Mills has always been Left

April 15th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by Jadis

* Jadis post – the DPF goat is still up a mountain

Issac Davidson has had a tough day.  First, the online team put a graphic of a two-lane motorway to a story about Cunliffe’s 3-4 lane truck ban and then someone puts a silly headline to Issac’s story about Phillip Mills donating to Labour and the Greens.

“Climate swings donor Left”

The head of an international fitness empire says he is donating $125,000 to Labour and the Greens because he is fed up with National’s inaction on climate change.

Les Mills International chief executive , a former New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, has given donations totalling $64,999 to the and $60,000 to the , which were declared by the two parties yesterday.

If I was the Greens I’d be a bit miffed as Mills has done plenty of work with them (and associated organisations) in the past.

He said he had been politically neutral until now, but Government’s response to the latest United Nations warnings on climate change had prompted him to take a side.

“I’ve been trying impartially to deal with National. I’ve met with John Key around this a number of times …and really I held the hope that I and groups that I’ve been involved with would be able to get National to see sense.

Oh come now, Phillip. There’s nothing remotely ‘neutral about some of the groups you’ve been involved in and the media comments you’ve made.

And if we’re talking climate change… how many flights have you taken in the last five years growing your business interests, speaking on the world circuit and proselytising?  If one believed in human-lead climate change then one might only Skype rather than fly?

 

 

 

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33 Responses to “Mills has always been Left”

  1. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    Obviously you believe blue greens to be imaginary friends with National and that anyone Green is really a leftie so the environment/global warming can be ignored by the right as it wont cost them any votes. Mills is saying you are trucking in the wrong lane.

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  2. dime (9,869 comments) says:

    “I’ve been trying impartially to deal with National. I’ve met with John Key around this a number of times …and really I held the hope that I and groups that I’ve been involved with would be able to get National to see sense.”

    and umm who the f*ck are you?

    youre lucky the prime minister met with you more than once.

    than worse than some spoiled rich kid hippie douche bag

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  3. Elaycee (4,378 comments) says:

    He said he had been politically neutral until now…

    What bollocks. Mills has always been left – his opinion pieces in the Hoorald have consistently followed the same themes….

    Just one example:

    http://archive.today/GFndJ

    If you really believe Mills was neutral (“until now”), then you’ll love this nice bridge I have for sale.

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  4. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    He will really start telling porkies when he sees his next balance sheet. I hear there are many establishments pulling their gym deals immediately, and that will really hurt this left-leaning hypocrite. Once a customer is lost through mistrust they never return.

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  5. Ross12 (1,413 comments) says:

    Does Mills have a big investment in some “low carbon ” scheme that’s starting to get shakey ??

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  6. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    Elaycee, the article was about this very issue not anything left.

    igm, are there really people who will not do business with people with a different political opinion?

    Is discrimination based on political creed something commonplace in business?

    What is this immediate contempt for someone who dares to make a stand on this issue and the accusation that it is left wing – is it to silence blue greens?,

    Or is it to marginalise any constraint on business and profit making?

    Thus the resort to the meme that daring to go public about withdrawing support for National would cost someone business partners/support.

    Is this not some underlying menace that people will pay for not being supporters of the government?

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  7. Elaycee (4,378 comments) says:

    SPC: When someone parrots Gween policy, do you really think they can describe themselves as being politically ‘neutral’ – “until now”?

    Of course not.

    PS: I’ll give you a special price on ‘my’ bridge – for cash! :D

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  8. RightNow (6,988 comments) says:

    igm, are there really people who will not do business with people with a different political opinion?

    Is discrimination based on political creed something commonplace in business?

    Hmm, I must have just been imagining the shit that went on with Brendan Eich being forced out of Mozilla and the BDS movement against Israeli businesses.

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  9. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    Right Now, and igm’s opinion on that was?

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  10. kowtow (8,326 comments) says:

    As a true leftist he will support 100% profits tax and death duties of 100%……..

    How big is his house? How many homeless can be accomodated in the excess space Mills doesn’t require?

    After hours at the gyms can drug addicts and prostitutes come in and use them as drop in centres and have a shower and clean up.Afterall leftists don’t believe in private property,it’s all for the public good and equality is the goal.

