Kathryn Ryan

Fisking David Cunliffe’s RNZ interview, double speak translations provided

David Cunliffe was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand – Nine to Noon.

The full audio is embedded, but I have listened to the whole interview so you don’t have to.

On Winston Peters:

“I’ve always enjoyed a respectful and positive relationship with Mr Peters.”

Respectful & positive eh?

?What a day, indeed, when?Winston Peters decided to present himself as a politician of principle. He is a man who enjoys Opposition so much that he was Labour?s gift to the National Party?a?kind of internally targeted Scud missile. As Parliament?s once-mad, perhaps now rather gummy, old dog said earlier today: what did Mr Peters ever stand for anyway??He is full of sound and fury, signifying, sadly, nothing.?

David Cunliffe. Debate on Prime Minsiter?s Statement. 11 Feb 2003. Hansard Volume 606 Page 3267.


“We heard that?Winston Peters does not like immigrants, but I guess that makes sense: even though he reckons he is Chinese. He does not like M?ori either.?

David Cunliffe. Immigration amendment bill no 2 first reading. 1 July 2003. Hansard Volume 609 Page 6736.

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Karl du Fresne on Radio NZ

Karl du Fresne hooks into the left wing jobsworths at Radio New Zealand. TVNZ returns a profit and a dividend to the taxpayer, Radio NZ is nothing but a cost centre.

It is funded by the taxpayer and generates no commercial revenue. Its funding has been frozen since 2009, which suggests it doesn’t rate highly in the Government’s priorities. In fact, if Wellington gossip is to be believed, there are influential figures in the Government who are at best indifferent, and possibly even hostile, to the state broadcaster.

Take Steven Joyce, for example. As the fourth-ranked minister in the Cabinet, he carries a lot of clout – probably more than his ranking suggests.

He is also a former broadcasting entrepreneur who built a small New Plymouth radio station into the RadioWorks network and pocketed $6 million when he sold his interest.

Mr Joyce is said to be less than sympathetic to arguments that RNZ deserves more money. And while there may be others in the Cabinet who don’t share his robust support for private enterprise (it would be interesting, for example, to know the attitude of the attorney-general, Chris Finlayson), the brutal reality is that National probably takes the view that there’s little electoral risk in upsetting RNZ listeners because most of them vote Labour anyway.? Read more »

True reasons for Pope’s sudden resignation revealed


Kathryn Ryan interviews US correspondent Jack Hitt. ?Kathryn takes a minute to settle to the seriousness of the interview, you just have to put up with her, or jump to 1 minute into the clip if you want to save a minute of your life.

It is really recommended that those who are blindly supporting the Catholic Church listen to this interview. ?This interview is as?damning?for the Church as it is for the current Pope, and it lifts the veil on what lies behind his true reasons for resigning.

The short audio clip is over the break. Read more »

Obesity epidemic?

Have you heard of the obesity epidemic? Apparently you can catch obesity, and the people spreading obesity are evil corporate bastards:

It’s official: we’re a nation of idiots who can’t make decisions to save ourselves or take responsibility for our problems.

That’s according to two academics from Otago University, researchers in public health, Dr Gabrielle Jenkin and Penny Field, who specialise in the obesity epidemic.

Interviewed this week by Kathryn Ryan on National Radio, Field tossed off a comment which sent me into deep despair. Obesity, she said, was “not a problem with individual choice and self-discipline, which we’ve proved successfully doesn’t work”.

Instead it’s the fault of “big institutions and the market”.

Actually obesity is caused by fat bastards shoving food into their gob unassisted by anyone but themselves.

Instead of trying stupidly to tax sugar, or fat or something similar just tax the fat bastards. It is annoying when they sit on buses and trains and planes tacking far more space that a thinner person. Just start charging them more. Or allocate special fattie seats that give a worse ride and poorer conditions. That way other people can enjoy ?a flight without a smelly fattie copping them in the rids with their massive overhang and elbows.

The reality is that there isn’t an obesity epidemic, there is an epidemic of stupid people stuffing their gobs though.

Goff still doesn’t know his numbers

You would think that two days out from an election you would have your headline numbers straight, especially after you copped a spanking for the past two weeks. You would think you would, but Phil Goff still can’t get his numbers straight.

Kathryn Ryan schooled him again on his own numbers this morning.

More Goff Numbers Confusion by whaleoil

The Night-Mayor has begun

Len Brown ran around Auckland touting?spending $5 billion for his train-set and now we can see the genius of Rodney Hide’s reforms when Bill English spikes Len’s pipe dreams. Now his Night-mayor has begun, there is no money for his big spending promises.

Speaking on Radio New Zealand?s Nine to Noon programme, he told Kathryn Ryan he could not rule them out but had not seen ?any propositions anything like clear enough to be able to cost them.?

Asked if that meant no government money for Len Brown?s promised three rail projects, Bill English replied:

?We are not in a position to be able to rule anything in or out just because the propositions are still pretty airy fairy.?I mean there?s?a few people in Auckland who want extensive rail throughout the city.?Rail, at our experience as owners of KiwiRail, is horrendously expensive, there is a very little return. Unless you have millions of people stacked up in high rise apartments such as they have in Hong Kong or Singapore, then its almost certainly wont be economic.?So Auckland has to think through very carefully where to put their dollar. Then after that, I presume they will come and talk to government.”

He said the government spent around 5b on infrastructure around Auckland ? $3b on roads about $1.5b on rail.

?So that?s spreading our investment across both private and public transport, though many of those projects were 20 or 30 years in the making, some of them just recent. So the idea was to finish the highway network, to get the current configuration of rail working well.?Any further development from there will have to involve willingness on the part of Auckland users and ratepayers to pay for it.?

The Night-Mayor Len Brown is going to be grumpyLen Brown knew all along he wouldn’t be able to spend this money. He trotted around essentially fibbing to the people of Auckland about his plans for a rail network. he can’t even touch rates until 2012 under the set-up laws so he must have known that he couldn’t pay for them anyway.

Bill English hasn’t actually spiked Len’s plans as Len has known all along that there is no money for this, that just makes Len Brown a dirty little liar. But we knew this anyway when he refused to tell the truth over a mere $810 dinner at Volare. Now will he tell the truth over his more than $5 billion of rail promises and fess up to not being able to deliver them ever, in his short tenure as Mayor of Auckland City. Even if he is Mayor for two terms the rates rises he would need to fund his mad rail plans would see the end of him and still no rail. He knows it, we know it, when will Len fess up.

For spilling the beans on Len Brown’s lies, Bill English (and this really bites – gritted teeth here) gets Politician of the Week.

Winston First – The gift that keeps on giving

Winston First and Dail Jones in particular are the gifts that keep on giving. You may remember that dail Jones is the numpty ex-president of Winston First who got snuck up on by a mystery $100,000 donation that wasn’t a donation and was mysteriously untraceable despite the immutable laws of accounting that requires a debit for every credit.

Well tonight he has provided for us pure comedy gold;

“We have been the most open political party in New Zealand’s history, when it comes to disclosing trusts,”

Give that fool a Tui!