Friday, July 28, 2017


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Friday's Fulminations

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017


In the aftermath of the very necessary Douglas reforms we were technically bankrupt in that borrowings exceeded reducing asset value leaving us precariously placed should the  creditors make the call.
I can only assume having a surname well past alphabetical mid point and taking serious moves to recapitalise and restore income to a level that we could refinance should the need arise, we had stabilised before that became an issue.

To achieve that outcome, swmbo went to work in town while self embarked on a real estate career and we worked the ranch after work and weekends. We did not resort to thieving or fraud we just worked bloody hard for five years and when swmbo joined me in selling up the simples who relied on Micawber to save the day, we made very good progress to reinstate fertiliser status, purchased a herd of two hundred beef cows and got the overdraft into balance, all through that period paid a very large series of tax bills.

The one aspect of that time causing abnormal levels of angst came with the often quoted notion that Real Estate Agents languished in the cellar of respect and trust along with car salesmen. Particularly with that rating including me, as anything approaching dishonest, sly, illegal, fraudulent, or even merely smart was not necessary and ironically the thing that ended a very rewarding fund raising was disgust at the manipulations those who coveted our success and  resorted to such behaviour. The manager of our biggest competitor in the RE environ we worked, appearing before the disputes tribunal over a commission dispute, in answer to a question as to whether he considered ethics to be of any importance, retorted "I do not get paid for ethics, only sales completed".

Well I still get a little exercised when men cheat on their current squeeze, sharp operators take advantage, thieving, fraud, or any other bad some would excuse or gloss over as a necessary to do business, it is just the way I am.
That leaves MT, and how bloody appropriate that designation is when spoken,  who tries to bask in her thieving from hard working taxpayers and her equally nasty denigration of all others who find themselves in need, no house to rent out or other fraud to resort to,  decide to just make do with the hand dealt.
MT had family support, the child's  father able to contribute, grand parent support, a  home able to have rooms rented out, who knows maybe other support as yet not revealed.
Then  admitting to Sober yesterday in further turd polishing, admitting she comes to an awareness of others who resort to lieing, cheating and ripping off hard working taxpayers and does not see anything amiss, sorry that just became a deeper hole and for one who wishes to rule over her fellow citizens, continues to laud and support other thieving scum, it is truly beyond acceptable.

Aunti Annette on "politics Wednesday" with Hosking and Joyce was clearly not in support of such dereliction of fiduciary duty, but manfully sic, tried to not condemn her hand delivered MOU buddy, with a pinhead dance that was in Oscar territory.

Would it be fair to suggest those who might give more rope to the now very well dressed, manicured and spoken, albeit still an unconvicted fraudster on her own admission, will not increase in number but electoral support from others who have not yet reached an understanding  how far her current party have deviated from a compassionate humane belief and deeply held passion to save the environment, will depart with their votes. The coming polls will be revealing as to any damage incurred.
Explaining is losing and MT is a wearable art form, as an example.
She was dishonest enough to steal  from hard working fellow citizens who may well have considered they were too poor to indulge in nationwide politics even though they had an equally deep desire to try and make a difference, yet accepted their current circumstances made such hopes unaffordable and didn't get involved.

Thieving, stealing, robbing are not attributes I wish to see on a CV for someone who wants to work for me and if discovered after I had employed them, they would be looking for another job quick smart.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What's Good For The Goose


"How Legbut Robbed The Blacks Blind In Botswana"

The following is irrefutably sourced from Legbut’s The Bullshitter’s own admissions in his numerous past rantings here at No Minister.  No information was provided by retired or currently serving intelligence officers.

Legut is a socialist
Legbut is a bullshitter
Sociaists are all thieves and bullshitters
Legbut lived for a time in Botswana
Once Legbut had made enough money he skedaddled out of Botswana
Legbut now lives among all those socialist thieves in France

I rest my case.

It all adds up.  All you have to do is join the dots.  Far stronger evidence here than there is for Legbut’s worn out refrain about Trump and Russia.

There needs to be a public enquiry into this scandal,  No, nothing less than a royal commission will do.


