Somehow or other I ended up today watching YouTube videos of the 2009 TICAP (The International Coalition Against Prohibition) Conference. Here’s Gian Turci’s memorable speech at the conference on YouTube (the one at the TICAP website doesn’t seem to be working):
The conference was held in Brussels, and a few days before it was due to start the EU revoked the use of EU property booked for the conference.
In an unprecedented move, the EU Bureau cancelled the conference with no record on their meeting agenda and without communication or right of reply to the sponsoring MEP, who was left to discover the truth by rumours almost a week later. These astonishingly undemocratic revelations were based upon unsubstantiated false claims and a demand that no debate should be allowed, and were submitted by an anti smoking group opposed to the content of the event.
For decades the anti smoking industry has grossly perverted science for their own ideology; it comes as no surprise to us whatsoever that they are now perverting democracy and freedom in the very heart of the EU.
The event marked the dawning of my realisation that the EU was also the enemy of smokers. Up until that time I’d been pro-European. How times change!
And I believe that it was none other than UKIP and Nigel Farage who helped to rapidly arrange another venue for the conference to use. And so it was also the time when my opinion of Nigel Farage and UKIP began rising. They were the friends of smokers.
Five years on UKIP’s fortunes have risen dramatically. And BMA doctors are now openly calling for tobacco prohibition (which they weren’t back then). And e-cigarettes have swept the world. And unfortunately Gian Turci is dead.
If nothing else, it goes to show that the situation is a dynamic one, even if it may often seem as if nothing ever changes.