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Why I am losing faith/have lost faith in politicians

Only a small thing, or small things, but Chris Luxon gave a State of the Nation speech today and said this:

There’s the 10 year bright line test extension – a capital gains tax by stealth.

There’s the removal of interest deductibility on rental properties – a tax on Kiwi’s who’ve worked hard and put their life savings into a rental.

There’s the new 39 per cent top income tax rate, which is a boon for tax lawyers and accountants, but betrays this Government’s attitude to ambition and will make it harder to attract top talent to our shores

Facts:

  • National, under John Key, introduced the brightline test. Sure, it was two years, but it was our first ever capital gains tax by stealth, that he accuses Labour of.
  • In terms of interest deductibility, National started down that path by a) in 2010, again under John Key, removing the ability to claim depreciation on residential property buildings, and b) bringing in rules that ringfenced losses on residential investment properties so that such losses could not be offset against personal tax liability – this was, in roundabout terms, and to use Luxon’s own words, “a tax on Kiwi’s (sic) who’ve worked hard and put their life savings into a rental.”

Finally, Luxon appears to protest the 39% top tax rate, but then says this, “We aren’t calling on Labour to change the 39% threshold because it only came into effect recently.”

That’s code for, “we won’t change that” – and I know why, he wants to appeal to middle New Zealand, the grafters who might vote Labour. He needs these votes to win the election, not Act votes. Recent polls have not bridged the gap much. Luxon has simply taken the National votes that were with Act while Collins was leader, and he needs “middle New Zealand”. If he suggested the 39% rate be abolished, Labour would have a field day with their “rich prick” envy and hate dogma.

I get that, and won’t criticise him for it. Because my mind at the moment is focused on removing the current communists that are ruining our country. We can all focus on what Luxon says; I am much more interested in what he actually does.

Written by Nick K

March 6, 2022 at 5:02 pm

Bail condition that National/Act support

Leighton Baker’s bail condition – former political opponent of the government.

Written by Nick K

March 3, 2022 at 8:51 pm

Posted in New Zealand

I just received a phone call

Here’s how it went:

Him: “Mate, is that testing station down the road from you still open”?

Me: “Dunno, why? You feeling crook?”

Him: “Yeah. Got diarrhea, sniffly nose and sore throat. F*** it! Think I’ve got *it*”.

Me: “I thought you were double vaxxed”?

Him: “Mate, I’ve had three shots”!

I’ve never known a vaccine where you have three doses within six months, as my friend has had, and this still happens. Covid must be one hell of a virus to beat this defence system.

Written by Nick K

March 1, 2022 at 6:51 pm

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The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down

You don’t have to take this crap
You don’t have to sit back and relax
You can actually try changing it
I know we’ve always been taught to rely

Upon those in authority
But you never know until you try
How things just might be
If we came together so strongly

Are you gonna try to make this work
Or spend your days down in the dirt
You see things can change
Yes and walls can come tumbling down

Governments crack and systems fall
‘Cause unity is powerful
Lights go out, walls come tumbling down
Yes they do, yes they do, yes they do, yes they do, hey)

The competition is a color TV
We’re on still pause with the video machine
That keep you slave to the H.P.

Until the unity is threatened by
Those who have and who have not
Those who are with and those who are without
And dangle jobs like a donkey’s carrot
Until you don’t know where you are

Are you gonna get to realize
The class war’s real and not mythologized
And like Jericho, you see walls can come tumbling down

Governments crack and systems fall
‘Cause unity is powerful
Lights go out, walls come tumbling
(Down) You’ll be to week to fight it
(Down) oh unless we’re united
(Down) oh will you deny it?
Ooh

Are you gonna be threatened by
The public enemies No. 10
Those who play the power game
They take the profits, you take the blame
When they tell you there’s no rise in pay

Are you gonna try and make this work
Or spend your days down in the dirt
You see things can change
Walls can come tumbling down

Governments crack and systems fall
‘Cause unity is powerful
Lights go out, walls come tumbling down
Governments crack and systems fall
‘Cause unity is powerful
Lights go out, walls come tumbling down
Governments crack and systems fall
‘Cause unity is powerful
Lights go out, walls come tumbling down
Governments crack and systems fall
‘Cause unity is powerful
Lights go out, walls come tumbling down

Written by Nick K

February 25, 2022 at 9:55 pm

Posted in New Zealand

Public Service Announcement

If you have a vaccination pass, it will expire sometime before 28 May.

