"In the 1950s the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Harold Macmillan, put the financial benefits of cigarettes over the nation's health, records show."We kill you - you pay for it"! says the Earl of Stockton.
Then health minister Robert Turton advised the 1956 Cabinet to 'constantly inform the public of the facts' of the link between smoking and lung cancer... Mr Turton told ministers... the 'statistical picture is clear'...
But Mr MacMillan, who was prime minister from 1957 to 1963, said the revenue from smoking was too valuable: 'Expectation of life 73 for smoker and 74 for non-smoker. (Doesn't take into account ill health before death and probably untrue anyway) Treasury think revenue interest outweighs this. Negligible compared with risk of crossing a street,' he added. Revenue interest outweighs this
In a nutshell, folks: THAT is the mentality that gave us WWI; globalism; consumerism; WWII; the immigrants; political correctness; dumbing-down; drugging-up; the EU; multiculturalism; Black Wednesday; spin; Iraq; Afghanistan; a disappearing Antarctic; 4.5 million surveillance cameras; sub-prime and white flight on a vast scale.
And still the lemming votes for his MacMillan!
As the wise man said:
"If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!"
Q. How do you kill a Brit?
A. Slowly. As he's coughing up.