Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Tobacco Control Propaganda Piece

H/T Tony for Burning Desire: The Seduction of Smoking. Episode 1 on BBC iplayer. It starts with a voice-over: “Cigarettes are the most lethal consumer product on the planet. Every year more than five million customers of the tobacco industry die.” … Continue reading

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I smoke, I voted UKIP

I seem to have flipped into some sort of graphics mode over the past couple of days. Yesterday I constructed an image of The Fighting Temeraire with a government health warning on it. Today, a comment from Magnetic triggered another … Continue reading

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A New Way To Insult Smokers

I had an email today from Simon Clark asking me if I might help draw attention to a new micro-site: No Prime Minister. It’s intended to generate letters and emails about “plain packaging” to Downing Street. He’s worried that plain … Continue reading

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The Resurgence of the Old Culture

In the aftermath of the UKIP victory, various extinct political dinosaurs have emerged from the mists of time. Today I was watching Michael Heseltine, one of the principal Europhile architects of Margaret Thatcher’s downfall, commenting on UKIP.   People, he … Continue reading

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Normal Blokes Can Balance Beer Glasses On Their Heads

EU election results from the Telegraph: From the Guardian: However, the prime minister appears to have been provoked into criticising Ukip and Farage more openly again in recent weeks, as well as repeatedly rejecting the idea of any pacts or … Continue reading

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The Sniper Took Aim, But Then…

EU election results are slowly trickling in. UKIP is doing well, it seems. So, in the absence of any firm news, a story I came across today: They were so close to us that we could count them, one by … Continue reading

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Still Petulant After All These Years

The other shoe still has yet to drop. But Janet Daley makes a good point: Everybody is talking about learning political lessons – and then going on to say exactly the same thing they were saying before the Great Earthquake … Continue reading

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No, He Doesn’t

Oh dear. There seems to have been a bit of an upset. David Cameron has said he shares the “frustration” of voters who have shaken the mainstream political parties by backing the UK Independence Party. The Prime Minister said that people … Continue reading

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Marking My X

I voted today. The EU election ballot sheet seemed to have about 15 candidates on it. I had to mark an X in one of the boxes. UKIP was near the bottom. And one of the candidates was a Facebook … Continue reading

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The Unmentionable Ban

This seems about right: In short, the true momentum behind both UKIP’s rise in the polls and the rising temperatures it has provoked in pretty much every elite circle in Britain is not the charms or coherent ideologies of Farage … Continue reading

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