Thursday, 11 September 2014

Gratitude, WHO Style

As mentioned before, the documents being place online by the World Health Organisation in advance of their working holiday in Putin's Russia are very revealing.
51. The budget approved by the COP at its fourth session was US$ 14 902 000 (of which VAC accounted for US$ 9 107 000). This amount, however, should be adjusted by US$ 1 188 000, the amount that was identified as the extrabudgetary component of funds necessary  or convening the fifth session of the INB4 and which was met by the in-kind contribution of  the European Union (by covering the travel and conference service costs of the session). 
That's $1.188 million of your taxes being spent to prop up a movement which - as I've mentioned before - is incapable of living within its means.

Were they grateful? Of course not! Instead, after leeching that $1.188 million, they proceeded to accuse the EU of showing a "lack of respect" - at the very conference the EU had spent a lot of our money to facilitate - and 'thanked' the EU with their 'Dirty Ashtray Award'.

Meanwhile, in today's news.
New EU sanctions against Russia will take effect on Friday, blocking loans for five big state banks and curbing EU business with oil and defence firms. 
The aim is to keep pressure on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis.
Pah! What do the massed ranks of the tobacco control industry care about that, eh? It pales into insignificance when there's an exciting and free sightseeing tour of Moscow on offer for delegates.

Banning e-cigs and demanding the world listen to the unelected WHO's tantrums is far more important than some irrelevant sideshow in Ukraine, eh?


Antipholus Papps said...

Martin, I hope you realise that the whole rigmarole in Ukraine is due to agitation from the US and the EU? I have never seen an issue so misrepresented in the western media as our crimes in Ukraine. There is no Russian aggression, NATO is rabid!

DP said...

Dear Mr Puddlecote

Perhaps tobacco product consumers could start a conference of the parties of their own.

I suggest a smoky-drinky in London or similar. Major tobacco companies could be approached for support, financial and in kind - 5p and a free ciggie to each participant would probably be enough to get the antis foaming at the mouth and denouncing them all as big tobacco shills.

That nice Miss Arnott could be invited to be the first guest of honour.

Could be fun.


nisakiman said...

I've thought for some time that we should try to get the tobacco companies to finance events that are organised for and administered by smokers. Oh, the antis would squeal like stuck pigs, but so what? They accuse anyone who opposes them of being a shill for Big Tobacco, so might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb, eh? In fact I'd be inclined to make an issue of who was financing the event, just to rub their noses in it.