I recently house/doggie sat for some friends who went to Rarotonga for a wedding. As a thank you, they brought me back two 50 gram pouches of Drum tobacco. They paid $15 for each packet in Raro.
Yesterday, I was in my local tobacconist and asked the price of a 50 gram packet of Drum. The answer, $93. EACH. That’s $186 for two packets of tobacco! Yeeeekkksss! Is it any wonder dairy owners are being robbed and beaten? That’s a ridiculous amount of money in taxes! And to think this current Government intends on keeping those taxes, as is. The no smoking lobby needs a kick up the backside. Between them and the Maori Party (what’s left of it) they will never stop people smoking. Some maybe, but certainly not all. They are dreamers and trouble-makers (they are creating or inviting trouble). Not unlike the idiots who think they are going to make New Zealand pest-free by 2050.
That is a joke! They can’t even keep the milk industry free of diseases and dumb losses.
No wonder the Maori Party went under. Who in their right mind is going to support a party that promotes such heavy taxes on the poor and not so well off citizens of this country?
I grow, dry, process and shred my own tobacco. My only costs are paper and filters. My sympathy to those without the wherewithal to do the same.
us jobs at haymaking or shearing, paying real money, better than Mum’s pocket money.
Nowadays children are not allowed to do that sort of work. It has to be done by contractors with big machines, and the rate of return on capital calculated by accountants who wouldn’t know a bale hook if it fell on their head.
So what has corrupted the moral compass? Garbage TV? Junk ‘food’? Or is this just the increased leisure we were promised by the automation of industry?
The wisdom of Solomon and the Duke of Zhou might be too old and dusty for some. A newer prophet, James Lovelock, wrote 50 years ago in his ‘Gaia Hypothesis’ (paraphrasing), when this planet is sick and tired of the human race she will cough them up and spit them out.