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Transcript: Peter Williams & Simon Bridges on budget leak cover up

Transcript for Magic Talk audio starts at 9:57

Peter:

And how much are you worried about the influence, if I can put it that way, of the speaker in this question time debate tomorrow because it would appear that he might be one of your problems?

Simon:

Ah, well, let me just say this. Um, for the prime minister and those around her to try and hide behind the fact that there is a state services commission… commissioner report on this is totally wrong. And why do I say that? Because the state services commissioner, by his terms of remits of this enquiry that he’s doing, but actually the law, the state services legislation, he is not allowed to look at what ministers and the prime minister did. So, if she seeks to hide behind that – that will be wrong. And, let me be positive about the speaker, I am confident he will seek to uphold my right to ask her about what she, what Grant Robertson, what Andrew Little and others in her cabinet knew about this and why in the end they didn’t act. They sat on a lie.

Peter:

And when do you think Andrew Little was advised by the head of the GCSB that what Makhlouf and then Robertson were about to put out was not true? Do you believe Little had plenty of time to stop those releases going out?

Simon:

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An error in judgement will cost Rugby Australia dearly

Top Aussie rugby player Israel Folau was sacked by CEO Raeleen Castle solely because she mistakenly believes that Folau hates homosexuals. Her “evidence” was Folau posting a scripture on his Twitter feed saying drunkards, adulterers, liars, thieves, fornicators and other biblical sinners, as well as homosexuals, would go to hell if they did not repent. This is not something Folau takes lightly; he preaches this from the pulpit of his home church.

Castle could, and should, have handled this quite differently. Reminding ultra-sensitive gay players that Folau had not launched a personal attack on them and offering mediation for hurt feelings would have been a good start. But that wasn’t all. Apparently Folau’s comments will tip young gay men into killing themselves.

“Rugby league legend Ian Roberts, who was the first elite rugby league player in the world to come out as gay, said the comments were particularly harmful because “there are literally [gay] kids in the suburbs killing themselves … [they’re] confused, not knowing how to deal with it, these type of remarks … can and do push people over the edge.”

The Guardian

It’s a stretch to say scripture condemning homosexuality pushes gay kids over the edge, particularly when they probably give the Bible no credence at all and certainly don’t take it literally as Folau does.

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A few more good reasons not to buy an EV

If our anti-mining government ever bothers to drag its head from the sand it will discover EVs carry some unpleasant baggage and that changeover from fossil fuel to EV production is unsustainable.

The environmentally conscious UK promised 100% of its vehicles would be electric by 2050, but they’ve just realised this will not be possible based on the current supply of raw materials for lithium-ion batteries and future requirements.

“A team of scientists has written to the Committee of Climate Change warning that if the UK’s 31.5 million cars are replaced by electric vehicles by 2050, as is currently planned by the Government, this will require almost twice the current annual global supply of cobalt.

The researchers have also calculated that based on the latest ‘811’ battery technology (80 per cent nickel, 10 per cent cobalt, 10 per cent manganese), UK demand for EV batteries will require almost the total amount of neodymium produced globally each year, three quarter’s of the world’s lithium, and “at least half” of the world’s copper.”

Auto Express UK

And that’s just the UK’s requirements, what about the rest of the world’s need for cobalt, copper, lithium and neodymium?

Our greenies are stuck between a rock and a hard place because they have rejected fossil fuelled vehicles and mining but production of EV batteries is impossible without mining.

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It’s only the idealistic young who believe child poverty can be eradicated

Youth are idealistic and easily manipulated but sage old heads are not.

Of course it’s a government’s job to ensure that its citizens do not live in poverty. But what if that government is completely dysfunctional? What if the politicians and government officials are only concerned with getting rich themselves?

Take Angola, for instance. Officially the country falls in the mid-range of the world ranking of richest and poorest countries, but the country’s wealth only makes its way into the hands of a small percentage of the population. About 40% of Angolese citizens still live in extreme poverty.

