No Minister

Return of the untermenschen

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Thanks to the folks here I have returned to the blog writing community after a lapse of many years. The weird thing is I only met one of the co authors face to face and that was a coincidence. You will decide whether I have anything worth saying. I am interested to hear from commenters what they are interested in hearing us blog about. You can read below about what interests and drives me.

I returned to NZ a few years ago after 20 years in UK and Europe. I lost my home and income as a direct result of Covid. I stayed to spend time with family, worked with a tech startup and am now committed to a property development. It was amazing to get on the plane in SFO and see the Virgin Atlantic cabin crew all maskless. The first time I had escaped from the caste system that is masks in NZ for 2 years. The idea that as a guest in a bar or taxi I have choice but not as an employee is one of the more immoral things this witless bunch of thugs has done over the life of the Covid FearMonger. The absolute most immoral and egregious thing they have done is maltreating healthcare workers who turned up to work in the early days of the pandemic when there was no vaccine. They have been illegally sacked (refer Cooke J for the decision), against Ministry of Health advice (google is your friend), for using their judgement to refuse a vaccine.

I have to say the country has changed. Some of it good, some of it just confirms why I left in the first place. Some aspects of it reflect changes in the rest of the world and some are peculiar to NZ. The affectation of the increased use of Maori language all through media and civil service to show ones subservience to the trends of the day was jarring at first, but as time went on I realised that it should generally be viewed as a positive thing, being part of what makes New Zealand unique. I used words like puku, kai etc and very much enjoyed collecting koura as a kid so it is really only a question of degree.

I am unable to watch NZ broadcast news, it simply irritates me too much with the over simplistic “human interest” focus and the ever so woke. Marama Davidson upsetting people by tweeting about Whitakers chocolate having a new woke branding. FFS there are more important things in the world. The articles of interest in the newspapers are simply reprints of left wing foreign media or simplistic pieces with a big picture aimed at a 10 year old. Reading sports journalism here is a rare exception. Knowledgeable people expressing well founded points of view.

The glorious leader of Ardernistan is a joke. Full credit to her for having the charisma and talent to convince people to make her leader, but Winston Peters has a lot to answer for. The latest Roy Morgan poll suggests that she and her team of $55m have made a difference and may potentially get power again next year. Apparently I am a white supremacist conspiracy theorist because I disagree with vaccine mandates. If you want the vaccine go ahead but don’t force it on the rest of us. I am disappointed I did not ask the patched Black Power gang member marching in front of me across the Auckland Harbour Bridge whether he was also a white supremacist. Or any of the many other folks of many shades on the march.

The poll results indicate that NZers are too apathetic or are convinced by the propaganda that Labour/Greens produce to poll as high as they are. I am simply astonished and do not understand it well enough yet. Fascinating though that 19% of women under 50 support the Greens but only 3% of women over 50 do. More men over 50 (4%) than women support them.

Tom Hunter has a great deal of good commentary on what is happening in the US so I will try not to overlap too much. Major Star is a very well informed military type. He is RF and I am an ex TF grunt officer of low rank so we bring a slightly different perspective to the question of what NZ military is for and what positive impact on NZ it can have. I have an OIA request in about current army numbers. I was at a talk on Vietnam last week and a retired senior officer said the Army is down to about 4000 RF and 1000 TF. The force structure and recruitment of the TF is a disgrace. Both parties have ignored the problem and the CDS prefer to have full time specialised and are not interested in increasing the throughput of young men and women. They have about 1200 Limited Service volunteers who do a 6 week course. Then, according to a friend who works in the area they are simply left to their own devices. I will blog further on the subject in due course.

I will probably bring a reasonable amount of climate change commentary. I am very much a sceptic. I know Greenies who have no clue that over the last 30 years there has been an increase in green volume of around 11%. That is the opposite to common belief. The funniest element of Trumps administration is identifying the woke and asking them if they realise that Trump reduced US CO2 emissions by around 15% whereas St Angela Merkel increased Germany’s over the same timeline. The current CO2 % is around 430-450ppm. Plants struggle to breathe around 165ppm and commercial nurseries raise the density to 1200 ppm. Humans can handle up to 4000 and 10,000ppm will kill us. Over the course of history the climate has been substantially hotter than now. Common sense suggests that the Vikings in Greenland around 1000 years ago must have had a beneficial climate. the most interesting piece I read recently suggested that the climate was cooling for around the last 4000 years up until the late 1800’s. That coincides with the start of the first industrial revolution. I have not concluded how much of the increased temperature since then is due to human activities and how much is natural. I do know that the environmentalists who have substituted belief in catastrophic climate change are lying or no better than medieval religious believers when they spout nonsense about existential risk to humanity.

