Topic proposal: What has been the worst political decision in New Zealand recent political history (lets leave the Waitara purchase aside)?
There has been a lot of talk about how good Australian tax rates are compared to New Zealand. This is unarguable, but the analysis often leaves out some important factors.
The first is that Australians pay a flat tax of 1.5% to Medicare but the 2nd and more important one is that Australians pay 17% of their wages into compulsory superannuation schemes.
So someone on a wage of 20 000 dollars in New Zealand pays 19% tax, while in Australia their wages are deducted by 18.5% into compulsory social insurance schemes.
So gradually retirees are moving off dependence on the taxpayer and equally the Australian government has no need to have the equivalent on the Cullen super fund.
What would New Zealand’s tax system be like today if we had a similiar scheme running since 1975?
So my nomination for worst political decision ever, the one that has the greatest and most deleterious impact on our present economy is National’s Dancing Cossacks and the abolition of the Roger Douglas compulsory superannuation scheme of 1975.
Any defenders of that decision or any alternative nominations?
I agree. The impact of the scheme on NZ’s economy, the state of social development and overall level of economic and social security was an opportunity lost.
However like all decisions in politics Muldoon was playing to his constituency who could not see any benfit for them so the offer of a very attractive super scheme right then for them was an instant vote grabber.
An average wage scheme at age 60. Wow. Overseas travel by the 60 pluses has never been so great.
I rate legislating out the option to renew the privately managed prison contract as pretty bad. It was a lose-lose decision and may have legislated away the one chance we had to reform the public prison service which is appallingly corrupt.
The justice system is appallingly dysfunctional . It’s pretty bad when crown prosecution refuse to act on evidence which was imperative to a fair trial of a father I’ve been assisting. The morning of the trial ( Monday last ) in Timaru after the jury was sworn the judge had no option but to declare a mistrial . I said to the hateful Ashburton demon Sarah dyke – get a new job lady as you are a hated and bent pig . She went red in the face and the judge went that will be enough Mr B . I walked out laughing at the stunned fools . Nothing in the paper about the huge bulls up from the crown . You know what the dyke demon said in a catty voice ; ” I don’t care . ” About sums up the attitude of the cops in kiwiland . Rotten bastards are dangerous dumb wits !!
Meanwhile a Friday Funny (at least, if it’s not happening to you):
Gordon Brown has been dragged into the centre of the lost personal data crisis after it emerged that ministers ignored a series of warnings that security procedures in Government departments urgently needed to be reviewed.
During his time as Chancellor, the Treasury and other departments were told repeatedly that slack practices among officials created a serious risk of confidential information falling into the wrong hands.
Only a few weeks ago, the Government insisted the current enforcement regime for data protection was “fit for purpose” – despite a Lords committee warning over the summer that steps needed to be taken to improve it.
As the scandal over the loss of 25 million personal records escalated, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, was accused of misleading parliament by saying a “junior official” at HM Revenue and Customs was to blame for the loss of the data, whereas email evidence shows he was told two senior managers had authorised the procedure.
He was also said to have misled MPs over the reason he delayed announcing the loss of the child benefit records for 10 days.
Has anyone tried “Scumbag 07″ linked through the SMH as below.
Had to laugh and think there is an opening here for a local version although the refinement of parliamentary insults has a way to go in good old NZ to match the Aussies. Also it would probably be illegal here either because it takes the piss out of pollies or it would contravene the EFB
Takes a bit to beat this one:
Test your reflexes against the current Australian land-speed insult title holder Gough Whitlam, who took gold when he responded to Sir Winton Turnbull’s declaration “I am a Country Member!” with the immortal retort: “We remember.”
My nominations for worst ever political decisions are Cullens nationalising private accident insurance for ideaologiclay driven interests. Fuck… what a trail of descruction that left.
And the extremly odeous Waitakere Ranges Protection bill. More ideaologicaly driven shit. If you like something someone owns… steal it on behalf of the state and if anyone objects ban the meetings of those opposed.
My nominations for worst ever political decisions are Cullens nationalizing private accident insurance for ideological driven interests. Fuck… what a trail of destruction that left.
And the extremely odious Waitakere Ranges Protection bill. More ideologically driven shit. If you like something someone owns… steal it on behalf of the state and if anyone objects ban the meetings of those opposed.
The latest revelation from the Education Ministry confirms that Madeline Satchell has been essentially blacklisted by the elements in the Public Service more concerned about enhancing their relationships with Labour than protecting the supposed neutrality of their profession.
