Anti-NHS think tank that funds the Tories – hugely – is itself funded by ‘Big Tobacco’

Kate Andrews: This woman – and the IEA think tank she represents – is bad for your health.

Think about the British Medical Journal‘s findings: Tobacco and food firms whose products are harmful to health have been secretly funding the Conservative Party, through the think tank known as the Institute for Economic Affairs.

So next time the odious Kate Andrews appears on Question Time, or Politics Live, or The Andrew Marr Show saying the NHS should be scrapped, bear in mind she’s speaking for British American Tobacco…

And she’s giving the Conservative government instructions.

A secretive think tank which called for the NHS to be scrapped while its heads pour millions into the Conservative Party – and its MPs’ – coffers is being funded by big tobacco, an investigation has found.

British American Tobacco is one of the groups funding the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a free market think tank which is notoriously close-lipped about its donors.

The IEA has been an outspoken critic of public health measures for tackling smoking, obesity and harmful drinking, and past funders include organisations affiliated with gambling, alcohol, sugar and soft drinks industries.

Health experts said the findings, in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), raise the prospect of a future Conservative leader aligning with big business at the expense of the public’s health.

Source: Big tobacco secretly bankrolling anti-NHS think tank whose bosses donate thousands to Tory leadership contenders, an investigation reveals | The Independent

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7 thoughts on “Anti-NHS think tank that funds the Tories – hugely – is itself funded by ‘Big Tobacco’

  1. wildswimmerpete

    It was the NHS that during the 1950s campaigned against smoking and the tobacco industry. As far as that Kate Andrews specimen is concerned, it’s payback time.

  2. Justin

    that’s why there needs to be tighter regulation on funding, when I sat on interview panels for the mh contracts one of the things we had to sign was conflict of interest agreements and declarations, this seems to not work in government and that lobbying and such that goes on ie the portman group and the tobacco industry should be ruled on, I make my earlier statement on twitter that there should be fines similar to what Obama did that goes straight into the NHS, look up American Voicebox choir, these were when the smoking industry portrayed fags as fashionable and this choir had there voiceboxes removed due to cancer disgusting, these companies are a burden on the NHS

  3. trev

    We’re living in a very corrupt world, where nothing is how it seems on the surface. Markets are created and manipulated, people are exploited, fortunes are made, Governments are complicit. Capitalism is not your friend.

  4. Janet Bain Littlefair

    She’s on telly so often, on QT, reviewing the papers – Newsnight, and never do they explain who she represents or what the think tank that funds her – scary.

  5. rotzeichen

    She is a libertarian who doesn’t believe in the state, except of course when people like her need the help of the state.

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