Archive for July, 2007

DBP Comments

July 31st, 2007 at 9:18 pm by David Farrar

A roundup of comment on the DBP affair.

The Dominion Post on Saturday said:

A conversation during which Mr Benson-Pope told Mr Logan he would “likely be less free and frank” in the presence of the ministry’s new communications head was misconstrued as, well, an indication he would “likely be less free and frank” in her presence.

This is all terribly unfair on Mr Benson-Pope, whose reputation has further been tarnished by mean-spirited nitpickers reminding him that when he was first asked if he or his office had played a part in Ms Setchell’s departure, he said: “No, I don’t know anything about the detail of that issue.”

So how is it that Ms Setchell got the push? The obvious answer is that politicians speak a different version of English. When Mr Benson-Pope said he didn’t know anything about the detail of the case it was assumed he was blissfully unaware of what had taken place. But what he actually meant was that he didn’t know how much compensation Ms Setchell was paid, what the weather was like on the day of her departure and what colour tie Mr Logan was wearing at the time.

The same day the NZ Herald says:

Mr Benson-Pope is departing because he seems to be congenitally incapable of “free and frank” explanations when he is cornered.

It is sad that at least one member of this Government and his political adviser do not credit people with professionalism. They are creatures, probably, of their own partisanship. That is not a sackable offence though perhaps it should be.

The country is better off without ministers and staff whose political instincts are so tribal they cannot trust anyone who consorts with the other side.

And finally the Press, also on Saturday, said:

David Benson-Pope is gone from the Cabinet, at last. He should have been sacked long ago.

The episode that finally finished him this week has all the elements which have combined to become his political trademark in the past few years: slipperiness, bluster, economy with the truth, weasel words, an inability to separate low political intrigue from the standards demanded of a Cabinet minister, and an uncanny knack for turning trifling matters into debacles.

That Benson-Pope has survived this long is an indictment in itself and Helen Clark’s Government deserves to be squirming as the Prime Minister finally confronted the necessary business at hand.

The loss of an unpopular, underachieving Cabinet minister will not be a deadly blow to Labour. The party’s problem lies in what his performance represents, the perception it feeds of a Government laden with dead wood, uncertain how to proceed, stung into life only by internal crisis, and entirely reliant on Clark to drag it up when it stumbles.

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VUWSA Exec unapologetic

July 31st, 2007 at 7:03 pm by David Farrar

What I find incredible is not that several members of the VUWSA Executive have done stupid things, but that they are so unapologetic for it.  Of course when your members can’t resign in disgust, it is easy to be petulant rather than accountable.

Salient reports the Lincoln Vice-President as saying:

“The officers who did this don’t seem to quite understand that they are in a role of leadership and have to lead by example. Every association is remembered for [its worst action] and sadly this year the Vic exec will not be remembered for anything positive – from a national view at least,”

The Exec members (excluding the President) don’t apologise for this, but attack the Lincoln VP and justify their actions by saying at least they didn’t sexually harrass anyone, like some other delegate did.

Their behaviour has been so bad even the student friendly Vic VC, Pat Walsh, has expressed his concern about their behaviour.  So how do the Exec react?

They blame Salient for reporting their behaviour in a sensationalist fashion?  Yes, seriously.  It is all Salient’s fault.  Those exec members have a fine career ahead as Labour Party Cabinet Minister’s blaming the media.

They are upset that Salient reported on their stealing things and licking up each other’s urine, rather than their positives such as conducting a workshop.  Reporting on this is “Tabloid ethics” it seems.

Anyway the Exec are now concentrating on issues of concern to Vic students.  They are supporting the industrial action against Spotless Services.  And what the fuck does that have to do with the 20,000 Vic students? Oh it is because such workers and students both get raw deals sometimes.  By this logic VUWSA will also be campaigning to help French farmers.

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Copyright (New Technologies) Bill

July 31st, 2007 at 3:39 pm by David Farrar

Well last Friday the Commerce Select Committee reported back on the now titled Copyright (New Technologies) Bill.

