Whoâd a thought it eh?
The Dutch government are to abandon the likes of the dreadful Deborah Arnottâs Dutch colleagues to public subscription!
No more public money for the anti-smoking lobby. No more free handouts of smoking cessation kits. What is to become of them all? Redundancies loom. A multi million pound industry killed off just like that!
Not that the pharmaceutical anti-smoking industry is being killed off, you understand, their products will still be available for those who want them.
No, what is being killed off is the lobbying industry, the publically funded centre of anti-smoking propaganda.
Deborah and her colleagues are beside themselves, rending their garments and caterwauling hysterically in the Lancet today.
âSmokers are being abandoned to their fateâ they wail.
No my little love â not abandoned to their fate, released to the freedom of choice. Anathema to you, I do understand.
âEvery death that ensued would not just be the responsibility of the tobacco industry, which continues to promote its lethal product, but also of every politician in the Dutch Government who chose to look the other way and allow it to happen.â
Should it prove that next year there are less Dutch smokers than at present, it will sound the death knell for Deborah and her colleagues, a dreadful fate, as you will surely agree.
Despite the ferocious claims in the Lancet article strangely only two of the fifteen authors have declared any conflict of interest in denouncing the Dutch Government for this move.
Deborah wasnât one of them. Itâs not as though ASH is a publically funded outfit that has anything to fear from a broke British Government following suit is there? All those fervent anti-smokers are bound to send her money to continue her work of their own free will, arenât they?
No? Oh dear.
âAnti-Smoking campaigners are being abandoned to their fate, every redundancy that ensuesâ¦â¦â