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Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, July 23rd, 2012 - 207 comments
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On Breakfast just now, Petra Bagust asked John Key what’s so great for the economy about listing our assets on the stockmarket. A good question. The answer was pure lies:

“our companies need capital and they can raise that one of two ways, borrow the money from the bank so that’s debt or they can go out and raise it in the form of equity and that equity stays with the firm permanently and that’s what a share float’s all about”

Not a cent of the money that would be raised from asset sales is to stay with the companies, it’s all going to the Crown.

“So, for New Zealanders potentially branching out and having some shares in some cash and some bonds or whatever is the logical thing to do”

Strange leap there.

“It helps those companies get access to that equity. And they can use that equity to go out there and grow”

Remember, these share floats will not add a cent of equity to the companies Key wants to sell and he knows it.

“So, if you take a company that comes to the market that’s owned by maybe a small group of people, family members whatever they might be, and they only have a certain amount of cash and coming t0 the market allows lots of other investor to put their money in and on a share of hopefully the upside of that company and from there that company can use that money to grow their business.”

That’s the textbook story of floating a company. But it’s not what the Government is doing. It’s not using the float to inject capital in the businesses. In fact, floating will make it harder for the companies to raise money via equity because the Government will be legally required to but 51% of it. And, unlike Key’s example, the current owners aren’t short of cash. If the companies needed more cash, the cheapest way to get it would be a Crown capital injection or they could do what they already do and issue bonds.

Key knows all this. And he just sits there and lies. And, seemingly, no-one who interviews him has enough knowledge to know that he’s lying.

207 comments on “True lies”

  1. Kotahi Tane Huna 1

    At what point do a Prime Minster’s lies to the nation become treason?

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 1.1

      Answer – never.

      But what about threats of harm to people or property?

      (1)Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years if, without lawful justification or reasonable excuse, and intending to achieve the effect stated in subsection (2), he or she—
      (a)threatens to do an act likely to have 1 or more of the results described in subsection (3); or
      (b)communicates information—
      (i)that purports to be about an act likely to have 1 or more of the results described in subsection (3); and
      (ii)that he or she believes to be false.
      (2)The effect is causing a significant disruption of 1 or more of the following things:
      (a)the activities of the civilian population of New Zealand:
      (b)something that is or forms part of an infrastructure facility in New Zealand:

      (3)The results are…
      (c)causing major economic loss to 1 or more persons:
      (d)causing major damage to the national economy of New Zealand.

      Chance of Key being prosecuted: zero.

      • Gosman 1.1.1

        Tell you what, you spend some of your hard earned leftist money on taking a private prosecution. See where that gets you.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1

          Forget that, just re-nationalise the assets.

          • Gosman 1.1.1.1.1

            I look forward to a left leaning political party making that their number one policy priority for the next election.

        • Tracey 1.1.1.2

          Gosman do you agree that what the Pm described in his answer to a direct question is not what will actually be happening with these PP’s’?

          • Gosman 1.1.1.2.1

            No I don’t agree.

            • Tracey 1.1.1.2.1.1

              Can you explain how it is correct, and if you mean in years to come, then why do you think the PM didn’t make it clear he meant in years to come, the company can raise capital…. can you explain how the company raising capital will impact the 51% holding of the Govt, and implications for that portion?

              • Gosman

                The company can raise capital via the Sharemarket where the Government and private investors would share the purchase costs of new shares. Currently the firms have to go ask the Government for any extra capital they need or retain dividends, (which the Goverment hasn’t been entirely flexible with in the past).

    • Gosman 1.2

      Yeah this is EXACTLY the same as Treason.

      When you over use such hyperbole as this it eventually loses it’s meaning. On top of this apparently is his treasous behaviour on the TPPA, the Crafe Farm issue, Immigration, yadda yadda yadda..

      If someone who actually believed that nonsense ever got into power the courts would be frozen up with all the trason trials we would be holding.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 1.2.1

        It’s a fair question Gosman: I can’t see why anyone should tolerate being lied to by an elected official on a matter as significant as this. Be that as it may, look up the legal definition of treason – Key’s lies don’t meet it.

        Perhaps they should. We might get a better standard of politician if their liberty depended on their honesty.

        • Gosman 1.2.1.1

          Go for it. I suggest you will be wasting your money. As I made clear below it is easy enough to provide an explanation how partially privatising assets provides easier access to capital for growth.

        • Cnut 1.2.1.2

          I didn’t hear it, but from the above it is quite clear that Key answered a question he wasn’t asked – ie what is the benefit of a share float for a company – and did so with the standard and quite correct answer.

          Normally the proceeds of a share issue to accrue to the Company, giving it cash it can use to expand or plough into R&D or employ hopefully talented people by offering top pay &tc. while the liability to pay dividends instead of bank borrowing costs permits flexibility (dividends can be low initially, against the hope of better returns when the company’s investment pays off) and cheaper than borrowing for the company if set above what most investors could get from their money at the bank, but less than the company would pay to borrow from the bank.

          Of course that isn’t the case here – none of the sale proceeds will accrue to the company. They will accrue to the tax-payer through the Crown as current owner of the company. To the extent that it will relieve the taxpayer of raising the equivalent amount for the public good through either borrowing or taxation it can be said to be “good for the economy’. However the fact that Key feels the need to be, ah, ‘disengenious’ and hopes he can pull the wool over the eyes of voters shows that he knows the truth won’t stand up.

          But hey, he’s a politician. They develop a forked-tongue the moment they stand for office.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.2

        Its fraud against the people, fraud which damages the nation for the future. Comes pretty close to treason.

        • Gosman 1.2.2.1

          The great thing about you CV is you’re all talk and no action. You could possibly be quite damaging to my beloved Capitalist system if you actually bothered to do anything beyond pontificating about it’s evils on web forums like this.

        • jack 1.2.2.2

          That’s debatle in court… morally, it’s pure treason.. By the way.. if Key reversed his tax cuts in 2010, that would give us 7 billion in about 5 years and we can keep the assets on top of that. This is a scheme to get his rich offhsore mates very wealthy. He knows ma and pa don’t have a clue how the stock market works. I see why he was head of Derivatives for Merril Lynch in Europe.. It’s pretty blatant we see some of his work, Ireland. Derivatives, keep it complicated and the salesman can slip a few billion in his wallet.

    • Rodel 1.3

      KTH Precisely. Ask the Thai people about that.They reached that point with their millionaire PM. .It’s time kiwis opened their eyes.

  2. Good post James – It is important that all key’s many many many lies get pulled together and as you have pointed out, this interview is deliberate misinformation from start to finish.

  3. freedom 3

    Ooops, I may be getting a quiet word from the Hotel owner as I think the guest in the next room may have been awoken by my involuntary vocalisation of disgust that was directed at that man’s lies and the ignorant fawning shown by Petra Lookatmynewhaircut.

  4. What a great businessman Key is.

    He can sell half of the power company shares, use all of the proceeds to pay down debt, fund the construction of new science labs in schools, irrigate the Canterbury Plains and use the proceeds to fund the expansion of said power companies.  He can even through mind control persuade the world’s markets to ensure that mum and dad kiwis retain most of the shares and can magic money out of nowhere so that said mums and dads can buy the shares with money they do not have.

