Andrew Little’s claims are deceptive

Andrew Little has an opinion piece int eh Herald today and, as is usual with a union boss, it is highly deceptive.

Take these claims:

Paula Bennett wrote an opinion piece at the weekend, trying to justify the inexcusable reality we now face of new-born babies living in cars. Her excuse boiled down to ‘it’s too expensive’.

She claimed it costs $40,000 to house a family of five in Tamaki. That’s a trumped up example but let’s take it and see how many families a government with the right priorities could house:

• National spent $27m on a failed flag referendum. That could have housed 675 families

• $11.5m on a sheep farm in the Saudi desert could have housed 287 families

• $118m in dividends that National is taking out of Housing New Zealand could house 2,950 families

He fails to understand budget processes. Vote Housing does not include sums from Vote Internal Affairs (the flag referendum), Vote Foreign Affairs & Trade. But those claims too are facetious, because Labour has variously claimed the flag referendum money would have been better spent on Keytruda, education and other areas. Like tax cuts money Labour will spend it ten times over in their claims that they know best.   Read more »


Steve “Candyman” Joyce hands out more budget goodies

Steve Joyce has become quite the “Candyman” with his corporate welfare:

Health research funding will be boosted by $97 million over the next four years.   Read more »


Vegetarians are unhealthier, more mentally disturbed than meat-lovers


Yummy meat

Anyone who eats meat already knows this.

It’s no secret that many vegetarians are also radical environmentalists and climate alarmists who are obsessed and hysterical about the planet burning up. Perhaps the University of Graz in Austria has discovered one reason why: their “unhealthy” diet.

A new University of Graz study concludes that vegetarians are more often ill and have a lower quality of living than meat-eaters. According to the German press release, vegetarians “have cancer and heart attacks more often”. The release also says that they show more psychological disorders than meat eaters. Consequently, the report writes, they are a greater burden on the health care system.   Read more »


Peter FitzSimons on Fatties

Peter FitzSimons has a great column in the SMH about how he managed to lose weight and improve his health…all without taxes.

Oi! You. Fatty Boomka.

Yes, you. Don’t look around, at others. I am talking to you, bloke.

And don’t be offended at being called “Fatty Boomka”, see, because I used to be you. You and I were the Boomka twins, and I could more than hold my own against you on the other end of the see-saw.

Until, finally, after a good 30 years of being on the endless yo-yo weight plan – very fat … pretty fat … not-so-fat-but-still-a-whole-lot-to-love … pretty-fat … very bloody fat – I’ve worked the whole thing out. I’m establishing the “yo diet”. I’ve worked out how to go down and stay down.

So do you want to hear the answer, or not? Bloke to bloke, no bullshit, no touchy-feely crap, no “miracle diets” nonsense, no Jenny Craig, no self-mutilation by taking out half your tummy, or putting in staples.

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Duncan Garner shares his mid-life crisis

With his show 3D axed, his colleague Plunket announcing a shock departure, and general unease in the Mediaworks stable, Duncan realises he’s got a long life ahead and family comes first.

Sorry to be morbid, but I’ve been slightly obsessing about death lately. My own, specifically.

What a grim time the end of this year has become – Paris gunmen and terror attacks, then yet another American mass shooting this week.

Then there’s the threat posed by natural causes and illness.

The good news this week was that there’s now a “game-changing” drug to treat melanoma, which kills 300 New Zealanders every year.

But the bad news is that our government’s drug buying agency, Pharmac, has deemed the drug (Keytruda) a low priority.

This is the problem with Pharmac – they’re in a position to play god with people’s lives.

Yes, the agency must make decisions within a budget, but this stance is particularly devastating to families here who need access to that drug. It costs $300,000 for a full treatment. That counts most people out.

In Australia and Britain the drug is publicly funded. I don’t understand why Pharmac think they know better. It’s a matter of life and death, after all.

Then there’s Jonah Lomu’s death aged just 40. The public memorial this week was a superb celebration of his life, cut so short at age 40. His adorable boys are just 5 and 6. They have lost their Dad.

