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Written by  The Hound

OPINION: This old mutt hears that his editor has copped a fair bit of flak from readers after an article on former Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor appeared in the last issue of this fine organ.

It seems the general consensus was that while the former minister may claim that feedback he’s got on the new National-led Government is not positive, farmers couldn’t be more positive that he and his Labour mates are out of power.

Farmers say Labour’s six years saw a plethora of new regulations imposed on them that made little or no sense.

Which only goes to prove O’Connor’s admission in the same article, that it’s not easy being an agriculture minister in a Labour administration.

Watch this space for an announcement this year about the former Ag Minister’s new post-political career.

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