NZ the next Venezuela

The stupidity of some people plumbs depths that are always hard to fathom. Is it really all that hard to learn from history? Jacinda Ardern: ‘Capitalism has failed New Zealanders’. Listen to this bewildering idiocy and marvel how someone can remain so ignorant in the midst of a world of socialist horrors.

New Zealand prime-minister-elect Jacinda Ardern has described capitalism as a “blatant failure” in the country, nominating poverty and homelessness as her priorities when she takes office.

Speaking in her first sit-down interview, on TV3’s The Nation, Ms Ardern said New Zealanders were not feeling the benefits of prosperity. Asked if capitalism had failed New Zealanders on low incomes, Ms Ardern was blunt: “If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as?”

“When you have a market economy, it all comes down to whether or not you acknowledge where the market has failed and where intervention is required. Has it failed our people in recent times? Yes.

“Wages are not keeping up with inflation (and) and how can you claim you’ve been successful when you have growth at roughly 3 per cent, but you have the worst homelessness in the developed world?”

Such fantastic ignorance. From the comments, as always starting from the best and working down.

Doesn’t she realise that capitalism gave her a home, a culture and welfare. Capitalism gave her a car, electricity and water. Socialism gives you depression, greed and envy. Poor NZ, descending into an abyss.

“Capitalism is a blatant failure”..Well, goodbye New Zealand, you’ve really done it now.

Heaven help New Zealand if they are her first comments. Capitalism produced the clothes she wears and stopped her from dying from polio and other childhood diseases. Perhaps she should read Alexander Solzenitsyn.

After 9 prosperous years, sure, Capitalism is a failure. What a dope. Of course, socialism has worked everywhere, hasn’t it?

If capitalism is such a blatant failure, perhaps Jacinda could name one socialist or communist country that has done better? Didn’t think so.

The ACT Labour Party has been in office for 15 years. The voters of the ACT keep electing them because the Canberra Times and the ABC continue the narrative that all opposition politicians are hopelessly inept. How the all-knowing left-leaning journalists have determined this is not clear. Regardless, the voters clearly believe the Canberra Times and the ABC. Do you know why am I telling you this? The ACT Government, the most socialist government in Australia, in coalition with the Greens, claims to support the homeless and the poor. Yet the ACT has thousands of homeless, sleeping rough around the city (Civic), begging in the suburbs, sleeping in surrounding bush land, couch surfing. ACTEWAGL has dramatically increased Electricity prices, but this pales alongside their increase in Gas prices. We had a $1,300 Gas Bill this past quarter. Thankfully we could stretch to pay it. But in the coldest capital on the mainland, many families have turned off the electric and gas heating this winter. The ACT had at least one death from influenza this winter. Jacinda Ardern is politically naive to assert that the problems of homelessness and poverty are due to capitalism or conservative governments. Like the ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, she lacks real-world experience. Like Barr, she has never had a normal job after university student politics, having worked as a political staffer or adviser before gaining selection for a safe Labor seat. Never run a business, never been an employer, probably never balanced a budget.

Where does she think the money she is about to pour down a black hole of welfare, comes from? Oh man, this is going to be fun to watch.

The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Winston Churchill.

God, who cares what this person thinks. Capitalism and democracy has been around for centuries, but Jacinda, barely out of wearing nappies, is a master of the universe?? No doubt she will be highly exalted by the ABC, Fairfax, Guardian, and the rest of the marxist media elite.

Sounds like two generations of debt coming up. Why does any Labor Government equal fiscal vandalism.

Ardern sounds like a really naive and idealistic socialist. She has claimed that she will reduce NZ’s carbon footprint. As one of the biggest contributors to the carbon footprint in NZ is agriculture, which also happens to be a major export earner, it might be time for farmers to sell up and move elsewhere. The damage that an idealistic socialist can do to a country has been demonstrated elsewhere, for example Venezuela.

Wait and see how much poverty you have in a couple of years after you’ve tried socialism.

God help Leninist New Zealand. All the good work of Keys about to go down the drain.

May as well tell us that gravity is a failure because a bridge fell down somewhere. Capitalism is reality and you either recognise it and deal with it or you go the way of Venezuela.

Capitalism a failure? A system that has created wealth and prosperity unlike anything since the dawn of civilisation? Sorry New Zealand but you’ve gone and stuffed it – this mob is going to destroy your economy.

