Another trougher overseas conference holiday on the taxpayer

Yesterday we exposed the uselessness of two old troughing fools who think research is needed via Google Street View to see if they can see smokefree signs outside hospitals.

Today we further expose why troughers can?t see the wood from the trees ? the ongoing lure of international junkets to far-away locations.

It would seem Super Trougher Extraodinaire Professor Boyd Swinburn is having an off year because he?s missing out on yet another free trip paid for by taxpayers, this time to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Now its troughers from Dr Wilma Waterlander and Dr Helen Eyles who have both managed to tuck the National Heart Foundation?s Scientific Advisory Group out of travel grants to attend the June ?Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity? trougher fest. ?

You may recall Wilma Waterlander is working on food taxes and telling manufacturers what they should put on their front-of-packs by way of a virtual supermarket alongside Helen Eyles, who enjoys food reformulation, food pricing and food labelling, and long walks on the beach (that last bit is made up).

It?s all a bit exciting for them.

But bugger me, let?s hope they?ve sorted out their accommodation as the ?recommended? hotels are ?no longer available?. These include the 5-star Sheraton Central Hotel and Spa which is no longer available, and the 5-star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh. The Caledonian is also all booked out.

Even the four star Radisson Blu Hotel, the Hilton Grosvenor, the Crowne Plaza Edinburgh ? The Roxburgh, Novotel Edinburgh Centre and The Carlton Hotel are no longer available. What?s a couple of gals to do?

Wilma and Helen would hate to miss out on the attendees social programme including Gala Dinner and Ceilidh where;

?One of the highlights of ISBNPA 2015 will be the Gala Dinner and Ceilidh, which will take place in the magnificent surroundings of Our Dynamic Earth – a contemporary?visitor attraction at the bottom of the Royal Mile.? The venue?offers stunning views of Salisbury Crags, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament.

The pre-dinner drinks reception will be held in the Earthscapes Galleries that include?a tropical rainforest, polar landscapes and oceans gallery. ?Dinner will take place in the Stratosphere and will be followed by traditional Scottish entertainment and dancing.? There will be opportunity to learn some of the Scottish dance steps for the ceilidh during refreshment breaks at the conference.?

Obviously if you?ve gone half way around the world for a conference holiday, it would also be rude not to go on one of Rabbie?s Small Group Tours to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands.

This is your tax dollars at work, and they dare to suggest that they shouldn’t be held to account for such inanities.