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Friday, October 14, 2005

Disastrous Under-reaction

The worst scandal of Labour's six years and a bit years in office is happening under our very noses, right now, while Clark and the only two or three other almost competent cabinet ministers are distracted, as they desperately dither around trying to form a coalition.

The disaster is of epic proportions and is called SEA SQUIRT.

This creature which one month ago entered our inshore waters, will CLOSE DOWN our mussell and oyster industries and the reaction thus far from the authorities is staggeringly blase. Since the pest was first discovered in Auckland's Viaduct Basin 30 days ago it has spread to two other major ports but nothing has been done except talk about it. It has taken until yestarday, yes 29 days, for one diver to enter the water to take action. But what action? Yes he is 'evaluating.' Not actually doing anything concrete, just evaluating.

A month after the alarm went off there are only fifteen officers nationwide working on the problem. There should be one hundred and fifty. I do not have the time to research the value to New Zealand of our shellfish industry but I do know it is substantial and the potential for short term growth outstrips the pastoral industry. That should give you some sense of the necessary sense of urgency which is missing.

We are told overseas experience with this pest is such that early eradication is effective but if not attempted at the very first hint of trouble is not effective. Once the creature reproduces and spreads the game is over. It starves out the local shellfish - both farmed and naturally occuring.

I heard on RLWN this morning an apology for a manager making the same mealy mouthed excuse for inaction we have heard throughout the past few years on far too many ocassions. No enough resources. (Well of course there aren't. Not enough votes among mussell farmers. We needed all the money for bullshit wananga courses and hip hop tours so we could get the Foreskins and Seaweed Act passed.) His response to questioning on Morning Report was one of sanguine complacency. Dare I say if he had a 'Kiwi' accent he might have been better atuned to the gravity of the problem.

The worst part of it is that all they have to do is pick the bloody things off the hulls and piles and put them on dry land. It's so easy if you get thenm before they reproduce. By the time we have evaluated the problem, peer reviewed the evaluation, re-evauated the peer review, it will be too late for the simple expedient of fining the bloody things and killing them.

Who is the minister? Is it Booboo Hobbs? She's as useless as Hawkins and we are going to pay for her uselessness. Big time.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 10/14/2005 07:39:00 AM


Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Adolf, dare I say that all the people who are stealing a large portion of my income and doling it out to hip hop courses have genuine kiwi accents...

10/14/2005 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Berend, no you may not dare. A good number of Labour MPs have pommy accents, including the WasteMaster General.

10/14/2005 08:57:00 AM  
Blogger darren said...

Which Labour minister should now be called "sea squirt?"
Seems like a nice insult!

10/14/2005 11:35:00 AM  

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