beLabouring a point...
To be honest I don't understand the MSM and others' massively vocal preoccupation with the Labour Party's leadership search - at this point it is really only relevant to voting Labour Party members, once a leader is decided then the general populace and pundits can weigh in on that person's merits and possible contribution to the country...
...in the meantime I'd rather the focus of media was on what the National Govt is doing or planning on doing, and following up on all the loose ends they left in the wake of Dirty Politics and other revelations and disingenuousness.
Heir of the dogged...
He always struck me as someone who’d strop till he drops. with no heir apparent..
...and life in the Thorndon 'Bauble' can't be all bad...
...some mention of this being Winston’s last term
Does that mean he's petering out?
politics is way more grey than high-contrast.
...what, no high vis-a-vis?
good policy makes for good polity...
this parrot is dead!
...like a hole in a wall needs Pollyfilla.
<cough> Polyfilla <cough>
Why are collectables exempt?
Probably a typo...
I'm guessing it's a vestigial trace of Labour's Ohu collective scheme...
In October1974, the Labour Government announced the establishment of the ohu scheme for groups of New Zealand citizens willing to set up alternative communities or settlements in rural areas. Prime Minister Kirk said that the reasons for it were mainly spiritual and social - to reconnect people to the land and to give them a chance to develop alternative social models to everyday New Zealand society.
...those prime rural assets must be worth a fortune now!
meanwhile back in reality ...
- this protection will be the work of the quietly
all powerful art & antiques market lobby.
The last Hurrah of the Golden Hoarders!
While I’ve still got my ‘grump’ on…
Some ‘parsing’ thoughts on ‘our’ seat on the UN Security Council…
Prime Minister John Key told the UN General Assembly last year: “Sometimes you have to speak up even when it is embarrassing or inconvenient to others.
Oh, right, you mean like the Donghua Liu allegations that Key was happy to spread around, or just calling opposing voices 'Left Wing Conspiracy Theorists' …
Having said that, this was truly an ‘Mfat-ic’ victory, now that they have been seen to talk up the Foreign Affairs talk – and won – they are now walking the Trade side up – in other words they gave lots of good reasons
"We have worked very hard on the bid for close to a decade because we believe that New Zealand can make a positive difference to world affairs and provide a unique and independent voice at the world’s top table,” he (Key) said,
(plus unquantified inducements) to be elected, but now we see the real reasons!
Speaking after the ballot for five new non-permanent Security Council members, New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said membership would provide an opportunity to discuss trade and economic relationships with other member countries.
and the other real reason:
John Key’s Legacy Bucket List:
McLay will sit on the council but there will be occasions when McCully will take the seat and Prime Minister John Key is also expected to sit on the council at ceremonial events, including possibly next year’s General Assembly.
Moral (f any):
‘When you put the ‘I’ in tact
it becomes tacit…’
: – (
PS: Just heard the weather report
- grizzle is clearing in Chchch…
PPS: apologies for threadjack, I couldn’t decide which ‘political’ thread it would fit best under – so I went with the underlying ‘paying the piper’ and ‘facing the music’ theme (while probably preaching to the choir)…
facing the music...
But how much is the artist getting?
any of the the 136 artists?
or their estates?
Great for the consumer, but it just doesn't seem fair ...
... do they get a say?
...or are they licensed to be sold for a pittance with Sony probably taking the lion's share for production of the object - sorta like the F Nun box set which cost so much to produce none of the artists saw a cent - but way worse...
other finds included:
from back when we did need steenkin’ badges
Red Mole (Barry Linton graphic)
Wide Mouthed Frogs (Not sure who created that graphic – I was gonna say Fane Flaws, but the Wide Mouthed Frogs were all female I think – supplying Tina Matthews and Jenny Morris for The Crocodiles… )
Toy Love – a very restrained badge…
and a Peter Posa record (with friends)
See sea bed for shore...
I'm really, really liking Blair Parkes' recent visual recordings on New Brighton beach...
...like this one of Beach Glass
Check out the rest:
- on the beach
- birds and crabs
Now there's a man who should do a guest photopost here...