Monday, November 20, 2017


Good on Labour for building on what had already been achieved by National in signing up to TPPA #2 (or whatever fancy name they now call it).   Good on them for having the courage to do a u-turn in their previous opposition to the TPPA.  

Good on the Greens for having the courage of their convictions and standing resolutely opposed to TPPA #2.

But you can be forgiven that wry smile at the antics of NZF in House over the deal.    Up until now NZF's position on the TPPA can be summed up as 'no way Jose'.   But last week in Parliament Shane Jones couldn't give a straight answer on where his Party now stood in relation to the deal ... could it just be that Winston First was/is still making up his mind?    That's the problem you have with a Party led by Archbishop Brian Tamaki in drag.

One thing for sure ... the NZ First touted free-trade agreement between this country and the  Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union has been assigned a priority by the Government somewhere below subterranael.

And we won't even talk about Acting Prime Minister Kelvin Davis performance at question time.   Suffice to say he was totally out of his depth and the media quite rightly roasted him for his incompetence.   He may well have been a half decent Principal of a small Intermediate School and he certainly killed off Hone Harawiri's political career but Prime Ministerial material he ain't.    

For this Government the recess week couldn't come quick enough.


Anonymous said...

He reminds me of Corbyn at his first PMQ's, inept and totally uninspiring, somebody who did not look as if he would last 5 minutes in the cauldron of parliament. He learnt fast and grew into the job and now regularly roasts the PM to roars of encouragement.

Give the lad a chance to get his feet under the table.....

Lord Egbut

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy said...

Recess week! Bugger.

Mind you, it might give Ronnie time to get his medals sorted before the embarrassing jibes from 'them over there' start again.

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... I think you will see him 'backseated' from hereon in. Once bitten, twice shy.

Still no word from Winston First re TPPA#2. Signing up to something you have always condemned as the 'devils work' was always going to be a hard ask but trying to unhook yourself from cabinet collective responsibility is a tad sight harder.

The Veteran said...

TTSS ... last week 'our' Ron was greeted in the House with shouts of 'show us your baubles'. Not sure he liked that.

Noel said...

TTSS if we are going to sort out medals lets sort out the discrepancies in the current issues.
Adding the Vietnam clasp to the General Service Medal (Warlike) whist retaining the NZ Vietnam Campaign Medal is mocking the principle. It was instigated to honour service where NO NZ or Commonwealth campaign medal had been issued.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... the claps are issued under Royal Warrant. Suggest you take it up with the Palace.

Dennis said...

Thought Kelvin Davis was going to be pretty good. Then he had this to say about his opposites:

Prime Minister Bill English - "personality of a rock".

Deputy leader Paula Bennett - "mastered the Lyn of Tawa effect".

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman - "the doctor of death".

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee - "the energy of a small hill".

Transport Minister Simon Bridges - "the only person under 80 who still buys brylcreem".

Revenue Minister Judith Collins - "her stare caused that ice shelf in Antarctica to crack off and float away".

Any mana gone with just one brief diatribe. His Acting-PM performance thus seems unsurprising. Still, better we know the real Kelvin Davis before we trusted him too much. Bit of a shame really, he had seemed a class act.

Noel said...

"Suggest you take it up with the Palace."
Nah just don't wear it then you don't diminish the principle.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Vet I know some of Britain's past monarchs were syphilitic but I didn't know the palace was now handing out 'the claps.!

The Veteran said...

Adolf ... droll but good ... gives himself a swift uppercut.