Capitalism does work, the market works. As long as a suitable welfare system is there to support the vulnerable, the genuinely disabled and mentally ill – it is the best system.

Welcome to NZ a once brilliant country now going down the Socialist/ Marxist path of destruction just like Victoria.

Socialism is something you can do when someone else as has saved enough money. Communism is something you can do when you have enough guns. Jacinta is a socialist. She will soon spend NZ back where they came from 10 years ago. Then, like Kevin 07, no one will admit to voting out a perfectly competent government. Carry on KIWI.

Here we go again. The conservatives spend years being prudent, then the public thinks it might be a good idea to vote themselves some free stuff. Ghod help NZ.

Of course, Jacinda has lived in a successful socialist state to provide this comparison? Oh that’s right, there are no successful socialist states, they are just totalitarian.

And so it begins. In an effort to appease all the little people, the taxes will presumably go up on important things like housing and fuel, and those people will be worse off, even if they get a minimum wage increase. By the time NZ labor are booted out of office, id happily wager theyll be in debt.

The siren song of socialism is that it provides lotsa goodies paid for with other people’s money.

Oh NZ you are in for a world of pain!

And that was every comment so far with not a one left out. The only positive is that the NZ example will be a reminder here why socialists should never be elected.

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95 Responses to NZ the next Venezuela

  1. EvilElvis

    We’re just a step behind, as usual. Hail Shorten, comrades!

  2. overburdened

    No arguments with your sentiment, and I think a deeper reading of the rules of engagement is necessary to offer a solution rather than just bitch about it. For myself I run with Myamoto Musashi because of the simplicity.

  3. None

    The trouble is this will be us next election. No one really wants to vote Labor and no one wants to vote Liberal, and the loony minors will be the king makers. Unfortunately nearly all the minors are loonies lefties do it will always end up getting worse. Now politics is downstream from culture which means we are the loonies for putting these loonies there. In which case I am tempted to just say, well Australia, you’ve shat in your bed. You can sleep in it. And then get mercenary and rub their noses in it.

  4. John Comnenus

    I was getting sick of NZ outperforming us economically. Thankfully that will come to an end. Like good international socialists we can now equally share in the poverty socialism will bring.

    We are headed in exactly the same direction. We sat by as our bureaucratic, academic, artistic, legal and journalistic elite denigrated and destroyed everything good about our culture in order to brainwash the people into wanting socialism. The result is that just about everyone under about 40 with an ‘education’ is a socialist. Then for good measure the unelected elite who actually run the country – the Public Service – imported millions of left wing voters with an antipathy for our culture and a love of the violent revolution the Left admires.

    Reluctantly I come to the conclusion that we are too stupid to survive as a culture and so we won’t. Whilst we decline we attract people to our defence force and soon our police forces by offering gender reassignment to people with a tragic psychological condition. And we wonder why we are collapsing. If you are too stupid to survive you won’t.

  5. max

    Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

    On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

    Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

    “H. L.” Mencken

  6. Mark A

    max
    #2529758, posted on October 22, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Other that the last quote, I’m not sure what you are saying.

  7. Up The Workers!

    Yeah, but…at least Winston (Judas) Peters got 30 pieces of silver and a good, cushy job out of it.

    Maybe the peasants in N.Z, will get fat off the crumbs that fall from his and Jacinda’s tables?

  8. Herodotus

    The polls seem to be saying we’re headed down the same deluded path despite all the lessons of history, some of it quite recent.

  9. rickw

    There goes New Zealand as a safe haven, just one fucking communist idiot away from being as bad as Australia.

  10. And for a moment there I was kind of envious of how NZ was going economically. I was actually thinking what a great place to live. I guess the immigration turnaround will be reversed soon enough.

  11. Mark A

    rickw
    #2529764, posted on October 22, 2017 at 6:31 am

    There goes New Zealand as a safe haven, just one fucking communist idiot away from being as bad as Australia.

    rickw, I keep saying, Eastern Europe is the answer, I prefer Hungary, but not strong enough, so Poland is the next best.

  12. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The left is the home of the dim, the dumb, the stupid, the thick, the incompetent and those that are wilfully blind and quite likely mentally retarded.

    Jacinda is a mental pygmy amongst mental pygmies.

    NZ brace yourselves here comes The Big Heist™

  13. John Constantine

    The whole point of the Great Transnational Global Totalitarian Socialist Looting Cartel is that it is Global.

