Bob Jones normally votes Labour. Not this time

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Interesting

When I wrote recently that this election was done and dusted, a storm of protest erupted on the New Zealand Herald’s website from Labour’s deeply unattractive, rabid tribalists. Abuse aside, the common theme was that I’m a die-hard National supporter. That gave great amusement given that I last voted National in 1981.

Excepting twice Act and the New Zealand Party in 1984, I’ve voted Labour ever since. Policies, not parties are my guide. But while I’ve given financial support to Labour MP friends, I certainly don’t want to see a change of government.

Aside from other disturbing considerations, a Labour government is currently only possible by incorporating the most abysmal line-up of no-hopers ever to have presented themselves in our history.

The Nats’ rowing boat television advertisement is spot-on, consequently this time National will get my Party vote, although I’ll opt for the Labour seat incumbent.

Staunch Labour voter Bob Jones can’t stomach the idea of a Labour/Green/Mana/Internet/NZ First government either.  And who can blame him?  If he votes on policy, and he’s being truthful about that, then what on earth does anyone think they are voting for?   Nobody knows which policies will be left standing after coalition agreements are signed.

He then gets stuck into Colin Craig   Read more »

What would you rather spend $100M on? [POLL]

The Labour Party have pledged $100M to start buying back New Zealand’s electricity generation assets.

The National Party will do this with the same money:

A re-elected National-led Government will spend $100 million over 10 years to buy and retire selected areas of farmland next to important waterways to create an environmental buffer that helps improve water quality.

National will also introduce a mandatory requirement to exclude dairy cattle from waterways.

National’s Environment Spokeswoman, Amy Adams, and Primary Industries spokesman Nathan Guy made the announcement at the Waituna Lagoon in Southland with Prime Minister and National Party Leader John Key today.

“New Zealand’s freshwater makes us an incredibly lucky country. We have over 400,000 kilometres of rivers and more than 4,000 lakes,” Ms Adams says.

“New Zealand’s water is among the very best in the world and we want to keep it that way. These are the next steps in our considered and sensible plan to continual improvements in freshwater quality.

“We are particularly committed to improving the quality of our freshwater and have made a number of key decisions that previous governments have put in the too-hard basket.

“This Government has introduced national standards for freshwater to safeguard it for future generations,” Ms Adams says. “That new framework will give communities around the country the tools to maintain and improve the quality of their lakes and rivers.

“To continue this progress, the next National-led Government will invest $100 million over 10 years to further enhance the quality of freshwater through a targeted fund to buy and retire areas of farmland next to waterways.

“This fund will give councils another option to help manage freshwater by enabling these sensitive areas to be retired for environmental purposes,” says Ms Adams.

National will also introduce a requirement to exclude dairy cattle from waterways by 1 July 2017, and will work with industry to exclude other cattle from waterways over time on intensively farmed lowland properties, says Ms Adams.

Awesome.  Clean waterways are great for many reasons, and not just so you can take a skinny dip.  As policies go, I think this is a winner.   But that’s just me, what do you think the next government should spend $100M on?   Read more »

Roy Morgan Poll: Don’t panic

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Before anyone believes the “Dirty politics is taking its toll on National line, two polls ago, before Dirty Politics, Roy Morgan had National on 46%.  And now, 3 weeks after Dirty Politics, it has National on 45%

STOP BELIEVING THE SPIN.

That’s all.

(PS:  2 polls ago, Labour was on 30%.   Now on 26%.  OK?)

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Hosking on Double standards

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via Newstalk ZB (she should sue!)

I’ve been under a lot of pressure from people to cover the Jennifer Lawrence stolen photo issue, and the parallels to my situation.  In my view, everyone has made up their minds already, so it doesn’t  matter anymore.  That doesn’t stop Mike Hosking having another try

I take it I am not the only one who is seeing the irony here in the Jennifer Lawrence hacking case.

Jennifer Lawrence and a bunch of other names have had nude photos hacked out of the cloud and distributed for the world to see.

The world, or at least parts of it, is outraged. Editorials are running in publications all over the planet, filled with upset and anger over what they’re broadly calling a massive invasion of privacy. A hunt has been launched for the hacker. Such is the upset when Ricky Gervais posted a tweet about it, he received an avalanche of hate over making fun of such matters.

It would appear that if you looked at this case in isolation, you would quickly conclude that hacking private information is the height of bad manners, bad behaviour and a very serious criminal act indeed.

I’m just waiting for my naked photos to be published.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Peter Lyons…Here’s a clue, life isn’t fair

Peter Lyons is a teacher at St Peters College.

He made a lame attempt at satire yesterday in the Herald.

Seriously has this teacher never interacted with a child aside from lecturing them on his leftie leanings, most young people want to make their own way in life and be rewarded for their hard work.

This is from the guy who gets 4 months holiday and a 100k a year salary regardless of whether he is totally useless at his job or brilliant and pretty much has to interfere with a child (and get caught after successive cover-ups)to lose his job.

I just realised there may be a vacancy for a fuller-figured right-wing blogger with limited talent for prose. I may be the man for the job.

I think we are born with an innate sense of fairness. As we age we learn that unfairness is part of the magic of existence. By middle age, we have learned that life is not always fair. Maybe this is the hallmark of middle age. Some people in life are the perpetrators. Others are the prey. This is the law of nature.

I am changing my voting this election. As a partially sighted, middle-aged, XXL bachelor it’s time to take self-interest seriously. Much of my modest wealth is tied up in shares. I am an ardent capitalist. It’s time I came out after spending a lifetime in socialist staff rooms.

I can’t vote for political parties that will undermine the oligopolistic power of the electricity companies whose shares I own. My fat dividend cheques are preferable to the electricity needs of some old pensioner in winter-chilled South Dunedin.

Funny how he works for a private school but loathes private business.

I’m voting the right way this year because I like their education policies. Star principals and teachers will get big bonuses to spread their magic to lesser schools and teachers.

My principal and I can jump into his car several times a week. We can cruise through the leafy suburb of Epsom and on to the motorway and head south to share our wisdom. I could teach the students in these schools about the joys of capitalism. I would teach them that we all start from similar wombs. All it takes is hard work, application, thrift and attitude and we can all be winners. It’s about freedom to choose.

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Map of the Day

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Composite faces of Europe

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Matt McCarten’s manners – the stress is showing

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Via the Tipline

Normally I’d let this slide, but having worked for a number of years in the service industry to put myself through university, what I saw this morning really disappointed me. Read more »
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Tweet of the Day

Brittany Raleigh sums up how most Kiwi’s think about Kim Dotcom and his attempts to evade justice and his attempted hijacking of our elections. I ask valid questions about a crime, and get accused of rape culture. Dotcom jokes about killing prostitutes and makes rape jokes and no one says a thing. Kim Dotcom admitted yesterday to everything.   Read more »

ISIS beheads another innocent journalist

ISIS has beheaded another journalists, this time it is US journalist Steve Sotloff.

An internet video posted online purported to show the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued US airstrikes in Iraq.

Sotloff, 31, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the US stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

In the video distributed and entitled “A Second Message to America,” Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he was purportedly beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.

The Associated Press could not immediately verify the video’s authenticity. The SITE Intelligence Group, a US terrorism watchdog, first reported about the video’s existence.

The fighter who beheads Sotloff in the video called it retribution for Obama’s continued airstrikes against the group in Iraq.    Read more »