Saturday, January 20, 2018

THE GOVERNMENT'S HONESTY IS REFRESHING INDEED

It would be churlish indeed not to congratulate the Government on the admission that their flagship one billion trees policy (or, to be more precise, their additional 500 million trees policy) is in crisis with only 5 million trees (at best) to be planted this year over and above that already planned for by the industry leaving a shortfall of 45 million.

If you were a cynical person you might think that having the Jones boy front the camera about the same time that St Jacinda announced she was pregnant was something more than a happy coincidence but far be it for me to make such an allegation.

So, what have we got?  An admission by Jones that 'they' are finding it a real challenge to find the necessary land.   "It costs about $8k to buy a hectare of land and I don't have the money to scream around buying land."   Add to that his admission that farmers are leery (of the project) and Maori often find it difficult to agree (on anything involving 'their' land) and the question  to be asked is just where are you going to plant the trees .... conservation estate nah ... Landcorp farmland ... possibly (but at a cost).

Throw into the mix that right now there are only 4 million seedlings available for purchase and then there's the little matter of Jacinda slapping down the proposal by Jones that the planting could be achieved by some sort of grand work-for-the-dole scheme designed to get his cuzzie bros of the couch and doing something useful and you've got the classic over-promise and under-delivery and Mr Jones is left holding the can for NZ First and looking stupid.

Today trees ... tomorrow/next week/month there's the little matter of the 10,000 'affordable' houses to explain away and, one thing for sure, Mr Twyford won't have the pregnancy card to play.




12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Still with the trees. I put that in the same box as Trumps " I'm going to slap tariffs on German cars". Pre election political rhetoric, heat of the moment stuff that will not come to fruition. So far it has not cost anything and nobody has died and in retrospect no different than the overblown rhetoric on a simple pregnancy. Silly beyond words. Prime Ministers come with the potential of time off for coronarys, Hyper tension, appendicitis, influenza etc etc.

It appears that some of the Putinbots that infest this site are extremely worried about the time off that will be taken by the PM and that the sky will fall. I'm more worried about the spread of this anti democratic disease..... https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/19/twitter-admits-far-more-russian-bots-posted-on-election-than-it-had-disclosed

Lord Egbut the deleted.

pdm said...

Not only pre election Egbut.

Jones has been spouting bout getting his lazy nephews off their arses on a few occasions since the election and Winstons selection of Labour as the Government.

All in all they are like the barbers cat - all piss and wind - as the saying goes.

Anonymous said...

Government is expensive and I wonder why I pay for expensive people who are so fricken useless.

3:16

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... ffs, this was a flagship policy not campaign rhetoric and included the reestablishment of the NZFS to be located in Rotorua (now on the back burner because there's no money left in the kitty). In trying to hose down this clusterfuck in the making you are doing yourself no favours by attempting to link it with some of the quite ott comment in this and other blog regarding the PM's pregnancy ... you're better than that.

You're right in that no one has died but there has been a cost ... to the government's credibility with more to come.

David said...

True Veteran, but tell us again about John Key's flagship policy to build a national cycleway. How much was completed?

pdm said...

Egbut I should have added that every time Jones steps up with a worthwhile idea like `work for the dole' or similar Ardern shuts it down.

Just like Robbo did with Nash's Foreign tax announcement. Nash the poor bugger was even kept out of the house at question time.

alwyn said...

For David's edification.
They did pretty well actually David.
22 Great roads totalling about 2500 km and ridden by over a million people a year. That is about 10 times as many as those who do the great walks. They are generally connected by scenic routes on quiet rural roads.
http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/nga-haerenga-new-zealand-cycle-trail

The Veteran said...

alwyn ... David is to be forgiven. He lives in South Australia which, by definition, means he's behind the times. Up here in Northland the Twin Coast cycle trail which runs from Opua to Mangungu, a distance of 87km, attracts huge interest.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Correction Vet

" He lives in South Australia which, by definition, means he's in the dark"

Anonymous said...

Troll DLT........Actually we don't know, any more than you you live in Bunbury WA which is a crock. Why do you support a president that poses a clear and present danger to Australia's trade and well being?

Why do you post reams of infantile cartoons that even my granddaughter thinks are weird?

Answers please.

Lord Egbut

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I'm not surprised your granddaughter is weird.

It's Turnbull, Weatherill, Andrews and all the other idiot lefties who pose a clear and present danger to Australia's well being.

Anonymous said...

That's the sort of moronic answer you come to expect from cretintroll...