My boys are 5 and 7. My girls are 12 and 14.

I desperately don’t want to depart planet earth just yet and leave them behind. I love seeing them grow. I need them. They need me.

The only thing that terrifies me more than dying is leaving my family in the lurch.

Garner’s future should be just fine.  Unless he’s squandered all the salaries he’s been collecting over the years.  But yes, Radio New Zealand is a bit full up with media refugees looking for a soft pre-retirement landing, TVNZ aren’t hiring, and Mediaworks and job security are not two terms that go together right now.  He’s right to worry.   Read more »

Wonder no more why we are becoming a nation of fat bastards

Forget a sugar tax, or a fat tax, the reason why we are becoming a nation of fat bastards is quite simply because we are lazy.

A global study on physical activity has “staggered” its New Zealand researcher with findings that show Kiwis are less active than Americans, and on par with Iraqis for regular exercise.

AUT professor of physical activity Erica Hinckson said news New Zealand ranked 88th out of 110 nations for physical activity was a surprise even to her.

“I was hoping we would be further up the list.”

The data, from the Global Observatory for Physical Activity, revealed New Zealand women came in even lower than men when it came to reaching 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.    Read more »

Robyn Toomath throws in the towel and the toys out of the cot


Will this set a chain reaction in motion?

Today we find out long time obesity activist Robyn Toomath from the Fight Obesity Epidemic has thrown in the towel, but not before first chucking her toys out of the cot.

Her comments are priceless.

“Clearly I’ve made no progress. There’s not a single thing that comes to mind other than the district health boards are going to provide a healthy food environment for their staff,” she said.

If there was only a “we” in that statement other obesity troughers could well be asked to seriously look at their positions as well and their achievements.   Read more »


Trougher thinks we need more taxes


Over the weekend The Nation ran a story by Torben Akel about whether we needed more taxes to live longer.

While most would say ‘Yeah Right’, sadly there’s one person out there who seems to spend all day arguing the need for more taxes to save us from ourselves.

To regular readers the name of Nick Wilson will be familiar. He’s an old trougher from Otago University’s Department of Troughers in Wellington. The last time he was in the media he was banging on about his ‘new’ research looking at google street view images of smokefree signs on hospital doors.

Nick Wilson was also slammed by the Taxpayers’ Union for claiming a salt tax would reap $450 million. Wilson didn’t seem fazed by the research that showed a salt tax would result in a 2,500% increase in the price of salt for Kiwi consumers.    Read more »


Accept that risk is part of grown-up life – have that bacon buttie


The other week MSM scared the bejesus out of Kiwis with the title ‘Avoid bacon and sausages…they’re as bad as cigarettes’.

Readers will know I’m no fan of troughers, especially those who try to tell us how we should live, and what’s good for us and what isn’t.

Here’s an article from the Guardian that the PM’s Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman should take a gander at – ‘Enough of modern health scares – we should be trusting our instincts’.

It talks about risks and putting perspective on so-called experts’ claims particularly around health issues.

‘On booze, sugar, bacon butties, salt, fat and tobacco, percentages are tossed about, fear stoked and guilt heightened by headline after headline that, too often, misread research findings and fail to correctly interpret levels of risk.’

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The duplicity of Labour and Annette King

Annette King has made a big song and dance, along with her Media party pals, about pain threshold for patients needing surgery.

She has claimed it has increased, but the DHBs have busted her by revealing her researchers asked separate questions which they then conflated to allegedly mislead the house.

Shots have been fired over surgical figures, with the Health Minister accusing Labour’s Annette King of misleading Parliament by claiming Auckland DHB had raised its pain threshold for patients needing surgery.

Auckland DHB has hit back saying it has not, and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has accused King of deliberately “fudging the facts’.

Misleading the house is a serious offence, which in some situations is dealt with by the privileges committee and the House has the ability to punish someone for contempt if that person is found to have deliberately misled it.

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