Does he know what he’s suggesting

January 29, 2012

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.

Why Occupy NZ failed

January 4, 2012

A court in Auckland ruled that people’s right to protest doesn’t mean they can continue to occupy public land but a few stragglers in Wellington are refusing to give up.

If they took the time to read Chris Trotter’s explanation of why the Occupy movement didn’t work here they could save themselves time and the public money.

Beloved communities arise out of the open and collective struggle for a better world, not from muddy encampments, or the ineffectual fluttering of consensual hands.

The Occupy movement was an import which didn’t relate to the local situation. Protesters made a fuss but accomplished nothing positive because they were against all sorts of things but not united for anything.

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