    There will never be any place to go to that is not globally socialist, that has always been their mistake, allowing hope to survive somewhere to infect the proles of the gulags.

    Socialism, Global and Eternal this time, Comrades.

  14. Robbo

    We have a few municipalities in Australia that have bigger populations than New Zealand so this idiot woman who has been given the job of PM of NZ by that self serving moron Winston Peters is really a no nothing nobody in charge of a backwater.
    The great thing is that she is over there, and we are over here. Let’s make sure that things stay that way.

  15. Up The Workers!

    One good thing about N.Z. Socialists…they occasionally give the poor, shagged-out sheep a rest, and bonk the country instead.

    New Zealand…Land of the Long White Dole Queue!

  16. OldOzzie

    From the comments in the Article above

    Heaven help New Zealand if they are her first comments. Capitalism produced the clothes she wears and stopped her from dying from polio and other childhood diseases.

    Perhaps she should read Alexander Solzenitsyn.

    Solzhenitsyn’s cathedrals
    by Gary Saul Morson

    On the literary works of Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

    The latest Solzhenitsyn book to appear in English, March 1917, focuses on the great turning point of Russian, indeed world, history: the Russian Revolution.1 Just a century ago, that upheaval and the Bolshevik coup eight months later ushered in something entirely new and uniquely horrible. Totalitarianism, as invented by Lenin and developed by Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and others, aspired to control every aspect of life, to redesign the earth and to remake the human soul. As a result, the environment suffered unequaled devastation and tens of millions of lives were lost in the Soviet Union alone. Solzhenitsyn, who spent the years 1945 to 1953 as a prisoner in the labor camp system known as the Gulag archipelago, devoted his life to showing just what happened so it could not be forgotten. One death is a tragedy but a million is a statistic, Stalin supposedly remarked, but Solzhenitsyn makes us envision life after ruined life. He aimed to shake the conscience of the world, and he succeeded, at least for a time.

    Comparisons with pre-revolutionary writers provide a constant source of irony. They thought they had seen suffering! Tolstoy and Korolenko “shed tears of indignation” that from 1876 to 1904, the tsars executed 486 people and then, from 1905 to 1908, another 2,200! But from 1917 to 1953, the Soviets on average doubled that total every week

    What is particularly impressive is the author’s unsparing account of his own moral shortcomings. Arrested as an army officer, he considered himself superior to ordinary people. Over hundreds of pages, we watch his initial naïve assessments of his new surroundings and his slow process of learning the truth about the ideology he once accepted. Gradually he embraces moral truths he had never suspected. Gulag is a real-life Bildungsroman—a novel of how a young person learns about life—with insights about “higher meaning” relevant to us all.

    Will Jacinda Ardern learn these lessons?

    “Gulag is a real-life Bildungsroman—a novel of how a young person learns about life—with insights about “higher meaning” relevant to us all.”

  17. Megan

    The only positive is that the NZ example will be a reminder here why socialists should never be elected.

    Too late, we’ve got a closet one in the Lodge already.

  18. H B Bear

    They are ficked. Australia is 18 months behind.

  19. candy

    She’s nice looking and photogenic and talks about women’s issues, equality and climate change and the evils of capitalism, and for a great deal of voters that’s all that matters.

    Australia would be much the same if we had a leader fresh and nice looking in their thirties. And if they were transgender they be a shoo-in to win an election. I don’t think I’m joking.

  20. True Aussie

    I was getting sick of NZ outperforming us economically

    If NZ was going so great economically then how come there are so many Kiwis over here looking for work?

  21. Just Interested

    I guess I won’t see many comments here any more about how great the New Zealand electoral system, with only one house, no Senate and no States, is to get great things done………

  22. Tel

    If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as?

    I would probably describe it as bullshit.

    Dead children all over New Zealand?!? She’s crank yanking for the cameras.

  23. Boambee John

    John Comnenus at 0457

    a love of the violent revolution the Left admires.

    They are not so keen on violent revolution if they are the targets?

  24. Baldrick

    It’s a strange alliance of Winston Peters nationalists, Greenfilth socialists and Labour workers parties, or The National Socialist New Zealand Workers Parties.

    What could possibly go wrong.

