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Let’s Go Brandon

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New Zealand usually is quick to mimic America.

So how long will it be before the crowd at a Bledisloe cup match roars ‘FUCK JACINDA ARDERN’?

The rhythm matches the last line of Mozart’s ‘La Ci Darem La Mano’ which Adolf is shortly to inflict upon the public.

Un inocenti amore.

Except there’s nothing innocent or lovable about New Zealand’s government of incompetent Marxist losers.

How will the media spin it?

Over to you in comments.

Written by adolffinkensen

October 20, 2021 at 10:50 pm

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GONNA BE INTERESTING

To see how the dynamics of an emboldened Maori Party with now 2 MPs will impact on Labour’s Maori caucus. One suspects there will be creative tension and more simply because the Maori Party can’t afford to be seen by Maoridom as some sort of cypher to Labour. They have to be seen as different, offering different solutions.

Twill be interesting for instance to see how their proposal to have all Maori automatically enrolled on the Maori role (with opt out provisions) which, by their reckoning, could see the number of Maori seats increased up to 17 plays out.

Just how they will determine who on the General role is Maori quite escapes me although I guess that in these woke times nothing should surprise.

Limited blogging this week. For my sins (many) I’m being sent to Invercargill.

Written by The Veteran

November 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm

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REFLECT ON THIS

The people are right even when they’re wrong … not original. But did New Zealand really vote to give Labour three years of unbridled power with the only possible check on that being the Greens?

To the victor the spoils and all of that but ……………..

Written by The Veteran

November 6, 2020 at 7:27 pm

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ADROIT MOVE BY ARDERN

Some might even say she exhibited some low rat cunning in playing the Greens like a fiddle while at the same time keeping the faith with those tens of thousands of voters who handed Labour a majority of seats in the hope that would govern alone without having to rely on the loony tunes Party.

The Greens were given the barest minimum … a couple of junior ministerial positions outside cabinet … positions that don’t even rate a department of state … plus the opportunity to Chair a Select Committee (in which Labour will likely have a majority) plus a Select Committee Deputy Chair appointment (can be likened to tits on a Bull). No policy gains … just tea and bikkies with Jacinda every six weeks or so. One can understand the scorn heaped upon the arrangement by a plethora of Green Party luminaries.

But its a win, win for Jacinda. She gets a cabinet of her own while locking in Green Party support for whenever the tide turns and she needs them.

While Shaw and Davidson can feast on the baubles of office and not much more.

Written by The Veteran

November 1, 2020 at 7:14 pm

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THE MENDACITY OF LABOUR

During the election campaign Labour dumped on National for proposing to turbo charge the plan first introduced under the Key government which allows state house tenants to achieve the dream of home ownership by purchasing their property with the cash generated from the sale recycled back into acquiring new state housing.

This from St Jacinda … “to suggest as an answer to the housing troubles that New Zealand has experienced that we should sell off state houses I think is absolutely wrong”.

And now it is revealed that over the last three years Labour has quietly gone about doing exactly that with a total of 105 homes worth $30m sold under the Tenant Home Ownership option.

This from Housing Minister Megan Woods … “There are circumstances where selling a home to an existing, established tenant makes sense for the tenant and Kāinga Ora.”

Memo to Woods … never good to dump on your Boss.

Labour has a track record of not being able to lie straight in bed and this is just another example of double-talk misspeak. . But, to be fair, one understands completely why they want to institutionalize state dependency … its in their DNA.

Written by The Veteran

October 31, 2020 at 10:32 am

ON RON MARK

I have a grudging respect for Ron Mark despite his penchant for trying to portray himself as something he never was complete with assorted ‘bling’ designed to create an impression that he had been there and done that. Reminds me a little of the antics of a certain Chief of Army long gone, ex blanket counter, and his quest to reinvent himself as a teeth arms soldier complete with self awarded parachute wings.

Captain Mark can be proud of his achievements; a troubled childhood, became a Craftsman soldier, commissioned from the ranks, UN observer in the Middle East before he resigned to serve as a mercenary in the Sultan of Oman’s Special Forces where he commanded a Workshop.

In 2017 he became Minister of Defence, one of the few politicians that ever really, really, wanted the job. And it’s fair to say he will be remembered as an effective Minister and strong advocate for his portfolio although some might argue that his interpretation of the line between governance and command became a little blurred on occasions and engendered some angst in the senior military.

But that does not detract from a job well done and he deserves our thanks. One suspects the new Minister (Kelvin Davis anyone?) will have his/her work cut out to secure the same level of funding that Mark managed to achieve against a political backdrop much different from the last three years.

Written by The Veteran

October 28, 2020 at 1:48 pm

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Gumbies or Kittens? You Choose!

My PhotoReaders of this blog will likely know or suspect that I’m not particularly excited at the prospect of a National-led government after this year’s election.

