Name the whisperers

February 2, 2009

BustedBlonde has burst into life this morning with a flourish, posting items on provisional taxes, boy racers, muttonbirding and Fonterra.

Her Fonterra item is somewhat cryptic:

Well there are a few whispers around the traps about more bad news for the Milky Way of NZ.

Alf is on the warpath against the spreaders of bad news. Accordingly, he urges BB to name the whisperers. Then they can be rounded up and dealt to.

Bishop’s Slough of Despond

January 30, 2009

Alf has gone back to Radio New Zealand National’s infamous bunch of prattlers, The Panel, to pluck out another gloomy-guts to be punished for spreading blarney about our economic outlook.

Are they staffed with subversives at Radio NZ, nowadays, he wonders – broadcasters on the lookout for economic pessimists with the gift of the gab to spread their dyspepsia?

The outlook is bad enough without the depression from a bloke called John Bishop Read the rest of this entry »

Leniency extended to Busted Blonde

January 27, 2009

Alf’s attention is drawn to the likelihood that Busted Blonde made herself a candidate for the roundup of doomsayers with a very brief item on her blog yesterday.

She drew attention to an Agridata item headed “optimism gives way to uncertainty”, which says it is the speed with which unbridled optimism has turned to fear and warnings to curb spending that has surprised dairy farmers.

Alf is bothered by commentators who lower confidence levels with words like “fear”, which means the Agridata people probably will be rounded up for the tumbrel.

Busted Blonde showed distinct signs of pessimism by describing the Agridata item as a nice round-up of the changes in rural circumstances and saying “It does not make for good reading.”

But the picture on her blog suggests she’s a well-endowed lass, and her ample bosom would reduce the amount of room in the tumbrel for blokes like Richard Griffin.

She will be spared, this time.

Salute to the bearers of glad tidings

January 26, 2009

Praise where praise is due – and a special salute from Alf to the purveyors of GOOD NEWS about our economy.

At the same time, Alf is tidying up the case for the prosecution to have more purveyors of pessimism taken away in the tumbrels for a public pummelling. Or maybe we won’t bother with the formalities, and just haul the buggers off anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

Alf declares war on sad-sacks

January 24, 2009

Alf is taking action as a follow-up to his item about the gloomy economists, journalists and commentators who spread their insidious pessimism through the economy and infect our growth prospects.

Today he has declared war on doomsayers and gloom-spreaders and is naming the first candidates to be put in a tumbrel, Read the rest of this entry »