Katherine Rich

Precious little Kevvy Hague doesn’t like it up him

Kevin Hague likes to talk about transparency, but he also likes to break value 6 of the Green party values, which states:

Engage respectfully, without personal attacks

It is somewhat unbelievable that, given those values, he engages in such an appalling manner on Facebook, attacking Katherine Rich, Carrick Graham, David Farrar and me.

For anyone following the debate on whether or not we should impose a levy on sugary drinks. Something I found noteworthy (and predicted at the start of the day in fact) was that the voices raised in support of the Government position of doing nothing were first Katherine Rich, CEO of the Food and Grocery Council (ie the industry, second Carrick Graham, PR consultant to noxious industries, and thirdly blog posts on Kiwiblog and Whaleoil. Now where have I seen that alignment before? Sounds very familiar. For good measure there was also comment from Eric Crampton, economist for ‘the NZ Initiative’ (or as I prefer to still call it, to ensure transparency, the Business Roundtable)

Clear breaches of value 6. I’m not sure how calling industries noxious is engaging respectfully, without personal attacks.   Read more »

Health troughers not even hiding their dirty tactics

I warned food industry players two years ago that a war was coming and they were the targets of that war.

The health troughers, funded with millions of dollars of taxpayer funding, were going to target them and use brutal tactics like those used against the tobacco industry. Two years on I have been proved right and the attack is massive with calls now for fat, sugar and salt taxes and covering almost every primary food producer in New Zealand.

The health troughers aren’t even coy anymore about where they get their inspiration for their draconian efforts to control the New Zealand population.

Report co-author, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, said taxation would lead to behavioural change.

We know from previous research around tobacco, and a lot of the work that’s been done, that price is a really big lever in terms of driving behaviour change, and also there are an increasing number of studies coming out overseas, as well, that suggest that food pricing is important too.”

She said the proposed tax increase was affordable.

Except the health troughers forget that tobacco initiatives only ever affect consumers of the product…not every single person in the country. If people didn’t want to pay tobacco taxes then they simply stopped smoking.

Avoiding sugar, fat and salt taxes will be unavoidable for everyone, including those with bean-pole and half sucked throatie body types.    Read more »

Nanny state troughers want more bans, restrictions and taxes on what you eat

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This week we have seen a flurry of articles in MSM bleating on that the Government is not doing enough to counter the “obesity epidemic”.

The noise is due to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman kicking the idea of a sugar tax into touch. The troughers are outraged a key plank of their lobbying has been rejected by Government.

No surprises who is driving this.

It’s Trougher of the Year Professor Boyd Swinburn and his travelling side-kick Senior Research Fellow Stefanie Vandevijvere. Must be a funding round somewhere.

A lot of the noise is repeated in the anonymous Facebook/Twitter group called ‘Protect Our Kids NZ’. Coincidentally  this group repeats the exact lines that Boyd Swinburn and Stefanie Vandevijvere bleat on about, yet they don’t have the guts to put their names to it.

Chaos & Mayhem member Carrick Graham is never shy to enter battle with troughers, lobbying the question: what they have actually delivered for the more than $16 million they’ve received from the taxpayer? It’s a very good question.

He recently caught them out running a #DirtyPolitics campaign against him, me and former HPA board member Katherine Rich, through taxpayer funded group Agencies for Nutrition Action.

It’s a front group being run by the troughers – the very thing they accuse Big Business of doing. This one is called ‘Protect Our Kids NZ’.   Read more »

Doug Sellman…upset again

Well known prohibitionist Professor Doug Sellman seems to be having another bout of the dreaded #DirtyPolitics Derangement Syndrome.

So much so, that he and his off-sider Jennie Connor from Alcohol Action NZ sent out a press releases without any names attached to the comments.

Very strange.

This unquotable press release might have been issued by “Barry from accounts” for all we know.

They seem to have a real bee in their bonnet that Health Minister Jonathan Coleman mentioned in passing on TVNZ’s Q+A that Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich was, after three terms, not seeking a fourth term on the Board.

When Jonathan Coleman’s interview with Corin Dann was posted on the NZ Doctor website, Doug Sellman must have come across it.

Here’s the bit that upset the sensitive wee petal.

JONATHAN:     Katherine is not seeking reappointment.

CORIN:              Is there any reason for that? Has she given you any reason for that?

JONATHAN:     Oh, look, she will have a range of reasons, but the point is industry, actually, is an important part of the answer overall. It’s important, actually, to have them at the table in these discussions. Katherine actually did a very good job. She’s a person of very high integrity, but she’s decided she’s not going to seek reappointment.   Read more »

Take ya hand off it Kevvy, it’s not healthy

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For months we have seen Green Party and List MP Kevin Hague stalk ex politician and HPA board member Katherine Rich.

As part of his unhealthy obsession with her, he’s asked over 50 Parliamentary questions to the Government over her appointment to the HPA board.

Today we see the announcement from Acting Assistant Auditor-General, Legal of the Office of the Controller and Auditor General clear Katherine Rich of any possible conflicts of interest with her role as a board member of the HPA and her role as CEO of the Food Grocery Council.

The Auditor General said:

We are satisfied that there are no matters we need to investigate further. We have not identified problems with the management of conflicts of interest by the HPA.

