Via Mark Jarratt in the comments, and James Delingpole:
London: Australia has come to the rescue of Britain, providing the government with its world-leading plain packaging images for cigarettes, to use free-of-charge in the case of a chaotic no deal Brexit.
With MPs poised to vote down Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal in the Commons next week, it’s emerged that after Brexit, Britain would be denied access to graphic picture warnings that have been credited with saving lives because the EU owns the copyright.
This is a rather strange story. Why does the EU own the copyright on the nasty pictures on tobacco products? Doesn’t that strongly suggest that the EU was one of the prime movers in launching that campaign?
Perhaps this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, given that I only recently discovered that the EU declared war on smoking in 1989, fully twenty years before I’d previously thought it did. This was nine years before the WHO, under the direction of Gro Harlem Brundtland, did the same, and climbed aboard the Public Health bandwagon.
After the end of her term as PM, Brundtland was then elected Director-General of the World Health Organization in May 1998. In this capacity, Brundtland adopted a far-reaching approach to public health, establishing a Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, chaired by Jeffrey Sachs, and addressing violence as a major public health issue. Brundtland spearheaded the movement, now worldwide, to achieve the abolition of cigarette smoking by education, persuasion, and increased taxation. Under her leadership, the World Health Organization was one of the first major employers to make quitting smoking a condition of employment.
It’s beginning to look as if the EU was a world leader in antismoking, well before the medical profession. Why was that?
James Delingpole’s response was to ask:
Is this the most strained and desperate bit of Remain propaganda ever?
Can there really be a person in the world who reads a story like that and goes: “Thank God junior health minister Steve Brine has got his eye on the ball. Imagine the consequences if, after Brexit, smokers were no longer able to buy cigarette packs adorned with photos of dying children or rancid, blackened lungs!”
But James Delingpole is far more anti-EU than he is anti-antismoking – whereas I am far more anti-antismoking than I am anti-EU. After all I only turned decisively against the EU when I learned in 2010 that the EU parliament had voted in favour of a European smoking ban. I think that Delingpole was anti-EU far earlier than that.
In fact, I’m not even sure if James Delingpole has any strong feelings about smoking bans, even though he regularly portrays himself with a pipe clenched between his teeth. In conversation with Chris Snowdon on one of his podcasts a year or so back, Snowdon was saying that he remained outraged by the UK smoking ban, but Delingpole did not express a similar sentiment.
In fact, I’m not sure if either Snowdon or Delingpole smoke tobacco at all these days, given that on the occasion of that podcasts, both were puffing away on e-cigarettes.
It’s another case of political figures like Nigel Farage or Marine Le Pen or Matteo Salvini ostentatiously smoking, but seldom ever (and perhaps even never) mentioning smoking bans.
But then, what politician ever mentions smoking bans? There’s a vast, global, social engineering experiment under way to stamp out smoking everywhere, but none of the political participants ever discuss it. It may as well not be happening, as far as most politicians and pundits are concerned. Perhaps it’s simply that, after 70 years of antismoking conditioning, and exponentially multiplying smoking bans, everyone is so completely brainwashed that they are incapable of any resistance whatsoever to the antismoking juggernaut.