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    There's nothing particularly surprising here, but it's maddening nonetheless:

    Big tobacco, the new politics, and the threat to public health - https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l2164

    With several Tory leadership contenders sympathetic to its ideology, the Institute of Economic Affairs is closer to power than it has been for decades. In an exclusive investigation, Jonathan Gornall reveals how the organisation is funded by British American Tobacco and has links with senior conservative ministers. After orchestrating a series of attacks on public health initiatives, the IEA may now hold the key to No 10

    Whatever the eventual consequences of Brexit for the NHS,12 an article published in the Daily Telegraph in March made it clear that an even greater threat to public health in the UK may emerge from the battle for control of the Conservative Party.

    In an essay published on 31 March, titled “The next Tory leader must be a bullish libertarian,” the director general of the free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) set out what amounted to a manifesto for the new party leader.

    The leadership election, wrote Mark Littlewood, was a chance “to rediscover an agenda supportive of . . . free markets and a smaller state.” Theresa May’s successor should ensure that “the plethora of censorious and hectoring measures over what British adults choose to eat, drink and smoke must come to an end.”3

    What the IEA says matters. Credited by Margaret Thatcher in 1979 for having “created the climate of opinion which made our victory possible,”4 its free market fundamentalism is now back in vogue. “Bullish libertarianism” appeals to a significant faction of the Conservative Party, and, as the showcasing of Littlewood’s prescription in the Telegraph attests, any prospective leader is likely to emerge from the ranks of those who subscribe to the IEA’s ideology.

    The institute has a longstanding commitment to dismissing public health initiatives as “nanny state” interventions.56 Its recent research publications have challenged the childhood obesity strategy,7 dismissed “sin taxes” as regressive,8 and ridiculed the link910 between fast food outlets and obesity.11 In the past year alone it has issued more than a dozen statements criticising everything from alcohol controls to sugar taxes as “pointless,” “absurd,” and “draconian” (see box B).

    All of this might not be quite so worrying were it not for two facts: the IEA is or has been funded by some of the very industries that stand to gain commercially from its attacks on public health initiatives, and it is connected—ideologically, financially, or both—to no fewer than 25 serving Conservative MPs, including several candidates for May’s job (see box A).

    The IEA is secretive about its funding sources, but The BMJ can report that the organisation is part funded by British American Tobacco. In the past it has also taken money from the gambling, alcohol, sugar, and soft drink industries. Meanwhile, politicians with links to the IEA seem to be progressing ever closer to power. The concern is that public health policies could be put at risk under a new Tory leadership, including current plans for calorie labelling and for advertising restrictions designed to tackle childhood obesity, as well as progress towards a minimum unit price for alcohol (see box C).

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    I am hoping Droid has some optimistic statistics to show us that PM Boris is an unlikely outcome.

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    Youre fucked.

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    I genuinely don't understand what his plan is at this stage. I mean, I know that he's basically an overcooked cauliflower in a suit, but he's well enough in touch with reality to know that a hard or no-deal brexit is going to fuck a lot of people over in a way that's hard to ignore or handwave away even for a Tory. And similarly I know that he's rich enough and psychopathic enough not to give a shit about that, but he also seems vain enough to want praise and validation rather than ridicule and vilification, so he presumably wants to deliver something that's a no-more-than-plausibly-deniable shitshow.

    I thought he was doing alright for himself when he was basically standing on the sidelines banging on about how OBVIOUSLY he'd be handling things better, but sat in the hot seat he actually has to play his cards, and I don't really see that he's got any. He's been telling everyone that we can do a glorious hard brexit that cements Britain's place as Top Nation if we just go at it with a Positive Attitude and now he's in a position where he can actually do that and it's hard to see how he's going to wriggle out of it or blame someone else.

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    What is the likelihood parliament stopping a no-deal Brexit, though? I mean is there any precedent for anything like this in modern times? How would it work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    What is the likelihood parliament stopping a no-deal Brexit, though? I mean is there any precedent for anything like this in modern times? How would it work?
    'Stopping a No Deal Brexit' heavily implies the EU will just wave another extension through. I'm not convinced; they just see us spunking away this extension.

    Unless there's a GE or 2nd Referendum then I don't think they'll let us extend again.

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    I can't imagine an extention. I meant a revocation of Article 50. Of course it would be the greatest possible propaganda coup for Farage. Then again if we do leave with no deal then he's won anyway. It's win-win for him, in a sense.
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    It's one thing to vote for an extension, it's quite another to vote to effectively cancel Brexit. I'm not even sure Corbyn would want to (to be seen to) vote for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comelately View Post
    I'm not even sure Corbyn would want to (to be seen to) vote for that.
    Well of course he wouldn't, he's an ardent Brexiteer. It would take a coalition of rebels from both parties.
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    Politics as parody, as mere spectacle; the notion that any of them are remotely interested in, or equipped to, improve our society absolutely laughable.

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    'Stopping a No Deal Brexit' heavily implies the EU will just wave another extension through. I'm not convinced; they just see us spunking away this extension.
    With some justification to be fair.

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    I keep seeing this today... you realise that the people who are in control, or at least are picking those in control have totally fucking lost it. Brexit has broken their tiny minds.
    It's pretty scary that an illegitimate and insane vote to leave the EU which no longer commands a majority is being forced through by an insane party which also no longer commands a majority. Both of these things are in such a precarious position that the vested interests clinging on to power won't go to the country and ask if they still want them (and thus gain the mandate and majority they need to do it properly) - cos they know that it doesn't. The upshot, we are led by people we don't like into doing something we don't want and that everyone who knows anything about it says will be a disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    I keep seeing this today... you realise that the people who are in control, or at least are picking those in control have totally fucking lost it. Brexit has broken their tiny minds.
    It's pretty scary that an illegitimate and insane vote to leave the EU which no longer commands a majority is being forced through by an insane party which also no longer commands a majority. Both of these things are in such a precarious position that the vested interests clinging on to power won't go to the country and ask if they still want them (and thus gain the mandate and majority they need to do it properly) - cos they know that it doesn't. The upshot, we are led by people we don't like into doing something we don't want and that everyone who knows anything about it says will be a disaster.
    yeah but yeah but yeah but DAMOCRASY!!!!!!!1111
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