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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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    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • 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
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
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