Friday, November 24, 2017


It is reported over at Kiwiblog that Mr Speaker has had second thoughts on 'his' new Parliamentary Prayer.   

It appears the Queen is now back in while Jesus remains out.

I guess I can live with that given that the prayer still acknowledges 'God'.

But Mallard should have consulted first instead of going it alone.   The backtrack just makes him look a bit of a plonker.


Peter Cresswell has posted a thoughtful piece on his 'Not PC' blog titled 'What does Jacinda know that Lyndon Johnson didn't?'.   The underlying message is that welfarism is not the answer to poverty.

The article is reproduced below (with the kind permission of Peter).

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary on US president Lyndon Johnson's famous War on Poverty.

The stated goal of the War on Poverty, as enunciated by Lyndon Johnson on January 8, 1964, was, “…not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Measured against this objective, the War on Poverty has not just been a failure, it has been a catastrophe. It was supposed to help America’s poor become self-sufficient, and it has made them dependent and dysfunctional.
But they spent US$21.5 trillion “fighting poverty” over the past 50 years. All that moolah must have made some difference, you say?  Well, no, not really:
Shortly after the War on Poverty got rolling (1967), about 27% of Americans lived in poverty. In 2012, the last year for which data is available, the number was about 29%.
But hasn't it just become harder to keep out of poverty over that time, you ask? Well, no, just the opposite:
Between 1967 and 2012, U.S. real GDP (RGDP) per capita (in 4Q2013 dollars) increased by 127.3%, from $23,706 to $52,809. In other words, to stay out of poverty in 1967, the two adults in a typical family of four had to capture 26.9% of their family’s proportionate share of RGDP (i.e., average RGDP per capita, times four). To accomplish the same thing in 2012, they only had to pull in 12.1% of their family’s share of RGDP. And yet, fewer people were able to manage this in 2012 than in 1967.
Sooooo, what's going on here then? The answer: incentives. Incentives matter.
What turned the War on Poverty into a social and human catastrophe was that the enhanced welfare state created a perverse system of incentives, and people adapted to their new environment...
The adaptation of the working-age poor to the War on Poverty’s expanded welfare state was immediately evident in the growth of various social pathologies, especially unwed childbearing. The adaptation of the middle class to the new system took longer to manifest, but it was no less significant. Even people with incomes far above the thresholds for welfare state programs were forced to adapt to the welfare state.
And those adaptations invariably left everyone worse off for the experience.

And all those same incentives and adaptations exist here in New Zealand.

And all for the very same reasons.

As PJ O'Rourke once put it so pithily (and I've updated his numbers so you don't have to) the War on Poverty was instead an exercise in How To Endow Privation:
That US$21.5 trillion is enough to give every poor person in America $662,000 to start his own war on poverty. And the spending of this truly vast amount of money — an amount equal to the nation's gross national product ... — has left everybody just sitting around slack jawed and dumbstruck, staring into the maw of that most extraordinary paradox: You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.
Lyndon Baines Johnson's self-proclaimed War on Poverty was not a failure. It was a catastrophe.

So what does Jacinda know -- who as Minister for Poverty is going to fix this -- what does Jacinda from Morrinsville know that Lyndon Johnson didn't?

Or are her hopes and dreams also worth very much less than a pitcher of warm spit.


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Thursday, November 23, 2017


The latest Roy Morgan poll out today and taken over the two week period concluding on 12 November confirms that Labour and Greens are, as expected, enjoying a honeymoon period.

Labour is up 2.6% over its election result to 39.5% and is now only 1% behind National while the Greens are 3.7% up to 10%.

But there will be a certain knashing of teeth in Winston First.   They are now down 2.2% to 5% which is margin of error stuff over them being booted out of Parliament.   Clearly they have upset some of their voting demographic.

Interesting that TOP is still hanging in there at 2% while the Maori Party has increased their support slightly to 1.5%.

One might confidently expect the Labour/Green honeymoon to last through to until the winter sets in although 'their' policy flip flops will be eating into their reservoir of goodwill.


When I walked into the debating chamber at Parliament last week something didn't look right.    A picture is worth a thousand words so go here and be amused.

Ever since I can remember the senior party in government occupied the seats closest to the Speaker's Chair with its support partners occupying positions to their right.   Happened in the Bolger, Shipley, Clark, Key and English coalition governments.

Not any more.   Such is the enmity and level of distrust between Winston First and the Greens that NZ First members are seated immediately to the right of Speaker with Labour reduced to playing 'piggy in the middle' separating them from the Greens.      Hardly an advert for collegiality of purpose.

One can be forgiven for asking what Duncan Webb, Labour, Christchurch Central,  has done wrong.   Estranged from his colleagues and forced to sit in the nether regions on the National side of the House.  

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Remember The Pile On? the media and all the rabid lefties in creation?

It as when they were all shit scared of Sarah Palin and the corrupt US media sent a phalanx of reporters up to Alaska to dig dirt.   The best they could do was pour ridicule on her for reflecting that 'you can actually see Russia from Alaska.'  The Democrat media shills adjusted her quote to read 'You can see Russia from my house.'

Well guess what?   Russia is exactly four kilometres from Alaska.  (Someone please tell Ledgut who is unsure whether it is fifty or a hundred miles.)

Go and have a look at the Diomede Islands on Google Earth and then have a look at their history on Wiki and you'll get the idea.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


I see that the Christchurch City Missioner has come out saying that the majority of beggars on the street are entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the 'left' induced perception of a society in crisis.

Such an observation is commendable.    It does however 'beg' the question as to why now and only after the election  of a Labour led government. 

Just askin.  


St Jacinda is developing a reputation big noting, gossip, tittle-tattle, and its come back to bite her with a vengeance.     Last week she let slip that in meeting President Trump he thought she was Justin Trudeau's wife ... more grist to the 'dummkopf' legend.   The story made international news.

When pressed for details she backtracked and said she had heard that from a third party whom she declined to name.    Pressed further and she said that when she met Trump he knew exactly who she was.  

So Ms Ardern passes on gossip knowing it to be untrue.   She needs to grow up and realize she is no longer Comrade Ardern, President of the International Union of Socialist Youth, but Prime Minister of the country and act accordingly.    She embarrasses herself and embarrasses us.

One thing for sure ... her deliberate slighting of President Trump will not have gone unnoticed in the United States.  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Wonderful Headlines

Who can forget the immortal headline from 1970s Australia:

"Smartest Ever PM Done Over By Dumbest Ever Premier"

This was on the occasion of Whitlam being totally outwitted and outmaneuvered by Bjelke Petersen over a replacement senator for Queensland.  Whitlam had pronounced himself th smartest ever PM and had called Bjelke Petersen the dumbest ever Premier.

