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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:44 am 
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Winston is a politican.

Did you vote for one of the coalition parties ? if so hes your politician


No, he is our politician.


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Winston is a politican.

Did you vote for one of the coalition parties ? if so hes your politician


No, he is our politician.


I will acknowledge Jacinda as my prime minister as she won a majority fair and square but I'd never refer to Winston as my politician. I've never rated him. Even when he was an up and coming young Nationsl MP I could see right through his bluff and bluster. But here he is more than 30 years later still going strong. So fair play to him. A masterful politician. :thumbup:


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I’d never vote for him either, but he plays the game like no other. I remember him saying dirty politics was a mess and they should have drip fed the information, constantly teasing the nats on what information they were withholding and would release later in the election cycle. He was right, Hagar released it all in a book and large chunks were overlooked. Winnie would’ve absolutely destroyed national with that material.

The comment on him being our politician is simply due to him being a politician of nz like any other. All 120 are our politicians which we selected, one way or another, for the coming three years.


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I’d never vote for him either, but he plays the game like no other. I remember him saying dirty politics was a mess and they should have drip fed the information, constantly teasing the nats on what information they were withholding and would release later in the election cycle. He was right, Hagar released it all in a book and large chunks were overlooked. Winnie would’ve absolutely destroyed national with that material.

The comment on him being our politician is simply due to him being a politician of nz like any other. All 120 are our politicians which we selected, one way or another, for the coming three years.



He isnt just a politician

He is the one bloke out of 4,600,000 odd people who decided the govt of NZ


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That was so obviously going to happen - I couldn't believe it when Little went public with his idea.

I think Winnie will probably have to whistle for any of his stuff to go through now.

the cracks are appearing as NZ First and The Greens try to keep their identity


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That was so obviously going to happen - I couldn't believe it when Little went public with his idea.

I think Winnie will probably have to whistle for any of his stuff to go through now.

the cracks are appearing as NZ First and The Greens try to keep their identity


'Cracks' is a little tough... any decent coalition (for those of us not in favour of single party authority) should have some stresses evident as 3 parties (in this case of course) barter their way through their collective policy processes.

If it becomes some sort of pattern or habit, or one issue refuses to settle, then we might see cracks or even, if we're lucky, a rare 'rift' sighting.


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I’m with Enzedder, cracks are starting to show. Labour seems to think they can govern like National did but they don’t have nearly the numbers to do that. Green members also getting antsy that we haven’t passed every progressive law under the sun and built a statue in Turei’s likeness. I feel for Jacinda. She has proven far more capable than I expected but some of her cabinet are not up to scratch (although I consider Little, who made this error, to be one of the good ones).


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For such a prominent campaign policy, you would think repealing the three strikes legislation would have been part of coalition negotiations. If that was the case though and Labour knew NZ First's position, you would think they would have kept quiet and backed slowly away from the proposed change. As things have played out they have either made naive statements or I wonder if NZ First has reneged on an agreement.


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For such a prominent campaign policy, you would think repealing the three strikes legislation would have been part of coalition negotiations. If that was the case though and Labour knew NZ First's position, you would think they would have kept quiet and backed slowly away from the proposed change. As things have played out they have either made naive statements or I wonder if NZ First has reneged on an agreement.


Agreed. Badly played by Labour if they didn't have NZ First agreement. They were so proudly trumpeting this a week ago. In fact ...

Paging Eugenius, paging Eugenius ... :lol:


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For such a prominent campaign policy, you would think repealing the three strikes legislation would have been part of coalition negotiations. If that was the case though and Labour knew NZ First's position, you would think they would have kept quiet and backed slowly away from the proposed change. As things have played out they have either made naive statements or I wonder if NZ First has reneged on an agreement.


Agreed. Badly played by Labour if they didn't have NZ First agreement. They were so proudly trumpeting this a week ago. In fact ...

