Over at the Independent, “journalist” or more like “churnalist” Steve Connor has dutifully cut and pasted a rattled Deborah Arnott and Stephen Williams’ Liberal Democrat MP’s piece on attacking Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs.
“Anti-smoking campaigners have voiced concerns that Mark Littlewood, the director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has been appointed as an “independent adviser” to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, which they believe might allow him to influence policy on plain cigarette packets.”
The delightful Angela Harbutt has written a rather more erudite repost:
“Nailed his colours to the mast ? Too right he has – and years ago. Mark Littlewood (founder of, and former blogger here at LV) has been a passionate smoker, and blogger on the issue for years – and not just on tobacco. He has stood up to governments on tobacco and alcohol and drugs and gambling and a number of other lifestyle issues time and again here on this very blog, on the media. You name it Littlewood has been there.
…And long before he started this blog, when he was the spin doctor for the Lib Dems he was positively evangelical about people’s freedoms, civil (co-founder of no2id) and personal.”
What I found interested in the “tobacco kills” comments was these from And789 when he said:
“We can’t kill people with tobacco just to keep the pubs open.”
“So you like to ban the freedom of assembly of consenting adults to consume a legal substance on private property? Suggested further reading is Von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom and George Orwell’s 1984. ”
You’re in serfdom to the tobacco industry. They’ve got you by the short and curlies and you pay them for it.And you’re not consenting, you’re addicted.”
An anti smoker speaks.