Labour’s ‘bring out your dead’ campaign plan

It seems Labour and their coalition partner the Media party are now playing the sympathy card to bring out votes for Labour:

A passionate Labour supporter died less than two weeks before voting opened, but his message has reached thousands.

Rangiora community stalwart Peter Allen – who suffered from motor neurone disease – died on August 30, 12 days before early voting began.

The highly respected former Rangiora High School principal and Waimakariri District Councillor left a video message on Facebook as a “last time voter” voicing his support of Jacinda Ardern and her party.

It has been viewed more than 7000 times, even by the Labour leader herself.

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Nobody pays for water, so why are politicians and Media making you think otherwise?

Making farmers pay for the water they use is unfair, because nobody else pays for the water they use.

Federated Farmers is repeating, nobody in New Zealand pays for water. No household, no farm, no hairdresser … not even Coca Cola.

All we pay for in New Zealand is the right to access the water and to cover the cost of delivery of the water. But not the water.

“In this election campaign, politicians are attempting to brainwash Kiwis into thinking farmers are getting something for free that others pay for. They aren’t.

“Water. Nobody pays for it,” Federated Farmers water spokesperson Chris Allen says.

Some families and business connected to town supply may pay a per litre charge for the reticulation and treatment of their water, others pay through rates.

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Dirty Swiss money

[…] Swiss prosecutors are trying to figure out why someone apparently attempted to flush tens of thousands of euros down the toilet at a Geneva branch of UBS Group AG.

The first 500-euro bills were discovered several months ago in a bathroom close to a bank vault containing hundreds of safe deposit boxes, according to a report in Tribune de Geneve confirmed by the city prosecutor’s office. A few days later, more banknotes turned up in toilets at three nearby restaurants, requiring thousands of francs in plumbing repairs to unclog the pipes.

In all, police have extracted tens of thousands of euros in soiled bills, many of which appear to have been cut with scissors

If it wasn’t dirty money before, it certainly is soiled now.

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One Tier – Wonderland (and NO Constitution)

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz

Guest Post

New Zealand is the only country in the world with no constitution. What we have are a series of imported Acts and locally passed Acts which jointly and severely form a type of constitution. The oldest of which is the U.K. imported Magna Carta which was first passed into law in 1215.

We also have a one tier parliament – which is equipped with unfettered and unbridled power to pass what legislation it wants – even overnight, and retrospective, as it did in 1988 when it amended s,13(5) of the Inland Revenue Act. This allowed IRD officers to hand out documents to police officers. Those documents being previously classified as secret pursuant to s.13(5) of the IRD Act. This resulted in a 5-years 8-month term of imprisonment for one person – based on what was later discovered to be an adding mistake. It took 18 years, and a trip to the Privy Council to reverse the erroneous convictions.     Read more »

Is ANZAC day looking at the wrong battle?

World War One the Great War is commemorated on ANZAC day together with Australians, and on that day, the Gallipoli campaign is remembered. Perhaps the memories are better than those of the other theatre of war?

While the name Gallipoli resonates with many, the huge impact the Western Front and the battle of Passchendaele had on the lives of many New Zealanders is not so well known according to the results of a survey of 4000 New Zealanders aged 15 years and up. Just over half believed that most of the New Zealanders who died did so at Gallipoli.

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Mental Health Break

The pro-choice case for infanticide.

In 2012 After-Birth Abortion was proposed by two philosophers in the Journal of Medical Ethics. By reopening the ethical debate the pro-choice lobby was put in the difficult position of trying to find arguments to justify why infanticide is medically ethically unacceptable if abortion is medically ethically acceptable.

Just when you thought the religious right couldn’t get any crazier, with its personhood amendments and its attacks on contraception, here comes the academic left with an even crazier idea: after-birth abortion.

No, I didn’t make this up. “Partial-birth abortion” is a term invented by pro-lifers. But “after-birth abortion” is a term invented by two philosophers, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. In the Journal of Medical Ethics, they propose:

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Map of the Day

Net Oil imports/Exports, 2017

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If Labour are relying on youth to get across the line they are out of luck

Labour in the past several elections have clutched at straws to get over the line.

Irrespective of leadership they tried copying Obama’s social media campaign for 2011. Campaign chair Trevor Mallard waxed lyrical about how their blogs, twitter and Facebook presence would get them over the line.

They claimed that big data was how they were going to win in 2014, and social media. Even enlisting a criminal enterprise to skew the election failed.

They claimed there was a missing million who failed to vote and have devised programmes to try and find them.   Read more »

The Commentariat is very frustrating this election

Guest Post

I do find the commentariat very frustrating these elections – including you Cam – for missing some very basic facts.

The fact that they have had nine years has been repeated ad nauseum to fix the housing problem, and the transport, and the social issues.  No, they haven’t!

When they were elected New Zealand was not gaining huge number of new migrants.  New Zealanders were still leaving in droves, and housing was not a particular issue.  We were not receiving our crooks back from Oz with their social problems, and many kiwis living in Oz still received care and support from the Australian system.  As the Australian Government tightened the noose against those who required support, they came home – and we unexpected had an influx of people who had no where to live, extra health care costs etc.    Read more »