Monday, 2 August 2010

Freedom to Choose (Scotland) Live Interviews, NHS Grampian smoking ban, today!

Eddie will be interviewed at 13.15 on Radio Five Live.

Michael will be interviewed on the evening news (we think 18.00) on STV North. For viewers not in Grampian go to this page after 7 pm and click on 6 o'clock news.

Also Eddie has been interviewed by a BBC Grampian reporter and will be heard on BBC Radio Scotland tomorrow morning at 8.15.

What a day ...


9 comments:

TheBigYin said...

Well done Eddie. They tried to corral you but you were to good for those two rabid anti smokers.

Once again well done Eddie.

Belinda said...

so authoritarian ...!!!

Belinda said...

Right on cue: Cornwall hospital ban to be reviewed as enforcement is not possible

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/news/Hospital-s-smoking-ban-ignored/article-2478911-detail/article.html?

Belinda said...

Editorial from the Press & Journal gets most of it right, but banning smoking indoors (which they approved) was responsible for patients being outdoors in pyjamas and on drips in the first place.

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1851082?UserKey=

John Watson said...

Well done people!

TheBigYin said...

Agreed John, well done all concerned. I've now uploaded Eddies Five Live interview from this afternoon. Bel, will contact you shortly to find out if you want it embeding on this blog.

TheBigYin said...

Well done Michael, brief but to the point and Freedom2Choose was flashed up on the screen...pitty the missed out the Scotland part.

Well done you.

junican said...

I have only just come across this matter, so I do not know what was said in the interviews. Whatever, there is this question about whether or not hospitals have rights over the open air in hospital grounds. I wonder what sort of legal precedents there are? I know that landowners claim to have rights both above and below their land, but I am not sure to what extent these rights apply. For example, I have never heard of a landowner (other than the government of the country) demanding rights as regards aircraft overflying their land. But, perhaps, the most important question is whether or not these landowners own the atmosphere above the land. I know that landowners claim 'fishing rights' along the banks of rivers flowing through their land, but I am not sure that I have ever heard of a landowner claiming the actual water in the river.
Certainly, the sort of ban envisaged needs some scrutiny. It is very odd, isn't it? Maybe we should hope that this ban comes into being. Perhaps an intelligent judge might just point out the ridiculousness of claiming rights over the atmosphere. But there is a precedent, isn't there? What about the 'clean air acts'? However, I would imagine that a judge would take the view that that the clean air acts were a response to real and present danger and, also, that they emanated from the Queen (owner of all) via parliament and not via some poxy health authority. We shall see.

Anonymous said...

so called Scotland Patients Association is self funded through sponsors who they conveniently list on their Website. Perhaps someone should let the sponsors know that they are really sponsoring a political entity that wishes to enforce lifestyle changes on people when they are hurt ill and vulnerable. Personally, I would not fund anyone so inhumane. I only support groups who place people before empty, divisive dehumanising public health rhetoric. Hopefully the back office idiots who propose this move at Grampian will not survive the current economic situation.