Saturday, March 14, 2009

Duplicity and Incompetence

Poor La Femme is suffering withdrawal symptoms after finding nothing new posted on No Minister yesterday, so I thought I should stir my lazy arse to post something.

And of course, it's not as if there isn't plenty of govt duplicity and incompetence to write about, just as in the good old days of - er, last year. I knew back in November when we got a new govt largely consisting of discredited sacks of shit from the 90s that there'd be rich pickings ahead for political bloggers, but somehow it's more depressing than post-worthy. Still, La Femme is hungry for content, so let's pick gingerly through the mess:

Top prize for "1990s revisited" probably goes to Murray McCully, for once again imagining that the title "Minister" is approximately similar to the term "owner." Gordon Campbell has a good description of Murray's latest delusions of absolute monarchy within his portfolio over at Scoop, along with a handy reminder for John Key of just how much Jenny Shipley enjoyed Murray's similar antics with Tourism in the 90s:

One would have thought some of McCully’s associates might be feeling nervous about his tendency to run his portfolio like a feudal fiefdom. The last time McCully embarked on a process of unilateral decision-making - as Tourism Minister in the late 1990s – he ended up by resigning his portfolio, and the affair almost cost Prime Minister Jenny Shipley her job.

Ah, good times.

Other great achievers in the fields of duplicity and incompetence include:

1. Nick Smith, for his heroic efforts in undermining ACC so no-one will mind when it's ditched.

2. Bill English, for his successful efforts to convince journalists that not only is ACC fucked, but it's all Michael Cullen's fault and he illegally concealed the fact from the incoming govt. As Hitler said, people will believe you if you just lie big enough.

3. Tony Ryall, for sacking the head of the Otago DHB for his political affiliations, thereby utterly trashing all the sterling work right-wing bloggers have done frothing at the mouth over Labour's political interference in public appointments.

4. Gerry Brownlee, for being so incompetent in the House that Cullen constantly makes the govt look stupid - to the extent that Key is forced to contemplate offering Cullen a well-paid job so as to get him off the Opposition benches.

5. Judith Collins, for attempting constructive dismissal of Barry Mathews and failing very publicly.

Surely there are other recent examples?

10 comments:

Doug said...

Milt you sound like a sore bitter and twisted Labour Voter very pleased I got that of my chest.

Madeleine said...

Can we go overseas? Bill Clinton's invention of the term "unfertilised embryo" to settle the human embryonic stem-cell research debate?

LaFemme said...

Finally, someone has heard the consumer/voter and responded appropriately. Thank you, Psycho. I was beginning to wonder if No Minister was going to cease to be my go-to blog. Since I gave up most newspapers and TV news, blogs have become my news-gathering and opinion-making sources of choice. And although I think Adolph is a fool for trying to insult a customer (clearly he's a union member and NOT a business person), I still think No Minister has the broadest array of opinions to choose from. I am, however, disappointed that you all threw Fairfacts under the bus for being too prolific, but, oh well, it is your blog, afterall. Nevertheless, do remember that consumers vote with their feet, and in this instant-everything world, our feet get twitchy real quick.

Anonymous said...

Surely there are other recent examples?


There are lots of examples - but all of them are just what National & ACT were elected to do!


1. Nick Smith, for his heroic efforts in undermining ACC so no-one will mind when it's ditched.


This will be a good thing as soon as it happens! No more levies on employers and on motorists. People will have to take personal responsibility for the first time in their lives. And the best news here is Smith is being very clear we will stay with a "no-fault" regime: just that there won't be any taxpayer-funded 22 Billion liability around our necks anymore! Can't happen soon enough!

2. Bill English, for his successful efforts to convince journalists that not only is ACC fucked, but it's all Michael Cullen's fault and he illegally concealed the fact from the incoming govt. As Hitler said, people will believe you if you just lie big enough.

