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Daily Review 24/05/2017

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39 comments on “Daily Review 24/05/2017”

  1. Muttonbird 1

    Who is NZ’s equivalent of Hopkins? Probably Slater because of their common dismissive attitude to the poor and disadvantaged.

  2. Muttonbird 2

    Higher milk pay-out puts $3.5bn into farmers’ pockets – Fonterra

    Perhaps they could, y’know, use that money to fix the damage they are doing to New Zealand’s waterways, environment, and reputation.

    I’m sure they won’t though, it’ll be straight down to the nearest dealership for the latest SUV.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/country/331485/higher-milk-pay-out-puts-3-point-5bn-into-farmers-pockets-fonterra

  3. Superb (and winning) attitude:

    “Ngāti Whātua has been working on an ecological restoration plan in the heart of Auckland city. The public has hardly noticed the green spaces being developed but the iwi doesn’t care. Their plan is to restore their lands to what they once were, and – in doing so, prepare for the future impacts – of climate change.”

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.co.nz/2017/05/eruini-hawke-hero-of-week.html

    • greywarshark 3.1

      Good to hear about Robert. We have to buck ourselves up with the positive things that are happening. One USA tragedy told to us in minute detail, can take up most of the news time available.

  4. Chris 4

    English says Manchester attack “abhorrent and vicious attack on children. The hypocrisy is deafening.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/abhorrent-and-vicious-attack-children-pm-sends-condolences-victims-manchester

    • greywarshark 4.1

      I’ve been saying for a while that the zeitgeist in NZ (and other supposed advanced societies) is – Don’t care about people in general, so an emphasis on children is mad, which gives the impression of concern for their duties to the public. T

      This gets lampooned in USA satire. The writers will have a woman rush into the frame wringing her hands and crying, “What about the children?” no matter what subject is being discussed.

  5. Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster 5

    I fear the Manchester attack will result in the re-election of Theresa May!

    Why? Well, past experience. Jim Anderton was streets ahead of Bob Parker before the 2011 earthquake – yet Parker, a b-awful mayor, appeared strong and purposeful in the weeks immediately following the shake – and he was always in the news.

    I really hope this isn’t the case in the UK – the time interval between the outrage and the election might not give T M time to come across as strong and determined.

    Fingers crossed for 8th June!

    • BM 5.1

      Why do you fear the election of Theresa May?

      A country on the other side of the world which has no influence on NZ they can elect who they want, it’s of little importance to NZ.

      • weka 5.1.1

        Because if Corbyn wins it will give hope to lefties everywhere 🙂

        • Muttonbird 5.1.1.1

          I think Corbyn, supported instead of attacked by the establishment could bring about meaningful change to the fear and distrust now existent in Britain.

          • weka 5.1.1.1.1

            That too. Brexit in the hands of Corbyn’s Labour will be a very different thing that under May.

          • mickysavage 5.1.1.1.2

            And supported instead of being attacked by his own caucus. The hatchet job they have done on him is awful. I am amazed he is still standing and Labour has a chance, even though it is not a good chance. What will happen after the election will be interesting and probably determine if Labour survives as a political party.

            • Macro 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Actually Micky – it could be closer than many down under think!
              I’ve been in UK for the past two months. UK is in a bad way. If we think NZ is in poor shape – and it is – think twice as bad for the UK. I do think that that is as much to do with what has been the disruptive influences of the Labour HQ here (UK) as much as anything. It will be a hell of of a job to get this country back on its feet again. I’m not saying that those those to the “right” of Labour don’t want to govern. But by and large they are from London and frankly there are two economies in the UK – London – and the rest. Like those in the “Beltway” in Wellington really have no idea of what life is like outside of their insulated situation.
              Back to the current status of the election. The unthinking “dementia tax” of the Tory Manifesto hit them hard, and led to the “U turn” which is not exactly a U Turn and the resulting mess will still leave those over 65’s facing enormous costs. This has not gone down well. Furthermore, the canning of free school lunches will affect almost 1 million children from poorer families and again this is not being perceived as a vote winner. NHS is in an absolute mess, and there is little in the manifesto that looks towards getting it right. Overnight almost there was a 6% drop from Tory support to Labour. May also struggled in a recent interview and the “Strong and Stable” Slogan has gone down like a lead Ballon – Posters have appeared all over London and elsewhere “Strong and Stable my arse” with many satirical commentators also echoing that sentiment.

        • Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster 5.1.1.2

          Nailed it Weka! A Corbyn win could signal the beginning of the end of the scourge of neo-liberalism all over the world. Corbyn’s honesty and sincerity and his party’s left wing policies would be a beacon of hope for us all!

