Busybodies and hypocrites

Here is Graham Richardson preaching about the need for good health policy:

Probably no product in the world that has managed to penetrate more countries and cultures than Coca-Cola. Its billboard advertisements can be seen in Europe, Africa, Asia, the sub-Continent and everywhere in between. Chocka block with sugar this addictive drink plays its part in the obesity plague which is at its worst in Western countries and is advancing even in the Third World where you would think that finding clean safe drinking water would be the priority. Aided and abetted by our predilection for sugary foods we are now seeing kids as young as 12 presenting with diabetes. There are now more overweight schoolchildren than ever.

While politicians can now expect to be bombarded with a welter of fake research, they must introduce a tax on sugar and they must not delay in implementing it. The aim would be to slowly decrease soft drink consumption. The teeth of our children will improve and that also reduces the health bill. Cigarette smoking has been hit hard by a combination of increased taxes and graphic information campaigns. The same must happen with sugar.

Here is Graham Richardson managing his own health:

Like far too many blokes, way back in 1999 I refused to see a doctor when I knew something was wrong and thought it might be ­serious. By the time I saw one, the left cheek of my bum was twice the size of the right. I carried around a pillow in the form of a small life buoy to try to avoid the pain caused by the simple act of sitting. I went to see the famed immunologist Ron Penny, who took one look at my bum and told me I would need surgery as a matter of urgency. Having been health minister for a while, I knew plenty of doctors. Penny made me get some scans, which confirmed the ­seriousness of my problem. He told me I needed an orthopaedic surgeon so I contacted my old friend Dr Bruce Shepherd, a former president of the AMA who had led the surgeon’s strike in 1984. Bruce looked at the scans and was amazed at my ­cancer, which by that stage was similar in size and shape to a small rockmelon.

Now I have a lot of time for Graham Richardson  – his insights on Sky News and in The Australian are usually very good – but people who can’t manage their own lives don’t get to preach to everyone else.

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69 Responses to Busybodies and hypocrites

  1. Adam D

    Not hypocrisy at all – he needed big brother to help him get a rockmelon sized cancer checked out. After all he had no-one he could know or trust in the medical profession.

    FMD you can’t make up this crap

  2. iain russell

    These are your people, Richo – the smoking’, Coke swiggin’, lard arsed mastodons that represent the ALP in all its glory and epitomise its values. Reach out to them Richo, don’t annoy the shit out of the literate and numerate who have had enough of your BS.

  3. Matt

    Does that mean that people who can manage their lives do get to preach to everyone else? Fantastic!

  4. RobK

    I think he should be able to preach all he likes, after all most health issues are a matter of education and mostly scientific endeavor. I do object to his remedies of tax and graphic negative advertising.

  5. Matt

    RobK – aren’t graphic negative images part of education?

  6. Token

    Enough of the bloated bobbing heads trying to dress up new taxes with the gilt of faux virtue.

    Is there an effective and pithy meme that can be laid down for tax inspired virtue signalling?

  7. MACK

    “Does that mean that people who can manage their lives do get to preach to everyone else? Fantastic!”

    Indeed if would be great if people would listen to the NASA engineers who designed, built and operated the first moon landing gear. That’s not a bad record of science in the real world, and they think the climate change scare is rubbish.

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/nasa-scientists-dispute-climate-change-2012-4?r=US&IR=T

  8. nemkat

    Richo was known as The Clearasil Kid during his time as NSW State Secretary, due to his poxy complexion.
    I don’t think he can blame Coke and MarsBars for his pus filled body.
    He just comes from bad stock.

  9. MPH

    Isn’t that just the perfect metaphor for modern Australian politics? Let’s faff about with an arse pillow to try and manage the ever increasing discomfort – not to mention probably getting aggressively defensive whenever someone suggests properly examining the underlying cause.

  10. Frank

    I do object to his remedies of tax and graphic negative advertising.

