We’re throwing a party: Whaleoil’s “Decade of Dirt”

DECADE OF DIRT

(They say “Dirty Politics” like it’s a bad thing!)

As you may have gathered, Wednesday June 10th marks our tenth birthday.  Cameron Slater will have been blogging for ten years on that very day.

It’s a celebration.  Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him.   John Key is the latest to give it go, and I can assure you it won’t help him at all.

So much has happened over the last ten years.   What on earth should we do to celebrate this millstone milestone?

So we sat down, and had a think.  And we thought:  politicians come and go, and we praise them and rip them apart.  But if there has been once constant pain in the butt through the last ten years who loathes Whaleoil as much as we loathe him, it has to be Winston Peters.

So we decided to ask him to MC our Decade of Dirt event for us.    And guess what he said?

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My good friend John Key can still count

Much is being made of Michael Woodhouse’s bill being delayed because of caucus ructions in National. Woodhouse can’t have been pleased when told by one backbencher to sit down and shut up.

My numerous caucus sources have told me that it got quite heated such was the stupidity of the Australian inspired legislation that Woodhouse cut/pasted and called his own.

But so what. Caucus is the place for debate…the last thing we want is for cap doffing sycophants not voicing their opinions.

A bill overhauling the health and safety laws in New Zealand in the wake of the Pike River disaster has been delayed because of concerns within the National Party caucus about its effect on small businesses and farmers.

Prime Minister John Key confirmed it had been the subject of discussion at yesterday’s caucus meeting and said he wanted to have more time to get it right.

“It’s started to get panel beaten into quite good shape.”

The Health and Safety Reform Bill was due to be reported back this week from the transport and industrial relations committee but it has now been given until July 24 to report back.   Read more »

Dirty politics by the Maori Party?

Is democracy racist? It is if you ask the Maori Party.

“Racism has been defeated by fairness, justice and reason today,” said Māori Party co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell in response to Te Arawa winning their battle for better local government representation.

The Rotorua District Council has voted to accept a modified version of the Te Arawa Partnership Model today after receiving more than 1800 submissions on the issue. This will ensure that a Te Arawa representative will be on all standing committees.

“During the submission hearings, the people of Te Arawa have had to stare at, and sit next to, the ugly face of racism, but today it was booted out the door, and rightfully so. I am so relieved that the tāngata whenua of Rotorua have been listened to because what is good for Te Arawa is good for the city.

The gall of these people is incredible.

The “ugly face of racism” is the face of individuals advocating a retention of democracy.

When the government should be making it easier for ratepayers to sack piss poor councillors the Maori Party are instead ushering in unelected officials with voting rights.

Thankfully there’s at least one group calling them out:

The Maori Party’s approach of bullying and intimidation against those who have stood up for one person, one vote, in Rotorua, is a dishonourable act by Members of Parliament that should know better.  Democracy Action, a pressure group which champions democratic values is calling-out Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell for his intimidatory comments regarding the Rotorua District Council vote to accept unelected members onto Council committees.

Democracy Action Chairman Lee Short says:
“We all accept that reasonable people can have differing views on race-based appointments onto local councils, but for a Government Minister to label those who stand for democracy as ‘racist’ is frankly outrageous.”

“We call on Mr Flavell to withdraw his offensive remarks. Bullying and intimidation have no place in democratic debate.”

The Maori Party have been pushing for race based representation in local government, aided and abetted by useful idiots like New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd.

It’s a stupid idea that failed spectacularly in Fiji and will fail here.

Little should worry about his own back rather than trying to protect my good friend John Key

Andrew Little is out there trying to kick up some insurrection inside National.

There isn’t any, I’d know if there was because I’d be helping it along. Quite simply Andrew Little is dreaming.

“She’s clearly got ambitions for the top job,” says Labour Party leader Andrew Little. “She’s currying favour with whomever she can. She has seen an opportunity and I think she is going for it.”

Mr Little might just be onto something.

“I’m friends with most of the people in my caucus, particularly on the backbench,” says Ms Collins.

Yes, that’s right – “my caucus”.

Typically National is good at keeping internal divisions under wraps. But there are strong interests at work here – think farmers, forestry, small business, fishing and not to mention the force that is Ms Collins.

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Is the dodgy socialist dam promoter coming unhinged?

As regular readers will know the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council has lost just about every round of the legal battle over their dodgy socialist dam.

They lost in the Board of Inquiry first draft, so did something dodgy that then went to the High Court – and they lost on 12 points of law and had to pay costs.

They lost when they tried to hide the extremely dodgy TRIM model and were forced to release it to submitters after being told to by the courts. The TRIM Model was the basis of all the science behind the dam and was found to be not fit for purpose.

They lost to the Iwi on Plan Change 5, when they tried to say that if they fixed up one catchment they could turn another one toxic. The Iwi won this case and the court told them you cannot turn any catchment toxic just because you have fixed up another one.

Then there have been delays in getting farmers to sign up for the water, as they cannot make a profit from the water and were actually quite happy farming without socialism providing them with unprofitable water.

Sources in Central Hawkes Bay are saying that the dam promoter, Andrew Newman, has started to feel the pressure of these cumulative failures and is getting a bit frayed around the edges. This is concerning the local body politicians in Central Hawkes Bay who really need Andrew Newman not to unravel before he gets the dam built.     Read more »

The (2nd) Great Whaleoil Census – Part 8: Do you have a current firearms licence?

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Good morning.  About two years ago we ran a “census” to get an idea of what our audience was all about.  We’re going to do that again, but this time it will be one question per day, each morning.  I will attempt to collate the previous questions as we go along, so that anyone who misses one can find a reasonably easy way to have a vote or to review the results.

Although we have a huge list of questions to work through, feel free to suggests ones that are close to your heart in the comments.

Part 8:  Do you have a current firearms licence?

Not quite the same as the question last time:  “have you ever shot a gun before”, but it will show the percentage of WO readers that use guns for work or pleasure.

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Today in History

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On this day, in 1936, Alan Turing submitted his paper ‘On Computable Numbers’, in which he formulated a design for hypothetical devices for mechanical calculators that became knows as ‘Turing Machines’. Read more »

Face of the day

Sir Bob Jones Photo- getfrank.co.nz

Sir Bob Jones
Photo- getfrank.co.nz

Today’s face of the day Sir Bob Jones was escorted off an Air New Zealand flight for not following the safety briefing. Compared to Sir Bob I ( Spanishbride ) am not an experienced flyer by any means but I have travelled overseas and I was not aware that ignoring the safety briefing could get a person kicked off a plane. In fact when I was travelling between Wellington and Auckland I noticed businessmen who obviously flew the flight every weekend, relaxing with their eyes shut during the briefing. Let’s face it. When you are a regular flyer you don’t need to listen to the briefing every single time.

Oh well, Sir Bob handled himself with dignity and he can always cheer himself up by buying a ticket to the Whaleoil

Decade of Dirt celebration.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

apothegm  (noun) – A terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “pithy saying,” 1550s, from Greek apophthegma “terse, pointed saying,” literally “something clearly spoken,” from apophthengesthai “to speak one’s opinion plainly,” from apo- “from” + phthengesthai “to utter.” See aphorism for nuances of usage. Spelling apophthegm, restored by Johnson, is preferred in England.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 27

16Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.