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South-East MEP response- my best one yet!
08-03-2013, 01:44 PM
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South-East MEP response- my best one yet!
Dear Rachael,

I apologise for the delay in answering your letter. The recent by-election in Eastleigh has occupied all of our energies.

Being a smoker myself, I am acutely aware of the dangers inherent in smoking. However it is my choice as an adult to smoke.

Electronic cigarettes, such as you use, are a perfectly valid alternative to cigarettes and your case, along with the evidence you produce, should certainly point up the possible value of them as an aid to cessation.

The problem however is that the EU does not operate on logical grounds but is simply swayed by who has the most powerful lobbyists. There are more lobbyists in Brussels even than in Washington. Frankly the European Parliament has little power. it is merely a nodding dog that passes whatever its masters in the Commission dictate.

Unfortunately due to my workload I cannot spare time at present to meet you to discuss this personally (I am presently turning down appearances well into the summer) but I am doing a set of public meetings in April which will be visiting Kent and you are more than welcome to pop along and try to catch me there.

Best regards

Nigel Farage
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08-03-2013, 09:41 PM
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RE: South-East MEP response- my best one yet!
Wow a personal and interesting response.

Vaper, New Found Gamer and General Court Fool.
VTTV Team Member and RY4 DJ.
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09-03-2013, 12:31 AM
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RE: South-East MEP response- my best one yet!
I wasn't expecting something quite so blunt! To be honest, I'm tempted to reply suggesting that vapours and smokers shouldn't be 'yes-men' or nodding dogs but at least go down kicking and screaming. I also want to know if he's tried e-cigs...x
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09-03-2013, 10:28 PM
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RE: South-East MEP response- my best one yet!
He didn't bother to answer my letter, maybe because a Conservative was vote in this area. I did get a 'yes' to a tweet though on his e-cig position.
If most MEPs think all ecigs look like vamos and all UKIP are anti-EU, maybe they should attend the meetings puffing vamos (non-smokers zero nic).

Fight the EU ecig/vaping ban!
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14-03-2013, 08:35 PM
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RE: South-East MEP response- my best one yet!
From my MEP

Thank you for your email of 18th February 2013.

I appreciate you taking your time to share your views with me but as representative for the North East of England in the European Parliament, I will need to make my mind up on the way that I will be voting on this matter.

Obviously, I will consider your thoughts but I will also be considering other opinion, advice and information on this subject.

Yours sincerely
Stephen S Hughes MEP

North East European Constituency Office
Room 4/38
County Hall

Don't Drip and Drive
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19-03-2013, 10:28 PM
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RE: South-East MEP response- my best one yet!
My latest and best reply yet, or is it? At least it's honest.

Thank you for your email outlining your concerns with the EU draft
Directive on tobacco and smoking. UKIP, being strongly libertarian,
agrees with your personal rights to take tobacco and the like for
whatever personal pleasure you take from it. We believe that the EU
should have no jurisdiction over us either as persons or as the United
Kingdom in these matters, and that we are entirely able to take these
decisions for ourselves as responsible individuals and as an independent
nation. We will certainly oppose this legislation at all levels, from
votes in committee, speeches as opportunity arises, meetings with
industry lobbyists (BAT are in contact with us), and final votes in the
Strasbourg parliament.

In a more rear-guard manner, it may also be possible for UKIP to put
down amendments to the legislation to water it down in progress, or
loosen the limits for such things as milligrams allowed for OTC sales.
Unfortunately, our chances of success in these votes and amendments are
small as the three old parties all vote against us and in line with the
EU band-wagon. The EU is entirely against personal liberty and freedom,
and certainly wishes you to be forced to be healthy in the way it
decides for you, which is for your own good, in their view. Of course,
eventually the EU will see fit to ban all tobacco, let alone other
nicotine products, so then only the black market will exist, much as
things went in the USSR and Red China.

As a further fall-back position it may be useful to prepare yourself for
the worst with research into non-EU controlled sources of nicotine fluid
and the like which may spring up in a free market response to the EU Big
Brother-Big Nanny State approach to these things, or even be available
now. The UK alone does an excellent job of regulating such things, and
the EU intrusion is as unnecessary as it is unwelcome.

Please support UKIP by voting thoughtfully in all available situations,
we are the only party fighting the EU on these and all other aspects of
being ruled by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. As you did not elect
them you cannot vote them out, withdrawal is the only way.

Yours sincerely

Jamie Illingworth

Office of Nigel Farage, Brussels.

E. Cig Warning: The Government can seriously damage your health.
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