  25. Fulcrum

    If Venezula is anything to go by hyperinflation is on the way, restaurants will spring up on rubbish heaps and protesters can expect a good thumping,
    but you can rest assured it will be someone else’s fault.

    Anyway, I an handle even more Bledesloe victories.

  26. Sean

    How dumb.

    I think we are lucky in Aus that the Hawke/Keating legacy is built around liberalising the economy. At least the ALP won’t want to shit all over their great legacy by talking this kind of nonsense.

  27. egg_

    Sounds just like Kevin’07 – that worked out well.

  28. NB

    NZ, snared by the sticky web of socialism.

  29. egg_

    She’s nice looking and photogenic and talks about women’s issues, equality and climate change

    Sounds like Miss NZ – you left out “world peace”.

  30. struth

    Just like the labor election in Australia, she didn’t win the election.

    She needed a career politician to betray an electorate.

    Not a hard thing to do these days.

    So, we have socialism in Australia and more control of every aspect of life more so than New Zealanders, none of which we voted for.
    They will now catch up quick.
    For it is just the level of socialism amongst the elites that count.
    Names of parties and empty blurbs about their “policies” are meaningless.
    We have a socialist government in Australia we did not vote for.
    They are going to now get a very socialist government they did not vote for.

    Our career politicians are out of control.
    They are bought and paid for and are devoid of any political values.

    Coming to New Zealand and already in Australia.

    Stamp duties.
    Capital gains.
    Australian style gun control.
    Australian style grog sales and regulation.
    More [email protected]
    Plus all the usual socialist big government business killing corruption.

    They have elections every three years.
    This young brain dead bint will be so bad, so quickly, I think that there is a positive in that to some respects compared to Australia’s slow crawl that sees both parties to blame and the lines of who to blame, blurred.

    If there is anything good to take out of this, it will be that New Zealanders will be reamed so devastatingly quickly, they will know, as Australia did with Whitlam, just who is to blame.

  31. Tel

    Sounds just like Kevin’07 – that worked out well.

    Not even bothering with the “fiscal conservative” come on line.

  32. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Reluctantly I come to the conclusion that we are too stupid to survive as a culture and so we won’t. Whilst we decline we attract people to our defence force and soon our police forces by offering gender reassignment to people with a tragic psychological condition. And we wonder why we are collapsing. If you are too stupid to survive you won’t.

    We know the leftist gun control meme is complete bullshit. The unstated objective is to ensure the only lawfully armed members of society are mentally ill freaks who want to cut their own balls off (or grow a dick).

    Only fellow freaks could support such lunacy. Leftism is a mental illness.

  33. John Constantine

    She is just going to borrow money to give to the poor people, then the Tories get to tax the rich people to pay it back.

    Comrades.

  34. Blair

    “If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as?”
    All the homes need to survive is the installation of pink batts.

  35. stackja

    Ardern sounds like a really naive and idealistic socialist. She has claimed that she will reduce NZ’s carbon footprint

    Just like Juliar.

  36. cuckoo

    Is Winston Peters really just Tony Windsor with a moko? (And yes, I know Winston Peters doesn’t actually have a moko. I was speaking metaphorically. But it’s funny if you think about it.)

  37. iain russell

    Absolutely first class thicko Lefthead. Unbelievable. That such a dullard can become PM is testament, yet again, to the total failure of compulsory public education. Moron.

  38. Bruce

    Anyone care to run a book on when China will organise their first PLAN fleet visit?

  39. iampeter

    So she’s basically like a more honest version of a Tony Abbott.
    Not only will she legislation socialist/far-left policies but she will also openly acknowledge her support for them.

  40. DM OF WA

    Expect the beatification of Miss Ardern from their ABC to commence any moment: the reverential doco on her life story and “success” on Four Corners, regular interviews on Lateline seeking her advice on how to fix Australia, non-stop Ardern parables recited on the Drum, and the ultimate gig: an invite onto a Q & A panel!

  41. Jo Smyth

    It’s close to home, we will be able to watch the decline as it happens, the media will make excuses and blame the previous administration, Shorten will tell everyone the same will happen to Australia if they don’t vote for him, Turnbull will do nothing because he agrees with Bill and come the election, Shorten will win.

  42. Oh come on

    Reluctantly I come to the conclusion that we are too stupid to survive as a culture and so we won’t.

