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Monday, January 30, 2012

Trouble for National - treaty blocks asset sales

Even amongst National Party voters, whoring off our assets are ethically seen as akin to molesting your pets. Why John Key thinks implementing more right wing free market bullshit to respond to a global economic crises caused by the exact same free market bullshit is a solution is anyones guess, and seeing as our insipid self censoring mainstream media are too frightened to hold Key to account on the issue, the electorate are none the wiser either.

There is real trouble however brewing for National's desires to whore off our assets, and to the shock of many a redneck who hates asset sales, it's the treaty that is blocking Key.

That's right my Pakeha brethren, that awful Treaty that so many seem to want to erase and forget because it highlights the broken promises made by our forefathers is actually blocking the asset sales National have planned and in response to this, National have sent their Maori Party mouthpieces out for a series of hui to beg Iwi leaders to erase section 9 of the State Owned Enterprises Act 1986.

Most of the mainstream media are still either asleep from holiday or are too frightened of the Key Government in the wake of the Epsom Tea Pot Tape Police bullying (as attested by our sudden drop of 5 places in the worlds media freedom rankings last week), to question anything at the moment so aren't even aware of the significance of section 9. To help them out, here are the hui times that have been hastily arranged once National realized that section 9 could stop their privatization plans...

8 February 10.00am Distinction Hotel Rotorua

8 February 3.00pm Waikato Stadium Hamilton

9 February 3.00pm Wanganui Racecourse Wanganui

10 February 9.30am Toll Stadium Whangarei

10 February 3.30pm Novotel Auckland Airport Auckland

14 February 10.00am Waihopai Runaka Murihiku Marae Invercargill

14 February 4.00pm Chateau on the Park Christchurch

15 February 10.00am Emerald Hotel Gisborne

15 February 3.30pm Te Puni Kokiri Wellington

...why all the fuss over Section 9? Section 9 of the State Owned Enterprises Act 1986 says that the Crown will not act in a manner inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and flogging off assets we all own is utterly inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty.

This is an interesting angle, the idea that the Treaty could be used to actually protect the rights of everyone in NZ is a concept that will startle some Pakeha, but it's also the best chance of stopping our grinning multi-millionaire money trader from committing right wing economic vandalism by flogging off assets which can only be bought by the rich he's borrowed tax cuts for.

Once Close Up stop rehashing story ideas I did 7 years ago, the sleepy mainstream media should realize the significance of Section 9 and the Governments frantic attempt to smother it's importance.



At 30/1/12 12:56 pm, Blogger Nitrium said...

I'm sure our Dear Leader will find a way. Most likely he will simply bribe, err give Koha, to get the Iwi on board. For Key, Maori are simply "a cost of doing business". The asset sales will go ahead one way or another. He NEEDS these sales to make the budget 'work'. He has also I'm sure already made promises of first dibs to his mates. And finally he has a democratically endorsed mandate to make this happen FFS. You can't deny democracy!

At 30/1/12 3:39 pm, Blogger Max_black0 said...

The treaty shall be changed.
So says the Leader!

At 30/1/12 4:14 pm, Blogger Kelch said...

Key and associates are shrewd enough to know that the Maori Party will happily support asset sales if they can get a piece of the action for Iwi. Government and business regularly use the old divide and rule routine to advance difficult policy. The Maori party are vital for the asset sales process.

At 31/1/12 3:07 pm, Blogger Ben Wilson said...

You picked it..um, almost. Calling the Maori party mouthpieces of National isn't exactly saying that today they will block asset sales.

Not that I'm complaining. Good on the Maori Party for showing backbone - I guess they got the message from their voters.

It's not over yet, though. National has the numbers, even without the Maori. But Maori are an important rubberstamp, and their refusal is extremely significant for the asset sale mandate.


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