Amy Adams

‘Bang And Blame’ from Cunliffe

David Cunliffe and his lap-bloggers around the blogosphere are all blaming others for their leader copping tons of pressure this year.

What did they expect, this is election year. It is a fight for power. The funny thing is that they saw nothing wrong with Mike Williams digging into John Key’s past, flying to Melbourne, bringing back boxes of documents and then seeding and spreading rumours for weeks via the blogs. Ultimately it all blew up in their collective faces when they got it wrong.

David Cunliffe though is showing he lacks the moxie to be leader or even Prime Minister with his sensitivity to a little bit of scrutiny…worse he is playing the blame game.

Labour leader David Cunliffe came out swinging in Hamilton after weathering an onslaught of criticism over repeated gaffes that threaten to derail him in an election year.

He was in Hamilton to push his Best Start policy to the education and social service sectors and the party faithful after a week-long scandal he said was just a storm in a teacup.

“Mate, that is just Wellington beltway politics,” he said yesterday. “Government has been trying to throw the kitchen sink at me in the last couple of weeks just to discredit me.”  Read more »

Labour wants to tax ISPs, watch them tax you in return with higher charges

Labour continue to show what a bunch of muppets they are with their ICT policy that was inadvertently leaked to National showing they want to tax ISPs.

It shows their complete lack of business acumen. They are suggesting a tax on the entire internet via ISPs.

Any cost lumped onto a business like an ISP is simply going to be passed straight onto the customer leading to higher charges.

Telecom is bristling at the suggestion Labour could impose a “content levy” on internet providers.

Labour was left red-faced today after MP Clare Curran’s ideas on ICT policy were accidentally emailed to her National Party counterpart, Communications Minister Amy Adams.

These include imposing a revenue-based levy on telecommunications carriers to create a contestable fund to support the “creation and accessible distribution of New Zealand digital content”.

Another suggestion is a “digital bill of rights” policed by the Human Rights Commission that would “guarantee a citizen privacy”.

Curran, who is associate communications and information technology spokeswoman and Labour’s spokeswoman on “open government”, said the ideas titled “ICT Policy Framework 2014” were sent to Adams’ office this morning. She did not personally send the email, she said.   Read more »

How much of Labour’s ICT policy did Dotcom write?

Yesterday Labour’s ICT policy got leaked, with all its naf names for things.

Clare Curran got blamed but good sources tell me it came from David Cunliffe’s office, in any case he is the spokesperson responsible for ICT.

It doesn’t really matter though, Curran was thrown under the bus. Isaac Davidson from the Herald reports:

Labour has revealed that it embarrassingly sent internal policy documents and speech notes for leader David Cunliffe to a National Party Cabinet Minister.

ICT spokeswoman Clare Curran’s staff accidentally emailed the documents to Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams.

One of the documents outlined Labour’s potential strategy in the ICT sector.

It included proposals such as a fixed monthly allocation of broadband for every citizen, a Digital Bill of Rights, and a levy on telecommunications companies or internet service providers to fund New Zealand digital content.

Ms Adams said it was not the first time she had been accidentally emailed confidential Labour documents.

“Strangely enough, it’s the second time they’ve included me on their internal communications.

So maybe they like me, who knows?    Read more »

Cunliffe’s cock ups biting, and now there is another one

Things are pretty bad when embedded Labour journalist Vernon Small lashes out at you.

Three months and three gaffes.

It is an understatement to say it has not been the greatest start to election year for Labour leader David Cunliffe.

It is more than three.

The slip over the baby bonus, by failing to disclose in his speech that it would not be paid on top of parental leave, took much of the wind out of his January sails.

It also deflected attention from a $500 million spending pledge that Labour had hoped would set the agenda.

No sooner was the House back in February than the $2.5m property-owning man was attacking Prime Minister John Key for living in a leafy suburb and defining his own mansion as a doer-upper and his own situation as middle of the road.

The climb-down came at the weekend.

This morning he has admitted it had been wrong to set up a trust for donations to his leadership bid. (If the cost was about $20,000 for his leadership campaign, why seek donations at all?)

That from a man and a party that has attacked National’s old habit of funneling donations through entities like the Waitemata Trust and joined in the condemnation of Finance Minister Bill English using a trust structure for his Wellington pile.  Read more »

DomPost in Camp Cunliffe?

We’re very early into the election year, but it appears the Dominion Post has already nailed its colours to the post.

In what appears to be a truly bizarre rant, the Dominion Post appears to have opened a new office in Labour Party HQ.

In yesterday’s editorial, they have launched a personal attack against Environment Minister Amy Adams. 

“The Government is keen to encourage offshore drilling for oil and gas, for obvious reasons. It hopes New Zealand will strike it rich. It is right to want to explore. That does not justify riding roughshod over people’s right to have a say in the matter, yet that is precisely what the Government is doing.

“Companies wanting to get a marine consent to explore will not have the inconvenience of facing public submissions. Instead, the Environmental Protection Authority will decide. Environment Minister Amy Adams, in a typically mealy-mouthed and evasive press release announcing the decision, calls this a “pragmatic” approach. It will, she assures the world, provide necessary environmental protections without placing unnecessary cost burdens on the industry.

