An observation of political incompetency.

I am gobsmacked at a recent story on news site STUFF NZ.

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Apparently the opposition’s team of young up and comers (on the left side of the coin) want the government to be willing to pay for gender re-assignments.  I can only think the recent story of a child aged 9 who has identified herself as a male trapped in a female body (poor kid) could have inspired such a bold move as to enter a ballot to the party to have this voted on as a potential policy for the campaign trail…..  and so it seems such a proposition was put forward by ‘Young Labour’ the party’s youth arm.

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William Pitt The Younger

I see the intention…. and while it is somewhat admirable and humanitarian in the intent and spirit of the proposition… it is my opinion this will only force the gulf between what used to be the left voter and the middle class to open up even further.  What the hell are they thinking letting shoddy press sites like STUFF get a whiff of this sort of dribble?   Or is it a clever sneak attack by the Right?  That would make more sense.  This policy will be highly unpopular with the general public in a user pays their own way society.

I completely support a partially or even fully funded ‘gender issues’  clinic that encapsulates the core public services from the health sector that these individuals utilize the most, (counselling, subsidized hormone support, emotional support groups you name it throw it in there!)  BUT!  And a big BUT it is….I draw the line at paying the 50-60,000 NZ$ to change an individual’s gender whatever the driving factor for that individual is. I commented on the STUFf story and those supporting such a practice suggested I was ‘condemning people to death’ (a dramatic reference to suicide bought on by hopelessness I assume, no one ever died from being male or Female in the scientific context of gender)

I am not ignorant of the hard road these people face. As an individual I am sympathetic in fact, but as it affects such a small number of the population I do not see it as valid public spending.  Nor do I see the ‘choice’ to change your gender, whatever circumstances behind the drive to do so, as a valid public health issue.  It is a personal issue and therefore as such, is an elective surgery issue, whatever social, mental, or spiritual drive for each individual may be.

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Stereotypes that do not help

So, Tory sabotage or just a stupid, nutty leak from within?  Both?

Did Labour learn nothing from the party vote swing last election?  They claim to return to core values, by appointing a union man to the top job, and wooing the working class (you have to remember todays ‘working class’ is not the working class of yore).  Yet here is a policy proposition I would have expected from the most rabid Green Hippie Vegans who worship Gaia under full moons in autumn fields.  Even then I mean Hippies that have no concept whatsoever of what the other 90% of New Zealanders would like to see happen with their tax money.  But hey I love my hippie friends…. I just don’t approve of spending BIG tax money on an issue for such a small number of affected persons.  That’s the same logic we are given for the massive ACC hikes we motorcyclists have had to live with after all.  Fairs fair for all minorities I say!

On Facebook, and the Twittersphere, many commentators are crying ‘smokescreen!!! They’re hiding something else…. just like Child Poverty, The Flag and don’t forget TPPA is coming…’ etc, etc…

But what gets me is while we DO have these very serious issues to address, the income gap, child poverty, hunger in lower decile schools, a growing homeless population (something we are seeing on the streets of the Capital daily) and the Labour party let slip something as potentially self-destructive as this?  Or did they?  Is it a Toryist conspiracy to discredit?  Are they that insane?  Whichever ‘They’ you might believe are behind this idea hitting the media, it’s a desperate measure considering either intention.  More dirty politics?  Is this for real?

Time to take my idea of the Freedom party to the next level and start looking for my 500 registered voting age members I think.  Time someone stood up for the middle man, the working class tax payer, and forced some sanity upon the benches of the House.

So is it a Political Observation?  Or a call to action?  You choose.

Watch this space!

StoneY

Hands off our Dolphins Chevron

So a jumped up little upstart puppet of the oil companies that pretends to be minister of energy in my country, has signed off rights to Chevron to explore our shores, and our forests, for oil.

This is corruption at its worst.

Sign the petition to send the idiot a massive postcard expressing your disaproval.

Two thirds of our country have stated they do not want oil exploration in our deep water coastal areas or our national parks, yet the Minister for Energy has signed off the rights to do so to none other than Chevron, who currently face charges for lack of safety and oversight in South America where they have caused massive environmental damage.

The prick says “We don’t accept cowboys in New Zealand. We have incredibly high standards that I have personally lifted. [Chevron] has had to go through a rigorous process to satisfy us that they are good enough to be here”
What the hell does HE know about drilling in the ocean?????

I know MY friends will sign.
Even the most right wing ones I know would not support the potential destruction of our marine or inland national parks.

Save our Maui Dolphins. There are only 55 left in the world.

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Sign the petition here
http://www.actionstation.org.nz/sendsimonapostcard?recruiter_id=28663

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Time to take the power back.

StoneY

Dear David.

Dear David

I have been a follower and I think I also can say I have been a stalwart believer in you as leader since you took the role.
However I think you fell victim somewhat of too many on the fly policies that did not count to many of the voting public.

The trucks cannot use the fast lane for example. That was nuts.
Apologising for being a man was also a disaster in this country of all countries.

I admire your CGT plan, the efforts to address the minimum wage and your passion for the people. The tax structures were sound and would have bought housing prices into line but, convince the players that know they ride the only free investment market there is, driving up house prices so the equity they have buys more houses for yet further hydraulic price rises.

But labour has lost its connection to the working class man, shown in the party vote result. I am afraid the apathy the public have to your leadership shows.

Let a new bloodline rebuild and reconnect Labour to the newer generations. I have to say you fought hard, you won the debates, but Key is just too ingrained in the current voters culture, and the one million who did not bother voting, well, what can we say.

I hope Grant and Chris step up to this plate, take the bat, and start smashing home runs. New blood, new team, and new energy and I believe those two are the answer.

Wishing you all the best, but asking you as a loyal supporter for months on end, to stand aside for the betterment of your party.

Kindest regards,

Brent

Aka StoneY
Motorcycle Activist
Ex Labour party member.