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One of our new commenters, who signed off as “26 and wondering” left this on a video post last night where it wouldn’t have had the exposure it deserves

Collective humans:

I am as far away from socialism and communism that you can throw me at this stage of my life. I am not earning mega bucks. I am not a trust fund baby. I am paying my way happily in the knowledge if I keep going I will be sweet. I genuinely hold the belief that you should take control of your life.

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Understanding Leftese [VIDEO]

Andrew Klavan explains some leftwing phrases…the sort of phrases that Labour politicians and their dwindling number of supporters like to use.

Words like “progressive” and “smart” as in “smart power”.

Let‚Äôs start with the word ‚ÄúProgressive.‚ÄĚ ¬†Progressive is a term used to refer to things like cancer or emphysema or leftism ‚ÄĒ or indeed anything that slowly destroys whatever it touches. ¬†In political history, the term progressive replaced the term liberal when people realized liberalism didn‚Äôt work. ¬†Liberal had replaced the term leftist when leftism didn‚Äôt work. ¬†And leftist had replaced the term socialist when socialism didn‚Äôt work. ¬†Socialist, of course, had replaced the term progressive.

Used as a noun, a Progressive is someone who believes that mankind progresses and becomes more civilized over time. Examples of progress can be found throughout history. For instance, the Roman Empire was militaristic and imperialistic but humanity finally progressed beyond it into a thousand years of darkness and savagery. ¬†Or there was the Victorian era of sexual repression and racial chauvinism until we finally progressed into the glorious mass slaughter of World Wars, Holocaust and Communism. ¬†And then we got the iPhone so… ¬†you just have to be patient.

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Every state house is a sacred state house?

Phil Twyford explaining why the derelict state house behind him should be kept for eternity.

Phil Twyford explaining why the derelict state house behind him should be kept for eternity.

At the moment the National led government is looking at selling some state houses.

You’d think the world and caved in on itself if you listened to the Labour party.

They are invoking asset sales because in their world if even a single house is sold that is an asset sale.

Presumably they will also be protesting about the Ministry of Education’s¬†Surplus Property Disposal Incentive Scheme¬†where schools are encouraged to “release surplus school property to the Ministry of Education for disposal through the Surplus Property Disposal Incentive Scheme (SPDIS).”

Surplus property is surely just another word for assets?

When you think about it the mere suggestion that because something is owned by the government it can never be sold, even when tried, worn out or simply in the wrong place for modern times.

Society changes as do our preferences and the way we live. But for some reason the Labour party thinks that we should forever remain stuck in the heydays of state housing in the 40s and 50s, with every citizen hankering after a state house. ¬† Read more »

This could so easily describe NZ Labour

Ed Miliband is dead set useless.

He is about to lead the Labour party to a stunning and crushing defeat in Scotland at the hands of the Scottish National Party.

Ed Miliband’s hopes of become Britain’s next Prime Minister suffered a serious setback today as a new poll suggested Labour is facing political annihilation at the hands of the SNP in its Scottish heartlands.

The survey, by Ipsos Mori, found Labour is currently polling at just 23 per cent in Scotland which, if replicated in May, would see the party lose all but four of the 41 MPs it currently has north of the border.

Such a result would make it next to impossible for Labour to win an overall majority in Westminster and form a Government after the next election.¬† Read more »

Guest Post – Douglas wrong about National

A guest post from Lindsay Mitchell.


Making some otherwise sound recommendations to his old party, Labour, Sir Roger Douglas made this statement:

¬†‚ÄúNational’s do-nothing, status-quo approach to economic and social policy provides Labour with a real opportunity to get back up on its feet.‚ÄĚ

In the last six years National has done more to address working-age welfare dependence than Labour did in the prior nine.

A Labour supporter would reject my claim on the basis that numbers on the unemployment benefit took a nosedive over their incumbency. That’s true. Work and Income put enormous effort into those on an unemployment benefit, and Labour luckily oversaw an economic boom (giving them full credit for which is as questionable as blaming National for the GFC.)

But chronic welfare dependence, a crippling social and economic issue for New Zealand, lies in the other main benefits:  pre-reform they were the DPB  and Sickness/Invalid benefits combined.

