What’s in it for me?

By Beth Houlbrooke
ACT Deputy Leader / Vice President

One thing I often hear about The Budget is people being asked what’s in it for them? I don’t remember a Budget in a long time that delivered anything for me. In fact as a middle New Zealander in just about every sense of the word – demographically and financially – budgets aren’t aimed at me. I do my work, I pay my taxes and my mortgage, and that’s about it. Nothing left over to save for retirement, nor live any kind of lavish lifestyle.

What I do want a budget to deliver is not anything so much for me personally, but something that will improve my kids’ ability to invest in their future such as through buying a property. This could start with cutting their taxes so they can save more, incentivising them to work harder and be more productive. This budget has not helped with any of that. It’s as if this government is only interested in giving more to net tax takers, not net tax-payers. Where’s the aspiration?


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Embarrassing cover shots we’d like to see

By Brian Rogers

The botched Wellbeing Budget is infamous for many things, the most apparent being its lack of wellbeing for New Zealanders.

Considering it was titled the well-being budget, it seems ironically bereft of things likely to make us feel better, booting off with yet another fuel tax kick-in-the-guts.

Besides the fact it was leaked, (more holey than the Pope’s cheese grater) and was the laughing stock of parliament before it was even delivered – the most entertaining blunder was the use of a stock photograph on the cover. It turned out to be a mother and daughter who’d packed up and run away from New Zealand for a better future in Australia. Clearly, they could see more wellbeing across the Tasman.

The government couldn’t have found a less appropriate picture if they’d tried.

It’s given researchers at RR  Headquarters the inspiration to advise government on other potential budget document cover scenes.

The Leaky Budget

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Reflections on D day

By David Theobald

I have been wondering today why I was so exercised by yesterday’s D Day commemorations and, in particular, by our Prime Minister’s non-attendance in the UK and/or France. I think it is because the day stood for all I was brought up on as being right and proper, and our ‘leader’ (sic) represents all we appear to be heading for. A conservative (small C) western upbringing versus a postmodern dystopian hell.

I was very moved by the pictures and utterances of the D Day veterans, all nonagenarians at least. I was impressed by the sincerity they exhibited in what they had to say. They all appear to believe now what they believed when they were in their early twenties, literally putting their lives at stake for society’s good. I was brought up on that.

D-Day was only seven years distant when I was born. My most prized possession when I was about eight was my father’s book on how to recognise friendly and enemy aircraft from their silhouettes. I have sadly lost this but I recently came across a letter written by my father in 1942 to one of his mates just after he had been called up and was undergoing Basic Military Training in Exeter. It was small talk mainly: complaining about the food, missing home etc. etc. but no complaints about the fact he had been called up. It was what he had to do because that was what society dictated and he accepted it. My father went to Normandy at D+6 (I think) but never talked about it – ever.

In no small part those who served in WW2 are responsible for us being able to live in a western society that has never been so prosperous. Harold Macmillan said in 1957, “You’ve never had it so good” – and it has only got better from there. And why? To my mind, the basic principles upon which western society has been built (individual liberty, rule of law etc. etc.) are the key. These principles have stood the test of time (measured in centuries) and should be conserved – a conservative view of the world.

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Ardern should hang her head in shame

By John

Jacinda Ardern’s failure to attend D Day memorial services here or overseas speaks volumes about who we have leading the country. D Day is one of the most momentous days in history. In fact it changed the course of history. By completely ignoring it, she should hang her head in shame. Her flippant comment – “I can’t be everywhere at once” – is a disgrace to her and the office she holds. It is becoming very apparent that Jacinda only attends functions where she is the centre of attention, where the cameras are all trained on her. That of course, would not have been the case in Portsmouth or Normandy.

But wait a minute, she has been to France recently. Ah yes, but that was all about her.  A trip that will achieve little if anything, but there were photo ops galore. However, when it comes to representing our country to honour thousands of our very own countrymen who gave their lives in the cause of freedom, that’s not important. She just swats her non-attendance away by saying she can’t be everywhere at once.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron discuss ways to prevent social media from spreading ideas.
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The tide is turning

By George

I guess youth have always been rebellious and somewhat anti-establishment. I recall during my teens, through the 1960s/70s, it was necessary to style yourself as a ”Bodgie” (male) or “Widgie” (female) otherwise you were “square”. Then we transformed into “Mods” or “Rockers” which distinguished the difference between beach bums and urban dwellers. Beach Boys vs Rolling Stones, long blonde hair, vs flat tops with duck arse styling.

Drugs and booze were embraced equally amongst all types. But specified political preference rarely took centre stage. Politics and politicians of all persuasions were unanimously ignored, at least in the circles I mixed in. And I clearly recall the only politics taught or discussed in schools were those of historic relevance.

Make no mistake, we still thought we knew it all and anyone over the age of 25 was senile and out of touch with reality, but this nemesis included our teachers, our parents and anyone in authority. They were our imaginary enemies, and we, theirs. How times have changed. Yes, “ban the bomb”, “South African apartheid” and the “Vietnam War” raised a few hackles amongst young adults and teenagers but these were real and visible issues.