The vax pass confirms a person is vaccinated under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act 2020.

In that legislation, the term “vaccinated” is defined thus:

vaccinated, in relation to a person, means the person has received all the required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines that—

(a) the Minister or Director-General specifies in a COVID-19 order:

(b) the Director-General specifies in a notice made under subsection (3)(b)

The Order referred to in subclause (a) came into effect on 30 April 2021. In that Order, the relevant required doses were:

The administrative requirements are slightly irrelevant, because they relate to mandated workplaces. But for the purposes of whether someone is vaccinated, and has got their “papers”, there is no change. This is the definition – 2 doses of the ineffective, unsafe and experimental Comirnaty “vaccine”.

But the Order referred to in subclause (a) has been amended, by the stroke of Minister Hipkins pen. That was done on 23 January 2022. The Amendment Order did a number of things, and most importantly it amended the doses required of the “vaccine” (snigger) to include a booster so that the person cannot be considered “vaccinated” (snigger) until and unless said person has had a booster.

So the message to all you dirty, virus-ridden, unclean, filthy maggots spreading Covid throughout the country, is that when your vax pass expires, you’re not considered vaccinated unless you have a booster shot of the “vaccine” (snigger).

Written by Nick K

February 19, 2022 at 8:27 pm

I…….

effin love the protest, the protestors, their cause/s and everything they are trying to achieve.

But please move your vehicles. You will slowly lose the public support if you don’t.

Written by Nick K

February 18, 2022 at 5:52 pm

Posted in New Zealand

What I would have done

During the week, I think as early as Tuesday, I sent a couple of messages to some MPs whose phone number I have. I implored them to be true to their values, and the values of the party they represent in parliament, and when the convoy arrives to go down and meet them; address them, tell them you are listening and understand, show empathy to their plight, and generally behave like a MP should behave. It required courage, but if MPs cannot be courageous, then we’re truly fucked. I explained that these protestors feel no one is listening to them, and that to listen, and then to act, is to lead.

I was basically ignored.

So that got me thinking, if I were a MP, what would I have done? This is what.

I would have walked amongst them. I would have talked to them, and heard their stories. I would have asked how their jobs, businesses, and lives were after being segregated and treated like second class citizens (our PM has acknowledged she is doing this). I would have acknowledged their issues and their plight. I would have taken a few names (if they wanted me to) and personalised their plight in parliament during general debate. I would have made a fuss of their position in the media. I probably would have gone to visit their business, or their home, to see how the lockdowns, mandates and they tyranny of he restrictions has affected them. I figured by doing this, I was doing my job.

But clearly I’m not a MPs backside.

To be a MP you have to sit in the chamber and make a speech. Or take photos from Bowen House using your phone and post them to social media with sarcastic comments about the “riff raff”, like Chris Bishop has done.

If by doing this I risked being ejected from caucus or risk being chastised and pushed down the list next year, or generally if it ruined my political career (if I decided to stand again) then I would take that, because being true to myself and my values, and doing the job I was elected to do, means more to me than sitting on my arse in Wellington pontificating and giving speeches.

I would also have given this message to the protestors: be peaceful, hold your ground, be true to your values. If the government uses the force of the police to maintain its mandate thuggery and its authoritarian restrictions, then obey the police. Don’t get arrested. Regroup and reconsider your strategy. Above all, Kia Kaha fellow citizens.

