Home > The Body Politic > Letter to the editor – Northland voters have been warned

Letter to the editor – Northland voters have been warned


Frank Macskasy - letters to the editor - Frankly Speaking


from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Northern Advocate <editor@northernadvocate.co.nz>
date: Thu, Mar 19, 2015
subject: Letter to the editor

The editor
Northern Advocate

.As National’s candidate struggles to gain traction in the Northland by-election, various government ministers would have us believe that the promised up-grade to  ten single-lane bridges; a suggested roll-out of fast-broadband in the North; and bringing forward the  Puhoi to Wellsford motorway are not bribes. 

On 10 March, our esteemed Prime Minister said he “unashamedly” wanted to win the by-election.
Northland voters should be wary of whatever promises Key makes.
He has a steady track record of fudging, back-flipping, and out-right breaking promises when he suits him politically.
Many of National’s recent promises have hundred-million dollar price tags, and will impact negatively on the government’s books. Bill English will not be pleased as he tries to balance government accounts back to surplus as well as find hundreds of millions for election bribes.
Remember that it was Finance Minister Bill English who firmly squashed any suggestion of tax-payers footing a $130 million subsidy toward the Skycity convention centre on 11 February when he said,

“There’s no contingency for that. If the less preferred option ended up being the option then that money would be part of the Budget process.”

Northlanders should brace themselves that if the National candidate wins, many of the promises will most likely be delayed, wound back, or dumped altogether for fiscal reasons.
Key’s track record on keeping promises is not reassuring. Voters have been warned.

-Frank Macskasy


[address and phone number supplied]




Radio NZ: Government pulls out the stops for Northland

NZ Herald: John Key unapologetic about Northland byelection promises

Fairfax media: Government rolls out more ultrafast broadband

Interest.co.nz: Finance Minister prefers not to spend taxpayer cash to avoid Sky City ‘eyesore’; no money in Budget 2015 for it





This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 20 March 2015.



= fs =

  1. Jenny Kirk
    24 March 2015 at 8:46 am

    Hi Frank – can you send a similar letter to Northland Age and Dargaville Times, please

    • W.M
      24 March 2015 at 12:56 pm

      I don’t mean to sound mean , but how about YOU send a few letters ? We can’t depend on a few people to do all the legwork . The more letter writers , the better 🙂

      • MJ
        24 March 2015 at 5:05 pm

        Probably because of Frank’s reputation among the media. You’re right though – we could all do that. But I’m sure they’re (the editors) getting hammered on it right now from all directions. The chances of being published aren’t great.

        • 27 March 2015 at 8:07 pm

          Thanks for the compliment, MJ, regarding my “reputation among the media”. Sometimes I think that reputation works counter to having my material published…

    • 27 March 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Jenny,

      I just noticed your comment. (Sorry, it’s been a bit hectic with other matters the last few days.) Hopefully others have raised similar points in the media?

  2. MJ
    24 March 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Which begs the question Frank. When is a promise not a promise? When it a bribe… Then it’s a negotiation.

    “Corruption is not bribery but bribery is corruption” -Auliq Ice

    • 27 March 2015 at 8:16 pm

      It seems, MJ, that according to on-going polling, voters in Northland have taken a dim view of National’s bribes/promises.

      Of course, the only poll that matters will be held tomorrow – and then we shall see how far National voters countenance bribery/promises, when in the last thirty or forty years, they have been ignored.

      The implications for John Key personally have only barely been examined by the MSM, but I personally believe that a loss for National will mean the end of Key’s political career. If a supposedly popular, charismatic, “blokey”, Prime Minister cannot help win a safe National seat in a by-election, when the Nats are still high in the Polls, then I suspect his usefulness to his Party will now be in question.

  1. 2 April 2015 at 8:00 am
  2. 3 April 2015 at 8:01 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: