Peter Gluckman

Anti-sugar troughers resort to push polling

Most people take any sort of Horizon Research poll with a massive grain of salt.

So much so it?s safe to say that if you ever want research or a poll to give you exactly what you want it to say, you go to Horizon Research.

And that would therefore explain why anti-sugar trougher Professor Boyd Swinburn used Horizon Research to pimp out findings from a ?survey? to the Herald?s Martin Johnston under the emotive heading ?we need to protect kids from junk food ads?.

As always the Herald is alarming and suggests the Government isn?t doing enough to stop kids getting fatter.

Ever since Health Minister Jonathan Coleman told the troughers to get knotted over their fat tax ideas, trougher Boyd Swinburn and his research cohorts have been pimping out ?research? after ?research? after ?research? trying to say they?re right and the Government is wrong.

Boyd Swinburn?s front group #ProtectOurKidsNZ clearly outlines their government relations strategy.

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So let?s have a look at the type of Horizon Research questions signed off by Auckland University Professor Boyd Swinburn and used to attack the Government

  1. Would you be in favour or against the Government introducing stronger restrictions to reduce the amount of unhealthy food and drink advertising and promotion to children?
  1. Do you think the government should not regulate, should restrict, or should stop ?using advertising on TV to market unhealthy foods and drinks to children?
  1. Do you think the government should not regulate, should restrict or should stop ? featuring unhealthy food and drink brands in games and competitions on websites aimed at children?
  1. Do you think the government should not regulate, should restrict or should stop ? sponsoring children?s sporting activities?

What?s even more telling is how Professor Boyd Swinburn is trying to say parents have no say over what their kids eat.? Here?s what he says about the research findings.

?This is finding is not surprising,? says Professor Swinburn. ?Parents do not like having to say ?no? to their children all the time. The pester power that the marketing to children creates really undermines parents? efforts to give their children a healthy diet.?

Not surprising? Really, come on.

And parents are obviously so useless that they are unable to say no to kids, so the only way to resolve that is to have Government introduce bans and taxes.

Maybe Professor Boyd Swinburn would like to start telling New Zealanders and the Government where the $16 million they?ve received has gone?

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Or maybe Professor Boyd Swinburn would like to explain what has happened to the more than $317 million doled out by the Ministry of Health on obesity service providers over the past ten years has gone?

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But that would be all too inconvenient.

 

– Martin Johnston, A Newspaper

Anti-sugar troughers told to get back in their box

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Over the weekend Health Minister Jonathan Coleman ensured common sense prevailed.

Despite the noise of the taxpayer-funded troughers, who like nothing more than whipping off overseas to grandiose conferences where they talk to each other saying how disappointed they are that kids are getting fatter, Coleman has rebuffed their advocacy lobbying.

Tackling obesity tops the Government’s priority list ??but it says punishing sugar lovers with a tax is not the answer.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said on Sunday?there was no evidence a sugar tax worked and further regulation was not the answer to New Zealand’s obesity problem. He conceded, however, that action was needed on the way sugar-loaded products were marketed to consumers but the Government believed voluntary action by the food industry was the answer.

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An email from Dr. Rob Beaglehole about the Marlborough sugar ban

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Yesterday I?ran an article about the strange decision of the Marlborough District Council to look at banning sugary drinks.

I also gave Dr. Rob Beaglehole a sound kicking as well.

I am opposed to councils meddling like this, especially if that same council has decided not to put fluoride in their water. It is my contention that in the case highlighted yesterday that poor parenting firstly and then intransigent councils are the problem, not sugar in drinks.

Dr. Beaglehole phoned me yesterday and we had a friendly discussion about the issue. I suspect we will never agree on the issue of sugary drinks but we do agree on fluoride.

He has emailed me his thoughts and I publish those unedited and with his permission.? Read more »

More pimping of #dirtypolitics

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Shaun Hendy writes today on stuff.co.nz saying Dirty Politics damages science.

While it?s a bit of a whaa whaaa whaaaa piece, it did make me wonder who Shaun Hendy is, particularly seeing that he?s now an expert in dirty politics and seems happy to enter the fray.

So for our WOBH readers, here?s a bit on who Shaun Hendy is.

Sean is a researcher with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and nanotechnology at The University of Auckland. He?s a smart cookie and has done well. Good for him.

He also blogs at Sciblogs where he attracts a monthly audience of more than 1000 readers, many of them policy makers in NZ?s innovation sector.? It?s here that he starts crossing over from being a theoretical physicist and expert in nanotechnology, to playing in the political environment.

In his post ?Scientists need to hold policy-makers to account? he pimps Nicky Hager?s stolen emails, and clearly is very supportive of a bunch of troughers who don?t like the Health Promotion Agency having industry representative Katherine Rich on its board. ? Read more »

Destroying global warming propaganda with a ruler

John Key has a Chief Science advisor…so does Barack Obama (Professors and Doctors, supposedly clever and sensible) …periodically these chumps come out with some prognostication on global warming to tell us we are catastrophically warming and we MUST do something…if they aren’t doing that then they are hosing down some inconvenient facts.

Barack Obama’s cheif warmist did that last week in this video:

Very early on they use a chart…that is…well..wonky as hell. it is an official White House video and the deceit is astonishing.? Read more »

Krauthammer: The Idea That Climate Change Is A Closed Issue Is “Arrogant And Anti-Scientific”

Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer weighs in with his perspective on the comments issued by ?Interior Secretary?Sally Jewell regarding her position on climate change.

She said:

?”I hope there are no climate change deniers in the Department of Interior.”

Krauthammer’s response is brilliant. I hope Peter Gluckman is reading and watching this. Read more »

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