Today saw a similar effort from Andrew Bolt although I must admit I have written the headline for him.

"Dimwit Outwitted By Halfwit"

On the occasion of terminal Turnbull delaying the sitting of parliament for a week in order for him to hide from the opposition and the media and Katter, not possessing the most scintillating of intellects, completely stuffing up Turnbull by declaring he will turn up to the house on the scheduled first day.  Of course Labour immediately followed suit.

Politics is such wonderful sport but I'm choking on all the popcorn.


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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


I have been an interested watcher of Zimbabwe from the sidelines for many years.   Previously known as the 'breadbasket of Africa' it is a country with huge potential properly run.    The last three decades has seen the country driven to its knees by the Mulgabe regime.    And now it appears that Mulgabe has been deposed in what was effectively an Army coup (although nobody wants to admit that for a variety of reasons).

The new President is likely to be the sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwe (aka 'the crocodile')  but before the world community cracks open the champagne it might do well to reflect on this from one of his colleagues from the war of independence who worked with him for many years when he said ... "he is a very cruel man, very cruel" ... or this from a Zanu-PF (ruling Party) official who said "You think Mugabe is bad but have you thought that whoever comes after him could be even worse?"

Interesting times ahead for Zimbabwe.   Lord Egbut knows the country intimately ... I would be interested to read his take on events.

Updated ... Mugabe refuses to go.    In a rambling and sometimes incoherent speech Mugabe essentially blamed Zanu-PF for the situation he finds himself in and insists he remains in charge while ignoring his and wife Grace's expulsion from the Party he supposedly doesn't lead anymore ... and the 'service' chiefs sat behind him stony faced ... only in Africa, only in Zimbabwe.     

Ho Ho Ho

Apology to Lord Eggbutt

Hi Lord Egbut

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Saturday, November 18, 2017


The comment by Adam Blair, Kiwi Captain, after being bundled out of the RLWC Quarter Final by Fiji.

"We won't be taking too many negatives out of this game".

FFS ... there isn't any real League competition in Fiji.   WTF does that say about the Kiwis and New Zealand League.

Ar least 'Bluey' McClennan, ex Kiwi and Warriors coach and Sky League commentator, had it right when he said Blair's comments were dumb as was the Kiwi team.

Been a while

It's raining out and I've got a free hour.

Firstly to my fellow bloggers on No Minister. Well done in keeping up the daily grind of posts. Its a worthy effort.

To the election.

As a contender for "The South Pacific Island Banana Democracy" prize, NZ has hit the jackpot.

MMP has finally delivered a coalition of losers. It was really just a matter of time and there can't be any bitterness as it was the inevitable outcome of our chosen system.

But National blew a fourth term.

John Key resigned without having ever spent a dime of his political capital to push real change. Then in handing over the reigns to English he set National's election demise in stone.

English, to his credit, actually did a better job as leader second time round, but at the end of the day, he remains a two time election loser, heading a party that came across more interested protecting their "comfort zones" than producing a real vision for NZ.

They may have got us through the Crash/Earthquake but that was just prudent day to day governing stuff.

What about the the vision stuff?

The world is changing. Even though human nature remains the same, the next generation of NZers have their own way of looking at things. The pressures of population growth and competition for resources/technology opportunities ensure that outcome. We all rely on the next generations ideas.

Against a totally disorganised Labour opposition under the leadership of Little, they may have had a chance.

But the arrival of Comrade Ardern (helUN II) put paid to any chance of that outcome.

The true puppet master of the 5% strategy, Peters, seized his opportunity and before we knew it we had the ex President of the International Union of Socialist Youth as PM and a bunch of complete noddies in power. Just witness their opening week in Parliament.

The fiscal holes are already appearing like clouds on a sunny day.

Just a quick reminder that the 20th Century version of Socialism dealt a deadly hand to over 150 million citizens of the world - 4,000 for every day.

This centuries version may or may not be as brutal, but we will all pay the price one way or another in terms of freedom - rights and speech.

The "pressing" issues they have seized upon- child poverty, refugees, climate change, planting trees, building houses, telling other countries what to do, free stuff for their voter base etc are all smoke and mirrors. Nothing will ever be resolved as they are all moving targets. With the added threat that the worthy concept of personal responsibility will be even more diminished in society.

We will end up billions more dollars in debt and the same shit that happens to the world will still happen.

Ardern is starting with $3,000,000 to a few pedophile opportunists on Manus Island and that is just the beginning of her long march through our economy.

To the conservative people of NZ.

Get your act together. Understand that the world is changing, the next generation is coming. If you don't embrace that change and make stuff happen under your watch, then Comrade Ardern will do it for you.

Only In America

Those who have been keeping abreast (pun intended) of American politics will know that alleged sexual assault and peccadilloes are the latest cause du jour.

Those who don't need only google Moore or Franken.

The Democrats seem to have the front running here with an illustrious history.  Some of their top performers were John Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy and Bill Clinton.  In a memorable quote JFK complained 'If I don't get a bit of stray ass every few days, I get migraines.'

In a bizarre twist, a Democrat candidate for the position of Ohio State Governor has pre-empted all the nonsense and publicly boasted of fornicating with over fifty women.  This fellow just happens to be a state supreme court judge, no less.   Pity any woman who has him sit in judgement on her sexual assault case!

Adolf eagerly awaits revelations from female nymphomaniac Democrat candidates of their bedroom athletic achievements.

Oh well, it has been obvious for some time that a successful Democrat needs to have a dick bigger than his brain.


Saint Jacinda has let her heart rule her head in seeking to embarrass Oz over their refusal to accept the NZL offer to take 150 'refugees' from Manus Island.    Her arrogance on the issue could well have severe implications for the Oz-NZL relationship.

This from the Australian Immigration Minister (paraphrased) ... 'It is your (NZL) sovereign right to negotiate direct with the PNG Government to take those refugees off their hands but should you do so you will be putting at risk the right of New Zealanders to enjoy visa free entry into Australia'.

Clearly Oz ain't gonna stand by and let queue jumper 'refugees' enjoy back-door entry into their country via New Zealand.

Ardern is now a prisoner of her own rhetoric.   Anyone wanna bet on who blinks first?

p.s.   And lets not even mention that Winston First doesn't want them anyway.

Friday, November 17, 2017


Been an interesting week and I was fortunate enough to be in Parliament for a number of maiden speeches and the after-match hospitality.     It is my experience that you get to see new members at their best in making their maiden speeches ... before they get ground down by the very institution of Parliament and the caucus machine.

There were good speeches from across the political spectrum and I'm loathe to single out any particular one (or two) but I will ... the speeches from Denise Lee (National, Maungakiekie) and Paul Eagle (Labour, Rongotai) where they laid bare personal tragedies in their lives were particularly moving.   I commend them for their courage in sharing those moments with us.     I wish them and every new MP well ... Parliament is a fishbowl and not for the fainthearted.   Some will leave the House having made a name for themselves; others will leave disappointed.

