Wednesday, 01 July 2020 12:57

Fat chance

Written by  The Hound

OPINION: This old mutt has always believed that any hopes of a possible free trade deal – that is any good – between NZ and the EU were about as elusive as an honest politician.

The reality that the heavily subsidised farming sector of the EU would be open to competing against NZ farmers on a level playing field was always somewhat fanciful and unrealistic.

Speaking of which, Trade Minister David Parker still believes such a deal is possible, despite recent news of the miniscule offer the EU has made for allowing NZ dairy products into the trade block.

The Hound suggests, when Parker and/or his trade officials claim that NZ can do a free trade deal with the EU, punters mimic the wise counsel of Daryl Kerrigan – the patriarch of that Aussie movie classic ‘The Castle’ – and tell them they are ‘dreamin’!

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