Monday, November 18, 2013

DON'T VOTE - DON'T VOTE - DON'T VOTE - DON'T VOTE - DON'T VOTE

Pam and I won't be voting in the Asset Sales referendum and we would urge all 'right' thinking New Zealanders to follow our lead.

The referendum is a farce.   National received a mandate to carry out the sales process at the time of the last election .... end of story.    By the time the votes are counted in mid December the sales programme will be largely complete.    The 'No' vote will win simply because anyone with half a brain will have worked out the referendum is a farce.  Just why would you vote on a done deal?   Better still, why are we spending  in excess of $9,000,000 to indulge the wet dreams of Messrs Cunliffe, Norman and Peters.   

For anyone stupid enough to endorse the referendum can I suggest you front up and explain the rationale of voting on a done deal to the 450 elderly (and not so elderly) New Zealanders who will have to forgo hip operations just to indulge a bunch of rag-tag politicians who care nothing about squandering nine million dollars that could be better spent elsewhere. 

The referendum is is an abuse of process pure and simple and should be treated as such.    I repeat.   All 'right' thinking New Zealanders should bin their voting papers and refuse to participate in this charade.

We are.



19 comments:

Judge Holden said...

"...explain the rationale of voting on a done deal to the 450 elderly (and not so elderly) New Zealanders who will have to forgo hip operations..."

Really? It's being funded from Vote Health? Why is the government breaking the Public Finance Act? This is a huuuuuge scandal. How many 1000s of hip ops did the elderly forgo to pay for the PR around the sales do you think?

Glad you're trying to convince tories not to vote. It will make the result look even worse for the government. Given how appallingly they've botched the sales I bet they're wishing they hadn't promised to do them.

Watcher said...

I not sure why you are so insistent.
Hasn't the PM made it clear it's non binding and the Government will not be taking any notice.

My money is on the majority voting YES.

Shane Ponting said...

I will be voting. I support asset sales, but if someone wants a referendum on the matter then I'll stand and be counted.

Noel said...

"I will be voting. I support asset sales, but if someone wants a referendum on the matter then I'll stand and be counted."

Good to hear.

Regardless of the cost and how it came about it's happening and it shouldn't be wasted.

At least we should have a more accurate indication of support for the practice from those who are eligible to vote.



Noel said...


"The referendum is is an abuse of process pure and simple and should be treated as such"

Can you please explain how this particular referendum is in breach of the Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993?

Thank you

robertguyton said...

This is your best idea ever!
Good thinking going on here. I'm totally in support. Like Keeping Stock, you're a brilliant strategist.
Don't vote!

http://robertguyton.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/the-brilliance-of-keeping-stock.html

Lindsay Mitchell said...

I'm voting yes. Why give the instigators more opinion stats to nag with?

gravedodger said...

I was going to vote yes then remembered I had done that a couple of years ago, well one year and 51 weeks ago to be accurate.

So I will return the referendum paper unopened and ask for my money back.

Yes, best option for those who support the partial sale of shares but I would prefer the government sell 100% of commercial businesses marked for partial sale then add TVNZ, Radio NZ, NZ Post, Solid Energy, Trans power, and add in The Troughmaster General's folly.

farmerbabyboomer said...

I agree with what Noel says in the comment above . "Regardless of the cost and how it came about it's happening and it shouldn't be wasted"
Sure there is an element of political farce from Labour and the Greens. Worse than that they sabotaged the benefit to the NZ economy by announcing their wacky buy back scheme.
I will be voting and my vote will be "YES".
Labour/Greens lost the election and they need that fact reinforced with a "YES" majority in this referendum.

Anonymous said...

When a voter has a voice but the politicians don't listen is that really a voice?

3:16

James Stephenson said...

According to the Greens and Labour, there is no mandate for these sales because a minority of voters voted for this government - apparently they get to claim all those who didn't vote.

By the same logic, I can vote in favour of the Government's policy and save myself a walk to the post box by doing nothing at all.

I'm not voting either.

Watcher said...

Anon said
"When a voter has a voice but the politicians don't listen is that really a voice?"

Gezz you don't expect the trough feeders to listen to people do you?

Paulus said...

Like all junk mail ours will go in the bin as received, although I do object to spending $9,000,000on a farce.

rivoniaboy said...

@Judge Holden

What the hell is Vote Health?

Watcher said...


"What the hell is Vote Health?"
Geez catch up. It the taxpayer appropriations for all those hip operations Veteran claims everyone is missing out on.
My reading of this financial years vote suggests there is sufficient funds for all anticipated hip operations.
Perhaps the referendum is taking taxpayer funding of trough feeders self decided perks.

Noel said...

I doubt that funding in under threat.

"It is government policy that there should be nationally consistent access to surgery.

Prioritisation tools such as the Clinical Priority Access Criteria (CPAC) score and the
Hip and Knee prioritisation tool developed by the Orthopaedic Working Group of the
National Waiting Times Project are used .

Currently the target national standardised intervention rate (SIR) for publicly funded
major joint replacement (primary, bilateral or revision hip or knee replacement) is
21.0/ 10000 population per year.

pdm said...

I will vote yes and I understand mrs pdm will as well.

I would like nothing better than to see Red Russel with a blood nose following a resounding Yes vote.

Anonymous said...

Two yes votes in this household too. By the time I grab a few from my neighbors who couldn't give a shit that'll be plenty of yes votes from thus area.

Judge Holden said...

RIght, so so far we have don't vote, spoil your ballot, vote yes and commit voter fraud. Ever get the feeling the tories are melting down? Fantastic stuff guys.