Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Boo Boo's Big Stick Bullying Broadcasters Again

"We have a Mafia-like government" announced Libertarianz leader Peter Cresswell today, "who prefer the big stick to moral persuasion. Not content with promoting Radio Boo Boo - that tax-victim funded concept for a state-run youth radio station - and not content with regulating what competing private radio stations might broadcast, Broadcasting Nanny Boo Boo Hobbs is now bullying Sky Television into giving TVNZ access to its decoders.

"This is simply fascism" proclaims Libertarianz Leader Peter Cresswell. "Boo Boo demands that unless Sky allow the state-controlled television broadcaster access, the Labour/Alliance minority coalition government would regulate forcing it to do so! This backs up what Hobbs said before the 1999 election, when she threatened "there is always the big stick" for recalcitrants who don't follow her 'advice.'

"Sky Television was set up in 1990, by entrepreneurs and private investors, in a market that for 29 years was monopolised by Television New Zealand. Eleven years later, TVNZ's owner demands that Sky hand over access to the technology it has purchased!" uttered an outraged Cresswell.

"Sky has been an overwhelming success, without one cent of tax-victim funded loot, and it has been successful without any protection from competition. Is that why Hobbs and Clark hate it so much? Or is it because Sky is taking viewers away from their beloved state broadcaster by broadcasting what people want to see!" wonders Cresswell after a square-eyed weekend in front of the Sky Sports' feed.

"New Zealanders have voluntarily supported Sky in great numbers; they pay by choice for the many channels of sports, documentaries, entertainment and news it broadcasts, but they rejected paying for the TV licence fee. This should demonstrate that when given a free choice people will put their money into what they want, whether or not Nanny Hobbs and Clark think it is good for them!"

"Libertarianz would privatise TVNZ immediately and stop bullying business" declared Cresswell, but he warned "this Mafia-like attitude by Comrade Nannies Hobbs and Clark of 'give-us-what-we-want-or-we-will-force-you-to' is endemic to this Government".

"Be warned, your business could be next!"

It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz!

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>

 

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:

Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>

ALSO:

Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>

ALSO:

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages