Posts by Deborah

  • Speaker: Why I'm standing in Ilam, in reply to steven crawford,

    Adult and community education - we've got a policy on that too.

    Adult and community education

    Labour will:
    Restore $13m per year for Adult and Community Education
    Another $9m per year on top of that from 2018
    $1m per year of extra funding for ACE English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

    This is partly why I'm getting grumpy about people saying, "Where's the policy?" As it turns out, we have a heap of policy out there.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why I'm standing in Ilam, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Comprehensive Labour policies for Christchurch all available here:

    Policies for Christchurch

    I'd read through them and give you chapter and verse myself, but I've got to race out the door to a candidates' forum.

    Also, bravo James and Stephen. I really, really appreciate the magnitude of the task you have taken on. From the inside.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    The outburst by Pam Corkery acheived the objective of getting the National Party launch out of the top spot on the news. I've been wondering whether it was a deliberate spoiling tactic. Or maybe all that happened was that Mr Dotcom or some other seniopr person in IMP asked Ms Corkery to go outside and distract the press so that he could make a getaway, and the rest was unscripted, but very very effective at getting the top spot on both TVNZ and TV3 news.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to steven crawford,

    Off-topic, replying to Steven above.

    Never worries me in the slightest, Steven. :-)

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    Attachment

    It has been pretty much equal opportunity vandalism in my part of the country. My party has lost heaps of its signs, and so have the other parties. It's very, very frustrating. I've had a few signs damaged on country sites, but that has turned out to be wind damage.

    Idiots and wind, every time. No need to read anything significant into it, other than hoons will be hoons.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    "It's utterly bizarre - either she hasn't read it or she can't think straight. It's very very strange. I'm dumbfounded. Sometimes there's just nothing you can say."

    Horse's mouth, etc.

    source

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    I've studied philosophy a bit too. Quite a lot, in fact. When it comes to political philosophy in particular, I'd lay good odds that I've studied rather more that Dr Whyte has. (If that link doesn't work, FTR it takes you to my doctoral thesis in ... political philosophy.)

    What strikes me about his arguments in political philosophy is that they are largely context free ie. he sees only very minimal premises, and as a result of that a rather threadbare conclusion. He doesn't see the rich context around the premises, and as a result, his arguments just don't work. That's what makes political philosophy interesting and difficult: you simply must be aware of context and history.

    Of course, it also helps if you get the facts right. Comparing Maori to aristocrats of the Ancien Régime is bizarre.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    Lewis' law: the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Now win the argument,

    it does need to explain how it will increase the performance of teachers, as well as the number of them.

    From the fact sheet that comes with the education policy:

    Labour will:...
    - raise the standard of entry into the teaching profession by pre-screening entry into all initial teacher education programmes.
    - establish a comprehensive school advisory service to share best practice and act as mentors and advisors to teachers throughout New Zealand.

    The policy announcement is here: Backing quality education. You can find a link to the fact sheet on that page. Or just click here: Backing quality teaching fact sheet - pdf.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Labour's Fiscal Plan:…, in reply to Swan,

    There are a number of reasons for introducing a CGT, Swan, including having another tool for slowing down housing prices in places like Auckland. It's one tool among a number there ie. no one is expected a CGT be the sole solution for Auckland housing problems.

    And it's just one reason for a CGT. Another one is straight out fairness: why is it that income that we earn quickly (eg. wages) is taxed, whereas income that we earn slowly (increases in value of assets) is not taxed at all?

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1303 posts Report Reply

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