A pim­ple

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

It is frus­trat­ing and in­fu­ri­at­ing that this gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to pur­sue the global warm­ing/ cli­mate change one-track doc­trine at huge ex­pense to our coun­try, and ig­nores fac­tual sci­ence that proves both CO2 and meth­ane gases are negated and change is gov­erned by the sun’s ac­tiv­ity.

Be­cause we signed the Paris Agree­ment, which was based on a flawed model, we, who are guilty of one-fifth of 1 per cent of world emis­sions, have to be in the fore­front of the fight, while the USA and China carry on re­gard­less. What ut­ter stu­pid­ity. We are a pim­ple on a pump­kin.

But wait, we have to have a Min­is­ter of Cli­mate Change, and who bet­ter than James Shaw, leader of the Greens, who wouldn’t know a genome from a gnome if he fell over one?

And then we have the goal of zero car­bon. Won­der­ful! It is cost­ing big time now, and is fore­cast to cost bil­lions a year and we all say very lit­tle or noth­ing.

I say, God help us, as we seem in­ca­pable of ra­tio­nal thought to help our­selves. DON JACK­SON

RD3 Kaitaia

Coun­cil­lor Radich refers to the hall in deroga­tory terms, and we con­cede that main­te­nance work is ur­gently needed — pre­req­ui­sites to es­tab­lish­ing sta­tus with Her­itage NZ. In an up­date for your read­ers, Mayor Carter has agreed to con­vene a pub­lic meet­ing at the Eastern Rugby Club in Taipa on Sun­day Novem­ber 11 at 2pm. The hope is that many will at­tend. An aus­pi­cious day, es­pe­cially no­table on a day that re­mem­bers the 100th an­niver­sary of World War I Armistice.

JOHN FOLKARD

Chairperson

gov­ern­ment laws, leg­is­la­tion, de­bate, ref­er­en­dum or spe­cial in­quiries or com­mit­tees. Just sun, water and plant food, just like cannabis, a medic­i­nal herb.

Stop wast­ing tax­pay­ers’ funds, and tar­get them where needed for the peo­ple’s good. GRANT ADLINGTON

Para­para dis­cre­tion (au­to­cratic) by­passed ‘nor­mal’ pro­ce­dures, giv­ing this crim­i­nal New Zealand res­i­dency while say­ing he can’t dis­close rea­sons why.

This non­sense is at pub­lic cost-risk, and where en­treaties are made to min­is­ters by of­fend­ers a waiver al­ways needs to be signed so all the cir­cum­stances can be pub­licly dis­closed for ro­bust ex­am­i­na­tion.

This is the clas­sic case of no open­ness, no trans­parency and no ac­count­abil­ity, which is wrong, be­ing right up there with judges who in­ex­pli­ca­bly give wet bus ticket-slap­ping sen­tences to vil­lains, then when chal­lenged say crit­ics don’t know the facts. Well, the an­swer is pub­li­cise the facts, ob­tain waivers from the of­fend­ers, which should be a pre-con­di­tion to any plea for spe­cial treat­ment/le­niency, and have the cir­cum­stances plus fac­tors pub­licly no­ti­fied. Hid­ing be­hind the veil of se­crecy is not an

op­tion. Ki­wis are rightly ap­palled and out­raged with this out­come. Mr LeesGal­loway needs a re­al­ity check — no, bet­ter still, just re­sign and fol­low his two fel­low trav­ellers out the Cab­i­net door.

Ms Ardern’s “read be­tween the lines” dic­tum is pif­fle.

If she is sug­gest­ing there is some risk in Cze­choslo­vakia (seems Sroubek vis­ited the Czech Repub­lic af­ter 2003), well that is an in­sult to Czech in­tegrity. It is af­ter all, is one of the top 10 coun­tries in the world for law, or­der and safety, with learn­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal achieve­ments be­ing top notch.

If she thinks there are per­sonal is­sues or that a five-year good be­hav­iour bond will do the trick then she needs her head ex­am­ined. Mr Peters, who sup­ported Lees — Gal­loway, and the judge who dis­charged with­out con­vic­tion, are in the same cat­e­gory.

A tri­umph for mod­ern ‘po­lit­i­cal’ sci­ence would be to find just one part of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment that is not ma­lig­nant, iso­late it and save for pos­ter­ity. In re­al­ity it is not so much a coali­tion more like a creep­ing dis­ease, seem­ingly with the credo that if two wrongs don’t make a right, then try three or more. ROB PATER­SON

Mat­apihi Win­ston Peters can to­day cel­e­brate how he got away with the great­est po­lit­i­cal con job in re­cent years.

With Aus­tralia hav­ing now signed the Trans Pa­cific Part­ner­ship Agree­ment, which trig­gers its for­mal ac­ti­va­tion, Peters, who was the most vo­cal critic of the deal while in op­po­si­tion, can now, as For­eign Min­is­ter, with all the baubles of of­fice, over­see putting it into op­er­a­tion.

Thou­sands of New Zealan­ders will be kick­ing them­selves for vot­ing for NZ First at the last elec­tion on the prom­ise the party would con­tinue to cam­paign against the toxic deal if they got into Par­lia­ment.

Their vote was reinforced by the pri­vate Mem­ber’s Bill the party pro­moted through its cur­rent deputy leader, Fletcher Tabuteau, which sought to ban both the TPPA and all fur­ther agree­ments of its type.

They must be choking to hear Trade

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