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Clause in Emirates Air Line contract prevents Boris Johnson and TfL from doing deals with Israel or criticising UAE

Clause in Emirates Air Line contract prevents Boris Johnson and TfL from doing deals with Israel or criticising UAE

The contract setting out the terms of sponsorship for the Emirates Air Line, a cable car over the River Thames, effectively bars Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) from criticising the Emirati government or Royal Family, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The contract also states that TfL agree to abide by United Arab Emirates foreign policy when entering into contracts and partnerships relating to the cable car.

This includes a ban on future sales to any entity with which the state does not have diplomatic ties – which includes Israel. Read more

Oscar Quine | The Independent  | 16th July 2013

Tobacco industry told Government it was too early to tell if plain cigarette packaging would work – six months later ministers said the same

A major tobacco firm told the Government it was too early to assess whether selling cigarettes in plain packets would deter smokers – six months before ministers deployed the same argument.

In a meeting with Department of Health officials, representatives of Philip Morris International (PMI) said there was “limited evidence” as yet on the success of a similar policy in Australia. Read more

Nigel Morris | The Independent  | 16th July 2013



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