Archive for May, 2012

Govt banks on winning lottery

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, May 26th, 2012 - 47 comments

National don’t have faith in Kiwis, or our skills and education, our Kiwi ingenuity. Nope, they think the only way to wealth is farming – which can’t be expanded, tourism – which provides low value jobs, and resource exploitation – of oil, gas and minerals unfound. They’re banking on us hitting the jackpot, because they can’t think of any real way of providing a future for our country.

Open mike 26/05/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 26th, 2012 - 54 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…

Budget nasties

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 pm, May 25th, 2012 - 37 comments

This afternoon a couple of ‘hidden treasures’ have come out of the budget. In changes not announced, but discovered 1122 teachers could be losing their jobs and changes are being made to the assets old people are allowed to keep once in residential care. Sneaky, Bill, sneaky…

ImperatorFish: Budget’s School Report

Written By: - Date published: 2:31 pm, May 25th, 2012 - 5 comments

Budget is a sluggish student who shows no enthusiasm or energy, and must be coaxed into making even the tiniest effort. His attitude is all wrong. He is something of a braggart, repeatedly telling all of his peers how fast he is, even though when challenged to a race he always finds an excuse to back out.

Christchurch – economic hindrance?

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, May 25th, 2012 - 16 comments

The Government have been pushing a line that Christchurch is holding us back as an economy.  The poor people of Christchurch are to blame for all our woes apparently, with their earthquake.  We shouldn’t blame National, just Cantabrians.

But it’s not true.

Weekend social 25/05/2012

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, May 25th, 2012 - 15 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?

National’s budget priorities: Roads to Nowhere

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, May 25th, 2012 - 4 comments

The 3 most expensive items in the Budget: 1. $10.24 billion: Superannuation, 2. $3.69 billion: Debt Servicing, 3. $3.32 billion: National Land Transport Agency (Roads of National Signficance etc) – up $334 million. National are prepared to sack teachers, raise prescription costs and pick paperboy’s pockets to defend their roads that make no economic sense.

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, May 25th, 2012 - 41 comments

Key’s plan arse backwards

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, May 25th, 2012 - 22 comments

Getting back to surplus is not the first step to growing the economy. It’s the other way round.

Stockholm syndrome

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, May 25th, 2012 - 22 comments

With enough conditioning, our psyches will adapt to believe almost anything. Like that pain is good.

Mr Australia waves goodbye

Written By: - Date published: 6:46 am, May 25th, 2012 - 169 comments

In his Budget speech, David Shearer labelled John Key ‘Mr Australia’. Because that’s where he’s pushing us. The zero hope budget offers a thousand and one nasty little cuts for students, for kids, for low-income workers, for schools, for community groups, for your public services. All to barely – if rosy growth forecasts come true – achieve a micro-surplus in 2014/15 for purely political reasons.

Open mike 25/05/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 25th, 2012 - 94 comments

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Go nowhere budget

Written By: - Date published: 4:20 pm, May 24th, 2012 - 48 comments

As expected Bill English has served up a budget with no greater focus than reducing a government deficit that really doesn’t matter much at all.

Of course he’s doing this at the expense of a whole lot of things that do matter – our kids’ education, our families’ health, our retirements.

Fail Budget

Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, May 24th, 2012 - 106 comments

Budget reaction here. Seems the Nats’ preferred budget tag line is ‘Investing in the future’. Should have called it ‘Waiting for Godot’. Here’s a quick summary: Zero = Fail.

Update: Nats planning to tax kids’ after school jobs. No, not joking.

Ball’s in your court, John

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, May 24th, 2012 - 65 comments

David Shearer, with Shane Jones’ support, has stood Jones down and asked the Auditor-General to investigate his handling of Bill Yan’s citizenship affair. It sets a new, high standard. Whether Jones was right or wrong, he at least has a coherent story and there’s no suggestion of a crime. Compare that John Key allowing John Banks to stay on as a minister while under criminal investigation and having repeatedly lied as he tries to get out of it. Update: The court has found Yong Ming Yan not guilty of all five immigration fraud charges.

