What I can testify to is his basic decency. In addition to that, he's got a real connection with people who don't hang about in political forums on the interwabs.
He sent me an email a week or so ago, giving me a reply to one I sent him. It was good to get his perspective on something, that was genuine and now, understandable. It is good to get information from the actual person rather than the private secretary. It shows that every one of us can matter.
But back on flags ... it's good to see that Labour have taken the initiative this morning. Very good mock-up ballot paper, and now there are headlines across a range of media saying Little calls Key's bluff.
That's smarter politics from the opposition. The time-lag in getting there is still an issue, but at least they are getting there.
He's correct though . If NZers want change, then it is worth discussion, and that is how it should be.
Herald has this about it. John Key squirms.
"Andrew Little welcomes the Prime Minister's belated backdown on the flag, and fully supports the inclusion of Red peak.....
Bollocks. Just because John Key and his lackeys sees fit to blame Labour for everything, and now he's priming the Media to blame Labour if this Flag bullshit bombs, there is no need for Labour to stoop to his level. I watch Question time and what I see is a Government who will obfuscate instead of answering questions. National have the backing of the Speaker and there is nothing but reprimand from him for the Opposition. They cant even seek leave to table documents without the Speaker cutting them off. They cant have a point of order without the Speaker prewarning them that he's going to kick them out.Whatever they do the Speaker is pro the Government and anti the opposition, and you suggest they should all stoop to this Government's level to 'win"? If you think that will have them on the way to "winning" the next Election, being just like John Key, then why would any voter change what is already there? It is us ,the public who need to be strategic to change this Government. More of the same is killing our Country.
With polling suggesting around 70% of New Zealanders do not want the NZ Flag changed and that has not altered as polls suggest, Labour does not need to support the addition of any flag design ,when the entire process has been a shambles from the start. A flag referendum should start with " Do we want to change the NZ Flag, not does John Key want to change the NZ flag? Labour should not ignore the people of NZ and all polls suggest they don't want change.
They should rename the show 'Snout'
Absolutely! I shall refer to it as such. To be honest though ,I can't think of anything more vile than having any of my attention wasted on such a sick concept as this is. I mean, how low is TV3 prepared to go? This country seems more surreal by the day.
The herald is heading that way too. If one doesn't want celebrity news on their site and you click news , it's sport. WTF?
Glad someone did. Thanks for that.Would be interested if you are keeping abreast of this as to any further updates. As I'd assume others here would too.
YOU HAVE NAGGED ME
ABOUT HOW I NEED TO GET MY EVIDENCE,
BUT Ian, DOESN'T HAVE TO
My age has nothing to do with it,
I could suggest that would be Steve's ;)
So Is this a TV3 endorsement of the PM's Flag? Put right in front of Garner and Co. After all, Julie Christie's blatant conflict of interest couldn't be more blatant with her association with the NZ Story board who have cleared the path for the
They also show the board of NZ Story - to which Ms Christie was appointed by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce in November 2013 - had discussed the NZ Trade and Enterprise logo and "had formally agreed to support the use of the NZ Way Fern Mark in any flag design"
Seriously, does the woman have no shame or is she just a female version of Key?All glitz, just shits.It's like they are on P and just can't get enough.I see very little difference.
I am not as familiar with this topic as some of these people here, they are obviously experts and have been doing this for a while.
So, open your ears and learn. research what you are being told. Then you can debate an issue if you can back up why you disagree or spit the dummy as you wish.
Age has nothing to do with it other than you are showing it. There ain't no cotton wool here.
Or will we try and establish some other deal so they have shelter?
We already take in refugees! If we can waste around $40 million (it will be if we change) on a whim and a fancy of Keys flag ,I think we can let some extra people in bearing in mind the UNHCR covers many expenses and Housing NZ has said they can accommodate them and the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church have offered as well.
We are continuously told about our "Rock Star" economy, so letting a measly 600 over 3 years in is not going to have an enormous effect. The other Refugees that are our quota have already been budgeted for. John key get's $40 mil, 600 refugees get shelter. The Refugee Centre in Mangere takes them in first to orient them. Then they will be housed. Not letting them in ain't gonna fix delapidated schools,help homeless , feed our poor kids, National don't care about that.
But it's only really big in Victoria. NSfW and Queensland,
Yeah, and... that's mostly the ok part of Stralia. The other side, another planet.