She had been a lifelong Labour Voter….literally since before birth.
Not this time.
Why? The proposed Capital Gains Tax.
It’s weird that I’m saying this, of all people around here, but most of my circle took a rather more… nuanced view of a Capital Gains Tax that tended towards “I’m OK with the principle, but it’s the execution I’m not so sure about.” Anyway, it would really nice if good policy was always greeted with universal acclaim but that’s not the world I live in. Back on Planet Earth, grown up politics is about the slow and painful process of making your case and building a constituency. If that didn't happen, I think we're long past the point where blaming Cameron Slater and Kim Dotcom is a credible out.
“What we won’t be doing is what he has done now for so long, which is give the appearance of a happy-go-lucky chappy but run the vilest, nastiest smear machine we have ever seen in New Zealand politics. We will be calling him out on that.”
BAM! PROVE THAT ONE DEFINITION OF INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME OLD SHIT AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT!
National would be foolish to make the same mistake with Little that Labour did with Key, but the smartest thing he could do is sharpen up and focus. Especially when the last week or two hasn't exactly been bereft of low-hanging fruit for the Opposition -- Roger Sutton, the very bad look of Air New Zealand dumping regional services after boasting a $250 million profit (and a special dividend to its shareholders, including the Government), and that convicted murderer/child abuser who came horribly close to becoming New Zealand's answer to Ronnie Briggs.
Those aren't only things people DO care about, but which really need an Opposition who is doing its damn job.
to go biffo with Johnkey
Framing politics as macho dick-measuring "biffo" goes a long way to explaining why more and more people are disengaged and cynical from a process they see as entirely divorced from their needs and values. That doesn't mean I expect, or even want, politics to be group hugs and sing-alongs. But oddly enough, I respond much better to people who don't treat me like a dribbling idiot.
If anyone currently in the party has an issue with that, then they can fuck off. Mahuta, while being worthy is unknown, Parker too dry, and Robertson a political self serving rat.
Wow, Northshoreguynz, perhaps you can see a problem with demanding unquestioning fealty from people you're quite happy to call "self-serving rats". If you think that kind of mindset is good for anyone, I'd like to introduce you to the incoming Republican majority of the next Congress. This is what political parties look like when they treat even the mildest criticism as heresy.
and he’s vowing to dump all the intellectual capital built up by David Parker.
To be fair, unless Parker is flat out lying he's been saying that he made it perfectly clear to caucus that he wasn't interested in continuing as finance spokesman no matter how it all panned out. And honestly, I don't blame the guy considering Little's public statements on the CGT he played a major role in designing and has defended have been... tepid at best.
As I shuttled around yesterday, I had to keep saying to myself, “excess baggage”, because there is simply so much that takes my fancy.
I feel your pain -- I may be unable to walk past a halfway decent bookstore (even if it's in mainland Europe and I can't read anything in the place) but I got told in no uncertain terms on a daily basis that the budget didn't extend to paying excess luggage charges in London AND Vancouver.
Oh, I love where I live. It’s just that it might make sense eventually to sell up and buy a much cheaper dwelling somewhere else and make use of our huge capital gain. But we’re not exactly your property investor types.
Looks like what we’re almost certainly going to be doing – around Waikanae isn’t exactly hipster heaven, but a manageable place with good bones would leave us with enough that you could afford to redo a “tired” bathroom and/or kitchen and splash some paint around without taking out a second mortgage on the immortal soul of our improbable first-born. (Though one does have to draw the line somewhere - mine is Levin.)
As far as I’m concerned his place in public discussion is mouthing soundlessly and unheeded in a Hooton sized terrarium – nothing too inhumane, the Koru lounge would do.
Well, that's nice. I'm not sure you'd find either pleasure or instruction in any discussion on any subject made up only of people whose views I happen to find congenial.
One slight bright spot in the Ghomeshi case is that one of his victims, Lucy Decoutere, went public and said her interactions with the Toronto Police Service were “warm and sympathetic” and “validating":
"I am making this statement because I know how scary it can be to come forward,” she wrote in the statement. “Those considering coming forward should know that it was a safe place."
Which is a grand turn around from the titanic shitweaselry that incited a global round of SlutWalks.
It’s more possible, given all of you are less into BDSM and Canada than I am, that you’ve not heard about Jian Ghomeshi. He initially claimed that he was being discriminated against by his employer because of stories of his consensual BDSM encounters being maliciously spread by a spurned ex-lover. And this would be concerning, because people do suffer real and terrible consequences from being outed as BDSM practitioners, particularly male Doms
True, but it's also been really depressing (but not at all surprising) seeing the fifty shades of Ghomeshi apologist shaming being laid on women BDSM practitioners by people who really don't want to get the obvious difference between consensual BDSM with full consent and clearly negotiated boundaries and sexual assault, or that engaging in the former doesn't mean you ever "ask for" the latter.