Pre-budget reading

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, May 24th, 2012 - 3 comments

An excellent column from Bryan Gould, and a picture of working families in financial distress. Something to ponder, as we await the zero budget.

Where National lost control of the budget spin

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, May 24th, 2012 - 18 comments

Poor political choices, lazy spin management, a succession of statistics highlighting National’s poor management of the economy, a much more active Opposition, and, let’s not forget, a much less friendly media ever since the teapot tapes have combined to make this the first budget that has hurt National, rather than bolstered it.

Open mike 24/05/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 24th, 2012 - 147 comments

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RWC Tickets

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 pm, May 23rd, 2012 - 32 comments

So Key is ‘surprised’ that David Shearer, the local member for Eden Park, accepted tickets to a local game, and doesn’t feel beholden to corporate interests?  He can accept hospitality and still criticise a company is somehow shocking?  I think this tells us more about John, than it surprises the rest of us about David…

Cry me a river John

Written By: - Date published: 5:56 pm, May 23rd, 2012 - 16 comments

Exercise for the reader – post links to occasions of Key and the Nats ignoring official advice.

Stealth taxes

Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, May 23rd, 2012 - 8 comments

Bill English has introduced a number of stealth taxes over his time in office, to partly balance the loss his tax cuts for the rich has generated. The latest in this budget will be prescription costs and raising the price of Early Childhood Education (again).  We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out if […]

A living wage

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, May 23rd, 2012 - 17 comments

The Service and Food Workers Union is launching a campaign for a living wage at 12 o’clock today.

[Update: Campaign site]

Jones affair – politics not always simple

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, May 23rd, 2012 - 227 comments

The media (and the braying right-wing blogs of course) have been bleeding plenty of ink over Shane Jones’ actions in the citizenship case. Jones hasn’t really put his side of the story – until last night.

Half way there

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, May 23rd, 2012 - 22 comments

It’s great that foreign fishing vessels in New Zealand waters will now be required to be flagged here and, in theory, will be subject to New Zealand law. But I reckon that abuses of those crews is only half the problem. The other problem is that we have Kiwi quota owners, in particular iwi, employing foreign fishers while quarter of a million of our people are jobless.

Failure to deliver

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, May 23rd, 2012 - 15 comments

National has undershot every one of its growth promises. I bet that doesn’t stop them promising big tomorrow.

Open mike 23/05/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 23rd, 2012 - 84 comments

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ImperatorFish: Take Your Medicine

Written By: - Date published: 6:54 pm, May 22nd, 2012 - Comments Off on ImperatorFish: Take Your Medicine

Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here.
You’ve probably heard a lot about the National government’s austerity measures, and I know you’re probably worrying whether this belt-tightening is really worth it.

David Parker’s Greece-proof paper

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, May 22nd, 2012 - 30 comments

Don’t blame Greece: if you change nothing, nothing changes. National’s problems are their own to solve, but they don’t have the guts to look at the big problems in New Zealand’s economy. 0.6% growth in total over the last 3 years – less than population. But National only tinkers and distracts, as our brightest and best head to Aussie.

A good move

Written By: - Date published: 3:40 pm, May 22nd, 2012 - 16 comments

The government has correctly bowed to pressure and banned foreign-flagged fishing boats from operating in our waters.
We don’t have too many posts praising this government, and to have 2 today may surprise some. But credit where it’s due.

Four years of failed promises

Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, May 22nd, 2012 - 22 comments

Labour has published its budget website and a video ripping John Key’s record of broken promises. It’s pretty damning. Yet Key and English want to claim that there’s nothing wrong and growth has been in line with projections. It’s like they’re operating in a parallel universe.

An Open Email to Hekia Parata

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, May 22nd, 2012 - 41 comments

An email from a concerned Principal about what Hekia Parata’s changes – principly class size – will do to our children’s futures. And the address Emeritus Professor Ivan Snook gave to graduating teachers last week.

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