All this as changed as, in the last four years, the Manchurian Government has settled into Parliament and proceeded to give NZ what it voted for, good and hard. People who thought that this was a National Party government like all the rest were right BUT the other National Party governments, at least, pretended to give a flying buggery about The Rules.
And their watchwords were "Transparency and Accountability" and such, when they were in opposition. I think I see the point of difference.
Today further revelations in the long and winding fecking road to Hobbiton were revealed in a revelatory way. This add to earlier releases of information, chronicled in this here chronicle.
But it seems that promises were made . As the article rather drily says:
Although the law allowed the Immigration Minister to override decisions in cases where a union refused to give sign-off, it is unusual to see a blanket assurance that this discretion would be used in advance.Whilst Radio New Zealand is a little more direct:
Changes to the labour law were passed in Parliament under urgency in 2010 after a boycott of the Hobbit movies by some unions in the film industry.And it is also revealed that immediately following cabinet decisions, Gerry Brownlee would ring Sir PJ and tell him what they had decided. It is unknown how widespread this practise is, but you could probably say COMPLETELY UNHEARD OF and be pretty close. Gerry Brownlee is, of course, in charge of the Christchurch rebuild and in cultural relations with Finland.
The Government says the uncertainty caused by this made the law change necessary, although the Council of Trade Unions did say at the time that the boycott had been lifted.
However, the papers reveal that an agreement had already been signed ending the dispute and the Government knew that.
So he can't do much harm, can he?
Monotonously, the PM is relaxed about it all
"Warner Brothers were quite clear - those movies would have been made overseas and New Zealand would have been much poorer for it. So in my view, it was absolutely the right thing to do."Which is lying to explain a lie. Nevermind the great New Zild public will stumble on in a sugar induced haze, trying desperately to remember ...that thing...with the ... Oooh look a new SUV