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Daily review 20/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 20th, 2015 - 36 comments
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Tolley-and-KeyDaily review is also your post.

This provides Standarnistas 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.

36 comments on “Daily review 20/05/2015 ”

  1. b waghorn 1

    Nats are going to free up 400ha s to build houses in Auckland on the tv3 news.

    • Colonial Rawshark 1.1

      Brilliant, those guys are really good

      • b waghorn 1.1.1

        I hope they thank labour for the idea.

        • You_Fool

          Wouldn’t hold your breathe. TV3 didn’t once mention the fact that this was exactly Labour’s policy at last election but by private developers (still the free land though)

    • ianmac 1.2

      Sounds as though they will take land off say Universties or schools or hospitals and give it to their private building mates. Mmmmm

    • weka 1.3

      who’s going to build the houses and whose land is being freed up?

    • joe90 1.4

      Sweet deal.

      Patrick Gower

      Nick Smith says private companies will get to build on public land for free. Will only have to pay Government after houses built and sold.

      • b waghorn 1.4.1

        I guess its up to the opposition to keep the buggers honest and get as many cheap houses built as possible.

    • Clemgeopin 1.5

      If the land is given FREE or CHEAP to the private builders, developers, capitalists and investors, etc to build the houses, then that would be a fraud on the people of this country and in reality would be an Asset Sale at nil or cheap rates to the wealthy and at the same time it would be confiscation of land belonging to schools, universities, hospitals etc.

      The only way this can be somewhat excused is:
      (1) The schools etc from whom these lands are confiscated should be compensated at current market prices and should ONLY be taken from them if the boards say that they will not need this land for now or in the future.

      (2) The developers should pay back the cost of the land at least as soon as the buildings are up/sold and pay at the prevailing market price at the time of repayment, but if the land/house value has dropped, they will still need to pay not less than what the price was when they were given the land.

      (3) The houses built should be able to be sold at not more than the median value for that type of house, for that or the surrounding/closet areas.

      Basically, the government should be ‘WORKING FOR THE COMMON ‘PEOPLE’ and not ‘WORKING FOR THE ‘WEALTHY’.

      We need to be alert that a major fraud is not being committed by this RW National/ACT government on NZ.

  2. Macro 2

    Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

    The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3tn subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.

    The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused to local populations by air pollution as well as to people across the globe affected by the floods, droughts and storms being driven by climate change.


    No wonder the Nats don’t want you to know the true cost of their inaction on combating GHG emissions

  3. Tony P 3

    Tweeted by Helen Kelly.

    Groser confirms 2 Parliament that there will be no TPPA unless it includes a clause for corporations 2 sue NZ Govt for health, education policies etc.

    • ianmac 3.1

      “Groser confirms 2 Parliament that there will be no TPPA unless it includes a clause for corporations 2 sue NZ Govt for health, education policies etc.”
      “unless”???? Sure it is not “if?”

    • Kevin 3.2

      This is great news. This has now made the decision very straightforward and easy. Any MP that votes for that should be tried for treason.

      • Macro 3.2.1

        Trouble is Kev – they don’t vote for it. Nats sign it off as a done deal.

  4. adam 4

    “Inhumanity is the keynote of stupidity in power.”
    ― Alexander Berkman, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist

  5. Bill 5

    By far the most informative and comprehensive interactive AGW site I’ve come across. Explore, learn and….enjoy…if that’s an appropriate term…


  6. Philip Ferguson 6

    Zero-hours and contracts and the living wage, British style:

  7. Paul Campbell 7

    Distract the PM! – make the country safer for the rest of us

    Key’s been a bit snarky recently, angry in the house talking about Iraq, mean and nasty to the less fortunate of us, generally not keeping his promises – just not his usual self, he seems to be slipping – he’s obviously on his way out – I think we something to distract him so he does no more damage before he’s gone ….

    Just imagine if he received pony tails in the mail, thousands of them day after day after day …. he could take them home and pull them to his heart’s content and the rest of us could rest a little easier ……

    But you can! for ~$2.50, with free shipping, you too can send John a pony tail as a gift, and then next week you can send him another, and another, …..


    Bowl on up and choose something you think he particularly would love to fondle – if you order multiples at the same time make sure you do it from multiple stores so that he gets multiple packages …..

    (remember this is Ali Express you’re really dealing with a small Chinese exporter, the money you spend is held in escrow until you acknowledge it has arrived – since you’re not going to receive it it’s fair to go back to the site and click the “received” button when you get the “shipped” email)

  8. b waghorn 8

    Could Tracy Watkins get more sickening.
    And apparently it was all Englishs idea to raise gst keys only part in it must of been to lie about it.

    • Rodel 8.1

      Yes it is rather sickening…Obsequious propagandist PR writing. Like a ‘soap opera’ script….but what else do you expect from this person?

      • wyndham 8.1.1

        Talking of “sickening” (and somewhat irrelevant I know), but that photo of Key at the head of this post, is the creepiest thing I have seen in many a long days walk !

        • Alpha z

          which one of them is more freaky? what is tolly screaming at? what is key staring at? ogling much? is he a weirdo?…5 eyes, 5 questions.

        • b waghorn

          I would say he thinking “” mmmmm hair I want to touch her hair”

    • Tracey 8.2

      Yea but note no quote from English…

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