The NZ Drug Foundation has published a bingo card of “cliched phrases” they say MPs will use to defend the liquor industry.
Firstly I’m disappointed that the NZDF, normally fairly sensible on drug and alcohol issues, is now into denigrating motives of MPs. I expect Doug Selman to rant on about MPs defending the liquor industry, not the NZDF. The fact that MPs disagree with them on an issue, doesn’t mean they are defending the liquor industry. It means they don’t agree with the proposed law will have more benefits than harm.
What is interesting is the list of phrases they include, because I assume that in including them, they think that the proposition is flawed.
- Unfair to responsible drinkers
- We’re doing research on this
- Parental responsibility
- Education Is the answer
So are NZDF against doing research, against education, against parental responsibility and for punishing responsible drinkers?
I think NZDF do a good job overall, but they should stick to sensible research based advocacy, and avoid stupid stuff like this which may make them feel they are hip or cool, but will have no impact with those they are trying to influence.