Well, well, well, looks like all the crying from academic activists in the field of public health is just a big fat smokescreen.
They just donâ€™t like anyone taking a look at what theyâ€™re really up to.
WOBH has highlighted over the years various troughers gouging the public just so they can travel the world to fancy conferences. It started with tobacco troughers, but has quickly spread to troughers looking at alcohol restrictions andÂ obesity/fat taxes.
Now we see the real agenda of the public health activists. Global taxes on products they donâ€™t like.
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance has an alarming blog UN Health Conference Bans Media Day After Kicking out Public and Then Passes Massive Global Tobacco Tax in Secret.
After booting the public from its meetings on Monday, the World Health Organizationâ€™s tobacco control convention ramped up its assault on transparency on Tuesday when the press was also banned from the Moscow conference.
Shortly after the media was removed from the convention, the United Nationsâ€™ health agency secretly passed the worldâ€™s first ever global tax â€“ an outrageous scheme requiring nearly 180 countries to apply a minimum tax on tobacco products.
All indications were that the global tobacco tax would not pass until Thursday or Friday, if at all. Without the public and the media there to watch, delegates ratified the tax almost immediately.
When I, and a handful of other accredited journalists, showed up for a Tuesday morning press briefing, we were told that the briefing was cancelled and the press was no longer allowed to attend any convention events at all.
The rest of the convention, which cost world taxpayers nearly $20 million, will now take place in secret, behind closed doors. Itâ€™s a chilling and disturbing attack on the freedom of the press â€“ especially given the impact decisions made at the convention will have on people throughout the world.