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Thursday
Mar252010

That RCP report (and me, me, me)

More media coverage of the Royal College of Physicians' report, beginning with THIS clip from Channel 4 News. For my bit they wanted me to sit behind the wheel of a car that turned out to be a Porsche. I was happy to oblige, although it was a bit of a squeeze. Sadly they didn't entrust me with the keys.

Liberal Vision has posted an edited version of the Five Live phone-in with Nicky Campbell HERE. (As for the rest of the post I couldn't possibly comment.)

I was also on SunTalk HERE about ten minutes in. I haven't heard it but if the sound isn't great it's because I was on my mobile standing next to some garbage in a dingy alleyway a short walk from Oxford Street.

Such is life.

Reader Comments (8)

Is there something going on between you and Ms Harbutt, Simon? I think we should be told.

March 25, 2010 at 21:38 | Unregistered CommenterRose Whiteley

Here is a comment that I have just recently posted on Mail on Line -


"This report is not a scientific paper. It is propaganda. It is simply a scatter-gun blast at the government while the government is preparing its review of the tobacco legislation (due to be published in July), in the hope that some of the shot will hit the target. I see a comprehensive conspiracy behind the scenes, not unlike Climategate, to prepare lots of junk studies, at taxpayer's expense (if the taxpayer has not paid for the report and the studies, then who has?), specifically for the purpose of quotability in order to support the report’s findings. One can ‘smell’ the connivance – we have seen it many times before.
The report makes much of the idea of ‘duty’. “It is the duty of parents…..”; “It is the duty of government….” Nowhere in this report do these physicians call for a ban on tobacco smoke completely. Why not? If it is so dangerous, why have they not called for a complete ban on tobacco? Is it not their duty? Why have they failed in their duty?"

A couple of years ago, these physicians would have got away with their machinations, but we are all very much more aware now. The trouble is, of course, that by the time that one has investigated the 'studies' (if one can find them on the internet) and found them to be wanting, the new laws will already be on the statute book. We must be aware that the Health Dept, Sir Liam D (chief medical officer) and the Royal College of Physicians are all in league with each other. This report has been in preparation for some time.

There is only one answer to their machinations and that is THE SCIENCE. For example, it is NOT POSSIBLE scientifically for asthma cases in children to treble as a result of passive smoking when smoking in the general population has halved. It's like saying the safer you make aircraft, the more they crash. It is a contradiction in terms.The fact that this report says that asthma in children has increased as a result of passive smoking when smoking has reduced clearly indicates that the whole report is a fraud.

There is something wrong with these physicians. The proper studies in the past indicate that either there is no harm in environmental tobacco smoke (in normal circumstances) or results are inconclusive. They must know this, so why are they so adamant that tobacco must be eradicated? They will not be happy until every tobacco plant in the world has been grubbed up and destroyed.

It would not surprise me if it eventually turns out that Sir Liam D is not mentally ill.Was Hitler mentally ill?

March 26, 2010 at 2:40 | Unregistered CommenterJunican

Well said Junican

March 26, 2010 at 5:54 | Unregistered CommenterLyn

Nice post Junican. I don't think they want the tobacco plants gone though. The pharma industry does a lot of research into the bioactive components of tobacco. If I believed in conspiracy theories I might suggest that they wish to wrest control of tobacco production from the hands of the current tobacco industry and take it over. Once they have succeeded they alone would profit from nicotine use via whatever delivery system and they would own the means of producing a number of very valuable medicinal chemicals. Of course I don't subscribe to conspiracy theories.

March 26, 2010 at 7:03 | Unregistered CommenterHeretic

.... and it just gets worse:-

Budget 2010
"From January 1 next year, every additional 3cm, or part thereof, beyond this length will be treated as another cigarette. This means that an 11cm cigarette will be treated as two cigarettes, while a 12cm cigarette will be counted as three."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/25/budget-cigarette-tax-smoking-darling-chancellor

March 26, 2010 at 9:29 | Unregistered CommenterSpartan

More Prolefeed

An interesting article I came across yesterday. Apologies if you've seen it before

http://members.iinet.com.au/~ray/TSSOASb.html

Remind you of the AGW scam?

March 26, 2010 at 10:29 | Unregistered CommenterGoodstuff

Everything you say Junican rings true.
As I've said before they, the Antis (and it looks like its the turn of the physicians mouthing anti speak this time round) have to keep the brainwashing momentum going.
It gets more outrageous and unbelievable with every new outfit on the block, be it ASH or whatever govt guango's turn it is to spout junk science or new revelations.
As long as they keep the spiel going, even rehashing old lies, it doesent matter as long as they have something to talk about, it keeps them in their jobs and makes them sound important.
While ingraining the brainwashing further into the minds of a tired, frightened and bewildered public.

March 26, 2010 at 11:08 | Unregistered Commenterann

More to my comment above re conspiracy (although I would prefer the word ‘collusion’), I went through the list of publications quoted by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

It might interest you to know that I could see not one which was independent of the medical profession (although there were one or two which I was unsure of). Here is a brief breakdown (done in a rush, so possibly a bit inaccurate):

There were 34 quoted publications.

RCP Itself 2
WHO World health 2
ASH 2
Lancet 2
BMJ Brit med journal 2
DOH Dept health 2

Total 12

Now, isn’t that a nice, convincing spread?

In addition,

Tobacco control 5
Addiction 3

New Total 20
Of the rest, some were foreign but, as far as I could tell, all medical.

Of the 34, a total of 23 were written between 2007 and 2010; a very nice little accumulation of evidence to be produced by Sir Liam D to the DOH when required. All sewn up. I have no doubt that they are already working on the next step.

March 26, 2010 at 20:57 | Unregistered CommenterJunican

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