Thursday, May 29, 2008

Liarbour 'Streets' ahead for hypocrisy and incompetence


Fine piece from John Armstrong today about the failings of Liarbour's newer cabinet ministers.
Fair from being great hopes of the future, they are turning out somewhat disappointing.
There's Maryann Street, defending the indefensible and not following the advice of the PM, getting herself into more trouble, if not actually incurring Dear Leader's wrath.
But what joy to see Liarbour reaping what it sowed in 1999. The past does come back to haunt you, with Street defending two luxury retreats, and the Hawkes Bay DHB rubs it in with news its own retreat cost just $180 all-in.
Clayton Cosgrove is fingered by Armstrong over what he may or may not know about the shennanigans in the Immigration Ministry concerning Mary Ann Thompson and various issues.
And then we have Energy Minister David Parker , initially denying potential power problems.
But Liarbour has only itself to blame.
If it truly believes in diversity, the party needs to recruit from a wider cross-section of the community than it currently does. Not just being a party dominated Maori, gays and trades unionists. Such a small gene pool to choose from. No wonder they have so many shortcomings and are so out of touch.
UPDATE: Audrey Young at the Herald loses sympathy for Street and notes her deputy-leadersip chancs are harmed by the affair.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

But aren't Parker and Cosgrove in none of those categories.
But there again, if Liarbore was keen on recruiting from outside these sectors, the party might have been able to find better than those two.
It is strange how Parker was seen as some hot shot lawyer but had incorrectly filled in company returns, leading to him respign as attorney general, following a story by Investigate magazine.
It is even more strange that these very same documents turned up with different fonts and others to typefaces used previously, suggesting these documents were forged.
But who allegedly forged them?
Check Absolute Power for details.

pdq

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget academics and school teachers!

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well, you needn't concern yourself about a gene pool if you're hiring gays and lesbos. There isn't one.

Anonymous said...

Some good news from the UK: for key unions are disafiliating from Labour, the party is nearly bankrupt, and executive members will be held personally liable

Gordon Brown, and a bunch of other UK pollies and unionists are about 6 weeks away from losing all their houses and savings!!!

If only that would happen here too!

Clunking Fist said...

Anon, that may be so, but unless something drastic happens, the fuckers are in power for another 2 years (5 year terms)! After that it all becomes a bit pointless, cos the EU gummint will have taken over by then.

emmess said...

Why the hello do we need a Housing Corporation?
I worked out 66,000 house worth an average of $300 grand each is $20 billion dollars.
What the government should do is a voucher privatisation of it and give everyone in the country over 18 a share holding worth $6000-$7000.

Anonymous said...

Why the hello do we need a Housing Corporation?


We don't/ In fact it's worse than that: it's a really serious distortion of the market!

I worked out 66,000 house worth an average of $300 grand each is $20 billion dollars.
What the government should do is a voucher privatisation of it and give everyone in the country over 18 a share holding worth $6000-$7000.


And how does that help anything or anyone.
And why do all the low-value bluding families who never pay any tax with say 5 kids and 3 grandparents deserve 70,000, while a hardworking couple deserve only 12,000 (and will have to pay tax on that, so it's really only 4,000?)

Fariest thing to do is
a) evict all state house tenants. No notice. Throw 'em onto the street.
b) put all houses up simultaneously on trademe. zero reserve, one week auction.
c) change the law to fobid state & council house ownership
d) change the electoral system to protect c)


then it is done!

Psycho Milt said...

Anonymous loony: I'm now officially declaring you a lefty agent provocateur. That said, as a lefty myself I can only say "Carry on."

Why the hello do we need a Housing Corporation?

This is a question worthy of some investigation, emmess. A little study of NZ history should reveal why state housing came into existence, and why it was a Good Thing. I realise right-wingers look on history as time-wasting for lefty poofters who can't stir themselves to get out there and Create Wealth, but sometimes it's useful.

emmess said...

Anon
While you may or may not be truly believe your sugggestion.
I truly belive mine and I think it would be genuinely popular