Monday, April 7, 2014
Gerry Eckhoff: A true StoryLabels: Gerry Eckhoff, Local government, Subsidies
The story goes like this: Rob bought
the existing 60 year old bank to convert into a
café. He would reasonably assume that consent would be forth coming for such a benign
activity as a café, until the eagle
eyed council staff noticed that the
bank didn’t have a veranda. Now given the
fact that the bank’s veranda hadn’t ever
existed for 60 years with any difficulty it is not unreasonable to assume that the next 60 years would afford something similar.
Fur ther – should an earthquake occur
in Lumsden, the place to be would be
under the non existent veranda so
that if it fell on you; you would not notice and certainly not be harmed.
is a number of precedents here dear readers for such exceptional policies.
we farmers were paid not to grow crops. I naturally enough would have not grown
a maize crop which is very expensive to grow so that UK the
payments would have been much bigger than a payment to a fellow farmer not to
grow a crop of oats which is less expensive to grow. Very soon all farmers worked
out they were far better off being
paid not to grow a crop of expensive maize.
I also would not have had to apply lots of NPK fertilizer so my expenses associated in not growing
crop of maize were huge. Add to that the
cost of not spraying the maize and
not to mention the harvesting costs,
I could afford to buy a large and lovely villa in the
South of France on the cheques from the Ministry. To my great surprise and delight I
also received a environmental award for conserving the
world precious resources in not growing this crop. Outstanding. In fact so
outstanding was this policy I assume that the
policy was thought of by the Green
Party in the , or at least
UK the US Federal Reserve.
Here in NZ we follow very similar policies. We pay people not to work. In fact
less they work the more we pay them
which is of course very similar to paying farmers not to grow stuff or charging
for not building a veranda.
Now our hero of
story (Rob) paid the council $675
and wanted a full refund for not building a veranda
He got $255 back along with some expressions of sympathy for his plight.
Not one council committee member voted to return his full processing fee of $675.
old saying about heading to hell in a hand cart. Bill English lives just down the road at Dipton – or at least he did. Nice part
of the world!
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