Earlier I wrote a piece about how the 'charities' are urging the Government to go after the profits of the ‘Evil Tobacco Companies’.
The purpose of this of course has nothing to do with your physical health. Faced with a Health Minister telling them sadly that the gravy train is slowing dramatically, the self-important in the Tobacco Control Industry are scampering about, frantically looking for money for Stubbs Reilly so that he can give it back to them. Addiction to the high life is difficult to fight.
To put it in perspective, Stubbs and his cronies already get 80c out of every Euro spent on tobacco in Ireland. This amounts annually to €1,500,000,000 in tax money each year. Of the remaining 20c in the Euro, this is shared between the retailers, transport companies, shippers, handlers and the tobacco companies themselves. It's the profit on the tobacco company's portion of this that the 'charities' have targeted for themselves.
I did warn that targeting the profits of multi-nationals sited in Ireland, regardless of the excuse, will send shivers down the spines of all of them. Smoke-free Ireland could quickly become Jobless Ireland. But then, bad and all as our legislators are with economics, I feel sure some mandarin in the Department of Finance is ringing loud warning bells in their ears about this one.
Interesting then that the ECJ, which is the EU's highest court, found itself hearing that the UK Government has been falsely taxing the tobacco companies for years and now it is in the frame for a seven billion euro refund to them. Incredibly, the EU court found in favour of Evil Tobacco!!!
It would appear then that far from going after the future profits of our cigarette suppliers, as the charities are urging, Stubbs and his cronies could be faced with their day in the Four Goldmines, looking at a bill that runs to millions for taxes already falsely stolen from these legitimate businesses.
So our supply of legal tobacco products are safe for a while yet.