While there have been some improvements, which I will detail, the bill as a whole is still bad law.  It would be better for the bill to fail than to proceed.

New Zealand has been fortunate that up until now both the Government and Parliament has passed sensible legislation with regard to the Internet.  The Film, Videos and Publications Classification Act  was sensibly amended.  The Telecommunications Act was forward looking, and the Minister, David Cunliffe, has provided good leadership in this area.  The anti-spam legislation was excellent.  The changes to the Crimes Act were well balanced.

But with this bill, Parliament will be passing a law which owes more to keeping one particular industry in one particular country happy (the US music industry), than good law making.

The committee has made some improvements, and for that they should be thanked: They are:

  • better rules for libraries and archives around digital copying
  • an exception for testing of a computer program
  •  deletion of the two year expiry date for the format shifting exemption
  • ISP definition expanded to include content hosters
  • deletion of the requirement for an ISP to *automatically* terminate an account of a repeat infringer
  • increased fines for people who file false infringement notices on ISPs
  • definition of a protected technological protection measure altered to exclude the use of them for price discrimination or market segmentation
  • More neutral language for TPM circumvention devices (were called spoilers)
  • An easier process for people to try and get a TPM circumvented if for a permitted act

These are not unhelpful changes.  The addition of content hosters as ISPs is especially useful as it will protect even bloggers like me for liability over comments which may infringe copyright – until such time as I am alerted to them.

But let us look at the changes they did not make:

  • the transient reproduction exemption section (s43A) is so tightly defined that it may be difficult for an ISP to use as a defence. Likewise for the caching exemption (s92D)
  • retained a notice and takedown system such as the US DMCA has.  This can have chilling effects on free speech as ISPs get forced to make decisions on copyright infringement, and tend to automatically take down material complained about, even if the complaint is not justified.
  • did not expand the format shifting provision to all works, instead of sound recording only.  This means even if you buy a DVD you can’t copy the movie to your video ipod.
  • still allows the copyright holder to exempt themselves from format shifting by contract so even if you buy the CD, it may still be illegal to copy the song to your ipod.
  • maintains that one can only keep a recording of a TV show for as long as is reasonable necessary to view it at a more convenient time.

The original policy discussion papers by the Government were a B+.  But over time as the Government got lobbied they got more and more watered down and the bill which emerged was a D-.  The changes by the select committee make it a D+, maybe a C-.

Peter Griffin blogs on the bill and attacks the provisions which allow copyright holders to  contract out of format shifting.

Russell Brown managed to take a break from not commenting on David Benson-Pope or electoral financing to review the bill and calls it a mixed bag.  He suggests that if any music copyright holder wishes to contract out of format shifting they should be forced to have big labels on their CDs saying “YOU MAY NOT COPY THIS MUSIC TO YOUR IPOD”. A great idea – see how people buy those CDs then.

InternetNZ labels the revisions a failure to right the wrongs.

Tom Pullar-Strecker in the Dom Post reports it as a victory for the recording industry.

So just remember boys and girls.  You need to delete all your TV programmes off your cassettes or DVDs, once you have had a reasonable chance to watch them.  Keep them for more than a week and the copyright police may come knocking!

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DBP lied to the PM also

July 31st, 2007 at 9:17 am by David Farrar

It had been reported that the PM only learnt on Wednesday that DBP had told Hugh Logan that he was unlikely to have full and frank discussions with the Ministry if Setchell was kept on.

Now I assumed after questions in the House suggesting he had said he would not have her in his office, that DBP thought it was a good idea to let the PM know of that detail.  Or maybe that the PM had asked DBP whether there was anything additional.

But it seems that he never fessed up voluntarily.  The SSC informed Clark on Wednesday of his comments, and she then called in him to say he needs to tell the truth (this time) in the House as otherwise the comments would come via the SSC at some stage.

But get this – even though he sat down on Monday with the PM and her colleagues, and lied to them about what he said.  That was not a sackable offence.  It was only after the House on Thursday when the press gallery starting to state they had been lied to, that she decided he had to go.

