Great news from Taking Liberties:
The BBC has this morning revealed that eleven councils in the south west are to stop funding the anti-smoking campaign group Smokefree South West which will close in June.
It goes on:
CRUK is one of many anti-smoking organisations but at least they’re not funded by the taxpayer. As long as we have organisations like CRUK, the British Heart Foundation and the British Lung Foundation, why on earth do we need publicly funded groups like Smokefree South West, Tobacco Free Futures (formerly Smokefree North West) and FRESH (formally Smokefree North East)? Or ASH for that matter?
The sooner ASH’s Deborah Arnott is out of a job, the better. But who funds CRUK? Last I heard, they were mostly funded by Big Pharma, and push pharma solutions to absolutely everything.
H/T Tony, some other good news from Australia:
CSIRO has announced it will axe 300 to 350 climate jobs, which will “wipe out” the climate division. The head of the CSIRO wants to focus on climate adaption and mitigation instead. Suddenly a lot of Profs who told us the debate was over are squealing that it needs more research. Climate science was “beyond debate” and in need of action, but now we “need to know more about the basic operation of the climate”. Oh the dilemma!
I see: if climate science is settled, there’s no more need for climate scientists. Tee hee.
Isn’t tobacco science settled as well? We could do with a similar cull of tobacco scientists. And couldn’t we do with a bit of adaption and mitigation there too? How about mitigation in the form of a few smoker-friendly pubs and cafes, and re-adaptation to the ambient tobacco smoke that pretty much everybody used to be fully adapted to? That would be a start. Slashing punitive taxes on tobacco would be another welcome piece of mitigation.
Anyway, it’s not often I read two pieces of good news in a day. In fact, it’s not often I even read one piece of good news.
P.S. Three items of good news! Charities to be banned from using public funds to lobby ministers. About time too.