Hilarious

July 18th, 2012 at 8:59 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Former Prime Minister has reacted with shock that a business award she gave was to India’s top tobacco company.

Clark, who is now head of the United Nations Development Agency, presented India’s largest cigarette maker, ITC (formerly Indian Tobacco Company) with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) highest prize for improving the environment and removing poverty.

This drew an angry reaction from a leading Indian health advocate who termed it a travesty of justice.

In New York, UN watcher Inner City Press asked Clark to explain her award.

She replied with a written statement.

“I have worked tirelessly throughout my career to achieve a smoke free society in New Zealand, and was, thus, shocked to learn that a World Business Development Award, supported by , was given to a company which derives a substantial proportion of its profits from tobacco,” she said.

“Unfortunately the criteria for the World Business Development Awards did not exclude projects implemented by companies from certain sectors like tobacco. This has clearly been a serious oversight. “

Clark said UNDP would review its rules and regulations and ensure than an incident like it never happens.

“UNDP will not participate in these awards in the future unless companies like this are excluded,” Clark said.

Heh, I’d love to have seen the reaction when Helen found out. Rather unbelievable that you can present a major global prize to a company and not know what they do. A two minute check of their website or even Wikipedia would have found this out.

Anyway isn’t it a good thing a tobacco company is improving the environment and reducing poverty. While tobacco is a legal product (as it is in every country on earth), we will have tobacco companies – and isn’t it better they be encouraged to do good things such as reduce poverty and improve the environment?

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27 Responses to “Hilarious”

  1. trout (957 comments) says:

    Helen Simpson should have been on top of this. Major FU.

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  2. MarkF (102 comments) says:

    Priceless, but exactly the sort of thing I would expect from her. All hot air and no substance!

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  3. Kea (13,571 comments) says:

    One would expect the business to be subjected to a very high level of scrutiny, before it was even considered for such an award. Clearly even the most rudimentary enquiries were not made. This raises the question; on what basis was the award given, if so little was known about the business?

    I am certain this would not have happened had the business, not been in a “developing” country, or if it was run by Europeans. Clark has no integrity and neither does the UN and “sustainability” movement.

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  4. Martin Gibson (248 comments) says:

    When you consider how keen the international socialists are on massive population reduction, I would say tobacco companies — especially in India and China — would be getting all sorts of environmental awards from Helen and her comrades. Always embarrassing to be caught out of course, but nothing that a bit of dishonest righteously indignant denial won’t fix.

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  5. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    > isn’t it a good thing a tobacco company is improving the environment and reducing poverty

    Well, yeah, but culling the population to reduce poverty seems a little extreme. :)

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  6. Manolo (14,173 comments) says:

    One has to feel sorry for the this comrade, Chardonnay socialist to the limit, ….not!

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  7. Rufus (736 comments) says:

    ross69
    “but culling the population to reduce poverty seems a little extreme.”

    Don’t worry Ross – they’ve got a far more effective method. Sex-selective abortion and female infanticide.

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  8. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    Well, yeah, but culling the population to reduce poverty seems a little extreme.

    True, but David Cunliffe proposed to fund half of the removal of GST on fresh fruit & veges through the increasing tax on tobacco – i.e. needing to retain a certain number of people risking their health in order to pay for (perhaps) slightly cheaper healthy food.

    So culling the population to slightly reduce the cost of food is deemed a sensible policy within the Labour Party.

    (Source – Q&A interview with Cunliffe)

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  9. OTGO (579 comments) says:

    So, will there be a consequence for this barren witch? Nope.

    [DPF: 30 demerits]

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  10. kowtow (8,945 comments) says:

    This is a a lot more sinister than funny.

    Note ” I have worked tirelessly throughout my career to achieve a smoke free society….”

    Again the worst of the middle classes telling the rest of us how to live our lives.THese people are dangerous idealogues who care shit about democracy ,individual freedom and choice.
    They bring their poison first to the national stage (after student politics,note the Auckland Uni free speech issue ) and then to the international stage.So many leftists get high office at the UN it’s frightening and it’s costing us the taxpayer big time with their lies and social control.
    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/217556/massive-cost-warning

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  11. mikenmild (12,402 comments) says:

    Feeling a little bilious this morning, OTGO?

