Key ties himself to Hide

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, September 23rd, 2010 - 35 comments
Categories: act, john key, national, rodney hide - Tags: ,

What is John Key thinking? Why would he tie himself so firmly to the mast of the sinking ship that is Rodney Hide and ACT? And tie himself he has:

Rt Hon JOHN KEY: Mr Hide has carried out his affairs in a personal and private capacity to a high ethical standard.

and…

I can say about Mr Hide that as a Minister he has conducted his affairs in his portfolio to a high standard, and that in all of my dealings with him as a Minister he has been honest and trustworthy with me.

Pinched from No Right Turn

So let’s see. Rodney Hide is the party leader who knowingly supported as one of his MPs David Garret, a man who stole the identity of a dead baby, hid behind name suppression, hid a former assault conviction, and who knows what else. Rodney Hide concealed these facts while ACT hypocritically fronted campaigns against name suppression and in favour of tough (3 Strikes) law and order policy — policy that Key’s government turned in to law.

What else has the honest, trustworthy and highly ethical minister Rodney Hide been up to? Well, famously, he earned himself the nickname of the perk-Luster when he ignored Key’s directive and spent tens of thousands of tax-payer dollars on jaunts with his girl friend to Disneyland and Hawaii. In that single spectacular flameout be burned whatever credibility he had after years of (obviously empty) opposition “perk busting” rhetoric, and initiated the bloody internal backstabbing battle that has turned ACT into electoral poison. Way to go Rodney.

For the sake of argument let’s put aside the usual political lies, the dangerous and bullying behaviour, downplaying sexual harassment, the attacks on the Bill of Rights Act, the stupid politics of the Auckland SuperCity, privatising water and the like. Politics as usual, sadly. What isn’t politics as usual was Hide’s most honest, trustworthy, and highly ethical (not!) fiasco, his corrupt abuse of office in selling himself, in his role as Minister for Local Government, to raise funds for his party (against the rules of cabinet and almost certainly illegal). And how honest, trustworthy and highly ethical was it of Hide to blackmail Key by threatening to resign as a minister if there are any Maori seats on the Auckland SuperCity council? Perhaps Key’s dog enjoys being wagged by Rodney’s tail? Speaking of which, John, was it honest, trustworthy, and highly ethical of Rodney to point out that you’re a do-nothing Prime Minister?

None of these ministerial misdemeanours should come as a surprise to anyone who has been watching ACT for a while. Don’t even get me started on Hide’s pre-ministerial “honest, trustworthy, and highly ethical” antics over the years. The dishonest electoral stunts, failure to disclose donations, the failures over the Huata affair, and more.

Nope, sorry. Key’s vastly overrated “political instincts” are so far out of whack here it is laughable. Far from being honest, trustworthy, and highly ethical, Rodney Hide is a nasty amoral little political opportunist with a raging sense of entitlement and his head stuck right up somewhere that the sun don’t shine. In tying himself so firmly to this ongoing shipwreck (is Garret’s tell all out yet?) Key has made a mistake that he will come to regret…

35 comments on “Key ties himself to Hide”

  1. Jim Nald 1

    Reject the Key-Hide double act
    Reject Key’s doublespeak
    Reject Key’s double meanings
    Reject Key’s double Dipton
    Reject the duplicity

    • Mr Magoo 1.1

      Here here! Never have their been a bigger bunch of hypocrites. And look where it got national supporting them!?

      The ACT party, not satisfied cannibalising itself, have started attacking national now who have done nothing but be overly supportive. (publicly anyway) That good old fossil rodger the dodger has come out swinging drunkenly at Key like only a has been can.

      If I did not know better I would say old rodders is feathering a national nest and the rest of the doomed party realise it?

      Maybe he will jump from the titanic to national at the next election if rolled? Could he ever give them up?

      Want more evidence? Look no further than this video. Damming to say the least!

  2. Joe Bloggs 2

    There’s no doubt that those who are Right will be hoping that Key’s support for Hide doesn’t end up in the same shambles as Labour created for itself in 2008.

    Remember when the last Labour government tied itself to Winston Peter’s apron strings despite Peters’ inappropriate handling of political donations and the other scandals that dogged him during 2008.

    Remember too the utterly gutless way that Labour refused to even acknowledge the 26 criminal convictions Philip Field racked up for bribery and corruption, let alone apologise to the public of New Zealand for sweeping his sins under the nearest carpet.

    Of course we need not mention Labour’s cynical exploitation of backdoor parliamentary and ministerial funding during the 2008 campaign.

    You’r damned righ that there’s concern about the possibility of Key repeating those nasty, amoral and corrupt precedents. God forbid we should see that quality of leadership from the Right.

    • comedy 2.1

      “You’re damned right that there’s concern about the possibility of Key repeating those nasty, amoral and corrupt precedents. God forbid we should see that quality of leadership from the Right.”

      Oh but will will – if you think the politicians sitting on one side of the house are any less duplicitous and self serving than those on the other you’re delusional.

      • Joe Bloggs 2.1.1

        my point exactly Comedy – I’m pleased that you agree.

