Article 18 of the Tobacco Directive Could Have Been Voted upon Separately

I don’t know precisely how these things work, but it seems that the EU has some sort of system whereby it is possible for different bits of a directive to be extracted from the general vote and voted upon separately. This can only be done by appeal to the President of the EU who, presumably, follows some sort of procedure to decide.

Representations had been made to the President to allow a separate vote on Article 18 (re ecigs). It seems that he did so. However, the decision was only made known at 10.49 am – just 41 minutes before the vote was due to be taken – far too late for any action to be taken to actually have Article 18 voted upon separately.

You can read all about it here:

http://vapingiraffe.blogspot.fr/2014/02/tpd-split-vote-was-allowed-by-eu.html

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The political skulduggery involved in these machinations is almost impossible to believe. But it seems to be par for the course in the EU. No underhand trick, regardless of the obvious fraud involved, is beyond the pail. This is very indicative of the autocratic nature of the EU structure, and the dictatorial attitude among the elite. “The people have no bread? Then let them eat cake! Ha! Ha!”

But perhaps we should all take heart from this atrocity. Such as system cannot last. It is just too monarchical. “L’Etat – c’est moi”. We are back in pre-revolution France.

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All is not lost. The EU has no actual authority. It is up to member states to decide what they actually do. They can decide when and if they introduce legislation to put the directive into effect. Of course, the Tobacco Control Industry will go into overdrive to have the provisions enacted, but there are already tricky problems in the pipe-line. The car smoking thing and PP are by no means forgone certainties. Frankly, there is so much anti-tobacco and anti-ecig emotion building up that Government (that is, the political part) must be getting fed up with all the hysteria. It is hard to believe that the political government would wish to waste parliamentary time on measures which will have no effect, regardless of how much the Zealots push.

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For me, this whole charade is becoming more of an amusement than a real thing. The Tobacco Control Industry is building up more and more antagonism and making more and more enemies.

I, and many others, have accepted my status as a disgusting, filthy, stinking outlaw. Frankly, I quite enjoy that status. It means that no charity will get a penny from me because they are inlaws while I am outlaw. I need not consider it my duty to cooperate – I may or may not. I need to have no conscience. I am an outlaw.

There is an interesting facet to being an outlaw. The question is, “What other outlaws does one sympathise with?” I have no difficulty with sympathising with smugglers and people who grow cannabis in their lofts or dealers in cocaine. They are also outlaws. But I do not sympathise with burglars and such, even though they might also be outlaws. The reason is that such people are not anti-establishment but are anti-people.

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The more that I think about these matters, the more that I achieve a level of equanimity. Let them pass their laws. They do not apply to me.

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8 Responses to “Article 18 of the Tobacco Directive Could Have Been Voted upon Separately”

  1. Tony Says:

    Nikky Sinclair describes the rest of the TPD as ‘a spoonful of sugar’ FFS!

    In the f2c blog: http://www.f2c.org.uk/blog/2014/02/27/eu-politicians-trample-on-our-freedoms-the-tpd/ there is a link to the video of the voting process. Several MEPs tried to speak up about the issue but were sternly told to shut up and that no debate would be permitted.

    It is pretty shocking viewing.

  2. Article 18 of the Tobacco Directive Could Have ... Says:

    […] I don’t know precisely how these things work, but it seems that the EU has some sort of system whereby it is possible for different bits of a directive to be extracted from the general vote and voted upon separately. This can only be done by appeal to the President of the EU who, presumably, follows some sort of procedure to decide. Representations had been made to the President to allow a separate vote on Article 18 (re ecigs). It seems that he did so. However, the decision was only made known at 10.49 am – just 41 minutes before the vote was due to be taken – far too late for any action to be taken to actually have Article 18 voted upon separately.  […]

  3. beobrigitte Says:

    All is not lost. The EU has no actual authority. It is up to member states to decide what they actually do.

    Good point!!! There is a war – and no-one participates.

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