You see, they're the experts on everything. They've already re-designed the laws of physics and chemistry to advance their agenda, why not the principles of economics too?More than once.
The tobacco control industry like to portray themselves as 'experts' in everything from economics to organised crime, when the only area they are truly expert at is hating tobacco companies and sponging off our taxes to do so.But, while finally finding time to clear out my blog drafts this bank holiday weekend, I found probably the funniest 'expert' fail of the lot.
On March 5th, Patrick Wintour published a piece in the Guardian confidently predicting that legislation on plain packs would be in the Queen's Speech.
Alex Ralph at the Times tweeted that there might be some doubt, but a tobacco control 'expert' was on hand to educate him.
@alexralph Standard arse covering protocol after a leak.
— Simon Chapman (@SimonChapman6) March 6, 2013
Thank heaven for the expertise of political 'expert' Chapman, eh? The sage of Sydney, no less.
Otherwise, we might have believed ridiculous stories from non-Guardian inferiors like Murdoch's Sun ... which turned out to be true.
UK squibs on #plainpacks. A nation that once led public health, now mired in mediocrity. BigTobacco rejoices! thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/n…
— Simon Chapman (@SimonChapman6) May 2, 2013
So it would seem journalists are, after all, proper experts in evidence-gathering, and Chapman just a common-or-garden typically pompous tobacco control windbag.