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There’s still six days until Christmas but the early presents for Whaleoil readers keep on coming. Â Today’s gift is a cracker – Â the story of Boagan dwarf number three, Michael ‘Mayoral-Wannabe’ Barnett.
Auckland readers will of course know Mr Barnett as the face of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. Â If you don’t really understand what the organisation does, fear not you’re not alone. IÂ can happily confirm their key role is to organise business lunches and breakfasts. Â Kim The Clown Campbell is a regular attendant. Â The Mayoral Wannabe actually celebrates his 25th anniversary at the Chamber this year. Â What better way to party than to steal a cool $2.1 billion off the people of Auckland. Â Â Read more »
In a rather silly article about John Key’s improved golfing prowess, Andrew Little has admitted to his role in Dirty Politics.
Labour leader Andrew Little, also a keen golfer, said Mr Key obviously had spare time on his hands.
Despite enjoying the game, Mr Little did not rate his own skills on the golf course – “I’m a hacker.”
Nice of him to admit heâ€™s donkey deep in dirty politics. I wonder when the others will come clean?
But seriously, this article is a story how?
Is it the Herald’s attempt to say John Key is more concerned with his golf handicap than running the country? Â Read more »
Regular readers will know that I loatheÂ socialism, and especially loatheÂ corporate welfare.
I also loatheÂ local government giving anyone the right to turn our waterways toxic. So it is a good day when we hear that an extremely dodgy corporate welfare project is looking likely to fail.
The halfwits at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have been promoting a massive irrigation scheme in Central Hawkes Bay, despite being repeatedly warned that it was not environmentally sound and was not economically viable.
These points now seem to be coming home to roost.
Backers of the Hawke’s Bay irrigation scheme have until March 31 to show they have the necessary consents, investment and demand before construction begins.
But Friday’s High Court decision, in favour of Fish & Game and other appellants, has complicated matters because it has sent a crucial part of the resource consent back to a board of inquiry for consideration.
The board needs to reconvene and take submissions from both sides. No date is set for this to occur, and it is uncertain how long it would take or what process it would follow. If the investment company behind the scheme is forced to extend the financial closing date beyond the end of March, it would face additional costs of about $250,000 a month.
Had to have a laugh at this one.Â Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne tells it how it is with this tweet about prohibitionist and supermarket hater Doug Sellman;
This resulted in a torrent of abuse to old Peter, who dug in his heals with this tweet:Â Read more »
Observation by the Owl â€“ Iâ€™m back
Letâ€™s start 2015 with a bang.
Here is some interesting subjects for 2015
Why hasnâ€™t Unite Unionâ€™s Charitable Trust filed their accounts?
Why hasnâ€™t The Maritime Union of NZÂ filed their accounts?
Will Andrew Little make sure these matters are actioned asap?Â Read more »
Massey University held its usual Quote of the Year competition recently, and one of my quotes from the election campaign and Dirty Politics was a finalist.
The finalist quotes were:
I’m sorry for being a man. (David Cunliffeâ€™s unusual apology at Labour’s domestic violence policy launch at a Women’s Refuge forum)
We think itâ€™s, um, pretty legal. (Steven Joyce asked by reporters about the use of a song for the National election campaign that sounded very similar to one by Eminen)
You work in news you puffed up little shit!…When will you glove puppets of Cameron Slater just piss off?Â (Internet Party press secretary Pam Corkery at a campaign event, when the media kept asking for an interview with Kim Dotcom)
It was all steam and no hangi. (Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis describing Internet-Mana after it failed to deliver on the hype on election day)
He could probably survive shooting little kittens in his garden with a shotgun. (Kim Dotcom on how little impact Dirty Politics had on Prime Minister John Keyâ€™s approval ratings.
I play politics like Fijians play rugby. My role is smashing your face into the ground. (Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater after Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics was released)
I did not have textual relations with that blogger. (Spoof of John Key’s initial denial that he had received texts from Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater tweeted by Lloyd Burr of RadioLive)
It terrifies me how much of our economy is stuck inside a dairy cow. (Comedian Te Radar talking to farmers at Fieldays)
Get past the breath-taking PR snow job. (Former CERA communications adviser Tina Nixon describing the press conference to announce the resignation of chief executive Roger Sutton after a sexual harassment complaint)
No more beersies for you. (Tagline in this yearâ€™s Health Promotion Agency advertising campaign to reduce harmful alcohol consumption.)