The masses march against asset sales

June 26th, 2012 at 2:58 pm by David Farrar

Photo by Felix Marwick.

Good God, that may be the smallest protest ever at Parliament.

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28 Responses to “The masses march against asset sales”

  1. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    Awesome. Fight tha Power :-)

    Not the smallest protest though – that lone anti-abortion guy has been keeping the stone wall at the RH side of the main Lambton Quay gate warm for years…

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,290 comments) says:

    Weren’t Rod Donald’s (or was it Russel Norman’s) China/Tibet protests just one person?

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  3. Manolo (14,036 comments) says:

    A small group of bludgers, no doubt.

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  4. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    blink…wow

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  5. alex Masterley (1,523 comments) says:

    Bet Penny is there.

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  6. Oskar (34 comments) says:

    But wait until you see how its shown on TV tonight – they will give the impression that there were hundreds.

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  7. Muzza M (291 comments) says:

    Quite a few couldn’t make it due to transportation costs. They are saving thier money to buy shares.

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  8. Rufus (676 comments) says:

    Hahahahahahahahahaha…… :)

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  9. tas (646 comments) says:

    The evidence shows that people just don’t care about asset sales: The protests are tiny. It was the defining issue at the last election and turnout was the lowest since 1887. Labour based its election campaign on opposing sales and got its worst result since 1928. National promoted the policy and got its best result since 1951. Now the greens need to pay people to collect signatures for a referendum.

    In 2014 the sky will not have fallen and the issue will be all but forgotten.

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  10. Keeping Stock (10,409 comments) says:

    @ Muzza; similar thoughts; I had suggested that the rest of ‘em had appointments with their sharebrokers :P

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  11. kowtow (8,747 comments) says:

    yes oskar it’s all about angles innit?
    tv news will be interesting onhow they portray it

    bit like rrm bringing baby murder into it..

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  12. 3-coil (1,222 comments) says:

    The crowd of protesters only looks small because the photo was taken from a long way away :-)

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  13. David Farrar (1,901 comments) says:

    No wonder the Greens have to pay people to collect signatures.

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  14. emmess (1,432 comments) says:

    Not the smallest protest though – that lone anti-abortion guy has been keeping the stone wall at the RH side of the main Lambton Quay gate warm for years…

    I work near the Chinese consulate in Auckland, and quite often there is a silent Falun Gong protest out the front
    Once, there was one just guy there holding a banner that said something like ‘Together, we will fight Chinese oppression’
    Together? with who? I found that quite amusing

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  15. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    No fwags, so I guess Wussell wasn’t there.

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  16. Leaping Jimmy (16,632 comments) says:

    Guess what I just heard on Checkpoint? A long interview with someone described as “an Auckland businessman who has opposed asset sales” but who was sounding like your typical average lefty loon. Since when has RadioNZ been in the business of taking a partisan stance on something and setting it up like a serious interview.

    I’ve never before heard of such a thing.

    (Yes I’m being sarcastic, but seriously, this is outright propaganda. Have a listen to it when they post the link. Complete deadpan from the interviewer, as if she really wasn’t interviewing a screaming loony lefty.)

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  17. Dazzaman (1,144 comments) says:

    As expected. Asset sales are a non issue for most but is being wrung out long & hard by the typical lefty types.

    Don’t they realize no one is watching!

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  18. Manolo (14,036 comments) says:

    Meanwhile, Bill English flies a kite: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10815604

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  19. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    emmess >I work near the Chinese consulate in Auckland, and quite often there is a silent Falun Gong protest out the front
    Once, there was one just guy there holding a banner

    Either he has a cousin in Wellington or he nips down sometimes to make it look a nationwide protest movement ;-)

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  20. kowtow (8,747 comments) says:

    jessica mutch on tv1 making much of the widespread protests across the country.( 2 protests)
    close up shots of what look like escapees from an asylum (closed due to right wing cost saving and leftist anti institutionalisation as being out on the street is better than being in a big building)

    One labour MP shouting “bugger”. I wonder why?

    No long shots though.

    Barry Soper on Prime got it right. He said Labour and the Greens should have got going when the gummint announced it’s plans way back if they really wanted to stop this. Is he saying they don’t really want to stop the sales? Interesting.

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  21. Jimmy Smits (246 comments) says:

    A sad day for New Zealand.

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  22. Viking2 (11,561 comments) says:

    Wuzzell on the radio news this moaning whinning on about assett sales and how they are going to do everything they can to stop them. Cause we apparently, well according to him, an out of control Govt.

    Of course we have. They continue to spend too much of my money ouseless shit. More chopping. Close 500 quangoes.

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  23. Lazybum (259 comments) says:

    At least they ALL could have all fitted in a phone booth if it started to rain.
    Time to buy some shares, where do I line up, I have a spare $50K lying around.

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  24. Yvette (2,845 comments) says:

    Tuwharetoa hope to ‘negitiate’ their concerns with Government rather than seeking an injunction.
    I guess this is about the water rights, as with Wanganui iwi, which Peter Dunne said were not involved …

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  25. Fletch (6,487 comments) says:

    I saw them on the news tonight. Even One news couldn’t make them look like a lot of people. I said to my folks, there’s only about 10 people there…

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  26. tom hunter (5,078 comments) says:

    DPF

    I’m sure you meant to write – “The toiling masses march against asset sales” – but that would have been too cruel.

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  27. Monty (980 comments) says:

    I saw them walking down Lambton Quay and I thought they must be part of a bigger group who had finished a protest march. There were about 14 of them. I reminded them that “we won – you lost – eat that”. He asked about my kids future – I advised him that they will enjoy starting their own portfolio from the shares I buy for them in each sale. I also appreciated that his actions were probably going to suppress demand which meant I could buy more and even better make more money.
    Ouch. He did not like that

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  28. Paulus (2,659 comments) says:

    Sorry, Rent-a-Crowd were stuck in McDonalds.

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