Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ukrainian Confusion

For the past few days there have been many reports that Russian troops are moving into eastern Ukraine. These have been denied by Russia. So I have no idea what the situation actually is. But here is today’s Telegraph: EU … Continue reading

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World Hellth Organization

I’m no fan of Clive Bates. He used to run ASH before Deborah Arnott, so he’s an Enemy of Smokers, just like her. But he’s got a surprisingly long string of other offences to his name, including working for the Department … Continue reading

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Carswell Under the Spotlight

With MP Douglas Carswell’s defection from the Conservatives to UKIP, I was soon wondering what his views might be on the only question that really matters: the smoking ban. From F2C: Douglas Carswell: Under the Spotlight Martin Hensman 14th April 2008. … Continue reading

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E-cig Hysteria

Still on e-cigs, here’s a very relevant comment from Magnetic today: The amount of time and effort being expended on e-cigs (to their demonization) is quite extraordinary. A flurry of “studies” and a magnifying glass on the few ingredients in … Continue reading

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Utter Bastards

I think that if people started inhaling air through little white tubes, these bastards would want to ban it. They’d say that it ‘hadn’t been rigorously tested’, and that there were ‘4,000 chemicals’ in ordinary air, of which 60 or … Continue reading

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Small-mindedness Writ Large

From Tom in the comments: Off subject, but in the latest San Francisco Earthquake this weekend, up in Napa but felt area wide, they were showing non-stop wall to wall coverage from helicopter and ground level, news crews from all … Continue reading

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An Unmitigated Disaster

From my Tobacco bookmarks comes this piece from the West Briton in June 2012: And so the smoking ban came to pass from the New World Order after a prolonged suitable period of brainwashing, whereupon the critical mass bought it … Continue reading

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