Cullen’s best quote

April 29th, 2009 at 9:50 pm by David Farrar

My favourite is:

“To those in government, a genuine thank you for the NZPost appointment. When I attacked National last year for swallowing so many dead rats little did I think that some might see me as one of them.”

Also good:

“The attorney-general does not have to be a lawyer any more than the minister of education has to be a teacher, the minister of health a doctor, or the minister of corrections a convict.”

And some advice for the Greens:

“To the Greens — good luck. But loosen up a bit; saving the planet needs to sound less like punishment for our sins if it is going to succeed.”

Will link to video and transcript when I can locate them.

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35 Responses to “Cullen’s best quote”

  1. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,753 comments) says:

    or the minister of corrections a convict

    Labour would know all about illegal practices, they were masters.

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  2. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    He should have helped his dear friend with her speech too.
    As much as I can’t stand the man, he is good with his tongue.
    So now…..
    Will that other nasty Labour man Jones be able to stand up??
    I doubt it, but he is the only one I can see in the party with the wicked tongue.

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  3. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    “To the Greens — good luck. But loosen up a bit; saving the planet needs to sound less like punishment for our sins if it is going to succeed.”

    …………..and funnily enough the Greens declare that licking stamps is now a major contributor to global warming

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  4. racer (257 comments) says:

    ” OECD rank 22 kiwi

    Labour would know all about illegal practices, they were masters.”

    National is catching up pretty fast, looking good to achieve in 3 years what took Labour 9, remember, Labour (apparently) did it first, so that makes it ok (apparently).

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  5. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    oh look …..it’s ‘racer – the underwear chaser’

    How’s the neighbourhood clotheslines going?? – found any new stock?

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  6. racer (257 comments) says:

    Aww good evening Patrick Genocide Starr, how the fuck are you, Cunt? how about you go fuck yourself.

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  7. racer (257 comments) says:

    Speaking of cunts, hows your apologisim for pedofile priests going? will the hyprocracy ever get too much for you? I doubt.

    [DPF: Warning that language will get demerits next time]

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  8. dad4justice (8,302 comments) says:

    Did Doctor Kullen write that caustic post for you racer?

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  9. racer (257 comments) says:

    No sir.

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  10. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    racer, boy

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  11. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble peeper boy – but I’m agnostic

    Yep – those paedophile priests are a real problem. Got any of their undies in your collection? – you little neighbourhood wanderer you

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  12. tvb (4,491 comments) says:

    He revealed himself as a much bigger man than I expected. Whereas Helen Clark was a much smaller person than I expected or hoped for. They are the two big personalities of the first decade of the 21st Century. Michael Cullen’s fair large and liberal speech plants him firmly alongside Helen Clark in terms of political importance.

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  13. reid (16,625 comments) says:

    “He revealed himself as a much bigger man than I expected.”

    He’s always had substance, tvb. It’s just his outcomes haven’t been what I would have expected. I mean he had the opportunity to make hay for the whole country during his entire nine-year term. However, what has he done that’s made real productivity improvements that are clearly visible today?

    It appears to me that he had a good time spending most of OUR money on policies specifically designed to get his party re-elected. There’s a mile of difference between the good of the country and getting a govt re-elected, and rarely did Mr Cullen’s spending decisions venture toward the former at the cost of the latter.

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  14. racer (257 comments) says:

    Patrick Starr (2181) Vote: Add rating 0 Subtract rating 0 Says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble peeper boy – but I’m agnostic

    Then you should know better, but you dont, which makes me think your far more likely to be a guilt ridden chrsitan ashamed of the stupidity of your belief in faries. Maybe you’ve been giving the priests a hand, AHEM, so to speak?

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  15. Monty (980 comments) says:

    I want to see the speech for no other reason than to make sure the prick has left the building. I just wish he was wheeled out feet first into a waiting hearse. He will not be missed except by those on the left who now fear the public will realise how puddle deep the talent pool of Labour really is.

