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Review of the week

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From The Free Society:

Above: Parliamentary event to mark the 40th anniversary of ASH. Doesn't look the most exciting occasion, does it?

From left: Sir Richard Thompson (president, Royal College of Physicians), Stephen Williams MP (chair of All Party Parliamentary on Smoking and Health), Kevin Barron MP, Anne Milton (minister for public health) holding the WHO World No Smoking Day Award, Deborah Arnott (CEO of ASH), Professor John Moxham (chair of ASH).

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Reader Comments (9)

Simon, if there is one picture to put you off your breakfast, this is it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:04 | Unregistered CommenterDave Atherton

My entry for the caption competition:

"Annie and Debs hadn't had such a lovely evening since seeing their first elderly smoker huddling outside his local in the rain"

Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:16 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

I’d like a very big elephant with diarrhea to dump on them from a great height…the wetter the better!

Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:28 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

What an ugly bunch. Does anti-smoking make people ugly?

Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 11:46 | Unregistered Commenterchas

Saw Anne Milton on television this week. Cant make my mind up. Does she look lika an ape or a pig or something in between?

Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 15:46 | Unregistered Commentersheila

Hey Hey! Party time! You can see they're really having a ball, can't you!

As they say, every picture tells a story.

Stephen Williams MP looks a bit obese to me. I think he needs a bit of a nudge in the right direction...

Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 17:03 | Unregistered Commenternisakiman

The pub/club smoking ban in this country is putting thousands, possibly milliions off going to the pub particularly in the winter months. We know from research that the ban is, the main cause of pub closures.

This ASH diktat is ruining peoples lives, here and now.

Clearly they are despised.

Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 20:20 | Unregistered Commentermark

I think that it is a really pretty picture. It reminds me of a little golf trip that 20 or so enthusiasts, in the Bank I worked for, went on. It was a jolly trip. The winner of the competition won the General Manager's trophy - a £5 figure of a golfer. I still have it.

The 'trophy' awarded to ASH has as much significance as the 'General Manager's' trophy. But what could be happening behind the scenes is that the 'trophy' is accompanied by a million pound 'prize'. We do not know, and are not allowed to find out.

ASH is a front. It enables the Royal College of Physicians to lobby Government. Studies are not actually 'commissioned' by ASH at all - they do not have the resources to commission such studies or the expertise. ASH is a 'front' a 'charity'. The same applies to the 'Cross Party Parliamentary Group'. Note the word 'group'. IE. Not 'select committee', or even, 'committee'. It is just a group of people who have come together in order to push their ideas and make themselves seem to be important.

Which is just another example of why our 'democracy' stinks. As a result of the protestations of various minuscule organisations, which have insignificant numbers of 'members', millions of people are forced to obey. The whole proposition stinks.

Why is it so difficult for MPs to understand that adults can amuse themselves in any way that they wish to? Why should people, who are adults, not amuse themselves by using 'cocaine', if they wish to? What is the problem?

Is it not true that the Smoking Ban has opened up a very, very important QUESTION? Why should adults be dictated to? How has it come about that a few 'specialists' can determine the behaviour of millions of 'grown-ups'? If adults wish to amuse themselves with cocaine, why should they not?

We must reasonably conclude that PROHIBITION is PROFITABLE.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 2:46 | Unregistered CommenterJunican

This bunch make a dung pile look good enough to eat.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 2:48 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

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