Revolving doors

It’s an unusual thing, and is normally the result of dodgy motivations, but the Daily Mail is occasionally right in being outraged by something.

In this case, it’s the dual role held by one of the government’s obesity advisers:

A senior adviser in the Government’s battle against obesity has been criticised for receiving thousands of pounds from the slimming industry.

Of course, the funny thing about this is that it’s a perfectly natural extension and intellectual bedfellow of Andrew Lansley’s policy for

Beer companies, confectionary firms and crisp-makers [to] fund the government’s advertising campaign to persuade people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.

I suppose the only unusual thing about this particular adviser is that she also works for someone who is broadly trying to support the government’s agenda, i.e. supporting the public to become healthier, rather than not.


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