Doug Sellman teams up with discredited troughers

Professor J. Douglas Sellman

Professor J. Douglas Sellman

While on the topic of prohibitionist and supermarket hater Doug Sellman, his organisation Alcohol Action NZ is gearing up for a big fight with the Government over the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship.

Travel and lifestyle blogger and pinko David Farrar commented on all the bans the forum recommended the other day, saying it was all a bit depressing, and that it will eventually end up with plain packaging for drinks and food.

Farrar’s post would have incensed Doug Sellman, who is now saying that Alcohol Action NZ is ‘sponsoring an independent expert committee on alcohol advertising and sponsorship (IECAAS), which is monitoring the work of the Ministerial Forum’. From this an ‘independent report’ will be produced. It’s worth a look to see who is on this so called ‘expert committee” that will produce an ‘independent report’.

Oh dear look who we have here.

Prof Jennie Connor, University of Otago

Prof Janet Hoek , University of Otago

Assoc Prof Antonia Lyons, Massey University, Wellington

Mr Shane Bradbrook, Wellingon

Ms Amy Robinson, Auckland

Prof Mike Daube, Curtin University, Perth

Prof Peter Joyce, University of Otago, Christchurch (Chair)

Jennie Connor is Doug Sellman’s offsider who learnt at an early age while island hopping in Fiji that mixing drinks (wine, rum, whisky then a vodka and something else). Clearly an independent and impartial commentator.

There’s Janet Hoek. He’s well known to regular readers as the Beowulf expert and wants marketing restrictions on junk food just like those applying to tobacco.

Ahh there’s my good friend Shane Kawaneata Fedderick Bradbrook. Regular readers will know all about this trougher. He was exposed for troughing it up all over the world thanks to the Ministry of Health. Shane Bradbrook continues to have a big sook, moaning how unfair life is since he lost his troughing lifestyle.

Then there’s $2 million dollar man Prof Mike Daube which has created significant conflict for him in Australia, with calls made for his resignation following revelations that he misled the government and Western Australian public.

It’s not going to be hard to guess what this ‘independent report’ from this lot will be saying.

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