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Daily Review 07/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 7th, 2015 - 18 comments
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18 comments on “Daily Review 07/05/2015”

  1. Tony P 1

    More evidence this government doesn’t care about public education.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11444004

    There’s a petition to sign here.

    http://teu.ac.nz/issues/petition-education-commodity/

  2. weka 2

    Aue, that cartoon!

  3. Bill 3

    Ouch! Irvine Welsh not pulling any punches in The Guardian…

    The UK is now a pointless entity, existing solely to protect entrenched privilege and continue the transference of the country’s resources to a global elite. For most citizens, it’s a failed state…

    And the ‘dunk’ as the hammer strikes home….

    For many Scots, publicly supporting the SNP even last year would have felt like taking your secret lover to your long-term partner’s funeral. Once it was confirmed that this partner had been screwing around with your much hated, corpulent boss for years, that outing turned from one of shame into a joyous party.

    The pragmatic observation?…

    Figures such as Nicola Sturgeon would have been natural Labourites a generation ago. Now it’s impossible to imagine Scotland’s brightest political talents being attracted to a party largely the preserve of expenses-guzzling bloaters looking to get on the career structure, culminating in an ermine-wrapped, gin-soaked tenure in the House of Lords.

    And for a take on a future English left?

    The SNP evidently scares the establishment to a greater extent than a tawdry, complicit Labour, which is essentially competing with the Tories to serve it. How much more would a populist, leftist, decentralist, civic nationalist party in England?

    It’s time for the left in England to get over their hurt that this story didn’t originate in north London, and get onside with this project. After all, it’s where things end up that’s important, not where they start out.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/commentisfree/2015/may/07/labour-risks-failing-the-english-just-like-it-did-the-scottish

    • weka 3.1

      Fuck, that’s really good. PIty they don’t have comments enabled.

    • mickysavage 3.2

      I would be heavily tempted to vote SNP if I could.

      I wondered what the NZ equivalent was? Mana and Te Tai Tokerau? I am quite sad that Hone is no longer there.

      • Clemgeopin 3.2.1

        I have always felt that it was an error not to have given Davies a higher spot on the list so that Hone didn’t have to fight him for votes. Had hone got his seat, there would have been 2 to 4 more MPs for the left block and it could well have been a Labour led government, though can’t be absolutely sure of course, because no one really knows for sure which way Winston will turn after an election.

  4. mickysavage 4

    Congratulations to Len for getting funding for much needed transport infrastructure including the central rail link. But why, why, why did it have to be through a poll tax type transport levy that hits the poor as hard as the rich?

    • sabine 4.1

      there are more poor people than rich people, so in essence the poor people pay for a infrastructure that the rich get to use for very little cost.

      its easy ackshually

      • b waghorn 4.1.1

        But won’t the poor benefit the most from good public transport.

        • DoublePlusGood 4.1.1.1

          Well, Mike Hosking will be able to drive his Maserati through less crowded streets.

        • sabine 4.1.1.2

          if the public transport is only there because user pays, than it is not public transport but private transport.
          and no, the poor will not benefit most from it, as they most likely will run out of money paying for it.

          France has privatised motorways, believe me the workers on SMIC (minimum wage) are not the ones that have 10 – 25 euros or more to travel on these motorways, same as in italy.
          Oh and how many poor people do use the Northern Motorway? 🙂

          The moment we start financing stuff via tolls and user fees it ain’t public anymore, but private.

    • Anne 4.2

      Because they knew it was the only option central government might agree to fund?

    • Murray Rawshark 4.3

      Possibly because the rich are the ones Len rubs shoulders with all day. He’s not the first it’s happened to, and he won’t be the last.

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    If you ever wondered where the idea of evil dolls like Chucky etc came from it was from here*.

    * No, I don’t really know that but it seems like a good guess.

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