    I don’t think this is true – I think our culture will survive – but we’re probably (long) past the point where we as a society can stop the rot ourselves. It’ll take an existential shock such as a world war or perhaps a period of foreign domination to knock the stupid, self-indulgent, self-destructive crap out of our culture so we are in any shape to start defending it. Scary. God help us.

  43. notafan

    If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive

    I wasn’t aware that New Zealand had possibly the highest child mortality rates in the world, or is the lady hyperblowing?

  44. If NZ was going so great economically then how come there are so many Kiwis over here looking for work?

    There isn’t.
    That’s been reversing under Prime Minister Keys. The nadir came 2 years ago when the NZ govt ran a jobs expo in West Oz, they got thousands of positions filled.

    Yep, NZ. Ran a jobs fair. In the (formerly) boom state of WestOz. That same WestOz where they couldn’t get even burger flippers 10 yrs ago. People from WestOz were moving to NZ. For the superior economic opportunities.

    Jacindah will not fix that.

  45. Shine a Light

    We should expect Ms Arden to get a 90% approval rating from the ABC.

  46. Neil

    I don’t have reference but i believe that the NZ budget is in surplus. Is this true? If so i wonder how long it will take to turn the budget into a deficit now Labor is in power?

    Our own Wayne Swan was handed a $20B surplus budget. Within 12 months he had turned it into a $27B deficit. A $47B turnaround. I know about the GFC but we did not get a $47B fall in revenue

  47. cuckoo

    Expect the beatification of Miss Ardern from their ABC to commence any moment

    It started as soon as ‘Jacindamania’ broke out. Their ABC did pieces of such breathless hysteria that the editor of a Justin Bieber fanzine would have told them to tone it down.

  48. marcus classis

    cuckoo
    #2529954, posted on October 22, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    Is Winston Peters really just Tony Windsor with a moko? (And yes, I know Winston Peters doesn’t actually have a moko. I was speaking metaphorically. But it’s funny if you think about it.)

    Mope. He’s Windsor with a bigger, much more well-used arsehole, and he charges his customers more to use it.

  49. struth

    A letter from Philip Adams and other notable socialists will have a fawning open letter sent very soon.

    Please come and show us how you achieved such a Utopia Jacinda!!!

    They always get in quick with that one, before the toilet paper runs out.

  50. Oh come on

    Nota, indeed. Who would have thought NZ – the dairy capital of the world – was churning out milk and cheese and butter and cream by the megaton while simultaneously giving sub-Saharan shitholes a run for their money in the child malnourishment stakes? We see a similar phenomenon only in oil-super rich Venezuela. Clearly another place that capitalism failed.

    Hrm. What’s the bet Mzzz Ardern believes the ‘one in four women raped’ stat, too?

  51. Snoopy

    Ms Ardern was blunt: “If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as?”

    A self-correcting problem?

  52. Andrew

    LOL @ Tim Blair’s NZ report

  53. duncanm

    rickw, I keep saying, Eastern Europe is the answer, I prefer Hungary, but not strong enough, so Poland is the next best.

    it is somewhat instructive to note that the most anti-socialist states are those that have experienced it.

    (We’re living the corollary of that: those most supportive of socialism haven’t lived with it).

  54. Cannibal

    Yeah well socialism under Clark was terrible, but this one’s got nicer teeth, so it’ll be all ok this time…
    /sarc

  55. Fisky

    We are headed in exactly the same direction. We sat by as our bureaucratic, academic, artistic, legal and journalistic elite denigrated and destroyed everything good about our culture in order to brainwash the people into wanting socialism. The result is that just about everyone under about 40 with an ‘education’ is a socialist. Then for good measure the unelected elite who actually run the country – the Public Service – imported millions of left wing voters with an antipathy for our culture and a love of the violent revolution the Left admires.

    It will be interesting to see if Jacinda maintains her anti-immigration position, or if the migration whisperers get to her with promises of permanent Leftist government if she opens the borders.

  56. Hydra

    You haven’t read the Facebook comments.

    “Can we kidnap her and make her Australian?” Etc

    She is loved.

  57. John Constantine

    Their jacindamania will last easily until the Australian election.

    There will be the ability for New Zealand to go hundreds of billions of dollars into debt to build windmills and bollards and social housing as ‘investments’.

    Then the day of reckoning will come.

  58. EB

    I was getting sick of NZ outperforming us economically

    It was only fakery anyway – the old ramping up the immigration rate trick.

