Sunday, 21 December 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS: End of year comment

Like any other year 2008 has been a good and a bad year for politics.

We had the bad with Helen Clark bulldozing her way through nanny state laws with gay abandon and we had the Obama circus, a very beige looking man elected because of the colour of his skin.

On the good side we had New Zealanders overwhelmingly overthrow a socialist/communist government whose last dying proposal to restrict New Zealanders showering habits put the full stop on their state bothering ways.

To elect a man like John Key in the place of Helen Clark has been a revelation thus far.

Legislation to backpedal on moronic socialist laws began shortly after the November 8 election and lefty jaw flappers and so-called journalists have been frothing at the pen since, and I couldn't be happier.

It is great to see commonsense back in fashion.

It is this, the lack of negative politics and the fact that I got sick of reading about what the next loony thing the Labour party had done, said or would do after being elected or in opposition that had prevented me from writing about politics.

It is soul destroying to soak up so much garbage.

The new government have been thus far overwhelmingly positive, productive and have done and said all the right things,

They have provided a new more hopeful direction for us to move in and it is about bloody time.

There will be stumbles along the way over the next 3 years but Labour have left New Zealand in a particularly bad way, financially and socially.

They have lied and cheated their way through 9 years in power and it will take awhile to unravel the mess.

The macro issues over the global economy will also provide some pressure for John key and his government but they have shown indicators that they can get us through and New Zealanders think that as well otherwise the looney left would still be there.

Good luck to them for the New Year and we can only hope Labour continue to eat themselves as they have in opposition over the last 7 weeks.

New Zealand won, you lost, pass the bucket around the unions again.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all my readers and I hope you enjoy your break.

Darren,  Political Animal.

c Political Animal 2008

Thursday, 11 December 2008

90 day employment probation period good for NZ Inc

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.

For many years, especially the last 9 of the Labour Government, employers have been put under the thumb by unscrupulous employees and deleterious employment law and have suffered undue stress from malicious and frivolous employment claims brought by disgruntled employees simply because they have not fit the purpose of employment, have not fit in with the company culture or other employees or have attempted to get away with theft, fraud or unacceptable behaviour in the workplace.

This has put small businesses on the back foot, has cost them money and time training sub-par workers and as a result productivity, profit and business growth has fallen.

It has simply been too hard to expand your small business and employing extra workers for this expansion has been a burden many small businesses simply do not want to face because of the possibility of being slapped with an employment fine by a litigious employee.

With a probation period of 90 days it provides opportunity and choice for new employees rather than the deleterious effects that the Labour opposition say it will have and employers will have the ability to easily grow their businesses and therfore our economy.

The ability for employers and employees to negotiate the terms of the probation before employment then sit down and discuss outcomes after 90 days will enable a better fit for both employer and employee.

If either the employer or employee do not get on or their are any problems both parties can mutually agree to walk away with  no repercussions for either. Easy, quick, cheap and ultimately good for small business because the hiring and firing process is the key to a good start in the employer/employee relationship.

Small business is at the heart of the New Zealand economy and it is going to suffer more than ever over the next year or two.

Making changes to employment law such as this, along with a National Government promised simplification of red tape, tax law and heavy handed government regulation will help cushion the blow of the 1999-2008 Labour Government engineered recession we are currently experiencing and the bigger downturn to come due to global financial effects.

Employees have to remember that it is employers that take on the risk when running a business. Money is borrowed, mortgages are taken over personal property and the risk of getting unsuitable employees weighs heaving on their minds. Without the business employees simply wouldn't be able to make a living.

Of course one hopes that this is a reciprocal arrangement with benefits on both sides but we mustn't forget who the boss is.

This 90 day probation law has been a long time coming. Most other western nations have such a law and it is no accident of statistics that New Zealand has one of the lowest productivity ratings(and falling) of any of those nations.

The economy needs this law to complement other companion legislation to be passed to make our industry and economy grow sustainably again and its urgency is necessary because we have to do everything we can quickly to ameliorate the current world financial crises and associated economic fallout.

If we don't act now future generations will be berating us for sleeping while our economy burned.

Lets embrace freedom of choice, the ability to be flexible in employment issues and therefore the opportunity to work towards the future in a more efficient and productive way.

To do otherwise is simply socialist dogma with as much promise and future as a rat with venereal disease.

New Zealand has suffered under that regime for 9 years and today's urgency in Parliament is but one counter to that to redress the balance in favour of commonsense and a brighter future for all.

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Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Its only a Billion after all

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.

The outgoing Labour government left behind a $1 billion hole in the ACC budget which will have to be filled, Prime Minister John Key said today.

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

They lied, cheated and manipulated their way through this election year hoping nobody would see through it so why would a measly 1 billion bucks down the toilet be any different?

A billion dollar hole wrought by a wasteful government department who hounds business without care or due diligence and has an attitude to taxpayer money that allows them to spend it on beauty care for employees pets is a department way out of control. The billion dollar hole proves that.

For Labour to try to avert attention away from their failure by saying National are crying wolf merely to put ACC up for sale is more of the same failed policy,misdirection and conspiracy theory finger pointing that left them losing big time on November the 8.

This sort of banal nonsense may have some traction when you are in Government but when you are in opposition it just looks like the ramblings of a bitter disorganised bunch of lefties ready for the knackers yard.

Just to show the party has learnt nothing from their election day loss David Parker, spokes weasel for ACC said this today:

"we left this incoming Government with a fantastic set of books... the billion dollars is only 5% of ACCs operating budget..."  Radiolive 6-9.00am

What planet is Parker living on and does he know he is opposition now?

Arrogant and ignorant to the end.

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