Cock-shorn urges Brazilian for Virgin Bush

Well, that could have been the headline!

Unfortunately, it was the somewhat more sedate “Kokshoorn tells Greens to back off”. After all, we’re talking about the Westport News here (circulation 2,167). A racy headline or too might raise the circulation somewhat imo, but I guess the Westport News doesn’t go there.

Anyway, last week the Wesport News (not online) rallied behind Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn (who does have an unfortunate name in the context of this issue), giving him the headline in response to this frogblog post from Catherine Delahunty advocating plantation forestry on the West Coast as an alternative to resuming logging of native indigenous forest.

Kokshoorn, in his fanatical defence of the right of West Coasters to chop down ancient native forest, came up with the gem of an argument:

The Greens had no credibility on the issue and should ‘mind their own business’… A return to sustainable logging of existing natives was preferable and possible.

Interestingly, Labour ex-MP for West Coast Tasman (and soon to be List MP) Damien O’Connor also attacked Catherine and the Greens:

…no-one trusted the Greens about logging. It wouldn’t surprise most people if the party changed its stance once the trees were old enough to mill. Even out of government, the party had clout when it came to the environment, making it dangerous to commercial ventures.

National MP for West Coast Tasman Chris Auchinvole:

…commended the lateral thinking of the Green suggestion. It may have some real merit. However, any such idea had to meet economic bottom lines as well as environmental ones.

For once, and it’s not often, I agree with the Nats on this one. Auchinvole has taken a sensible and pragmatic approach of exploring alternatives to logging virgin forest. O’Connor has bought straight into the Cock-shorn Brazilian solution of how best to treat virgin bush.

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