ASH Funding Cut By 25%

Some good news for a change:

ASH hit by 25 per cent cut in public funding

Not enough, of course. 100% would have been more the ticket. But it’s a start. There seem to have been a lot of questions asked in parliament about ASH. About time too.


The Campaign Against Smoking Bans In Psychiatric Units (CASBIPU).

That’s something I’ll readily support. They have a petition.

And via MJM (note the date):



The rise of the outsider as the populist political figurehead also cuts across any left-right divide. Trump, Bernie Sanders, Wilders, Farage, even Syriza’s man-about-town Yanis Varoufakis all position themselves as a not-one-of-them-lot politician. Not that they are men of the people. No, the appeal of these populist figures lies in their seeming authenticity, the fact that they perform themselves, speaking their off-message minds and to hell with the consequences. Paradoxically, in their apparent individuality, they speak for a general sentiment: a discomfort with the you-can’t-say-that conformism of the political mainstream.

Not that this revolt against the elites is a completely new phenomenon. Its seeds were sown decades ago, as Europe’s traditional parties of left and right – the social democrats, the Communists, the Christian democrats and so on – lost their social moorings and, ultimately, their political identities. As their support bases shrank, they not only shifted towards the centre in search of votes, but also, more significantly, they gradually stopped seeing the public as a source of democratic legitimacy – as people they represented and from whom it was necessary to win support. And as their estrangement from the electorate grew, so their worldview – technocratic, cosmopolitan and disdainful of their native working-class – developed as something distinct from, and in opposition to, a large section of the populace.

In the EU, national elites’ simultaneous flight from and management of the demos gained institutional form. Hence European populism is entwined with opposition to the EU. And not just because it is a source of external, unaccountable power over the internal lives of nation states, but also because it appears culturally, almost ideologically, opposed to the internal lives of citizens, frequently branding them racist, sexist and bigoted. So in the early days of the migrant crisis this year, German chancellor Angela Merkel talked of promoting EU ‘values’, while European Council chief Donald Tusk declared war on the ‘populism and xenophobia’ in Europe’s midst.


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23 Responses to ASH Funding Cut By 25%

  1. Wiel Maessen says:

    This 100% cut in public funding happened a couple of years ago when our Dutch ASH, Stivoro, lost their government funding. What happened? A new organisation arose, supported by the same charities that also supported the old NGO, BUT with extra, openly support by Pfizer, filling up the financial gap left by government. At least the interests become clear and transparent in that case, don’t they?

    • jaxthefirst says:

      Indeed, Wiel. If anti-smoking organisations are almost completely funded by NRT manufacturers (rather than just partly-funded as, in the UK, is currently the case), then they lay themselves open to exactly the same accusations as they currently throw at organisations like Forest, i.e. “Well, you would say that, wouldn’t you – you’re funded by the xxx industry.” In this respect, their own tactics may well work against them. Through their constant accusations that anyone who argues with them “must be funded by the tobacco industry,” the public has become aware that anything funded by a “vested interest” will almost certainly be presenting a very one-sided viewpoint, no matter how much it is couched in the magic words “research” and “scientists” and “studies.” If anti-smoking organisations can now, quite accurately, be described as “funded by the producers of NRT” then their credibility, too, will be severely reduced – even more so if the public are made aware of the fact that they have, in fact, always been at least partly funded by these industries, even if in the past that was quietly hidden behind the “respectable” money given to them by the Government. In fact, it actually gives pro-smoking movements the higher moral ground because – for all the antis’ accusations – the vast majority of people or groups who protest the ban receive absolutely no cash from the tobacco companies whatsoever. So it seems that yet another of their cunning stunts has come round to bite them on the bum. And about time, too!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Tobacco makes revenues

        Tobacco control costs revenues

        Who always wins this shit in the end…………the attacked commodity.
        Government is slowly figuring out TC is a sink hole with no returns.

        Why you think they cut 25% from the quango sock puppet. Its a dying agenda in TC worldwide.

  2. My my… there IS a Santa! :>

    Re Wiel’s note: If my memory is right, a similar thing here in the US with the “Minnesota Partnership Acting Against Tobacco.” They were so blatantly horrible that their funding was suspended for review, and when they heard this was happening they tried to transfer the 100 million or so they had in the bank to another Anti organization. The legislature caught them, froze the money and then removed it entirely, and dismantled the organization. BUT>>> within a year or so Minnesota simply created a new Anti organization under a similar name and funded THEM instead! The big diff here is that ALL the money there, in both instances, came from the government’s MSA “smokers’ tax.”

    – MJM

  3. beobrigitte says:

    Some good news for a change:

    ASH hit by 25 per cent cut in public funding

    Not enough, of course. 100% would have been more the ticket.

    Plus loss of “Charity” status!!!

    As Wiel already pointed out, it’s far too easy for them to replace the lost public money.
    A few days ago there was an article in The Times about the number of employees of various charities whose annual wage is >£100 000. CRUK (who in turn sponsors ASH) was listed as employing 36 (!) of such people in the UK.

    It is time to demand complete transparency in who funds whom and why. After all, these “charities” are after peoples’ money, too!!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Beo in Alabama they cut TC down to practically nothing. It was so bad all the local TC groups held public fundraisers and couldn’t get a damn donation from anyone….They then shut down all over the state at local level lobbying.I nfact that’s whats been happening all over America at the state level even California has cut TC funding in recent years.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Burning gasoline smells like VICTORY ASH TO ASHES DEB ARNOT

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    Of course by now we can all see the EU crats all endorse Non stop muslim immigration as well as all the democrats in America with the Rinos rubber stamping the same. Its the ones at the top of the polls who are denouncing muslim immigration and almost all immigration…….its not something new at all in America. We have had isolationlist times before in fact several of them and Europe would be no different.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      The above brings into focus how Hitler kept his Reich alive thru moslem terrorism after the war and its never stopped. Perhaps this is what the EU is all about anymore,the rebirth of the 4th Reich! With New Moslem radical armies already in place via illicit immigration at what 80% males aged 18-40 years of age….all military fighting age. Look what France found inside Mosques hidden weapons and explosives.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:
  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Minimum alcohol price in Scotland could breach EU law, court rules

    Plan passed by Holyrood government would breach European law and restrict market, if alternative tax measures were available

  8. Harleyrider1978 says:

    Damn tornadoes tonite. Get real just when we were singing its a Black Christmas….

  9. Clicky says:

  10. Scot says:

    What a nice present from the DOH, just 75% short of my budgetary aims for ASH, never mind – every liitle helps eh? Poor Debs and acolytes probably having to buy own brand champers for their Christmas table this year!

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