15 June 2006

They're Going Home, They're Going Home; Nestlé Are Going Home!

As reported yesterday, Nestlé, through their product Perrier, has terminated their contract of sponsorship of the Edinburgh Fringe's Comedy Awards (commonly known as the Perrier Awards). A couple of years ago Robert Newman created the Tap Water Awards in protest at Nestle and other supporters include Mark Thomas and The Bongo Club. Mark said today (not to me though, to The Scotsman) "The work of activists, highlighting Nestlé's aggressive marketing of powdered baby milk in the developing world and the consequences of this, must be a factor in the company's decision to quit the Festival". No comment has yet been made as to whether or not the Tap Water Awards will continue. The main Fringe award will now be called the "if.commedies" following sponsorship from Intelligent Finance, a wholly owned company of Halifax, the same ones who own the Bank of Scotland, the ones who tried to set up a deal with US ultra-conservative evangelist Pat Robertson, the one who described feminism as a "socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice [sic] witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians". Ah. It seems there is always a skeleton in the closet of big business.