Each day the tip-line runs hot with scurrilous tit-bits of the untoward. A lot comes out of Wellington, home of that pinko Farrar as well as busy-body bureaucrats determined to run a Sir HumphreyÂ view of a clear conscience,Â plotting ways to push through their own pet projects.
As one of the largest bureaucracies in New Zealand, the Health Ministry is also one of the largest recipients of public money with Vote:Health receiving a solid whack of about $14b each Budget.
Recently the tip line has provided an insight into the nefarious activities of some of the groups literally sucking on the taxpayerâs tit. Thereâs a lot so Iâll do a series of posts on this.
Early last month breast feeding advocates converged on Wellington for a state funded hui or âstakeholder consultationâ at the airportâs convention centre. As this involves some serial troughers I think some sunlight into this area is required.
On the basis that mothers should breast feed their babies if they can, the question is what happens if they canât. And this is where it gets interesting.
As with most Ministry of Health funded cardigan wearing groupies, it seems the more extreme ideas the better. Pull together a group of breast feeding advocates (activists) and thereâs little talk about actually helping mums with breast feeding, instead itâs about big business scaremongering.
The likes ofÂ FonterraÂ should be very worried.
These womenâs groups are now calling for plain packaging of infant formula akin to Turiaâs recent brain fart thatâs bound to see NZ brought before the courts by those evil tobacco companies. They call for an infant formula tax to be placed on the manufacturers. They even suggest that infant formula should only be allowed on prescription from a GP like a heroin addict.
To top it off they even call for New Zealand not to sell infant formula to the world because it was âmorally wrongâ even though infant formula is sold at 10x the value of milk powder and is a big export earner (conveniently forgetting that export dollars are how mad huis like these can actually be held).
Basically they are trying to equate formula with addictive, carcinogenic poisons and drugs. It is shameful.
And to top it all off this âhuiâ, stakeholder consultation or whatever you want to call it, also had an earth mother âstunt feederâ attend,Â sitting there breast feeding her baby throughout the meeting without saying a word. Iâm surprised the baby didn’t erupt with reflux having to sit through that bollocks.
This sort of nonsense by troughers literally shows how tits Wellington has become. More concerning is that the Minister responsible for all of this is Associate Minister Jo Goodhew.
Iâm sure Ryall, English, Joyce and Key will be just tickled pink that a Minister is overseeing ideas that can damage one of New Zealandâs leading exporters.