Much huff and puff has been generated by an energy strategy paper that is still at the draft stage

April 4, 2011

Your far-seeing Government has produced a draft strategy on energy and energy conservation that is so robust it will need bugger all changing.

The word “draft” is important, nevertheless.

It has been removed from the cover of a version you can find on a lobby group’s website today, although – we are told by some mischief-makers – the contents are much the same as the contents of the original draft strategy which can be found on a Government website.

Alf has not had time to wade through both versions.

He doesn’t see the point, actually.

But it’s fair to say one of them has a forward by Gerry Brownlee and one has a forword by Hekia Parata.

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How to save money on MPs’ salaries – just leave seats vacant when no-one can muster solid support

November 22, 2010

Can't find the missing Labour voters down here - what about down your hole?

Alf is delighted to see Labour leaders with their bums up and heads in the sand. This seriously improves National’s prospects of increasing its numbers in Parliament at the next election.

He says this after learning Labour’s leadership (according to the Herald) has been “putting on a brave face over the party’s sharply reduced majority in the weekend’s Mana byelection…”

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Winnie was a faa foi better thing for Mana than the bloke they have just elected, obviously

November 21, 2010

Alf was chuffed by the result in the Mana by-election.

Betcha The Boss is chuffed, too.

Hekia Parata has demolished one of Labour’s strongholds in much the same way as Crusher Collins wants to demolish the cars of boy racers, turning the electorate into something much more marginal.

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Pansy’s plight lifts Eketahuna North MP’s promotion prospects – but the press are plumping for Parata

November 14, 2010

Media hacks put a bob each way on a by-election.


We learn today that “disgraced MP” Pansy Wong is said to be “gutted and humiliated” at being forced out of cabinet for abusing her travel perk.

Alf will be gutted and humiliated, too, if he doesn’t emerge from poor Pansy’s downfall with a ministerial post.

His constituents are expecting it.

Missing out would be bad news for the Grumble household, as Mrs Grumble will tell you, because Alf is apt to sulk and be seriously moody for several days after a major setback, although he prefers to keep this personality weakness under wraps.

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Why Wira wasn’t a winner

August 2, 2009

Looks like Whaleoil was burning the midnight oil, to bring news to the blogosphere of the National Party‚Äôs new board and Wira Gardiner’s failure to win a place. He submitted his post at 2.53am.

Alf was tucked up in bed at that time, has slept in this morning, and so has been beaten to the punch.

Dunno if Whaleoil got any sleep but he was back on the job at 9:08am to bring news that the board selected Peter Goodfellow as the new National Party president to succeed Judy Kirk.

He is not impressed.

When it comes to who was first to bring us news of the party’s new board, Alf notes that an NZPA report was timed at 5.28pm yesterday. There may have been earlier reports.

But Whaleoil is entitled to brag (and does) that he got it right while the mainstream media got it wrong when they predicted Wira Gardiner would get on the board.

Ok so The Whale is 5-0 on the board selections and the MSM is 0-5. They all predicted Wira Gardiner would get on the board and they were all wrong.
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