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I am Man, hear me roar

Patriot Realm
By Paul Marcus 

I confess. I am a Man.

Perhaps I should head off and top myself? What have I done that makes me so toxic that Lefties hate me and my kind so much?

What is wrong with the world? I keep getting told that if things are bad then I should find some sugar to add to the mix. The bottom line is that there are times when there isn’t enough sugar to sweeten the sour taste that is in my mouth when I read the rubbish that spews out of leftist mouths.

At this rate, we would all be diabetic if we swallowed the medicine the Left wants us to swallow and I am not interested in their desire to turn me from being patient into a patient.

I have had enough and so should you. It is time to fight back.

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I know when it is time to leave the Party

Raymond F Peters

I am not sure if this is what Raymond F Peters wants me to write but here goes.

I got a message from him this week saying he has “ retired “ from writing and his article about his 93 years was his “Swansong”.

He neglected to let me know this when he submitted it. Otherwise, I would have made some acknowledgement at the time.  However, as he said this morning, it was a decision made some days ago but only acted upon following the republication of his piece on Whaleoil yesterday.

As many of you know, all of the comments from yesterday were lost due to a glitch on the commenting system. Fortunately, I had kept a browser open and was able to take screenshots of all of the remarkable and heartfelt comments made by WO contributors… I have passed them on to Raymond.

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The ‘Woke’ threat to the rule of law: Part two

By Graham Hill MA (Hons) Ll.B (Hons)

Continued from part one:

Joanna Williams goes on to expand on the issue of mental trauma:

“Danukshi Mudannayake, the student who has led the campaigning, argues that Sullivan’s decision to represent Weinstein is ‘not only upsetting, but deeply trauma-inducing’, and it shows he ‘does not value the safety of the students he lives with’. [H]e cannot simultaneously hold that role while still having a charade of saying that he can actually protect the integrity of his students.’

Kacey E Gill, president of the Association of Black Harvard Women, said she was relieved and happy to hear of Sullivan’s departure, but added ‘I wish that it hadn’t taken so long’ or that it ‘required so many students to put their mental health, wellbeing, and potentially even their futures on the line in order to get that change to occur’.

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Students have come to accept a ludicrously wide definition of trauma. There is not the slightest suggestion that Sullivan poses any danger either to the students he comes into contact with or anyone else. Sullivan does not stand accused of rape or sexual assault.

The threat students think he poses is not physical, but mental. Students have come to believe that ‘trauma’ occurs not as a result of something catastrophic happening to them, nor even from having hateful words directed at them, but from the mere presence of another person in their vicinity.

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Poisoning children

Extract from the article Israel and the “Palestinians”: Hard info, and a harder question (Part 2 of 2)
Red Pill Jew


Official policy of the so-called moderate Palestinian Authority is to encourage mothers to send their children to their deaths as martyrs (link in original, bolding added):

The PA has launched an endless stream of pro-terrorist propaganda — chiefly through television, social media and newspapers — that praises shahids, and encourages mother’s to send children to their deaths. PA President Mahmoud Abbas himself has been instrumental in Palestinian society’s honoring of terrorists and mothers of terrorists, such as Latifa Abu Hmeid — the mother of four terrorists who are currently serving life sentences.

Abbas invited Hmeid to an event in his office, and the PA governor of Ramallah visited her home. She was nicknamed “Khansa of Palestine,” a reference to a woman in the earliest period of Islam who rejoiced when all four of her sons were killed in battle as martyrs for Islam. For Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, this woman is the quintessential female role model.

A state visit to a woman whose sons killed Jewish civilians?  Some “moderates”.  And yes, they sent youths to their deaths indeed, for no nation that values the security of its citizens could permit things like this; take note, at 0:33, a scene of a 13 and 15-year-old running after someone with knives in their hands:

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A behind the scenes peek at ‘the June Fourth incident’

Rare Historical Photos A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Cangan Boulevard in Tiananmen Square, on on June 5, 1989.

I am a middle-aged Chinese woman, I was a university student in China in 1989. I was not at all politically minded but I was, in a way, a victim of the times.

I was born in 1965 so I grew up during the Cultural Revolution. When I was one year old my family was exiled to Xinjiang, one of China’s most remote provinces. The government had decided that my father, a court judge, was a criminal because he was what they called in those days a “stinking intellectual.”

We were kept in Xinjiang for about twelve years, long after the Cultural Revolution ended. When we were returned to our home province, Gansu, my father went back to work as a judge and we lived in the courthouse. My parents knew enough to keep out of political matters and just stick to their work. So did I.

I was a good student at school and was admitted to a university in Lanzhou, which is the capital of Gansu province. In 1989, the year of the June Fourth incident, there was unrest at my university but I played no part in it. In fact I resented having my lessons disrupted by student protests. For example if I or any of my classmates tried to walk to the classroom to attend a lecture we would be prevented from doing so by other students throwing stones at us.

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