Open mike 22/01/2010

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11 comments on “Open mike 22/01/2010”

  1. Pascal's bookie 1

    Front page of today’s NBR:

    Major policy changes are needed to improve New Zealand ‘s economic performance and keep the country in the third world, according to the nation ‘s business leaders.

    • Hi PB,

      your quote.. did it really say that..? there’s no typo around “third” or anything..?

      Surprised at the apparent contradiction I tried for nbr lookie, ran outta time..

  2. Jenny 2

    To all those right wing trolls on the thread Of Another Media Beat up, supporting the MSM attack on the unemployed for being work shy. And also supporting Basher Bennet’s call for harsher treatment.

    The word of the day to Bennet and you trolls.

    ‘Backlash’, Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    As thousands queue for 150 jobs in South Auckland.

  3. Pascal's bookie 3

    3 pretty graphs,

    Median Income

    Average income of the bottom decile

    Average income of the Top decile

    one of which has NZ in the top half of the oecd.

    Lookie here

    • vto 3.1

      Now that is interesting. You lefties should use that sort of stuff more often in support of your causes. The US difference between bottom and top is telling.

      And does this also mean that Helen Clark gets a belated congratulations on achieving top half OECD? She achieved it for the rich… that is rich in itself and in many ways is proof that so many of her policies were about retaining power and not about achieving her stated aims for her consituents. Makes me laugh.

      • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1

        You’d need to see the movements (if any) to prove your partisan dribbling, but yeah, it’s interesting innit.

        It does seem to prove that comments about how our socialist welfare state is holding our hard working john galts back from achieving greatness are, well, shite.

  4. Olwyn 4

    @ Pascal’s bookie: the graph certainly puts “catching up with Australia” into perspective – our top earners do not need much improvement at all, despite their CEOs presumably having larger responsibilities as part of a larger population base, and despite our comparative lack of mineral wealth. The US looks to be the most scandalously unbalanced, and Luxembourg appears to be the home of the good life for all.

  5. Ministry of Justice 5

    Another question for lefties…
    At the moment parliament has absolute power and can pass any law.

    What, if anything, would you like to prevent the Government from writing laws about?

  6. Olwyn 6

    Law making is one area where politicians feel free to express their desire to “make a difference” and I would like to see them being more cautious about it altogether. They are slowly reducing judges, who actually have training and experience in this area, to a strange form of checkout chick in a court that is effectively a sentencing supermarket.

  7. Bill 7

    Somebody else is doing it so why don’t we?

    “In his annual address to the National Assembly, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced a 25% increase in the minimum wage this year, promised that funding to health care, education, and other anti-poverty programs will not be cut, and spoke of the influence of both Christianity and Marxism on his government’s policies.”

  8. corkscrew 8

    What is the unit of measurement on the verticle axis, US dollars?

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