The day of reckoning is fast approaching …. less than 340 days and counting. Good Public Servants have nothing to fear but others ….Prebble/Logan et seq ??????????
Re the EFB and all the diatribes from the left about the Exclusive Brethren I have a question.
Can anyone show conclusive proof (ie. voting or other data etc) that anything the EB’s did at the last election actually benefited the National Party at the 2005 elections and convinced voters to actually for the Nats?
Anything other than hard facts isn’t a good enough answer.
There’s so many billions of dollars stolen from the productive and wasted on buying the votes of the unproductive, and on political favouritism and cronyism and corruption, its hardly worth making any comment on such a paltry amount, however, after reading the article on Stuff this morning, it just struck me that of all the money wasted, not much would be more pointlessly and fruitlessly spent than the $19000 allowance to Helen Klark for “clothes and grooming”.
I mean, evidence of socialist mismanagement and waste is everywhere, but every time you see Helen Klark in public, you have to wince at how horrible she looks. Forget the face, its a lost cause, but the clothes?? Where the damn hell is the $19,000 going? To some sad arsed commie fashion ‘guru’ who learned her trade dressing Mao Ze Dong? Christ, my old grannie could do better with $40 spent at the Salvation Army store.
And another thing- In the same article, it points out that MPs now get an allowance for “koha” ( a euphemism for bribe money). What a bunch of damn arrogant criminals we have in parliament. Just how low is this country going to sink before reality puts the brakes on?
FFS, it never ceases to amaze me what NZers will tolerate. I’d like to see the returns relating to the expenditure of this damn “koha”. I wonder how many racist socialist cronyist loser parasite palms are being greased with my hard earned dosh by these crooks cronyists and frauds who call themselves politicians. What a friggin basket case outfit. Un fucken believable.
Lindsay, Labour needed an ‘enemy’ to whip up fear, uncertainty and doubt in the mind of the swinging voter. it’s an old socialist trick (redbaiter can cite chapter and verse of the appropriate manual…). old as the tirck is, it still worked as the ‘fear of EBs’ drove voters to Labour
(redbaiter can cite chapter and verse of the appropriate manual…)
Election Rigging Manual, by Joe Stalin. (Alternative title, its not who collects the votes, its who counts the votes) Chapter 4. “What to do when the stolen money runs low and you’re still losing” Paragraph 4- “Don’t ever talk about how great is socialism” Line 23- Look for a smear- must involves charges of lying that cannot be rebutted and also preferably involve colluding with religious zealots. (This is a strategy that goes down well with our progressive media plants)
I know you’re right but I’d really like some of the resident lefties to front with some facts for a change.
Also re the EFB, Annette King has been moaning about the questions in the House that Bill English has been asking about the EFB clauses. She thinks that he goes into too much of detail about what clauses mean. But isn’t that what the opposition is for, to challenge and ask questions like English has been asking?
English and Finlayson have really done their homework on the EFB, and that has been their strategy to attack the Bill IMHO – as the old saying goes “the devil is in the detail” – and by asking multiple questions on the detail of the EFB, they have managed to expose just how much devil there is.
Newstalk ZB quotes Finlayson in Parliament yesterday re: Labours disrespect of submitters to the Select Committee.
“Mr Benson-Pope didn’t take the evidence of one witness, and told him to go and join the Exclusive Brethren.”
This is a committee of Parliament soberly condidering a proposed law of a constitutional nature, and a member of that committee seeks to intimidate a submitter by linking him with a group his government has successfully cowered into silence by the use of “hate speech”
I leave it to D4J to explain how decent NZers feel about that!
Well, overall its the tip of the iceberg. This bunch of damn crooks and thieves is getting royally paid to inflict all the pain and suffering upon us, and it mystifies me that this is so seeing this is meant to be a democracy, and they’re only there doing what they do BECAUSE NZERS VOTED FOR THEM.
The most unbelievable rort is the superannuation scheme. The bunch of boozing freeloading snoozing stealing regulating interfering moralizing thieves and losers are guaranteed $2.50 for every dollar they put in. What a fucken lark. .. but NZers keep voting for it..
Then there’s the $460 a week accommodation allowance.
Meanwhile, top executives in that disgracefully partisan and cronyist entity totally polluted by socialist politics laughingly called the “Public Service” are raking in half a million a year.
..and Nzers keep voting for it..
This place reminds me of Russia, where decades after Stalin’s passing, there’s still lots of little old Soviet numbskulls running around lamenting the murdering totalitarian scum’s departure.
