Taking Liberties reports:
MPs have voted by a majority of 254 in favour of plain packaging of tobacco. Some 367 were in favour with 113 against in the free vote.
I think that the principal effect of this will be a further decline in the esteem with which MPs are held, as smokers are subjected to further insult.
Although my own Conservative MP voted against Plain Packaging, bless him.
The world’s biggest tobacco firms have vowed to fight the UK government in the courts after MPs voted in favour of plain packaging which will see branding disappear from cigarette packets.
British American Tobacco (BAT), Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International (JTI), have threatened legal action against the move which they believe is unlawful.
BAT, the maker of Lucky Strike, will begin a legal challenge against the UK government if the legislation gains final approval in the House of Lords.
“This legislation is a case of the UK government taking property from a UK business without paying for it. That is illegal under both UK and European law,” said BAT’s director of corporate affairs Jerome Abelman.
“Legal action is not something we want to undertake, nor is it something we enter into lightly, but the UK Government has left us with no other choice after running what can only be described as a flawed consultation process. Any business that has property taken away from it by the state would inevitably want to challenge and seek compensation.”
WASHINGTON –A judge barred a Washington, D.C. man from smoking inside his own home.
Neighbors who moved in next door to Edwin Gray filed a lawsuit to make him stop smoking any substance, claiming their family was being harmed by smoke they say sneaks into their home through a hole in the basement.
“I think it’s an excellent precedent to start, so people can realize you can’t just ignore your neighbor,” said Benny Kass, a D.C. real estate attorney and Washington Post columnist. “Your home is no longer your castle.”
Why couldn’t they just block up the hole?
A record has been set for the most snowfall in a day after a tiny Italian village was dumped with 100 inches in 18 hours – forcing residents to ski between houses and climb out of second-floor windows.
The village of Capracotta, located in central Italy around 125 miles east of Rome, was hit with the polar blast on March 5 in a remarkable blizzard aggravated by powerful wind gusts.
Breaking a 1921 record set in Silver Lake, Colorado, of 76 inches, incredible photos from inside the village show walls of snow carved out from the fronts of doors and shops.
Out of 1,002 eighth-grade students surveyed, 90 percent responded that climate change is real and it’s “significantly” driven by human activity.
I wonder how they’re going to feel when they find out they were duped?
Oh, and just for good measure….
Moscow has announced it is “completely” ending activities under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE). Russia’s participation in the treaty was first halted in 2007…
The original CFE Treaty, signed in 1990 by 16 NATO and six Warsaw Pact, set equal ceilings for each bloc on key categories of conventional armaments, with tanks, combat armored vehicles, artillery, assault helicopters and combat aircraft among them. For instance, under the treaty, each side is supposed to have no more than 16,500 tanks or 27,300 armored combat vehicles in active units…
Meanwhile, Norway has started military exercises in its northernmost province, which borders Russia’s Kola Peninsula. Called ‘Joint Viking,’ the one-week war games involve 5,000 Norwegian troops and 400 vehicles, the largest military training exercise in nearly 50 years in the country…