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@igm: Paul Davidson is no worse than any other member of his profession. They are all a bunch of lying unsavoury bastards who prostitute themselves, so what’s special about this one? I have no brief for CrimDotCon…. but this Davidson character does seem to be doing rather well for his client, don’t you think?
David Cunliffe will be disappointed by the Stuff poll on the 2000 new teachers/small class sizes policy announcement. The Greens have welcomed the policy, yet the number of people who think it will make either a major or moderate impact on outcomes is significantly less than the combined Labour/Green vote across polls.
If Mr Cunliffe can’t take his own supporters with him, what hope does he have convincing floating voters?
It is interesting to note how many of National’s press releases are self-congratulatory messages proclaiming that they’ve spent more money on something or other as if spending money we have to borrow is somehow a measure of success? Like an individual, any fool can borrow spend it on something and say “look at how wonderful I am” for having spent someone elses money.
The problem is that all of the goodies the Socialists give out, the gains are highly visible whereas the losses are widely dispersed and hidden via inflation and taxes. Few have any direct experience or understanding of how much prosperous we would be outside a socialist state (that’s why at the extreme in Soviet Russia, China, North Korea etc, contact with the then capitalist West had to be limited).
National’s sole principle seems to be that power must be obtained by convincing the Public that their version of Socialism is better than Labours. All the below sounds great and if you are forced to argue against the below on “twitter” or “facebook” it’d be hard to forward an argument in an environment with short attention spans (maybe that’s why forums like here are popular)
“If Mr Cunliffe can’t take his own supporters with him, what hope does he have convincing floating voters?”
I can’t believe a political savvy person like you gets it wrong.
He IS taking his supporters.
His supporters, the ones that backed him financially and voted for him to become leader, are the unions.
This was payback for two of the militant unions of old, the PPTA and the NZEI.
As for the Labour voters……..
Lecher Len the Ratepayers’ Friend has really screwed voters this time. So long as everyone has the vote in local body elections, we will get these self serving, delusional bastards in power. We must revert to ratepayers only, having the vote, not the likes of Penny Bright and State house dwellers.
Actually Andy, the teacher unions seem not to actually directly fund Labour with cash in the same way that EPMU, SFWU and others do. But there is little doubt that this policy is a sap to the unions, and was probably written by NZEI.
To its credit, PPTA is actually prepared to step outside its bubble and work with the Government on the Investing in Educational Success policy, and that is most welcome. You’ll seldom see me praise a union, but PPTA deserves credit for actually engaging on a policy which will benefit both its members and the students they teach.
First of all, susan wood had a guy on who blows into straws to make sound. that’s it. i shit you not. she cackled away like he was a genius. a low point in new zealand radio.
Then she starts crapping on about “inequality” (which wasnt a problem when she was on 500 stacks a year). She keeps telling the same stat – the top 9 billionaires in aussie have the same net worth as the bottom 1.34 million households.. apparently thats dangerous. then she states “the sad thing is, the people in the bottom 1.34 million households dont even realise there is inequality, they thing they are normal”.
what a fucking moron.
thats on top of yesterdays “ive been getting abuse from people on the left & right this morning. that must mean im doing a good job”. no, it means youre a shit head and no one can stand you.
No, maybe not with cash handouts but they spend a lot of cash and manpower to campaign for Labour and against National.
Have a look at their website:
Labour’s education policies will raise quality teaching and learning
Smaller class sizes will be a big boost to student learning
Laptops for students will help level the playing field
Minister out of touch on school donations
Teachers and principals welcome Labour’s plans to address inequality in education
National tends to govern by select committee, which then holds them hostage to every matter conceivable that the left raises through the public consultation process.
National then directs ‘resources’ based upon the ‘state of the national economy’ to the issues raised. They then say they are being pragmatic in an MMP enviroment. The public tend to swallow that.
They have no over-arching national narrative other than ‘the economy’, which means they govern from day to day, and the issues the left raises from that. Keating said you need a narrative so as to carry the public with you.
They don’t really say what they are doing. And they don’t stand for anything. They waste government, it’s staff, and it’s funding.
For those who don’t know what cloward-piven is, it is the strategy that would overwhelm the country’s economic system by making so many people dependent upon the state, it would cause an economic crash that would usher in Socialism ass they Private sector would be so destroyed from regulations the unsustainable burden to support an ever expanding welfare state:
When you look at Obama opening the borders to destitute Latinos and promising them free everything, “conspiracy theory” suddenly seems to become “conspiracy fact”
See Slitherer Little reckons police are keeping charges down to enhance their clearance stats. Hope he has a run in with O’Connor on this Labour lie. Labour are coming through as the filth of society, lying and self-serving mongrels.
Harriet, are you implying that you would see select committees abolished especially the kind you find disagreeable. Select Committees in fact form an incredibly important part of our democracy where both opposition and government MPs have a chance to give a more considered and measured response to government legislative changes and proposals. Not forgetting submission also from the public on legislative changes and proposals .
