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5:30 pm, March 6th, 2023 - 13 comments
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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 …
Fare you well, Georgina Beyer. You were brave, strong, and so so funny. One day the rest of the world will catch up to you and those who continue to fight the battle you fought.
From an excellent 2018 profile of her:
It's largely forgotten now, but Georgina Beyer did something else for which we should all be grateful. She defeated Paul Henry (National candidate in Wairarapa) and ended his political aspirations for good. Imagine if he'd been an MP in Key's government … shudder. Thanks, Georgina – and the voters.
There's a beautiful TV moment from the 1999 election night (sorry, I can't find a link) when Paul Henry is telling a reporter that he's won, because he's the best candidate. Nats really don't understand how democracy works, do they?
This was the quote that really brought the House down in parliament:
"I was quoted once as saying this was the stallion that became a gelding and now she's a mare," said the Carterton Mayor-cum-Labour MP for Wairarapa.
"I suppose I do have to say that I have now found myself to be a member. So I have come full circle, so to speak."
A very hard working Labour person who did a lot of good against a lot of hate for most of her life.
A personal tribute.
"All joking aside, it is depressing to admit that in a country struggling to deal with the eye-wateringly expensive consequences of Climate Change; an infrastructure deficit rapidly entering its critical phase; a political class that will not let go the hand of its neoliberal nurse (for fear of meeting something worse?) and an indigenous population desperate for constitutional transformation but unable to explain what that means in terms which the rest of the country will accept; none of New Zealand’s political leaders have the wherewithal to stand on a stage and deliver anything other than cliches and platitudes about the state of their nation"
They need to revisit the opening 2023 speech Hipkins gave to parliament. There's a fair amount in it – just don't expect rhetorical razzledazzle.
Amusing from the article you cite that none of the glorious liberal causes listed address either crisis recovery or cost of living escalation, which is what voters are begging for.
For a political analyst it would be useful if they actually connected with political reality.
"Amusing from the article you cite that none of the glorious liberal causes listed address either crisis recovery or cost of living escalation, which is what voters are begging for'
Equally amusing you failed to notice " an infrastructure deficit rapidly entering its critical phase; a political class that will not let go the hand of its neoliberal nurse (for fear of meeting something worse?"
"Since these commitments reflect almost exactly the current pre-occupations of the New Zealand electorate, the Nats have no reason whatsoever to fear their repudiation. This is what the electorate wants, this is what National is offering, and it’s a safe bet that Labour will present voters with a remarkably similar list of promises."
His criticism is sadly all too accurate…but as we know, policy is almost the last thing that the wider public decide their vote upon, we will continue to demand our politicians provide the impossible, and they will happily promise to provide it.
As soon as anyone couches stuff in "infrastructure deficit", "neoliberal nurse", "fear their repudiation", or the rest of the garbage discourse of badly disconnected analysis, and then starts complaining about why people don't vote on policy, they simply display themselves as the disbelieving smug who have elevated themselves far above the masses of voters on a median income of $61,000,
and way above the 850,000 NZSuper people getting $22 – $24,000 a year
or the 350,000 Kiwis on a main benefit
or the 70,000 people waiting for even their first hospital appointment
or the 500,000 New Zealanders with no savings who can't save even if they wanted to
or the 2 million Kiwis who have less than a $1,000 bucks to their name
or the 2.5 million of us who have a median value of $9,000 …
… made worse every year by inflating power prices, supermarket prices, rent prices, and everything else, and indicates that Chris Trotter needs to pull his fat head out of his fat ass and go listen to Max Rashbrooke and the Salvation Army for a bit.
I believe Mr Trotter was indicating that those whom you describe would be better served if both voters and politicians concentrated on deliverable policy.
Better late than never.
It has been almost two decades in the making, but late on Saturday night in New York, after days of gruelling round-the-clock talks, UN member states finally agreed on a treaty to protect the high seas.
The historic treaty is crucial for enforcing the 30×30 pledge made by countries at the UN biodiversity conference in December, to protect a third of the sea (and land) by 2030. Without a treaty, this target would certainly fail, as until now no legal mechanism existed to set up MPAs on the high seas.
Covering almost two-thirds of the ocean that lies outside national boundaries, the treaty will provide a legal framework for establishing vast marine protected areas (MPAs) to protect against the loss of wildlife and share out the genetic resources of the high seas. It will establish a conference of the parties (Cop) that will meet periodically and enable member states to be held to account on issues such as governance and biodiversity.
People like to say that this was so, so long ago and I’m sitting here thinking really, during the weekend I had lunch with uncle my Jack. He's 96.