Handy UK Politics Advice

Chris Snowdon has a resumé of the main UK parties manifestos with respect to lifestyle. Here’s UKIP’s entry:

UKIP

UKIP explicitly opposes minimum pricing and will “reverse plain packaging legislation for tobacco.” They will also amend the smoking ban “to give pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms provided they are properly ventilated and physically separated from non-smoking areas”.

As a bonus, they plan to save half a billion pounds a year by “Clamping down on so-called ‘fake charities,’ or state-funded political activism.” Excellent and very relevant since the nanny state enterprise is led by state-funded ‘charities’.

These sensible policies are slightly offset by a promise to “update licensing laws” by limiting the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to £2.

As they intend to hold an EU referendum, the awful e-cigarette regulations in the Tobacco Products Directive won’t apply if the public votes to leave (this also applies to the Tories if Cameron keeps his promise).

No mention of food or soft drinks, presumably because they plan to leave them alone.

Verdict: Liberal in the uncorrupted sense of the word.

UKIP has its own larger summary of the UKIP manifesto.

Simon Clark is doing a useful series of posts on marginal constituencies where smokers can vote for their political friends, or against their political enemies. The first entry is Nigel Farage:

#1 – Thanet South
Whatever you think of Ukip in general (and I have my reservations), party leader Nigel Farage has been a consistent and outspoken opponent of comprehensive smoking bans and other tobacco control policies. Ukip’s manifesto commitment to amending the smoking ban in pubs and repealing the plain packaging legislation bears Farage’s personal stamp so he deserves support for sticking to his convictions in a hostile environment. If elected Farage will be the first unapologetic smoker in the House of Commons since Ken Clarke, a sad reflection of our PC age. (One MP admitted to me that he smokes but never in his constituency for fear his constituents will see him.) If Farage falls short (comedian Al Murray is also standing in Thanet South) Ukip will lose its leader and smokers will be denied a potentially influential voice in parliament.

2010 Conservative majority: 7,617 (16.6%)
Estimated number of smokers in Thanet South: 14,068*
Principal opponent: Craig Mackinlay (Conservative)
Nigel Farage, friend or foe: Friend
Target rating: Too close to call

On comedian Al Murray:

It’s the moment voters have been waiting for: Al Murray’s Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP) has unveiled its ‘manifesto’ – on the back of a fag packet.

The Pub Landlord comedian is standing against Nigel Farage in South Thanet as a parody campaign.

FUKP

This isn’t the first time UKIP have found themselves up against a party with similar name. How many people are going to tick FUKP instead of UKIP?

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7 Responses to Handy UK Politics Advice

  1. beobrigitte says:

    I did watch the BBC coverage of the UKIP manifesto the other day – and found it refreshingly common sense.

    UKIP explicitly opposes minimum pricing and will “reverse plain packaging legislation for tobacco.” They will also amend the smoking ban “to give pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms provided they are properly ventilated and physically separated from non-smoking areas”.

    This, to me, is a wonderful piece of common sense. If I would buy my tobacco in England at least I’d KNOW what I buy.
    Also, a much needed (e.g. in hospital theatres), yet by tobacco control stifled industry, will finally begin to recover, thus create more jobs for people. And all these people can come together again as a community in a pub. *Priceless*

    As a bonus, they plan to save half a billion pounds a year by “Clamping down on so-called ‘fake charities,’ or state-funded political activism.” Excellent and very relevant since the nanny state enterprise is led by state-funded ‘charities’.
    THANK GOD FOR NIGEL!!!! I only wish the election was last year – my friend is in a really dark place right now, she lost to the nanny state’s propaganda so much!

    The Pub Landlord comedian is standing against Nigel Farage in South Thanet as a parody campaign. It’s the moment voters have been waiting for: Al Murray’s Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP) has unveiled its ‘manifesto’ – on the back of a fag packet.
    Is it HIS empty fag packet?

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    Vote the antismokers out!

  3. https://ca.news.yahoo.com/eu-looks-compulsory-breathalyser-fittings-cars-182452285–finance.html

    EU looks at compulsory breathalyser fittings for all cars

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is looking at making it compulsory for all cars to have common fittings for safety technologies such as breathalysers, but the car industry is resisting a standardised socket which it says would be too costly.

    The new rules would have a big impact on car parts makers such as Germany’s Robert Bosch [ROBG.UL] and Continental, and France’s Valeo as they set out the mandatory safety features that every vehicle sold on the European market must have.

    In a report published last month the Commission listed a number of technologies that were both feasible and cost-beneficial such as automated emergency braking, intelligent speed adaptation, alcohol interlock devices and cameras that replace rear-view mirrors.

    These could be included in the upcoming review of its “General Safety Regulation” – expected next year – setting out the mandatory safety features cars must have. The cameras would merely be voluntary.

