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Letter to the Editor: Regarding asset sales, mandates, and little green apples…

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Regarding asset sales, mandates, and little green apples…

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from:     Frank Macskasy  < fmacskasy@gmail.com >
to:     Dominion Post   < letters@dompost.co.nz >
date:     Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM
subject:     Letter to the Editor

The Editor
DOMINION POST

Speaking from his latest hat-wearing excursion to Brazil, Dear Leader John Key dismissed the petition calling for a referendum on the question of asset sales, by saying,

“…sure as little green apples [that] huge numbers of them are not bona fide names on the list” and would subsequently have to be struck off from the total number. (“Government to ignore asset sales referendum”, 12 March 2013)

That seems a curious thing to say.

How does Mr Key know “[that] huge numbers of them are not bona fide names on the list”? Does he have some inside knowledge that the rest of us are not privy to? Let’s hope that fundamentalist National and ACT supporters have not been deliberately undermining the petition.

That would indicate a gross contempt for the democratic process and for the views of New Zealanders.

Politicians bend over backwards to earn our vote at election time, and promise to “listen” to our concerns. Instead of just promising to listen to us every three years, Mr Key might consider doing likewise in-between elections.

-Frank Macskasy
Blogger,
“Frankly Speaking”
[address and phone number supplied]

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from:     Frank Macskasy < fmacskasy@gmail.com >
to:     Sunday Star Times < letters@star-times.co.nz >
date:     Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM
subject:     Letter to the editor

The Editor
Sunday Star Times

John Key keeps insisting that he has a “mandate” to partially-privatise our state assets. But a simple bit of arithmetic puts his assertion into serious doubt.

Votes from Parties endorsing asset sales:
National: 1,058,636
ACT: 23,889
United Future: 13,443
Total: 1,095,968

Parties opposing asset sales:
Labour: 614,937
Greens: 247,372
NZ First:  147,544
Maori Party:  31,982
Mana: 24,168
Conservative Party:* 59,237
Total: 1,125,240

Though the Conservative Party did not win seats because of MMP’s 5% and one-electorate seat  thresholds, it still won twice as many votes as did ACT –

which did win a seat – with the help of some none-too-subtle machinations between John Key and John Banks over a very public cuppa tea.

The up-shot? 29,272 more voted for Parties opposing asset sales than voted for.

Something that Mr Key might bear in mind next time he tries to claim a mythical mandate to hock off our state owned enterprises.

-Frank Macskasy
Blogger,
“Frankly Speaking”
[address and phone number supplied]

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from:     Frank M < fmacskasy@gmail.com >
to:     NZ Herald < letters@herald.co.nz >
date:     Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM
subject:     Letters to the Editor

The Editor
NZ Herald

Dear Leader John Key is confident that he has a “mandate” to part-sell our state assets to private investors.

His dismissive response to 320,000 signatures on a petition, calling for a referendum on the issue, suggests otherwise.

Key  knows full well that his “mandate” is mythical and based solely on two seats in Parliament – Epsom and Ohariu – that were won through some very dodgy back-room deals. That’s not a “mandate” – that’s manipulation.

I challenge him to put the decision to the people.  If Key truly believes he has a real mandate, he won’t mind holding off on the sale of Mighty River Power, to test said “mandate”?

-Frank Macskasy
Blogger,
“Frankly Speaking”
[address and phone number supplied]

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If you’re keen to add your voice(s) by writing letters to editors, feel free to use the email addresses above. Mention John Key by name, and his clipping-service will most likely dump it on his desk.

Happy writing!

[Note: Letters-to-editor require full name, residential address, and contact phone number to allow verification of authenticity.]

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References

Government to ignore asset sales referendum (12 March 2013)

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