All those tiresome greenies and lefties who have been giving our wonderful National-led government a hard time over climate warming should go back to the drawing board.
Those tossers at ACT have a bloody nerve.
Mind you, lots of nerve is needed when membership requires you to be led by a bloke who wears yellow jackets.
In this case, however, Alf is talking about the nerve of John Boscowen, who basks in the title of ACT Deputy Leader and Climate Change Spokesman.
He has got all huffy about climate change matters, and is demanding to know
… how Climate Change Minister Dr Nick Smith could propose to reduce New Zealand greenhouse gas emissions to 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 when he does not even know what effect this target will have on jobs and GDP.
The answer is simple.
You take a bloody big punt, you stand up and you propose it.
And if you don’t know what will happen as a consequence – well, that’s just too bad.
Alf has only just caught up with an on-line account of what ACT MP John Boscawen had to say about the emissions trading scheme at the weekend.
Boscowen reckons National backbenchers as well as some senior Government Ministers now want to defer the scheme.
Speaking on TV3’s “The Nation” Mr Boscawen said the Government needed to immediately to defer the scheme now that Australia has decided to defer its scheme.
The New Zealand scheme is due to begin on July 1.
“I’ve heard from several sources in recent days that several members of Cabinet are concerned, “he said.
“Back bench lobby MPs are lobbying Cabinet Ministers, they’re very concerned about the damage it’s going to do to New Zealand and the damage there is to their re-election prospects.”
Dunno about the others, but Alf can be counted among the Nat back-benchers who are very unhappy with our team’s determination to go ahead with the ETS scheme.
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Alf is far from happy with The Boss this morning.
John Key has gone all the way to Copenhagen for the much-ballyhooed greenhouse gas bunfight, but he won’t be delivering New Zealand’s speech at the international climate negotiations.
Nope. Not because – as Hone Harawira did – he is going to bugger off to Paris for a bit of sight-seeing with the missus.
In John Key’s case, he will be buggering off for a bite rather than deliver the speech.
Officials have confirmed Mr Key, who arrives in Denmark on Thursday morning, will be at dinner at the royal palace while Climate Minister Nick Smith delivers a three-minute speech on Thursday night.
Bring back Rob Muldoon.
Yep. It sounds like a heresy.
But Rob would never have apologised to Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes – as John Key has done – for suggesting she “stick to acting” rather than debate climate change issues.
The only saving grace is that The Boss didn’t dive for the photo opportunity, as Alf previously had feared, by being pictured with the somewhat skinny lass.
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Keisha Castle-Hughes – an actress – is disinclined to take Prime Minister John Key’s advice to “stick to acting” and not publicly parade her potty opinions on climate change.
The uppity lass has gone further and invited herself to a chat with the PM.
The Whale Rider actor told Close Up last night that she would be willing to meet Mr Key to discuss the issue.
“I’d love to sit down and maybe he’d know that – if we sat down and talked – that I know a lot more about it than I think he thinks I do.”