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Daily review 29/04/2022

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, April 29th, 2022 - 11 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).

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11 comments on “Daily review 29/04/2022 ”

  1. adam 1

    So friends fled here, but many are going further south and further west. The life of Russian exiles is very hard, for any exile really. But with the added hate generated by a FUBAR war is making things worse. Video by the ABC – which I personally think NZ should help fund – oh wait we do with all our people over there already.

  2. joe90 2

    She seems nice..

  3. pat 3

    The unvarnished truth….

    "Those in alternative situations or political positions might argue for higher income taxes, using some of the revenue to compensate the poor and average. I have not seen anyone proposing this as an anti-inflation measure. The opposite is advocated, which is to cut income taxes to compensate individuals for their real income losses. Two points. First, the proposals most benefit those higher in the income rankings. In any case the current proposals would, at best, offer only partial compensation. Second, the effect of any tax cuts is to increase real incomes, adding to the fiscal pressures discussed in the previous paragraph. You cannot escape the required real income reduction."

    We (the workers) are staring down the barrel of another real income reduction, whether this administration imposes it or the next….unless someone has the balls to increase taxes and transfers (and get elected)

  4. Patricia Bremner 4

    3 waters and other considerations.

    I remember Nick Smith. "National will have wadable rivers" standing knee deep, but no plan to lower fecal counts. No mention of drinking water or sewerage water.

    So to Luxon saying he will reverse 3 Waters. Get Real. It is badly needed.

    How about something they will do. So sick of "We will undo that". Utterly bereft of positive ideas and very negative. National also do not ask if we want it undone!!

    Another water thing, someone tell Luxon the tide’s coming in and King Canute will not be able to insure his castles by the beach.

  5. joe90 5

    Poots' Kadyrovites earning their keep.

  6. Temp ORary 6

    The property of my local MP has been targeted for the second time in a year, though this time was a lot less coherent of a message than the first. Beyond her attendance at; The Ōtepoti Festival for Trans Rights and Liberation, last year (SUFW counter-protest that was basically a picnic in the Octagon), Leary hasn't really taken much in the way of visible stands on anything that I can recall. She is a first term MP replacement for Curran (who resigned in part due to PTSD from alleged bullying & when South Dunedin became Taieri electorate). From her Labour website profile:

    The Taieri electorate draws together urban Dunedin South with parts of rural South Otago… sits on the Finance and Expenditure, and Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committees and she is co-Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians NZ Group…

    As MP for Taieri, Ingrid hopes to contribute to economic justice and:

    • See more houses, more jobs, better access to health services and more support for our rural communities.
    • Help find creative solutions for our Muslim community who can’t access the housing market because NZ banking models don’t align with their faith.
    • Seek climate and economic justice for the 10 thousand people who live on the Dunedin flats.
    • Advocate to future-proof South Dunedin from flooding and coastal erosion – in ways that create warmer, greener houses, ignite the local economy and inspire young people to stay living locally.

    https://www.labour.org.nz/ingridleary

    Really nothing there that suggests much of a reason for anyone to want to target this particular MP, except maybe advocating for Muslim community housing? That could rub certain people the wrong way, but I don't know that she's been able to get much done on that anyway. Plus she was visibly involved as intermediary between the Dunedin Muslim community and officials after the OGHS (allegedly) racist bullying last year.

    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/mp-calls-halt-school-attack-surmise

    The first act of vandalism had a clear purpose, and; while I don't agree with it, at least was addressing a current political controversy. Though the protestations of innocence from SUFW & WLA appeared more pro forma than sincere (given the accompanying comments, and willingness to stir up resentment against trans Aotearoans), it does seem unlikely they were directly responsible.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/11/women-s-liberation-aotearoa-denies-involvement-in-graffiti-attack-on-labour-mp-ingrid-leary-s-office.html

    This second one though, just why?

    A local member for parliament is calling for people to find more constructive ways to express their grievances after her car was defaced with faeces…

    The incident was unlikely to be opportunistic because of the significant amount of faeces, which were hard, suggesting they had been collected over several days, she said.

    While said she was not an expert on poop, she believed it was dog excrement…

    Because she did not not know what their grievance was, she could not do the part of her job which was to find solutions to issues.

    The poop was cleaned off using detergent, hot water and an old scrubbing brush which was then thrown out before she took a shower…

    ‘‘If the person does hold anti-Government sentiments, they might have shot themselves in the foot by doing this,’’ Ms Leary said.

    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/local-mps-car-defaced-faeces

    She didn't think it was to do with her being a woman, despite misogyny against female MPs being a topic of discussion in other parts of the country.

    On Thursday, there had been a combined branch hui of female MPs in Dunedin, which included Christchurch MP for Ilam, Sarah Pallett, who was recently a target of online harassment by a member of National's youth wing.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/128492412/faeces-left-on-mps-car-so-bad-its-funny

    I can get that she just wanted to get on with her day, but the DIY cleanup approach did effectively destroy any evidence that might have been investigated. If this happens again; calling the police, and taking taxis for the day, might be a better solution (or surely alternative transportation could be secured for the day at less public expense – I don't know much about hiring cars).

    This has a very; we know where you live, odor of attempted intimidation against my local elected representative. Laughing it off may be understandable, but short sighted; given the recent normalization of violent threats against politicians, and other public figures.

    • Molly 6.1

      While the targeting of individual politicians is unacceptable, the spray painted slogan seems to be directed at the Labour party as a whole – (in reference to the use of "we"). It is plausible – that this is the response of a individual acting by themselves. You have 70,000 submissions that were disregarded during the select committee. The membership of both SUFW and WLA are nowhere near that. And it's more than possible that even more than those that submitted feel strongly about this issue.

      To assume that because someone posted the image on a social media account – that this was an organisational sanctioned action is a bit of a stretch.

      The dog faeces incident is also unpleasant, but given that her car is marked with Labour logo etc. it is an assumption again, to assume it was individually targetted, and not just a grievance against Labour as a whole.

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