labour party policy

Is this Labour Party policy worth stealing?

The Labour Party want to require all rental homes to be warm, dry and safe to live in. Is this a good idea? 58% of readers surveyed said yes it is and 18% of them thought it was so good that John Key should steal it just like he has nicked Labour Party ideas before. After all, how hard is it to get back into power if the incumbent keeps nicking any half way decent ideas that your rag tag bunch manages to come up with?

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Should foreign Speculators be banned from buying existing homes?

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Almost 48% of our readers think that Labour’s policy idea is a good one but only 30% of them think that it is good enough for John Key to steal.

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Who should be responsible for ensuring that homes are affordable?

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The overwhelming majority of Whaleoil readers agree that no one is responsible for ensuring that homes are affordable. Market forces, ?supply and demand, determine house prices.

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Does it do good or does it feel good?


In a continuation of the article about the differences between the left and the right’s worldview, let’s analyse a 2007 political policy decision by asking these questions:

Does it do good?

Does it feel good?

In 2007 the Labour government changed the law so that the intellectually disabled would be paid the minimum wage. This was a feel good policy and they ignored the many families (including my own) that begged them to reconsider. We told them it would hurt intellectually disabled men and women who needed a lot of supervision and staff support in order to be able to work. If they forced sheltered workshops to the pay minimum wage then they would have to close. Businesses who previously were happy to take on a disabled person would shut their doors because an intellectually disabled person needs support to do their job, unlike an able-bodied person.

The Labour government, under Helen Clark, ignored the pleas of families all over New Zealand because, to them, this was a policy that looked great on paper and made people ignorant of the truth feel good.

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Another Labour policy stuff-up

When even your own team is starting to do public facepalms highlighting your stuff-ups, they really, really want you gone.

The whiteanting continues at No Right Turn:

Over the weekend, Labour leader David Cunliffe announced plans for a “digital bill of rights”, to protect access to the Internet and outlaw warrantless surveillance. Which is good, but then there’s this bit:

“It would also guarantee freedom of expression, thought, conscience and religion, while still outlawing hate speech.”

This sounds good – but its actually an erosion compared to what we have at present. Those freedoms, whether offline or on, are currently protected by the BORA.

But hate speech isn’t outlawed in practical terms (there is a crime of inciting racial disharmony, but there was only a single prosecution under the 1971 Act, and the consensus now is that the BORA has made it almost impossible to prosecute).

So that “still” hides a massive crackdown on online expression. It may be expression we don’t like, that we find hateful and offensive [ Are you thinking Whaleoil here? ?I am! ], but that doesn’t justify outlawing it, any more than it justifies outlawing rickrolling.

Which means the answer to Labour’s proposal has to be “no thanks”.

Good luck with that election-thing.

The Labour Party really should run these ideas past people before testing them out on the public. ?I know, it’s a lack of money, but it shows that time and time again, the internal knowledge of the Labour Party isn’t sufficient to do an adequate job.

And anything coming from Kim Dotcom Clare Curran… experience should teach them that nothing goes public without a good proof read by someone outside of the Labour Party. ?([email protected])


Yeah…. nah.

(points for the apostrophe though!)


– No Right Turn