Should be no surprise to anyone that the Nats and Maori Party are cutting help for tabacco addicts while upping the cost of their ciggies. They don’t care about better health. Don’t care about helping poor people get off an expensive habit. It’s all about sopping the poor and give aways for the rich. But you know who did grind my gears? Those tobacco execs the other week.
At the select committee hearing they admitted their product is addictive and it kills. Claimed they weren’t trying to hook new customers. The execs didn’t smoke themselves. So why sell ciggies at all when they know they’re bad and don’t think people should smoke?
‘Because the demand’s there’ was the answer. ‘It’s a legal product’.
They’re just supplying the market. They’re just doing their jobs. In other words ‘we’re just following orders’.
You’re not meant to compare your opponents to fascists. But it’s hard to think of any other comparison than to those killers who, 60-odd years ago, tried to excuse their acts by saying they were just doing their jobs. It was established then and it’s true now: just because it’s legal, just because it’s your job, doesn’t make it moral, doesn’t make it right.
The tobacco execs have a moral duty to not do their jobs. Even if they lose the fancy home and the trophy wife.
To not do so is to profit from killing others. Time was, that kind of behaviour got you a date with the hangman’s noose.