The National Party’s official blogger– He who compared Helen Clark to Mugabe and Fiji Frank– makes a characteristic sophisticated response to the distinguished waipiro (alcohol) expert Professor Doug Sellman.
‘The arrogance of some of these experts is best characterised by this quote from Professor Doug Sellman: ‘So, even though the science points strongly to the four key actions described above, our leaders could very well allow ideology to trump science. This brings to mind political regimes we tend to look down on with great disapproval.’ Sellman’s taxpayer funded lobby group has demanded that everything they recommend must be implemented by the Government, without question. f [sic] not, then it means we are some sort of third world country or dictatorship. What fucking arrogance. I encourage Professor Sellman to go form a political party, and campaign on his agenda. Once he wins general election, he can lecture us on what the Government must do. Sellman is like many zealots in this field. They think it is only about the ‘science’, They don’t realise it is also about rights of New Zealanders.’
Hmmm, Thomas Jefferson wisely said: “If it doesn’t pick my pocket or break my leg, I don’t care.”
Professor Sellman is the spokesman for an organisation that has over 1000 medical professionals as members, all arrogantly and ignorantly slandered by Dave. Here’s what Alcohol Action says about their attitude to alcohol:
‘The majority of us enjoy drinking alcohol, but all are alarmed about the way alcohol dominates many social situations and the scale of unhealthy and dangerous drinking in contemporary New Zealand – a crisis that enriches the liquor industry while causing immense harm to individuals and society as a whole.’
Balance is allowing adults, under sensible conditions, to moderately enjoy one of life’s great pleasures. Not the silly situation we have at the moment, where the regulations are of/for/by John Key/Peter Dunne’s alcohol industry cronies like Sir Doug Myers. New Zealanders should have the right not to have their taxes wasted on the massive, gratuitous health/policing/justice/corrections costs that result from people who can’t (or don’t want to) drink responsibly. This violent carnage obviously also denies New Zealanders the right not to have their “leg broken”. Not to mention the aesthetic displeasure that is Courtney Place, Friday at 3am.
The booze barons are the only ones who are benefiting from the current situation, and a sane balance is an idea who time has come.