David Parker is on discussing water quality.
David Parker is very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very good.
Acknowledges that there will need to be some areas where cows are going to have to de-stock.
Pushes back that the de-stock will be economically damaged by arguing that there will be subsidisation to enable new technology which helps direct future agricultural behaviour.
Parker is so passionate about clean water, it’s a powerful issue for him and I trust he has the intellect to be able to do this.
We are lucky to have him protecting our water.
Notes how disappointed he is that US steel tariffs are still on us. Argues that the CPTPP is more essential than ever because of rising protectionism. Doesn’t sound like taking the issue to the WTO is worthwhile, paints beak picture that US is undermining the WTO by refusing to appoint judges. Corin asks why we aren’t doing any thing about that, Parker says we aren’t a Superpower.
Pagani, Tamihere and Chris Allen from Federated Farmers are the panel. Allen is working desperately to not sound defensive, trying to be upbeat. He’s had very good media training.
Pagani argues Parker is focusing on the science and not bashing farmers. Argues that NZers are so stupid that when tested in opinion polls they freak out when they hear the words ‘climate change’, argues Labour are playing smart by using the word ‘environment’.
Tamihere says Labour are making gradual change that has been well signalled to the farming community and that they have no justifications to revolt.
Allen argues that there are technological upgrades that makes cleaner framing possible.
Problems about water pricing all acknowledged.
No one points out what synthetic meat and milk will do.
Catriona MacLennan is on defending why she attacked a Judge who showed mercy on a husband who was out with his family and saw a sexual text message to his wife from a family friend who was across the road passing them by in Queenstown. In a fit of rage, the husband attacked the family friend once he realised that he had sent his wife a sexual text and realised they were having an affair.
The Judge acknowledged that the situation was unique and he showed mercy to the husband.
Catriona attacked that Judge for showing such mercy and she is now under investigation for criticising the Judge.
Surely you want Judges who can see the uniqueness of cases and rule with merciful justice, not punitive justice.
The panel talks about how there isn’t the nuance of culture and language to allow places where men and women can talk about behaviour.
Line of the week was Tamihere when challenged on his praise for Shane Jones attack on public servants, ‘If you don’t have a judicious dislike for senior public servants you have problems’.