    Alcohol interlock devices are breathalysers installed on a vehicle’s dashboard. Before the engine can be started, the driver must breathe into the device.

    Several countries in the EU, such as Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands, require such devices to be fitted to vehicles as part of rehabilitation programmes for convicted drink-drivers.

    The European Commission estimates that about a quarter of all road deaths in Europe are alcohol-related.

    However, there is no standardised socket for plugging the devices into vehicles and connecting them to the ignition, making widespread installation a problem.

    The report said the initial focus had been on developing a “standard interface” for alcohol interlocks so that it would be possible to continue to fit the devices on future vehicles.

    However, the Association of European Carmakers (ACEA) opposes the idea, preferring instead a system whereby manufacturers provide standardised information to installers on how interlock systems may be fitted onto cars, which it says would be quicker and just as effective.

    “A standard interface would introduce risks, costs and delays that could be avoided with a standardised installation document,” said ACEA spokeswoman Cara McLaughlin.

    Some of the risks include making vehicle systems more vulnerable to hacking, enabling people to illegally immobilise them and facilitating the mimicking of the devices.

    But the European Transport Safety Council says merely providing information would do little to bring down the cost of installation and be less effective in preventing drink driving.

  4. Stolen

    Michael J. McFadden, Author, “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brai… (more)
    3 upvotes by

    Chip Eckert,

    Norbert Zillatron, and

    Daia Heinrich.

    In terms of indoor pollution, one of the side effects of smoking bans has been the buildup of certain forms of such pollution to levels that are likely far higher than in reasonably well-ventilated pre-ban environments. In the last few months we’ve seen news articles about hazardous formaldehyde levels in gyms and about the outgassing of formaldehyde from flooring. We’ve also seen great increases in allergic asthma, a condition that has been shown to be inversely correlated with smoke exposure. After the airlines banned smoking and reduced fresh air intake, the FAA examined levels of various toxins and found that FCU (Fungal Colony Units) increased by roughly 50%. Additionally, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acetone, and up to 3,000 other volatile organic chemicals, all of them deadly in sufficient concentrations, are exhaled as normal excretory products as human respiration helps rid the body of toxins. And finally of course we have the elephant in the room that no one talks about much: the increased risk of truly catastrophic spread of airborne illnesses in smoke-banned planes and buildings. An airborne SARS, bird-flu, or mutated Ebola with just a few days of pre-symptom communicability could bring the world to its knees within a week as it would spread from every major airport in the world.

    Taking those things into consideration, perhaps the most diplomatic approach would be for you to work toward overturning the mandatory smoking bans and encouraging your bosses to allow smoking again as long as they installed sufficient ventilation — perhaps at the old ASHRAE levels that were designed for comfort in the smoking era before they switched over to simply saying that “cognizant authorities” dictated that ventilation, although sufficient for virtually every other airborne toxin known to humanity, could not handle the magical properties exhibited by burned leaves from a plant created by Satan.

    Helping to remove such “magical” thinking in approaching the question of making the air in your office safer and more pleasant to breathe might actually help the situation, both in regard to e-cigs, concerns about “outgassing” from smokers who have recently been on breaks, and worries about walking near smokers while going through doorways. In terms of safety, efficiency, and making life more pleasant for people like you, comfortable, exhaust-ventilated indoor smoking break rooms should be provided along with smoke-banned ones. Your problem would be solved!

    – MJM
    http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-most-diplomatic-way-to-get-people-at-work-to-stop-smoking-electronic-cigarettes/answer/Michael-J-McFadden?share=1

  5. Rose says:

    Ukip under siege: 3 attacks a week on Nigel Farage supporters and property as election looms

    “Ukip has faced an average of three attacks a week, ranging from alleged physical assaults on candidates to vandalism on party premises, in the run-up to the general election.
    An investigation from IBTimes UK recorded more than 30 incidents in England and Wales over a period of just nine weeks (between 6 February and 13 April) in 2015.

    Ukip candidates and supporters have seen their posters set on fire, billboards defaced and party offices vandalised, while an elderly party member claimed to be spat at on the campaign trail.”
    Ukip has faced an average of three attacks a week, ranging from alleged physical assaults on candidates to vandalism on party premises, in the run-up to the general election.

    An investigation from IBTimes UK recorded more than 30 incidents in England and Wales over a period of just nine weeks (between 6 February and 13 April) in 2015.

    Ukip candidates and supporters have seen their posters set on fire, billboards defaced and party offices vandalised, while an elderly party member claimed to be spat at on the campaign trail.”
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ukip-under-siege-3-attacks-week-nigel-farage-supporters-property-election-looms-1496760

    A Ukip spokesman told IBTimes UK the scale of the attacks against the Eurosceptic party represented a “new norm” in British politics.
    “Not prepared are these people to take on argument with argument they revert to abuse, violence, vandalism and aggression,” he said.”

    I remember seeing something very similar during the 2005 election but if I remember correctly that was against the Lib dems.