Mrs Higgins is currently filling the airhead hour 0500 to 0600 weekdays on Newstalk while Smalley covers the  drive time evenings.

This morning quite scathing of The PMs suggestion that had the now deceased seven druggies suspected of ingesting  synthetic Weed that might have contributed to their Darwinian solution, could have dodged the fatal outcome had they not indulged in illegal substance abuse.
Ms Iggins claimed that was akin to blaming road deaths to traffic.

No Nadine a car driver may have contributed to a greater or lesser degree in a fatality of another and may well have been entirely within the law during such an incident.
The currently dead drug users made a concious decision to ingest the poison that may have ended their lives so therefore they are entirely responsible. It would be different had they died taking prescription drugs in reccomended dosage.

There is zero professional responsibility involved in the other drug trade while Pharmacies and Drs have rigid protocols and standards not applied in the market for illegal drugs.

Simple message as articulated by Mr English, dont take/use illegal substances and thereby avoid dead. is about as accurate and honest as it could be.

Now had the airhead used swimming over the Huka Falls as an analogy she may have been accurate.  No need to reach for the PMs good sense response in desperate fake news.

Of course had she wished to sheet some of the responsibility home to a Minister then Boofhead Dunne does have some historical involvement along with his son with the chaotic attempt to intervene in the now shambolic synthetic testing brain fart and Mr Key was his boss. Benglish was only the bean counter at that time.

Monday, July 24, 2017


Labour is in utter turmoil over Charter Schools.    Their policy manifesto has the following commitment ... "Labour will ... repeal the legislation providing for Charter Schools".    Andrew Little has, under questioning, confirmed the policy despite it being canned by Labour MP Peeni Henare and by List Candidate Willie Jackson.

 Yesterday Kelvin Davis, MP for Te Tai Tokerau, ranked 7th in Labour's caucus and their spokesman on Maori Development, Corrections and Treaty Issues, went one step further when he said here that he would resign if the two Charter Schools in the North were closed down.

It is unprecedented for a serving MP (let alone a senior MP) to threaten to resign just eight weeks our from an election were his Party to implement a manifesto policy commitment.    He is, in effect, saying 'up you' to his leader and no leader can countenance that.   The little man has little option now but to withdraw Labour's support for his candidature.     Kelvin could still stand as an 'Independent Labour' candidate with a commitment to support Labour on supply and confidence although by doing so he would be saying nix to a cabinet position. 

I repeat, Labour is in turmoil over this policy.   A certain Hone H will be rubbing his hands with glee.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Speaking of Wild Speculative Predictions

What's the betting President Trump turns up to Mueller's kangaroo court of Democrat operatives and sacks the bloody lot of them, live on national network television?

I have so far been unable to comprehend how, with a republican dominated Congress and senate, the president ever allowed this disgraceful farce of an enquiry to be established.

Events Dear Boy, Events!

Attributed to British PM the late Harold Macmillan, the phrase has become another much overused but pithy and accurate observation on the gentle art of politics.

Take, for example, the political deathbed confession last week from Meteria Turei, that for a number of years, perhaps as many as nine, she was a serial, recidivist benefit cheat.  A fraudster, preying upon the country's tax payers even while she twice unsuccessfully attempted to get herself elected to parliament.

I wonder what unanticipated side effects this event will precipitate?

Here's a wild speculative prediction.

What if the September election throws up a decline in the Green vote apropos its corpulent crooked co-leader; a boost for NZ First on account of its policy to abolish the Maori sets in parliament, and a lack-lustre result for National due to it's leader being pretty boring?   Imagine the final figures go something like this:-

National             43%
Labour               21%
NZ1st                 19%
Greens                 9%
Maori                   3%
Act                       2%
Other                    3%

After reallocating the also rans, the larger parties have the following:-

National              47%
Labour                23%
NZ1st                  22%
Greeens               10%

That leaves a parliament with 121 seats allocated as follows:-

National                56
Labour                  27
NZ1st                   26
Greens                  12
Maori                     2
ACT                       1

So Winston Peters trots off and starts his usual shenanigans of appearing to negotiate when his mind is already made up.  He talks first briefly to National and makes demands which never ever could be met.  Then it's off to court Labour and the Greens while National comes to its senses..

