Chris Trotter is a thinker, he is a great sounding board for what is happening on the left.
His post on The Daily Blog is a must read, but to save you the hassle of going to that site here are the best parts.
Labour will take comfort from the fact that its vote has remained steady at 34 percent. It shouldnâ€™t. Unless 100,000 Green voters have undergone a Road to Damascus conversion to John Keyâ€™s easy-going conservatism and are now declaring themselves National Party supporters, the poll result is simply reflecting the extreme volatility on the left of New Zealand politics.
The most likely sources of Nationalâ€™s 6 percentage point surge to 51 percent are Labour and (to a lesser extent) NZ First. Buoyed by optimistic economic forecasts and dismayed by the Oppositionâ€™s presentational gaffes, the voters who had drifted back to Labour over the past few months now appear to be rushing back to National.
Labour are putting about that the One News poll was a rogue because voters moved from Green to National. Only the most stupid of commentators would buy that spin and Trotter certainly doesn’t.
Most political analysts are attributing the sharp decline in Green Party support (from 13 percent to 8 percent) to Russel Normanâ€™s secret meetings with Kim Dotcom. Normanâ€™s purpose in approaching the German IT entrepreneur was to dissuade him from setting up a political party whose demographic appeal is certain to overlap that of the Greens. As if this wasnâ€™t bad enough, Norman then managed to convey the impression that theÂ quid pro quoÂ for Dotcomâ€™s standing-down the Internet Party would be a Green Party promise to prevent his extradition to the United States.
If the pundits are correct, then the Greensâ€™ relationship with Dotcom has undone years of careful branding on the part of the Green Party leadership.
A critical factor in the Greens appeal â€“ especially to left-of-centre voters â€“ is the impression, conveyed by successive Green leaders, that their party is â€śaboveâ€ť or â€śin frontâ€ť of politics-as-usual. The Greensâ€™ proud claim has always been that they want no part of the backstairs, you-scratch-my-back- and-Iâ€™ll-scratch-yours transactional politics so characteristic of the National and Labour parties. Â Read more »
Corporate welfare is as evil as normal wlefare…it creates bludgers who get use to taking but it is worse for corporate welfare, because those bludging ratbags then inevitably sell the company offshore and the corporate welfare is all gone into the bulging pockets of the former owners.
For staff of companies like Navman and The Hyperfactory it’s a familiar story. A hot NZ technology company is sold to offshore buyers, with its founder pledging jobs will stay in New Zealand – only for that promise to melt away as the new owners take control.
The latest casualty is NextWindow, a company whose revenue hit $60 million+ as it supplied touchscreen technology to PC makers like HP, Asus and Lenovo.
Details of how a man killed a kitten then placed its remains on his former girlfriend’s bed caused an audible gasp in the Nelson District Court.
Abraham Zacharia McIvor’s angry rampage on the night of January 10 ended with him stomping on the head of the seven-week old kitten, beside which he placed a note warning his former girlfriend she was next, the court heard.
McIvor, a 25 year-old labourer, admitted yesterday wilfully ill-treating a kitten causing it to die, intimidating and assaulting his former partner and a charge of wilful damage. He was remanded in custody for sentencing on March 4.
Meeanwhile his son at least has a sense of humour:Â Read more »
Fairfax Media is reportedly selling its remaining stake in Trade Me for about A$650 million (NZ$810m).
If the sale were to proceed, it would considerably pay down the companyâ€™s debts.
The stake is reportedly being sold to a range of New Zealand and Australian institutions in a placement through UBS, according to market sources.
The quoted sale figure would exceed what Fairfax paid for Trade Me in its initial investment five years ago.
Fairfax bought the online auction company from founder Sam Morgan and his fellow private investors for NZ$700m in 2006 and previously recouped NZ$364m by selling a 34 per cent stake through Trade Meâ€™s initial public offering in December 2011.
It may pay down their debt but it also removes a money spinner…leaving them with assets that are failing in any case…perhaps this is a death spiral.
Sam should know. Â After all, there was the failure of Pacific Fibre, a company that Sam Morgan was instrumental in funding.Â Not only did the business fail rather embarrassingly, the subsequent tantrums blaming a government minister, that followed in the hope of corporate handouts could be best described as lacking in dignity.
It might also be applied to the middling to poor performance of Gareth Morgan Kiwisaver funds, of which Sam Morgan was a director until KiwiBank bought them out.
1. Dividends will now go to offshore owners. Where is the outcry as there is when a farm is sold?
2. Why does a company get $250,000 in taxpayer funds when it is backed by some of the richest people in NZ?
Well three questions
3. The taxpayer puts in $250k and less than nine months later the company is flogged off clearly with the intention of quick gains. Where is the slice of the capital gain pie for the taxpayer with its investment? Clearly not a long term growth strategy.
4. And maybe a fourth, Morgan + quick sale for capital gain. Tax? Of course not. Do as I say not as I do.
Calling bullshit on corporate welfare here again. I can understand why the political left get upset when we have faux entrepreneurs trotting their wares using government handouts.
Take your gains but man up and use your own money.
I got to know long-time personal piĂ±atas and found that they were â€” can you believe it? â€” human beings, often perfectly nice human beings with perfectly nice families. Even worse, the first words out of their mouths were sometimes, â€śI admire your workâ€ť â€” and once an author hears that, his estimation of the person voicing this pleasing judgment immediately rises. (She thinks Iâ€™m good, therefore she must be good.) At that moment your inventory of ready-made-always-available-in-a-pinch targets would be diminished by one, and since the list is never really that long, the loss of one would be serious. Of course, it might be the case that the person you have learned to dislike in print is even more dislikable in the flesh (oh happy day!), but you canâ€™t count on that and so it is better, all things considered, not to take any chances.
My favourite Kiwiblog posts are when he just copies and pastes something from Whaleoil and then puts some one sentence comment underneath it like he wants to be a real blogger.Â Kiwiblog is the Lion Red of blogs â€“ very popular, but bland and and poor quality.
Phil Goff still keeps voter up with the play at his hobby farm via Twitter. He even tells us he has bought a new puppy but is unsure as to the breed.
Labour and their proxies ran a nasty, dirty smear campaign in Epsom. They tried to get the media to run a particularly nasty smear but none did. Eventually I suspect that the details about the smear will get an airing and then David Parker won’t be looking so smug.