Friday, May 22, 2015

Congratulations Mike Hosking But

Newstalk ZB Morning host,  Monday through Friday 0600 until 0830, last night won The Paul Holmes trophy for Broadcaster of the Year at the  Annual Radio Awards.

Red Rad(io) does not enter as a commercial entity and I understand they also proscribe their on air people entering as individuals.

So Mike, well done, now take a long look at what constituted the competition, in a few words it was not much.
In the absence of a credible opposition in the Parliament, from what I observed from the Budget reply debate yesterday, it falls to media people such as Hosking to analyse, examine and question all the politicians on their policies promised and delivered. I think it was Whaleoil that published this morning, an off air extract of The Nation not meant for publication, where Lisa Owen welcomed Grant Robertson to an upcoming segment and it was all about allowing The Opposition finance Spokesperson,  to line up what he wanted to be asked on air about the Budget.
So it was nothing to do with Owen acting as an independent interviewer acting on behalf of her 'adoring', viewing public. No it was all about enabling the  amoeba in the spineless labour caucus to frame the interview. The revelation was also revealing in what 'Robbo' had actually gleaned from the Simon Says  Budget as points to attack.

So might I humbly suggest to the 2015 award winning broadcaster that he spend some time reviewing his performance and attempt to discover ways that he might explore, to confront the agenda driven employees of NZ Inc to challenge their rose tinted glasses view and perhaps get them to reveal things they do not want exposed to sunlight. Of course if they avoid such scrutiny have a look at some offshore efforts where they just ignore such contrived absence and ask the questions of an empty chair and inform the viewers as to what is already in the public record.

For gods sake you have been described as the 'forth estate', stop being the public relations department of the various pollies and do the duty we the mushrooms need to have pursued on our behalf so as to be able to make informed choices, come election time.
It is an onerous duty and democracy needs it performed if it is to survive.

Hypocrisy Writ Large! Weapons Grade Actually.

Stuff reports "Abbott Blasted Over Refugees" after the Aus PM flatly rejected a suggestion that his country, after ending the very costly, in money and human lives, people smuggling that  his predessors blatanty enabled and then milked for political advantage mercilessly, on the very real understanding that such a response only enables, encourages and facilitates the ghastly trade in human misery indulged in by 'people smugglers'

Your country is a signatory to the UN Treaty on refugees his accusors screamed.

One small problem with all that, Tony's accusors  were led by the Indonesian Foreign Minister from the nation that throughout the KRudd/Gillard years enabled that manipulative disregard for human rights to continue,  but wait there is more. Indonesia is the most populous Islamic nation in the world while the  poor bastards dieing in  the rotton hulks off Burma, fellow Muslims and being refused sanctuary in that corrupt nation with its professed national  religion of Islam,  being so vocal in condeming Tony Abbott, Indonesia is not a signatory to that UN Treaty.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tax? Levy? Fee? What Is In A Name?

One of the minor items in Simon Says today, sees a $16 fee for inbound tourists and a $6 impost on outbound. The costs of increasing requirements at our air ports will be in part met from this user pays surcharge. Fly you pay Stay home and you don't pay, seems fair enough and yes I know it wont stop at $22 pp to travel.
One airhead media person, looking as always for the negative, bemoans the extra hundy for Mum Dad and their spawn to go to the Gold Coast gee that means a few less ghastly Aussie beers,  they will be better off just say Thankyou.
Of course anyone who has watched one of the many reality TV exposes on border control will have an insight into the excrement our Biosecurity and Immigration people have to endure from all the halfwits who pretend ignorance.

On another matter Simon Says enough on the Two Billion, I and others have been paying to  subsidise rich kids and smart citizens who joined up for Kiwisaver as a kickstart to savings. Savings my arse it was OPMs and it generated bugger all change to our reliance on the state to provide everything. One bit of good news the Ball is Over and the half Billion saved over the next five years will contribute to the relief of Poverty sorry hardship. However so long as we define the poverty level at 60% of the median income it will never make a blind bit of difference in fact it will be peeing into a strong wind.

