FOREST sets the summer alight

FOREST recently held its annual knees up. "Smoke on the Water". David Atherton was there to enjoy...

by David Atherton on 24 June 2013 09:01

On Tuesday, June 18th, the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST) had its annual knees up, “Smoke on the Water.” Spirits, in every sense of the word, were on the up; one poor lady had to get medical treatment for over intoxication.

FOREST has been very generous with praise for all types of people who have assisted in its campaign to stop plain packaging for cigarettes – from bloggers, to those commenting in newspapers and writing to their MP.

Many nonsmokers might not consider this a matter to die in a ditch for. But it is highly relevant. Recently, Junior Health Minister Anna Soubry has ordered the food industry to voluntarily "agree" to consistent labeling of food. She said: “By having all the major retailers and manufacturers signed up to the consistent label, we will all be able to see at a glance what is in our food – this is why I want to see more manufacturers signing up and using the label."

Likewise, the alcohol prohibition movement, in the guise of Alcohol Concern, wishes to restrict the advertising of alcohol brands at sporting and music events.

Government and government-funded charities will never be satisfied with just tobacco.

Message aside, the FOREST boat had to set off early as it was full, deck to deck. A wide range of ages and guests enjoyed a steel band and two excellent speeches from MPs David Nuttall and Philip Davies. The Adam Smith Institute, the TaxPayers’ Alliance, the Institute of Economic Affairs, and the Freedom Association were all represented. I even saw the Commentator’s Executive Editor Raheem Kassam with a glass in hand.

FOREST now moves on to its annual dinner at Boisdale on July 2nd. Speakers include Lord Bell, Chairman of Bell Pottinger, and Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs. I can highly recommend the food and those whiskey cocktails…

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