Finance companies – a graphic explanation

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, July 24th, 2008 - 54 comments
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With the collapse of Hanover Finance, the 25th finance company to go under, Hanover co-owner Mark Hotchin has declared ‘the finance companies’ model is broken’. Here’s an illustration of that model:

I think they went wrong at step 1. Of course, as always, it’s the schmucks who lent Hotchin and Watson the money who lose out. Meanwhile, construction work on Hotchin’s $30 million mansion continues.

54 comments on “Finance companies – a graphic explanation”

  1. T-rex 1

    Might work better with a white background?

    I don’t think step one is part of their model in reality.

    It’s actually

    Step 1: Trust house prices will go up really fast for 4 or 5 years, long enough to make it look like you’ve made huge profits on paper so your depositors won’t complain when you draw truly obscene ‘fund management’ fees.

    Step 5: Realise that all your paper gains were actually a crock, and watch company fall into receivership. Cackle over the fact that your ‘fund management fees’ are not a company asset, flip your investors the single finger salute, and move to hawaii.

    ‘Silly’ and ‘Schmuck’ – yeah.

    ‘Greedy’ though is perhaps a little harsh. People are told all day and all night to invest in their future and plan for their retirement, and these finance companies have been largely unquestioned until they all started falling over.

    Despite being a liberal at heart, I think the government should try to protect people from their own stupidity. Problem is that whenever it does it’s accused of being a ‘Nanny State’.

    Govt: “Hey, dude, don’t stab that knife into your hand, it’ll hurt”

    Family First supporter: “THE GOVERNMENT IS INTERFERING WITH MY FREEDOMS!”

  2. yeah, greedy is harsh but this is all a bit of a reflection on the babyboomer mentality. They’ve had it all their own way since they were teens – policy and the economy has moved to suit them for decades (hell, who is the Cullen Fund for?) – and the gimme gimme attitude saw them get into property speculation directly or indirectly because they expected high returns and didn’t think risk applied to them. Of course, they were all betting that each other would keep on betting more, so it came falling down in the end.

  3. MikeE 3

    Just out of curiousity, if say Kiwisaver funds were invested in such a scheme would they still be consdiered greedy?

  4. MikeE. Not worth the hassle of your ilk running distraction, I’ve removed the word.

  5. Matthew Pilott 5

    Well MikeE, if someone invested retirement funds in get-rich-quick investments, wouldn’t the answer have to be yes? If KS fund managers are doing this with, say, more than 20% of their fund, I’d like to know who, so I know which funds to avoid!

  6. Another one bites the dust, but Aunty Helen won’t worry as the big bad wolf can’t blow her house down.

    Edit – I meant houses and I do huff and puff.

  7. T-rex 7

    Matt – Look at the Aussie managed funds.

    Avoid ALL of them! I ticked the big ‘ol conservative box. I don’t mind taking risks, but I’ll do it myself so I can see what’s going on rather than trusting some asshole fund manager who “just wants to get out before it all comes crashing down”. The quote is from a couple of traders in the UK… though I think they had “house of cards” in there somewhere.

    Always thought that was a bit unfair… houses of cards are built on solid design principles and are quite sturdy really!

  8. T-rex 8

    That’s erie d4j, Lukas was right, you and Trav do sound just the same!

  9. higherstandard 9

    SP – T-Rex

    While I pretty much agree with you wholeheartedly, I think there is substantive room for some regulatory body or regulations regarding disclosure from these companies – if you looked at a large portion of the investors you’d see elderly who probably thought they were doing the right thing and believed their money was as safe as being in a bank.

  10. T – Rex be well warned there is only one dad4justice!Who the hell is Trav or Alex Burns that cost me two months !!!

  11. T-rex 11

    HS – Every such company is required to make available an ‘Investment Statement’, which details how they’ll behave etc etc. The thing is that something like ‘risk’ relies so heavily on a value judgement that it’s almost meaningless in such a form.

