Peter Lyons…Here’s a clue, life isn’t fair

Peter Lyons is a teacher at St Peters College.

He made a lame attempt at satire yesterday in the Herald.

Seriously has this teacher never interacted with a child aside from lecturing them on his leftie leanings, most young people want to make their own way in life and be rewarded for their hard work.

This is from the guy who gets 4 months holiday and a 100k a year salary regardless of whether he is totally useless at his job or brilliant and pretty much has to interfere with a child (and get caught after successive cover-ups)to lose his job.

I just realised there may be a vacancy for a fuller-figured right-wing blogger with limited talent for prose. I may be the man for the job.

I think we are born with an innate sense of fairness. As we age we learn that unfairness is part of the magic of existence. By middle age, we have learned that life is not always fair. Maybe this is the hallmark of middle age. Some people in life are the perpetrators. Others are the prey. This is the law of nature.

I am changing my voting this election. As a partially sighted, middle-aged, XXL bachelor it’s time to take self-interest seriously. Much of my modest wealth is tied up in shares. I am an ardent capitalist. It’s time I came out after spending a lifetime in socialist staff rooms.

I can’t vote for political parties that will undermine the oligopolistic power of the electricity companies whose shares I own. My fat dividend cheques are preferable to the electricity needs of some old pensioner in winter-chilled South Dunedin.

Funny how he works for a private school but loathes private business.

I’m voting the right way this year because I like their education policies. Star principals and teachers will get big bonuses to spread their magic to lesser schools and teachers.

My principal and I can jump into his car several times a week. We can cruise through the leafy suburb of Epsom and on to the motorway and head south to share our wisdom. I could teach the students in these schools about the joys of capitalism. I would teach them that we all start from similar wombs. All it takes is hard work, application, thrift and attitude and we can all be winners. It’s about freedom to choose.

This is the problem with the teaching profession, filled with inside the box…thinkers is probably too flattering…morons.

I live in the old family home on the slopes of Mt Albert. The last barbecue I went to I heard that a three-bedroom house on a smaller section just down the road sold for more than $1 million. I can’t understand why we need a capital gains tax when such easy wealth is readily available. By my calculation those with houses should be able to sell up in five years when prices have doubled again. They can then retire to the Gold Coast. There will be plenty of affordable houses for young folk. The market will move back to equilibrium.

The fool doesn’t even understand that the house he describes still wouldn’t have CGT on it, according to Labour’s policy.

Sometimes I can almost see the lights of the Sky Tower from our lounge on the volcanic slope. This is another reason I am voting the right way this time. SkyCity is a major wealth creator that is under threat. They are poised to expand their gaming tables and pokies. They are generously providing a new convention centre for the people of New Zealand. More jobs, more incomes, more gambling, more profits. I can’t understand the fuss about problem gambling. Free markets are all about free choice.

Yes they are, and gambling is a  tax on stupidity. I suspect this fellow pays a lot of such taxes.

My shares in rest home operators are also doing well which is why I intend voting the right way this time. We need to ensure that the costs for this growth industry are kept under control. Raising the minimum wage could severely reduce the profitability of this sector. People choose to work for these wages and should be grateful in this day and age that they have a job. Sometimes they even have two or three jobs. It is because of our rock star economy that these jobs are available. Many people in Australia only have one job.

Again he shows he knows little outside of his tenured existence sitting in a Catholic boy’s school staff room. In Auckland there are no public geriatric care facilities, it is up to the private sector to provide those. Why shouldn’t they make a profit. for providing good, clean and suitable amenities for their customers?

Sometimes I sit in the staffroom and listen to other teachers bleat on about fairness. Teachers often have an obsession with fairness. Maybe they just need to grow up and realise that life is not fair. They need to appreciate that it’s about self-interest. Life is about survival of the fittest.

It’s not about fairness, stupid! It’s about growing the economy.

Fairness is a myth perpetrated by the people most opposed to fairness because it would rob them of voters.

Labour and people like Peter Lyons actually want a dependent poor, otherwise who could they exploit.

Life isn’t fair, get used to it.

 

– NZ Herald


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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