Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, October 30th, 2013 - 82 comments
Categories: accountability, class war, democracy under attack, tax, workers' rights - Tags: david farrar, lobbyists, social security
So, the same people who were so incensed by the democratic capabilities of MMP, that they launched an (entirely unsuccessful) campaign against it, are now launching a “union” for the g
reedy and self interested taxpayers. Such people who most usually are anti-trade union, must surely be taking the piss to call their dodgy initiative a “union”
Remember when David Farrar and Jordan Williams were part of this effort in 2011, along with Simon Lusk and the oily one that wallows in “dirty, disgusting, and despicable” politics?
A group of National and Act Party activists is preparing to launch a campaign against MMP.
Details of the campaign, to be launched soon in the lead-up to the referendum on MMP on election day in November, have been leaked to the Sunday Star-Times.
Among the campaign’s key players is Simon Lusk, who played a major role in Don Brash’s leadership coup against Act leader Rodney Hide.
Jordan Williams, the young Wellington lawyer who accompanied Brash on the day he deposed Hide, is being considered for the role of frontman of the campaign.
David Farrar, National’s pollster and a well-known right-wing blogger and columnist, is providing strategic advice.
An NBR article by Farrar now announces a union for
the selfish and greedy “taxpayers” to try to stop government providing things necessary for all Kiwis to live a reasonable, secure, useful, satisfying and healthy life.
Today is the launch day for the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.
Setting up a union for hardworking New Zealand taxpayers has been an aim of mine for over seven years. There are thousands of lobby groups out there who demand more spending by taxpayers on their pet causes, and there hasn’t been a voice dedicated to representing the interests of those who have to fund all the spending – taxpayers and ratepayers. It has been my belief that the political environment in New Zealand will be better by having a lobby group that can contribute to the debate on what should and should not be funded by taxpayers.
We are ambitious for the Taxpayers’ Union. Our aim is to become the largest union in New Zealand, achieving over 50,000 members and supporters.
And speaking of “lobby groups”, which Farrar claims are dominated by those seeking to spend taxpayer money, let’s not forget who the really powerful political lobbyists are. Last year, these lobbyists were named in 2012:
Nicholas Albrecht – government relations manager for infrastructure company Vector.
Tim Clarke – law firm Russell McVeagh
Peter Conway – Council of Trade Unions
Helen Kelly – CTU
Daniel Fielding – law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Charles Finny – lobbyists Saunders Unsworth
Barrie Saunders – Saunders Unsworth
Mark Unsworth – Saunders Unsworth
Tony O’Brien – Sky TV
Phil O’Reilly – BusinessNZ
Leigh Pearson – former TVNZ journalist turned lobbyist
Jordan Williams – law firm Franks & Ogilvie
Rasik Ranchord – Parliamentary Breakfast Group
Philippa Falloon – former MP’s widow
Lady Jane Kidd – former MP’s spouse
Additions in 2013:
Yep, there’s some trad unionists, but those representing corporate interests dominate.
But, given the track record of the this tea party piss take of a “union”, I’m not expecting them to get a big membership, but just to add to the ranks and PR of lobbyists for the already wealthy and powerful.
This piss-take “union”, is as much about spin and propaganda, as it is about “lobbying”. It’s brought to us by people at the forefront of right wing spin, smears and anti-democratic diversions.