In the Youtube video below, Shane Jones lampoons the Maori Party & by virtue Maori in general to such an extend that it makes Don Brash’s Owera speech look timid.
Shane Jones can get away with this because he’s of Maori decent (though you couldn’t tell from looking at him), and he’s from the political left.
I actually agree with Shane – he’s articulate and delivers his points well. A future Labour Party Leader perhaps.
However, if you cut through Shane’s bluster, there is policy. The ‘family package’ sounds like another complex Labour initiative that only helps people who fit a certain criteria. And he talks about NZ’s major emitters paying the full cost of their pollution. That’s all very well and good, but if there’s no way to make a cow more environmentally friendly, then what’s the point of taxing the farmer to death? I think industry should be penalized if they’re not using the most efficient method of production. For example if you’re making a pencil the most environmentally efficient way possible, slapping on a pollution tax isn’t going to change a thing other than make pencils more expensive. Or worse, dive the business overseas where they’re made with even greater cost to the environment.
I reckon the way forward is to empower people to become environmentally aware when shopping. Label products to indicate the environmental cost of making the product and let the consumers decide if they can spare the cost for something which is better for the environment.