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Daily Review 27/04/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 27th, 2018 - 23 comments
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  1. Kat 1

    Mathew Hooton says Winston mentioning an FTA with North Korea is “insane”
    Paula Bennett says Winston mentioning an FTA with North Korea is “insane”
    Mathew Hooton now says Winston mentioning an FTA with North Korea is “not so insane”
    What will Paula say……………

    • OnceWasTim 1.1

      oi don’t know …. what will Pulla say?
      I think maybe she’ll go and get another re-imaging and ask her hair technishun what she should say.
      OR maybe she’ll be on the phone to Soimun all weekend rehearsing her loins
      Ekshully, she’s got a bit pf toim before Mathew has ta front on Nointanoon on Monday.
      Watch her lay low though on the weekend slots of Q+A and the Nayshun with those incisive journalists complete with their gorgeous panelistas with their botox pumps y their sides

      Btw Ms B Constrictor …. Upper lip darling, Upper lip!

      • AB 1.1.1

        OWT – don’t mention the loins!
        And anyway it sounds Ocker to me – wouldn’t true Keewee be ‘lions’?
        Although I do kinda like the idea of Paula being ‘re-hearsed’

      • Kat 1.1.2

        They are really just winging it, no wonder Mr Bridges is in Hawaii getting instructions from Key on what to do. What National will do is attack Winston when he is acting PM.

      • OnceWasTim 1.1.3

        Well you know what possums (@AB and Kat), I’ve just got off the phone from Carlson Kressley darlings.
        He confirmed he’s doing his very very VERY best. But he was worried about Michelle Boag;s “angry lips” (going forward) although he did acknowledge and compliment Mr Boyed’s straight face as he attempted to take her seriously without cringing.
        He said having to deal with Pulla and Soimun was going to be a bigger issue – and without telling too many tales darling – he was in discussions with a Mr Crosby and a Mr Textor (apparently they were still negotiating a fee).
        However he did say that he thought Pulla was a ‘bit of rough’ and didn’t really hold out much hope.
        But as for Soimun, he wondered who in hell advised him to keep wearing that blue sack we keep seeing in the MSM. Was it his wee woifey that had to dress him up in the mornings and who’d asked for easy accessibility, or was it something more sinister.
        Carlson was really anxious to know and try to understand this new phenomenon he’s been asked to play dressups with (i.e. the National Party), because, as he understands it, Messrs c&b have had their earn and are about to cut and run whilst the getting is good.
        We’ll learn more after the weekend when the sage Hooton confronts the incisive regular gal on RNZ’s ” Nointa Noon”
        Like you, (and Carlson) I wait in anticipation

        • Kat 1.1.3.1

          That “incisive” gal on nine to noon is really really wanting to know if the coalition can “sustain” Jacinda Arderns good photo ops in Europe of late………you know, “tell me Matthew what are the polls doing………how do you see it all panning out for the coalition going forward”

          Best political show on air at the moment.

          🙂

          • JC 1.1.3.1.1

            Just like “The Painel” Best to Turn off! esp if either off those two, ( the Know it all grl”plus that ex labor party dude living from 50 years a go has air play …

            Gag a Maggot!

          • OnceWasTim 1.1.3.1.2

            Darling @ Kat. It really is all ‘up in the air’, and it’s anybody’s guess which way the river will flow.
            All I’ve heard darling, is that Mathew is busy consulting, and standing on the balcony with a wet finger trying to determine wind direction and speed, Pulla is busy waiting instructions whilst trying out various hairstyles and determining her best camera angle, and Soimun is still very busy rehearsing his loins going forward – just in case one of those pesky members of the 4th Estate manages to break free and confronts him face to face.
            You do understand darling, that I’m not yet a trusted member of the inner circle.
            All I’m going on is the word of someone who I understood to be part of the Thordon in Crowd. I don’t have direct access to the Soper, OR the Wilson ‘from the left’ even.
            I’m just relying on the word of a bit of bint from Wellington’s eastern suburbs with a daddy complex, and having grown up with having had access to a Burma Road polished concrete floor in the 1970s. (By the way….Carlson was really really impressed with that innovative architectural mark in history, and he asked me if I could try and find out what its innovator and his potion was that could deliver such a gorgeous example of what represents contemporary left wing thinking (going forward)) . I told him I thought it might have been something called a ” Jolly Green Giant”, except somebody else told me that was actually what they once called ‘a tab of acid’ , so it can’t possibly be.
            Darling – you’ll appreciate I’m still gathering my faculties because all this is really too too much

    • Cinny 1.2

      Lmfao !