As Goebels said: the best lie is the truth. It is a fact that ACC is fucked; it is a fact that it is Cullen's fault; it is a fact (and the report says this explicitly) that Cullen is personally responsible for what is and is not in the PREFU (the fact that some Treasury officials told him what he wanted to hear is neither here nor there); it is fact that he concealed this not only from the incoming government (which would be bad enough) but from the voters before an election, and from parliament.

3. Tony Ryall, for sacking the head of the Otago DHB for his political affiliations, thereby utterly trashing all the sterling work right-wing bloggers have done frothing at the mouth over Labour's political interference in public appointments.


The only way to get rid of political interference in SOEs, in taxpayer "corporations" like ACC, etc etc is to fire Labour's political appointees. I'm very glad the government has started on cleaning these Augean stables, but it's a big big job. Good on Ryall for grabbing Hercules' mantle.


4. Gerry Brownlee, for being so incompetent in the House that Cullen constantly makes the govt look stupid - to the extent that Key is forced to contemplate offering Cullen a well-paid job so as to get him off the Opposition benches.

In which parliament? Go and read whaleoil: it's clear who's been winning and who's been losing!

5. Judith Collins, for attempting constructive dismissal of Barry Mathews and failing very publicly.

So you'd be happier if this read: "Judith Collins, for paying the incompetent Barry Matthews $500,000".
Employment law, particularly state sector employment law, is now at the top of the list for the government's legislative agenda - since it is now clear that's what it will take to get rid of some of these people. But anyone who thinks that Matthews, Rennie, or most of the rest of the Labour-aligned CEOs will still be there by Christmas is dreaming. Again: this is a government making good on its policy promise: to rid NZ of Labour appointees.

ZenTiger said...

thereby utterly trashing all the sterling work right-wing bloggers have done frothing at the mouth over Labour's political interference in public appointments.

How come nine years of Labour, and nine years of major screwups (which, to be fair is a feature of any government) means that one debatable sacking (although, from my POV, not that debatable - why do you think CEOs earn big bucks? To pay for big lawyers?) and you want to call the slate even is rather cheeky.

Good on you for trying, but with all due respect, PM. We aint that stupid...

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

LaFemme

Adolf has operated a very successful business for this past eighteen years. It is one in which he can 'work' for maybe three days each week and make $100k per annum. It is a business where he can pick and choose his customers who, by the way, are not always right. In fact on occasion he has told the odd customer to fuck off.

As always, the choice is yours but one thing you do not have, is the option of coming onto someone else's blog and cast nasurtiums upon the character of its authors.

LaFemme said...

No quid pro quo, umm?
Oh well, never mind.

WAKE UP said...

"Cullen constantly makes the govt look stupid"

Milt, even you have to be kidding, right? What Cullen is doing is making himself look like a sore whiny loser. Which he is. So is Margaret Wilson, of "Cambridge University, England". Oddly enough, the only one who isn't is Clark, but that's because she doesn't give a shit and has already mentally left these losers behind (as we knew she would, same as she doesn't give a shit about the country).

There's more to running a country than just manipulating the House.

WAKE UP said...

"But anyone who thinks that Matthews, Rennie, or most of the rest of the Labour-aligned CEOs will still be there by Christmas is dreaming."

Please please PLEASE let Joris de Bres be the first to go!

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Bloggers everywhere should be chuffed at the enthusiastic support from readers like LaFemme.
I certainly was touched by the overwhelming support I received before I was 'chucked off the bus'.
The issue depends on why we blog.
What kind of blog do we offer.
Do we become a supermarket or hypermarket blog with many opinions and posts, or something small and specialist like a boutique?
Do we chase the ratings or what?
But yes, it's a competitive world out there and readers are free to shoparound.
How you respond to such competition depends on the type of blog you wish to offer.

Now back to PM's point.
I think PM was very cheeky, but so will I.
I recall Cactus Kate noting the contrast between the Good John who tells the world how fiscally prudent he is, compared to Bad John who spends like he is Liarbour-lite.

However, National is behaving with far more integrity and competence, as I have noted today over at Bransley Bill.