So the moral of the story – you don’t get sacked for lying.  You get sacked for being caught out by the media in a lie.

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All women to be questioned

July 31st, 2007 at 9:04 am by David Farrar

The sentiments are good, but I really have to question the value judgements behind the decision to ask every woman in hospital aged 16 – 65 if they have ever been beaten up, threatened or sexually abused (or repeatedly criticised!).

If they were to be standard questions for all women with any sort of injury, then that would make sense.  But they are going to ask cancer sufferers, women with ingrown toenails, women having their tonsils out etc.

Why stop at hospitals?  Why not employ people to visit every home in NZ every six months, to ask the same thing?

Reducing domestic violence and child abuse is a good thing.  There is something wrong with those who hurt those they are meant to love.  But to start questioning women about such things, when there is not even a skerrick of evidence to suggest they are being abused seems over the top.  As I said, if they restricted it to those with any injury (no matter how innocent the explanation) then that would be more sensible targeting.

As an example of how this works, I presume then that if Helen Clark went into hospital to have her appendix out, she would be questioned as to whether her husband beats her up, whether he always criticises her and has she even been asked to do anything sexual she didn’t want to do.

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Dom Post on Electoral Finance Bill

July 30th, 2007 at 6:12 pm by David Farrar

A thumbs up to the Dom Post for devoting an editorial to the “draconian” Electoral Finance Bill.  They state:

Prime Minister Helen Clark swore she would put an end to anonymous trust funds and donations, which have financed both major parties, and that allowed National to outspend Labour in 2005. The public, she said, wanted to know who funded political parties and thereby pulled their strings. But the bill before the House does no such thing.

The Electoral Finance Bill thus caps third-party expenditure at $60,000, preposterously small given the cost of newspaper or television advertising.

But the greater concern is the bill’s attack on freedom of expression, the right to which is enshrined in the Bill of Rights Act. Choosing how to spend one’s own money is a freedom Kiwis individually and jointly have long enjoyed – now they are being told that, in election year, they can go this far and no further. It’s draconian.

Labour’s agenda is clear. It is determined to do all it can legislatively to make it very difficult for opponents to wage a political campaign in 2008 but, at the same time, will almost certainly add to the millions it is already spending on telling the community how to behave via a veritable wave of public education campaigns.

It’s just a pity that the Dom Post has devoted so little space in their news pages to the Bill.  99% of people who do not read blogs will have little idea about how far reaching the third party restrictions are. In their weekly Monday roundup of the previous week in the House, they didn’t even mention the Bill’s introduction as a major issue for the week.

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Possum Placards

July 30th, 2007 at 3:49 pm by David Farrar

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The Bay Chronicle has this wonderful photo of three possums and a hare campaigning for Wayne Brown.  Mr Brown does not know who is behind this – he must have an enthusiastic supporter or a critic who is being too subtle.

Of course the possums could be prosecuted for having an election placard which does not have an authorisation statement.  In future they may also need a financial agent and will need to sign a statutory declaration!

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Congratulations Jacqueline

July 30th, 2007 at 11:37 am by David Farrar

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Congratulations to Jacqueline Passey for her wedding to  GK.

Jacqueline and I almost went out once.

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Sensible Sentencing Trust ranks MPs

July 30th, 2007 at 11:21 am by David Farrar

The Sensible Sentencing Trust advocates for longer sentences for repeat violent criminals.  It’s website includes a database of MPs and an assessment of how sympathetic each MP is to their goals and policies.  Only 42 of the MPs are assessed, but still interesting to look at how the SST assesses each MP.  Their ratings, in order  from lowest to highest are:

Very Low

  • Turia, Tariana

Low

  • Turei, Metira

Likely Low

  • Anderton, Jim
  • Bradford, Sue
  • Locke, Keith
  • Tanczos, Nandor
  • Wilson, Margaret

Low to Middling

  • Barker, Rick
  • Cosgrove, Clayton
  • Fairbrother, Russell
  • Hartley, Ann
  • Pettis, Jill