The only truly bright spot in an afternoon I will never get back was watching the NZLP temporary leader and current poet laureate descend further into political oblivion with a clear entry for the worst ever budget reply speech. In 20 minutes of pathos and ongoing embarrassment that even managed to have his colleagues squirming and wishing they were somewhere else, Angry merely confirmed  the Old Aged Pensioner from St Marys Bay is the true Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. Hell he succeeded to make Material Girl almost a credible option and that is no mean feat.

My big regret and sadness comes with the tinkering around WWF that enmeshes so many more working folk in the net that is NZ welfare.
I hope for the day someone with cojones of a Roger Douglas ends this taxpayer top up of our basic wage structures, even a hint they might address it sometime in the future as it sends so many wrong signals to a swath of our commercial enterprise would be great.

There Is A Very Good Reason For That Figure.

in fact more than one!

In a reasonably constructed and delivered Leaders reply to Simon Says Budget, the recently elected Member for Northland focussed on neglect of the regions, quoting the 9.9 umemployment figure as evidence of Nationals neglect in his adopted homeland

Very sorry other little man but should you conduct a survey of a randomly selected  thousand of those without a job what be the number amongst that sample who would fail a drug test so necessary to be accepted for so many jobs today and in particular in those on offer in his new homeland involving forestry, driving and other machinery, health and safety if you will.
I wonder with the raising of benefit payments if such a poor outcome will only be exacerbated.

The latest rate of job seekers has dipped below 6% and here in The City of the Damned it is still above 5% with nearly 20 thousand apparently unable to find work. Meanwhile there is enormous opportunity and a visit to a supermarket quickly reveals a real influx of young people clearly here and working, Irish, East Europeans,  Asians  and they all seem by appearance and dress to be working.
So Mr man for all seasons what are the 18800 quoted in the latest figures I can find, on jobless here in Canterbury actually doing.
OK say 2% between jobs but with stand down rules that will be generous, and accepting that with fair and generous rules allowing those with a valid reason to be taking early tirement as sick, disabled and mentally unfit, that leaves remaining a large pool of bodies and more than enough tasks offering a job for them.
It becomes hard to remain charitable and accept they cannot find a job Mr mfas, it is much easier and reasonable to wonder if they have chosen 'workshy'  as a role in society.

Dean Moves Offshore

Barker San to skipper for Japan in Americas Cup.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

John Banks acquitted

I have always been confident John Banks was not liable for filing a false return.  And it's incredible beyond words how it ever got to where it did.

I have congratulated him, and his QC, and will sleep well tonight, as I am sure they will.

Now for the final act: The repeal of the legislation that allows private prosecutions.

The Dwarf Trifecta

Word has it UK Labour are about to anoint a new leader, one Harry Small.  Nevr heard of him.

Thus will Labour achieve the hitherto unattainable trifecta of world politics.

The Dwarf Trifecta.

NZ has Little, Australia has Shorten and now the dozy Poms appear to be putting up Small.

Can you just see the pommy tabloid headlines?

Upon his elevation:

Head and Shoulders Below Everyone Else

Upon a favourable opinion poll:

Small Rises

Upon an unfavourable opinion poll:

Small Stalls

Chatting with party conference delegates:

Small Talk

Upon missing underwear (remember Malcolm Fraser?)

Small's Smalls

With the party executive;

Small Minds

Upon a front bench reshuffle

Small Reforms

Upon his ouster;

Small Falls


for focusing on the things that really matter to Mr & Mrs Average New Zealander with their call for gender changing surgery (assessed to cost in the order of $70,000+) to be made available as of right and free of charge .    You can view the report here

No matter that Party Leader whatshisname said "its not a matter I've given a great deal of thought to".    No matter that a Party insider said the issue was a real distraction.   No matter that Stuart Nash, one of the few shining lights in the Parliamentary Labour Party, slammed the proposal and voted against it ... the damage is done.

