Daily review 02/05/2019

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Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

35 comments on “Daily review 02/05/2019”

  1. A 1

    Hey extreme leftie idealists!  This is what you get when there are no consequences to bad behaviour in social housing. 

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018693313/social-housing-tenants-feel-like-second-class-citizens

    • SPC 1.1

      A consequence of accepting Compass as a social housing provider. 

      Dumb as contracting Serco to run prisons. 

      National off-loading government stuff government still has to pay for.

      • In Vino 1.1.1

        Well said, SPC. The whole rightie policy of privatising and contracting out is so that the righties can dodge and abnegate their social responsibilities.  This problem that A regales us with is a direct result social housing admin being privatised and contracted out by a National Govt that simply wanted to cut costs and responsibilities. (Pretending that privatisation was "more efficient". Ha!)

        Big fail, A – you are highlighting the failure of National's policy.

      • swordfish 1.1.2

        In fact it's happening in HNZ housing too: /daily-review-16-04-2019/#comment-1608556 … this is all a consequence of reserving social housing exclusively for the most marginal & (often) problematic of the underclass … in the case of my elderly parents' neighbour that means extremely anti-social types. When affluent Luvvies romanticise (for reputational purposes) the entire underclass then vulnerable neighbours like my parents pay a profoundly negative price.

        Classic (Upper) Middle Class Do-Gooder territory … with the mix of fundamental arrogance & ignorance that this entails.

        HNZ should have a Duty of Care to long-term elderly neighbours of State House tenants … but they would appear to be entirely negligent. The Ardern Govt’s tacit No Eviction policy is really a punch in the guts to its core supporters (my parents, for example,being not only lifelong Labour voters but also Election Day activists for the Party 1975-2011). Clearly they’re not the only ones who are being callously thrown to the wolves.

        • SPC 1.1.2.1

          Try the, they should safe homes approach to the local MP's (or organise nationwide) – at some point enough MP's will listen to realise change.

          First for old and the disabled, then for those with young families etc. 

          This is easier while the government owns and runs the properties.   

    • WeTheBleeple 1.2

      What has the left to do with this specifically? The corporate owner?

      The lack of police dealing with crime as they're off protecting a gun conference?

  2. One News tonight – editor of NZ Trucking complains that truck drivers are telling him our roads are in very bad shape heading into winter.  No fucken shit, Sherlock – I wonder what's causing all this damage to our roads?

    • OnceWasTim 2.1

      Yep, exactery. But it'll all be a bit of woooosh! over the heads of them all. 

      I'm waiting for the next reality TV show with that bloke Ewan Gilmore??? or even an Ursula Someone (I 'spose both must still have mortgages to pay, and prostitution is legal after all).

      All that 'in-camera evidence' within vehicles  with drivers claiming to be professional (and as if that gives them some sort of right to police the them), passing judgement on everyone else – NEVER does the footage include the speedo of how fast they were going, or how they missed pulling into the 'slow lane' on highways or the basic rule of leeping left, or the bits where they were obeying the 1-second rule instead of the 2-second rule, or the bullshit of vehicles 'governed to 90kmph' (over-reading speedometres taken account), or the bits where bits of bark come flying off the back of logging trucks, or all those bullshit labels with 0800 numbers encouraging people to report driver behaviour (because apparently they're SO responsible and concerned) – even if they're worse drivers themselves, or the double/crap-filled log books, or the bits where their shitty wages make it almost  a necessity to push it to the limits…………….

       

      • Andre 2.1.1

        You mean like the video partway down in this piece? Where there's something visible reading 90 or 91 or 92 throughout?

        https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/110982902/truckies-filmed-passing-dangerously-on-south-island-highways

        • OnceWasTim 2.1.1.1

          Didn't see that.

          I was thinking more of logging trucks on Centennial Highway with one right up my arse, and another directly in front with bits of bark hitting the windscreen, then ripping through Pukerua Bay at over 70k because changing down a gear was a bit of a hassle.

          Or the ones going along the Desert Road  that don't understand the concept of 'slow traffic lanes'.

          Or the 'professional driver' truck going up Ngauranga Gorge yesterday that was obviously so tired (even if he was talking on his cell phone at the time),  that he veered over halfway into the next lane.

          I mean 'them' there truck drivers where a fluro vest constitutes a Divine Right, highway ownership and their 'thinks' that they're part of the Highway Patrol.

          Like the rest of us, they're apparently the world's best drivers and it's everybody else's fault when things go tit'is up

  3. In Vino 3

    Ditto – heard the same thing, and remembered how much more big trucks damage our roads than cars do, but fail to pay their way because the Road User Charges they pay do not make up the difference.

    There are times when the news we get fed just drips with irony.

  4. Anne 4

    One news tonight – Jeremy Wells on Seven Sharp talks about a "particular word that Jacinda Ardern mispronounces". My money is on "anything" which she always articulates as "anythink". It jars every time I hear it and I wonder:

    when is somebody going to tell her it's anything.  

    • Fireblade 4.1

      They would need a one hour special to analyse Simon's pronunciation.

    • alwyn 4.2

      I hope she takes a lesson on the way to pronounce the French President’s name before she flits off to Paris

      She pronounces it, at least when I heard her do, as rather like the biscuit macaron rather than Macron.

      • AB 4.2.1

        Perhaps you could offer your services, Professor Higgins?
        Vulgar flower girls cannot be left in their natural state.

        • alwyn 4.2.1.1

          I don't think I would be a great deal of help with her overall diction. I have a strong New Zealand accent. I suppose I should take some consolation from the fact that the world as a whole seems to rate that as very sexy.

          Unfortunately when my wife read the story she laughed. She explained that I was like the people giving the rating. They only thought it was sexy.