      Meanwhile…. have just watched live on Al Jazeera, the leaders of North and South Korea, meet and shake hands, now that’s world history. They’ve agreed to ultimately denuclearise the Korean Pennisula, as well as re-uniting families, this is the first time that the leaders of the Koreas have meet since their war. It’s monumental.

      I betcha hooton and bennett never ever thought that would happen, and it just did. Their narrative is all of a sudden completey lost in the news of a possible unified Korea. Bahahahaaaha ha ha !!! 🙂 🙂

      Just wanted to add that the body language of the Korean leaders… they appeared thrilled, found it quite moving to watch. Really hope it works out for all.

  2. SPC 2

    Crossing the Korean border.

    Ideally the 60 plus year cease-fire will finally lead to a peace settlement. And the best guarantor for it would be China commiting to come to the aid of the one ever attacked by the other. This will allow both North and South to reduce their military spending and US forces leaving. 

    All of this should have been done long before the stage of the North acquiring nuclear weapons capability and related missile delivery. 

    And this should be easy as it is what China wants and what Trump said he wanted during his campaign – US forces withdrawing. Little wonder North Korea rushed its weapons programme after his election and yet China supported sanctions – all to get us to the table and for such an outcome, to reduce risk of war, to be welcomed.

    However this still leaves the issue of sanctions of the North over its nuclear weapons testing and successful development. Because if Trump tears up the agreement with Iran, we have rinse and repeat if Iran succeeds as North Korea did despite sanctions – then the precedent set here will be the new normal.

    • solkta 2.1

      The US has spent the last decade encircling China with an arms buildup, there is no way they are going to give up such a strategic foothold as South Korea.

      • Stuart Munro 2.1.1

        If the North and South make peace though, they won’t pay for the US presence.

      • Graeme 2.1.2

        Not sure that a united, and nuclear armed, Korea would be China’s idea of the ideal neighbour. But it would reinforce the necessity of US forces, and nuclear arms, in Japan.

        Korea has historically been a major power in the region, and both China and Japan (and Russia) have been brutal colonial occupiers of all or part of Korea. and from a Korean perspective large parts of Korea are occupied today.

        Things could be about to get interesting in East Asia. Conceivable that Trump gets to announce peace in a united Korea, who will pretty much immediately turn around and shit in his hat.

        • SPC 2.1.2.1

          I would doubt that peace would result in unity, not for a generation or so anyway.

          Yeah sure, China has two interests in play, the first is met by a peace removing American forces. So it might happily separate this from the nuclear issue (given the North Korean security imperative is met by a peace settlement) and support a secondary deal whereby North Korea gets economic development as well if it gives up having nuclear weapons (continuance of sanctions otherwise as the alternative).

    • JC 2.2

      Crossing Borders…. Macron has spoken ….

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/356057/macron-believes-trump-will-drop-iran-nuclear-deal

      “Mr Macron said his country would not abandon a nuclear deal with Tehran that was agreed by world powers when President Barack Obama was in office but which Mr Trump has branded “terrible”.

      Mr Macron said: “This agreement may not address all concerns, and very important concerns. This is true. But we should not abandon it without having something more substantial instead

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/355963/macron-attacks-nationalism-in-speech-to-us-congress

  3. SPC 3

    From scoopy doo.

    Has the 20% debt to GDP committment resulted in the socialisation of risk – PPP for roading projects set to continue.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1804/S00095/on-the-perils-of-using-ppps-to-meet-aucklands-roading-needs.htm

    Income tax and GST revenue a higher proportion of tax than offshore.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1804/S00093/op-ed-time-to-look-beyond-labour-and-consumption-taxes.htm

    our low top rate of income tax.
    the lack of tax on foreign business operating here (on-line).
    no CGT on farm sales (where most of income from farming resides and facilitating borrowing off the rising value to fund lifestyle).
    being able to claim losses off rentals against other income (soon to end).
    no estate tax (but then while people need money from the old to get the deposit to buy a home …).

    • Ad 3.1

      The Penlink ppp is a cold exercise in political framing from Minister Twyford.

      There are only two large regional roads in the entire package of $28 billion.
      So he led with them high up in the announcements.

      That made it look like it was a ‘balanced” package which included roads. The entire media and transport lobby bought into that framing.

      The second thing it did is make it look like he was delivering for Auckland’s north – who are solid National voters. When what he was doing was sticking it to them. They will now pay (because they drive so far) very high regional fuel taxes, and also tolls on this new road. But they can’t complain about it, because they are supposedly getting the road they want.

      The third thing it did was make it look like he was doing something. No one in either NZTA or AT wants the ppp to happen (there have been numerous goes at it in the past, and none passed muster at Board level).
      Should it ever happen, it will take many years to achieve, and no one in the transport entities will lift a finger for it.

