Iain Lees-Galloway should really stick to running one up stenographers. Instead he has been opening fast food joints while the opposition associate health spokesman.
Of course he could have said something sensible instead he resorted to mealy mouthed weasel words and therefore just showed himself up to be just another lefty hypocrite.
Burger King’s latest store has been opened by Labour’s associate health spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway, but he turned down the opportunity to sample its fare for himself.
Lees-Galloway opened Burger King’s Rangitikei St store yesterday morning, the company’s third in Palmerston North, but the city MP was quick to distance himself from advocating fast food by acknowledging his spokesman position and telling the small crowd he was “pleased to see another business opening in the Manawatu”.
Burger King received 120 applications for 48 positions, working with Work and Income to source some of the workers.
Lees-Galloway was criticised earlier this month by Massey University nutritionist Jane Coad who expressed shock that an associate health spokesman would open a fast-food outlet.
Yesterday he described Burger King’s food as “treat food” and he hoped the business would “get on board” with moves to give people the information they needed to make the “right” choices. “We all have to work together on this.
“Obesity has been on the rise over the last 30 to 40 years and what we’re seeing is a much earlier onset.
“It’s true it’s possible to link that to the availability of high-fat, high-sugar, calorie-dense food. Those are treats basically, treats we should enjoy from time to time, and that’s the kind of thing that you have on offer here. It’s like alcohol, you can use it, misuse it, and abuse it.”
He took the chance to criticise the Government for not adopting a “traffic light” food labelling system.