And that's when madame Turei's venality and dishonesty come into play. (Yeah yeah, I know it's taken a while to get this far.)

National calculates it can't manage an NZ1st coalition, even with Shane Jones in the mix, so it slips across to the Greens and stitches up a deal whereby in return for turfing out Turei, the Greens get ministerial portfolios and some important policy concessions on environmental issues.

Winston goes along to negotiate the next day and is told it's all too late.   He is consigned to the back bench from which he can slide into oblivion.  Just for salt in the wound, when the new cabinet is presented to the public, PM English announces a binding referendum of all voters on the abolition of Maori seats in parliament.

Shades of Pearl Harbour.


The Opportunity Party, Gareth Morgan's poor little rich boy's play thing, is currently polling between 1-2%.    He is attracting some interest as the new kid off the block and from those who would say to the political establishment ... 'a blight on all your houses'.

Just where TOP sits in the political spectrum is a moot although from where I sit it seems that they and the Green Party appear to be singing from the same song-sheet ... albeit a little off tune.

One does wonder though if those thinking of voting TOP have bothered to peruse TOP's policy manifesto ... I have and, if you do, you will come across this doozy under the heading of 'Democracy Reset' being Number four in their list of policy priorities ... "TOP will seek to establish an Upper House charged with providing parliament a learned and independent check on pending legislation as well as a focus on upholding the constitution with (wait for it) 50% of the seats reserved for Maori".

Not even the Greens dare go that far.   Clearly 'he' is serious though and the amazing thing for me is the fact that with this as a policy 'they' are registering at all in the polls. 


I am wondering if the owners of flooded properties in Ashburton would like some water exported, like yesterday.

All that water on the East Coast and it will be bugger all in the Waitaki catchments that are a bit stressed as to current levels.

Insurance cover for lower Heathcote River will be harder to get.

So many with no bloody idea eh

Got to stop using the V8 Landry even though it might get my daughter to CHC for a flight home for surgery tomorrow.

Oi Tim Flannery, any chance we could have a bit of that low rainfall challenge you predicted for Straya water storage systems over here.


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The Hon Arthur Faulkner held the Mt Roskill seat from 1957 through until he retired in 1981.    He served as Minister of Defence from 1972 to 1974 and was President of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1978 succeeding Sir Charles Bennett.

I got to know him well when I was seconded from 1 RNZIR in Singapore to be his Military Assistant.    In that capacity I accompanied him and Mrs Faulkner on official visits to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia.      He was a man of great integrity and possessed a deal of common sense.    Faulkner was a friend of the military and it was a real pity that the military hierarchy didn't recognise that to their advantage.   Certainly he was head and shoulders above Bill Fraser, his successor.   It was also a pity that caucus machinations saw him defeated when he stood for election as Deputy Leader of his Party.    In my opinion he would have been a greater unifying force than Bob Tizard who, at best, was an acerbic character.

When I worked for him I was a relatively junior Captain but I found it interesting that he shared his official papers with me and asked for my comment.   Not sure he took any notice but it was nice to be asked.   He was also protective of me.   On the trip to Thailand the Chief of Defence, Sir Richard Webb, tried to 'poach' me to do something or other for him.   Faulkner told him to bugger off.   I was his.   Not sure that incident did my career any great good though.     After I finished up working for Faulkner I met the General again in Singapore.   His greeting ... Captain ****** just remember, you're mine now.

The other thing I remember about those trips was having to sign for and account for upwards of $50,000 in traveler's cheques to pay for our hotel expenses including official functions we had to host along with bribes (kid you not ... I once had to gift the guard at a military base in Indonesia hard cash in order to get him for him to open the gate for us ... this on the advice of our accompanying Indonesian protocol officer).    At that time when you converted US$500 to Rupiah you needed a bloody suitcase to cart the dosh around in.   No such thing as invoicing.   In God we trust ... all others pay cash.