Paging Eugenius, paging Eugenius ... :lol:

Jaw-dropping incompetence in terms of political management from Labour. Farrar's right though that Peters has saved them from themselves. National and the tosspots at the Sensible Sentencing Trust would have killed them as soon as non-3S sentences meant people got raped / bashed / killed.

Re Peters, he's a cancer in our politics.


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I’m with Enzedder, cracks are starting to show. Labour seems to think they can govern like National did but they don’t have nearly the numbers to do that. Green members also getting antsy that we haven’t passed every progressive law under the sun and built a statue in Turei’s likeness. I feel for Jacinda. She has proven far more capable than I expected but some of her cabinet are not up to scratch (although I consider Little, who made this error, to be one of the good ones).


It's tempting to feel 'sorry' for Jacinda as she seems to be genuinely nice. However, she is a politician and there's not room for sympathy here. She suffers from delusional misplaced confidence, and it's going to bite her in the arse sooner rather than later. The manner of her ascension is bizarre to say the least, and it's not built on firm enough foundations to last.

She'll be right though, she's on the elevator and her pathway past this job is assured.


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I’m with Enzedder, cracks are starting to show. Labour seems to think they can govern like National did but they don’t have nearly the numbers to do that. Green members also getting antsy that we haven’t passed every progressive law under the sun and built a statue in Turei’s likeness. I feel for Jacinda. She has proven far more capable than I expected but some of her cabinet are not up to scratch (although I consider Little, who made this error, to be one of the good ones).


It's tempting to feel 'sorry' for Jacinda as she seems to be genuinely nice. However, she is a politician and there's not room for sympathy here. She suffers from delusional misplaced confidence, and it's going to bite her in the arse sooner rather than later. The manner of her ascension is bizarre to say the least, and it's not built on firm enough foundations to last.

She'll be right though, she's on the elevator and her pathway past this job is assured.
There is no need to feel sorry for Jacinda, she timed this perfectly. First session she is away her senior leaders in the Labour caucus are slapped senseless by Winston reinforcing her position and credentials as a leader.


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I’m with Enzedder, cracks are starting to show. Labour seems to think they can govern like National did but they don’t have nearly the numbers to do that. Green members also getting antsy that we haven’t passed every progressive law under the sun and built a statue in Turei’s likeness. I feel for Jacinda. She has proven far more capable than I expected but some of her cabinet are not up to scratch (although I consider Little, who made this error, to be one of the good ones).


It's tempting to feel 'sorry' for Jacinda as she seems to be genuinely nice. However, she is a politician and there's not room for sympathy here. She suffers from delusional misplaced confidence, and it's going to bite her in the arse sooner rather than later. The manner of her ascension is bizarre to say the least, and it's not built on firm enough foundations to last.

She'll be right though, she's on the elevator and her pathway past this job is assured.

Agree. The first genuine crisis of government will be very very interesting.

The perplexing thing about this though is that Little is at the centre of it. He is proven politically - a competent union man and he managed to suppress and keep suppressed the poisonous factions in Labour. Quite how he could ever think that this was a good idea politically even if NZ First supported it, and quite how he allowed himself to not ensure the numbers??? It's just mind-blowing.


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For such a prominent campaign policy, you would think repealing the three strikes legislation would have been part of coalition negotiations. If that was the case though and Labour knew NZ First's position, you would think they would have kept quiet and backed slowly away from the proposed change. As things have played out they have either made naive statements or I wonder if NZ First has reneged on an agreement.


Agreed. Badly played by Labour if they didn't have NZ First agreement. They were so proudly trumpeting this a week ago. In fact ...

Paging Eugenius, paging Eugenius ... :lol:

Jaw-dropping incompetence in terms of political management from Labour. Farrar's right though that Peters has saved them from themselves. National and the tosspots at the Sensible Sentencing Trust would have killed them as soon as non-3S sentences meant people got raped / bashed / killed.

Re Peters, he's a cancer in our politics.


