Biosecurity Minister David Carter said yesterday it was doubtful that New Zealand would be able to completely eradicate the disease, which it is now emerging may have been here for some time and is now threatening to undermine the billion dollar industry.
"Many of the growers are reporting anecdotally that they have seen the symptoms in other years and if we could confirm that, it does suggest that PSA is a disease that has been there for a long period of time.
Adolf smiled today when he heard on Radio Left Wing News that some obscure Labour Party fellow was accusing National of neglecting border protection and letting in some dreaded disease which will ravage, ravage I say, our kiwifruit industry.
Why did I smile?
The first thing that occurred to me was to wonder "How long has this bloody disease been here before it was discovered?
Maybe Filk Off shot his mouth off too soon? Oooooh wouldn't it be soooooo funny if it turns out the terrible bacteria was introduced during Labour's watch when what'sisname was minister for Border Protection or whatever they call it? Sure enough, right on cue comes this piece from The Herald.
Ombler said if the disease has been in New Zealand for many years, but was causing only minimal damage, that would mean it was something "we can live with".
That had been proven during a Psa outbreak in Japan, when that country was able to control the disease, he said.
Still, when you are floundering around at the depths of opinion polls and you are failing dismally to be noticed, perhaps you need to take a bit of a risk to get a hit on the most popular gummint in a hundred years.
Just ask Mike Williams. He knows all about that.