Maths isn't her strong point

Sue Kedgley is a classic “other person”. She tells people to catch the bus but doesn’t catch one herself. Now it turns out she isn’t too crash hot at maths either.

Green Party MP Sue Kedgley is calling for the Commerce Commission to investigate how retail dairy prices are set in New Zealand.

Kedgley says the Ministry of Agriculture’s review of the domestic milk market, ordered by Agriculture Minister David Carter last month in response to public anger over rising milk prices,  comes close to being a “complete whitewash”.

The ministry’s report said it could not comment on whether there was sufficient competition in the domestic market because it did not have the powers to investigate.

It said current law governing the dairy industry promoted competition, but did not ensure it.

Kedgley says the report failed to address the central issue of lack of competition in the domestic market.

“It doesn’t tell us how the price of milk is set. Farmers say they receive less than 30 per cent of the price of milk, but it fails to shed any light on what makes up the other 60 per cent,” she says.

“These are all valid questions and it’s time that we had some transparency into how domestic prices are set, and some asurance that supermarkets, or Fonterra, are not putting exhorbitant mark-ups on milk.”

Not only does she fail basic arithmetic, she also demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge of the mechanics of how a raw product gets into the plastic bottle and onto the supermarket shelves.




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  • michaels

    Why doesn’t the silly cow (pun intended) go do something useful? How about the price of lamb? I miss my Sunday Lamb Roast on the bbq. But sure as fuck I’m not paying 50 bucks for a friggen leg. It wasn’t that many years ago (early 90’s) that I’d go to the works in Otahuhu and buy a side for $10. Maybe we need to go back to having a hundred trillion sheep again.

  • peterwn

    Sue retires from Parliament this year. Actually, she has been a quite good friend of National by siphoning of electorate votes from Labour in Wellington Central in the last few elections.

    Politicians like Sue (and Helene Richie of WCC) do not rely on mathematics, logic, etc. but on gut feelings. What they say is pitched at their target audience and they have no concern if what they say sounds nonsense to others.

  • grizz

    I also believe she was one of the politicians that fell for the dihydrogen oxide prank.

  • Mr Blobby

    The biggest rip off here is how much it has cost to keep the stupid moo employed and how little she has achieved. How do these people sleep at night or are they just so full of their own sense of self entitlement.

  • steve

    The missing 10% is of course dihydrogen monoxide. It just sort of evaporated so Sue won’t talk about it

  • cadwallader

    Wasn’t she a one-night-stand of Shadbolt’s? Or was that two nights? Three nights? Can’t add up there either?