Slash ASH Cash

The Independent reported last night that:

Oliver Letwin, the Tories’ policy chief, has spent the campaign in Whitehall drawing up proposals to merge quangos and slash Government regulation.

The Department of Business and the Department of Energy and Climate Change are both set to see spending reduction.

I’m all for merging quangos and slashing government regulation. And the Department of Energy and Climate Change should go back to being the Department of Energy ASAP.

I suppose all these proposals were being blocked by Clegg and his Lib Dem chums in the Coalition government. Now that they’re gone, they should merge all the quangos into one, and tow it out to sea, and sink it there with a concrete block round its ankle.

The one quango/fake charity that I’ve been really dismayed not to see its funding slashed already is ASH: Action on Smoking and Health. I’m sure this was also dear to the illiberal, antismoking Lib Dems’ hearts (did I ever tell you I used to vote for them once?). It’s a complete waste of money, of course. It’s a state-funded organisation for antismoking zealots to lobby government to bully and blackmail smokers. State funding of ASH is much like state funding for the Islamic State or the Taliban.

This must stop. Its de-funding is long overdue. If Deborah Arnott isn’t out of a job within 6 months (6 days would be much better, and 6 hours best of all), we’ll know that Cameron’s Conservative government is just as weak and spineless as the Coalition and the Labour governments that preceded them, and that all talk of “cutting spending” is hollow.

It would save millions and millions if Tobacco Control in the UK was completely de-funded, along with all anti-smoking university departments, local government organisations, and media campaigns. There’s no need for all the No Smoking signs either.

There’d be two immediate benefits from this. First of all, it would save one heck of a lot of money that could be better spent elsewhere. And secondly it would result in almost complete silence in the media as all the paid antismoking activists and lobbyists lose their jobs.

Extended to the entire Public Health arena, it would mean the end of browbeating and bullying of not only smokers, but also drinkers and fat people. There would be no more reports saying “Research has shown that one spoonful of sugar causes premature death”. There wouldn’t be any such reports because there wouldn’t be any state-funded “researchers” exploring stupid questions like this, nor state-funded lobbyists peddling the drivel to the media.

A merciful silence would descend, as all these screeching harpies lost their funding, and their jobs.

There’d be an instant surge in national happiness and well-being (not to be confused with “health”). Some of us might even learn how to smile again.

And in that silence, it would be the voices of smokers and drinkers and fat people, hitherto drowned out by highly paid zealots and lobbyists, that would begin to be heard at last. I’m sure that some real horror stories will be told about the Time of Darkness. The truth about the truly dreadful effects of smoking bans and smoker persecution will begin to emerge into the public light of day.

And this is something that can be done more or less instantly, at the stroke of a pen.

After that, the government might think of withdrawing from the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and purging the medical profession of health zealots of every kind, and firing all the hospital administrators who ban smoking in hospital grounds.

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34 Responses to Slash ASH Cash

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Cant add anything to that…………..bravo

  2. jaxthefirst says:

    “The one quango/fake charity that I’ve been really dismayed not to see its funding slashed already is ASH”

    Well, there’s actually no mention in the article that it isn’t going to lose its funding (or have it cut), so it could be one of several “minor” cuts that just haven’t been mentioned here. I suspect that quite a lot of cuts will be decided upon behind closed doors and then announced once it’s a done deal, to prevent all the whinging and hand-wringing and dire predictions that the Government would have to endure if they announced their plans beforehand.

    Or again, it could be that, as an ex-smoker (maybe turned anti – he did vote for PP, after all), Cameron is still foolish enough to believe that this miserable bunch of killjoys actually still have some kind of useful function. He’d be a fool if so, though, simply because ASH’s main use was as a false “public front” for getting the main smoking ban through. There really isn’t very much left that they need a “public front” for now. As the “vehicles” and PP legislation proved, if they want to extend the ban now, they can just go ahead and do it – a few “jolly good show” soundbites from ASH and their ilk are really neither here nor there. We’ll just have to wait and see, I guess.

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    UKIP is running its first council after landslide victory in Thanet – Nigel Farage’s target seat

    Thanet District Council has gone purple after the anti-EU party won by a landslide, claiming 33 of the 56 seats and obliterating Labour

    We have control! Nigel Farage is jubilant after today’s landslide victory

    UKIP is running its first ever council after a massive landslide in Nigel Farage’s target seat.

