Month: May 2019

KK acknowledges gender politics for without it…

…she would not be where she is. She has been a disaster. She led Labor to its worst ever election defeat in NSW. The Libs have been in government ever since. She only got the premiership thanks to the Labor factions which turfed incumbent Premier Nathan Rees mid-term. NSW Premier Gladys Berijklian won in her own right. It can be done with competence.

Keneally was trounced in the Bennelong by-election and has not been elected as a senator in her own right. Her velcro side kick role beside Bill Shorten helped him clutch defeat from the jaws of victory and now Albanese has sunk the fortunes of competent and popular Labor figures Ed Husic and Don Farrell to make way for Keneally’s gender. Progress? Regress.

Is this the way we create inclusion by encouraging exclusion? Why couldn’t Keneally have got thru solely on merit? Everyone (including CM) would have endorsed such a move. Sadly her record is abysmal.

At zero for three, it must be even worse for Husic and Farrell to make way for an inferior candidate who condescendingly praises their sacrifice despite no record to speak of.

No wonder Albanese was so quick to shut down the press conference after she driveled, when he closed with, “we have two ears and one mouth so we should listen more than talk and we’ve done enough talking“. It shows he is not leading a unified ship to bend to such stupidity thinking it is a vote winner.

Did Trump ask for the Navy move the USS John S McCain?

The press love to ham up an anti Trump story on any occasion. The latest claim was that the president ordered the USS John S McCain out of port on his visit to Japan. It had been involved in an accident 20 months ago (refer pic). Repair jobs take time.

CM contacted a friend who works for the US Forces in Yokosuka (where it is stationed) and said,

It’s been tarped and scaffolded quite a bit in the last year. Moved around a lot depending on what work it needed and priority of ships. Might have moved stuff around for security, so some contratcors could keep working without being to close to the ship Trump and Abe landed on...

…the Navy released a statement saying it was not a request of the White House…

…The Navy had also moved the Admiral’s flag ship, the Blue Ridge out of port for the visit. It is called building 19 because it hardly ever moves.”

So anything to fit a narrative that it was all down to petty requests from the White House. Trump Derangement Syndrome reigns supreme.

Space Invader left Shorten unable to insert more coins

Bill Shorten’s “it’s everyone else’s fault” tagline yesterday was proof that he was out of his depth all along. It certainly must be a bitter pill to swallow but he can’t escape the fact that the ‘Space Invader’ ran a superior campaign and blew away Shorten’s defences when it mattered most. On May 18, Shorten had no more coins to insert.

He might well criticize the Murdoch media and all of those evil “corporate leviathans” to thwart his campaign but there are few worse leaders than those that can’t reflect and reevaluate their own flaws. Labrador puppy dog shoots with Kristina Keneally or dismissing legitimate requests for hard numbers over climate policy costs with “that’s a dumb question” are hardly going to win friends and influence voters to shy away. Having his treasurer slap those that didn’t like the policy suite with “then don’t vote Labor” probably weren’t the fault of big business or Murdoch.

No, Bill Shorten must have channeled Hillary Clinton, thinking May 18 was a coronation. Why didn’t Shorten curse the betting agencies for giving him the kiss of death?

The true litmus test from here is whether the press give Shorten the same negative profiling given to Tony Abbott after the Turnbull coup. Shorten’s prints were all over the candlestick in the drawing room when Rudd then Gillard were disposed. Will Albo be in his sights?

New Labor leader Anthony Albanese had a dilemma. He chose to put Shorten on the front bench. Best to keep him in the inner circle. Albo wouldn’t have viewed Shorten’s excuse ridden whine as the type of action that supported his appointment. He better hope he doesn’t become the demoted former boss who finds fault in everything and ends up poisoning the well on every occasion.

Cate Faehrmann angry only 5 support her climate emergency

6 out of 42 NSW Legislative Councilors voted in favour of a “climate emergency” and Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann is upset. Only goes to show that two election drubbings on said subject should leave an “as expected” result like this. She should be embarrassed to publish such a post. “This is how poorly we prosecute our case” is all it suggests.

Faehrmann must understand that the NSW LC is not The Guardian. An editor can compel the speech of journalists to declare “climate emergencies”. Best not pick the motion on such a bitterly cold day. Good to see the majority of parties didn’t fold like the British parliamentarians did after being visited by a pig-tailed 16yo.

More auto marriages have ended in divorce

Auto mergers were once thought of as the best things since sliced bread. Massive operating capacity leverage, shared platforms to reduce cost and a reduction of R&D spend per vehicle. The word “synergy” gets bandied about more than Casanova whispers “I love you“on Valentines Day! Yet why is the auto industry littered with divorces from these romances?

Lets list them.

Daimler bought Chrysler in 1998. Divorced in 2007.

Daimler alliance with Mitsubishi Motors founded in 2000. Divorce in 2005.

Daimler alliance with Hyundai founded in 2000. Divorce in 2004.