  59. Caveman

    All Blacks may defect to Oz. Good for Aussie Rugby.

  60. egg_

    Their jacindamania will last easily until the Australian election.

    Could flow on to Oz Labor to Trumble’s and Flannery-Burger’s demise.

  61. Roger

    New Zealand prime-minister-elect Jacinda Ardern has described capitalism as a “blatant failure” in the country, nominating poverty and homelessness as her priorities when she takes office.

    Yes, she’ll make many more people poor and homeless.

  62. egg_

    What’s her partner do for a crust?

  63. Snoopy

    Celebrity television fishing show host.

  64. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    You haven’t read the Facebook comments.

    “Can we kidnap her and make her Australian?” Etc

    She is loved.

    The leech class adores communists.

  65. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    New Zealand prime-minister-elect Jacinda Ardern has described capitalism as a “blatant failure” in the country, nominating poverty and homelessness as her priorities when she takes office.

    Yes, she’ll make many more people poor and homeless.

    It’s called broadening the base.

  66. egg_

    The 39-year-old is a success in his own right – combining his love of fishing and broadcasting into a business which has resulted in his show – Fish of the Day – being sold into 20 countries. The series also garnered a gold award at the Houston International Film Festival last year.

    Entrepreneurial? The new PM doesn’t do irony well.

  67. AC

    Ardern is a whining airhead who should have stuck to wandering the CBD streets asking people to sign petitions to save the whales.

  68. Menai Pete

    Apparently her party trick is to bite an apple through a chicken wire fence.

  69. Tel

    Might be your last chance to buy Fisher & Paykel while they are still good.

    It would be a pity to see them turn into the next British Leyland, but that’s an entirely possible outcome.

  70. MPH

    Well she’s not all bad – she only wants to raise the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour while Winston Peters wants $20 an hour… Currently $15.75 an hour. What could possibly go wrong!

  71. Malcolm Thomas

    Adern makes Gillard and even arudd look relatively sane. The hope here is that NZ will go downhill fast enough for Aussies to see, closet to home than Venezuela, the costs of these undisciplined, utopian fools’ visions. The likelihood is that it will take longer than that.

  72. John Constantine

    Jacindamania will prove if the education industry really was selling just education, or if it was just a rort for selling residency and citizenship.

    We will have a real time experiment to see if we have a real industry selling a real product, or a corrupt rort selling access to the welfare state to entire families for cents in the dollar,

    Does New Zealand need student hairdressers/fast food cooks/ dogwalkers from ‘hole in the wall’ universities as bad as Australia did?.

    [if it is a real rort, the cronies will jiggle things a bit to keep it going.]

  73. Oh come on

    The Chinese own Fisher & Paykel, so they can always dump their UnZud operations and move everything to mainland China if Jacinta gets too bolshy.

    Too bolshy for the ChiComs. Crikey.

  74. Fisky

    Jacindamania will prove if the education industry really was selling just education, or if it was just a rort for selling residency and citizenship

    A rort and a scam. Especially from India.

  75. Mother Lode

    Socialists entice voters by appealing to greed and envy, but mechanically attaching words like ‘justice’ and ‘fairness’ to allow a pantomime of nobility.

    “Just give us the power and we will take from others and give to you!”

    What is never actually made clear is the each deserving recipient of others’ propert is themselves an ‘other’ to someone else.

  76. Fisky

    Ms Ardern was blunt: “If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as?”

    I don’t really understand this statement. I’ve read it a few times, and it isn’t getting any clearer. Is she saying that hundreds of thousands of children are homeless, or that they don’t have enough food to eat, or don’t have enough toys, or what is it that is not “enough”??

    New Zealand appears to have elected a left-wing Pauline Hanson. Fun times ahead.

  77. MPH

    She wasn’t elected – NZ Labour managed to cobble together a coalition with the greens and perennial nuisance Winston Peters to install her as PM. I personally feel she has more in common with Trudeau than Hanson.

  78. Up The Workers!

    Robert Mugabe and Bob Hawke.

    What would their careers have been if they had not both been proteges of that former leading light of the Looney Left, Malcolm Fraser?

  79. Up The Workers!

    Who needs policies, honesty, competence, fact, ability and intelligence, when you have a compliant Leftard core of presstitutes and a gob full of choppers like those?

    The A.L.P. has survived over 100 years without any of the above superfluous abilities.

