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A few questions

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, August 28th, 2010 - 40 comments
Categories: drugs, health - Tags: ,

Just had a listen to Key’s post-cab press conference. I’m no big city journo but seeing the weak, misdirected reforms on drinking I would have asked:

  1. Did the PM declare his conflict of interest when the alcohol reforms were debated at Cabinet?
  2. Aren’t these exactly the reforms you would expect from a guy who owns a high end winery? No extra excise. No controls on advertising. Demonise the kids.
  3. Has National or any of its MPs recieved donations from alcohol sellers? Like Tony Astle, for example?

‘Course if you asked that, you might lose access and Kevin Taylor’s next story would go to someone else.

Guess that’s why I’m not a big city journo.

40 comments on “A few questions ”

  1. Comedy 1

    [lprent: From the policy on banning

    Abusing the sysop or post writers on their own site. This is viewed as self-evident stupidity, and should be added as a category to the Darwin Awards.

    Take a two week ban for being an idiot. ]

  2. National’s ambivelent attitude to the liquor question is summed up by their contradictory actions – they demonise tobacco industry executives & give knighthoods to liquor industry executives like Doug Myers

    • Alwyn 2.1

      Douglas Myers sold out of the liquor industry in 1998, that’s 12 years ago. It seems a little extreme to still describe him as a “liquor industry executive”.
      I don’t see why he should have received a knighthood and I certainly didn’t approve of the way he did carry out his selling of his shares but at least I would have to say that he did a great deal more for New Zealand than someone like Michael Fay did – sorry “Sir” Michael Fay

      • What the hell did Myers ever do for NZ? He got his knighthood because he’s donated considerable sums to the National Party.
        He’s retired to a swanky part of London, financed by the millions he made through peddling booze & completly uncaring as to the social & economic devastation he & other brewers have created.
        Not content with that, he was the first chairman of the Business Roundtable, an organisation dedicated to creating in NZ, as much inequlity as possible.

  3. Mark 3

    Yeah true the reforms could have been more far-reaching, I mean look at the reforms Labour did whe in power for 9 years *cough*

  4. Fisiani 4

    Still trying desperately to smear John Key eh guys! Key is widely respected for his honesty and integrity. Words that apparently do not exist in the stranded vocabulary.

    • lprent 4.1

      Respected by whom? You? But you’re a fool – IMO.

      What has been interesting over the last year is how skeptical the media commentators have been getting despite their obvious wish to believe. I suspect we’re looking at an emperors new clothes effect. As adult as the commentators have been, I suspect they’re listening to those who live without the preconceptions of their own expectations.

      Of course you have too much faith (or too much invested) to be a skeptic

    • marsman 4.2

      What honesty?

    • marsman 4.3

      What integrity?

    • Ron 4.4

      ah, no. Key is widely reviled for his slimy dishonesty. You must be thinking of a different fella

    • Draco T Bastard 4.5

      So how many rail shares was that? 50,000 or ah, er,mmmm, oh, 100,000, yeah, 100,000.

      Jonkey is an outright liar and he’s been lying to NZ ever since he entered politics.

    • Vicky32 4.6

      “Key is widely respected for his honesty and integrity.”
      Er, Fisinani, in which universe is that true? 😀
      Deb

  5. Shona 5

    Oh yeah Fisani? Evidence please. I expect at least 20 examples. Key is our Prime Minister after all.Those who lead nations should have a wealth of broad experience .Key has a narrow life experience and a seriously limited skill set. Not holding my breath.

    • Fisiani 5.1

      How about 20 months of keeping his promises and telling the truth.

      For example
      National wants to help businesses succeed. We were elected to put New Zealand on a path to higher economic growth, and that is what we are doing. We have a comprehensive economic plan with six drivers, and we have been very busy rolling out the policies in this plan.

      Our six drivers of economic growth are:

      * A growth enhancing tax system
      * Better, smarter public services
      * Lifting education and skills
      * Boosting productive infrastructure
      * Better business innovation and an ambitious trade agenda
      * Cutting red tape and regulations

      All absolutely true and on track. That’s why the Left are simply grinding teeth and making up this do nothing/do everything/ do all evil bogeyman. It does not wash with reality.

      Now for goodness sake stop simply repeating comments taken out of context as proof of lies. Stop pointing to redirection of funds from the ineffective to the frontline as proof. Stop the usual mushroom food. I wont hold my breath either.

      • Daveosaurus 5.1.1

        So which promises did he keep, then?
        “North of $50” tax cuts?
        Not to raise GST?
        To close the income gap with Australia?