    The party has wiped out Labour on Thanet District Council, turning the authority purple in another heavy blow for Ed Miliband’s party.

    UKIP now has a massive 33 seats after winning 36% of the votes in the area, compared to 31% for the Tories and 24% for Labour.

    Nigel Farage – who has been at the Kent count today just 24 hours after resigning – tweeted his congratulations to party activists

    Jubilant: Nigel Farage lost his battle but council candidates won a landslide

    He said the first priority will be to save the county’s threatened Manston Airport.

    “Congratulations to @UKIP in #Thanet, taking control of the council and making it UKIP’s first district council ever,” he wrote.

    “Now to @SaveManston!”

    It is the first time the party has ever been in full control – and will be a key test of its leadership.

    The deprived corner of north Kent is likely to attract intense media interest in the same way the Green Party did when they ran Brighton Council.

    Thanet District Council – 2015

    UKIPConservativesLabourOtherParty05101520253035Number of seats

    Thanet District Council

    The council’s leader and entire cabinet will be made up of Ukip members – and they’ll have to manage policies like bin collections and pub and club licensing.

    With all the votes counted Nigel Farage’s party has 33 of the possible 56 councillors.

    The Tories have 18 and the Labour Party – which had the most seats on the council until this week – has just four. There is 1 independent.

    It’s a huge blow for Labour, who had 26 councillors compared to 22 for the Tories and just 2 for Ukip until this week.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Gary Green • 4 hours ago


      final result was UKIP 33 Conservatives 18 Labour 4 Independent 1.

      Do you not think it’s strange to win the council
      with so many votes, but not win the seat? If you ask me that’s strange. I put my cross in the ballot. I ticked all three boxes on two papers for
      UKIP. It’s very unlikely people would tick
      UKIP for the local election and a totally different party for the seat in
      Westminster. I can understand a few might, but not the amount we’re being lead to believe. Its making me question if
      this was a fair ballot.

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      rick.ryder • 6 hours ago

      Mark my words, they asked Churchill back when the country needed him, we have not seen the last of this Great man, the media have crucified the foibles and mistakes of some of the new to position UKIP members, but that merely reflects the working class roots of the real people in the party, under the steerage of Nigel he will hone UKIP into a major respected force. we needed a man to rattle the Gentlemans club that is Parliament just as he has rattled the Gentleman’s club that is Brussels!
      Thanet Council Go Purple! (choking on thier gin and tonics?)

      • Frank Davis says:

        I would imagine that the constituency of Thanet South is something rather different from Thanet District Council. I had a similar set of papers, one for my Herefordshire constituency, and one for my local district council. The former is a fairly large area of England. The latter is something I can walk across in half an hour. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if one voted differently from the other.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Definitely some bullshit is going on if Nigel doesn’t win his home seat and the whole bloody council becomes his……………………..what the fuck kinda elections do you brits run…….Chicago is almost as bad.

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    What deal has been struck…………..we know something went down to labor destroyed.

  6. marieengling says:

    But what about all the brainwashed peoples? Brainwashed to believe, that smoke, sugar etc. is harmful and will make them die very soon?
    I suggest some anti brainwashing programs ;)

    • Fully agreed Marie. A lot of damage has been done, as can be seen through this nice new bitly link I made to Frank’s posting of my Wall Of Hate:

      MJM, who recently realized that some horrible blurring had happened to my original bitly link for the Wall. Might have been hacked, might have been on my end: I’m not sophisticated enough in the black arts to have any idea. You can see it at (although it’s possible that if you look at it AFTER looking at the first image your browser may show the better or original of the two.)

  7. Ed says:

    Richard Overton turns 109 on Monday and he offers some advice for Americans today;

    Notice how the cameraman shifts to him smoking a cigar at 4.05 into the interview. A great advert for the health benefits of cigar smoking!

  8. Rose says:

    Extended to the entire Public Health arena, it would mean the end of browbeating and bullying of not only smokers, but also drinkers and fat people

    It’s not like they would be stopped from speaking, they can carry on speaking as long as they wish, it’s just they would be doing it at their own expense and outside on the pavement.

  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    Tony Abbott’s business adviser Maurice Newman says climate change is a hoax led by the UN

    Climate change is a hoax led by the United Nations so that it can end democracy and impose authoritarian rule, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief…

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Perhaps Abbott is schooling Cameron on how to be a conservative on a few things anyway.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      But he said “individuals are entitled to their views”.


