Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet

About the only thing I know about  the new Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is that he voted for the 2007 UK smoking ban. He’s an antismoker.

There isn’t really anything more I want to know about him. That is quite enough to ensure that I will never vote for him.

Today I was glancing through his newly appointed shadow cabinet. And as far as I can see, all the rest of them are antismokers too.

One would have thought that Hilary Benn might have taken after his pipe-smoking father Tony Benn. But he appears to be as virulent an antismoker as any, judging by the few remarks I’ve heard from him on the subject.

Andy Burnham was a Health Secretary under Brown, and I don’t remember him being any friend to smokers.

Diane Abbott is another antismoker.

Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy is definitely a virulent antismoker. I’ve mentioned her quite a few times.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if all the rest are antis as well.

Odd really, that Jeremy Corbyn is said to belong to the ‘Bennite’ wing of the Labour party. One good thing about Tony Benn was that he smoked a pipe, and appeared smoking a pipe in one of the last videos of him alive. And some 10 years ago, Tony Benn was touring the country, giving talks in little theatres and halls, and smoking a pipe on stage despite the smoking ban. I almost went to see him once. I doubt if he would have had any place in Corbyn’s ‘Bennite’ labour party. They’d have made him stand outside.

And what does it mean if someone is an antismoker? Well, it means that they will believe anything ‘health experts’ (and in fact ‘experts’ in general) tell them. It means they are trendy, credulous, gullible fools. Anyone who is frightened of tobacco smoke is a blithering idiot anyway. And it should be no surprise that Corbyn is fully signed up for Global Warming.

It also means that they’re in favour of top-down government micromanagement of people’s lives. They’re interfering busybodies. They’re control freaks. And they hate real freedom. They have plans for everyone.

There’s a widening circle of consequences that ripple out from doctrinal antismoking.

I  suppose that this is the sort of thing that goes down well in Islington, where Corbyn is an MP. But I suspect it won’t go down very well in most of the rest of Britain, which I suspect, given the rise of UKIP, is moving rightward. I can well imagine a Corbyn-led Labour party being utterly decimated at the next election, particularly if the Lib Dems take the opportunity of occupying the political ground once occupied by Blairite Labour, now that Corbyn has vacated it.

And since the Conservative party could have easily attracted a few of those UKIP voters, we may see the Conservative party shifting rightward as well. Short of some catastrophe, they should be assured victory at the next election.

I’m house-sitting for my brother at the moment, and watching a bit of TV news, and I saw one report showing the new shadow cabinet all singing the national anthem.

All except Jeremy Corbyn, that is.

 

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26 Responses to Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet

  1. Barry Homan says:

    The world is just screwed up, screw-ups have taken it over.

  2. cherie79 says:

    Under Tim Farron I don’t see the Lib Dems being any better, perhaps if Norman Lamb did been chosen instead it might have been different.

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Frank back in about 2004 or so I saw on BBC news on pbs one nite that this woman said they were going after the drunk young rabble across the UK soon. They were showing pics of pubs up and down this one road the rabble hugging the curbs and just being a nuisance in general public. I know now what the woman who made the claim of doing something about it was likely one of labors top Nazis.

  4. edith482 says:

    Thanks for all the information Frank. I certainly would not vote for an anti-smoker .Is there no one in politics who is a friend to smokers? I’m sick of the lot.

    • nisakiman says:

      There are a few, but not many. Farage is of course the high profile one, but there are a few others. Philip Davies MP (a non-smoker, I believe) has stood up for smokers in parliament on a few occasions, to his great credit. Most of them, though, are either antis or too lily-livered to stick their heads above the parapet.

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    Homemade cigs hospitalising prisoners

    PRISONERS are being rushed to hospital after smoking nicotine patches mixed with tea leaves as they struggle with the new smoking ban.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/victorian-prisoners-hospitalised-by-smoking-nicotine-patches-as-cigarette-ban-bites/story-fni0fee2-1227530952719

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Chinese restaurant slammed for disrespecting the Queen

    The smoking area was spotted in the week the Queen became the longest serving UK monarch,

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/chinese-restaurant-slammed-disrespecting-queen-6452363

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    CASPER WYOMING City Council Makes First Votes To Repeal Smoking Bans

    Council will have two more readings of the ordinances to repeal the 2012 and 2013 smoking bans.

    http://k2radio.com/city-council-makes-first-votes-to-repeal-smoking-bans/

    • beobrigitte says:

      A really interesting link, thanks, Harley!