    …….nah didn’t think so.

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  11. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    Elaycee, all sorts of people across the political spectrum support Green policy on the environment and global warming.

    As to the article you linked to

    Phillip Mills is a trustee of Pure Advantage, a group of business leaders promoting green growth strategies for New Zealand. Other trustees include Rob Morrison, Lloyd Morrison, Sir Stephen Tindall, Joan Withers, Prof Sir Paul Callaghan, Jeremy Moon, Rob Fyfe, Chris Liddell, Sir George Fistonich, Geoff Ross and Justine Smyth.

    A hotbed of lefties …. really?

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  12. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    kowtow, we realise that many on the right hate greenies, but to infer that greenies must be lefties because there is also a hate on the right for lefties is the reptilian brain thinking.

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  13. srylands (408 comments) says:

    So in 2011 he says:

    “Rather than risking our environment and reputation by opening marginally accessible petroleum reserves to foreign oil corporations, the emphasis should be on investing in those industries that can provide us with an advantage in rapidly emerging markets such as renewable energy and the businesses that spin off that, from electric vehicles to cloud computing.”

    Firstly, has he invested his own money in such ventures? What does he want from the government? If these investments are going to provide “advantages in rapidly emerging markets” investors will be lining up with their money. Right?

    Secondly, , the criticism of the Government on emissions reductions is bollocks. Lets accept for now that it IS desirable to reduce emissions.

    The benefit from reducing emissions is the same wherever they occur. The marginal cost of reducing emissions in NZ is high:

    Electricity – already renewable dominated

    Transport – a technology taker – our emissions will reduce as the fleet becomes more fuel efficient – nothing we can do that is not ruinous for access to transport – especially for poor people!

    Agriculture – difficult but there are some promising technologies.

    If we really wanted to reduce emissions it would be cheaper for NZ to pay Ukraine or Poland or Mexico to reduce emissions. The marginal cost would be way lower.

    Personally, I accept the evidence that AGW is real and concerning. However the policy responses are difficult and more so for New Zealand compared to most countries. The idea that we can dial down emissions without very significant economic cost is just bollocks.

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  14. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    National “100% pure is our lie”. Do not take it seriously we do not. And our loyal supporters will hate those who do, conditioned as they are to hate anything green as leftie.

    The meme, those who love profitmaking/money/low taxes, should sacrifice the environment not champion it.

    For environment, one can substitute reducing inequality. Thus the confusion of green for left and left for green.

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  15. RightNow (6,988 comments) says:

    It sounds to me like he’s invested in the green dream on the expectation that government policy changes would make for a tidy return on investment, and now the investment isn’t paying off he’s having a spit at the government.

    Tough shit crybaby.

    Perhaps he should now follow in Al Gore’s footsteps and dump all his green investments.

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  16. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    If one believed in human-lead climate change then one might only Skype rather than fly?

    Reminds me of a story I recently heard about a guy who wanted his pregnant girlfriend to be towed on the back of his bicycle to hospital while in labour, such was his commitment to the environment. I say nothing wrong with being a little pragmatic in life and noting that dying on a cross will not change things that require a collective response.

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  17. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    srylands, fair comment. But healthy homes is one way to reduce energy use and improve economic outcomes and we have been slow to act.

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  18. Ross12 (1,413 comments) says:

    SPC
    Be a little careful when you copy. from what was presumably a website list of names –two of those people have passed away.

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  19. Ed Snack (1,851 comments) says:

    The gains from “healthy homes” is really hard to realize, and if done cheap,can make homes even less healthy. Agriculture, a pointless worry, it’s just an accounting scam. Methane is produced when vegetation decays, either inside or outside an animal, so although reducing “emissions” from (say) cows makes an accounting difference, there’s insignificant change to actual methane emissions. This of course depends on whether you”‘re interested in actual emissions or just scoring brownie points.

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  20. big bruv (13,729 comments) says:

    Best thing Mills could do to help the Greens is to give Metiria a free membership.