Funny thing about Peters is that you think back to the Winebox thing, which was, incredibly enough, a quarter of a century ago. I'm not sure if anyone ever really got to the bottom of that.

But on reflection it's amazing the lock that Fay and Richwhite had on the manufacturing of political and public opinion. It seems so obvious now that they were completely out of control and they and their henchmen at Russell McVeagh were rolling a steam roller across the corporate regulatory landscape (what little there was of it).

Peters got painted as a rogue nutcase conspiracy theorist and complete loose cannon. Funnily enough, that's exactly what he was. He was also right though. Which is confusing. Yet here he is, decades later, acting Prime Minister.

I suppose the sensible thing for him to do is send in the army to Great Mercury Island and yank Michael Fay off his lounger and throw him in prison. I wonder if he still bears grudges from that. Or if he even remembers it through the fog.

Fay and Richwhite were effectively black-balled from the international banking community as far as I'm aware though. And their efforts to do business in Europe were always stopped at the door as NZ expats put the word out about what they'd been up to in NZ. Fay got turned down for an Irish passport too.


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I’m with Enzedder, cracks are starting to show. Labour seems to think they can govern like National did but they don’t have nearly the numbers to do that. Green members also getting antsy that we haven’t passed every progressive law under the sun and built a statue in Turei’s likeness. I feel for Jacinda. She has proven far more capable than I expected but some of her cabinet are not up to scratch (although I consider Little, who made this error, to be one of the good ones).


It's tempting to feel 'sorry' for Jacinda as she seems to be genuinely nice. However, she is a politician and there's not room for sympathy here. She suffers from delusional misplaced confidence, and it's going to bite her in the arse sooner rather than later. The manner of her ascension is bizarre to say the least, and it's not built on firm enough foundations to last.

She'll be right though, she's on the elevator and her pathway past this job is assured.
There is no need to feel sorry for Jacinda, she timed this perfectly. First session she is away her senior leaders in the Labour caucus are slapped senseless by Winston reinforcing her position and credentials as a leader.


H2 setting this up nicely you think? You're right, that's a good leader's play.


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Funny thing about Peters is that you think back to the Winebox thing, which was, incredibly enough, a quarter of a century ago. I'm not sure if anyone ever really got to the bottom of that.

But on reflection it's amazing the lock that Fay and Richwhite had on the manufacturing of political and public opinion. It seems so obvious now that they were completely out of control and they and their henchmen at Russell McVeagh were rolling a steam roller across the corporate regulatory landscape (what little there was of it).

Peters got painted as a rogue nutcase conspiracy theorist and complete loose cannon. Funnily enough, that's exactly what he was. He was also right though. Which is confusing. Yet here he is, decades later, acting Prime Minister.

I suppose the sensible thing for him to do is send in the army to Great Mercury Island and yank Michael Fay off his lounger and throw him in prison. I wonder if he still bears grudges from that. Or if he even remembers it through the fog.

Fay and Richwhite were effectively black-balled from the international banking community as far as I'm aware though. And their efforts to do business in Europe were always stopped at the door as NZ expats put the word out about what they'd been up to in NZ. Fay got turned down for an Irish passport too.

Yup I was around for that. Wasn't suggesting he's never done anything right or good. He was by all accounts a good foreign minister. It's a bit of a rant of mine but I've had the good fortune to deal with quite a few ministers over the years, from Birch / English / Sowry in the mid 90s though to Mallard / King / Parker in the late 00s. Don't do much of it now though I met Robertson the other day when he come into my work. Came across very well.

Anyhoo... with the single exception of Cunliffe they've given me the impression that they're thoughtful, intelligent people in it for the right reasons. I have clients in AU I've spent most of the last year working for and the contrast can't be clearer, and lordy it'd be great if NZers could actually understand how lucky we are, if it's luck... The sky-high quality of our politicians and political process is a major part of what makes the place work IMO (ranting enough yet??? :lol: ).

