Friday, July 30, 2010

The Rule of Law

"Local Farmers have claimed that imports from New Zealand will affect their business". Yes. Generally, when someone exports a product as basic as milk to another country, this means local producers of milk will have to compete with the imported product.

Now it may be difficult for the Indian farmers to compete with ours. One imagines they are organised far less efficently, in small farms, with much less modern equipment and work practices. But perhaps the people who organised these violent attacks should ask themselves if it is worth destroying the trading relationship with New Zealand over this? How many more Indians are employed making goods that New Zealanders buy?

One hopes the Indian Government takes a strong stand against such criminals. Protest is one thing, but to actively attack and threaten legitimate trade is theft, vandalism and even terrorism.

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