Back in August Paula Rebstock, a former commerce commission head and therefore the most appropriate person to make these sorts of life-and-death decisions, released her welfare working group’s issue paper which set us off like a firecracker in episode 50 (highlight here). Rebstock is back this week, with her group’s recommendations. Claiming our economy cannot support our society, she makes the dual mistake of forgetting that it’s our society that should come before our economy in that sentence, and that economies do tend to behave rather catastrophically when you base them on bullshit figures.
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Coastal Coalition, that nasty little organisation we talked about in episode 54, has a website. It’s about as sophisticated and coherent as their billboards, so you probably won’t want to spend too long there.
One aspect caught my eye – on the right hand side of the front page is a list of organisations which support the Coastal Coalition. Mostly boating clubs and regional chambers of commerce and other fairly un-Egonomist groups. At the bottom of the list is the invitation:
Where “here” is a mailto link that launches a template email to the personal email address of Coastal Coalition’s administrator – Dr Muriel Newman.
Those of you with long, terrifying memories will recognise her as the former deputy leader to Prebble’s ACT party. These days Newman divides her time between running what must be NZ’s most horrible website, The New Zealand Centre for Political Research, and being insane.
As we discussed in episode 54, Coastal Coalition are kicking up a stink about a law they don’t understand because of their fears of the rights they believe it will give to a race of people that they don’t care about without knowing a thing about the historical genesis of the issue. It’s ignorance wrapped in ignorance layered with ignorance, like a tim-tam that’s actually made out of shit. It seemed only fitting to try and see how deep this ignorance of Maori issues went. (more…)