IMHO the only current serving Labour MP who comes close to Arthur Faulkner is Damien O'Connor.  Sad. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017


I get real pleasure watching The Open played as it is on a 'links' course where the rough is real rough, bunkers are bunkers and the greens undulating and tricky.   Throw the UK 'summer' weather into the mix and you see golf at its best.   Not for me the wide, perfectly groomed fairways, you see on the PGA tour.   The crowds too are respectful and knowledgeable ... unlike some others.

Mrs Veteran thinks I'm crazy staying up all night.   For myself I find it enjoyable being crazy.

Go Zach Johnson ... a completely underrated two times Major champion.   His 66 yesterday in the conditions was magic.


The 'lefts' total inability to let go their KDS was demonstrated yet again this week by the no-name Greens MP who dumped on Key following his investiture as Companion of the Order of Australia with the retort that it was probably pay back for him in keeping 'stum' over the inability of New Zealanders resident in Oz to access the full range of benefits available to Australian citizens.

Give me strength.   It was the 'left' led by Helen Clarke as Prime Minister who rolled over when the Oz government changed the rules back in 2002 and over the next six years did zip, zero, nothing to challenge their decision while it was the 'right' led by John Key who lobbied quietly behind the scenes for changes which saw the Oz government announce last year a change to the policy whereby New Zealanders holding Special Category visas and earning a minimum of AUD53,000 for five years would be eligible to apply for citizenship.  

Get over it people.   Key is better than you can ever aspire to be and yes, I can understand your hurt that someone from the wrong side of the tracks should turn his back on socialism as a pathway to success but you don't really need to airbrush history in order to give effect to your KDS.


In the UK Labour has now pulled ahead of the Conservatives 45% vs 40%.    Theresa May is a 'dead man walking' (excuse the pun) following on from her disastrous election campaign where she thought all 'they' needed to do was to turn up.    No vision, no plan, no real glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.    A wooden performance and she paid the price of Tory arrogance.

My prediction is that unless the Tory's dump May and come up with a leader who can connect with the electorate then they will be handing the keys of Number 10 to Jeremy Corbyn on a platter.

And same with back here with the Greens.   The Gucci girl has inflicted serious damage on their brand following her attempt to martyr herself as a benefit fraudster in a particularly cavalier way.      You sense the few rushing to defend her are having to swallow a huge dead rat.   She is bereft of all moral authority and no Party can afford to go into an election led by a political corpse.  My prediction is that unless the Greens ditch her their poll ratings will stall and drop and they will bleed support right, left and centre.

For the good of their respective parties May and Turei should go and go now.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Two political polls

The Veteran has two political polls for our readers.  The poll is open until 5pm Friday, based on my arbitrary decision - this post will stay at the top of the blog until then.

How likely is it that President Trump will end 2017 still in office?

In your opinion has the world standing of the United States been enhanced by President Trump's assumption of power?

The Slaughter of the Loons

I'm still choking on my Nutrigrain after reading the following in The Australian concerning the revolving door which is Greens parliamentary membership.  (Readers will recall the Greens lost both deputy co-leaders last week because of their respective failures to realise their citizenship disbarred them from the parliament.)

Well, it appears, as one headline this morning hooted, "More Green Leaves To Fall."

Never has there been a better example of 'rules are for thee, not for me' on the left.

It warns of “stagnant or falling” support in most states based on polling conducted before the shock resignations of Scott Ludlam and Lar­iss­a Waters over the past week after they admitted breaching a fundamental citizenship requirement in the Constitution.The Greens fear another blow to their standing after the furore as Senator Di Natale waits for confirmation he has renounced Italian citizenship.Tasmanian colleague Nick McKim is yet to produce confirmation he has given up British citizenship.
And this
Born-again politician Andrew Bartlett may be ineligible to become a senator for the Greens because of the constitutional trap that snared both its deputy leaders.The former Democrats leader had a paid job as a research fellow with the Australian National University while he was No 2 on the Greens’ Senate ticket in Queensland, potentially disqualifying him under section 44 of the Constitution.
I must say I have some sympathy for the lady who passed a motion while breast feeding.   She is the victim of an entirely brainless and obtuse legal technicality and she should never have been made to resign.  (But hey, I'm not sorry to see these bloody job killers getting the chop.)