    Given the current price of fags it is more a case of raping the budget of smokers than mere taxation, preying on the misery of addicts if one was given to rhetorical overkill. Rhetorical overkill like:

    Chocka block with sugar this addictive drink plays its part in the obesity plague which is at its worst in Western countries and is advancing even in the Third World where you would think that finding clean safe drinking water would be the priority.

    You almost need to be a doctor to be able to afford to smoke thanks to people like Richo.

  11. Rabz

    Richardson is a blatant criminal and for that reason alone, he doesn’t get to lecture the rest of us.

    That he’s also a monumental hypocrite and irredeemable idiot is merely an added bonus.

  12. C.L.

    The obesity crisis has little to do with sugar and everything to do with laziness.
    You can drink a gallon of the black death a day and it won’t make a lot of difference if you have a strict regime of exercise and activity. Statist posers just haven’t worked out a way to force people to exercise so they’re virtue-signaling with the low-hanging sugar fruit instead.
    But, oh, I am so heartily sick and tired of ageing and old men who did it all in their salad days but then decide to crack down with police measures against the young. Peter FitzSimons is another one: he wants boxing banned. Alan Jones too is a full-fledged passenger on the sugar tax bandwagon.
    I respect Gerard Depardieu more than ever.

  13. Jimf

    If he wasn’t a good old ALP boy I’d be less inclined the think this was less about about health and more about a love of tax.

  14. nemkat

    Eddie Obeid must feel hard done by, sitting alone in his slot.
    At least criminal behaviour is a cultural norm among Arabs, but what’s Richo’s excuse?

  15. Matt

    The obesity crisis has little to do with sugar and everything to do with laziness.
    You can drink a gallon of the black death a day and it won’t make a lot of difference if you have a strict regime of exercise and activity.

    CL, everything you just said in that sentence is wrong. Calories in = calories out is a myth perpetuated by said black death-like companies to convince you that it’s not their product that is making you fat. The body metabolises sugar and fat very differently, and excess sugar is stored as fat, contributing to obesity more so than lack of exercise.

  16. nemkat

    Wrong, Matt.
    I built a concrete sleeper wall today, and all i had to keep me going was 2 bottles of Fanta.
    Lifting weight is what keeps a person healthy, not obsessing over the Governments latest lies.

  17. RobK

    Matt,
    “RobK – aren’t graphic negative images part of education?
    sorry, I meant as part of the product packaging where it effects the presentation of the brand. That isn’t education. It is propaganda and emotional alarmism. It is persecution of the product and assumes everyone will abuse it.

  18. Infidel Tiger

    I’d rather we banned people from becoming rich from insurance fraud.

  19. Matt

    But Nemkat, do you drink 2 bottles of Fanta every day, or was that a one off?

  20. Matt

    Why is a graphic warning on a billboard education, but on a package “propaganda and emotional alarmism”? If education is required (which from your comments I assume you think it is), then the education is required to encourage people to consume less of the product.

  21. nemkat

    Well, Matt, i ad a 1.25 Fanta for smoko yesterday, and i didn’t feel like eating my smoko or lunch, but i felt okay all day.
    Did the same today, except the Caltex had a 2 for the price of one deal.
    Worked til 4.30, wasn’t exhausted.
    Normally eat an organic salad with feta cheese for smoko and a liter of raw milk for lunch.

  22. C.L.

    CL, everything you just said in that sentence is wrong. Calories in = calories out is a myth perpetuated by said black death-like companies to convince you that it’s not their product that is making you fat.

    Total bullshit.
    For starters, I was unaware Coca-Cola has ever publicised its view of fatness and its causes.

  23. Matt

    So nemkat, try drinking 2L Fanta every day for a month instead of cheese and milk, and let me know how the weight gain (and tooth decay) goes!!

  24. nemkat

    Drinking 2 bottles of Fanta a day for a month would be similar to fasting for a month.
    No weight gain there.
    Good oral hygiene prevents tooth decay, poor oral hygiene accelerates tooth decay.

  25. Token

    Matt, taxing Nemkat will not help the kiddies shed the unnecessary kilos.