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.2

        Because RWNJs are a thing to fear no matter where they are in the world

      • Italy Calling 5.1.3

        BM, re Election of May
        1. Some of my pension is locked in the UK. Bad Brexit will put me out of pocket.
        2. May will block a Scottish referendum on Independence: I want them to get out of the UK like Ireland did. They will be much better off on their own.
        3.May wants to play footsie with Trump and Putin to weaken the EU. The EU is one of the greatest world projects since WWII and is a force for stability and growth.

        Want more?

        • greywarshark 5.1.3.1

          Italy Calling
          Through the fog of opinion about Brexit it was a change to see your comment making definite factual statements, as appear to me, and reasonable suppositions of outcomes. Good.

    • Bearded Git 5.2

      @ TV

      I think you are right…the chance to send the troops in and look strong and in control of events in the media is worth 2-3% in the polls and so will probably kill off the impressive Corbyn surge. Just bad luck, but that’s politics.

      Negotiating Brexit may be a very poisioned chalice anyway.

    • Stunned Mullet 5.3

      I’ve often thought that the CCH earthquake was a false flag by those forces opposed to Anderton.

  6. greywarshark 6

    FYI via Google
    Katie Hopkins
    Biography – summary
    Katie Olivia Hopkins is an English television personality and newspaper columnist. She first came to notice in 2007 as a reality television contestant and is now best known as a columnist for British … Wikipedia

    Born: 13 February 1975 (age 42), Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    Children: India McKinney, Poppy McKinney, Maximillian William Cross
    Spouse: Mark Cross (m. 2010), Damian McKinney (m. 2004–2005)

    TV shows: Celebrity Big Brother, If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World
    Education: University of Exeter, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Wikipedia

  7. ianmac 7

    And how about this as an unusual but perhaps significant case.

    “In a case thought to be the first of its kind, Sarah Thomson has taken Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett to court over what the 26-year-old claims is a lack of action over the issue….
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11862450

  8. JC 8

    “Environmental crusader Jane Goodall has a message for (mankind) sic, : let’s fix this planet.”

    https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/out-limb-nature

  9. JC 9

    Could/should be Open Mike as well… But for brevity…

    “Tourism Minister Paula Bennett, while concerned some are getting “a bit whingey” about the industry, is expected to announce extra spending in this month’s Budget to address pressure points.

    The funds need to help protect the golden age of travel, and the benefits it delivers New Zealand, from becoming tarnished.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11848425

    BullShit!

    Great Piece from Rod Oram, Re Tourism Boom!! ??

    “Taking into account inflation etc… Average tourist spend since 2003 has declined!.

    Hence Tourism is playing the Volume game, Not Added value… much like the Dairy industry!” !!

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201844820/business-commentator-rod-oram

    ( Around c 5.30 – 6.30) Sadly lost among pre budget announcements…

    • Graeme 9.1

      Yep, like every boom that the Nats organise, it’s more more and more until it blows to bits.

      Well this one’s blowing to bits too. It sort of started to decline last winter, got a dead cat bounce before the US elections, and then there were vacancy signs through Christmas, and Chinese New Year just didn’t happen. The summer season cut off in early April this year, rather than well into May last.

      Unfortunately the stats won’t show it until well into next year due to the strong domestic economy (business travel, emergency housing all count as tourism). But that’s tourism, it’s the ultimate boom bust industry because it depends on people’s discretionary spend, and what’s the “hot” destination at the time. We can normally expect three good years (one spectacular) out of seven. It’s doubtful that the industry will play the low value game again next cycle as not many operators made much profit out of this one. At the same time last cycle we had 5 or 6 hotels under construction, or just completed in Queenstown. This time it’s one just completed and one under construction, with a couple “planned”. This is due to the very low yields (combination of occupancy and price) that the hotels have achieved, so the numbers don’t stack up for new builds or refurbishments. The only hotels that are making any money are the top end ones from $800 / night (they go way above that)

    • greywarshark 9.2

      Thank God for Rod Oram. One of the immigrants we cherish.

  10. Anne 10

    “Pablo” yet again hits a lot of nails on their heads in his usual inimitable style.

    President Drumpf. Perfect. I hope it catches on.

    http://www.kiwipolitico.com/2017/05/media-irritants/

  11. James 11

    Hopkins won’t leave the UK should labour win. You can bet a ton on it.

    Look at all the Hollywood morons who said they would leave the US if trump got elected- I don’t think a single one of them did anything.

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