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Manawatu Times, Volume XXVII, Issue 7799, 30 July 1903, Page 2
The Manawatu Daily Times. The Oldest Manawatu Journal. Published Every Morning. THURSDAY, JULY 30, 1903. His Best Day's Work.
It may seem unkind to say so, but the truth is that the best day's work Mr H. C. Cameron, our London Dairy Commissioner, has done since that position grew upon him, was to deliver two lectures to a representative assemblage of dairymen yesterday, disclosing how absurd and how useless it is that a Colony with so much at stake as New Zealand has in its butter industry, should have for its adviser in London a man so lacking in grip of essentials and so innocent or technical knowledge as Mr Cameron is. And yet the services of this gentleman have been great. Lacking the ripe experience which alone could make the observations of an official in such a position absolutely accurate and invaluable, he has yet brought to the duties, which have been imposed upon him, as it were, by default, a wonderful enthusiasm and a gracious tact. By the exercise of these attributes he has been enabled to discover in a more or less exact, though always in a superficial way, some of the drawbacks to placing our produce on the Home market, and some of the reasonsfor ourjsuccess or failure there. But, having seen and heard Mr Cameron, we are brought to realise how much a technically proficient man of large commercial calibre could accomplish in the position of New Zealand Produce Commissioner at
Home. Having seen and heard Mr Cameron, and having seen and heard some of the contributors to yesterday's discussions we beg leave, without appearing to institute invidious comparisons, to say that there are numbers of men m New Zealand who would do us greater justice than Mr Cameron is capable of doing in the
position of Commissioner.
commercial knowledge is not sufficient in the man who is to act as adviser to our producers in Great Britain. What is wanted is a man skilled in commerce, strong in technical knowledge, and intimate with every ramification of our industries, more particularly those relating to the farm and the dairy. Grip is what is required. New Zealand farmers badly need the services of a skilled adviser, a man Avhose opinion and whose advice could he weighed in golden scales. Mr Cameron's intimate knowledge of London conditions over a series of years would no doubt make him a valuable coadjutor to the right man in the right place, 4mt we beg leave to say that Mr Cameron himself is not, on his own showing, the right man in the right place.