I imagine David Cunliffe is planning one of these

Only in socialist nirvana’s would this be possible….a Ministry of Supreme Happiness.

It is highly likely that Greg Presland is working away feverishly on plans for David Cunliffe to launch a similar initiative.

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, creates Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness, despite chronic shortages of basic goods like toilet paper.

A new Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness has been created by Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan president, in an attempt to coordinate all the “mission” programmes created by Hugo Chavez to alleviate poverty.

“I have decided to create this Vice ministry and I have given it this name to honour Chávez and Bolívar,” Mr Maduro announced on Thursday in a televised speech made from the presidential palace. He said that the Vice ministry aimed to take care of the most “sublime, vulnerable and delicate, to those who are most loved by anyone who calls themselves a revolutionary, a Christian and Chavista.”

Oil-rich Venezuela is chronically short of basic goods and medical supplies. Annual inflation is running officially at near 50 per cent and the US dollar now fetches more than seven times the official rate on the black market.   

The creation of the ministry sparked widespread mirth and mocking in the streets and on social media.

In downtown Caracas, fruit vendor Victor Rey said he is now waiting for Maduro to create a vice ministry of beer.

“That would make me, and all the drunks, happy,” he said.

A TV journalist whose show was recently forced off the air after he refused to censor political opponents of the ruling socialists, Leopoldo Castillo, called Mr Maduro’s announcement an international embarrassment.

Housewife Liliana Alfonzo, 31, said that instead of a Supreme Happiness agency she would prefer being able to get milk and toilet paper, which disappear off store shelves minutes after arriving at stores.

“It’s a Calvary getting the ingredients for any meal,” she said.

Mr Maduro blames the shortages on speculation and hoarding, but merchants say they would go broke if they adhered to government price controls.


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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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