    I can’t see how it could be regulated without the govt being, probably rightly, accused of undue meddling.

    Sueing all the directors for negligence (for which they CAN be held personally liable) would be a very, VERY good start in my opinion. Off you go people, if you lost money in a finance company and you’re not pursuing a personal liability claim you should get on it.

  12. You must be a lawyer T-Rex.As you know it’s very expensive and time consuming trying to sue for negligence ( thank you Minister of Courts Rick Dumb Bell).Lawyers always like meandering civil cases!~!

  13. T-rex 13

    No, I’m not. But fair point.

    Ok – better idea – “If you lost money in a finance company and you’re not getting a mob together to lynch the directors and demand they return the money they made through directors fees then get on it”

  14. I just love those cartoons. Especially the rabbit and the piggybank.

  15. Agreed T -Rex, hang em high, hang em all.

    Edit ; Steve – I like the bottom cartoon as I am sure its the good Doctor Caustic Cullen in the vault?

    Whats up Doc ?

  16. T-Rex basically got it right in his first post. I would add:

    (1) It seems to me that in step 2, the finance companies didn’t actually need to offer terribly high rates due to many NZers’ low financial literacy, and didn’t. Part of the problem was that the rates didn’t reflect the risk, which in turn mean that the warning signals weren’t there. I was happy to hear Diane Crossan on NatRad today outlining steps to increase the teaching of financial literacy in schools. Why has it taken so long?

    (2) Where’s the National Party on this? We do need better governance requirements, oversight, etc in the financial sector, but the neo-liberals prefer wild-west light regulation and don’t give a damn about the “schmucks” as you call them.

    (3) I blogged on this yesterday.

  17. Draco TB 17

    …the finance companies didn’t actually need to offer terribly high rates due to many NZers’ low financial literacy, and didn’t. Part of the problem was that the rates didn’t reflect the risk,…

    I’d say that, due to low financial literacy, NZers don’t equate high returns with risk at all.

    I was happy to hear Diane Crossan on NatRad today outlining steps to increase the teaching of financial literacy in schools. Why has it taken so long?

    Definitely something that’s needed. IMO, a significant reason why a lot of people are poor is because they don’t understand the financial system.

  18. vto 18

    I am heavily entangled in this area. Your assessments imho are in the vicinity but wobbly. A few two cents’s..

    Investors should do their homework more. I borrow from these organisations, and I warned my own parents about investing in them (and they are so very thankful now!). It was well known what the business was – borrow from the public at say 9% and lend to others at say 15%. It was not hard to find out where and what the finance companies lent the money to. Generally more risky property ventures (not overly risky, just more so). The question each person that invested in these outfits should have asked is: Would I put my own money directly into these property projects that these outfits lent my money to? If investors had asked that particular question they would have, I reckon, said NO lets put our money elsewhere because that development is too risky for us.

    So, why was that question not asked? Financial advisers who advised Bridgecorp Hanover etc and got a heavily conflicted commission? Lazy investors who saw an extra 2% per annum and couldn’t be bothered reading the prospecti? That question is for someone else to answer.

    Now its a stampede. Immensely simple equation here – if everyone asks for their money back, who then is re-investing to enable that money to be paid back? Answering against the stampede now – if everyone had remained calm and kept investing in the same manner as before and getting their 9$ per annum then this would not have happenned. So, investors in dorchester provincial hanover north south east west, you are the author of your own demise. But go against the herd at your own risk … hence the strain to be at the front of the queue (should I dare mention pulling your money from the foreign owned banks Westpac, BNZ, ANZ, ASB, etc? it doesn;t bare thinking about that particular consequent calamity)

    The owners and operators of these finance companies were generally prudent wise business folk who got caught up in things as much as anyone else. Don’t go looking to them personally for reimbursement – that shows huge naiveity and immaturity. The limited liability company was created to allow people to take business risks without putting their personal position at risk. This creation, back in the 1700’s, is more responsible for the comfortable state of the mostly western nations who have made use of the limited liability company than almost anything else in subsequent history. But it obviously comes with a risk. One of those risks has just come to fruition.