Honda – Rover JV. Started 1980. Divorced 1994

BMW – Rover – Started 1994. Deceased 2000.

Nissan – Renault – Started 1999. Currently providing real headaches due to Carlos Ghosn saga. Nissan wants full independence

Ford forms Premier Automotive Group (PAG) comprising Land Rover, Aston Martin, Volvo, Lincoln and Jaguar. Set up in 1999.

Ford sells Aston Martin in 2007.

Ford sells Land Rover & Jaguar to Tata in 2008

Ford sells Volvo to Geely in 2010.

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) formed in 2014 – including Fiat, Abarth, Chrysler, Jeep, RAM, Dodge, Lancia, Maserati & Ferrari brands.

FCA spins Ferrari off in 2016.

This isn’t an exhaustive list but one can be guaranteed that more money has been lost in auto mergers in aggregate than made. Daimler paid $45bn for Chrysler. Almost all of the Mercedes profits plugged the losses of Chrysler. Mercedes quality suffered through cost cutting sending it down toward the bottom of surveys. Daimler’s shares lost over $80bn in market cap as this disaster unfolded.

FCA and Nissan/Renault have been amongst the more successful marriages but global markets have turned many a honeymoon period into separation with fights over custody.

Forming a merger at the top of a cycle seems fraught with risks. Global auto sales are slowing. Renault and Fiat bring a lot of overlap in product lines. Nissan is such an unclear part of the puzzle.

One can argue that synergies which will lower the costs of future production have merit. Investing in battery technology does make sense across multiple product lines.

The biggest problem for the auto industry is that should a slowdown hit mid-merger, which brand suffers the hits? Which marketing team gets culled? Which R&D projects get scuppered? Too many cooks spoil the broth is the end result. There is no way a merger can be locked down in a short timeframe unless one of the parties is facing bankruptcy and has no choice but to comply. That is why Nissan-Renault worked.

Renault-FCA would be better conceived after markets have imploded. Marriages built on tough times stand a far bigger chance of survival than those that are built when things are the rosiest. Shareholders will be the biggest losers if conceived now.

To the Schools 4 Climate Strikers

Growing Up“… (author unknown)

To all the school kids going on “strike” for Climate Change.

You are the first generation who have required air-conditioning in every classroom.

You want TV in every room and your classes are all computerised.

You spend all day and night on electronic devices.

More than ever, you don’t walk or ride bikes to school but arrive in caravans of private cars that choke suburban roads and worsen rush hour traffic.

You are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy.

Your entertainment comes from electric devices.

Furthermore, the people driving your protests are the same people who insist on artificially inflating the population growth through immigration, which increases the need for energy, manufacturing and transport.

The more people we have, the more forest and bush land we clear and more of the environment is destroyed.

How about this…

Tell your teachers to switch off the air-con.

Walk or ride to school.

Switch off your devices and read a book.

Make a sandwich instead of buying manufactured fast food.

No, none of this will happen because you are selfish, badly educated, virtue signalling little turds, inspired by the adults around you who crave a feeling of having a “noble cause” while they indulge themselves in Western luxury and unprecedented quality of life.”

Wake up, grow up and shut up until you are sure of the facts before protesting.

Labor putting its worst feet forward already

The Labor Party leadership battle was a joke from the beginning. Chris Bowen even thought he was a credible choice after his disastrous campaign and economic policy suite.

Now that they’ve locked in the top spots as no women put their hand up, what is the obsession of Albanese’s team to elevate them to shadow cabinet roles just because of gender? Most men would happily have an all women (shadow) cabinet provided they were more competent than the males they would be promoted above. It doesn’t benefit male or female voters to have incompetent men or women managing their affairs.

Yet, where were all the women stampeding for the Labor leadership role? Why not take advantage of the clear open pathway created by identity politics? Nobody did. Tanya Plibersek was well prepared as the deputy for 5 1/2years to take over but seemingly it wasn’t her time. If Bill Shorten had won the election and keeled over the very next day, one can bet her time would have arrived on an express train. Don’t blame the boys of blocking a path.

Now Albanese wants to promote Kristina Keneally who has the most disastrous track record as a Labor NSW Premier. Her “besties” photo shoots with Shorten with cute Labrador puppies were a drag on his popularity not a boost. Why promote her? To make sure they can match the Coalition for gender on the front bench? It’s clear that some factions within Labor are rightly concerned.

Do politicians honestly think voters care about the genitalia of MPs? Or their sexual proclivity or what faith they preach? They’re fooling absolutely no one.

Every time anyone gets promoted beyond their ability, it shows.

If Albo wants to win 2022 he’d be better off stacking the opposition bench with the best people he’s got. Not settle for gender quotas. All Morrison has done is set the Labor Party up for another 3 years in opposition if he feels outdoing the Coalition on gender equality is where the heart of the electorate lies. It simply doesn’t.

Every successful woman CM has met has got to where she has got without free kicks, leg ups or forced quotas. It is in the reverse a slap in the face to think they’re not up to the task to have to force such quotas in the first place.