Competent government’s a bit like oil in your car’s engine. It’s easy to take it for granted – until it’s not there.
Look at the mess this bunch have made of a simple broadcasting rights deal.
We’re going to have the six major games live on four channels, three of them free-to-air. Isn’t that just a little nuts? And what’s all this going to cost?
According to Colin Espiner, the original TVNZ/Tv3/Sky bid was $3 million. With the money Sharples nicked from TPK, Maori TV bid $5 million. If the IRB rejected the $3 million bid, and $5 million was what Maori TV thought it had to pay to get rights for broadcast on one channel, what are we, the taxpayers, going to end up paying the IRB to put it on three channels at once? You don’t think they’ll just give away the additional rights do you?
Honestly, the Nats couldn’t have made a bigger cock up of this if they tried.
It’s not Sharples fault. He’s just the scapegoat. It’s the useless Nats. Te Heuheu had delegated responsibility but didn’t think to follow up about it with other ministers. Coleman and Key learned about the offer over a month ago and let it go ahead while English and McCully tried to scuttle it. Key suddenly back-flipped when he feared losing the racists. Then he back-flipped again to avoid the Maori Party walking away from the coalition. That Key dude should be an Olympic diver, he’s so quick with the back flips.
Now we’re left with this silly deal that’s going to cost the taxpayer a packet.
It would just be nice if the Tories could just get their act together enough to govern without tying themselves in knots. Is that so much to ask?