In the same week he's been announcing funding for forestry and deprived regions, MP Shane Jones has been upsetting farmers with claims they're a bunch of moaners. In his second interview with Jamie Mackay on The Country this week, Jones reveals his harsh words earned him a growling from his uncle, and he offers a hint of remorse, though not without firing off another salvo or two.

Forestry Minister Shane Jones says farming advocacy organisations like Federated Farmers practise "double speak" and "I want to see an end [to] this bout of colic [they] seem to be suffering from".