BBC One, Monday 7th March 2011; 8.30pm
No one advocates for lawlessness and certainly we all want a society that functions correctly and honourably but there needs to be closer examination and analysis of some of the figures highlighted in tonight’s Panorama.
UK Plc. has allocated £950 million of tax-payers money to recover an estimated £100 million in duty lost to the “illegal tobacco trade”; is this really value for money when so many of our society are living on the bread-line, children are going hungry and every man, woman and child is expected to tighten their belts in order to meet the demands of greedy bankers expecting ten-figure bonuses (that’s a minimum of £10,000,000.00 each) and even greedier MPs who command huge salaries as well as perks and expenses that make the eyes of mere mortals weep.
The worst hokum was from a so-called university professor (UCL no less) citing the figure of 30 times the lead content in the counterfeit tobacco as opposed to “safe” government tobacco – both he and the sensationalist presenter decided that since the “fake” cigarettes contained (we are told) 30 times the lead content of their “safe” counterparts it therefore meant that “each one you smoke (counterfeit) was equivalent to 30 (normal) (taxable) (regulated) (big government money spinning) cigarettes.
This is poor science presented badly, the level of lead may be 30 times greater unfortunately the programme failed to point out that every other value was exactly the same as a regular cigarette; perhaps the biggest difference was the missing treasury income from the taxation thereon.
Revenue from smokers pays for the NHS, so the government sanctions and justifies smoking despite the harm it does simply on the basis of the money it puts into the Treasury – how sick is this system?
Come on Mr Government – let’s be more accurate with our propaganda science and let’s start getting value for money from you in the same way you expect value for money from the population; the £900million would pay for pension increases for the next 10 years; would build 5 new hospitals; 20 new academies to educate our young or pay for nursery care for every child in Britain for a year.
This Panorama programme is just one in a long line of propaganda shows designed specifically to underpin the activities of the government and it’s our TV licence money that pays to investigate and feed this rubbish to us.