I saw one of the Crafar brothers on the TV last night. Crying fake tears over calves that a whistle-blower had revealed were being left to starve on one of their farms. The Crafars are prime examples of what’s wrong with the capitalist class and, because capitalism is essentially a system that rewards sociopathy and greed, they’re our biggest dairy farmers.
Leaving a hundred calves to starve to death is just another in the Crafars’ long list of crimes. And I mean crimes literally. Frank and Allen and Allen’s wife Elizabeth have repeatedly been found guilty on dozens of criminal charges arising out of breaches of the RMA due to their dirty farming practices. They’ve fouled our rivers to increase their profits and they’ve never tried to change their ways. In fact, one judge went so far as to expressly doubt their supposed remorse was real.
The Crafars, called “poster boys for dirty farming” by Environment Waikato have refused to take any responsibility. Instead, they blame “marijuana-smoking greenies” . And because capitalism isn’t really about merit, it’s about cronyism, Federated Farmers have resolutely protected these people. Apparently brain-damaged Fed Farmers dairy chairman Lachlan McKenzie said “I don’t judge people on their past, but on their actions to date” in excusing the Crafars’ actions.
Now, the Crafars are threatening to sell their farms to the Chinese if they keep on being punished for breaking environmental safeguards. They seem to think we would rather let them fill our rivers with sh*t than have some foreigners own the land.
I reckon the Government should just seize the land off them. Ultimately, land owners only own title to land, which is subsidiary to the radical title held by the Crown. The Crafars refuse to use their title with respect for the law, their animals, and our environment. Their titles should be confiscated.