      • Armchair Critic 5.1.2

        I wish they’d increase health funding so you could get some better meds; the ones they have you on are making you hallucinate.

      • felix 5.1.3

        Hey Fizzy you fucking moron, when someone asks for evidence to back up your claims and all you do is restate them…

        …you lose.

        • Fisiani 5.1.3.1

          Daveosorus There have or or are about to have been tax cuts of $50 for many taxpayers FACT
          Never any claim to not raise GST under any circumstances. FACT You cannot be serious. I warned you to not repeat comments out of context. Can you not read. Only ever a promise to not raise GST to fund a deficit. Promise kept. Get with the play.
          After tax income gap is closing and will be even closer after 1st Oct. FACT
          AC they have increased health funding FACT by I think $1,100,000
          Felix Mind your language. The evidence of his truth is the absence of any lies.
          The six drivers of growth are saving NZ from the scorched earth policies of the 9 wasted years.

          • Draco T Bastard 5.1.3.1.1

            The GST promise by Jonkey.

            Nothing there about not raising GST to fund a deficit so that would make the promise broken and you a proven liar.

            • Fisiani 5.1.3.1.1.1

              If you are choosing to post that link then you ought to LISTEN to it. Here’s a tip. Listen to the Question he answers. Let me help you. It’s the female voice at the very start. You are deliberately quoting out of context. I warned you not to but you just ignored.

              • Armchair Critic

                Let’s be clear, Fisi, the female voice at the start of the video mentioned the idea of funding for deficits, not John Key.
                John Key said “National is not going to be raising GST. National wants to cut taxes, not raise taxes….
                It’s heading for pretty dodgy ground to start including examples and preamble from questions to the PM in what the PM actually said.
                Funny thing is that even if one speculates that Mr Key might have intended to say “National is not going to be raising GST to fund the deficit.” (though let’s be clear, he didn’t say this; he was unequivocal about not raising GST), it’s all a bit of a sham anyway. According to you (here and here), we are running a deficit. And National have not taken any steps to prevent GST from being used to fund the deficit. They could have set it aside so they could demonstrate that they are fulfulling the promise you assume they made. As opposed to putting it into the consolidated fund. But they haven’t done so. In short – GST will be used to fund the deficit.
                The hypothetical promise to not raise GST is semantics, in any case. Do you recall when Australia started selling uranium to China? There was a big fuss about the Australian uranium being used in weapons, so it was made clear that the Australian uranium was for civilian use only and would not be used for weapons. Kind of like a fabled promise to not use GST to fund a deficit. Anyone with a modicum of sense had worked out that the uranium the Chinese sourced from outside Australia for civil use would be diverted to weapons manufacture, i.e. a substitution would be made. Just like anyone with a modicum of sense understands that GST is being used and will continue to be used to fund the deficit (which, btw, is not $250m/wk).
                I’m picking that it’s time for a back-down from you, either on the “borrowing $250m/wk” theory, or the “Mr Key didn’t say that” theory, or preferably both, because both are demonstrably untrue.

              • felix

                Further to what Armchair Critic so eloquently said:

                Fizzy, never mind the start of the video, have you watched it right to the end?

                John Key:

                … He’s talking about having to raise GST and the top personal rat tax rate maybe in five years time; and what I’m saying is if we do a half decent job as a guvment at growing our economy, um I’m confident that won’t be happening and it’s not on our agenda.

                Didn’t think so.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.4

        “A growth enhancing tax system” – giving all the wealth to the rich
        “Better, smarter public services” – by cutting them back so that they don’t work
        “Lifting education and skills” – again, cutting them back so that they don’t work and ensuring this by enforcing National Standards that have been proved around the world to damage education. Of course, they did give another few million dollars to private schools so another give-away of taxpayer money to their rich mates.
        “Boosting productive infrastructure” – by putting in more roads with a cost/benefit ratio of less than 1. Another words, losing money.
        “Better business innovation and an ambitious trade agenda” – They supported Labours FTA with China and have been kissing Americas arse in Afghanistan.
        “Cutting red tape and regulations” – Taking away workers rights so that employers can force wages down just Jonkey said he wanted.

        I know you don’t believe the spin you write as you know it’s outright lies designed to soften up the public for more wealth transfer from the poor to the rich.

        • Armchair Critic 5.1.4.1

          … designed to soften up the public for more wealth transfer from the poor to the rich.
          See, there’s the ambitious trade agenda, right there

  6. Fisiani 6

    “A growth enhancing tax system” – giving all the wealth to the rich
    Hint Try actually reading the Budget then you will know your comment is untrue.