      The final thing it did was look like he cared. A well designed PPP that is also a toll road will have very little public risk – either for years until it is handed back, or indeed at all if it is a private road and is therefore never a public liability.

      Campbell just needs to relax a little.

  4. joe90 4

    This looks a bit good.

    1. South and North Korea will reconnect the blood relations of the people and bring forward the future of co-prosperity and unification led by Koreans by facilitating comprehensive and groundbreaking advancement in inter-Korean relations. Improving and cultivating inter-Korean relations is the prevalent desire of the whole nation and the urgent calling of the times that cannot be held back any further.

    1) South and North Korea affirmed the principle of determining the destiny of the Korean nation on their own accord and agreed to bring forth the watershed moment for the improvement of inter-Korean relations by fully implementing all existing agreements and declarations adopted between the two sides thus far.

    2) South and North Korea agreed to hold dialogue and negotiations in various fields including at high level, and to take active measures for the implementation of the agreements reached at the Summit.

    3) South and North Korea agreed to establish a joint liaison office with resident representatives of both sides in the Gaeseong region in order to facilitate close consultation between the authorities as well as smooth exchanges and cooperation between the peoples.

    4) South and North Korea agreed to encourage more active cooperation, exchanges, visits and contacts at all levels in order to rejuvenate the sense of national reconciliation and unity. Between South and North, the two sides will encourage the atmosphere of amity and cooperation by actively staging various joint events on the dates that hold special meaning for both South and North Korea, such as June 15, in which participants from all levels, including central and local governments, parliaments, political parties, and civil organizations, will be involved. On the international front, the two sides agreed to demonstrate their collective wisdom, talents, and solidarity by jointly participating in international sports events such as the 2018 Asian Games.

    5) South and North Korea agreed to endeavour to swiftly resolve the humanitarian issues that resulted from the division of the nation, and to convene the Inter-Korean Red Cross Meeting to discuss and solve various issues including the reunion of separated families. In this vein, South and North Korea agreed to proceed with reunion programs for the separated families on the occasion of the National Liberation Day of August 15 this year.

    6) South and North Korea agreed to actively implement the projects previously agreed in the 2007 October 4 Declaration, in order to promote balanced economic growth and co-prosperity of the nation. As a first step, the two sides agreed to adopt practical steps towards the connection and modernization of the railways and roads on the eastern transportation corridor as well as between Seoul and Sinuiju for their utilization.

    2. South and North Korea will make joint efforts to alleviate the acute military tension and practically eliminate the danger of war on the Korean Peninsula.

    1) South and North Korea agreed to completely cease all hostile acts against each other in every domain, including land, air and sea, that are the source of military tension and conflict. In this vein, the two sides agreed to transform the demilitarized zone into a peace zone in a genuine sense by ceasing as of May 2 this year all hostile acts and eliminating their means, including broadcasting through loudspeakers and distribution of leaflets, in the areas along the Military Demarcation Line.

    2) South and North Korea agreed to devise a practical scheme to turn the areas around the Northern Limit Line in the West Sea into a maritime peace zone in order to prevent accidental military clashes and guarantee safe fishing activities.

    3) South and North Korea agreed to take various military measures to ensure active mutual cooperation, exchanges, visits and contacts. The two sides agreed to hold frequent meetings between military authorities, including the defence Ministers Meeting, in order to immediately discuss and solve military issues that arise between them. In this regard, the two sides agreed to first convene military talks at the rank of general in May.

    3. South and North Korea will actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. Bringing an end to the current unnatural state of armistice and establishing a robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula is a historical mission that must not be delayed any further.

    1) South and North Korea reaffirmed the Non-Aggression Agreement that precludes the use of force in any form against each other, and agreed to strictly adhere to this Agreement.

    2) South and North Korea agreed to carry out disarmament in a phased manner, as military tension is alleviated and substantial progress is made in military confidence-building.

    3) During this year that marks the 65th anniversary of the Armistice, South and North Korea agreed to actively pursue trilateral meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States, or quadrilateral meetings involving the two Koreas, the United States and China with a view to declaring an end to the war and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.

    4) South and North Korea confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. South and North Korea shared the view that the measures being initiated by North Korea are very meaningful and crucial for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and agreed to carry out their respective roles and responsibilities in this regard. South and North Korea agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the international community for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-southkorea-summit-statemen/panmunjom-declaration-for-peace-prosperity-and-unification-of-the-korean-peninsula-idUKKBN1HY193

  5. millsy 6

    For all we know,this world could be a French teenager’s fantasy about his drama teacher.

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