Beware of used car salesmen who won’t let you examine that Honda in the clear light of day

July 21, 2014

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Alf can understand the disappointment of the solo mum with two young special-needs sons who bought a dunger and now regrets it.

He can’t understand her claim to have been duped.

Nobody forced her to buy the bloody car and she had every opportunity to walk out on the deal when the vendor (according to her story, anyway) denied her a chance to take a good look at what she would be buying.

Let’s repeat that.

He denied her a chance to take a good look at what she would be buying.

Did this not sound a very loud alarm bell?

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The Labour Party caucus looks likely to remind Cunliffe that ski poles aren’t the ones that matter

July 20, 2014

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Alf has observed with huge delight the latest issue to divide the benighted Labour Party.

It’s whether David Cunliffe should have taken a holiday.

Cunliffe was in Queenstown last week for a skiing holiday with his family

The Sunday Star-Times today reports that the decision to take a break – or was it the decision to take a too-brief holiday in Queenstown? – has been questioned by Labour MPs according to a party source.

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Up and Adam – Trouble is, Winston Peters is only thinking about charging into East Coast Bays

July 19, 2014
If Winston Peters was in charge of the charge, we would still be waiting for his orders...

If Winston Peters was in charge of the charge, we would still be waiting for his orders…

Adam Bennett is a political reporter for the New Zealand Herald

Can’t say he is any good at it because he has never interviewed Alf or reported his speeches.

But he would make a much worse defence or war correspondent.

Alf makes this judgement today on the strength of the very daft first paragraph to a story about someone who has been in Parliament almost as long as Alf.

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Richard Prosser might think he’s talking tough – but he’s a pussy cat for rejecting the castle doctrine

July 18, 2014
And then we'll string the bugger up from the nearest tree.

And then we’ll string the bugger up from the nearest tree.

Some namby-pamby hack at the NZ Herald today credits NZ First with having “a hardline law and order policy” that would offer greater protection to homeowners, farmers and shop keepers who shoot to kill intruders during home invasions or burglaries.

Part of the policy is a 40-year mandatory non-parole sentence for premeditated murder.

Alf’s idea of hard line would be to string the buggers up from the nearest tree, skipping the trial thing if need be.

NZ First also wants the Crimes Act amended to give certainty over the use of “reasonable force” for self-defence.

On this one, Alf would dispense with any need to demonstrate reasonable force had been used.

Next time he bumps into Richard Prosser around the precincts of Parliament, these matters should provide the stuff for a lively argument.

 

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Oh, no – British blokes are being put out to pasture as David Cameron opts to put gender before merit

July 17, 2014
Nice legs ... but better brains than the blokes booted out of the cabinet?

Nice legs … but better brains than each of the blokes booted out of the British Cabinet?

Alf is hoping The Boss is not seized by his Pommie counterpart’s pathetic impulse to kick experienced blokes out of his Cabinet to replace them with a bunch of sheilas.

The hard-working member for Eketahuna North confesses to his concerns being driven by self-interest. He still hankers for a place in the Key Cabinet. If The Boss takes a sudden snitch against mature male MPs…

Well, that would put the kibosh on Alf’s ministerial ambitions, obviously.

Cameron has run amok, by all accounts, replacing older male ministers with up-and-coming women.

He has had the gall to declare his new team reflects modern Britain.

Does this mean blokes in modern Britain should be put out to pasture when they reach a certain age?

It’s heartening to hear Cameron now faces a backlash from some of the Tory old guard who accuse him of culling middle-aged male ministers regardless of their merits.

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A wacky idea? Not if you believe a disciplinary whack is sadly missing from modern classrooms

July 16, 2014

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Alf is apt to avoid giving much credit to Australians, except to acknowledge their prowess at activities such as two-up.

But he makes an exception in the case of the Aussie who heads the Abbott government’s national curriculum review.

His name is Kevin Donnelly and he has backed the use of corporal punishment for ill-disciplined children in schools (although for some curious reason he says this must be supported by the local school community).

Alf learned here of this attempt to bring common sense back into schools and scrap namby-pamby methods that simply don’t work.

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Let’s go to school with Labour to learn 1+1= 3 and “compulsory” te reo means “aspirational”

July 15, 2014

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Alf has never thought of the English language as a cultural treasure.

Rather, it is probably the most invaluable tool in his toolkit as the member for Eketahuna North – an instrument for communicating his profound thoughts to a political audience, in much the same way as a surgeon needs a scalpel, a builder needs a hammer and a road builder needs a bulldozer.

Or a Labour politician needs a leader.

Come to think of it, Alf is putting the English language to good use right now.

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If children saw the painting that has been removed from a London gallery… well, what exactly?

July 14, 2014
You've got to lower your sights to find the problem area.

You’ve got to lower your sights to find the problem area.

Alf has often been deeply fascinated by the urge of some people to ensure the rest of us are not shocked.

This urge to keep things decent has led in the UK to the removal of a painting by London- and Berlin-based artist Leena McCall from London’s Mall Gallery on the grounds that it is “too pornographic and disgusting”.

According to this report at Artdaily:

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When partying takes precedence over being saved from floodwaters – well, just leave them to it

July 13, 2014

The Grumbles were fascinated by news that rescuers trying to save people at a house party deluged by floodwaters in the Far North were abused by those they were trying to help.

They were given the brush-off in a place called Haruru, where a woman was swept to her death by the floods.

According to this report in the NZ Herald:

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If you must be doused in iced water to raise funds, take a tip from the Cancer Society and avoid liquor

July 12, 2014

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The headline atop a Stuff report today is bound to cause some dismay among Alf’s mates at the Eketahuna Club. It says:

Don’t mix drink and ice water: charity

Some people regard ice and/or water as an important component of their tot (or two) of whisky and other spirits.

Advice on the acceptability and benefits of of this can be found here.

As it turns out, the headline doesn’t quite tell us the full story.

Nor does it focus on an aspect of the story that should be causing some disquiet among our law-and-order authorities – the burial of a bloke before coronial officials could be sure of why he died.

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