    Ensuring they use more calories than they imbibe will. They will also sleep better and their cell structures will be more effectively built.

  26. Matt

    Not doubting the importance and benefits of exercise, and as a dentist obviously promote good oral hygiene, but they are less important than diet. Can’t outrun a bad diet, can’t out-brush a bad diet. Reducing excess added sugar goes a long way to preventing health problems.

  27. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2588695, posted on December 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    I’d rather we banned people from becoming rich from insurance fraud

    Harsh.
    But fair.

  28. Leigh Lowe

    Matt

    #2588714, posted on December 19, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    So nemkat, try drinking 2L Fanta every day for a month instead of cheese and milk, and let me know how the weight gain (and tooth decay) goes!!

    Irrelevant.
    The question is whether the state has the right to tax or regulate activities some people view as problematic.
    I think cycling is inherently dangerous.
    Tax it.
    Now.

  29. entropy

    I certainly would be a fan of taxing into oblivion those that desire to force their views of how people should live their lives through the tax system, thereby displaying how truly worthy they are.

    10% of gross earnings for each virtue signal. that’ll stop that shit.

    token, how about:

    “I am more noble than you and I prove my virtue by getting others to pay for it.”

    Over a picture of that Public Health tosser from WA. Or if you want someone more noticeable, Leonardo DeCaprio

  30. Robber Baron

    Welfare abusers that naturally vote layba are usually seen out the front of their usual CES office drinking coke and smoking. They can afford to do this because they get free money.

  31. RobK

    Matt,
    Why is a graphic warning on a billboard education,
    It isn’t. Billboards are for advertising. Education is a rational passing of acquired knowledge not slogans. By your judgement tickets to the ballet should feature the distorted toe joints of ballerinas. RSI warnings on keyboards (i notice Wii has such things). How about pictures of horrific crash scenes on all car steering wheels, mercs and all. This is just social engineering and very unpleasant in a multitude of ways.

  32. anonandon

    Don’t ban it but don’t subsidise poor health choices with free healthcare.

  33. egg_

    FMD you can’t make up this crap

    +1

    Beyond parody.

    Rockmelon sized cancer: “What’s this arsehole doing attached to me?”

  34. Knuckle Dragger

    Matt,

    Your arguments don’t stack up. If you’re working and/or exercising enough you can eat whatever the feck you like. This goes for drinks too.

    If you do a couple of hour long sets of hard, old-school PT per day, and spend the rest of your time walking up and down hills with two thirds of your body weight strapped to your back, OR

    If you spend all day actively labouring for a brickie, or even better a plumber,

    You can eat a dozen cream buns and a bottle of Coke and nothing adverse will happen as long as you clean your teeth. In fact, your body will start to crave real food as well. And beer. Lots of beer.

  35. Up The Workers!

    When the surgeons allegedly removed his sphincter during his surgery last year, does anybody know FOR CERTAIN which bit of him they kept, and which bit they threw out with the garbage?

    I would have thought that a 168 centimetre-tall sphincter would be a comparative rarity in the surgeon’s domain.

    Does he still play with matches and insurance policy premiums?

  36. Up The Workers!

    The moral of the story here is: If you consistently behave like an arsehole for long enough, you will eventually BECOME one.

    Q.E.D.!

  37. struth

    When Richo had that cancer removed, they kept the wrong bit.
    But fair is fair.
    It would have been very hard for even the best doctors to work that out.
    What food or drink people consume and how they do it is no business of government.
    If I am an active person who wants to have the occasional coke why should I pay more for it because others are fat?
    Who can say for certain that it’s the coke making people obese?
    It’s more than just coke.

    But the point is that the government should never be allowed to micromanage us like this.
    The reverse outcome always occurs when they do anyway.
    Put the price of alcopops up and people ended up mixing their own…….stronger.
    Tax smokes and people replaced them with food.
    The obesity epidemic was caused by corrupted government giving the wrong health advice via their food triangle and taxing the shit out of smokes.

