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Daily Review 28/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 28th, 2017 - 12 comments
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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 …

12 comments on “Daily Review 28/03/2017 ”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Simon Upton is the new Parliamentary Commissioner of the Environment.

    He was a former National MP and Minister but one of the better ones. He believes in evidence based policy formation and that climate change is a major threat.

    Labour and the greens did not oppose his appointment such is his standing.


    • Anne 1.1

      Delighted to hear it. Simon Upton was one of those extraordinarily rare politicians who rose above the political fray. He earned respect from all sides of the political spectrum with the exception it would seem from Winnie the Pooh.

    • JC 1.2

      Dr Jan Wright will be missed! Was she pushed? or retired/finished term….

      She definitely had an interest in Freshwater and Rivers as was her background.


      “in a 2012 report entitled “Hydro-electricity or Wild Rivers”, the … Jan Wright, noted that less than one per cent of the world’s rivers remain in …. Deliberation then centres on how much modification an outstanding feature can stand before it …

      Along with appropriate use of 1080 to attempt to reverse species decline. To mention a few…

      While I appreciate the well researched MFE recommendations… Just how much the position influences Govt I’m unsure….

    • Ethica 1.3

      Wasn’t it Minister of Health Simon Upton who fired all the elected health board members and destroyed the boards overnight to bring in user pays? That was soon after the National Government came into office in 1990. The public health system has never really recovered.

    • RedBaronCV 1.4

      From memory the Civ’s used to call him Simon Option because he couldn’t make a decision to save himself. But reasonably principled. And lets face it – in this area anything would have to be better than Nick Smith.
      Nor could Simon say Ngaruawhahia.

  2. joe90 2

    For those with way too much time on their hands – MAGA: the Blathering.


  3. Anne 3

    I have just had an interesting phone call (land-line). It was an automatic call and I was asked a detailed number of politically related questions which ranged from political affiliations (including some which were clearly attempting to ascertain how likely I might be prepared to change my vote) to other assorted issues. All the answers were indicated by way of pushing a button – example, 1 for Green, 2 for Lab, 3 for Nat etc.

    When I was asked who I would I be voting for the ‘voice’ expressed the following:

    “It is great to hear you are voting for Labour”.

    Initially I thought… this sounds like a Labour initiated automatic poll. Where did they get the money from? Now I’m not so sure. I suspect that it wouldn’t have mattered who a person said they voted for… they would get the same response “it’s great to hear you will be voting for [insert party here]” – depending on what button was pushed.

    There was no indication who was conducting the poll. I had expected to be told at the end of survey. It strikes me as a bit unethical to conduct such a poll without identifying who you are or what polling company you represent.

    • weka 3.1

      that does sound odd.

    • BM 3.2

      Yep, I got spam called by labour.

      It broke when I selected none from the list of vote deciding options provided.

      Thought it was a bit shit too be honest and can’t see an upside, no one likes to be phone spammed.

      Dumb move Labour.

  4. adam 4

    Rule by thieves.

  5. Heather Grimwood 5

    Thanks indeed Adam.
    Yes, we must all have the courage to show our convictions in the present climate. The future of our young depends on it.

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