When the Member for Eketahuna North thunders his demand that we sink the toothfish pirates in Antarctic waters, the hacks at Radio NZ ignore him.
When the former Mayor of a sister town in the Wairarapa, Carterton, calls for the navy to use its fire power, the hacks jump to attention and give him top billing on their news bulletins.
But he’s a New Zealand First MP, not a National one.
The best that can be said of the state broadcaster is that at least it is airing the idea that the pirates should be shown no mercy.
The ignominy is that Murray McCully sought permission from Equatorial Guinea for our Navy to board three fishing ships to verify their flagged status.
To Alf’s surprise, the authorities in that sad country gave us their blessing after agreeing the fishing boats were illegally fishing for toothfish in Antarctic waters.
The HMNZS Wellington was defied when it set about boarding the fishing boats.
Then the Wellington backed off.
What sort of a bloody Navy have we got and how can we expect it to help defend the country if somebody more aggressive than a few fishermen wants to have a go at us?
But that’s the awful truth of it and so Radio NZ today is reporting:
Yesterday, crew on HMNZS Wellington were refused entry to the vessels by the captains, and did not forcefully enter because it was deemed to be too dangerous.
The was the cue for New Zealand First defence spokesperson Ron Mark to call for a shot across the poachers’ bows. This would show the Navy was serious and force the poachers to comply.
Mr Mark said if it was perceived that the New Zealand Navy was “toothless” and the Government “gutless” it would be open season on the country’s resources.
“How we behave right now will determine how poachers and pirates treat us in the future.
“Quite frankly right now, a burst of gunfire would end it all.”
With profound disappointment, Alf says he is bound to agree with Mark.
He suspects one of those toothfish would have a sharper bite than the crew of the good ship Wellington and could put up a better fight.