National Ministers Carter and Wilkinson intervened to allow the continued grazing of land around Lake Ellesmere for a farming mate. Carter has been saying to farmers, dairy in particular that they must change their farming practices to improve water quality and safeguard our international reputation. That is not just inconsistent but outright hypocrisy. Farmers have every right to be angry. Most of them are making changes and paying money to reduce their impact on the environment. Why should one farmer be given the continued right to degrade Lake Ellesmere? No one else would be allowed and it makes a mockery of Nick Smith’s proclamations that Lake Ellesmere desperately needs protection. In Parliament we can’t use the word but in the real world it is called hypocrisy …… At it’s best !!!