The Green Onion Slave Girl is a Trekkie?!?!?!?!
How were we to know?
and the appointment's been roundly condemned throughout the media. And for what benefit?
The benefit is Rankin is above the fold and the important shit they are doing is page 3.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: the surprise appointment of a businessman to chief executive and Murray McCully knifing NZ Aid and snaffling its budget for his own purposes.
I saw the NZ Aid story, but missed the jobs for mates appointment in Foreign Affairs.
Ugh this is getting really disgusting. I know governments try and do all the disgusting stuff in the first year so 2 years later at election time people have forgotten but this is ridiculous.
Technically adverts on TV are not louder it is just that they more frequently hit the "peaks"
My boss isn't shouting at me he is just hitting the peaks more frequently
The jackhammer outside isn't louder than me banging a nail in with a hammer it just hits the peaks more frequently
The guy who makes the TV commercials louder than the programmes
Narrow dynamic range - my arse!
I agree with Brian, this is just a smoke screen.
Rankin is a nutjob, but apart from pissing money down the loo there is not much power in the families commission. It could have done some good but it probably can't do much harm. That said it really pisses me off that every news story about her feels the need to refer to the completely irrelevant fact that she wears - gasp - women's clothing!
Meanwhile, serious stuff like Auckland City and questions about $2 billion of motorway will slip to page 3.
You have to admire political gameplaying at this level.
why else would the government be doing it?
Seriously folks, it's clear that the numbers could have been fudged just as easily to make the tunnel look cheaper eg cost for displacement of 241 families = $1.732 billion therefore the tunnel is cheaper.
So I think we really need a good journalist to track down which business(es) benefits from the government choosing the above ground option and then to track down which politicians are close personal friends who just happen to have frequent expensive dinners with the owners of said business(es).
TLDR This stinks of corruption and I don't have the investigative skills to find it - is there a journalist in the house?
Who benefits from this?
Seriously, National could have played with numbers and justified either option. As it is they've tried to tell lies about the numbers to justify the surface route.
The question is why?
Spending money isn't bad in a recession, it actually does help the economy recover. So from an economic perspective it is probably better for New Zealand to build a more expensive tunnel than to build a cheaper surface route. So National did not make this decision to benefit the economy or benefit New Zealand. So who does it benefit?
So having cleaned up the math a bit (Muphry's Law FTW) we are left with planned tax cuts that benefit some more than others.
Which brings us back to the point that tax cuts really do help bring a country out of a recession BUT ONLY if they are immediate.
Promising a freaking tax cut just after the next election is simply trying to buy votes and does F all for the country. Note both (all) NZ political parties do this.
for a personal apology from English and Cullen ...
And who said Craig wasn't a patient man :).
... is a copper bottomed lying shit.
Now that's a nice image. However, really they are both politicians and good ones so what else did you expect :).