OPINION: Your old mate was told about some research that proves that what consumers claim and what they actually do are very different.
A prime example is the recent boo-boo made by the boffins at the Environment Ministry when the Government announced its much-vaunted Emissions Reduction Plan.
Apparently, the ministry accidentally published content on its website, where the reduction projection tool said: "Here are some of the actions currently being taken by New Zealand to mitigate against climate change."
This was followed by bullet points which said "Blah Blah Blah" three times.
When the error was discovered, a red-faced MFE official claimed, "It was not part of our Emissions Reduction Plan announcement..." and "it was taken down as soon as we were aware of it".
However, the Hound's mate suggests MFE's website muck-up was probably a lot closer to the truth for the Government's liking.