I had a conversation with fellow Act Party member about all of this during the week. He agreed with me, and wondered whether MMP has meant a lot of these MPs don’t have constituencies and therefore aren’t accountable, or simply aren’t human.

There’s probably a lot in that.

Written by Nick K

February 12, 2022 at 11:52 am

Ministry of health admits not telling the truth

From Granny:

The Ministry of Health has backtracked on a claim by director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield that tests requisitioned from private businesses were not already in New Zealand when the Ministry took them.

I am a deeply sceptical person when it comes to what the government, any government, tells us. Basically I proceed on the assumption it’s untrue until I decide otherwise.

The central question each of us should be asking is this: If the government/Ministry of Health has lied over this, what else in relation to Covid-19 is it not being honest about?

There is a simple reason the government has confiscated the RATs: it’s about track and tracing us. The State knows who is vaccinated, knows where you have been (if you scan in), knows if you have received the booster, and once it puts barcodes or QR codes on these RATs, it will know who has taken one.

All of this makes me feel very uneasy. Some of you might be happy with it, considering it’s for “public safety”. If you believe that, you’ll probably also believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.

Written by Nick K

February 7, 2022 at 5:54 pm

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Battling misinformation

Following on from my post on the David Fisher interview with Matt King, I sent Matt a message (on Facebook Messenger) congratulating him on his courageous stance. We then had a phone conversation and he read my post and asked whether I could put a statement up from him, which I naturally agreed to do.

There were allegations in the comments section of that post that Matt had got up to no good in his use of a Facebook page when the MP for Northland, and further that I was somewhat conflicted as I had links to both Matt and his wife, Sara that I should have disclosed. For the record, I first met Sara when I was a pimply-faced 18 year old working in a local McDonald’s restaurant. I socialised with her and her brother, Mark for a few years. That was 30+ years ago. I have not seen Sara, and until yesterday had not spoken with her, in 25+ years.

I was in the police as the same time as Matt, again about 25 years ago, but didn’t work with him. I bumped into him “on the beat” a couple of times, and as he was going out with Sara then (the Universe had done its thing) I obviously had a connection with both of them. But again, apart from seeing Matt at a political function about four years ago, I have not seen Matt for 25+ years. Until he called me, I did not have his phone number.

Statement from Matt King:

Battling misinformation 

Recently I was interviewed by David Fisher of the New Zealand Herald. The article was published on Saturday, 05 Feb. This article has had several shares, and comments on those shares. 

I have received huge support – which is humbling. I have also had some interesting statements that I’m going to take this opportunity to respond to. 

1. I stated that the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) for COVID-19 is comparable to the flu – that the COVID-19 IFR is 0.15 and the flu is 0.10. Therefore, statistically very comparable. Fisher responded that medical and scientific data puts COVID-19 at ten times the IFR than the flu. He supports this with links to fact check sites – which have been widely discredited. My statement is supported by information published by several online publications, including the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. 

2. Fisher’s comment that the debate on the vaccine has been had, given the vaccine target has been exceeded, needs to be put into context. The fact remains that many people had to choose between being employed or unemployed (i.e .vaccine mandates), and for many – work is not just a job, it’s a sense of purpose. These people have not necessarily chosen to be vaccinated, but felt they needed to be to stay employed. 

3. I am now a full-time farmer and have no political standing. I speak from a principled stand on what I believe in – democracy. And yes, that has landed me in hot water with some former political alliances, but I will always stand up for what I believe is right. 

4. I note that an active member of the Northland National Party team made a comment following the Fisher article that I have gone down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theorists – going on to say that I blocked a potential Northland National candidate from the Facebook page. I can hand on heart say that I have never done this. Being the candidate and subsequent MP for Northland (2017-20) was the greatest honour of my life, and I feel doubly proud of that experience because I worked hard for an electorate I call home. I welcome anyone who wishes to stand – serving your local community and your country, is an absolute privilege. 

