Parliament is voting on this next week, I believe. No debate necessary. Breitbart:
The IRA are set to make a staggering £22 million a year more in counterfeit cigarettes when plain packaging legislation goes through because the packs are so much easier to fake. Police in Ireland have said that pain packaging is “not the solution”, and blamed politicians for creating a “nightmare scenario”.
Various IRA factions already smuggle and sell counterfeit cigarettes manufactured in the Far East, making more than £65 million a year between the groups through the trade. But evidence from police and customs shows that the groups are planning a wholesale switch into manufacturing their own cigarettes when plain packaging rules are introduced in 2016, the Sun has reported.
Via a well-connected MP and an intermediary I’ve heard that David Cameron was told by an anti-smoking group that if he didn’t introduce plain packaging before the election he’d be followed throughout the campaign by a man dressed as a cigarette.
Needless to say, instead of telling the public health bullies to f-off, our PR PM rolled over. Again.
I can believe that. Cameron goes whichever way the wind blows.
He’s also avoiding TV debate…
Nigel Farage has challenged TV broadcasters to press ahead with election debates with the prime minister. Ukip leader Farage told LBC radio he fears David Cameron will succeed in scuppering the set-piece events.
Revealing his belief there will be no election TV debates, Farage said: “I hope the broadcasters actually have the guts to come back and say we are going ahead as planned.”
Cameron has been accused of torpedoing the debates, which have proved popular with the public. Political rivals have claimed the prime minister is “running scared” by dodging the events.
…with the quick-witted Nigel Farage:
Nigel Farage this morning rejected claims he has been ‘sent by God’ to save Britain from the European Union – insisting: ‘I’m not the Messiah, I’m a very naughty boy.’
The Ukip leader’s remarks, echoing one of the most famous lines from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, came after he was played a clip of a documentary aired this week featuring one of his more obsessive fans.
Former nurse Jill said Mr Farage ‘probably didn’t realise it’ but had been ‘sent to protect us against the EU’.