Tony Falkenstein

The Whaleoil Supreme Sugar Award goes to…

The sugar debate is an interesting one. It?s now full of troughers so high on their own sense of importance that they lose their rag when people take them on.


They call it #DirtyPolitics.

But this new Whaleoil Award doesn?t actually go to a trougher sitting in Otago University?s Department of Troughers in Wellington???tempting as it may be.

No, this award goes to a successful businessman. A man so rat-shit cunning he uses the obesity troughers? conferences to run hits against the fizzy drink industry.

The strategy is simple. Wind up as much noise as possible against a competitor so that they end up buying your business just to shut you up.

To help with this #DirtyPolitics strategy, this man also ran print ads in the Herald on behalf of Australian class-action lawyers calling for a class action against Coca Cola and Frucor ? and then claimed he had never heard of them.

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Dirty is as Dirty does

Nicky Hager reckons I play politics dirty.

He is right, I do….So what?

But he is in reality a sanctimonious hypocrite.

Twice now he has written books from stolen and/or hacked books about New Zealand politics.

Funny how they are always National party aligned people who have their emails hacked or stolen by accomplices of Nicky Hager.

Who is the one playing dirty politics?

The left of course rejoices, but never once stops to winder why it is that nothing like this surfaces in return.

They wrongly assume that they are squeaky clean. They are not. It is just that no one on the right is prepared to actually commit crimes to play their dirty politics.

And is it really that dirty? Tony Falkenstein doesn’t seem to think so, despite me challenging his shilling against “Big Sugar” in order sell his own water.

And the victim of an alleged corporate smear campaign is shrugging off claims that a Food and Grocery Council public relations advisor ordered and paid for online attacks.

Mr Hager’s book claims that Tony Falkenstein, who was involved in a legal case against Coca Cola, was the target of online attacks written by Mr Slater.

Coca Cola is one of the council’s members.

The book claims the attacks were paid for by the council’s public relations agent, Carrick Graham.

The victim of the online smear campaign, Tony Falkenstein, said he was not too worried about the revelations.

“I think that’s part of lobbying, and if I look at it from their point of view, hey if someone’s got a different opinion that could be detrimental to their members, they’re going to use any tactic possible to make sure they get their own opinion across.”

Coca Cola could not be reached for comment, while Mr Slater, Mr Graham and the Council are refusing to comment.

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The insanity of sugar and fat taxes

Katherine Rich pushes back against the health nazis who want to put a tax on sugar and fat.

Sugar taxes will extract more money from citizens’ wallets for governments but do nothing to curb obesity.

While sugar is seen by some as the current food demon, it’s important to dial back the hysteria for a fact-based discussion.

Sugars are an important part of people’s diets, providing energy for the body and brain. Over the past decade, sucrose consumption in New Zealand has declined, and reports suggest most people consume at moderate levels.

All this while obesity has been rising. The remaining part of the energy-in, energy-out equation is physical activity, but anti-sugar activists prefer to blame food companies.

The food companies just sit there like stunned mullets as their customers and products are demonised. They thought that it would never happen to them if only they just kept quiet while tobacco companies were bashed.

They were wrong.

The inconvenient truth for those wanting to scapegoat full-sugar carbonated drinks – fizzy – is that there has been a dramatic drop in sales in the past 15 years as consumers turn to the growing array of zero calorie and diet fizz options now available.

With Kiwis eating less sugar and drinking less sugary fizz at a time of rising obesity levels, it’s nonsense to pretend fizz taxes are going to magic away the obesity problem.

So long as the health nazis promote the food pyramid that is heavy on carbohydrates and low on proteins then we will continue to get fatter, especially if we don;t exercise to burn those calorie loadings. Taxing sugars and fats won’t work. ?? Read more »

Time to start trimming the lobby groups income

I see this morning that the health fundies are making their big anti-sugar push again with the help of media. Veteran trougher Boyd Swinburn is front and centre and so is Robyn Toomath.

Coincidentally James Delingpole takes aim at such lobby groups in his Telegraph column.

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical”. Thomas Jefferson, 1779.

One of the curses of modern life is the plethora of “charitable” lobbying groups demanding that the government take more regulatory action in areas where most of us believe the state has no business interfering.

Almost every day you read in the papers that some apparently grassroots movement, supposedly speaking for all of us, thinks more should be done to stop us drinking, smoking, eating sugar or salt, make us less sexist, force us to spend more on foreign aid or environmental issues. But if that wasn’t annoying enough, here’s the worst thing of all: we’re paying for these unrepresentative, mostly left-leaning lobby groups with our taxes.? Read more »

Crampton on the anti-sugar jihad

Eric Crampton writes at NBR about the anti-Sugar jihadists about to trough it up at a symposium about how sugar is the new health evil besetting New Zealand.

Via?Dave Guerin, I find that?Auckland Uni is hosting?a symposium: “Sugary Drink Free Pacific By 2030?” The press release notes Richard Johnson and Robert Lustig as keynotes. Lustig is famous for his “fructose is toxic” position;?Johnson’s pretty similar.

The first day’s sessions will discuss just how evil sugar is. The second day’s sessions will cover policies to reduce sugar, including a keynote from a guy who’s eating a lot of sugar and making a movie about it, a talk by Tony Falkenstein advocating a soda tax, a talk on lessons for advocacy, and one called “An endgame to SSB [sugar-sweetened beverages] in NZ by 2025?”