    If I can be brutal to all those caught – grow up.

    (but that doesn’t help those whose life-savings are now gone. sad very sad. if its any consolation we are about to be donged on the head too)

  19. milo 19

    First time I’ve seen a documentary in cartoon format. Well done.

  20. Brownie 20

    Steveo,

    One point, mate and its a bit technical but what the hell.

    Hanover has not gone under YET. They have placed a moratorium on repayments which is quite a bit different. It doesn’t mean that all is lost at this stage ( though admittadly it is shakey).

    I have been in the industry (property and development) and know full well the place that second tier lenders occupy. Granted it is riskier however the rewards are generally higher than, say, the banks.

    In good time, people are happy to take the risks and perhaps should do so as PART of a diversified portfolio (I welcome the suggestion of more training in financial literacy for this reason) as it can improve the performance of said portfolios.

    To have a crack at Hotchins is a bit puerile though, steveo. The guy put his bollocks on the line and has created a lot of wealth for ordinary New Zealanders over the past few years. So what if his house is bigger than mine or yours, a great many people have been able to make a lot of money off Hanover and, if he and watson front up with a sizeable chunk of cash to ensure Hanover’s survival, I would be impressed. It is entirely disparate from the likes of Petrecivic who, it looks like was raping Bridgecorp knowing full well it was going down the tubes.

    The current economic situation is largely to blame for this – not how much the guy is “alledgedly” spending on his house.

  21. Positive and ambitious 21

    The punters think a currency speculator/merchant banker will be a ‘safe pair of hands’to run the country. Talk about lack of financial literacy. It’s a pity Watson and Hotchin aren’t politicians, they’d be polling through the roof, they’re much richer (safer pairs of hands) than Mr Key.

  22. (safer pairs of hands)

    Wrong PA, when pretty boy Watson had the blow hard lemons -the Warriors they dropped more ball than safe hands Burnside Rugby Key boy.

  23. Brownie 23

    Dad, suggest that you not only sign up for Financial literacy courses but for ordinary english comp as well.

  24. Great one Brownie, I suggest you got back to sleep. What a mullet.

  25. Hi Steve,

    You might want to have a look a beautiful model for fraud.
    It goes a long way into explaining why John Key and National don’t stand up for what will be a large portion of their voters; middle class mom and pop investors still believing that they too can reach financial independence.

    Slippery John was after all the head of the European department for Bonds and Derivatives for Merrill Lynch. He may very well have been peddling crappy bonds to our very own collapsing Finance Companies or to the institutions that those companies relied on for refinancing. I would sure like to ask him under oath.

    T-rex,

    Still fighting to regain your comfort zone I read. You become smaller and more pathetic with every attempt you make at bullying and stigmatising me.
    It is just not going to happen, let it go. Chill, have a long cold shower or a w*^k or something. Perhaps you should lay of the Standard for a bit and get some fresh air. Your beginning to look a tad obsessed with the failed debunking bit. LOL.

    It is a fact that another finance company just bit the dust so it is very likely people will use the same term.

    You are right d4j there is only one d4j.
    Misogynist and angry to the bone.
    I’m definitely not in your league.

  26. T-rex 26

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    Please stop talking to me.

    Brownie – The point that Hanover has not gone under is a fair one. Freezing repayments is a reasonable action. I don’t even know if I’d go as far as to say it’s even ‘shakey’ – as long as their lending has been reasonable then it’s highly likely all will be repaid in time.

    However:

    1) “Granted it is riskier however the rewards are generally higher than, say, the banks.”

    I haven’t looked at the particular case of Hanover, however most of these finance companies don’t seem to have even come close to paying an adequate level of interest to make up for the increased risk.

    2) “In good time, people are happy to take the risks and perhaps should do so as PART of a diversified portfolio (I welcome the suggestion of more training in financial literacy for this reason) as it can improve the performance of said portfolios.”

