Let the public decide about their own health! Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products
More issues being brought to Nick’s attention by a concerned public, this time on plain packaging for tobacco products.
Please can you put some sense into this undemocratic plain packaging on tobacco, also this government must come clean on just how much public money is being spent to get the result they want.
You must admit this is crazy. This is a pirates dream to start copying tobacco, do you agree? I know it isn't politically correct to smoke these days but this is going one step too far. What next, sweets, lager, burgers?
This letter went on to make the point that while it is fine to let the public know about possible health risks, it is another to stop every possible action that the public do which may have health implications taking their choice away. This was a plea to let the public keep some choice in the matters of their own lives and bodies.
Nick Griffin’s MEP outreach officer has responded to this letter below:
Thank you for your email regarding the Government's proposal to require standardised, plain packaging for tobacco products. Mr Griffin has asked me to reply to you on his behalf.
As a British National Party MEP, Nick Griffin recognises that civil liberties and personal freedoms in modern Britain are under attack from the very powerful 'politically correct' lobby. At present, it is British patriots and smokers who are the primary focus for sanction and 're-education' but the groups identified as dysfunctional and in need of some 'PC' attention will, no doubt, expand with time.
As you are rightly point out, if the state seeks to remove all possible risks to health and personal wellbeing - as defined by those who happen to hold the reins of power at the time - there will be no end to the regulations necessary to deliver such an ambitious, utopian target.
The British National Party believes that individual choice is an essential element in a free society, and that is why it has pledged to abolish the ban on smoking in pubs. In place of the blanket ban on smoking, landlords would instead be given the choice to decide for themselves - according to their own business plans and circumstances - whether to offer a smoking or non-smoking environment to their customers. This will mean, in turn, that individual pub customers also have discretion over whether to direct their custom to a smoking or non-smoking pub, or perhaps a pub with separate smoking and non-smoking areas.
Please be assured that Mr Griffin will continue to oppose ultra-authoritarian and inflexible Government diktats that infringe on civil liberties.