Mr Hipkins has delivered a graphic glimpse of what "free" education should aspire to achieve.

Schools that at present pursue parent contributions of up to a thousand dollars a year at Chippy's Union mates run places of learning to supplement extra curricular activity will receive a princely sum of one hundred and fifty dollars pa if they cease asking parents to pay a donation.

Having school certificate passes in both maths papers mid twentieth century that little arithmetic question will only raise a quirky giggle.
Knowing what my service club contributes to pupils in our catchment to assist with regional and national participation in sport, summer camps, school trips, along with one off Spirit of Adventure, Duke of Edinburgh awards, and Outward Bound applications that bribe will not make the start line.

However as a window to what Mr Hipkins is offering his union masters in return for their carefully crafted manipulation of standards and assessment and allied condemnation of Charter Schools that threaten to expose some of the yawning gaps that the one size fits all, so comfortably accepted as a standard for the State School system, delivers.

Of course it will be attractive to those who will already vote for 'team red' if they actually bother.

Friday's Fulminations

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Thursday, July 20, 2017


Of course to intellectual giants, such simple reasoning is an unwanted mosquito to their self belief that they are the  sole participants quallified to debate, in particular when they are in their superior 'we know best mode'.

So instead of actually setting out an alternative point of debate from their elevated position they all too often plunge into denigration of any notions a simpleton from the peasantry might dare to offer, accompanied by  ad hominem attacks

I am not alone when I assail the moronic energy policies of Jay Weatherall's  South Australia Labor State Government.
In a headlong rush to be first to the new dawn of a low carbon economy they have embarked on a renewable energy policy that will see them only lead in a race to unsustainable pricing of basic electricity costs for industry commerce and domestic, accompanied by supply security issues.
In a State with only Uranium as a natural adequate resource for supplementing wind and solar electricity supply and an astounding refusal to even consider modern nuclear generation options, Mr Weatherall in a remarkably similar belief system to Cnut, has dived into a renewable based supply system that is underpinned by Solar and Wind with a similar outcome to that which the King achieved when it was  the simpering flattery of his court he was targeting with his move eight hundred years ago.
Such stupidity around electric generation is doomed  to fail as even peasants understand the sun is absent for almost half the 24 hour cycle plus the unfortunate additional suppressing effect of cloud cover while demand for electricity is constant
All the while ignoring the rising costs of wind towers with life terms around twenty years and replacement better economics than refurbishment. The ruling elites forget that without massive subsidies the windmills would never have reared up for Cervantes to tilt at and  are now facing serious replacement costs sans subsidy, suddenly it is problematic.

With South Australia having both warming and cooling needs for residential electricity and a dependence on land line backup from neighboring Victoria, who have joined the rush to renewables and set out to decommission in the near future, the Hazelwood plant ( producing 25% of Victoria's base load generation), such reliance exposed to Sods Laws can only come at greater risk of catastrophic failure.
Building "new" coal fired plant is never going to happen under the new age environmental billabong that has embraced all Australian ruling elites.

It is a total mystery how a nation with truly enormous reserves of "clean coal" in an era of tremendous advances in burning such carbon resources environmentally soundly to create electricity, has turned its back on coal fired generation systems. Meanwhile European nations with Germany in the Van are replacing Nuclear with coal fired generation.
All to achieve what, well world carbon emissions will be reduced by a degree that is laughable if it could be done and in Australia's case downright impossible. Hell I do not know if the CO2 output of a naturally occurring Bush Fire is calculated but it is no surprise that per capita Australia is alleged to emit the highest rate of  CO2 in world terms.
There is a tiny wee elephant in rooms where such stupidity is promoted, apparently there is no problem in shipping coal, clean, dirty and any in between, to Asia where, surprisingly, they will burn it!
China and India are building Coal fired generation structures at around two a week, meanwhile the States of Eastern Straya have hurdles in place to thwart LPG fuel for electricity generation, a  base fuel  even better than coal with reserves that are almost beyond comprehension
Meanwhile electricity security is at risk and price increases are no longer threatened they are a fact of life hanging over all energy users.