In 2009, National set up the Welfare Working Group, and from there, commissioned the Taylor Fry actuarial work which exposed where long-term reliance is concentrated. The revelation that teen parents and other young beneficiaries entering the system at 16 or 17 would stay there the longest was no surprise.

Through the early 2000s, while only 2-3 percent of the DPB total at any given time was teenagers, between a third and a half of all recipients had begun on welfare aged under twenty. Throughout Labour’s administration I argued that average stays on welfare were much longer than government issued figures. Point-in-time data produces much longer averages than data collected over a period of time, but it suited Labour politically to use the latter data to minimise average stays and downplay dependence.

To understand this statistical phenomena imagine a hospital ward with 10 beds. Nine are occupied year around by chronically ill patients; one is occupied on a weekly basis. At any point-in-time 9 patients have an average stay of 12 months and one, an average stay of one week. But calculated over the year, 85 percent of total patients had an average stay of just 1 week. Equate this to spells on welfare and you can see how long-term dependence can be disguised.

Here is the huge difference between National and Labour.

National looked for what Labour had denied. ¬† Read more »

Socialist paradise has highest poverty rates

Everywhere around the world where socialists are in control there is increasing not decreasing poverty.

The basic tenet of socialism is that everyone gets to be miserable equally.

Even in wealthy countries the lure of socialism soon turns to disaster.

The State of California, formerly the most powerful economic force in the United States outperforming the economies of all but a very few countries in the world, is now the nation’s leader in a category that the formerly conservative, but now overwhelmingly progressively liberal and Democrat Party-controlled state, has to find embarrassing.

According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, California, which has been losing jobs to lower taxed, less state regulated states, now sports the nation’s highest rate of poverty, with almost one quarter (23.4%) of its residents living in poverty.

A depressing 8.9 million of the progressive controlled Golden State’s 38 million population are living in poverty in the once prosperous formerly conservative-run state.

Democrat-controlled Washington, D.C. came in at 22.4%

A similar study by the Public Policy Institute of California affirmed the state‚Äôs poverty rate at 22%, with some of the highest rates being in the ‚Äúprogressive‚ÄĚ San Francisco area.

Los Angeles, which has been hijacked by the far left, had the highest poverty rate in the state at 26.9%.

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Campaigners to raise the minimum wage busted advertising minimum wage jobs

Socialists are hypocrites the world over.

In New Zealand we have seen political parties on the left advocating for a living wage dreamed up by an Anglican vicar  from Lower Hutt. The Wellington City Council adopted this arbitrary wage and one of the councillors voting for it was busted paying his own staff minimum wage and refused to pay them the same wage he voted the council to pay their workers.

We saw Laila Harre advocating and pushing the living wage as well while in the employ of a fat German man who exploited his workers paying them far below the minimum wage,  for which there will be some fall out in due course via the Employment Court.

Now in Seattle a similar campaign has been busted for being sanctimonious hypocrites themselves.

The website of Seattle‚Äôs Freedom Socialist Party lists its most recent presidential candidate Stephen Durham‚Äôs political positions, which include the party‚Äôs effort to ‚Äúraise the minimum wage to $20 an hour.‚ÄĚ The group also avidly supported a successful push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage in Seattle, which passed this year. However, as¬†Zenon Evans at¬†Reason¬†pointed out, that same political party just got caught posting a $13-per-hour job listing seeking a web content manager with web development skills.¬† Read more »

Deception and Demoralisation

Karl du Fresne talks of deception and demoralisation amongst the left in the wake of Dirty Politics and the so-called Moment of Truth.

I WONDER, was this the most demoralising election result ever for the New Zealand left?

There was an excited buzz in the left-wing blogosphere and in social media in the weeks leading up to the election. There seemed to be a sense that victory was in their grasp, even when the polls suggested otherwise. But they were cruelly deceived.

Their optimism is easily explained. In the early stages of the campaign, they saw the fallout from Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics dominating the news bulletins night after night.

After that firestorm had abated, the media turned its attention to Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth, with its dazzling line-up of high-profile journalists and leakers from overseas, all eager to tell us how morally bankrupt our government was.