Mind you, when one reads the mindless slavish devotion to Klark that comes from the Labour propaganda team that stink up this forum, its not hard to understand how they get that way.
I’m pretty sure that Australians don’t pay 17% of their income to super. 9% is the norm. Are you talking about payroll taxes (which aren’t really social security to me, they’re just another state tax).
Are you talking about the latest MP pay rise ? Panty slut boy will be able to book in for more whippings from hairy arm -pitted bush pigs ! Merry Christmas Miss Hinomoo . As far as hate speech goes – guilty sir , blog attack Ch Ch Press March , PM and Children’s Com complaints to Helen’s gals in the police. No arrest YET ?? And, to that backwards twitter that asked how my WINZ referred distressed dad went with multiple representative charges in Court, well lets say the feminazi bitch cop that destroyed is life , oops sorry Ms Dyke will be sacked by Christmas . Please Sandra , hows the senator in Washington darling ??? Stop laughing Egg O”Connor . Justice is coming Howard and Rob !!
Can I expect to be arrested under the smelly anti freedom of speech bill ? I will go down fighting . News flash on lickspittle liarbour TV – d4j arrested today on specific orders from Auntie Smellon and her twisted witches and is proud to be celled up as NZ’s first political prisoner .
Welcome sir , come in and join the delights of this communist Helengrad !!
Redbaiter ; I wish my devoted fan club could come fishing with me and the lads one day , baecuse my cray pots need putrid lures to attract the big bastards . Every crackpot has a name – eh Tane . The gnomer pot seems to fill of holes for some strange reason ?
Oh yes forgot about that Pascal . It is unbelievable that the public servants that work under this present government are all to scared to speak out against widespread corruption .The bureaucracy has been well and truly politicized by Helen’s mob !! Money over consciences !!The tragedy of all his government nonsense is the enormous damage to the self esteem levels of many bewildered citizens who are just simply saying enough is enough – thats it am going across the ditch, stuff the liberal breakdown family brigade !! The socialists in New Zealand are into the fractured family lifesytle, as it pays well for the judges and pollies . Talk about a country in dire straights . What a disgrace to the word integrity , kiwi socialism is endorsed by slime balls who suck !!!
IV2 – I think Key should go further and retrospectively repeal the bill thus giving the prosecutors a headache and sending a clear message to the electors that a vote for National will effectively allow civil disobedience. I’m not sure you will get a reply however as Key appears not to have realised that Nationals fortunes changed after Brash’s Orewa speech made it clear there was a difference.
On another subject, this just announced on Newstalk ZB:
Police have laid 15 counts of bribery and 25 counts of attempting to pervert justice against Taito Phillip Field. He’s due to appear in the Manukau District Court on Monday.
At long last. The tip of the iceberg? I have to wonder whether he will be charged under what I consider the most appropriate Section of the Crimes Act 1961
102 Corruption and bribery of Minister of the Crown
1) Every Minister of the Crown or member of the Executive Council is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years who corruptly accepts or obtains, or agrees or offers to accept or attempts to obtain, any bribe for himself or any other person in respect of any act done or omitted, or to be done or omitted, by him in his capacity as a Minister or member of the Executive Council.
Yes Seamonkey madness I had the displeasure of reading the commie bullshit of the pig trotter. What a peice of trailer trash this man is. So thoses marching are deemed to be the “owning class” and all the rest of NZ society are but servants to the “owning class”. So when the left march we can take it that this is the “bludger classes” For fucks sake this mans mental state must be in serious question. He would say anything to promote his bent and twisted view of life. If pig trotter doesn’t like the “owning classes” I wish he would fuck off, North Korea would be right up pig trotters alley they are all servants there.
“Police have laid 15 counts of bribery and 25 counts of attempting to pervert justice against Taito Phillip Field.”
Another brown boy bites the dust.
But I have to say, at the risk of sounding naieve, Blatant political corruption has never been a huge concern in this country. I know I’m sounding very ignorant but out and out bribery is very rare here.
Considering this countries long political history, our politicians have done very well for their reputations. NZP force as well.
Although there definitely has to be real reasons why the National govt wanted to turn a blind eye to the wine box affair. Then Bill Birch had the cheek to say he wanted to retire because he smelt a rat in politics,, I mean he helped M Fay and co do a hop to Europe with millions,,, and millions.
Labour of course let French terroists go free.
See Helen, people have memories. And its only a year till next November. And yes, if it looks like a threat and sounds like a threat, it probably is.