Posts by Ianmac

  • 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 • 127 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/ )

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  • 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 • 127 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 • 127 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.

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  • 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???

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  • 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.

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  • 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 • 127 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Legless,

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

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 127 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    What an intriguing outlook on life has Polly. And the means of expressing it.
    Actually every teacher should read her words to perhaps forestall the inevitable drive for conformity. Dunsandel school might be the very place to enable original thought and encourage problem solving skills. Hope so.
    My Høstens Vemod is the dread that Polly's clarity and originality might get weighed down and the flames flicker out.
    In a classroom some very bright kids stop asking questions. The others don't ask questions, the teachers doesn't encourage the questions, so they all must already know the answers. I must be dumb because I want to know but better not ask. Lie low!
    Go Polly!

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 127 posts Report Reply

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