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Whaleoil commenter idbkiwi wrote

I sometimes think Whale is too hard on a paper, all that deliberate deception, left-leaning rag stuff, but then I see this, and can understand the frustration; here’s a headline, posted at 5.30pm today:

“More than 300,000 Kiwi kids now in relative poverty.”, and I’m thinking, Oh dear me, that’s bad isn’t it?, I’m shocked, so I read the story:

“the numbers …fell from 165,000 in 2013 to 145,000 (8 per cent of all children) last year, the lowest number since 2007”,

“Children in benefit-dependent families also dwindled …the lowest proportion of children living on benefits since the late 1980s”,

And I think that there’s no way the headline reconciles with the story except by deliberate dishonesty. Read more »

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Whaleoil commenter symgardiner wrote

This is the problem when a govt is in for too long.

They lose their bottle to deal with the really important stuff and start dealing to the non essentials like light bulbs, showers, toy helicopters and txting/twitter.

Get back to sorting out our teen parents, 20% of education failures and over bloated public service.

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Commenter Deja Voodoo opined:

I couldn’t care less about politics, until Aunty Helen banned pies at schools. Thankfully I turned 18 before the 2008 election and entirely based my vote around that hot topic.

Although I must admit that it did work out well for the few of us with our drivers license / access to a car, as we started taking orders at the local bakeries

The free market, and indeed, life – always finds a way.   Read more »

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Greg wrote

I manage several properties for Chinese owners, mostly commercial but some residential.

I find all of them inspirational in various ways. 14 – 18 hour days are normal, if there is a deal to be done they do it. Read more »

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Stroker08:

Labour want Fonterra CEO to take a pay cut for poor performance.

Reckon they’ll heed their own advice?

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Richard said

Sue Bradford wants benefits lifted to the same levels as superannuation, indexed to the average wage instead of inflation.

So she effectively wants the retirement age lowered to 16?

 

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Leading on from Kim Dotcom getting extension after extension, appeal after appeal, is given 128k a month to live on, and on top of that gets yet another chance to file an appeal against his deportation in the face of him not having bothered to file it on time in the first place…

If the government wants a new flag let’s make it a doormat so that people such as dotcrim clearly understand that we are happy for them to wipe their feet on us and walk all over our very flexible laws. The lack of backbone in dealing with this fraudster is sickening.

– Dairy_Flat

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Found this on James Derringpole’s site.  The comment was left by Sholto.  It provides a fresh perspective on society’s problems.

The Left get to write the narrative because basically they have taken over the public sector. Not, as the Right grumble, because of a cunning Gramscian plot to take over the institutions, but because they have had no choice.

When I was at Uni (Dept of Maths & Computer Science) there were no lefties in sight, ditto Engineering, Accountancy, Physics, anything requiring accuracy and logic. No, they were bunched up in the softer sciences, in fact the softer the science the lefter its participants.

Obviously one does not emerge from the academic meringue of a Sociology or Gender Studies course to be confronted with a vista of open doors into the private sector. Read more »

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John-Key-Visits-New-Lynn-Rail-Trench-Project-fwLEZ3nVSpelmistyhills:

Well, I went [and voted] today, pal, and I voted for [Winston Peters]. Read more »

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Huia:

I see Dame Susan wants to open our borders to more refugees, I think she should go back to playing squash.

The news is full of what happens when countries open their borders, the host country is held to ransom over new immigrants rights, if denied then all hell breaks loose.
In a time of such upheaval and religious fanaticism it is dangerous to open our borders even further.

Personally I would like to see our borders closed for a couple of years and let our little country have a breather from new refugees.