GETTING THE FACTS ACROSS

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GETTING THE FACTS ACROSS

Post  Admin on Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:26 am

I recently wrote on another forum, to Boris Johnson's campaign team to ask his views on the smoking ban.

Than, as a sort of experiment, I decided to get in touch with the Socialist Party and ask them the same thing. Seeing as they say that they uphold the rights of the ordinary man, I asked them how they felt about the rights of the ordinary man who smokes, who apparently makes up the majority of smokers.

I received answers from both of, which unbelievably were very much alike.

They both mention the fact that this whole issue, was handled with a very heavy- handed approach by the Labour Party. They also show within their remarks, that they seem to know very little of how this law was pushed through, on what grounds, and what, if any, real evidence was used to back it.

If this is the case, then I think we need to aim more real facts at these parties to show then exactly what has been happening. As you can see from the email below, this person didn't even know very much about how this works in Spain for instance. If they don't know facts like this, then I think we need to teach them.

If we can show all the opposition parties, that this law is based upon lies, then this must help us to slowly but surely win them over.

I am not telling anyone what to do, but my advice, it to keep all letters and emails, short and sweet and to the point. Remember that they receive thousands of emails and letter every day, our ones need to stand out and be punchy.

I would like to hear from anyone with any ideas on this, and who they intend to contact?


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See emails here:

Lewisham Socialist Party

Thank you for your e-mail to the Socialist Party. It has been passed on to me as the election agent for the Lewisham councillor Chris Flood, our candidate for the Greenwich & Lewisham seat in the London Assembly elections on May 1st.

On your specific question on smokers rights our position is that the rights of individuals should be defended - in this case the right of individuals to smoke - but also, of course, the rights of others in a collective situation such as a workplace not to have their health damaged etc.

Although I don't know all the details about the position in Spain - for example, do workers in the establishments mentioned have any real say? - that approach, of trying to conciliate between a 'clash of rights', appears to be similar to ours.

Ultimately real democracy should be about accommodating the rights of all, without the heavy-handed intervention of the state or the domination of society by big corporations (including 'Big Tobacco' and 'Big Pharma' drug companies!) who put their pursuit of profit before peoples' needs. Yours sincerely,

Clive Heemskerk, Lewisham Socialist Party


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Back Boris Campaign

Thank you very much for your email, and I apologise for the delay in replying.

Boris Johnson is standing for Mayor of London. That post has no power to change the law on smoking. Boris has repeatedly criticised the heavy handed approach that Labour has taken on a range of issues, including the smoking ban. He does feel that there may have been better ways to protect employees from the harmful effects of smoke, however he is not proposing to use the Mayoralty to lobby Government for the change you suggest.

Thank you for taking the time to write in.

Kind regards,

Rebecca Mellotte

Back Boris Campaign

Tel: 020 7202 7042

www.backboris.com
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Post  botswana7 on Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:51 am

[/quote]Back Boris Campaign

Boris Johnson is standing for Mayor of London. however he is not proposing to use the Mayoralty to lobby Government for the change you suggest.
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From the Sun on line today, according to Boris if he had his way and he should do if he becomes Mayor he says:-

"If I had my way, we would have an online referendum in London about whether to give boroughs back the power to give discretion over smoking to pubs and clubs.

Not sure who the referendum would be aimed at, hopefully pub and club users and owners and not government bodies.

You can read the whole article from the link below:-

http://www.thesun.co.uk/discussions/posts/list/Smoking_ban-67441.page

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Post  Admin on Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:22 pm

Hello Botswana, I have just received the following email which also reiterates what you have said:

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Many thanks for your email. Rob has asked me to reply on his behalf. I am sorry if his previous statement failed to clarify his position.

In addition to Boris' view on the smoking ban, Boris has said the following:

'What is the point of having local democracy if we don't leave decisions like this to a local level? If I had my way, we would have an online referendum in London about whether to give boroughs back the power to give discretion over smoking to pubs and clubs.'

I hope this helps clarify your concern. If there is anything else you would like to bring to our attention, please do not hesitate to get back in contact with us. It is vital that we hear from Londoners about the issues that matter to them.



Yours sincerely


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