Yet again is Labour exposed as controlled by activists who have no idea of the aims and aspirations of middle New Zealand.

And long may it continue.

Second Thoughts, Forget The Healthy Dairy Option


Went over to Whaloil and saw this "Face that sank a thousand dairies".

On that basis forget my suggestion to convert a dairy to an approved outlet, that image would struggle to sell cold beer to dehydrated navvies in a very dimly lit bar.

First up Ms Peters Tell Us The Compensation !

 Auckland Regional Public Health Service s'poke into every ones business' person is railing against "Dairys" and their location.
Now I rarely go near one as their product is poor value, due to supply costs that see the operators buying specials in bulk at the major supermarkets, it is indeed, only as a last resort.  Such an event became a diary entry yesterday as we wended our way home and SWMBO wanted an icecream in a cone, but very much an exception.
However as a sheer convenience for some of the more mobility restrained amongst us, the 'Local Dairy' is gods gift. That they follow good marketing protocols is merely a necessity and sweets, sugary drinks, chippies and other foods loathed and hated by the "food Nazis" will be a big part of turnover.
Yes having a socalled purveyor of all that is bad near a school could be said to access a market that the Gestapo is trying to target for extinction ie fat kids but do we seriously think for a moment it makes their problem greater, kids want something they will get it.
Should you want to prove me in error Ms Peters then buy a dairy near a bloody school that is in trouble for any of the myriad of reasons that befall them, and restock it with your ideas of "healthy product", run it how you see as the ideal commercial process from your perspective and I will warrant you will be in liquidation in a month.
 So Ms 'clever clogs' Peters  just stop your income justification before some irate pensioner who happens to live near a school runs you down with their mobility scooter.
Dairys are not called convenience outlets because they offer a free public toilet, they are actually convenient for many with limited options. That dumbarse parents cant see their spawn eating themselves to illhealth will not be solved by stopping a pensioner buying a treat or a necessity for whatever reason.

Oh and then tell the Successful Dairy owners and operators what compensation you will pay, where it will be funded from and how you will stop another outlet opening right on whatever limit you set from a school gate and stop it selling what the bloody buyers want.

Banks A Free Man again

Only this time it is official.

Last time a certain Justice Wyllie sitting as a judge alone convicted The Honorable John Banks largely on the testimony of the fatty German and his now estranged missus.

Amanda now the ex Mrs Banks who was with  John at a lunch at the Chrisco Mansion were not believed by the Idiot Justice who favoured the already convicted Kraut.

Following the convictions Amanda went digging and discovered the two US citizens who were also at the aforementioned repast and corroborated the Banks version that led to the CoA ordering a retrial.
That seemed a possibility until the very stained and tarnished Sgt Shultz lookalike  tried to add another luncheon to the diary but apparently that seemed a bit dodgy to the CoA who ordered and end to the sordid affair.

As the weekend games led to some life and death scenarios for the Super Rugby round robin teams, the Sanzar Referees panel have administered some smacks to the ears of errant officials with demotions and clear signals that their performance was substandard. It is an enduring failure that equally serious howlers as that delivered by Justice Wyllie will never be reviewed and some clear statements made that he was a disgrace to the system.

Notably missing in the credibility department,  it was a brave or a supreme idiot who favoured the Kraut with serious utu driving his testimony against Citizen Banks who should not have signed the dam statement but in the light of the very apparent fact it was a one off prosecution commenced by the equally flawed Litigious McCready and taken over by Crown Law the whole charade seemed more political than judicial at every turn.

Congratulations John Banks, glad it was not crippling as to costs as it would have been for so many other potential victims.


I see that a Swedish peace group has come up with an unusual way of trying to repel Russian submarines.

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) says it has installed an underwater "defence system" known as the Singing Sailor (click to see) in the waters off Stockholm.

Described as a subsurface sonar system, the installation features the words "Welcome to Sweden" in Russian, and emits the phrase "this way if you are gay" in Morse code. The animated neon sign features a man clad in white underpants and a sailor hat, gyrating his hips as pink hearts flash behind him.

