A weak of headlines for the real leader of the Opposition

James Elliot at Newsroom – Yesterdaze: And the gong goes to …

And with Simon Bridges resolutely fixated on trying to wring as much political capital as possible out of Budget-hack, it fell to the leader of the opposition, Mike Hosking, to take the Government to task on the more substantive issues of the day. If you synthesised his editorial headlines this week you’d be forgiven for thinking we have a car-hating, out of touch Government of bullies led by a weak Prime Minister that is butchering both motorists and the economy.

I don’t usually take much notice of Mike Hosking, but decided to have a look at his weak in headlines.

Mike Hosking: Labour Government in danger of plunging into deficit

Already the doubts over what Grant Robertson was telling us last Friday are spreading.

If you missed it last week, what I was trying to explain to him (and he wasn’t accepting) is that he is running his books dangerously close to the margin, that the forecasts are optimistic, and that it would take next to nothing for them to be out – and his $1.3 billion surplus would be gone.

Do most New Zealanders or voters care about deficits or surpluses? Do they care about being in the red? Do they join the dots between a government’s books, economic growth, the tax take, jobs, and their stability? If they don’t, then Labour might get away with this.

But if they do, which is my bet, and they do because since Roger Douglas in 1984, we have woken up to simple economics, the value of efficiency, common sense, not to mention success, and we like it.

Roger Douglas is a real hero of the people, second only to Hosking.

So if that’s the case and Robertson and Co are leading us into an election in the red for the first time in years then they’re getting rightfully punished.

The election is next year.

Mike Hosking: AT is dangerous, inept and out of control

Auckland Transport must be the most hated of all organisations in the region.

They have earned their reputation by basically running roughshod over communities, councils, councillors, mayors – and anyone else who dared ask questions about just what it is they’re up to in their seemingly systematic plan to wreck the country’s biggest city.

From parking, or a lack of it, to pedestrian crossings by the thousands enraging locals, to closures of endless streets for months on end for seemingly pointless reshaping and realigning, to their obsession with buses and bike lanes – in my opinion they are dangerous, inept and out of control.

Here’s my top tip: find the councillor or mayoral candidate that’s going to stop this, and vote for them.

Mike’s Minute: Car-hating Govt is out of touch with the public

Most people are reasonable, most people see logic, most people want to help, but in the war on cars and speed, this is ideology, this is car hate, fossil fuel hate, and it’s driven by a tiny minority that think bikes are a multipurpose means of transport, if you can’t get a train.

Meantime, in the real world, we are behind the wheel in record numbers.

Hosking is the spokesperson for the real world. His world, anyway.

Mike’s Minute: Cabinet reshuffle will expose Ardern’s weakness

Turns out we can expect, in the reshuffle, basically nothing.

Turns out, yet again, the Cabinet reshuffle is a classic example of the Labour Party – or in this specific case, yet again, the Prime Minister – saying something will happen, then it doesn’t.

How do you reshuffle when your greatest fear is actually making a decision, and you can’t send it off to a working party?

Turns out, the reshuffle announcement isn’t until next week. Mike can have another minute acting like leader of the opposition again then.

I wonder if Newstalk ZB are going to have a reshuffle.

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12 Comments

  1. Fight4NZ

     /  8th June 2019

    Hosking – typical of the MSM of today

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  2. David

     /  8th June 2019

    He makes a good point about the reshuffle and Arderns niceness, one hard to argue with. Its good to have a balance in opinion pieces and lets face it Mike is a ratings juggernaut.

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    • Duker

       /  8th June 2019

      Not really . Radio NZ has bigger numbers. I dont think Hosking is nationwide on ZB, juts North island ?
      GFK trick everyone by lumping commercial radio together ( as though they add up to 100%) and only releasing RNZ numbers later

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      • Trevors_Elbow

         /  8th June 2019

        Maybe if RNZ is such a ratings juggernaut it should go commercial instead of being a temple for left wing journos preaching to left wing listeners? Maybe the lefties should pay for the privilege instead of demanding more publicly funded broadcasting – to fit their taste but paid for by everyone else…

        Its a dogs bollocks standout demonstration of leftie-ism in action is public broadcasting. It should be neutral but its not it leans left but everyone has to pay for it….. because the left says we should to suit their tastes and biases… frankly they are not journalists anymore they are activists – Campbell being the classic example, a failure in commercial world to scared to go out crusading on his own dime and what he could raise, instead nose in the public trough lifting that snout up every now and then to preach the world according to Saint John….

        Hosking is paid well because people choose to listen to him and advertisers are prepare to pay for that audience by paying for advertising on his show… and you hate him for that because he is successful …

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        • Gezza

           /  8th June 2019

          Hosking gets a particular audience who like him & his views. I’ve tried listening to his show but quickly get fed up with him & the ads after about 5 minutes. RNZ bores me too, hardly ever listen to it. Each to their own. Whingers like talkback radio.

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        • Blazer

           /  8th June 2019

          the Kardashians are successful too,so their views are worth listening to….as well.

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        • Reality has a well-known but rarely liked left-wing bias.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  8th June 2019

            I guess that’s why they crash into it so often. Like Kiwibuild, CGT, teacher strikes, homelessness, Pike River, immigration, …

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  3. NOEL

     /  8th June 2019

    Aw gee I raised a glass when his patronizing platitudes disappeared from the after news show he was on. Mind you the replacement wasn’t much better so I switched to the alternate stations whose presentation looked good for a while until the female presenter started doing long rants like Hoskings,

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  4. duperez

     /  8th June 2019

    The adults look out the window at the kids in the sandpit. Axcept for the mother, the others are, “Dear, oh dear,” shaking their heads. The two year olds look in awe at the so grown up four year old.

    Mike Hosking: Amateur hour – this Government of bullies is butchering the economy
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12236096

    “Hopeless, amateurish, beginners in a professional game who are taking this country, this economy and its hopes and aspirations, and butchering them.”

    Not only that, they’re “obfuscating, stalling, blustering, blundering, generally behaving appallingly” and things have come to a “catastrophic, shambolic head.”

    Yes, he’s a serious, rational observer and commentator. 🙃

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    • Duker

       /  8th June 2019

      The genre his stories are in is called ‘non fact based commentary’ . Its like ‘reality TV’ – but a lot cheaper

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