Peter Jackson wins nomination for best supporting actor in a commercial negotiating tactic
Well, well, well - aren't some NZers feeling like sheep today? The first formal admission that Warners Bros is asking for a higher tax rebate...
Hobbit used to push through law changes - CTU
LATEST: The Government has been accused of using the row over The Hobbit films to push through employment law changes which union leaders claim will see thousands of workers stripped of sick leave, holidays and other rights.
Prime Minister John Key said on Monday that the Government would almost certainly have to change the legal test for deciding whether a worker was an employee or a contractor after United States studio Warner Bros cited the present law as a major reason for it considering moving the two films from New Zealand.
The studio has also asked for bigger taxpayer subsidies for staying in New Zealand after it was offered more generous breaks for going to other countries.
...the NZ mainstream media have given the death of a psychic octopus more coverage than the fact that this 'crises' over the Hobbit has been manufactured, and like a bunch of stoned Hobbits the majority of NZers have followed the lead of the mainstream media and blamed all of this on the the dreaded actors union which in a week has become a pinker shade of communism with Helen Kelly portrayed about as socially acceptable as child cancer.
Peter Jackson has been played, the Actors Union has been played, and NZers have been played all so Warners Bros could hard ball the Government into lifting the corporate welfare while John Key slashes domestic welfare. Key found $1.7 billion to bail out Mr Magoo at South Canterbury Finance, he sure as fuck will find a measly $40 million to pay Warners!
This is the part of the game that is most dangerous for the National Party, already there is a backlash in public opinion and in some parts of the media who watched those 10 Warners Bros executives sweep into town in their luxury cars to hard ball the Government into the obvious lift in tax rebates and the bad taste of having John Key act as divisively over the Unions in the Hobbit as Robert Muldoon was with anti-apartheid protesters in the Spring Bok tour is starting to look way too obvious now.
This was NEVER about the Actors Union and was ALWAYS about Warners setting the environment of panic to suggest a pull out to hard ball the Hobbit and so many of my fellow NZers fell for it, Jesus you lot are slow and easy to manipulate sometimes!
So how does this predictable script end now? Key 'cuts a deal' (how many times will we have to put up with every commentator in the mainstream media proclaiming Key as 'the deal maker'?) to 'save the Hobbit' by writing out a huge corporate welfare cheque to Warners, and to make that corporate welfare payment look less important, John Key will change the bloody labour laws to pretend it was always about the Unions, all the while endlessly kicking Helen Kelly.
If we are blaming everything on the Actors Unions, I would also like to blame them for the following; the high price of milk, road accidents that occur during a full moon, premature ejaculation, the lack of progress in Afghanistan and Cross eyed babies
Blaming the Actors Union for what are really negotiating tactics by Warners Brothers is as believable as Oliver Driver fronting a smoke free campaign
How Journalists can report John Key’s, Gerry Brownlee’s and Peter Jacksons hysterical rants about Helen Kelly as fact without questioning the role of Warner Brothers to get a higher tax rebate in all of this is made even more astounding when you consider Peter Jackson himself told the Government in his report on the Film Industry that the biggest hurdle for corporations making films here was our globally low 15% tax rebate. Isn’t it extraordinary that all of a sudden that tax rebate has nothing to do with this manufactured crises?
Warners will be laughing all the way to the bloody bank