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David Slack at Drinking Liberally Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, July 9th, 2008 - 13 comments
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13 comments on “David Slack at Drinking Liberally Auckland”

  1. Blar 1

    David Slack’s hair brings me no end of joy.

  2. outofbed 2

    David Slack’s speech about progressive political thought and the willingness to try fresh ideas to bring really significant change to most people, brings me no end of joy.

  3. lprent 3

    It was a good session. I drank liberally and enjoyed David’s speech. I particularly enjoyed that he’d explained how he always wasted his vote until MMP arrived.

    Didn’t quite fill the London bar, but there were about 70 people there.

    But I really have to not drink that Tiger beer…

  4. Billy 4

    lprent,

    It’s not what we’re drinking…

  5. Great quality video and audio, puts the Wellington DL Cullen vid to shame. Y’ll must have some fancy moving picture machines up Auklan’ way

  6. lprent 6

    All due to the efforts of my namesake (but short of an ‘n’) of the Grey Lynn Singles Club (link in post). Knows how to make that camera work.

    Also you notice that the video is on google video? Much larger files and seems to be somewhat faster than YouTube. See what happens when you have money to throw at things.

  7. New Zealand the way we want it.

  8. Julie 8

    Thanks so much for putting this up! If anyone has any feedback to pass on to those organising DL in Auckland please feel free to get in touch.

    One of the things I found particularly interesting about David’s speech was his point about the more radical ideas for change coming from the margins, and how under MMP this has become an important role for minor parties. It put me in mind of the adoption of Paid Parental Leave – something Labour was firmly opposed to, which the Alliance insisted upon, and eventually a scheme was put in place which was something Labour could live with. Since it’s establishment PPL has grown in usefulness as the scheme has expanded, and it may even be one of those innovations of this government that could survive a change in November (who knows, National hasn’t said!) as it has become such an accepted part of life now. Yet over the Tasman they still don’t have any paid parental leave at all, and the campaign is on to get it through their new Labor Govt now.

  9. rave 9

    Good speaker. But no bold ideas from him. Default Green. So what to do?
    Labours in the shit, NZ is in the shit, what’s the obvious bold idea that stuffs the right, is win win for workers and the country, is so populist that it wipes out the bosses sucking media? You guessed it. A big tax cut for the workers, no GST on food and fuel. $12.5 off every $100 I spend on food, about the same on my full tank of diesel. That get’s Labour out of the dogbox and we can focus on the main enemy, big oil and big business and make THEM pay for pollution and stop profiteering from our cost of living.

  10. Tane 10

    Rave, my comrades in RAM and the Workers’ Party have floated similar ideas – cutting taxes for workers as a way to improve their lot.

    Just a question – how are you going to pay for abolishing GST without cutting social services? Have you done any costings?

    How much would you have to raise taxes on the middle class and the wealthy? And do you seriously think this is electorally viable in the current political climate?

    And what happens when the next economic crisis hits and you’ve run out of taxes to cut?

  11. johndoe 11

    So, guys, where’s the video of Patricia?

  12. Tane, those in glass houses should not throw stones.

    Your post is riven with contradictions. You didn’t ask your own party the question you asked RAM: “How is Labour paying for it’s massive tax cut program?”

    What happens when the next economic crisis hits and Labour’s spent all the money on tax cuts, Working For Families and other pork barrel spending? Uh oh!

    We’re going to pay for abolishing GST with the same ways Labour is going to pay for it’s massive tax cuts. Plus with the help of some innovative solutions including a Financial Transaction tax/Tobin Tax, ending corporate welfare and maybe even reducing Parliamentary salaries!

    I know it was a Labour Government in the 1980’s that introduced GST, heavily pushed a Minister I imagine you know and love by the name of standing for ACT down in Hunua. But still, can’t you understand that we’re one of only a few countries in the world that put the ‘simplicity’ of having GST on everything over the quality of life of our citizens?

    Cheers,
    Oliver Woods
    Auckland Central candidate
    RAM – Residents Action Movement

  13. Tane 13

    Oliver, I don’t vote Labour, never have. I also opposed tax cuts in principle, though recognise they were politically necessary in the current political climate and was pleasantly surprised that they appeared to favour those on lower incomes to a great degree than I’d expected.

    For the record I don’t much like GST either. I just think it’s odd for a proper left-wing party to campaign on tax cuts as the solution to rising prices, rather than say, stronger employment law or an awards system. I expect that from Labour, but not from you.

    I’d also be interested in more detail as to how you plan to pay for your proposed tax cuts, and whether you’ve done any detailed costings.

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