    I bet he wears fancy coloured underwear under his business suits and can leap tall buildings in a single bound …

    Either that or he is the world’s biggest fibber … 

    • Gosman 4.1

      Either that or he realises that if the partially privatised SOE needs to raise capital it now has the extra flexibility of going to the private sector as well as requesting additional funds from the Government.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 4.1.1

        “Extra flexibility”? Extra interest more like.

        Why go to the private sector for a loan when the government can lend at a lower rate?

        “Extra flexibility” – translation: some words Gosman put together that sound good and mean nothing.

        • Gosman 4.1.1.1

          Why don’t you ask the Greeks about that?

          While you are at it you can ask the majority of the leftist Governments in the World why their Government owned businesses aren’t beating the private sector ones hands down in the battle for market domination. After all they have access to all this cheap capital.

          • Bunji 4.1.1.1.1

            Once again Gosman, the Greeks didn’t have a “leftist” government until just before the crisis – the debt build-up and other problems came from your beloved right.

            And if govt-owned businesses are so bad, how come we’re having to sell off successful power companies to give the private sector something to invest in – why hasn’t the private sector come up with something better?

            And why does the modern private British rail system cost so many times more (accounting for inflation) than the much derided, terribly inefficient British Rail that existed before it?

            Why do Americans spend twice as much on health as any other country, with their super efficient private health care system that even then only covers 60% of the population…

            I could go on, but don’t let my facts get in the way of your faith in the private sector as the answer to everything…

            • Gosman 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Ummmm… just because a political party in Government declares itself to be on a particular part of the ideological spectrum doesn’t mean it actually is. You should have known this if you had taken notice, (or perhaps been alive), during the 1980’s in NZ.

              • Bunji

                I’m guessing you get to define what a true “Right” party is, and also what a true Scotsman is as well?

                And you didn’t address all those inefficient private sector companies failing to keep up with the public sector which goes against your beliefs…

                • Draco T Bastard

                  I’m guessing you get to define what a true “Right” party is, and also what a true Scotsman is as well?

                  You should know by now that anything that proves the RWNJs wrong is not of the right despite them crowing about how good it would be before it was proved a failure.

          • starlight 4.1.1.1.2

            Yes sir,why dont you ask the greek about their banking demise ?
            If you care to look without one eye open you will find that ‘Goldman
            Sachs’ infiltrated the parliament and conned their way into the political
            system and sold derivatives to the greek government,hence everything
            collapsed and the rest is history and yes it is the people of the land that
            suffer because of corrupt practices in a country.
            Guess who is in control of our assets in the sell off,yes you guessed it
            ‘Goldman Sachs’,so open thy eyes my friend.

      • DH 4.1.2

        If he realised that then he’d be as ignorant about business as you obviously are. It doesn’t have the extra option of going to the private sector, any capital raising via share issues has to include all shareholders. It can’t request additional funds from the Govt either, Govt is merely a shareholder once these SOEs are listed on the NZX.

        • Gosman 4.1.2.1

          Bollocks. The Government can inject capital into these firms by purchasing low interest bonds from them. They don’t NEED to go directly to the Share market.

          • DH 4.1.2.1.1

            Wake up buddy, once listed on the NZX it is subject to the same rules as every other publicly listed company. The Govt can’t inject capital into it, the company has to ask for capital. Sure it can sell bonds, it does that already so what’s your point?

            • Gosman 4.1.2.1.1.1

              Yep, and it can sell Bonds directly to the Government at a cheaper than market rate. So it has multiple ways to raise capital as I stated.

              • DH

                Don’t be stupid. The Govt can’t buy bonds from a publicly listed company at below market rates. That would be a taxpayer subsidy directly benefiting the 49% of private shareholders.

                Seriously, do you have an argument or are you just farting here?

                • Gosman

                  Ummmm… the Government can do what it likes. If it decides to lend money to the SOE’s at below market rates tell me one law that precludes it from EVER doing so?

                  • DH

                    Oh, right. So now we’ve gone from nonsensical arguments about the ‘benefits’ of floating these SOEs to equally puerile justifications for state intervention in the market. Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out will ya.

                    • Gosman

                      Just pointing out how your knowledge of business isn’t as great as you like to think it is.

                  • Tracey

                    Isnt that govt meddling in business which you abhore???

                    • Gosman

                      That’s right. The Government should sell the entire lot and not just 49%. I’d be much happier.

                • Gosman

                  BTW the Government took a similar action with regard to providing low cost financing when it helped Media works with a deferred payment plan for the spectrum licence. So all your pontificating about how the Government can’t do this is a load of nonsense.

                  • DH

                    It’s not even remotely similar. For starters it wasn’t low cost financing, the Govt has stated loudly and repeatedly that it was at market rates. I’ll agree it was a state subsidy though, and you being a fan of the free market wouldn’t support that kind of activity of course.

                    Isn’t it interesting how quickly the right-wing pundits of the free market fall back to promoting state intervention when their bubbles are popped.

                    • Gosman

                      Where did I promote state intervention here?

                    • DH

                      Hey, you’re the one saying the Govt can buy bonds from the SOEs at below market rates after they’ve been floated. That’s state intervention in the market buddy…. and we can’t have that can we.

                    • Gosman

                      I’m not promoting it at all though. Just stating that the Government can do this if they so wish.

                    • DH

                      Oh, right. So that’s the sum of your argument is it. The Govt can do it so therefore it must be so.

                      The Govt could also arrest you & hang you, if they so wished. But they won’t will they?

                    • Gosman

                      No, that is not the sum total of my argument. However it seems to be the only aspect that you picked up on. Perhaps you have a comprehension problem.

                    • DH

                      I comprehend very well. I comprehend that you can’t stand being shown up as ignorant and you’ll wriggle & squirm until people get sick of your obfuscation. It’s a pity your depth of knowledge isn’t as large as your ego.

                  • North

                    DH has done you like a dog’s dinner Gosman.

                    He shows you up on one idiotic assertion……..you ain’t got what it takes to acknowledge……..you make another idiotic assertion slightly off the mark of the first……..he shows you up again……..you ain’t got what it takes……….etc etc etc.

                    On and on and on……..have you no intellectual honesty man, or are you just a right wing zealot ?

                  • starlight

                    Yes was that because joyce still had an interest.

      • Tracey 4.1.3

        You mean, foe example, like Air New Zealand????

  5. glg 5

    It makes me feel sick.

  6. Dv 6

    At what point does this ‘information’ become finacial advice and covered by law?

    The acess to more capital from that market MEANS that the shareholder has to front with MORE money!

  7. DH 7

    This to me has always been the most outrageous and infuriating claim from the pundits of asset sales. It’s blatant deceit for the reasons James has given, not a single cent of this float goes to the company it’s a sale of shares not an issue of shares.

    If the company tries to raise any capital the Govt will have to pony up 51% of it. That’s why Key tried to introduce non-voting shares; so the business could raise capital by issuing more shares without removing the Govts 51% controlling interest and the Govt also not having to buy 51% of the new shares.

    Dishonest bastards.

  8. marsman 8

    Maori TV showed a Norwegian film last night, ‘Max Manus’. It is about a man who used sabotage to undermine and thwart the Nazis who were stealing his country, he was never caught. Very timely viewing!

  9. Dv 9

    AND what is the difference bewteen Key and Doug Graham, richard Long etc

    The more i see of this the more i am reminded of the pump and dump schemes in the 80’s and the dodgey finance companies of the last10 years.

    Has anyone seen a statement of expected return?

