Sunday, January 31, 2010

Free lunches


Apparently this is a photo of people demanding an increase in minimum wages.
What they're actually demanding is a free lunch in a competitive world.
Their labour is worth what someone is prepared to pay for it. Not a cent more.
In the real world it is a very simple process to increase your wage.
Increase your skills so someone is prepared to pay you more or go and work for yourself and pay yourself as much as you want.
These young people would be better served by upskilling themselves than wasting their time in one of Matt's protests.
But for once I agree with Matt's headline
"Government does less than minimum"
Now that's the sort of headline we should be encouraging. If only we could extend it to the rest of what they do.
We could knock a few billion off spending and stop worrying about rearranging the taxation deckchairs.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gore's global warming ally

Al Gore has an ally in his gorebull warning charade. Gore and this person obviously have a lot in common.

So who is this ally who has just said this today?
...blamed Western industrialised nations for hunger, desertification and floods across the globe, and called for "drastic solutions" to global warming, and "not solutions that partially reduce the effect of climate change."
The answer is the photo here.

Punishing hard work

From Granny re the odious Welfare for Families:
Nearly 378,000 New Zealand households get a bit more money each week through Working for Families tax credits. But a system designed to help young families actually punishes them as extra income earned from hard work is taxed at rates as high as 90c in the dollar. For some families, the dole is a better option.
Enough said really.

It's Good Night From Her and..............

............ and it's good night from her.

Hot on the heels of Jennetix' departure, Sue Kedgeley says she is considering resigning from Parliament.

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Right next to this announcement in this mornings Herald is a gentle puff piece on the juvenile clown who will pursue the bogan vote. Pure comedy gold.

Kedgeley will be remembered for two things The enthusiastic food nazi who was conned into advocating a ban on water and being the only MP whose 'scalp' was publicly claimed by the concrete mixer from Invercargill.

The Greens chances of making 5% in 2011 now are as good as Obama's chances of a landslide destruction of the Republicans in the mid terms.

Parliament will be a better place.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Action v Reaction

Always remember this: we should judge politicians, particularly Labour ones, by their action on events rather than their reaction to them.

Case study: Labour and state servant pay.

This from Granny late last year:
Mr Rennie said the pay rises flowed through from a decision in 2005 to increase the overall funding for chief executives by 5 per cent a year for five years.

After the global credit crisis sparked a world wide recession the order had gone out to rein in spending.

In 2005, Labour locked in massive pay rises for state servants.
Goff yesterday:
Since 1997 state sector chief executive salaries have increased by an average of 90 per cent. That’s over eight per cent a year – or more than twice the rate of inflation.

Remember - if you’re on the minimum wage this year, you’re getting less than the rate of inflation.

The government is freezing the wages of many of those who clean schools and work in our hospitals.

But there’s a different rule for state sector chiefs.

They get paid about the same as their Australian counterparts, despite the difference in size of their jobs and departments.

Under Labour no public service chief executive should be able to be paid more than the base salary for the Prime Minister.

Just under four hundred thousand a year should be enough to attract good people who believe public service means just that.

UPDATE

According to Zetitic, an author @ The Standard, Goff's speech was "the most clever single piece of politics since Orewa".

And he/she further displays his/her idiocy by saying to Danyl that he is "not too flash at this politics thing eh?".

Danyl is a bit of a leftie, but is one of the more astute observers I read on the blogs. Zetitic doesn't come near him in this "politics thing".



Thursday, January 28, 2010

Labour's back!

According to Eddie, and s/he's excited at the prospect.

Here's how Labour did it. Words.

decent pay for a fair day’s work,

good public services,

a more equal society,

community responsibility,

and saving children from...underachievement.

Who knows what it all means. But hey, Labour is back through its tried and tested of puffery, platitudes, weasel words and slogans.

Will this be in the rubbish tin on Monday?

Now that the last actual green environmentalist is extinct and presumably departed for greener pastures, will Key be ripping this up and help consign the Watermelons to the wilderness they so desperately crave?

Probably not.

Which just makes me think that none of us should waste the MMP referendum bone that Key has thrown to us. Probably our last chance to get the communist party out of NZ. And get National and Labour to actually stand for something other than the soft centre.

Why we need to dump MMP explained in one easy to understand picture

Click the pic to go through to the story.
Not much else to say really.

Who Cares?

The Herald is all a flutter as it breathlessly 'live blogs' the SOTU speech from Washington.

As if any one might be interested in the mouthings of a discredited, fraudulent, lame duck presidential usurper.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ordinary New Zealanders

Looks like Labour's lacklustre low profile campaign is about to get underway with emphasis on ORDINARY mediocrity. The pathetic and oft repeated use of the phrase 'ordinary New Zealanders' augers well for NACTionalMP who now need only launch with 'Dare to be Better' or something, anything more inspiring than ORDINARY.



How ironic it is that you will struggle to find any genuinely 'ordinary' New Zealanders in amongst Labour's sorry bunch.

Plenty of poofters, political studies graduates, union organisers, party relics and assorted jail bait but ordinary New Zealanders? People who have held down a real job, in real New Zealand, living on a real income, paying real tax, raising a real family?

Naaaaah, Labour has become the ordinary party of the unreal, consigned for the next twenty years to a process of slow necrosis, punctuated by the odd spasm of unnatural nervous energy usually seen in the moments preceding death.

Pink lycra, bashing business and an observation

I read the Standard.
There I said it, and I don't care what anybody thinks about that startling revelation.

