Monthly Archives: September 2011

The “Science of Muddling Through”: Policy making and health behaviours

Not surprisingly policy-making has been called the “science of muddling through”. This is entirely appropriate because, in spite of the reasonable public expectation that policy is evidence-based, in reality the research shows that it is largely a result of a … Continue reading

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Rugby World Cup: A Class Event

Once I loathed rugby.  Now I enjoy some on tv.  I can switch it off if I don’t.   Beautiful Dan Carter has a lot to answer for.   But I prefer league.  It’s faster, incredibly acrobatic.    Aussie commentators have a … Continue reading

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How governments make policy: An exercise in contradictions.

I have noticed over the years the inconsistency of successive governments’ policy making and it drives me nuts. Over the past few years we have had governments which insist that women breast feed at least for the first year and beyond and … Continue reading

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Health promotion is a load of old crock

Why health promotion is an old crock No doubt the Ottawa Charter signatories had the best of intentions but it seems to me that the principles underpinning the Charter have had little real effect when it comes to the way … Continue reading

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Fat kids, four-wheel drives and private schooling

No wonder kids are getting fatter. The private primary school I walk past on my way to work every morning is awash with dads and mums in their ridiculously over-powered 4 wheel drives dropping their children off. Of the ten … Continue reading

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Empowering the Press

The Press Gallery has an important and privileged position in Parliament.   Most media outlets are represented there or through an agency.   Last week we witnessed John Key and Phil Goff batting away serious questions from reporters about Nicky Hager’s latest … Continue reading

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Men Can Think. Apparently.

I’ve long had a question about male philosophers – well more than one actually, but I’ll focus on just one for now: To what extent, if any, should their personal lives and views be taken into account in considering the … Continue reading

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