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20 May: End of the Week Bouquets, Brickbats, & Epic Fails


– End of the Week Bouquets, Brickbats, & Epic Fails –


Frank Macskasy - blog - Frankly Speaking


Think Tank

TV3’s current affairs “chat” show,  “Think Tank” is  hosted by John Tamihere, on Sunday mornings. This half hour programme discusses critical issues confronting our nation, but in a low-key, constructive manner. There are no flashy graphics; no distracting backgrounds; and the guests are encouraged to offer their views without being talked over by other guests or the host.

The only slight criticism? that this excellent show is “ghettoised” on Sunday mornings (alongside TVs’s “The Nation” and TVNZ’s “Q+A”).

It would be a radical moment in our media history if “Think Tank” (as well as “Q+A” and “The Nation”) were re-scheduled for prime-time evening viewing. The public might actually be exposed to intelligent viewing for a change.

Shayne Currie (Editor, New Zealand Herald)

Who tweeted   (@ShayneCurrieNZH), ‘We wouldn’t want to be populist now would we Mr Key‘, after Dear Leader whinged on Newstalk ZB that  “the media are in a more aggressive and hostile mood towards us” . Key singled out the Sunday Star Times and NZ Herald  for special criticism.

Nice one, Shayne.  Sometimes it takes a gentle reminder for politicians to understand that the Herald is not Pravda, nor is  Sunday Star Times New Zealand’s own Izveztia.

AFFCO workers

Locked out by their employers, the Talley Brothers – millionaire businessmen  – who are hell-bent on driving down  staff’s wages and destroying the Meatworkers Union.

The AFFCO meatworkers are ordinary New Zealanders – they could be any one of us – who have been harrassed and persecuted by the Talleys.

In a display of sheer courage that our ANZAC forebears would be proud of, the workers have faced up to the bullies who are their employers.

These brave men and women should be hailed as true Kiwi battlers.

An incoming Labour-led government should not forget the AFFCO workers when they next review employment legislation.


Frank Macskasy - blog - Frankly Speaking


Paula Bennett (National MP

For planning to force welfare recipients to immunise their children for no other reason than they are receiving welfare assistance from the State. This has to be the worst case of State coercion since military conscription.

If National wants everyone immunised, by law, then make it compulsory for everyone. Yeah, right! There would be rioting in the streets, and this rotten government would fall within a week.

But it’s fairly obvious that Key, Bennett, and their  misguided mates are exploiting the vulnerability of New Zealanders who happen to be on welfare, for their own political ends.

This country’s economy is in dire straits; we are stagnating; unemployment is on the up; and kids are starving and going through pig-slop buckets to get a feed. Plus on top of that numerous scandals and dodgy deals, and National is desperate to focus public attention elsewhere.

In the 1930s, the nazi government used gypsies and jews as scapegoats.  We can’t use jews – Israel would kick Key’s sorry arse to the curb. And we don’t have gypsies.

But we do have welfare beneficiaries, and the public doesn’t mind if they’re ‘bashed’ around a bit.They are the 1930s “jews”  of our society.

This is shameful. For a New Zealand government to demonise a sector of the population in such a  cynical manner  is unforgivable.

Pita Sharples (Maori Party)

For citing that there had been a number of gains for Maori the upcoming budget, such as  “funding for treatment of cancer, funding for tackling rheumatic fever…”

Yes, Mr Sharples – but at the expense of raising prescription charges from $3 to $5, which will hurt welfare beneficiaries, superannuitants, and low income earners the hardest. Many of whom already have to make hard choices whether to pay the rent and electricity bill, or cut back on food, medicines, etc.

Many of those low-income earners are the Maori Party’s constituents.

By any definition, that is not a “gain”, Mr Sharples. This is robbing Pita to pay Paul.


ACT Party

For not distancing itself from racist bigot, Louis Crimp, and returning his $125,520 donation.  Is ACT so desperate for funds that it willingly accepts money from a person who believes,

I don’t give a stuff what I’m called. You have to look at the facts and figures. This is the problem with New Zealanders. Most of them dislike the Maoris intensely – I won’t say hate – but they don’t like to say so.”

At what point does a Party draw a line and refuse to accept financial support because the donor is just so repugnant?

Act’s president, Chris Simmons, said he disagreed with Mr Crimp but respected his right to have a view,

One of the beauties of the Act Party is we believe everyone should have their say.”

That may be, Mr Simmons. But by accepting a racist’s money, you are giving tacit approval to their abhorrent prejudice.

It’s called tarred by association.

Think about it.


And for the final category, the Epic Fail of the Week,



Louis Crimp

Businessman and bigot.   Unfortunately, he may not be alone is holding such racist views.

We have a long way to go, in this country.



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  1. 20 May 2012 at 3:06 pm

    …but we keep getting told we have a “Brighter Future for ALL New Zealanders”! pffff!!!

    Oh check out the latest on John Key’s Facebook page at the latest meeting at Wairakei Resort. As usual I have something to say, and as usual i get totally slated. I REALLY REALLY don’t understand some people! You’d think i was a total loser the way people talk to me. Some people love to kick others when they are down don’t they?!


    • 20 May 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Allyson, how did you get posting-permission for his page?

  2. 20 May 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I read the comments, Allyson. Many of them are fairly disgusting. These are hard-core National supporters with a high capacity of selfishness, no doubt about it. If that’s the kind of people who support National, then that sez a lot about the culture of that Party.

    That Simon Keast is 22 years old. I guess one can’t expect much from a naive immature kid of that age. (I wasn’t much better in some of my attitudes at that age. )

    I’ve tried to post on that thread but it won’t let me.

  3. 20 May 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Oh he’s only 22? I think, going by the photos on their facebook pages, that most of the nasty ones seemed about that age. Immature and stupid, and most definitely disgusting!

    Interesting it won’t let you post on that page! Maybe you have to “like” it first? I know, i found that hard to click that button too lol

    • 20 May 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Yeah, I’ve clicked “Like” (*stomach heave*) but it still won’t approve me to post. I guess I must be on his blocked list since the Election. (I asked several impertinent questions of Dear Leader – including one about lack of support for sufferers of Pompe’s.) Those posts didn’t stay up for long.

      • 20 May 2012 at 5:55 pm

        lol oh dear, you are consigned to the scrapheap of hell! I think I will be next! Maybe an alias?

      • 20 May 2012 at 6:09 pm

        Do you know what is really scarey Frank? It’s that you have been blocked by our government for having a point of view which doesn’t “gel” with theirs! China springs to mind right now!

  4. 20 May 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Allyson, well, if I’m that much of a ‘threat’ to National, I must be doing something right! 😀

    However, let me see what alternative option I can come up with…

    • 20 May 2012 at 7:22 pm

      It really does leave a nasty taste in ones mouth when a citizen of this country has his opinions blocked from landing on the PM’s facebook page doesn’t it? I look forward to your alternative option 🙂

  5. Mooloo magic
    21 May 2012 at 1:35 pm

    So many Kiwi;s still remain ignorant about Key and his cronies, its scary in ths day and age that so many remainm ill-informed. The above confroms my worse fears about National supporters. Nasty, selfish,arrogant and ignorant. The longer the callous Key government stays on power the more I fear for this country. Frank keep up the good work and Allyson good on you for thwe courage to speak up.

  1. 23 May 2012 at 5:37 pm

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