Clearly it's designed to build on and resonate with the homophobic attitude of the Russian government which has considerable support within the military.

p.s.   re the flag above.   Before you go bananas let me reiterate that I am not adverse to changing the flag ... but the alternative will really have to ring my bell before I would vote to ditch the current one. To date this is the only one that comes close and the bell is but a faint tinkle.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Is the sellers main home the same as the family home?

Andrew Little should ask John Key this question in parliament:
"Will the exemption under National's Capital Gains Tax apply if the sellers main home is a family home owned by a trust"?
The exemption in the policy is for "the sellers main home".
That does not say "the sellers family home".

And the three exemptions mentioned in the policy do not include a trust.

How Can That Be?

TVNZ reports that the Marriage Guidance Service - woops, I mean Relationships Aotearoa - has gone broke.  Maybe it might have done better if it had called itself Relationships New Zealand.

How the hell can a charitable organization funded by central gummint go broke?

I had a look through the list of directors and there are no names I know but the list does give some clues.  The  fact there are no names I know is one of them.   I  wonder how many flash cars and unnecessary fat salaries were being paid to members of various extended families?

Central administration salaries have doubled in one year from half a million to over a million dollars.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Political flattery or political flatulence?

As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  That includes politics.  And Labour and Act should feel pretty flattered tonight.

Let's cut the crap: Despite the rhetoric and weasel-words, National is bringing in a Capital Gains Tax on residential housing.  Sure, it's not going to be on the family home (yet) but it's going to be implemented lock, stock and two smoking chimneys.  

I can see where this will lead, at election time John Key will taunt Andrew Little about expanding it to the family home and then use any slip-up to his political advantage.  Smart politics I guess.

But a CGT that's isn't uniform across the board is just plain dumb and ineffective and will make our already complicated tax system even more complicated.  It'll be great for people like me who have property investor and trader clients (who, by the way, declare their trading income and pay tax on it) but it's still dumb.  But don't allow me to convince you - here's the Prime Minister himself just a few years ago:
I hate capital gains taxes – I just don’t like them. The reason I don’t like them is that, in political terms I don’t think they work.

If government was prepared to do with a capital gains tax what had been done with GST – put it on “virtually absolutely everything with no exceptions – they work well.

Because, in theory, if you earn NZ$100,000 from going out there and having a job, and you pay tax on it, well fair enough. If you earn NZ$100,000 from buying a property, well you probably should pay tax on that – fair enough.

But this is where the problem comes along, and that is, that no politician has the guts to do that. Because they go, ‘well that’s a vote-loser.’ They turn around and say, ‘OK, we’re going to have exemptions – the exemptions are all private housing.
I particularly love this bit from that 2012 article:
The fact that three-quarters of housing was owner-occupied, and would therefore be exempt under those proposals, meant their argument that a CGT would discourage investment in housing was "nonsense."

"The theory is they’re going to sock it to rich guys who live in Parnell – so they’re going to really nail them. But actually, those rich guys in Parnell are way smarter than the left, because they’ve already worked out to buy a big house in Parnell [which] would be exempt," Key, himself a wealthy Parnell resident, said.

“So [those house prices will] go up faster, not go up slower.”
"It encourages people to go into housing; it doesn’t discourage them," he said.
Why should Labour feel flattered tonight?  Well, National spent about five years crying crocodile tears over Labour's plans to implement a CGT and they have copied them, but they're not Labour-lite.  They just do tax *better*!

Act party stalwarts can also join the Labour bigheads tonight.

Sir Roger Douglas has been trying to implement a savings scheme for New Zealanders since about 1970.  Here's the basic story:
We've had a few goes at compulsory savings: the 1975 Roger Douglas scheme that an incoming National government axed in a cynical vote grab; a referendum after the first MMP election in 1996, which became a referendum on its creator, NZ First leader Winston Peters, and was duly lost.
I read somewhere that if Muldoon hadn’t terminated the scheme it would now be worth more than $240 billion.  Based on that $240 billion projection each worker would have $111,200 of superannuation assets compared with the current $6,300 and $86,821 in Australia. The scheme would represent 146% of GDP whereas Australian superannuation (which is considered to be the benchmark for the world) represents only 82% of their GDP.