  10. Carol 10

    And still Key and the rest of the Nats are sticking to the grand lie of “Mum and Dad” investors.

    Every time I hear them using that term my blood starts to boil. How many parents can and/or will buy these shares?

    And as neither a mother nor a father (“Mum” and “Dad” have such a down homey, faux-egalitarian feel to it), I am insulted by being made invisible in Key’s grand scheme.

    Just as well I don’t want to buy any of Key’s dodgy shares, because, clearly, they are not meant for the likes of me.

    • Mooloo magic 10.1

      I too, am sick and tired of so called “Mum and Dad investors”. I don’t know anyone who can be called that. The so called mum and dad investors only live in Plant Key’s mind; it’s just pure spin from our disingenuous PM.

  11. Tom Gould 11

    This is just a version of the old Ponzi scheme scam, but this time the bonus for the new shareholders is paid by the owners of the legacy shares. So those privileged enough to buy the new shares get bonus shares paid for by the owners of the other 51% of the shares. And Key says that is foolish. At last a fact.

    • Dv 11.1

      And the bonus issue will dilute the share pool, and wont that will depress the share price?
      Thus you effectively pay for your own shares.

    • Gosman 11.2

      Explain how it is a Ponzi scheme exactly.

      • Fortran 11.2.1

        I’m with Gosman waiting to be told by the experts what a Ponzi Scheme is.

        And Petra is great looking too.

        • Johnm 11.2.1.1

          Hi Gosman and Fortran
          Here’s what a Ponzi scheme is: taken from the U$$$$ economy, which our Key looks to for much guidance:

          “For nearly three decades, corporations, banks, and the ultra-wealthy have reaped financial rewards from America’s bubble economy at the expense of working-class Americans. During this stretch, the majority of the gains from US productivity have been disproportionately distributed to the top income earners. Over the years, these inequities have accumulated into an ever-increasing wealth and income disparity. ”

          A Ponzi situation is shown when Income and wealth inequalities are extreme and worse much of the inequality is coming from essentially unearned wealth through speculation in asset bubbles and wealth transfers such as unnecessary tax cuts, such that the actual workers strangely see their share of the pie getting less and less.

          This is happening in NZ as well as the U$$$

          LInk:http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/07/22/252153/americas-second-great-depression/

          The U$$ is extreme the wealthy got richer and richer from profits by offshoring manufacturing to China while the former US workers ended up on food stamps.

          The whole NeoLiberal ideology is to favour Capital and to drive down the cost of Labour and of course to completely destroy the Commonwealth of the People.
          Where’s this ideology got the U$$$? Disaster a collapsing looted economy and society. That is why Ponzi schemes ultimately are unsustainable and collapse.

          • Gosman 11.2.1.1.1

            Ummmm… that isn’t a Ponzi scheme. You might regard it as unfair and ultimately doomed for one reason or another but it isn’t a Ponzi Scheme. If you are going to throw the term around I suggest it might pay to understand what it is.

            • Johnm 11.2.1.1.1.1

              Hi Gosman
              Key epitomises the current Global Ponzi Scheme! He’s worth $50,000,000. He didn’t get that money doing real work! He got it from bonuses working at currency manipulation, sitting on his Butt at a computer monitor. He added not a jot to human wellbeing by producing anything. In Social Terms a Ponzi is when people access excessive unearned unworked for wealth through manipulation of the market system. This is usually paid for by exploitation of real workers through dirt cheap wage levels and if necessary by exporting your countrymen’s work to slave labour in China.
              You then protect your unearned wealth with tax havens and knocking down tax rates and selling of the Public wealth domain in a word naked GREED!

              • Gosman

                Yes and Black is White and Up is Down.

                Do you make a habit of redefining terms to suit your own purposes?

              • Te Reo Putake

                Great summary, JohnM. Without wanting to encourage Gossie’s PG impersonation, I think it’s worth pointing out that ‘Ponzi scheme’ now has a generic meaning, in that any shonky investment plan tends to get called that, even if it is not, technically, the kind of fraud that Ponzi, Madoff et al went to jail for. I suspect that is the meaning Cosgrove attributed to the asset sales. That is, that they are a collosal rip off, though not technically illegal.

                • Gosman

                  No, only pig ignorant financial illiterates call all financial arrangements they disagree with Ponzi schemes. The rest of us tend to call them by what they actually are, not what we pretend they might be.

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    Oh dear. Was ‘generic’ too difficult a concept for you, Gossie? I know you’re having a bad day here, what with you being clue batted senseless an’ all, but I would have thought you’d be able to get your head round what I was saying. Which is that Ponzi is, on occasion, used in a generic sense, much as Hoover is for vacuum cleaner.

                    • Gosman

                      Example please. Since it is obviously such a generic term you should have no problem finding a raft of these.

                  • Hi Gosman,

                    I think the analogy to a Ponzi scheme is based on the ‘bonus share’ offer being perpetually required to escalate if the shares are to remain in the hands of ‘Mum and Dad’ kiwi investors. The bonus shares represent abnormally high returns on an investment which can only be maintained by constant injections of ‘new investors” money at higher and higher levels, ad infinitum.

                    That is because the bonus shares would have to maintain the initial abnormally high return on investment for the shares to continue to be held in New Zealanders’ hands. Whatever ‘bonus rate’ was thought to be a necessary incentive to do so initially will, presumably, be necessary for the future.

                    That means that, as New Zealanders’ holdings of shares increase (because of the bonus shares) – compounded by the, presumably, decrease in value of each share as more are issued (it doesn’t actually matter even if they don’t decrease in value, for the logic of a Ponzi scheme to hold) – the number of bonus shares that will need to keep being issued to them in order for them not to sell them will have to keep increasing at an exponential rate.

                    Of course the ‘new investors’ are nothing other than the taxpayer whose return is a function of the 51% holding that, presumably, will need to be maintained as well.

                    I think it’s something like that. Sure, it may not be exact, but it’s a pretty close relative – if, that is, we assume that this is the grand, continuing scheme to maintain the shares in New Zealanders’ hands.

                    If it isn’t, then its simply a piece of political fraud to make people think that the government has a plan to keep the shares in New Zealanders’ hands.

                    Here’s the Wikipedia definition for those who haven’t been bothered to look it up:

                    Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering higher returns than other investments, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. Perpetuation of the high returns requires an ever-increasing flow of money from new investors to keep the scheme going” 

                    Edit: If it’s a ‘one off’ then it’s a plain old bribe- and I mean ‘political bribe’ rather than simply a financial one (i.e., to gain political support for the sales).

                    • mike e

                      +$ 600 million in bribes

                    • fender

                      Great comment as usual Puddleglum.

                      It is a bribe as you say. And how can such a bribe be justified when all that’s required is to keep the shares for three years ?, hardly long enough to ensure long term kiwi ownership, but it is a very convenient time frame to secure the votes of share holders of course.

      • Tom Gould 11.2.2

        It is like a ponzi scam because Key is promising a windfall bonus to get people to buy the new shares, but is funding it from the existing shareholders without telling them. Get it?

  12. Glg 12

    I am currently subsidising my Dads pension by $250 per month. I don’t think he will be buying shares.

  13. tc 13

    Tvnz doing its job of providing him with patsy questions being asked by a vacuous personality on his regular weekly national soapbox…..what a joke our MSM are.

