Shameless political opportunism

So once again – Labour rides over the top of an independent entity in an attempt to score cheap political points.

I don’t know the rights and wrongs of the Sky TV case, but the fact Labour appear so willing to criticise, intervene and comment on the actions/rulings of independent bodies should serve as a warning to anyone expecting due process and protection of their legal rights under any far left Government.

Sky TV has got off extremely lightly after the Commerce Commission found its previous contracts may have breached the Commerce Act, said Labour Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi and associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Sky TV is a monopoly broadcaster so it is extremely concerning that the Commerce Commission has found it may have entered into contracts that reduced competition,” said Kris Faafoi. 

“Sky should consider itself extremely lucky today. The ruling is a cop out from the Commission. A monopoly as powerful as Sky should not be able to get away with uncompetitive behaviour. It is a kick in the guts to consumers.

“The Commission appears to have decided not to take any action because a case would cost too much and take too long. That’s not good enough. It should do its job as a regulator,” said Kris Faafoi.

It is a free market, anyone can compete with Sky TV, they are not a monopoly. TVNZ is free to air as is TV3, plus Maori TV is doing well…all competing in the same market as Sky TV.

Labour is shameless when it comes to politicking and they usually do it against state sector employees who can’t fight back.


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  • Macca

    Faafoi and Curran – talk about Dumb and Dumber! As if anything that ever came out of their traps could possibly resemble common sense – so this will probably make TV1 news tonight!

  • GazzW

    ‘Reduced competition’?

    There will be zero competition in power pricing if the Cunliffe/Norman coalition takes over in 2014. Does Faafoi really believe the crap that comes out of his mouth?

  • Rex Widerstrom

    Convergence and the exponential increase in internet bandwidth means old technology providers like Sky… oh, never mind.

    Have they even heard of Netflix? Do they know the media landscape is undergoing a tectonic shift?

    Do Labour know that having grinned while reading an autocue does not qualify one to be a broadcasting spokesperson? Is there anyone in the entire chain of command with the nous to vet these outbursts?

    Answers via carrier pigeon to David Cunliffe (but watch out for those damned competitive falcons!).

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Look Krees Fcukfoi and the loser Curran are trying to remind the messiah Curryleaf they do exist. But keep in mind, these stupid statements do not reduce Curryleaf’s popularity among the masses.

  • James Growley

    Just the sound of their names, Faafoi / Curren makes me want to throw up. There was not much to choose from in the local elections, but these two are definitely scraping the bottom of the pork barrel.

  • GregM

    I’m so pleased to see Labia put their expert opinion out there for the public to see.
    What a pair of tossers.

  • Sky tries to be a monopoly, but doesn’t succeed particularly well. The worse Sky treats its customers via pricing and availability, the more people flip over to Hola/ and subscribe to Netflix. You don’t need Sky to subscribe to HBO either, just an internet connection and a dead-simple-to-install browser plugin.

    Disintermediation for the win.