Anyway, I was browsing their latest frothing at the mouth, self loathing whitey onanistic drivel the other day and came across a post written by their latest attack mong who writes under the pen name of Zetetic.
Zetetics "style" is strikingly similar to the "Steve Pierson" character who went deep cover after he managed to find a convenient lifeboat at the parliamentary library when the SS Labour Govt went down. Not that the similarities or even the identity of the author is relevant to what this post was supposed to be about when I started the process of typing with the pencil attached to my forehead.
So.
The post that got my attention was this one. Click through and have a read if you wish. Or just continue reading my opinion on the post.

Basically they are attacking one of NZ's larger chains of Gym, Club Physical. Claiming they are homophobes and encouraging their 12 commenters to attack them.
Now I have had a read through the links and basically it amounts to a sentence or two in the club physical newsletter from some suckhole who opines that eating tofu or soy or some such other poof food MIGHT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF DEVELOPING INTO A HOMOSEXUALIST.

I find the whole thing hilarious and the comments section of the posts kept me laughing for at least ten minutes.

Now for the observation part of the post.

1. For Zetetic to suggest that the owners/ managers of Club Physical are homophobes is ludicrous. Speaking as somebody who spent many years pretending to work out at these gyms in Auckland let me assure you that you will find more poofs at these gyms than at a young labour social. Yup, that many! Hardly a winning marketing ploy , alienate your client base.

2. The author claiming that eating tofu/ soy/ mong beans whatever might make you queer might actually have some basis in fact.
The last time somebody slipped me some Tofu I exclaimed quite loudly that I would rather eat cock than this shite and promptly spat it out.

Warming in NZ, if you want

Below is the graph used by NIWA to show how we are supposedly warming. It is base on a composite of 7 sites around NZ dating back to the 1850's. The "anomaly" is really just the actual temperature recording less the average temperature for 1971-2000. I'm not sure why they have chosen this range to arrive at an average temperature, but it has the definite effect of making the trend look greater.
Using their raw data, I just calculated the anomaly using the the average temperature from 1860 to the present, instead of 1971-2000.(allowing for the fact that several of the sites are not complete records) My graph shows the resultant anomaly in green compared with the NIWA result in red.
I'll leave you to your own conclusions, but to me the green line show nothing remarkable about our temperature apart from a slight warming around 1950 till about 2000. And the convenient fact that you can manipulate the data to paint any picture you want.

The Irrelevant Pursuing The Irreverent

The Herald this morning sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil as it runs no less than three puff pieces on Labours BBQ at Phil's place. Such vast space devoted to so much empty waste.

Bad enough that Goff's inevitable re-election as the most invisible leader since Obama Sin Laden was boomed up into a triumphant celebration, the Herald excelled itself with it's trumpet call to action from the boy from Nga Bush, Shane Jones.

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This is the loon with more puku than brains who, in one ill considered public insult, ensured that Ratana moves away from Labour for ever. (That's how we shore up the voter base Up North, Bro. We showed 'em!)

And this guy reckons he's going to drive the Maori Party from the house? Hell, he's just driven Ratana away! Goodness me, he's another empty suit like Obama. Much fatter and hairier but just as vacuous.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Private Healthcare

"Private healthcare is inherently immoral. The basis of healthcare is meant to be getting the greatest gain to human wellbeing with the available resources. Private healthcare makes it about money. It means the rich can use their money to queue-jump. It means that Turia, Katene, Tolley, and Burrows can get stomach staplings because they are rich while poor people don’t and lose limbs, then lives, to diabetes."
Discuss.

What's Up With The Herald?

Not content with giving us crooks jumping over buildings yesterday, the good old fact checking boys at The Herald have shifted Waipuna Lodge from the shores of Panmure Basin to some place called Manukau. Well, actually it's that good old girl Claire Trevett in this case. What's wrong with these sheilas who call themselves reporters? Don't they actually read what they write? Or was it simply a repeated Labour press release?

"Labour's caucus has confirmed Phil Goff as party leader and Annette King as deputy.

Their leadership was confirmed at the party's first caucus meeting of the year - an all-day meeting at Waipuna Lodge in Manukau."



Do they mean Manukau City? Or maybe Manukau Heads? Or maybe there's some place called Manukau way out in the boo-eye down Taranaki way?

Any which way, John Banks will not be pleased to have a huge slice of his patch arbitrarily transferred to the mad rapper with a dodgy ticker.

Oh yeah. The barbecue's at Phil's place. Will they invite Ratana? Or the Exclusive Brethren? Or them pesky Presbyterians?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Story of the decade

The Sunday News, and now Stuff, have the scoop of the decade.

On Thursday, Sunday News snapped TV's clown prince Marc Ellis breaking "three strikes, and you're out" rules of the road at once – cycling on the footpath, not wearing a helmet and talking on his cellphone while driving.

Riding on the footpath and not wearing a helmet can both incur $55 fines. And as of November 2009, it became illegal to operate a vehicle – including a bicycle – while using a mobile phone, which can score you a $80 fine and 20 demerit points.

If you're a journalist with nothing to write on, park yourself outside Marc Ellis's house - you might get a photo of his new baby. Or you might just see him riding his bike without a helmet and talking on his phone. You could then take a photo of that. You then have a major story in the Sunday News, and then on Stuff.

But by then you could begin to wonder just what journalism really meant for you and whether it's a job you take seriously.

Bonanza

Fiji has struck gold.

Tomorrow there is expected an announcement by Vatukoula Gold Mines PLC that new reserves worth US$3 billion have been discovered.

Fiji currently operates a royalty on gold of 2.5%. Adolf's advice to The Commodore is to immediately impose an export tax on gold of 5.0% on the grounds that Fiji needs the money and if the miners don't like it they can leave the bloody stuff in the ground.