Peters, who I've only met once, in a Cabinet Committee meeting after the '96 election, is the Australian thing - in it for himself, cynical, manipulating, the whole rotten bag. If his success works as a 'how to' for others, then he's a cancer.

And English wins the prize. Anyone who accuses him of some heartless neo-liberal bollocks or of being a two-time loser or whatever can't have actually even exchanged two sentences with him.


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For such a prominent campaign policy, you would think repealing the three strikes legislation would have been part of coalition negotiations. If that was the case though and Labour knew NZ First's position, you would think they would have kept quiet and backed slowly away from the proposed change. As things have played out they have either made naive statements or I wonder if NZ First has reneged on an agreement.


Agreed. Badly played by Labour if they didn't have NZ First agreement. They were so proudly trumpeting this a week ago. In fact ...

Paging Eugenius, paging Eugenius ... :lol:


Maybe they did but the terms changed when Winston was told he had to be PM for 6-10 weeks.

It would have been give him leeway or make Kelv' the dumb PM and that would be a car crash waiting to happen

Or they may have just discussed during coalition talks and forgot to include it in writing. Tend to doubt that though. She isn t that stupid


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I guess with the details behind the coalition agreement not being deemed "official" so having not been released, it does allow any changes between partners to be kept in house.


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I guess with the details behind the coalition agreement not being deemed "official" so having not been released, it does allow any changes if behind between partners to be kept in house.


Hansen would likely call it ‘fluid’


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Funny thing about Peters is that you think back to the Winebox thing, which was, incredibly enough, a quarter of a century ago. I'm not sure if anyone ever really got to the bottom of that.

But on reflection it's amazing the lock that Fay and Richwhite had on the manufacturing of political and public opinion. It seems so obvious now that they were completely out of control and they and their henchmen at Russell McVeagh were rolling a steam roller across the corporate regulatory landscape (what little there was of it).

Peters got painted as a rogue nutcase conspiracy theorist and complete loose cannon. Funnily enough, that's exactly what he was. He was also right though. Which is confusing. Yet here he is, decades later, acting Prime Minister.

I suppose the sensible thing for him to do is send in the army to Great Mercury Island and yank Michael Fay off his lounger and throw him in prison. I wonder if he still bears grudges from that. Or if he even remembers it through the fog.

Fay and Richwhite were effectively black-balled from the international banking community as far as I'm aware though. And their efforts to do business in Europe were always stopped at the door as NZ expats put the word out about what they'd been up to in NZ. Fay got turned down for an Irish passport too.

Yup I was around for that. Wasn't suggesting he's never done anything right or good. He was by all accounts a good foreign minister. It's a bit of a rant of mine but I've had the good fortune to deal with quite a few ministers over the years, from Birch / English / Sowry in the mid 90s though to Mallard / King / Parker in the late 00s. Don't do much of it now though I met Robertson the other day when he come into my work. Came across very well.

Anyhoo... with the single exception of Cunliffe they've given me the impression that they're thoughtful, intelligent people in it for the right reasons. I have clients in AU I've spent most of the last year working for and the contrast can't be clearer, and lordy it'd be great if NZers could actually understand how lucky we are, if it's luck... The sky-high quality of our politicians and political process is a major part of what makes the place work IMO (ranting enough yet??? :lol: ).

Peters, who I've only met once, in a Cabinet Committee meeting after the '96 election, is the Australian thing - in it for himself, cynical, manipulating, the whole rotten bag. If his success works as a 'how to' for others, then he's a cancer.

And English wins the prize. Anyone who accuses him of some heartless neo-liberal bollocks or of being a two-time loser or whatever can't have actually even exchanged two sentences with him.


Very weird sensation here in the UK atm. It really does feel like no one is in charge. There are of course many many very talented, capable and successful people in the UK. None of them currently within miles of Whitehall. Be interesting to see how that works out over the long term.

Like most western democracies, the quality of NZ politicians can be very ropey around the edges. But we've done 1 good thing: keep the layers to the bare minimum and had luck with a second: the tight top tier have been pretty competent. I suspect b) follows on from a) a bit as there are no bed blockers to clog up the process.