Middling

  • Clark, Helen

Moderate

  • Goff, Phil
  • Key, John
  • Worth, Richard

Fairly High

  • Williamson, Maurice

Medium High

  • Borrows, Chester
  • Brownlee, Gerry
  • Carter, John
  • Goudie, Sandra

High

  • Brash, Don
  • Brown, Peter
  • Clarkson, Bob
  • Copeland, Gordon
  • Donnelly, Brian
  • Dunne, Peter
  • English, Bill
  • Hide, Rodney
  • Mapp, Wayne
  • Paraone, Pita
  • Peters, Winston
  • Roy, Heather
  • Ryall, Tonu
  • Smith, Nick
  • Stewart, Barbara
  • Tremain, Chris
  • Turner, Judy
  • Woolerton, Doug

Very High

  • Collins, Judith
  • Mark, Ron
  • Wong, Pansy
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COG on Electoral Finance Bill

July 30th, 2007 at 10:09 am by David Farrar

I have already given several examples of how incredibly bad the Electoral Finance Bill is. Now a few partisans out there think hey anything DPF is against must be good, so they are mindlessly supporting it.

So let me quote from some blog posts the Coalition for Open Government has to say on it. And bear in mind this is a lobby group which supports restrictions on third party campaigning.

First of all in this post they point out that the $60,000 limit is even worse if an unincorporated organisation has even a single member who is 17 or a foreigner. That organisation is then banned from being a third party and can spend only $5,000 in election year. So if a campaign group had a single member aged under 18 they would not be able to spend more than $5,000 in election year.

Secondly they point out that the ban on “taking a position on a proposition with which 1 or more parties or 1 or more candidates is associated” is so wide it will affect even commercial advertising. If a candidate stood for election with a policy of students should study at their local university, then Otago University would be banned from spending more than $60,000 encouraging students to enrol at Otago. If the Greens adopt a policy of encouraging people not to eat at McDonalds, then McDonalds will be banned from advertising itself. Yes the bill really is that fucked.

Thirdly the COG looks at how the EFB defines publication in relation to election advertising. They conclude the following activities will now be regulated and need statutory declarations or registration in order to be able to legally undertake any expenditure on:

  • handing out leaflets on a protest march
  • sending out a press release
  • operating a website
  • displaying placards at a demonstration
  • posting clips onto Youtube
  • putting up posters
  • writing slogans in chalk on the pavement

Then the COG discovers the bill is so badly written that it actually bans political parties from publishing issue ads in election year. So a Green Party advertisement opposing the Trans-Tasman Therapeutics Agency would be illegal.

But it gets even worse than that.  The definitions are so wide, that if it was election year National would not even be allowed to send out and publish press release calling for the Prime Minister to sack her Environment Minister.  Because as a proposition identified with a party, that is an election ad.

Now this is not my analysis.  This the analysis of a lawyer who is a member of the Coalition for Open Government.

If there has ever been an issue on which you should ring up talkback about,  write a letter to the editor, alert any organisations you belong to, and most of all make a submission to the Select Committee – this is it.  This is the biggest threat to free speech that we face.  Do not just assume that the bill is so draconian and badly drafted that of course it will be made better in select committee.  This is too important to leave to blind faith.

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LLU price range

July 30th, 2007 at 9:42 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post predicts the Commerce Commission is going to set the LLU access price at between $20 and $30.  This is a nonsense range to predict (and interesting their headline does not match their story).

We already have a price for unbundled bitstream access (which means ISPs use Telecom’s Dslams rather than install their owns) of $26.35. Any price greater than that would be an economic nonsense saying it costs more to not use Telecom’s equipment than it does to use it.

LLU will be uneconomic for many if the price is not $25 or below. On the other hand if it is below $20 then there could be concerns that this is not enough to of a return on capital for Telecom Networks to invest.

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Massive currency blunder

July 30th, 2007 at 9:31 am by David Farrar

The SST had a story yesterday about how the Government accidentally revealed to them in an OIA request how much money the Reserve Bank is willing to risk when intervening in the level of the dollar.

Once the speculators know this, the game is over and NZ is the loser.

