Tobacco Control has decided to skew the UK Department of Health’s already junk consultation on plain packaging by enlisting the help of a survey group and throwing their side of the game open to international players.
So, in an allegedly UK consultation, those against plain packaging can only comment if they are residents of the UK, whereas those who want this nonsensical measure are allowed to poll names (real or fake) from the entire planet.
Oh, we knew the consultation was a sham, we’ve experienced Big Dave’s ‘cast iron promise’ and Little Nick’s ‘tell us which laws you’d like repealed and we’ll ignore you’ website and all the rest of it. Really, there was no need to engage in such blatantly fraudulent practices. No need at all.
Ah, Tobacco Control, you just couldn’t resist, could you? You’re so used to getting your own way in everything without questions being asked or fingers being pointed so why would anyone even notice that your side of the UK consultation was being run by a website in Brazil?
Are there no penalties for undermining a Government consultation in this way? Is it normal for a taxpayer-funded group to be allowed to canvass the world, while the taxpayers they oppose are restricted to the locals? I smell a scandal coming in the wind. A big, big one. One that will head for Tobacco Control and be deflected onto their current patsy.
Andrew Lansley, take careful note. The Dreadful Arnott might well have just ended your career.
Oh, don’t worry, Mr. L. Her career will be fine. She’ll just move on to duping the next sucker who gets your job. What’s that, Mr. L? You still think you’re in charge? Ha ha ha.
You were always just the fall guy, in case it all went wrong.
Let’s not forget, ASH, Lansley, CRUK and all those who have defiled the title of ‘scientist’ in this Puritan cause, that this was not even supposed to be about numbers.
It’s turned out to be something of a shambles, hasn’t it?
I don’t think this will bring the house of cards down on its own, but it’s a damn good kick at the table leg and the best part is, Tobacco Control did the kicking themselves.