So both of the "ACT required policies" are examples of policies that have failed elsewhere that we are going to repeat in NZ.
Inverse evidence based policy
Moreover anyone who believes that ACT had done the necessary groundwork to have these policies ready to go is gullible beyond belief. These are clearly National policies they were ashamed to call their own and ACT is supplying plausible deniability.
it isn’t fair for the Labour party to go after Green votes
That's not my problem with that strategy. I don't care if it's fair. What care about is that it's a failed strategy that is only more and more likely to fail again as folks become more familiar with MMP and the idea that a small party can represent their specific interests.
So I want Labour to stop targeting the Greens (something they have not done much at all) because it will fail.
the middle finger
That and the announcement of a pro-mining assoc. minister of conservation today suggests more than one finger.
Plant calories are a lot more efficient to produce.
Yup, that's it. You're right Chris the thing that is different about NZ is the water. NZ soils are pretty good, certainly not significantly worse or better than anywhere else in the world. But we have water and lots of it. It's one of the two natural resources that can make NZ rich if we manage it right. That's part of Dr Joy's frustration (I think) with the polluted waterways. We have enough water to produce dairy without polluting we just need to do things differently.
I suspect that if Labour were clearer about its values and platform, it would find itself attracting more people, not fewer.
My hunch as well. But it is a risk that more clearly defining the principles alienates some at the same time as it makes it easier for others to choose Labour ("that's the party that represents me").
only my cat puts more effort and hours into trying to bring about my early demise
Don't be silly, killing you would be too easy. Establishing a state of fear and paranoia while still being cute enough to get steak trimmings is what defines feline talent.
If it involves reducing the competitiveness of the only industry that stands between us are the third world
This is simply not true. There is no conflict between clean rivers and high yield dairy production. The conflict comes from being willing to change practices, different not less productive.
Dr Joy at Massey says he has very little opposition to his suggested changes in practice from actual farmers once he can talk with them one on one. I kind of trust his assessment that both productivity and sustainability are possible.
They have massive land and extremely rich soil
China does not have extremely rich soil. It suffers from being part of a huge continent and much of its land is nutrient poor and particularly water poor. That said it still has vastly more arable land than New Zealand.
the green political viewpoint
Ah fair enough. On that we agree. My friends at work have long argued we should just form our own political party and call it "The real Greens" or something similar. That is a reflection of our frustration with the difference between the party we have now and the green political movement which almost every one of my colleagues support.
That perhaps is the path that a Labour party could take. But probably not, since it distracts from what is really needed which is a genuinely strong Labour identity that powerfully represents a smaller portion of New Zealand rather than weakly representing a larger portion.
Oh, now you’re just being sedimental…
After the earth moved it just rises out of her.