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Island Life: Don't need no steenkin' lockup

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  • Kumara Republic,

    "Message to Substandard & Poorly's: you don't run NZ, NZers do!"

    Seriously, at the next possible opportunity, if anyone of us can appear on TV and put a copy of the S&P report through a paper shredder - live on TV - I can't think of a starker gesture of disapproval.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Ben McNicoll,

    I don't see why anyone is surprised that the government is paying such attention to S&P.

    What exactly did people think they were getting when they voted in a foreign exchange trader?

    Grey Lynn • Since May 2007 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I don't see why anyone is surprised that the government is paying such attention to S&P.

    What exactly did people think they were getting when they voted in a foreign exchange trader?

    Exactly.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    What exactly did people think they were getting

    Ben,

    you're not seriously implying that the people who voted for National actually did so based on "thinking", are you?

    being pre-programmed by the corporate/state-owned media doesn't count as "thinking".

    (sorry, couldn't resist that)

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 645 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    No point in demonising all Nat voters. Act ones on the other hand deserve everyone's congratulations for what they have wrought.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    sorry, but demonise i must.
    and the use of "it's all ACT's fault!" as a way of weaseling out is quite pathetic, imo.

    Key and his merry band of rammers-under-urgency are a disgrace. and a reflection of all that cerebral action on the part of the people who voted for them. ACT didn't even get close to the 5% threshold but National got 45%, ffs. all of them demons. hyperbole? yes. pissed off? yes.

    and now, predictably, we get Key and English about to let loose with some diabolical budget while using the excuse "but S&P made us do it!". cue the violins, please.

    the only thing O'Sullivan got right in that piece was the quip about it all being well rehearsed and "choreographed". ycsta!

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 645 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    I had a listen to the Standard and Poors fellow on the radio the other day, and I sorta skim read Fran O'Sullivan's column (you don't actually have to read her ideological fart columns to know what they will contain) and I guffawed at the drivel from Roger Kerr in the Herald the other day to. With Roger, Satire is redundant.

    These people, more than anything else, still don't get it. They can't see that their culpability and guilt in the financial crash and the cheerleading of their media collaborators like O'Sullivan have made them all a joke.

    The behaviour of the shysters of the finance sector like S&P and the gangster banksters has completed discredited them, possibly for a generation.

    They seem to believe the real world collapse of their ideological empire is irrelevant and come twelve months from now they'll be able to carry on like business as usual.

    They need a real wake up, Chavez style.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2217 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Key just said to Havoc on 95bfm that nobody thought we would have such a recession 6 months ago. That is a lie. Chris Hoquard left the station while he was drivelling on. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Key just said to Havoc on 95bfm that nobody thought we would have such a recession 6 months ago.

    So, Mr Key, nobody said to you during the election campaign. "Dont you think it's unwise or unaffordable to be promising tax cuts with the recession we are now in, that is expected to continue or worsen" (or similar).

    Oh, they did? They just didnt really think it might come true?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The irony of hiring bureaucrats to sack bureaucrats... something straight out of Yes, Minister.

    But as 70 jobs were axed at ACC yesterday, the cost of the handpicked razor gang appointed to help the Government find savings was under fire. It was revealed that former Treasury secretary Graham Scott is paid $2000 a day to work from home as Mr English's adviser.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    That is a lie

    It would certainly seem so, coming from an international finance expert as it did.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Eade,

    National seem to fear the economy at the moment, convinced that our overseas bankers will see through our first world pretensions .I wish Rod Oram was in cabinet. What would of Cullen have done I wonder?

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

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