George Hawkins

When is a struggling Kiwi really a struggling Kiwi

Labour it seems have put their mis-leading GST brochure out around the country. I blogged on it in regard to Ruth Dyson advocating the complete removal of GST, it now looks like the whole of Labour are advocating that.

Worse though is one of their little stories about a struggling Kiwi family failing to make ends meet.

Lying Labour fails to disclose details

Lying Labour fails to disclose details

Do you think Labour knew that the hardworking everyday Pacific Island family featuring one Mote Pahulu… is the same Mote Pahulu standing for the Manurewa Action Team ticket, the same ticket that also features George Hawkins in the supercity elections. I wonder too if he is the same Mote Pahulu who is also on the Wiri Licensing Trust, presumably earning meeting fees for his work there.

Why don’t Labour declare fully affliations of people in their brochures. Mote Pahulu is not some random islander they picked off the street, he is a Labour activist reading rehearsed lines on command.

If you have to defend it, it's dead already

There is an old adage in marketing, as much as in politics. If you have to start defending your position or product you have already lost.

Epitaph for Phil GoffA frustrated Phil Goff has dropped the s-bomb, telling reporters in Wellington today that questions about the strength of his leadership are “bull shit”.

The Labour leader was fronting after a meeting of the party’s national council to consider steps against the sacked MP Chris Carter today.

The meeting resolved that Carter has a case to answer if he is to remain a member of the Labour Party. Nominations for Carter’s Te Atatu electorate seat have been re-opened and Goff said Carter would, as of Monday, become an independent parliamentary MP.

He has already been dumped from Labour’s parliamentary caucus after a bungled attempt to undermine Goff’s leadership.

Asked this afternoon if the prolonged saga over Carter’s membership reflected on the strength of his leadership, Goff said: “Well that’s bullshit, frankly. That’s just nonsense.” Goff said he thought the question was non-sensical.

“It’s got nothing to do with my leadership. The party must follow due process – is there anything about that that somebody doesn’t understand?” Goff said that Carter would become an independent MP on Monday when notification was sent to the Speaker of Parliament.

Some-one should take Mr Stayin’ Alive aside and explain that even uttering those few sentences has cooked his already well done goose. Labour are so emasculated though that there are precious few with any testicles to do anything about the “Goff problem”.

Meanwhile his fellow Backbone Club member, George Hawkins is planning his exit from one trough and his entry to another. It should be pointed out to those too stupid to understand that George Hawkins 20 year anniversary in parliament arrives on October 28th, he can resign after that and retain his massive golden pension, one of the few still eligible, and trot off to the new trough, with his wallet still safely being filled by the taxpayer.

If iPredict had a stock for a by-election in Manurewa, I’d be investing heavily in that.

Goff over a barrel

Here is a scenario that holds water when you ask those in the know.

If George wins on 9 Oct. A selection is triggered. An acceptable candidate is chosen and George goes quietly next year.

Or the unions select some carpetbagger and Goff gets the byelection that Carter predicted.

George has Goff over a barrel. So does Carter.

George trying to double dip or retire?

Remember everyone poo-poohing Chris Carter’s comment over George Hawkins facing a challenge? Seems there may be something to it.

VETERAN MP George Hawkins is planning to swap national politics for a local board seat under the new Auckland Council.

Mr Hawkins is a candidate for the Manurewa local board in the upcoming supercity elections on the Manurewa Action Team ticket.

If he wins Mr Hawkins won’t stand again for Parliament but doesn’t know yet whether he’ll need to resign as Labour MP for Manurewa, forcing a byelection.

“That’s something I’ll have to talk about with my colleagues.

“We don’t know yet how much work these local boards will do.”

So it looks like there was a grain of truth in Chris Carter’s prognostications. Of course good old George may well be aiming to finish off how he started in parliament with a fair amount of double dipping.

Nevertheless there is more truth to Chris Carter’s coup memo than fiction. He said that Labour doesn’t think they can win with Phil Goff. He is right, its just that they don’t think they can win with anyone else either. He said George Hawkins was facing a challenge, it hasn’t been denied, and now we find out that Dear Old George is planning an exit strategy.

I wonder perhaps if the David Cunliffe part of Carter’s coup memo is in fact true, everything else seems to have panned out so far.

Now Carter has a lawyer

Chris Carter is digging in for the long haul, engaging a lawyer and scalping tax-payers for two months leave for his “unwell-ness”.

Labour’s hard-line smear attack on Chris Carter’s sanity has back-fired on them at a hundred miles an hour and all at a time when Helen Clark is in the country. I can just bet that for the time Clark is here her lurking shadow will be Chris Carter.

Once she flies back to he do nothing job in New York her flying companion will most likely be Chris Carter again. All the while Te Atatu remains without an MP.

Through all of this Andrew Little and Phil Goff look like prize twats, left now sitting on their thumbs, spinning. They have painted themselves into a corner, with their own paint and their own brush. They were hoping to get Carter to resign and force taxpayers to stump up $600,000 for a by-election, that plan has failed utterly.

Labour are leaderless in all respects, at the party level and in parliament.

Interesting information is starting to filter out in Auckland too about the challenge on for Manurewa. Unionist Jerome Mika is named as the challenger. Not many outside of Auckland would realise this but Jerome Mika is one of a close bunch of friends of Len Brown. It was also no surprise to see Len Brown at the launch of the ShittyVision campaign the other day. It seems he is keeping his hand in through all aspects of the Labour Party, from local level to candidate selection for electorates.