    Ya reckon? As above, I’m unconvinced that the return has justified the risk in examples to date. But certainly I accept it COULD be true in future if lenders were more prudent.

  27. Rocket Boy 27

    The sad thing with the finance companies is all the risk is carried by the ‘investors’ and little or no risk is carried by the ‘fund owners’. The Rod Petricevic’s of the world have all their assets in trusts and they can’t be touched. They also help themselves to large management fees all paid for by the Mum and Dad investors who have trusted them with their retirement savings.

    As well as relying on the property market having long term high growth they also rely on more money going in (or staying in) than coming out, it is a house of cards that really only has one possible outcome and that is collapse.

    I do hope that at some stage, someone is held accountable, it is pretty clear that behind the scenes they are aware of the impending collapse of their finances yet still carry on with their ‘safe-as’ or ‘weathered all kinds of storms’ advertising campaigns.

  28. “Misogynist and angry to the bone.”

    How could this be pathetic tulip? FYI my house is home to many ladies.
    What a clog hopper, surely your home land calls for another finger in the dyke.

  29. Brownie 29

    Nice post T-Rex.

    Generally the 2nd tier providers were offering up to 1 – 1 1/2% higher, which is, if you had $250,000 invested is a goodly sum. Taking that on average, every investor in Hanover is ON AVERAGE has invested $37k, it doesn’t sound a lot but 1% of $500m is.

    With regard to your second point, I think that this is the part where regulation could play a role. I think that there have been far to many “cowboys” out there playing fast and loose with other peoples money and, when they tumble, have affected the better ones such as Hanover, in a far more serious way that the situation dictates.

  30. T-rex 30

    “I do hope that at some stage, someone is held accountable” – I wonder if the govt could fund a class action personal liability suit. Would probably be cheaper and more effective than regulation 🙂

  31. With all these finance companies going down and some alleged skullduggery I cannot for the life of me understand why Labour removed the Serious Fraud Office?

  32. d4j,

    I rest my case. LOL.

    T-rex,

    My pleasure. What’s with the arrows anyway?

  33. Brownie 33

    Travellerev.

    What a crap post, full of insinuations that are not backed up by the facts.

    Forget that Slippery has been out of that business for a while, forget that most of the 2nd tier lenders have based their portfolios on property which the Reserve Bank took the acid to.

    I know that my middle class family is struggling a lot harder under 9 years of governance by Labour than someone that hasn’t had a chance to do things his way yet. Its just a fact that most other middle class AND lower class famillies are struggling to. That it has happened under Labour’s watch is a fact.

    Is it all Labour’s fault? No. They can’t help what happens to the world economy.

    So why try to blame Key? You must have taken a leaf from Winston’s book and are trying to paint a picturte without base, truth or evidence and are just sensationalising, trying to create a climate of fear.

    I suggest you take up writing fiction, you seem to have a talent for it instead of trying to debate the issues and offer constructive reasoning.

    If you had your way it would be Aotearoa: The Narrowest Perspective

  34. T-rex 34

    “1 – 1 1/2% higher, which is, if you had $250,000 invested is a goodly sum”

    This is my point right here. That is low. Even for commercial property. For consumer lending it is simply disgusting.

    Current call rates are 8% in RaboPlus – risk ~ very low.
    You’re telling me you think 9.5% is remotely attractive?

    Let’s assume you put 1k in each of 10 banks, and 1k in each of ten finance companies.

    Ok, I’m not going to copy and paste the spreadsheet, but if I get time later I’ll graph it and get Steve to post it up – but suffice to say that at those relative interest rates (and assuming no bank failures), to break even you can have ONE of your finance companies fail every 8 years.

    Over 10 companies, that means an annual probability of failure of 1.25%. Given recent events, I think it’d be pretty hard to argue the true probability is that low.

  35. Looks like something a twelve year old would do. LOL

  36. Brownie 36

    While the interest rates were low, 8% was better that 6.5% and most people can’t afford to buy a commercial property thats why they invest in the likes of Hanover or Goodman etc.

