The part leader of the anti business Greens has come out with another attack on the productive.
In a solution to a nonexistent problem he is proposing a new tax on farmers using water to grow grass at an average of around $40 000 per irrigated farm.
Now as Ele at Homepaddock rightly points out Irrigators are already paying a very high price for water at present, in allocation costs, delivery costs, compliance costs and obstacles put in place by officials and other Nimbys using the RMA to make trouble.
On the face of it, Red Rusell's proposed tax on a minority of 'rich pricks' for electoral appeal to the masses, will tax all water use regardless of any cost of supply.
The irrigator who 'harvests and stores' water on his property at great cost will pay the same 'rich prick' tax as the one who just puts a suction hose in a stream that runs through his property.
In the 70s I baulked at the very high cost Waipara scheme that allowed the establishment of the successful viticultural revolution on account of my weak financial position at that time. Any irrigation development is always fraught and this stupid, poorly thought out cynical attack on the productive sector is typical of the very poor understanding of how we, as a nation are paying the bills.