  14. Gosman 14

    Brilliant slap down of Clayton Cosgrove on Radio Nz National this morning. Called him out on the BS statement he made equating the loyalty bonus share scheme to a Ponzi. Key called Cosgrove a fool (which he is). Cosgrove may as well called it a Lottery or a Blamange and it would be just as accurate.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      Key called Cosgrove a fool? Well that’s definitive then :roll:

      • Dv 14.1.1

        WAS key on Morning report?

        • Carol 14.1.1.1

          Yep: 8.17am:

          http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/20120723

          Must be worried about the way his ponzi scheme is being seen/reported.

          • Gosman 14.1.1.1.1

            You do realise that a Ponzi scheme is not a cover all for any financial arrangement that you personally disagree with don’t you?

            When a bank charges you a dishonour fee because you have insufficient funds in your bank account it isn’t a Ponzi Scheme.

            • mike e 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Key knows what a ponzi scheme is that’s because Merrill Lynch were running such schemes amongst other types of fraud mainly around money trading and derivatives.

          • prism 14.1.1.1.2

            I heard a smooth talking salesman for financial investment in shares
            talking on Radionz this a.m. Then I realised it was John Key.

        • Gosman 14.1.1.2

          Yep, obviously have made a decision to become far more agressive and front foot these issues.

      • Gosman 14.1.2

        Cosgrove’s statement was foolish. About as intellectually empty headed as the ‘Once the assets are sold they are gone for good’ nonsense spouted by other opponents of the MOM.

        • Lanthanide 14.1.2.1

          A ponzi scheme is where returns to some investors come out of the deposits from other investors.

          In this case, the bonus shares allocated to the investors come out of the shares that would otherwise be held by the government in trust for all taxpayers.

          While not a ‘classic’ ponzi scheme, it certainly fits within the idea of one.

          • Gosman 14.1.2.1.1

            You almost got it but then you failed. A Ponzi scheme is when you use the capital of NEW investors to pay the higher returns of EXISTING investors. You therefore requre more and more new investors to keep the scheme going until eventually it falls over. Nothing in the Bonus scheme is remotely like that. It is a standard Bonus share scheme much like it offered by many Publically listed companies to their employees for example. Are they Ponzi Schemes as well?

            • felix 14.1.2.1.1.1

              Unusual as it might be, Gos is right about this.

              The bonus shares may well be a waste of money, they may well be a highly ineffective mechanism to achieve a short-term aim that the govt doesn’t even believe is important, and they may well be a cynical vote-buying/voter pacifying exercise, but a ponzi scheme they ain’t.

              Probably too late though, it’s in the wild now.

        • AAMC 14.1.2.2

          I’m not going to have time income on here and argue with you today Gosman. But your whole beloved private banking system is a ponzi scheme, with it endogenous fiat money creation and the Minsky singularity brought on by it’s liquidity binge – http://econintersect.com/b2evolution/blog2.php/2012/07/21/forget-the-minsky-moment-could-it-be-a-minsky-century-1. And now it’s proving itself to be overtly criminal with LIBOR, BOE & the Fed, MG Global, JP Morgan, PFG, Goldman Sacs European takeover.

          That you continue to defend behaviour which clearly isn’t your beloved Capitalism undermines you. Show me the Free Market! There has never been one, and neo-liberals have never tried to organise one.

          There isn’t a libertarian bone in your body (or you would have the honesty to attack these predatory criminals), your a classic neo-liberal defender. And as Hudson wrote last week, neo-liberalism is the weapon ideation of economics. http://michael-hudson.com/2012/07/the-weaponization-of-economic-theory/

          I also see the failings of central planning, but our current Cronyism and Kleptocracy is as far from Capitalism and Satlinism is from Scandinavia.

          That uou’d defend it to the last will at least give us all the pleasure of seeing you come unstuck as this bank initiated crisis continues to roll out.

          • AAMC 14.1.2.2.1

            Excuse the spelling ppl, typing quickly on a phone, can’t seem to edit.

          • Gosman 14.1.2.2.2

            Ahhh… so Cosgrove’s point was that the ENTIRE financial system is one giant Ponzi scheme. I wonder if that is the official Labour party view.

            • AAMC 14.1.2.2.2.1

              I’m not interested in Cosgroves comments, I didn’t hear them. I’m
              Interested in your incessant defense of a Free Market that’s never existed and a banking system that has proved itself totally corrupt. If you really believed in a Free Market, you would be attacking Key and the Fed as vehemently – if from the other side of the political spectrum – as those who regularly comment on here.

              That you don’t exposes that in fact you don’t believe in what you espouse but rather continue to support criminality from Govt and from the Corporatocracy.

              You should actually read those links, Hudson as critical of the neo-classical left as of the Right

              • Gosman

                And I’m not interested in your wacky ideas about the evils of fractional reserve banking or whatever conspiratorial rant you are pushing this week.

                • vto

                  Ha Ha Ha.

                  Gosman always does this when he doesn’t like the questions, or cannot come up with an answer. Gosman is not able to answer these sorts of questions and goes straight to dissing them as something wacky.

                  Pathetic.

                  Gosman does not want to defend the evil ponzi scheme nature of fractional reserve banking. Nor its private ownership. He seems to think we should just trust the system ha ha ha – what a fool.

                  Similarly, a while ago he could not answer the question – why don’t New Zealand business maestros go and create their own electricity companies to invest in instead of taking the taxpayers ones? After all, it is a free market and it is supposed to create these opportunities…. ha ha ha.

                  Gosman is not worth debating with because he refuses to engage.

                  • Rodel

                    VTO funny I ‘ve noticed that lack of engagement too..It’s not even up to psych 101 tactics.much like ‘hootenstrategies’ or trout fishing.

            • AAMC 14.1.2.2.2.2

              And can I add HSBC’s laundering Mexican drug money to my list, and how about the 32 trillion elite dollars hidden from the tax man? http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE86L03U20120722?irpc=932

              Those you defend Gosman are criminals.

              • Gosman

                Do you want me to dig up a bunch of news stories showing corrupt leftist politicians and managers of SOE’s in places like Cuba and South America and suggest that somehow makes your entire system corrupt as well? Your argument is so purile I feel dirty actually having responded to it.

                • Colonial Viper

                  btw Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, JP Morgue and Wachovia are the very same corporate bankers who help those corrupt leftist politicians move and hide their money.

              • muzza

                AAMC – Don’t waste your energy, type such as Gosman are not interested in self challenging, it reveals too many home truth, like what suckers, w*nkers and, parasites they, and their idols are.

                Integrity is not for them, best leave them to it.

    • Tracey 14.2

      So now you are taking the opposition to task over their falsehoods while defending the PM’s? What a great country we live in. I agree Cosgrove is a doofus.

  15. Arthur 15

    OK, if Kiwi mums and dads get to buy the shares in the Mighty River float, how many Kiwi mums and dads will have sufficient remaining funds to be able to purchase shares in the next asset sale or those remaining?

    • Fortran 15.1

      Arthur

      Called budgetting ?

      • felix 15.1.1

        What’s the median income for “kiwi mums and dads” again, Fortran?

      • Deano 15.1.2

        The median family has $2,000 in the bank. You can’t really call that savings – it’s operating cash.

        But, say you put half of that into Mighty River.

        What happens when meridian, genesis, solid energy, Air NZ are floated within the next two years?

