Helen Clark

Should we get a break down of what our taxes pay for?

Rodney Hide nearly managed to get it past parliament but for a veto from the government of the day.

Today he explores once again the proposal that the government fully inform us as to where our taxes actually go, in a highly personalised manner.

The biggest commotion I caused in Parliament was having the numbers to pass a requirement that every year the Minister of Finance write to each taxpayer advising them of the tax paid on their behalf and thanking them for their contribution.

Bill Birch used the government’s financial veto to squash my amendment, arguing the cost of postage was exorbitant.

Officials later conceded the concern was a taxpayers’ revolt.

Councils teeter on the edge of a ratepayers’ revolt each and every budget. Central government doesn’t. That’s because central government collects PAYE before workers even see their wages and buries GST into the price of everything.

The fuss over rates is a good thing. It keeps councils on their toes.  We need the same opportunity to know what central government costs.

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Is National’s Harmful Digital Communications Bill its own Electoral Finance Act?

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National is a party that supposedly believes in Individual freedom, choice and personal responsibility.

They played heavily on this in defeating Helen Clark’s more authoritarian and nanny state style of government.

Clark ridiculously focused on controlling what light bulbs we should use, changing shower heads in houses to conserve water, which rather abundantly falls from the sky, and their worst law which National shamelessly barely altered upon gaining the treasury benches, the Electoral Finance Act.

The Electoral Finance Act bizarrely had its genesis in Nicky Hager’s book the Hollowmen, which ‘exposed’ dealings National had with the Exclusive Brethren. Labour put up a law that sought to restrict donations to political parties, except their own donations of course.

Somehow it was wrong for New Zealand citizens to donate to political parties, but perfectly OK for large amounts of cash to slosh into Labour coffers from a narcissistic ex-pat Kiwi who made his fortune in managing logistics for tobacco companies.

It was an astonishing attack on freedom of speech, freedom of association and the very things that National stood for, individual freedom, choice and personal responsibility.

National made hay while the sun shone and the Electoral Finance Act became a catalyst for large protests that erupted around the country.

Bernard Darnton, David and I formed the Free Speech Coalition to oppose this law and raised money to put large billboards around that attacked those parties supporting the bill. It worked, and even spooked Peter Dunne from previously supporting the bill to opposing it at the final reading. David Farrar and I were having lunch in Auckland when we received an angry phone call from Rob Eaddy in Peter Dunne’s office abusing us for putting Dunne on one of our billboards. He was politely told to GFY.   a634bc2dd4ea7dcedc21 Read more »

What do you mean new discovery? She is alive and well in New York

The new species, Mystacina miocenalis, is related to another bat, Mystacina tuberculata (above), which still lives in New Zealand's old growth forests.

The new species, Mystacina miocenalis, is related to another bat, Mystacina tuberculata (above), which still lives in New Zealand’s old growth forests.

And here was me thinking the old bat was alive and well in New York, not near prehistoric Lake Manuherikia in Central Otago

New Zealand researchers have discovered the fossilised remains of a previously unknown species of bat that foraged on the ground and burrowed using its feet and wrists.

The find suggests New Zealand was home to walking bats 16 million years ago.

Although only thought to have weighed 40 grams, the ancient species was three times larger than its modern cousins.

The fossil was found near prehistoric Lake Manuherikia in Central Otago, which was once part of a subtropical rainforest.

The new species, Mystacina miocenalis, is related to another bat, Mystacina tuberculata, which still lives in New Zealand’s old growth forests.   Read more »

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Kiwis in Australia still suffering from Helen Clark’s betrayal

Helen Clark threw Kiwis living in Australia under the proverbial bus.

I reckon some of what she did was fair enough, and we should have implemented similar reforms here – especially when it comes to bludgers.

But plenty of Kiwis in Australia are working and contributing and paying taxes, and Clark’s betrayal left them out in the cold.

A New Zealand advocacy group in Australia will present a petition to the Australian Parliament next week calling for New Zealanders to be given the same rights as other permanent residents residing.

Oz Kiwi aims to put pressure on the Australian government to allow New Zealanders living permanently in Australia to naturalise within a designated time period so they can vote.

Spokesperson Timothy Gassin said the OZ Kiwi proposal was simple: that New Zealanders who move to Australia, who have been self sufficient and pay tax, should be given the full rights of other Australian residents and be allowed the option of becoming an Australian citizen.

He said the petition had close to 40,000 signatures.   Read more »

Why is Labour attacking voices of reason?

If you ever needed an example as to why Labour are totally unsuited for government even after 7 years in the wilderness, it is the reaction to Progress – the brainchild of Josie Pagani, Nick Leggett and Phil Quin.

Some Labour people say they want to set up a think tank, because what has been done and is being done isn’t working. The polls and election results are very clear on this.

