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Open mike 28/01/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 28th, 2012 - 15 comments
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15 comments on “Open mike 28/01/2012 ”

  1. Salsy 1

    Key is lying to New Zealanders regarding the merits of the Crafar sale.

    But the OIO report found that the deal would not introduce new technology to New Zealand and would only create at least two jobs – although Pengxin claimed there would be up to eight new jobs and the retention of existing ones.

    The office found no basis to believe that a ministerial veto with a valid reason would harm New Zealand’s trade relations. Nor did it find that New Zealanders would be able to participate at a control level, even if Pengxin hired New Zealand directors and managers.

    “The OIO considers that New Zealanders will have little or no opportunity to participate in or oversee [at an ownership or control level] the overseas investment.”

    This is hardly the “well and truly exceeded” Key keeps describing.

    Furthermore John Key challenges Shearer should say whether he would have broken the law to block the deal,

    He says he doubts his political rival will be telling Chinese people at cultural events he attends, that they’re not welcome in this country.

    What the fuck is your job John? You’re a politician, you use diplomacy to negotiate on behalf of the citizens of New Zealand. Instead we get a spineless liar that thinks his job is to asset strip the country and save face in front of the Chinese..

  2. johnm 2

    A very interesting article considering the gross inequality which now afflicts New Zealand and the Occupy protest movement here.-

    “How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’”

    Refer link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/26-3

    “The 1 percent thereby lost its historic power to dominate the economy and society. Not until three decades later could the Conservatives return to a governing coalition, having by then accepted the new rules of the game, including a high degree of public ownership of the means of production, extremely progressive taxation, strong business regulation for the public good and the virtual abolition of poverty. When Conservatives eventually tried a fling with neoliberal policies, the economy generated a bubble and headed for disaster. (Sound familiar?)

    Labor stepped in, seized the three largest banks, fired the top management, left the stockholders without a dime and refused to bail out any of the smaller banks. The well-purged Norwegian financial sector was not one of those countries that lurched into crisis in 2008; carefully regulated and much of it publicly owned, the sector was solid”

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    ANZ hiring dozens in Manila at 1/10 the salary; Zero positions open in Australia


  4. Colonial Viper 4

    India grows on providing white collar outsourcing at 1/10 your current salary


    They grow, we shrink, we can become competitive by slashing our pay to their levels and letting the 0.1% take the difference from us.

    • Lindsey 4.1

      There are days when I think that some of the Assessments of Environmental Effects I read have been written in India. Anyway, by someone who has never been to the site, apart from a quick look at Google Maps!

  5. lprent 5

    Later today I will be putting in a the fix to start splitting comments per page at about 30 top level comments per page. Given usual usage that will be over 200 comments per page. It will display with the newest top level comments on the first page.

    The post on overseas sales a few days ago was up to 550 mostly one or two paragraph comments last night and was starting to slow down the server and bulking up the byte traffic.

    A setting of about 30 means that almost all comment sections will fit on a single page, with just a few exceptions…

  6. Jackal 6

    Pike River broken promises

    It’s been fourteen months since the Pike River Mine first exploded in November 2010, trapping 29 miners inside. Five days later and after the second explosion occurred, they were all presumed not to have survived.

    Despite continued assurances that the government would do everything in its power to recover the deceased, they have remained entombed in the mine. To date, there’s been very little progress to retrieve the 29 miners… so why the interminable delay?

  7. Draco T Bastard 7

    Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers

    A Republican member of the Indiana General Assembly withdrew his bill to create a pilot program for drug testing welfare applicants Friday after one of his Democratic colleagues amended the measure to require drug testing for lawmakers.

    Typical RWNJ behaviour. Love making rules that apply to everyone else but don’t like it when any rules are applied to them.

    • Populuxe1 7.1

      Not to mention, I would have thought, “Big Government”. “Nanny State” and “an expensive waste of money” – all things RWNJ are not renowned for loving. Hypocrite scum that they are.

    • KJT 7.2

      They believe in personal responsibility. Hic!

      • Colonial Viper 7.2.1

        Members of the US congress and their staffers are legally allowed to insider trade using priviledged information that they gain in the course of their daily business and law making.

        I shit you not.

  8. randal 8

    on a lighter note. when ashton kucher was seen leavinga brazilian nightclub with a tall blonde I was cleaning my teeth and trimming my nose hairs.

  9. muzza 9


    “The Governor is appointed by the Minister of Finance on the recommendation of the Board”

    Not much demoractic about this process is there!

    One wonders who we might get next!

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