It takes a lot to find a ute gayer than Fossy’s gay ute, but the diminutive Simon Bridges has managed it, and worse splashed it all over social media.
Since the opposition is asleep at the wheel the job of holding a spendthrift government to account falls upon the shoulders of the Taxpayers’ Union.
They are holding Steven Joyce to account for his expanded corporate welfare programme.
Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyceâ€™s defence of corporate welfare, Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money, a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:
“Mr Joyce defends over $3 billion in subsidies to KiwiRail and Solid Energy under his watch by saying that they are state owned. Bailouts are not the role of ministers as shareholders. Since 1986, state-owned enterprises have had a statutory duty to operate as a successful business and to be as profitable and efficient as comparable businesses not owned by the Crown. The whole idea of the State Owned Enterprises Act 1986 was to bring an end to bailouts and permanent deficits.â€ť
â€śInstead of putting a failed business in the hands of receivers, Mr Joyce defends throwing good money after bad by blaming the previous government for buying KiwiRail. That was three elections ago. Elections are supposed to count for something. $3 billion in taxpayersâ€™ money cannot be handed out in subsidies with ministers bobbing and weaving about responsibility for the amount and wisdom involved. The Treasury Benches come with a full ministerial responsibility for every single dollar of taxpayersâ€™ money spent under your watch.â€ť Â Â Read more »
Simon Bridges appears to get it.
That our future lies in enabling technologies not restrictive technologies.
Trains are constrained by tracks and are not at all versatile, whereas driverless vehicles are enabling in many, many ways.
The prospect of cars travelling New Zealand highways with no one behind the wheel is moving closer says new Transport Minister Simon Bridges. Officials are reviewing legislation allowing for the testing of umanned autonomous vehicles on public roads.
Mr Bridges has pledged to work with environmental interests while also pursuing the Government’s road building programme.
Mr Bridges said he was committed to “a balanced approach” and ongoing investment roads were important even from a green perspective, “over time as we move to electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles”.
Mr Bridges said the Government was not doing a great deal to accommodate autonomous vehicle technology, “but I don’t think there’s any doubt that if you look at what’s going on internationally, maybe not in the next couple of years, but over time we will see driverless vehicles and that will have implications, like for example less congestion because vehicles can travel closer together”.
The problem with the Press Gallery is they are generally actually out of touch with what actually happens in politics.
Preferring to talk about factions and plans and conspiracies when none actually exists. They are particularly tits at these prognostications with the National aprty.
We often see stories about faction wars inside National when none exists. We know they don;t exists because if there were factions then i’d be in one of them and if there was a war there would be bodies floating down political rivers.
Tracy Watkins embarks on another gallery fantasy…that political parties groom future leaders.
Helen Clarkâ€™s mistake in being too slow to rejuvenate her caucus left a very deep impression on Key. He has been far more proactive, creating an expectation that there is no room in the caucus for seat warmers.
The departure of a slew of National MPs at the last election is evidence of his more ruthless approach, as is his approach to Cabinet reshuffles.
For the first time that anyone can remember Key has made a practice of demoting ministers for performance issues, rather than the more traditional route of sacking ministerâ€™s only when they have transgressed. Â This has given him room to constantly renew his Cabinet. Key rang the changes with a reshuffle which he hopes will mitigate the effects of third-termitis.
Elevating the likes of Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges up the Cabinet rankings also shows Key has a succession plan in place â€“ along with Steven Joyce, they are being looked to as the next generation of National leaders. Will the drive for renewal reach even higher to the leadership and deputy leadership?
UPDATE: Â The article below is wrong. Â As Pete suggested the other day, I’m pushing things too hard. Â As a results I was trying to get some stuff out quickly and let this one slip by. Â My apologies Simon Bridges and anyone elseÂ involved.
This is outrageous slur on all the stay home mums. Whoever signed thisÂ poster off needs to go under the bus.
Oh that’s right Simon Bridges is responsible. We’ll sheet home the blame toÂ him for not being over his portfolios and is another mess under his watch.
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Itâ€™s no wonder party donors are expressing dismay with the Nats when businesses are being bogged down in employment courts thanks to the inaction of Labour Minister Simon Bridges.
Simon seems more at ease camping up for a farewell to Tony Ryall than worrying about little things like his legislation clogging up the Employment courts
The other week I blogged about howÂ Spotless was putting their people first by ditching them without a second thought.
The tip-line lit up about Spotless and how theyâ€™re doing this right across the country, ditching 80% of their cleaning contracts.
So now there are companies, organisations and schools up and down the country all being affect by Part 6A thanks to Simon Bridgesâ€™ Employment Relations legislation.
Spotless also just happens to be a key member of the cartel like Building Service Contractors or BSC for short, happily chucking them $20k a year in membership fees.
We all know how close the BSCâ€™s El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo is to the unions, so itâ€™s no surprise that the newish CEO Lillian Small has also been drawn into the union vortex.
Hereâ€™s Lillianâ€™s spin from aÂ BSC release following their MECA discussionsÂ with their union mates.
â€śThe MECA is a strong point of difference between companies which are membersÂ of BSC and those which are not.Â Businesses contracting a BSC member can be confidentÂ they are using aÂ reputable company which treats its cleaning staff fairly, ensuringÂ fair pay, reasonable hours and safe conditions.â€ť
Travel, lifestyle and arts blogger David Farrar has published an interesting graph of Labourâ€™s prospects for winning the 2014 election.
Since the voting public have worked out that David Cunliffe has tits for hands, the graph has plunged downwards.Â
This was very predictable. Â Read more »
Terrible weekend, had to spend it with a bunch of bloody tories in the town hall in Wellington.
The only intelligent discussions I had all weekend were with the cleaning staff and the dustman on the streets when I was out for my early morning run. Nats says that all those Bellamys pies are showing on the middle. Little does she know that those are union approved pies.
Some old duck came up to me and told me I reminded her of Winston in his younger days. Silly old cow didnâ€™t recognise I am much, much taller than Winston. And better looking. And that old bastard Bob Jones has been having a go at me for not speaking properly.Â Read more »
After having such a good week last week and managing to postpone any nasty Tory changes to employment legislation until after the election this week has been truly awful.
My dear and underappreciated friend Carol (That blogster Whaleoil nastily calls her Caropotamus) was given such a terrible list position she will never be returning to parliament. The poor soul was devastated, and rightly so as there are so few good working stock people left in Labour who know how to properly stand up for the working man. And woman.
Poor Carol was feeling very cruelly treated so I took some time out of my hectic schedule to take her to the day spa we share. She had let her self go in the last few weeks and her nails really needed doing, not to mention her eyebrows. It is hard to point this out to a woman, even if she is emancipated, especially when you have perfect eyebrows like me.Â Read more »