If the reserve is mined over ten years, The Commodore can look forward to an annual windfall of $US 22.5 million plus all the associated jobs with their economic multiplier effect.

Go Frankie!

Nicely Done, Shane.

Phil Goff seems to have issued spades to all his MPs in preparation for their visit to Ratana. Spades for digging bigger holes, that is.

Shane Jones showed them at Ratana Pa. By God, he showed them. He showed them all his inestimable leadership skills.
Labour was challenged to reciprocate the loyalty shown to it from Ratana for decades by accepting four Ratana candidates for winnable positions in Parliament - on the list.

To rub his nose in it, Labour leader Phil Goff had to endure a speech praising Prime Minister John Key for being "a brilliant speaker" and "a person who should be admired".


When told a few home truths by a Ratana minister about Labour's condescension and arrogance toward Maori of the past eighty years, what did he do? Offer a word or two of repentance? Smooth the troubled waters? Pledge a new commitment to do better in future?

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No, our big shot from Up North cemented the relationship forever by telling his host to 'stick to ministering.' That about sums up my opinion of the great brown Labour knight, Shane Jones who came galloping in to save Labour a few years ago, riding on his trusty Hereford bull.

Remember how he was to be a future PM? Prime Mug, more likely.

Ratana minister Kereama Pene, who delivered the critical speech, was told by Labour MP Shane Jones he should stick to ministering.

Mr Pene told the Herald that Labour had missed the message. "This is quite serious," he said.

Mr Pene said "a real relationship is born out of truth, a real relationship is born out of respect for each other".

Clearly Labour is still in denial.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Standards of Illiteracy.....

.... are revealed in the Herald on Sunday. Anna Rushworth, take note if you can read.

Three enterprising young Bros from Up North pinched a car in Paihia and drove to Auckland where they pulled into Peninsula Golf Club and carjacked a flash fast Holden (the Bros are discerning chaps) from the members' car park, using a knife/screw driver as encouragement for the car's owner to comply with their wishes.

So far so good, Miss Rushworth.

Later in the story we are regaled with details of the police pursuit and subsequent arrest of the miscreants who clearly have watched too many action movie videos. Then comes the most dramatic revelation of all. These young guys and gals have acquired the powers of Superman.

"The third was caught leaping across properties."




Well, fancy that, eh?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Very Best......

..........piece of political satire I've ever seen. Incredibly clever and rib achingly funny.

The great tax debate

A few thoughts on the imposter that passes itself off as a fair tax system.

1. The top 10% of taxpayers paying 44% of the money is somehow called "progressive".

2. The bigger question should be asked firstly. Do we want a country that runs an expensive big government?
Or should we finally accept reality -that NZ is just a big Fiji - a few farms and some tourists. Cut our cloth to suit and be happier as a nannystateless country.

3. My bet is that GST will go to 15% with associated benefit rises and some leveling of top rates.
WFF will remain and property will be tinkered with around the edges.

4. My next bet is that sometime in the future when the other Labour gets back in, the top rates will be relevelled upwards again. We will be back to square one + 2.5%.

5. Which really makes the the upcoming debate about MMP far more relevant than this rearrangment of the deck chairs. Because one way or another under the current system we will always have a big, hungry government.

One For The Shouters.......

This morning's Herald gives cold comfort to the anti-National shouters from the rabid right.

In a report on the Ratana conference currently underway PM John Key is shown to have received an extremely positive reception, such as would have been impossible just five years ago.

Prime Minister John Key is welcomed on to the marae at Ratana Pa. Photo / NZPA


Adolf's earlier prescience in these things is borne out by the remarks of one church member during the welcome:-

Joe Everett, a morehu (Ratana follower), noted the long connections the Church has with Labour but then said that since becoming Prime Minister, John Key had abided by his promises to the Maori people.

"In the short time you have been in power, you have done so much more than others have done for the Maori people."

The overt praise and implicit criticism of the previous Labour government made it clear the Church followers at least are openly reconsidering their alliance with Labour.


There, for all to see, is laid bare Helen Clark's greatest folly. She drove Maoridom into the arms of National and National is going to love Maoridom to death for herein lies the destruction of Labour.

Much credit for this fortunate state of affairs needs to be given to ACT's Rodney Hide. He was one of the first conservative MPs to develop a close and cordial relationship with Tariana Turia during the occupation of Treasury benches by the Clark Cullen led Nazis.

You know, I almost feel as though I wrote the script.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Hope For Helen Clark

One should not speak ill of the dead so I'm going to get it all off my chest while the Bilious Bitch continues to breath.

New Zealand's most corrupt and immoral Prime Minister ever has been granted an extension. Medical Science has figured out how to enable a cadaver to wink.

Now Clark will be able to taunt the dumbarse Kiwi's who thought she was Chrismas without Christ. On her way to the crematorium she will rise up with the aid or artificial muscles, elevate the lid of the coffin and demand that tax payers fund unlimited election finance for Labour.

Carter, Goff and the next election

Others have covered Chris Carters latest shameful jetset troughing so there is not much point going over the hilarity of him being so desperate for another free trip that he is prepared to journey to a place that would lock him up for being a practicing homosexual. So I shall not.

However, this latest jolly does raise a couple of other points.

1. Carter has obviously realised that the good times are over and is probably gorging as much as he can before retiring at the next lolly scramble.

2. What sort of a gutless wimp is Phil Goff? Seriously, on what level would approving another luxury trip for Carter and his partner seem like an okay idea by the labour leadership. Labour has no leader.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wrong biblical message

I have noticed this post by Andrei which covers the "outrage" over the biblical references on the stocks of rifles used by the NZDF.