    Even if you are a deadset totalitarian control freak and want the government to take responsibility and control of what people can eat you cannot argue that they know what is best for everyone when their past efforts prove they don’t know what’s best for anyone and have had a hugely negative impact on the lives of millions.

  38. Exit Stage Right

    Couldn’t believe a word that Richo utters, always skip his program on Fox news or articles in The Oz. How he has been elevated to oracle status on everything political is beyond me. You know he is lying as soon as you see his lips move. I don’t feel sorry for him or his health problems and agree this grub should not be lecturing anybody on anything. He even had a contrary opinion on that Mr Bean look a like-reckons he has been hard done by and played down his Chinese flirtations. Be gone Richo, you are only half the man you used to be.

  39. tgs

    Calories in = calories out is a myth perpetuated by said black death-like companies to convince you that it’s not their product that is making you fat.

    Today I learned that the laws of thermodynamics are a myth perpetuated by Big Sugar to make us all fat.

    You fucking moron.

  40. Rohan

    And reported on the Today show, there’s a new push to increase alcohol tax. Their talking with the LNP in Canberra today to lobby it.

    It’s based on alcohol content and a cheap cask wine would increase by $45. A slab by $3 and so on. That’s going to kill a lot of jobs.

    But that’s ok because that will stop binge drinking.

  41. The conceited response of the left is to always assume they have the right to enforce their views on others and the ability to change behaviour. Richo: you lack imagination. You repeat the mistakes of your forefathers. You are too old to change your ways or to even recognise the implications of your preaching. You remind me of J. Alfred Prufrock.

  42. sabena

    Lets face it-Richo doesn’t give a stuff about the health of anyone except his family.This proposed policy is simply to pander to the left of the ALP and the Greens who must always be seen to be doing something.

  43. duncanm

    … and this is the problem with public health.

    It gives the idiots an excuse to regulate what you eat

  44. Baldrick

    Cigarette smoking has been hit hard by a combination of increased taxes and graphic information campaigns. The same must happen with sugar. – Graham Richardson

    What a Big Government cockhead.

  45. struth

    And reported on the Today show, there’s a new push to increase alcohol tax. Their talking with the LNP in Canberra today to lobby it.

    This may sound a bit over the top, but from my experience in life, the more government control , the worst health outcomes.

    Socialism is the real offender when it comes to health.
    You only have to look at aboriginal communities (socialist hell holes) where alcohol is banned and there is huge numbers of tax hoovering public servants there to help do everything and make every decision for them as long as it doesn’t involve getting ahead, to see the drunkest, most disease ridden, fattest, putrid, die young populations on the planet.
    Banning anything doesn’t work.
    If you live under the disgusting tyranny of aboriginal socialism in Australia, if you can’t get grog, you sniff petrol, so then they banned certain fuels, not one person’s life has improved.

    Being controlled and having no dreams and nothing to live for, creates the worst health outcomes.

    We all, in Australia, being (especially socially) one of the most regulated people on earth, and many on socialist welfare etc, are big drinkers.
    As Russians are from socialist background they are as well.

  46. struth

    The fact that Richo is on television and not behind bars is testament to the rampant corruption in Australia and the absolutely sickening left wing Bias of the MSM.
    And they won’t entertain the idea of a Milo interview?
    Spare me from Australia’s Marxist Socialist Media.

  47. Up The Workers!

    To: “Exit Stage Right”, at 6.28am:

    The only reason why Richo these days has to utter his words on Fox News, is because he finds that it is no longer practical for him to have his words printed for posterity by Offset Alpine Printers.

    A reminder from Uncle Richo to all little kiddies: “DON’T EVER play with matches, petroleum products and Insurance Premiums at home!”

  48. John Constantine

    So they ban tobacco, vaping, sugar, alcohol, salt, gluten and meat.

    Chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, additives, preservatives and flavourings.

    Queue for your rations of crushed grasshopper extrusions and mashed insect larvae gruel.

    Comrades.

