The Green party think they are onto a winner…locking in never ending pay rises for MPs…except they think that sometimes pay will go down.
The Green Party is urging for a change to how MPs’ salaries are set, in a bid to curb their annual pay rises.
That would make a difference of thousands of dollars in the amount MPs received extra each year.
In a policy announced today, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said MPs’ salaries should only rise to match the rise in median incomes in dollar terms.
MPs usually receive an annual increase that largely rises in line with pay rises in the general population – though because it is in percentage terms, not dollar terms, it can be worth significantly more.
During the global financial crisis MPs asked for a zero pay increase.
Norman said under the Green Party’s policy MPs’ salaries would rise or fall by the same dollar amount that median incomes increased or fell.
“Rather than the current annual review carried out by the Remuneration Authority that sets MPs’ salaries, the Remuneration Authority would be required to apply the annual change in median individual income supplied by Statistics New Zealand.
And here is what that Statistics New Zealand media weekly income data shows:
Even though Andrew Geddis, like a petulant child, can’t bring himself to say my name, he does make good points in his latest post at Pundit.
The left wing blogosphere has been cock-a-hoop (wrongly it turns out) that Patrick Gower ‘got’ John Key on The Nation. Geddis doesn’t agree and schools them on the law.
There’s been a bit of lefty gloating going on around the traps aboutPatrick Gower’s interviewÂ with John Key onÂ The Nation, in which he sought to draw an equivalence between David Cunliffe’s use of a trust to receive donations for his Labour leadership campaign and donations that National received back in 2010 and 2011 through a dinner held at “Auckland’s pricey Parnell restaurant Antoine’s”.
(On that last point, check out Antoine’sÂ menuÂ and the attached prices. This, remember, apparently is one of John Key’s “favourite places to eat”. That this fact does not at all seem to undermine the popular view of him as being “just like us” is a source of unending mystery!)
But much as I would love to grab a pitchfork and torch and follow in behind the crowd all the way to the door of Key’s castle on a bleak mountain top (which is what he lives in, right?), my goddam conscience just won’t let me do it. So I’m going to have to break ranks and say, “nice try, but notÂ quite.”
If the lefty bloggers take just 5 minutes to read why they will find out why no other media except TV3 is pushing this story.Â Read more »
A reader does some research on last nights PR for the Labour party on TVNZ:
Yet more epic Labour fails with another botched PR piece last night.
Remember when Labour rolled out that young property speculator as their poster-boy for the plight of first home buyers?
ThenÂ on FridayÂ Cunners scored the own goal with the Twitter chart showing how much power went up in his watch.
Well the Labour Muppets are at it again.
Last night’s One News rolls out in front of the nation a mother of 5 to highlight David Shearer’s latest political stunt on power prices.
In truth it is really about people who make dumb choices. Â Read more »
I see that TVNZ have trotted out Molly Melhuish as an “energy analyst”.
“It’s basically the generator retailers trying to raise the prices as high as the market will bear,” says energy analyst Molly Melhuish.
TV3 also interviewed her last month as an “independent energy consultant” to talk about the Green’s solar power policy
“But oneÂ independent energy consultant, Molly Melhuish, believes solar is the way of the future for New Zealand.”
This is the same “independent energy consultant” that spoke at an Aotearoa Is Not For Sale march against asset sales in April last year, according to this (badly spelt) transcript of her speech:
Greypower now has a policy that says energy leglislation must say [that] all household energy and especially electricity must be provided in a manner thatâ€™s fair, sustainable, efficient, and reliable. That was the law in 2001- Labour changed the law to make that. [But] National government took away â€śfair and sustainableâ€ť [from legislation]. That is wrong.
What to do about it? Change the government!
The only way you will get a change is to change the government! Vote for it! Peter Love told you thatÂ in the first speech; vote for change. Greypower sez vote for change. Thatâ€™s your job â€“ We Greypower can support it but it is your job to vote for change.â€ťÂ Read more »
Last night TVNZ ran a Labour party fed story about power prices.
Tens of thousands of Kiwis on pre-pay electricity plans are being charged up to 60% more than those on ordinary plans, figures obtained by ONE News reveal.
Really…obtained by ONE News…more like obtained by Labour and given to ONE News…here is Labour’s press releaseÂ (timed at 14:12)
Power companies are unfairly targeting the poorest New Zealanders by charging them the highest electricity rates, Labourâ€™s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says.
New figures obtained by Labour show those on pre-pay electricity plans – paying electricity bills in advance – pay up to 60 per cent more than those paying a regular power bill.
Amazing coincidence that TVNZ seems to have obtained the same figures and miraculously run a story that played some 4 hours after Labour issued a press release.
The figures have prompted calls for greater regulation of power prices.
“It’s grossly unfair that these people, the poorest people in our society who have no choices, should be stung by our power companies in the search for more profit,” says Labour’s energy spokesperson David Shearer.Â Read more »
I get annoyed at getting told by lefties that NZ business only has 31% of women in senior leadership or board roles and that this represents sexist behaviour in business.
Labour harps on about equity of positions for women MPs and has instituted a man ba as a result.
I thought Iâ€™d apply this thinking to those great socialist organisations â€“ Unions. As we know unions feeds people, resources and money into Labour.
I only looked at Unions with over 1000 member and even then a lot of Unions in this category donâ€™t list the executive committee members on websites. But where they were listed I got the following breakdown.Â Read more »
This is how Len Brown is allowed to believe people still want him: Â grassroots corruption.
A Whaleoil reader writes:
I went to Pasifika today with my wife of 27 years, who is a Pacific island immigrant.
What a wonderful day amongst wonderful people in a wonderful setting. We walked through the Tahiti village and into the Fiji village where we caught up with family.
After this we went to the Samoa village where upon reaching the second Fale on the right, we were approached to come and have our say on Auckland. It was an Auckland City council display collecting public feedback. I asked what the terms of reference were for comment and was told that anything I wished to pass on was welcome. I expressed my desire to comment on his worship the mayor.
Immediately I had a “minder” stand beside me and upon completion of my form he reached for it and told me “I’ll take that”. I pulled it away and stated that I was capable of placing it in the box myself, (ballot type post box, although open at the back) which I did. I turned to my wife who was still filling in her form and she asked me for a spelling check, upon which this minder came over and snatched the form from her and said “I’ll take that for you”.
We moved on several paces to see this young fellow take the form up to a plump lady and begin to scrutinise it with her. My wife returned to them and explained that it was her personal submission and she wished it to be placed in the box. My wife was told that it was not her place to tell them what to do. She then reached for her submission and removed it from the two “scrutinisers ” and placed it in the box whereupon they called her a rude “b”. (The form required name, address, age and other personal information)
So your worship, you appear to have your mafia out there hiding the reality for you while your PR department only give sunlight to the selected good news. I don’t recall such a well oiled regime since the Goebbels/Hitler alliance of Nazi Germany.
We were unable to give you our genuine feedback today, so here it is for all to see. Â Read more »
There are multiple questions, please go to the web page on the web site to participate fully. Â More over the break.
I believe these are the sorts of issues currently being polled, so it will be interesting to see how Whaleoil readers compare to a professionally run poll asking roughly the same questions.