Friday, July 30, 2004

Great follow up from McCully 

In today's Herald Murray McCully follows up his speech to the Press Club with a editorial thanking the print media " for the amplification they have so generously provided." The full speech and some reaction is available over at DPF - the editorial is here - Murray McCully: Print editors guilty of self-interest and lack of principle.

There's isn't much to add really, other than challenging the SST (as McCully does) or any other editor to provide some sort of rebuttal.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

One of the most interesting.... 

This week has been one of the most interesting of the year in my humble, and My Right has been chained to the desk by the man damn it.

Looking forward to decent catch up osting session on the weekend - I imagine it will include:
Having a look at Mallard's "Get over it" speech

A little vitriol over Goff's "I'd do it all again" statement

A few highlights (and low lights) from the week in the house

If I have a few drinks - I may even try to figure out what Winston is thinking

Come back late Sunday / Monday.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

It's the lies that hurt... 

There is not much that hasn't already been said about Clark's dash to the rugby. But I couldn't let this go;
Miss Clark said she did not know how fast her ministerial car had travelled on the drive to Christchurch. She had been engrossed in conversation in the back seat with Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton, but had not felt unsafe at any point of the journey.

In her most extensive comments to date on the dash, she said people needed to understand "it wasn't Helen Clark, private citizen, rushing to a rugby match. It was Helen Clark as prime minister with a set of public engagements for the day."
Now that's just taking the piss I'm afraid. She had been 'engrossed' - by Jim Sutton!?!? I would have believed it if is she had said she was in the back seat knocking up an original piece of Art, but to be getting hot and sticky over the dulcet tones of Jim Sutton? For the love of god - Jim may be boring, but he is no Peter Davis...

I like the humility offered up in the second paragraph, certainly "the most humble of Prime Ministers" - in all of our opinions I'm sure.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Must read 

For those of you that don't read David Farrar - you should. To help - I have shamelessly lifted a link to his post covering Muzza McCully's speech to the National Press Club.

The full speech is here - and is well worth a read.

My Right has never been a big fan of McCully, particularly when he is coming over all Eric Clapton, but this speech deserves coverage (and don't think you will get it from mainstream media...)

Teflon doesn't last forever 

Well talked about already I know - but Helen been spotted speeding to get to the Rugby on time has offered up a golden chance for her to show some humility. Did she take the opportunity? Did she bollocks.

Instead she "hangs the police out to dry". This will be a good test of the media in terms of how long they hound her on this issue - or whether they limply accept the claim of ignorance. How she expects anyone to believe that she was not fully aware of what was going on is as frightening as it is laughable.

I'll bet the invitation to appear on Holmes has been politely declined.

Monday, July 19, 2004

You won't hear this often 

But My Right finds himself in the unusual position of actually enjoying one of the ramblings of self appointed important person, Damian Christie. As much as I hate to admit it the whole post is worth a read (once you get past the bit about the car, and the awful "I am Joe New Zealander and I love me rugby" twaddle) - but he does quite a nice take on the influence, and the Governments manipulation, of conscience votes;
If Lange's Labour Government will always be remembered for its drastic economic reforms, I wonder if Clark's will have the same legacy in the social sphere. Prostitution, civil unions, matrimonial property reforms, lesbians can be fathers too, no smoking in bars, (possibly) smacking – will history join the dots? Will Clark & Maharey be the Lange and Douglas of the 21st century?

If it's less obvious, perhaps it's because of the method by which some of the legislation is passed. In this regard, conscience votes has always seemed a bit odd to me. Why should economic issues be any less subject to ethical concerns than social ones? Taxation to a libertarian is as much a moral issue as GE is to a greenie, or gay marriage to a conservative.

So while Labour is responsible for the current wave of social reforms, the fact that even its own MPs are (in theory, at least) allowed to vote according to their consciences allows a degree of separation from the party proper. Labour didn't pass the bill, Parliament did. Douglas never had that luxury when it came to his reforms.
I particularly like the acknowledgement that tax is a major for liberals - bless you Damian, where there is understanding there is hope I suppose (yes, I am in this one for the long haul...)

The full post is here - just don't tell him I sent you.

Friday, July 16, 2004


Donna Awatere Huata has pulled a rabbit from the hat and won the appeal that would have seen her turfed out of Parliament. The Court of Appeal has made the decision not to uphold the High Court's judgement that ACT is entitled to request that Speaker Jonathan Hunt declare Donna Awatere Huata's Parliamentary seat vacant.

So whenever she flies somewhere to set up a rort with her hubby - we get to pay for it. I haven't digested the full judgement yet - will post more after that. Although I will probably ended up posting emotive responses to the righteous statements that will no doubt flow from her in the next few days, balls.

