Letter to the editor – A right to know?
from: Frank Macskasy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
to: Dominion Post <email@example.com>
date: Wed, Mar 11, 2015
subject: Letter to the editor
So let me see if I’ve got this straight…
When the so-called “agri-terrorist” threatened Fonterra with lacing baby formula powder with 1080, our trading partners were informed very smartly.
Meanwhile, New Zealand mums and dads were kept in the dark for nearly four months, with our esteemed Prime Minister, saying;
“I want to reassure parents that every step possible has been taken to respond to the threat, to ensure the ongoing safety of our food products.”
No, not every step. Parents were not informed at the beginning so they could take elementary precautions such as checking that containers had not been tampered with.
Far from being “open and transparent” as Key likes to describe his administration, this is one of the most secretive governments we have ever endured.
This time, though, he has gone too far. Keeping something as potentially deadly as poison-laced baby powder a secret for four months was irresponsible.
We have lambasted closed societies such as the former Soviet Union for not disclosing critical problems as early as possible. We should expect no less from our own supposedly democratically elected government.
Parents have a right to know. Not just our trading partners.
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