One of the more fascinating pieces of knowledge to emerge when World War Two was finally over were the listings of titles which had been bestowed upon grossly ordinary men, serving the Nazi State. Stützpunktleiter, Ortsgruppenleiter, Kreisleiter, Stellvertreter, Gauleiter, formed the political elite; and the military hierarchy were similarly named, with titles such as Obergruppen-Sturmfuhrer and Sturmbanfuhrer. These men, quite possibly sociopaths all, were given titles, uniforms, positions of power and influence far outweighing their intellectual capacity, because they were all essentially weak, wished to be associated with greatness, and they all saw the supreme greatness of their Fuhrer as the salvation of Germany. They saw nothing wrong with the ‘idea’ of Jewish Genocide, mainly because that idea, without being actually spelled out, had been espoused and enunciated by their Leader; and because the Fuhrer can do no wrong, neither could they.
So, based on the premise that because an idea cannot be seen to be challenged, cannot possibly be wrong, what do ATW readers think of the proposal from the Health Nazi Gauleiter ‘Lord’ Darzi that smoking be banned from all of London’s parks and public places. This proposed ban is not to alleviate the old canard of ‘passive smoke inhalation’; but instead is to make the ‘smoke-free places’ a Role Model for the young, for the easily lead, for the weak-willed.
Now I haven’t smoked a cigarette for thirty-odd years, to me it is a filthy, dangerous, disgusting, smelly, ludicrously expensive habit, and a habit which will kill you; but to ban the use and enjoyment of a perfectly legal product in The Open Air: Stalin couldn’t do it, Hitler couldn’t do it, so will Boris bloody Johnson, his mate Darzi, and all the other Health Nazis succeed where mass murderers failed? I fervently hope not!