    Mind you, she’ll be in all sorts of strife if the horse ever wants his teeth back again!

  80. Yeah well socialism under Clark was terrible, but this one’s got nicer teeth, so it’ll be all ok this time…
    /sarc

    Seriously, don’t these people go to dentists?

  81. crazydude

    I feel as though sometimes, you just have to let people learn the hard way.

  82. True Aussie

    There isn’t.
    That’s been reversing under Prime Minister Keys. The nadir came 2 years ago when the NZ govt ran a jobs expo in West Oz, they got thousands of positions filled

    That is merely the market self correcting after the WA mining bubble burst. Wake me when all the ‘fush and chups’ lovers from the eastern half of Australia return home.

  83. Roger

    Who needs policies, honesty, competence, fact, ability and intelligence, when you have a compliant Leftard core of presstitutes and a gob full of choppers like those?

    From what I can garner she’s been a parliamentarian for ten years (!), a Labour staffer in the UK before that and president of the International Union of Socialist Students…never created a job or an ounce of wealth…and doesn’t understand that it is only capitalism that creates the wealth that lifts living standards.

    Socialism: rinse and repeat until equal misery is attained.

  84. John Constantine

    She managed to sell the New Zealand public that she had outflanked the tories to the right on the population ponzi scheme, and the tories agreed.

  85. John Constantine

    Their shorten will learn from jacindamania and easily outflank turnbull on the right to appeal to the Trump protest vote, and turnbull will languidly watch him get away with it because the Trumpening is too low tone for turnbull.

  86. Mundi

    She was president of socialist youth and several other socialist groups, some very commie leaning.

    She has no experience in anything economic, so she will just spend spend spend, all while claiming it to be an investment.

  87. Ez

    New Zealand appears to have elected a left-wing Pauline Hanson. Fun times ahead.

    Ahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ardern, who worked in a fish and chip shop and a supermarket to save for her university fees…

  88. Ez

    …you have the worst homelessness in the developed world?”

    FACT CHECK: This is based on a dubious study from the University of Otago.

    It includes a definition of “homeless” as persons who do not meet the “Canadian National Occupancy Standard” (CNOS). From that definition:

    The Canadian National Occupancy Standard (CNOS) assesses the bedroom requirements of a household based on the following criteria:

    * There should be no more than 2 persons per bedroom;
    * Children less than 5 years of age of different sexes may reasonably share a bedroom;
    * Children 5 years of age or older of opposite sex should have separate bedrooms;
    * Children less than 18 years of age and of the same sex may reasonably share a bedroom; and
    * Single household members 18 years or older should have a separate bedroom, as should parents or couples.

    If, for example, you (and wife) live in a two bedroom apartment and your five YO daughter and three YO son share a bedroom; that counts as one (1) homeless person.

    Anyone in a “mobile dwelling” on Census night (grey nomads?) is also counted as “homeless”.
    You could rent out your modest PPR to a single person and husband and wife are travelling around the country on census night; that counts as two homeless people.

    No doubt there are genuinely homeless people in NZ but throwing out ridiculous figures based on a flawed (biased?) study is too much.

  89. Speedbox

    rickw, I keep saying, Eastern Europe is the answer, I prefer Hungary, but not strong enough, so Poland is the next best.

    it is somewhat instructive to note that the most anti-socialist states are those that have experienced it.

    Both are true. Central and Eastern Europe offer huge opportunities for disaffected Aussies.

    The most strident anti-socialists I have ever met are all former residents of the USSR. They lived it – they remember it – they will never again live under a socialist doctrine.

  90. New Zealand appears to have elected a left-wing Pauline Hanson. Fun times ahead.
    Ardern, who worked in a fish and chip shop and a supermarket to save for her university fees…

    Pauline Hanson owned and ran a fish & chip shop. She built it to where it employed 14 people.
    Pauline Hanson knows money is not free.

    There may be other differences between La Hanson & Comrade Ardern.

  91. mh

    Voting in Mr Ed will only end in tears. And not tears of laughter.

  92. Tel

    This is a good episode for those who don’t listen to Schiff all that much, covers New Zealand in the second half.

    http://www.schiffradio.com/30-year-anniversary-1987-stock-market-crash-ep-294/

  93. in that nasally awful way you all have.

    Two words for ya, Arks – Helen Clark.

    Touche!

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