July 2012

Best Front Page Ever

I blogged earlier about this….this was the front page from the NT News:

Bob Jones on the Treaty

NZ Herald

Bless dear Bob, he is going to be in awful trouble for his column today:

History is littered with treaties and laws which time has made redundant, without having been formally annulled. Two such are the Treaties of Utrecht and Waitangi.

The 1704 Treaty of Utrecht ceded Gibraltar to England. The Spaniards had driven the Moors off the Rock 42 years earlier, after 700 years of occupation. In the 1980s, Spain made overtures to Britain to recover Gibraltar. Once rejected the matter was dropped, but Spain was not so idiotic to raise a literal breach of the original treaty, being an undertaking by the English that no Moor or Jew would ever reside on the Rock. Yet when Spain made this recovery approach, the governor was a Jewish Moroccan. Time had made the original anti-Moor and anti-Jewish sentiment redundant and to have raised this breach would have been farcical.

So, too, with the Treaty of Waitangi. In 1840, Maoridom comprised stone age warring tribes living simple existences. There was a strong sentiment in Victorian England, led by the churches and some parliamentarians, to protect the burgeoning empire’s native peoples, thus article two of the Treaty guaranteeing Maoridom their then economic base.

But as with the anti-Moor and anti-Jewish provision in the Treaty of Utrecht, time has made this clause redundant, with Maoridom now living a 100 per cent European-style existence, thus the constant literal exploitation of an expressed good intention 172 years ago by charlatan lawyers is an affront to common sense and honesty.

And his thoughts on the current water claim?

For example, the Mighty River Power company’s principal assets are eight hydro electric generators on the Waikato River. In 1840, the river provided eels and transport for Maori villagers in the vicinity. But today, like everyone else, Maori buy their food from supermarkets and have substituted cars for canoes. To argue that the river was vested to them in 1840 and claim water usage money is simply opportunistic twisting of the original objective. If that proposition had validity, why is it only now being raised? Why have they not claimed against the power company hitherto?

The answer is blackmail, specifically that via the threat of delay through litigation of the Government’s sale plans, this action could secure taxpayer millions in yet another bogus settlement.

His solution to the constant blackmail?

The Waitangi Treaty is redundant. It need not be formally annulled but like many other outdated laws, be simply ignored as a historic relic. Claims such as illicit land seizures can be dealt with by the courts.

Sledges of the Day

In the House

Trevor Mallard trotted down to the house today to ask Question 7. He had prepped his pals in the gallery…we know this because he kept looking up as he delivered his lines.

He asked 4 questions which when he wrote them he must have thought they were a slam dunk. Unfortunately he forgot that when you ask a question the person you are asking the question of gets to answer.

His little ambush ended up scoring massive own goals leaving the score 4-nil to John Banks and one roasted Duck sitting on the bench:

Weak from Winston

NZ First and Winston Peters have said that they will oppose the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill and worse still have taken the cowardly approach and suggested a public referendum to decide the issue.

I have little respect for someone who has had his own marriage, dispensed with it himself now denying others that which he enjoyed once.

New Zealand First will not vote for the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill and wants a public referendum to decide the issue.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says the New Zealand First caucus believes that issues such as this should be decided by trusting the people of New Zealand to decide rather than to leave it to temporarily empowered MPs.

“It should be a binding referendum after opportunity is given for a reasoned debate.

“The wise use of public referenda on such issues has always been New Zealand First’s position,” says Mr Peters.

It also looks like he is whipping his MPs.It is a conscience issue…but then again Winston Peters has never really displayed much of a conscience when it comes to rorting taxpayers or selling policy to donors.

I have an idea for a referendum, since they are dead keen on them…how about one asking for the introduction of mens testing for the pension and removal of the Gold Card? Those are rights they voted themselves or bribed the electorate with…let’s have a referendum on those shall we?

Mental Health Break

Axe Swinging in Queensland

Brisbane Times

The featherbedding in the state sector in Queensland is being axed, hard as the government seeks to control costs. Perhaps some of out more squeamish ministers need to be taken on a fact finding mission to Queensland to learn how to find their testicles. Campbell Newman isn’t mucking around…he means business:

Nearly 2000 jobs will be cut from Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads department and related bodies as part of sweeping Newman government budget cuts, Transport Minister Scott Emerson has revealed.

Mr Emerson also confirmed TransLink would be absorbed into the department, as flagged by brisbanetimes.com.au last week.

The Transport Minister told Parliament this morning the job cuts would target staff in corporate and support roles in the department, along with jobs in RoadTek and TransLink.

Across all those areas 18 per cent of jobs, or 1970 full-time equivalent positions, will be cut in a move the government says will save $287 million over the next four years. As of March 2012, there were 9269 full-time jobs in Transport and Main Roads.

Mr Emerson said the cuts included a restructure of RoadTek to ‘‘provide more affordable transport projects by reducing the cost of delivering infrastructure back below the national average’’.

RoadTek is a commercial subsidiary of the government responsible for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges across Queensland. It tenders for projects against private companies, and is essentially contracted by the government.

‘‘That will mean a reduction of 600 full-time equivalent [RoadTek] positions due to work being tendered to private industry in mature markets such as southeast Queensland,” Mr Emerson said.

‘‘These decisions are not easy. But the alternative is the Labor way: a state plunging towards a projected $100 billion debt and a state where costs of living items such as fares and registration continue to skyrocket.’’

Photo of the Day

Will this be bought up at the IDU?

Roll call

The Republicans are making a strong stand on domestic violence, perhaps this should be something the IDU (The Republicans are members as is The National Party) could push worldwide.

“Completing work on legislation to renew and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act is critical in our efforts to combat domestic violence and sexual assault,” Boehner said. “The law has broad, bipartisan support in both chambers, and I’m announcing our negotiators today in the hopes that we can begin to resolve the differences between the House and Senate bills. The House is ready and willing to begin those discussions, and I would urge Senate Democrats to come to the table so this critical legislation can be sent to the president for his signature as soon as possible.”

I do wonder though, if the IDU does pick this up, will Mr B take a stand on it?

You want sorry?

NZ Herald

For ungrateful Cecil Walker wants sorry:

One of the Ports of Auckland strikers wants a public apology after leaked private information about his wife’s death became a weapon in the industrial action early this year.

Crane driver Cecil Walker said his union delegate had received an email from the Privacy Commission which indicated the port was responsible for the leak.

The commission had sought feedback from port management – a step taken when it reaches an adverse finding.

Personal details about the 2008 death of Mr Walker’s wife, Michelle, were published on the Whaleoil website after he was featured in a radio interview during the strike, including the amount of leave he took during her illness and details of the port’s efforts on behalf of the Walkers and their three children.

Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater, who enjoyed access to the ports during the strike, said the information had been sent anonymously from “multiple” sources. He said he had no regrets over its publication.

Enjoyed access??? WTF? Fisher really should have printed what I said when he rang me for comment. I said I asked the Port for access…they agreed…they also had TV3 on the port the same day I was there…were they also “enjoying access”?

But since Cecil wants sorrry…how about this:

Chinese buying our vineyards


Don’t tell Labour or the Greens but the biggest wine company in China has been buying our vineyards. From their rightful owners who actually own them, rather than the collective us of New Zealanders who actually have no property rights over their vineyard.

The company has quietly acquired vineyards in Italy, Canada and New Zealand without the attention paid to Chinese purchases of trophy châteaus in Bordeaux.

Where is Michael Fay when you need him…or is he just after a steal?