Green co-leadership aspirants don’t mention that maybe they are the country’s biggest problem

March 15, 2015

If you wanted a good chuckle yesterday – as Alf did, after some serious campaigning in Northland – it could be found on TV3’s “The Nationa”.

Green Party co-leader candidates Kevin Hague, Gareth Hughes, James Shaw and Vernon Tava lined up to discuss their eligibility to replace Russel Norman.

The humour perhaps was not intended from this earnest bunch of muesil-munchers.

They provided it all the same.

They also demonstrated an inability to identify the biggest problem facing the country right now.

Here’s how they responded when asked that question:

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A note of caution: don’t let the Aussie company tax decision divert our attention from the ETS

May 3, 2010

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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It’s not too late to find a Minister who won’t buckle on foreshore and seabed demands

April 11, 2010

How about this spot for a hotel, bro?

An Attorney-General and Treaty Negotiations Minister with more backbone is desperately needed. A bloke like Alf.

Fair to say, Alf did volunteer his services to The Boss before the Cabinet was selected after the last election. John Key said the job required a greater knowledge of legal stuff than Alf’s regular viewing a few years back of Rumpole and, more recently, Boston Legal.

Chris Finlayson was his choice.

A dubious one, as things are turning out.

Alf observes that the Government’s proposals to replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act ran into opposition at the very first meeting on the issue.

Mr Finlayson was attending a hui in Picton, the first of 22 meetings to be held throughout the country.

Maori attending the hui at Waikawa Marae raised concerns about having to prove customary rights in the Government’s preferred option.

It seems several iwi representatives said that they should not have to prove their rights and that customary rights should be restored to what they were before the legislation was changed.

So what’s the next thing we learn?

Fasten your seat belts, folks.

TV3 told us last night –

The Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has made some major concessions tonight on the Government’s proposals on the foreshore and seabed.

One bloody meeting so far with a few stroppy Maori, a few objections raised, and Finlayson is making bloody concessions?

What sort of shape will we be in at the end of the consultation process?

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