Greenie bashing season has just opened and that could see the end of Bennie bashing for the mean time. (Or should that read Greenie and Judge bashing season opened)
Over the last week two high profile and one low profile National politicians (Steven Joyce, Nick Smith & Colin king) have come out in the media with scathing comments attacking opponents to two high profile cases currently before judges.
Joyce recently came out and attacked objectors to ‘Bathurst Resources’ Escarpment Mine project near Westport.’ Joyce said “I call on those objectors to the mine to reconsider their appeals and consider the economic future of the West Coast and its people”.
Then went on to say. “I also call on the EPMU, Labour and the Greens to join my call and back the West Coast community by supporting the immediate development of the Escarpment Mine”.
It appears that after 4 years of doing nothing and the recent high profile job losses Minister Steven Joyce is having to resort to blaming someone, as it couldn’t possibly be his fault.
Mr February over at Hot Topic has a very good piece on Joyce’s outburst here.
Then after a peaceful protest (that I participated in and believe me I have been to rowdier funeral processions) on Saturday against the proposed new salmon farms in the Marlborough sounds, which is currently before the EPA board and Judge Gordon Whiting. I read this head-line: “Protest flotilla ‘a lynch mob'”
Kaikoura MP Colin King said Saturday’s flotilla against King Salmon’s application to set up new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds was “a bad look”.
And Colin went on to say:
“he’d been talking with Nelson MP Nick Smith earlier that day and they both felt it was “similar to an old-fashioned court case and having a lynch mob outside”.
Lynch mob my ass!
Picton station sergeant Kris Payne said “Credit to the protesters. They wanted to get their message across in a peaceful way and we were happy with that.”
So all you Bennies can get back to living below the bread line and filling out forms for a while at-least, as National have just declared Greenie Bashing & Judge bashing Season Open!