Six days ago, shortly after health minister Jane Ellison announced the Government was going ahead with plain packaging, journalist Iain Martin tweeted:
The sensible parts of the Tory high command has about 10 hours to squash the plain-packaging story.— Iain Martin (@iainmartin1) January 21, 2015
So, how's that going?
Well, Thursday saw an avalanche of opposition – from Forest, the IEA, the Institute of Ideas and others.
Friday revealed ruffled feathers among leading Conservatives such as LBC presenter Iain Dale and Nigel Evans MP:
Over the weekend the Sun on Sunday exposed more opposition among Tory MPs:
Columnist Tony Parsons also weighed in:
On Monday former Sunday Telegraph editor Dominic Lawson led the opposition with an excellent article in the Daily Mail:
Quoting extensively from this blog Breitbart reported:
This morning the PM woke up to find Guido Fawkes tweeting:
This afternoon, despite a feeble attempt to play down Guido's story, the bad news kept on coming for the PM.
First there was this tweet by the Spectator:
An hour later the Telegraph's Christopher Hope tweeted:
Up to 100 Tory MPs to vote against Govt plans to force tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packaging. By me http://t.co/gejMyJcJXC— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) January 27, 2015
And shortly after that Telegraph Politics tweeted:
Nick de Bois: Introducing plain cigarette packaging could go 'badly, badly wrong' http://t.co/8d1fatCPJe— Telegraph Politics (@TelePolitics) January 27, 2015
Finally, I did I mention this letter from Forest supporter David Hockney in today's FT?
So, your plan to introduce plain packaging quietly and without fuss is going well, Mr Cameron?