September 2006

Labour used overseas bagman to try to bribe Maori Party

Further to my earlier post it has been revealed that the donor was a man and from overseas and that the amount he tried to bribe the Maori Party with was $250,000.

So it seems Trevor Mallard was describing the bagman accurately it was just that he got the party wrong. Labour is now outed as the party with overseas bagmen. 

The rotting stench of coruuption pervades the body politic that is Labour. Clark must resign now, she must go. A leader that presides over unprecedented levels of party corruption must be forced from office.  She doesn't deserve to be Prime Minister.



Who tried to buy off the Maori Party?

Someone tried to buy off the Maori Party at last years election.

It looks like it was Labour and not National using Bagmen to finance or orchestrate a result in the General Election. We know it was a Labour supporter, because they wanted the Maori Party to support Labour.

We also know the same person who Tariana Turia will not name was also a large donor to the Labour Party.

So who is it?

Well a quick perusal of Labour's published donor list show it could be one of these fellows;

  • Lim Nam Chhour $10,008
  • Owen Glenn $300,000
  • Anonymous $25,000
  • Anonymous $50,000
  • Anonymous $40,000
  • Anonymous $40,000
  • Anonymous $20,000
  • Anonymous $50,000
  • Anonymous $20,000
  • Anonymous $70,000

So which one of Labour's anonymous donors was trying to subvert the election? More corruption instigated by Labour me thinks.

Marsden Fund doesn't want any scrutiny

And that is exactly why there should be some scrutiny.

It is simply not acceptable for $38 million of public funds to be handed out willy-nilly on suspect studies.

Oh and while we are talking about suspect, we can all remeber Helen Clark's faux outrage and promises to look into something she didn't know anything about despite the fact her dear husband was one of the panelists.


Guest Blog – Owen McShane

It is Time to open the "Main Truck Line"

New Zealanders are getting anxious about the ongoing closure of freight lines in the regions.

We shouldn't be.

Instead we should be welcoming this opportunity to upgrade our transport system to make road travel easier and safer for us all.

We should get the trains off these rail beds, tear up the tracks and lay down a road bed dedicated to trucks – and express buses if need be.

This is such a logical and cost-effective move you would think it would have been done long ago. But the idea is always challenged by those who believe our transport solutions lie with nineteenth century technology rather than the advanced technology waiting in the wings.

Certainly, the rail operators in the UK were outraged by the report by Paul Withrington, "Reigniting the Railway Conversion Debate" published by the UK Institute of Economic Affairs, in June 2004. The abstract reads:

[quote]The economic functions of railways could be carried out by express coaches and lorries at one-quarter the cost of the train, using 20 – 25% less fuel, requiring one-quarter to one-third of the land, and imposing a casualty cost on passengers half that suffered by rail passengers. The railway conversion debate was initiated in the 1950s by the late Brigadier Lloyd and carried forward by the Railway Conversion League, subsequently renamed the Railway Conversion Campaign, until the death of its chairman, Angus Dalgleish, in 1994. The purpose of this
paper is to reignite that debate. The government should remove all impediments to the conversion of railways to roads.[/quote]

The UK railroaders should know better than to reject such findings out of hand – because good managers should be asking these kinds of questions, and examining these kinds of strategies, all the time. Sue Kedgley deplores closing these rail lines because, she asks, "Hasn't the government heard of climate change?" Well, the UK study finds that
the trucks use 25% per cent fuel than the trains, and this efficiency improves by the day. Trains are only kept on the rails by their weight – everything is heavy and weight needs fuel. So "steel on rail" is doomed to become less efficient than "rubber on road" with every passing day.

Some tunnels may need widening and some bridges may need modifying. Some tunnels can be controlled by traffic lights. Hardly any of the actual rail corridors will need widening and the adjoining land is normally farmland and hence quite cheap. Any costs can be financed out of tolls, and the savings on reduced upgrading of our regional highways will be massive. The Government as owner of the corridors could actually make some money instead of everyone operating at a loss.

My analysis of the emerging transport technology suggests
"rubber-on-road" will almost certainly totally displace "steel-on-rail" from all rail beds, just as gas turbines displaced pistons in aircraft.

While the efficiency gains would be immediate the next generation of trucks will "drive by wire" on these converted "rail corridors".

The driver's hands and legs will instruct the computer which will instruct the drive train and the hydraulic power systems. A guide-wire down the centre of the newly constructed road-bed, laid over our present railway lines, will allow the computerised steering system to keep the truck "on-line". Truck drivers will drive their trucks to the shunting yard where they will leave them and drive away on an incoming truck to deliver its local load. These trucks will be mechanically and electronically connected into "truck-trains" driven by only one "driver" in the front cab, monitoring the performance of every truck in
the train. At the next "station", trucks will peel off to be driven away, again by local drivers, to their local destination. The savings in labour costs will be immense.

The coupled trucks will reduce drag. Accident rates will decline.

Drivers will never drive far from home. Lots of short trips will replace lots of long ones.

Hardly any trucks would drive on the regular roads which would then require much less maintenance and be much safer for everyone. Tourists in particular will be much happier.

The AA Advocate (Winter 2006) foresees massive on-road conflicts between huge numbers of logging trucks, milk trucks and foreign tourists. By 2030 the AA suggests every other drive on the road could be a foreign visitor.

Sadly, it appears the current operators of the steel-on-rail trains won't make the switch because, like the vacuum tube manufacturers of the fifties who failed to switch to transistors, they are committed to running their hardware rather than providing a service.

So when the first "truck train" calls into your local station it will be operated by a company with a name like Freightways or DSL. And a bundle of companies with names like X-track and Y-rail will disappear from corporate memory.

Connell suspended

The National Caucus has suspended Brian "Cellphone in the Pocket" Connell because of his failure to show the restraint and discipline expected of a Caucus member, and it had no confidence in him.

Good job, little turd. Expect a deselection next.


Massive mis-calculation by Clark

Helen Clark has mis-caluclated the mood of the people. 

The size of the mis-calculation is Kyoto Committment proportions.

I got my $310, thanks C&RNow

My cheque arrived on the weekend.

Thanks to C&R Now for getting me this.

Don't forget to thank them by voting for them (see picture below) in the upcoming Auckland Energy Consumer Trust election. 

Another Poll, more bad news for Labour

The Herald has pre-released their poll for tomorrow.

Again this presents a challenge for Jordan.

The poll of 500 people by the New Zealand Herald and DigiPoll has National ahead on 45.7 per cent with Labour lagging on 38 per cent.

The Green rise is also confirmed in this poll.

More details tomorrow.


How to fix NIMBY neighbours – 101

This is a true story, it happened in Utah!

A city councilman, Mark Easton, lives in this neighbourhood. He had a beautiful view of the east mountains, until a new neighbour purchased the lot below his house and built. Apparently, the new home was 18 inches higher than the ordinances would allow, so Mark Easton, mad about his lost view, went to the city to make sure they enforced the lower roof line ordinance. Mark and his new neighbor had some great arguments about this as you can imagine – not great feelings.

The new neighbor had to drop the roof line – no doubt at great expense.

Recently, Mark Easton called the city and informed them that his new neighbor had installed some vents on the side of his home. Mark didn't like the look of these vents and asked the city to investigate. When they went to Mark's home to see the vent view, this is what they found…

VRWC exists, releases a video

It exists and they have released a video.