We're now seeing the result of National's bluff when, on the first sitting day of Parliament, Labour folded and agreed to increase the number of seats on Select Committees to 108.    Of the thirteen Committees constituted National has parity of numbers on eight of them.

For the record those Committees comprise Economic Development, Science and Innovation (10 members - Nat 5, Lab 3, NZF 1, G 1);  Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, G 1); Governance & Administration (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Health (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Justice (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Maori Affairs (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 2, NZF 1, G 1); Primary Production (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, NZF 1) and Regulations Review (six members - Nat 3, Lab 3).   That's going to make it 'interesting' ... especially for the Government Whips.

I wear my political bias on my sleeve and so here are a couple of messages for those who would argue that the Government ain't legitimate ... get over it; it is.   It's a product of MMP and, while MMP is a bastard system, its our system and it ain't gonna change anytime soon.    National should treat the next 2 years, ten months as a gift to renew and reinvigorate.    When you're the Opposition the grass roots membership can have a huge say in policy development ... it's much easier to advocate new ideas outside government rather than when you occupy the treasury benches.   For the caucus; pick your targets carefully, avoid the scatter gun approach.    There are weak links already apparent ... in our relationship with Oz; in the coalition with TPPA #2; in housing and the backtrack on numbers; in fishing; in the fiscal hole created by the promises made in stitching together the Government.

National needs to have an honest conversation about partners.   ACT, IMHO, is terminal.   But there is 1-3% out there on the right who see National as too centrist.   Can National fascinate a relationship with that constituency and help them into Parliament.    Equally and perhaps National's Blue/Green SIG can be morphed into something that can reach out into the Greens support base and shake loose Green voters concerned about their hard left social agenda.    There are risks with this but there are potential rewards also.   One thing for sure ... I think it would be foolish to bank on a stategy predicated on National being able to govern alone.

24 hours in politics is a long time; a week even longer.   But 2020 is not too far away.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Coup D'Etat In Rhodesia

There has been a coup d'etat in Zimbabwe.  The military has taken over and apparently deposed Mugabe and his regime, although denying such is the case.

From the Wall Street journal:-

"Zimbabwe’s military seized control of state television and the international airport and launched operations to subdue what it called the country’s “degenerating” political establishment, even as it denied it was ousting longtime leader President Robert Mugabe......

...... “We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government,” Maj. Gen. Sibusiso Moyo said early Wednesday. “What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country.”..................

.............The military’s actions took place just hours after its chief was accused of treason by Mr. Mugabe’s party, which only days before fired the president’s powerful vice president. The firing was seen as clearing the way for the 93-year-old leader to install his 52-year-old wife, Grace, as one of his two deputies and hoist her into a prime position to succeed him."

Adolf looks forward to expressions of righteous indignation from all those people who bemoaned Commodore Bainimara's military removal of a corrupt regime in Fiji.


Looks like the MSM is picking up where 'No Minister' left off.  

'Informed sources' have told No Minister that in the next 24 hours the media will be exposing Captain the Honorable Ron Mark as a medals cheat in his wearing of the baubles he 'acquired' when serving as a mercenary in the the Omani SSF.

Not sure of the byline ... 'We are not amused' ... perhaps.

You heard it first.

NZ Drifts Away From Republicanism

............. well, The Australian seems to think so.

From the business section:-

'Westpac has had its minimum regulatory capital requirements increased by the Royal Bank of New Zealand after the central bank found the lender failed to comply with regulatory obligations relating to its status as an internal models bank.'

Monday, November 13, 2017


Even  when they became winners after being selected by a man whose party scored a mere seven percent of the vote and that seven  percent had a never disclosed number of voters who wanted that man to go with National, by far the largest party, Comrade Taxinderella might be just a little naïve.

A self opinionated socialist who in a classic case of megalomania calls himself  "Bomber" when in fact Bombastic is as close as he gets to the sobriquet bestowed on the commander of Bomber Command in UK during WW2, Sir Arthur Harris.

In a post at his website The Daily Blog, this small minded  numpty has attacked the National party for their decisive victory in Battle number one of the new Parliament where because the three headed Hydra couldn't do sums, Bridges managed to bluff a dominant position on select committees for that largest party.

Included in his rant Bradbury reverted to Godwin for support and most intelligent people understand that using That "Law" is a first indication the argument is lost.

Herr Schikelgruber came o the chancellorship of Deutschland from President Hindenburg with a vote around  that which Taxinderella gained in election 2017 in NZ but that is where it ends. Nationals 46 percent  in Germany c1932 was equal to a plethora of parties all less than Hitlers Nazi party putting Bradbury's pathetic linkage in never never land context.

Cindy also is sans the "brown shirts" whose unlawful street  intimidation, thuggery and even murder makes another massive hole in Martyn Martin's analogy, rather tenuous.

Within the intended scenario of the Sainte- Lague  system that NZ  MMP has adopted that favours smaller parties over larger, allowing a level of leverage to charlatans to manipulate the system, it is what it is and I wonder if the Bradburys of this world actually comprehend what is happening.

Just because a NZLP led opposition over nine years failed to even dent the program of Key and then English due to interminable infighting, ignorance and pathetic tactics, does not logically mean that National will do similar and what happened last week is but a portent of what may lie in store for the Peters/Ardern outfit with little Jimmy two mums aimlessly following in bewilderment, from a party in opposition with a very large well informed block of 46%

Of course while dwelling in the 1930s and 40s there was another Martin near the very highest echelons of the Nasty Party and his end was never discovered.

Be very careful what you wish for "Bombastic", another oft quoted  homily from the real Bomber Harris is "The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind."
And a whirlwind it became.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Many of you will have been to Hawaii and while there taken the tour to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour.   It is a sobering experience.  

Not too many of you would have flown over the South China Sea off Kuantan where the Prince of Wales and the Repulse were sunk by the Japanese on the third day of hostilities.    On a clear day you can see their indistinct shapes through the water and when I flew over the site fuel oil was still making its way to the surface.

Force 'Z' which comprised the two capital ships and four destroyers sailed from the Singapore Naval Base to intercept that Japanese invasion fleet that was landing troops in south Thailand and north Malaya.   It was commanded by Admiral Tom (Thumb) Phillips who was one of the dwindling band of Admirals who failed to appreciate the changing dynamic of air power.   As it was the fleet had no air cover even though this could have been provided by the deployment of (albeit obsolescent) Buffaloe fighters from Singapore forward to the Kuantan airfield.