The Government should be holding an inquiry into hos this happened.  This is not a minor mistake, but a huge fuck-up.

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Cost of prison

July 30th, 2007 at 8:53 am by David Farrar

Wow, the cost of keeping a prisoner in prison has increased, since 2001, from $155 a day to $253 a day.

Yet they still can’t keep cellphones and drugs out.

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Ha I was right

July 30th, 2007 at 8:44 am by David Farrar

I had dinner at La Casa Pasta with some students last night.  It was the first time I had been there since they moved premises along Dixon Street.  The food was pretty good, especially for the price.  Took a while to get the food, but worth waiting for.

Anyway at the table next to us was a group of Asian naval officers.  Someone queried what nationality they were and I said I thought they were Japanese.  Someone else insisted they were not and said they were Korean.  One person said he knew Japanese and they were not speaking Japanese.

I claim victory on the basis of this article in the Dom Post.  One day I’ll tell the story of what happened in my younger days when I asked a Chinese girl (who I had only met clubbing several hours earlier) whereabout in Japan she lived.  Surviving that incident provided a good incentive to improve my recognition abilities.  On the other hand hey I still regularly get asked if I am Australian when I travel!

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False Police report

July 30th, 2007 at 8:30 am by David Farrar

The level of confidence in the Police won’t be helped by this story in the Dom Post which reveals a report claiming new recruits were brighter than serving police officers had omitted the test results of recruits who had done poorly.

This report was quoted by the PM herself.  The Govt should demand answers from the Police and should stop trying to deny there is a problem, when there is one.

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Banks in the lead

July 30th, 2007 at 8:17 am by David Farrar

Despite being 6% behind John Banks (who he beat by 19,000 votes last time), Dick Hubbard seems to be in denial insisting voters were not unhappy with his performance.

Yeah, it’s just a random swing.

The left in Auckland are in dire straits.  Their de facto leader Hubbard has been a weak leader.  Their main brand of City Vision is damaged, and as incumbents they bear the wrath of residents over huge rates rises, fighting over water fee increases and everything that has gone wrong the past three years.

However just as there is a golden opportunity for the incompetents to be booted from office, infighting in the centre right could be the saviour for Hubbard and City Vision.  A centre right ticket led by Steve Crow won’t possibly win, but may get enough votes to save City Vision in a few wards. Likewise if Alex Swney stands, knowing that John Banks is leading Hubbard, then Hubbard will be the most likely beneficiary.

It will be an interesting contest to watch.

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Now that’s a conflict of interest

July 29th, 2007 at 8:59 pm by David Farrar

John Tamihere got paid $55,000 to advise the NZ Government on issues around the Waipareira Trust and the National Urban Maori Authority.

Now nothing wrong with that generally.  Tamihere would know a fair bit about both.

Except that during the period of the contract he was in fact Chief Executive of both bodies.

Can one imagine a greater conflict of interest?  Why does Te Puni Kokiri seem to operate with a different level of accountability to other agencies?

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Kiwiblog Reader Stats

July 29th, 2007 at 10:59 am by David Farrar

Okay thanks to the 500 or so people who took the time to do the quick reader survey.  Some interesting stats:

Gender

83% of respondents said they were male (in census are 48.1% of over 15 population). Not a total surprise as political discussion forums tend to be male dominated but more weighted that I thought it would be.  The occupation status later on might explain some of it. It would be useful if there were stats for other NZ blogs or political forums. to compare to  Of course my gratuitous occasional bikini shots may be to blame also!