There is a major problem here in that the wrong biblical reference is on the rifles. Of course the most appropriate is Ezekial 25:17 - the Pulp Fiction version of course (the real Ezekial 25 verse 17 doesn't actually say this but hey, let's remember a great movie scene).
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
I hope Willie had this on his piece when patrolling Kabul.

SERIOUS QUESTIONS

I seriously question the 'integrity' of the New Zeland media. OK, perhaps an oxymoron.

So some freelance journo snaps a shot of a couple of NZSAS guys in Kabul at the time that a couple of ragheads set out on their mission to f**k 77 virgins. He wouldn't have a clue who a very hairy Willie Apiata VC, was.

Back in dear old NZ Granny Herald somehow makes the connection and publishes the photo identifying Apiata.

You bastards have just made Apiata a high value target for the Talaban. Proud of it?

The PM and the military are right to condemn this abuse of process by the Herald under the guise of media freedom because you can bet your bottom dollar that the haters and wreckers in this country; the John Minto's and the Keith Locke's of this world, will have sent the photo back to their Talaban friends along with a donation for the first guy to take him (Apiata) out.

Media puke.

A Black Lame Duck

What sort of noise does a black lame duck make?

Look below the picture.

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"barak, barak, barak"

Good News, eh Moshe?

In amongst the many analyses of the Massachusetts Massacre published this morning, Adolf has not found any reference to Israel.



There will be rejoicing in Tel Aviv that an administration which takes little care to hide it's loathing for Israel and its sympathy toward Israel's sworn enemies has taken a king hit.

America is hardening up and rejecting the wishy-washy weakness of liberal foreign policy. Obama is severely weakened politically and the Republican Party and independent conservatives have received a morale boost which is worth billions.

Adolf's pick is that yesterday's political ructions in America are a tipping point in many respects and, among others, they will have given strength to those in Israel who see a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities as necessary and inevitable. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the people in Tel Aviv are already negotiating with Iraq and Jordan for covert and discrete permission to overfly their territory if necessary.

Both will heave a collective sigh of relief, along with most other Arab nations, to see the real threat in their region neutralised. They know they will not be attacked by a nuclear Israel but they have no such confidence in a nuclear armed and insane Iranian regime.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Eat The Rich

Eat The Rich
There's only one thing that they are good for
Eat The Rich
Take one bite now - come back for more
Eat The Rich
Don't stop me now, I'm goin' crazy
Eat The Rich
That's my idea of a good time baby

Lyrics from "Eat The Rich", Aerosmith.

If you're a leftie blogger, it appears you'd criticise the Tax Working Group's findings by saying this: Let's make the poor rich by making the rich poor.

What was that quote by Margaret Thatcher?

The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend.

Here's Sanctuary from the Dim Post.
Actually garethw, any tax working group which uses a series of bumper sticker neo-liberal slogans as their starting point and fails to bother to consider the social and redistributive role of tax in a democracy was always going to produce outcomes that reflected the input. Bullshit input, bullshit output.
Okay. So tax is about redistribution. Got that.

And then the very same Sanctuary later on:
My parents worked all their lives to rise from grinding poverty to the point they were able to purchase a lifestyle block with a lovely nice house on it. That land has accrued nicely and their wise investment and hard work has lifted a whole family up the class scale. They are pensioners now. A land tax will force them off their land. Is that fair? If defending their right to own their own land is “Labour Party supporters fight for the right of the landed class not to have to pay any tax” then I happily plead guilty.
So redistribution is a tax goal, just as long as the Left and their families aren't the ones being asked to contribute to the great distribute.

Nah. That's the role of the rich. As I said in my opening, a synopsis of the left blogs still has the position in this country where they argue the poor should be made rich by making the rich poor.

I'll finish with another quote:

The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you're rich.

P J O'Rourke

A Dead Dog........

........without a donger just got trashed in Massachusetts. (Apologies to Bill Hayden.)

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Already the strong indications from the Washington Democrati are that they will close their ears and crash through or crash.

They will crash and the disaster will happen in November. Prepare the tumbrils.

The best line from Senator Elect Scott Brown's acceptance speech was this:-

"........ and Air Force One made an emergency landing at Logan."

Obama possesses the same kiss of death so keenly honed by the late Helen Elisabeth Clark.

Now, Hang On A Minute........! Updated

There's not a food safety risk, according to the Food Safety Authority but it has still seized some tonnes of honey being processed in Timaru.

On what grounds? If the allegation is that the honey might not be genuine Manuka Honey then surely that is a matter for the Commerce Commission? What the hell is the FSA doing sticking it's nose into something which by its own admission is not its business? If I were the owner of the honey, I would be having my lawyers talk very hard to these people.

A phone call to the FSA elicits the following response from one Geoff Allen:-

NZFSA last month detained a large consignment of product labelled as honey in Timaru. We are gathering information to determine whether the product complies with the Animal Products Act and the Food Act. There will be no further comment until the investigation is complete.

Adolf awaits a phone call advising hem where he can see the justifying legislation.

From the RNZ piece comes this curious comment:-

"Mr Rowlands says the investigation is about protecting market integrity for exporters."
Adolf would very much like to see the legislative justification for this organisation to engage in the activities of a commercial watch dog. One would imagine that if there has been established that there is no safety issue, the product should be returned to its rightful owner who can get on with running his business.

Then, if his competitors think he is selling product under a false label, they should complain to the commerce commission.

One wonders how long it will take to "gather information." The product was seized last month so it is likely the FSA has been poking around for at least a month. How do you tell if honey is in fact Manuka honey and not Rata honey or Totara honey or Gorse honey? One would not think it should take more than a couple of weeks to run some simple tests. Or is it the case that Manuka Honey producers simply 'peer review' each other's product and keep it all in a little club?

