National Party president Peter Goodfellow leaves the National caucus room during any discussion about the fishing industry to avoid any conflict of interest – Prime Minister John Key says.
Mr Goodfellow has significant interests in fishing company Sanfords, which holds about a quarter of the total fishing quota in New Zealand.
Mr Key was asked about National’s closeness to the commercial fishing industry today after a contract to monitor the commercial fleet was awarded to a business whose general partner was owned by fishing companies – one of which is Sanfords.
Speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference the Prime Minister said Mr Goodfellow was ‘immensely careful about managing any conflict of interest’.
(ed:..and hands up all those reassured by that ‘careful-management’ of ‘conflict of interest’ guarantee..?..from key..?..(snort!/chuckle)
..where..to paraphrase..we have goodfellow monitoring goodfellow..what on earth could possibly go wrong there..eh..?..
(goodfellow ‘leaves the room’ when they discuss his business..didn’tyaknow..?..what more do ya want..?..ya whinging-leftie..!..)
..and if ‘reassured’ by this guarantee from key – that there is nothing fishy to see…please forward me your email-address..
..i have a (hardly-used) bridge you may well be interested in purchasing..eh..?..
..and i guess i have missed a headline-opportunity here..
..i have always wanted to use ‘fishing-industry fishy!(?)’….
..with that option of ? or !..depending on the tone/timbre of the piece..
..but i am pretty sure i will get another opportunity to go all tabloid..eh..?
(disclaimer:..i am a vegan – i stopped eating fish shortly after finding out out they have central nervous systems similar to us humans…
..then i thought what it must be like to get a hook thru the mouth..and to be dragged out of the water that way..
..and then imagining what it must feel like to drown in oxygen/air..as they do…that tipped me over the edge..
..and i decided i could live perfectly well without having a bar of those horrors..
(‘knowledge’ is a dangerous thing..eh..?..’cos now you/the reader knows these facts about fish/fishing..from the point of view of the fish/environment..so over to you..eh..?..
..and i haven’t even gone near the fact that much of the fish sourced from the thai fishing-industry that new zealanders scoff down with nary a thought…has been caught by slaves/slave-labour..)
..and will john key/this govt. do anything meaningful to stop these bastards wrecking the planet/employing slave-labour..?
..hell no!..that would be a clear ‘conflict’ of mr goodfellows’ ‘interests’..eh..?..)
..but be reassured reader that i ‘carefully-manage’ that personal ‘conflict of interest’ when reporting on these barbarities..let alone the corruption/uncaring environmental-vandalism that cloaks this most exploitive/planet-destroying of industries..
..and if you believe that..i entreat you to refer back to my email-request..)