Forget about poverty until the Budget speech is read – for now, let’s wallow in this corporate swill

May 21, 2015

Dunno what’s in The Budget for the poor people.

But Alf is delighted to learn that the corporate welfare trough has not been emptied in the name of fiscal austerity or in same mad endeavour to produce a surplus.

The Boss dipped into the trough yesterday with his Tourism hat on to dish out lots of lolly to two operators who look sufficiently well-heeled to find their own lolly, but hey – what’s the point of being in government if you can’t steer a bit of taxpayers’ money in the direction of supporters or people who might become supporters if appropriately nourished.

Alf is especially delighted to see that an enterprise run by our indigenous people is being nicely looked after. These people are very special, as readers of this blog know, and if we didn’t give them something like this they would be waving the bloody treaty and demanding it.

A consequence of this largesse is some good publicity from Maori Television:

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Yes, we have a clear understanding of the pounamu business – and by the way, isn’t it a monopoly?

May 13, 2015

Alf observes with wry amusement the way certain indigenous persons credit the rest of us being so bloody understanding.

The latest one to do this is the leader of a Ngai Tahu hapu who is pleased the greenstone industry and public are finally starting to understand the hapu’s role as kaitiaki (guardians) of pounamu.

Alf is not so sure this is necessarily so.

But if the hapu leader likes to think it is so, then fair enough. Alf, for one, is a very understanding person.

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