Could Cunliffe be the troughers best friend

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Via the tip-line

The great thing about the tip-line is that it provides an insider’s take on certain issues. The post about the Trougher of the Year? nominee Boyd Swinburn certainly fired up the tip-line.

He’s now in New York on yet another obesity junket. He’ll be hard to beat as Trougher of the Year, but there’s other nominations coming in. Keep em coming.

A reader sent through an interesting question. Would a David Cunliffe Government be more supportive of troughers than the current one?

See Andrea Vance wrote about David Cunliffe’s Naked Ambition in which he said:

His first experience of inequality – standing behind the counter of his local takeaway – also influenced his political leaning.

“The locals would buy fish and chips and the skiers, driving through from Christchurch and Timaru, would get burgers – more expensive, healthier food. I learned that food was a class issue from the fish and chip shop.  

The troughers being paid by the Ministry of Health to bang on about obesity issues are a cunning lot, and will be keen on having Cunliffe on their side against Big Food.

Maybe it was a sheer fluke then that the hotbed of troughers – Otago University, put a picture of a juicy burger on their “Big Food: food policy, politics & population health” one-day symposium.

Can’t have Kiwis enjoying a burger now can we. No, burgers are for rich people, especially those rich skiers, or for those rich people that live in Herne Bay.

Whatever the case, with the lobbying going on by these so-called heath experts, you can expect them to tuck into even more handouts under a Labour/Green Taliban Government.


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