    [ their elite will get flavoured soylent green, made from raw materials feedlotted on crushed grashopper extrusions and mashed insect larvae gruel.]

  49. John Constantine

    But at least they will have legalised smoking dope.

  50. cynical1

    “Morning teacher”.

    “Morning pupils. Now, we all know smoking, sugar and alchohol is bad, right?

    In this ‘Safe schools’ lesson, I will ask ‘Have you tried anal sex yet”?

  51. H B Bear

    Poor Ol’ Bucket Guts. Such a defective character every time he puts Perth to paper he simply exposes himself as a massive hypocrite.

  52. Peter

    “…….but people who can’t manage their own lives don’t get to preach to everyone else.’

    Unless you are a Labor politician.

  53. Some History

    “It is also important to note that antismoking was so strongly
    associated with Nazism that “for the anti-Nazi youth movements – the
    working class Eidelweiss Pirates and the bourgeois Hamburg Swing Youth
    alike – the constant cigarette seems to have been almost a badge of
    resistance and was referred to as a sure indicator of their degeneracy in
    the surveillance reports produced by the Hitler Youth. Indeed, one of the
    reasons for the relative failure of activities to prevent smoking in Germany
    since the war may be that the association of authoritarian antismoking
    efforts with the Nazi regime remained in popular memory for a long
    period.”

    Some background on the Edelweiss Pirates:

    https://www.warhistoryonline.com/featured/edelweiss-pirates-nazi-germanys-youth-resistance-song-dance-sabotage.html

  54. Crossie

    The obesity epidemic was caused by corrupted government giving the wrong health advice via their food triangle and taxing the shit out of smokes.

    Ironically demonising dietary fat was the start of the fat epidemic. Eating fatty foods makes you fill satisfied a lot quicker and with less. Eliminating fat just made people crave something else to fill them up and most people needed lots more carbs and sugars to feel satiated. What’s worse, the effect wears off much quicker.

  55. Up The Workers!

    Its truly marvellous what a diverse society we are these days.

    I fired up the magic machine this morning and there on the screen was an idyllic scene from Microsoft of lush green hills covered by shrubs whose leaves were being picked by dozens of people. The caption, inviting guesses of where the scene might be, said: “This place is famous for its production of tea-leaves.”

    I thought: “Well bugger me, it must be the Victoriastan State Parliament. The joint is notoriously infested with the bastards – both of the normal variety AND those Green tea-leaves as well!”

  56. Diogenes

    We have had a healthy canteen since the beginning of term 3. Prior to that the kids got a terms worth of healthy eating propaganda from our pe department.

    What has happened? The canteen no longer contributes to school funds out of profits, because there are none.

  57. Diogenes

    Continued…
    Kids are walking in of a morning clutching a bag of maccas and a cup wth s coke slushy. At recess and lunch they they are pulling bags of chips(crisps) and cans of energy drinks.

    The boss did his annual ‘healthy canteen’ report which shows yes, he canteen complies and he has a breakdown by menu item. What he has had o opportunity to state is what the kids are actually doing.

  58. kae

    Perhaps Richo needs to push for mandatory bum inspections.

  59. Cynic of Ayr

    This from a bloke with his lips firmly puckered on the public teat, and sucking away for all he’s worth.
    Hypocritical bastard! Pretending he’s all conservative now, after lying and scheming his way up the Labor Party hierarchy for one purpose, and one purpose only – the wealth of Graham Richardson.
    Too bloody stupid to see how bloody stupid he is.
    Of course, it’s not hard to imagine his not understand his oversize arse, he just thought it was another Labor MP there.

  60. Habib

    I have no time at all for the repulsive toad. A vile creature, a product of the factory for venal douches that manufactures modern Australian politicians. Definitely amoral and borderline criminal. Fuck him and all his disgusting, corrupt, greedy, authoritarian kind. We’re going to need an awful lot of helicopters. Maybe we can charter a fleet from the Ukrainians.