Age

  •  Under 18 1.3% (9.5%)
  • 18 – 30 29.3% (16.2%)
  • 31 – 45 37.4% (28.2%)
  • 46 – 60 25.0% (24.7%)
  • 60+ 7.0% (21.4%)

The figures in brackets are for census population over 15.  Probably should ignore under 18s as most people at school are sensibly not into politics. A definite skew toward younger readers under 30 and very few over 60s.
Employment Status

  • FT Employed 54.7% (34.0%)
  • Self Employed 22.8% (16.1%)
  • PT Employed 2.8% (14.9%)
  • Student 11.7% (5.0%)
  • Retired 3.7% (17.1%)
  • Not in Workforce 2.6% (12.9%)
  • Other 1.7% (0.0%)

I was very surprised that one in four readers are self employed.  They must be the bastards who spend all day hitting refresh as they don’t have a boss! The census comparison figure probably overstates their number as that is counting anyone who gets any money from self employment.
Location

  • Auckland 29.1% (32.4%)
  • Wellington 32.4% (11.1%)
  • Christchurch 10.0% (8.0%)
  • Other NI 8.5% (32.5%)
  • Other SI 10.9% (16.0%)
  • Overseas 9.1%

I figured Wellington would be over-represented but not to this extent.  I guess this is the beltway! Also interesting that the South Island features quite well for its population, while the area most under represented is the North Island outside the two big cities.

Questions I didn’t ask this time was income level, employment industry, ethnicity, political leaning, sexual orientation.  These are all somewhat more personal.  But might do so.

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HoS on Daily Show

July 29th, 2007 at 9:48 am by David Farrar

The Herald on Sunday has run a story on the Daily Show video mocking the parliamentary ban on satire.

I didn’t think they would be allowed to use the word “anus” in the HoS but they were.  However the word “shit” had to be “sh*t”.  Heh quaint little rules.  Nice not to have them here.  I do have one self imposed standard.  The c word has only been used once or twice, and that in quoting someone else.  It’s the only word which I regard as too over the top for normal use.

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Pew Global Attitudes

July 29th, 2007 at 12:20 am by David Farrar

The Briefing Room has a copy of the Pew Global Attitudes Survey.  It’s a poll taken in 47 countries and had 45,239 respondents.  Lots of interesting stats despite the fact they do not seem to realise there is a Pacific as well as Asia region:

  •  Satisfaction with life has risen 11% in Eastern Europe since 2002
  • In US and Western Europe a large majority think their children’s lives won’t be as good as their own, however in Eastern Europe , Middle East, Asia And Africa most think it will be better for their children.
  • India has highest satisfaction with family life at 94%
  • In Jordan those lacking money for food has dropped from 35% to 5%
  • Only 12%in China are unhappy with country’s direction compared to 71% in Japan
  • 59% of those in Venezuela are dissatisfied with how their country is going
  • 35% of those in Venezuela have to offer bribes to get government service
  • Concerns about immigration are now 64% in Italy, 32% in Germany, 40% in UK and 29% in France.
  • In the UK only 39% say religious leaders have a good impact on UK and 52% a bad impact.  In Africa 80% to 90% say they have a good impact.
  • Multinational companies are most seen as bad in Europe and the US (where they come from) and are mainly seen as good in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia and especially Africa where they have 4:1 support
  • 46% of Jordanians name Iran as a threat to them
  • In South Korea 70% name Japan as a threat yet only 50% name North Korea.
  • Many African countries name al Qaeda as a major threat
  • In South Africa 57% name US as an ally and 41% name Zimbabwe as a threat
  • Those saying suicide bombings of civilians are never justified to protect Islam are 56% in Turkey, 6% in Palestine, 69% in Kuwait, 72% in Pakistan, 39% in Nigeria
  • The good news is the numbers saying suicide bombings are justified has fallen since 2002 by 40% in Lebanon, 24% in Pakistan, 20% in Jordan, and 16% in Indonesia.
  • Also support or confidence in Osama Bin Laden has fallen 36% in Jordan and 19% in Lebanon.  Still at 38% in Pakistan and 41% in Indonesia.
  • Hamas has 81% support in Bangladesh and 52% in Malaysia
  • Only 26% in Venezuela think Castro has been good for Cuba
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Who will get Welfare?

July 28th, 2007 at 4:07 pm by David Farrar

Benson Pope’s environment portfolio is minor and co go to almost anyone.  However welfare, or its new title of social development, is a major portfolio and not one you would give to a new Minister.

So putting aside who might get promoted to Cabinet for now, who from the existing Cabinet might get welfare?

