Christopher Snowdon has just written a must-read piece saying it might just be time to “Build a spaceship folks. The idiots have won“.
He makes a compelling case:
In New Zealand, anti-nanny state campaigners are being investigated for “illegally advertising cigarettes under the guise of a “public awareness campaign”.
Here’s an example of the potentially-illegal advertisement:
Another example: the WHO is urging countries to crack down on the use of electronic smoking cessation devices because they look like cigarettes and “could therefore undermine the denormalization of tobacco use upheld by the WHO FCTC”.
And one more: Australia’s own multimillion-dollar taxpayer funded psuedo-academic Simon Chapman is complaining that “cigarette companies are breaching plain packaging rules because companies are stamping a few letters of recognition on cigarettes: Benson & Hedges cigarettes are labelled with “LDN”; in another case Winfield cigarettes are stamped with “AUS”.”
On this last point Mr Snowdon says that:
I would like to comment on this, I really would, but the nutters have finally gone beyond the point at which I can even understand their arguments. My nearest guess would be that they think people will be ‘lured’ into taking up the smoking habit by seeing the letters ‘LDN’ on a cigarette. That is so stark-staringly, fetch-the-tranquiliser-gun insane that I can only assume that there is another layer of wibble that I’ve missed. On the other hand, we’re dealing with people who think a BAT anti-plain packs campaign is a form of cigarette marketing so all bets are off.
Truly, the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
Click here to read the whole thing. And be very depressed.