Fran O’Sullivan: in praise of central planning

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, August 4th, 2012 - 57 comments
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Has Fran O’Sullivan been replaced by a communist infiltrator? Today, she gushes over a central government plan to use emergency powers to appropriate land and bypass RMA property rights. She even suggests the Government could use such powers to redesign other CBDs according to its own grand plans. Next, she’ll be calling for a 5-year plan.

Or is it that this particular piece of central planning is being done to advance the interests of corporate property owners and developers?

57 comments on “Fran O’Sullivan: in praise of central planning”

  1. KJT 1

    One of the main distinguishing features of Neo-Liberals is that their principles are totally flexible.

    Except for one.

    Whatever enables them to take the most wealth from the rest of us.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      You can’t accuse them of taking their eyes of the goal.

      If only “Left” political parties were as consistent with bolstering the economic and political franchise of the struggling lowest income quartile of NZers, as the Right are with helping out the top decile.

  2. The capitalists never repudiated central state enforcement of their exploitative system.
    What are wars but class wars?
    Many of my generation were politicized by the War on Vietnam.
    Of course many have since changed sides.
    This (CERA) is the class war on the poor to grab more private property for capitalists. 
    They get away with it because there is only one army in the class war that is mobilised in NZ and that is the capitalist army. 
    When the Christchurch workers organise their army  beyond some scouting operations and take on General Brownlee we will get some traction.

  3. tc 3

    Wow NACT are proposing it so it must be a great idea, yet if this was any other gov’t than her idols she’d be screaming NANNY STATE like her and other sycophants like JA, etc were during Clark’s time.

    It’s sooo obvious and reduces what little credibility she has left. try and apply an objective intellect Fran if there’s any left.

  4. captain hook 4

    o’sullivan will just follow the money.
    she is just greedy.

    • mike 4.1

      That’s right, and look at our milk producers. All fanatical Naties and making their money from a collective!
      Next thing they’ll elect Stalin president of Fed Farmers and claim he’s Ronald Reagan

  5. vto 5

    Yes it has completely bemused me that those so vehemently pro-free market have trampled their big heavy jackboots into town and done the complete top-down centrally planned job.

    If ever there was an opportunity to prove its free market credentials, a clean slate Christchurch is it.

    But they have chosen with glee the top-down central planning.

    How would gosman see this? He never answers my questions

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Yes it has completely bemused me that those so vehemently pro-free market have trampled their big heavy jackboots into town and done the complete top-down centrally planned job.

      The free-market rhetoric is just that – rhetoric. The people in power know that it’s just a plausible sounding explanation for them to get whatever they want. It’s not about giving people choice and power over their own lives but actually removing it from them and giving it to a few at the top.

      How would gosman see this?

      He’ll be as enthusiastic about it as O’Sullivan.

      • Georgecom 5.1.1

        Competition and property rights are fine, as long as its on the terms that favours money. Otherwise, competition and property rights can be ‘modified’ by actions of the state.

  6. Zaphod Beeblebrox 6

    Why do I keep thinking of ‘The Simpsons’ monorail episode?

  7. bad12 7

    Centrally planned Capitalism has a name beginning with F, 10 points for the correct answer…

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      I see it more as crony capitalism, kleptocracy and corporatism currently, rather than full on F’ism.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1

        CV, that’s what full on F’ism is. Don’t need the jackboots (although I’m sure NACT are in the planning stages of that as well).

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.1

          Probably my main point is that we preserve some relative levels of severity in our languaging. Full on F’ism we’re not at by a long way, at least in NZ. We’re not just missing the jackboots, but also an effective shut down of an independent judiciary/academia/fourth estate, state sanctioned thuggery and kidnappings, arbitrary confiscation of opponents’ assets, forceable suppression of political dissent etc.

          • bad12 7.1.1.1.1

            Yeah i agree, perhaps as pointed out below there are stages a society transits through to reach the full on F-ism,

            Corporatism might just be the stepping stone, when sections of the population begin to object strongly,(and other sections of that society begin to take notice),perhaps it is then the jackboots are donned and other means used to suppress the vocal minority’s…

    • Bill 7.2

      “F*scism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”
      ― Benito Mussolini

      • saniac 7.2.1

        As my friend Gio is forever pointing out, “corporate” in that sentence is not about modern business corporations. It is an adjective applying to any organised body and in context Mussolini was saying that unions, guilds, societies, charities, and so on should be part of and under the control of the state.Corporatism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporatism) was a real thing at the time and doesn’t mean what you think.

        I share the belief that O’Sullivan is showing that her priniciples merely consist of simply advancing the interests of a small business elite at the expense of democracy, but this isn’t fascism, just plain old fashioned class warfare.

  8. muzza 8

    This is where people who deny that the world and indeed NZ is not, and has not been run by F’s all along, get a little window into reality.

