National: is there anything they won’t privatise?

Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, March 4th, 2008 - 15 comments
Categories: national, privatisation, same old national, sport - Tags: , , ,

Burqa Bob wants to buy heartland rugby.

In other news, Bill English plans to sell our sunshine hours to a Finnish consortium and Key has mooted flogging off our children’s laughter to the highest bidder.

[Update: Kiwiblogblog doesn’t think it’s so funny]

15 comments on “National: is there anything they won’t privatise?”

  1. Another view of that would be that the BOP RU are broke and are desperate to survive. Enter Bob Clarkson who has already sunk an enormous amount of his personal wealth into sport in the BOP and was probably called by the journo for an opinion asked whether he would help.
    Disclosure…. I still think Clarkson is an unfortunate twat, but he is forgiven for that fact because he smited bauble boy in 2005 🙂

  2. Steve Pierson 2

    If by sinking his personal wealth into sport in the BOP you mean making a mint on the Tauranga stadium.

  3. rjs131 3

    Good to see that you have an good understanding of the issues Steve. Can you name a successful sporting franchise that is not privately owned???

    Provincial unions are broke in nz, in part by having to fund club rugby rugby. There is a lot of merit for having private backers support. For the sake of completeness will you be linking to the stories about unions such as northland, southland, BOP being in doubt to being able to afford to play in these competitions. Are you going to inform about the previous ppor financial history of the BOP union?

    I wonder what role, if any, the BOP rugby union will have in the decision.last time i checked, a government doesnt have any powers over a provincial union….

    Good on Bob for fronting up with his own cash. Its his money let him do what he wants with it

  4. Steve Pierson 4

    rjs131. Who is going to be paying the extra money in tickets to make Bob and his mates a profit on their private rugby clubs? Who is going to put money into club rugby, and build up the next generation of all blacks, if the unions don’t?

  5. Steve, nobody is watching the rugby. That is the whole problem.
    I thought you guys were into PPP’s now?
    And in actual fact you ask; Who is going to put money into club Rugby?
    It is the NZFRU at the moment, and with the stunningly poor performance of the All Blacks at the last RWC coupled with the disastrous drop in attendances and TV viewership you are going to see many unions fold.
    Then your next generation of All Blacks will come from where?

    Now I should state that I am personally against 100 years of tradition being lost. The unions are in trouble because of the numptys who run rugby and I don’t want to see privatisation of our natioanl game as the answer.
    BUT YOUR MAGICAL DOG WHISTLE WAS JUST TOO POWERFUL TO IGNORE. Must resist, must resist… Happy place…

  6. Bill – are you on the sauce again?

    Cap: “bald Auspiciously” – I swear this thing is watching me…

  7. Nope, have not imbibed since saturday night. Me bald too by the way. but in a stylish manly way of course.

  8. Ahhh, the personal attacks on National MP’s have begun I see. Well I guess when Labour are currently about as popular as pee in a swimming pool, personal attacks are all that’s left.
    As for Helen’s use of regulations in regard to Auckland Airport- all she has done so far is erode the airports value. I believe it finished down 24c at market close.
    Govt’s should not be playing around in the share market like this and should try to avoid using orders in council like Muldoon did in his final years by ruling by regulation and ignoring parliament.

  9. Tane 9

    Ahhh, the personal attacks on National MP’s have begun I see.

    It’s funny how National and its supporters take every criticism as a personal attack, like the time Key copped flack after getting caught lying about his stance on Iraq.

  10. Me bald too by the way. but in a stylish manly way of course.

    there’s some other way?

  11. touche…………:)

  12. “The millionaire-businessman confirmed to the Bay of Plenty Times newspaper that he was ready to inject money into the concept, which involves several other Tauranga corporate figures.”

    Does this involve public money? No. Will it involve Bobs personal finances? Yes. Is criticism of him over his private business a personal attack?
    Yes.
    But go ahead anyway, although its irrelevant, its very enterTANEing:>

  13. MikeE 13

    Ok, so you don’t want rugby in private ownership (i.e. that of the clubs and members of the teams and who they choose to sell to)… so the only other option is state ownership.

    Are you suggesting the nationalisation of Rugby. Why should the state own provincial rugby?

    If a bunch of players want to play as part of a team with corporate ownership and recieve money for doing so, why they heck shouldn’t they be allowed to do so?

    Why on earth should some poor person, on minimum wage, be forced to support a sport that they might not have any interest in via their tax money. Because thats what you are suggesting if you disagree with private ownership of rugby teams.

  14. Steve Pierson 14

    MikeE. The other option is for the unions to remain as they are now. No-one’s talking about State ownership, don’t be silly.

  15. insider 15

    IF they are not owned by the State, how can they be privatised? They are private already.

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