WANTED FOR ECONOMIC TREASON
Russel Norman, Male Australian, 46, ex-Communist (Australian Socialist Workers' Party) and co-leader of the Greens in the New Zealand Parliament.
For years the Greens have pedalled the canard that New Zealand rivers are too polluted to swim in. That has come home to bite with a vengeance as Fonterra works its way through the crisis of its own making with the Chinese media now picking up on the lie and using to discredit both New Zealand and our Clean Green image. This will cause major damage to our biggest exporter and to the New Zealand economy.
Mr average Chinese knows about pollution. They see and breathe it every day. Faced with a New Zealand politician, touted as a future Deputy Prime Minister, arguing that our waterways are too polluted to swim in and Mr average Chinese automatically equates that with the toxic cesspools that he knows in China. The damage is done.
To be sure, a few of our waterways are less than pristine but huge time and effort is being directed them into cleaning them up and our farmers are in the forefront of this. But the hyperbole used by the Greens in making the point is way over the top and now has come back to bite us in the bum with a vengeance.
Norman and his mob don't care about New Zealand. To them it's fair game to damage our economy in search of an ideal ... an ideal we can all identify with but an ideal that we won't sell our country down the 'river' for.
That's why Russel Norman (and his red band of brothers and sisters) are dangerous and that's why I squirm when I see David Shearer and Norman cozying up to each other.