Monday, 08 April 2019 10:46

Hero or hypocrite?

Written by 

Your old mate was interested to see Trade Minister David Parker recently hailing the success of the revamped TPP trade deal.

According to Parker, the deal is “already delivering benefits for New Zealand”. Benefits for the ag sector include a reduction in the tariff on our beef into Japan, an increase in NZ butter exports to Canada and a doubling of our cheese exports to Mexico – in the month after the agreement came into force in January 2018.

This is all good stuff. However, the Hound wants to know if this David Parker now skiting about the success of the TPP is the same man who was marching in the streets in 2015 scare-mongering about the evils of the deal? While your old mate reckons it is good to see that Parker has had a change of heart, others might be less charitable and call him nothing but a hypocrite.

» Connect with Rural News

More like this

RMA not good enough

New Zealand's natural environment is now much more degraded than when the Resource Management Act was developed in 1991.

A bit longer extension would be nice

The Government has extended the deadline for submitting on its freshwater discussion document: farmers say the two-week extension isn’t enough.

Government targets water quality

The Government says it is taking action to stop the degradation of waterways and clean up rivers and lakes within a generation.

RMA overhaul proposed

Environment Minister David Parker says the Resource Management Act is not working as well as intended and he is planning a comprehensive overhaul of the legislation.

» The RNG Weather Report

Featured

What’s your favourite plant?

Forest owners are urging people to vote for tōtara as plant of the year in a poll being conducted by the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network.

 

Food bowl or toilet bowl?

New Zealand shouldn't become a 'toilet bowl' of trees for other countries' carbon dioxide commitments, explains John Jackson.

» Connect with Rural News

» Connect with Rural News

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Logging spin

OPINION: The Hound notes that the foreign-owned and controlled NZ forestry industry is starting to feel the pressure of the…

EU waste

OPINION: This old mutt was interested to read a recent New York Times expose of the European Union’s agriculture subsidy…

» Connect with Rural News