    I see what you are getting at though and accept what you mean.

  37. T-rex 37

    Brownie – don’t bother engaging. Travelerev is an idiot, her ‘facts’ are from videos she spends her whole day watching on youtube.

    She is almost incapable of critical analysis, for example:

    “It is a fact that another finance company just bit the dust”

    Yeah. Except for how it’s not. It’s a possibility.

    If you’re considering arguing the point I suggest you flip through the thread: ‘Taxing Choices‘ to get an idea of the rhetoric and quality of debate you’re going to have to endure.

  38. T-rex 38

    “While the interest rates were low, 8% was better that 6.5% and most people can’t afford to buy a commercial property thats why they invest in the likes of Hanover or Goodman etc.”

    True – and as long as the finance company’s lending is sound then it’s all good. I don’t mind commercial property lending as much, at least the risk is reasonable. Consumer goods lending – forget it.

  39. Moderators,

    While I don’t mind T-rex or anybody else for that matter calling me names or debating me vigorous in person or telling me I’m incapable of critical analysis to my face (they ar entitled to their opinion after all)but I draw the line at his comment telling people not to talk to me and calling me an idiot while doing so.

    T-rex feeling threatened to the point of forbidding me to speak to him and then feeling entitled to interfere with my capabilities to express my opinions and reasons for doing so by calling me names and attempting to stop others from interacting with me based on their own opinions and reasons sets a dangerous precedent.

    I do not tell other people to hate, kill or discriminate.

    I only express at times unpopular opinions supported by links for other people to research so that they can form their own opinion.

    It takes enormous effort and courage to express unpopular views and by telling other people not to engage with me he is bullying not only me but everybody else who has a different point of view from him into not expressing their opinions if they deviate from his.

    I know for a fact for example that there are at least three others commenting here who feel that there are a lot of unanswered questions about the events of 911 yet none of them are forthcoming in what should be an open debate.

    We are involved in a genocidalwar in Afghanistan as a result of these events and laws that limit our freedom have been introduced in its wake in this country.
    The raids on environmentalists, “Anarchists” and on the Tuhoe in the Uruwera’s are examples of the application of that law that come to mind. By the way no terror charge stuck but you don’t read that in the mainstream news.

    John Key’s position and connections in the international banking world need to be investigated and we need to know what the repercussions of those connections might be in case he gets elected. We need to question how and why and about what he is so secretive. We need to debate these issues freely in order for us to be able to decide if we should vote for him.

    We need to ask questions and if strange and contradictory stuff pops up we need to bring it to the fore.

    For example why was John Key meeting with Tame Iti in mid August in a remote Marae in the Uruwera’s only accompanied by to other Maori’s and only two months before the 15th of October raids if Tame Iti was allegedly involved in a plot to assassinate him?

    If people want to challenge me on info like this than it does not behove T-rex to call me an idiot and to tell people with me not to engage with me. If he wants to partake in the discussion he should do so based on reason not on slander.

    Telling other people not to talk to me and calling me an idiot to others is against all netiquette and as such I call upon you to take your responsibilities as moderators and help all your commentators to take part in these debates without fear of ridicule and bullying. Even, in fact especially, the ones who express unpopular opinions.

    The killing of free speech starts after all when one person tells the other to stop expressing him or herself and more often than not it is those with unpopular opinions who get told first.

  40. T & T. Can you two just cut it out? Just don’t converse, it’s not going anywhere, plenty of other people to talk directly to.

  41. T-rex 41

    I no longer have any interest in conversing.
    I’m just passing on to Brownie the advice that Bill Brown gave me several weeks ago and I wish I’d taken – what a waste of energy.

    Travllerev is a complete hypocrite, as anyone who does a modicum of research can easily discover for themselves, and her reasoning is atrocious.

    Bronwnie is free to do whatever s/he wants, as is everyone else. I’m just trying to give them the benefit of my UNBELIEVABLY frustrating experience.

