Would the real leader of the opposition please stand up

Yesterday Bill English delivered the Budget.

As is usual everyone gets a lash at it, and I watched most of the budget speeches. What I noticed was a stark contrast between Andrew Little, the leader of the opposition, and Winston Peters the man who isn’t leader of the opposition but is polling higher than the man who is.

This was Andrew Little’s speech:

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One year until the next America’s Cup regatta. Do you give a s***?


It’s exactly one year until the America’s Cup Qualifiers – the start of the Cup regatta – is scheduled to get underway.  Five syndicates including Emirates Team New Zealand will line up for a chance to challenge Oracle Team USA for the Auld Mug.

Twelve months out, how is Team NZ progressing in its quest?

To pull out the most obvious of sporting cliches, it’s been smooth sailing.  Team NZ currently sit on top of the AC World Series after five regattas.  Consistency has been the key: two of those events the Kiwis have also taken regatta honours, and they’ve only finished off the podium four times in eighteen races. […] Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

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Face of the day


It’s a dog’s life … Spot at home with his former fiancee Rachel. Photograph: Richard Ansett/Channel 4

Today’s face of the day is proof that our society really has gone to the dogs. The social engineers who have told us that by identifying as the opposite sex we become that sex, have opened the door to every other kind of mental disorder.If we say, yes you are a woman to a man who identifies as a woman we cannot say no to a man who says he identifies as a dog, or a woman who identifies as a cat, or a man who says he identifies as a six year old girl.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

gaucherie (noun) – 1. An awkward or tactless act, manner, or expression.
2. A lack of tact; awkwardness.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “an awkward action; awkwardness,” 1798, from French gaucherie, from gauche.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26

1Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.

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