Assuming it were possible and it aint, suppose Straya ceased emitting CO2 completely, remind me again what is the effect on global emissions of the very necessary for plant growth, CO2. It is well below a margin of error, that is what
 Meanwhile on another planet, Billionaire failed POTUS hopeful, Alphonse Gore is presently in The Lucky Country complete with all the carbon emitting accoutrements he can muster, promoting his latest scribblings on the irrefutable, in his enfeebled mind, that although the earth is in a two decade pause of global temperature rise that is almost certain to be directly influenced by solar activity the very same energy that photoelectric cells convert to usable current in solar panels, Big Al needs more dosh from the fraudulent scam.
Apparently one billion is not enough as he embarks on milking another Billion while ignoring the obscene waste his mansions , international jet setting and total hypocrisy around carbon use in his pursuit of untold riches, continues.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Both Whaleoil and Don Brash waxed lyrical over Winston Peter's announcement (as yet another bottom line?) that NZ First would insist on the holding of a referendum on the abolition of the Maori seats.   Clearly Whaleoil and Brash accepted the announcement on its face value without bothering to check the detail.

Wikipedia has a substantial section on the calls for the abolition of the Maori seats.   It includes this offering ... " NZ First also advocates abolition of the separate electorates but says that the Māori voters should make the decision".       That can only be taken to mean voters on the Maori roll.  If that's the case you have to ask then why turkeys would vote for an early Xmas.   It's all smoke and mirrors.   A non referendum gerrymandered to maintain the status quo.

So c'mon on Winston ... fess up.   What exactly is your policy.    Is voting in 'your' referendum to be limited to those on the Maori roll?    

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


While many are conflicted over Turei and her belated admission,  like 25 years late,  she is a welfare fraudster and her ongoing evident support for welfare recipients having difficulty coping, to commit criminal acts to maintain a lifestyle they covet, things are a little more definite across The Tasman for Melons discovered to be law breakers in another bit of impediment to career.

Will The Greens Co Leader who has been less than a wilting violet over legal contretemps embroiling other MPs, resign , not likely, hell she has as yet made zero attempt to repay any of the fraudulently obtained monies afaik.

Two Australian Green Party Senators; Ludlum from WA holding dual NZ/ Aus citizenship resigned three days ago and today Queensland Senator Larissa Walters who has suddenly discovered she holds Canadian Dual papers has followed suit. Only Australian citizens can stand, vote and sit in Federal politics.

Estimates vary as to a sum dollar value for Ms Turei's frauds with a consensus around $50 000. A sum not that daunting for a totally excessive current income approaching $200 000 pa along with travel and accommodation supplements, until that 50k has a compound interest of say 5%pa added, then eyes might begin to water just a little,  suddenly it's equal to one years salary.

Of course I would say she has no alternative to just resigning with a few shreds of a badly corroded reputation but she will not even see that as a course of reason, entitleitus is a massive part of her adult life. That she defrauded her Taxpayer public, absolutely no surprise, that she came out with the "confession' leaves me firmly in the camp that she became aware she was about to be outed and took her predictable step to minimise the damage.

She is finished as a Lawyer, an MP and certainly in any position of trust and it is all her own fault.
Half as smart as some consider her to be, got pregnant, stole from her fellow citizens through some convoluted notion she was better, and then made no effort to put what was to many a basic little bit of restitution back to somehow sustain a semblance of  the honesty many consider a minimum for one who chooses to make the laws for all and in a leadership role with aspirations for executive cabinet position included, "tell her she's dreaming".

Dont let the door hit her arse on her way out, an arse that most doors would find great difficulty to miss.
Or as was proclaimed by Cromwell;
"You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately.. Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

There's Something Wrong With The Bloody KoolAid (Updated)

There certainly is something wrong with whatever the Australian Greens have been drinking.

"The Greens have lost their second co-deputy leader in less than a week with Queensland senator Larissa Waters announcing her resignation as a result of holding dual citizenship.At a press conference in Brisbane, an emotional Senator Waters apologised to the Australian people saying she had only discovered yesterday that she remains a dual citizen of Canada and Australia."

