Posts by George Darroch

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  • Hard News: Congratulations, Mr Key,

    Because it would be one of the less effective ways of helping poorer people...

    A tax free bracket on the first $X000, paid for by pollution taxes and/or a top tax bracket... The Economist (25th April 2006) rates NZ's current tax structure as among the flattest in the world, with only the top 10% paying significantly more than under a 25% flat tax regime.

    Ah hell, is it worth repeating myself endlessly? I might as well give it one more go.

    Free dental care for all. Proper insulation in every house. (These to be paid for by deferring/cancelling new multi-billion dollar motorways). Minimum wage $15.

    Sound, popular, ambitious but affordable. Failed opportunities for a once popular and competent Government.

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  • Southerly: Sir Roger Tipped As New…,

    Political Correctness gone mad!

    It's time to remove the rules and regulation surrounding zoos, which are an assault on our rights.

    People should be allowed to visit zoos without the state interfering in their lives and mandating unfair and costly 'fences' and 'moats', which harm the livelihoods of small zoo operators. People are good judges of their own self-interest, and animals are thus of no potential harm. The only harm is that inflicted by the state. Children will have their parents to decide what is best for them.

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  • Island Life: What I saw at the product launch,

    She's obviously a clever young woman. Plus she must've ran a good campaign to win a previous Labour stronghold.

    I wouldn't be so sure. While I think the good people of Auckland Central elected a poor candidate, there is no reason to believe that they felt Tizard represented their interests well.

    Labour patronises a lot of communities, in both the positive and negative senses of the word. They've done it well, in some cases very well. However, to sustain that support in the long term you have to deliver to expectations. This election result seems to represent a loss of confidence from the sectoral and geographic communities that have delivered for Labour in years previous. I look at various polling booths around the country, and see slumps in both support and turnout where it matters for them.

    They'd be well advised to work on building up those relationships again, talking to the people, and providing them with a clear sense that Labour will deliver what they want.

    And it would be nice to see the Greens to start to attempt this in a serious and sustained way, outside the small communities they currently target. It's all very well to get 588 votes at the Aro Valley Community Centre, to Labour's 620....

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  • Hard News: Prospects,

    It looks like a National Government would be poised to rip up climate legislation, with "the UN says global warming stopped in 1998" Rodney around the table, and a lot of National MPs who privately agree with him on doing nothing.

    Business uber alles, it isn't happening, and even if it is we'll find solutions and invent our way out, and it will be much cheaper in 50 years when the economy is much much bigger. Never mind that this is close to the opposite of the position of highly respected economists and scientists.

    (However, the Greens overreaction to GE wins them few friends and squanders their credibility.)

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  • Hard News: Punk'd?,

    Isn't there a political LARP game these people could play, while adults get on with, y'know, running a country?

    Politics is a LARP, at least for a considerable number of people, playing "the Game". Too much time insulated from the real world for some of these people, especially those who became activists at university and have been plugged into the machine ever since.

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  • Hard News: Punk'd?,

    A: "This beer is warm."
    B: "Fucking 4th Labour Government!"

    Oh come on, that's a stretch. The current Labour Government is much more responsible for warm beer, stubbed toes, bad hair days, and the bad weather we've been having lately.

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  • Hard News: Punk'd?,

    This is a depressing spectre.

    No punking needed here, as Labour have been desperate to get the campaign away from talking about actual policies and visions, into a personality contest between the rock of ages and the flimsy newcomer. A negative campaign works well for an opposition party, for a 3 term party of government much less so.

    It has not made sense to me at any time in the last 6 months, when the Labour Party's policy is much more popular with the electorate. It is especially bad with 9 days left.

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  • Island Life: We are all Chinese now,

    Oh, China is well insulated (at least it appears so to me). There's no way I contend that. Australia is also well placed to weather this.

    My point was only to say that many other countries are significantly more exposed to the problems of developed countries.

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  • Island Life: We are all Chinese now,

    So far this is whites-only crisis.

    No it isn't. Several days ago Indonesia's stock exchange started to plunge dramatically, losing 10% in only a few hours. Trading has been suspended since then, in attempt to prevent the a repeat of the devastation of 1997. In that case; a country with huge currency reserves, a high trade surplus, and low inflation was plunged into a crisis that sent millions into deeper poverty and caused the collapse of the Suharto regime.

    Of course, then as now, this was in no way the fault of the Indonesians, rather Americans and Europeans panic selling their way around the world. These things have already started to hurt developing countries, and have the potential to do so dramatically.

    It is still the case that when America sneezes on the rest of the world, it catches a cold

    In other news, Pakistan is on the edge of bankruptcy. This would normally make headlines, but not right now.

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  • Random Play: It's life Jim, but not as…,

    Life is quiet in this thread. Perhaps this shouldn't surprise us.

    We're not on the internet anyway.

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