THE FARMER'S POSITION.
Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette , 20 May 1931, Page 7
THE FARMER'S POSITION.
TO THE EDITOR,
Sir, —Last week Mr Barclay gave
himself away still further. He is evidently strongly imbued with the socia-
listic tendencies of the Labour Party, and is angling after the votes of farmers by making out that the business man is their eouiniou euemy. Mr Barclay even has the nerve to admit that he proposes to get alter some of that wealth to tide us over a depi'ession. Mr Laug has "got after*' several millions of money he had no ight to, with the resultant chaos that >orders on revolution. Unfortunately jetting easy money appeals to many voters and the Labour Party is making
;he most of it, but the moral fibre of uch recipients rapidly, decays. Mr Jarclay quotes Tuomas Carlyle; I rust fcliat lie has read Castor Kesar us" and believes in "The Gospel of
Work." One of the reasons for the depression at the preseut time is the fact that we have departed from the
iriuciple of payment oa output oi c suits.
Vvith regard to my statement that only a fraction of our produce is consumed in New Zealand, I have con' suited my Year Book and tind that 3 per cent, of our wool, 6 per cent, of our cheese and 7 per cent, of our luinb is consumed in New Zealand. Surely these are small fractious It is ridicu luus to iucludeout- badly bolstered aud badly managed secon -ary industries.
Mr Barclay says that farmers will never get peace or feel goodwill to wards men while tlie mortgage has the strangle holdover them. How ridieu loua! Farmers have bought their farms vvith their eyes open, have beg 6 ed for the mortgages in many in stauc«s, and those who have lent the money >v c losing v lot of it today—i' woulu be iuttuesiiug to know how much has been sacrificed in the last twelve mouths. The cure for our troubles is harder work and a simpler
life but more than anything else we want, uot i;ia»s warfare, out good >ul< among men. We could help one auotuer out of our difficulties, but not repudiate our obligations, make war ou the moutiyud clas?i uuii hasten our country towards that dark age that Alatanga fears. Fur the first two years of the reigu of itie present. Government we got a taste of the bungle tho Labour Party would get us iutu. They connived in and aie largely responsible lor the reckless extravagance of the preseut (iovt, insisted ou thd relief rate of pay being raised to Us a day, helped them to put up tue codD of living by increasing cusoms and piimage duties; helped tuww steal uotiul tax inuuey mat was lutended to ease the buruen of the faiineis' rates, and lefused to believe what tue Kefurm Party had seeu for some time, that SvOrmy times were coaiiug. (July ten months ago Jii iLuilaud was scooting, aud encoui aging the Govt. to acuii, at the idea that there was any cous.dcrabie fail iii export valued, and Sdiu "1 do uot buiiwve Mr I). Jones Was light iv stresaitig tha seiious nuancial pusitiuh of the Cjuutry. Bjih geu.lHUieu dccinre.l that tho uuuuu/s exports had laliwu couoiderably. W ell. a., vo tuej What v wuetui exhibition of laokof acquaintance vvitu aciuai couditious in the country. In* ouiy thing io biive uur countny is the leturu
of tin! J.',-,.".r' i L»«. i• v vv:!.'i .-!:intf tmj'wiry.-— V v -i f(;.■ fair for nil -fi'-'iou.-j i.j i ViJ^u fitriic: f.ir :::r-i aw, -v her.-, of liiir <,'iia:-, 1 inn, 'fti;., ii>.-,' i