Trougher of the Year Tries to Protect Patch

2013 TROUGHER OF THE YEAR Boyd Swinburn aka Boyd Swingeburn has emerged from the trough and is now complaining to all and sundry that scientists (i.e. him) are under attack.

He’s saying that ‘scientists that represent the voice of the public in policy making are being shouted down by large commercial interests and their views suppressed by attack campaigns”.

Nice to see that Boyd Swingeburn thinks he’s the “voice of the public”.

Maybe it’s the rarified air he’s sucked into his lungs at Lake Como, Italy that instilled in him the view that he’s the voice of the people.

He then bangs on about “a blanket of suppression is insidiously descending on the voices for public health”.

Maybe those voices are actually calling for accountability of the millions and millions of taxpayer dollars being hoovered up sending Boyd Swingeburn and his troughing mates on flash overseas holidays junkets conferences.

Now as the “voice of the people” Boyd Swingeburn is attacking the Government, saying Tony Ryall dismissed a letter from so-called public health experts upset that there’s an industry representative – former MP and head of the Food & Grocery Council Katherine Rich, on the Health Promotion Agency (HPA).   

They would prefer the HPA to be stacked with their troughing mates in order to have a monopoly on public health issues than have someone representing manufacturers who may provide another viewpoint.

Boyd Swingeburn is clearly frustrated that his patsy MP, and understudy for the Village People Kevin Hague, isn’t having much luck forcing Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to kowtow to their demands.

To put icing on the gluten free, sugar free, cardboard cake, Boyd Swingeburn has the audacity to say

 “…they cannot go unnoticed and unchallenged. They diminish the foundations of science, democracy and freedoms of speech that our society depend upon”. (emphasis added)

I couldn’t agree more. But I have to wonder why it is he thinks he can try and shut down my freedom of speech and that of Katherine Rich?

Surely if he believes in freedom of speech he also believes in robust debate?

Seems not, he simply can’t handle the jandal and like all those who end up teaching likes the information traffic to be one way.

Well sorry Mr Swingeburn, democracy and freedom of speech don’t work that way.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Coleman gave Hague a good slapping in Parliament saying that if current trends continue he’ll have to answer a further 8,732 questions from Hague about Health Promotion Agency board member Katherine Rich.

What Hague doesn’t get is that the more questions he asks the more amusing he becomes.

As always I will continue to hold stupid ideas, stupid people and troughers to account.

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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.

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