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Andrew Lansley I am afraid has been hypnotised by his civil servants, government funded charities who er.. lobby government from a diet of misinformation, junk science and rent seeking. Where the display ban has been implemented in Iceland and Ireland, youth smoking went up. In Canada youth smoking had declined rapidly preceding and then flat lined. In Canada and Ireland it also encouraged the illegal market where now 25% of the tobacco imported is now illicit. In the Canadian provinces, Quebec alone lost 10,000 or 15% of convenience stores. A typical convenience store in the UK and Canada, 25%-37% of customers that come in are smokers. In a report submitted to the Department of Health written by Professor Hilary Graham she accuses the Tory government of and I quote: {Smokers} 'seen as disgusting and dirty outcasts.' Not only that ‘The history of public health is scarred by policies which, pursued in the name of health protection and promotion, have served to intensify public vilification and state-sanctioned discrimination against already disadvantaged groups. ‘Across the 19th and 20th centuries, poorer communities, including migrant and indigenous groups, were cast as the contaminating other whose habitual behaviours were seen to threaten ways of life.' There you have it the government appears to be sanctioning discrimination that would put the BNP to shame, if not in the dock. As a life long Conservative voter, member and activist, Lansley should be ashamed of himself for not only turning smokers into social pariahs, but embracing the nanny state. Dave Atherton Freedom2Choose Chairman
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As someone who has lived amongst these people myself, I can see this money being wasted. I have seen in Hackney where I lived for 20 years the council bending over backwards in political correctness and gushing liberalism to appease what in many cases are just psychopathic thugs. Whatever was done was abused and made no difference to their behaviour. The only thing that they understood was punishment for the sins they had committed. The underclass will only be reduced if welfare reform is enacted bravely and decisively, these measures include: 1. No extra welfare payments after one child. If you have multiple children you do not get a penny more from the tax payer. 2. No obligation of the council to house you. 3. A long term reduction in benefits in real terms. 4. My only concession to the welfare state would be free tertiary education if your family are unemployed. The "something must be done brigade" believe they have a 'Guardian' mentality, in that being reasonable to them will be repaid. While they may adjust their behaviour "for the cameras" so to speak, they will revert to type as soon as "off camera."
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In the Guardian Ed Milliband was trying to score party political points. One comment says it all. So raise a glass to Cantakerousblogger. Here is a flavour. "You’re another champagne socialist who has never done a real job and doesn’t understand business or economics." "You’re the man who put the non-job-never-job and former CND chair Baroness Ashton in charge of the foreign policy of the EU." http://daveatherton.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/the-best-comment-on-the-eu-and-labour-you-will-see/
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I remember the night England beat Germany 5-1 with a Michael Owen hat trick in 2001. I had to pinch myself that was the real score. Cameron has done the impossible, and I am still pinching myself again. Bl**dy marvellous.
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I would suggest like all politicians he rather enjoys the power, kudos and red carpet treatment. He is not a "eurosceptic" and has merely gone native.
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Firstly the trades would be executed out of Switzerland, have you not heard of the internet thingamybob. "We need to rebuild a proper manufacturing sector." So therefore we first need to get rid of the minimum wage, 48 hour directive, get rid of planning controls, scrap our health and safety laws. We have to compete with Indian and Chinese workers who get pain less than £1 per hour. It is not often I am rude on CH but in this case I will be, your views are idiotic.
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I too am losing patience with Mr. Cameron and sit with clenched fists as new outrage is added to another. He really has to fit in with the electorate and the Tory party or else.
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So what is this about no referendum. The choice to me is we either claw back substantial powers from the EU or we have a referendum. If not then I will not be keeping my council. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2069809/Cameron-rules-referendum-Europe-Sarkozy-Merkel-new-EU-treaty.html
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Richard Nixon in 1971 went for exactly the same strategy as number 4, 40 years later the net result? (1) "After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread." One of the reasons for a reduction in crime in Altlanta, Georgia is that there is an even and generous supply of cocaine. (2) "..argues that the spectacular drop in crime the US enjoyed during the 1990s was down to a fall in the price of cocaine (and, therefore, the highly-addictive crack cocaine):" http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37134751/ http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/justice-and-civil-liberties/cocaine-crack-and-crime
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So another European Union myth busted, the EU would lead to less strife. I am sincerely and deeply disturbed that democracy is being usurped and wonder where this will all end. Hayek's The Road To Surfdom has never been more pertinent.
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Next Mr. Cameron will be telling us we can have a referendum.....
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I must say how the EU plans to regulate an internet feed I have no idea. I really do not want to sound hyperbolic but am I the only one who feels we are now of a very slippery slope to authoritarianist tendencies? Two heads of state in Italy and Greece installed without a democratic mandate now the suppression of free speech. Perhaps evil will triumph if good men do nothing.
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At last an EU I may yet approve of, free trade and no interference from Brussels.
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With the coalition I knew I would have to bite on the bullet a little and to coin a rebel MPs phrase some matters are not worth "dying in a ditch for." However, the EU is something absolutely fundamental to mine and the UK's raison d'etre and I am in my trench with a tin hat on. Cameron had better get things done quickly and be seen to to get things quickly or he will just to me be seen to be another misleading, Quisling, Ted Heath.
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Terrific article and so neatly sums up the average party voted/activist. What is it that "Eurosceptic" senior politicians, the moment they are in office, go native? I cannot fathom this out.
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Mike I wish I shared your optimism, Cameron will get nothing. Sarkozy is sulking because us Brits have been right all along.
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Cheap the price, I would of paid £50 easily.
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He is speaking tomorrow at the People's Pledge, 10.00am at the Methodist Hall along with amongst others Dan Hannan, see you there. The Church Office, The Methodist Church, Methodist Central Hall Westminster, London SW1H 9NH
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George it worked for me, they were only too happy to reply. They have since taken it down. "Many thanks for signing our petition calling for the Government to give the British people a real choice on Europe by holding a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. We'll send your new updates directly to you at: daveatherton20@ Best wishes Chris Rennard Chief Executive, Liberal Democrats"
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More talk and committees, blah, blah, kick the ball into the long grass. Did not William Hague say it would take years for powers to be repatriated? Steve Hilton tweeted this yesterday. "SteveHiltonGuru STEVE Hilton TONNE OF BRICKS: Is what awaits Euro rebels. 3 line whip. A few 'quiet words' being shelled out today. #Hiltonator"
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Well Mr. Harrington, the EU has brought Europe to its financial and political knees and you want to do nothing about it? As an MP your job at least appears to be safe.
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Is there any part of thoroughly disillusioned that David Cameron does not quite understand? It seems I am also joined by many MPs.
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Do the governing classes of the UK and the EU have a plan B? All they want to do is throw money into a bottomless pit, where are the other solutions?
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