Lobbyists for the alcohol industry have rolled out tough new counter-measures to get tough on Justice Minister Judith Collins and prevent the government rolling out tough new counter-measures or getting tough against them in the battle over alcohol regulation.
Multinational liquor companies and local breweries have combined forces to crush attempts to regulate the alcohol content of ‘ready-to’drink’ beverages. The harsh new measures will make Justice Ministers more accountable to industry pressure and curb attempts to make multi-national liquor companies and local breweries more accountable.
Although National has cautiously welcomed the brutal crackdown on itself, veteran campaigner Sue Bradford has denounced the changes. ‘This Judith Collins bashing is just another example of powerful corporations victimising the weak and powerless,’ Bradford said while being bundled into the back of a police-car by Parliamentary Security guards dispersing a pro-Collins protest at Collins’ request.
The Justice Minister announced the changes to the Alcohol Reform Bill via a photo-essay of photo-shopped cat photos posted to Instragram, and defended them via the TradeMe bulletin board. The Minister’s Yahoo chat profile was set to ‘busy’, so she was not available for further comment.