It may seem that the public has forgotten the Snowdon affair, but many of us have been profoundly changed by it. We note the GCSB legalislation, and we remember who said, during the 1930s, that, "those who have done nothing wrong have nothing to to fear". We shall take every chance we get to roll back the surveillance state.
"At the end of the day New Zealanders are much more interested in snapper than my satanic baby sacrifices,, which were not done in the Prime Minister's office because even though my office was the venue I was not performing as Prime Minister at that particular time."
Dear Stevie Joyce,
Thanks ever so for this wonderful Xmas pressie. As Johnnie often says, "At the end of the day taxpayers are more worried about snapper than forking out millions for our friends in the gambling addiction industry". After all, those Salvation Army folk need extra work to do, don't they? What a Great Leap Forward for the 1% who support National financially, eh? This legacy will secure your special place in history books right up there next to think big projects, paying Rio Tinto to pollute, and such like. Congratulations, Stevie!
Projections of future financial viability of the convention centre might be as good as those foisted on Dunedin ratepayers for the covered stadium. <cough, splutter>
"Muppets" is an apt description, except that I suspect the Minister realised taxpayers might have to be tapped eventually. This is not simply incompetence.
I completely agree. Listening to Key this morning left me wondering; is he incapable of learning from history or is this just a blatant gift to Landlords (who are more likely to vote National than their tenants)?
Expectations colour much of our sexual behaviour.
People wish to be desirable and that can be an important turn on. By striving to be desirable they are not implying consent, but their desirability may provoke unrealistic expectations among those experiencing the desire.
Similarly, IMO, marriage does not necessarily imply consent, although many people, particularly men, would disagree - expectations again.
Unrealised expectations of frequency of sex, type of sex, and responses to sex can undermine relationships.
Media portrayals of sex tend to foster expectations, often unrealistic ones.
Fewer expectations = a healthier relationship, in my view.
According to The Herald, Slater appears to have tried to arrange a prison hit.
Is there enough evidence for a prosecution? What are the legal implications of this type of info?
"My pick is that if Robertson did get chosen, then Key would either tell Slater to pull his head in, or he would distance himself from Slater as much as possible. And that might be very hard to pull off, because I don’t think Slater would take kindly to being shoved away. Key is actually stuck with the guy now, and we’ve only seen the beginning of how toxic that could prove for National."
Ben, Slater's oxygen is getting tidbits of inside info and then having journalists follow his lead. Stop the tidbits and he's a nobody, and ditto if the parroting journalists stop parroting. It surely has to be the kiss of death for a journo to parrot him now?
Do you imagine that Key has undergone some sort of rebirth towards centrist politics? IMO he's just as neoliberal as he always was, but he recognises that in ACT he would wield no power, while pretending to be centrist in National he can blame entreme stuff, such as privatisation of education, on ACT.
The debate here is not about core Labour values, but about who has the charisma and intelligence to stop Key et al. from stuffing the country. Labour should stop arguing about factions and so called core values and focus on the crisis at hand and the need to find a leader who can recapture the treasury benches.
Labour should take a punt and install her as leader
.. if she wants it. The pressure is not fair if she isn’t ready, for the good of the Party. Think about it.
I agree, but what would give her pause is all the competition from over-ambitious colleagues who delude themselves that they are in a strict pecking order for the PM spot. With loyal support from them she would do well, I think, and that would be good for the party.