No Minister


In the private sector would never happen except perhaps an odd occasion where a doting parent hands over to a child who has a similar problem exposed PDQ.

The current administration (advisedly) has spent in excess of one hundred billion dollars and has very little to show for it apart from the debt mountain , a Wellington public service expanded by over ten thousand drones, again with little to show, and in a kneejerk response to the clear lack of funds in the trading account. So it institutes a wage freeze for the entire public service that includes over and above the army of paper shufflers and computer nerds who deliver sweet f*^k all, the far more impacting on NZ daily life; Nurses, police, social workers, teachers, armed services, border security and not divulged anywhere the very few on the Government pay roll who actually earn under the $60k pa that are exempted from the three year pause in income review offering more dosh.

Then there is the Blairite brand new Delivery Ministry that will ensure delivery that traditionally has been the responsibility of each and every Minister of the Crown. Grunter will be very busy boy.

Now in any private business entity there will be a Chief Financial Officer whose sole responsibility is to oversee expenditure and income in available data that at all times is available to senior Management and if required onward delivery to the Board. Now it appears NZ Inc has a very capable CFO in that he now will be able to do what previous Prime Ministers have done in addition to what most see as a full time activity, by ensuring the departmental link between spend and delivery is actually happening as a control of performance. Clark did it and Key having made a tidy wealth before politics did it in spades, clearly cutting through any Bs by moving non performers away to safety or off the team entirely. eg Williamson, Heatley, Worth along with a very quick ending of a stella (in his own mind ) MP career for Aaron Gilmore. Tbf Clark held onto the rotting corpse of a Mangare MP following revelations of being a very naughty boy until he committed a much more serious bit of bad behaviour in threatening to stand against her party as an independent.

Being the boss comes with a responsibility to manage performance across the enterprise and I hear you ask how could a counter assistant from a provincial fast food outlet specialising in shark and taties ever see such emerging events that might require such intervention.

The entire handling of the Mallard affair that sees a serial bovver boy being involved in a repeat assault on a powerless ex staffer after entering a settlement including an apology and exchange of money that surely had some reference to confidentiality involved now sees a CEO acting as a part time prime minister in defiance of established managerial mores and process. “She ticked him off” sheesh where I have lived being “ticked off” is a way of saying upset or disappointed, it is difficult to see a response involving much by way of such emotive residual feelings. With the hide of a rhinoceros, the brains of a moron and emotional responses, someone appears totally divorced from any such societal norms.

Running a bunch of incompetents now has a Blairite socialist construct to assist? Does that infer that someone somewhere is struggling. Oil and gas, Kiwibuild, child poverty, mental health, infrastructure, Auckland light rail, climate emergency, health, gun ownership law, gang crime stats, random shootings and as an answer, announce a forthcoming announcement of “A Wedding”.

The next Board Elections should be a pretty significant affair but probably not with so many share holders in ignorance of what is really happening to the Company fortunes.

Written by Gravedodger

May 6, 2021 at 9:22 am

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. With all this talk of “Blairite” solutions I can’t help recalling that, at least towards the end of his days as PM, his critics began to point out that he’d been better at PR than getting things done.

    Adern worked in Blair’s team so…..

    Tom Hunter

    May 6, 2021 at 10:40 am

  2. Anyway, you lot should stop moaning about all this. As I said over on Kiwiblog, I think I shall be voting Labour in 2023 if they keep this up. In fact this is all brilliant news: utter incompetence that not only prevents a government from doing stuff but actually causes existing government institutions to start falling apart, starting with Public Health and Public Education.

    It’s every Libertarian’s dream. Well, aside from all the people whose lives get fucked up in the process but hey, gotta break some eggs and so forth, as some famous Leftist once said.

    Tom Hunter

    May 6, 2021 at 10:57 am

    • Interesting, a self identified libertarian who mostly parrots GOP talking points. Cognitive dissonance is your forte.

      You do share one trait of libertarians, and that is destroy, tear down annihilate. But never any suggested replacements. Slash and burn, smash the state, upend the social order. You have far more in common with Tolstoy than Rand.

      Sir Loin

      May 6, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    • I’ve just shrug my shoulders with dispair

      It is not like National is a viable alternative, indeed all they can do is try and throw rotten tomatoes from the sidelines, which mostly miss their targets in any case

      A coherent philosophy and a strategic new direction for the country under a charismatic leader is MIA


      May 6, 2021 at 3:49 pm

  3. You’re right GD, the muppets have no experience running anything so have no idea what they’re doing.

    They can’t even recognise a clear conflict when they fall over it. So what is Grunters key responsibility? Is it fiscal prudence and financial management, or is it delivery at all costs?

    I wonder why those responsibilities have been separated in the past?


    May 6, 2021 at 12:46 pm

  4. Hmmmmm Tom ,,, the Chapter President of Libertarians for Labour. Mind you, some might see this as a contradiction in terms. Still, ACT was spawned out of Labour so perhaps what goes round comes round.

    The Veteran

    May 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm

  5. The Delivery Ministry. Just look to the Prime Minsters Dept as a model. We used to not have one, or a very small one at that. Treasury provided all the required advise, often unpalatable.

    Then it grew into a monster, 100’s of staff, the CEO on $750,000. I think Key grew it substantially and had one of his mates run it

    Like flies around a honey pot all the “consultants” sucked out their share too.

    I live in Wellington and over the traffic noise I can hear the salivating of the ambitious from my office with the drool being flicked up by todays southerly.

    Sounds like a paradise… just think of the new offices, the new IT systems with double screens on each desk, the salaries to suck the talent out of the private sector, well the half arsed talent who cant make it in the private sector, the new desks, the new chairs, the Koru Club memberships

    The old rort will be rolled out, desk officers jobs advertised at $15,000 above the going “frozen” rate. The hidden little allowances, oh and how about 6 weeks annual leave to sweeten the deal.

    Someone sold Chuckles the Fat Controllor a cream donut.

    Nothing like rewarding failure.


    May 6, 2021 at 5:50 pm

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