Politics

Rodney Hide thinks the leftwing live in ‘perpetual anger and utter miserableness’

Rodney Hide explains in the NBR about his belief that the left wing live in ‘perpetual anger and utter miserableness’.

One of the reasons I am not a Lefty is their perpetual anger and utter miserableness. It renders them utterly unattractive. Theirs is not a club I wish to join.

If you doubt my characterisation take a look at the left-wing blogs The Standard or The Daily Blog. Or a school staffroom. Or Question Time, Morning Report or any newspaper.

Or compare John Key to Helen Clark.

It’s extraordinary, is it not? I don’t know an exception. There’s next to no difference in Ms Clark’s and Mr Key’s policies. In fact, there’s no difference. But there’s a world of difference in outlook and temperament because of their politics.

It’s been a lifelong puzzle to me. Why are Left Wingers so miserable and angry about, well, everything?

Why indeed?

We saw one of the nastiest election campaigns ever, with grotesque sign vandalism, criminal acts of hacking and demonisation of anyone opposed to the leftwing parties.

They even had the temerity to suggest it was they who were pure and the right who are nasty.

Central to the Left’s ideology is the belief that politicians have the power to make the world a better place. That’s how they think.

Now consider how that plays out in their heads.

That their lives aren’t better must make them bitter and twisted.  Their life is a constant proof that politicians aren’t doing what they are meant to or what they promised. Their miserable lot, or that of the fellow down the road, or the world in general, is the fault of politicians who, accordingly, must be uncaring, idiotic or crooked and, perhaps, all three. If politicians were genuine, the world would be a better place.

It never occurs to me that a politician would or could fix a thing. I am just happy they leave me mostly alone. I wish they would do better at it but I know how to keep myself out of their way.

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Laila Harre quits after money runs out, Internet party pretty much dead

I can’t say I am sorry to see this news.

Of course Laila Harre was going to cut and run after the money ran out, that’s what all troughers do.

Reflecting on the internet Party’s failed election campaign, Ms Harre admitted “we completely mismanaged the last month of the campaign”.

“We had amazing momentum before then. The road trip, I think, worked extremely well.”

The downward spiral of the party’s campaign began when Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer criticised internet Party founder Kim Dotcom, Ms Harre said.

“Which fed into what became a narrative of a rift and division and it was one that we just couldn’t knock through the rest of the campaign. It became completely distracting from the release of policy.”

Ms Harre also blamed media coverage of the party for its poor election result.   Read more »

Armstrong on Little

John is so fed up with all the go-nowhere Labour leaders over the last few years, he’s altogether too excited about the fact that Andrew Little appears to have made no mistakes yet in the first 48 hours.

Can Andrew Little pull Labour out of the mire in which it is stuck so deeply – and from which it is going to find it immensely difficult to extricate itself?

Little has been in his party’s top job for all of four days and has hardly got his feet under his new desk. Yet anyone who has been watching him since his victory in the party-wide leadership ballot would have found it hard not to conclude that if someone can succeed where his immediate predecessors failed in such spectacular fashion, then Little is that someone.

Why? Gut feeling as much as anything. Because when it comes to leadership of a major political party, you either have the goods or you don’t.

Observing Little’s handling of questions at two press conferences this week, it was apparent he had made the transition from the relative obscurity of Labour’s middle-bench to the harsh spotlight of leadership with absolute ease. He was assured, relaxed and unflappable. He gave straight and simply-worded answers to questions which demanded them.

Little’s hardly been under pressure yet.  Let’s see how he handles parliament.  Let’s see how he handles a scandal among his ranks.   Read more »

I think Tom Parsons should resign, he’s done

It isn’t often I call for someone to resign, but today I have to.

Check out the attitude of Tom Parsons, the president of the Secondary Principals’ Association, has to say.

A leading educator has launched a stinging attack on the increasing diagnosis of learning difficulties, saying it is causing too much work for schools – and doing students more harm than good.

“We’ve gone overboard with diagnosing what used to be called quirky, what used to be called a nerd. Now he’s got ADHD, gonorrhoea, piles and acne,” Secondary Principals’ Association president Tom Parsons said.

School workloads were increasing as teachers and principals were forced to accommodate “badly behaved” and “traditionally quirky” students under special assessment conditions (Sac). The New Zealand Qualifications Authority said 5771 students had been approved for Sacs this year for external or internal assessment – a big rise from 3696 last year.

Parsons said the stigmatisation of “otherwise healthy students” was doing more harm than good and narrowed their horizons.

“Today, I am part of a system that encourages, indeed demands, accountability for those differences. When I went to school, students who were different were often known as quirky. They were unlikely to change and went about their business as best they could, with a fair chance of success, and often with a great deal more resilience than the rest of us, to assist them in the big wide world.” The incidence of dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit disorder was rising in secondary schools, and causing a “logistical nightmare” for schools trying to resource their needs.

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Charter Schools helping families is wrong says principal of rival school

A Henderson intermediate school is upset that Charter Schools are not allowed to charge for donations and also make the audacious move of providing uniform and stationery to save families money in January and help make education genuinely free (a lefty ideal?).

Roy Lilley, principal of Bruce McLaren Intermediate, which had 416 spare places, said he was concerned about the new partnership school.