However, there’s no denying that the current Labour-led government has got all sorts of big problems to deal with, almost all of their own creation, and with almost a zero track record on implementing their ideas – for which I am grateful. The last thing we need is a competent Socialist government like that of Peter Fraser’s.

This has been the government of “NO” – which works well with banning things and telling everybody to stay home for a few weeks under pain of arrest and prosecution.

Saying “YES” to things is a different matter. Building or creating stuff that will last – stuff more substantial than yet another government Department or Ministry – is much tougher to do, especially when government is already such a big part of our society.

As such I figured that it would be better to have a comedic analysis of our situation, and of the following two comedy items, I can’t decide which is the better take on our current government and politics.

So readers are invited to listen and watch, and then make a choice. Please try not to let the cuteness of the second item influence your choice.

First up is an audio-only version of Monty Python’s effort to perform Chekhov’s famous play, The Cherry Orchard, using the Gumby Players. I’m reminded of this every time I read something about the latest adventures of Cabinet Ministers Twyford and Clark.

The second is video of kittens having fun with a $2 thrift-shop purchase of a WrestleMania toy. Bonus points for choosing which parties they represent: my choice is that the two light-coloured ones are Labour and National, while the red-headed step-child is the Green Party.

**NOTE: You have to click the link “watch this video on YouTube” as the owner has disabled it playing on other sites.

 

Written by Tom Hunter

June 26, 2020 at 12:00 am

NZ Labour’s Colonel Cargill

I was amused to see this news yesterday from Stuff via Kiwiblog, Light rail follows Kiwibuild into oblivion:

The Government’s flagship infrastructure project has been put “on hold” while it fights the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are some doubts it will ever get going again.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford said decisions on Auckland’s light rail project “are on hold while the Government’s full focus is on fighting Covid-19”.

During the election campaign, Labour had promised to have the first stage of the Auckland light rail scheme built by 2021.

But after a long and protracted process, the Government has yet to decide who will build the scheme, let alone begin construction.

As David Farrar points out:

It’s worse than that. They haven’t even decided a route. We’re well over halfway to their promise of having built 13 kms by December 2021…

Auckland Light Rail and Kiwibuild eh? And the common factor is Phil Twyford. It immediately reminded me of the character of Colonel Cargill from the novel Catch 22, who was very successful in business before being drafted into the USAAF:

Before the war, he had been an alert, hard-hitting, aggressive marketing executive. 

He was a very bad marketing executive. Colonel Cargill was so bad a marketing executive that his services were much sought after by firms eager to establish losses for tax purposes.

Throughout the civilized world, from Battery Park to Fulton Street, he was known as a dependable man for a fast tax write-off. His prices were high, for failure often did not come easily. He had to start at the top and work himself down, and with sympathetic friends in Washington, losing money was no simple matter.

It took months of hard work and careful misplanning. A person misplaced, disorganized, miscalculated, overlooked everything and opened every loophole, and just when he thought he had it made, the government gave him a lake or a forest or an oilfield and spoiled everything.

Even with such handicaps, Colonel Cargill could be relied on to run the most prosperous enterprise into the ground. He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.

Perhaps Twyford has a future in the private sector after all.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 15, 2020 at 12:25 pm

A billion here, a billion there…

All I have to say about the NZ budget released yesterday is expressed by this famous quote from Everett Dirksen, who was the Republican Senator for Illinois from 1951 to 1969.

Supposedly this was invented by a reporter from partial quotes by Dirksen, but he liked it so much that he never bothered correcting it.

 
And on this note, here are two stories out of Auckland.
 
First up is the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance story on their inaugural Auckland Town Hall Rich List. You can click on the link to see the names and faces of all the executives earning more than $250,000 per annum. There are 86 staff at the Council and CCOs earning more than a Minister of the Crown:
 
  • Six earning $500,000 or more
  • Three earning $400,000 to $500,000
  • 39 earning $300,000 to $400,000
  • 38 earning $250,000 to $300,000
And of course this does not take account of the many more who are earning less than $250k per annum but more than $100k. I doubt these people have been or will be affected negatively in any way by the catastrophe of the last two months.
 

…the City Rail Link (CRL) – which will give ten thousand commuters to the city’s central business district a somewhat faster journey to work.

Those faster journeys were estimated to be worth (on a present value basis) about $2 billion, and the construction cost was originally estimated (guessed, really) to be about $2 billion. Then, last April, with $700 million spent and not a lot to show for it, the cost envelope was revised to $4.4 billion, with no guaranteed finish date.

Just another rail project actually. They’re almost all like that. But the fallacy of sunk costs will now become the main driver, with ever more fantastical benefits calculated into a future of 20 or 40 years from now, based on population growth rates for the city that will be based on immigration flows that were not even politically and socially sustainable before the Wuhan Flu. Comparisons will be made with the great city train systems of the past in New York and London, not recognising that they were built because they made economic sense then. Even in New York before the pandemic, city officials were wondering where they were going to get the money to upgrade the whole system, since it’s not paying for itself.

