Hosking on The Hobbit

Mike Hosking’s editorial on The Hobbit today is required reading:

I don’t understand why Labour are trying to spin this as a bad thing and highlight the Government’s role as some kind of scandal. Every time they do this, they look anti-employment, anti-arts and anti-tourism. The Hobbit is an unqualified smash hit. It’s brought in a fortune, it created thousands of jobs, it has us once again on the map and we’re leveraging the living daylights out of it. It’s a monumental win for the country and Labour is against all that.

Labour seems to be anti-jobs. What is more interesting is they claim that they want to be more hands on in the government…yet when the Prime Minister shows that he can be hands on all of a sudden they call corruption…it will be interesting how they intend to continue down that line of attack.

I saw Grant Robertson say the Government should have acted in the best interests of the country. How much better do you get than bringing in a fortune, providing jobs by the thousands and getting global recognition for a country at the bottom of the globe? I don’t understand all that. 

Same with the SkyCity convention Centre deal…hands on, no cost to government…and Labour is against it…when they are fore hands on government.

But I do understand Peter Jackson’s frustration. What infuriating nonsense it must be when you’ve done what’s he’s done for this industry for this country, then to have to deal with toe rags like that Whipp bloke who came in from Australia and tried to basically hijack the whole thing.

In a nutshell, actors are contractors. They’re not employees – never have been, never will be. That’s what the unions were arguing and to try and argue otherwise as he and his Actors Equity mates were is madness. They didn’t want overseas actors.

Disney, in a separate dispute, claimed they were playing delay games where they were holding up paperwork for off shore actors. Was any of this going to benefit us? Was it going to get a movie made and bring millions into the country? Of course not because that’s not what they care about. They’re wreckers. They’re negative, destructive, old world, Trotskyite wreckers. Thank god they didn’t win.

So the papers show what we really already knew. Warners got a good deal, we got a good movie, the Government did the right thing by making it happen here and not elsewhere, Peter Jackson didn’t get the industry he’s built up here damaged, and the unions got what they deserved.

Mr Whipp hasn’t been heard from since, and a good job that!

The unions jobsworths never have solutions, only pain, misery and pocket lining…their pockets.


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  • NZ Groover

    The key words for me….”old world”. The world has moved on. There just isn’t place for aggressive unions in the modern world. It’s not them and us, just us.

    • StupidDiscus

      Of course it’s fucking them and us. They’re losers, bludgers, unionists.

      We’re capitalists. They’re scum.

  • I think sir peter can handle his own really well. I wish he could be put to better use. Hes really a great ambassador for us.

    • Mr_V4

      I don’t know his ‘best use’ is making films. He certainly does need some token govt. appointed role.

    • Anonymouse Coward

      Dunno Nigel. The language in his emails seemed whiny to me.

  • williamabong

    A big well done go out to Helen Kelly, and Robyn Malcolm you’ve moved up to cunt status joining Russell Norman on the front row.

  • williamabong

    A big well done go out to Helen Kelly, and Robyn Malcolm you’ve moved up to cunt status joining Russell Norman on the front row.

    • Sponge

      Don’t forget Len Brown.

  • Phar Lap

    Robertson that fat tub two faced tub of lard.I saw him walk up the red carpet at the Hobbit premier.Also saw him suck out of the trough that night.All provided by Sir Peter Jackson.On the Lie-bour News Channel alias TVNZ last night he put the boot into the whole Hobbit scenario.What a ****** kipper. a TWO FACED BASTARD WITH NO GUTS.

    • Anonymouse Coward

      I thought the Wellington City Council paid for the premier.

      • Phar Lap

        Even worse the fat tub of lard bludging of the Wellington ratepayer.Shame, shame, shame.

  • Macca

    Wow! This is a completely different take on the story to that portrayed by One News last night and that dilly pinko churno! If you were watching the story for the first time, you would think it was National who had nearly blown the deal with Liebour and the unions being savior of the nation! They even interviewed Kelly on Breakfast this morning for her 5 minutes of poison!
    When the fuck are we going to get some neutral repeating in this country!

    • blokeintakapuna

      Just come here ….or the Truth… Or NBR… The others aren’t worth the time…

  • Tamaki

    The green party need to be hauled over the coals too.

    1. Supported Robyn Malcolm

    2. Objected to the Hobbit and joined in on the conspiracy theory.

    3. They manage to Campaign against poverty and for fewer jobs, greater unemployment at the sametime.

    All this and they appear to be wanting to turn us all into Hobbits!

    Dr Rusty is truely unbelievable.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Labour party is looking like a collection of clowns everyday….Come 2014, this country will be ruled by clowns (Labour) and Jokers (Greens) and we will be the joke of the world.

    • Mr_V4

      At least Gareth Hughes has expertise in the clown dept.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Watching TV1 news. Sheep and Muesli looking like idiots saying the partial asset sales should not be going ahead…pathetic bunch of idiots.

    • StupidDiscus

      They’re right of course – NZ needs total asset sales starting with the hospitals and schools! Dams and windfarms – and even the trainset – are really just sideshows.

      • parorchestia

        Agreed. Solid Energy’s performance may convince more people that government shouldn’t own businesses.

  • Mr_V4

    Labour party can be thankful we don’t seem to prosecute treason anymore because thats what they were committing, along with Robyn Malcolm etc. Time to make unions financially liable for any losses as a result of their actions, esp. foreign unions.

    • Cadwallader

      Labour scum were happy to jaunt along the red-carpet at the time of the premier. Two-faced filthy pricks. The Labour Party is a smell joke.

  • Simo

    Hosk nailed this after talking to a union suckholista, it was one punch after another landing on a squishie leftie jawbone. I think that guy was wondering why he picked up the phone this morning…..a bloody nose was delivered – go the Hosk.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Jacinda looked nice on the red carpet, pity she stunk of hypocrisy.

  • Rodger T

    The problem with Labour is that they think everyone is as thick as they are and have their goldfish memory.

    • Gazzaw

      The problem is Rodger that a big chunk of the electorate is as thick as labour.

      • parorchestia

        You can’t blame lower income people being fooled by fraudsters holding up a vision of El Dorado to them.

  • parorchestia

    Where are the left wingers who sometimes write in this blog when you want to have a go at them? How can they defend the idiocy of opposition to making the film here and their members wallowing like greedy pigs at the trough of the celebrations when they were so opposed to the film? Hypocrites as well as doctrinaire idiots?