Phillips was a good friend of the later Air Chief Marshal (Bomber) Harris who used to tease him both about his height and his stubborn refusal to believe a battleship could be sunk from the air.  It is recorded that Harris once told Phillips ... 'One day Tom you'll be standing on a box on your bridge and your ship will be smashed to pieces by bombers and torpedo aircraft and as she sinks your last words will be ... that was a f*****g big mine'.

Prophetic words indeed ... 840 sailors were killed in the action.  Phillips went down with his ship.


Ho Ho Ho

Friday, November 10, 2017


For nigh on a month Winston Peters played New Zealand like an orchestra.  We're waiting for the postal votes to come in before we start talking.   We're playing this down the middle.   We're negotiating in good faith.   The agreements will be put to the NZF Board for a final decision.  Will he, won't he.   Untold countless numbers of  typewriters were interviewed.  We waited in trepidation ... and all for nowt.

Winston First made his decision to go with Labour the day before polling day when he lodged papers in the High Court in Auckland against Bill English, Paula Bennett, Stephen Joyce, Anne Tolley and others over breech of privacy in the leaking of details regarding his NZL superannuation over-payment.    At that point it was all over rover.   He was never going to go with National ... what transpired was political theatre and a f*****g farce.

Having said all that Peters had/has a right to feel aggrieved.   Bill English said as much when the story broke.   Peters is an intensely private person and this would have really hurt especially given that he paid the money back at the first opportunity ... nah, not talking about the $157k.    If the leak can be sheeted home to a then Cabinet Minister then he/she must resign.   No ifs, buts or maybes ... gone by lunchtime.

Be Careful What You Wish For

Your dopey new PM wants to bring this and a few hundred others like it to your community.

"A Manus Island refugee was ­arrested for allegedly trying to strangle a female doctor with a plastic bag and punching her in the face after receiving treatment at a medical centre run by the ­Australian government.The Australian understands the 50-year-old man was accused of attacking a senior female doctor after he was treated at a clinic operated by the International Health and Medical Services, which is paid for by the federal government and treats asylum-seekers residing on Manus Island."
If only the media would stop referring to these fake refugees as 'asylum seekers.' They are illegal immigrants, each of whom paid big money to jump the queue.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

This is scary if I am right

Will we see in the house today Kelvin Davis as Acting Prime Minister with the former SAS `puncture repairer' Ron Mark as Deputy and Jimmie Shaw as number 3 in the pecking order. The thought makes me shudder!!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Last week I authored a post on the coalition agreement negotiated between Labour and NZ First to "Work towards a Free Trade Agreement with the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union".

I commented on the negative reaction to such a move by the European Union and their observation that it would be a clear impediment to any negotiations for a free trade agreement between NZL and the EU.

And now the Prime Minister has come out and said that the free trade agreement between NZL and the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union was 'a very low priority'.     Was that a put down, slap in the face, to Winston First or not?

Begs the question ... how many more undertakings in the coalition agreements negotiated between Labour and NZ First and Labour and the Greens will also be designated as very low priority by Labour and what effect will that have on working relationships particularly at cabinet level ... just askin.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sore losers still sore

Hot on the heels of the hilarious stupidity nailed by Andrew Geddis in his post "Simon Bridges thinks that Simon Bridges is eroding parliamentary democracy" comes this piece from Tracy Watkins, which happens to mention what National plan to do about this supposedly terrible threat to democracy that they created when they thought they'd benefit from it but are now eager to pin on Labour now it turns out Labour will benefit from it. 

Here's Watkins' description of the plan: 

But National is promising to frustrate Labour's legislative programme unless it backs down over limiting [select committee] numbers. 
It will do so by filibustering on Government business before the House. 

Awesome plan, guys!  Voters love seeing politicians pointlessly wasting everybody's time over matters of obscure parliamentary procedure!  And surely Labour wouldn't be so dastardly as to adopt John Key's tactic of just pushing everything through under urgency to prevent the opposition slowing their legislative programme.  I mean, they wouldn't do something like that, would they?  That would totally fuck the plan! 

Sunday, November 5, 2017


I see that the coalition agreement negotiated by Winston First with Labour contains a commitment to establish a Museum at Waitangi honoring the men of WW2's  28 (Maori) Battalion.

That's nice ... but what about similar for 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment; 19 Battalion and Armoured Regiment; 21 Battalion, 22 Battalion; 23 Battalion; 24 Battalion; 25 Battalion, 26 Battalion;  Div Arty et al.    Those soldiers too served with honor and distinction.   What's so special about 28 (Maori) Battalion.

But hold on ... the long established and internationally recognised National Army Museum at Waiouru (Te Mata Toa) honors all those who fought regardless of race.   Why this then? ... especially from a Party that campaigned on doing away with the Maori seats because they were race based and divisive (and folded on their commitment at the first opportunity).

Humbug and double humbug.   NZF couldn't lie straight in bed.    A good spend of taxpayer money NOT.

Amateur Hour or Kindergarten Koncert?

Adolf is amazed - nay, staggered, at the speed with which a bunch of mediocre nonentities is setting about dismantling a thriving economy.     Three strikes, 90 day trial period, an end to employer/employee negotiations etc etc.   It must be only a matter of time before compulsory union membership is restored.

And now the silly girl wants to bring in a whole mob of fake refugees from Manus Island?

So that's the wrecking off to a good start.

The question remains, when will the hating begin?

Ho Ho Ho


with the West and seek to revive the stalled free-trade talks with Russia, a pariah State shunned by the international community following their invasion of the Ukraine and Crimea in 2014 ... and why would Labour agree to such a move?

Interesting question especially as Winston has opposed virtually every free-trade agreement we have ever signed up to.

The move has already attracted international criticism.   Bernard Savage, the European Union's Ambassador to New Zealand said such a move would be viewed in a 'very negative' light and would 'complicate New Zealand's efforts later this year to secure a free-trade deal with the EU'.

Just why you would move to harm relationships with our third largest trading partner where our two way trade is already in excess of $20b annually and instead cosy up to a country that sees itself as perpetually at war with the West fair escapes me ... Labour will regret being rolled on this one ... or perhaps not.   They hold the Trade and Export Growth Portfolio (Parker).   The balls in their court and they might just choose to hit it out of court.

Russia has, in the past, bought elections.   Perhaps, just perhaps, they made a judicious 'investment' in Winston First.   If they have then it looks like that investment is already paying dividends.   

The Cabinet could become a free-fire zone.


Saturday, November 4, 2017


This week Roy Morgan released the first poll taken since the election.    It shows support for the Labour/NZF/Greens coalition government has fallen 1.9% to 48.5% while that for National/ACT has risen 1.5% to 46.5% with all the increase accruing to National with ACT unchanged at 0.5%.