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Very weird sensation here in the UK atm. It really does feel like no one is in charge. There are of course many many very talented, capable and successful people in the UK. None of them currently within miles of Whitehall. Be interesting to see how that works out over the long term.

Like most western democracies, the quality of NZ politicians can be very ropey around the edges. But we've done 1 good thing: keep the layers to the bare minimum and had luck with a second: the tight top tier have been pretty competent. I suspect b) follows on from a) a bit as there are no bed blockers to clog up the process.

I've long thought that the secondary effect of Brexit would medium term maybe be as big as the primary effect - that everything else in government is blocked, de-prioritised, stuck in limbo, subject to the politics of Brexit, etc. Then May f**ked the gig by massively misjudging the election, compounding it all. No easy way out either...


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The hits just keep coming, yet another pre-election policy or promise goes under the bus and this was quite a big one, the bottled water going overseas one. The Greens are in disarray


https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104668519/green-party-members-revolt-over-water-bottling-decision


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Wow Kelvin Davis is a nightmare

I'm ok with this government... Things are travelling along ok . I don't mind paying some more tax to offset some social changes... As long as I can continue to operate my business at a level to provide for my family .. Staff.. And community.

But by the power of Johnny cash himself this Davis bloke is the dumbest tool in the big round shed . An absolute disgrace for Jacinda and she needs to deep six the bloody moron .https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/06/waikeria-prison-government-ditches-mega-prison-goes-with-small-rebuild.html


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Davis is proving my theory that being good in opposition does not equate to being good in govt.


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Wow Kelvin Davis is a nightmare

I'm ok with this government... Things are travelling along ok . I don't mind paying some more tax to offset some social changes... As long as I can continue to operate my business at a level to provide for my family .. Staff.. And community.

But by the power of Johnny cash himself this Davis bloke is the dumbest tool in the big round shed . An absolute disgrace for Jacinda and she needs to deep six the bloody moron .https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/06/waikeria-prison-government-ditches-mega-prison-goes-with-small-rebuild.html


I can't quite follow your logic here .

The article clearly spells out the core problem
" The Government has a target of reducing the prison population by 30 percent over 15 years, and planned reform of the justice system will be part of that. Justice Minister Andrew Little has been signalling too many "low-level offenders" are imprisoned while on bail ahead of trial or sentencing. Reform could also mean more people serving home detention instead of prison time."
The rapid growth in the prison population can be directly attributed to the fiddling with the basics of NZ law in the noughties with changes to the Bail & evidence protocols combined with our outdated and totally ineffectual drug laws.

Largely as a result of the frenzy induced by such shadowy organisations like the Sensible sentencing trust.

Big changes are afoot and not before time .

Kelvin is overworked and deliberately so to enable the neo-libs like Robertson & Twyford to continue to set the agenda.


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The hits just keep coming, yet another pre-election policy or promise goes under the bus and this was quite a big one, the bottled water going overseas one. The Greens are in disarray


https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104668519/green-party-members-revolt-over-water-bottling-decision

Madness. The Greens apparently don't understand what Ministers do, didn't review the law regarding Ministers' discretion / regulatory authority on a matter where they had a major commitment and the warrant, and didn't lock changes to said into their agreement with Labour.

Complete morons.


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The hits just keep coming, yet another pre-election policy or promise goes under the bus and this was quite a big one, the bottled water going overseas one. The Greens are in disarray


https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104668519/green-party-members-revolt-over-water-bottling-decision

Madness. The Greens apparently don't understand what Ministers do, didn't review the law regarding Ministers' discretion / regulatory authority on a matter where they had a major commitment and the warrant, and didn't lock changes to said into their agreement with Labour.

Complete morons.


Stuff prints "the greens are disarray" and it becomes an irrefutable fact?

Complete moron not an exclusive club , it would appear.