        Or is the median family with a net income of $56,000 and a 1% saving rate meant to somehow quadruple their savings rate to put it all into shares?

        And that’s just the median. What about the 505 with less money/lower incomes?

      • Tracey 15.1.3

        Truly folks this is actually what people like Key and Fortran believe, namely that average mums and dads are wasting their hard earned money and just need to budget better to get in on the shares. Funny thing is that no matter how hard you budget if pwoer, telephone, water, transport, accommodation , food, clothes and books for kids cost more than you earn, all the budgeting in the world will not manufacture more money.

        • North 15.1.3.1

          Yeah…….like a few weeks ago Michelle Boag was on Radio NZ Afternoons with Mora, nutting on about having purchased a half head of cauliflower at some supermarket for $1.99. Better……..it lasted TWO meals.

          This was in the context of a discussion about the prohibitive cost of food items for many, many families. Miss Home Economist Michelle had obviously persuaded herself that this stunning empiricism on her part was a sufficient counterpoint to reports of the pain and deprivation that hundreds of thousands suffer daily.

          As sickening was that Hurrah Henry of a Mora affably, chuckingly, letting her get away with it.

          • prism 15.1.3.1.1

            North Your description of Mora’s delivery is spot on “affably chuckling”. A bit of a sponge.

            • mike e 15.1.3.1.1.1

              yeah boag constrictor said it was 99c on a clearance special in some wealthy suburb like people from poorer areas are going to spend $10 on petrol or bus fares to save a couple of dollars.
              Brian Edwards put her in her place

        • UpandComer 15.1.3.2

          Then don’t have more kids then you can afford – really really simple. And what you can afford, depends on your attitude. You can have a huge number of kids and a successful family without being able to afford shares if you are really disciplined. Believe it or not, people actually succeed at doing that all over NZ. They don’t adopt this mindless negative useless pathetic attitude that you attribute to anyone who is earning under the median wage with your patronisation. They don’t whine, or kite, or go on about non-existent make-believe ‘ponzi’ schemes, or go on silly rants about capitalism. They get on with it and their kids do really well and help their parents out later. These people vote national, and that’s why national is holding the most votes as a single party and why no one is listening to your caterwauling, mistruths, and whimisical blah because everyone else lives in the real world. Cheers.

          • Colonial Viper 15.1.3.2.1

            Of course the parasites in our economy are the ones who make unearned wealth. Whether corporations or individuals.

            They need to be shut down and those money flows directed towards the bottom 95% in society.

            The other change to make is to realise that people work to live, not the other way around.

      • muzza 15.1.4

        The only people I have heard mention possible investment in power companies, are by those who are towards the very top of the NZ pyramid, in terms of income and descrstionary savings.

        I’ve not even had a reaction to buy from friends and family who might regards themselves as solid middle class…

        And those I know in the lower half, mostly do not even involve themselves in caring, its more important to put food on th table and pay the bills.

        The Mum and Dad catch cry is simply another lie!

      • mike e 15.1.5

        Fartrain like to see you feed a family on $100 a week .
        Fartrain your factious!

  16. xtasy 16

    The partial asset sales are nothing much than going to a pawn shop to get some quick cash that is needed to pay for essentials. Those essentials are building and fixing schools (billions of damage due to leaky building scandal by the way), hospitals, new prisons, highways, possibly extension of broadband network and some extra funds for rebuilding Christchurch.

    Yes, those “investments” will hardly be “companies”, so Key seems to think that his viewers and listeners are just dumb dickheads.

    The 49 per cent asset ownership will be gone for good, a selected few will earn the dividends for their own discretionary spending or investments, that will at the same time be lost prospective revenue for the state, and all this is done while interest rates for possible borrowing on international finance markets are at an all time low.

    Key believes in handing in his tool box to the pawn shop owner, in return to get some cash to pay for the plumber to fix the broken pipe in the home, kind of. Not really smart, but when caught out, the sweetener is offered to the prospective buyers, trying to save a rotten deal by making it look oh so nice.

  17. Gosman 17

    “The 49 per cent asset ownership will be gone for good,”

    What absolute rubbish. What evidence do you have for making this compltely outrageous statement?

    • xtasy 17.1

      Last news I heard was: The government want to sell up to 49 per cent of shares in Mighty River Power, Meridian, Genesis and one other energy state owned enterprise.

      Private shareholders will buy these, so the state (represented by all NZers) loses 49 per cent ownership!

      Simple maths really. You will argue the new mixed ownership model companies will still largely be owned by NZers, but that will not be in the form of the state. It will be owned the the selected few (who also benefited nicely from National’s tax cuts a few years back), who have the extra money and wealth to buy the shares.

      They will use dividends according to their personal interest, which will not be the same as the collective interests.

      Assets gone, revenue gone, to a selected few, catered for by NatACT to keep their supporters and donors happy.

      It is nice of NZ First and Mana to talk about buying the shares back, but that will come at a price that will likely be too high for a future government to pay. Maybe renationalise it like in some South American countries, but will Labour have the clout and guts to do this?

      So the chances are extremely high that the 49 per cent ownership and prospective revenue will be lost for good.

      • Gosman 17.1.1

        You obviously failed maths if you think that qualifies as a simple maths answer.

        • xtasy 17.1.1.1

          Short, unqualified, evasive response = NO real response to prove your case

  18. Tracey 18

    It may not be gone for good but it is a fallacy that the government’s 51% guarantees them king position in all voting. That’s simply not factually correct. There may be situations where the Govt has a conflict of interest and accordingly cannot apply its votes to an issue.

    There is no proof of the 49% being gone til its gone. All we have is past behaviour by which to judge future behaviour. But unless it’s a bad buy it would be odd to not see substantial foreign ownership within ten years (as Treasury suggests). I dont think Contact is primarily made up of mum and dad investors ?
    Still, little being made in the media of English contradicting his PM by basically saying people worried about closing the gap with Oz or stopping the migration there are cry babies, in total contradiction of his leader in 2011 who “reassured” everyone it was still a legitimate target…

    • Gosman 18.1

      “There may be situations where the Govt has a conflict of interest and accordingly cannot apply its votes to an issue.”

      I suggest you are scaremongering.

      Care to expand on how a sceanrio involving the situation you postulate would play out?

  19. Carol 19

    Rod Oram refers to evidence that indicates bonus schemes may not do the job of keeping the shares in the hands of ordinary Kiwis in the long run.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/111338/long-term-share-ownership-a-goal-pm

    Financial journalist Rod Oram says bonus schemes in countries such as the UK have been shown to deter investors from selling shares to make a quick profit.

    Once the bonus period was up there was often a heavy selldown, especially of the free shares, but after that many investors were content to hold onto their remaining shares for years, he says.

    • Gosman 19.1

      Does he call it a Ponzi Scheme?

      • McFlock 19.1.1

        idiot gos obviously replied to the wrong comment by accident.
        I mean, it’s not like he’d use an irrelevant comment to distract from someone else’s good point, would he? 

        • Gosman 19.1.1.1

          No idiot gos replied to the correct post. Idiot mcflap just wasted your time but obviously that doesn’t worry you.

          • mike e 19.1.1.1.1

            The taxpayer is subsidizing the investor.
            By the time Goldman Sachs gets their cut and the taxpayer subsidy comes through .
            The low market value blinglish is expecting this is just going to be another GS scam.

