David Atherton

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150,000 People Oppose Plain Packaging for Cigarettes in UK

At midnight last night, the Department of Health finished its final six-week consultation on whether to implement plain packaging for cigarettes. In response, Simon Clark of the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST) personally delivered 53,196 letters to Downing Street, with over 100,000 other people also signing a petition dissenting. Aug 8, 2014 5:58 AM PT

The Science: Pornography Can Actually Reduce Rapes

Breitbart London yesterday reported that a greater number of children in Britain are being arrested for rape and sexual assault as a result of 'sexting,' sending explicit images via a mobile phone and access to hard-core pornography on the internet. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has understandably expressed its dismay. Jul 30, 2014 2:38 AM PT

Labour MEP: White People are Racist

This week in the European Parliament, the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) met to discuss the EU's budget for the next year. What at first looked like a dull meeting of MEPs, became a more exciting after a Labour MEP insulted a large portion of the EU's citizens. Jul 25, 2014 6:30 AM PT

No, Dr Wollaston, More Spending Will Not Help the NHS

The National Health Service (NHS) – the “envy of the world” or a study in neo Marxism, depending on your point of view – continues to please and disappoint in equal measures. Paid for out of taxation and free at the point of delivery, free marketeers have been unable to mobilise public opinion behind substantive ideological and cultural reform. Jul 1, 2014 7:58 AM PT

Clegg's Lies on Europe: 'Wilful' and Knowing

Readers may have seen both debates that Nick Clegg had with Nigel Farage on the future the UK’s relationship with Europe. In the second debate on the 2nd April, the Deputy Prime Minister cited government research stating that 7 percent of our primary laws and 14 percent of Statutory Laws come from Brussels, refuting Nigel Farage's claims that 75 percent of our laws come from abroad May 10, 2014 4:08 AM PT

E-Cigarettes to Be Subject to Restrictions Despite Evidence They Help People Stop Smoking

This week the World Health Organization (WHO), along with the American Federal Drug Administration (FDA), appears to be on the cusp of classifying electronic cigarettes (ECs) as tobacco products, in a move dubbed "hugely unhelpful for the public health." The decision comes despite a major new survey of EC users showing that electronic cigarettes help people quit smoking. Apr 25, 2014 6:21 AM PT

Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy than Meat Eaters

Vegetarians are less healthy and have a worse quality of life than meat eaters, according to a study by the University of Graz, Austria. According to the study, those who abstain from meat are "less healthy (in terms of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), have a lower quality of life, and also require more medical treatment." Apr 1, 2014 3:51 AM PT

Has Putin Ended the Green Movement in Europe?

The European Union (EU) – obsessed with climate change, cutting carbon emissions and saving polar bears – may have been hoist by its own foreign policy petard. Vladimir Putin’s threat to cut off natural gas supplies which supply 30 percent of the EU’s needs means the EU may be forced to become energy self sufficient Mar 30, 2014 4:40 AM PT


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