The full judgement is on Scoop here.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Just shut up 

Jim Anderton has shown his true colours and emphasised just how far removed he is from understanding business. In response to a major plant in his own electorate packing up shop and heading over to Australia - does he stop to ask why in the manner of a good old fashioned 'exit interview'? No - he slams them for being spoilt and disloyal whingers who don't know how well off they really are. Nice one Jim - these are the people that generate the GDP you like to distribute so much, the cake just got a little smaller for us all and all you can do is blow out another candle - thanks.
Anderton's response on behalf of the Government was to tell businessmen that they don't know how lucky they are. After 16 quarters of consecutive growth, business has never had it so good, he declared. New Zealanders, he believes, have got themselves into a culture of failure and negativism. Anderton has a point, or half of one. The economy is undeniably flourishing. There is a shortage of skilled and semi-skilled labour. The unfortunate Electrolux workers are going on to a market as much in their favour as it has been for 25 years and they should be able to get new jobs quite quickly.

But for all the success of the economy, there remains a nagging feeling that an opportunity to do much better while conditions are so favourable is being lost. Business complaints that development is being handicapped by environmental regulation, employment laws, taxes and so on may be familiar, but that does not necessarily make them invalid.

Anderton's impatient comments reflect a worrying attitude at the heart of the Government. The Minister would be better advised if he listened to what he is being told rather than reacting irritably. He might like to consider, for instance, why the buoyancy in the economy has been predominantly in farming (where good export prices are a large factor) and consumer spending, and little in the kind of development that will produce high sustainable growth in the future.

Electrolux will not have decided to transfer its manufacturing to Australia on a whim. If political attitudes to business have played a role, Anderton should be trying to do something about it, rather than indulging himself in tetchy petulance.
Full editorial from The Press is here.

Friday, July 09, 2004

The big picture 

While everyone is getting all fizzed up reviewing the detail of National's Law & Order policy, NZP rips Russell Brown to pieces quite nicely here, My Right can't help but think that the point has been missed by most.

This is a classic battle of fluffy educated but untested theory vs pragmatic solutions. Or put another way, left vs right.

If Brash did one thing right, it was to use this address to emphasise that the namby pamby left has managed to get under the skin of enough of 'middle New Zealand' with their inherently condescending, I know best, ideologist policy manufacturing to have done themselves out of office. And not before time.

Family Group Conferences, Rehabilitation Strategies, Whanua consultation, Iwi driven re-entry to society.... all these things are nice ideas. Some might even work if properly implemented and administrated (i.e. without losing sight of what the desired policy outcomes are - a safer community first and foremost) - but when left unmonitored in the hands of zealots - they are just plain dangerous.

And eventually the critical mass begins to realise that.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

No need for Brash to write tomorrows speech on Law & Order 

Stephen Franks has already done it for him. My Right was once accused of being MediaCow in drag - well that accusation might be right when it comes to Law & Order. Ahead of Brash's second big policy speech on Law & Order tomorrow, Frank's has reiterated the policy that Act has been advocating for the past 5 years. A helpful online checklist has been put together to ensure Dr Donnie Brasco doesn't miss anything out.

The highlight from the page:
"I want the word to go out on Sunday to every thief, thug, rapist and robber, that a new sheriff’s coming to town. He’ll have a new posse. They’re not suckers. They don’t accept excuses. There’ll be a price to be paid for every crime to make sure that crime no longer pays." (The page then outlines in detail the Act policy position.)
Reads well - but can you imagine Frank's actually delivering it?? Now imagine Rodney delivering the same words, was the Act leadership ever really in doubt? Frank's wraps up the list with what the outcomes of a successful justice policy would be, romantic pipe dreams or realistic policy objective?

What will a successful criminal justice reformation look like?

We won’t need a checklist to measure success.

Yes the statistics will fall but more importantly we will go back to having the security and safety New Zealanders once took for granted.

As well as falling crime statistics we’ll know it’s working

* When security guards are going broke instead of prospering.
* When once again it’s normal for cars to be unlocked and for people to sleep in mid-summer with their ranch sliders open.
* When no part of any New Zealand city is out of bounds for women at night.
* When our personal effects insurance premiums drop.
* When Auckland is no longer clogged with cars carrying children who could be walking or biking to school.
* When young people act more from concern about their reputations than fear of the police and the courts.
* When there are aren’t enough community work offenders to tidy up the parks.

ACT’s done the thinking. ACT has voted consistently to bring justice back to the criminal legal system.

I’m looking forward to seeing our hard work become reality in an ACT/National government

Fingers crossed for Sunday’s announcement.

Go Donnie - I'll be keeping score.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Thanks - but this still doesn't make up for it 

It seems the frogs are intent on doing the right thing by New Zealand. After giving a New Zealand vet a lift in a private jet a couple of months ago, they have now rescued a New Zealander from the Tasman Sea.

I'm sure DPF would agree that the buggers still owe us a boat.

Lesley Martin Declined Home Detention 

In what seems an unusually simple and well stated judgement, the Parole Board have declined Lesley Martins application for home detention. It seems that stating that you would do the same thing again if given the opportunity is a sure way to ensure that you will not get that opportunity before your full term is served.
"Having regard, firstly, to the nature of your offending, secondly, concerns about undue risk to the community when you are in a position to influence the minds and actions of others while you stand by your earlier comment to the effect you would do the same again or help others do the same in the current legal environment and, thirdly, in those circumstances, the unrealistic prospect of rehabilitation, the Board is not presently satisfied you are suitable for home detention.

Your application is declined."
Good job.

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