          • McFlock 19.1.1.1.2

            Idiot Gos thinks the definition of ponzi is relevant to “bonus schemes may not do the job of keeping the shares in the hands of ordinary Kiwis in the long run.”.
                  
                 
            Silly Gos trying to distract from the point that shares currently owned by all New Zealanders will end up  in the hands of the rich and/or overseas investors.
                 
            You flap and you blather, but in the end you can’t hide the fact that asset sales are a moral (if sadly legal) theft from current and future New Zealanders. I’m sure Key’s “blind” trust could do well out of it, though.
             

  20. Johnm 20

    Snake oil salesman Key, he’s a slippery so and so!

    “Our Companies need Capital…..”
    Our Power generation Companies are not any old Companies they are Strategic assets owned by the people for the benefit of the people. If they want capital they can accumulate it from income streams or receive a Crown cash injection. What Key does is to trot out: I’ll only play in my ball park your ball park Public Ownership and benefits doesn’t exist!

    “So for New Zealanders…..”
    Rubbish nothing to do with the wrongness of selling off our assets

    “So, if you take a company….”
    He’s trotting out Company Accounting 101 like a Uni lecturer to the new batch of business studies idiots. How patronising and insulting that he will not address the real issue That Public ownership is best for all.

    He switches into business lecturer mode completely ignoring the real issue here the immorality of the Ponzi scheme which is the rich getting richer and taking from the Commonwealth of the poorer kiwi.

    He’s a Wall Street style slime merchant stealing from you while he smiles at you in his $1000 suit making you feel privileged that somehow this is the natural order of things. He’s a salesman without a conscience.

    Part of his smokescreen is getting you to argue over trivial technicalities of accuracy while ignoring the Elephant in the room: The outrageous wealth transfer of these asset sales!

  21. Tracey 21

    Oh but Carol, rod is a lefty so not a real economist and has too much vested interest… unlike, well, you know, say Don Brash’s view or the CEO of Tower! No vested interest in their views.

    has the Gummint told us how much the loyalty programme is expected to cost? It might give a clue as to how many mums and dads they REALLY think will buy in.

    • Bunji 21.1

      And we only ‘know’ Rod’s a lefty because he criticises John Key. Therefore anyone who disagrees with Key is not a real economist, and their argument is invalid.

      Gotta love circular logic… ;)

  22. Te Reo Putake 22

    What Clayton Cosgrove actually said:
     
     

    John Key’s ‘loyalty scheme’ for New Zealanders who buy shares in state assets simply means those that can’t afford shares will be forced to subsidise those who can, says Labour’s State Owned Enterprises spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.
    “This is a ponzi scheme that punishes taxpayers in more ways than one.
    “The proposal to give New Zealanders who invest in companies like Mighty River Power a loyalty bonus for hanging onto their shares shifts the burden of National’s bad idea on to taxpayers who can’t afford to buy in,” Clayton Cosgrove said.
    “Why should those who don’t plan to buy shares, for whatever reason, have their taxpayer dollars spent subsidising those who can?
    “This is a tactic to placate Kiwis concerns about giving up our assets to foreign interests, which under this government’s stewardship is inevitable.
    “If I was Joe Public listening to John Key’s speech today, I’d be raising my eyebrows. We are told again and again that these are tight fiscal times, but are expected to fund a political sweetener to take the heat off the National Government.
    “New Zealanders already own these assets. If Kiwi ‘mums and dads’ have a couple of thousand dollars the best advice would surely be to pay down the credit card.
    “Taxpayers are already taking a hit in lost dividends, this is a second blow.
    “The Government says it is serious about paying down debt. But basic arithmetic will tell you that we can gain more from the revenue generated from these well-performing assets than the cost of borrowing.
    “You can’t sweeten a sour deal. John Key can’t sell his ideas using rhetoric about access for all New Zealanders. The fact is we all already own these assets. Giving them up now won’t just be our loss, but a loss felt by generations to come,” Clayton Cosgrove said.
    • Gosman 22.1

      Yeah, what a fool.

      • Bunji 22.1.1

        How so Gosman? Make an argument or don’t bother commenting…

        • Gosman 22.1.1.1

          Already commented on this in numerous comments above. Try and keep up Bunji.

          • Bunji 22.1.1.1.1

            Try to keep up Gosman. As you’ve already commented above, why was this pointless abuse necessary then?

            • framu 22.1.1.1.1.1

              also he hasnt actually described why cosgrove is a fool in his opinion – in ANY of his comments

              • Gosman

                Yes I have. Cosgrove misunderstood and misapplied the term Ponzi Scheme to the bonus scheme for the partial asset sales. That is why he is a fool.

                • felix

                  And it’s taken up the best part of your whole day to impart this most important piece of information.

                  Seriously Gos, get a life.

                  • Gosman

                    It took me all of 5 minutes to convey that information. It has taken you lot the rest of the day to understand that. Personally I think that speaks volumes on the comprehension levels of the average lefty but hey some of you might be having a slow day.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Hey Gossie you financial illiterate

                      If you need to borrow money to generate additional “investment returns” to investors in your scheme:

                      IT’S A PONZI SCHEME

                    • felix

                      Ah, so you conveyed it in 5 minutes but you thought you’d hang around for the rest of the day repeating yourself.

                      “It has taken you lot the rest of the day to understand that.”

                      Are you accusing me of something here Gos? What exactly? Be precise and yes there will be a test at the end.

                    • Gosman

                      Is this the same sort of test as the one involving your view that the BNZ needed bailing out in 1945 but which you provided not a shred of evidence when asked to? If so, I think I’ll pass on that.

                    • felix

                      Why would I? The evidence you provided was fine for my purposes, Gosman.

                      Pity you didn’t bother reading it.

                      ps how many comments from Gosman on this thread so far? And is anyone finding any of them interesting or worthwhile in any way?

                    • framu

                      just curious here gossie – exactly what kind of vehicle does one have to invest in to operate a goal post shifting operation such as yours?

                      Judging by the display here today, the number of goal posts – and logistics of moving them from point A to B – must be a huge strain on an ordinary chasis.

                      I mean, i dont think an ordinary tradies van would cut it – something with a long wheel base and multiple axles at the rear perhaps?

                    • felix

                      In fairness to Gozzie, he wouldn’t last long if he stayed on a subject for more than a couple of comments in a row.

                    • Gosman

                      Stop making stuff up. Even McFlock basically admitted you had no basis for making such an outright fabrication of the facts.

                    • felix

                      Yawn.

                      Any more exciting tales before you get back to the topic?

                    • McFlock
                      Stop making stuff up. Even McFlock basically admitted you had no basis for making such an outright fabrication of the facts.

                       
                      Great. Now the slathering trool is taking my pseudonym in vain. I feel dirty. 

                       
                       
  23. Socialist Paddy 23

    Feck 27 comments by Gosman saying that it is not a ponzi scheme.
     
    I agree.  It is the following:
     
    1.  Financially disasterous.
    2.  Strategically insane.
    3.  It does not make sense in that the proceeds have been spent four times over.
     
    It is not a ponzi scheme only in that the money will not be used to pay out investors to keep them happy.  But it may as well be such will be the loss to ordinary kiwis.
     
