I guess I'm incapable of arguing with libertarians in good faith
Surely that's, as much as anything, because the likes of Jamie Whyte are inevitably stalking horses. They can only be seen as engaging in good faith so long as their intellectual vanity blinds them to the cynicism of their real enablers.
I do find it strange that when I have suggested removing GST form certain common items I get told how impossible that is by many on this platform because we have such a "simple" tax system and that must be "a good thing". Only our "simple" tax system is extraordinarily unfair on the least well off sections of our society. Thanks Rogernomics.
Australia's exemption of food from the the GST introduced in 2000 came about thanks to the now electorally extinct Australian Democrats, who made it a condition of their support for what was an unpopular new tax.
From my recollection, the only casualties were the likes of boutique ice cream manufacturers, who found their products suddenly reclassifieed as confectionary, and therefore subject to GST.
While the Howard Government of the time made the usual noises about exemptions blighting the purity of a "simple" tax system, the GST-free status of food now seems pretty much set in stone.
Accusing his personal lawyer of many years of "name-dropping" and "misrepresentation" is merely Key's latest desperate tactic to try and distance himself from the Panama Papers fallout.
How are you going to keep people out of Auckland? Dawn raids? Internal passports?
Internal passports - if history's any guide, that's a slippery slope to starvation and cannibalism in the godforsaken hinterland:
"Many of the deportees were people in Moscow and Leningrad who had been unable to obtain an internal passport. The passportization campaign began with a December 27, 1932 decision by the Politburo to issue internal passports to all residents of major cities. One of their objectives was to "cleanse Moscow, Leningrad and the other great urban centers of the USSR of superfluous elements not connected with production or administrative work, as well as kulaks, criminals, and other antisocial and socially dangerous elements."
I used to do a monthly newsletter for the Council Housing Unit, which kept people informed and connected, they organised social events and created a community (heck the Library bus would pull up at least once a week - it doesn't exist now!) – then new brooms swept all that unnecessary expense away...
There was even a City Housing quiz trophy, which my late mum's team carried home on several occasions. A Council minibus would collect participants and drop them home afterwards. All gone now.
Nothing to see here folks, moving right along. Let's go bash some beneficiaries instead.
Here's Transparency International NZ Chair Suzanne Snively's open letter to John Key after the 2014 election. High-minded and positive stuff, though perhaps somewhat tainted by Snively having been outed only four months earlier for apparently exploiting her position for her personal benefit.
Transparency International NZ's media release from April 6 is pretty much an admission that the lofty principles promoted in their post-election open letter have been treated as window dressing by the Government. From touting for the role of John Key's Jiminy Cricket consciense in the golden years ahead, Snively seems to have moved on to hand-wringing over having been ignored.
But, what we do know, is that Our Leader is a friend of Youknowhat....
Though not in his capacity as, uh, Prim Monster, so nothing to see there, yeah nah?
In the disability world luck and love definitely play a part. For a disabled person life will be a lot easier if you are lucky to have the love of someone eg a mother, to advocate for you.
Personality and appearance certainly counts, for good or ill. A certain agency dealing with the intellectually disabled once ran a practice of placing what were cynically referred to as "model mentals" in token positions in their offices, so that Lord and Lady Bountiful might come away from their visit enthusing about what they were able to achieve with them.
On a visit to what was then the Auckland Sheltered Workshop a couple of worthies from said agency spotted an engaging little blue-eyed blonde chatterbox as having the right kind of potential. Their proposal was tactfully withdrawn after she insisted on bringing her six foot female friend, whose unfortunate tendency to sprout chin whiskers and inform everyone she met of her ambition to march in the dawn parade effectively disqualified her from dealing with an unprepared public.
"It's luck or loveliness, not who you are or what you do
That makles the world go round...."
I'd be surprised if there's much canola still being grown in Canty. Dairy, dairy, dairy.
Here's what seems to have become of Solid Energy's Canterbury oilseed venture:
For reasons known only to himself, the NDIB's acting head at the time, DS Stuart Mills, refused to withdraw the report.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Mills, acting head of the NDIB at the time, wrote back saying while there could have been better consultation and peer review, the report would not be withdrawn as to do so would "impact on the bureau's reputation".
It seems that Mills's first priority was to "protect his brand".