Expect a few political blogs in the lead up to the general election- and beyond, depending on which way it goes.
No matter what your views are, all policies affect you in some way if/when they become law.
Take Labour’s water tax for example- I’ve already written about water quality once, but let me repeat a few things in case you missed it. Taxing farmers further is not going to help a financially, mentally and emotionally struggling industry. Farmers are already the working group most at risk of suicide, and I seem to remember hearing that around 30% would qualify as clinically depressed if they saw a doctor.
For a number of years Labour has been struggling to engage with farmers and get their vote- and it is for that very reason we have had 3 successive National governments- as bad as they are, they hold the rural electorates because Labour/Greens is worse. Like someone commented following Labour’s policy announcement- it’s easy to tax those you hate. For all Ardern reckons she came from a farm and holds them close to her heart, she is seriously deluded. Waterways are continually moving through a cycle, with evaporation, precipitation etc. It’s not a static thing like a house which you can own, or animals which live for x number of years. Water has, and always will, continue in a normal cycle so claiming ownership is crazy. Even more is taxing the people who make better and cleaner use of the land than many others.
As I wrote earlier, farming is the country’s backbone and employs far more people or has more people directly and indirectly involved than any other NZ business. Many comments appeared on social media about how farmers have been running this country for too long. Well my response (which I didn’t type) is ‘which planet have you been living on?’ If farmers ruled this country, would we have the increasingly ridiculous health and safety rules? Would we have the more and more politically correct animal welfare policies? Bearing in mind with that one, that farmers by and large care about their animals, as healthy animals are worth a lot more than dead ones on the property.
So my questions for all NZ politicians and parties are:
– which party is not going to be afraid to stand up and speak for the people who voted it in?
– who is going to defend our nation’s biggest industry?
– what are you going to do to help the depressed and struggling farmers in this country?
– how do you plan to support the families and communities where a loved one has tragically taken their own life- and moreover, if you continue to make bad economic policies, how will you support the future families and communities that will be affected?
And now we have this whole ‘equal pay’ thing, with one cafe even charging men more per cup of coffee to make it ‘fairer.’ As far as I’m aware, men and women doing the same job, be it teaching, nursing, secretarial work etc, get the same pay per hour. Maybe women as a whole do have less income at the end of the year, but maybe that’s because they are generally in lower paying jobs and take more time out to raise families. People are so quick to jump on the latest band wagon they don’t even think through what they are saying.