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ACT candidate Stephen Berry writes
I was an audience member at Aucklandâ€™s LGBTI meeting last night. It featured Jamie Whyte from ACT, Kevin Hague from the Greens, Miriam Pierard from Internet Mana, Paul Hutchinson from National (retiring at this election so clearly National saw this as a bottom priority for them) and Kelly Ellis from Labour.
Unfortunately it was a poorly attended and largely dreary affair. In 21st century New Zealand politics, homosexuality is so acceptable as to hardly be an issue at all. We watched politicians from across the political spectrum largely agree with each other and Jamie set a new record for being in full agreement with Kevin Hague. The final step that I could identify in legal discrimination against homosexuals is that in a homosexual relationship, only one parent can adopt while the other may take legal guardianship. This is unfair but hardly something to form a mob with burning torches over.
Jamieâ€™s message was spot on when he said that there should be no discrimination whatsoever by the state for any reason. I was glad when he bravely pointed out that this shouldnâ€™t be applied to the sphere of individualâ€™s private lives. Everyone, every day, discriminates against others for a host of minor reasons. If youâ€™re approached by a man in a bar who you find physically unattractive youâ€™d be likely to reject their advances based on that. I would hope nobody would suggest that youâ€™re obligated to accept someoneâ€™s physical advances. The Human Rights Act could not possibly list all the different reasons private discrimination should be banned and it shouldnâ€™t even begin to start. Freedom of association is far more important than hurt feelings at your company being rejected. Â Read more »
I’ve always been interested in living in a small home with highly optimised use of space.
Stefan Cook is revelling in the fact his new home cost $438,000 less than the average Christchurch house price.
The Press reported in January that the University of Canterbury geology student planned to build his own ”tiny house” from scratch to beat the rising cost of housing in Christchurch.
Cook has now finished building his 3.4-tonne home, complete with a mezzanine bedroom, living area, kitchen and bathroom. The house measures 8 metres by 2.45m and is 4.1m high. Read more »
I’m not sure why we are picking the next leader of the National Party at this point, we still have an election to get past. Â This, to some degree is why the media is broken. Â Take a look:
Â I reckon this dirty politics saga has hurt him. Throw enough mud and some of it sticks. While Key wasn’t poor in the first TV leaders’ debate on Thursday, I thought he came second.
He lacked cut-through and confidence. You can guarantee he’ll be better next time.
But for now it’s hard not to think that the teflon is wearing off.
Yes, he may well win this election – but the Dirty Politics book will hurt him long-term. It’s the beginning of the end. It happens to all long-serving leaders.
Helen Clark’s former top press secretary used to say the tread goes from the tyres over time – and Key has lost a lot of tread this election campaign.
So who might replace him one day as National’s leader? Let’s rule out some non-starters. Judith Collins had designs on the job but her poor judgment, lack of composure and temperament and underhand tactics rule her out.
Steven Joyce is an option, but he’s likely to be seen as not warm or politically attractive enough.
So what about Social Development Minister Paula Bennett? Read more »