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An interesting post scanned and captured from an over-excited contributor to the [Standard made] earlier. Â Is this what the Greens plan to do with information stolen from their petition harvesting?
The Green Party hid behind the old fools in Grey Power for the Assets petition, then sent out paid touts on taxpayers’ money to scoop up data. Like Greenpeace, they love a petition. Do you think it is only because they are wound up about this issue? No, it is because they want to capture your personal details to create a data base. Â Read more »
Headline? Â John Key saying the Referendum was a waste of time, proves there is no mandate for change, and was just a political stunt.
Hands up who’s surprised?
Prime Minister John Key says the contentious partial asset sales programme will continue despite the provisional results of the share offer referendum.
More than 1.3 million New Zealanders cast votes in the non-binding citizens initiated referendum; with the preliminary result released on Friday night showing 67.2 per cent did not support the Government’s partial sell-off of Air New Zealand, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power and Meridian Energy.
Only 32.5 per cent of those who cast a vote backed the share floats.
All-up, just 44 per cent of eligible voters took part in the referendum.
Key, speaking this afternoon at the former Hobsonville Airbase north-west of Auckland, described the referendum as a “publicity stunt” which had cost the tax-payer up to $9m.
“Around about a quarter of New Zealanders voted against asset sales,” Key said. Â Read more »
The whole Referendum was a farce from start to end. Â Signatures harvested through paying collectors with tax payers’ money, missing the mark, having to do it again, Labour and their Green Taliban leaders managed to piss away $9M of your money on yet another pointless exercise.
Prime Minister John Key has indicated his Government will take little notice of the result of the referendum, describing it as a political stunt by Labour and the Greens which has cost the taxpayer $9 million.
Mr Key has said the result would be “interesting” if it showed voters who opposed the asset sales programme totalled more than a million – the number of votes National got at the last election which was largely fought on the issue. The Electoral Commission figures issued last night show that 895,322 voters opposed the asset sales.
Mr Key and Mr English have said in recent weeks that the Genesis sale remains on track in spite of market chatter the sale is now unlikely to proceed as planned.
Referendum provisional results: 1,333,402 votes.
Yes (sell): 432,950,
No (don’t sell) 895,322.
On November 23 I wrote:
Iâ€™ve received a rather concerning email from one of our readers. If this is anything but a misguided local initiative, it needs to be exposed
Had a phone call this morning from a mate who works for NZ Post in a provincial city (not here). The word going around his smoko room was that someone from the union suggested it could be a good idea if some referendum papers were â€śnot deliveredâ€ť. These of course could then be opened, voted on, sent back, and the â€śNoâ€ť vote fattened. They are banking on people not bothering to ask for replacement papers if theirs do not turn up.
He suggested that I get the word out to my mates that if anyone doesnâ€™t receive their voting papers they should contact the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. All deliveries should be complete by the end of next week (mine arrived in the PO box this morning).
Given the amount of resource that Labour, the Greens and the unions have poured into this referendum, it sounds as though they are pretty worried about getting enough of a â€śNoâ€ť vote to attack the Government with. Pulling a stunt like this rates right up there with the KFC election in 2005, but itâ€™s hardly surprising given the current climate.
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Labour are such muppets.
Labour’s hoardings want people to cross on the option. But the Electoral Commission state that people have toÂ tick the answer to the question.
Does crossing an answer on the ballot paper mean the vote paper is invalid? Here’s hoping.
Mike Hosking’s editorial this morning is about John Key and his smart move to call David Cunliffe out over asset sales.
Smart move from the Prime Minister on the programme yesterday and repeated after the Cabinet meeting yesterday. In calling Cunliffe out, heâ€™s put the ball in his court over asset sales.
Itâ€™s one thing to be opposed to something, but how opposed? Opposed for the sake of it? Or so opposed youâ€™ll do something about it? Cunliffe, unlike the rest of us, can make a difference. He can buy them back. But you know what? He wonâ€™t.
He suffers the fate and plight of beingÂ the major political opponent, and as such he walks that fine line between being against a lot of what the Government does but not so against it that he looks like a nutter and drives mainstream support away.
The likes of your Winstons can afford to promise to buy stuff back because he knows itâ€™s never going to happen. Heâ€™ll always be able to argue, even if he gets close to Government, that it was one of the policies they couldnâ€™t get up on the day. Or if he makes it a bottom line, weâ€™ve seen heâ€™s more than happy to sit in opposition barking his madness from across the chamber.
But Labour has to look like theyâ€™re ready to govern. They have to look mainstream and borrowing a fortune to buy stuff back isnâ€™t mainstream. Â Read more »
According to the Greens and Labour the Governmentâ€™s asset sale process is allegedly in tatters.
This is apparently due to the fact that the share prices have fallen.
These are the same parties whose strap lines during the sales process were that John Key was looking after his rich mates and rich foreigners that were the buyers and John was just lining their pockets.
So surely the decline in share prices should be rejoiced?Â The nasty foreigners have been fleeced, Johnâ€™s mates have been fleeced and the Government should be applauded for selling assets at prices above what the market is now valuing them. On a simple short-term measure they made a profit!Â Read more »
The government is looking like realising their goals from asset sales with the return from Air New Zealand bringing in $365 million.
The Government has completed the sale of 20 per cent of Air New Zealand, selling just over 221 million shares at $1.65, Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall say.
â€śThe sell down of shares has returned $365 million, which will now be allocated to the Future Investment Fund so we can keep building new assets like schools and hospitals while controlling Government debt,â€ť Mr English says.
â€śThis brings the total share offer programme proceeds to almost $4 billion after three partial sales. Â Read more »