The Dim-Post

December 8, 2015

Also too, Paula Bennett as Minister for Climate Change

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 8:11 am

Up until now National’s strategy on Climate Change has been (a) defensive and (b) based around technical arguments around emissions and sectors and gases. The appointment of Bennett tells us, I think, that they’ve decided this isn’t working. Bennett will be very aggressive and make it an emotional issue. National does care about climate change, she will explain in the House. That’s why she’s commissioned a report or task-force or inquiry on it due to report back in three to five years. But she also cares SO MUCH about KIWI kids living in poverty, and National wants to create jobs and opportunities for them, and the Greens want to DESTROY their lives by making us all live in CAVES and eat DIRT and die. SHAME on them. And so on. So that’ll be awful.


  1. Just as a seasonal obvservation of good will… your posts this year have been a constant source of both inspiration and amusement. Thanks.

    Comment by jonothan8 — December 8, 2015 @ 8:26 am

  2. Key seems to think he can get away with lying to international audiences about our climate change policy and bullying the local media with emotional authoritarianism.

    The extraordinary panic and knee jerk appeals to authoritarian threats that greeted the SAFE advertisment in the Guardian points to big dairy and a political establishment that has grown very, very arrogant and complacent on the back of a servile and a deeply uncurious media. But the Guardian ad also shows how you get cut through now in New Zealand – you hit them where it hurts, in their export incomes in the foreign media. it’ll outrage the pillagers of our environment, but it is the only way you’ll get the NZ media to discuss the lies the NZ public are fed.

    Comment by Sanctuary — December 8, 2015 @ 8:43 am

  3. Since leaving Social Development, Bennett hasn’t been nearly as effective as she was. Here’s hoping that continues.

    Comment by Onsos — December 8, 2015 @ 8:56 am

  4. You’re always ascribing strategy and competence to the wild actions of this government.

    It’s more that Groser left, and their benches are extremely thin. They haven’t developed talent, and the people they have at the front are mostly the class of 05 and 08. It’s rather dire.

    Comment by Kawakawa — December 8, 2015 @ 9:23 am

  5. @#2 Sanctuary: Yes, interesting that exactly the same shock-horror response was trotted out when Dr Mike Joy dared to point out in the NY Times that many of New Zealand’s lowland rivers were too polluted to swim in. Mark Unsworth called him an economic saboteur and that other well-known govt spokesman WhaleOil suggested he should be shot at dawn.

    Comment by McNulty — December 8, 2015 @ 10:00 am

  6. @Sanc: Yes, likewise we should be splashing out full page ads warning of the carbon pollution inherent in long-haul tourism, visitor numbers are up and the danger this poses to the environment is massive. The tourism sector needs to be reduced.

    Comment by unaha-closp — December 8, 2015 @ 10:16 am

  7. Can she really be worse than that total buffoon Groser? There’s slim pickings for any portfolio requiring an understanding of important global issues and how New Zealand might adapt to the future.

    Comment by Dita De Boni — December 8, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

  8. Now we all know Timbo isn’t a buffoon! He is the ace tanker of this government! Well, he certainly thinks that. The ultimate technocrat who knows better than any peon and understand the limitations of democracy when confronted by his mighty genius. What did I read the other day that gave me a chuckle? “Groser resigns from parliament having had successfully avoided meeting an actual voter for his entire ten years there”.

    Comment by Sanctuary — December 8, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

  9. That’s not strictly true, Sanctuary. I recall that Groser came into my shop in New Lynn. O.K. I got the impression that he’d been told to do it and his social skills were – shall we say wanting – but I can say that he did met one voter. Interestingly enough one David Cunliffe also visited me that same year. I told him he didn’t have a snowball in hell’s chance of winning teh next election, and he replied he kinda knew, but no leader worth his salt would tell his troops that.

    True story.

    Comment by Lee Clark — December 8, 2015 @ 4:46 pm

  10. I got the impression that he’d been told to do it and his social skills were – shall we say wanting – but I can say that he did met one voter.

    They get better with practice. Chris Bishop is still pretty terrible at it, but he’s improving – he has it in his head that he can beat Trevor Mallard or his successor and is actually motivated. Most National MPs have no such incentive. Their electorate would vote for a blue wooden post, or they’re on the list.

    Comment by Wurble — December 9, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

  11. So why is it that the Green’s wants us to live in caves and eat dirt? Why do they hate the economy so much? Cos as a voter I sure don’t want to live in a cave.

    Comment by artcroft — December 9, 2015 @ 8:57 pm

  12. So why is it that the Green’s wants us to live in caves and eat dirt?

    cos caves are cold and damp, and we Greens hate the idea of children growing up in warm dry residences

    Comment by Can of Worms, Opened — December 10, 2015 @ 4:37 pm

  13. I thought so. I just don’t understand why?

    Comment by artcroft — December 10, 2015 @ 9:45 pm

  14. “…I thought so. I just don’t understand why..?”

    it is because they are all Godless queers who see children as a symbol of everything wholesome that they are not.

    Comment by Sanctuary — December 11, 2015 @ 8:19 am

  15. Gordon Campbell aint impressed by Timmy:

    Comment by Sacha — December 11, 2015 @ 11:58 am

  16. Bennett’s comments on One News about the Fossil Award pretty much confirmed how she will proceed: Belittle anyone who is critical, do NOT engage in the details, and do NOT mention emissions.

    I have a copy of that video if anyone is interested.

    Comment by Steve Withers — December 12, 2015 @ 6:55 pm

  17. The utterly idiotic reporting of climate change issues in NZ is pretty well summed up by this morning’s headlines: Key says this Paris dealy thing with all them people clapping on telly is gonna cost us $100 a year.

    A hundred bucks? That’s 20 Dominos pizzas! Why do these Frenchies/UN/Greenies want to steal our pizzas? And the weather’s nice today!

    Fuck the planet, save our pizza.

    Comment by sammy 3.0 — December 14, 2015 @ 8:52 am

  18. Fuck the planet, save our pizza.

    I half caught comments on RNZ (so may have misheard) this morning that the Govt. intends to exclude mining, oil and agriculture from voluntary emissions targets and that – regarding the latter – Fed farmers reckon this is awesome.
    The only conclusion I could draw from this is that intention of Groser going to Paris was to have one last Parliamentary funded jolly.

    Comment by Gregor W — December 14, 2015 @ 10:21 am

  19. Timmy didn’t even use his speaking slot in Paris. Probably too worried about flying tomatoes.

    Comment by Sacha — December 14, 2015 @ 2:34 pm

  20. Timmy didn’t even use his speaking slot in Paris.

    How surprising. Especially since the conventional narrative is that he’s so… competent. A high priest of international negotiations.

    Couldn’t even be bothered to butter his sandwich.

    Comment by Wurble — December 14, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

  21. Every ignorant thing that has ever been said about climate change, all collected in one thread:–john-key

    Madness beyond satire. But if you’re wondering why, consider this fact: TV3 and TVNZ have “Europe correspondents”. They spent 2 months reporting on the rugby world cup. They spent 2 minutes reporting on Paris.

    Comment by sammy 3.0 — December 14, 2015 @ 5:07 pm

  22. TV3 and TVNZ have “Europe correspondents”. They spent 2 months reporting on the rugby world cup.

    That’s not fair.

    They also reported on the Chris Cairns trial, every single night.

    Comment by Wurble — December 14, 2015 @ 6:25 pm

  23. Danyl
    Have you seen her speech to the Blue Greens?
    It bears out your thesis. Lots of “we really care!” – especially for pastoral farmers!

    Comment by Simon Johnson — February 25, 2016 @ 11:07 am

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