Colin Grainger 1962 – 2015

Colin Grainger

I am sad to report that Colin Grainger passed away, yesterday the 16th March 2015. One can only begin to imagine the pain his family and friends are feeling. Colin was a former Chairman of Freedom2Choose, soon after our inception in 2007. Tributes have poured in to celebrate the life of a man who fought for the freedom of others, these are typical.


Will miss you @CaptainRanty RIP Farewell Colin, you will go down on the right side of history

RIP @CaptainRanty – A long time good friend to me. An original Libertarian.

Well, that’s some shit news. RIP @CaptainRanty So long Colin. And thanks.

A man who pioneered F2C as a presence in the media and steered us into the mainstream. I always remembered us working on a letter to Jeremy Clarkson asking for his support. Clarkson did not reply but in his Sun column he referred to us as a “half arsed organisation, which I hope are fully arsed soon.”

Colin worked in Africa in sales. He was always posting pictures of bars where smoking was allowed, making me envious.

Colin had a marvellous sense of honour and humour. An intelligent and thoughtful a man who immediately earned your respect though never made you feel in debt because of it. A good friend,  a powerful college and sorely missed already.

Colin will not only be remembered for his fine work but also his wonderful family.  His lasting legacy is our respect and those who would control our lives had much more to fight.

Freedom2Choose would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends to a quite magnificent man.

RIP Colin Grainger 1962 – 2015

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Breitbart Wind Farm Articles

All you people who are fighting against ugly, and in the words of Breitbart’s Executive Editor’s James Delingpole’s words, bat chomping, bird slicing wind farms, here are the URLs that we have done on the industry. We will certainly be adding to them in the coming months.

You can follow Breitbart on @BreitbartNews and me on @daveatherton20

Danish Wind Farm Company Sued For Spoiling View

Flagship German Offshore Wind Farm Project Humiliated by Technical Faults

Revealed: Twelve Useless Wind Turbines

Wind Farms Severely Harmful to Wildlife, New Study Finds

Wind Turbines Causing Mothers to Eat Their Own Babies, Says Mink Farmer

Irish Health Official Warns of ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ via

Blown Away? US Suspends Wind Power Subsidies, For Now–US-suspends-wind-power-subsidies–for-now

Wind Turbines caused 1,600 miscarriages

Wind Turbine Fires 10 Times More Common than Previously Thought

Wind Turbines Blamed in Death of Estimated 600,000 Bats in 2012

Small Plane Crashes Into Wind Farm Covered in Fog, Killing Four

Wind Farms Need 700 Times More Land to Produce Same Energy as Fracking

Scots to Investigate Link Between Wind Farms & Insomnia, Dizziness, & Raised Blood Pressure Following Complaints

Taxpayer Funded Wind Turbine Scrapped After It Produced Just £5 Of Electricity

Environmental Charity Slams Plans for Huge Wind Farm

Wind Farms are OK Because… Barnacles

$2.3M Wind Turbine at Veterans Affairs Medical Center ‘Inoperable’ for Last 1 1/2 Years

£7 Million Wind Turbines Left Switched Off After Airport Radar Fears

Lightning Strike Knocks Out Huge Wind Turbine

Danish Wind Turbine Company That Received Over $50 Million In Stimulus Lays Off 800 Workers

Report: Wind Farms Can Reduce House Prices by Up to 12 Percent

Conservationists Outraged After Obama Approves Wind Farm Eagle Slaughter

Danish University Fires Professor Who Criticised Wind Turbines

Obama to Give Wind Farms 30-Year Pass on Eagle Deaths

BMA Accused of Ignoring Health Effects of Wind Turbines

UKIP MEP Lord Dartmouth Denies Financial Links with the Wind Farm about to ruin the Yorkshire Moor he Now Claims Not to Own

California wind farm seeks permit to kill eagles

Obama Pushing Failed Solar and Wind Power Again

Wind Turbine Decision Overturned After MoD Fears Radar Interference

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“A ban in homes is not feasible or right” Deborah Arnott of ASH

After the smoking ban in cars with children inside was passed by the House of Commons. To meet the accusation that the home is not the next “logical step ” for tobacco control, Deborah Arnott on the 11th February 2014 said “A ban in homes is not feasible or right”  adding:

“If you ban it a lot of the levers you use to stop uptake you lose. You can’t tax it, you can’t stop under-age sales. What we want to do is to do everything to discourage it.”

Clive Bates, director of anti-smoking group ASH, said in 1998: “This is a scaremongering story by a tobacco industry front group. “No-one is seriously talking about a complete ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants.”

ASH do not have the best of reputations for honesty but when ASH do call for house bans at least we have it in black and white.

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Dan Hannan tweet on government waste

Daniel Hannan        ✔ @DanHannanMEP


It’s not true that governments waste money idly. They put a great deal of effort into it.

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Toby Perkins Twitter exchange on pub closures


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Tobacco control and free speech

By all accounts last night’s debate in Dublin on tobacco control did not show the tobacco control activists in the best of lights.  Tantrums and tiaras, it was all too much for them, more on the link below. Anyway this is my experience of tobacco control faced with debate.

As the Americans say the anti smoker crowd really did let it all hang out.  I am reminded from 2 years ago I spoke at the British Medical Journal’s “Is smoking a disease or a habit” debate and with other contributors had dinner with Professor Luke Clancy of ASH Ireland.

Before hand we did a run through of our speeches and Clancy kept interrupting me as he wanted to censor what I had written. I was talking about the the junk science of second hand smoke (SHS) in passing.

After he was told to be quiet we then went to dinner. We were having a generally polite conversation, I think he comes from Limerick. I made the point that on the science of SHS and I said many tobacco control activists had not done their research and there are people who have are wilfully and knowingly misleading us.

Clancy exploded. In front of the my fellow diners and 100 people in the restaurant  he shouted out I was a “liar” and proceeded to make a complete spectacle of himself by publicly insulting me at volume 11. The host had to quieten him down.

Then there was my appearance on CNN with Deborah Arnott. After doing the interview, I was literally taking a first sip from a glass of water after returning to the green room and she launched into a tirade into the fact that I was “not an expert.” Spewing vitriol and bile from every orifice. She had turned up with her husband and obviously felt safe that she could give me a piece of her wisdom.

The producer button holed me and said she was not doing her cause any good. That is the polite analysis of what she said.

The hermetically sealed world of Tobacco Control does not deal with honest debate, free speech and evidenced based science too well.

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