These people on the other hand are turning themselves into the thing they are trying to argue against.
My other main point is that our Pacific community is all around us and we tend to overlook its reach into the Pacific Islands. Obviously money already flows back in the form of remittances; my point is that we need to look more closely at how NZ might be able to work with organisations, such as churches, women’s groups, educational institutions
You made your second point redundant with your first, if I may be so bold, Mr Shearer.
You know money "flows" to the islands in the form of "remittances". Why then isnt it possible to make money available to relatives here to send via remittances directly to the people. Im sure banks would
co-operate. Any organisation will take a cut, even churches, its a matter of finding the best option.
Note to the defenders of Mr Shearer Apart from the swiss cheese crack all my criticisms have been on the content of his post.
In person I'm sure he's a lovely man and well qualified, that is not in question.
I don't discuss religion at dinner parties is that it almost invariable ends up in the intense desire to stab some condescending arse in the eye with a cheese knife.
Did you say fish fork before?
I thought condescending conversation would have been fitting at dinner parties that provide a fish fork.
I suppose its makes a point of difference from an idiot who thinks he's a savant. Who last time it was mentioned (atheist bus campaign) came out with the gem, if I may paraphrase:
Cant be arsed, I'll just wait for the god botherers to drop dead, cause they are all geriatric's anyway.
More like some unformed general observations on the operational practicalities of aid delivery.
So he's been warming a seat in teh parliament for a few months and his brain has gone and made itself into swiss cheese.
Hows that for a UGO.
"Unformed general observations" .....sheez.
If I want those I can look out a window, or read the NZ Herald, or watch TV.
What is it most people have in this country, Loads of stuff they don't use anymore, cluttering up wardrobes, spare rooms. garages, under houses.
And what will people do if they hear of disasters and help is needed, will they think 'Well better head down to a bank and get some money to donate when the ad's come on TV, and the door to door collectors come a knocking.'
No, IMO they are more likely to think ' I can get rid of that stuff which is cluttering up my place and it may be of use to those victims of this disaster"
If there is a role for churches in this, it is to act as centres where people can bring their stuff, and commiserate with friends and relatives, or just be another human being who wants to help out.
"Think of the time and labour needed to sort tee-shirts from other trousers and then into the correct sizes for example." Isn't the time and labour free? And what better way is there of bringing people together than doing a mindless physical task and just enjoying the company of people. Maybe thats why churches are still around today.
Just saying out loud. give 'em money and ' it better be all accounted for' is stupidity of the highest order.
And geographically Palestine and the islands are completely different places.
So when David says "Within a remarkably short time, building materials arrived, labour had been hired and basic needs met. " He is ignoring a lot or indulging in magical thinking.
Crap thinking from David Shearer.
so merely the dumbing of a dumb
The almighty poll foiled.
I demand an intelligence test.......
I saw a Close Up viewers poll about the credibilty of Wishart's Air Con over Gareth Morgan's book and it came back at 77/23 in favour of Wishart!!! WTF!!!! This is what we're up against people. I find it hard to see this in a positive light...anybody???
Yes, the dumbing of a population. And the surprising thing is it happened while a liberal democratic govt was in power. So we don't have the get out of jail free card the US gets by blaming the idiot the idiots elected.
Now this makes for some interesting reading about successful societies.
And when you get to the graphs, New Zealand is the big 'Z'.
Just one thing still annoys me its the title, especially the second part.
the expectations are crazy
Did a sub editor (Does PA have those) chose it or is this a distillation of the authors assessment of the situation?
The questions it raises for me range from
Well when have peoples expectations not been crazy?
Well not all peoples expectations are crazy, there are reasonable expectations. Aren't there?
People are allowed to have expectations of their health care system, and it up to a government to meet those expectations where it can.
If it cant, isn't there a roadmap to follow to inform the public?
Preventative healthcare would seem to be in danger of shooting itself in the foot.
I take it fresh foods will be cheaper?
Food doesn't have to be fresh to be good for you.
Thanks Peter. I know this
But what I was trying to point out is taxes on low nutrition value foodstuffs would seem to be a pointless exercise if, even when it is slammed with tax, an important part of a healthy diet(fresh food) will still be more expensive than it.
Even before it could be nannystated.