Monday, March 19, 2007

One eye on the main chance...

It has been some little while since I wrote about the Gobblin' King and it has been even longer since I fisked him at the same kind of length in which Croydonian now indugles. Do go and read the whole post, because it's a joy; however, there is something that I'd like to pick up.

At the end of his fucking ignorant, illiberal harangue entirely reasonable and visionary fucking tract, our Cyclopean Chancellor asks some very pertinent questions about smoking.
I am keen to explore some of the options we have to us to further reduce smoking.

For example:
  • Should patches and nicotine gum be made cheaper, for example free of tax?

  • Can we give better incentives for getting fit?

  • Should we tax cigarettes more?

  • How can we stop smuggling of illegal cigarettes into our pubs and communities?

  • And how does smoking fit in to a wider campaign for public health?

I look forward to hearing your views.

Really? That won't last long...
This is an opportunity for you all to influence the way we do things and any changes we make.

... As long as what you want to influence coincides with our targets, and that your methods of doing so coincide with ours, you prole scum. Anyway, here are my views, you thieving fuck.
Should patches and nicotine gum be made cheaper, for example free of tax?

Yeah, sure; go ahead, Gordo: knock yourself out!
Can we give better incentives for getting fit?

Er... You could stop selling off school playing fields and you could reintroduce compulsory daily sports sessions. It'll keep the kiddie-winks off the fucking streets, too.

But here's the killer...
Should we tax cigarettes more?

... and...
How can we stop smuggling of illegal cigarettes into our pubs and communities?

What the fuck are you talking about? First, you one-eyed freak of nature, if you raise the tax on cigarettes—thus making them more expensive—then you will get smuggling. As long as cigarettes can be purchased more cheaply elsewhere (and, given the EU rules) they always can be, the more expensive you make UK cigarettes, the more cheap fags will flood into the country. Look, Gordo, you fucking chimp: incentives work!

Second, if this is about health, then who gives a crap if the cigarettes in "our pubs and communities" are smuggled or not? The only issue here is the Treasury tax take on those packs; let's face it, Gordo, your average man on the street couldn't care less if you happen to rake in a few more millions in that tobacco tax that is strraaaaangely absent from the rest of your speech. What Mr Man On The Street does care about, however, is how much a packet of facts will cost him.

Doesn't this man understand anything about economics?*


* This is a rhetorial qustion to which the true answer is...

5 comments:

Neal Asher said...

The problem with Labour politicians is a very weak grasp on history. One wonders if the Anti-Midas has ever heard of Prohibition?

AntiCitizenOne said...

I think the main problem is that our moronic NHS will cost the same to the user whether they look after their own health (at great cost) or eat pies, smoke and drink quite cheaply.

The NHS actively subsidises poor health choices.

nsfl said...

QUOTE: "Should patches and nicotine gum be made cheaper, for example free of tax?"

Is the Goblin King absolutely sure that reducing the VAT to zero on these products is within his gift? We know it's the EU that determines the minimum VAT level and we know, for example, that he can't lower the 5% that's levied on condoms and female sanitary products to 0%. I'd be surprised if he could make nicotine patches zero rated.

Now can we leave?

Newmania said...

If you read the new Statesman , which I do, the thing that strikes you is the absolute presumtion that if some noew law tax or control might help a problem then it is justified.

For example - Stay in bed...avoid household accidents..stop eating ..avoid infection , heart disease and of course , obesity.


It seriously isn`t that far off the truth , unintended consequences abound not to say Libertarian ishews

james higham said...

...Second, if this is about health, then who gives a crap if the cigarettes in "our pubs and communities" are smuggled or not?...

This is too logical, DK, for one such as him.