Today the second Greens federal deputy co-leader in a week has been forced to resign because she forgot she is a Canadian citizen.  This, only days after the dil from Palmerston North resigned because he was a reluctant Kiwi.

All it needs to complete the quadrella is for the skinny Pakeha co-leader to confess that he too, stole a small fortune from WINZ and somehow forgot about it.

This is better than 'The Apprentice!'

Ho ho ho.

Ho ho ho.


Editorial standards at The Australia are slipping.   Cop this!

"Senator Waters said she would discuss her future with her party, but remains proud of her achievements, having recently become the first woman to pass a motion in the Senate while breastfeeding."


I think there is an element of truth in the old adage that economists are failed accountants bereft of an accountants personality.

I mean why would economists get their nickers in a twist just because the CPI flatlined in the second quarter coming in at 0.2% below market expectations.  

Consumer prices grew 1.7% between April and June on an annual basis, down from 2.2% in the first quarter of the year and below the forecasted 1.9%.    Translated that means interest rates are likely to remain at their historic lows into the foreseeable future.    Good for those on fixed incomes; good for borrowers; not so good for those with money to invest.

But for heavens sake ... we're taking about fractions of a percent.    Some will remember when the the CPI increased 44% in a quarter.    Then economists could really wax lyrical.

Of course with quantitative easing advocated by those on the dark side of the political divide as a measure to enhance growth those good old/bad old days might not just be a distant memory.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Maori Seats - Update

I think Winston Peters is onto a political winner with his demand for a binding referendum on the abolition of Maori seats in parliament.

The continuing existence of these seats is a political anachronism which does no favours to NZ and I think he will pull a lot of votes from disaffected Labour and National voters.

It will be very difficult for those who oppose the abolition of these seats to accuse him of racism.  He is probably the only politician in the country who could get away with it and I, for one, could forgive him for some but not all of his many sins if he pulls it off.


I see some wag over at Whaleoil has suggested Winston's 'binding referendum' will be offered only to those on the Maori roll.  Nothing Peters does would surprise me.  Such a move will see growth on the Maori roll surpassing the rate at which the number of Aborigines in Tasmania has increased since honkies could claim to be abos.

Crooked Polticians

Interesting to observe (cue screams of 'rascist') that NZ's rogue's gallery of crooked politicians is well represented by our darker brethren.

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I hope someone with the ability to dig back into historical benefit levels will calculate the amount Turei stole from the long suffering taxpayers of NZ and adjust the amount by IRD use of money rates to a present day value.

I wonder if she would beat Winston Peters' $158,000?

If anyone cares to identify a Pakeha politician from the last sixty years who has transgressed similarly, I'll be happy to add that person to the gallery.

Will They or Won't They?

Charge Meteria Turei with benefit fraud?    The NZ police, that is.

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(My bank account was THAT big!)

After all, they had no compunction about bringing spurious prosecutions against Shane Ardern and Chester Burrows, both of which cases saw no serious harm done to anyone.

In Turei's case, it can be argued serious harm has been done to the Exchequer, encouragement has been given to other fraudsters who will say in their defense 'but Meteria said it was OK.'

Here's hoping a complaint is lodged with the police tout suite and they act on it.

If the Greens have any sense they will have one of their people bring the complaint and then they might give her the arse card before she is charged.

Question for lawyers.  Could she hang out her shingle if she is convicted of benefit fraud?

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Amazing the revelation by the Greens co-leader Metiria Turei that she lied to Work and Income to get a benefit she wasn't entitled to while she was studying for a law degree.

Many questions arise.   Did Turei declare her fraud to the Green Party when she first stood as a candidate?    If she didn't, do the Greens still consider her a right and proper person to represent them in  Parliament and, more importantly, to be their co-leader?   What moral authority would she possess as a  minister in a Labour/Greens coalition government and finally, is she going to pay the money back (with interest)?

Turei represents the 'entitlement culture' possessed by many of those who inhabit the dark side of the political divide.   Clearly she felt she was 'entitled' to rip off the taxpayer.    Not much of a difference between her and an ex colleague of hers, Pam Corkery, outed this week for ripping off vulnerable old ladies.  