“In plain English, this means telling the people to mind their own business and letting the oil industry avoid the inconveniences of accountability to the public. Bureaucrats will decide in private whether consents will be given.”

Granted, I’m not Adams’ biggest fan (she is her biggest fan) but when an unjustified personal attack of this magnitude comes from what is supposed to be a respected newspaper, it pisses me off.

For a start, the Dominion Post has failed to do even some basic research. In fact, Amy Adams even went to the trouble of doing some research for them but they obviously ignored it because it didn’t suit their agenda.    Read more »

Amy Adams highlights yet another Cunliffe lie

You’d think David Cunliffe would get someone to check his work before showing it to the class, but it appears he’s still just winging it

28 February, 2014 Media Statement
Tricky Cunliffe continues to mislead

David Cunliffe latest attempt to rewrite history on oil and gas exploration highlights an on-going, casual relationship with the truth, Environment Minister Amy Adams says.

“As a minister in the previous Labour Government, David Cunliffe knows there was no environment oversight and certainly no public involvement in the exploratory drilling process under his watch,” Ms Adams says.

“Once again he has been caught out being tricky with the truth. He is trying to create a distraction from Labour’s woeful environmental credentials.

“Under his government, 36 wells were drilled in the EEZ between 1999 and 2008 with no legislation in place to protect the environment.   Read more »

Amy Adams deals to a mad, mad council

While I’ve had my doubts about Amy Adams, there’s no doubting she’s willing to show up ratbag councils.  I can’t wait for Paula Bennett to get stuck into her Local Govt portfolio but this tale is why the Green Taliban should be shown the arse card when it comes to being anywhere near power.

“Many RMA rules around the country have slipped into nonsense territory,” Adams said after The Dominion Post reported on environmentalists Peter Standen, 77, and wife Diana, 74, of Otaki, being taken to court by Kapiti Coast District Council for felling and trimming seven trees they believed were rotten and dangerous.”

Good to see fitness guru, arts and travel blogger, David Farrar, pick up on a pearl of a story that ought to worry everyone.  The Green Taliban running the Kapiti Coast District Council have decided to prosecute a couple of Otaki pensioners for getting an arborist in to clear “a mass of tangled and broken branches, dead, diseased and dangerous trees” on their own land.

Instead of the council giving them a pat of the back for improving nature, instead, they’re being prosecuted for “modifying naturally occurring indigenous vegetation“.  Given these, mad, mad rules abound in many councils, including Len‘s socialist paradise of Auckland, it’s a real worry:

“This couple has spent a lot of time caring for their environment and gone to the effort of getting an arborist,” Adams said.

Oddly, I’ve been told Wellington City views your land as, well, your land.  While I can’t stand the place, it seems to be full of people planting natives, perhaps because you’re allowed to manage them than apply for Resource Consent to trim a branch. That mad Kapiti Council is telling people to rip out natives before its too late.  Great message that for as Adams explains:

“We are not talking about some yob with a chainsaw with a tree he did not like. They got a specialist saying they were dangerous… it appears so eminently sensible… the outcome seems ridiculous.   Read more »

Paul Brislen loses the plot, Wrecking Crew joins in

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Any semblance of credibility Paul Brislen had left has now evaporated completely after he made one of the most bizarre claims I’ve seen for a while. Of course by aligning himself and being part of Matthew Hooton’s Corporate Wrecking Crew we are becoming more and more used to bizarre claims.

It appears Brislen is claiming that public sector workers have been using inside information to buy up shares in Chorus. Yep, that’s right, he thinks that government employees are so flush with cash that they can afford to buy millions of shares in Chorus!

“On Friday, when a report by EY Australia into the financial viability of Chorus was received by the government but not released publicly, shares in Chorus jumped by over 7%, Tuanz says.”

I’m not sure what Brislen’s smoking but it surely can’t be legal. For the share price to move 7%, I imagine millions of shares would have to trade hands.  Read more »

The truth about the Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing

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Earlier today, I blogged about how Matthew Hooton, Paul Brislen, Vodafone and a host of vested interests have duped Kiwi households out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Essentially, the Labour-leaning Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing conned media into thinking their campaign was about going into bat for Kiwi households. But it is actually about lining the pockets of greedy telcos like Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and their mates.

I want to refer people to the Coalition’s original press release when it launched its campaign.

Now that media have finally wised up to what I have been saying, I have made some changes to the Coalition’s press release to more accurately reflect its true position.

Broad Coalition Says Yes To $600 Million Windfall for Telcos

A coalition of Kiwi companies, industry associations and consumer advocate groups has today announced proposals to introduce what economists Covec say is a new windfall of at least $600 million for telcos such as Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and Telecom.

In a discussion document issued last month, Communications & IT Minister Amy Adams proposed to provide certainty for both the industry and Kiwi households by overruling a crazy determination by the Commerce Commission that would see Chorus stripped off hundreds of millions of dollars it planned it use for the rollout of ultra-fast broadband.   Read more »

Gerry isn’t a a true Scotsman

Gerry Brownlee should never be allowed to wear a kilt ever again. He has broken the rules.

Underwear may or may not be worn, as the wearer prefers, although tradition has it that a “true Scotsman” should wear nothing under his kilt.

Gerry and Amy Read more »