by Dick Puddlecote
The WHO Goes In To Bat For Big PharmaWell, the World Health Organisation has finally come out of the closet and admitted that its Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the transnational pharmaceutical industry.
We’ve kinda known this for a while but it has always previously posed as being concerned with health by attacking tobacco. However, once again e-cigs have thrown a huge spanner in the works and the WHO has been forced to reveal its hand in the most shameful of ways. Continue reading
by Oscar Theodore
Hardly anyone has captured the spirit of authentic Traditionalist Conservatism better than the 20th century poet T.S. Eliot. He has been a profound source of inspiration for some of its chief proponents, including the American historian and writer Russell Kirk and the British philosopher and writer Roger Scruton. Eliot self-identified as a Classicist in literature, an Anglo-Catholic in religion and a Royalist (or Monarchist) in politics. These three elements are instances of dispositions which are at the core of the Traditionalist Conservative standpoint. These fundamental dispositions can be briefly stated in the following way: Continue reading
Douglas Carswell has defected to UKIP from the Tories.
You can get all the details for yourselves. What I am interested in is what this actually means – and I can’t say I know what it means as I begin typing this out.
I have made the following prediction in the past (Sean will testify to this): that the next leader of the Conservative party will be a man, very much like David Cameron in appearance, who calls himself a ‘libertarian’. This is based on my four years as a Tory boy in Greater Manchester Conservative Future. In the youth wing of the Conservative party, there are few who do not now call themselves Thatcherites, classical liberals, or libertarians. The trouble is, they use these words interchangeably.
by Paul Craig Roberts
Corrupt From Top to Bottom
Note: Nothing I hadn’t already come across in the legal journals, but a damning indictment of the American criminal justice system. What makes it particularly scary is:
a) Like everything else American, it is coming here. The Judges still disapprove of plea bargaining, but there is anecdotal evidence that some police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service are skilled in its ways.
b) Thanks to the unequal Extradition Treaty we have with the Americans, any one of us can be dragged off there to face trial on trumped up charges. This has already happened, and may happen more in the future.
Chris Tame always used to insist that written constitutions and bills of rights were irrelevant. Given a liberal order, they were unnecessary. Without a liberal order, they would be dead letters. Looking at America, I increasingly believe he was right. SIG Continue reading
by Richard North
Note: Great minds think alike! SIG
Brexit: the lessons of Rotherham
The outrage of the media over the events of Rotherham needs to be taken as much with a pinch of salt as the expressions of regret by representatives of the public services who so egregiously failed in their collective duties.
As much as anything, the media kept the lid on events, only reacting after it was safe to do so, following events tardily and reluctantly, rather than leading the way.
But, as the detail emerges of the 1,400 or so white girls who were “groomed” and sexually assaulted by gangs of Asian (mainly Pakistani) men, the one institution which does not come away with any blame or shame is the European Union. Continue reading
by Dick Puddlecote
Drafting A Smoking In Cars Consultation Response Last month I suggested we might have a bash at the consultation on smoking in cars which ends at midnight on Wednesday. Two fellow jewel robbers have already done just that and shared their responses, but if you fancied giving the DoH a piece of your mind as well, full details and the online submission form are at this link. Continue reading
I could write an epic poem about the thousand mile drive from Slovakia to Deal. I might fill Bk II with an enumeration of the post we found jamming the front door. But I will not bother. I will write up a brief account of this year’s doings in Slovakia when I’ve recovered from the drive and dealt with all the other matters in my life.