Government Explained

Dawn Primarolo, the public health minister, said: "Protecting children from smoking is a government priority and taking away temptation is one way to do this.

"If banning brightly coloured packets, removing cigarettes from display, and removing the cheap option of a pack of 10 helps save lives, then that is what we should do."

Eh? Since when was saving lives the only determinant of policy? Aren\’t we supposed to also weigh in the balance those little things called freedom and liberty? It\’s not so much these specific proposals as the ghastly arrogance with which they are justified.

8 comments on “Government Explained

  1. Longevity is positively (and strongly) correlated with income. Labour’s swingeing tax increases have taken money from all Britons, and disproportionately from the poorer. Thus Blair, Brown and their ilk have cost lives. If we really wish to do the humanitarian thing, surely the best course of action is to machine-gun the entire parliamentary Labour party to death. It’s for the children.

  2. “Children” buying fags because of the “brightly-coloured packaging”…? What a load of bollocks!

    Hasn’t it occurred (I nearly said “dawned on”!) this intellectual giant that it’s already illegal to sell fags to “children”?

    I reckon that David Gillies has the best idea.

  3. So, if they succeed in this barmy policy, how is the shopkeeper supposed to serve you your 20 Benson & Hedges when he’s confronted by a wall of similarly-coloured packets….?

  4. This explains why they have stopped teaching children to read – bland packs with unintelligible scribblings. How is a child supposed to choose a brand to smoke?

  5. “So, if they succeed in this barmy policy, how is the shopkeeper supposed to serve you your 20 Benson & Hedges when he’s confronted by a wall of similarly-coloured packets….?”

    Can I make a prediction that the tobacco companies will sell stickers with their fags, allowing “children” to mark the boxes with their brand, only post-sale.

    It’s almost enough to make me want to take up smoking just to spite Dawn Primarolo.

  6. “So, if they succeed in this barmy policy, how is the shopkeeper supposed to serve you your 20 Benson & Hedges when he’s confronted by a wall of similarly-coloured packets….?”

    Can I make a prediction that the tobacco companies will sell stickers with their fags, allowing “children” to mark the boxes with their brand, only post-sale.

    It’s almost enough to make me want to take up smoking just to spite Dawn Primarolo.

  7. We already have adequate legislation preventing sale of tobacco products to children. They aren’t enforcing those laws.

    Truth is, this isn’t being done with children in mind at all. Every so often they have to do something to spite the tobacconist, and his adult customers, just enough to make themselves look effective. These measures are always very finely crafted to ensure they make zero impact on the revenues from tobacco sales.

    And if I’m not mistaken, the growing of tobacco is still subsidised by the EU.

    They are just lying like rugs, as usual.

  8. Underage smoking has been around as long as smoking. For sure, fine off-licence shops that sell to minors, but it need go no further than that.

    A gummint saying it’s going to stop under-age smoking is about as laughable as a US President who says he will bring peace to the Middle East … oh … right.

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