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Dear Leader – fibbing again?!

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In the 1960s TV science fiction series, ‘Star Trek‘, a sub-theme of humour ran through some of the episodes. The young ‘Mr Chekov’ – a proud Russian character played by American actor, Walter Koenig – would often claim several inventions, cultural icons,  famous historical figures, as being of Russian provenance,

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“Perhaps you have heard Russian epic of Cinderella?”

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It was a comic sub-text that ran through the series and we smiled at the subtle mocking of nationalistic fervour.

Not quite so funny, though, when our own Dear Leader John Key does it,

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Full story

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By any measure, the National Government’s home insulation scheme launched in 2009 has been a success…

… We set up the scheme as a four-year programme to insulate 188,500 homes – but we are now doing an extra 40,000 thereby taking the total to around 230,000.”

See: Ibid

Say whut?!

Who set up the home insulation scheme, Mr Key?

If I may jog peoples’ memories,

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Full story

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Why yes – it was a Green Party initiative! John Key is claiming credit for another Party’s policy initiative!?

National did refer to home insulation in their Policy 2008: Environment document. The sum total their “policy” on  home insulation consisted of twenty words,

National will:

… Work with councils to provide financial assistance to help low income households change to clean heating and improve their insulation.”

See: Policy 2008: Environment – Environmental Standards

The same document that stated, that National would,

• “Honour New Zealand’s Kyoto Protocol obligations.
• Support international efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, including working to achieve further global alliances that build on the goals agreed at Kyoto.
• Legislate for a well-considered, carefully balanced emissions trading scheme (ETS) for efficiently reducing emissions across the economy”

None of which it has achieved. Our ETS is certainly not “carefully balanced” as farming and other industries are exempt until 2015, with taxpayers having to foot the bill for those exemptions.

See:  Slow economy puts ETS plans on hold

By the 2011 General Election, National had appropriated the Green Party’s home insulation initiative entirely,

Key facts

• Over 130,000 homes so far are warmer, drier, and healthier thanks to our Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme.”

See: Policy 2011 ENERGY & RESOURCES

And the tobacco companies complain of their intellectual property rights being ripped of?!?!

When Key writes,

We’ve also worked with the Green Party on the insulation programme as part of our Memorandum of Understanding.”

… he is taking credit where none is deserved.

Following Key’s piece in the Herald, a reader posted this comment,

Ennill (Beach Haven)

01:13 PM Sunday, 26 Aug 2012

Are you also proud of other government progress?

A “Best of.” list might include:

1. Making more people redundant than any other employer
2. Growing the exodus to Australia of our best and brightest
3. Maintaining zero growth for New Zealand
4. Making 90% of New Zealand poorer by restricting wages and raising GST
5. Selling off New Zealand’s laws to the highest bidder
6. Taking away basic rights and protections for workers
7. Supporting John Banks
8. Spending hundreds of millions of dollars on consultants
9. Not sacking Paula Bennett and Judith Collins for leaks of private information
10. Pushing ahead with asset sales when 85% of the country are against them
11. Charter Schools – a failed experiment elsewhere that have been introduced for ideology and not for the benefit of our kids
12. Ignoring the advice of experts when it doesn’t suit policy such as National Standards
13. Cutting Health spending to such an extent that they are struggling to deliver on anything except government-imposed targets
14. Making dodgy deals that are described by legal experts as ‘riding rough-shod over New Zealand’s laws’ such as the Sky City pokie deal
15. Encouraging mining on National Parks

Ennill’s  criticism of Key and National is damning. It is also accurate.

S/he points out one salutary fact; National has failed to achieve anything except   tax cuts in 2009 and 2010. And even those are now being paid for by increased borrowing and asset sales.

National’s failure in managing the economy is so dire  that it has taken to resorting to stealing policy successes from other political Parties it has worked with.

Why not?

They are about to steal our billion-dollar state assets and flog them of to already wealthy buyers and corporate investors.

I wonder if the Greens could sue for theft of intellectual property?

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  1. 27 August 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Go further back Frank. In 2007 the Greens and Labour announced a programme for home insulation. It was in both Parties m,anifestoes but higher up the priority order for the Greens so they led on it. It started slowly with over 300 homes insultated in Bluff and systems and training set up for a wider roll out. The agreement in 2009 was a continuance of what had already been started under the previous MMP Government coalition agreement. In 2008 National wanted to cancel the programme! http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00371.htm

    • 27 August 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Excellent research there, Kay. Damn, I missed it!!

      At any rate, this is another example of Key twisting the truth to suit himself.

  2. Taura
    27 August 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Hopefully he visits a farm and gets kicked in the face or shit on by a cow during a photo op.

  3. Paul C
    27 August 2012 at 9:49 pm

    With any luck John Key will put himself on trial for South Canterbury Finance and raise Allan Hubbard from the dead then…

  4. 27 August 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Thankyou for exposing jks for trying to take all the credit —-i commented on lauras post thinking wow, i thought was n exeption in giving keys a oneup for being a do-gooder, but to realise this was actually the greens idea, but ”Ennills 1-15 delivery bares all the hipocracy of jks failures to do what is right, my conscience is saying how can one act of good cover the negatives nationals failed to implement because i believe faith in doing whats right is always backed up by good works, national has failed in all areas to do this! :(

    • 27 August 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Indeed, Toko.

      I think Ennill’s post on that Herald story was a pretty powerful message, and showed how useless National has been.

  5. Antoinette Stones
    27 August 2012 at 10:22 pm

    That’s because he cant find a single good thing his party has done.

    Nice, showing signs of desperation. I hope he is a good lesson to the majority of National voters.

  6. Mick
    27 August 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Key lies as easily as a cheap whore …its his nature .

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00371.htm

    Labour expands home insulation retrofit programme | Scoop News
    http://www.scoop.co.nz

  7. 27 August 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I don’t get it. Why hasn’t the mainstream media picked up on this??

    The prick lies his head off and no one picks up on it?

  8. 31 August 2012 at 12:03 am

    Hate to point this out, but the scheme, even if it was a Green Party idea was enacted by the Government – and the Green Party are not part of the Government.

    Having an idea about something and following it through are completely different kettles of fish – an idea is a piece of piss, seeing it through is 99.99% of the job.

    Your blog is extremely negative – I’m not surprised there is barely any traffic on it, you are a *real* bundle of laughs.

    • 31 August 2012 at 12:38 am

      I’m not surprised there is barely any traffic on it, you are a *real* bundle of laughs.

      ROFLMAO , looking at your blog, you Nat-ninny, it’s a fricken text-manual for computer geeks!

    • Priss
      31 August 2012 at 4:52 pm

      @ Antonio; I just visited your blog. Fell asleep looking at it.

      Frank’s blog isn’t negative, it’s critical. Big difference. Learn up on it.

  9. 31 August 2012 at 11:24 am

    Antonio B :

    Hate to point this out, but the scheme, even if it was a Green Party idea was enacted by the Government – and the Green Party are not part of the Government.

    Having an idea about something and following it through are completely different kettles of fish – an idea is a piece of piss, seeing it through is 99.99% of the job.

    Your blog is extremely negative – I’m not surprised there is barely any traffic on it, you are a *real* bundle of laughs.

    “Negative”?

    With this government, Antonio, it’s not hard.

    • Strawberry Paddocks
      2 September 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Well said Frank!

      Antonio, your National masters are whistling for you. Go fetch, poodle boy!

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