      Al Curtis, owner of Moonlight Liquors & Lounge, said he’s worked hard for 35 years to build a business. The previous council did not consider the consequences of their smoking ban decision, which he estimates cost him 15 percent of his business as customers went to bars in Mills and Evansville.

      Joseph Porambo said he used to smoke but quit for personal reasons. “This is nothing more than a personal property rights issue.”

      Al Curtis lost 15% of his income in the first 3 years. Next year this figure will have risen. Pubs are still closing in England. More and more smokers just stay at home.

      Some took the business discussion in a different direction.

      Rachel Bailey said Casper would be one of the first municipalities to remove a smoking ban. Nationally, more and more local governments have instituted smoking bans. People may not want to move to a place that does not value people’s health, Bailey said.
      People may not want to move to a place that does not value people’s health? Don’t make me laugh!!! It is the health obsessed who are constantly ill – people like me who want to enjoy life are remarkably healthy. Perhaps because we know how to relax?

      Dentist Dr. Jessi Waring said she’s a business owner and a taxpayer. Business may save money in the short term without a smoking ban, but they’ll pay for it in the long run with higher health care costs and covering for the uncompensated care at hospitals.
      Ah, the first admission that smoking bans ARE BAD for businesses!!!! Higher health care costs? We have them here and NOW!!! Guess what, all over Europe people are being operated on (brings cash) and then kicked out the hospital a day or two later (saves cash). I do suspect that the American health insurance companies are pretty much the same as the German ones. They pay a set amount of money. Once that is used up (usually a day or two after the operation) the patient, being well or unwell, is being kicked out the hospital.
      If I was a patient of this dentist I would search for a new dentist. She talks too much nonsense.

      Anne Ladd took that argument further.

      Wyoming has the highest per capita health care costs in the nation, and part of that has to do with its local governments’ and businesses’ attitudes toward smoking, Ladd said.
      What is the average population age? I have NEVER come across a e.g. 30 year old suffering from the so-called “smoking-related” diseases…..

      It is soooooooo nice to see that tobacco control&friends are using these old, washed out arguments still…..

      REPEAL THE SMOKING BAN!!!!!!

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    ROFLMAO………………..

    Thieves make off with plaque honouring anti-smoking advocate Heather Crowe

    ‘It was something symbolic for Heather, not just for Ottawa but people all over’

    http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/thieves-make-off-with-plaque-honouring-anti-smoking-advocate-heather-crowe

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Anybody know if they got one of Roy Castle anywhere available for theft………make a good ashtray in a local pub.

    • slugbop007 says:

      I bookmarked this link about four months ago. The link is gone, perhaps deleted by Tobacco Control. The author, Derek Audette, researched the Heather Crowe story and discovered that she had been working 20 hour shifts for months, even years.

      The Heather Crowe File – Derek R. Audette
      derekaudette.ottawaarts.com/TheHeatherCroweFile.htm
      Working 20 hour days for years at a time is so far from “average” or “typical” … 3) MYTH – After working 40 years as a waitress, non-smoker Heather Crowe ….. Heather Crowe became so certain of the exact cause of her lung cancer, long before …

  9. smokingscot says:

    O/T

    Thought you may be interested in the latest twist on “save the children”.

    Seems the Syrian migrants are more than a little pissed off at the way the Hungarian authorities have built a wire fence, topped with razor wire. So they started to throw things at the Hungarian police.

    It was the way the Hungarian Foreign Minister told it – and it goes roughly like this.

    “they’re armed and disrespectful (of us and our fuzz) and they’re throwing sticks and stones – even children are being thrown over the fence.”

    No video of the event and precious little on the web, however the Telegraph does have it in this piece, timed at 18.30.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/hungary/11869111/Hungary-police-fire-tear-gas-water-cannon-at-refugees-on-Serbia-border-live.html

    Both children were hurt and are in hospital in Hungary. It’s doubtful anyone managed to get over the border as a result of this action – and if they ever do, then they’ll be had for kiddie abuse.

