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Postcards from the “brighter” future

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, August 6th, 2012 - 11 comments
Categories: class war, national - Tags: ,

Key called hypocrite over class sizes

Those savings [from bigger classes] will go towards improving teacher training, which the National Party argues is a more important factor in educational achievement than class size.

Key: Don’t worry about unqualified teachers

Prime Minister John Key says people should not be “hung up” on the fact that teachers without qualifications will be able to teach New Zealand children at charter schools.

Whanau Ora money used to buy drugs – police

Money from the Government’s Whanau Ora program has been used by gang members to buy cannabis for drug deals, police say.

Police documents presented to Dunedin District Court on Wednesday say the Mongrel Mob used about $20,000 of Whanau Ora money to fund a drug shipment from Auckland to the South Island in March, the Otago Daily Times reports.

Academics say SkyCity deal goes against law

John Key’s SkyCity convention centre deal made a “mockery” of the law aimed at protecting people from the ill effects of gambling, according to an article in an international academic journal.

The authors say the Prime Minister’s personal approach to SkyCity over the national convention centre was the “ultimate indicator” of the failure of the Gambling Act’s attempt to look after public health.

Long waits in Auckland’s emergency wards

Sick or injured people in Auckland are being warned they face long waits because the city’s emergency departments are under siege. They’re treating more people than ever before and many of them don’t belong there. No one likes being kept waiting, but delays are likely to get worse for emergency department patients in Auckland if the current trend continues.

Grandparents hit by benefit slashes

People who have taken in their neglected grandchildren are among the $2000-a-week beneficiaries who will be returning to work under welfare reforms, passed through Parliament this week.

Banks affair may lead to law change

Campaign finance rules for local body politicians may be tightened before next year’s elections in the fallout from the John Banks anonymous donations affair, which Prime Minister John Key said showed existing law to be “an ass”.

Struggling families borrow to buy food

Struggling families are taking short-term loans or applying to their KiwiSaver providers to withdraw their savings to buy food, despite a reported drop in food prices.

Growing pay gap between CEOs, staff

The gap between the pay of CEOs and the people they manage may be getting bigger, survey data suggest.

In BusinessDay’s second annual survey of pay rates in top listed companies, we found CEOs were paid an average 22.5 times more than their employees in the 2011 financial year, up from 21.9 times a year earlier.

Income gap between the races gets wider

New Zealand’s persistent income gap between Maori and Pacific people and the European majority has widened sharply during the recession.

OECD: One in five Kiwi kids lives in poverty

This country has one of the worst rates of poverty in the developed world according to the OECD.

11 comments on “Postcards from the “brighter” future”

  1. Dr Terry 1

    This is indeed a terrible scenario. The problem was that too many voters in November found no alternative in Labour to vote for (except for the many wise voters who turned to the Greens).

  2. fustercluck 2

    Works for all of John’s mates. Quit yer bitching and get back to work.

    • CnrJoe 2.1

      work ? what work?

      On mediawatch they played a snippet of Bob Parker and Keys joshing before the 6pm kick-off for the blueprint announcement – chilling stuff – Keys spoke the truth about his ‘career’ and laughed – and is still laughing.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2527084/mediawatch-for-5-august-2012.asx

      5 and a half minutes in for the cretins reveal

      • tc 2.1.1

        Yup heard that too but this is another example of how much the MSM are in their pockets and not servicing their fellow kiwis . Parker is such an arse licker who cynically exploited the tragedy to be re-elected.

        Sutton’s another Nat boy, you poor poor chch’ers, bend over here comes the free market.

      • mike 2.1.2

        5:30

        Bob Parker: “I could be the floor manager – 30 seconds Prime Minister, standby”
        John Key: “Yeah that’s right. Takes you back to the old days doesn’t it?”
        Bob Parker: “It’s the only time I earned an honest living sir.” (Crowd laughs)
        John Key: “Well I was an investment banker what can I say?” (Crowd laughs louder) “I’ve never earned an honest living but anyway, I try my best.”

        Hahaha. It’s always funny until economies collapse and millions of people get hurt. Ha.

        Also good for a laugh is 36:10-37:00. Aw that John Key bloke eh? What a classic kiwi joker he is. What a blokey jokey, kiwi megablokey, upsized good bloke kiwi New Zealand beating Australia joker who likes a Corrs song just like you 4.4 million kiwi Irish people. Yeah he’s one of us just like I am I tell ya.

  3. AmaKiwi 3

    The top Labour leaders seems oblivious to the desperate economic situation in many parts of our communities.  One of the main commercial streets in my town is plastered with “for sale” and “for lease” retail and light industrial buildings.
     
    David Cunliffe spoke about it months ago and offered solutions such as training unemployed youths and paying them to clean up and rebuild Christchurch.  He told us about the amount of infrastructure that was built during the Depression, much of it still in use today.
     
    Anyone for a change of Labour leadership?
     
     

  4. tracey 4

    I will enforce higher ethical standards for ministers when I am PM YEAH
    Key 2008 RIGHT

    I have seen tui dig at len brown, has anyone got a tui sign that dug at national? I am interested to know.

  5. AmaKiwi 5

    Sunny asks, “Labour has a leadership? Really? Who’s that then?”

    Yes, they do. But they don’t resemble the previous Labour government.

    In 2003, then (Labour) Minister of Defense Mark Burton made it clear New Zealanders were being sent to Afghanistan for non-violent reconstruction work, not for search and destroy missions:

    http://www.beehive.govt.nz/node/17264

    Today Shearer endorses National’s plan for our special forces (SAS) to stay and keep killing:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10824900

    The Greens are the new Opposition Party. The Greens are reminding the public that this National government has changed our role from peace keeping to search and destroy, the policy Shearer today endorses:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7420139/Shearer-Kiwi-soldiers-doing-us-proud

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