Unfortunately Boris Didn’t Fire Matt Hancock

Boris seems to have been very quick off the mark to put his government together. Within hours he’d cleared out most of the Remainers, and replaced them with Leavers. And delivered an upbeat speech outside the door of Number 10. And his new Leader of the House of Commons seems to see no problem with leaving the EU:

JACOB REES-MOGG, fresh from being chosen as Leader of the House of Commons, spoke to ITV’s Robert Peston on developments at Downing Street…

The North East Somerset MP … insisted that Parliament had already legislated for Brexit to happen on October 31 with or without a deal.

Mr Rees-Mogg added: “So, just for the status quo to be maintained means we leave without a deal unless a deal is passed.

“So when people say the House of Commons is going to stop it, they are forgetting the House of Commons has already agreed to it.”

And Nigel Farage has offered Boris an electoral pact:

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said he is open to an electoral pact with the Conservative Party – if Boris Johnson is genuine about taking the UK out of the EU on 31 October.

Mr Farage said Mr Johnson would need to call an election if he wanted a no-deal Brexit, in order to “change the arithmetic” in the Commons.

He said there was then a “possibility” of a pact between the parties.

But he added: “I don’t believe a single word the Conservative Party tell us.”

An electoral pact usually involves not fielding candidates in specific areas, in order to allow another party a better chance of winning.

Boris’ greatest weakness may well be that he only has a two-seat  majority. This new Conservative government might very easily lose a vote of confidence at nearly any time.

And I haven’t had a response from my Conservative MP about the proposal by Theresa May to completely stamp out smoking, about which Chris Snowdon has written:

Today’s announcement is not about stopping children smoking. It is about stopping everybody smoking. You could be smoking a fag in the middle of a field on your own during a gale and it would still be intolerable to the Department of Health. Under the Conservatives, there will be no more smoking.

Simon Clark also wrote:

The publication of the Government’s Green Paper on harm prevention had been expected for some time – details were leaked a couple of weeks ago – but the way it was slipped out last night took everyone by surprise.

The FT got the inside story and it appears that health secretary Matt Hancock was involved in a fierce row with the outgoing PM.

According to the FT, May wanted the proposals published as part of her ‘legacy’ (which is looking increasingly tragic).

Hancock, on the other hand, wanted to hold fire until the new PM – presumably Boris – is in office…

According to the BBC News report published overnight:

The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.

Unfortunately Matt Hancock is one of the ministers that Boris has retained from Theresa May’s administration.

Does Boris want to completely stamp out smoking in Britain in 10 years time?

Perhaps he does. Perhaps he’s recently drunk the antismoking kool-aid.  If so he can no longer be the same MP who sent me a large cigar not 10 years ago. And if so that will also be the end of my brief career as a Conservative voter.

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9 Responses to Unfortunately Boris Didn’t Fire Matt Hancock

  1. beobrigitte says:

    The little hope I had that Boris will bring us the end of the anti-smokers’ rule was dashed last night, when I stumbled across a youtube video that described Boris as spineless and going with whatever and whoever furthers his career.
    I still cannot see Boris will be seeing through hard Brexit.

    The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.
    I brace myself for the anti-smokers disregarding every human right when it comes to smokers. These liars must be kicked out! Lets remind this government that SMOKERS ARE VOTERS!!
    And, if the government wants to tackle the causes of preventable ill health, it best starts with reducing the ever increasing stress (work/wage related) inflicted onto the population. Stressed, unhappy people usually become sick; not only physically but also mentally and best, they become sick of their government.

  2. smokingscot says:

    Way too early to expect Hancock to join the back benches.

    He’ll want to have a reshuffle within 9 months and Hancock’ll be one of about 3 left in post for that purpose.

    • Rose says:

      I quite agree, first things first. Brexit.

    • beobrigitte says:

      Smokingscot, Rose, I’d only be too happy you both calling me fit to burn and gloat if I am wrong.
      I can see that everything points to the anti-smokers ruining this country once Brexit has happened.

      Click to access Towards_a_Smoke_free_Generation_-_A_Tobacco_Control_Plan_for_England_2017-2022__2_.pdf

      This thing made my blood boil – lies, lies and more lies. And ESTIMATES (which equal bullshit).
      The cost of smoking to society
      Smoking causes around 79,000 preventable deaths in England4
      and is estimated to cost our economy in excess of £11 billion per year.

      Estimated? What was the governments income from tobacco again?

      Of this cost:
      £2.5 billion fell to the NHS20
      In 2015/16, there were approximately 474,000 smoking related hospital admissions with
      smokers also seeing their GP 35% more than non-smokers.21 These costs add a great burden to a system already dealing with growing demand.