The biggest loser was Labour which saw their share of the vote drop from 36.9% to 31%.    Winston First was also a loser with their share dropping from 7.2% to 6.5%.   Those losses were partially offset by the rise in the Green vote from 6.27% to 11%.

That could change the dynamics in the coalition of the two losers and one gainer just a tad.    Our good friend Psycho Milt will be cracking open another good bottle of plonk.

Housing & land supply policies under coalition

The third part of my introduction to the new government's housing & land policies is this piece on the specifics in the coalition agreement and the confidence & supply agreement with the Greens.  Parts one and two are here and here respectively.

The text of the coalition agreement between Labour and New Zealand First is here.

The specifics on housing/land development is just this.  Yes, just one, and this is it:
  • Establish a Housing Commission.
The text of the Labour/Green confidence and supply agreement is here:  

The specifics on housing/land development are these:
  • Aim to end energy poverty in New Zealand and ensure that every New Zealander has a warm, dry, secure home, whether they rent or own.
  • Budget provision will be made to substantially increase the number of homes insulated.
  • Deliver innovative home ownership models within the State and broader community
    housing programme.
I'm very surprised that there is nothing in the coalition agreement concerning the prohibition on foreign buyers, particularly because it's a New Zealand First policy.  And frankly, considering how much fuss both Labour and New Zealand First made of this issue over the last few years, it's an insult to our collective intelligence that the only thing they actually promise to do is to implement another bureaucracy.

My next post is a lengthy diatribe on Phil Twyford's discriminatory foreign-buyer ban, which seems to be the first thing the government wants to do, despite it not rating a mention in the coalition agreement.

Friday, November 3, 2017


With the news that David Broome, NZ First Chief of Staff, has been given the flick and replaced by Dr Jon Johansson, up until now a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Victoria University.

What can we read into that?   Quite a bit actually.  Broome was on the right of NZF having previously stood as a candidate for National and later founded the 'InterNationals' ... catering for expatriate National voters  Johansson on the other hand is seen as on the left of the Party ... he has been described as the ultimate chardonnay socialist and arrogant to boot.   More importantly he and Ron Mark are good friends.

Mark and Tracey Martin are acknowledged as on the left of the Party.   Peters and his clearly preferred heir apparent Shane Jones are on the right.    Mark has made no secret of his wish to succeed Peters ... his knifing of Martin was testimony to that.    Now it appears Mark and Martin have kissed and made up with Mark promising her reinstatement as Deputy Leader once he has taken over.

In sidelining Broome and replacing him with Johansson the left grouping of Mark and Martin have gained an important ally and potentially sidelined the Jones boy.  

So, where is Winston in all this?   Legitimate question.   I'm serious when I say the fight appears to have gone out of him.   He has his baubles ... 'his' Party may no longer be his Party.     

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Thursday, November 2, 2017


Raise the minimum wage then some jobs are just left undone,  robots become affordable, entry level employment dries up real fast.

Raise taxes or introduce new ones and the system finds new ways to minimise.

5% "levy on fuel, costs rise, again ways to minimise reduce the tax take and the most vulnerable become economic victims again..

Government will build "affordable Houses" on land that has a value exceeding the now raised affordable 600k assessment, up from previous the 500k.
That is in hand though Twitford will just confiscate land, dumbarse doesn't see that it will cost his magicians as much to produce infrastructure because "The Market" is taken out of the equation and the equivalent of the "developers profit" will be replaced by inefficiencies in the state run system.

Reduce immigration and labour becomes scarcer, who to swing the "nail gun".

And now the stupid in super fragilistic expeliadocious, bring in Manus Island illegal immigrants.
Kevin  07 then Julia Gilliard, monumentally stuffed up illegal immigration to The Lucky Country and thousands became New Strayans while other thousands died of drowning at sea in leaky tubs arranged by "people traffickers" who scammed people seeking a new life at pre embarkation fees of many thousands of dollars.
Johnnie Howard's Boarders became porous and it took  seriously concerted Operation Sovereign Border from the Abbott Government to end the rorts, bribery and piracy.

A few foiled illegals remain on  Manus Island, an island territory of Papua New Guinea, leading to a ridiculous suggestion morons to seek their removal to this country.
What arrant stupidity, they are there because Straya Doesn't want them to succeed in entering their country due to as many reasons as there are candidates.
Currently New Zealand has remarkable freedom of entry, work and residence and there are thousands who benefit.
A bad arse from Mannus gets to NZ and Nek Minit he is on a plane to Sydney, how will that go down, do they think Aus Immigration are stupid.
The wailing and gnashing is still palpable because The Aussie Gummint is sending New Zealanders who failed to gain citizenship, did bad things, then faced being deported back here, with Deputy Labour honcho Kelvin "Crim Hugger" Davis in the Van.

It will be a very sad day should the current freedoms of travel, work and retirement should be ended because a bunch of bad dudes decline to return to their homes as they are free to do, if Manus is not to their liking.
Bring them here and change will not be an adequate descriptive for the melt down.

The downside of coalition government

That downside being, you might end up governing alongside a party infested with blowhards and nincompoops - New Zealand First, for instance.

I had imagined that blowhard Shane Jones would deliver the first face-palm moment of the new government, but no it turns out nincompoop Ron Mark is first off the blocks, with this piece of idiocy reported on Stuff:

Newly minted Defence and Veterans' Affairs Minister Ron Mark threw the script out the window when he essentially promised the RSA government funding.

Laden with his usual self-aggrandising versions of events:

Mark said he reminded the prime minister in 2007, following a discussion between Winston Peters and RSA executives at the time in a Koru Lounge, the NZ First-Labour Government of the time agreed to appropriate funds to the RSA.

Assuming it actually happened, I'd love to have been a fly on the wall to see the look Helen Clark was giving him during this reminder.

And as defence minister he seems to think it's his job to be a cheerleader for his ministry, even to the extent of justifying possible war crimes:

"Where other people who've never worn a uniform, never deployed operationally, make a judgment on that individual's decision at that point in time."

Er, yes Ron.  The civilian government does have oversight of the actions of military personnel on active duty and a responsibility to investigate war crimes.  Most of us would have expected the Minister of Defence to have some grasp of that concept, but I guess we've never had a Minister of Defence like Ron Mark before.  Poor young Jacinda's going to have her work cut out for her with that one.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


How do we know that, well Andrew Little, the shiny new Justice minister, said so and of course he would know as he has had nearly a week on the job  to work it out.

The three strikes law has many indications it was a serious hand brake on re-offending by career criminals when confronted with a serious upping of the possibility of some extended time in prison if a bad person was bad again and offended society's rules and got caught and got prosecuted and then horror of horrors got CONVICTED.
One of the more overt examples as to how it might be something not worth flirting with  for such bad people, came with increasing numbers of touchy feely judges declining to apply it at sentencing using the nefarious notion that it might be unfair.
Try telling such garbled tosh to a victim of serious criminal actions being given such a confronting rubbish stated in court by a precious little snowflake, very unlikely to ever  be such a victim., sitting as a representative of the people as  a  Judge.