The very first reaction, though, is to tell those people to get fucked.

Not, “Let’s see what they come up with and debate it”.

They just can’t get past the personalities.

Have a look at the posts and comments on Labour’s proxy-blog, The Standard. I have so you don’t have to.

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Current stirrer and disloyal former Lab staffer Phil Quin blusters self-servingly in public, again

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Exactly. And the Pagani/Leggott/ Quinn thing is a recipe for a future annihilation of Labour just as its proving to be in Britain. Its the Thorndon bubble effect (courtesy of CV) just like the Brit LP is suffering from the Westminster effect.

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Campbell Live finishing up by pimping whinging ex-pat bludgers still on the bludge

Everyone except the luvvies has been saying that Campbell Live spent too much time crusading and pimping the poor.

In their last week what do they do?

They embrace whinging ex-pat bludgers who are still on the bludge.

Since 2001, there have been strict conditions on New Zealanders living in Australia.

That’s fine – countries often impose rules, but they are conditions that New Zealand doesn’t impose on Australians.

We are often told about the special relationship between the two countries, but there’s nothing special about being a Kiwi in Australia.

It is a policy having a devastating effect, and often it is Kiwi children who have spent the majority of their life living across the ditch who are bearing the brunt.    Read more »

The path to victory for Labour

The lessons coming out of the UK for Labour are showing just how hard it will be for them to grab the Treasury benches.

The Lessons apply as much to them as they do for Labour in New Zealand.

Every party needs a path to victory, as does every leader. So what is Labour’s path to victory in the UK?

Well, it’s difficult it turns out.

How badly did Labour lose? Worse than you think.

To secure a majority of one, Labour now needs a swing of 8.75 percent across the United Kingdom, analysis passed to the New Statesman has revealed.

The analysis – which brings together the vote shares, turnout figures and majorities for the seats that would be easiest for Labour to take, highlights the challenge to Labour if it is to return to office in 2020.  The document is not a target seat list but would form the beginnings of one.

In, Cleethorpes, the seat that on a uniform swing would deliver a Labour majority of one, Labour trails by 7893 votes.  In the equivalent seat in 2010, Norwich North, Labour was just 3901 votes behind, and would have required a mere 4.6 per cent national swing to deliver the seat into the party’s hands. An equivalent swing now would see Labour win just 39 seats.

To be the largest party, Labour would have to take 51 seats directly from the Conservatives, up from 27 in 2010, with a uniform swing of 5.3 percent. Nuneaton, the staging post on this metric, has a Tory majority of 4,882, up from 2,069 in 2010.

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Andrew Little jumps the goat and paints himself into a corner

Andrew Little came out yesterday attacking John Key and National over the budget and the missed surplus.

He labelled it the “one of the biggest political deceptions in a lifetime”, ignoring the 4th Labour government in its entirety.

Labour leader Andrew Little says the Government is guilty of gross deception in the election campaign, accusing it of knowing it could not meet its promised surplus in the current financial year but continuing to promise it.

“I see it for what it is – one of the biggest political deceptions in a lifetime,” he said in a pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

It is such a ridiculous statement when you think he even fails to include Helen Clark’s pledge card rort of $840,000 where the Labour party stole the money from taxpayers and in order to avoid a court action passed retrospective legislation making the illegal legal.

But he is such a spastic that he has boxed himself into a corner over the deficit, he can’t say he will have one now.

His other statements are equally ridiculous:

It’s not unreasonable for every New Zealander to want the best for New Zealand.

We deserve a government in surplus

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Dirty Sovereignty: Hours after a new royal baby, Angry Andy wants out of the Commonwealth

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New Zealand should have a Kiwi as head of state, Labour leader Andrew Little has said, just hours after the new royal baby was born.

The Opposition leader spoke of his republican views this morning, hours after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a 8lbs and 3oz (3.7kg) baby girl to their family late last night NZT.

The as yet unnamed baby will be known as the Princess of Cambridge, and will be fourth in line to the British throne. Read more »

Rodney Hide schools Jackie Blue

Rodney Hide schools Jackie Blue on what a waste of space her job is.

He is of course talking about Blue’s ill-considered opinion over Paul Henry stating a few home truths about Helen Clark and Hillary Clinton.

Henry had said in regard to Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House: “Why, if feminism has come so far, does she feel the need to highlight the fact that she’s a woman?

“Shouldn’t she be selling herself on the fact that she’s the best person, the right person, for the job, no matter what her sex?”

Henry also noted other high-profile females had “fallen into the same trap”, including Helen Clark in her bid to become Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Henry has a good point. The feminist complaint was “jobs for the boys”. The argument was women shouldn’t be excluded because they’re women. But the argument has become that women must be selected because they are women. Clinton and Clark have replaced sexism with reverse sexism.    Read more »