Much has been made of a visit to China last October where the Justice Minister on an official trip, detoured to the Head Office of a company her husband is the NZ director.
Now one serious duty of a Government, particularly around matters dealing with a one party outfit such as China, is to smooth the way for business to operate as effectively and beneficial to NZ Inc as possible.
Her Majesties Loyal Opposition sat on what Judith Collins did on those travels last year, until the eve of the Prime minister's visit to that behemoth, well published as a repair mission in the aftermath of the false health scare over dairy trade, more specifically alleged contaminated Fonterra produced whey powder.
New Zealand is nowhere near the biggest dairy producing country, I think we rate 4th but they are pretty damned dominant as a trader so the hiccup at a little link in the chain had massive potential for damage and subsequently required a significant repair effort.
I say hiccup as the product that raised the red flag, whey powder is around 1% in tonnes of Fonterra's annual production and the suspect batch was a fraction of that.
Ms Collins husband is the NZ director of Oriveda. Established in 2011, the company exports produce from New Zealand to China, including milk, meat, seafood, vegetables and fruit along with others.
Milk trade suffered across the board from NZ in the aftermath of the scare, with all product, even that from other companies such as Westland Milk, Synlait, Tatua, plus a myriad of niche companies using milk from any NZ source including Fonterra having problems real and imagined and of course Oravida was included.
In the world marketplace all NZ milk was literally tainted.
Why would not a significant citizen, a minister of the crown no less, not take every opportunity and be seen promoting NZ Inc in our number one market.
But no, according to the Chatterati and coffee classes it was variously; graft, corruption, abuse of position, failure to comply with the Cabinet manual, misjudgement, unfitness for office da de da and whatever all packaged up in an attempt to derail the Prime Minister as he traveled to China with the results of an inquiry to repair any residual damage from the entirely false Botulism contamination cockup beaten into a major threat to dairy trade, by fear, ignorance and innuendo.
Meanwhile the very serious apparent corruption of one of the two major NZ political parties being beholden to the Trade union movement, delivering favors and largess to them, and in return receiving funding generated by liberal interpretation of rules around "Training initiatives" and monies collected for welfare and representation of members on the very vague claim of connection in the form of political gains.
Ignore any people included, who may well support National at the ballot box and might well resent their share in Union funds being so donated.
Add in the dominance awarded to the unions in providing MPs and a not insignificant chunk of influence in who will lead the rabble and therefore aspire to the Top Job, by way of procedural rights in the election, the question must be asked who is really in charge there.
Toss in a very unseemly and well outside the spirit of our democracy furor with the one focus to assist a presumed justice fugitive from another jurisdiction avoid extradition to the US and Ms Collins efforts from last year soon become the irrelevancy they always were.
The Polls from the weekend tend to reinforce that view.
8% support as preferred Prime Minister, hell that is only a quarter of his supposed loyalists, is that a true indication of the strength of the ABC faction.
OD Word of Year: vape
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