Posts by Raymond A Francis

  • Polity: The Taxpayers' Union rides again!,

    What is not to like about the concept of a UBI
    But Rob instead of running interference for the Labour Party how about tell us the truth
    $200 a week while affordable for the country is not enough for most people to survive on, unless you propose tops ups
    Treasury did a paper in 2010 http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/WelfareWorkingGroup/Downloads/Working%20papers/Treasury-A-Guaranteed-Minimum-Income-for-New-Zealand%20.PDF
    They used a figure of $300 a week plus $85 per child
    That unfortunately that used up the whole tax take which meant if we wanted all the other things a government supplies like education and health a lot of extra tax was needed.
    A bit similar to the figure David Farrar (liar, liar, pants on fire) came up with
    David "forgot" to factor in the considerable saving of dropping Winz
    So who is trying to BS us
    Time for you or Labour to get off your arse and give us some real figures to work with

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  • Polity: Let the big lies flow,

    So if David Farrar is lying, how about telling us just how Labour is going to pay for UBI, higher GST, higher taxes on all the bands, what?
    And is $200 a week going to be enough
    Let's wait and see how Finland manage it first before climbing on the band wagon, or is going to end up like that other great Labour policy, "flag change"

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  • Hard News: Fix up, young men,

    Disgraceful and totally unacceptable
    And as a man, let's be prepared to speak out and act when we see or hear this
    Because it is only when all of us make it plain how uncool this behaviour is that there will be any control

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  • Access: Treatment for itching and shyness,

    Hilary, your mother was a wise lady but I doubt if you needed me to tell you that!
    The braveness pills were pure genius, wish I had had them as a child

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  • OnPoint: The Whaledump Saga: Scooby-Doo Edition,

    Interesting but as always when dealing with these clowns (and doesn't this prove what clowns they are) we are not getting the full story
    Missing log entries, cover ups of journalists and on it goes
    Interestingly the possible name of Slaters funder has been mentioned on another blog
    I don't want to drop Russell into legal problems, so no clues
    More mystery
    Oh all right, read PG's blog if you want more

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  • Hard News: The good guys,

    Nicely written Russell
    I like to think there is an echo of small town New Zealand in the actions of SBW and the rest of the All Blacks in dealing with a young boy's rush into the field
    But then being a small town boy, I would say that
    Whatever, you would have to be a hard hearted not to feel a bit emotional about the way they acted

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  • Field Theory: It's about time,

    Well everybody is entitled to their opinions, though I note you don't allow McCaw that right
    Amazes me how quickly people forget what the other side did especially if they are supporters
    I give you Miss Clark who broke the law ( or encouraged her police escort to do ) to rush to a league game that I suggest she had as much interest in as I have in tap dancing because it would go down well with her voters
    Different when we do it, maybe or just what pollies of all stripes will do to stay in power

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  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright,

    Well I don't like the old flag, mostly on the grounds bugger all people can distinguish it from the Australian plus having someone else's flag on it is so colonial
    I wonder how much anti change is "because the time is not right" which is really shorthand for, the Left could do it better (maybe)
    There is no way everybody will like the new design but as long as it is distinctive what else matters
    I might note that when I travel I wear a silver fern because it is recognised as being from here, it so does help to be not confused as a Brit while asking for a favour in France

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  • Access: Persistent Polio,

    Well done Hillary, you have covered this well
    I well remember the day off school work in the late 50s when we were given our injections, with the drops being given a year or so later ( much less traumatic)
    Rotary may have an image of old fuddy duddies but we have poured huge amounts of money into the eradication of polio with a lot of help from the Bill Gates Foundation and various governments
    Africa has been free for one year (three years free are required) and the numbers of infections in the sub continent are at a record low
    We are finally "this close" to eradicating a second disease from the World

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  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob,

    Thank you for writing that Keith
    I had read Rob's rebuttal and thought my reading of your first statement must have been off
    Not sure why Labour are refusing to get the message that Chinese names mined from data does not mean Chinese offshore investors are buying the country from under us "hard working Kiwis "

    What isn't being mentioned in the "overseas money coming in scandal " is that present owners are the ones cashing in
    And if Labour were able to bring house prices down, all the present owners are going to be losers, which makes for an awful lot of unhappy voters, way more than renters wanting to be owners I would think
    Sort of like the Power Company sell off, they haven't thought it through

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