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Trougher, desperate for attention, trying to re-write past again

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Here we go again.

Poor old trougher Shane Kawenata Bradbrook – the trougher exposed on Whaleoil for living it up large around the world on the taxpayer, is crying to Maori media after another troughing group gets a slap from the Taxpayers Union.

This time it is taxpayer funded anti-tobacco group ASH getting a serve from the Taxpayers Union who say:

The Taxpayers’ Union believes that questions need to asked about why a lobby group, working with the Maori Party on a political campaign around tobacco plain packaging, is largely taxpayer funded.  This morning’s front page of the New Zealand Herald covers the latest efforts to build political pressure to introduce a plain packaging law.

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says, “While civil servants operate under a duty of political neutrality, the Ministry of Health and others are awarding substantial sums of taxpayer money to health and environmental lobby groups to push particular political agendas.”

“It is wrong for special interest groups such as ASH to be using taxpayer money for political campaigns. ASH’s factual inaccuracies about the impact of plain packaging on smoking consumption in Australia suggests that they are operating outside any of the usual public sector control requiring balanced and evidenced based public statements.”

According to ASH’s most recent annual return filed with the Charities Register, more than 90% of ASH’s funding comes from the taxpayer.

Mr Williams says, “We all support funding for front line and addiction services such as Quitline. What we don’t support is funding to political organisations to operate campaigns with taxpayer money.”

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I can see Len implementing this in Auckland

Insanity…but the sort of thing that Len Brown is likely to bring to Auckland in order to carry on his dream of making the city the most liveable city in the world…whatever that means.

MPs have been criticised for employing a member of staff to hand-strip the leaves from its trees because it is more cost efficient than raking them up.

For most of Friday Annabel Honeybun, a gardener contracted by the Palace of Westminster, was cutting back the leaf stalks from the lime trees in New Palace Yard below Big Ben.

For several hours Miss Honeybun climbed a step ladder under the tree and removed the golden coloured leaves, throwing them to the floor.

The leaf-stripping was carried out in full few of members of the public outside the gates guarding the entrance to New Palace Yard, and a few yards from Parliament Square.

The House of Commons employs a gardening service which covers maintenance of more than 145 trees on the Parliamentary estate as well as all grassed areas, planted areas, indoor plants, containers and window boxes.

A spokesman for the House of Commons said: “The leaves are removed each winter as a more time-efficient alternative to raking fallen leaves.

“It is not possible to separate the cost of removing leaves from the trees in New Palace Yard from the wider cost of the gardening contract.”

But there was surprise by users on Twitter, the social media network, that time was being spent removing the leaves instead of leaving nature would work its magic naturally.

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Too exhausting being a woman, trans-sexual on the bludge to be changed back to a man

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A trans-sexual who has already bludged off the UK’s National Health Service to be changed from a bloke to a woman, has decided it is all too exhausting being a woman and wants the taxpayer to fork out to change back to being a bloke.

A transsexual who had a £10,000 sex change on the NHS to become a woman now wants the taxpayer to foot the bill for a further £14,000 of surgery so she can become a man again.

Chelsea Attonley, 30, who was born a boy and called Matthew, said she now finds being a woman ‘exhausting’, is tired of putting on make-up and wearing heels, and now accepts that she should always have stayed a man.

Chelsea said she had struggled with her identity while growing up in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and as a child she would dress up in women’s clothes.

In her twenties she became a drag queen known as Miss Malibu, drawing on glamour model Katie Price’s look for inspiration.

An initial bid for a sex change to become a woman was turned down by a doctor, sending Chelsea into a spiral of depression, she said.

But then the former drag queen, who copied Jordan’s style by wearing a blonde wig, mini skirts and stilettos, had a chance meeting with her idol in a nightclub in 2007.

The glamour model told her to ‘go for it’ and her words inspired Chelsea to return to her GP and push once again for the gender reassignment surgery, costing £10,000.

But now, seven years after surgery to become a woman, Chelsea wants to go back to being a man – and wants the taxpayer to foot the bill.

Chelsea, who lives on welfare benefits, told a magazine yesterday she finds dressing and acting as a girl ‘exhausting’ and feels she has never been fully accepted as a real woman.

She is aiming to have a breast reduction on the NHS and painful gender reassignment surgery to give her back a penis at a total cost of £14,000.

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Gay and Expensive…Green energy can’t exist without subsidies

Green energy sucks…loads of cash. Unfortunately politicians haven’t got the stones to knock it on the head.

There are numerous examples worldwide of failing green energy…but have a look at the UK!

Every British household will pay an average of more than £400 in higher bills over the next six years to pay for subsidies under controversial Government plans to hit green power targets.

The money will go solely to paying for otherwise uneconomic offshore wind turbines, onshore wind farms, biomass plants, landfill gas sites and hydro power plants, new figures show.

Green energy is supposed to be the wave of the future. Who on earth wants a future that is rapaciously expensive and doesn’t work?

If it is uneconomic then shut it down and get rid of it, don’t keep subsidising it.  Only terminalyy retarded people keep on pouring money in a scam or ponzi scheme like green energy. Read more »

Quality Journalism is code for liberal elite pinkos

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We have seen exactly this sort of call from Clare Curran, for quality journalism, which is code for filling the newsrooms with liberal elite pinkos who subscribe to their worldview. The calls in Australia are eerily like those of Clare Curran a short time ago:

At a time where technology through the internet has broken down barriers to entry, and people’s news consumption and access to diverse points of views is greater than ever, Dr Andrew Leigh, the Federal MP for Fraser, is today arguing for taxpayer funding for newspapers to promote “quality journalism”.

That’s right, according to Dr. Leigh, the fact that Australians are choosing to vote with their wallets and deserting the type of media he likes (such as Fairfax) means that the government has to force taxpayers to subsidies his particular preference.

Of course, having governments fund newspapers, should be an affront to not only taxpayers, but anyone who believes in free speech and a fair press, however, Dr Leigh tries to justify himself by saying he is “inclined to think that the benefit of a better-informed public would be likely to justify the cost of the subsidy”. Such an argument, essentially “Australians are too stupid to choose for themselves what to read so we must force them to do so” is insulting at worst, and laughable at best. To say Australians are deprived of quality journalism in their newspapers may well be true. The fact that companies such as Fairfax have had a share price plummet and hardly any readers left is testament to Australians  choosing to reject their low-brow soft-left propaganda masquerading as journalism. The solution to this problem, however, isn’t to force taxpayers to subsidise something that has clearly failed. Throwing more taxpayer money at a failed business model might make Dr Leigh popular at elite cocktail parties, and will certainly be popular with newspaper executives who are driving their companies into the ground, but it will only make matters worse – and at great cost to the taxpayer.

It is an utter disgrace that someone like Dr Leigh – who, in a past life, was a relatively well regarded economist, has now stooped so low.