More pimping of #dirtypolitics

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Shaun Hendy writes today on stuff.co.nz saying Dirty Politics damages science.

While it?s a bit of a whaa whaaa whaaaa piece, it did make me wonder who Shaun Hendy is, particularly seeing that he?s now an expert in dirty politics and seems happy to enter the fray.

So for our WOBH readers, here?s a bit on who Shaun Hendy is.

Sean is a researcher with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and nanotechnology at The University of Auckland. He?s a smart cookie and has done well. Good for him.

He also blogs at Sciblogs where he attracts a monthly audience of more than 1000 readers, many of them policy makers in NZ?s innovation sector.? It?s here that he starts crossing over from being a theoretical physicist and expert in nanotechnology, to playing in the political environment.

In his post ?Scientists need to hold policy-makers to account? he pimps Nicky Hager?s stolen emails, and clearly is very supportive of a bunch of troughers who don?t like the Health Promotion Agency having industry representative Katherine Rich on its board. ?

He?s so outraged that he actually forgot to put his name to the letter complaining about it.

All this made me wonder which bits of WOBH sunlight on various troughers he got so upset about?

Maybe WOBH was undermining public health when we exposed our 2013 Trougher of the Year Boyd Swinburn and his extensive travel itinerary to exotic locations that most New Zealanders can only dream about?

Public health in NZ clearly suffered with that one.

Was Shaun Hendy all upset when Deborah Coddington slammed academic activists including Gabrielle Jenkin from Otago University for saying New Zealand is ?appalling, we?re sniffing KFC wherever we go??

Public health clearly was undermined with that post.

Maybe it was when our good friend Prof Doug Sellman was highlighted for blaming the theft of hand sanitiser on ?excessive alcohol marketing?.

Public health objectives clearly took a hit on that one.

Or maybe it was when we called out Stefanie Vandevijvere from the University of Auckland who wanted bans on the use of celebrities (like the All Blacks) and cartoon characters on breakfast cereals or for thinking kid?s magazines include Woman?s Day, Woman?s Weekly and SkyWatch.

It all boils down to this. Scientists and troughers need to harden up.

When they start offering opinions in the public like the ones listed above, these comments should be highlighted.

It?s no wonder the Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman is looking at a code governing what scientists and researchers can say when you look at what these people are advocating.

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