    FOS along with those she kneels down to, and those who in turn they kneel down to etc, are simply the tools who are used in order to keep the peasants distracted and subdued.

    Capitalism and demoracy are simply a sham, and always have been!

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Democracy isn’t, we’ve just never had it and those in power do their best to keep it from us. Hell, even people on the left use the same arguments as the dictators as to why we can’t have it.

      • ” we’ve just never had it [Democracy] and those in power do their best to keep it from us.”

        What fucking bullshit. NZ is a democracy and, not for the first time, I ask you Draco to find me anything that says different. And I don’t mean a blog or “some guy says” but any scholarly, considered and educated resource that considers NZ to be anything other than a parliamentary democracy.

        • Frank Macskasy 8.1.1.1

          Perhaps, TC, it’s not what structure a democracy follows, but whether people feel included in that process.

          One might conclude that the reason Labour did so poorly at the last election was a lack of sense of inclusiveness. Hence why Labour is re-assessing how it meets the needs of members and suppotrters.

          And hence why over a million fellow Kiwis couldn’t be bothered to vote.

          Just a thought.

          • TheContrarian 8.1.1.1.1

            So outside of your own personal musing is the anything you can cite that proclaims NZ to be anything other than a parliamentary democracy?

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.2

          🙄

        • xtasy 8.1.1.3

          “What fucking bullshit. NZ is a democracy and, not for the first time, I ask you Draco to find me anything that says different.”

          ‘The Contrarian’:

          True democracy requires genuine ability to make informed decisions. Without an informing, balanced, not commercially dependent media, any “exercise” democratic expression, i.e. usually the 3-yearly casting of a vote, becomes a farce.

          NZ has abolished just about almost ALL non commercial, public or otherwise “balanced”, independent broadcasting, basically only has two large foreign owned, commercial corporates dominate the print media, and leaves only the internet, again with sadly mainly poor, commercially conditioned and even misinforming websites, than truly fact based, informative sites.

          Hence we have ministers of the Crown go around spreading lies, misinformation and not front up to serious scrutiny, allowing to manipulate the public at large, so that most are unable to make INFORMED decisions.

          Such a state of affairs is to me at least NOT true democracy, but rather a smartly designed, manipulating, dumbing down system that more and more resembles a sophisticated form of modern ‘dictatorship’.

          Add the over-use of over-bearing, rights restricting and at times even law ignoring police, and you have a very dicy situation, quite worrysome indeed.

  9. Robert M 9

    I’ve always thought that Fran O’Sullivan and almost all the herald writers were fairly left anyway. There have been many fairly radical conversions anyway like Gareth Morgan’s. They probably view it as conceeding to political reality. I disagree. The only chance for Christchurch after even the first earthquake was to allow the planning and control of the rebuild almost entirely in private hands, and to probably to start immediately in rebuilding the entertainment . bar and courtesan and commercial business headquarters anyway. What was magnificent about the old Christchurch was the all night relatively shophsiticated bars, the mind blowing blantant strip clubs, brothels and drunked Irish working class wakes that occured in warehouse bars down Manchester St.
    From the first moment after the earthquake in 2010, it was obvious that Christchurch would never be rebuilt in any worthwhile way- because it gave scope for the Andertonite factor and Medical School Cuban and Argentinian type communsits to impose their model of society- which assumes that the working class are too irresponsible and insticnt driven to experience any sort of pleasure or humanity. In other words the working class can’t be allowed booze, sex with pretty women or any other worthwhile pleasure. No one is more hull of hate for the working class than women like Lianne Daziel and Bradford and Mike Lee because the only purpose of the rail system in Auckland is to build high rise tower blocks where the working class males can be mangaged, controlled and systematically destroyed. Beyond that Daziel and her mates were about the greatest hypocrtes that ever lived because they believed in beauty- even as basic as KJemma Jamieson and sex was also what they lived for.
    In reality if Christchurch was to be rebuilt in any useful form , Dunne would have led it and NZ would have had a mild military dictatorship- otherwise any real freedom. The point in Germany in the 1930s would have been better to do it that way.
    Eventually I gave up on the American model myself because like Act people they destroyed. When they wouldn’t give Tiger, one of the greatest sexual freedom with white women- the Repulicans were beyond hope. And the contempt for Megan Fox, and that she had been so poorly educated showed the US was no longer worth much

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      I’ve always thought that Fran O’Sullivan and almost all the herald writers were fairly left anyway.

