Here’s a photo from yesterday
Here’s a photo from yesterday
Labour and Andrew Little have decided to make small business a priority in New Zealand.
Despite signalling in his speech his willingness to assist small businesses, Andrew Little also indicated that he wants to take away workplace flexibility, the single biggest thing that small businesses has been telling Labour in their focus groups.
Small businesses want the 90 day bill to remain, they want flexible tea and meal breaks and they definitely do not want interfering union bosses breathing down their necks.
Perhaps Labour could show they are serious by appealing more another minority group to be added to their caucus representation.
The Labour Party is all about fair representation and all sorts of other bullshit like that.
With the focus now coming on small businesses I want to know when will Labour get small business owners into its caucus. Â Read more »
Labour has been boxed in by John Key into fighting for state house tenants.
They have even produced a lovely graphic to go along with it.
That looks like a lovely state house, complete with deck, and outdoor wood burner and some lovely kids sitting on the deck and some towels rolled up in the background.
Is this a state house?
Well the lawn looks suspiciously like kikuyu grass, endemic near beaches these days, yes it is in the suburbs, but better than even chance this “state house” is near a beach.
Especially when you consider the outdoor wood burner on the deck and the towels in the background. Â Â Read more »
Chris Trotter looks at Winston Peters and at John Key.
It’s a good article but gets some things dreadfully wrong.
The successful populist politicianâ€™s response will always echo that of Alexandre Ledru-Rollin, one of the leaders of the February Revolution of 1848 in France: â€śThere go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.â€ť
To carry off this leading-by-following trick, the populist politician requires both a vigilant eye and an unusually sensitive ear. In present-day New Zealand, for example, only a blind, deaf and extremely dumb populist would assume that to stay behind the rage he has only to hurl abuse at John Keyâ€™s government. All he would demonstrate by such tactics is how thoroughly he has missed the fact that John Key is, himself, an extremely accomplished populist leader. Whatâ€™s more, John Key, unlike Alexandre Ledru-Rollin, has no need to go running after the crowds. Thanks to his pollster, David Farrar, and focus-group supremo, Mark Textor, the Prime Minister knows exactly where the people are going. Thatâ€™s why heâ€™s so often to be found parked there, waiting for them to arrive.
David Farrar is probably New Zealand’s best pollster…he keeps John Key and Steven Joyce focussed.
Though the article is wrong and shows it clearly in this statement.
Mr Keyâ€™s Cabinetâ€™s slavish adherence to neoliberal ideology has meant that economic and social policies that could have really assisted the â€śaverage Kiwiâ€ť are consistently ruled out of contention
Over the last few weeks we have looked closely at Andrew Little, and his speaking style.
As usual the left have said I am critical because he is Labour leader, not because it is an honestly held belief that he is dead set useless.
He hems and haws and bobs and weaves and canâ€™t deliver a decent speech. He is wooden, loses his voice, and gets shouty.Â Read more »
I enjoyed this article because it addresses the fact that throughout history religion has been used as an excuse for war. People have killed in the name of their God. Given this undisputed fact, how can we describe Christianity or Islam as a religion of peace? How do we decide if either or neither are inherently peaceful?
It turns out that the best way to judge a religion or political ideology is to look at both the words and the actions of the person who started the movement in the first place. If I start a religion and I tell my followers to never eat meat and I write my rules down for never eating meat and I myself never eat meat, then any follower who eats meat is therefore not a true follower. They have no right to call themselves a follower of my religion as they do not emulate my actions, my words or my rules.
Islam claims to be a religion of peace. Christianity also claims to be a religion of peace. Are both claims true or is only one of the two religions truly of peace?
PopularÂ Prime MinisterÂ John KeyÂ says he’s struggled with being an ambassadorÂ for the literary artsÂ because he doesn’t think the literary arts areÂ doing as much as it could to support New Zealand.
Key, who won the 2008, 2011 and 2014 elections as leader for the National Party, has been at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where he told reporters he’s struggled with his identity as a New Zealand politician. Â Read more »
I’d ignore this, but the problem is, he spouts this crap and the MSM are happy to give him the space.
New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has criticised the number of foreign students choosing to study here, saying it is likely due to incentives such as permanent residency.
Mr Peters said there were 93,000 overseas students enrolled to study, an increase of 12 per cent in the last year.
He also noted that the number of Indian students studying in New Zealand had risen by 60 per cent over the last year. “The number coming in is spiralling thanks to ‘incentives’ being offered beyond the visa rules. The National government’s softening of restrictions, by allowing foreign students to work is pushing numbers to unacceptable levels.
What Peters doesn’t mention is that education is a substantial foreign exchange earner for New Zealand. Â He makes it sound like they come into the country packed in containers with flat screen TVs. Â Read more »