Does he know what he’s suggesting

Sean Plunket is with the majority who don’t support the sale of the Crafar farms to foreigners.

But does know what he’s suggesting when he writes:

 . . . So my suggestion to the Occupy diehards: pick the nicest of the 16 Crafar farms to camp on, pack up your mung beans and your hacky sacks in your old kit bags and occupy some land to highlight an issue that really matters to so many New Zealanders. . . 

The right of the protesters to occupy public spaces has been subject to debate. That would not be the case with the farms – they are private property.

Regardless of the nationality of the owners, anyone who tried to occupy the farms could be charged with trespass.

It’s possible Plunket has got his tongue in his cheek but even so his comments will add to a growing concern among farmers that the public don’t understand that the property rights which apply to small areas of land in town apply just as much to large ones in the country.

11 Responses to Does he know what he’s suggesting

  1. pdm says:

    HP – I have no doubt that Sean Plunket knows exactly what he is doing. All week he was inciting hysteria while filling in for Leighton Smith on Newstalk ZB. He was an embarrassment and I posted on it on Thursday at No Minister
    http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=798299306705730955&postID=3070101033114977856

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  2. pdm says:

    Oops wrong link – the one above is to a very good post by the ever on the ball Gravedodger.

    This is the link to my post – note I am not very good at these links and you may have to click on open the Original Post to view:
    http://www.blogger.com.comment.g?blogID=798299306705730955&postID=1532815864971517553

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  3. Ele, Plunket has been stirring up the xenophobes on this issue all week. His ratings assessment must be on, as he seems to have been touting for nut job callers on this issue.

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  4. Gravedodger says:

    How many of the trash involved in desecration of and denial of the public space to others would have the nouse to locate any of the farms and the other problem for them would be going home to their “real Occupation Sites”, ie home at sunset.
    A stockman could have a bit of fun with a couple of hundred drystock conveniently driven through the camp at 1400 hrs though if the muppets chose to actually stop overnight.
    Forget the trespass notice.

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  5. pdm says:

    GD did you mean 2am or 1400?

    How about 50 hyped up sterrs at either time?

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  6. Hollyfield says:

    I can’t see the occupiers taking up his suggestion – they’re unlikely to have access to wifi on a farm.

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  7. Gravedodger says:

    Ta pdm, yes, I meant 0400.

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  8. homepaddock says:

    PDM; I think the link you mean is: http://nominister.blogspot.com/2012/01/crafar-farms-some-sanity.html

    (And a belated welcome to blogging).

    GD – wouldn’t that be tempting?

    Hollyfield – nor the media on hand for the photo ops.

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  9. pdm says:

    Thanks HP – how the hell did you do that?

    Don’t answer that I have Adolf and PM on to it, or will have tomorrow.

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  10. jh says:

    When NZ was settled we had a debate as to whether land should be free hold or leasehold. Freehold won as it was argued that people would look after freehold land. They wouldn’t have considered a wired interconnected world which allows farmer/ speculators to bypass the citizenry.

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  11. jh says:

    BTW:
    Thankyou Sean Plunket

    and

    a pox on their* houses

    *sell-out NZr’s

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