      I haven’t seen my GP in years. Maybe he has resigned or retired by now? No idea.

      £5.3 billion fell to employers
      Smokers are, on average, absent from work 2.7 days more per year compared to ex and nonsmokers22. In 2014 this is estimated to have led to a loss of economic output of around £1.7billion

      The only time I was off sick was due to a sports injury. It needed an op and 6 weeks in plaster after. 2 month in total signed off work.
      I dare say sports injuries cause the most sick days.

      Smoking breaks also result in lost output for employers estimated at around £3.6
      billion a year

      Smoking breaks are UNPAID. People have to sign out.
      £4.1 billion fell to wider society
      Smoking results in the death or absence of people who would otherwise be working and contributing to the economy.

      Definitely NOT. These days employers practice an “out with the old” policy. They want a young team. Easier to mould.

      Accounting for potential lifetime earnings, it is estimated that
      smoking-attributable deaths in 2014 resulted in a total output loss of around £3.1 billion.

      No death certificate has stated “smoking-attributable death”. So, what air are these figures plucked from?
      Unemployment and economic inactivity due to smoking-attributable ill health also results in lost output to the economy, estimated at around £1.0 billion per year
      There are a lot of non-smoker unemployed. (Current smoking rate amongst the population is 15%)
      The further costs of tobacco
      Smoking-related ill health also leads to increased costs for the adult social care system. One study estimates that local councils face a demand pressure of £760 million a year on domiciliary (home) care services, as a result of smoking-related health conditions.
      How so? It’s old age and frailty that require the most home care services.

      The true cost of tobacco use is likely to be higher than the figures provided here, with evidence now showing that smoking causes a greater range of diseases and death than accounted for in these costs. Every year additional costs are also incurred from smoking related fires and tobacco litter, as well as the wider costs associated with illicit tobacco and organised crime.
      Nonsensical tobacco control waffle to scare idiot politicians. Sadly, I do not hold much hope for Boris.

  3. Thought I might drop by and share this in the event something like this might affect some of your models. :-)

    ^Scientists Just Discovered Fresh Water Under the Ocean, and It’s HUGE^

  4. Keeping Hancock on told me all I need to know. They’ve got a very long way to go before I would consider voting Conservative again and even then, I probably wouldn’t

  5. Rose says:

    Sorry Nanny, here’s why I CAN’T vote for a ban on smoking in front of the children:

    MP’s defiance as Commons prepares to vote on cigarettes in cars
    Jacob Rees-Mogg

    “Authoritarians, the busybodies and do-gooders of modern society, love smoking. Not because they are addicted to tobacco – their pure, unsullied souls would recoil at such a suggestion – but because it allows them to tell people what to do.

    In the House of Commons tomorrow, this tendency may reach a new, lamentable pass if MPs vote to ban people from smoking in cars if they have children with them.

    As it is known smoking is harmful, it is the hardest case in which to argue for liberty against an increasingly powerful state.

    This has allowed governments to take power to themselves to determine the size, and possibly the design, of cigarette packets and the legality of smoking on private property.

    “This opens the way for regulating other products that may be harmful, so alcohol begins to have warning labels on bottles and a campaign against sugar is under way. Once it is admitted that the State can intrude on people’s legal activities, then it is hard to establish the point at which it must stop.

    The progression has been clear – cigarette smoking kills, passive smoking must be dangerous, so private smoking must be controlled. The same people are lining up against sugar. Against this uplifting, moral and high-minded view, there is the still, small voice of liberty.

    It is a case that needs to be made against the most powerful propaganda weapon of the authorities so that it does not pass unmade by default as they try to extend their control.

    Individual liberty overall creates a better society because, with all their errors, people make better choices for themselves than the State can make for them. The evidence for this exists in capitalist systems – they create greater prosperity than command economies. The success in recent decades of emerging markets, especially China and India, shows what can happen when the State lifts controls.

    The argument for liberty has to accept that people will make mistakes and take unnecessary risks. It is this that advances mankind. The State is inevitably cautious and cannot proceed on a hunch, individuals can and while some fall back, others advance to excellence.”

    And a great deal more…

    Though still wary, I am beginning to feel a lot more hopeful.
    It’s like the real Conservatives are back.

  6. Smoking Lamp says:

    O/T The global persecution continues… In North Sydney, NSW all smoking has been banned in the CDB (downtown. This mirror the blanket bans advocated in cities throughout North America. It’s time to challenge the overt persecution of smokers. The article at The Guardian: “The last gasp: Australian council bans smoking in public places” https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/25/smokers-as-north-sydney-council-bans-smoking-public-entire-cbd

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