Wednesday, January 28

Is amiable Godders Bloom helping big tobacco? Surely not....

UKIPs beloved buffoon Godfrey Bloom has made some more unwelcome press lines with this exposé in EU Reporter.

He attempted to help launch the grandly titled World Conference on Prohibition, with the assistance of The International Coalition Against Prohibition (TICAP) - a conference which was, incidentally, banned at the last minute from taking place on European Parliament premises. All well and good you might think - Godders is famously fond of a dram and a ciggie and believes that people have a right to smoke without any government or other interference.

But closer inspection raises some serious questions. One of the key players in TICAP is a pro-smoking group called Fight Ordinances and Restrictions to Control and Eliminate Smoking (FORCES). Bloom and Nigel Farage have also been on trips to the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute, both of which are heavily funded by tobacco giants including Philip Morris, R.J Reynolds and British American Tobacco, and are keen supporters of FORCES.

A little look at the list of speakers is also interesting. Among the expected speakers at the TICAP conference is Dr Gio Gori, a man whose career has, it seems, involved being paid large amounts of money by big tobacco companies, some of which is detailed here. Indeed, back in 1978 when Dr Gori announced that cigarettes could be smoked in "tolerable" amounts without ill effects he was publicly rebuked by the US Surgeon General.

So, should we take a lecture from Dr Gori on "the passive smoking fraud" at face value? Perhaps not.

And what about the wider question: is the seemingly amiable buffoon really a wolf in sheep's clothing? Is his so-called 'libertarianism' genuine, or is there something more sinister to it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A typical Anti-Smoking comment. Anyone who disagrees with the the Anti-Smoking lobby is made out to be working for the Tobacco companies. This is a well known tactic and won't work.