Posts by Ianmac

  • Hard News: On seclusion rooms,

    Imagine this. A teacher has a class of 30 nine year olds. One of them becomes angry and hysterical. The class although upset do not make things worse but the class program grinds to a halt. There are no other adults to help.
    What can the teacher do with an angry out of control kid and protect the rights of other children and behave with due regard to the dignity of child and parents?
    Time out somewhere perhaps?
    This dilemma for the teacher and the child is often not considered in the light of angry public responses.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: I Never Been ta Borstal,

    A compelling and brave story Steven. Thanks.
    Taxpayers money should be available to fund the groups who help people survive disastrous beginnings. Unfortunately funding is being cut or cancelled. In our area 14 such groups have been cut. Instead this Government has a crazy preference for the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. So who can those in need turn to?
    If it takes a community to raise a child, should the community be funded by Taxpayers?

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Key peddles cynical “interest…,

    As with the building boom claimed by another Key line, the number of consents are lower in the rate per 100,000 population, than they were in the naughties.

    When politicians talk about the current building boom being the biggest in history, they need to look at this chart. https://t.co/RWODhUEZGx

    — Bernard Hickey (@bernardchickey) August 25, 2016
    (Ref The Standard http://thestandard.org.nz/chart-of-the-day-the-building-boom/ )

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Hidden Costs,

    "If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself."

    Sadly that comparison is rife in schools nowadays. And the rewards, certificates, cups re-enforce the image of "loser." Also promotes the lower willingness to risk failure. "Play it safe rather than explore new directions."

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy,

    Perhaps John Key should get the job at UN.
    He has plenty of experience at saying what his audience wants to hear.
    He is very flexible with principles.
    Has no problem reversing his previous statements.
    He is good buddies with a lot of Leaders.
    He has a low golf handicap.
    Do I have a seconder?

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The war is still with us,

    Margaret Thatcher gained in power by invading the Falklands.
    No doubt Blair believed that he would also gain.
    2+2 does not always equal 4.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The war is still with us, in reply to Ianmac,

    "John Campbell interviews British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his visit to New Zealand. Discusses his unrepentant desire to complete what he sees as his obligations in Iraq and his relationship with USA President George Bush. "
    Found it but no footage???

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The war is still with us,

    Two or three years ago John Campbell interviewed Blair who was here on a short visit. Blair's genial grin faded when he was faced with John's direct questions re Iraq. Blair was indignant I think, that some silly colonial should ask him to justify his position.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Four cents on Brexit, Fonterra,…,

    Red meat gets in via the EU but the Brit producers/farmers resent NZ meat. So will there now be moves to block meat into Britain?

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Legless,

    Your description of your position is a valuable insight. Thanks Chelle.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 128 posts Report Reply

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