Are we being milked? asks Minister…
So the Commerce Commission decided not to hold an inquiry into milk pricing in New Zealand?
But Minister of Agriculture, David Carter, still wants a Parliamentary inquiry to investigate the matter?
Hmmmm… it’s not because the election is only three months away, and National is fearful that Labour and the Greens will be making this an election issue? Surely, politicians can’t be that cynical and manipulative?
Of course not.
What was I thinking.
Perhaps if I might be so bold, and offer Mr Carter a word of explanation as to milk pricing. The price of milk is determined by the free market. The same free market that National endorses, advocates, and embraces with all it’s manly ‘love’. The same free market that National has ordered TVNZ to pursue, by cancelling it’s Public Charter. The same free market it chases with the Trans Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations.
Yes, National is the party of the Free Market. As John Key told our American cuzzies on 22 July,
“At the most basic level, we share a commitment to the democratic, capitalist system.”
So there you have it, folks. In a nut-sell. Or milk bottle, if you prefer. We are a capitalist system,which means that the price of milk is determined by what you, the public, are willing to pay for it.
Something to consider of 26 November – Election Day.
As for Mr Carter’s call for a Parliamentary Inquiry – my money is on nothing ever coming off it. Much like National’s much-vaunted Jobs Summit in February, 2009.
Remember that little farce?
On TVNZ’s Q + A, David Carter was interviewed by Guyon Espiner, who asked the Minister if two supermarket chains offered enough competition at the retail end of milk distribution. Carter replied that there was competition and said,
“Well, if people want to buy the expensive brands, they can pay $4.80 up to $5.40. They can buy a cheaper brand at that supermarket for $3.30. They can go round the corner to a dairy, quite often, depending on where they live, and perhaps buy that for $2.90. What I’m saying is there’s a big variation on the retail price of milk.”
Milk is cheaper at corner dairy’s, and on sale for $2.90?!?!
Pray tell, Mr Carter – what colour is the sky on your planet? Because on our world, corner dairy-stores are the more expensive option to buy goods.
National members of parliament – out of touch with reality since 1936.
*sighs* I didn’t have to be Ken Ring to know this was going to happen (though Ken would’ve been a month wrong in his predictions). It’s Election Year. This is when politicians play silly buggers up to November 26th…