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Archive for June, 2011

Whenever you’re ready, John

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, June 21st, 2011 - 52 comments

Gerry Brownlee says an announcement on Christchurch’s land will be made “very, very soon” but testily refuses to give a date, or even a real timeframe. I have a sinking feeling this is all a PR exercise. Just as Brownlee has got everyone really agitated, that Nice Man Mr Key will unveil the information. When it fits into his diary, of course.

Open mike 21/06/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 21st, 2011 - 84 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Gamechanger?

Written By: - Date published: 5:29 pm, June 20th, 2011 - 50 comments

The Te Tai Tokerau by-election has the potential to be a game-changer. If it comes off for Kelvin on Saturday the result may shake up a few other predictions for the general election – another example of the wisdom of Harold Wilson’s famous remark that a week is a long time in politics. Now it’s down to who goes out on the day. After the battle of the hustings will come the battle of the explanations – they will be fascinating.

Privatisation, if only

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, June 20th, 2011 - 19 comments

NZX Chairman Andrew Harmos laments opposition to asset sales saying “if only opponents of this could have the intellectual honesty to recognise that it is a policy that has no losers”. Rijab respectfully disagrees and wonders if it isn’t the Chairman of the organisation with the most to gain from privatisation that is being intellectually dishonest.

Labour to entrench SOEs

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, June 20th, 2011 - 92 comments

Phil Goff has just announced that Labour is putting up a private members’ bill to entrench SOEs. This would mean they could only be sold either with 75% support of Parliament, or with majority support in a referendum. Great Stuff. These are our assets. They should not be sold without our permission.

Labour proposes asset sales law

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, June 20th, 2011 - 57 comments

Labour proposes a new law to stop asset sales.  More like this please!

The Magic Market

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, June 20th, 2011 - 64 comments

Low-paid, crappy job? It’s obviously your fault, according to the Right. You mustn’t have enough qualifications, or the correct ones. The good jobs are out there, they’re just hiding. Or, if they’re not, you can weave one from thin air. But, even if this free market magic were real, what’s the end point? The crap jobs still need to be filled.

The end of Kiwishare

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, June 20th, 2011 - 17 comments

The autocratic National government is changing the Kiwishare obligation of Telecom without consultation or notice. They say obligations will be the same, but they will no longer be legal restrictions, but changeable company “deeds”.

Squeezing the life out of the economy

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, June 20th, 2011 - 41 comments

Are we “roaring out of recession”?  No.  Is there an “aggressive recovery”?  No.  What’s going wrong?  The problem is that the Nats are squeezing the life out of the economy.

Open mike 20/06/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 20th, 2011 - 58 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

The wrong man for the job

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, June 19th, 2011 - 46 comments

I haven’t seen the full interview of Brownlee on the Nation. If the clips on the news were anything to go by, it was more of the same. No info for Christchurch residents. No empathy for them either. More haughty bullshit. More vague excuses for delays. More focused on himself than the people who need help. He needs to go.

Why I love polls

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, June 19th, 2011 - 11 comments

“Consumer confidence ‘back to normal'”.  “Financial woes keep growing”.  Take your pick.

It’s begun

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, June 19th, 2011 - 140 comments

Argue with the science if you must, but it’s pretty hard to argue with the world.  The effects of climate change are upon us..

Open mike 19/06/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 19th, 2011 - 36 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Crisis explained

Written By: - Date published: 3:49 pm, June 18th, 2011 - 28 comments

John Clarke and Bryan Dawe calculate the cost of the European debt crisis…

Why blog?

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, June 18th, 2011 - 58 comments

In which r0b ponders why he blogs, and decides to come out.  Very boring and predictable, I promise.

FTT Day of Action

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, June 18th, 2011 - 9 comments

Information about the 22 June Global Day of Action in support of the Financial Transactions Tax (FTT).

Drip, drip, drip of job losses

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 18th, 2011 - 238 comments

We are hearing no end of job loss stories in the news and the government has no plan for New Zealand jobs. Their best idea is to cut the wages of the young, rather than to create jobs of real value. We need workers paid a Living Wage so all Kiwis can have fulfilling lives.

Open mike 18/06/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 18th, 2011 - 55 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Plain news from Canterbury TV

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, June 17th, 2011 - 7 comments

From Canterbury TV (good to see they are still serving Canterbury) the first news report is better than most of the other stuff I see in the TV news about Christchurch. This is what people are telling us (one sent this clip through) in e-mails and comments. Now you can see them. It is a […]

When I fall

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, June 17th, 2011 - 4 comments

One of my favorite bands and one of my favourite of their tracks. Barenaked Ladies playing “When I fall”. Great lyrics for the ongoing GFC. You have to love satirical songs…. Songwriters: PAGE, STEVEN / ROBERTSON, ED I look straight in the window, try not to look below Pretend I’m not up here, try counting […]

Weekend social 17/06/2011

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, June 17th, 2011 - 25 comments

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

The war on drugs is lost

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, June 17th, 2011 - 28 comments

The Global Commission on Drug Policy have just released their latest report on the global war on drugs. Its message is quite simple; the war has failed, and it is time to begin new dialogue on what has become the greatest social failure of the last fifty years.

NRT: Nats killing the Kiwishare

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, June 17th, 2011 - 27 comments

Out of the blue, National has decided to scrap the Telecom ‘Kiwishare’. This is the provision that ensures all Kiwis have free local calling and that Telecom can’t be majority owned by a foreign company. National has refused to supply any justification for opening Telecom to foreign control.

Lifting productivity

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, June 17th, 2011 - 14 comments

So, the statement of intent from the Ministry of Health  has just been released. This document outlines how our health service will operate during the next three years; so what does it actually say? Is health truly safe under National?

Blindingly obvious – but secret

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, June 17th, 2011 - 119 comments

In the damaged suburbs of Christchurch, people’s lives, their emotions, in many cases their finances, are all stuck in limbo.  Residents need to know which areas are going to be written off.  What they don’t need is Gerry Brownlee telling them they are “simplistic”…

Open mike 17/06/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 17th, 2011 - 61 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Nats to slash wages

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 pm, June 16th, 2011 - 155 comments

Patrick Gower has revealed the Nats are poised to announce a policy to reintroduce the youth minimum wage at a rate of about $10 an hour, and potentially make it apply to people in their 20s. Outrageous and a breach of human rights. You should get paid for the work you do. Not your gender. Not your ethnicity. Not your sexuality. Not your age.

Fluff and a Jab

Written By: - Date published: 12:50 pm, June 16th, 2011 - 16 comments

Green Party MP Metiria Turei asked some very important questions of John Key in Parliament today. Once again, the Prime Minister wasn’t there so Bill English tried to answer for the absentee leader. And what we learned is that National not only has no answer to poverty but also doesn’t really give a damn.

Nats’ election strategy – all about Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, June 16th, 2011 - 28 comments

National’s election platform is pretty much out. It shows that National is very much dependent on Brand Key. They released the Budget and then the rest of their major policies in rapid-fire succession. This shows National doesn’t believe its policies are vote-winners. They want policy to take a backseat and all the focus on Key’s smile.

Nat websites publicly-funded

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 16th, 2011 - 30 comments

Ianupnorth does ‘the Whale’ and has a dig around the National Party websites. It turns out they are registered and run by Parliamentary staffers. In fact, National and ACT’s MPs’ sites are all publicly-funded, while other parties’ MPs’ are not. Is NACT breaking the rules? No doubt everyone’s least favourite cetacean will be on to it.

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