Update 1430: There is more to this than meets the eye, apparently. A phone call from Geoff Allen indicates the possibility of an interesting story emerging over coming weeks. And yes, the FSA DOES have a role, not widely known, in verifying labelling standards from time to time.

Update II 0945 20th Jan:- Radio Left Wing screwed up. The honey was NOT seized. It is being held by the owner who himself asked the FSA to carry out tests to ensure quality control. The owner of the honey initiated the enquiry to the FSA as part of quality control.

No wonder journalists are treated as scum.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Marssa Chew Shits

That's what the first Ayrab Kenyan POTUS will be doing tomorrow.

Caption contest

Captions in comments please!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Jordan's thoughtful post

According to David Farrar, Labour's Jordan Carter has a thoughtful post on what Labour must do to win in 2011.

Thoughful post my arse.

Labour throws slogans around better than Tiger Woods throws his private parts around. Mark these words from the post by Jordan "trade is immoral" Carter:
People generally get the message that we ran the economy well, that health and education got better...
Health and education got better? Really? WTF does "better"mean. What part of the education system got "better?". How did health get "better". Slogans, puffery and weasel words.

Jordan "trade is immoral" Carter needs a history lesson.

Education


The Ministry of Education has been forced to intervene in almost 50 at-risk schools last year, more than four times as many as in 2007.

Radio sing-alongs cost taxpayers millions.

The Wananga scandal cost us billions.

NCEA and Scholarship exam shambles.

Numerous reviews
into failed tertiary education training.

Five year olds starting school unable to count numbers or recount the alphabet.

Numerous. Scams. And. Bribes.

Health

Waiting times worst on record.

Ballooning health bureaucracy.

Having to be even sicker to get key operations.

The number of first specialist appointments in 2007 was in fact 10,000 lower than in 2001 when records begun.

I could go on and elaborate further how health and education got "better" under Labour from '99 to '08, but I'm sure you can see how they did get better all for yourselves.

Why do I bother


Why do I bother commenting on Red Alert.

When commenting about Bhatnagar v Hide today, Trevor Mallard took the post off thread with this comment:

I’ve just read the denial. Reads like the old Roger Douglas ones.

“The government has no current plans to sell Telecom.” Meant it was going to Cabinet the next day.

No denial whatsoever there.

Interested in the oft repeated lies about what Sir Roger Douglas sold, either without consultation or approval of the then Cabinet, I commented thus:
Is that the same cabinet Helen Clark sat on and approved Telecom's sale?"
Trevor deleted that comment. That's his prerogative. I'm not fussed about that.

But it is worth noting Labour's constant obsession with banning truthful speech that hurts. They did it here with Whale Oil. Mark my words, Hate Speech will be next.

If it's not good enough to state the truth on Red Alert then so be it. I'll just state it here instead.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.


Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.


Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Roger Douglas didn’t sell Telecom. The 4th Labour Government did. Roger Douglas was Minister of Police during the sale. He hadn’t been Minister of Finance for a year prior to the Telecom sale. Helen Clark, however, had been Deputy Prime Minister for a year prior to the Telecom sale. She voted for the sale in Cabinet and in caucus.

Friends

When everything wrong in the world is apparently America's fault, it is pretty easy to take a few cheap pot shots at them.

Just ask Matt, he's the undisputed trigger puller and a "Sunday political columnist" to boot, which says it all really.

For the record we've got quite a bit to actually thank the Yanks for:-

1. That Japanese isn't our first language.
2. That Communism collapsed.
3. That they have helped create and maintain the highest standard of living mankind has ever known.

I realise that these facts are an inconvenient truth for Matt, but reality is that a friend is a friend. Thankfully even most politicians know this simple truth.

Matt's narrow minded point of view just exposes his naive understanding of human nature.

Global Awakening

Recent surveys show that the great unwashed average Joe in the street is waking up to the con job which has been done by the global warmenising unholy cabal of money grubbing 'scientists,' profit gouging carbon traders and ratings hungry media.

Last week it was Roy Morgan in Australia and now The Herald in NZ.

Roy Morgan pretty much sums it up with this:-

“Australians are becoming increasingly sceptical about the Rudd Government’s proposed carbon emissions trading scheme legislation (CPRS). For the first time support for the legislation, which the Rudd Government has pledged to reintroduce to Parliament in February, has dropped below 50% — now at 46%, down 4% since November.

“Support for the legislation has dropped on each occasion Roy Morgan has asked this question — at the same time, an increasing number of Australians say their view of Global warming is that ‘Concerns are exaggerated’ — now 31% (up 1% since November). This is a small increase, but is substantially higher than when the question was first asked in April 2006 (13%).



You can almost hear the torrent rushing out through the breach in the hitherto impregnable AGW dam. Listen to the bleating of New Zealand's very own warmenisers as they flail about trying to keep their heads above the surface.

http://www.sges.auckland.ac.nz/gfx/about_us/staff/g_mcgregor.jpg
"Dr McGregor, whose department at Auckland University includes climate sceptic Chris de Freitas, said scientists were increasingly certain climate was changing and the change was being driven by humans, but news reports tended to focus on alternative views.

Dr McGregor said if climatologists explained their research processes better, they might be able to avoid popular criticisms, such as recent accusations of scientists "fiddling" with climate records."

The Prime Minister's science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, said the 28 per cent figure was not surprising as scientists were not claiming conclusive proof. He said little in science could be conclusively proven......

..........

Sir Peter said climate science was more difficult to explain than issues such as IVF or genetic modification.

