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Do National Party supporters prefer higher electricity prices?




A letter to the editor from an obvious National Party supporter, published in the Dominion Post, on 30 April,


The body language says it all

I wouldn’t mind betting that it was the Greenies who hatched the power price policy stunt and the Labourites who swallowed it, hook, line and sinker. The body language at the announcement was telling. Though this matter was under discussion for some time, the announcement’s timing was pure coincidence, so they said. Pull the other one. The announcement of this economic sabotage was timed to create maximum confusion in the market. Methinks the perpetrators underestimate the populace’s intelligence. This stunt, if it were ever implemented, will have serious consequences throughout the economy, including power outages and higher taxes. It can’t be compared to Pharmac. New Zealanders can tell a red herring when they see one and this red herring might yet turn and bite its parents.




My  response, emailed to the editor, today,


from:     Frank M <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to:     Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date:     Wed, May 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM
subject:     Letters to the Editor

Martin Stern rails against the Labour-Green proposal for NZ Power,  a single-buyer desk for electricity, which would bulk-buy from generators and sell at a cheaper rate to domestic consumers.

Why is  Mr Stern  opposed to cheaper electricity – when commercial users have enjoyed cheaper power since 2000 – subsidised by domestic users?

Instead of railing against “Greenies” and fear-mongering with silly references to “economic sabotage” – he should ask why power prices are still rising for domestic users when  the wholesale electricity price was  at $73 per MWh,  less than the $131/MWh  last year?

His idolisation and concern for  “the market” is misplaced. Instead of a knee-jerk reaction to anything/everything Green and Labour, and actually understood that he might benefit from  a single-buyer desk for electricity – he might be less inclined to pointless jingoism.

Does Mr Stern  really think that big business;  electricity oligopolies; share broking firms; and merchant bankers are as concerned for his well-being as he is for theirs?

Mr Stern sez this cannot be likened to Pharmac. Why not? Can it be likened to other single buyer-desks such as Fonterra and Zespri?

Funny how it seems to work for business – yet Mr Stern would deny the same purchasing power for domestic users.

-Frank Macskasy

(address & phone number supplied)

Isn’t it amazing that National Party supporters are so wedded to their political tribalism that they’d rather pay for higher power prices than challenge the existing system?



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  1. Phil Stevens
    1 May 2013 at 11:46 am

    You’ll spot the National faithful in years to come by their noseless faces…similar to the results of this study in the US: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/30/1205911/-Conservatives-less-likely-to-buy-same-lightbulbs-if-you-tell-them-it-will-help-the-environment

    • 2 May 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Oh dear. Well, they just proved that free-market ideology and the theory that people do rational things is truly bunk due to themselves.

  2. 1 May 2013 at 2:52 pm

    What stone do these Natz grubs crawl out from ? Good reply Frank let us know if published. The MSM can be very selective if their favourite sons are contradicted. We have been told for years that only the private sector can set up and run businesses – the private good – public bad argument. If that is true why don’t they just go and build their own dams, generators, millions of miles of lines and go for it, compete with the public sector. Well we know why they can’t and won’t do that, instead when the private sector goes through the cyclical down turn – meaning failure of the private sector – they search around for the “never fail public sector” income producing natural monopolies to bail them out – hence the privatisation of SOE’s around the world. Mostly done by the IMF in Third World countries for their “unpayable debt” and now doing it in the soon to be Third World EU countries. It is theft on a grand scale.
    Now Key is selling huge swathes of NZ forests – a good earner for NZ and the super fund to China. Nearly choked on my dinner as I heard that on the news last night ! Needed a second glass of wine to clear the choking and then a third to get over the shock 🙂 Then this came down – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7hRzTT_Qng&feature=youtu.be – from Penny Bright and cheered me up, so needed to celebrate with a 4th Sav Blanc 🙂 🙂
    Sun not yet over the yardarm to celebrate your letter and efforts – Aaaaargh, just joking 🙂

  3. Clive @ large
    2 May 2013 at 12:23 am

    Nicely put, Frank.

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