Posted by: Matthew | January 31, 2011

The “BlueGreens” are a complete waste of space

I think it is pretty safe to say that the National Party’s “BlueGreens” are a complete waste of space, with absolutely zero credibility. It must surely be double speak and greenwashing, and really political conservatives are sell outs on environmental issues, just like they’re sell outs on everything else.

If they weren’t a complete waste of space why couldn’t they stop Nick Smith condemning New Zealand towns and cities to ongoing pollution, with no end in sight? Read my post Piss weak Minister Nick Smith should resign.

Smith is quoted in the Press:

“Smith said the new policy reduced the health benefits slightly from $1.911 billion to $1.746b, but also significantly reduced the economic costs from $867 million to $196m.”

It would cost absolutely nothing to have a ban on new woodburner installations in our towns and cities. Why can’t we do that immediately? A ban on rural burning off would cost nothing as well.

The benefits of a complete ban on woodburners and burning off would outweigh the cost. And those costs aren’t borne by people willingly. People with wood burners get some benefits from burning off, but I, and many others, only pay the too high costs.

National are going on a road infrastructure spending binge, and the money has to come from somewhere.

But telling us we are too poor to actually breathe clean air, well that’s just the lowest form of scumbaggery, and pissweak policy by clueless people.

Get your priorities straight people. Clean air first. Unnecessary motorway infrastucture for your road construction mates afterwards. Whatever you lot do don’t dress it up as being “blue greens”. That level of double speak just makes me feel ill.

I can’t believe that the policy document says “1. Vision and Goals” and the first thing it lists is “clean air” and then you have an enviornment minister who goes and completely does the opposite. What’s the point of that document then? Is it written to bamboozle people and then you have evil plans you can get away with? Is it just a big fat lie? It sure seems that way.

What a complete hypocrite is Nick Smith. He should resign immediately. In fact the whole of the BlueGreens membership are complete hypocrites.

The National’s own policy document says of meeting the (altogether piss-weak in the first place) air pollution standards “This is clearly a standard that should be met, and met on time“, and then the minister makes the dates spill out into the distant future, so that nothing has to be done now.

So National have failed not only to do what I would want to hold them to, but they have failed even against their own criteria. That shows just how pathetic they really are. The “BlueGreens” and the National Party are a complete waste of space.



  1. […] Yep, up there on the first tick, clean air. This might prick you into remembering Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and yep at the base of that hierarchy in the physiological needs is breathing. Why does New Zealand so spectacularly fail on one of humanities most basic needs? Why does the minister of pollution Nick Smith allow delays in fixing up the situation, so nothing will ever get done? Why does the National Party in one of its own policy statements state the same thing, and then spectacularly and …? […]

  2. […] is time for the National Party not to be two-faced hypocrites when it comes to tightening the standards. If they can’t help New Zealanders not have shit […]

  3. […] did the National Party, and it’s piss-weak hypocritical fuck-the-environment group, the Blue-Greens think it was okay to not clean up air quality? All the cited reasons they gave were bogus. Does the […]

  4. […] balance of economic and environmental skills reflected National’s Bluegreen approach of supporting growth and protecting the environment”, says Dr Nick […]

  5. […] will return only 30 odd cents of benefits to the community for every dollar spent. Remember that they don’t give a damn about the pollution in the air you have to breathe. Remember they have cut funding to the already cash-strapped Department of […]

  6. […] He should have been sacked earlier. He had to go for a bit of cronyism, helping his friend outside of his remit as a minister on ministerial notepaper. Yet one does wonder why he wasn’t sacked for condemning hundreds of New Zealanders to an early grave for his actions as Environment Minister by failing to act on air pollution and extending the deadline for compliance to our lax standards. Of course whilst not doing anything at all to improve the environment the National Party say that they are – The Blue Greens are a Waste of Space. […]

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