Will Turei do a Barclay?   Doubt it.   Double standards anyone?

Ha Ha Ha

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Let us for a moment imagine a world where journalists and news purveyors  were a reflection of the politics of  all, maintained personal beliefs and bias as things to be left outside their place of work and equally represented a true cross section of the views  across the spectrum.

Instead of tiresome repeating of Trump derangement syndrome, there were items on what he is and continues to achieve, in carrying out what he promised, that resulted in election success,  to lead the infotainment hour for a state sponsored TV channel night after night.
Cardinal George Pell could just get on with defending the historical allegations he was a bad Priest that traverse much of his over half a century of pretty remarkable work on behalf of his diminishing  parishioner numbers in fulfillmment of what he saw as a "calling" all those years ago.
The United kingdom could get on with untangling itself from the mission creep that saw a trade block c1970s  morph into a political union that achieved all that Germany failed to gain from slaughtering the youth of two generations. Only to then proceed to hand it all to a religious sect that was begun by a  murderous pedeo fanatic one and a half thousand years ago in the deserts of Arabia
Hillary Clinton would be at home in a Federal Penitentiary somewhere out on the Western Plains of her United States.
Kim Jong Un would be a pariah and sorted by nations who stand by as he lurches towards an end suited to his despotic personally directed domination of a tired, hungry and lacking so much of what the world is capable of delivering, people.
Disastrous Polling for Andrew Little's vehicle for electoral elevation would have bottomed out at around his PPM number and he would have been consigned to the dustbin of history months ago.

No, aint gunna happn, the manipulative mass media continue to make shit up and the sheeple are lulled into a state of stupor where a new money tree will  blossom and bear fruit as NZ Inc plunges into a bankrupt state to rival Venezuela.

All because no one saw what the education institutions deliver as the march continues.
They came for the guns and I did nothing as I did not own any.
They took my hard earned money to give to the idle and disorderly and I did nothing because I still had enough although the cream was gone.
They destroyed family traditions and I did nothing as my family had resilience to survive.
They promoted selective treatments for different races, ages and cultures and I did nothing because my adherence to my values was largely untouched.
They lived a head in the clouds lifestyle at no personal cost yet rewarding to most of the drones, in ways they could only have dreamed about as goals from their own effort, and I did nothing.

Of course if news was announced each morning and then reasserted each night in an unbiased and  balanced manner, in words not laboriously produced by wordsmiths, easily understood, the world could be a better place.
I am too old to really care and Venezuela is but a blip on the march of history, so easily ignored as it is too far away, bit sad for people there  who can't buy toilet paper let alone feed the systems that it could be useful for, as a modern acoutrement of personal hygiene.

Just Imagine.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Alas either can garner sufficient electoral support to get power.

South Straya has a history of dreams and dramas to gain a notoriety as a State of The Federation as an enigma to equal that Russian conundrum described by Churchill.
""I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, but perhaps there is a key.

Enough of that, this effort is about Jay Weatherall, current State Premier of South Australia who has embarked on a remarkable path for his state that the redoubtable Sir Humphrey Appleby would describe as " very courageous"  Minister.

Not blessed with water apart from the last stumbling flow of the Murray, no mountains to deliver rain from uplift, very little coal of quality, SA has a heavy industry propped up with subsidies and Buy Australia that is unravelling quick time.

Weatherall has moved SA to the head of the queue to be glob I mean climate change moron of the decade.
The last small local electricity generator was decommissioned and power outages are already happening will only get worseror,  as dependence on Victoria becomes fraught as their economic miracle strains to out green SA with the decommissioning of Hazelwood and its 25% of Victoria base load electricity.

Now Elon Musk is looking to sell Weatherall a Battery set to make up the shortfall from wind and solar at night when the wind drops and the sun dont shine.  not just afew AAA s though but billions of hitech rare earth consuming theoretical monsters and that is just more compost to add to the pile of steaming stuff.
 The so far announced battery will run SA for around three hours. and electricity will cost more than many will be able to afford.

It used to be accepted fact that the line between genius and insanity was tissue paper thin and for Jay it is torn only no one seems to be able to get him to see it.