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The hits just keep coming, yet another pre-election policy or promise goes under the bus and this was quite a big one, the bottled water going overseas one. The Greens are in disarray


https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104668519/green-party-members-revolt-over-water-bottling-decision

Madness. The Greens apparently don't understand what Ministers do, didn't review the law regarding Ministers' discretion / regulatory authority on a matter where they had a major commitment and the warrant, and didn't lock changes to said into their agreement with Labour.

Complete morons.


Stuff prints "the greens are disarray" and it becomes an irrefutable fact?

Complete moron not an exclusive club , it would appear.

Easy, Tiger. Engage on the points.

A Green Minister appears to have been surprised that her authority is limited by law, and / or didn't know the law in her own portfolio, and / or The Greens haven't tried or haven't managed to get that law changed in their agreement with Labour.

What's your take on it?


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The hits just keep coming, yet another pre-election policy or promise goes under the bus and this was quite a big one, the bottled water going overseas one. The Greens are in disarray


https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104668519/green-party-members-revolt-over-water-bottling-decision

Madness. The Greens apparently don't understand what Ministers do, didn't review the law regarding Ministers' discretion / regulatory authority on a matter where they had a major commitment and the warrant, and didn't lock changes to said into their agreement with Labour.

Complete morons.



The Greens had almost no bargaining power going into the coalition. I'd be surprised if any conditions on the agreement survived being flushed down the toilet


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:06 am 
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TheDocForgotHisLogon wrote:
jambanja wrote:
The hits just keep coming, yet another pre-election policy or promise goes under the bus and this was quite a big one, the bottled water going overseas one. The Greens are in disarray


https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104668519/green-party-members-revolt-over-water-bottling-decision

Madness. The Greens apparently don't understand what Ministers do, didn't review the law regarding Ministers' discretion / regulatory authority on a matter where they had a major commitment and the warrant, and didn't lock changes to said into their agreement with Labour.

Complete morons.


I thought it’s the party membership who are the ones who don’t understand? The minister seems to perfectly understand what she can and cannot do.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:07 am 
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Wow Kelvin Davis is a nightmare

I'm ok with this government... Things are travelling along ok . I don't mind paying some more tax to offset some social changes... As long as I can continue to operate my business at a level to provide for my family .. Staff.. And community.

But by the power of Johnny cash himself this Davis bloke is the dumbest tool in the big round shed . An absolute disgrace for Jacinda and she needs to deep six the bloody moron .https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/06/waikeria-prison-government-ditches-mega-prison-goes-with-small-rebuild.html


I can't quite follow your logic here .

The article clearly spells out the core problem
" The Government has a target of reducing the prison population by 30 percent over 15 years, and planned reform of the justice system will be part of that. Justice Minister Andrew Little has been signalling too many "low-level offenders" are imprisoned while on bail ahead of trial or sentencing. Reform could also mean more people serving home detention instead of prison time."
The rapid growth in the prison population can be directly attributed to the fiddling with the basics of NZ law in the noughties with changes to the Bail & evidence protocols combined with our outdated and totally ineffectual drug laws.

Largely as a result of the frenzy induced by such shadowy organisations like the Sensible sentencing trust.

Big changes are afoot and not before time .

Kelvin is overworked and deliberately so to enable the neo-libs like Robertson & Twyford to continue to set the agenda.


My logic is "Kelvin is a really useless cvnt "

You follow that dumbass ?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:19 am 
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Wilderbeast wrote:
TheDocForgotHisLogon wrote:
jambanja wrote:
The hits just keep coming, yet another pre-election policy or promise goes under the bus and this was quite a big one, the bottled water going overseas one. The Greens are in disarray


https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104668519/green-party-members-revolt-over-water-bottling-decision

Madness. The Greens apparently don't understand what Ministers do, didn't review the law regarding Ministers' discretion / regulatory authority on a matter where they had a major commitment and the warrant, and didn't lock changes to said into their agreement with Labour.