    [DPF: Sorry but 20 demerits. Wishing an MP dead exceeds the moderation policy]

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  16. jarbury (464 comments) says:

    It was an excellent speech. Quite funny in parts and also had some really interesting analysis of the current global economic situation.

    Oddly enough, Bill English on December 18th last year thought that the previous Labour government had left the books in pretty good shape.

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  17. reid (16,625 comments) says:

    “Oddly enough, Bill English on December 18th last year thought that the previous Labour government had left the books in pretty good shape.”

    “Decade of deficits” ring any bells, jarbury?

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  18. Red Sam (122 comments) says:

    “I just wish he was wheeled out feet first into a waiting hearse”

    You do the right no justice when you write horrible comments like this, Monty. I’m as red as they come, but there’s no way in a million years that I would wish an early death on, for example, those on the hard right.

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  19. reid (16,625 comments) says:

    “there’s no way in a million years that I would wish an early death on, for example, those on the hard right.”

    That’s why you’re a lefty, Sam. See, we conservatives have no worries about wishing early deaths on anyone. We do it all the time. I did it twice today.

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  20. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “I’m as red as they come, but there’s no way in a million years that I would wish an early death on, for example, those on the hard right.”

    What sanctimonious deceitful crap. You boast of following an ideology that is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. You seek to impose a form of government that depends on thievery and the threat of death and violence to sustain it. You don’t even deserve to live in a democracy when you abuse the freedom of democracy to preach an ideology that seeks to destroy democracy. Don’t come on here with the holier than thou act you disgusting hypocrite. It won’t wash for a millisecond.

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  21. NX (504 comments) says:

    “To the Greens — good luck. But loosen up a bit; saving the planet needs to sound less like punishment for our sins if it is going to succeed.”

    It was a long time in the coming, but I completely agreed with Dr. C on this point.

    tvb wrote:

    He revealed himself as a much bigger man than I expected. Whereas Helen Clark was a much smaller person than I expected or hoped for.

    Agreed. I haven’t even bothered to listen to Helen’s valedictory (asides what I heard on the news) because I expected it to be dispassionate. But I’m going to listen to Cullen’s.

    My opinion of Cullen is mixed; one day he would be rude and caustic and the next thoughtful and personable.

    His performance as Minister of Finance was also mixed. Cullen is a fully signed up socialist yet implemented a pseudo-capitalist programme; when push came to shove he knew socialist policies wouldn’t work yet preached about them anyway. For example the KiwiSaver scheme (probably his biggest achievement) is hardly your topical left wing policy with the ability to choose your provider, opted in or opted out.. etc. He even started to pursue PPPs (private, public, partnerships).

    However he did manage to tie thousands to the state through various other schemes which have become ingrained & will cost the country dearly when the chips are down (like now). Cullen also seemed to consider tax dollars ‘his’ money… rather than the tax payers.

    Cullen also failed to explain his economic theory to me – the voter. In contrast Dr Brash did this very well by describing all the various cogs (productivity, employment etc) which make-up our economy and how they fit together. I think Cullen failed to do this because of his ideological conflicts. Not to mention he was a bit of an academic “you wouldn’t understand” snob.

    All in all, I won’t miss Dr C. Aside from disagreements on economic issues the guy voted not to censure Winston and voted for the EFA. I also suspect he knew the trains were a rip-off but bowed to pressure from H2 – unacceptable!

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  22. noskire (842 comments) says:

    Despite my political leanings, I have to admit that I’ll miss Michael Cullen in the House.

    Possibly the Francis Urquhart that Garner and co never clicked on to.

    I admire his wit and intellect – he is a loss to Parliament. I wish him all the best.

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  23. spector (180 comments) says:

    “He revealed himself as a much bigger man than I expected.”

    They were nice lines, peppered with grace and humility. Is it possible that the real political potential of Micheal Cullen was lost due to his choice of party and those he had to work under? We’ll never know.

