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Some of my Labour sources disagree about my post on Annette King

A couple of my Labour sources have emailed and suggested I missed a few signals that Annette King’s continued candidacy sends.

Loved your post on Rongotai, but I wonder if you missed the steaming turd atop the turd-pile. This is being seen internally as a massive repudiation of Little. Handing him Rongotai — where he fucking lives! — would have been a vote of confidence in Little and the surest sign to date that the Grantistas have made peace with him as leader. By doing the opposite, it is clear they still regard him as a stopgap figure at best. This should be read as a sign that Little  is far more vulnerable than he appears.

Any word on coming polls? The Nats should top 50, surely.

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Our definition of poverty needs fixing. You’re not going to like this.

Apparently the statistical definition of poverty is still inadequate.  Simple things like living in a single parent home, or having to bunk with your siblings is insufficient.

Divorce, drug or alcohol addiction and serious debts should be included in five new measures of whether a child is living in poverty, a leading think tank says.

Youngsters are also at risk if families have no skills or just one parent is able to work, according to the Centre for Social Justice.

The proposals, revealed today, have been drawn up to replace Labour’s discredited child poverty target, which ministers are planning on scrapping.

They want new measures for children’s life chances – and are set to assess factors such as household worklessness and a child’s educational achievement.

The main measure used is whether youngsters are in households with incomes below 60 per cent of the national average.

But this leads to perverse outcomes such as more families being classed as ‘poor’ when the economy grows.

Yes indeed.  And that’s the whole objective of the political left, the health and education sectors and, of course, large swathes of the Media Party.

We don’t want people to be responsible for their own lot in life.  Hell no.  They need to be looked after as adult children of a government that acts as parents.

All funded with taxes from people who are, if you think about it, abnormal: the self sufficient, the healthy and those who take responsibility for their lot.

The CSJ report points out half of children in low income families are not living with both parents by the age of five. It also calls for ‘relationship support’ for the poorest communities. …

A child would be classified as in poverty if they were found to have one or two ‘life chance’ risks combined with one of the income measures.

Children in a family with three or more ‘life chance’ risks would be considered to be in entrenched poverty.

Tory MP David Burrowes said: ‘The Government’s “all-out assault on poverty” would be strengthened and deepened if each of the five pathways – worklessness, family breakdown, educational failure, addiction and serious personal debt – were recognised in law and that a range of measures was used by the life chances strategy to track progress in each area.’

This is a Tory MP who has jumped on the bandwagon of defining poverty in law.

It is time we created a new class of people in society: poverty refugees.  Those of us who somehow managed, against all odds, to create and live a life where we are no burden on others. In spite of the ridiculously wide-ranging definitions of what poverty is.

This comes to a situation where two parents who have split up, share the kids every other week, both have full time jobs with above-median income, with kids who are doing well at school, but they drink too much, have a large debt (say a mortgage or student debt), smoke a bit of herb and are in every way completely functional, paying their bills and being net contributors to the consolidated fund, are now also defined as living in poverty.

The real problem isn’t that we have people dreaming up these statistical arbitrary measurements.  The real problem is that we have a Media that is selling them as sensible, and even the right of politics, in an attempt to hold on to votes from an ever government-dependent electorate, actually legitimising this direction.


– Alex Mathews, Mail Online

Alan Duff gives Ngapuhi a ticking off


Alan Duff gets stuck into Ngapuhi:

I’ve also previously written that even if we had a Prime Minister I personally detested, I’d still give him or her the respect the office demands.

Not deserves, as sometimes we’ll have a PM who doesn’t earn that. It is our highest political office. (Putting aside the Governor-General, an office I don’t necessarily care for. Too old-fashioned, too many British Empire trappings and traditions, increasingly irrelevant in this modern age. Time for radical changes.)

Now, if Maori at Waitangi promise our Prime Minister a hostile welcome, why should he go? It’s mass bullying, at its worst. Let’s put the boot on the other foot and Parliament promises a hostile welcome to a Ngapuhi delegation wanting to visit.

There would be an uproar. And rightly so.

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We’ve created a generation where 10% start off mentally ill

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There is only one acceptable view when it comes to mental health issues, these days. And it involves a sympathetic face and blaming someone, usually the government.

I don’t have the former in my repertoire and love the words personal accountability, so I find myself unable to go along with the prevailing consensus.

Listening to Kate Middleton support Children’s Mental Health Week, I am with her all the way. Kids do need to develop resilience in order to overcome life’s hurdles and cope with challenges they face.

Clearly there are genuine cases of family trauma and mistreatment. And these children deserve all the support the state can afford.

But when we are told 1 in 5 children under 11 has experienced mental health issues and 10% of children aged 5-16 have a recognised mental health disorder I can’t help but feel sceptical.

These days everything has to have a label. Normal emotional reactions end up being disorders and a child who doesn’t like being told what to do by teacher is diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance. If you’ve got PDA you can stick two fingers up at teacher and still get Golden Time for not physically assaulting her. Now that’s progress.

This adds to the article the other day that saying that fewer children were getting hurt these days.   We lock them up, mollycoddle them, and then give them neatly packaged labels to excuse poor behaviour.  Read more »

Trotter still thinks the missing million are about to rise up

Chris Trotter is still mistaking a few rowdies blocking up the centre of Auckland for some sort of mass uprising against the evil government of John Key.

He would think that though, because he can’t count. He claims there were 30,000 protesters yet no media outlet – usually protest-friendly – has provided a figure above 10,000.

That aside, Chris Trotter falls into the trap of believing that one protest will mark the end of the most popular government in modern history.

The fear inspired in the political class by the clearly bi-cultural quality of the 4 February demonstration was expressed, at least initially, in the scornful depiction of the protesters as ignorant dupes of the usual “commie” suspects. What those making fun of New Zealanders very real, if ill-expressed, anxieties about the TPPA simply ignored was the fact that in democratic societies most citizens take their cues from trusted cultural and/or political leaders, by whose deeper understanding of complex issues they are more than happy to be guided.

What fear? Any political movement that can’t even get basic facts right about their cause is ultimately doomed to fail. Many of the ferals marching couldn’t even tell you what the TPPA stood for let alone any of the agreement’s content. Few of them can actually get the surname of our Prime Minister right so it is doubly hard to take them seriously.   Read more »


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Media Party continues to push the Waitangi kerfuffle

The Media Party are trying really hard to push the idea that John Key broke his promise to go to Waitangi every year.

Prime Minister John Key denies he broke a long-standing promise by not attending events in Waitangi this year.

Mr Key chose to spend Waitangi Day in Auckland because he was concerned he would be blocked from discussing politics at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi.

When he was Leader of the Opposition, Mr Key said that he would go to Waitangi every year if he became Prime Minister.

He made the commitment in 2007 after Helen Clark stopped going to annual commemorations at Te Tii Marae.   Read more »

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