I stand for democracy – and I am against mandates of any kind, because I believe them to be undemocratic. If standing for democracy makes me a conspiracy theorist – then I am proud to stand with like-minded people and our forefathers who fought for democracy. We are at a crossroads in our history – and critical debate is what is required in order to make logical, informed decisions. I stand for that.

Written by Nick K

February 7, 2022 at 8:24 am

Matt King, fighting the good fight

It must have been a very difficult decision of Matt King to decide to be interviewed by David Fisher. Clearly King has the gonads to match his 6’6″ frame.

Fisher, being the lackey that he is, delivered on the narrative that his overlords in Wellington command of him.

The interview is behind the Herald’s paywall, but in the spirit of open debate and the dissemination of free and frank information (both now renamed “misinformation” and “disinformation”) I have copied and pasted the entire article here for you. You can glean three pieces of key information: 1) King’s position, 2) Fisher’s position, and 3) The National Party’s position on free and frank debate and opinions within the party, and how you’re excommunicated if you’re not part of the narrative.

Former National MP Matt King is the voice for unvaccinated military and police personnel, embracing views at odds with the weight of medical and scientific research, writes David Fisher.

There came a point for former National Party MP Matt King where he knew that speaking out on Covid-19 would well and truly bring to an end his chances of returning to Parliament.

It was the vaccine mandate, broadly, and then National’s support of it. “I was dismayed when I saw they were going to support mandates.

“For me, mandates are a line in the sand because it’s my fundamental right … to choose what goes in my body. I don’t accept the ‘greater good’ argument.”

Beyond the “greater good” is the Bill of Rights, he says, and New Zealand’s laws on human rights. The legal frameworks underpin the principle of a freedom to choose, and are supported by the National Party’s constitution and philosophy, he says.

“I said to the National Party guys, ‘I can’t support that. This is my position I can’t go against’. I’m still hoping they will change their tack, regardless of what happens to me. (If they don’t) they’ll be on the wrong side of history.”

And the personal political cost? “What will be, will be. I’m very comfortable looking in the mirror with the man looking back. I know I’ve taken a principled decision.”

King describes becoming an MP as his proudest achievement. “It’s a job I loved and do love. I could have kept my mouth shut and I’d probably still be looking at being the Northland MP. I would have had to sell my soul to the devil.”

King was a one-term MP in Northland, elected in 2017 then out in 2020. His position could serve as a salutary warning for local body politicians seeking election this year – or those eyeing up national politics in next year’s general election.

“If I was all about a political career and being an MP for National, I should have kept my mouth shut,” he says. That’s not just in the National Party, he says, but any party where questioning the “Covid story”, as he calls it, “is not going to be conducive to a long political career”.

“Being an MP is not as important to me as doing the right thing.”

Candidate selections for next year’s election have yet to begin. Those in National quizzed on King reckon his belief he will be overlooked is right, doubting he’ll make it through a process said to be more stringent after a series of high-profile missteps.

As former Speaker and long-time National MP David Carter explains – speaking generally and not about King – views out of step with the public health response would be views at odds with the vast majority of New Zealanders who have been vaccinated.

That makes for a strong political headwind. It remains the case in the National Party, he says, where championing personal choice runs into “an international pandemic where the evidence around the value of vaccination is overwhelming”.

As an MP, King styled himself “King of the North”, buoyed by beating political maestro Winston Peters for the role. With the arrival of the pandemic he flirted with controversy, posting a photograph of himself and his parents with Paihia restaurant staff in an apparent breach of social distancing advice.

In the 2020 election, King lost to Labour’s Willow-Jean Prime by 163 votes. He went home and stayed there, building a house, running a beef farm and growing a beard. Then, about halfway through 2021, he became increasingly vocal over New Zealand’s approach to Covid-19.

That included a post in August that said the vaccine was dangerous (data shows confirmed adverse effects are incredibly low), while downplaying the severity of Covid-19. Then King’s interview with epidemiologist Simon Thornley of the “Plan B” group saw the disease falsely equated with the flu, along with other claims that struggle against evidence.

