Standard Week: 20-27 June 2008

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Three events this week epitomised the benefits of nine years of centre-left government: the continuing fall in benefit numbers, the Government’s moves to protect workers from being ripped off by labour-hire companies, and the ‘Treelord’ Treaty settlements. If the anti-Maori, anti-worker National party had won power in 2005, we would not have seen these achievements this week. Key, meanwhile, showed why he is regarded as the least qualified potential Prime Minister in living memory with his ignorant comments on New Zealand history. Here are our favourite posts of the week:

The headline you didn’t see
The number of people receiving the unemployment benefit has fallen to just 17,465…benefit numbers have dropped by 120,000 since National was booted out of office.. [more]

PSA broadens tax debate
It’s good to see the PSA broadening the public debate on tax cuts with a UMR poll showing the majority of Kiwis don’t want bigger tax cuts if they come at the expense of public services…[more]

Bill to protect workers from labour-hire vultures
Business New Zealand, always a friend of the ordinary Kiwi, is complaining that these provisions to ensure workers get their basic rights will put the labour hire companies out of business. Good. The labour hire companies are scum. They take advantage of desperate workers and undermine workers’ rights [more]

Key denies Land Wars
I don’t care how nice your smile is; if you don’t know the first thing about New Zealand history, you’re not in a position to be running this country. [more]

Protecting Brand Key
For the first second third time, National is trying to shut down the reporting of things they feel don’t cast them in the glowing light they’d prefer…When your image is all you’ve got I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise [more]

Drinking Liberally – Auckland
Drinking Liberally brings together people from across the left-leaning wing of the political spectrum for discussion, debate and, well, drinking. The first Auckland event will take place from 7.30pm Wednesday 2 July in the London Bar [more]

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