"It is particularly complex ... which leaves room for confusion."



The only confusion seems to be in the minds of the warmenizers who don't seem yet to realise the game is up.

Let them drown, I say, let them all drown.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Osama bin Laden living in Auckland

Freaky.

The photo above is a digitally enhanced image used by the FBI showing what Osama bin Laden might look like today.

And the man below is Ahmed Zaoui.

Sea Shepherd victories


I knew I still had this somewhere. Back in 1994 I was living in Hamburg and Paul Watson visited in the MV Whales Forever on a fundraising tour. I took a couple of photos of Whales Forever moored at Landungsbruecken, including this one of its "kill markings." There are actually 10 boats listed as sunk: 2 from Iceland, 2 from Norway, 2 from Spain, 1 from Taiwan and 3 unspecified pirate whalers.

Back then I took the photo because I was thinking "Wow, crazed ecoterrorist mutants" but these days I'm feeling a lot more sympathetic to Sea Shepherd, since they're the only ones actually doing anything about illegal commercial whaling in the southern oceans. It's worth keeping in mind that Sea Shepherd sank these whaling/fishing boats by scuttling them in port without their crews on board-as opposed to the Japanese whalers, who sank a Sea Shepherd boat on the high seas with the crew in it, in water that would kill the crew in minutes, and who buggered off leaving others to clean up. There's only one lot of terrorists and pirates out there now, and they're representing the Japanese govt.

NB: I'm heading off on vacation for a couple of weeks, so responses to any comments on this thread will be sporadic.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Australians losing confidence in "Global Warming" hysteria

From the latest Roy Morgan poll:

“Australians are becoming increasingly sceptical about the Rudd Government’s proposed carbon emissions trading scheme legislation (CPRS). For the first time support for the legislation, which the Rudd Government has pledged to reintroduce to Parliament in February, has dropped below 50% — now at 46%, down 4% since November.

“Support for the legislation has dropped on each occasion Roy Morgan has asked this question — at the same time, an increasing number of Australians say their view of Global warming is that ‘Concerns are exaggerated’ — now 31% (up 1% since November). This is a small increase, but is substantially higher than when the question was first asked in April 2006 (13%).

Good. No, great.

But, if the legislation fails to pass, and exorbitant, unnecessary costs aren't passed on to Australian citizens, that country will grow far faster than this one leading to more Kiwis going across the ditch, thereby draining our tax base further, making us poorer and Australia wealthier etc.

Bill English is right. Catching Australia by 2025 is unrealistic. Let's just forget it and grab a rope and tow us across the Tasman and latch us on to New South Wales.

Anyone got a big enough boat?

R v Minto & Ors

After I requested Rocky to post the police summary of facts of her arrest, she obliged.

The comments in that post are interesting, especially from those who insist the right to protest is absolute, and then refer to the Supreme Court case of R v Brooker as authority.

Brooker is a long(ish) judgment so I’m not going to produce a bout of written diarrhea here and reproduce it verbatim. But it is worth reminding readers of the following passage from it:

There must, however, come a point at which the manner or some other facet of the exercise of the freedom will create such a level of anxiety or disturbance that the behaviour involved becomes disorderly under s 4(1)(a) and, correspondingly, the limit thereby imposed on the freedom becomes justified under s 5. No abstract guidance can be given as to when that level will be reached. That decision is a matter of judgment according to all the relevant circumstances of the individual case.

This approach was endorsed by the majority in Hansen v R [2007] NZSC 7.

If the police do have members of the public who will give evidence they were annoyed and/or disturbed as a result of the protest, which is what the summary of facts suggests, then it isn’t game, set and match as Minto et al would like to believe.

I know what the response to this post will be. We weren't breaking the law. We were within the bounds of Brooker.

I am in favour of the law being tested so let the courts decide. If we don't follow due process we have anarchy which I am sure is what Minto et al dream of.

Have they learned anything from the last lolly scramble?

NO is the short answer.
Sending Mike Williams and a gang of ginga poofs to Melbourne to dig the dirt on Key was an epic own goal and must have contributed to the exit of Clark.
You would think they might just have realised that this just will not wash with the NZ public.

So what do we see today on the labour lapblog?

i wish the standard had enough cash to send someone after Key on his hollidays to snoop around in Hawaii. what the hell does he do there anyhow? i hope it’s all savory activities. no strip clubs etc…. if he were going to indulge in anything that offends “mainsteam NZ” he sure as hell wouldn’t be doing it in Wellington.

at the very least an expat NZ asset could be developed to keep tabs on him.

a flight of fancy perhaps, but maybe not an unrealistic one..”


Roger Nome, most of us have seen comments from this eternal student over the years, but this one is a doozy.

Anybody feel like doing some snooping on this winner?

Philip Mason post grad student at Otago,are you a window licking panty sniffer or were you just joking?

Click the quote to go and have a look at the post.

Lest We Forget

Never in our small country's history, has so much damage been done to so many by so few. We will remember them. We WILL remember them.



Shifty - the Bilious Bitch herself.



Tricky



Sneaky



Smarmy



Angry



Tacky



Shonky



Boozy



Sleepy



Sleazy



Creepy

It's enough to make anyone throw up!

OPEN LETTER TO THE HON CHRIS FINLAYSON

Dear Minister

You will be aware of the illegal occupation of privately owned freehold land at Taipa by relatives of Hone Harawiri and I was encouraged by the Prime Minister's unequivocal condemnation of the occupation at his Post-Cabinet News Conference earlier this week.

One has to wonder why the legal owner did not immediately move to have the protesters ejected from the site. The longer they are allowed to stay the more entrenched they will become.