Well strike me down with a feather if the Greens haven't joined resident communist, Winston Peters, in wanting a compulsory savings scheme:
The Greens have unveiled a kids KiwiSaver policy to promote a savings culture and make family finances more stable.

The policy will cost $224 million during the first three years of operation, Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said.

"A $1000 kick-start deposit, top-up contributions, and matching savings contributions will create good incentives to save for our kids futures.

"With careful saving, most children could have saved at least $12,900 by the time they turn 18 - money they can then use to help fund a tertiary education, invest in their adult KiwiSaver account, or use to help with a deposit on their first home."

The savings plan will help make the finances of families more stable, she said.

But New Zealand First says the party is copying its ideas.
Well, actually both are copying Act and Labour from the early 1970s but we can forget that little detail.

So it's a weird Sunday night when the Greens start agreeing with Act ideas, and National continue implementing Labour's policies. 

One really good idea, and one really bad.  And as I say above, it's not me saying the CGT is a really bad idea.  

Thicker Than Vegemite

But not as healthy.

Andrew Little, that is.

The PM announces a major change in the taxation treatment of residential housing for ALL VENDORS but Little whitters on about foreign investors who apparently make up less than 7% of purchasors/vendors.

"For years the Prime Minister has denied there is a crisis, refused to admit foreign investors are pushing up house prices and said there is no need to dampen down housing demand. Today John Key has been forced to eat his words."

The only politician who appears dumber than Little these days is Shorten.   Maybe its all in the name.  If Little was Shortened he'd be easier for them to throw under the bus.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


I note the jury deliberating in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Bomber found guilty of all 30 charges against him (including 17 which carried the death penalty) has decided that he should be put to death by lethal injection.

I have previously indicated my opposition to capital punishment.   Far better that he should be locked up for life in a super max prison, kept in isolation, and allowed out of his cell for only 1 hour each day.    Plenty of time for him to reflect on his crimes.   Actually, this could be worse than a death sentence.    After 10, 20, 30 years whatever, he might be screaming to be put down.    It might be argued that death would be the easy way out for him.

Others will see it differently.

It Is A Part Off Your History, Idiot.

Andrew Little in a speech, gave a backhander to a company that points our way to a prosperous future, Xero a front runner in developing software that will remove the drudgery of notating figures for the book keepers.
Little in one of his moments of lucidity claimed Xero "will put accountants out of work", that's it, the science is settled, he is a  muppet and   incorrigibly thick.
The soft ware will more accurately and efficiently write, calculate, and deliver the lawful results that the Accountant will then use to plan for the client what they have done, done wrong, could possibly do better, and ensure they stay within the law and pay their dues.

One of the leading figures in the 1935 government, of the party Little temporarily leads, Robert "Fighting Bob" Semple saw  the benefits  progress can deliver to free minions from manual labour servitude when he mounted a Caterpillar Buldozer following his appointment as Minister Of Public Works, and drove over a wheelbarrow and shovel to demonstrate how he would harness technology.

The daft prick has absolutely no comprehension, Xero is the future and Little Angry just ignored one of the lessons of history.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Letter to the editor

I hope the Herald publishes it:
In your editorial of Friday 15 May you said that democracy would be better served if election broadcasting restrictions went. I congratulate you for taking this stance and implore you to keep it going.
The Broadcasting Act 1989 contains archaic and restrictive provisions that prohibit political parties from spending their own money on TV advertising either during an election period, or outside of it.

Instead, parties must go cap-in-hand at election time to a body that uses a convoluted formula to decide how much money each party can spend on their TV advertising. Many parties have complained on this unfairness over many years. It severly punishes smaller parties, and Act has been particularly critical of it.

