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Something out of Yes Minister!

The NZ Herald reports: Quote:

One of the tasks of the Government’s Small Business Council is to advise the Government on whether the Small Business Council should continue, which amounts to a classic Yes, Minister scenario, according to National.

The primary role of the 13-member Small Business Council, announced by Small Business Minister Stuart Nash in early August, is to develop a strategy to drive improvement and innovation in the sector.

It has a fixed term of one year to deliver results. With monthly meetings and an estimated cost of $135,000, that works out to more than $11,000 of tax-payer funding per meeting.

The council is made up of business leaders from the private sector including The Icehouse, Xero and Fonterra, Chamber of Commerce heads, tax experts and academics.

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Troughers always have a back up trough

It is amazing how expensive MPs are, and they’re even more expensive when you realise that long after retiring some of them are still supping from the trough.

NewsHub reports: Quote:

Over $1 million was spent on the travel expenses of former New Zealand politicians over the past year, a new Government report has revealed.

Working as an MP comes with some enticing bonuses, such as having domestic and international travel expenses covered for life. The perk only applies to MPs elected prior to 1999 and those who served at least three years.

Entitlements for former members of Parliament and their spouses are outlined in the Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Act 2013. Former prime ministers are entitled to free travel if they are carrying out duties as a former leader.

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Recipe of the Week

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Pamela

Cuisine: Christmas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Pamela
Chocolate Gingerbread - I got this recipe many years ago from a professional baker. Very simple and v. good. Can be used for Gingerbread houses, cut out or moulded. cookies.

Ingredients

  • 180 g butter softened either salted or unsalted
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed soft brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp warm milk
  • 3 lightly heaped cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder - I prefer Equagold Premium Dutch
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Extra flour for rolling

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 170c.

  2. Place butter, sugar and golden syrup in bowl and beat until creamy. Combine

  3. Baking soda and milk. Add to first mixture and beat to combine.

  4. Sift flour, cocoa and ginger together. Add to first mixture. Mix together to form a firm dough. On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to whatever shapes wanted.

  5. (I found plenty of templates online for various sizes of gingerbread houses).
  6. Bake for 12-15 mins or until golden brown and firm to touch. (If making gingerbread houses best to place template over baked pieces and trim if necessary whilst still warm. Join pieces with Royal Icing as "glue").

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Hey Simon, the eye of the storm is not a good place to be, just quietly

Graham Adams writes at Noted:Quote:

When Simon Bridges leaves politics, it’s unlikely he will be offered a job in meteorology. In the wake of the release of the latest Colmar Brunton-TVNZ poll, he repeatedly referred to “the eye of the storm” when explaining to news media how well National had withstood the Jami-Lee Ross onslaught that began with accusations of electoral fraud before spiralling outwards.

The collateral damage included Bridges having to apologise for dismissing one of his MPs as “f***ing useless”, as well as questions being raised about cash for candidates and for royal honours, the relative value of different ethnicities to National, and how much Chinese money influences its policies.

When the poll results appeared showing National had dropped only two points, Bridges jubilantly described surviving the previous week’s perturbations with his usual tortured syntax: “What you have seen, in the eye of the storm when that poll was done, we’re at 43 per cent.

Bridges presumably doesn’t know that the eye of the storm is actually the small area at the centre of a tropical storm where the sky is clear and the winds are light and everything appears calm. Surrounding it is the eyewall, which is the most violent part of a hurricane.

The eye of the storm can be very dangerous for the ignorant because they assume the storm has passed and they resume normal activities, not guessing that vicious gales will soon engulf them again.

National is, in fact, in the eye of the storm right now, when Jami-Lee Ross is away recovering at an undisclosed location after his brief stay in Middlemore Hospital and has gone silent. But the chances of him — or his allies — staying quiet for long are very small. End quote.

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John Armstrong on Simon Bridges’ prospects

Good friend and confidante of Bill English, John Armstrong, writes at TVNZ: Quote:

What hope now for Simon Bridges? What are the odds on him still being at National’s helm when the next election campaign rolls around in the second half of 2020?

Well, never say never. But — and it is a very big but — every factor relevant to the likelihood of Bridges’ making it that far now screams to the negative.

The Leader of the Opposition might claim to have ended one of the most cataclysmic weeks in his party’s history in a stronger shape than when he entered it.

The stark reality is that he has never been in such a position of weakness as is the case now.  End quote.

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Another hit job from David Fisher which I must correct and tell the truth that the National party fails to

Yesterday saw another personalised hit job against me from David Fisher after his quick trip to Wellington to get briefed. It seems his anonymous and gutless sources are trying to spin just how wonderful the National party has been towards the man they drove to attempt suicide as a result of their actions.

Of course they led with a shabby headline that tries to make out that the woman behind all of this is some sort of hero. Fisher claims that I got some things wrong, but presents not a skerrick of evidence to support his contentions: Quote:

The path to mental health care for unwell MP Jami-Lee Ross appears to have started with a text message to the fellow MP with whom he had an affair.

Through a range of sources, the Herald has been able to untangle the apparent chain of events leading to Ross entering Middlemore Hospital on Saturday evening.

It has revealed a National Party which moved quickly to do what it could for its former MP after he sent a text message to his former lover which appeared to reveal a man in distress.

The events are contrary to those being pushed by Dirty Politics blogger and National Party pariah Cameron Slater, who has emerged as a support person for Ross. End quote.

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BLISTERING RED HOT HAM SPECIAL

To celebrate smoking Colin Craig we have a red hot deal for you.

Due to our special relationship with our supplier we can offer you a blistering red hot ham special right now.

Here’s the details, but you will need to be quick, there are limited supplies.

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Chris Trotter on National’s curious actions

Chris Trotter writes at the Daily Bog: Quote:

THE RIGHT’S RESPONSE to Jami-Lee Ross’s temporary detention at Middlemore Hospital has been interesting. The National Party’s defenders flatly reject the idea that its leadership has acted in any way improperly in relation to Ross. And yet, piecing together what little information has made its way into the public domain, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that at the point of crisis, early on Sunday morning (21/10/18) Ross was in the company of a National Party MP. Whether it was this MP, or someone else, who became so alarmed by Ross’ behaviour that they called the Police, remains unclear. What is certain is that Ross was conveyed to Middlemore because he represented a danger to himself, or others, and against his will.End quote.

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I’m not sure how being found to have sexually harassed someone is a win

Yesterday Colin Craig was on NewstalkZB claiming a win.

It was a bizarre interview with Larry Williams, who tore him apart.

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