      LOLOLOLOL sure mostly on the left margin of Ayn Rand

    • DH 9.2

      “I’ve always thought that Fran O’Sullivan and almost all the herald writers were fairly left anyway. ”

      Thanks for the laugh. The Herald does have a few token lefties but O’Sullivan ain’t one of ’em. She’s about as left as Atilla the Hun.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        This was also a brain addled hoot:

        From the first moment after the earthquake in 2010, it was obvious that Christchurch would never be rebuilt in any worthwhile way- because it gave scope for the Andertonite factor and Medical School Cuban and Argentinian type communsits to impose their model of society

        Didn’t Robert M hear that the great lefty Sir Gerry Brownlee is the one in charge of Christchurch?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.3

      Wow, a lot of words that manage to convey nothing except your idiocy and contempt for other people.

    • Jimmie 9.4

      Wow that must have been some quality weed bro…….keep it up!

  10. Left this little comment on the Comments Section,

    “Fran – you’re supporting centralised government planning?! Oh say it ain’t so! You’ve become a fan of the dreaded bogey, the “Nanny State”!!

    As for your comment; “What if other New Zealand cities – particularly Auckland – were given the tools so they too could follow Christchurch’s example and wipe the barriers that stymie economic growth?”

    Indeed. I am planning to build a fat-rending factory next door to your house. Now don’t you be going pulling any of the RMA-stuff on me, y’hear. After all, you’ll get used to the smell of stale tallow… and the wind will occassionally blow the other way…

    Ok, carry on.”

    Wonder if they post it?

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Crematoriums are good ones too. A nice fine layer of incinerated dead people on your washing, on your windows and all through your house.

      • Between a crematorium on one suide of her house, and my fat-rending plant on the other, she’ll be doing a little happy-dance at the “wiping the barriers that stymie economic growth”…

        Anyway, what’s a little dead-dust and tallow-“perfume” as opposed to improving our competitiveness with Kazakhstan?!

        Hmmm, am getting the hang of thios neo-liberal stuff. Just close down all concepts of community-intereest; ignore that prickly sensation of guilt; cease all critical thinking… and Bob’s-your-Aunty!! Woohoo!

        (And just to make sure I’m not totally heartless about it, Fran can have all the tallow she and her family can eat. What a jolly good chap I am!)

        😀

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          (And just to make sure I’m not totally heartless about it, Fran can have all the tallow she and her family can eat. What a jolly good chap I am!)

          Cut price funerals too 😛

        • Phil 10.1.1.2

          armh…… she doesn’t need any tallow.

  11. millsy 11

    Francesca O’Sullivan is all over the place with her political leanings.

    In the past her columns has swayed from endorsing unfettered free markets, and then she has endorsed hard core socialism. I think she once called for the creation of a state holding company like Temasek Holdings.

    • I reject all claims that Fran and I are one and the same. It’s a sheer couincidence we’re never seen together, at the same time…

    • tracey 11.2

      maybe she is beginning to judge issues on their merits rather than some political ideology?

  12. If there’s one thing the Christchurch re-build has shown to our Right Wing, Free Market, Minimalist State cuzzies is that with the State, Christchurch would be f****d.

    I wonder what our little goose-stepping, Key-kissing, mates are thinking, having to accept that the State is an integral part in reconstruction?

    Just as the State was an integral part in the initial building of this country?

    And that the “free market” is like a remora-fish stuck to the side of the State Whale? Where would the remora-fish be without the whale? On my plate, with a helping of chips and squid rings, I’m guessing…

  13. captain hook 13

    so is fran sullivan a whale, a squid, or a goose?

  14. CnrJoe 14

    I detest the hijjack of Chch assets as intended for a ‘rainy day’. Lies lies lies – these mutts are criminals in their perversion of history and the takeover of the present through lies lies lies. I’m drinking dilmah by the way.

  15. Nick 15

    “a central government plan to use emergency powers to appropriate land and bypass RMA property rights”

    RMA property rights? I think you may have unintentionally come up with the best oxymoron ever.

  16. North 16

    Oh she’s such a silly old chook that woman !

  17. tracey 17

    So basically the nats want govt out of business unless they determine itsgood for business.

    The rma is hated so much because it places economics on an even level with people and the environment and threatens the ridiculous premise that if money can be made it must be a good thing.

  18. vto 18

    I notice that nobody has come on here to answer the issue….. namely, where has the free market gone and why? Christchurch is the perfect template for the free market to show its credentials and how an amazing prosperous and brilliant city could arise from purely consumer demand.

    So come on free market, what’s the go?

    Where is Fran? Come on Fran, stand and explain.

    Or maybe gosman, or tsmithfield, or even Farrar.

    the silence is deafening

    they have outwitted themselves and stand bare and exposed in their failed ideologies.

  19. Fortran 19

    As a real Tax Payer I a not sure of where my money is going in the Christchurch resurrection, but it smells like one hell of a lot over the next 10 years.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • 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
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  • 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
    1 week 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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  • 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
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  • The coming resource war.
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  • 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 ...
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  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
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  • A ditch for him to die in
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • 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 ...
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  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
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    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
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  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
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  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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