Since then, King has been hailed as a champion for airing views on Covid-19 popular among the small minority of those opposed to the public health approach taken in New Zealand and around the world. Most recently, he has become spokesman for police officers and NZ Defence Force personnel pushing back against mandated vaccination.

It’s difficult organising an interview with King. He won’t meet anywhere that uses a vaccine pass. He refuses to say if he is vaccinated. “It’s my personal information and I don’t want to be part of a two-tiered system. I don’t go into places that require vaccination passes.”

SuperBowl cafe, about 200 metres down the road from his old electorate office, advertises: “We do not discriminate against any customers.” King perches outside, waving to the odd car that toots as it passes.

There’s no doubting King’s sincerity. He spent 14 years as a police officer and three years as an MP – a total of 17 years of service to the community and country.

“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing,” he says. And he’s right. It goes during the interview. Some callers need reminding he’s not an MP anymore.

“You step out of that role (as an MP), which is a shock, but still get all of the responsibility without the support and backup and funding.”

One of the most striking aspects of interviewing King is his lack of faith in New Zealand’s democratic framework. “I don’t have any faith,” he says. This lack of faith extends to media and his expectation this story will be an “assassination”.

King complains of the media, primarily talking of a lack of balance. It’s a common refrain from those holding views at odds with the public health approach – seeking to have fringe positions or research given equivalent space and status to those supported by the weight of research and science.

When questioned about the weight of evidence against the position he has taken, King rolls out an anecdote from his policing days. Crime scenes aren’t always as straightforward as they appear, he says, relaying a yarn about a sudden death he attended which appeared violent, yet turned out to be an unusual medical event.

His point is that things aren’t always as they first appear. “You have a wide net. You keep an open mind. The lead that can crack the case can come from an obscure piece of information.”

There’s so much information coming in, he says. There’s the internet, and social media, and those who “work with (government) behind-the-scenes”. “I’m an investigator and I’ve been investigating. I’ve been looking into stuff and talking to people who are telling me real stories that are the truth.

“I think we’re being given a story and Kiwis have believed it in good faith.”

King has been seen as teetering on the edge of the rabbit hole for some time. There is a point in the interview where he seems to leap straight down it.

“One of the reasons I realised this wasn’t about health was that proven, safe, effective treatments that have worked around the world have been suppressed here.”

Among those, King lists hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies. Neither HCQ or ivermectin have any support from public health officials across the world. The US Federal Drug Administration authorised use of monoclonal antibodies then withdrew it when it was found to be ineffective against the omicron variant.

And this could be why King closes with the statement: “Whenever you bring that up, you get called conspiracy theorists and anti-vax. Conspiracy theorist and anti-vax is thrown at someone to stop debate. I say, let’s have that debate.”

Put to King that the debate has been had with 94 per cent of people double-vaccinated and he scoffs at the numbers.

“I do not believe for a second 90 per cent of people have been vaccinated. That’s the big lie. We all know it’s bullshit, this vaccination just is not supported by the science. This is one of those things that’s about controlling people.”

If it is for “control”, and not about health, then why? “I don’t know what their motives are. I just know some of this stuff is staring us in the face and we’re ignoring it. I’m just asking questions.”

King again turns to anecdote and tells a story of someone who returned to India where, he claims, Covid-19 is successfully treated with Ivermectin across “thousands of villages” and people “completely recovered” as a result. It’s a story at odds with facts – multiple reports have debunked Ivermectin or HCQ as effective against Covid-19 or impacting on India’s rates of infection or seriousness of disease.

“Why is vaccination being considered the only tool in the toolbox?” he asks. He’s wrong – it’s not. Mask-wearing, a focus on hygiene, social distancing and good ventilation are among the tools used effectively here and across the world, along with a range of new therapeutics with evidence showing they work.

