COMMENT: Scrapping EU vaping laws would improve health and boost the economy

The following article of mine was published on Brexit Central on Sunday 23 July 2017.

The e-cigarette market was, until recently, perhaps the closest thing we had to a genuine free market. A relative lack of regulation, compared to what it is now, allowed the market to innovate in ways we seldom see. As the vast majority of those using e-cigarettes are either current or former smokers, the innovations also have huge health benefits. According to the Royal College of Physicians, e-cigarettes are at least 95 per cent safer than combustible tobacco, and Public Health England has acknowledged that they are the number one quit aid in the country. This is a success story, so you would think that the urge to regulate them out of existence would be resisted. Sadly not, and the worst culprit is the European Union. Continue reading “COMMENT: Scrapping EU vaping laws would improve health and boost the economy”

LISTEN: My thoughts on why the smoking ban was and is one of the most illiberal things we have done in the UK

We have just had the tenth anniversary of the smoking ban in England. I know that many people hate the smell of burning tobacco. I get that, and so did those who opposed an outright ban in every enclosed public space. There were alternatives at the time, and if anything, thanks to much better ventilation systems, those alternatives are even better than they were. Continue reading “LISTEN: My thoughts on why the smoking ban was and is one of the most illiberal things we have done in the UK”

Why has Theresa May fired David Jones?

I ask that question as I do not know the answer to it. David Jones has always struck me as a very able minister. He is a former Secretary of State for Wales. He is an experienced operator, and along with David Davis and colleagues, has managed to build-up a department from scratch in just under a year.

Jones is also a Leaver. He was very effective in Wales during last year’s EU Referendum. What is Theresa May up to? After performing so badly at the polls last week, the fears of many that she is preparing to water down Brexit will resurface. After Jones’ sacking, the optics are bad.

Has she learned anything from her humiliation last week?

 

You are in office, but not in power, Prime Minister. You have to go

I didn’t see that election result coming, although if I had used some foresight, I would have done.

I made a number of predictions about Labour marginals before Theresa May launched the Conservative manifesto. Until then, I firmly believe that all was well. The campaign wasn’t very good at that point, however, there was time for improvement.

After the manifesto was launched, the wheels came off. Theresa May couldn’t even admit she had performed a U-turn on the so-called “dementia tax”. The campaign was too presidential. Saying “me and my team” is not only an incorrect use of English grammar, it also makes Theresa May look self-centred. Continue reading “You are in office, but not in power, Prime Minister. You have to go”

Can you help David Nuttall in Bury North?

David Nutall was first elected as the Conservative MP for Bury North in 2010. He was re-elected in 2015 with a wafer thin majority of just 378. He is standing again this Thursday.

David is a gent in the truest sense of the word. He passionately campaigned for Brexit and is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary ‘Better Off Out’ Group of MPs and Peers.

With just under three days of campaigning left, can you lend a hand in his re-election campaign? I know David and his team will be happy to hear from you.

Contact Bury Conservatives on 0161 764 4548. Email: office@buryconservatives.org.uk. The office is located at 1 Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 0DR.

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