Bureaucrats are the same the world over. They think they know best, and as theyâre the ones advising Government Ministers, they think they have the authority over whatâs right and whatâs wrong.
Public health troughers are the same, particularly as they try and get the government to introduce plain packaging for tobacco andÂ lobby the government for fat and sugar taxes over soft drinks.
Occasionally a politician peers through the wool that is being pulled over their eyes by their officials and by troughers sucking on the taxpayersâ tit.
Last week David Leyonhjelm, Australian Liberal Democrat senator for NSW did exactly that, and on an issue that is sure to get the health zealots all fired up, by writing a piece in the Australian Financial Review titled âE-cigarettes at mercy of bureaucrats who ban by defaultâ.
The honesty is refreshing and is an example politicians in NZ should look to for inspiration, instead of being captured by the health bureaucrats.
He talks about how the health bureaucrats have got the whole debate on e-cigs wrong in Australia, David Leyonhjelm had some cracker lines:
It seems everything is illegal in Australia unless a bureaucrat gives permission. Whatâs worse, you have to go to the trouble and expense of asking for permission, because if bureaucrats were proactive they would run the risk of serving the public.
A good example is the case of e-cigarettes. These inhalers deliver a warm puff of nicotine, without the carcinogenic tar and industrial solvents of cigarette smoke. Alternatively, they can deliver a puff of anything else you could wish for, such as the flavour of chocolate or whisky. Â Read more »