The Correspondent


We can’t say Ardern does not have concern for our poor because she does. But putting aside her genuine concern, and her inability to fully deliver on any of her promises to date, her latest promise will fail because of the parents who refuse to look after their children. The drug and alcohol addicts, the lazy, the uncaring and the cold-hearted breeders who see each new offspring as a gateway to more government funding will always be a problem.

A friend at the WINZ office recently overheard a woman asking for additional hardship funding. The WINZ officer asked why she wasn’t managing on the $1,100 a week government handout she received for her brood of kids. The WINZ employee did not hesitate to tell the woman that earning that amount of money in full time employment would be difficult; but her remonstration fell on deaf ears.

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We would not win WWII today

While world leaders gather to remember D-Day of 75 years ago, the Allies are so deeply divided it’s hard to think them capable of reaching a consensus before a war was concluded.
Before President Donald Trump arrived for his state visit to the UK, he was the brunt of a diatribe from London’s noxious and useless mayor Sadiq Khan, who told media that Trump is not welcome in the UK. Quite what the London mayor had to do with a state visit is anybody’s guess.

“Rather than bestowing Trump with a grand platform of acceptability to the world, we should be speaking out and saying that this behaviour is unacceptable – and that it poses a grave threat to the values and principles we have fought hard to defend – often together – for decades”

[…] It’s too late to stop the red-carpet treatment, but it’s not too late for the prime minister to do the right thing. Theresa May should issue a powerful rejection – not of the US as a country or the office of the presidency, but of Trump and the far-right agenda he embodies.”

theguardian


Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn was quick to jump on Khan’s bandwagon, demonstrating that it’s possible to treat an official office separately from the person holding it for the purpose of shamelessly insulting them. US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is of the same ilk, frequently telling the world Trump belongs in prison despite three years’ searching for evidence being fruitless.

While the West is busy attacking itself, a predatory invader would find us easy pickings.

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The steel industry is in crisis, America excluded of course

Trump got the jump on the worldwide steel industry when he decided, in 2018, to protect American steel interests by imposing 180 tariffs on imported steel. The steel pigeons immediately lifted off with a clatter and touched down in Europe threatening to collapse the European steel industry.

Every achievement Trump claims meets with opposition, both in America and abroad, and opinion on the strength of the US steel industry is no exception.

“Trump singled out the steel industry as a “miracle,” saying the sector was now “thriving” despite being “practically out of business when I came in to office as president,” says one. “I don’t think it’s valid to say that it’s come roaring back. It hasn’t. It’s stopped falling,” says another.

“Profitability has increased, but this hasn’t meant that tens of thousands of American steel workers suddenly have a job. Over the course of the Trump presidency, you’re looking at an increase of about 4,000 jobs. For an industry that has somewhere between 80,000 and 140,000 employees… it is positive, but at the great expense of other sectors.”

NBC News

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Alleged ‘rapist’ speaks out when government refuses to release allegations

The man who was stood down last week for alleged sexual assaults has taken his story to the media after the prime minister refused to comment and Speaker Trevor Mallard refused to release details of the charges. The government is not obliged to release details under the Official Information Act.

Referring last week to the alleged assaults, Mallard said: “We’re talking about serious sexual assault. Well that, for me, that’s rape.”

In a two-hour sit down discussion in his home, the devastated man said “The accusation of rape has put me in a very dark place”. 

“I was driving to Parliament the day after the bullying and harassment report on the place was delivered and heard on the radio that a ‘rapist’ could be stalking the corridors and it disturbed me greatly,” he said.

However early that afternoon he realised he was the so called ‘rapist’ when he was summoned into the office of the Parliamentary Service boss Rafael Gonzalez-Montero to be stood down.

A colleague at the centre of an unsubstantiated complaint against him three years earlier had come forward again after complainants were urged to do so by The Speaker.”

Newstalk ZB

Ironically, the head of the Mallard appointed review, Debbie Francis, found the allegation was without merit.

