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NRT: Is the Minister of Energy a muppet?

Written By: - Date published: 3:55 pm, April 9th, 2014 - 11 comments
Categories: Conservation, energy, Environment, Mining, national, same old national, sustainability - Tags: ,

MuppetNo Right Turn points out the important point when looking at Simon Bridges – purported government minister. Damn sloppy of a politician. But so typical of his usual muppet behaviour..

Last week Minister of Energy Simon Bridges opened up vast areas of New Zealand for oil exploration. But it came with a nasty surprise: the area includes our biggest forest park:

3 News can reveal the Government is opening up the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) biggest forest park for oil and gas exploration.

That came as news even to the minister who signed it off, with Simon Bridges admitting today he had never heard of the park.

Victoria Forest Park is 200,000 hectares – DOC’s biggest forest park, and is described by the department as “pristine” and “untouched”.

For the Minister to approve this without even knowing it raises serious questions about his competence and that of his Ministry. Was he advised about it? If so, and he ignored it, then he’s a total muppet. OTOH, if he wasn’t, it suggests serious problems with MoBIE’s economic development unit, which the Minister is ultimately responsible for. And either way, its crystal clear that National has no commitment whatsoever to conservation or our environment; if it can be bulldozed for profit, they’ll sign off on it.

11 comments on “NRT: Is the Minister of Energy a muppet?”

  1. aerobubble 1

    Bridges now thinks Norman was a minister in the last
    Labour government. Worse. Bridges attributes, what
    he believes is a good, the opening up of mining,
    to the Greens when it was Labour who did. Shocking
    how Bridges associates Labour with mining in an election
    year, a National platform. Oops. Pristine forest, no problem,
    for Bridges see no forest, hear no forest, speak to no forest.
    Speculative energy prospectors would never hurt the environment.

    Gullible small minded dunne-der-head.

  2. yep a muppet – maybe beaker

    • framu 2.1

      nah – beaker ALWAYS knew something very bad was going to happen

      bridges on the other hand probably needs to double check hes got growd-up pants on before leaving the house

  3. Tracey 3

    this and nathan guy, who thinks maybe he needs to get out of wellington to see the far north farm drought himself…

  4. Craig Glen Eden 4

    Simon Bridges the name that makes you very aware of the frailties of Democracy.

  5. Ad 5

    There seems to be a country mile between the competent end of this government (whether I like them or not) of Joyce, Key and English, and the rest of them. In my view they will miss Ryall even more than they miss Power.

    Bridges was supposed to be a man with a plan and a brain and a charm (especially an ex-Crown Prosecutor). Now all he’s done is rescue Parata off the front of the DomPost.
    But consider the list: Education Ministers, Conservation Ministers, Energy Ministers, Local Government, Justice, Christchurch Rebuild; they are all Ministries enduring chronic and repeated stuff ups because their Ministers are making stupid calls, again and again.

    Key is doing well to have such a harsh clearout, but the replacements had better be huge improvements in Cabinet capacity. Otherwise his entire next term will be spent changing nappies.

    At least Labour’s winter-fire-sized stack of deadwood can be refreshed by those overqualified and earnest Greens. As for the NZFirst part of any coalition, spare me if any of that toxic inbred sludge (other than Winston) get even Associate roles.

  6. geoff 6

    Do bears shit in the woods?

  7. Philj 7

    The Greens are the party most threatening to both National and National lite ( Labour). They have the policies for social justice and a more sensible and democratic country for all kiwis, not just their wealthy corporate mates. When I hear the term “NZ Inc.” used I cringe. We’ve become a corporate, commercial entity and not a social democracy under John Keys corpratocracy.

  8. One Anonymous Bloke 8

    What’s the point of buying the National Party if they don’t employ mendacious scum to get the job done?

  9. Tracey 9

    why do people have this vision of crown proescutors. in my experience they are dry, momotone and boring.

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