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Open mike 16/10/2022

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, October 16th, 2022 - 23 comments
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23 comments on “Open mike 16/10/2022 ”

  1. Ed 1

    Welcome to neoliberal New Zealand.

    Where citizens are consumers and our nation is a company called New Zealand inc.

  2. Anker 2

    Weka lol!

    • weka 2.1

      WE DEMAND MARGARINE!!

      • Maurice 2.1.1

        The REAL stuff …. made from Whale Oil?

      • alwyn 2.1.2

        Margarine? Are you quite sure and have you got a prescription from your Doctor? Margarine was a forbidden good for most people in the Country when I was young.

        It changed in 1974 IIRC. I wouldn't put money on that date mind.

  3. joe90 3

    Things are going well.

    The head of Vladimir Putin's disastrous Ukraine mobilisation campaign has been found dead in “suspicious” circumstances.

    Military commissar Lt-Col Roman Malyk, 49, a, was discovered near a fence at his home in a village in the Primorsky region of Russia.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/putins-head-ukraine-mobilisation-campaign-28247131

  4. Does anyone think this is serious policy from Peters – seems like the most dog-whistle of possible issues gathered together in one speech – with no attempt at any policy backing it up.

    Does he still have enough backing from the grey brigade to launch a comeback?

    Can he appeal to the centrist ground (almost certainly at the expense of TOP) – as a handbrake on either National or Labour?

    Would any of those potential supporters 'trust' him to go with the 'right' party?

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/nz-firsts-winston-peters-decries-seeds-of-apartheid-in-leaders-address/HG3UBJKCYCASL4AWK43DN4BGVI/?c_id=1&objectid=12558979&ref=rss

    And, will the SFO appeal hit in the middle of campaign season?

    • X Socialist 4.1

      The irony for me is at this point in our history we have never needed Peters more than we do now to counter Maori favouritism and aggression we are currently witnessing at the moment. However, Peters has used this rhetoric far too many times in the past for it to be as effective as it once was. If I was National, any coalition talks with Peters, would demand he goes with National if after elections results allow. Obviously Labour would have to offer Peters something massive in return for a coalition with Labour.

    • bwaghorn 4.2

      I think you'll find it's act curious voters that are most likely to be swayed peters way by beating ,look out for the maoris drum

      • Binders full of Women 4.2.1

        agreed–Different voters will be attracted to NZF for dif reasons.. but I think they will get votes mainly from their anti-immigration stance. People who a anti co-governance (like me) will be happy at ACT, but some older swing voters away from Lab may not be able to stomach ACT so may drift back to Winston. But as they said in the 'teapot tapes' surely Winston's core support is nearing 80-90 yrs old?

      • Belladonna 4.2.2

        I'd be surprised – ACT has been very consistently anti-co-governance.

        There seems little to choose between NZF and ACT on this policy – so little reason for voters to drift.

        I'd say it was more likely that 'soft' National and Labour voters might be swayed more by him as a handbrake on power (an electioneering lever he used effectively in 2017). But that would require 'trust' in him choosing the 'right' party – and I doubt that many would give this unequivocally.

        Of course, I could, indeed, be entirely wrong, and it's Peters' time in the sun (yet again)

        • bwaghorn 4.2.2.1

          Not even Lazarus got up twice to my knowledge.

          • Belladonna 4.2.2.1.1

            I'm sure Peters sees himself higher up the hierarchy….

            [Unkind, I know; but I really do not like that man – and believe that his principles are ‘what’s best for Winston Peters’]

  5. Poission 5

    Biden increases risks to financial markets by extending sanctions on China to include Human resources.

    Every American executive and engineer working in China’s semiconductor manufacturing industry resigned yesterday, paralyzing Chinese manufacturing overnight. One round of sanctions from Biden did more damage than all four years of performative sanctioning under Trump.

  6. arkie 6

    It seems the Government still thinks consultants are a good investment:

    The government is expecting to spend $6 million on contractors working for the public media mega-merger.

    It is forecasting that branding for the new entity will cost $3m.

    The transition of RNZ and TVNZ into one entity has been allocated $38.3m in total.

    In an Official Information Act (OIA) response, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage said just $200,000 of that would go on permanent staff costs.

    Meanwhile, the denuding of the most trusted news source begun under National continues unabated:

    This year the government cut RNZ's funding by $900,000, its crown revenue dropping to $46.9m from $47.8m.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/476791/government-expects-to-spend-6m-on-contractors-working-for-public-media-mega-merger

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