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By codemonkey uk (Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 07:27:56 AM EST) (all tags)
I discovered today that the Change4Life campaign that casts the games industry in a negative light (which I wrote about last week) gets 80% of it's funding from an organisation called business4life, who's membership list reads like a whos-who of junk food and TV (Coke, Pepsi/Walkers, Nestlé, Mars, Cadburys, Sky, Virgin), and who's members "have been granted influence on the editorial direction of the campaign by the Department of Health".

Is that really who we want to have editorial control of a "government" healthy living campaign?

Should the government really be putting our children's health up for sale?


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Why not? by Herring (4.00 / 6) #1 Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 07:32:45 AM EST
They've put every fucking thing else up for sale.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
Ah, I see by Merekat (4.00 / 5) #2 Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 07:51:20 AM EST
The games industry has failed to pay into the right clique.

Niiiiiccceeee by duxup (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 08:13:43 AM EST
How on earth do they expect to sell their "gamer" branded foods then?

Change4life by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 09:36:39 AM EST
I thought he was working for Microsoft on RSS nowadays.

Seriously, though, that's pretty nasty.

Where's the surprise here? by nightflameblue (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 10:24:28 AM EST
It's like the Tobacco industry being put in charge of the "anti-youth-smoking" campaign. Or Microsoft being told to donate several thousand windows machines to schools. It happens because our government seems to think things like this are "punishment" for "bad behavior."

Sorry "government(s)" by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 10:25:09 AM EST
Because it's not just the one I fall under currently.

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The suprise is by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:44:12 PM EST
How well they remembered to leave a scapegoat out there.

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Don't worry. They'll be gone soon. by yicky yacky (4.00 / 4) #7 Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 12:23:50 PM EST

And then we'll have the Conservatives. Whoopeeeeee!

Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
In the words of The Who by Herring (4.00 / 2) #8 Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 01:49:41 PM EST
Meet the new boss ...

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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Tories by jump the ladder (4.00 / 2) #10 Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 01:16:45 AM EST
I think any change of govt is better. At least the new lot will not have been driven mad yet by power which definitely is the case with NuLabour.

The arrogance, the govt knows best, the ivory toweritis are all signs of govt that has been in power far too long.

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True by Merekat (4.00 / 2) #11 Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 01:53:16 AM EST
But as a default, they start on the mad spectrum a bit earlier so you just have to remember to compensate and vote them out in about 8 years instead of the customary decade.

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Ob by Herring (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 02:54:02 AM EST
Governments are like nappies quote.

It's a problem: if governments are only thinking as far as the next election, they make crappy short-term decisions. If they think they'll be in forever, they make just crappy decisions.

I think this democracy thing could work if the people were informed and the politicians had integrity. So we're double-fucked then.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

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think the worst thing by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Mar 13, 2009 at 04:38:44 AM EST
Is being captured by groupthink. Normally the first cabinets even under Thatcher have a few independents but they get pushed out as time goes by the compliant and power hungry.

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