Perhaps Gareth Morgan can give them some advice

Gareth Morgan has all sorts of advice lately, but perhaps he might like to take his motorbike on a trip to Vietnam to give them some assistance with a little culinary problem they are having.

VICE News reports:

Just after midnight on Tuesday, police in Hanoi detained a truck smuggling three tons of live cats into Vietnam. The driver, a 30-year-old man named Hoang Van Hieu, admitted that the ill-begotten cats were bound for restaurants in the country, where cat meat is, in fact, a delicacy, especially in the provinces of Thai Binh and Nam Dinh, not far from Hanoi.

“After receiving a tip, we searched the truck and discovered the cats inside,” Sky News quoted Dong Da district deputy chief of police Cao Van Loc as saying. “The owner, also the driver, said he bought the cats at the [Chinese] border area of Quang Ninh province. All of the cats were from China.”

With an average adult weight of about ten pounds for a healthy domestic feline, three tons means we’re talking hundreds of cats. The animals, crammed on top of one another in bamboo cages, were just the latest haul in a small cat-trafficking market that sources from nearby China, Laos, and Thailand to satiate Vietnam’s appetite for kitty flesh.    Read more »


Lazy Labour MPs to be told to pull their weight in Parliament for the first time

WOBH has been informed via the tipline that Labour MPs who are considered not to be pulling their weight in Parliament are to be sent a letter detailing the minimum amount of work that is expected of them.

Under proposals to be put to Labour’s national executive committee next week, around 20 backbench MPs will for the first time be told to do a basic minimum amount of work.

Currently there is no set amount of work which must be done by an MP, apart from a requirement to serve their constituents.

MP urges finance collapse inquiry

MP urges finance collapse inquiryAct MP John Boscawen wants to set up a parliamentary inquiry into the spate of finance company collapses to avoid “such massive losses” occurring again. Mr Boscawen said that after 46 finance industry failures and with $6 billion… [NZ Herald Politics]

I don’t think we need an inquiry. It isn’t rocket science with most of these dodgy finance companies that have tipped over.

  1. They borrowed short and lent long
  2. The Directors were bent
  3. Lack of shareholder equity
  4. Lack of Industry governance from Trustee companies
  5. We sure don’t have an equivalent regulatory body like APRA, ASIC, or even an AUSTRAC

It is the fricken wild west and as I say there isn’t much we need to do except model our system on the Australians. An inquiry is simply a politicians suggestion of how to waste money talking when we really need to be “doing”.

Defending the indefensible

DPF points out some more quotes from Labour MP's about the fine upstanding bent, corrupt MP for Mangere.

Can't wait for the court case….all those Ministers lining up, all the Labour election secrets coming out.

Boo Hoo, Cry me a river

The poor old Labour MP's are having to mortgage their houses to pay the money they collectively nicked.

Well boo hoo, cry me a river. Sympathy! No way.

"One City" proposal slated by Labour MP

George Hawkins, a current Labour MP and formaer Mayor of Papakura has come out in todays Herald against the mad and undemocratic proposal of the cabal of Mayor and Helen Clark.

[quote]saying it sounds like something "dreamed up at a pub on a Friday night".

Mr Hawkins said the plan was ill-conceived, did not involve the public, councillors or community boards and was "arrogance at its height".[/quote] 

Labour MP's are clearly no longer dancing to Helen's tune.


Commentators hoe into Labour

Labour is really copping it in the press at the moment.

John Armstrong:

"The measure of how badly Labour has handled the Phillip Field saga can be judged from the party's obvious relief that the police are investigating the disgraced MP.

The prospect of a police probe into an MP's activities would normally induce a reaction from colleagues akin to Dracula sighting a crucifix."

Fran O'Sullivan:

"Helen Clark's long reign as New Zealand's Teflon Prime Minister is over. With a leader who resorted to Nixonian tactics to push Police Commissioner Peter Doone out of office six years ago, it must be galling for him to watch a successor open the criminal investigation that Clark had repeatedly emphasised was not warranted into Taito Phillip Field's actions.

It's not the timing that will give the Prime Minister any grief. Cynics are right to say that Commissioner Howard Broad's announcement on Thursday could not have come at a more convenient time for her."

Vernon Small:

"From the outside, Phillip Field looks for all the world like a lame duck MP who has lost the confidence of his leader, his party and a fair chunk of the public; even of his core Pasifika constituency.

Yet inside Mr Field's head lives a proud man who believes he has done nothing wrong and seems to be, by turns, angry, besieged and full of plans for retribution against those he believes have wronged or defamed him. So for now it is no-go Taito."

Backbench unrest beginning to surface

After copping three weeks of unrelenting embarrassment in the House, Labour MP's are starting to get restless.

Faced with watching everyone from Helen Clark, Michael Cullen and David Cunliffe constantly trying to defend the indefensible and now with Cunliffe using increasinly dirty tactics in the house the back bench MP's want some questions asked. 

Herald Columnists cut loose

In the Herald today their political columnists have cut loose, assailing Labour for their poor handling of the El Jefe Affair.

Fran O'Sullivan climbs into Clark and her lame attempts to bat away such egregious behaviour on the part of her MP and John Armstrong adds his condemnation as well.

Both are perplexed as to why El Jefe is even a MP now after such revelations and finally after the damning report. They certainly do not think the report is an exoneration. 

Of course all the MSM are missing the real point. Clark cannot afford to have El Jefe go as he is the key to their astounding ability to get a high turn out in South Auckland. He knows way too much about how Labour did that and Clark will not want that evidence to hit the streets as the damage would be un-repairable.

El Jefe and his Labour flunkies on the Manukau City Council know all about how to "maximise" votes in South Auckland. El Jefe is the key to all of that and his threat would be to spill his guts if sacked as an MP.

Song Competition

Ok, Now that Zen, me and Fletch have had a go I thought i would have a little song competition.

The Theme is Labour…yep I know it is broad but hey there is heaps of inspiration there.

Tax cuts? Waste? Fraud? Speeding? etc…. go for it.

The tune is I don't like Mondays….not for partucluar reason other than it lends itself to it.

Now here is the rub. The winner will have his/her song put to music, recorded and published to the world. No ifs, no nuts, no maybes. I promise.

The judges are Whaleoil, DarkSunshine and an as yet unnamed National MP.

Go for it. Submit away in the comments section. Lets have at it for say a week eh!