      Mr Newman’s column was written to coincide with an Australian visit by the head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres.

      It follows a piece Mr Newman wrote last year in which he said governments had been hijacked by “green gesture politics” and the world was not prepared for the problem of “global cooling”.

      “It’s a well-kept secret, but 95 per cent of the climate models we are told prove the link between human CO₂ emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error. It’s not surprising,” Mr Newman wrote on Friday.

      “Why then, with such little evidence, does the UN insist the world spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year on futile climate change policies? Perhaps Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN’s framework on climate change, has the answer?”

      Mr Newman continued that global warming was a “hook” to install a new world order.

      “Figueres is on record saying democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China, she says, is the best model,” he said.

      “This is not about facts or logic. It’s about a new world order under the control of the UN.”

      He then urges the Abbott government to oppose a regime that was against “capitalism and freedom” by resisting the next global climate treaty in Paris, which countries hope to reach in December.

      Mr Newman adds that, like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Abbott should resist the UN’s calls for coal to stay in the ground.

      The vast majority of the world’s scientists, including most of the world’s scientific academies, agree humans are causing climate change.

      Among them, the Academy of Science, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change say greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are affecting the climate.

      Ms Figueres said during her visit this week that Australia would ultimately have to move away from coal for both environmental and economic reasons.

      Mr Newman is a former chairman of the ABC and the Australian Securities Exchange.

      At a media conference on Australia’s renewable energy target in Melbourne on Friday, Labor’s environment spokesman Mark Butler was asked whether the opposition thought Mr Newman should stand down.

      “I’ve never been particularly clear why Maurice Newman holds the position he does hold given how central climate change is to the future economic prosperity of Australia,” Mr Butler said.

      “As the senior business adviser what Maurice Newman said in The Australian newspaper this morning is no different to the sorts of things he’s been saying for years about this incredibly important policy.

      “That ultimately, though, is a matter for the Prime Minister.”

      Mr Hunt said the government’s approach was to work constructively with all international parties.

      “I met this week with Christiana Figueres. Our goal is to be part of a constructive post- 2020 agreement,” Mr Hunt said.

      “We want to address the problem, we’re working with other countries and the international organisations.

      “Individuals are entitled to their views. Our approach is to work constructively with all international parties.”

      Mr Newman’s other thoughts on climate change:

      “Man-made ‘carbon pollution’ has become the shorthand rallying cry that unites global warming believers. The notion is a figment. It is made up. It is rooted in anti-capitalist, anti-growth green ideology that, for too long, has been bullied into our consciousness as science.” – The Australian, March 27, 2015

      “Back in the real world, the poor are dying of the cold while the political elites and their friends bask in the warmth of cosy conferences, taxpayer subsidies and research grants.They seem indifferent to the hardship that their actions, based on dubious science, impose on the world’s underprivileged.” – The Australian, February 6, 2015

      “The political left has seized on climate change as the new Marxism. It rejects empirical evidence which is inconvenient and promotes dubious and sometimes fabricated science as proven. In true totalitarian style it seeks to shut down debate and ruin the careers and reputations of those who dare to oppose the orthodoxy.” – The Australian, January 20, 2015

      “[Christine] Milne’s prescription for a vibrant Australian economy includes ‘keeping the renewable energy target at 41,000 gigawatt-hours’, ‘stopping new coalmines’, ‘no coal-seam gas’ and ‘no new ports’. ‘Jobs will come from green energy,’ Milne assures us. She could have added, there are fairies at the bottom of her garden.” – The Australian, November 7, 2014

      “At the same time, like primitive civilisations offering up sacrifices to appease the gods, many governments, including Australia’s former Labor government, used the biased research to pursue ‘green’ gesture politics. If the world does indeed move into a cooling period, its citizens are ill-prepared.” – The Australian, August 14 2014

      • nisakiman says:

        And while he questions the FCCC, perhaps he should take a look at the FCTC, which embodies the same basic objectives of top down control, with the ultimate goal of a new world order.

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    Framework Convention

    Just how damn many frameworks are there in the UN already……….its starting to sound like bad artwork hanging in some hippie museum from the 60s…………..