    ‘Spontaneous’ demonstrations against rival politicians were also organised, with activists instructed to use handwritten homemade-looking placards.”
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/may/22/uk.election2005

    I wonder.

  6. Rose says:

    Further to the article on the CDC activities the other day –

    “The blogger says she doesn’t understand why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided to use a condition that can be caused by a variety of diseases – not just colon cancer – to put people off smoking.

    The ad is unfair to many people who need to use an ostomy, she argues, because it suggests that it is caused by something they’ve done to ourselves.”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3037961/Ostomy-bag-wearing-student-19-wages-war-new-anti-smoking-advert-warning-smokers-end-like-her.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

    Ostomy association asks CDC to pull anti-smoking ads it calls ‘offensive and dangerous’

    “In a letter to a top CDC official, the group’s president said the taxpayer-funded videos reinforce outdated information and perpetuate stigmas it has battled for years.

    “Your message–funded by taxpayer dollars and splayed across national media–that having ostomy surgery is miserable and should be avoided/delayed at all costs is both offensive and dangerous,” Susan Burns, the group’s president wrote on April 13. She predicted that people who view the ads will refuse or delay “lifesaving surgeries,” in part because they come from a trusted source of health advice, the CDC.

    “We know that your ads are undermining what we have done to empower, educate and reduce the stigma of ostomy surgery,” Burns wrote to Tim McAfee, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/04/17/ostomy-association-asks-cdc-to-pull-anti-smoking-ads-it-calls-offensive-and-dangerous/

  7. This one beats all the junk science ever put out by the NAZIS

    New research finds smoking and mother’s genetics combine to increase likelihood of twins

    New research finds smoking and mother’s genetics combine to increase likelihood of twins

    African American mothers who smoke and have a genetic profile that includes a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the TP53 gene have an increased likelihood of having twins, concluded a team of researchers from the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    The study, investigating genetic and environmental factors that might account for mothers having twins, appears in a recent issue of American Journal of Human Biology.

    A SNP (pronounced “snip”) is a DNA sequence that occurs when a single nucleotide (A,T,C or G) in an individual’s genetic code has a slight variation. A SNP may be common or rare in specific ethnic groups and can underlie either susceptibility or protection from diseases.

    In this study the TP53 SNP emerged as the most significant when combining with a mother’s smoking to increase the likelihood of having twins.

    The study investigated a 227 participant sub-set of a recently completed larger, three-site study of 2200 African American mothers with term or pre-term labor. The study with the 227 participant subset included African American women who had given birth to twins and also given birth to infants with extremely low birth weights.

    Conflicting evidence suggesting that smoking could either enhance or diminish fertility, and the specific knowledge that nicotine can inhibit estrogen synthesis, led the researchers to wonder if there was a link between twinning, smoking and a mother’s genetic profile. Consequently, they found significant interactions with smoking and SNPs from several genes, with the TP53 SNP most clearly implicated.

    “We had already demonstrated that there are significant differences in SNP frequencies in mothers of twins as compared to mothers of “singletons,” but we had not, until this study, found an indication that smoking affected the probability of having twins for mothers with the SNPs we identified,” said study lead author Dr. Lorena Madrigal of the USF Department of Anthropology. “This finding is especially interesting because, in contrast, a link had been previously been established between smoking and infertility and miscarriage.”

    In this study, the discovery that the relationship between smoking and the presence of the TP53 gene increases the likelihood of having twins was “profoundly significant,” said the researchers. In addition, smoking was found to be more common in mothers of twins.

    While smoking may have deleterious effects on fertility across many genotypes, in women of specific genotypes smoking may raise their odds of having twins,” wrote the researchers. “Although we demonstrated that there are significant differences in SNP frequencies in mothers of twins compared to mothers of singletons, the most important difference between groups of mothers in our study is whether or not the mothers smoked.”

    Researchers noted that TP53, often acting as a tumor suppressor, is activated under a variety of stress conditions. Also, TP53 plays a role in maternal reproduction, affecting the implantation of the embryo. TP53 is not only a tumor suppressor, but also a regulator of “balance” in reproduction. The researchers speculated that in their study both smoking and a variant of TP53 worked together to disrupt the normal balance that leads to the gestation of a single infant, making having twins more likely for the smoking and TP53 sub-group.

    “Our findings are limited because they came from a small sample with a very specific ethnic background,” said the researchers. “However, this study and others confirm that there is ample genetic variance in humans that can account for reducing or increasing the frequency of multiple births. The reasons behind twinning are complex, but this study shows the potential for genetic and environmental interaction to affect human twining rate differences.”

    In conclusion, the researchers noted that because TP53 has implications for cancer, future research should investigate potential relationships between women with the TP53 SNP who bear multiples and their potential for breast cancer risk.

    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-04-mother-genetics-combine-likelihood-twins.html

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