When the Govt announced in August that the Government would be implementing high country rentals based on earning capacity it was welcomed by Labour’s Damien O’Connor as “a good principle” and one that offered a “principled position” that would be “welcomed by farmers”. Damien, one of Labour’s few farmers, said the decision reflected Labour’s position.
But last night when the Bill came up for its first reading Damien had clearly been rolled and Labour withdrew its support with David Parker giving what can only be described as a spite and hate filled speech calling the policy
- “rent reductions being given to millionaires”
- “A sop from National to its farming mates”
- “Governing in the interests of narrow few”
- ” a small number of rich people are getting millions of dollars at the expense of taxpayers”
So Labour shat over their own spokesperson, just to try and score some petty points. Another reason not ready to govern. Maybe an inquisitive jouranlist could ask Damien if he agrees with what David Parker said last night.