Another Socialist Opposes the Dodgy Socialist Dam

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

A few days ago we featured Labour MP Meka Whaitiri giving her views on why the dodgy socialist dam should not go ahead.

Now another socialist has made a similar statement.

The only Labour MP to win a seat off National at the last election, Stuart Nash, has got stuck into the dodgy socialist dam. For a socialist he has some pretty sound logic.

It appears the Ruataniwha Water Storage scheme is struggling to get the support from farmers it needs to go ahead. Although I am not against this scheme in principle, I refuse to back a project of this scale that is not grounded in a sound economic base. 

The “build-it-and-they-will-come” approach to major infrastructural development is a mid-20th century philosophy that has no place in the 21st century. The 99.99 per cent of Hawke’s Bay ratepayers who will not directly benefit from the irrigation project should not have to carry the financial or environmental risk for the 120 or so landowners who are the major beneficiaries.

Until the regional council proves it has the economics sorted out and enough landowners signed up to ensure economic viability without huge ratepayer subsidisation (either through the HBRC carrying more debt, or levying higher rates, or further sell-down of regional assets), I will continue to oppose the scheme.

Maybe there is some hope for Labour, if they have a faction that opposes the worst kind of welfare, corporate welfare.

Fenton “Jong-un Wilson must be beside himself about now as the clock runs down on their deadline for sign ups.


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