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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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