Anderton is busy in agriculture.  Maharey has done it before. Goff is overseas too much. Hodgson couldn’t do it without giving up Health (which some might say would be fine).  They’d have to be half crazy to give to Parekura and fully crazy to give it to Burton.

King would seem the most logical.  She is capable and under used.  She might not want it of course.  Mallard is a possibility if he gave up some of his economic portfolios to a rising Minister such as Cunliffe or Cosgrove.  So only going to happen in a fuller reshuffle.

Going into the second row Ruth Dyson has a long involvement in related areas such as CYFS, ACC.  Could be a stretch for her.  Dalziel isn’t an impossibility either.

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Congrats Tim & Ramon

July 28th, 2007 at 3:52 pm by David Farrar

Since congratulations to Tim Barnett and Ramon Maniapoto who will be having a civil union in November.

Ramon is a lovely nice guy who I doubt anyone could say a bad word about. And I’ve always found Tim a very decent approachable guy whom I’ve enjoyed working with on various issues.

Tim and Ramon have been together for six years and now want to make a formal life long commitment to each other.  I’m pleased they can now do so and have their relationship recognised.

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Broadband Speeds

July 28th, 2007 at 12:44 pm by David Farrar

The NZ Herald has published the results of readers sending in their broadband speed tests, and they are interesting reading.  The survey is not fully scientific, but there are still some clear differences it seems.

They have divided the results up into seven speed bands, which makes comparisons difficult.  I’ve summarised these into two bands – under 1500k and over 1500k.  Results for each ISP in terms of under/over is:

  1. Maxnet 12.5%/87.5%
  2. Orcon 13.1%/86.9%
  3. World Exchange 17.7%/82.3%
  4. Netsmart 25%/75%
  5. TelstraCclear 25.1%/75%
  6. Xtra 28.5%/71.4%
  7. Slingshot 52.9%/47.15
  8. Ihug 66.5%/33.2%
  9. Woosh 81.8%/18.2%
  10. ICONZ 100%/0%

I’d caution that the total sample size for the ISPs are pretty small.  By doing some reverse maths I calculate the following number of responses:

  1. ICONZ 5
  2. Maxnet 8
  3. World Exchange 17
  4. Netsmart 20
  5. Slingshot 34
  6. TelstraClear 56
  7. Woosh 22 (or 66)
  8. Orcon 46 (or 92)
  9. Ihug 69 (or 118)
  10. Xtra – no obvious number but presumably more than any other ISP

Now another calculation I’ve done is the average speed.  I calculate this by taking the midpoint of each speed range and assigning 7500K to the range above 5000 (being midpoint of 5000 and 7500 which is the max ADSL speed).

  1. Netsmart 3.7 Mb/s
  2. Maxnet 3.5 Mb/s
  3. World Exchange 3.2 Mb/s
  4. TelstraClear 3.0 Mb/s
  5. Orcon 2.9 Mb/s
  6. Xtra 2.6 Mb/s
  7. Slingshot 1.6 Mb/s
  8. Ihug 1.4 Mb/s
  9. Woosh 1.2 Mb/s
  10. ICONZ 0.8 Mb/s

Again the Herald survey was not full representative but I think it does still tell a story with some of those differences.

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Front Bench matchups

July 28th, 2007 at 11:48 am by David Farrar

John Armstrong reviews the clashes of the front benches.  A summary:

  • Clark vs Key – still too close too call
  • Cullen vs English – no clear winner yet
  • Hodgson vs Ryall – thumbs up for Ryall, thumbs down for Hodgson
  • Maharey vs Rich – thumbs down for Maharey
  •  Parker vs Smith – thumbs up for Smith
  • King vs Brownlee – thumbs up for King

John didn’t do Collins vs Benson-Pope.

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A smart unionist

July 28th, 2007 at 11:43 am by David Farrar

“EPMU national secretary Mr Little saw encouraging business investment and raising productivity as essential.”

NZ Herald 28 July 2007

I just can’t imagine Jim Knox ever saying something like that.

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