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  1. I think you've posted in the wrong thread. The John Houghton topic is here http://www.manxforums.com/forums/index.php?/topic/60597-unrelenting-bully-houghton/page-21#entry1087806
  2. Going back to the OP: "The IoM Government is advertising for a 'Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor'. the salary is up to £38,214 pa" That's probably what is now called 'virtue-signalling'. Govt saying 'Look at what we are doing to protect the health of our citizens'. PS Carry on chaps, we need your £20m.
  3. I don't think that would stop it. It would just lead to smuggling and black-market sales. For a typical packet of 20 cigarettes costing £8.47 the duty is £5.19 VAT at 20% of the retail price adds £1.69 Cigarettes are a government product - you buy government tobacco. You buy 16 out of 20 cigarettes in the pack from the government, with the tobacco companies as a minor partner handling logistics. It's a government-run profit-making business at both ends of the equation: tobacco tax revenue at one end, and pension savings when you die early at the other end.
  4. Yes, Fermi estimates are generally considered to provide a good approximation. The figure of £4m that I mentioned is my own Fermi estimate, very similar to Butterflies calculation, but based on more up-to-date information. That's because our own NHS does not record such statistics (or at least, they are not currently available). The £20m income from tobacco duties comes from 2016 HM Customs and previous Govt accounts (again, Butterflies identified this at about £19m). But there is also an additional 'local' collection of duties of about £0.5m from tobacco movements out of bonded warehouses.
  5. Decoys on the Calf of Man The expedition was organised by David Quirk (Onchan) and featured Graham Cregeen (Malew and Santon), Tim Crookall (Peel), Geoff Corkish (Douglas West), Juan Watterson (Rushen). Another member of the new intake, Bill Malarkey (Douglas South), who quit as a member of the Liberal Vannin party in June, was invited but couldn't make it. Read more: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/are-the-secret-six-the-face-of-the-political-future-1-1785612#ixzz46LutjdCE
  6. No it won't. The estimated annual cost of smoking-related disease is £4m. The govt income from tobacco duties is £20m.
  7. What did Government pay out to Local Authorities in housing deficiency payments for general social housing in 2014/15? Hansard June 2015
  8. But if you buy 2 halves of bitter it costs 6p more. (????)
  9. That is true, also, spook. When the Court Prosecutor phoned the insurance company to check the validity of the insurance cover, he asked them if the false number plates would nullify the insurance. The company were unable to give a firm answer. It would depend upon all the circumstances of a claim, they said. In the absence of certainty, the prosecutor decided that the charge of no insurance should therefore be dismissed. For those trying to find a 'get out of jail free card' please note that I have tried to distill 3 hours of evidence into a concise report that contains what I consider to
  10. Again, it's just a brief report. There was a lot more to it - regarding level of benefits and the ability of Treasury to deduct the payments from such benefits. TE was told that if Treasury were unable, for any reason, to pay the contribution from benefits then it would be TE's responsibility to ensure that payment was made. That's why there's a non-payment penalty. TE can't blame Treasury if the money isn't paid.
  11. It wasn't a statement from the Court - it was a brief report from me. The vehicle examiner did go into technical details to show that the corrosion was dangerous, I just didn't note it down.
  12. Misplaced gloating, I think. If the level of benefits that TE claims he is receiving is true (and I haven't mentioned it here for obvious reasons), then having a portion of it removed for the next 18 months is certainly not going to improve his life. Hardly "awesome" and not a success. It is going to be very difficult for him. And it all could have been avoided. It's just sad.
  13. Paul Joseph Doyle. Magistrates Court, Room 5, 2nd June 2015 Comment: In my report from Mr Paul Doyle’s first hearing I commented, “I would have enjoyed seeing a better effort from Mr Doyle – the magistrates were not severely tested.” I have to reiterate that statement following the 2nd June appearance. I do not wish to encourage Mr Doyle to persist with arguments that have no hope of success, but the Courts operate under an adversarial system and judges/juries can be greatly influenced by reasoned opinion from two opposing lawyers. Mr Doyle chose, again, to be a ‘litigant in person
  14. Yes, I was there. I'll write it up and post it later today.
  15. Not 'everything' is registered. I register some things so that I have proof they belong to me - e.g. house, car, children, firearms. Society provides me with an official guarantor to those registrations - the government - so that my ownership can be demonstrated with evidence. It's my security against being deprived of my lawful rights or property. A licence is permission to do something that, without a licence, would be unlawful. Holding a licence is your defence against committing what would otherwise be illegal. Holding a licence is the exact opposite to 'intent to commit illegal acts o
  16. Actually, your parting words, repeated from the dock three times to the magistrates, were that you were an honourable man and you agreed to return to court on the given date.
  17. The evidence I presented shows nicotine is addictive and that isn't limited to smoking. Search for papers on snus for example. Nicotine is addictive, this is proven. The difference between cigarettes and cigars, snus, vapes etc is the delivery method and the doses. Cigars aren't inhaled, so you're getting less nicotine so are going to need more to become addicted. E-cigs tend to be weak, so less addtive, but it's still there, and improvements are making them stronger.Doesn't change the fact that the substance nicotine is addictive. You keep saying that nicotine is addictive. There are no citat
  18. Absolute rubbish. Nicotine is present in some foods, but the concentrations are not enough to become addicted. You'd need some 20lbs of eggplant, one of the richest foods, to equal one cigarette.There is plenty of evidence to show nicotine is additive, no matter how it is taken.https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=nicotine+addictionWhy don't you show me some evidence to support your point of view?I've scanned the first four pages of your link, and all references to nicotine addiction relates to smoking. I don't deny that nicotine dependence is caused by smoking. There are many reasons for this
  19. Nicotine is a normal, natural part of the diet and everyone tests positive for it. There is currently no evidence that it is dependence-forming unless/until it is administered in cigarette smoke, which is presumed to cause some sort of chemical change in the brain. NeverAgain, you were already addicted.
  20. Was is on radio? I didn't hear anything. Any news of the video?
  21. Let me throw another quandary into the conspiracy theory. Travellers in the International Space Station experience 16 sunrises each 24 hours. Are they 16 days older?
  22. I’m a non-smoker and I don’t want to smoke. My use of nicotine is a personal choice. I’ve used an atomiser for about 4 months now and I use it every day – although I have yet to find a flavour that I really enjoy. Why do I use it? Well, about 10 years ago I had a period of clinical depression. Although treated by medication I coincidentally discovered Swedish snus. The slow release of a small amount of nicotine produced a slight stimulant effect that I found very beneficial. I didn’t become addicted to nicotine. In fact, Customs and Excise banned the import of snus in about 2007/8 and I wasn
  23. Don't need to try it on my friends. As a non-smoker I have tried it on myself.
  24. Sir, Sir, I know sir! 1) Peano Axioms 2) Aristophanes 3) Arabic word for cat is Kitt /smug
  25. Unsupported by scientific evidence It has not yet been demonstrated that people can become addicted to nicotine from e-cigarettes, patches or gum. Certainly, people who are already addicted to nicotine from smoking may remain addicted to nicotine when they switch to electronic cigarettes. But there is as yet no evidence that non-smokers who try e-cigarettes are at significant risk of becoming addicted to nicotine. To date no systematic human study has examined the threshold dose for the development or maintenance of nicotine addiction. The role of nicotine in addiction to smoking has been
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