That aside, I am particularly concerned that Professor Margaret Mutu has given her tacit endorsement to the occupation.

Professor Mutu is of course the Chief Negotiator for Ngati Kahu in their Treaty Claim which is in an advanced stage with the Crown due to sign an 'Agreement in Principal' at Ahipara tomorrow (Saturday).

Privately owned freehold land is sacrosanct and if the signatories to any agreement are not prepared to acknowledge and accept that then you (we) are left with nothing.

If Professor Mutu is not prepared to disassociate herself from the illegal occupation than you should call off the ceremony.

The Veteran

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Worst Northern Hemisphere winter in thirty years due to "global warming"

I've been meaning to provide a quickie on this and so here it is.

From Bomber, who explains how the worst winter in thirty years was due to global warming:
Erratic and extreme weather pattens are now our future and as we continue to do nothing to stop the planet from warming because of our pollution, it is a future we can not avoid.
Forgetting for a moment about C02 being a pollutant, it is timely to remind us what Global Warming has also been blamed for.

Here is the list.

Have a good laugh. I did.

Go you good thing!


Reading FC, fourth to bottom in the Championship League (the old second division), lead Liverpool 2-1 with about 5 minutes to go in the FA Cup fourth round(?). Best of all, it's at Anfield!

Go you good thing!!

Benitez might be looking for another job in amount 4 minutes.

UPDATE: All over, Reading win. Sucked in you scousers.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Why name suppression cannot work

With the current brouhaha over name suppression I thought I'd set out a logical response why name suppression in Aotearoa cannot work.

Offender allegedly commits offence

Victim knows name. Victim's family knows name. Possible also that some of victim's friends are told who it is.

Police investigate

Numerous police officers know the name. Non sworn police staff will know as reports are typed etc. Possible that police officers wives and some friends are told of allegations.

Police charge offender

More police officers know. Possible offenders work or business associates know. Police information sheet (the charge sheet) gives name and is seen by many people in both the police system and court system.

Offender appears in court

Numerous court staff know name. Judge knows name. Registrar knows name. People in court know, including other lawyers, security staff and perhaps media know name.

Offender is bailed

Bail bond prepared - more court staff know.

Offender is remanded in custody

Prison population will eventually know. Do you trust them to keep it quiet?

Offender goes to trial

If media didn't know name, they will at the trial. Court observers, if they didn't know beforehand, will now know.

These are just the obvious strands. Then you have to realise chinese whispers occur, you have to consider the six degrees of separation principle, and then you have to realise New Zealand is a small, very small place.

The final, and most powerful reason, is the internet.

Let's face it, when one considers all this, name suppression simply cannot work in New Zealand. It's absurd to pretend it can.

UPDATE: In light of the comment about my first heading I have amended it. That is a fair point.

Further, my wife read this and asked why all these people who know the name and tell someone aren't liable for breaching the order. They're not because under sections 139 & 140 of the Criminal Justice Act the prohibition is against "...publishing, in any report or account relating to any proceedings commenced in any court...". My view is that this is written for the media and telling someone the name would not be it "publishing, in any report or account...".

Expect more pointless rhetoric from red National.

Within 24 hours some jumped up twat in the govt, probably Figjam or cardinal Richelieu will start brainfarting about lowering the drink drive limit again.
Some clown has just been caught pissed behind the wheel who already has 5 DIC convictions and 10 for driving while disqualified.
Will lowering the limit stop this princess from doing it again? Of course not, but any excuse to squeeze us all further cannot be passed over.
This is in no way a post in support of drink driving, it sickens me that I even need to say that but such are the times in which we live.
Suggestions on how we can make sure this woman never gets behind the wheel again should be written on a plain postcard and delivered to the comments.

Famous Last Words

Adolf and The Cook went down country to Omokoroa to see some old mates for a couple of days.

The idea was to go kayak fishing on Monday evening but the wind got up and Adolf's host said 'Bugger it, it's too dangerous so we'll just have to go round the other side of the point and paddle out a hundred yards to my mate's boat and fish off that from his mooring. We won't catch anything but never mind.

Two hours later we wandered home with five 1 lb kahawai, one 4 lb kahawai, one 3 lb snapper and one 8 lb snapper.



Adolf's identity is the subject of a local suppression order so no speculation may be entered into within comments.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The wrong Clinton visits

So Shrilary is coming to see us. So fucking what.
I hardly expect the same level of excitement that we got when the last Clinton visit occured.
Bogota Bill is famous only for doing a Jackson Pollack on a fat interns blue frock and his wide mouthed wife is even more low rent. But I suppose the red carpet will be laid out and we will get on our knees and grovel for trade favours (that will never happen) IN MUCH THE SAME WAY CLARK AND GOFF DID
Meanwhile NZ will continue to put military personnel in harms way (JUST LIKE CLARKULA DID) in the vain hope that we might get to move a bit more primary produce into the USA.

However it will give "Just call me John" an epic photo op while his ministers continue to try and erode our freedoms and rights.

Contempt.



Contempt.
Is what I feel towards these red Nats.
For nearly a decade we lived under the Boot of Helen Clark and the rest of the sexually ambiguous chip on soldier fuglies who decided what we could eat, think, say and want. These, same sex everything, dog chipping, personal freedom eroding, civil liberty eroding, eat the rich, steal to stay in power, lying, self loathing whitey onanist motherfuckers made me angry enough to spend hours a day venting in an effort to get rid of them.

Once the beast and her team had been seen off I took a break. Thought the job was done.
Sadly, it appears we have just swapped one set of nanny state fuglies for a slightly more photogenic (and possibly lower poof count) new set of jackbooted "do as I say" scumbags.

