Last month an event was organised by "Tobacco Free Futures" a "social enterprise" which campaigns against tobacco in the region. The event studied how tobacco companies use colourful packaging to seduce young people into a life time of "addiction". But the youth of Tameside are not alone! They have an organisation. a "Big Brother" to help them. Step forward firmly and with a steady tread --The New Charter Youth Group--represented by 15 year old Wesley Beard.
Not one to mince his words Wesley goes to the heart of the matter. "..the colours and design (of the packaging) affect people's decisions (on what to buy)" He supports the Government's draft plan to introduce standardised cigarette packaging.
Now far be it from us to be critical of young people taking an interest in their society. But there is something unwholesome about this matter. A group of young people, some of whom are well under the age of majority, being involved in a political campaign much beloved by the social engineers and the corporate state advocates. Having obtained control over housing, schools, and the media together with substantial influence with the police and local council we now see New Charter forming a Youth Movement (sorry Youth Group). One is reminded of the old Socialist Mantra "From the cradle to the grave, From the womb to the tomb. From the erection to the resurection." By Mussolini's description of the corporate state Tameside is truly a Corporate and Fascist state.