Idiot minister thinks two wrongs make a right

via Stuff

All the spin from the dairy industry is just bullshit, or perhaps cow shit. if they were actually fixing things on the farm the rivers and lakes of NZ would not be continuing to deteriorate. The stats don’t make good reading.

The dairy industry’s year-three report on its commitment to mitigating the environmental impact of farming shows it has achieved six of 13 goals that were set out in 2013 but hasn’t yet made a dent in nitrogen loss, underlining the long-term nature of the task of improving waterways.

Typical of the half-witted response from National to swimmable rivers Minister Nathan Guy says the following:  

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy was on hand to help the cause at yesterday’s briefing, saying the “fantastic numbers” in the report meant it was “a day about celebration”.

He praised the voluntary efforts of farmers including 26,197 kilometres of new fencing since the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord was announced while adding that urbanisation and industrial waste was part of the problem and it was “pointless to play the blame game.”

Nathan Guy seems to be attempting to out-stupid Nick Smith, and doing a pretty good job at it.

This is not the blame game. It is legitimately holding polluters to account whether they are dairy farmers or anyone else. And never anywhere has two wrongs made a right, so explaining cow shit is just as bad as urban pollution is never going to work. Both should be stopped, and they should be stopped by the people taking advantage of their free right to pollute.

A truly conservative party would insist that costs are incurred by those who are creating them. This means farmers and towns should have to pay to stop polluting, rather than using our rivers as a sewer. This is a true conservative position that is entirely congruent with National’s principles.


– NZ Herald

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