A group of five American tobacco companies have sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the graphic warnings that are placed on the cigarette (and presumably other tobacco products) packaging. Their argument? The images are part of a wider FDA plan to curb smoking in the US, which requires companies to promote the government’s anti-smoking agenda – which the tobacco Continue reading
With the American debt crisis dominating most of the front page headlines at the beginning of the week followed by a dramatic slide in major stock markets you may have been fortunate enough to avoid stories involving Newcastle’s Joey Barton quoting Nietzsche and a Polar bear killing a school boy on an expedition in Norway but amongst this detritus, Harry Raffal reports five of issues which have been left knocking around. Continue reading
Before the last General Election, David Cameron invested a great deal of effort to explain his love of the NHS and pledged not to cut its budget. After a year in power the Conservatives are being criticised for curbing NHS spending. However, it is the Coalition that should take the blame, not the Tories, writes Nicola Bradshaw. Continue reading
Politics On Toast’s very own A.P. Schrader has been appointed health secretary by Her Majesty’s Government (yes, really). In his first act he abolishes the Department of Health. Next he razes and rebuilds the National Health Service – one that will compete for our business.
What would I do if David Cameron appointed me Health Secretary tomorrow? I dare say Andrew Lansley still asks himself that question every night before he goes to bed. Or does he? Jacqueline Davis of The Guardian would have us believe that the Coalition’s apparently Lib Dem-led U-turn “was a fake” and that the Lansley reforms “remain on track”. We can only hope. Even if they are, however, I have serious doubts as to whether the Lansley proposals go anything like far enough, even in their un-watered Continue reading
While musing about the nature of modern politics I remembered an encounter I had with the then council leader of a Home Counties’ District Council. A Conservative fellow of honest repute who when asked by my good self whether he would consider standing for Parliament after his service “running” the district council replied thus: “No. I control a bigger budget than I ever would as an MP”.
It was at this moment that my membership and association with the Conservative Party officially died its final and very terminal death. Since that day 7 or 8 years ago I have always wondered why right-wing types vote for the Conservative Party and having analysed all the data have come to following conclusion. Continue reading