For years now the nation has had to listen to a seemingly never ending wail of supposed injustice froma  Mr Monk because nobody was ever held responsible for his life changing personal disaster when every hour of every day innocent people  are  victimised  by violent bastards and they all too often never get called to account.

Sorry Mr Little ( it is going to be choke inducing to see him called 'Honourable'), three strikes was one big step for the common people that would see meaningful sanction applied to some of our very worst and you could have left such nonsense to your mate Kelvin "Crim Hugger" Davis.

Yes there might be a case to present that too many citizens are in custody and it may well be that as a proportion of that total too many are included in the figures as Maori, but in spite of the fact that a survey might reveal that they are to a one innocent, bad behaaviour has a distressing need of repeat bad behaviour to see even a week in the pokey when sentence is handed down.

It Did Bloody Work you moron and dismantling everything that has been set in place in the last nine years is not governing it is ideological bullshit.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Labour's housing policy

As I promised here, I start with the critique and follow-up focus on Labour's housing plans by stating what their policies were at the election.  It's too difficult to go through all protestations and chest-thumping exhortations by the newly-crowned minister during the campaign, so their policy is the natural starting point.

Their policy is outlined in full here.

I don't intend to give any analysis in this post on the rights or wrongs of it, my sole objective for now is just to list it.
  • Ban foreign speculators from buying existing homes. 
  • Tax property speculators who flick houses within five years - extend the bright-line test from two years.
  • Remove the ability of "speculators" (their words) to use tax losses on their rental properties to offset their tax on other income. 
  • Build 100,000 affordable homes across the country
  • Create an Affordable Housing Authority to fast-track development in our cities
  • Growing the building workforce
  • Remove barriers that are stopping Auckland growing up and out 
  • Focus Housing New Zealand on helping people, not making a profit
  • Take serious action to end homelessness
    Labour will take serious action to end homelessness in line with the recommendations of the Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry.
  • Require all rental homes to be warm, dry, and healthy.
  • Invest in warm, dry homes.
  • Make life better for renters.

  • Better homes for Maori.

My next post will be to see what the coalition agreements promised, except for the secret document which hasn't been released.

Monday, October 30, 2017


Yesterday Whaleoil ran a story on the number of Maori MPs in the toxic coalition's caucuses.   It pictured them all together with Ron Mark wearing his medals ... just why he was wearing his medals at a photo-shoot of Maori MPs was not explained.
It was not an event you would normally associate with the wearing of medals.

Be that as it may a number of commentators took issue with his medal rack and particularly the fact that Mark should defy protocol and choose to mount the three medals he was awarded by the Omani government ahead of those awarded by the Queen.    

If you look at the picture the Omani medals comprise the silver one and the two bronze medals which are mounted ahead of the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (black and white ribbon).   

Mark is the Minister of Defence.   His thumbing of his nose at the protocol regarding the wearing of foreign awards sez much about him.

Fact ... the wearing of any foreign award is subject to permission from the Queen or, in our case, the Governor General.   Permission is rarely given.   The two exceptions are (1) for awards made by Commonwealth countries and (2) for awards made by allied forces to serving personnel.   But in all cases and without exception any and all such awards are positioned at the end of the medal rack after those awarded by the Queen.

I make no comment as to whether Mark has permission to wear the medals he was awarded while serving as a mercenary in the SSF although I would be surprised if he did.    What I can say with certainty is that Mark, in wearing them ahead of medals awarded by the Queen, is in defiance of protocol detailed very clearly on the NZDF Medals website.   Mark demeans himself and his office by his refusal to abide by service regulations.

If he was still serving one can imagine a crusty old Regimental Sergeant Major taking him aside and saying in a very loud voice ... get em orf, Captain  Mark Sir, get em orf or I'll take em orf for you.



Crimdotcon's appeal(s) against his deportation to the US still some some way to go though the Courts.     But the dynamic has changed following the election of the Labour/NZF/Green government.

My betting is that even if the appeal(s) fail he will not be deported.   The Immigration Minister, Iain Lees-Galloway, will decline to sign-off on the matter.

Why?  Simple.    Crimdotcon knows who and when the various emissaries from Labour, NZ First and the Greens came beating at the door of his mansion in the lead-up to the 2014 election.   It would be extremely embarrassing for the Government were this to come out.

Silence can be purchased ... at a price.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Focusing on Twyford Land

Now that the government has changed, I have decided to do a little more blogging over the next three years.

The Executive is huge, and with that will come more spin doctors and noise.

It's too much for any critiquer to handle.  There will be stuff-ups, and I expect the country to hurt.  Winston Peters already alluded to that in his "acceptance" speech.  He knows how bad the government's policies will be for the poor and helpless, and he has forewarned us.

For me, Jacinda has done me a huge favour by making tertiary education free for the first year as my daughter is heading off there in 2019.  That will save our family about $5,000.00 for that first year - better than any tax cut could have.  But of course, that's paid for by taxi drivers in Gore and hairdressers from Wanganui - thanks!

It is impossible for any of us to capture all the dire shit that will be propelled upon us, and so I will focus almost entirely on housing, and particularly Phil Twyford's policies and promulgations.  Property, real estate, tax et al are areas I know a fair bit about, and so it makes sense for me to do that, rather than try to be a jack of all trades here.  It will probably involve Official Information Act requests and the like.  As much as I can, I will apply the blowtorch to his ill-founded proclamations.

It also makes sense because as sure as night follows day, the media won't do that job.  Particularly not with Paddy Gower, who seems to be behaving more and more, each day, like a love-struck teenager fawning over Jacinda Ardern.

So that's my plan.  Hopefully, it will leave a policy area that can be looked back upon over the years, much like Lindsay Mitchell does with welfare.  I have created a new tag for the posts - Twyford Land.

On the topic of Lindsay Mitchell, keep an eye on this - it's a valuable line in the sand.

Ho Ho Ho


On Tuesday I'll be in Paeroa as a guest of the Paeroa Rotary Club at a function to mark 30 years on from when we built a 'bank'.

Roll back the years to 1987.   The Douglas reforms were in full swing and the Post Office was in the process of being broken up with its banking arm morphing into Postbank.    Back then I was President of the Club.   In developing our business plan we were looking for something more innovative than the traditional 'firewood drive' in raising money for community projects.

Someone came up with the 'interesting' idea ... Postbank needs a new home ... lets be cheeky and offer to build it for them ... so, off I went to Wellington to talk to the Postbank management team.   I fully expected to be told 'on your bike' ... was a tad surprised when they said 'you build it to our specifications and we'll lease it for twenty-five years'.      I said 'deal'.   Then I went back to Paeroa and told the Club what I'd done.