    “Better, smarter public services” – by cutting them back so that they don’t work
    Hint Emergency dept throughput highest ever. Capping the bloated bureaucrats budget

    “Lifting education and skills” – again, cutting them back so that they don’t work and ensuring this by enforcing National Standards that have been proved around the world to damage education. Of course, they did give another few million dollars to private schools so another give-away of taxpayer money to their rich mates.

    Hint Higher number of tertiary students and weeding out those choosing to not work to their potential. NZ style National standards (not used overseas duh) will finally start giving parents information about their childrens progress and give parents useful tips as to how to help. 9 years of shameful class envy stripping subsidised funding from private schools have finally been stopped.

    “Boosting productive infrastructure” – by putting in more roads with a cost/benefit ratio of less than 1. Another words, losing money.

    You are obviously not a motorist or an economist.

    “Better business innovation and an ambitious trade agenda” – They supported Labours FTA with China and have been kissing Americas arse in Afghanistan.

    Tim Groser is working his butt off to bring huge benefits even to you.Oh ye of little faith.

    “Cutting red tape and regulations” – Taking away workers rights so that employers can force wages down just Jonkey said he wanted.

    90 days trial to prove yourself. Already effective and working well with not a single legitimate complaint. Great for boosting employment particularly with disadvantaged work seekers.
    Then a downright and completely discredited line. 3 lies in one line. Wow! You link to a Standard posting for goodness sake. It highlights the hilarious canard. Shock horror. The Devil incarnate. Keep your babies safe. Try reading the next paragraph from this bullshit article. I take it you believe everything that you read in newspapers.

    • Vicky32 6.1

      “90 days trial to prove yourself. Already effective and working well with not a single legitimate complaint. Great for boosting employment particularly with disadvantaged work seekers.

      What a stubborn wee man you are Fisiani! 😀
      Simply by defining all complaints as “not legitimate” you get to continue to believe in your Beloved Leader… Tee hee… I believe you’re a student – wait until you graduate and get out into the real world – man, do you have shocks coming!
      Deb

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      Already effective and working well with not a single legitimate complaint.

      Sacked worker wins first 90-day law case
      Lying again there I see Fisiani.

      • Fisiani 6.2.1

        Mistaken headline. Useless media. The case was not in fact about the 90 day rule. Completely different legislation. Had it been the 90 day right to prove yourself there would have been no enquiry. Another own goal there DTB

        • Vicky32 6.2.1.1

          “Had it been the 90 day right to prove yourself there would have been no enquiry.”
          Notice you’ve given the law a new name, Fisiani! 😀
          Deb

        • marsman 6.2.1.2

          “90 day ‘right’ to prove yourself there would have been no enquiry”
          What a fucking joke. How totalitarian. Rodney Hide in jackboots.

          PS John Key is called Pinocchio because he’s a lying puppet.

        • Puddleglum 6.2.1.3

          Yep, Fisiani, the employer was probably anticipating that other beacon of red tape and regulation cutting – you know, the ‘unlike everyone else, an employer doesn’t have to follow the law too closely’ provision?

        • Sylvia 6.2.1.4

          No Fisiani, not a mistaken headline. The case does exactly relate to the 90 day trial period provision and the employer was shown to have acted in bad faith, by not telling the poor employee why she was being sacked. The court found that the 90 day trial period didn’t apply because the employee had been an employee,(for one day) before the agreement containing the trial period agreement came into force but it also said that even if the trial period had applied the employer was still bound by duties of good faith within that trial period which it clearly failed to honour.

        • Sylvia 6.2.1.5

          No Fisiani, not a mistaken headline and no own goal, except for yours. The case does exactly relate to the 90 day trial period provision and the employer was shown to have acted in bad faith, by not telling the poor employee why she was being sacked. The court found that the 90 day trial period didn’t apply because the employee had been an employee,(for one day) before the agreement containing the trial period agreement came into force but it also said that even if the trial period had applied the employer was still bound by duties of good faith within that trial period, which it clearly failed to honour.

          • luva 6.2.1.5.1

            So the law protected the employee and not the employer in this case?

            How does that make this an example of the law change favouring employers. It quite evidently didn’t.

            • Loota 6.2.1.5.1.1

              Did you not bother to read? In this case, the employer sucked, full stop, and the court said so.

              And the 90 day law still works to remove workers’ protections against these kinds of employers, albeit ones who might be able to act a bit more competently.

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