    In about 12 years time there will be payback.

    • beobrigitte says:

      The BBC dedicates a lot of air time to the current events.

      I do hear that Merkel is getting worried…. and closed the (non-existent) borders temporarily after the first influx of migrants into Munich.
      Sure, it is inhumane to deny help to those who need and ask for it. Watching the BBC coverage I saw a lot of young men, some women in head scarfs with children and very few elderly people.
      What does baffle me is that they ask Europe (a completely different culture and languages to theirs!!) for help when there are rich Islamic states with the same culture, who, by their (same) religion, are obliged to help.
      http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/55f828a8-5216-11e5-8642-453585f2cfcd.html

      Then, I do have questions with respect to the long term problems this massive influx of people brings to Europe. Will most of them return to their country in the future? Or, if they plan to settle, how do they expect to keep themselves afloat? How do they intend to live with OUR culture?

      • smokingscot says:

        I suspect it’s got to do with their religion. Many of those fleeing Syria are Shia Muslims or Alawites. The countries you refer to are by and large Sunni Muslims.

        And there’s no great love lost between that lot. In fact ISIL is being funded for the most part by these “rich Islamic states”. ISIL is of course Sunni.

        The natural place for the Shia’s to go to is Iran, but to get there they need to cross a great hunk of desert in Syria, then into Iraq before crossing into Iran. Or via Turkey, which some have.

        I was in the UAE when Kuwait was invaded by Iraq. Stacks of Kuwaiti’s arrived in the UAE and the local media and mosques were on about people taking them in.

        Some did – and regretted it, even though the Kuwaiti’s went back pretty sharpish as soon as the coalition crushed the Iraqi forces. They may have been kicked out of their comfortable bubble in Kuwait, but they sure as heck were seldom appreciative of anything bar the lifestyle they were used to!

        But Iran ain’t too generous with your average “refugee”. They may be the same religion, but it ain’t the same language they speak. Many educated Syrians prefer a European language as their second, with English the most common.

        Syria, in the areas these people come, from has been bombed flat. If the war ever ends it’ll take several decades to rebuild the country. Even Kuwait took about five years to sort out the mess the Iraqi’s left.

        I don’t see the slightest prospect of an end to this conflict and I really can’t blame some of the younger ones for trying to build a life where it’s safe and there are jobs. Will they be grateful? Will they return the favour?

        Personally I doubt many will and if Europe ever descends into war I feel the Syrians, Egyptians, Tunisians, Moroccans, Saudis and such are unlikely to reciprocate. Perhaps the Lebanese, if you happen to be French. Maybe. Big maybe.

        Of course if you happen to be very wealthy, well anywhere’ll take you.

      • beobrigitte says:

        Thanks, Smokingscot. I did suspect that the Shia-Sunny muslim difference has something to do with it.

        Some did – and regretted it, even though the Kuwaiti’s went back pretty sharpish as soon as the coalition crushed the Iraqi forces. They may have been kicked out of their comfortable bubble in Kuwait, but they sure as heck were seldom appreciative of anything bar the lifestyle they were used to!

        I do remember the same. The Kuwaitis who landed on England moaned a lot about their lack of comfort. One or two were up here in Scouseland. They did shut up pretty quickly after the scousers had a couple of words to say to them.

        Syria, in the areas these people come, from has been bombed flat. If the war ever ends it’ll take several decades to rebuild the country.
        I do understand that. From a humanitarian point of view this is what this train-wreck of current EU should concentrate on. For it to do so it needs to loose all the money draining quangos to begin with.

        I don’t see the slightest prospect of an end to this conflict and I really can’t blame some of the younger ones for trying to build a life where it’s safe and there are jobs. Will they be grateful? Will they return the favour?
        I do not blame anybody who wants to get out of a war torn country! But, are there REALLY jobs? Not all our unemployed are lazy people. It is hard these days to get a job to get off the benefits system…. University education opens the way to debts and unpaid internship for our youngsters.
        Making the money by deluding the pensioners that they ‘do-want-to-work’ is a REAL short-sighted solution!!! After all, we oldies should have died long ago from 1st, 2nd, 3rd, idiotic-hand tobacco ’caused’ illnesses long ago.