  42. Sorry Steve,

    Not good enough, there is a principle at stake here. I do not tell people who to converse with,T-rex does.

    You took on a responsibility when you started this blog and allowed for reasoned debate.
    It is your job to make sure everybody who stays within the bounds you set is safe to comment even if the comments do not reflect popular views.

    Allowing one person to tell others not to engage with someone on the grounds that that person is an “idiot” is allowing that person to take over the moderation of your blog. It means T-rex is setting the boundaries of your blog whereas I don’t and telling both of us to “cut it out” is reneging on your responsibility and allowing T-rex to set the boundaries of your blog.

    If you think it is OK for T-rex to behave the way he does then you have just made it impossible for people like me and others who do not conform to T-rex’s opinion and who are capable and willing to stand up to him to engage here safely and with some form of protection against his anger and frustration.

  43. T-rex 43

    I suggest you read this.

  44. lukas 44

    …crikey SP you have a hell of a lot of responsibilities! personally I don’t remember seeing any agreement to that effect though… as far as I am concerned (and I don’t mean this in a bad way) its a dictatorship here… what the Standard writers says goes… unless you are a conspiracy theorist then you will think its the CIA shutting down the debate so they can keep a strangle hold on the oil price…

    [lprent: It is a dictatorship – private property uses that as its general operating principle. However the comment areas are reasonably open for you to have your say. However the same principles apply as a ‘public’ area like a restaurant or pub. You are expected to follow some basic rules listed in the Policy which are designed to make the comments area an interesting place and not a sleaze pool.

    I don’t like trolls, personal attacks, attacks on the posters and a number of other behaviors. Don’t do them and you’ll find me a benevolent dictator. Cross them and you’ll find my bastard personality. In any case I can’t see you having had problems with my alter personality.

    You can argue with the writers with some facts at your disposal – you just can’t attack them.]

  45. Greedy Pig 45

    Apparently the big black hole is Queenstown. In 2004 a travel writer form the Boston Globe called it over developed (“serving only as a warning to the perils of over development”) in 2008 a planning lawyer is telling a zoning change hearing that Queenstowns development potential has “only just begun”.

  46. Greedy Pig 46

    vto says:
    “The owners and operators of these finance companies were generally prudent wise business folk who got caught up in things as much as anyone else. Don’t go looking to them personally for reimbursement – that shows huge naiveity and immaturity.” The limited liability company was created to allow people to take business risks without putting their personal position at risk. This creation, back in the 1700’s, is more responsible for the comfortable state of the mostly western nations who have made use of the limited liability company than almost anything else in subsequent history. But it obviously comes with a risk. One of those risks has just come to fruition.

    If I can be brutal to all those caught – grow up.”

    Lucky you told your parents

  47. Jasper 47

    Hanover has been struggling since as far back as april. They released a one liner “in the current market conditions, we do expect some pressure for Hanover Finance”

    That was in April. However, most people ignored it, Rod Oram told me that I was being stupid, Bernard Hickey told me that I was stupid, and Bruce Sheppard said that he agreed. Of course none of the dailies chose to do anything about it. Must be some pretty financially illiterate editors out there too.

    The likes of Rod Petricevich, and others linked to the 87 crash should have been enough to warn people away from them. Allan Hawkins’ seems to be the major one that people are shying away from as he’s got the stigma of “being in prison” when conversely Cynotech seems to be doing rather well. http://www.cynotech.co.nz/2008_Mid_Year_Report.pdf

    I find it both highly amusing, and ironic, that the majority of people who’ve lost their money with Finance Companies, are the self same people who lost money in the sharemarket crash of 87.
    If those cashed up boomers had in fact increased NZ’s net worth and productivity by investing on the NZX over the past 5 years, the NZX would be sitting around 5000 points, and our companies would have had a boom time.

    People would have made a $4000 gain on a $10,000 investment spread on selected companies. I know I have, but tis only on paper until I choose to sell some off.

