Rolling maul of disasters

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, November 26th, 2009 - 28 comments
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In case you’re just waking up to it, this government is a disaster zone.

If it’s not one or the other of the support parties falling apart, it’s a corrupt minister. If it’s not either of those, it’s a minister behaving bizarrely or a shambolic attempt to pass an awful law over the head of near universal opposition.

Today, we learn that another Tory MP’s at the trough.

Meanwhile, unemployment up, wages down.

Where’s the leadership? Acting Prime Minister is Brownlee. Brownlee! English is reportedly lost somewhere in the vicinity of Dipton looking for his constituency. That other dude (what’s his name… you know, old Grinny Do-nothing?) is off on another holiday.

There’s no-one steering the ship and the crew are a bunching of thieving morons.

Ideologically Impure sums it all up perfectly:

No no no no no, Minister
Ministers reading picture books to schoolteachers.

Ministers blaming horrific youth unemployment on ‘some of them are only looking for paper runs‘.

Ministers deciding that league tables may be useless for schools but are perfect for hospitals.

If someone wants to wake me when we get to 2011, I’ll be inside a big bottle of gin.

Just two more years. Just two more years.

28 comments on “Rolling maul of disasters”

  1. gingercrush 1

    Two more years till what? Magic happens?

    • Bright Red 1.1

      It’ll feel like magic

    • IrishBill 1.2

      Meh, I’ve previously assumed 2014 would be the big one but the way the current government are behaving it’s starting to look like Labour might be in the game for 2011.

      In all of my years I have never seen a first-term government run so poorly. It’s going about things in a way reminiscent of the final meltdowns of the 4th Labour govt and the last tory one.

      But they both crashed under intense pressure, this lot haven’t even had a sniff of real pressure yet. I’ll be very interested to see what their election campaign looks like.

      • gingercrush 1.2.1

        You were also saying how useless National was before the 2008 election. So excuse me if I don’t have much faith in what you have to say.

        Anyway with Goff today having some speech that seems reminiscent of Brash things should get interesting and I do think Goff has lifted his game as of late.

        As for this actual post. Oh dear another National MP at the trough. He is but then so are the Greens, several Labour MPs and many National MPs. Unemployment is up but the predictions are much better than was predicted and wages whilst not good aren’t terrible.

        John Key isn’t on holiday he’s well being a leader. Low behold this is the exact same thing Helen Clark did. Our leaders should attend such meetings. If they were not attending such meetings they really would be on holiday.

        As for this line, “shambolic attempt to pass an awful law over the head of near universal opposition.” What laws are you talking about?

        • Daveski 1.2.1.1

          Good point.

          Let’s not forget that the economic environment was the worst in history since the 1930’s and Zet’s somehow trying to blame National for unemployment and wages. Hardly credible is it?

          Let’s not forget that Cullen saw the writing on the wall and deliberately did what he could to spend what he could to snooker the incoming govt.

          Let’s not forget that they’ve all got their noses in the trough. Including the Greens and Labour.

          Finally, I agree that many in National have underwhelmed. Kind of puts Labour’s performance in the polls in context doesn’t it?

        • Stacktwo 1.2.1.2

          You were also saying how useless National was before the 2008 election. So excuse me if I don’t have much faith in what you have to say.

          Ginger, the 2008 election proved nothing except the fickleness and poor political literacy of too many New Zealanders. And having won the day, in came Nact and immediately set about proving how exactly precise Zetetic’s assessment of their capabilities was.

          • RascallyRabbit 1.2.1.2.1

            I like to think of myself as left-leaning but saying that the left lost the election because people didn’t understand the argument says more about why the election was lost than any other argument can…

            Don’t be such a patronising f*ckwit….

            • felix 1.2.1.2.1.1

              Do go on…

              • rainman

                I think he’s saying the left should have lied to the electorate like the right did, if they were to stand any chance of success.

                Reply to Felix’s comment @174612 – indenting seems to be broken.

                [lprent: Indenting stops at about level 5. After that it is too deep to be usable. Time to start a new thread. ]

          • gingercrush 1.2.1.2.2

            Well I would think 2008 finally woke New Zealanders up to the fact that a National government would do a far better job of governing than a Labour government. As for the claims of political illiteracy. Are you trying to say that the provinces of New Zealand are politically illiterate?

            • vto 1.2.1.2.2.1

              I think so gc. Kind of reflects on their own lack of political literacy.

            • Zaphod Beeblebrox 1.2.1.2.2.2

              So what’s the verdict- who would you prefer Cullen or English? Personally, its six of one half dozen the other though Cullen does seem to have had the bigger picture in mind Kiwisaver, Super fund etc though wff was a bit of cop out I thought.

            • Pascal's bookie 1.2.1.2.2.3

              finally woke New Zealanders up to the fact

              Who’s saying NZers are stupid and politically illiterate? Thought you didnae like that kind of talk.

            • vto 1.2.1.2.2.4

              Yes. If anyone needs any political literacy lessons just let me know, I’m pretty clued up on tings.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.2.2

        In all of my years I have never seen a first-term government run so poorly. It’s going about things in a way reminiscent of the final meltdowns of the 4th Labour govt and the last tory one.

        National under Muldoon – they would have been gone in 1978 if FPP hadn’t been so biased in favour of National.

    • QoT 1.3

      You know, gc, in all honesty it’s less that I assume the left will win 2011 … it’ll be more about remembering what hope felt like.

  2. outofbed 2

    I’ll be very interested to see what their election campaign looks like.

    I would say that it would be based on nothing more then a few key words that resonate with focus groups , Bit like the last one really

  3. Bill Robinson 3

    Just two more years until we can elect them in again Yeh!

    • Bright Red 3.1

      which is your favourite, Bill?

      Grumpy, sleepy, stealy, lie-y, crushy, lazy, secretivey, or Doc?

      captcha – ‘crisis’

  4. RascallyRabbit 4

    Isn”t ‘grinny’ going the long-way-round to CHOGM at the moment?!

  5. Jim McDonald 5

    I’ve just read about questions over the National member, who is Deputy Speaker, and his arrangement of expenses… I hope things are not building up to be a rolling maul of rorts ??

  6. Herodotus 6

    We also need for a change Labour to signal WHAT they stand for from what I have heard What Labour is, is still awaiting to be defined

  7. George D 7

    …and oppositions whipping up racism.

    Where’s that bottle of gin…?

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