A sensible use of seized goods


by Rumbold
25th February, 2011 at 12:03 pm    

Nice that a use was found for these:

More than four million cigarettes seized from a suspected smuggler at a British ferry port have been burned to fuel the National Grid, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said. The 4.6 million “Lambert and Butler” branded cigarettes were found by customs officers in a lorry at Newhaven, East Sussex, after arriving by ferry from Dieppe.

A Spanish lorry driver was charged with evading £714,000 in duty when the load was allegedly smuggled into the UK in March 2007. He was remanded in custody when he appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday until his next court appearance on 3 March, HMRC said.


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  1. Kismet Hardy — on 25th February, 2011 at 1:15 pm  

    So that’s why my toaster was smoking this morning…

  2. KaPy — on 26th February, 2011 at 7:25 am  

    What a coincidence! I was thinking this morning, governments should make best use of stuff people throw or neglect to care for. In making a product, a lot of resources go; if we ‘confiscate’ them and let them rot, we are wasting it without reason. However, I am not sure about cigarettes.

  3. Kismet Hardy — on 26th February, 2011 at 7:55 am  

    What’s not to be sure about cigarettes? They taste lovely although I couldn’t eat a whole one

  4. Kismet Hardy — on 26th February, 2011 at 10:45 am  

    I’ve just made up a joke. It’s purely irrelevent but seeing as this thread is unlikely to run and run, here it is:

    What will this site be renamed if it’s taken over by Trostkyites?

    Pick-Led Politics

    Yes, yes I have time.

  5. Trofim — on 26th February, 2011 at 1:22 pm  

    A much better use would be to sell them and use the proceeds for good uses. Tobacco is a wonderful plant. It is no accident that it is valued worldwide.

  6. damon — on 26th February, 2011 at 1:58 pm  

    He added that cigarette smuggling costs the UK economy millions of pounds in lost revenue each year, which could be used to fund public services.

    Should cigarettes be taxed so heavilly in the UK compared with countries like Spain?
    In Dublin, all the (unemployed) smokers I met last year, bought smuggled rolling tobacco from places like Moore Street market. They couldn’t afford it otherwise. Why should fags be so expensive?

  7. Don — on 26th February, 2011 at 3:43 pm  

    damon,

    Social engineering. And income.

  8. Sarah AB — on 27th February, 2011 at 11:00 am  

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/law-student-jailed-for-internet-terrorism-2226086.html

    As this is a slightly frivolous post I’ll also venture an off topic comment, though a less jolly one than Kismet’s! I would be interested to hear responses to the news item I’m linking to above. It seems to have been rather under reported.

  9. damon — on 27th February, 2011 at 12:09 pm  

    Sarah, that is so OT. Maybe you should get mod rights here too so you can start threads like that. :)

    On this chap you mention, I just googled his name to find out some more detail …. and look at this from 2005 when Saddam Hussein was captured and shown in his underpants.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Y-1zNQg4bHEJ:news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/4567687.stm+Mohammed+Gul+hornchurch+essex&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&source=www.google.co.uk

    These photographs of Saddam Hussein have utterly disgusted me and are of a markedly crude nature. Still, I should not be surprised it is The Sun in question.
    Mohammed Gul, Hornchurch, Essex

    I would say that if he was just putting jihadi videos on Youtube and such things, then that should come under free speech.

  10. Sarah AB — on 27th February, 2011 at 12:26 pm  

    Yes, very OT, sorry! But I also thought your own final point was one which deserved attention – lots of things might be said to amount to ‘pouring petrol on the fire’ but one doesn’t usually get put in prison for five years. I suppose I should have simply posted about this on the site where I *do* have mod rights – but I’m in a cowardly mode today.

  11. Sarah AB — on 27th February, 2011 at 2:57 pm  

    Damon [sorry to keep hijacking your thread Rumbold, and I’ll just add that I’m rather grateful to antismoking legislation which seeems to have nudged me, without trying, from being an occasional/binge smoker to being a non smoker)I decided I was being too much of a wimp, so have blogged on HP.

    It’s probably a good thing I’m off to Sweden for a week. It’s been -28 there. I’ll get my coat ;-)

  12. douglas clark — on 28th February, 2011 at 12:52 am  

    Sarah AB,

    and I’ll just add that I’m rather grateful to antismoking legislation which seeems to have nudged me, without trying, from being an occasional/binge smoker to being a non smoker

    Well, whoop-de-doo for you.

    The truth is that we will all die. Even you non smokers, non meat eaters, religious fundamenatalists.

    It is a choice you take but whilst it might be amazingly moral, it doesn’t stop you turning up your clogs. It just makes you feel, whilst you are alive, a little bit better about yourself.

    You are not winning a race against mortality. You almost certaintly aren’t.

  13. Rumbold — on 28th February, 2011 at 9:04 am  

    No worries SarahAB- have fun there.

  14. douglas clark — on 28th February, 2011 at 10:12 am  

    Sarah AB,

    Re-read my post at 12. I really, really must stop using ‘you’ when I’m talking collectively. That reads as offensively personal and that was not my intent.

    Sorry.

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