I recently read John Wyndham’s most famous sci-fi novel, ‘The Day of the Triffids’. For those unfamiliar, ‘The Day of the Triffids’ follows the post-apocalyptic story of Bill Masen, one of the few humans to escape a plague of blindness. Those remaining must also face the scourge of the triffids; a mysterious species of carnivorous plants which has developed the ability to walk and hunt, and had appeared suddenly decades previously.
Due to my habit of viewing the world through ‘vegan-goggles’, I found myself drawing out themes in the novel that could be related to vegan philosophy. In particular, I saw contrast in the relationship between humans and animals, and humans and triffids.
So, I was listening to ABC AM radio Friday morning and they were interviewing Richard Di Natale. I was quite surprised to hear him singing the praises of dairy farmers, basically putting his full support behind them. I found the transcript online, and here’s the quote:
“On the dairy industry, for example, we’ve got a range of policies that would look after farmers rather than at the moment you’ve got the old parties and the National party who I keep hearing from people right around the country, are just deserting farmers and not representing their interests.
They’re more interested in supporting the fossil fuel industry, the mining industry. You’ve got that revolving door between the National party politicians and the coal seam gas industry.
People are fed up with it. They want a group who is going to represent their interests and they’re seeing that in the Greens.”
Basically, he’s looking for the dairy farmer’s vote in this election.