Are you presenting your theocratic agenda proposals that would see the select committee proposal abolished .!
You also haven’t a clue how consensus politics work which is exactly what is happening at the moment which doesn’t happen to include your far right leaning agenda.
The poor polling of the C P would indicate such.!
I find both Stephie and Red to be much of a muchness. Both use very similar rhetorical tactics. One screams “racist” at anyone who opposes Obama, the other screams “communist” at anyone who supports Key.
“Far Right” is probably the most intellectually lazy term I’ve ever heard. What they mean is “nationalist”.
A headline in the Hooooorald said they suspected a “far-right” Israeli individual was suspected of murdering a Palestinian boy in a reprisal attack on the murder of 3 Jewish youths.
Despite not knowing who murdered this boy, at least the Hooooorald has assured us that all those who value free markets, liberty, free speech and minimal government (i.e. the opposite of “far-right” Hitler) in our lives are likely to be responsible for said murder.
Yesterday there was a post on equality of outcomes.
Here we have an example of how out of control “equality” has become. In the Uk ,one of our basic freedoms ,freedom of belief without interference from the state is now over ruled by “equality” legislation.
I sincerely hope RD1 realise the damage the little leftie McKay is doing to their business. So long as they advertise around his socialist hyperbole the less inclined a lot of us are to use their stores. Farmlands, PGGF, etc., are all in the surrounds, not appearing to support this little leech.
Weirdness this morning on TV One’s Good Morning show. The two lesbian winners of the Australian version of My Kitchen Rules, Carly and Tresne, were on (and of course Ginette was praising their coming out as being ‘married’ and saying “New Zealand needs more of this”).
So, before they start cooking, the one with the longer hair takes salt (I think it is salt but it could be some other condiment) and makes a “circle of empowerment” on the floor in the studio for both of them to stand in, so that (as she says) “their cooking may be successful”.
So, we had a full dose on morning TV today – gay, married, and possibly witches (or new agers).
Your post reminds me why I gave up watching real time TV 8 years ago.
You should try it, too.
Most things worth watching can be viewed on demand.
You can stream many sporting events like the World Cup and the Olympics.
And if you want to view live rugby, it’s better to watch it at the pub anyway.
Published: 12:49PM Tuesday July 08, 2014 Source: AP
Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licences a day before the start of legal sales, and 21 hours before the only store licenced to sell in Seattle was set to open, a line was already forming.
When will we have a referendum?
The war on drugs has failed and the real thing is safer than the crap we experimented with.
Scott Chris – yes, kids should benefit from that. They would also benefit if the class was smaller still and the teacher spent 90% of their time teaching and 10% of their time on paperwork.
People who do the budgets have to work out where the money is best spent.
Say you have a crap teacher who now spends 25% instead of 30% of their time on paperwork – do the kids benefit?
Say you have five teachers, one a top teacher, two mediocre teachers, one new teacher who isn’t very effective and one crap teacher who is very good at paperwork.
What if they pooled their abilities and experience and all worked to their strengths as much as possible, sharing classes? The good administrator could do the bulk of the paperwork, the mediocre teachers could do routine teaching, and the excellent teacher could inspire the pupils and focus on the most gifted and most difficult kids and mentor the beginner teacher.
Under the system I’m familiar with if you were lumbered with a so-so or a crap teacher you had to put up with that for a year and hope you drew a better straw the next year.
I got two years with a mediocre teacher simply so I wasn’t in the same class as my older sister two years in a row.
The current KB Curia Public Poll Average poll puts the Conservatives at 1.5%,.
Redbaiter is that , a joke.!
Stephie, you both are. Seriously, you with your accusations of racism towards anyone on the hard Right, or who opposes Obama’s dodgy policies, and Red with his “your all communists” attacks on Key supporters. What’s the difference?
An average is just that, an average. The indications are that they are rising, and that they will run a good campaign. I won’t be voting for them myself, but I would like to see them in Parliament. Your insinuation that the Conservatives are racists is just as dumb as Red’s claim that everyone who supports Key is a traitor and a commie.
On those issues, your BOTH a joke.
That said, unlike Red I think your a nice enough chap, and I applaud you for standing up to the Jew haters and for having a go at Yowza for his soft soaping Communist crimes.
Red on the other hand is not a nice chap, and seems in desperate need of a wrap around jacket and a rubber room.
A source within Waikato Tainui confirmed the young man in the video, who claims he is a top kapa haka leader, is Korotangi Paki – the Maori King’s middle child and younger son.
The video has already had close to 800 shares on Facebook and is likely to be of further embarrassment to Mr Paki’s father King Tuheitia.
A tribal source believes the video was likely taken about two years ago, around the time when Mr Paki was with Te Wharekura o Rakaumanga kapa haka side that competed at the national secondary school school championships in Whangarei.
The source said Mr Paki was his school’s kaitataki tane (male leader in a kapa haka group) but was kicked out of the team for bad behaviour while on the trip and sent home.