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  21. OneTrack (3,027 comments) says:

    SPC – 3:53 –

    Im still confused. For a start, what is the problem – AGW or the environment or reducing equality? Because the hard-left (Greens) seem to be focussing purely on the equality angle (ie extreme socialism). Thats when they are not flying to international conferences ( which always seem to result in no change ), or flying to Wellington from Dunedin and back again,meanwhile telling the evil “tories” that they should move their house close to where they work. Four legs good, two legs better?

    And now we have a lefty business man wanting the government to invest in his green schemes, so he can make some more money, instead of investing his own money in all those green industries that will apparently make the country rich, if only we tax the bejesus out of the productive sector and give it to a bunch of ivory tower politicians to spend, even though one of the reasons they are politicians is because maths, science and economics was too hard at school.

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  22. Harriet (4,857 comments) says:

    “….Methane is produced when vegetation decays, either inside or outside an animal, so although reducing “emissions” from (say) cows makes an accounting difference, there’s insignificant change to actual methane emissions….”

    Ed I’m not trying to be picky but there probably would be a differance between actual methane emissions from plant to plant – as some plants live longer – and plants rid themselves of foliage at different rates.

    Or more to the point where the Greens are concerned – between plants and grass.

    Just sayin.

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  23. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (876 comments) says:

    This moron has too much money and too much time. So suddenly he starts to worry about environment. He then contributes to lazy Labour and toxic Greens. Their environment policy is to slap a tax and magically everything gets fixed. I request all National supporters to cancel their Les Mills gym membership and teach this joker a lesson.

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  24. Mark Craig (31 comments) says:

    Erm Sir Cullen how about as a return of service we get the left to boycott the Talley Brothers,heh heh we could become Tallywackers,your play old fruit .Pip pip what

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  25. James Stephenson (2,155 comments) says:

    igm, are there really people who will not do business with people with a different political opinion?

    There’s a difference between a privately held political opinion and thinking your money or fame entitles your opinion to carry more weight.

    I refuse to watch anything with that Lawless or Malcolm bint in it, although to be fair, that’s not exactly a hardship.

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  26. Mark (1,481 comments) says:

    It is difficult to understand why Mills donating to l Labour and the Greens is worthy of a post on Kiwiblog. Do you not have anything important to blog about?

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  27. Tom Barker (138 comments) says:

    “I refuse to watch anything with that Lawless or Malcolm bint in it”

    I hate to break it to you, James, but probably 90% of leading NZ actors, on TV, stage and screen, would scorn to vote National. You’d better stick to watching the Simpsons.

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  28. dubya (229 comments) says:

    Just cancelled my Les Mills membership of four and a half years, and told them why.

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  29. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Why would you cancel a gym membership just because the gym’s owner makes political donations? Do the reasons why you chose that gym suddenly no longer make sense? Will you vet the political views of the owner of your next gym?

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  30. dubya (229 comments) says:

    Because I abhor the failed ideology that is socialism and those who try to fund it’s second coming. $1200 or so a year less to a chardonnay socialist like Phillip Mills is $1200 less to self-righteous authoritarian eco-douchebags hell bent on taxing NZ into third world status. I don’t shop at Commonsense Organics for the same reason (it’s owned by Green Party members), and I firmly tell Greenpeace to fuck off when I see them. It’s called voting with your feet. In a similar vein, I cancelled my AMI policies when they got a taxpayer bailout.

    Also, Les Mills Auckland Central – over $20 per week and the bloody place doesn’t even have air conditioning. Which finally makes sense… Phillip Mills likes the smell of BO. Why else would he support the Greens?!

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  31. alephnaught (18 comments) says:

    “If one believed in human-lead climate change then one might only Skype rather than fly?”

    Why do you keep making statements like this David? On the one hand, you say that you accept the science, yet on the other, you keep making sly digs at it. It looks like cognitive dissonance to me; you’re letting your ideological biases trump your respect for science. You’ve got the presence and influence to really get people at this end of the political spectrum engaged with the issue (probably the most important policy issue of the 21st century); it’s a shame you won’t use it.

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  32. RightNow (6,988 comments) says:

    “Why do you keep making statements like this David?”

    Moron, David didn’t make the statement.

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  33. Blair36 (4 comments) says:

    I just cancelled my Les Mills membership. I don’t like the idea of my money going to someone to use in this way.

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