King says vaccination has benefits but should be targeted to avoid what he claims are a large number of vaccine injuries or side effects. Public reporting of vaccine data shows few have suffered such.

“It might be rare. It’s still a risk. Where there’s risk, there has to be choice.”

Among the most extreme of those – and one of a few fatalities confirmed – was the case of Dunedin plumber Rory Nairn, 26, who experienced regular heart flutters after being vaccinated. Twelve days later he collapsed and died.

“I didn’t think it would play out that way. I thought it would be covered up like the other ones.”

On the vaccine, he raises questions over pharmaceutical authorising bodies such as New Zealand’s Medsafe. “Kiwis believe this authorising body is okay and they trust them. They said smoking was okay for years and they let thalidomide through.”

It’s a debunked claim cited by many opposing widespread vaccination and overlooks the extraordinary overhaul in medical and pharmaceutical regimes in the 40-60 years since evidence exposed the dangers of both.

King raises the mental health toll, another debunked straw man. When it’s pointed out that the Chief Coroner’s statistics show no increase in suicides, King says he’s heard they are being “recoded” as accidental deaths.

Other statistical gameplay is at work in the fatality rates, he says. The actual rate is much lower than it was believed to be, he says, and there’s the question of whether someone “died of” or “died with” Covid. It’s another Covid-19 fallacy, spurred by an anecdote about a road accident victim’s death being recorded as a virus-linked death.

“It’s deadly. I’m not playing down the deadliness of it. Just like the flu is.” Medical and scientific data puts the mortality rate of Covid-19 around 10 times that of the flu.

On masks, too, he is dismissive. “Rubbish,” he calls it, and about “government control” and “compliance”. “I don’t know why and I don’t want to speculate. I don’t look at the big picture.

“I don’t know what’s going on but it’s not about the virus. If you question the narrative you get slammed as some sort of nut job.”

Kate Hannah, principal investigator at Centre of Research Excellence unit Te Pūnaha Matatini, has studied disinformation and misinformation since the pandemic truly took hold.

With King, she speaks of the concept of “biographical availability” – someone able to pursue a cause because of a lack of constraints and or risk. It was this freedom that allowed him to pursue a role as an MP.

“He’s potentially switched his biographical availability that he was prepared to give to something he strongly believes in.”

Hannah says there’s been an increase in people doing so and believes it is less about a belief in the cause and more about the feeling of risk.

“It’s sort of a war-time response. Someone like him is the public face of a lot of other people but we’re not seeing them writ quite as large.”

National: ‘Not views shared by the party or a vast majority of the public’

National Party President Peter Goodfellow said King was “entitled to his personal views, but they are not views shared by the National Party or a vast majority of the public.

“I am strongly supportive of vaccination, as is the National Party. I encourage everyone to take that step as the best protection, for themselves and their family, against Covid.”

Goodfellow said selection was up to local delegates with the national board vetting potential candidates under improved processes identified in its 2020 Campaign Review.

“Our focus is on finding people who live up to our values and are of the highest quality, honesty, and integrity, that our members can be proud to select as their local National candidate for the next election.”

If King was to run in Northland next year, he would have again faced NZ First’s Shane Jones, as determined a political campaigner as his party leader. He – like others across politics – has watched as King has embraced views at odds with the weight of medical and scientific research.

Jones has empathy for the “fear and outrage” among those concerned over the “autocracy of the state”. Contrast this though, he says, with the many urupa across Northland that are testament to the impact of the Spanish Flu.

And, he says, contrary voices that argue against the approach taken by the Government will be heard ahead of the election next year. Those views – like Jones’ position “we have to learn to live with it” – set within defined medical and scientific parameters.

“The position Matt King has taken is a treacherous political rabbit hole. The rabbit hole Matt seems to have disappeared into is not a Parliamentary burrow. It’s a dead end.”

Written by Nick K

February 5, 2022 at 2:57 pm

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