Rachel Stewart in the Taranaki Daily News online has written a delightful little piece about government blunders. The top 3 are Dotcom 1, Dotcom2, and asset sales ...and here's what follows...Noticebaly all environmental issues
"4. Just as the Arctic ice melts at an astoundingly rapid clip so does any semblance of honouring NewZealand's international commitments to reducing climate change. Publicly haranguing Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright's independence and impartiality, after not liking the findings of her government-commissioned report into the Emissions Trading Scheme, was a very low blow. Her integrity was called in to question by select committee members when she pointed out that the numbers simply didn't stack up when the biggest polluters (agriculture) are, in effect, "subsidised" by the taxpayers for years to come. This helps the climate how?
5. The Government completely outdid itself in the dork stakes at the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Korea. A motion was put forward aimed at stopping the extinction of the world's rarest dolphins and porpoises, including New Zealand's Hector's and Maui's dolphins.
Five hundred and seventy-six members, including governments and NGOs, voted for the motion, and only two opposed. The New Zealand government was both of them. They claim the science just isn't there despite both these dolphins being the most studied in the world. So what did this little lark achieve exactly? Yep, it made this country look exactly like what this National government has let us become. The opposite of what we've always been - environmental vandals.
6. The bouquet for sheer Romney-esque imbecility goes to Phil Heatley for saying that anybody with concerns about oil expansion and fracking "are not really New Zealand. They have concerns but they are not really middle-class New Zealand".
Heatley has continued to insist that fracking is totally safe and that the Taranaki Regional Council are flawless regulators.
Later that night, Heatley was brought down to earth somewhat when TV3 ran a story on the scale of contaminated soil at Shell Todd's Kapuni site and that it had been there for a decade.
His fawning rhetoric suddenly solidified and to say he "fracked up" is an understatement."
Certainly MPs will be feeling the need for the current school holiday break