Nestled in an article on stuff.co.nz this morning was this paragraph that made me choke on my flat white!
Mr Peters is the darling of the racing industry after announcing in May that the Government would put up $9 million over three years in prizes for some of New Zealand’s premier races, as part of a co-sponsorship deal with the industry.
This is the hypocrite who has been caught well and truly with his pants down with the completely shonky set up of NZ First in order to avoid spending caps and to disguise donations from the ‘big money’ entities Winston likes to rail against.
You’d think there was an election in a few months, oh, wait, there is!
That would explain the $9 million of your hard earned wages that Auntie Helen has taken from you, given to Winston, and he is using to shore up support in the racing industry in an attempt to get re elected.
$9 million folks…
…for the racing industry. Think about that for a minute.
That’s not for more hip-replacements, a 12 month Herceptin program, 100 extra police or a couple more teachers at little Jonny’s school. No, it’s for a bunch of horses running around a track… wow, I feel better already, what a wise sensible use of taxes. NOT.
When you go home tonight consider this, 20 – 39% of your wages that you worked today to earn, was taken by the IRD, filtered through a whole bunch of high cost bureaucracy (public sector workers are now paid higher than their private sector counterparts) and Winston and Helen just wrote a cheque out to the frigging racing industry on your behalf in some “co-sponsorship deal”.
I have no idea what the co-sponsorship deal was, because the “meerkat’ at The Press didn’t bother to find out, he was more interested in Winston’s bloody hair.
As I have no way of knowing what the sponsorship was for I can only guess it was along the lines of, “here’s some cash, you sponsor (i.e. vote) us back into Parliament this year”. I am at a loss to think what other practical purpose it could have, or what the hell you and I would want to “sponsor” in the racing industry.
If the racing industry needs $9 million of our taxes to survive then maybe it’s time to call in the vet and have it put down. I have no interest in racing, and if they can’t survive as a commercial entity that’s because the market says “not enough people are prepared to pay for this”.
If, on the other hand the racing industry doesn’t need $9 million from us, then WTF are Winston & Helen giving it to them for???
I’ve seen all the flash houses out at Karaka with sleek million dollar horses lounging around the perfectly manicured countryside. It doesn’t strike me as an industry in dire trouble, like, say sheep farming.
So if you’re wondering why Michael Cullen couldn’t give your cash back in a tax cut, it’s because they were busy doing sponsorship deals with anyone who would take the cash, anyone but you or I. Helen and Mike both know how to spend your money more productively than you do, this being a shining example.
This alone should be a reason not to vote for either party in the upcoming election. This high-lights the unhealthy relationship between Labour (transpose National if you like), NZ First and whatever ‘baubles of office’ Winston Peters requires in order to give the government his parties vote of confidence… that’s unhealthy enough, the racing industry, whose been making donations to NZ First is another matter all together!