Removing this restriction and allowing political parties to spend their own money is right, and democratic. The argument that parties could spend an infinite amount of their own money on TV advertising doesn't wash because of the cap on spending during election campaigns. If parties choose to spend all their maximum campaign spending on TV advertising, to the exclusion of billboards (for example), that should be their choice. But it is hardly democratic, especially during an election, for voters to be prevented from seeing more of one party on TV, and less of others, according to a formula set by the State.

The other very relevant factor is TV itself. As a medium for politcial advertising, it was great in the 1960's and 1970's. But TV itself is losing viewership to the internet and other electronic modes. Political parties should also be free to explore all of this advertising capability for themselves, within the campaign spending limits that currently exist.

So indeed, democracy would be better served if election broadcasting restrictions went. But the solution is not for parties to have an allocation of public funds for TV time. They should be free to use their own money in the way that they decide will best reach their potential voters. As you rightly point out, they may well decide Saturday night prime time TV is not ideal for their purpose, but surely only parties should make that decision.

Do You Understand It?

because I sure as hell struggle.

Always vg value with her revelations and research around welfare, stated in simple terms, Lindsay Mitchell muses as to what Whanau Ora is.

With Lynne Provost joining the confused we really need to have a wider understanding of the sinkhole that began when Helen Clark and  later co-leader of the only race based political party remaining in our Parliament, now retired Turiana Turia, hatched a curates egg while they were united buddies in the NZLP.

Lindsay revisits the riddle  wrapped in a mystery in an  enigma.

Messers Key, English and Flavell need to make a greater effort to divulge exactly what is delivered by the mounting millions because from my perch the stats on Maroi outcomes away from the glitter of the tax exempt beneficiaries, ie Iwi corporate entities, things still have a serious tarnish about them.
Crime, health, incarceration, drugs, alcohol, violence, diet, employment et al might have moved to better statistical outcomes but is Whanau Ora an answer or not.

Spare a Thought

While Greater Wellington is being rinsed a pocket of Eastern North Canterbury remains in the grip of a crippling drought. Now accepting I have railed against over egging a summer dry as drought and asked for such adverse weather events to be viewed against much more serious world events, what is happening in an area centred on Cheviot is now very serious.

The affected area is quite local from around  the Waipara river to the Conway and extending from the coast variably extending inland approximately 50 kms this land has been able to miss out on autumn rains. A friend who visited Cheviot to play golf from a more favoured area of the region was gobsmacked a week ago. Any land not subject to irrigation is a depressing grey colour with nothing growing even weeds are in trouble. One retired farmer lamented two months ago that in a summer dry vegetation on south facing slopes and gully floors remains green even if no growth is evident but this dry is universal to the point travelling field mice require a water container and a cut lunch.

While we here on Banks Peninsula only a minimal distance south have had rains measured in inches the poor buggers I am publicising have had millimetres in similar numbers. The week following Anzac day  delivered us four inches or 100 mm while a resident on SH1 south of Cheviot had 3mm.

A colleague blogger who flew over North Canterbury in February emailed me how dry the region appeared, I emailed back the it was very manageable so long as Autumn rains came, and for significant parts those rains have come but at low levels and very patchy, the whole area is hanging on by its finger tips but the areas providing the guts for this missive it is now past catastrophic and winter is here with light snow featuring in current weather predictions.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

George Summed It Up.

Traditional lists of the seven deadly sins have six beginning with a consonant that gives them a harsh threatening tone while the seventh with a softer vowel as its initial letter is possibly the most destructive, corrosive and covert of the emotional drivers for the left.

Wrath is an explosive sin and in most cases rapidly subsides to allow a more rational being to re-emerge.
Greed and Sloth are very easily revealed by the trail of accumulated baggage and it could be that Gluttony is in that group.
Pride and Lust quickly reveal in behavioural traits but the soft sounding one, Envy is a more deeply buried sin. Many successfully keep their envy from manifesting as a clear and present peril.

