Isn\’t this just the most amazing effrontery?

The decision to delay the introduction of plain packs is a major success for the tobacco lobby, which has run a ferocious campaign against the move. Cigarette makers fear that the loss of their branding will deprive them of their most powerful marketing weapon. The industry has backed a series of front campaign groups to make it appear that there is widespread opposition to the plan, a practice known in lobbying jargon as \”astroturfing\”.

I\’m sorry? The pro-plain packaging nutters are accusing their opponents of astroturfing?

The entire pro-plain packaging industry is nothing but government funded astroturfing (see Mr. Snowden passim).

Where do these fuckers get off?

8 thoughts on “Isn\’t this just the most amazing effrontery?”

  1. Surreptitious Evil

    Where do these fuckers get off?

    It is quite clear that the neo-puritans have no intention whatsoever of “getting off”. They’ll lie, cheat and steal to achieve the current objective and, having now shifted the Overton Window, will move on to the next stage of the bansturbation process.

  2. Astroturfing – Refers to political, advertising, or public relations campaigns that are designed to mask the sponsors of the message to give the appearance of coming from a disinterested, grassroots participant.

    I can’t say that the pro lobby are doing anything like that. They are not hiding any sponsors, usually because they don’t have any. They are not using fake identities to give the impression of general public support. In fact it’s not been the tobacco companies that have done the majority of the campaigning to stop the plain packs. It’s been individuals. And a lot are also non-smokers because this issue is really about rights and authoritarianism rather than health.

  3. Plain packaging will reduce cigarette consumption.
    Yeah, right. It worked for cocaine and weed which, as we all know, is sold in brightly printed and branded packs! Jeez.

  4. If you want to know a reason people are voting UKIP – it’s because astroturfers have grabbed the political agenda over legitimate, grass-roots campaign groups.

    The senior politicians (of all parties) are talking about household waste, plain packs, more windmills and minimum pricing on alcohol, when for most of the public, they either don’t want them, or view them as a very low priority compared to hospitals not killing people, unemployment, good schools and the price of fish.

  5. The authoritarians are projecting again. That’s the simplest and most widely applicable explanation.

  6. Indeed, and thanks for the link. The same is true of the minimum pricing campaign. See the ‘Why are we paying for this?’ series for examples of both:…6860.9866.1.11839.…0.0…1c.1.12.psy-ab.EciFHz4IxKQ&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.45960087,d.d2k&fp=e7330971c05d6793&biw=1441&bih=796

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