Taxpayers’ Union on wonky Jihad against Israel [UPDATED]

The Taxpayers’ Union exists to expose troughing, rorting and bludging in government wherever it may see it.

But it seems it has now been captured by the anti-Israeli BDS groups:

The New Zealand and Israeli governments may sign an innovation agreement that would see technology firms from both countries fast-tracked to receive funding from their respective government grants agencies.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) international relationships manager Simon Rae confirmed a deal was moving closer.

He said the agreement would encourage companies and universities from both countries to share research, information and possibly join ventures that both governments would help pay for.

“Williams said many taxpayers would have an issue with New Zealand signing an agreement with a Middle Eastern country whose military continued to engage in violent conflict.”

“The agreement would support cooperation on innovation and research and development between firms in New Zealand and Israel,” Rae said.

“This could mean funding through existing New Zealand government grant mechanisms.”

He said the terms of the agreement were still being discussed but no extra taxpayer money would be set aside for the deal.

The same processes that already exist to get funding from grants agency Callaghan Innovation would apply for New Zealand companies or entrepreneurs working with Israeli counterparts, he said.

But companies working with Israel could be given priority to access government funding under the agreement.

Taxpayer’s Union executive director Jordan Williams said prioritising companies which were working with Israel would be an example of politics corrupting objective decision-making.

“Should we encourage cooperation between companies and other countries? Yes. Should the Government use taxpayer money to prioritise companies that do? No.”

How is this an appropriate issue for the Taxpayers Union?

Should all our trade agreements be based off a countries Geopolitical situation? Have they objected to trade with China due to their occupying of the South China Sea, Tibet and political aggression towards Taiwan and Hong Kong?

The list of countries who are involved in violent conflict in the middle east would be a long list including many western countries.

Can they explain why they felt the need to use the Taxpayers’ Union voice to virtue signal about the Israeli Palestinian conflict?

To  me, it looks like another faux centre-right group that is, in fact, wetter than a spastic’s chin. Their silence despite many calls and emails suggests they are now a card-carrying member of the BDS, and for that I no longer support them.

The first thing they are going to do now that they are on the side of Islam is to get rid of their pig mascot.

UPDATED:

An article published last week by Fairfax has left an incorrect impression on the reason why the Taxpayers’ Union objects to the Government signing an R&D cooperation agreement with Israel. 

The Union wishes to clarify that it is the nature of the agreement – that Callaghan Innovation’s corporate welfare R&D grants will favour companies working with a particular country – not that the agreement is with a particular country.

Our staff just issued a media release where I clarify:

“When asked by the journalist who called, I specifically said that as an organisation the country is irrelevant and tied my comments back to our long-held position against corporate welfare.”

“The journalist then asked whether some taxpayers would have an objection to it being Israel, and I agreed but said that personally, and as an organisation, we didn’t.”

I’m very annoyed that the caption below my picture on the Stuff website suggests that I objected to the agreement because of being “a deal with Israel whose military is in violent conflict with Palestine. Those words are Fairfax’s, not mine. Similarly, where the article states: Williams said many taxpayers would have an issue with New Zealand signing an agreement with a Middle Eastern country whose military continued to engage in violent conflict” – again not my words.

 

-Fairfax

 


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