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Thank you, now p*** off!

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When New Zealanders erupted in anger and  disgust at the sale of sixteen farms to a Chinese consortium, Maurice Williamson and his right wing groupies labelled critics of farm sales as “racists”.

When people opposed the sale of ‘Young Nick’s Head” to New York millionaire, John Griffin, and South Island high-country farms to Shania Twain – their cries to stop land sales were ignored.

We have privatised and sold dozens of former state-owned-assets to offshore investors. Australians now own half of Contact Energy and the BNZ, as well as other profitable businesses, and we lose billions annually by way of dividends remitted to overseas investors.

In the latest news, Australian-owned banks,  ANZ National, BNZ, ASB and Westpac, made a staggering $3 billion dollars in profit – most of it remitted to Australia,

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Full Story

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However, our elected representatives; our Honourable Members of Parliament; those most learned men and women; assure us that privatisation of state assets and farms is a good thing.

Privatisation, they say, creates jobs.

Yes, of course it does,

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BullshitFull Story

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No pain, no gain.

Except – we seem to be getting the pain and others are creaming the gain. How does that work?!?!

I know! Let’s ask the politicians!

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“They are not here for lands but bring the investment in, which can create jobs for us. We should not be hostile to foreign investment, whether the money is from China, Australia or America.” – Prime Minister John Key

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“Beneficial foreign investment makes a positive contribution to New Zealand through increased jobs, capital and access to export markets.” – Bill English, Finance Minister, Deputy PM, and sheep farmer

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“Not enough New Zealanders appreciate the benefits of foreign investment and economic growth. The reaction of too many people was “you can’t do this, you can’t do that, you can’t do the other thing with little thought to the impact it had on potential jobs.” – Development Minister Steven Joyce

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Are we convinced?

Ok, New Zealanders… Time to wake up to the fact we are being rorted – with the connivance of most of our elected representatives.

Wake up!

Really.

Now is good.

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  1. Tom Sawyer
    14 February 2012 at 12:31 am

    Innnn—credible.

    Great quotes from the Three Stooges up there Frank. You must spends hours researching this stuff?

    I’m thinking what we could have done with $3b in this country. Maybe rebuilt half of Christchurch by now. The Ozzies must be laughing their asses ogf at us.

  2. 14 February 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Our opinions aren’t important Frank.

  3. 15 February 2012 at 9:28 am

    Peter Petterson :

    Our opinions aren’t important Frank.

    Considering that most Ministers don’t even bother to reply to letters requesting explanations or clarifications of governments policies and actions – you’re pretty much correct, Peter.

    It usually takes two or three terms for a government to become arrogant. This government achieved it in one.

    I think with the first by-election, they will be in for a shock.

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