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  24. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Racer, you deserve a ban!

    Go away pig fiddler, and panty sniffer!

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  25. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Cullen is an old commie **** but must be a laugh to chat with.

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  26. Chicken Little (741 comments) says:

    Bye Mike, we’ll miss you.

    /s

    Racer, whats your commenter name on the Stranded?

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  27. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    chicken, he’s one of the more obsessive ones like lyn.

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  28. Viking2 (11,544 comments) says:

    * On Winston Peters – “Winston Peters is the blowfly of New Zealand politics.”
    Well while I agree that raises the interesting question.
    What do blowflies hang around?

    Dead bodies, smellie rubbish, shit in general.

    Next question; who was he hanging around?
    Labour, Clark, Cullen all of whom allowed him to feed of their corpses amid the bad smell of corruption.

    Epitaph to the Last Labour Govt.

    P.S. The new Labour leader totally despised Peter’s. Told me so himself. So while Goff has struggled at least we have something in common there.

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  29. thedavincimode (6,867 comments) says:

    spector says:

    “Is it possible that the real political potential of Micheal Cullen was lost due to his choice of party and those he had to work under?”

    No

    He wound up in labour because he is an envious miserable died in the wool commie who can’t get over the abuses of the industrial revolution and despises anyone who has created wealth.

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  30. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    What do blowflies hang around?

    Blowflies aren’t choosy, as we saw with this particular blowfly.

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  31. Ryan Sproull (7,259 comments) says:

    He wound up in labour because he is an envious miserable died in the wool commie who can’t get over the abuses of the industrial revolution and despises anyone who has created wealth.

    Or he thinks that the people who create wealth are the people who do the work, rather than the people who make the investment.

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  32. big bruv (14,117 comments) says:

    Cullen’s best quote…

    “as I leave this place”

    Good, fuck off, you will not be missed.

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  33. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    The house will be better off, Labour will not be. Cullen, for all his ability, was bound by an ideology that blinded him to the possibility of good decisions being made by those who believed differently to himself. That, coupled with a smug arrogance resulted in decisions that will impact this country for decades to come.

    Those who had shares in Air New Zealand will not miss him. The taxpayers who will continue to sink money into KiwiRail will not miss him. Our children who bear the cost of 9 years of missed opportunities while the Government coasted in the good times and claimed credit where none were due, while they pissed away the chance of real productive growth, will not look kindly on him.

    Kiwisaver, and the superannuation fund will remain as his best contribution to personal financial security. For those I thank him. But for the missed opportunity for real economic progress, I do not lament his passing.

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  34. gladstone (38 comments) says:

    Bruv – why are the greenies calling you ‘Blow’?

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  35. thedavincimode (6,867 comments) says:

    Ryan

    If people were not rewarded for having the initiative to get off their arses and go do something, then we would still all be sitting around scratching our arses and waiting for someone else to go kill a wildebeest so that the rest of us could continue to sit around and pontificate on the inequity of inequality in material possessions, and rationalise our own shortcomings and envy on the basis that the State should own and control all means of production – including our minds.

    Get over the fact that some people are more intelligent, motivated, responsible or possess more capacity to assume responsibility in a business conext than others. And that some people are just plain lucky and happen to be in the right place at the right time.

    You seem to ignore the fact that a big chunk of the nasty capitalists that exploit “the workers” and get rich of the burden on their backs and the sweat of their brows, do so by putting themselves and the futures of their families on the line. Some of these people have literally started businesses in their back yards and expanded those businesses to provide employment. Anyone that has a problem with that should just fuck off and start their own business. IE, get off their arse and go find their own wildebeest.

    Instead, we have the predictable lowest common denominator response. If there are a couple of arseholes in the barrel, then we should deal with the barrel on the basis that it is topped to the brim with arseholes. Same weary old pinko dogma that pervaded the way that we legislated for everything for the last nine years.

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