Why is ASH running interference for Clark?

Yesterday it was revealed that Helen Clark, arch anti-tobacco crusader, was happy to hand out an award personally to the Chairman of ITC, Mr. Y C Deveshwar, at the Rio +20 Summit She was all smiles and closeness in doing so too, here is an image from ITC’s Facebook page of the smiling and happy Helen Clark cuddling up close to big tobacco…no scowly duckface or smacked bum face there:

Now that the story has broken Helen Clark is in damage control and it seems her pals in ASH are running interference for her:

Clark’s letter is crocodile tears, and doesn’t stand any sort of scrutiny. Helen Clark built a reputation as a details person, her functionaries would mock any opposition politicians who wasn’t in command of facts. Are we to believe that these much vaunted faculties have deserted her now she is safely installed at the United Nations?

It is inconceivable to believe that neither she nor the UNDP were aware of ITC’s tobacco interests. On their Facebook page it is obvious with logos of Wills, which of course ITC owns, diagrams of business interests that clearly show tobacco,

Is Helen Clark blaming Heather Simpson for failing to research ITC in advance of the event? Will Heather Simpson be sent home in disgrace to work in Shearer’s office? Will Chris Carter have to step up in the UN to hold Helen’s handbag instead of Heather Simpson?

Their website has a plethora of information about their tobacco interests. This is not a small company…they own Imperial Tobacco FFS!

Many questions, so far only great clouds of (tobacco) smoke from Clark’s office.

She has been caught out as a top class UN funded hypocrite.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.