No surprises here, fans of the ban want to drop the ban hammer

The assorted state funded wowsers and finger waggers that want to tell us all what we should and shouldn’t be eating are upset because someone other than them has a viewpoint.

Like with every solution they have ever come up with they want to drop the ban hammer on Katherine Rich because she doesn’t agree with them.

They want to ban packaging for tobacco, for sugar products and for a multitude of other things. They want to ban sugar, tax this and tax that. This little bunch of state funded control freaks want to be the only voice in the marketplace.

A group of 33 senior health researchers and scientists are calling for an investigation into whether former National MP Katherine Rich was associated with attacks on public health specialists while she was meant to be promoting the Government’s health messages.

The group has signed and sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key, asking him to look into allegations contained in Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics about Mrs Rich, who is a member of the Government’s Health Promotion Agency (HPA). Mrs Rich has denied any wrongdoing.

The book raises questions about her association with Carrick Graham, a public relations specialist allegedly linked to posts on the Whale Oil blog that malign Doug Sellman, the director of the National Addictions Centre.

“Despite many opportunities to refute the allegations, Mrs Rich has chosen neither to deny nor to disprove these,” the letter says.

The group wants Mrs Rich to be sacked from the HPA if there is any truth to the allegations.

Here’s an idea…why don’t we release all of their emails, and more importantly the secret dropbox contents that they have for sharing ideas and campaigns. The dropbox that contains papers and projects that the state has funded but that they are resisting answering OIAs about. Why are they trying to hide the existence of this dropbox?

While I use the OIA they are relying on the criminal enterprise of a hacker and the spurious allegations of a conspiracy theorist to mount an attack on Katherine Rich.

Katherine for her part isn’t bowing down to these life long troughers.

The letter also asks Mr Key to look into any conflicts of interest. Mrs Rich is chief executive of the Food & Grocery Council, which represents the interests of food, beverage and grocery corporates. In a statement, Mrs Rich said she had no intention of resigning from the HPA.

“I have not been involved in any campaign that has undermined the public health of Kiwis, and I find any such suggestion very offensive.”

So let’s get this right. The health nazis and busybodies who want to ban everything now want to ban an independent voice on a health committee they’d really like to control entirely to push through their projects, funding and pet hobby-horses without ANY industry involvment…now who is that has the conflict of interest?

I must be more vigilant on these troughers, time for some new OIAs I think.


– NZHerald

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