Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Clive Bibby: Lambs to the slaughter

Any farmer trying to get space for lambs that need to be killed before they cut their teeth will identify with this very apt description which could also be applied to a wider difficulty that is affecting the whole country. Unfortunately the problem in all its forms is a direct result of the government’s obsession with an ideological target that is being increasingly seen as a misplaced interpretation of world climatic events - particularly in how we in New Zealand should react in mitigation to the perceived threat of global warming. 

Most intelligent observers, especially those of us charged with rescuing the nation from the avoidable mistakes made during Covid, will be appalled, if not frightened by the government’s determination to pursue the disastrous path on which we have all been committed. 

As one approaching the twilight years of my life and a keen admirer of the farmers who have time and again over the years come to the rescue of the dangerous halfwits we have mistakenly elected to the highest office in the land, I am worried that this time, our collective effort may not be enough. 

I say that because, as usual we are being asked to act responsibly, even heroically but, unlike previous setbacks, with both hands tied behind our back. 

It is not enough that the government sets the guidelines of how we should once again come up with a Houdini act sufficient to save us from ourselves. It sets us apart as the only section of the community who will be taxed in order to pay for our own slow death.

Nothing particularly unusual about that but history shows that at least former Labour governments recognised that you can’t go on biting the hand that feeds us without destroying the saviour’s ability to come back from the dead. 

For this lot, the hypocrisy of their part in the equation I have just described, is of no consequence. They appear to believe in their anointed right to make these incredibly bad decisions, which is a surprise given their normal secular response to the spiritual resources we will need to engage if we are to have any chance of survival. 

Fortunately, in this instance, the majority of the populace have already come to the conclusion that this administration has overstayed its welcome and have demonstrated their displeasure at the local body elections - the desire to eradicate those candidates aligned with the government’s death wish was made very clear. 

But, it is important that we all contribute to a legitimate revolt against this oppression at the next election and encourage our fellow citizens to do the same. 

We simply can’t afford to allow this mob of fraudsters to interfere with our lives any longer. 

Hopefully the National party will be leading the movement for change but l have yet to be convinced they have what it takes.

My guess is that we will have to do it in spite of them but let’s hope I am wrong.

I wish them well.

Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.


Basil Walker said...

NZ does not have tax legislation to tax animals therefore parliament decide to tax the owner of the animal- farmers which is victimisation and arguably corrupt .
However the animal is only owned by the farmer when alive and is subsequently purchased by the consumer for food and the consumer is the final owner and must share the taxation cost.
Therefore food producers in NZ must demand /instruct their food cooperative and wholesaler that the farmer requires a 50% increase in payment to be known as the Labour Party Food Recovery Cost to be added to all food sold in New Zealand .
Food produced for export will not be required to pay the LPFRC .

Anonymous said...

I really hope the farmers get together and work out something that benefits them rather than paying this ridiculous methane tax. Perhaps it means having less stock but better meat, milk, wool etc. I'm not a farmer so please excuse my ignorance. However, as a gardener it's often better to plant less and have more by way of quality. And sell locally. Which means more raw milk at the gate or more local butchers, markets etc. Lets not have Madam Beeswax in the Beehive dictating to farmers who know more.