     

  24. Tracey 24

    we will not raise taxes
    we stop the brain drain
    we will close the wage gap with Australia

    Saying it’s not a ponzi scheme does not address that it requires those who do not buy shares (can’t afford them) to have taxpayer money diverted to reward those who can, in what we are told are fiscally difficult times and every dollar has to be treated as sacred… Cosgrove is a foll and he has given the diversion to the Nats but the diversion doesn’t render the original issue false.

  25. prism 25

    78 comments from all at 11 a.m. 27 of these from Gosman. Seems
    like a domination of the thread and I hope not a trend.

    • Tiger Mountain 25.1

      Gozzie may be all fired up after the tory conference on the weekend.

      All I can say is any personal acquaintance of mine that buys “asset steals” shares will be well and truly off the xmas card list (mostly a digital card these days). Random people that I discover have purchased will get an even harsher reaction.

      Buying ShonKey’s projected shares is tantamount to scabbing on our country and the taxpayers and intellectual and physical effort that went into the hydro schemes.

      • Gosman 25.1.1

        I’m sure National are reconsidering their plans now. Cutting off people from your Christmas card list – Oh the humanity!

      • Cnut 25.1.2

        Subject to seeing what the Prospectus says about water issues and more information about how the ‘bonus shares’ are to be funded I intend applying for at least $50,000 worth of Mighty River shares in the hope of getting a sizeable holding.

        No, I didn’t vote for National, or Act. I actually voted Green last time as I don’t consider Labour far enough to the left for me to support. John Key physically nauseates me and when I once bumped into John Banks at Wellington Airport before knowing who he was something about the man instantly repelled me at gut level. I think selling state assets is stupid and believe the county as a whole will come to regret it but as they are going to be sold whatever I think, I’ll probably buy as many shares as I can.

        Am I a ‘Mum-and-Dad’ investor? No, because 30 years ago I made the choice not to have children because I didn’t see then a world I wanted to bring children into, and think it a damn sight worse now. Because I didn’t have children but lived frugally working hard at a business I believed useful but which wore me out I was able to retire at 50 with reasonable savings and now live quietly with a fifteen-year-old car and no debts on around $20,000 p.a. gardening, walking on the beach, playing at writing a novel and watching the world go to hell in a hand-basket, hopefully from the rear stalls. I still hold all the shares I bought in Contact in 1999 and about 40% of my portfolio is in New Zealand equities, including some in Windflow the Christchurch wind-generator company that employed New Zealanders and might have made a difference on many levels with even a little Goverment support but which is now going under costing me my investment, those New Zealanders their jobs, Christchurch a little bit of its future and dreams of renewable energy another set-back

        So I don’t disagree with any of the comments on this site regarding the sale of Crown assets and it won’t bother me if I don’t get an Xmas card from Tiger Mountain, but when some of you guys set up your guillotine in the town square and drag to any everyone who doesn’t labour from 9-to-5 in the public good with a little woman and 2.4 children at home learning their catechism from the People’s Flag, I do hope you might take a moment to reflect that the world is not entirely red and blue.

        • Tiger Mountain 25.1.2.1

          Must you be so pathetic Gozzie and Cnut? the point is in my third sentence. Self absorbed aspirational “portfolio” holders are a classic example of the false consciousness which ponzi ops and the likes of ShonKey depend upon.

          It’s all about me! did I mention me?

          • UpandComer 25.1.2.1.1

            Hey Mr classic holier then thou, if you don’t agree with the concept of money, then why don’t you go and give all of yours away to the poor? plenty of people have done this over history.

            • fender 25.1.2.1.1.1

              Dont fret, theres plenty of taxpayer money going to the poor consultants and cronies like Goldman Sachs etc

            • Colonial Viper 25.1.2.1.1.2

              I agree with money, I just think the Government should issue it interest free and free of debt, and not the private banks.

  26. Te Reo Putake 26

    Great opinion piece in the Taranaki Daily News from local unionist Ross Henderson.
     
    “Let’s see this selloff for what it is – a huge transfer of the nation’s wealth from public ownership that benefits us all to the comparatively small number who can afford to buy shares”

    • Kevin 26.1

      That statement from Ross Henderson sums up the process for the sale of public utilities anywhere in the world,from public to private, from the majority to the minority.

  27. captain hook 27

    +1 tiger mountain.
    goozie doesn’t even know what century he is in!

    • Gosman 28.1

      Is this the protest where the protesters were outnumbered by the Police?

      • felix 28.1.1

        Is that the governing party who are so useless they can’t have a meeting in their own casino without an army of cops to make them feel safe?

        • Gosman 28.1.1.1

          Are you stating that members of the National party interfered with an operational decision by the Police about the numbers of officers assigned to maintain law and order around the coference venue?

          • felix 28.1.1.1.1

            Where did I say any such thing, Gosman? Lern to reed moar.

            • Gosman 28.1.1.1.1.1

              I didn’t state you did say it. I basically asked you if that was the implication one should take from your previous statement about the National party requiring an army of cops to make them feel safe.

              • felix

                Oh good, well as long as you’re not saying that, and you’re not saying anything else either, then… what the fuck are you doing here?

                • McFlock

                  he’s wanking. That ain’t twink on the screen he leaves when he makes a stupid comment.

                  • mac1

                    Thanks, Mc, from a cleaner who cleans twink off school desks (or believed so till now) and school computer screens. I did wonder about the Rm 7 chocolate yoghurt today though. :-)

              • mike e

                Of course Goose stepper bullying every body into submission like a good we troll.
                You would know all about crony ism given it was Goldman Sachs (your former employer)that defrauded Greece Germany the IMF just about all the major banks of Europe out of $100s of billions .
                Yes Keep blaming Greece when its been proven it was Goldman Sachs who corrupted Greek officials and defrauded the lenders

                • UpandComer

                  Greek banks didn’t buy any poisoned shares. You live in la la land. Greece is what it frikken is, a socialist heaven that ended how it must. They got billions of dollars from their neighbours in Germany and did a Labour par excellence and now they are stuffed. Greece stuffed itself with Goldman Sachs by engaging in one off swaps to hide the true extent of it’s soveriegn debt to meet Maastricht treaty obligations. That went bad. Basically they borrowed and gambled and lost. Sound familiar? If Greece, and other entities that did the same thing like harvard, hadn’t tried to hide or artificially decrease their debt so they could keep borrowing, they would be better off today. You live on a different planet.

                  • fender

                    Oh and they forgot to collect the tax that the rich refused to hand over.

                    Yes this Goldman Sachs sounds like a fine gang to get involved with.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Actually Greece is stuffed because it didn’t follow the example of Iceland. Kill the zombie banks, and tell the bondholders and shareholders to walk into the ocean.

                    To address your other points: reckless lenders who lent to Greece should take 100% losses.

                    Greece did hide its true financial position. With the help of Goldman Sachs, who profit enormously from Greek financial difficulties.

              • North

                Be honest fool GossamerMan……..you were darkly implying innuendo.

          • Murray Olsen 28.1.1.1.2

            I’ll infer it if it makes you happy. Or sad. I don’t really care about your feelings.