Here, we consider it would be too simplistic to assume that the aims and activities of the HPA and FGC are incontrovertibly opposed and utterly incompatible, such that a person who was associated with one organisation was impossibly compromised from any association with the other. Similarly, it would be too vague and indirect to conclude that it is impermissible for Mrs Rich to participate in any matter relating to a broad general subject-matter, such as alcohol or tobacco. For a problem to arise, there would have to be some particular substantive act or decision of the HPA board that clearly affected, or was affected by, something arising out of Mrs Rich’s FGC role.

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Dirty Trougher Kypros Kypri wants sunlight – but hides Doug Sellman

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Oh here we go again. Trougher researcher Kypros Kypri seems hell-bent on getting some sunlight.

Problem is that his latest play at getting attention is at the expense of his writing buddy – mad as a hatter Professor Doug Sellman.

The Dominion Post this morning pimps yet another whinge whinge whinge by publich health experts troughers all moaning, once again about the Health Promotion Agency.   Read more »

Why is it that Labour parties seem to have dud ideas?

Labour is dead set useless, they focus on retard policies and treat voters like their policies.

In the UK it isn’t much different, hell, they even share policies with New Zealand Labour.

Ed Milliband is proving to be just a savvy with the voters as David Cunliffe.

Junk food adverts aimed at children face being banned before the watershed, under proposals announced by Labour today.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said too many children were ‘exposed to adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt’ – particularly during popular Saturday night shows like the X Factor.

The proposal was contained in a raft of public health measures announced today aiming to tackle Britain’s obesity epidemic.

Yeah because the nanny state is always a vote winner.

Mr Burnham said Labour would impose ‘a time watershed for advertising of products high in sugar, fat and/or salt’ if measures cannot not be agreed with regulators to dramatically cut the number of junk food adverts aimed at children.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt took to Twitter to condemn the proposals.

He said that “banning and legislation not always the answer” and that “backing families to make better choices brings lasting change”.

But Mr Burnham accused the Government of being ‘too close to powerful vested interests’ to stand up for children.

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Freedom of speech dead in Netherlands as police prosecute Geert Wilders

The Islamists are winning in shutting down opponents, using the laws of their new countries against those who speak out against them.

Geert Wilders is now being prosecuted for speaking his mind.

Months after a fiery victory speech, Dutch police have announced they will be prosecuting democratically-elected house of representatives member Geert Wilders for asking his voters whether they wanted to see fewer Moroccans or not in the Northern European country.

This is not the first time Wilders has been in trouble for making comments considered unspeakable by the Dutch government, having narrowly avoided prosecution in 2011 after calling for a ban on the Koran. Now a full nine months after he made a speech during the March local elections, in which his Freedom party performed well, the authorities have decided to prosecute him again on exactly the same charges.

After Wilder’s comments in March there were protests against his comments by the Moroccan community and its allies, and the Dutch police received over 6,400 complaints. He will be charged with “insulting a specific group based on race and inciting discrimination and hatred”.

Standing on a stage in the Dutch capital, Wilders called to his supporters: “Do you want more or fewer Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?”. As they responded: “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” he replied “We’ll take care of that”, reports theIndependent. Despite clearly ruffling some feathers, Wilders is unrepentant saying he was only representing “what millions of people think”.

Of what he perceives as a waste of police and court time being used to persecute him, Wilders says: “It is a travesty that I have to defend myself in court for this. The Public Prosecutor would do better to devote his time to prosecuting jihadis instead of me”.    Read more »

ISIS murders 150 women because they refused to “marry” militants

The scumbag Islamic terrorist group ISIS has murdered 150 women who refused to “marry” their fighters.

At least 150 women who refused to marry militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, were executed in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar, Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights said.

According to a ministry statement released Tuesday, ISIL militants carried out a number of attacks in Fallujah and buried the victims in mass graves in one of the city’s neighborhoods.

“At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage,” the statement said. “Many families were also forced to migrate from the province’s northern town of Al-Wafa after hundreds of residents received death threats.”    Read more »

Now we know where Kevin Hague got his McCarthyist ideas from

Kevin Hague has been pursuing and victimising Katherine Rich in a rather creepy stalking and hounding campaign against her for daring to have a different point of view to him.

He has shown that he isis intolerant of opposing views and like all good Stalinists for McCarthyists he wants to shut anyone down who differed in politics to him.

Perhaps he has been seeking advice on pursing a witch-hunt like this from his fellow travellers in the Greens in Australia.

THE notorious US anti-communism campaigner Joe McCarthy would be proud — the Australian Senate has adopted his tactics in pursuit of independent think tanks.

Instead of “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party of the United States?”, a Senate estimates committee is asking whether particular academics and specialists are “connected” with the Institute of Public ­Affairs or the Centre for Independent Studies.

The federal Education Department has emailed a dozen or more subject specialists who contributed to the national curriculum review.

The correspondence begins: “The department has received a number of questions from Senate estimates. The specific question is: ‘If any of the reviewers who were appointed are connected with the Institute of Public ­Affairs or the Centre for Independent Studies?’ ”

Exactly the same modus operandi as Kevin Hague.

“This is outright McCarthyism,” IPA deputy director James Paterson said. “It is pretty much ‘Are you now or have you even been a member of the IPA?’ ”

University of Wollongong historian Greg Melleuish said he was happy to answer the question because he had “nothing to hide”.

The issue was the “motives of the people asking the questions” rather than the department following up. The person who asked the question was South Australian Greens senator Penny Wright, who raised it at an October hearing.

“I am interested to know if any of the reviewers who were appointed are connected with the Institute of Public Affairs or the Centre for Independent Studies?” she asked.

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