I don’t really have time to write something, but there’s just too much stupid this morning to let it pass.
Nathan Guy apparently thinks being in Chinese Southern’s Frequent Flier program is enough kudos to decide you can enter our country. I’ve just got Silver status with an airline – it’s really not that hard. And China’s a big country – a few trips from Shanghai to Xinjiang and you’ll be there – no other country’s visa required. And this deal’s with an airline they’ve just had to fine for non-compliance over giving security information to be able to assess flights as immigration high-risk or not. You can see why they’ve kept this deal secret (and it starts next week). The only Kudos should go to the whistle-blowing immigration official. I wonder if I’ll get easy entry to China with my fly-buys soon?
Craig Foss and his Novopay system. We had a system for paying teachers and it worked. Now 3 months into the fabulous new system National have brought in we have a system that is randomly demoting people, not paying them at all, or having people being paid for teaching in schools in Auckland and Upper Hutt at the same time… They’ve managed to get the backlog of priority problems down from 8000 a month ago to under 500 now – but no mention of the non-priority problems, those teachers who aren’t complaining hard enough. There’ll be no compensation for the many, many hours our school staff are having to put into chasing up their pay – and our children’s learning will be suffering while those stressed staff aren’t focussed on them. Noticeably the Education Ministry isn’t using Novopay for their payroll…
Tariana Turia and unaccountable Whanau Ora. Apparently the fact that they can’t keep track of outcomes from the millions they’ve spent is an operational issue so she doesn’t need to appear on Radio NZ. No Tariana: it’s an accountability issue – exactly the sort that should have a minister facing scrutiny (that her and others of this government keep dodging).
Bill English and his Economy. At least he appeared on Morning Report (only he and Steven Joyce are regularly willing to be held to account, so some credit there). But he still has no doubt that he’s on the Right Track, even as Westpac and Deutsche Bank say we’re likely heading back into contraction and we have record unemployment.
For more amusing stupid, see Danyl on Hekia Parata.