Complete morons.


I thought it’s the party membership who are the ones who don’t understand? The minister seems to perfectly understand what she can and cannot do.

Well she does now that her officials have explained it to her.

Presumably (??) when she took the portfolio she mapped the campaign promises of the Greens to the scope of the portfolio and understood where she could and couldn't deliver, then negotiated law and regulatory changes from a position of nil leverage i.e. got nothing, then set the narrative within the party.

Or maybe not.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:20 am 
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TheDocForgotHisLogon wrote:
grouch wrote:
TheDocForgotHisLogon wrote:
jambanja wrote:
The hits just keep coming, yet another pre-election policy or promise goes under the bus and this was quite a big one, the bottled water going overseas one. The Greens are in disarray


https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104668519/green-party-members-revolt-over-water-bottling-decision

Madness. The Greens apparently don't understand what Ministers do, didn't review the law regarding Ministers' discretion / regulatory authority on a matter where they had a major commitment and the warrant, and didn't lock changes to said into their agreement with Labour.

Complete morons.


Stuff prints "the greens are disarray" and it becomes an irrefutable fact?

Complete moron not an exclusive club , it would appear.

Easy, Tiger. Engage on the points.

A Green Minister appears to have been surprised that her authority is limited by law, and / or didn't know the law in her own portfolio, and / or The Greens haven't tried or haven't managed to get that law changed in their agreement with Labour.

What's your take on it?


The Minister is constrained by the Overseas Investment Act which is unlikely to be dealt to in a manner that ,the rank & file of the Green party and many other New Zealanders who voted AGAINST the gnats [ myself included] , desire.

No surprises here , as the "morons' are to be found supporting all brands of NZ politics without understanding how far up "Foreign Ownership & Control" Boulevarde we've actually ventured.

Given the massive rainfalls in the Bay of plenty in recent years the environmental impact of this decision is arguably as close zero as can be measured.

Chaotic as this Coalition is being constantly pictured in the media , I think they're being remarkably pragmatic .

There's a massive amount of legislation to review/repeal/replace and a mindset prevailing throughout our society that believes we can deal with 21st century problems using 19th century philosophy and 20th century tools.

Winning the 2020 election is #1 priority and that won't happen by kicking our owners and/or their agents repeatedly in the gonads.


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My logic is "Kelvin is a really useless cvnt "

You follow that dumbass ?

H2 would approve this analysis.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:34 am 
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Hareaway wrote:
grouch wrote:
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Wow Kelvin Davis is a nightmare

I'm ok with this government... Things are travelling along ok . I don't mind paying some more tax to offset some social changes... As long as I can continue to operate my business at a level to provide for my family .. Staff.. And community.

But by the power of Johnny cash himself this Davis bloke is the dumbest tool in the big round shed . An absolute disgrace for Jacinda and she needs to deep six the bloody moron .https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/06/waikeria-prison-government-ditches-mega-prison-goes-with-small-rebuild.html


I can't quite follow your logic here .

The article clearly spells out the core problem
" The Government has a target of reducing the prison population by 30 percent over 15 years, and planned reform of the justice system will be part of that. Justice Minister Andrew Little has been signalling too many "low-level offenders" are imprisoned while on bail ahead of trial or sentencing. Reform could also mean more people serving home detention instead of prison time."
The rapid growth in the prison population can be directly attributed to the fiddling with the basics of NZ law in the noughties with changes to the Bail & evidence protocols combined with our outdated and totally ineffectual drug laws.

Largely as a result of the frenzy induced by such shadowy organisations like the Sensible sentencing trust.

Big changes are afoot and not before time .

Kelvin is overworked and deliberately so to enable the neo-libs like Robertson & Twyford to continue to set the agenda.


My logic is "Kelvin is a really useless cvnt "

You follow that dumbass ?


Having met the bloke , I know he isn't as you describe .

