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Guardian editorial thinks Helen Clark is inappropriate to lead the UN

This must be devastating for Helen Clark to read, in what is probably her favourite media organisation, one that she usually gets a ?free reign in opining on whatever she feels like, has published an editorial suggesting that she is inappropriate to succeed Ban Ki Moon as UN General Secretary.

The United Nations confronts war, famine, disease, climate change and much else, but perhaps the greatest and most persistent challenge the organisation has faced is the tendency of its member states to deny it the leadership its work requires. The issue is back, as it is every decade, with?the selection of a new secretary general to take over in 2016.

The UN enshrined the idea of harnessing the talents of a group of men and women from around the world, accountable to governments but working exclusively for the global good. It has only sometimes, and quite by accident, been fulfilled. When there is sufficient leadership to give life to it, the arts of peace flourish and the global discourse is enriched. When there is not, a price is paid in blood.

Fair, noble aspirations…if somewhat motherhood and apple pie in their outlook.

The editorial then disses the British candidate before setting upon Helen Clark.

The field of those seeking to be the next secretary general is widely felt to be underwhelming. Helen Clark, the head of the UN Development Programme, gave an example of how a UN official should not behave when, before the current secretary general was even halfway through his term, she began to discuss, in these pages, her interest in succeeding him. It is time for something more serious. A small search committee should be established, led by Kofi Annan, with representatives of the permanent members of the security council, other regions, and a professional headhunter, and it should work through most of next year. The idea that candidates should be limited to one region is unfounded and can be dispensed with. The council should recommend more than one candidate to the general assembly, which should make an appointment for a single term of seven years.

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Are First Union membership fees funding anti Semitism?



“New Zealand does have to have a stronger line, and make…absolutely say that what’s happening in Gaza is just beyond the pale. I mean, 1500 people dead already, 9000 injured, people locked in as David Shearer said, basically an open air prison and just being bombed every day of the week since this campaign’s been on. New Zealand has to step up and say more and part of saying more is to get over this thing about saying on one hand Israel, on one hand Hamas, the brutality, the war crimes that are happening are happening from the Israeli side and Israel has to be made to account for what is happening”?

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PSA hits members with 11 &12% increases on enjoyment – Observation by the Owl

The PSA Union have increased their rates on their holiday homes to members with a whopping 11% and 12% increase..

While crying living wage inequalities and the poverty gap arguments – the PSA Union show their true colours by hitting the union members with large increases almost 4 times the CPI.

Now holiday homes are now getting out of reach for the average union member. (Source PSA website)

Location? Sleeps Now 1-Apr-14 Increase % Increase
Whitianga 2 $62.00 $69.00 $7.00 11%
Whitianga 3 $72.00 $80.00 $8.00 11%
Whitianga 5 $82.00 $91.00 $9.00 11%
Whitianga 7 $113.00 $125.00 $12.00 11%
Rotorua 4 $46.00 $51.00 $5.00 11%
Rotorua 4 $49.00 $55.00 $6.00 12%
Rotorua 5 $51.00 $57.00 $6.00 12%
Raumati 5 $56.00 $62.00 $6.00 11%
Raumati 5 $72.00 $80.00 $8.00 11%
Raumati 7 $82.00 $91.00 $9.00 11%
Nelson 5 $56.00 $62.00 $6.00 11%
Carters Beach 5 $51.00 $57.00 $6.00 12%
Otematata 6 $51.00 $57.00 $6.00 12%
Te Anau 6 $51.00 $57.00 $6.00 12%

The PSA is another union well past its use by date. ?? Read more »

General Secretary. It’s been bugging me

Scoop Media’s Alastair Thompson has stood down as the interim General Secretary of the Internet Party.

Vikram Kumar has taken up the role of interim General Secretary of the Internet Party.


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When is a resignation not a resignation?

If anyone should be having some quality time to reflect on life at Huka Lodge, it should be the hapless Alastair Thompson.

Yesterday unnamed sources behind the “Pakeha?Internet Party” released this


There is “I” in Internet Party Team, by the way. ? /bad joke

Not long after that presser, Scoop published this through gritted professional journalism teeth ? Read more »