Politics

All politics is a circus

The hard left couldn’t believe Dirty Politics didn’t work.

They failed to understand that the public think that all politicians are dodgy and just by catching out one side doesn’t mean the other is worthy of a “vote positive”.

It is the same story in the United Kingdom.

Those voters who are most attracted to Ukip’s anti-Establishment message, who hate the mainstream media and its closeness to the political elite, who want to protest about immigration and political correctness, who hate the downsides of globalisation, who want to shock the system, are not likely to be put off by rows in the media and resigning candidates. They think all politics is a circus. So what if Ukip is shown to have its own share of clowns?

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Big projects on back burner, but not Len’s canoe centre

Auckland Council has decided to stop spending any money on maintaining basic infrastructure to save money for Len’s pet project. This is bad news for everyone.

This comes in the wake of the Auditor-General’s report that Len Brown is quickly redacting before submitting it to Council on Thursday.

This is the most basic of functions for a council. Capital works are already paid for by residents over extensive periods of time thanks to depreciation included in our rates.

So what does Auckland Council do?

Defer capital works in a bid to save money for Len’s pet train set.

Only last month the auditor general issued a dire warning about the condition of infrastructure around New Zealand in which she says much of it will fail unless local government gets its act together and focussed on core assets.

She also issued a warning to Len that any attempt to start the train set without funding is irresponsible.

Aucklander’s should be calling for the government to do something before the city falls to bits. Local government minister Paula Bennett needs to issue a letter and publicly redress Auckland Council for the choices it is making – clearly instructing them to focus on the core services as a priority.

That’s what Councils are supposed to do. Keep the roads, sewer, potable water, stormwater and parks in tip top shape through careful management. Not ignore them to build a project it can’t afford.

Speaking of which, a lot of projects may well be on the back burner but one project is steadily moving ahead and that is the expensive white elephant canoe centre in Manukau.

The diggers and trucks are shifting tonnes of dirt at the moment.

Why is that project going ahead when other more important infrastructure projects are being shelved in favour of Len’s train set?

If this isn’t stopped, the rot will result in Auckland becoming a broken down wreck the the government will have to pay to fix.

And we all know how that will go?

Christmas Countdown: Boagan Dwarf One – Heather Shotter

 

Wait until I get my mitts on your cash

Wait until I get my mitts on your cash

Heather Shotter is the first of Michelle Boag’s ten dwarfs.

The Shotter’s an old, old mate of the Boagan’s, a keen gardener and a big fan of immigrants.

She was a PR flack at Sky City and moved up the ranks to become head of operations. Coincidentally, she got in a relationship and later married its CEO Evan Davies. Unfortunately the marriage didn’t last as long as it might have. Still, The Shotter’s come a long way for a girl from the Hawke’s Bay.

Now her close connections with the city’s most powerful men and women have landed her a job with the “Committee for Auckland” over which The Boagan has influence.

And now The Shotter’s signed up her “committee” to support The Boagan’s plan to take the $2.1 billion in shares off the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (AECT) and cancel the annual $335 Christmas bonus it pays to every house, flat and business in Auckland and South Auckland.

They’ve got Kim Campbell’s EMA to back the confiscation and theft as well.

The Boagan, The Shotter, and Campbell want the $2.1 billion in shares to be given to Lyin’ Len Brown’s Auckland Council.

The plan is that Lyin’ Len would then sell the $2.1 billion in shares that had been stolen from Auckland energy consumers to pay for his trainset.

You are reading this right: The Boagan, Shotter, Committee for Auckland, EMA plan is to confiscate $2.1 billion in privately owned shares, give them to Lyin’ Len and then try to get him to sell them, including to the people they stole them from.

National rising star Jami-Lee Ross puts it best: “Surprised by EMA’s stance on AECT. When was the last time a business lobbyist called for a $2 billion private asset to be nationalised??”

