Media watch – Friday

31 August 2018

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  1. High Flying Duck

     /  August 31, 2018

    • PDB

       /  August 31, 2018

      Sounds a pretty flimsy reason to allow her in – no mention at all of making money from her crimes.

      BUT that should be the end of the matter – now she has been allowed in on an exemption after the govt looked at her prior convictions ‘free speech’ allows her to do her thing.

  2. High Flying Duck

     /  August 31, 2018

    The RMA is sacrosanct and Labour will not countenance any changes to it as it is not the cause of the housing problems we face…until it suddenly is. So they are changing the rules, but only for houses they are building:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12116466

    • Blazer

       /  August 31, 2018

      It is part of the problem.
      Thought you would applaud a pragmatic approach.

    • PDB

       /  August 31, 2018

      One rule for this govt, another for everybody else – and a new ministry and authority to be created as well. This govt is a joke.

      • Blazer

         /  August 31, 2018

        9 years of neglect and kicking the can down the road lead to…this.

        • PDB

           /  August 31, 2018

          Labour in opposition could have helped change the RMA & didn’t but now they change it specifically for their own projects and to hell with anybody else…the ‘corruption index’ could be interesting for NZ next time it’s published…

          • High Flying Duck

             /  August 31, 2018

            Nice to see one of you getting the point.

  3. PDB

     /  August 31, 2018

    Good post by Farrar – in order to fudge their own Budget responsibility rules the govt has gone through the back door and borrowed $3b directly through Housing NZ at a much higher interest rate then if borrowed directly by the govt resulting in millions of $ of extra interest payments for the taxpayer with no additional benefit. The govt is happy to waste millions of $ of taxpayer money simply for Labour party PR purposes. The ‘fiscal hole’ gets bigger by the day.

    https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/08/taxpayers_paying_more_in_interest_as_labour_dodges_their_own_rules.html

    • Blazer

       /  August 31, 2018

      an additional $3mil odd is neither here nor there.

      Future generations will be paying back the 100bil National borrowed for decades.

      • PDB

         /  August 31, 2018

        Estimated $11 million $ extra on 1.75 billion loan so close to $20million extra per annum based on additional HNZ borrowing at no extra value to taxpayers.

        “Future generations will be paying back the 100bil National borrowed for decades.”

        So this govt borrows more for important stuff like paying the winter heating bill for people like Bob Jones, bribing first-year students, employing more diplomats and ‘good-looking’ horses?

        • Blazer

           /  August 31, 2018

          not even enough for a flag referendum…chump change in the big picture…compared to all cost factors.

          • PDB

             /  August 31, 2018

            “chump change” that isn’t required at all except to help make the Labour Party pretend they are keeping their financial promises.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  August 31, 2018

            How many flag referendums are we up to cost wise for the circa 200 working groups floating around.

      • Trevors_elbow

         /  August 31, 2018

        Whining shill. As always you talk about the borrowing out of context and dont acknowledge the difficulties involved.

        And of course you wont and never have offered an alternative response to Englishs borrowing based plan to address the GFC without severe budget cuts.

        You are SAF Shill and your KDS/EDS/JDS is truly pathalogical

    • Blazer

       /  August 31, 2018

      When did the right sart caring about what Treasury has to say?
      Oh thats right ,in opposition…typical hypocrites.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 31, 2018

        Try ignoring what Treasury said, and look at what Labour did.

        • Blazer

           /  August 31, 2018

          I want a fiscal hole bigger than the big bang theory…so yuge its impossible to repay…hang…on!!

    • PDB

       /  August 31, 2018

      Posted about it above – did stuff bin all the comments on that article?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 31, 2018

        Our posts on this were more or less simultaneous.
        Usually when comments are “closed” they leave the posted ones up. Odd.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 31, 2018
  5. Trevors_elbow

     /  August 31, 2018

    Trotter being serious or having fun or a bit of both….

    The comments all reflect the authoritarian nature of the Left

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2018/08/compassing-economys-death.html?m=1