In the 25 second video, Mr Paki says; “rubbish c###, rubbish…I’m the f###### man boy. I’ll f###### show you how to lead a f###### roopu (group) boy, I’ll f###### show you what the f### is up c###.
I’m the f####### kaitataki f###### tane (male leader)..o te motu boy. I’m the f###### man, I’ll show you what is f###### up c###.”
Latest income stats show child povert rate has fallen 3% since 2011.
Given that children generally don’t have an independent income, it makes me laugh when I see reports that come up with conclusions like this.
Just because the parents income has increased, or the reverse, dropped, doesn’t mean the children involved are affected. One of the problems we have with child poverty in New Zealand, is not that the parent’s are not getting sufficient income, but how that income is utilised to provide children with the deemed essentials of life.
Even the odd millionaires children have been known to suffer from material neglect, when the parent just doesn’t see it their responsibility to provide.
The problem isn’t necessarily the amount of money – its how its being spent. For some the need is genuine, their rent/mortgage etc is too high, and so the kids miss out – but for others, those who deem their own enjoyment more valuable than their childrens needs, its not income level that the cause – its plain shitty parenting.
Say you have a crap teacher who now spends 25% instead of 30% of their time on paperwork – do the kids benefit?
No, not much which suggests the reason why smaller class sizes appear to have little effect on teaching effectiveness is because there are a lot of crap teachers that need to be assessed and weeded out.
Still think 30 kids is too many to teach, assess and evaluate properly. 26 is plenty.
Will the former Dear Leader, now resident of New York, take advantage of this?
The United Nations has announced it will recognise the gay marriages of all its staffers, in a major policy shift that opens the door for the spouses of homosexual employees to enjoy the same benefits as the husbands and wives of their heterosexual colleagues.
A very small point, FWIW: The ‘Maori King’ is a Tainui-only construct created by the European colonial government as a matter of political expediency. Its creation suited the purposes of the participants admirably, and at the time it made perfect sense. The ‘King’s’ ‘status’ is definitely NOT recognised by any of the other tribes, who would never dream of being in ‘servitude’ to a tribe that many of them consider to hold a very low position within Maoridom.
The collective memories of certain tribes concerning the ‘status’ of Tainui go back a very long way (pre-European in many cases) and as a result some things are never going to change. This is one of them…
As I said, a very small point, but an important one….
“That well-known bastion of right wing nuttery – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – has released data showing that US temps have not risen in the last decade and have, in fact, dropped.
Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor siting issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments to provide an accurate nationwide temperature record. USCRN began compiling temperature data in January 2005. Now, nearly a decade later, NOAA has finally made the USCRN temperature readings available.
According to the USCRN temperature readings, U.S. temperatures are not rising at all – at least not since the network became operational 10 years ago. Instead, the United States has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.
The decline in the US matches what we know about the temperature stagnation occurring all over the planet for the last 17 years:
Second, for those who may point out U.S. temperatures do not equate to global temperatures, the USCRN data are entirely consistent with – and indeed lend additional evidentiary support for – the global warming stagnation of the past 17-plus years. While objective temperature data show there has been no global warming since sometime last century, the USCRN data confirm this ongoing stagnation in the United States, also.
Third, the USCRN data debunk claims that rising U.S. temperatures caused wildfires, droughts, etc
Never mind Griff – you can’t be right all the time. Ugh.wait a minute………..
‘Because they can’ is exactly correct. NZ Refining (at Marsden Point, Whangarei) refines the majority of petroleum products used in New Zealand. Conveniently (strangely?) it is owned by the Big Three (we know them as Mobil, BP, Caltex) and (possibly still) Z (formerly Shell) as well, and as such they can do as and what they wish in respect of charging for their products. The system works on a rotational basis; this week (for example) BP will raise its prices, to be followed immediately by the other companies as they all ‘struggle to make a profit in these tough financial times’, and ‘don’t want to be financially disadvantaged’ by the actions of a ‘competitor’. That way, all prices will go ‘us’ (the oil companies) and everyone will make money. A few weeks from now the process will be repeated, initiated by another one of these ‘supposedly’ competitive companies, and so on and so on… If you watch carefully, it is possible to predict who is going to raise prices and when.
It’s a total rort of course, and has been going on for years. Unfortunately it won’t change any time soon. The oil companies all cry ‘poverty’ and plead ignorance and ‘hard times’ but that is for ‘public consumption only’ and the protestations (and ‘words of contrition’) are, at best, only ‘crocodile’ tears. . .
It’s all about ‘profits’ and they (sorry, NZRef) make lots and lots. It’s an unfortunate ‘hazard’ of being a monopoly, so someone’s got to take the risk.
BTW: If you want some light reading on the subject (albeit on the international scene) I would refer you to Anthony Sampson’s ‘The Seven Sisters’. Written before OPEC changed the rules (to an extent), I believe it is available online, and is very enlightening, in respect of the cartels and who is related to whom, and why…As it was published in 1975, it is now somewhat dated in certain respects, but as a ‘background’ it’s informative. As I said, ‘light’ reading, if you are interested.