Since Farrar is a sook

There is not a damn thing I can do, except offer prayers, for the folk stuck in Pike River. Therefore it is idiocy to stop blogging about everything because I feel a wee bit upset, which I don’t.

So feel free to comment here on anything political or otherwise, because like the rest of Auckland we are carrying on as though the world hasn’t ended, which it hasn’t.

Some interesting things to contemplate though.

John Roughan says perfectly, concisely and with thorough reason exactly what I have been thinking about greedy farmers.

A man who came to clean the carpet posed an awkward question.

He said, “There is one thing I never understand. All the time there are lots of businesses being started. Many of them get into difficulties and they don’t expect the Government to help them out.

“But when something like this kiwifruit disease strikes a farming business, it’s different. Why is that?”

It was an honest question, asked without a political undertone, and I couldn’t offer an answer.

I ran the obvious one through my mind: farmers produce exports. But he knew that. He was asking why wealth created by selling a kiwifruit abroad is more important than wealth created by cleaning my carpet.

A dollar is a dollar, a job is a job. It really doesn’t matter where it happens.

And since I am taking over from Farrar, I really should have just one word to comment on a massive cut/paste like that, so here it is…Precisely.

The vine disease probably originated in other countries and a new variety was the first to succumb to it. It sounds like the perils of success.

But shouldn’t a leading global enterprise be geared to deal with a fairly predictable risk to its product? Don’t farms carry insurance against weather extremes and crop diseases? It would be better for the economy that those risks were properly assessed by insurance and reflected in prices.

It is always valuable to have industries expanding abroad, but only if their roots at home are sturdy.

Any that need sustenance from the public are placing costs on other taxpaying industries and compromising good government.

Any other business would be insured in these circumstances, and wouldn’t expect any favours if it wasn’t. Or so the carpet cleaner reckoned.

And he did a good job.

I’m with John Roughan and the carpet cleaner on this. The farmers/agriculturists are the biggest bleaters this country has, it probably stems from hanging around with sheep too much, but really…they do go on.

People complain about beneficiaries, and I certainly have been one of those but when it all comes down to it a cold hard look at the primary proiduce secotr just shouts beneficiary at me. Whenever something bad happens to these bludgers they put their hand out. Cold weather snap freezes their lamb cutlets on the hoof…out goes the hand. When the summer is a bit too hot and the grass all dies….out goes the hand. When their special genetically modified and trademarked, intellectual property, registered DNA as a patent vines curl up and die when disease takes the prissy sooky genetically rare vines out…out comes the hand.

Zespri and other producer boards were given legal protection, monopoly positions, monopsony positions, all carefully protected so as to maximise returns for the country and then when they get a little upset in their business it turns out the taxpayer is their insurance policy too. They made monopsony profits all this time, how about they cough to fix their own screw ups.

Well it is time for our politicians to grow some balls. We mock the French for talking about subsidies for their farmers, we like to lie to the rest of the world that our primary producers are subsidy free, but the reality is far different.  We have subsidies, we just call them different things….like bail outs.

No one subsidises the carpet cleaner, or the hair-dresser, or the supermarket, time we stopped subsidising primary producers too.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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