@David Garrett: Fran was apparently Shearer’s ‘Press Secretary’ (that worked, didn’t it?) but apparently she resigned on Friday so she can move to Auckland with her partner.
She’ll probably end up in another left wing flunkie job – perhaps with Len’s team of propagandists. Indeed, the Auckland Council seems to be a gathering place for uber left media hacks. She’d fit in well.
If the government were to take some of that ~$2 billion that they are expecting to pocket from the sale of mighty river and use it to build a 1GW coal fired power station (southland easiest) Then they could reduce the cost of electricity throughout new zealand by bringing down the wholesale rate while also making a nice profit off of the $0.05/unit power it would produce.
Given that the CAGW scare is entering terminal decline (media are starting to desert the cause, and most of the electorate already has) coal is our cheapest long-term option for additional generation as it does not require expensive oil/gas exploration or importation of fuel (which next best option of nuclear would).