Like a phenomenal amount of people I am addicted to the TV show “House of Cards”
The more I watch it the more I question why. The main character Frank Underwood is so evil and so Machiavellian each new episode of the show depresses me more. On reflection I think I watch it to remind me that ‘fair is never equal” and I need to toughen up.
As I watched it yesterday this story popped up on my twitter feed Hoping to Kill off Competitor Parmalat goes after A2 Milk. It caught my attention as I found myself in the middle of the controversy after The Australian picked up content in my post A2 snake oil merchants in the firing line.
My goodness doesn’t this story in The Age have everything. Whistle-blowers, conspiracy theories (even Dairy Australia gets a mention), secret meetings, controversial spin doctors and the best one of all it appears to be promoting scientific theories that have no sound science behind them.
Are they saying Malcolm Riley Head of Nutritional Research at CSIRO’s Animal, Food and Health Sciences division in Adelaide doesn’t know what he is talking about? Surely I have misunderstood???
Malcolm Riley, head of nutritional research at CSIRO’s Animal, Food and Health Sciences division in Adelaide, said some claims made about A2 milk — not all promoted publicly, however, by its manufacturer, the A2 Corporation — were staggering, extending to the cure and prevention of heart disease, asthma, eczema, schizophrenia, diabetes and even autism.
“These are such serious claims that if they were true, everyone would switch to drinking A2 milk, but the scientific evidence and the trials in humans just aren’t there now,” he said yesterday. Source Sue Neales
The Australian April 05, 2014
Well I have had a few whistleblowers contact me since The Age and the SMH released their David and Goliath victim stories
I am now led to believe that the A2 corporation is spending big money on a White Knight rescuer PR company and have I believe engaged ( I won’t say controversial because I have no idea what The Age used as their definition of controversial) the very interesting Ian Smith who is the driving force behind Bespoke Approach — a boutique lobbying firm.
As I don’t move in these circles and his name was unfamiliar to me I did a Google search and this was what I found
Bespoke was established by Ian Smith, one of the more plugged-in political and business consultants in the nation, the chief executive officer of the high-powered public relations firm Gavin Anderson and Company (Australia) and former chief adviser to Jeff Kennett when Kennett was Victorian premier.
This conservative insider also happens to be married to former Australian Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja. Source
And believe it or not this content from a previous piece in The Age
“He loves political leverage and has an ability to insert himself into power situations … Ian Kortlang [a well-known PR consultant] used to say that for Smithy it’s all about lust, leverage and dollars.”
Bespoke may not have one of the longest client lists but it does have one of the most impressive. We’re talking about big companies with big issues on their plate: Woodside Energy, Petrochina (the world’s second largest company by market capitalisation), Huweiwei Technologies (the world’s second largest exporter of telecom equipment), coal giant Xstrata and beer behemoth Fosters.
“The magnitude of the issues and the quality of the client book is something I’m particularly proud of,” Smith says. Read more here
Well I didn’t notice any ‘lust’ in this story but ‘leverage and dollars’ do come to mind and apparently the A2 corporation may just have big issues on their plate or in a glass in this case
This is my perspective. This is not a story about
Parmalat vs. A2 Corporation
Goliath vs. David
Big vs. little
Its a story about
Fairfax vs. Murdoch
Big PR vs. Big PR
Lactose free milk vs.Perceived lactose free milk
Real science vs. flawed science
All milk is good for you vs perceived A2 milk is better for you
I am fascinated by this interesting quote in The Australia from the A2 Corporation
“We are good at marketing but we are also evangelical about the product”
Yes I will agree A2 you are very good at marketing but evangelical oh my goodness that’s a bit scary Definition here
I have said my piece. The only thing that I am interested in is I know the science behind A2 being better for you is flawed and until A2 have credible independent scientific research to back up the claims that A2 milk has any extra or superior health attributes at all they can do clever marketing, hire all the spin doctors in the world and be as evangelistic as they like but I will remain dubious about their product. .
Now time to move on to more important matters
I was owner operator of a dairy farm business that supplied Parmalat and Dairy Farmers
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