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    Farage Was Robbed; UKIP Was Cheated. Time For Cameron To Unite The Right – Breitbart

    This Game-of-Thrones election has been marred by a terrible injustice and we all know exactly what it is:…

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      This Game-of-Thrones election has been marred by a terrible injustice and we all know exactly what it is: the member for South Thanet right now should be UKIP leader Nigel Farage and the fact that he’s not is a totally bloody disgrace which reflects exceedingly badly on Cameron’s Conservatives and the political and media Establishment generally.

      “Destroy Farage!” it often seemed was the single most important objective of their entire election strategy. Senior Tory after senior Tory was ordered into South Thanet to marshal the troops. Tame newspaper proprietors – who didn’t necessarily love Cameron but loathed and feared Miliband – co-operated by smearing UKIP with every desperate non-story they could trawl up and by dutifully trotting out the Lynton-Crosby-endorsed line that a vote for Farage was a vote for Miliband.

      If Farage had been a weird lefty wonk or a rabid kilted nationalist or an eco-fascist loon this concerted campaign would have been understandable. But he’s not. As he’s shown time and again throughout his heroic campaign, he is a brave, decent, funny, likeable bloke who speaks his mind, has a good sense of humour and the common touch, and the kind of robust political principles – see the UKIP manifesto – with which the vast majority of Conservatives would agree wholeheartedly.

      And still the Conservatives shafted him: far more viciously and determinedly, in fact, than they sought to shaft any of their true ideological enemies, whether Nicola Sturgeon, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband or Natalie Bennett. Why?

      Well, of course, partly it was a Judaean People’s Front/Popular Front of Judaea thing: you always loathe those political rivals whose views accord most closely with your own. (Which is why the Nazis and the Communists so hated one another).

      Partly too, it was straightforward Machiavellian commonsense. UKIP, by dividing the Tory party, had become an existential threat. Therefore UKIP had to be destroyed and the best way of achieving this was by decapitation.

      Except we have a problem. Out there in the country right now are nearly four million UKIP voters who – having garnered 12 per cent of the vote – are feeling not a little disgusted that all they landed for their troubles was a single parliamentary seat. (Douglas Carswell)

      Here, according to one tweeter, is the average number of votes it took for each party to win their seats. I don’t know how accurate they are except for the UKIP one, which is definitely right and tells you all you need to know about the injustice of it all.

      SNP 26,444
      CON 34,342
      LAB 40,232
      GRN 121,216
      LD 289,262
      UKIP 3,767,137

      These people are now the bitterest enemies of the government and if Cameron has any decency, magnanimity or political nous he’ll do something to sort out this problem quickly.

      Decency requires it of him because what he and his party did to Farage was politically expedient but morally reprehensible. No one has done more to earn his place in Westminster than Nige.

      Magnanimity requires it of Cameron because having just won a stonking victory which had more to do with fear of the Scots and of Miliband’s socialism than it did with his own achievements, he really ought to be of a mind to be spread his good fortune a little.

      Political nous requires it of him because Farage is a brilliant, inspirational politician who deserves to be at the top table and because it makes no sense to make bitter enemies of a party which, though not the same as the Conservatives, definitely has much more in common with them than it does with Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems, the Greens.

      What Cameron should do is follow the advice given by Lord Ashcroft in a tweet.

      If I were Cameron, I’d go a step further than that and offer Lord Farage a place in the cabinet. A seat in government is the least Farage deserves. It’s also the least UKIP deserves after all the effort it has put into this election and all the popular support it has won.

      But it will never happen, I doubt. Even if Cameron were to countenance such a gift, Farage could never accept it because he would be seen as a traitor by his own party. He would be seen by the old Labourites within his ranks – Red UKIP – to have been co-opted by the enemy; while the Thatcherites and libertarians within his party would no doubt denounce him as a sell-out to the Conservative who destroyed Conservatism.

      This pettiness, pride and factionalism is why I loathe party politics and why I’m so glad my attempts to become involved in it were so brief. I hate the fact that our two parties of the right now hate each other far more than the left-wing parties they ought to hate.

      I wish there were some way of uniting the right. Anyone got any bright ideas?

  12. harleyrider1978 says:


    200,000 + Voting papers were reported missing from a van that was stolen in London bound for Hastings/Eastbourne, East Sussex, Then the Tories gain seats

  13. Rose says:

    Governments are peculiar things.