        Houston, we’ve got a problem……………

  10. slugbop007 says:

    This document is one of the nastiest I have ever read:
    For these people human rights means rights for everybody but people who consume tobacco products. They want to eradicate smoking and eliminate tobacco production globally. Possibly even prosecuting repeat offenders. Sieg Heil!
    http://www.who.int/hhr/activities/tool%20box%2010069_Smoker.pdf
    The last two paragraphs at the bottom of the document are particularly revealing. PAHA/WHO affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Public School of Health (Bloomberg Funded).

  11. slugbop007 says:

    This excerpt extracted from an article written by Derek Audette, in Ottawa, that I was smart enough to copy and paste into Java Office Writer.
    4) In the U.S., smoking is supposed to kill 435,000 people every year. How do they get this number? Well, they get it from compiling statistics and studying people right? WRONG. In fact, one investigator recently was surprised to find out that nobody at the American Lung Assoc. knew how this figure had been arrived at. Also, no one at the National Center for Health Statistics knew either. In fact, inquiries to a number of departments who are supposed to deal with this issue turned up nothing. Nobody could tell her where the figure of 435,000 deaths per year came from, or how it had been arrived at.
    Finally, she got a lead that led her to the “Office of Smoking and Health” in Atlanta, GA. ( Has anyone ever heard of it? ) What she found out was shocking! It seems that the number was created by a computer that analyzes technical data that is fed into it and then the computer spits out a number. What is most shocking is that in the course of her investigation, she had learned that no official “lifestyle data on individual patients and their medical histories is ever collected.” So, how was the computer determining which deaths were smoking related? It turns out that it is ALL guesswork! She was told that the computer is basically just fed the data of how many people died, and from what cause. The computer is not told which of those people were smokers and which were’t, how long they had been smoking for, how heavily they had smoked, what other lifestyle choices which may have contributed to the various diseases they had engaged in, or what other environmental factors they had been exposed to. The computer is only told how many people died, and what they died of. The computer then ‘assumes’, or makes a guess at, through a complex series of mathematical calculations, exactly how many of those people actually died as a direct result of smoking.
    In fact, it was confirmed to her that: “no real people, living or dead, are studied, no doctors consulted, no environmental factors considered,” In order to arrive at that figure.

    • nisakiman says:

      Is there no link to that article now, Slugbop? It would be nice to have. I have many bookmarked links which now lead nowhere, taken down, no doubt, at the behest of Tobacco Control. I too now save some of those revealing articles; they seem to disappear with monotonous regularity.

      • slugbop007 says:

        I just tweeted Derek Audette after I discovered that all his web articles on Heather Crowe were no longer available. I bookmarked those web links. When I clicked on them this afternoon I got the 404 error message. Similar deletions have occurred with the spokesperson at Quebec Tobacco Control. One Genevieve Bois. Several links to her that I bookmarked and saved have disappeared. One had her at a Health Conference in Ottawa early last year. I wanted to see if she was already giving herself the Doctor title before she graduated at the University of Montréal in June of the same year. Gone. No longer exists.
        If you want the full copy of Derek Audette’s article I could paste it here for you.

        • nisakiman says:

          Yes, if you could paste it here I’d be most appreciative. Someone (or some people) in TC seems to be taking an axe to any info that exposes their lies. Unsurprisingly, given that the whole edifice of Tobacco Control is built on foundations of sand…

  12. beobrigitte says:

    About the only thing I know about the new Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is that he voted for the 2007 UK smoking ban. He’s an antismoker.

    There isn’t really anything more I want to know about him. That is quite enough to ensure that I will never vote for him.

    My thoughts a few days ago, too.

    The short-sightedness of all things politician is amazing! Now they bemoan the job losses across the hospitality sector….. I guess, they are still waiting for the massive queue of non-smokers storming e.g. pubs as tobacco control told them would happen.
    Perhaps the newly appointed shadow cabinet finally will?

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