Jonathan Milne: Why the Prime Minister is caught in a bind over missing MP Todd Barclay – Stuff

Jonathan Milne: Why the Prime Minister is caught in a bind over missing MP Todd Barclay – Stuff

OPINION: When I first met Todd Barclay, it was over a pleasant lunch at Prego restaurant on Auckland’s Ponsonby Rd.

He was corporate affairs manager for the Philip Morris tobacco company; I’d been invited to lunch so he and his colleagues could discuss their concerns about a series of articles we’d been running on the harm caused by cigarettes.

At the end of the lunch, they moved to pick up the bill. I politely declined: I’d prefer to pay for my own lunch rather than be in hock to Big Tobacco.

It surprised some that the National Party would select two tobacco lobbyists, Barclay and his Philip Morris predecessor Chris Bishop, as candidates at the 2014 election. Even the smokers among us agree there is a stale smell around the tobacco industry that doesn’t wash off easily.

By Stuff

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