So who is The Shotter’s “Committee for Auckland”

Here’s the truth: it’s mainly a front for Lyin’ Len himself.   Read more »

This comment is not satire but it should be

John-Minto

John Minto

Below is a comment from John Minto, which would be satire at its finest, if it wasn’t for the fact that he actually means every word.

From the outset Mana realised there were big risks in the arrangement because of the massive wealth and polarising character of Kim Dotcom but it was a risk we were prepared to take. I’m proud of the fact we risked our parliamentary representation for something much bigger – challenging corporate wealth and power which is expressed politically through the Labour and National Parties.
-The DB

 

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Kim Dotcom’s massive wealth was a risk John Minto was willing to take. -photo wired.com

Forgive me for my contempt, but isn’t using Kims ‘ massive wealth ‘ to challenge ‘ corporate wealth’ like, screwing for virginity?

Ice free Arctic? Not anytime soon

Remember the claims by warmists, that the turning point had been reached, that the Arctic would be ice free by 2012?

Yeah, not happening.

While global warming seems to have set the polar north on a path to floe-free summers, the latest data from Europe’s Cryosat mission suggests it may take a while yet to reach those conditions.

The spacecraft observed 7,500 cu km of ice cover in October when the Arctic traditionally starts its post-summer freeze-up.

This was only slightly down on 2013 when 8,800 cu km were recorded.

Two cool summers in a row have now allowed the pack to increase and then hold on to a good deal of its volume. Read more »

A Negative Campaign against Phil Goff?

The left wing are anointing Phil Goff as the new messiah and the man who will win the Auckland Mayoralty. This is despite his inability to raise funds.

They are also overlooking Goff having had a long track record in parliament, a track record that includes mistakes and lies that really do not bear much scrutiny.   Read more »

Goff admits he leaked, gets slap on hand with wet bus ticket

Phil Goff has issued an apology admitting he leaked the contents of the IGIS report.

As is usual a politician gets a slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket, whereas if anyone else had leaked such a document they would likely be prosecuted.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication.

The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further.

All witnesses, including Mr Goff, were subject to a confidentiality order of the Inspector-General. The order was made to ensure fairness and the integrity of the inquiry. The disclosure of the report by Mr Goff was in breach of the order.

While no classified information was disclosed, Mr Goff’s disclosure led to premature media reporting on the content of the report, to the detriment of other witnesses to the inquiry, particularly those adversely affected by the report. Ms Gwyn said this was unfair to those witnesses, and she would be taking steps to ensure there was greater clarity around release protocols and legal obligations for future reports.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit: SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Can Phil Goff Raise Enough Money to Win a Mayoral Campaign?

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Phil Goff is being talked up as the next mayor of Auckland.

The problem for Phil and his booster is that he is dead set useless at fundraising.

Despite spending most of his life in Parliament he has never built a donor base, and he does not have a fundraiser who can bring the money in to fund a campaign.

To run an effective mayor campaign a candidate either needs a weak opponent or about $800,000.  Read more »

The Internet Party is dead. Long live… something else

harre-handjobCan Laila Harre reinvent herself one more time?  The consummate political mercenary appears to have come to the end of another road, but she’s not giving up.

So just nine months after being formed, the Internet Party is now leaderless and broke. It’s bankroller, the Giant German Kim Dotcom, has run out of cash and the party’s leadership has run out of steam with Laila Harre resigning.

She’s saying she’s starting a new movement called Rethink the System, which would seem to be what the Internet Party was all about. But then by the Internet mogul’s own admission, the brand Dotom was poison to what they were trying to achieve. That was a bit of an understatement.

The screaming, fist-waving kids in a mosh pit screaming and yelling about John Key was certainly poison to what New Zealand politics should be all about, and with the sweating German on stage revelling in the chant, it was more reminiscent of the Nuremberg rallies.

So Laila wants to do it all again under “Rethink the System”, but will she have Dotcom on board?   Read more »