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Milk powder threat exposes weakness of a market economy

The Editor, The Sunday Star-Times, Auckland

17 March, 2015

Dear Editor:

The Prime Minister knows of the term ‘eco-terrorist’ and apparently thinks he has found a situation where he can use it.   But there has been no contamination of milk powder found, only a threat which has the feel of being a bluff, yet to be worked through by police.  So is it just another casual and careless reference by the PM?

Or is there a hope that the terrorism legislation can be invoked to prosecute the threat maker?  The legislation includes threats to the economic well-being of the country.  Days of concern about the milk powder market would indicate a strong sensitivity.  But that exposes a weakness of a market economy, not a threat of terrorism.  Putting the country’s economic eggs in a large export market, mostly through dairy, is not wise and not necessary.  Any healthy national economy can primarily thrive out of a strong local economy with little inequality.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 22/03/2015

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