In the Seventies, almost half of all people smoked. Nowadays, it’s less than one-in-five – but the smoking ban didn’t make much of a difference.
Posts Tagged: Smoking
The Culture Secretary and the Mayor illustrate the contours of two parallel, yet contrasting, leadership offers.
Plus: Here comes Syriza. The Teflon Greens. Mystic Dale v Nick Clegg. The Political Book Awards. And: There’s no such thing as an illegal war.
Regular ‘Bills of Repeal’ might counter the sad Tory tendency to resign ourselves to poor and illiberal legislation.
Public health builds mechanisms for limitless state interference in our lives but with no clear case for why living longer justifies overriding personal freedom.
Conservatives should build alliances by extending freedoms for all and encouraging greater respect for the choices people make.
The idea of the smoker as victim obscures a history (much of it recent) in which non-smokers were the victims
There is nothing uniquely evil about tobacco: the precedents set in the crusade against it will be used in time against all our vices.
Plus: Anti-smoking nannies. A part in Salmond’s downfall. Labour’s anti-UKIP plan (lack of). Thatcher tribute. And: Shapps doesn’t chose chaps.
The fight back against Brussels must start at Westminster, where the Government is going beyond EU demands for the plain packaging of cigarettes.
Also: From the demise of non-English ‘big beasts’ to increased culture clash – how we might drift apart in the age of devolution.
What is not Conservative is the extreme and antique nineteenth century liberal position that demands no interference with the claimed “freedom” of companies.
Also: Boston archive faces lawsuits after Adams’ arrest; Scottish whisky risks ‘trade war’ over plain packs; and Theresa Villiers breaks new ground for Ulster Tories.
It’s hard to stand with the people against elites whilst telling them what to eat, and to lament a ‘cost of living crisis’ whilst pushing new taxes on life’s pleasures.
The Government’s plan is unpopular – and there’s no evidence that it will work.