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  12. TMC (64 comments) says:

    She actually handed over the award to the Chairman without even knowing what the initials ITC stood for? Really? Somehow I doubt it. More like their donations were just too good to say no to.

    “Starved of public financing, the UN agencies rely upon ‘voluntary’ contributions like donors, private philanthropies and companies. He said ITC and Brazil’s largest tobacco producer, Souza Cruz, were close to UN policy because of their funding.”

    Not one for conspiracy theories but I find it difficult to believe she didn’t really know. More like she weighed up the donations against a slight embarrassment. So ‘take the donation, give the award, express surprise/shock/horror and then wait til it blows over’. Will she return ITC’s donations? Yeah right. That would be the true test of her shock/horror.

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  13. OTGO (579 comments) says:

    When it comes to THAT woman bilious doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings mm.

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  14. krazykiwi (8,040 comments) says:

    “I have worked tirelessly throughout my career to achieve a smoke free society in New Zealand”

    While working tirelessly to have even more NZers addicted to welfare, their livelihood’s at the mercy of vote-buying legislation.

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  15. dime (10,215 comments) says:

    [DPF: 30 demerits] – always so sensitive when it comes to Ms Clarke!

    Would she prefer that the company didnt exist? people were left with less, the environment worse off? all cause she doesnt approve of smoking. seriously, the left are messed up

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  16. Paulus (2,711 comments) says:

    Love it – foisted by her own petard.

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  17. unaha-closp (1,067 comments) says:

    UNDP mandarins need significant imputs of capital to maintain their stature and lifestyles and dignity in the manner they are accustomed to. ITC have provided sufficient cash, so the UNDP have provided a reward.

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  18. Harriet (5,201 comments) says:

    “…..I have worked tirelessly throughout my career to achieve a smoke free society in New Zealand…”

    Key also said he is going to to this by 2025.

    That’s BULLSHIT!

    Key knows as tourism minister that this will never happen – the future of tourism is Asian. :cool:

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  19. dime (10,215 comments) says:

    Harriet – it will probably be illegal for kiwis to smoke! Tourists will be allowed lol

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  20. mara (770 comments) says:

    DPF , was it “barren” or “witch” that earned the demerits? Or both in the same sentence?

    [DPF: More the barren, but partly the combination. Witch by itself would not get demerits]

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  21. Roflcopter (467 comments) says:

    Photo-Op trumps everything.

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  22. Other_Andy (2,676 comments) says:

    [Sarc on] Good to know we are indirectly contributing to this organisation controlled by a bunch of corrupt, anti-semetic mysogonistic, dictatorial countries and staffed by hardcore socialistic autocratic rejects.
    Money well spend.[Sarc off]

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  23. mara (770 comments) says:

    DPF, is “barren” a politically incorrect word these days? My dictionary says that one of its meanings is “a woman who has not had a child.” HC has been called many things worse than being a woman who has not had children by accident or design.

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  24. Steve (North Shore) (4,537 comments) says:

    No Heather Simpson? Maybe should have taken Homer Simpson’s advice:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhrfhjLd9e4
    :)

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  25. Paul Marsden (990 comments) says:

    The United Nations is one of (if not thee), most corrupt institutions on planet earth. We shouldn’t be surprised. What sticks in my craw is that we (NZ), not only contribute to their corrupt coffers, but have to put up with their BS about how we treat the natives so badly, and how we must play with them better etc etc etc. God give me strength. The sooner this Institution goes the way of the Dodo bird, the better off we all will be.

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  26. Manolo (14,173 comments) says:

    I also disagree with the 30 demerits given to OTGO. His statement is literal and factual, our host likes it or not.
    C’mon DPF, stop being so thin-skinned when comes to terms applied to comrade Clark.

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  27. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Helen Clark is a proven liar, fact, so why would even the Inner City Press believe anything that this monster says.

    She is so used to lying to a sycophantic media I’m sure she doesn’t even know she is doing it.

    The US was in arrears for its UN fees for years because they recognised that the organisation was a joke ( Gaddaffi chair of a peace committe, please). Hopefully they are still holding out, starve the bastards out.

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