Greens talking to aliens?

I always knew the Greens were from another planet, now it appears we have proof:

THE Greens are facing a return to political obscurity following election backlashes across the country, but rather than devise a strategy to win back disillusioned voters, NSW Greens MPs have decided to turn their attention to alien life forms.

Despite losing three of their four seats in last weekend’s ACT elections and suffering a swing of almost 5 per cent against them – the Greens spent last Monday discussing how they could describe their party to extraterrestrials.

A copy of the NSW planning day agenda obtained by?The Sunday Telegraph?reveals Greens MPs were instructed to imagine they were talking to aliens to outline their policies.

Despite running for an entire day, not one specific policy is mentioned in the outline.

The revelations of the bizarre planning day come as political analysts predict the party will return to the electoral wilderness – with a disastrous showing across NSW in last month’s local government election, in which they suffered swings against the party of up to 15 per cent.

Walker’s Gumboots Ok, Curran’s Rugby Jersey Not?

What the f***?

An eagle eyed long-time reader spotted the horribly sanctimonious Holly Walker yesterday making a mockery of Parliament’s dress code in an attempt to be taken less seriously than Kermit the Frog as she sits with the adults.

I look forward to Eric Roy, Tau Henare, Chris Tremain and Todd McClay wearing gumboots in Parliament and seeing how that goes down with the Speaker if they do a bit of duck shooting from their mai-mai.

Walker’s female co-Leader has purple hair. Are the Greens in a competition to make the Maori Party seem dignified and well attired? The rest of Walker’s outfit is bad enough. A man cannot get away with looking as disheveled.

If Clare Curran was booted out for the Highlanders jersey, how the hell does Holly Walker get away with gumboots? She’s an MP and an alleged Rhodes Scholar. Although you would not know it after her recent failure in the “Lobbying” Bill and a pelting from Labour’s Senior MP’s.

Women must wear “normal business attire”. A female farmer would not wear gumboots in the city if they had to walk on carpet. Walker’s are probably cheap and from The Warehouse so she cannot claim them to even be a Jimmy Choo/Hunter fashion item. They also break the “no dickheads” rule. Only rural New Zealanders and blue collar workers should ever wear gumboots. Anyone wearing them from a city looks like a dickhead.

Does Winston Peters describe Walker as dressing like “Brown’s cows”?

But Winston Peters, noted for his sartorial credentials, said he didn’t think that leather jackets and cardigans were what New Zealanders expected to see when they came to Parliament.

He had observed relaxed dress standards among men in the Danish Parliament. “They looked like Brown’s cows.”

There was an insignificantly ranked MP from the Cook Islands government seated in Parliament yesterday. Dressed in her form of business attire she must have been sniggering wondering why she bothered. She will return to the Cook Islands and laugh with tales to the jandal wearers at Trader Jacks that New Zealand is so backward she saw an MP in their Parliament wearing gumboots.

UPDATE: Some self important spokesperson from the Greens has rung me to clarify that they were not gumboots…they were in fact Green leather boots…I remarked they still look like gumboots.

One thing that does come to mind though…Is Holly Walker a vegetarian/vegan?

Gareth Morgan smacks out his pals

There isn’t much I agree with Gareth Morgan on. But the other day on his blog he smashed out his Green bedfellows on their loopy idea to print money:

So let?s come to a small and pretty irrelevant economy like ours. Say we unilaterally decide that economic growth just isn?t strong enough so we enter into the race to the bottom by printing NZD and lowering our exchange rate. Foreign creditors and potential investors look at our external debt ratios and simply see they?re of similar proportion to those of Spain, Ireland and Italy. Why would they line up for more? The only reason would be if they thought that by extending our debt we would enhance our ability to service it and pay it back.

Now look at what we did with the last dollop of external debt raising. Into property it went in the main, lifting NZ property prices to some of the highest in the world compared to income. And what are we all aware of again right now in our economy? Isn?t it that the property market is champing at that bit to get going again, the only thing holding it back is our banks can?t get access to easy offshore loans like they once could. Their masters require higher collateral on mortgages.

For us there is little to no credibility in a policy to achieve growth from printing money. It will simply lower our credit rating and raise our interest rates as creditors extract the required reward for largesse.

No, if we want more economic growth of a permanent kind we need to have products and services to sell that the world wants. Only that way will investment or loans from abroad be more forthcoming. Every time this comes back to policies (tax and financial) that don?t discriminate in favour of housing speculation, and that do encourage capital inflows because we have rising sales of products to the world. Remember the commodity boom we had recently?

After 30 years of economic growth fixes being gerrymandered by politicians ordering up the printing presses, global investors with governments around the world owing them trillions, now recognise a sham, a scam, and an also-ran. Economies with intelligent policy settings targeted to deliver better deals for the global customers of their firms will reap the most rewards over the next decade.

Shane Jones tells Greenies to shove it

Shane Jones has attacked the Greenies (Greenpeace and the Greens) for creating and supporting the so-called spoof of a Sealord advert that I highlighted yesterday.??It is more of the same from the Greenies – ?they don’t a damn about people and their livelihoods.

Jones said:

“When the Green Party and the Green Priests [Greenpeace] take on a role of using that ad to humiliate, trash and parody not only the brand of the company but its workers, it’s a step too far.”

Shane also attacks the Greenies for their attitude to Maori. ?The Greenies are proving they’ll use Maori for their own agendas.

?”They love to cuddle up to us [Maori] when it’s stopping mining in Te Kaha, but they want to shit all over us when it’s a fishing company.