Tony Falkenstein is likely the same Tony Falkenstein whose day job is putting water coolers and filters in NZ offices: they’re called “Just Water”. I doubt he has any particular expertise in soda taxes, other than that they hit competitor beverages.?He’s also the one helping organise some class action suit against Coke and the beverage companies. I’d thought that part of the deal with the Accident Compensation Commission was that New Zealand didn’t really have class action liability suits; I expect that it’s largely a publicity stunt for Falkenstein’s water company. I think we had one of his water coolers before we moved offices; I think I can see a budget line item that the Department can pretty quickly do away with as part of our ongoing budget cuts.? Read more »

Flakenstein donkey deep in class action against Coke and Frucor execs, Ctd

While Tony Falkenstein is trying to make out that he actually cares about sugary drinks,?his credibility and involvement in the obesity debate is tumbling?faster than his Just Water International share price.


Not only has the line ?just placed an ad in the newspaper seeking people for a class action against cola companies? been completely blown out of the water, Falkenstein is likely to have to face the wrath of a bunch of publicly funded troughers.? Read more »

Flakenstein donkey deep in class action against Coke and Frucor Execs

Yesterday I ran a?post about a bunch of Australian lawyers seeking to run a class action against the likes of Coke and Frucor, highlighting Tony Falkenstein?s involvement.

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Coke and Frucor execs in lawyer’s sights for class action

What a surprise, well not really.

Radio Live had a small item on its?9am?news segment

?Australian lawyers are preparing to take action against cola companies. They want to hear from people with diabetes or heat conditions or who have lost family members from premature death due to cola addition. Advocate Tony Falkenstein says the Government isn?t taking the problem seriously ? ?The Minister of Health isn?t, I think they haven?t looked at it from an economic point of view, and they are studies that just show what?s going to happen to our health budget as type 2 diabetes increases. The group says the proceeds will be distributed among the sufferers.?

The?NBR is also running the story with water pimp Tony Falkenstein?banging on as if he?s just ?like a post office box? for the lawyers.? Really Tony? Let?s have a look at that.

So some secretive Australian lawyers ring up Falkenstein out of the blue asking him to ?place a newspaper ad seeking respondents on their behalf??

Yet way back in October 2013, you we were tweeting about a ?class-action missile? heading Coke?s way? Pure coincidence, of course Tony.

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Why a Sugar Tax won’t work

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This Innocent smoothie has as much sugar as 3.5 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts

Water salesman Tony Falkenstein is on a crusade to…well…sell more of his water coolers…but he is dressing it up as a wanting people to wean themselves off unhealthy fluids and fight obesity. He has proposed a sugar tax in the fight against obesity…but the reality is his only solution is for people to buy his water coolers, which is bizarre in a city like Auckland that has good water reticulation.

Nonetheless the usual suspects are calling for a sugar tax…well here is why such a tax will never work.

A single serving of so-called healthy fruit juice has been found to contain the same amount of? sugar as three-and-a-half doughnuts or 13 hobnob biscuits.

Exclusive research for Mailonline has revealed that a single 250ml serving of white grape juice contained the same amount of sugar as four Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.

Until recently, we thought the ‘bad’ drinks were those such as Coke and Pepsi, while orange juice was an easy way to get one of our ‘five a day’.

But the goalposts have shifted. More and more experts are warning that sugary drinks in any form are largely to blame for our ballooning waistlines.? Read more »

Is Sugar Bad?

English: A bowl filled with sugar

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Tony Falkenstein wants a tax on sugar. He is very vociferous about it and we have discussed his position before. The MacDoctor explained the fallacy of a tax on sugar quite well too.

Still there is a clamour for such silliness and?so at every opportunity such silliness must be rebutted.

There are now calls for sugar to be treated and taxed in the same way as alcohol because it is alleged that sugar is toxic. There is an article promulgating this exact premise in Nature magazine. The control freaks are out in force clamouring their support for such a tax.

Sugar meets the same criteria for regulation as alcohol, the authors wrote, because it?s unavoidable, there?s potential for abuse, it?s toxic, and it negatively impacts society. They write that sugar is added to so many processed foods that it?s everywhere, and people eat up to 500 calories per day in added sugar alone. Sugar acts on the same areas of the brain?as alcohol and tobacco to encourage subsequent intake, they wrote, and it?s toxic because research shows that sugar increases disease risk from factors other than added calories, such as when it disrupts metabolism.


Yes sugar is a?contributor?to the alleged obesity epidemic, however I would argue that?indolence?is a bigger contributor. Andrew Carroll objects though because to simply label sugar as inherently evil goes?against?the basic science and?nutrition?facts of sugar:

Any regular reader on the blog knows of my interest in obesity, and my concern that we are failing to address the problem adequately. But this seems to go a bit too far. There are legitimate reasons that we don?t allow children to purchase and/or consume alcohol. Sugar (as glucose), on the other hand, is necessary for life. It?s in lots of food, not just processed foods. And just because something ?can? be abused doesn?t mean we shouldn?t be allowed to have it.

There are data that show?immediate?and?serious?consequences of drinking. As far as I know, no such data exist for sugar, teased apart from other unhealthy nutrients. We can have a serious and evidence based discussion of how food and tax policy subtly shapes our eating habits without resorting to?age limits?on a substance that the brain needs in order to survive. That?s not productive, and might even drive people away. The obesity epidemic can likely only be overcome with sustained societal behavior change. We need to work, with people, not against them.

Tony Falkenstein does great work with philanthropy in other areas but make no mistake that his drive for a tax on sugar and the flip side of his thoughts, the positioning of his own water company is more about shifting his huge inventory of water coolers that is currently collecting dust in warehouses than it is about stopping sugar addiction.

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