Having recently emerged from the attack of the small font thingo in the HTML I am at liberty to explain the latest round of Gubblement shonkyness in these here islands. Islands which may change their names upsetting Angry White Men as they contemplate the destruction of all that is holy, a 1/4 acre section, a big arse teevee and a bigger arse SUV. The natural god-given resources god gave us when he made NZ out of pie crusts (some of the AWG's are a little weak on theology).
Well what has happened is that some time ago, we graciously gave away 15% of our electricty to an an a-loo-min-num smelting company and they, very graciously said "You call this cheap? Why, if we weren't making money hand-over-fist we'd be very cross" which they repeated for 40 years.
Now it seems that they are not making as much money as before and this is NOT FAIR. They have threatened to take their bat and ball and aluminium smelter and GO HOME AND HA HA TO YOUSE.
Similtaneously the Conservative gubblement has being doing it's usual party piece and trying to flog all the hard earned fruits of the honest kiwi battlers who paid for the sodding electricity grid in the fecking first place.
So The Guvnors want to flog off a power company and the Aluminium chaps want to get cheaper power or they will shut up shop. If they do go, there will suddenly be 15% more power around and thus the price will go down and thus the power company will not look so attractive to overseas pirates who are, apparently, slavering at the thought of that juicy power company.
But 'cept the guvnors have assured us that "Kiwi Mum and Dad" (actual phrase used) investors will get first crack at the shares in the power company and it will remain forever kiwi. Yes, of course I own the bridge, I wouldn't be selling it if I didn't own it.
So the guvnors have offered to subsidise international Mining company Rio Tinto so that they can bravely keep making aluminium. But, of course, Rio Tinto is the name of an ancient Carthagian mine which means "hard arse gougers" in the ancient Carthagian and they have refused the paltry 70 squillon dollars the guvnors have stumped up and are re-explaining that they will bugger off and that will be that.
All of which is a bit much at a time when the government is going to shut schools and gut the Department of conservation who are supposed to look after the wilderness and wildlife including the Kakapo (so we are told, I haven't seen that confirmed).
Ah well, getting sold down the river by these creeps is turning into the new normal.