it seems the serfs have at last spooned enough.
Now, all those mini-Cnuts are really trying to command the tide to turn back. They are still in denial in the comments, to the extent of pretending that a WHO study was funded by Big Tobacco. The tide just came right in anyway last time, and it’ll come right in anyway now.
Several commenters have pointed out the surprising MSM response to yet more proof that second hand smoke does nothing at all to anyone at all. It’s in the Telegraph (ta to stopcpdotcom in comments and Andy B by email) and even – and I can imagine the gritted teeth when they published it – in the Daily Propaganda.
The tide is coming in and nothing will stop it. Not the demands of a thousand Cnuts.
It’s not just smokers and drinkers any more. Now, we have all those ruined pub and cafe owners who were told it was ‘to protect their (now unemployed) staff’ and it turns out it wasn’t. It was just spite. All those now-unemployed staff who used to have jobs but were told they couldn’t have jobs any more because it was safer to starve on the dole than to serve drinks to smokers. Now, they know, and they realise the tobacco controllers knew all along, it was all lies.
It’s not just 20% any more. It’s all the bingo halls and the cinemas and the restaurants and all those other places smokers have stopped going to. They threw us out and wrecked their incomes for… nothing. Just so that some smug bastard in an ivory tower could tick a box and move on to demand the next restriction. It’s not that they hated smokers. They hate everyone. Even their own drones.
All the people affected by this madness have votes. All pay taxes. All have contributed to the income of those who engineered their destruction. Not just smokers any more. Oh dear me no.
They are seeing through the climate con, the smokescreen and the alcohol haze. They might have been unaffected by any of those things – or so they thought – but it has cost them their profits, their incomes, their jobs and their businesses. For no real reason beyond pure spite. And all the main parties not only support this destruction, they all still want more of it.
The disgruntled and disaffected no longer have to happen across the information by accident on blogs. It’s in the newspapers now. It might even show up on the BBC in another fifty years or so, when they finally catch up with this year’s reality.
All those dead pensioners who could have heated their homes or could have saved on heating by spending some time in the pub or the bingo hall. All of those lives were taken by the Cnuts who are now being revealed for what they really are.
This is going to be a very high tide indeed. It’s swelling by the day.
Some silly Cnuts are likely to drown. I hope, all of them.