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Jacinda’s Maori problem

Maori aren’t happy with the budget, but they only have themselves to blame for rejecting the Maori party and returning all Maori seats to Labour.

One former Labour MP, John Tamihere, isn’t happy at all with the budget: Quote:

The Government has a major problem on its hands in light of the settings announced in the Budget because Māori issues are both manifest and intergenerational.

All governments have struggled with policy settings over the Māori Problem. The tension between universal versus targeted funding looms large. There must be an acknowledgement that both policies have merit, but for some reason targeting is not widely supported.

Universalism means that in an ideal world, the blanket policy encompasses and is available to all members of society. The main criteria here is that it is a basic right and does not open the door to allegations against race, colour, creed or class. An example of this is the government pension scheme that pays all Kiwis over the age of 65 a benefit, regardless of whether you are from the top or bottom end of town.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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How long before this happens here?

The UK is a basket case, but this is what happens when you let identitarians and virtue signallers run a political party.

Breitbart reports: Quote:

A middle-aged man with a beard has been accepted to stand for a woman-only position in a local Labour Party branch because he “identifies” as female for a few hours a day once a week.

The Basingstoke Labour Party accepted David Lewis, 45, as an official candidate for their “women’s officer” role, where he will be responsible for representing women’s issues and recruiting more females.

I self-identify as a woman on Wednesdays, between 6.50 am when my alarm goes off and around midnight when I go to bed,” Mr. Lewis told the Spectator, explaining that he does not change his pronouns, clothes, appearance, or behaviour.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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More shenanigans in parliament as Mallard slowly loses control

Parliament is becoming a farce with the speaker demanding members withdraw and apologise for things they have no knowledge or understanding of. In one case Trevor Mallard demanded one member withdraw and apologise for a comment made to the member’s bench mate that he miraculously heard through his deaf ear.

His high-handed, doctrinaire and, frankly, rude demeanour isn’t working. He finally lost patience with Paula Bennett and tossed her from the house.

Newshub reports: Quote:

National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett has been booted out of Parliament by the Speaker Trevor Mallard during a fraught session of Question Time.

She is the first MP to be kicked out since the new Government took power.

Question Time became chaotic on Thursday afternoon as National MPs repeatedly raised points of order with Mr Mallard in the Debating Chamber.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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Rubbish mayor also a rubbish manager

Phil Goff surely can’t be enjoying being mayor. Right now he and his office are under the hammer for playing fast and loose with the local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.

It also seems that he has annoyed most of his councillors and at the same time his staff are rubbish and his office not much better: Quote:

Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s office staff have been found to feel the worst about working for Auckland Council.

The organisation’s latest survey found 51 per cent of its staff were at least moderately engaged in their jobs.

However, only 22 per cent of those working in the mayor’s office were engaged – 8 per cent down on the previous survey 18 months prior.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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Hoist with his own petard

Phil Twyford has been hoist with his own petard.

When Gerry Brownlee was faced with his own breach of CAA regulations Phil Twyford has this to say: Quote:

Labour is calling on Brownlee to push the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report.

It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to flout airport security rules in the way Gerry Brownlee did. By giving him the maximum fine the CAA has rejected Mr Brownlee’s initial attempt to play down the seriousness of his offence,” Transport spokesman Phil Twyford said.

Mr Brownlee made a tonne of excuses at the time, most of them hard to believe. The only way the truth will come out is if the report is released. Either Gerry Brownlee should publically ask CAA to release it or the new Minister of Transport should order the Authority to do so.” End quote. 

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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Got him! Judith nails Twyford

Credit: Luke

Judith Collins has Phil Twyford’s head on a pike. Radio NZ reports: Quote:

Transport Minister Phil Twyford has been stripped of some of his responsibilities after making a phone call on a plane after the aircraft doors had shut.

Mr Twyford offered his resignation to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday, but she declined the offer.

“I made a mistake and I clearly wasn’t thinking straight at the time – and I recognise that. It was unacceptable and I apologise unreservedly.”

Mr Twyford made a one minute phone call to one of his staff while on a plane preparing for take off from Wellington airport on 17 May, he said.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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Oral questions: 24 May 2018

Questions to Ministers

  1. WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he seen on the strength of the Government’s finances?
  2. PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies and actions?
  3. PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister for Economic Development: What level is business confidence now, according to the latest ANZ Business Outlook survey? Read more »

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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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‘Tiny O’Toole’ found guilty, but will stay as councillor

The Kapiti councillor charged with indecent assault has been found guilty and vows to stay on in his job. The NZ Herald reports: Quote:

Defiant Kāpiti Coast district councillor David Scott is refusing to stand down from his position despite being found guilty of indecent assault against a female council staff member.

The 71-year-old said he had received more than 100 messages of support from ratepayers wanting him to remain at his post.

The jury at a trial at Wellington District Court took three and a half hours to reach the guilty verdict today.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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Tracy Watkins on question time

Tracy Watkins has an opinion piece on Stuff about the unfolding debacle at question time: Quote:

Parliament’s debating chamber has never been a place for the faint hearted. After all, they don’t call it the bear pit for nothing.

So it was only a matter of time before Parliament blew up over Speaker Trevor Mallard’s drive to clean up question time.

Speaker-in-waiting for the last decade, Mallard came into the job with some firm ideas about how things would run under his rule but his effort to stamp out heckling and the usual rough and tumble of political debate is going down like a cup of the proverbial.   

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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