    • RobertM 28.2

      Capitalism has never existed in NZ. The country and Auckland are a regressing feudal estate. The real capitalist classes and business enterprises were destroyed betwee 1935-49. By 1949 hard core communsits were in charge of all the key educational colleges, university departments, trade and industry and foreign affairs. The sort of industrial control and ruthless employment relations that are standard in US industry and retail eg Walmart have never been seen in NZ and there industrial enterprise , productivity and decent wages are an impossibility outside the retail business.
      Anybody playing pokies is beyond help- there are many more respectable and intelligent forms of addiction. Even in pornography there are a large variety of bodies and the average film provides plently of excitement for every sexual orientation.Its quite democratic and beautiful. The point about Casino’s in NZ is that everbody other than the staff are ugly and stupid. When Douglas and his mates decended on the Chrsitchurch Casino to demonstrate the merits of Capitalism, I realised they hadn’t a clue. Capitalism is what happens in the now mindblowing clubs around Vegas and the brothels furthur out , the actual casinos themselves are only interesting for the associated floor shores and for those wanting to study particularly mind numbing forms of self destruction. Those playing those machines are way beyond saving. Getting drunk in a reasonably good bar almost guarantees someone interesting will turn up maybe of class, beauty and contacts- as long as you have 6 drinks in each bar along the way.
      What I find particularly mystfying is why Bright would actually want anyone in those in poor white suburbs like Ellerslie, Kinsgland, the state house zones west of the Grey Lynn supermarket or Avondale, ( I rarely drift furthur into the dangerous zone-inbreeding and obesity is too shocking) is why people like Bradford or Bright acutally believe anyone there would benefit from being forced to work for the minimum wage if your a long time kiwi , over 30. To me there would be no sense of gain for anyone to have any sort of life here at least they got a 1,000 a week or 2,000 if you had a family. The answer isn’t rail or jobs for those who have zero chance of social mobility. Its to give these women the chance of immediate abortion on demand up to 8 months.Intelligent TReaganism and crime control is what abortion on demand means.

      • Draco T Bastard 28.2.1

        Capitalism has never existed in NZ. The country and Auckland are a regressing feudal estate.

        That’s what capitalism is. So, yes, capitalism does exist in NZ and it’s getting worse.

      • Murray Olsen 28.2.2

        All I get from your rave, Robert, is that you watch a lot of porn and have trouble differentiating between fantasy and reality. In other words, just another NAct supporter.

  28. Dr Terry 29

    Well, what a fascinatingly boring spiel we have seen from Gosman in this column! As one might have expected, to date he has “had the last word”. He might yet succeed in convincing himself! He sure is making hard work of doing so. You know, I am beginning to pine for the return of poor old Pete George. That is how bad it gets!

    • felix 29.1

      Gos is a terrible bore alright. But you just can’t criticise John Key around here without drawing him out for some reason.

  29. captain hook 30

    Gossman is a neanderthal that has somehow learned to type words.
    He should be thanking the Labour Party for providing a decent education system even for lunkheads like him.

    • Carol 30.1

      I stopped reading the goose’s posts long ago – no value, better things to do with my time. Is he/she/it a person, a sp@mbot, or a person imitating an SB?

  30. Head Been 31

    Here’s my band’s commentary on this s**t.

    http://thebeens.bandcamp.com/

    • Te Reo Putake 31.1

      Nice work, that Been! Got a touch of Elvis Costello’s world weary bitterness about it (that’s a good thing!).

  31. bad12 32

    What Slippery the Prime Minister a LIAR, who would have thought that, it’s way deeper then just the odd LIE, from ”National will not be raising GST” prior to the 2008 election the Prime Minister has let loose a torrent of utter Bullshit on an on-going basis,

    The brainy people with the degrees in looking into other peoples head spaces call the behavior exhibited by our Slippery Prime Minister ‘compulsive lying’ in other words He don’t actually think up the lies most of the time, the processes going on in His head at any given time simply distort everything into a lie,

    Those that know these things are unsure if such ‘compulsive lying’ is ‘learned’ behavior’ or is a ‘skill’ those who possess such were born with,

    ‘Compulsive lying’ on the scale as used by Slippery tho is a defense reaction born deep in the ‘flight or flight’ primitive parts of all our brains, initially such lying is not easily detected in the individual until such time as repeated exposure exposes the pattern of lies,

    There’s more out-right Bullshit being promulgated by Slippery in today’s Granny-Herald piece on the cigarette advertising ban, and, every utterance from the Slippery one has become more a game of ‘spot the lie’ as opposed to reading a Prime Ministerial statement,

    The Standard could just about run a ‘Slippery’s Daily Lie’ post every day and catch the little shyster out on one or more of His public utterances, i believe the ‘flood’ of lies emanating from that one is in fact triggered by the ‘flight mechanism’, He knows He has lost the smile’n’wave advantage He had for His 1st term as Prime Minister and the real Him we are seeing now in the continous stream of Bullshit is as good as it’s going to get until He is given the kick…

  32. Karl Sinclair 33

    When one looks at the Mr Keys approach you’d think he’d been reading A Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn. This may explain why so many right wingers are scratching their heads saying, he must know what he’s doing? and still voting for him.

    Seem familiar anyone, check out the approach:

    ‘One can lie outright about the past. Or one can omit facts which might lead to unacceptable conclusions…………….

    But he does something else-he mentions the truth quickly and goes on to other things more important to him. Outright lying or quiet omission takes the risk of discovery which, when made, might arouse the reader to rebel against the writer. To state the facts, however, and then to bury them in a mass of other information is to say to the reader with a certain infectious calm: yes, worngs took place, but it’s not that important-it should weigh very little in our final judgments; it should affect very little what we do in the world.

    It is not that the historian can avoid emphasis of some facts and not of others. This is as natural to him as to the mapmaker, who, in order to produce a usable drawing for practical purposes, must first flatten and distort the shape of the earth, then choose out of the bewildering mass of geographic information those things needed for the purpose of this or that particular map.

    My argument cannot be against selection, simplification, emphasis, which are inevitable for both cartographers and historians. But the map-maker’s distortion is a technical necessity for a common purpose shared by all people who need maps. The historian’s distortion is more than technical, it is ideological; it is released into a world of contending interests, where any chosen emphasis supports (whether the historian means to or not) some kind of interest, whether economic or political or racial or national or sexual.

    Furthermore, this ideological interest is not openly expressed in the way a mapmaker’s technical interest is obvious (“This is a Mercator projection for long-range navigation-for short-range, you’d better use a different projection”). No, it is presented as if all readers of history had a common interest which historians serve to the best of their ability. This is not intentional deception; the historian has been trained in a society in which education and knowledge are put forward as technical problems of excellence and not as tools for contending social classes, races, nations.

    This is far more deadly…..

  33. Murray Olsen 34

    Neoliberalism is so bad that people like Gooseman aren’t even following a religion – they’re following a cult. I can only hope tht one day a responsible government will ban it, just as they have banned other antisocial behaviours.

    • mike e 34.1

      Bank of America in more scandal huge losses could go bankrupt.
      Merrill lynch scandals one very corrupt company
      Penn state football sex predator linked to 326 corporate employees associated with Merrill Lynch BofA racist sexist behaviour leading to huge fines.
      Have a look on GOOGLE.
      Merrill Lynch have a history of corruption going right back to the 1920’s
      How Shonkey is not associated with their litany of scandal

    • Colonial Viper 34.2

      Time to learn something: the weaponisation of economic theory

      I’ve posted this link before but its worth another go

      http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-07-20/weaponization-economic-theory

  34. Colonial Viper 35

    UAC: if you don’t learn how to work with others in a not-for-profit community context you’re going to be crushed in the coming long economic decline. Good luck.

    I suspect you are much younger than me, so you are going to see much worse of it than I am.

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    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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