Oh joy – it seems Clark Gargle could be cheaper than we thought (if there is any demand for it at all)

June 25, 2014

Alf feels obliged – in the name of fair play – to record that businessman Donghua Liu has issued a new statement to the Herald about his contributions to the Labour Party.

Whether this means the record has been put straight can not be guaranteed, because a story that can be changed once can readily be changed again.

But for now, it is reasonable to say Liu might not have been as generous to the Lefties as it seemed a few days ago.

This will bring some relief to Lefties and a great deal of satisfaction to Alf, who could not imagine a shrewd businessman wanting to give the proverbial brass razoo to the Lefties.

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Labour’s exorbitant liquor lark – $100,000 for a bottle of Clark Gargle looks a bit rich

June 22, 2014
Barker got the lolly ... Cunliffe has copped the hangover.

Liu’s partner got wine, Rick Barker got forgetful … and Cunliffe has got the hangover.

The authorities who police these things should take a bloody hard look at the way the Labour Party has got into the liquor trade.

Alf’s good mate Whale Oil drew attention a few weeks ago to a Labour Party fund-raiser in South Auckland, when those in attendance tossed coins at a bottle of whisky.

Alf’s fondness for good scotch might have tempted him to have a go at winning the bottle by these means, but he would have balked at having to travel to Auckland – a sad city he prefers to avoid – and he has been programmed never to do anything that would benefit the Labour Party.

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Kate Wilkinson’s U-turn on mine safety leaves loyal Nat MPs with some awkward explaining to do

August 18, 2011

Kate Wilkinson perhaps learned her stone-walling technique from Barnacle Bailey.

Bloody Kate Wilkinson has left Alf seriously embarrassed.

Whenever asked by his constituents about safety concerns raised by the Pike River mine disaster, he would tell them to be patient. We had to wait the outcome of the commission of inquiry.

By implication this applied to the question of whether we had enough mine inspectors, although two seemed throughly adequate, if one of hem looked after the North Island and the other the South.

Alf’s position was thoroughly fortified by Wilkinson as Minister of Labour (who does a fair enough job, for a sheila, although Alf has always thought he could do it better).

As recently as 13 July Wilkinson was wielding a straight bat (and keeping a straight face) while she stone-walled questions from Greenie Kevin Hague.

Example –

Kevin Hague: Does she think it is good enough that of the four recent ignitions in the Spring Creek underground coalmine, the mines inspectorate had the resources to follow up only two?

Hon KATE WILKINSON: Those issues have been raised as evidence at the royal commission. Therefore, that is the appropriate place for them to be considered and I am reluctant to comment further on that.

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A fine mess we’re getting into

April 25, 2009

Looks like Mickey Mouse has been put in charge of the Ministry of Justice.

A ministry document, Structure of Operations in the Ministry, Proposals for Consultation, says the fine collections team should sort out those who owe fines based on their “willingness and ability to pay and their attitude towards compliance”, then focus enforcement where it is most effective.

In other words, the ministry’s fine-gathering minions should concentrate on those most likely to pay rather than hounding hard-core fine defaulters.

The slack buggers in Justice say collecting debts from defaulters who never pay their fines is expensive and it is too hard to recover the money.

Good grief. Tell that to private-sector debt-collecting companies.
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