Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nothing to get enthusiastic about - the only surplus is that of National just before Christmas...

English: Bill English
English: Bill English (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
unemployment (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)
Bill English is talking through a hole in his head. There is little for the average kiwi to get enthusiastic about. Unemployment is not falling. Avatar will do little to help this. The only surplus I can see is the surplus of National party BS just before Christmas. When jobs are created and unemployment really falls, like it does when a Labour Govt is elected, when the average kiwi family has more money in its budget and spends in the local market place - demand will make the economy move round, the government will collect more in taxes and spend less on social welfare, and less people will end up in prison and the government will spend less on locking up people. And the defence force will be able to supply troops with the necessary equipment...
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

The latest Roy Morgan poll shows things pretty much tied up in NZ politics but the tide is turning......

Asset sales referendum - kick in the backside for National...

English: John Key, leader of the New Zealand N...
English: John Key, leader of the New Zealand National Party Македонски: Џон Ки, лидер на Новозеландската национална партија. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Asset sales referendum: Nats smacked

67% opposed to National's policy, only 33% supporting. It is a resounding public rejection of privatisation, but without clearing what John Key hypothesised would be an "interesting" point - nfortunately the total no vote of 895,322 is under National's Party vote of just over a million at the 2011 general election - the Nats will not be swayed. Come hell or high water they seem intent on selling it all down.

The Asset sales referendum results by electorate.

The blue ribbon Tamaki and Epsom electorates voted narrowly in favour, but all the rest were against. The Maori electorates especially: only 5 - 8.8% in favour. And John Key couldn't convince his own electorate either: 47.7% in favour.

Was it a waste of $9 million? Not compared with the millions blown on the marketing and organisation of the share floats
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winston's just about gone government...

English: This image was taken at the Europa Le...
English: This image was taken at the Europa Lecture 2008, University of Aukland, and is owned by the European Union Centres Network. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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  • With parliament rising yesterday, it seems like a good time to look back on the non-achievements of the Government this year.

    • The dream of owning your own home – just about gone
    • High performing state assets like power stations – just about gone
    Public broadcasting – just about gone
    • Job opportunities for young – just about gone
    • Our manufacturing industry – just about gone.
    • Our best dairying farmland – just about gone.
    • The foreshore and seabed – just about gone
    • The member for Epsom – just about gone – to court first
    • The leaker for Ohariu – he’s just about gone
    • The member for Warner brothers, Sky City, Rio Tinto – just about gone – following his memory which was gone a long time ago.
    • Our friends in the Maori Party – just about gone

    In fact this is the most “just about gone” government in history.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The twit is after the tweeter, but perhaps to no avail...

English: Tweeting bird, derived from the initi...
English: Tweeting bird, derived from the initial 't' of Twitter Deutsch: Twitschervogel, entwickelt aus dem Anfangs-'t' von Twitter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tweeting is apparently not specifically illegal under Electoral Law. The twit involved will have to use something different than tweeting...

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Mathew Hootton not a hoot in for Act...

ACT New Zealand
ACT New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So Mathew Hooton is a possibility for the Act Party leadership. Really? A great number of people out there consider him politically naive and foolish. He's as dry as cinder and lacks any social empathy.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Beneficiary's trek to stop her welfare benefit being cut off...

  • Lazy beneficiaries?

    "With no car and no public transport available she completed the 25-kilometre return journey on foot.
    "If you didn't turn up they cut your benefit off," she said...
    After finishing her hour-long appointment she had to hurry home to her four children before school finished...
    Her case manager was not interested in finding a solution, she said
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Monday, December 2, 2013