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The government’s failure to implement the plain cigarette packaging legislations in the UK reveals a much larger issue to do with international trade and the restrictions it will put on democratically elected governments. When will the UK start putting the health of its citizens first again? The government’s failure to push ahead with promised plain cigarette packaging has been treated by the British press as a national issue, with the key point of contention being how far Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby influenced Cameron’s decision, while the much broader international trade context and the implications for future legislative deterrence have […]
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The NHS changes have been both promoted and fought as a national issue. However, they are actually part of the preparation for a corporate-interest US/EU Free Trade Agreement. David Cameron has flagged[i] this trade deal, due to be formally launched in the spring, as his priority in his chairing of the G8 this year[ii]. Even though the NHS changes have at this point been fixed in the complex legislative framework of the Health and Social Care Bill, the relationship to this wider international investment context has still not emerged as public information. What opportunities does knowledge of this background provide?

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