Why are we wasting money on corporate welfare?

Hawkes Bay Today

Hawke’s Bay companies are leading the way in a high-value programme that has received an $11million government boost and provides opportunities for beef and dairy farmers.

Brownrigg Agriculture Group and marketers Firstlight Foods are producing marbled beef for premium markets in New Zealand and overseas.

Ministry for Primary Industries director-general Wayne McNee yesterday announced funding for the programme through the government’s Primary Growth Partnership.

The partnership has committed $11 million during seven years, for a programme worth $23.7 million.

Hasn’t anyone noticed times are tough? Or thought that National doesn’t believe in subsidies? Or that by giving $11m to some bludging farmers National is open to criticism from the left who can say “National has $11m for its cronies but wants to make poor solo mums go back to work rather than pay them the benefit?”

Crony capitalism is bad. It is worse when the party of free enterprise funds its cronies. And doubly worse when it gives opposition parties a free hit.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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