Sunday, 21 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
The legislation currently under consideration in the New Zealand house of representatives, as I write this, to enable a 90 day probation period for employers and employees for businesses of 20 workers and under is being rushed under urgency, so it can be allowed to be put into place April 1 2009. It is a good law and has come at a time in history when it is needed more than ever.
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Wednesday, 3 December 2008
News earlier this week that Labour kept secret the billion dollar hole that ACC has dug for itself should be no shock to the voting population.
Briefings from ACC officials said the corporation was seeking $297 million more for the current 2007/2008 year and similar figures for coming years NZ Herald
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Thursday, 27 November 2008
His romance with Monica Lewinsky was merely a stain on a blue dress and it caused the media to go into a frenzy.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
"...the nature of the issues are complicated and require multiple solutions." Cindy Kiro, 19 Nov 2008.
Police called as toddler fights for life
Sascha Cobern's letter to the Editor of the NZ Herald
Anti-smacking petition a slap in the face for out of touch Politicians
Sign the Anti Anti smacking petition
Cindy Kiro gets violent
c Political Animal 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
The "review" by National of Labour's Emissions Trading Scheme, more commonly known as the Emissions Tax Scam, rushed through under urgency at the end of a dying Government is great news for New Zealand business and of course individuals as a whole.
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The Great Global Warming Swindle
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Of tulip bulbs and tooth fairies
c Political Animal 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
What has taken all previous MMP governments weeks to organise has taken John Key less than a week.
Mr Key's formal inking of the deals paves the way for him to announce his Cabinet tomorrow and for him and his ministers to be sworn in on Wednesday.
That will allow Mr Key to fly out on Thursday to the Apec summit in Peru at the weekend as New Zealand's new Prime Minister. More
Not bad for a Prime Minister who was called a "politician with training wheels" by former Labour leader Helen Clark.
This caps Keys meteoric rise in Parliament from MP just six years ago to one of New Zealands youngest and most qualified individuals to take the position of Prime Minister.
c Political Animal 2008
The lefties have been vacillating between denial and pure hatred for over a week now since New Zealand voted for a kinder, more worldly experienced and normal type of Government.
"There was a death-in-the-family atmosphere when I got home.
"My daughter came running in from just having seen it and said `I've got some terrible news for you'.
TVNZ has an agreement with the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) to play a range of New Zealand music at a set fee.
The association's executive director of New Zealand operations, Anthony Healey, said that he understood McGlashan's anger but TVNZ had done nothing wrong. More
The precious former singer and now grumpy old **nt, was upset that his song Anchor Me was used to underplay a clip in a post-election montage involving National's win.
Mc Glashan was paid for the privilege.
May I suggest a couple of other songs to play from former music bigs and well noted lefties from New Zealand to commemorate Nationals big win last Saturday.
Dave Dobbyn's Bliss, Tim Finn's Staring at the Embers and Neil Finn's Message to my Girl-you lost.
Pull your head in Don, you are getting paid for the use of your song and agreed through APRA that it could be used.
Perhaps now you and your ilk can earn a living without taxpayer handouts, although I am guessing that thousands of National voters might now be re-considering buying one of your long ago recorded albums from the bargain bin at the Warehouse for a Christmas pressie.
Music to my ears.
c Political Animal 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
I originally wrote the piece below for the Share Investor Blog but after a couple of ignorant comments from some angry loser knuckle dragging hippie lefties, it is clear the politics of it all simply went over my head, so I posted it here with some additional comments just to clear up a few things.
How can you say the current problems are the fault of the Labour govt, what a load of balls!
NZ is but a tiny tiny fish in the world ocean. We are at the mercy of much bigger and greedier economies than ours and don't forget for a moment it is people like John Key and his ilk that have plunged the world into the mess that we are all now in! Investment bankers !
...and you are celebrating?
Currently New Zealand is suffering a recession brought on by profligate spending by our previous Finance Minister, Michael Cullen. Problems related to the credit squeeze have only just started to hit us and will reach their worst probably sometime mid 2009.