FIGJAM Powers wants to "toughen up control of information on the internet".
You stupid little man, look up to the address line dickhead. .COM........ You are an idiot.
Hundreds of usernames, multiple access points. Dozens of prepaid data sims.....
You don't own the web.......

Whaleoil isn't the only blogger with mental health issues who will spend all his waking hours making you twats look stupid. There is at least one author and half a dozzen commenters on this blog alone who will be looking to make you look stupid and have nothing left to lose.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Man arrested in UK for expressing an opinion

A previous select committee (Government Administration) investigated bringing in "hate speech" laws?

Here's what happened to someone in the UK who didn't even send the "hate" email:

A wealthy businessman in Britain was arrested while at home with his wife and young son because of an email he had not written.

Council officials deemed the email, sent from the man's workplace, 'offensive' to gypsies.

The man, who does not wish to be identified, also had his computer and internet equipment seized at the time.

The email was about a planning appeal by a gypsy, and included the phrase: "It's the do as they likey attitude that I am against", reports Daily Mail.

Staff considered that offensive because 'likey' rhymes with a derogatory term for a gypsy - 'pikey'.

The man was held for four hours before it established he was not responsible for the email, which had been sent at his work by a fellow employee.

The arrest followed a three-year battle by a gypsy family to win planning permission for a mobile home on land outside the town of Battle.

The email also read: 'Get a job, get planning permission but more to the point get out of the neighbourhood.'

Sussex Police said they had arrested the businessman over "suspicion of committing a racial or religious-aggravated offence".

And there are certainly forces within the Labour Party who will undoubtedly push this barrow once they are re-elected. Phil Goff appeared slightly ambivalent on the issue back in 2004.

Of course, further laws prohibiting "hate speech" are totally ridiculous and unecessary. We already have plenty of laws that prohibit hate speech. As Tony Milne outlines here, certain minorities have won their battles through freedom of expression, rather than restricting it. Yet Milne of course has a caveat:
That doesn’t mean there shouldn’t have been an inquiry to look into the issues surrounding hate speech (and more importantly speech that encourages violence against people on grounds of their religion, sexual orientation etc).
Speech encouraging violence is already illegal. Milne may need reminding of this when his party is next in power.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Harshest European winter in 30 years



Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Forecasters are predicting no let-up in Britain's harshest cold snap in 30 years as fresh snow and freezing weather sweep parts of Europe, causing travel chaose for thousands....

Forecasters in Britain said icy winds from northern Europe meant the big freeze felt even colder after temperatures fell overnight to -14 degrees and even lower in some parts of the country.

The Met Office warned that up to 20 cm of snow could fall over the next 24 hours, with the southeast of the country hardest hit.

Temperatures looked set to remain below freezing, with some rural spots not getting above -10 degrees even by midday.

Shit! They'd better take heaps of photos before the snow becomes a thing of the past!

As an aside, thankfully Arsenal grabbed a 92nd minute equaliser against Everton in the snow. I can't resist a pic of that, along with that white stuff that was predicted in 2000 to be a "thing of the past".

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Herald on Minto et al

Again from Granny, this time from its editorial:
The noisy megaphone demonstrations mounted outside the Auckland Tennis Centre during the women's international ASB Classic this week have been a disgraceful act by a few protesters, a gross infringement on the rights of spectators and players, and an embarrassment to the city and the country.
Can't disagree with that opening paragraph.

Where else in the world would a young sportswoman face that sort of abuse for the actions of her country?

Can't figure out if that's somehow a compliment on our democracy or a slur on the zealots!

The protests might have been more understandable if Shahar Peer had been representing Israel - if, for example, she had been playing in a Davis Cup tie between Israel and New Zealand. But she was competing as a professional sportswoman, one largely accustomed to playing on a worldwide circuit without disturbance and to a standard that has earned her a career-high ranking of 15.

She cannot help where she was born, or who her parents were, or if her country has military conscription from the age of 18.

Seen from such an international perspective, the Auckland protests can only be viewed as the work of misguided zealots. From the start, the protesters should have been allowed to make their point and then been moved on.
I'm not generally in favour of "moving them on". They are entitled to protest, even it it was misguided and obnoxious. But I was there on one of the days and it was very annoying and disturbing as a spectator. I am sure the other players felt likewise: the noise was endless.

Shahar Peer, her fellow players and spectators also have their rights. This has sometimes been overlooked in the wake of the protests that so disrupted the 1981 Springbok tour. As it was, a diffident police reaction emboldened the protesters. Finally, on Thursday, after three warnings, more decisive action was taken. Arrests were made and loud-hailers confiscated.

Yes, they do have rights too - the right to watch great sport in peace after paying lots of money to enjoy the benefit. And Minto et al have a corresponding duty to ensure their rights are not infringed. That's how rights work. But Minto and Co. couldn't care less about anyone except their misguided and embarrassing "protest".

The irony was, of course, that Shahar Peer seemed to thrive on being the subject of such protest, even while admitting it was difficult "emotionally" to listen to the chanting. She demonstrated a temperament and fortitude that her distracted opponents were unable to match. On that level, as on so many others, the protesters scored a spectacular own-goal.

She was outstanding. I hope she comes back.

Her gutsy response to the protests here will ensure she receives a warm welcome if she returns to Auckland for a fifth time, even from those who oppose or harbour doubts about the policies of the Israeli Government.

Yes, she should receive a standing ovation.

The police should play their part in that by responding firmly but fairly to any protests.

Yep. This issue won't go away. Minto will be back, along with his rent-a-crowd mob that simply look for issues to get them five minutes of attention, and a front page photo on the Herald.