    Chinese ordered to smoke more to boost economy
    4 May 2009

    “Local government officials in China have been ordered to smoke nearly a quarter of a million packs of cigarettes in a move to boost the local economy during the global financial crisis.

    The edict, issued by officials in Hubei province in central China, threatens to fine officials who “fail to meet their targets” or are caught smoking rival brands manufactured in neighbouring provinces.

    Even local schools have been issued with a smoking quota for teachers, while one village was ordered to purchase 400 cartons of cigarettes a year for its officials, according to the local government’s website.

    The move, which flies in the face of national anti-smoking policies set in Beijing, is aimed at boosting tax revenues and protecting local manufacturers from outside competition from China’s 100 cigarette makers.

    In total, officials have been ordered to puff their way through 230,000 packs of Hubei-branded cigarettes worth £400,000.

    China’s government has ordered massive government spending at both national and provincial levels to prop up the economy following plummeting demand for Chinese exports abroad, however imposing a cigarette quota is unusual.”

    China to double cigarette consumption tax to 11%
    May 8, 2015

    “To curb the number of smokers, China released a draft regulation on tobacco control in late 2014 that will ban all form of tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion of tobacco products.”

  14. nisakiman says:

    The inconsistent Libertarians of Convenience

    Smoking policy brings out the most absurd contortions, as the left champions the legalization of marijuana even as it vilifies tobacco. San Francisco — it’s easy to pick on San Francisco — has banned cigarette smoking at outdoor events, but exempted pot smoking for “medical” purposes.

    These inconsistencies seem to reflect elite biases. The things that liberal-minded city residents like and want to do — eat from hip food trucks, smoke dope and other “bourgeois bohemian” pursuits — should be left as free as possible, consequences be damned. Those that they consider declasse — Big Gulps, cigarettes, Wal-Mart — should be restricted or even shut down. It’s regulation for thee but not for me.

    And this from the LA Times!

    Most activities generate at least some negative result somewhere to someone. Government’s role is not to eliminate all possible risk or harm. It is to intervene when truly necessary. And while the definition of “necessary” is fundamentally political, in a free society such as ours, the bias should be toward less meddling, not more.

    Blimey! Last time I looked, LA was in California. Has it moved? Or is there another LA somewhere else?

    • smokervoter says:

      Great find there Nisakiman. Consider my mind totally blown by that article. Los Angeles is considerably better in every way than San Francisco. I can’t think of any place is dislike more than Frisco (don’t call it Frisco they always say – well, I just did – and what you you plan to do about it, Frisco?).

      Normally some Los Angelenos, especially from the Islington-like West Side, suffer from what I label Frisco Envy. Oh, if only we could be more like our sophisticated northern neighbors!

      Looks like this guy doesn’t have it. I’ve not set foot in L.A. since 2007 (to go down to the House of Blues for a Yardbirds concert). I can’t handle the L.A. freeway anymore. One wrong move at 75 MPH and it’s all over, Rover. Sixteen lanes worth of instant carnage.

      Maybe it’s time for another visit to the old girl. I’ll check and see if Jeff Beck is going to play there anytime soon.

  15. harleyrider1978 says:

    How the hell did this get even published anybody know them…………

    If I WERE a smoker I think I’d be absolutely fuming if I was called a bludger on the front page of my local paper (Chronicle 08-05-15) but that is how it is now: Smokers are regarded as second class citizens and anyone can bully or abuse them.

    Still, there was some good news for smokers because we learned that two out of three smokers will die which I suppose means that one in three smokers won’t die!

    You can’t get such good odds on immortality any other way.

    And that shows how ridiculous the claims of the anti-smokers have become.

    They can make whatever ludicrous or outrageous threats of death and disease they like without the slightest question or criticism and that is extremely unhealthy in a democracy.

    No one else is allowed to go around threatening and frightening people like that.

    The fact is the anti-smoking campaign is disgracefully dishonest, thoroughly fraudulent and scientifically unsustainable.

    The British Doctor’s Study is regarded as the gold standard of smoking studies and it ran for 50 years but it repeatedly reported that over 20 years of active smoking has no ill effect whatsoever on health or life expectancy.

    It follows from that that passive smoke will still kill you but not for about 500 years.

    It’s time to recycle action on smoking and health and to think rationally about smoking hysteria.


    Hervey Bay

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