  61. Habib

    Here’s a lateral concept, Fatboy, what say we get rid of the welfare system, so land-whale bogans can’t afford booze, darbs and fizzy drinks, and the tax regime can be shitcanned as well freeing multiple clockwatchers to pursue their true calling of weaving their own yoghurt and building a yurt at Collector?

  62. Habib

    I believe Richo was up for an arsehole transplant, but the arsehole rejected him.

  63. Habib

    Maybe they should’ve put the tumour on life support, and fed Richo into the incinerator. Wouldn’t want that job.

  64. Empire GTHO Phase III

    RobK – aren’t graphic negative images part of education?

    All propaganda. Millions of tax dollars squandered to satisfy the venal vanity of the few at the expense of the many.

  65. Tator

    Another cause of the so called obesity epidemic is the basically removal or at least minimisation of Physical Education in Public Schools. The SJW’s want PE cut out because it has negative connotations towards obese children’s self esteem and also allows more time for social engineering via programs like Safe Schools etc. Far too many public schools have cut out school sports all together and here in SA, the ALP have released plans of a CBD based high school for 1500 students with absolutely zero outdoor PE space and has an indoor gymnasium only. Most public primary schools have had their ovals partially sold off for housing as well along with a bucketload amalgamated into “super schools” by rebuilding one school to cope with the student population of its neighbours and then close 2 out of 3 of them to sell off for housing.
    More effort should be going into teaching children whilst they are of an impressionable age that regular exercising has huge benefits with both physical and mental health rather than worry about fat little Bills self esteem being dented as he is not able to run a lap. It would be better to build him up via training to a level where he can make some worthwhile achievements rather than cut everyone else’s opportunity out all together.
    On top of that, far too many houses don’t have big enough back yards for kids to play in anymore and far too many “lifestyle” shows produce backyards that are not conducive for kids to play in as they are more vanity than practical or designed for adult activities instead of childrens. The proliferation of knocking down houses with big yards and replacing with terraces, town houses or apartments is also creating a lack of space for kids. All to do with the ALP’s driving the price of housing out of range of the everyday punter and creating the conditions for more socialistic societies crammed in together like Russian apartments or British council flats. I bought my current place because it fulfilled 3 criteria. First one was it had bigger bedrooms than my old house, more toilets and bathrooms and a big back yard which is currently occupied by a turf cricket pitch with nets so my 14 yo can practice his batting at home. Plays nicely too with a decent bowling machine pinging balls at you.

  66. Ragu

    How would the sugar tax work?

    Coke now uses corn syrup in place of sugar. And there is sugar in beer. With the WET tax and the sugar tax can any arsehole in Canberra tell me how much it’s going to cost to get the taste of work out of my mouth on Friday?

  67. Boambee John

    Cigarette smoking has been hit hard by a combination of increased taxes and graphic information campaigns.

    Purchase of legal (excise paid) cigarettes has been hit hard by increased taxes, however, purveyors of illegal “chop chop” have profited mightily.

    Fixed that for Richo!

  68. Up The Workers!

    Has anybody ever paused to reflect on the curious phenomena of A.L.P. politicians and their various itinerant anatomical accessories?

    Once upon a time, Richo and his arsehole were utterly inseparable and anecdotally, were frequently mistaken for one another, in much the same fashion as Bonking Billy Short-One and Slimy Sam from the Sussex Street Sewer were. Now, alas, they have each gone their separate ways.

    “Dishonest Eddie” Obeid and his nomadic “Left Testicle”, on the other hand were as inseparable as Richo and his quoit once were, but after going their separate ways, are now joyfully reunited and living happily ever after with their shared soap-on-a-rope, their toilet bucket and communal shower in the same exclusive A.L.P. “gated community” that Milton Orkopoulos, their Party’s former Federal President Michael Williamson and many other Party peers now luxuriate in, at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

    Match-making is not a trait normally associated with the Monarch, but I somehow suspect that reuniting Richo and Bonking Billy with their respective sphincters, is beyond even Her legendary abilities.

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