The Herald carries two foolishly unbalanced and biased pieces on the Hobbitt fiasco and Stuff tags along behind. (John Armstrong's usual sense of objectivity has deserted him.)
It seems the desperate print media are intent on drumming up some controversy where none exists. None of the chest thumping pen pushers seem to realise there was no problem until a foreign union pushed its way into NZ and blackmailed Peter Jackson without realising that it was in fact needling the powerful studios themselves. Of course the studios treated the union like the cockroach it is and crushed it under its heel. Well done.
None of these three pieces even mentions the despicable role of the NZ unions in this disaster.
Not one of these armchair pontificators has enough brains to realise that even double what has been paid thus far would have been a bargain. A small price to pay for some $2 billion dollars worth of economic activity from two films- PLUS the literally billions of dollars worth of activity derived from the future movies which we would have lost if Mr Key and Co had not intervened.
Nobody from Dead Tree Media bothered to calculate how much GST and PAYE revenue the government would have lost if the Hobbit had gone offshore. No, they just bloviate their verbal excrement all over my breakfast table.
Now, dear readers, just ask yourselves who stood to benefit most from a major blow to this country's fragile economic recovery just twelve months out from an election? Then ask yourself which political party is inextricably linked to the perpetrators of this failed piece of economic sabotage?
Ask yourself that question again when you go to vote in Mana and at next year's general election.