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Whaleoil transcript: Jacinda Ardern’s refusal to comment on Mallard’s sexual assault allegations & whether he is fit to be speaker

Newstalk ZB transcript starts at 9:05, Kerre McIvor commentary.

The prime minister refused to comment when Mike Hosking asked her about Mallard’s accusation, Jacinda Ardern told Mike: “There’s a lot to the Francis Report and she and the media are not privy to it.”

Kerre plays recording from Mike Hosking show.

The prime minister refused to comment when Mike Hosking asked her about Mallard’s accusation, Jacinda Ardern told Mike: “There’s a lot to the Francis Report and she and the media are not privy to it.”

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern

Well, why have the report? Why comment on the report? Why have a media briefing on the vague and unsubstantiated allegations and insinuations, and the Francis report?

Why would Trevor Mallard insinuate that there’s a rapist on the loose in parliament?

Again… it’s just a terrible, terrible accusation to make against anybody, and it threw suspicion on anyone with a penis working at parliament, basically.

A man’s reputation has been traduced after being sent packing from his job, and he has no recourse or right of reply – except through the media.

The government lit the fuse and now it’s complaining of the bomb damage.

We heard on this show just a couple of weeks ago the stories of men who had been falsely accused of heanous crimes, like rape, and the damage it does to them psychologically.

I was stunned at how many men were victims of false accusations, and it’s not just men, seems these days anyone can be accused – especially people in senior or management positions.

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The difference between an excellent MP and a mediocre one

Democracy gives us the chance, every three years, of voting into government the people we believe will best represent our interests.

List MPs ride into parliament on party coat-tails, and their opportunity to prove themselves to voters is by pushing through legislation that benefits the majority. I’d prefer for MPs to do both, but some MPs are not inclined to do either.

Just 59% of current ministers were voter appointed; the remaining 41% are list members accountable only to their party.

Of the 59%, or 71 MPs, how many of them know their constituencies well enough to represent their interests? I’d guess not too many, when you consider the politicians who got there on the strength of standing for the voter’s preferred party.

Ronald Reagan said, “Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” That’s harsh, but certainly true of one-term wonders who are dumped by disillusioned voters next time round.

For five years I had the good fortune to be represented by National’s Simon O’Connor in Tamaki. Simon pops up at community functions, is readily available, and regularly emails a newsletter to keep constituents well abreast of what he’s up to.

This all changed when I moved into the Maungakiekie electorate of National’s first timer, Denise Lee. As I had done previously with Simon, I emailed Denise asking, in one instance, for National’s stance on the Global Compact. I emailed three times in nearly three years – so hardly an avalanche – but did not receive a single response. Not even a “thanks, I’ll get back to you”.

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Whaleoil transcript: The veracity of Mallard’s sexual assault allegations

Newstalk ZB recording starts at 0.40 – Mike Hosking comments:

Let me just precis this for you. So, this bloke who’s been stood down – here’s what Mallard said: Quote.

“We are talking about serious sexual assault.” End of quote.

Trevor Mallard

Well, that for me – that’s rape, what Trevor Mallard said. He also said this. Quote.

“I am satisfied that the Parliamentary Services removed the threat to the safety of women working in the parliamentary complex. One of the key dangers is no longer in the building.” End of quote.

Trevor Mallard

So, what happened was, this was a complaint that happened, ah… one year ago, after an event that happened three years ago, and it was unsubstantiated – and that’s the important point to remember here.

These things were investigated, they were unsubstantiated. No time was I spoken to by the Reviews head, Debbie Francis, so this recent Mallard enquiry, the person concerned was not spoken to at all, the complaint was ruled to be unsubstantiated last year – laid two years after the incident happened – it’s a weird story.

Clipboards missing – they’re all looking for it with great relief they find it. She gives him a high five, he goes and hugs her. That’s it.

Two years later she lays the complaint, both of them were interviewed. Her claim was he hugged her from behind – that was found to be unsubstantiated, no further action was warranted.

After Mallard’s call for the review, she comes forward again and says “Can you have a look at the complaint?” And that’s where this whole thing starts to fall apart.

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