“They are offering free uniforms, no donations … totally free. The impact on local schools could be huge.”

Bruce McLaren Intermediate already has 416 spare places….and this is somehow the fault of a small Charter School (Middle School West Auckland) that will begin in 2015 and have – when the roll is full – a maximum of 120 intermediate age children from the whole of West Auckland (Charter Schools don’t have zones).

If uniform and stationery is really the problem then the Bruce McLaren Principal could check those numbers.

Lets say – generously – the wholesale cost of uniform and stationery is $200 per student. Mr Lilley has 240 students to cater for – therefore the provision would cost $48,000. According to the Fairfax School Report his school receives $1,760,000 (plus buildings and centralised services). Therefore to provide for these families he only needs to re-prioritise 2.7% of his annual budget – problem solved – his school will be full again.    Read more »

What is happening with CRISP?

Josh Forman at Slightly Left of Centre has another ripper of a yarn, and what I am enjoying seeing is his willingness to call minister’s offices, and SOE CEOs for comment.

He also looks like he is working some very good sources. He should be encouraged because he is actually running stories without any vitriol and just looking at facts.

His latest post looks at the rumours floating around about CRISP.

Slightly Left of Centre can reveal this afternoon, again as a result of another National caucus leak, that the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is set to cut yet another Tony Ryall initiative.

CRISP, which stands Central Region Information Systems Plan is an initiative of Central Technical Advisory Services Ltd (TAS), which according to its website “is a joint venture company, established in 2001 and owned by the six Central Region District Health Boards (DHBs) to provide support and services, undertaking:regional planning; implementing regional programmes of work; hosting regional groups and forums; and ensuring the compliance of contracted health service providers.”

The CRISP initiative has the following stated goal:

One Portal,
One Password,
One Patient Record
For every Clinician
At Every Facility
Across the Central Region

This initiative, in the words of those who have been employed to set it up, was meant to provide a shared database of all information relevant to every Clinician at every facility across the entire situation.    Read more »

UFB passes 10% uptake

The fibre rollout is progressing and uptake is growing, passing 10%.

Now if only Chorus would turn on the dark fibre in my street!

Broadband connections have increased nearly 40% over the past quarter according to the latest quarterly figures of the Government’s ultrafast broadband and rural broadband initiative.

The figures, released yesterday by Communications Minister Amy Adams, show around 536,000 end-users are now able to connect to UFB, though only 55,000 are connected. However, 15,500 of those connected to UFB in the three months to September, a 39% increase on last quarter.

The figures indicate a 10% uptake nationally, compared with a national uptake rate of 7% the previous quarter, with the project now 6% ahead of build schedule.

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, as of September, the UFB deployment progress was 100% complete for Northland. Waikato and Taranaki were sitting at 71% and 62% completed respectively, while Auckland was 26% complete, with Wellington at 29% and Canterbury at 36%.    Read more »

The rise and rise of the anti-immigration right

The Conservatives and NZ First might survive the next few terms if the overseas trend makes its way here.  In the UK, the Uk Independence Party is going from strength to strength, no matter how many lefties call them racists.

Tory defector Mark Reckless today became Ukip’s second elected MP in a devastating blow to the Conservatives, declaring his new party will ‘give you back your country’.

He won the Rochester and Strood by-election by 2,920 votes, erasing the Tory majority of almost 10,000 that he secured in 2010.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Reckless said: ‘If we can win here, we can win across the country. If you vote Ukip, you get Ukip.’

Jubilant Nigel Farage punched the air and declared that the ‘massive, massive’ win in what he called a ‘David v Goliath battle’ meant ‘all bets are off’ for the general election in 2015.

The result is embarrassing for David Cameron who just six weeks ago tore into Mr Reckless and vowed to kick his ‘fat a***’ out of the Commons.

The Brits are sick to the back teeth about having their country overrun with EU immigrants.   Their problems are  much more advanced than hours, but immigration issues are becoming political drivers all over the world.   Read more »

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Face of the day

Laila

A special kind of stupid

 

Todays face of the day would like you to take this survey to help her determine the future of The Internet Party.

Well actually that is a lie.

I tried to participate and after answering the first question honestly, found myself shut out. The question was whether or not I was an Internet Party or Mana Party Supporter or a member of the Internet Party. When I selected none of these options the survey immediately finished. A one question survey in other words.

I think it is a waste of time personally and that all she is doing is this.

Laila Harre breathing new life into the Internet Party

Laila Harre breathing new life into the Internet Party

 

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Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail pleads “not guilty”

 

Well.  Isn’t that going to set the cat among the pigeons?images

Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail (left) appeared before the Wellington District Court this morning.

A former Malaysian military attache charged with sexually attacking a Wellington woman has pleaded not guilty and elected trial by jury.

Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail, 38, appeared before a Wellington District Court registrar today and was remanded until February.

Rizalman is on bail with strict conditions including a curfew and restrictions on going to the suburbs of Newtown and Berhampore, and Cuba St in central Wellington.

Rizalman was arrested on May 10 following the alleged attack in the victim’s home in the Wellington suburb of Brooklyn.

He left New Zealand without facing trial after Malaysia invoked diplomatic immunity – apparently in the belief that it did so with the blessing of the New Zealand Government. Read more »