Chris Carter’s ill-advised memo to repeaters seems to have revealed the extent of the opposition to not only Phil Goff but also to the dry-right of Labour. The unionists and wet-liberal and rainbow sections have had enough it seems. Phil Goff and George Hawkins are old Roger-nomes. Their politics is drier biltong.

While Chris Carter sits on leave doing nothing at the taxpayers expense, Labour is imploding into several nasty factions. I must say it is a pleasure to watch.

Peak Oil? Not bloody likely

The concept of Peak oil is a fantasy, like Global Warming, invented by Greenies and Chicken littles to make us fearful and therefore compliant to their warped way of thinking.

A case in point is the as yet untapped and easily obtainable oil off the coast of CONUS.

The U.S. has known for decades that at least 8.5 billion proven barrels of oil sit off its Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts, with the Interior Department estimating 86 billion barrels of undiscovered oil resources.

Meanwhile in Brazil where they aren’t all that concerned by the waffle of green fear-mongers they have just tapped into billions of barrels of oil sit in difficult water beneath a swath of the Santos Basin, 180 miles offshore from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

The US at the same time won’t drill.

California won’t drill for the estimated 1.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil off its coast because of bad memories of the Santa Barbara oil spill – in 1969.

We won’t drill for the estimated 5.6 billion to 16 billion barrels of oil in the moonscape known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) because of – the caribou.

In 1990, George H.W. Bush, calling himself “the environmental president,” signed an order putting virtually all the U.S. outer continental shelf’s oil and gas reserves in the deep freeze. Bill Clinton extended that lockup until 2013. A Clinton veto also threw away the key to ANWR’s oil 13 years ago.

Our waters may hold 60 trillion untapped cubic feet of natural gas. As in Brazil, these are surely conservative estimates.

So the US is sitting on an ocean of energy twiddling their thumbs, even John McCain is a don’t drill fool leading to the charge that the US isn’t really a serious country any more.

Meanwhile back here in new Zealand we also have a veritable ocens of oil at our finger tips in the Great Southern Basin.

I’m just wondering when this “peak oil” bullshit is going to be called as it is.

Looney Left will cost jobs

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

In the first move of the new Coalition (I know, it’s a Claytons Coalition), as the price of support from Winston First and the Greens, the minimum wage will rise by a massive 25% over three years.

The Employers and Manufacturers Association surveyed 860 businesses and the result is unsurprising to those on the right.

70 per cent of businesses believed the increase would affect them “badly” or “very badly”.

Some businesses said they would have to reduce employees? hours of work, or the number of staff they would employ, if they faced this level of increase.

“Employers take a chance on some of the people they employ, and at $12 an hour they are going to think twice about giving people that chance.”

They go on to say what all right thinking people believe.

?It?s equally clear the 20 per cent of employers paying minimum rates are those most directly affected, and it?s long been our view that employers and employees should set wages, not governments.

This policy initiative will simply cost jobs. The net effect will be negative as some marginal jobs will simply cease to exist.

An article by Linda Gorman at the Library of Economics and Liberty explains clearly the effects of Minimum wage laws.

Minimum wage laws set legal minimums for the hourly wages paid to certain groups of workers. Invented in Australia and New Zealand with the admirable purpose of guaranteeing a minimum standard of living for unskilled workers, they have been widely acclaimed as both the bulwark protecting workers from exploitation by employers and as a major weapon in the war on poverty.

Unfortunately, neither laudable intentions nor widespread support can alter one simple fact: although minimum wage laws can set wages, they cannot guarantee jobs. In reality, minimum wage laws place additional obstacles in the path of the most unskilled workers who are struggling to reach the lowest rungs of the economic ladder.

She then outlines several instances of unintended consequences of such laws, but the most telling and one with similar parallels to last years forcing of sheltered workshops to pay minimum wages, resulting in the closing of most of the workshops.

One skirmish occurred in 1990 when the U.S. Department of Labor ordered the Salvation Army to pay the minimum wage to voluntary participants in its work therapy programs. The programs provide participants, many of them homeless alcoholics and drug addicts, a small weekly stipend and up to ninety days of food, shelter, and counseling in exchange for processing donated goods. The Salvation Army said that the expense of complying with the minimum wage order would force it to close the programs. Ignoring both the fact that the beneficiaries of the program could leave to take a higher-paying job at any time and the cash value of the food, shelter, and supervision, the Labor Department insisted that it was protecting workers’ rights by enforcing the minimum wage. By the peculiar logic of the minimum wage laws, workers have the right to remain unemployed but not the right to get a job by selling their labor for less than the minimum wage.

Her final summing up says it all really.

In view of what minimum wage laws actually do, their often uncritical acceptance as a major weapon in the war on poverty stands as one of the supreme ironies of modern politics. If a minimum wage set $.50 above the prevailing wage helps the working poor with no ill effects, why not eliminate poverty completely by simply legislating a minimum wage of $10.00? The problem, of course, is that pricing people out of a job does not reduce poverty. Neither does skewing compensation packages toward money wages and away from training, or encouraging employers to substitute skilled workers for unskilled workers, part-time jobs for full-time jobs, foreign labor for domestic labor, and machines for people. Minimum wage laws do all of these things and, in the process, almost surely do the disadvantaged more harm than good.