    I did make a $8000 gain toward the middle of last year, but not too worried as that’s the swings and roundabouts of the investment game.
    Still, $4000 in 5 years… higher return than from finance companies which is in negative territory now.

    Who says kiwis are financially illiterate? It doesn’t take much to not be so.

  48. Greedy Pig 48

    Off with their heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  49. El_Pinko 49

    “I do hope that at some stage, someone is held accountable, it is pretty clear that behind the scenes they are aware of the impending collapse of their finances ”

    My 6cents….

    Who has to be held accountable?! All the information was there in the various prospecti; its called capitalism; it is undertaken by consenting adults under the premise of Caveat Emptor “Buyer Beware”

    Sometimes it fucks up and people get burnt that is why there is something called a “risk-premium” included in the interest rate which forms part of the difference over and above the base rate. As people have alluded too it is clear that the risk premium wasn’t high enough

    But generally capitalism is pretty good and to quote Peep Show…

    “Oh, and while we’re at it, there are systems for a reason in this world: interest rates, growth – if it wasn’t for the miracle of consumer capitalism you’d all be dying of rotten teeth at 42, it’s not a conspiracy, it’s just common sense, and a little pill with a chicken on it isn’t going to change that. Now: Fuck off!”

    If people thought that the return justified the risk they invested; all those that are now pissing and moaning should be aware of this.

    If you got suckered in by a Gordon Gecko type then you are an idiot…

    The system isn’t going to change so perhaps the best way to prevent this happening again is mandatory financial literacy up until a certain age.

  50. T-rex 50

    Pinko – I love that quote.

    I agree with you except for the following:

    1) The risk premium wasn’t high enough, and the fund managers should have been aware of this.

    2) Caveat Emptor is fine, but relies on transparency. Otherwise it just comes down to trickery. You say “idiots”, but when the companies in question are hiring psychologists to create their marketing material, and the people falling for it have suffered the absence of financial education mentioned earlier it’s not exactly a fair contest. As mentioned in the video above, the names of the funds are totally misleading. If someone puts their money into the “First ranking ultra secure debenture enhanced leverage quantum awesomeness fund” they probably aren’t expecting it to be risky.

    3) I’m not sure mandatory financial literacy will help that much. There will still be suckers, and their will still be theives. Less of them, maybe, and what would be REALLY great is if the increased financial literacy collapsed the ultra-high-risk (unemployed guy buying an impreza wrx fund) lending due to lack of demand.

    We can dream.

    I do think that one thing not often considered is the financial literacy of the lenders. Some of those useless hack finance companies in south auckland probably had little more idea than their investors over what they were doing. Setting up a company to lend out money is pretty simple. Risk analysis is somewhat trickier. However, given they DO assume the responsibility I think they should be obliged to have some fair fraction of their “fund management fee” put into escrow to secure the investors funds.
    If they’re not making bad decisions it won’t matter, and if they are making bad decisions why should it only be their investors who lose out?

  51. Greedy Pig 51

    Whats happened to Bruce Shepard’s blog?

  52. randal 52

    who cares?

  53. Greedy Pig 53

    Shareholders.

  54. Nedyah Hsan 54

    GP

    it’s at businessday.co.nz

    http://www.businessday.co.nz/blog/stirringthepot

    Stupid Fairfacts moving to a non place and keeping that imposter Hickey on the main site~!

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    We all know that bad parents simply don’t care about their children’s education. Most truants have loser parents, and grow up to be involved with crime, or in low paid employment usually like their parents. The nonsense so-called “climate strike” coming up will be attended mostly by the least intelligent ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 day ago
  • Professional Internet Trolls being used to push manmade climate change lies
    Is the terrorist Organisation Greenpeace and the loony Green parties around the World hiring professional internet trolls? I have noticed a trend lately where if you post research, news articles or even comments that show the manmade climate change scam to be just that, you are immediately attacked, often within ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Strike!
    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    2 days ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    3 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    5 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    6 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    7 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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