Ralston on the outer

April 20th, 2008 at 8:25 am by David Farrar

Bill Ralston writes that he seems to have offended she who rules:

The Prime Minister has gone off me. I keep hearing from colleagues that she has been complaining loudly about these columns and my work on Radio Live’s drive show in the afternoons, when I often interview politicians. Apparently she believes I have “gone Tory”.

We’ve known each other since university days and I’ve always been moderately liberal in outlook, so she is puzzled by my criticism of the Government.

I have not had a road to Damascus experience and decided National is the way, the truth and the light.

It is simply that this Government has been in power for nine years and after that length of time it is inevitable it will have done things that provoke criticism.

Bill, Bill, Bill. If you criticise the Government, then of course you are a golf playing Tory. Either that or a chinless scarf wearer. You can’t be a friendly critic – friendly criticism is seen in the same light as friendly fire – a target to be fired back at.

Ralston then goes on to state all the current economic problems, and then observes:

Some of these factors are outside the control of the Government but it would be nice to see it concentrating on the issues that concern us.

Instead, Labour whinges about . The National Party leader had a point last week when he accused the Government of fiddling while the economy burned. He asked what was the cost of the Government using countless bureaucrats to endlessly scour records in an attempt to discover inconsistencies in any utterance he made.

’s response was to yell “Diddums”, and told Key to “get used to the fact he is playing with the big boys now”.

Displaying a sad and pathetic chip on his shoulder, Cullen went on to sneer that Key was the “MP for King’s College”. As a child, Cullen attended Christ’s College on a scholarship, an experience that obviously scarred him and left him with some kind of weird class hatred of those he terms “rich pricks”.

Hence his envy tax in 1999 to take an extra 6% off those earning more than $60,000. There was and is no fiscal need for it.

Can I suggest to Dr Cullen that the rest of us “poor pricks” would prefer he concentrated on delivering a budget that took the pressure off our diminishing disposable incomes rather than making infantile personal attacks?

Labour has become obsessed by John Key. The Government launched a campaign of ridicule to try to dent his credibility and at every opportunity it seeks to portray him as some kind of evil mastermind plotting to sell the family silver and deliver us into some kind of globalised bondage.

For many of us these attacks don’t ring true. Key is a quietly spoken, thoughtful sort of guy, obviously bright but somewhat colourless.

He is not Hannibal Lecter and all attempts to convince us that he is are doomed to fail.

That’s a visual association I could do without!

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25 Responses to “Ralston on the outer”

  1. Frank (320 comments) says:

    Fair comment Bill!

    I HAVE TO WONDER HOW HELEN IS REACTING TO E-MAIL ENT 17 04 2008 WITH ATTACHMENT 2006:

    Allegations of Breaches of the Crimes Act 1961 by Senior Members of the

    New Zealand Police Force. Sent also to Law and Order Select Committee)

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  2. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    The problem with labour is that it only wishes to listen to those who agree with them. Those who do not agree with them are seen as traitors. The current government is so trapped by ideals that it cannot see past itself.

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  3. Monty (944 comments) says:

    Helen is desperate and panicking about being evicted by the people of NZ. She would rather blame anyone else other than her corrupt Government. Caustic Michael is and always has been a nasty little prick who has a major inferiotity complex. No doubt the sniveling little prick would have been bulied at school by the said rich pricks and has made it his lifelong ambition to “get them back”

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  4. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    There is a kind of evolution that afflicts people in power – yes ‘power corrupts’ I am fascinated by how after about a generation, say seven years, the vast majority of leaders become the very thing they set out to destroy. To paraphrase a quote about a rock band: ‘The set out to destroy the idols of rock, and ended up kneeling at the altar.’ By the by as kiwiblog is off today check out my general discussion on MWT. thnx David.

    http://monkeyswithtypewriter.blogspot.com/ Helen Captain of the Titanic – Victory or Bismark?

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  5. JSF2008 (422 comments) says:

    little nasty red faced cullen,having seen how his new best friends the commie chinese are keeping mugabe in power thinks this is a good way to stay in power 1800 blue track suited thugs with guns to keep the ungrateful workers in their place ,this includes Ralston, a turncoat??who speaks the truth.

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  6. reid (15,527 comments) says:

    I think the point is, we have never seen a govt that deflects blame by criticising others as much as this one does. It’s been a tactic since day one. Recall how for years they blamed National for everything, and when they couldn’t do that anymore due to passage of time, they ruthlessly attacked individuals.

    The media morons abrogated their investigative responsibility and meekly submitted to the Liarbore agenda. Only now are some outlets doing what they should have been doing since 2000. The fact they’re now excoriated for doing so by all lefties: e.g. I was listening to Harre on RadioLeftWing last Monday doing just that, is simply indicative of the fact the media let them get away with things for too long.

    Liarbore is not interested in truth or improvement for the citizens, it’s interested only in power for its own sake. This is the worst govt in our history.

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  7. adamsmith1922 (879 comments) says:

    Ralston has in effect diagnosed the Labour Party, especially Clark, Cullen, King and Mike Williams as suffering from Hubris Syndrome. At the risk of link whoring see here:-

    http://adamsmith.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/384/

    The symptoms all seem to be present:- arrogance, out of touch, belief they can do no wrong

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  8. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (759 comments) says:

    “Bill, Bill, Bill. If you criticise the Government, then of course you are a golf playing Tory. Either that or a chinless scarf wearer.”
    kinda like how anybody who supports the Govt is a dirty commie bastard?

