Gareth Morgan calls Federated Farmers “retards”

If it is insulting to bag gingers then surely calling Federated Farmers “retards” is worse. Yet that is exactly what Gareth Morgan has done…several times.

It is ok call call them “Federated F*ckwits” and “bludgers” when they do fuckw*t things or bludge, but calling them “retards” is outrageous.

On the way through he also used Federated Farmers logo without permission with these words underneath it, “Federated Farmers – environmental retards?”.  He has since edited that out after getting reminded he had not asked for permission but has left his offensive words highlighted in a text box (pictured right).  

But he also carries on in the body of the post.

What isn’t acceptable however is that a national farming lobby group becomes chief apologist for such a retarded attitude”

“Progressive farmers should form their own lobby group, there’s few benefits being tarred with the brush of environmental retards.”

To see what a poor farmer (according to Gareth) Bruce Wills is, Country Calendar visited his farm mid-year –  where they describe him as a “greenie”.

The cause for Mr Morgan’s anger though, is Federated Farmers exercising their legal right to appeal to the High Court (with HortNZ), about the Environment Court’s decision on Horizon’s One Plan.  The Manawatu river is central.  Labeled as “among the worst in the western world” by the Dominion Post in 2009 and described by Judge Thompson as effectively being in a death spiral in his recent decision, was this week judged by the Ministry for the Environment as being generally safe for swimming (a ‘fair’ rating overall).

Once again Gareth Morgan isn’t in full command of the facts and abusive using people with intellectual disabilities as an insult to farmers. That is shameless and outrageous.


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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.

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