No respect for people of provinces

LETTER

Isn’t free speech a wonderful thing — and thank you to all those who fought and died for us to retain it. However, when a politician publicly bullies people who have concerns and refers to them as rednecks, then I believe free speech is threatened.

According to my dictionary, redneck means “a poor uneducated white farm worker” or “reactionary and bigoted”. I find his description offensive and racist.
Shane Jones claimed the march to Parliament by supporters of rural and provincial New Zealand on Thursday was not showing respect to the Prime Minister. That’s simply not true. It was a phrase he chose to justify his outburst.
I’ve heard there was an offensive poster. I didn’t see it. If I had, I’d have removed it.
There were several hundred posters Jones chose to ignore that highlighted the dire state of the provinces as a result of Government policies. He obviously has no respect for the people of the provinces.
On Thursday, approximately 1200 people marched through Wellington and gathered on the steps of Parliament. This was a peaceful march by people who are so frustrated with the current Government’s refusal to listen to them.
These are very busy people in the peak of the seasonal workload, so they have not gone to Wellington for a day out. To then be treated with so much disrespect is in my opinion a disgrace to the position Shane Jones holds.
This march was about the cost to NZ that is not being discussed. The ETS is reportedly going to cost this country $200 billion. This equates to around $170 per household each week for the next 30 years. I think that is worth discussing.
I’d ask what benefit this will bring to ordinary Kiwis. The answer is none, except for the carbon farmers who are going to get rich. It appears from the latest news that some of the NZ First party are on that bandwagon.
Can I say thank you to all those people from all over the country, Maori, European and Asian, who came to Wellington for the march — and the thousands of others who supported us by wearing green. Hopefully you will make a difference.

Andy Scott, President, 50 Shades of Green

Isn’t free speech a wonderful thing — and thank you to all those who fought and died for us to retain it. However, when a politician publicly bullies people who have concerns and refers to them as rednecks, then I believe free speech is threatened.

According to my dictionary, redneck means “a poor uneducated white farm worker” or “reactionary and bigoted”. I find his description offensive and racist.
Shane Jones claimed the march to Parliament by supporters of rural and provincial New Zealand on Thursday was not showing respect to the Prime Minister. That’s simply not true. It was a phrase he chose to justify his outburst.
I’ve heard there was an offensive poster. I didn’t see it. If I had, I’d have removed it.
There were several hundred posters Jones chose to ignore that highlighted the dire state of the provinces as a result of Government policies. He obviously has no respect for the people of the provinces.
On Thursday, approximately 1200 people marched through Wellington and gathered on the steps of Parliament. This was a peaceful march by people who are so frustrated with the current Government’s refusal to listen to them.
These are very busy people in the peak of the seasonal workload, so they have not gone to Wellington for a day out. To then be treated with so much disrespect is in my opinion a disgrace to the position Shane Jones holds.
This march was about the cost to NZ that is not being discussed. The ETS is reportedly going to cost this country $200 billion. This equates to around $170 per household each week for the next 30 years. I think that is worth discussing.
I’d ask what benefit this will bring to ordinary Kiwis. The answer is none, except for the carbon farmers who are going to get rich. It appears from the latest news that some of the NZ First party are on that bandwagon.
Can I say thank you to all those people from all over the country, Maori, European and Asian, who came to Wellington for the march — and the thousands of others who supported us by wearing green. Hopefully you will make a difference.

Andy Scott, President, 50 Shades of Green

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Keeping up with the Joneses - 19 days ago
I do not understand the connection of Minister Jones's comments as being racist? Does Mr Scott know that the assembled protest was mono-cultural? I could be sure that extended whanau members of Minister Jones were probably in the protest.

However, the Ministers comments do highlight how an effective politician will move the discussion away from the issue and on to another topic. Politics 101 and a masterclass from the Minister.

To claim that the Government is not listening is to ignore the stream of consultation documents that this Government has produced to address topics from freshwater, protecting highly-productive land, urban development, hazardous substances, product stewardship, climate change and many many more.

That so much has been proposed does indicate that much has not been decided, which also means so much more discussion is needed.

New Zealand primary producers do have much to be proud of and we can continue to lead the world by getting on with the evolution of new farming systems to be able to do more with less.

The cause of 50 Shades of Green is admirable and one that I support. Productive land in pastoral production should not be sacrificed to forests that once planted do little for the rural communities which are already struggling to maintain their levels of service and connectivity. New Zealand is still a nation where much of the value is generated by people who grow products which are sold around the world.
However, the number of voters who make an income from that same toil is much less than those in the urban service and manufacturing sectors who want changes to how we look after our environment (both urban and rural).

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