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  9. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (759 comments) says:

    “Liarbore is not interested in truth or improvement for the citizens, it’s interested only in power for its own sake. ”
    I’m glad you have insight into Labour’s thoughts and can share it with us

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  10. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    Don’t worry Bill, as soon as Hulun reads Ian Wishhart’s new book you will seem positively overflowing with sycophantic adulation by comparison.

    Chin up mate!

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  11. Ross Miller (1,624 comments) says:

    Hmmmmmmmm … so John Key is the MP for King’s College presumably because he chose to send his son there. But hold on, he’s not the only one. Ross (anonymous) Robertson also chose to exercise his right to do the same thing. So in point of fact we have two MPs for King’s College … lucky King’s.

    Sorry Ross for ‘outing’ you but Labour MPs just arn’t supposed to do that sort of thing. Its the preserve of rich Tory pricks.
    The hubris, cant and hypocrisy eminating from the ‘Left’ is sickening.

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  12. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    adam smith that link is good you nailed it. Thanks for the term I have been grasping for.

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  13. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/fink

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  14. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    “If you criticise the Government, then of course you are a golf playing Tory. Either that or a chinless scarf wearer. You can’t be a friendly critic -”

    Well I know that you criticise the government DPF, but I’m almost certain that I’ve never seen you wear a scarf :-)

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  15. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    “Some of these factors are outside the control of the Government but it would be nice to see it concentrating on the issues that concern us.”

    Well I’m sure they are bill, but making those problems the focus of your media strategy is electoral suicide. Duh!

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  16. ghostwhowalks3 (387 comments) says:

    Ralston is pushing nationals message because he hopes to be in Keys inner circle if he becomes PM.

    You don’t think he wants to be a fill in drive time radio host for the next 3 years .

    Coming up in the next hour… David Farrar and Condeleeza Rice ( funny another phone interviwer that never seems to get back to them, but DPF always has the time to fill in between advertisers)

    I supposed he covered the Debate that national blocked over the Airport sale?
    Don’t be silly.

    And as for Hannibal Lecter, all they say about Key is he’s ‘slippery’ like an eel. ( and doesnt like NZ enough to buy a holiday home)

    So here Ralston is making up his own straw man – and echo’s nationals talking points for the week… how convenient.

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  17. dad4justice (7,406 comments) says:

    “Well I know that you criticise the government DPF, but I’m almost certain that I’ve never seen you wear a scarf”

    Does roger’s bad mental health explain such insane ramblings from a nerd ?

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  18. Rich Prick (1,320 comments) says:

    Oh dear, and it just got a whole lot worse. Mike Williams caught telling big fat porkpies (I suspect the knives will be out for whichever attendee leaked that audio!! God bless ‘em though), Labour stuffed in the polls, potentially with no Greens and National able to govern alone on today’s results.

    Watch the lefties turn particularly feral, nasty and abusive this week.

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  19. big bruv (12,328 comments) says:

    Ghost

    You’re hilarious, do you really think that the only reason Labour are behind in the polls is because the media have gone off dear leader?

    Time to face the facts ghosty, the people have had enough of the corruption, the lies and the manipulated stats, despite endless Labour ministers telling them that they have never had it so good they are leaving in their droves, the poor bastards who have to stay here are faced with reality every time they go to the supermarket or every time their mortgage needs to be renewed.
    They are sick of lying Labour minsters and people like you telling them lies.

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  20. big bruv (12,328 comments) says:

    Rich Prick

    I could not believe that either, Williams has been caught “red handed”, lets see dear leader lie her way out of this one.

    By the way, I loved the bit about “Guyon Espiner has been digging on this story”……what a lot of crap, more than likely the story fell into his lap and he was forced to run it, as we all know Gynon is hardly going to do anything that will cast a shadow on his precious Labour party without it being something he has no option but to run, no doubt the Labour party flunkies at TVNZ will ensure this story dies a quiet death over the next few days.

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  21. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Dear Leader and this Liarbore party are a festering sore and they need lancing badly. It’s sad but I think the yanks have it right when they allow the president only two terms in office. I believe if NZ had similar rules then we wouldn’t be facing the same issues like corruption etc. As far as I’m concerned one day of Dear Leader’s rule was one day to many but to have to put up with this corrupt, vile person for 9 years has been turly depressing. Maybe Bill has seen the light but for someone who is suppose to have a few more clues the your average joe it’s sure taken him a while to click on.

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  22. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    The standard, as usual has a more insightful take on this.

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=1724

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  23. Barnsley Bill (929 comments) says:

    Insightfull! your having a laugh Roger.

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  24. Peak Oil Conspiracy (2,758 comments) says:

    Phillip John/Roger Nome:

    What, you’re still here, after threadjacking the Mike Williams is a nine-times-over liar thread. What a pity The Standard hasn’t got around to dealing with that very important subject, hey?

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  25. PhilBest (5,112 comments) says:

    And WOULD THAT HYPOCRITE Kullen GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THE “RICH PRICKS” in politics who simply want to set up schemes where MORE POOR KIDS can GET scholarships???????

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