We started with a 'small' problem ... we had no money and no site.   Soon fixed.   Alf Jenkinson, the sometime County Clerk of the Ohinemuri County Council and long time member of the Club agreed to loan us a significant sum interest free.   Withing days of that happening a prime site in the CBD came on the market and we were able to purchase it for cash.    The rest is history.   We had design and build expertise in the Club and for the next six months members gave up their weekends, took leave, went AWOL, whatever and we built a bank ... not without some minor mishaps like when one of our members left his toolkit apron on the ground only to see it disappear under several tons of concrete when the concrete truck delivered its load.    The work helped the Club bond together in a way that never happened before.   It was a fun time.

The completed project saw the Paeroa Rotary Club win a special award for innovative thinking and doing from the District Governor.

Postbank has long gone but the building is still there freehold and houses a Veterinary Clinic  (I think).   It generates a healthy income for the Club and, by extension, the community.    Lot easier than cutting firewood.

Gonna enjoy Tuesday night.    Thirteen of the 'originals' will be in attendance.  


........kilometres later, Adolf and The Cook arrived in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Once is enough, thank you very much.   Next time, I'll fly.  Having said that, I'm glad to have made the journey.   Some observations:-

Despite numerous signs warning of critters crossing the road way we saw no live kangaroos, wombats, camels, echidnas, cows or mallee fowl.

I did not know Western Australia has two time zones. (Most Australians don't know about it) Standard western time and then, Central Western Time from Caiguna to Border Village.

On two days we saw lightning strikes start massive bush fires along a 100 km front.  Somehow, the authorities got them under control before too much damage was done.

An astonishing number of brave fools were crossing the Nullabor on push bikes.

There were far less trucks and road trains than I had expected and far more caravans and camper vans.  That's what happens when you allow Labour governments to turn a thriving economy into South Pacific Venuzuela.

For the first time in my life, I saw a dead, derelict town.  Iron Knob, where, until recently, the iron ore was mined for the now defunct steel mill at Whyalla. 

Australia is in deadly serious trouble and all it's politicians want to talk about is Adam marrying Steve.

Saturday, October 28, 2017


I'm a inactive member of the Russell RSA mainly because of distance.   Here in Paihia we have a very well supported and successful Ex-Serviceman's Club but it's not affiliated with the RNZR&SA.   How that came about is another story.

Last week I received an e-mail from the RSA National Office advising that the Board and the Executive were withdrawing a raft of proposed constitutional changes due to be debated at the National Council Meeting next month in the face of threatened legal action by the Auckland District RSA.   The National Council is the supreme decision making body of the RNZR&SA and comprises delegates from all RSAs.

The action by the Auckland District RSA is effectively a vote of 'no confidence' in both the Board and the Executive.   One has to wonder 'where to now' for the organisation.

The RNZR&SA is but a shell of what it was twenty/thirty years ago.    Many RSA's have closed including some large city ones.    Many others are struggling including my 'home' RSA.   The reasons are myriad and complex. 

For many years the RNZR&SA was the prime advocate to government on matters of concern to the veteran community.   That is no longer the case with the establishment of the Veteran's Advisory Board.   The RNZR&SA is not represented on that Board as of right.   Currently the President of RNZR&SA is a member of the Board but only in his private capacity.

The organisation appears to be turning on itself.   Sad that it has come to this.   I have genuine fears for its long term future.

Friday, October 27, 2017


In a world where gender, parentage and displaced persons proliferate poor old Barney is a bloody New Zealander and the Straya High Court has decided he is no longer an MP.

In a seemingly somewhat convoluted set of policies the Canberra minions have decided to send   criminals who can have an alternative homeland back home.

Being  delivered from the womb of a many generation woman in a maternity wing of a Towomba Hospital where that mother was herself born,  absolutely no assistance in being a Dinkum Aussie just because the sperm doner was from, horror of horrors an offshore Island 1200 miles distant.

Slick Mal's wafer thin majority just evaporated and Barnaby will have I to try and win his New England seat again in early December having cast his dual Straya/NZ status aside.

Please don't deport him, we have our own three  ring circus with an over abundance of Clowns, animal trainers and high wire aficionados, sadly Barnaby would make anyone of them look good even though not understanding he has held dual citizenship since birth.


Dunedin DHB has joined the mindless ideological crusade to decline accommodation for parents and family of seriously ill children in their hospitals following the outrageous action of  Manakau DHB who operate Middlemore hospital, such charitable accommodation funded by Ronald McDonald.

What a Terrible decision based on a tenuous Link between a favourite target of social justice warriors, fast food giant McDonalds, and the charity accommodation provider.

Some of the most challenged amongst us with a child in treatment involving some very distressing side effects and possibly facing an early death of the patient and these ignoramuses want their personal  'halo' polishing group hug to remove such a valuable adjunct to service delivery of the hospital thy are charged with administering.

I readily accept that overindulgence in most fast and convenience food can exacerbate  a tendency to obesity,  a problem that certainly will not be confronting the seriously sick child of parents availing themselves of Ronald Mc Donald houses.
There is a plethora of gratitude from such family members anecdotally and no other provider in sight yet these people are so disconnected from reality that they can indulge their self absorbed attitudes in a misguided mob attack.

Obesity is a direct result of excess calorie intake allied to inadequate exercise and that is not any food provider's fault, it arises from poor decision making by individuals and parents.

Back in last century as a father of two girls year seven and nine, I was confronting a lover, wife and mother becoming paralysed from T1 down and the advice of the medics it was terminal and untreatable in Neurological ward of Dunedin hospital.
Financially challenged in a city hundreds of Kms from home, the offer of accommodation in the by then retired nurses home was a godsend.  There was no one in that fine city we knew, very dark times it must be said.
In a time of severe stress such support was  just so welcome and looking back 45 years that feeling is as raw today.  That our travail was ended with only residual nerve damage and still all alive today I have some appreciation of just what a marvellous thing Ronald McDonald homes supply to parents facing something everyone hopes won't happen to them.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017


It is a fact that the Creator of the Whaleoil blog has no regard for the now Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition that is coupled with a new found relationship as regards Mr Seven Percent.

That change in attitude was and so far remains a continuing thread in a blog that has remarkable sources to the underbelly of NZ politics.

