The Dim-Post

August 28, 2012

Bring it on

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 8:05 am

Via the Herald:

The Government is battle-ready for any court-based challenge to its partial share float of the Mighty River Power company in the wake of the Waitangi Tribunal’s call for a delay.

‘Battle-ready’ for court, huh? I take that to mean they have a comprehensive communications strategy prepared, with slogans, talking-points, meetings with senior political editors, talk-back hosts and publishers scheduled, strategic leaks planned, pre-written op-eds to be published by sympathetic columnists or pro-National blogs, and a receptionist tasked with finding out the Attorney General’s extension number.

I don’t know how this debate over Maori proprietary interest of water-rights will play out, but I do know that any time Key’s government goes up against an opponent that isn’t Labour (environmental movement, teachers union) they routinely suffer a humiliating defeat. So I’m predicting a painful back-down by Key, followed by the obligatory flurry of Herald columns praising him for his visionary CEO-like leadership style.

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11 Comments »

  1. Indeed Sir, you are tres prescient I am sure

    Comment by Pdoge — August 28, 2012 @ 8:37 am

  2. “…that isn’t Labour…”
    Sick burn.

    Comment by Chris Bull — August 28, 2012 @ 9:05 am

  3. there’s no satire anymore – just sickening realisations.

    Comment by CnrJoe — August 28, 2012 @ 9:36 am

  4. This is good news for John Roughan!

    Comment by Gregor W — August 28, 2012 @ 9:43 am

  5. What I really don’t get is that John key has stated over and over again that water does not belong to anyone and is for all of us, and yet he has recently backtracked on that and said that he has always recognized that Maori have water rights.

    If he had “always recognized that Maori have water rights”, then we wouldn’t be in this mess because he would have conceded something to them in an agreement and the asset sales would have gone ahead unscathed.

    Then there’s the other recent backtrack of saying that he’s prepared to ignore the recommendations of the Waitangi Tribunal. He meant it exactly as he said it, as an arrogant illustration to the country that HE has the power and will do what he wants, only to water it down days later by saying that Waitangi tribunal recommendations aren’t binding on Governments and he was just stating legal facts.

    There’s also been the assertion that New Zealanders want asset sales to go ahead because they voted National into power again, despite, as far as I know, all the polls indicating that the majority of kiwis do NOT want the asset sales.

    Comment by Dan — August 28, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  6. > they voted National into power again

    Yes that old canard gets wheeled out by the Right from time to time, ignoring that most first term governments get re-elected. I am sure there were a multitude of reasons for National’s re-election. To focus on asset sales seems particularly dishonest.

    Comment by Ross — August 28, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  7. If being democratically elected doesn’t give you any kind of mandate then there may be a problem with democracy. More likely its just you.

    Comment by BeShakey — August 28, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  8. “Yes that old canard gets wheeled out by the Right from time to time, ignoring that most first term governments get re-elected. I am sure there were a multitude of reasons for National’s re-election. To focus on asset sales seems particularly dishonest.”

    I recall the Tories saying effectively the same thing in 2002 – just because Labour got reelected, doesn’t mean they have a right to govern!

    Comment by Hugh — August 28, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  9. There isn’t a problem with democracy in this case; it’s just that democracy (the majority of people not wanting state assets to go ahead) is being ignored by the Government.

    Comment by Dan — August 28, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  10. @Dan #5. It is pretty easy to understand Mr Key’s contradictions. He lies. Then has to backtrack. Sometimes. He leads his government by example on lying.

    Comment by Andrew R — August 28, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  11. Forgot to add Heleads his government by example so must deserve the harald praise as chief executive of some mythical state called NZ Ink.

    Comment by Andrew R — August 28, 2012 @ 5:45 pm


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