I also know that the upper echelons of the Corrections Department is overloaded with useless cvnts installed by the gnats to prepare for full privatisation and have no desire or ability to deal with concept of reducing incarceration rates in a socially constructive manner.

FFS , nearly 40% of inmates serving sentences for Drugs and Traffic offenses!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:36 am 
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The Minister is constrained by the Overseas Investment Act which is unlikely to be dealt to in a manner that ,the rank & file of the Green party and many other New Zealanders who voted AGAINST the gnats [ myself included] , desire.

No surprises here , as the "morons' are to be found supporting all brands of NZ politics without understanding how far up "Foreign Ownership & Control" Boulevarde we've actually ventured.

Given the massive rainfalls in the Bay of plenty in recent years the environmental impact of this decision is arguably as close zero as can be measured.

Chaotic as this Coalition is being constantly pictured in the media , I think they're being remarkably pragmatic .

There's a massive amount of legislation to review/repeal/replace and a mindset prevailing throughout our society that believes we can deal with 21st century problems using 19th century philosophy and 20th century tools.

Winning the 2020 election is #1 priority and that won't happen by kicking our owners and/or their agents repeatedly in the gonads.

Yeah I could agree with most of that but it wasn't the question I asked.

Anyhoo... it looks like someone who happens to not live here is willing to invest $40M to create a few dozen jobs in the regions. That's awesome.


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TheDocForgotHisLogon wrote:
grouch wrote:
The Minister is constrained by the Overseas Investment Act which is unlikely to be dealt to in a manner that ,the rank & file of the Green party and many other New Zealanders who voted AGAINST the gnats [ myself included] , desire.

No surprises here , as the "morons' are to be found supporting all brands of NZ politics without understanding how far up "Foreign Ownership & Control" Boulevarde we've actually ventured.

Given the massive rainfalls in the Bay of plenty in recent years the environmental impact of this decision is arguably as close zero as can be measured.

Chaotic as this Coalition is being constantly pictured in the media , I think they're being remarkably pragmatic .

There's a massive amount of legislation to review/repeal/replace and a mindset prevailing throughout our society that believes we can deal with 21st century problems using 19th century philosophy and 20th century tools.

Winning the 2020 election is #1 priority and that won't happen by kicking our owners and/or their agents repeatedly in the gonads.

Yeah I could agree with most of that but it wasn't the question I asked.

Anyhoo... it looks like someone who happens to not live here is willing to invest $40M to create a few dozen jobs in the regions. That's awesome.


:lol:
Tax the bejayzus out of them , I reckon , for doing something as futile as carting clean water 1/3 the way the world.

But , no , can't do that . No new taxes and nothing to contravene the "free trade" agreements we've tied ourselves up with .


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I guess when someone is in prison for a traffic offense it's easy to assume it is petty crime but the reality is probably more like they are recidivist drink drivers or have caused a fatal accident whilst racing or similar, basically vehicular manslaughter. Or they are people who have abandoned their fines and these people deserve prison in my view. If there is no consequence for not paying your fines then what use are the fines as a deterrent?


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I guess when someone is in prison for a traffic offense it's easy to assume it is petty crime but the reality is probably more like they are recidivist drink drivers or have caused a fatal accident whilst racing or similar, basically vehicular manslaughter. Or they are people who have abandoned their fines and these people deserve prison in my view. If there is no consequence for not paying your fines then what use are the fines as a deterrent?


http://www.corrections.govt.nz/working_with_offenders/courts_and_pre-sentencing/types_of_sentences.html
I'm not advocating eliminating punishment.
Plenty of options with curfew/electronic monitoring etc and perhaps an upgraded PD type program that involves supervised ,hard physical labour during the weekends .
Every gully and riverbank in the country is overgrown with invasive weeds . 8 hours on a slashook every saturday for a year would be a damn sight less costly than incarceration.

My point is the current prison crisis was "created " deliberately so that it could be 'solved' by privitisation and yet another path created for the transfer of wealth from the public to corporations.


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