          • Ad 4.2.1.1.1

            'any-think' is a perfectly apt summary of this governments' policies and working groups.

    • ianmac 4.3

      Yes Anne. It is odd though as Jacinda speaks good English in every respect except the dreaded everythin"k" And even that is very faint. Lets ban the "K"!

      • alwyn 4.3.1

        Oh dear. I realise the Labour Parties deputy leader, the unfortunate Kelvin Davis is one of lower ranking MPs in New Zealand's history but is a total ban really necessary?

        After all, according to the Audrey Young ratings, there are an awful lot worse than him. The whole lot must be the most hopeless bunch we have ever had.

         

        • WeTheBleeple 4.3.1.1

          Ha ha, the man who listens to Audrey Young.

        • Fireblade 4.3.1.2

          Audrey Young rated Jacinda Ardern 9/10.

          • alwyn 4.3.1.2.1

            "In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is King".

            Don't tell WeThe Bleepie this. He will have to tell you that that rating is total rubbish and that will blow his little mind.

    • Hanswurst 4.4

      The one that springs to mind for me is "brought". Without fail, every time I have heard her attempt it, she has said "bought". As for "anythink", that one doesn't come on it's own, but shares its unfortunate fate in her mouth with "somethink".

      • Anne 4.4.1

        buy-bought

        bring – brought

        So easy to remember. But the number of people who use them the wrong way around never ceases to amaze me. I put it down in part to the English language not being properly taught in schools anymore plus the mangling of the language when texting and digitally communicating.  

        • Rosemary McDonald 4.4.1.1

          Or, this is how either her peers or her parents speak….whichever had the greatest influence at the time those traits were being established.

          Language acquisition is a really interesting subject.  There are clever clogses who can tell just by holding a short conversation with a person whereabouts they were born, raised, went to primary/secondary school or varsity.

          • Anne 4.4.1.1.1

            Yes, Rosemary I think you are correct. I was going to suggest that the tendency to use the anythin(k)/somethin(k) variation seems a little more prevalent in people brought up in the country rather than the cities but thought it might be taken the wrong way. It has been my experience over the years anyway. It suggests peer pressure during the child and adolescent years plays a major role.

    • greywarshark 4.5

      I wonder if you still like me even when I do things wrong says Ernie.

      A Sesame St song that has something to say to us.   Please leave our PM alone.   It is not PC to have a go at our PM for not being perfect.

  5. Bruce 5

    I see that now the fibre is rolled out there is 100x faster wireless 5G available. My last time out of the country I paid $13 mth unlimited 3 or 4G , better streaming than my wi fi here. Didn't use any wi fi and cafes no longer offer it as a draw.

    That it might fry your brain is another issue.

  6. Ad 6

    If ever a government had the capacity to really shape long term economic policy, it's with a change of Secretary of the Treasury. 

    And so, with our Treasury Secretary going off the run the Reserve Bank of Ireland, our Minister of Finance can now call for candidates (through SSC) that could restructure all Treasury's mandarin dries in the Tier 2 level, and tilt policy the way a Labour government needs it:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1905/S00010/gabriel-makhlouf-to-be-new-central-bank-of-ireland-governor.htm

    Given the Minister of Finance's gutless reforms of the Reserve Bank last year, and spineless response to Cullen's tax reforms this year, hopes of generational economic and fiscal change are in fact absent. 

    Instead we'll get: the bland leading the bland.

     

    • RedbaronCv 6.1

      Excellent chance for a refresh. I think the Treasury secretary has to be a NZ citizen – and it has been suggested that Gabriel has his pushed through fairly quickly??

       

      • alwyn 6.1.1

        "I think the Treasury secretary has to be a NZ citizen"

        I hadn't thought about that but you are probably right. The Treasury website says "Some roles require security clearances that can only be held by New Zealand citizen" and Secretary of the treasury could easily be one of them.

        He must have had it pushed through pretty fast. He only came to New Zealand in 2010 and he was certainly a NZ citizen by March 2012.

    • greywarshark 6.2

      Sir Grant will never give up defending the NZ economy no matter what he loses – alone he will stand being the good ka-night still fighting bravely, even without limbs – completely armless to the wealthy.

  7. SPC 7

    Bomber, the working class male hero of the TERF feminists and scourge of the woke left and all other middle class liberals, is NOT to appear before the Human Rights Review Tribunal (or observe the process). He was not required to account for himself on this occasion, but provide information in the matter of those who done him wrong.   

    So I will just arrive at the Court at the Human Rights Review Tribunal, make my submission and then just sit outside the door while the Star Chamber makes its decision? Where the hell is the justice and holding the powerful to account in that?

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/05/02/breaking-the-latest-twist-in-my-case-against-the-police-is-unbelievable/#comment-460759

    This was less about free speech than about a political establishment concern of expose of their modus operandi – Dirty Politics. Thus a warning to whistleblowers they would be hunted down and that those with power could get away with using the resources of the state to do so.

    And we can note how other parties (banks for one) would bend to the will of the state in ways that went beyond their legal requirements, a general obeisance to authority.

    Exposure of the outside contracting of services by the state acting for those in power (MBIE and other government ministries private investigators managing protestors/complainants etc) may be involved.

    Even before police won the power to bring evidence to court that defence cannot challenge/question (the magic weapon of secret witnesses – sound surveillance without a warrant) our civil liberties were already entering the twilight zone of the Deep States targeted individual programme.

  8. greywarshark 8

    The man in the image makes me think of France's Inspector Clouseau or Jacques Tati from around 1960s – French mime (link below).

    • alwyn 8.1

      Who is the person in the picture at the start of the piece? Do you know? I am curious.

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