I note from a very minor announcement in Stuff that the Little General is musing about the resurrecting of the Capital Gains Tax, rest assured it will come from the party that embraces every one of the Cardinal Sins and it will be accompanied by death duties to balance the state carriage.

Envy is a serious motivator for socialism as it is so easy to use it as a vote attraction. It starts out on the shop floor where a great employee might be paid more as an appreciation and retention device but that sensible economic based fact will be rapidly morphed into a base reason to pay all at a higher rate. Move it out to the public at large and using inane emotive dribble such as "poverty" and "the one percent", remove them from economic reality and there is a guaranteed voter bait.
Alas most of the poor sods enamoured of the totally false flag that paying for skills, and success is to be envied and hullo there is the next socialist wealth redistribution troughing bunch to wreak havoc on the state bank balances seated at the Speakers right hand.

Then comes the hypocrisy so well illustrated by George Orwell in his satirical "Animal Farm" where the proletariat as represented by the animals over throw the Farmer and set out to run things in a "fairer and more equal way".

The closing lines of the satirical work has the pigs in the farm house in a situation of plenty entertaining new found friends from the supposedly hated humans walking  upright on two legs while all the other animals that survived the "revolution" looking in through the windows and noting how similar to the supposedly hated "two Legged Humans",  the pigs had become.
In the case of socialists who become elevated to wealth and position they totally embrace all the accoutrements that inspire capitalists to success, just don't admit such hypocrisy to the proletariat.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015



How Socialists Waste My Money

Last night The federal Budget was delivered in the Australian parliament.

Those who want detailed comment can find truckloads of it on the net.

But take a closer look at this story.

When you go to this link you'll see no mention  of a million dollar advertising campaign by the SA state gummint.   It was there two hours ago but the ABC has removed that bit from the story as it looks bad for Labor.

But don't worry.  Here it is.

"From next July, the SA Government plans to pass on a federal budget spending cut to the state's pensioners by withdrawing the concessions they get on local council rates, meaning an annual hit of $190 for some households........

.........South Australian federal Liberal frontbencher Jamie Briggs expressed his anger at the $1 million campaign.

Just  what does the State Gummint (Labor) of South Australia think it's doing spending a million dollars of hard earned tax payers' money to lobby the Federal Gummint (Liberal) on fiscal policy?

Just imagine the uproar from Auckland ratepayers if Lyen Brown spent $1 million dollars advertising the 'benefits' of his train set.

Labour/Labor - ratbags, wherever you find them.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

They did not happen on "country roads" stupid!

 Two more people were confirmed dead on Sunday night after a two-car crash on Christchurch's Northern Motorway, near the Main North Rd.
The result of the SH1 at Belfast, two dead.

Lets assume all the nice sheeple of a rural community drive at 40Kph then a freakin idiot from the city comes for some excitement,  runs amok and causes a multiple causality crash involving several cars with bodies headed for the local morgue and the Muppet Cliff,  as in Dave not Lemming  will be calling for rural roads to be at  5Kph with a pedestrian carrying a red flag.
The fascists will not publicise  the true facts from that horrendous Mothers Day weekend,
Fact one,  two die on the Christchurch Northern motorway just out of the city limit at Belfast a part of State Highway 1
Fact two,  three die on State Highway 3 just outside Marton.
Fact three,  three die in a people mover crash on State Highway 2  near Tauranga.
Fact four,  a motorcyclist dies on State Highway 1 north of Auckland.
Nine of the ten died on state highways Mr cliff, is your disappearing bonus clouding your ability to make rational informed statements. Rural roads my arse, they happened on our best funded, constructed, monitored and engineered roads and good luck with reducing speeds on motorways and Highways that pass through rural NZ.
Dave Cliff is becoming increasingly irrelevant as he lauds low death toll weekends as a police success while a bad one such as that devastating for so many  effort for Mothers Day Weekend is all the fault of speeding on Rural roads.