The costs of the rail tunnel are supposed to be shared 50:50 between Auckland ratepayers and NZ taxpayers. I have calculated that a person in my financial situation – for example, me – will have to cough up much more than $10,000 in rates and taxes to meet my share of the bill. I can think of heaps of better uses for my money.

Look for much more like this to come. And also look for Auckland to ask the government to write off a substantial portion of this debt in future years. It’ll be unfair to the rest of the nation but Auckland is where the Parliamentary numbers are. And hey – we’re a team of five million, right?
 

Written by Tom Hunter

May 14, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Our Bill of Rights is a joke

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Before the Public Health Response Bill was made law, various government departments took a look at it from various angles, and the Ministry of Health’s take on it was not just about its effectiveness (or not), but in regard to where it sat against the New Zealand Bill of Rights (BOR).
The Health chappies concluded that it ‘appears to be consistent’ with the Bill of Rights Act.

We have considered whether the COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill (‘the Bill’) is consistent with the rights and freedoms affirmed in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (‘the Bill of Rights Act’).

We have not yet received a final version of the Bill. This advice has been prepared in relation to the latest version of the Bill (PCO 22923/4.2). We will provide you with further advice if the final version includes amendments that affect the conclusions in this advice.

We have concluded that the Bill appears to be consistent with the rights and freedoms affirmed in the Bill of Rights Act.

Considering that they would naturally have had a large hand in crafting the Bill this could hardly be a surprise. The reason audits are carried out by independent agencies is precisely because any institution, even with the best will in the world, cannot audit itself with any degree of confidence.
You can read the thing itself here, but a brief synopsis of the powers it grants the State and its paramilitary wing, the NZ Police Force, is as follows:
  • Enter homes, Maraes, land, building, craft, vehicle, place, or… “thing”… with no warrant.
  • You will be legally required to do whatever they insist you do.
  • Close roads and public places.
  • Stop vehicles.
  • Demand identification of anyone. Which includes: full name, full address, date of birth, occupation, telephone number, or any of those particulars.
  • Demand closure of any businesses and “undertakings”.
The bill also solves that pesky little problem of there being not enough Police to do all this, by empowering “enforcement officers” to able to do it.

The Director-General may authorise a suitably qualified and trained person who is not an employee of the Ministry of Health, or a class of suitably qualified and trained persons who are not employees of the Ministry of Health, to carry out any functions and powers of an enforcement officer under this Act.

I always love it when government departments cover their butts with language like “suitably qualified and trained“. Given the clash between the need for rapid deployment of such people in a pandemic and the fact they won’t be just waiting around in sufficient numbers you can bet that “training” will amount to brief set of instructions in an office before they hit the streets.

That will probably also mitigate the unemployment numbers we’ll soon be seeing. Young men will be especially excited to join, especially if they get a baton, taser and really cool, spiffy uniforms.

Something in black with red highlights I would think. With leather boots too.
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Even so, I was more interested in how all this could be given the thumbs up against the New Zealand Bill of Rights, not just by Health but by other parts of the government. To my complete lack of surprise it passed their rules of consistency-thumb as well.
This is the usual nonsense you get when nations simply pass bits of paper into law and call them things like Constitutions and Bills of Rights but then honour them more in the breach than in the observance.

Every Communist nation had stuff like that, filled with more “rights” than anything in the West, a fact the Communists and their useful idiots in the West proudly boasted about. But in reality it was all worthless. The rights in those BOR’s were breached regularly and with no consequences.

Same here in New Zealand. And that’s not because of the cynicism of our political leaders, although there may be some of that.
No, it comes from the simple fact that for things like this to work they have to be buried in the psyche of the people of the nation. That it becomes something we know more than just intellectually; that we know such rights instinctively in our hearts and souls and that we’ve seen the consequences for those who have tried to breach our rights.

The American population has such rights seemingly in their bones because they’ve had a Bill of Rights embedded in the foundation of their country over two hundred years ago, but even there it gets breached often, usually in small ways, but sometimes in large ways, as now with the differing lockdowns in various US States that are being challenged in courts and on the streets.
That sort of constant vigilance is required from the American people themselves to make their rights meaningful, with cases in courts and Police and other law enforcement authorities, and even occasionally their political masters, held accountable in meaningful ways. Meaningful in terms of firings, resignations, fines or even jail time. Not to mention a solid amount of public shaming.

Here in NZ we simply have not had enough time pass – just thirty years  – for our Bill of Rights to become as meaningful and as embedded. And the more situations like this Public Health Bill that we have, the less meaning our Bill of Rights will have. People will just shrug their shoulders and say that it is the supremacy of Parliament that counts, just as it always did.
With time the New Zealand Bill of Rights might amount to something more than what it is now, but as this farce has demonstrated, it’s well on its way to becoming as much of a joke as the old Soviet one..

Written by Tom Hunter

May 14, 2020 at 3:48 am