Those on the left observed the adulation heaped on Hager, who was lionised at speaking engagements. They thrilled at the big turnouts attracted by Dotcom and his incongruous handmaiden, Laila Harré. And they deduced from all this that an unstoppable momentum was building, the inevitable result of which would be the unceremonious dispatch of the Key government.

They were wrong. It was a massive indulgence in wishful thinking, and it must have made the left’s defeat even more crushing psychologically.

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Good governance and the Labour Party – an oxymoron or a chance for their future

A guest post by Frances Denz.


 

Good Governance practice was initially developed in 1844 by Erskine May for the British Parliament and a bit later¬† in 1874 was adapted by Roberts in the US for their Government structures.¬† Since then “Roberts Rules” have become the model for governance both of parliamentary systems and for businesses.¬† These rules have been adapted over time by the Foundation formed by Roberts supporters.

A key rule of governance is who do the directors represent?  They represent the business or organisation.  Their job, as stewards, is to ensure that the organisation is governed for its own good.  Not for the shareholders, other stakeholders or the community as a whole.

Now this is really interesting in the governance of political parties and of Parliament themselves.

The Prime Minister and his Cabinet have stewardship over the whole country.¬† Not the Party: not sector interests: not their mates.¬† A political party has stewardship over the Party as a whole, not the country.¬† So where does that leave the Opposition? I submit that they are responsible to the country, as is the Governing party.¬† But the problem with the Labour Party is that their method of nominating their leader is by the sector interests having a vote – for their own interests.¬† And the Leader has been, by default, the Leader of the Party as well as the Leader¬† of the Political wing.¬† Two different roles. (and then you have the Leader of the House, just to complicate matters!) ¬†¬† Read more »

Guest Post – Thoughts on Labour

A reader and new commenter emails:

Dear Team,

I posted my first comment recently after a long time reading and enjoying the blog (as ‚ÄėReasoned and Rational‚Äô). Slowly getting drawn into the vortex ;-)

Some time ago I seem to recall an article which indicated that submissions from readers might be considered if of a suitable standard. I wonder if you’d read through my thoughts below and consider if it meets that standard? If so, please feel free to use it at some time when you have space. If you choose not to, no worries, it’s been fun getting it down in writing.

Best regards,

Reasoned and Rational


I grew up in home with a photo of Michael Joseph Savage on the mantel above the fireplace. My Dad was a working man, and the party ‚Äėwe‚Äô supported looked after the interests of the workers, ensured a fair deal from ‚Äėthe bosses‚Äô, was interested monitoring the terms and conditions of employment, and made sure that there was a safety net in the form of social welfare if something went wrong. Social welfare was to catch you if you fell, and support you until you were back on your feet again. You took personal responsibility for finding work and getting back into it as quickly as possible if circumstances changed.

In the house I grew up in there was a pride in working. My Dad was very unhappy when once I mentioned University as an idea. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs just for those that can‚Äôt work, boffins and the sons of the bosses‚ÄĚ I recall him saying. That certainly didn‚Äôt mean that education wasn‚Äôt valued, and teachers were respected as providing the route to a better job for me than he‚Äôd managed.

Times were different. Unemployment was low. Rob Muldoon once half joked he knew all 70 odd registered unemployed by name. Yes, there were only 70! When I got my first job upon leaving school I was employed not because I was the best man for the job, but for the simple reason I was the only one to reply to the ad.

It was easy to change jobs. Give the boss the two fingered salute on a Friday night, read the ‚ÄėSits Vac‚Äô in Saturday‚Äôs Herald and there was a good chance by Tuesday or Wednesday you were starting a new gig. Management trainee jobs were good to get all round experience and were plentiful at the time and amongst many other things I got experience at the Otahuhu freezing works with Hellabys and a timber yard with Henderson and Pollard.

My first five elections were all votes cast for Labour, as much out of habit and conditioning as anything else. I was more interested in what was happening on Saturday night than the long term future of the country.

By the end of that fifth election though, I was out the other end of an apprenticeship, married and watching the sense of disbelief and betrayal that the Lange/Douglas Labour government wrought on my father. He never cast another vote for Labour as long as he lived. He could never vote National so he became one of Winston‚Äôs supporters. ¬† ¬† Read more »