After H1 was dispatched by John Key in 2008, she without ceremony abandoned the NZLP to further her career leaving a vessel stuck on rocks with a crew devoid of any succession plan.
First  the man from the eighties was crowned and achieved nought, they then turned to a bright younger fresh face who held things in a semblance of order until colleagues with an agenda decided low to mid thirties polling needed addressing and set him up with two dead snapper to perish from exposure.
The Unions who have enjoyed unwarranted protection on the cheap within the NZLP moved to get their man in power and under a shonky system that hands up to three votes to one person chose a humourless hack who watched the party polling plunge to a level that threatened Simon English's unenviable record from the early  days of the millennium. Even with numbers ten below the snapper guy, humourless was safe so long as the unions held their nerve.
Then early in the three month window in the run up to an announced Election Day when the handbrake of Union domination was released, the NZLP parliamentary caucus acting alone forced humourless out and installed a fresh comrade who in the midst of nauseating adulation began a campaign of personality politics that Marx, Engles, Lenin etal  would have been in awe of.

Now National after holding their vote in the face of apparent third termitus, out polling Labour, out polling the marriage of convenience fell to a one man band with seven percent support who has never lasted a term of any executive in thirty years of sporadic opportunity.

I was one who found Key's patronising caucus sidelining anointing of English arrogant and questioned the wisdom of going back to 'the biggest loser'.
I was wrong English, made a very solid effort to hold National together but in the reality of a dead in the water party performance from ACT, The destruction of the apartheid party and the early withdrawal of the Dunny of  Ohariu he was left at the alter sans a bride.
IMHO English was right to refuse to deal with the demands of The Dwarf, the idiosyncrasy of  voters reluctance to award fourth terms and buying however many months of the ninth floor from the trader from St Mary's Baÿ when the prospect of a cluster fornication loomed so likely was prudent.
The show of solidarity from National is to be favourably compared to events subsequent to 2008 from Labour and stands as a portent to success in 2020.
By then Winston First will have suffered exposure to voters and it will be clear and  obvious, the Thinking Melons will have had reflection opportunity to assess how being close to the tent but kept outside again actually is in reality, hint read Lyndon Johnston.

That is how the NZ body politic deals cards.

Whaleoil has a great relevance in its sources but needs to get over it's obsession and set about what it does so well in being the widest read blog in NZ still.


Got a call this morning from a veteran who asked me if I thought NZ First's promise to raise the Veteran's pension by 10% over and above that of NZ Superannuation would be implemented before Xmas.

Had to disabuse him of that ... nice the thought but I put it in the same basket as the NZ First promise to res-erect the combat air force axed by Labour with the decision facilitated by wannabe Ron Mark when he went rogue and signed up to the Defence Beyond 2000 Report which said NZL could not afford it.

Promises made when you're in Opposition have a habit of coming back to bite.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Water can wear down stone....

Stone is a form of rock.

Rocks are great suport as foundations....

The  Westminster  system may not be perfect but when compared to  others is possibly a goodun....

A basic foundation block of the Westminster system comes from Confidence and Supply  which if withdrawn by a vote of the members of a Parliament getting a majority of "nays" will lead to the monarch or her representative disolving the Parliament.

One of the protections for our democracy lies in the need for an administration to maintain sufficient support of the MPs who can by voting down the government should actions warrant such a drastic move.
Even a perceived threat of such rebellion can cause such a result as one former PM Robert David Muldoon discovered when after a long consultation with a chap Tanqeray or was it Gordon called a snap election blaming a back bencher Ms Marilyn Waring.

When the news came that part of the charade masquerading as a Confidence and Supply deal for the Ardern administration included a proposed law preventing a duly elected MP sworn to be loyal to the Crown and the Country would be liable to expulsion from the Parliament if a leader deemed it so, my first mental image was of East Germans being murdered on barbed wire trying to escape their country's oppressive regime.

So Winston First Leader needs to be able to prevent any disillusioned  MP from doing what their oath of loyalty to the Crown demands in their considered belief system and chooses to vote against the party that placed them there in our rather fickle electoral system that demands unquestioning obedience to Mr Peters.
Of course there is history involved as in such a personality cult as Winston First is in reality, his scooping up of all but one of the five apartheid seats in the first MMP election later saw Henare, Tuku Morgan, Tuariki Delamere and Elamein Kopu all jumped out of Winston First to continue to keep Jenny Shipley on the ninth floor while Winny was cast adrift ending his second attempt to be Il Duce.

Our democracy is a fragile thing and this attempt to thwart the primary duty of an MP to the people is as blatant and cynical as Ms Clark's attempt to control what could be published in a previously eventually doomed bit of self preservation law making.
The only constitutional mechanism to prevent such manipulation lies in the Royal assent but that would take a Governor General with the strength of character and sense of duty in the Aus GG who ended Gough Whitlams rather brash attempt to deny reality of politics.

Of course  such a move requires the Governor General to act before the executive asks Her Majesty to recall the GG, "on advice", something  that was run  close when Sir John Kerr and Malcolm Frazer  brought Whitlam down in  circumstances still devisive in Australian politics today.

This proposal should never reach the floor of the house but politicians with their sense of self importance do not even see such manipulation as a danger.


It has been revealed that the incoming government will have 28 ministers plus three under-secretaries ...  31 in all.    It's a record for the executive.

The outgoing National led government had 27 ministers and one under-secretary.

Remind me.   Wasn't NZ First the Party that wanted to reduce the number of MPs and limit the size of the executive?

Well they certainly reduced the number of their own MPs from twelve down to nine but, in doing so, managed to negotiate an increase in the size of the executive to provide jobs for over half of them.

I'll be charitable.    A 50% win/loss ratio in a coalition of the losers can't be all bad (snort).


Only now NZ is finding there will be bonus giveaways never part of the promotions while promised policy will disappear.

Yes many understood the elevation of Labour with Mr Peters hand up their collective backs would deliver surprises but how many of those had worked out many of the emerging excitement inducing outcomes would include so many policies in direct conflict with the reality set to ensue.

A greater focus on delivery of mental health initiatives will have to confront greater damages from liberalising of modern cannabis use that it is  claimed will cause immeasurable degradation of youth mental health.

Good employment figures will collide with automation as raising wage rates sans productivity gains will make waged jobs replaced with robots more attractive.

Widening the rural urban divide will be counter productive to the aims of a billion earmarked for provincial initiatives.

Expensive light and conventional rail will impact on very small segments of people in positive ways while the diversion of money will impact many more.

A falling dollar will raise cost of living for everyone take a look at Venezuela,  the poorest will suffer most.

Those dirty unswimable rivers are largely in built up zones or polluted by urbanisation


It is reported the minister to oversee the Pike River mine re-entry non other than the union roach who ticked  the box the mine was safe for his workers to be working in.

Now you can just do this 'angry',  don't forget Winston want in too.


I see White-House insiders and sections of the US media are praising the Prime Minister (elect) for her courage in adopting President Trump's policy of restricting immigration.

Not sure Comrade Jacinda is overly amused.

Nice accolade though