That is enough word vomit for my first blog back. I look forward to the interaction.

[edited for grammar]


Written by Whiskey&Pie

September 6, 2022 at 8:19 pm

11 Responses

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  1. Woah!
    – vaccines: NO, and to the point of real sacrifice.
    – Climate Change sceptic.

    At this rate we may never have the High And The Mighty commenting here again due to the hate, misogyny, White Supremacism, racism, and lack of centrism.

    And the hate. Did I mention the hate?

    Tom Hunter

    September 6, 2022 at 8:40 pm

  2. Greetings from a commentater.
    I’m sorry you lost your job and home.
    I know a lot of people who have lost a lot over this covid madness.
    As for the polls, I can only conclude that Kiwi’s are masochists.


    September 6, 2022 at 8:53 pm

  3. I have a feeling that I’m going to enjoy your posts. Welcome.

    Nick K

    September 6, 2022 at 8:55 pm

  4. Perhaps Wayne Mapp is the best we can expect of the high and mighty. I served alongside him and was lectured by him as well as running into him at a number of political events so hopefully he has not cast us out.


    September 6, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    • On further consideration I will occasionally comment on No Minister. These will be mostly defence and foreign policy related, where hopefully debate will not become too personal.

      You probably know that I write a regular column on defence and security policy in Line of Defence, which is New Zealand’s principal independent defence publication. My latest articles are about how to lift defence spending from the current 1.5% of GDP (NATO standard measure) to somewhere near 2.0%.

      Occasionally various media (the dreaded MSM) also contact me on these same issues.


      September 7, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      • Glad to hear it Wayne, I look forward to ongoing interaction. I have moderated by stance of “taxation is theft” that you robustly disagreed with me about many years ago.


        September 8, 2022 at 1:47 pm

  5. Awesome – more common sense and intelligence commentary. Bring it on.


    September 6, 2022 at 10:29 pm

  6. In South Africa in the 1980s I became aware of the practice of Banning people, a legal status which prohibited the publication of the thoughts, the words and even the image of of the person banned. Nelson Mandela was until the early 90s one such banned person.

    It was an abhorrent practice in support of an equally abhorrent practice of Apartheid. Apartheid was of course the practice of defining a person’s rights and citizenship on the basis of their race.

    Today we call “banning” cancelation and apartheid is CRT or in NZ Co-governance.

    Welcome to the blog, hopefully we can discuss and challenge these ideas together.


    September 7, 2022 at 12:30 am

  7. I returned from living in Sydney 6 years ago and I’m continually staggered and saddened by the irresponsible damage that covid and this socialist government have inflicted on NZ in 5 short years. I knew it would be bad when they were anointed by Winston but could not have imagined then how bad it would become.
    Due to living in Sydney, the systematic brainwashing by indigenous elites and their middle-class luvvie supporters of the high value of indigenous culture wore off over time and when I returned to NZ the level of relentless mind-control in the media and the appalling ongoing extortion of NZ taxpayers that we allow to occur both amazed and appalled me.
    As someone from a NZ European background, indigenous culture has about the same level of interest to me as Morris dancing and Elvis impersonation. “Good for you” to the people who are interested in it but not something that I wish to spend my time or energy on.
    My opinion on climate change is that it is largely a manufactured crisis and a political device to attract voters who feel (misguidedly in my view) that we are destroying the planet. It would be great to move from dependence on 19th century fossil fuel to better, more sustainable sources of energy but not in the poorly thought out, ineffective, haphazard way that is playing out at the moment with countries being painted into a corner and suffering energy supply shortfalls due to policies based on ideology rather than practicality.


    September 7, 2022 at 2:26 pm

  8. I love the TF and everyone in it and who has ever been in it!

    Welcome, looking forward to throwing some good ideas around about the things we love!

    Major Star

    September 8, 2022 at 9:00 am

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