Agriculture and environment up for debate with Damien O’Connor and James Shaw…
…the panel is Bryce, Laura from Action Station and ex National Party hack Craig Foss.
First up it’s this bloody M.bovis fiasco. Damien is a class act. Compassionate towards a farming culture who are hyper sensitive over any criticism but firm enough in terms of requiring a change of direction.
This entire m.bovis scam truly gives insight into who has political, cultural and economic power in this country. Farmers wanting to escape the taxman by not recording herd numbers when moving cows around the country combined with an MPI who were more concerned with not annoying the Government’s voting base than keeping bio-security secure have exacerbated this problem immensely and all of a sudden we have to bail them out because a couple of farmers appeared on our current affairs shows with tears in their eyes.
I’m not for one second saying we shouldn’t give our farming brothers and sisters our sympathy, or our support but why the Christ can’t the kindness and immediate Government support being offered farmers for a problem they helped induce ever be applied to any other vulnerable group in society?
Culling 150 000 cows in a country that slaughters over 4.5m annually is not a tragedy.
Blowing $100million on a meth hysteria fed by the last Government while they were trying to privatise state housing IS a tragedy.
The fact this farming story blotted out beneficiaries kicked out of state houses falsely is in of itself insult to injury and a reminder where our sympathies are told they should go to, crying farmers.
Damien mouths all the solid lines about refocusing dairy and agriculture to the top end so that we move away from intensification. Doesn’t acknowledge that synthetic meat and milk could disrupt the industry so violently that it snaps the spine of the NZ agricultural industry permanently and that moving urgently now to look for alternatives for dairy should be the main priority.
Luckily for the Government, Damien is also their spokesperson on cannabis reform and will know full well that dairy farmers could move to growing vast fields of hemp instead and could make far more money.
I think we all look forward to the day when Damien tells the dairy farmers of NZ that synthetic milk has ended their industry and the only way towards financial security will be for them to plant hemp.
Oh happy day.
James Shaw is on, he has an existential crisis. If the Greens actually believed in climate change, then why would they be so tepid when it comes to the radical economic reform we require to adapt to that climate change? The truth is that that Greens are economically free market folk at heart and believe all that is required is the price of the pollution cost be added to the end consumer so that the market can do the rest.
The problem with that economic model is that it thinks capitalism can survive climate change.
There’s no point in being carbon neutral by 2030 if the ice caps have melted and most coastline under a meter of water.
James is there to coo and sooth Industry so that there are no freak outs, but at some point there is going to have to be a decision made to start leading, because the speed of climate change will demand it.
The panel is on.
Bryce is calling it like it is – it’s funny that he’s the most radical opinion on it. Points out how slowly all the policy is.
Laura calls out call out culture as a representative of a generation who live and die by call outs.
I start to have a mini micro-aggression panic attack at the irony.
The National Party hack stands up for farmers.
Northcote by-election is on.
I think the most interesting part of this by-election has been the spite and venom coughed up by National Party supporters during the by-election debate when National voters were screaming, “Communist” and “Go back to Russia” at the Labour candidate.
The separation of the National Party voter from up-tight civility to feral foamer explains why National are polling at 45%. Resentment culture is the ingredient now, not rational citizen.
National in power were the ultimate ‘pump and dump’ Government led by a Merchant Banker who took mercenary corporate culture and used it to form social policy. Short term gains and low horizons built on greed are their legacy.
Let’s see if that delusion is strong enough to keep Northcote in their grip.