        Why on earth some commentators think that the Left is pearly white, virginal or angelic compared with everyone else escapes me and the majority of electors – well it certainly did at the last elections.

        There’s no doubt that in any House of Representatives all types are represented. And regretably that means that from time to time we see the less savoury sides of our society reflected in our elected representatives on both sides of the house.

        Here’s hoping that John can continue to learn from Labour’s failures and step above the empty drum rhetoric, mud-slinging and muck-raking that has come to exemplify NZ politics during the last decade.

        • bbfloyd 2.1.1.1

          Joe, i’m amazed you can still hold out hope after all that has gone down in the last two years or so. those plinking noises you may be hearing everywhere you go are the pennies dropping.

    • gobsmacked 2.2

      “The Last Lot Dunnit!” – probably the most tedious raspberry in politics.

      One small difference you might want to ponder: Third term versus First term. It’s the second year, not the ninth. This is as good as it gets.

      Is Key so tired already? He’s looking like it. Maybe he should take up cross-country ski-ing.

      It’s a tough job, only leaders should apply.

      • exbrethren 2.2.1

        Also Key doesn’t need the ACT numbers to retain the balance of power, he could ditch them but then I guess he’d have to start giving something to the MP.

        I seem to remember old shonkey bleating on and on about the moral problem of retaining Peters and how he would never do such a thing. See Mr Bloggs its not so much as claiming the left has some great moral status rather than damning the hypocrisy of Key.

        Also just to note that the left has Field’s crimes vs the rights Peters lies, Hides rorting, Garretts passport theft +++ and Capills paedophilia.

        • comedy 2.2.1.1

          Ya know that this right left dichotmoy is all BS dont ya ”

          The more extreme you get in one direction all the other you end up back to back with the extreme fucker from the other side.

          Nothing will change in NZ politics until this fake right/left your team/my team bullshit is dispensed with once and for all.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.3

      Labours handling of Winston Peters was abysmal. I’ not sure what they could have done better though – NACTs attack dogs got the bit between their teeth and ran calling for extra-judicial and unethical censorship. They also made more out of it than it was. It was, after all, a completely legal and moral donation.

      You mean the 26 convictions he got after being tossed out of the Labour party.

      I take it that you’re talking about the card thing which was funded in similar ways to which every party had used parliamentary funds for the previous 10+ years. Nice of the AG to finally get around to determining that such use was illegal. Strange that the new AG had a different interpretation of the law than previous AGs though…

      You’r damned righ that there’s concern about the possibility of Key repeating those nasty, amoral and corrupt precedents.

      But fully expected by those of us that know that National and Act are psychopaths and it is, of course, exactly what we’re seeing. Corruption.

    • Rubberlegs 2.4

      thats the difference between them Joe, THE RIGHT KNOW HOW TO HIDE IT [unnecessary — r0b], but alas it all comes out at the funeral.

  3. Graeme 3

    If hide is what the right needs to govern, i am going to australia. i wanted better from Key.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Key has made a mistake that he will come to regret…

    And which I hope opens the eyes of NZ to just how corrupt the National Party is.

  5. tc 5

    All this rhetoric about left V right is all well and good but the elctorate was promised by Sideshow in 2008 a higher standard of gov’t, open and transparent process along with other classics like repealing the EFA, S59, catching up with Oz etc etc.

    Face the facts that whatever the prior standards were the NACT have lowered the bar quite some distance and clueless and crew haven’t the bollocks nor vision/ability to create that brighter future they banged on about. Style up 2 sets and a match point, substance love.

  6. freedom 6

    From the lips of Garrett himself
    “But it was literally half my life ago. How can I learn a lesson from what I did 26 years ago?”

    with thinking like that from people who are meant to be ‘leaders of our nation’
    it is no wonder this country is lost

    • ron 6.1

      The thing is it wasn’t. He got arrested in 2005? Hadn’t fessed. hadn’t done his time.

    • Maynard J 6.2

      The lesson he might want to learn is about trying to lie by concealement while running for elected office.

      There’s also a lesson from people sick of laws such as his three stikes and his fear mongering Hysterical Sentencing Trust – we what you stand for and will happily see you off, you make NZ a more dangerous and fearful place.

      His pathetic ‘feel sorry for me’ lines you quote are a joke – the man can’t even see his hypocricy and realise what the real issue is.

      • felix 6.2.1

        Yeah that’s what stands out to me about this whole affair. Garrett and Hide – especially Hide – don’t seem to have any sense that they’ve done anything wrong. They’re not pretending, they really don’t understand it. (They were just acting in their own rational self-interest, surely. How could that be wrong?)

        Key doesn’t give a shit either but he has enough sense to realise that regular people do, so he’s able to play along to a degree, feigning a bit of empathy at (what he guesses are) the right moments.

        But those ACToids, they’re genuinely bewildered at all the fuss.

        • Pascal's bookie 6.2.1.1

          Yeah. They’ve done a good job of keeping the hypocrisy angle a bit shallow. What hits me is how their reaction detroys their rhetoric.

