Oh here we go again, Rio Tinto are playing their usual bullshit game of threatening to pull out if we don’t continue their obscene corporate welfare.
The problem for them this time is social media. Normally they can play this game, threaten 900 jobs and get an even more outrageous deal on the electricity because MPs will slit their own throats than risk the loss of 900 jobs in the blessed South Island, but as the rest of us suddenly realise that if Tinto left, we would all gain enormous price drops in our own electricity bills and can communicate this fact feely with each other over social media, the great deal Rio Tinto are supposedly giving us means a lot less to us than it does to the arse covering MPs.
What Rio Tinto is really saying to the Government is that before MediaWorks gets any corporate welfare, they would like to get back in line and demand more. You can appreciate the anger from Rio Tinto, they’ve just seen NZ hand over $300million to the worlds richest man to continue shooting a TV show about hobbits in the country as slow as the Shire, that must really enrage Rio Tinto, if the sleepy hobbits of Muddle Nu Zilind are having out almost half a billion to Jeff Bezos, they sure as fuck can continue giving them more!
The smelter only made a $200million profit last year, poor babies, they need MORE!
Meanwhile the poor continue living in cars and record numbers of people are asking the government for help to pay for their food and accommodation.