Some of the symptoms of the outgoing Labour Governments spending so far are; higher inflation, rising unemployment, a massive public deficit, lower spending on every level of consumer goods, high interest rates, low productivity, lower property prices, higher mortgage defaults and business failures, amongst other things.
These factors are set to get worse as we move into the New Year, save the higher interest rates, and clearly this is going to have a highly negative effect on the New Zealand stockmarket.
With the current NZX index at 2800, it is likely to go below 2000 points before it starts to get any better, probably towards the end of 2009 to early 2010.
Of course all the finer points of timing for recovery and or a worsening of the scenario outlined above hinge on what responses John Key's new Government makes to the current recession and whether it looms for longer or deeper.
The economic situation for our trading partners is also an important factor for any export led recovery and obviously the seriousness or otherwise of the global slowdown will have an impact and that impact we have largely yet to see.
Wasteful spending clearly needs cutting back in all areas of Government and the savings returned to taxpaying citizens via more tax cuts, this way the economy will be stimulated over and above any initiatives to speed the economy up via Government attached incentives or direct spending by them.
More of what we had from the Labour Party just isn't going to cut the mustard. Economies are best stimulated directly by citizens rather than by bureaucrats or politicians looking to spend taxpayer dosh on their favourite business charity.
Government spending on essential infrastructure is one notable exception.
New power stations, motorways in Auckland-another harbour crossing, a motorway through Mt Albert to finish the city's motorway system-and some decent school buildings would be a good start.
Any continuation of what got us in this mess in the first place will simply drag out out the recession for several years, rather than the likely 18 months or so.
Particular importance should placed on the speed and timing of the building blocks that must be put in place for us to start to grow the economy again.
A quick response is the best response and any impediment to economic development must be put aside so as to assist an economy that could get alot worse.
This means a fast tracking of a relaxing of the Resource Management Act and the immediate rescinding of the Emissions trading scheme, which will hamper economic growth by piling unnecessary cost into the economy when we least need it.
New Zealand finally has an administration that has the expertise to negotiate their way through financial management for the good and bad times.
New Zealand has made a choice by electing a new Government and our elected leaders must make the right economic choices, some of them difficult, in order for us to prosper again, sooner rather than latter.
The alternative is a continued slide down the economic ladder which will be extremely difficult to extricate ourselves from.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Labour are at it again.
Yesterday, Peter Vela refused to say what prompted the donation to Labour.
"You've got to be entitled to donate to who you wish, don't you?" he said.
Asked if he had supported Labour before, he said, "Yes, of course."
"We are still a democracy and people still do have the basic democratic right to give how much they like, when they like and how they like to whom they like." More
Clearly the hope the Velas had was that their largesse to the filthy two would help Labour get re-elected and therefore the money train would keep going for the Velas for the next three years.
The donations, if disclosed before the election, would have been even more controversial than they are now because Labour had made mileage in pre-election propaganda about Nationals link to big business and their grandstanding via the Electoral Finance Act, that allowed Labour to get big donations from their donors but made it difficult to other party's.
It is money for favours and implicates Labour and NZ First, again.
National will remove the Electoral Finance Act from our statutes.
c Political Animal 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
I have been writing about a compliant New Zealand public in the face of Labours last 9 years of nanny statism, crimes against democracy and the various lies and corrupt practices that Labour, its leader and its aligned party's have been up to for many years and have wondered when I was going to see a backlash against it.
I'm just wondering to myself, when is there going to be a backlash?
Where is the anger, the outrage, the venom, has Clark's regime breed the mongrel out of us?
There have been touches of it, with street protests against the Electoral Finance Bill, but those were tame. In Australia cars would be burned in the streets if their leaders tried this sort of fascist stuff!
After the election day blitz of Labour by National, it is interesting that very few in blogoland or in mainstream media picked the result. I did.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Yes, the bitch is finally gone.
Winston Peters concession speech - Video