          We’ve got a party that’s been banging on about:
          how judges are too soft,
          crims get it easy and will respond rationally to deterrents
          and victims shouldn’t have their emotions played with by things like parole hearings,

          meanwhile bloody spokesman saying this:
          was protected by judicial discretion,
          got off,
          claims he was a young and foolish fully grown man who didn’t think about the consequences of his action
          and has victims that watch him blabbing on the teevee but can’t say anything because he’s got a suppression order.

          Hide reckons he didn’t know all the details, but if he believed his policy, he would have made it his priority to know, but he didn’t, so he doesn’t. The nasty little shit.

          • Mac1 6.2.1.1.1

            It’s a very interesting point you raise, PB. You state the hypocrisy well.

            So, why is this? Are they so thick they can’t see the gap between rhetoric and action? Don’t think so. If anything, this NACT govt is gifted with University trained people, (save the Minister of Education and former Minister of Tertiary Education).

            So they don’t see the gap because they have an ethical or empathetic vacuum which doesn’t allow critical thinking? This would be the psychopath angle that Draco T Bastard follows.

            Or they see the gap but don’t care as they are above such concerns which don’t apply to them. The uber-mensch, elitist approach.

            Or they see the gap and ignore it since they are criminals who lie and cheat and steal. What have I missed?

            This is important to spot what the failure is. Members of all parties who are well-motivated need to be able to spot these types before they get to be MPs or in positions of power and have processes which can weed them out.

            From my observations over forty years of interest in politics and membership within one party, the people to watch for are often new-comers who are usually single issue focussed and who get ‘spotted’ by others of influence as filling a niche or ticking the boxes for a particular targeted social grouping. They get selected without proper observation and targeted scrutiny.

            Minor parties who don’t have the time in years to do the observation/weeding or a broad enough membership base are particularly vulnerable to poor candidate selection.

            It’s both a strength and a weakness of MMP that the process which allows for minority representation can throw up real lulus who sneak in on the Party List. In Hide’s case, the decision makers in National supported Hide for political advantage in Epsom. Epsomites trusted that process and got Hide and his rag tag bag of thick, single issue, new-comer, psychopathic, criminal, lying List members.

            Now, to conclude, which of those descriptors apply to Hide and Act MPs? Which can we identify and guard against amongst our own?

            AS word ‘seems’.

  7. Why would he tie himself so firmly to the mast of the sinking ship that is Rodney Hide and ACT?

    ‘cos like the great captain he is, he’s chosen to go down with the ship…

    • bbfloyd 7.1

      no… key will go up…..to hawaii, or new york(ambassador). london, or wherever he feels like spending his his time. what happens here after he’s shipped out will not trouble him for a nanosecond.

  8. freedom 8

    c’mon pollywog, he will have his private helicopter pick him up off the poopdeck well before his little footsies get wet

  9. STGM 9

    Garret is said to resign by sending a letter to the speaker. I am not familiar with parliamentary delivery schedules but in the age of electrons he might be able to legally do it by email.

    Hecould be sitting back, taking advice and watching the reactions of various parties.

    If he does resign, it could be at the last few moments while parliament is in session.

    Watch the headlines.

    • bbfloyd 9.1

      STGM…midnight tonight. just read it in the herald…

    • felix 9.2

      Lockwood doesn’t know that documents can be stored on DVDs so I wouldn’t bet on him knowing that people can send mail to his porn machine.

      • Pascal's bookie 9.2.1

        Tune.

        • felix 9.2.1.1

          Haha, I always felt a bit sorry for that guy. The “stuff filling up the tubes” bit was actually a pretty good metaphor.

          If he’d stopped talking right there, no-one would’ve found out that he had no idea what he was doing.

  10. felix 10

    I wonder what would actually happen if a politician – any politician – ever said something like “It seems I was wrong, my bad. Don’t worry I’m on it now”.

    • Maynard J 10.2

      The funny thing is, reporters are so used to editorialising, that if Hide had said:

      “I shouldn’t have supported Garrett and allowed him into ACT, that was a mistake and I was wrong. What do you think I should do about it?”

      the reporter would probably think it’s their job to actually answer the question. They’d then flap and flounder about for a while, and then when someone like Goff said that he should be rolled, Hide could reply with the classic “well he would say that” and then probably get off scott free after that.

      Scot free – one t or two?

  11. Mac1 11

    Comedy, the Universe would be formed? A bit behind the times, mate. 😉 Unless of course you’re saying God is a politician…..

    I wonder into what black hole politicians who have resigned in disgrace disappear?

  12. Pascal's bookie 12

    Anyone seen these 2 1/2 pages of dirt on Rodney that TV3 are waving around?

    And the QOTD from the newest member of the flock, who is totally supportive and not at all in the Roy Douglas camp so stop saying that.

    She feared ACT’s message of less government, more personal choice and better use of taxpayer funds had been lost.

  13. sukie Damson 13

    Rob, great post. Rack up those links, or should I say series of tubes

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    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
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  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
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  • The coming resource war.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
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  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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  • A ditch for him to die in
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
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  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago

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