GUEST BLOG: Gerard Otto – The UnSerious Fraud Office ( UFO )


The UnSerious Fraud Office is dependent on sponsors, unlike the Serious Fraud Office, which operates independently of government and is therefore immune to bullshit, threats, influence or propaganda.

By contrast, due to its dependency on sponsors, the UnSerious Fraud Office is always open to bribery, corruption and thrives on unsubstantiated opinions, tabloid gossip, rumours, conjecture and anything goes.

Despite this complete nonsense, the UnSerious Fraud Office tries to be taken seriously at all times.

Departments of the UFO ( Unserious etc ) include two television networks, one political party, some radio and press assets, as well as a bunch of noddies posing as experts who are invited to comment on almost anything.

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Unserious Fraud is the name of the game at the UFO.

How else would a retired cricket player get a platform to talk about politics?

It can’t be serious.

Unserious Fraud can involve setting up tax havens as regional financial hubs, using the blogosphere to attack academics, gaining consent to mine the fuck out of anything, setting up bogus inquiries for mates on the hook, running packs of online trolls in comments sections, and leading comfortable upper middle class wallies around by the nose with daily doses of Torytelling ( Tory story telling ).

Some of the great work achieved by the UFO include denying a housing crisis for almost nine years, having no clue that smoking meth is not the same as cooking it, hiking off our water to China for bugger all, killing most of the fresh water fish with cow urine and gaining Knighthoods for their staff for achieving leading OECD homelessness while selling off state houses to private buyers.

Unseriously the UFO did let Micro Bovis into New Zealand as well – but it’s not one to boast.

Debate will rage amongst the UFO team whether their own efforts were the greatest of all time, but at no stage can they disclose anything but serious modesty for a job well done.

By contrast the current lot in power are shabby, arrogant, bumbling and any other made up words because they stole power off the UFO.

Since the 2017 election the UFO has worked tirelessly to undermine all efforts to build houses, all efforts to transition away from fossil fuels, all efforts to grow the regions, and all efforts to reduce child poverty or anything pesky and unimportant.

The UFO will attack anything like these socialist red flags before they grow in order to pre-emptively kill off all ambition, hope and confidence that any citizens might feel about new progress that might make things better or fairer for the majority.

Some of the known tactics of the UFO include :

* Worrying the public incessantly about what terrible things could happen if the government acts to solve anything.

* Magnifying tiny molehills into gigantic mountains for weeks

* Playing make believe messages about wedges and splits in any coalition of parties

* Crying foul over anything fair

* Wailing over the costs of experts and proper analysis

* Sweeping giant turds under the carpet quickly if the UFO ever drops it’s guts

* Trying to trap, trip and slap the government with ambushes, impossible questions, made up facts and sheer stupidity

* Playing word scrabble with headlines that don’t match reality

* Making straw man arguments sound legitimate to morons

* Giving themselves awards for their great work

* Flogging a dead horse as the next great winner we all need

These are just some of the successful measures the UFO has been able to hypnotise 41% of the voting population with.

The Unserious Fraud Office has been operating for about a decade now and really extended it’s reach.

As per usual, any questions of a serious nature about the UFO are met with denial, head shaking and disdain by all members of the UFO.

They demand to be taken seriously and at all times be seen to act independently.

But that’s the job they signed up for with the sponsors.

It was all fraud really.

Nobody takes it too seriously.


Gerard Otto is an activist and a writer.


  1. Ambition hope and confidence will all vanish if the suggested CGT is passed in full. Hopefully Winston will see his share of power will vanish if he allows it to hurt his base and will stop it dead.

    • Under the current rules, a working person can earn $66,000 over 2 years, working 40 hours a week at minimum wage, and pays tax on every cent (plus GST when they spend it). While a person who can afford to own a property they don’t live in, can pull in something like $123,650 in capital gains over 2 years – more than twice as much money for doing *no* work – and not pay a red cent on that income.

      > Ambition hope and confidence will all vanish if the suggested CGT is passed in full.

      So, explain it to me Trevor. Why is it that working people should pay tax on the income they get from working, and rich people shouldn’t get taxed on the much larger income they get from … owning stuff? Why should Winston be helping to prop up this legal fraud against the working people of Aotearoa, instead of helping Labour and the Greens to make the rich pay (a bit more of) their fair share?

  2. Brilliant, especially “as well as a bunch of noddies posing as experts who are invited to comment on almost anything”.voice of america rnz nat. anyone?

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