Where’s your messiah now Farmers?
We deserve Mycoplasma Bovis don’t we?
It’s the perfect curse for a small minded nation isn’t it?
Neoliberalism hasn’t just warped our welfare agencies into punitive sticks used to beat the poor so that they are too frightened to apply for help, it’s also ‘liberated’ Industry from having to do any regulation.
Neoliberalism is the reason why 29 men died at Pike River , it’s the reason why the de-unionised working poor earn $11 500 less than they should, it’s the reason why immigration abuse of migrant workers is so rife.
It’s the reason why MPI is such an utter failure.
The belief that the best free market is one with no Government regulation other than a Police force and Army to enforce property rights has led to Government Agencies focused on doing as little as humanly possible to not only create regulation but to police it as well.
This culture is the reason MPI are so incompetent when it comes to Mycoplasma Bovis and the insane position they have taken to not prosecute grotesque abuses within the fishing industry…
Ministry of Primary Industries defends decision not to prosecute companies for overfishing
The Ministry of Primary Industries is defending the decision not to take big fishing companies to court after finding they overfished in New Zealand’s prized hoki fishery.
A leaked report by the former Ministry of Fisheries in 2011 showed that companies like Sanford and Talley’s had been providing misleading information about the species they were targeting and were potentially overfishing New Zealand’s most valuable export fish.
In one instance, the report said Talley’s had failed to report an estimated 780 tonnes of hoki in a season.
Greenpeace, which released the report, said the findings should form the basis for a full inquiry.
…the MPI is there to protect any primary industry who abuses the environment and not force them to comply with the pitiful legislation that does exist.
How Stewart Nash has managed to get away with defending the MPI over the fishing scandal is anyones guess.
Here are some of the best Nashy burns from online…
…Rachel Stewart reminds NZers why she is the best columnist in NZ with her broadside against MPI incompetence…
What’s really happening with the spread of the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis is about as transparent as a plane-grounding Wellington fog.
Coincidentally, that’s the city where the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) does whatever it is they do. They are good at professional spin and obfuscation, and all designed to make it hard to know where to point the bone.
But, while we’re on the subject of MPI, I do have a few words to say. Myrtle Rust, Velvetleaf, Bonamia ostreae in flat oysters, kauri dieback, Psa in kiwifruit, herbicide-tolerant swedes causing cow deaths… the list goes on.
…incredibly the MPI took time out of supposedly working to slag Rachel off…
Readers of the Herald will be well used to Rachel Stewart’s comments. But they should not mistake them for robust or balanced analysis when it comes to her piece on the very serious cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.
Her commentary loses credibility after the first sentence: “What’s really happening with the spread of the cattle disease … is about as transparent as a plane-grounding Wellington fog.”
…where the fuck these cretins get off attacking critics rather than doing their job is something only Wellington can ever answer, but Rachel’s response was gold…
After my relatively restrained column on Mycoplasma bovis appeared last week, MPI’s head of Biosecurity NZ Roger Smith felt compelled to respond in writing.
It astounded me he found time to stop working on the nationally critical issue of M. bovis to concentrate on having a personal crack at me. Given the myriad media commentaries on MPI’s lacklustre response to the disease, including their lack of transparency, one can only wonder why he chose to single me out for special attention. Did I hit a nerve?
…how she wasn’t nominated for best columnist in the recent media awards while a mediocre mummy blogger and an even more mediocre Ruminator were is as much a mystery as to how the MPI have been allowed to get away with such obscene ineptitude.
The neoliberal public service that Shane Jones was recently blasting is there to do as little as possible while building their own fiefdoms. All we have leant from them is that they are as useless at looking after cows as they are beneficiaries and miners.