Open mike 10/04/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 10th, 2010 - 12 comments
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12 comments on “Open mike 10/04/2010”

  1. rainman 1,0,2736075,full.story

    Perhaps this is what Tolley has in mind – the ultimate outcome of the national standards issue?

    • ianmac 1.1

      I certainly hope merit pay is not what is ticking away in the Tolley mind. Every so often the question does pop up in the Nat/Act forum and from Education lobby groups. Vouchers for example would go hand in hand. Most real Educationalists would be as able to define and measure a National weather pattern as they would variables that make up a good learner. Perhaps weather forcasters could go on merit pay or for that matter MPs. “Anne Tolley. You have not measured up to the expectations set by an internationally recognised checklist so you lose your warrant as an MP. Here is a cardboard box….”

      • prism 1.1.1

        Yes ianmac – agree with this. A bunch of self-interested, self-serving yoiks, closed-mind and rigid thinkers, uncaring about the people and serving their needs, irresponsible as to the results of their actions and policies, ignorant of other lifestyles, thinking and culture apart from their own, uninformed (about anything except the mechanics of their interest or speciality), brash talkers who could be confidence tricksters in their other lives – that’s too many politicians in a nutshell. And nuts to them.

  2. lprent 2

    Someone sent me this…

    giving it a shot eh lynn?

    Prentice set to challenge Shadbolt for Invercargill mayoralty

    And no, it isn’t me, although I believe she is a distant cousin…

  3. Act is holding meetings to raise concern about the ETS. Hot Topic reports on the meetings at

    I thought I might go along and checked out the ACT website to see where the local meeting is being held. ACT claims that the ETS is the dopiest tax ever but their advertisement contains, well, the dopiest directions ever. The words tell me that the meeting will be held at the Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane but the map tells me the meeting will be held in the middle of Queen Street in Auckland city. The page is at I have a screen shot if they change it.

    You really get the impression that Act is all over the place on this issue!

    • Pascal's bookie 3.1

      Dopiest tax ever would surely have to be that lunatic idea to set up a separate, lower tax, tax system running in parallel to the existing one that people could choose to opt in to.

      Having established the problems, I now want to move on and present to you my vision of achieving a high-growth low-tax welfare state. I believe the only way to change our economic prospects is to radically redesign our income tax system in concert with our social welfare system. Individuals should have the ability to opt in to the new system. Individuals who like high tax rates and monopoly-run health, welfare, education, and superannuation services can stick with the old system. But if you want to opt out of that failing system, then you should be able to have a lower tax burden in exchange for taking personal responsibility over your life.

  4. freedom 4

    very interesting small article on page A3 of Friday’s dompost.

    the Copyright Protection Conference in wellington next week will, among other measures, be discussing the call for Border Guard access to your digital devices including computers, mp3 players and your phones.

    No suprise it is being buried as a story. Looking forward to how they spin this as acceptable

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      The whole things being buried – it’s not open to public consultation or even review. We’re just supposed to be happy when it comes out as a fait acompli that benefits less than 1% of the population and hinders the rest.

  5. gingercrush 5

    May I suggest openmike has a weekend edition rather than a saturday and sunday edition. Weekends are quiet usually unless its Winston Peters.

    I predict the government despite saying money is tight will give teachers a raise. They’re already anxious about standard testing. Why make them more upset by not paying them. If they National don’t pay teachers what they want they take the risk of making National Standards even more unpopular. The public to me appears to be rather apathetic about them. They’re not too worried about them despite teachers saying they’re a huge mistake. Therefore, the public will support National over them (or maybe I should say aren’t going to be outraged about them). But god damn pay those teachers.

  6. Armchair Critic 6

    Still not good LP

    • lprent 6.1

      Yeah turned off again (queue cries of pain). Damnit. I’ve been writing plugin modules today, but I’ll have a read of the cache code to find out why in the hell this is still happening.

  7. Anne 7

    @ mickeysavage. I note that the map link was authorised by one Nick Kearney who tried to get North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams ousted from office a couple of weeks ago.

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