Tobacco firms lose plain packaging appeal
Not exactly 'Plain' are they!!!
As I fully expected the case, brought by British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International was dismissed by the court and the reasons for the dismissal don't really matter because the High Court would have relied on any old (cobblers) reason to dismiss that which the equally corrupt World Health Organisation wished to enforce.
The government has said it means a generation will "grow up smoke-free"
Of course we know this is what the government spokesperson has quoted because that is all they can quote - as instructed by ASH et al. We all know that it does not mean that a generation will grow up smoke free because every generation has its smokers just the same as it has its non-smokers - it's called Freedom of Choice!
I have just, happily, got all the answers to my FOI's sent into Leicester City Council and the results really are astounding as it beggars belief that any council looking to cut back and save vital funds for important services (like hospitals, OAP care centres etc) can merrily waste such a large amount of money: let me quote you.....
A request for costs: "Funding for all Stop Smoking Services (Leicester City only) 2016-2017 = £972,000"
A request about NRT costs: "Cost of NRT (annual) & included in the above figure = £320,000" (an eye watering figure when we know for a fact that NRT has a 98.4% FAILURE rate)
A request for quitting numbers @ 1 month, 3 months, 6 months & 12 months:"Successful quitters using only a 4 week cycle = 1,920 (they have no figures whatsoever on how many of the 1,920 took up smoking again, nor how many used 'Vapes' or used both, consequently the figures provided are basically useless and have no validity. Has one person quit completely or have all 1,920?)
When asked the question of exactly how many lives they had actually saved through this expenditure of £972,000: the answer came back, "very sorry but we don't hold any such data".
So my friends, the simple question is, "why are Leicester City Council continuing with this useless programme when there are so many other far more important projects to be funding (as mentioned above). Note that the councils dealing with Smoke-Free Sth West have seen the light and pulled the plug on their 'waste of space' anti-tobacco funding as they face the reality of an ageing population needing more social care etc. After all, just how many more Pubs & Clubs will close before governments realise that the lost revenue is too colossal to bear?
Thankfully the good -people of this country are finally seeing the light as the monumental upheaval of the Brexit vote caused. The 'Remain' camp never envisaged any form of defeat as they literally thought the British people too dumb to realise what was going on - hahahahahahahahaha you prize plonkers, 'me an' loads of Rodneys mates 'ad it all sussed my son, kushti!'
Funny isn't it, I met my new MP (who says "I'm on your side" [???] ) soon after his unsurprising electoral success, and I pleasantly warned him against being 'sucked into the Westmonster bubble' but sure enough, despite being all in favour of Pubs & Working Men's Clubs surviving he likes to vote with any anti-smoking measure as it may have an effect on 'the cheeeeeeeeldren' in future years I haven't seen him make any moves toward banning motor vehicles and the filth they spew out that intoxicates every single person as yet!
(Look mummy, 3 weeks old and smoking already!)
Happily the UKIP party, now under the leadership of Paul Nuttall are all in favour of changing the ridiculous law so as to allow smoking rooms in pubs..... and by God sir, pubs & clubs need that change as more & more 'go to the wall'.
Also, happily, the Labour party are digging an ever bigger hole for themselves with the electorate as they demand that more immigrants come into this already overflowing nation and also get priority over our own kids in the schools! Excuse me but WHY?
"Wheel 'em in by the bucketful" say Labour!