Check your "best by date" Dave, it is well out of date and you are no longer fit for purpose.


Hot on the heals of David Milibrand's criticism of brother Ed's leadership of the Labour Party comes the news that Lord Sugar of Clapton, has quit the Labour Party in disgust just four days after the election.

Sugar was born in Hackey, east London, the son of a tailor and living in a Council flat.    He left school at 16 and started working in a greengrocers shop and selling car aerials and electrical goods from the back of a van expanding the business to found the computer company Amstrad which he later sold in 2007 to BSkyB for 125 million.    Sugar prospered to the point where he is now one of the UK's most successful businessmen and philanthropists worth over 1 billion. He is the former chair of Tottenham Hotspur and a major donor to the Labour Party.

In his resignation statement he said  "In the past year I found myself losing confidence in the Party due to their negative business policies and general anti-enterprise concepts they were considering if they were elected. I expressed this to the most senior figures in the party several times. I signed on to New Labour in 1997 but more recently, particularly in relation to business, I sensed a policy shift moving back towards what Old Labour stood for".

Sugar will be a huge loss to Labour.    A person who started from the bottom and worked his way up. No silver spoon, nothing handed to him on a plate ... but understanding that for workers to prosper business must prosper too.   A concept chardonnay socialists have great difficulty getting their heads around.   For them the class war continues and must continue.

UK Labour's great step backwards was rejected by the electorate in spades.   Interesting that in NZL the Labour Party under the 'inspired' leadership of whatshisname is charting the same course.    The good news is that history has a habit of repeating itself.

Necessary Core Spending, REALLY.

The useless, clueless, brainless egos that equally suspect Auckland voters have empowered to rape and pillage the citizens have now discovered they need a newer, much more plush place to meet  and pontificate as to how they can better feed those said egos.

I am at a complete loss why they cannot meet in an insulated skyline garage somewhere that involves   seriously lower land prices. Could I suggest on a bit of the buffer land that surrounds the Mangere  Waste Water Plant.

Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant.

It can be noted there is car parking on the site and another advantage from this site comes with the very small requirement for infrastructure to move the sh*t decicions that will be produced, direct to the sewerage treatment plant where they should all end up anyway.

Of course they already have a meeting place that would seem palatial to many of the peasants who will fund this latest folly but it is approximately 4 minutes walk from where the thieving superior beings want to relocate to,  for the extremely inconsequential sum of  a paltry ten million dollars

Bu bbut their supreme being and master fornicator says it will be funded from monies already set aside.

Here are the facts Lying Lascivious, Lecherous  Lenny,  a very short and concise motion with notice can move that minor sum to a more appropriate facet of your spending and although quite small in its effect on the massive 10% rate rise you are intending as your farewell gesture it would actually appear as a caring gesture to all those muppets who accepted your word that you would keep rate rises to no more than 2.5%, or were you misquoted you really meant 25% and you are well within your election pledge.
What is a pledge you ask, well  Mr Brown,  hopefully with your trousers well hitched up, a pledge is a promise, a commitment, a vow, a declaration that you will fulfil, all to hard for you then try this,  you stood in the presence of your fellow citizens and said, this I will give to you.

Still not understanding well here is another suggestion just stand outside your office and say "I QUIT" and I bet your place in history will immediately rise several percentage points, but where you stand now any movement can only be an improvement.

This One's For PDM

The story of the minister and the painter.

One day the local Presbyterian parish council decided the manse should be repainted.  Tenders were called for and a contract given to thee lowest bidder.

The successful contractor thought he would take a lend of these goody good churchies so he bought only half the required amount of paint and topped it up with water,  

When the job was finished it looked pretty good - until the first rainstorm about two weeks later.  It  simply washed off and the minister was furious.  He confronted the errant contractor and berated him about the quality of his work and the absence of his ethics.

The contractor, being a cocky little fellow; said 'Well what the hell am I supposed to do about it?'

The minister roared at him:

"Repaint, repaint and thin no more!!!!!"