Milk inquiry a whitewash
The Government decision to hold a Select Committee inquiry into the retail price of milk after a Commerce Commission finding that there are no grounds for such an inquisition, is just populist, poppy-cock politics. Yet another example of politicians’ cavalier attitude towards spending other people’s money for political purposes. In response to an ill-informed public outcry, the Government obviously believes it must be seen to be doing something, especially in election year. No matter that the considerable expense and time involved will prove a waste of money. After much huffing and pounding of chests not to mention endless talk and political grandstanding, the outcome will be yet another lengthy report, quietly shelved and discreetly forgotten.
Dairy farmers have good reason to believe politicians are using them as scapegoats for political purposes. They are being poorly served by a supposedly pro-enterprise government.