Bully for you

We all talk about third-term arrogance in governments. It happened to Robert Muldoon. It happened to Helen Clark. It happened to the last government. It is generally believed that the arrogance sets in when a party have been in government for so long that they cannot remember not being there. Or maybe they have been there so long that they think they will be in government forever, and therefore they can do what they like. But the next visit to the polls usually sorts all that out, and the whole process starts all over again.

But this government is different.

Where shall we start?

“I’m not here to negotiate, don’t push me or it will be 2c instead of 1c.”

That was David Parker in August 2017, threatening farmers with a water tax. The Labour party were not even in government yet.



Being a ‘champion’ for the regions is one thing, but interfering with the running of a public company quite another. Shane Jones believes he was ”absolutely” within his rights to challenge Air New Zealand about cutting some of its regional services, and called for heads to roll off the Air New Zealand board if they did not comply with his instructions.



Paul Eagle thinks having a “robust but polite” conversation includes only a handful of expletives. Someone talking to Eagle on the phone claims that Eagle called into their work and swore at them when he couldn’t get his way. Eagle says the whole thing was a misunderstanding, and that he was swearing at people blocking his way into his office, not someone on the phone.

Whoever he was swearing at, it is an inappropriate way for a minister of the crown to behave. But hey. What are a few swear words between friends?

Left: Damien O’Connor 
Right: David Clark

Heather du Plessis-Allan made claims on her talk show last week that a meeting recently took place between leaders of the food industry and ministers Damien O’Connor and David Clark. It is her understanding that the ministers were anxious to persuade the food industry to use less sugar in food manufacture. Not a terrible thing in itself. But she also claims that the ministers threatened the industry leaders with a sugar tax if they did not comply.

Shane Jones ‘The Laughing Cavalier.’

Shane Jones again. Two things this time. First of all, for getting involved in another business matter that was no concern of his, when The Warehouse in Kaikohe was looking to close. There was Jones, champion of the regions again, saying he had “had a gutsful” of businesses pulling out of places like Kaikohe. And secondly, he claimed he did not see a report from the Environment Ministry that said a West Coast waste-to-energy scheme did not stack up either environmentally or economically, but even if he had, he would have ignored it anyway.

Eugenie Sage

And now there are allegations swirling around Eugenie Sage that she had a hand in the ‘resignation’ of EPA chief scientist Jacqueline Rowarth. It seems that Rowarth had claimed that New Zealand could have a clean environment and a thriving dairy industry, but it would appear that does not fit with the narrative of the Environment Minister. This story is still unfolding but will be interesting.

And finally, of course, there is this photo of Jacinda attending a union meeting in Wellington, where the Transport Union leader is telling Wellingtonians to “get used to walking” if their demands are not met.

Jacinda is not bullying anyone herself. She is just sitting in total approval while someone else does the bullying for her.

So, it is a pleasure to see that this government are not affected by third-term arrogance. There are two reasons for that. Firstly, their arrogance is plain to see in their first six months. And secondly, there is no way they will last three terms. Hopefully, they will be a one-term government. Maybe they know this, so they have to get the arrogance in as early as possible. Sure looks that way.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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