Hung parliament one of many political problems

Monday December 12, 2016 Published in Smoke Signals

“Hung PARLIAMENT? Let’s hope that situation will not remain so for much longer,” a smoke signaller says.

“It is not improbable that the seat held by Minister Albert Nicholas could be declared vacant and a by-election held. If so it would also leave Rose Brown vulnerable to the same, because she did the same (having also done a vaka-jump). The saying, ‘What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive comes to mind’.”

NO MORE PROMOS PLEASE

“I’m SICK of Bluesky’s text promos,” another smoke signaller says. “Would Bluesky please avoid sending annoying promos to customers continuously! It is a pain in the behind to hear your phone receiving a message every half hour.”

PRAYER FOR THE NATION

Psalms 85. A prayer for the nation’s welfare. Lord, you have been merciful to your land; you have made Israel prosperous again. Lord help us clean our lagoon, help us save $70 million please forgive us that we have mistreated the beautiful land, lagoon, ocean that you giving us to look after, Amen.

GREAT NIGHT AT THE MARKET

Christmas IN THE Market was a great night, an awesome turn out and wonderful atmosphere. Was great to see families together for the night.

HELMET LAW ISSUES

“Seriously! WHAT is up with the helmet law?” a smoke signaller says. “I see so many young people driving motorbikes with no helmet. Is there any enforcement? I think the law needs to be relooked at, because it just isn’t working and majority of 16-25 year olds are getting away without wearing any helmets. Would it be too much to ask the police to explain exactly how they apply this law?”

PRAISE WHERE PRAISE IS DUE

Regarding TIM Tepaki’s lavish praise of John Key in Fridays edition, it was actually the Helen Clark led Labour Government that instigated the China Free Trade Agreement. Negotiations started in December 2004 and after 15 rounds the FTA was signed off by Phil Goff at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, on April 7, 2008,before any John Key-led National Government was in power.

PM SILENT ON KEY

And TALKING OF praise for Key, which has come from leaders around the world, does anyone think it’s a bit rude that our PM, Henry Puna, hasn’t said anything about Key’s resignation at all? Is there some bad blood here over the Cook Islands UN membership issue, and Puna’s apparent ambivalence over the New Zealand passport issue? Rose Brown was quick to acknowledge Key, so why not our leader?

 

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