Shane’s not alone in being sick and tired of the Greens putting plants and animals ahead of New Zealand families. ?I too am done. If they really gave a damn about poverty they wouldn’t be attacking New Zealand workers. As Shane says:

“Their concerns are about some obscure ecosystem … while New Zealanders are losing their jobs all over the place.”


Greens pissing off Labour

The Greens need to sort themselves out. ?I outlined the ways the Greens have annoyed Labour over the Lobbying Disclosures Bill but it appears the Greens have been niggling away at Labour for awhile now. ? At first I thought they might be learning something by getting Meteria to front the Lobbying Bill – at least some of the time.

From what I hear the Greens need to learn a few things around the Beltway. ?There is no such thing as something for nothing, especially in politics. ?It appears that Meteria in particular is being a mega bitch to several Labour MPs and staffers. ?The way I hear it is that one MP even used the ‘S’ word to describe the Greens. Yes, that is right…?sanctimonious?. ?The Greens are still of the belief that they do not have to play the political game because their reason for being is of a higher power. ?They are so right that everyone should just do what they say… and no reciprocal relationship should ensue.

It is no wonder Labour are blocking the Lobbying Disclosures Bill so hard.

Forest and Bird hypocrisy


Forest & Bird logic at its finest:

So let me get this clear. ?Forest and Bird continue to block the Escarpment mine but want the government to subsidise the broken Springcreek mine to save the Coasters’ jobs… and it is all the fault of the government.

Hmmm… if the Coasters had somewhere else to work, a more profitable mine, then isn’t it likely they would choose to work there? ?Do Forest and Bird really think that Coasters will appreciate Forest & Bird’s continued objection to a new employer being set up on the Coast? ?The Government isn’t standing in the way of the Bathurst project – Forest & Bird are.

This is the sort of silly environmentalism that regional economies can’t handle.

Steven Joyce is right:

?The Escarpment Mine is an open cast mining project that is ready to go and would provide 225 jobs and incomes for workers and their families on the West Coast straight away,? .

?The developer is being held up from opening the Escarpment Mine by on-going litigation that has gone through the Environment Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

?These on-going objections are to resource consents which were granted more than a year ago. The whole consenting process for this development has now taken a staggering seven years.

?I call on those objectors to the mine to reconsider their appeals and consider the economic future of the West Coast and its people.

?I also call on the EPMU, Labour and the Greens to join my call and back the West Coast community by supporting the immediate development of the Escarpment Mine.

The Opposition and unions are too busy playing politics to really care about the well-being of Coasters. ?There is a perfectly viable opportunity on their doorstep. ?Governments should never subsidise job creation schemes as Labour and the Greens would like – especially when there is a perfectly suitable private company willing to set up shop and provide real jobs.


Greens ask for another inquiry

Unsurprisingly the Greens are asking for another inqiry. ?Gee, it’s easy being Green… don’t actually come up with any suggestions yourselves just prod and poke and ask for inquiries.

Co-leader Russel Norman says Parliament can’t continue to sit on its hands while the crisis in manufacturing destroys thousands of jobs and drives Kiwis overseas.

He says in the past four years exports from manufacturing have fallen by over 12 percent and nearly 40 thousand jobs have gone.

Dr Norman says an inquiry is urgently needed into why this is happening and what can be done to stop it.

So, let’s just review how many inquiries the Greens have called for. I am exhausted just reading that.

Manufacturing job losses

The Dotcom Mansion raid.

Australian shipments of uranium passing through NZ ports.

The price of milk.

Hydraulic fracturing?(successful).

The death of SAS solider Leon Smith in Afghanistan.

SAS prison transfers in Afghanistan.

Charter schools.

South Canterbury Finance affair.

The police case against Urewera Four.

Leak of Ports of Auckland worker?s details.

Genetic experiments on animals.

ACC claims management.

ACC conflicts of interest.

The Sky City convention centre negotiations.

Alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka in 2009.

The Rena accident and oil spill response.

NZ?s dependence on imported oil.

Auckland transport on World Cup opening night.

Huawei?s involvement in ultra-fast broadband.


Colin Craig Courted By Greens?

?By this point, he says, he had thousands of supporters-and they wanted him to lead them. If not to the Auckland Town Hall, then to the Beehive in Wellington. National, Act and the Greens all asked him to stand, he says.

Is Colin the blue frog then?


Time to ban tractors

Waiting, waiting… for Greens to say we must ban tractors, or add roll cages, helmets, or something. ?Now that would make an excellent Member’s bill

?A man is dead after a tractor rolled on a rural property at Te Akau north-west of Hamilton.

St John Ambulance communications team manager Brett Tobeck said the incident occurred just after 11am.

“A tractor has rolled on a man in his 40s near the gateway of the address.” he said.

Emergency services are still at the scene.


Shearer’s role in Fiddler on the roof

I can’t help but notice ?that David Shearer’s life is looking increasingly like a broadway musical. Fiddler on the roof seems to fit the closest. ?I figured I’d look up on wiki the synopsis of the story (I’ve made some minor changes to make it slightly more relevant):

The story centres on SHEARER, the LEADER of FIVE UNRULY MPs and his attempt to maintain his PARTY and LABOUR traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three SENIOR MPs (ROBERTSON, CUNLIFFE AND PARKER) – each one’s choice of FACTION moves them further away from the VALUES of his PARTY – and with the edict of MALLARD that evicts FAITHFUL from the PARTY.

Given Shearer’s new found concern of welfare fraud perhaps he’ll also be taking the lead in “If I were a rich man“. ?I am pretty sure that Mallard will be lead for “The Rumour/I just heard). ?Matchmaker, Matchmaker will be the most obvious tune for anyone looking to actually work with the Greens, and not against them.