The Guardian newspaper in Britain has told an extraordinary tale of a Green party leader Christopher Busby, caught in a bogus “anti-radiation pills” scam.
The Green party’s former science and technology spokesman is promoting anti-radiation pills to people in Japan affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, that leading scientists have condemned as “useless”.
Dr Christopher Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster, is championing a series of expensive products and services which, he claims, will protect people in Japan from the effects of radiation.
Some will rightly think he’s taking the p*ss with his prices:
Among them are mineral supplements on sale for ￥5,800 (£48) a bottle, urine tests for radioactive contaminants for ￥98,000 (£808) and food tests for ￥108,000 (£891).
The Guardian notes his mark-up is designed to prey on hysteria and panic:
Chemists in Tokyo sell bottles of 200 pills containing similar combinations of ingredients for ￥1,029 (£8.49). James Ryan’s website also charges a minimum shipping cost of ￥2,300 (£19).
The Green party militant turned greedy crook wasn’t keen on explaining himself either:
Ryan did not respond to a question from the Guardian on why the products and services provided by 4u-detox.com are so expensive. Nor did he provide any evidence for the efficacy of the products when asked.
The UK Green party – formerly dominated by anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist David Icke – is closely associated with the Australian Greens party.
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NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon failed to immediately respond to questions relating to her party’s association with the radiation pills scam.