The irony. The National Party have been caught up in a copyright lawsuit over using the opening chords of an Eminem song on probably what is the main National 2014 election TV Commercial. You know, the one with a bunch of young, fit athletes in a canoe powering down the "8 Mile" creek to an unknown destination.
A "picture" of stable, decisive government in action right?
But hang on! Let's get a little more realistic about the stability of the current government. What we need to remember is there are actual National Party members rowing this boat.
Let's announce the team...
John Key as the cox barking orders at a sweated out Gerry Brownlee who's experienced in rocking the boat in the Avon, Maurice Williams quits after being caught influencing the race officials, Tony Ryall bails out into retirement, Paula Bennet is busy knocking the heads of the poor fish, Hekia Parata has her oars tangled up in Novopay, Nick "the DOCtator" Smith dropping Big Oil exploration rigs into endangered Dolphin sanctuaries and Bill English as Head of the O.I.O. is busy christening the creek the Yangste. Then to top it all off during the last mile Judith Collins is finally shoved out because at the other end of the boat she has been steering the boat deep into dirty waters with the help of a slimy little Blogger Whale!
Powering ahead or floundering in the mud? Maybe there's a picture here?
Anyway back to the story - the Nats are pleading innocent and that the song's license as been purchased legitimately. I suppose the artist's representatives are so uncomfortable with being connected artistically to this Political campaign or this Political Group that they feel within their rights to object to the association.
So if ever there is an outcome of a court case or if anything comes of the lawsuit and the campaign promo is found to have breached copyright laws then we'd expect a suitable penalty.
A substantial fine maybe? Nah, how about we show some consistency and raid their homes with a 70-odd, heavily armed force, seize there business assets, take their personal possessions, put them in holding cells for 2 months, break up their families and serve them with pending extradition orders. It was ok to do this to Kim Dotcom - a New Zealand Resident by using an admittedly and illegally obtained warrant. Fair is fair!
But let us and the Media focus too much on this - "It's just not the same" the honorable John Shady will lyricise.
He would know... Operation Speargun Phase One is complete.
How's this for a great incentive to give your 2014 vote to National. A proposed $500 Million pool of cash put aside and returned to taxpayers! Tax break time - yeah!
Now that looks like a deliciously sweet little carrot jingling in front of us right?... wrong!
When you break down the numbers it works out that the average NZ wage earner would receive $1.30 back in their hand a day!
Is this supposed to be an election bribe? Pretty feeble attempt if so.
Most Kiwi's have already voiced there opinions saying that this small amount would not make a difference to their day to day living and expenses and this money would be better spent where it is needed, on Education, Health. Basically, this offer is an irresponsible way to waste government funds as the recent surplus was only wafer thin and with NZ's overseas debt swiftly closing in on $100 Billion.
But there's more - it won't happen until 2017 and even then nothing is promised - if the economy isn't rocking in 3 years then this carrot goes straight in the trash.
Nice try National - but we ain't biting.
My partner and I like to share the good news. Your comments are welcome.