Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


The Marlborough Corn-Field War

"What's all the fuss about?" asked Libertarianz Whangarei candidate Helen Hughes after watching a trembling Helen Clark defend her government's tacit approval of a genetically diverse maize crop to TV interviewer John-Boy Campbell.

"So what if some farmers harvested some high grade food? What's wrong with that?" she asked from her kitchen where she was dishing up another tasty batch of sweet-corn fritters with maple syrup.

Between mouthfuls, Hughes says it should be pointed out that not one case has ever been demonstrated anywhere in the world of genetic modification of food causing death or disease. "It certainly has caused distress," she agrees, "but only amongst luddites and yellow journalists eager to beat up a story and to beat up the Prime Minister."

The real excitement says Hughes is not the self-serving grandstanding of John-Boy Campbell, nor is it the lengths to which the news media will go to help the sales of a rather sorry litle book. It is "the internecine warfare amongst the parties on the hard left - the New Alliance, the Old Alliance and Locke's Luddites."

Reminding voters that the leaders of the various splintering leftist parties would have all known about the crop in question at the time, she added: "Anderton and Harre were aware of this cornfield and kept quiet about it. Their few remaining supporters will be questioning just how committed Jim and Laila are to blocking the advancement of science and technology. Meanwhile, civilised New Zealanders are silently applauding Helen Clark for allowing a GE crop to reach maturity."

"Libertarianz believe a farmer should be able to grow whatever crop he wants - including genetically modified cannabis - provided he doesn't harm others in the process," concluded Highes. "If he does, the rule of law should be enforced to ensure that he compensates any victims who can prove demonstrably that they were injured by the farmer's actions."

Paintergate - the teachers' strike - interference in crop farming - it's enough to make you vote Libertarianz! And you can - in Whangarei, Tauranga, Wellington Central, Hamilton West and New Plymouth.

ENDS

Helen Hughes Libertarianz candidate for Whangarei (09) 434 0595, organon@ihug.co.nz

www.libertarianz.org.nz www.libz.org


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news