Posts by Ianmac

  • 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?

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  • Access: Legless,

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

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  • 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!

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  • Hard News: Labour's medical cannabis…,

    A way back the massive tobacco industry realised that cannabis was a threat. So they organised and paid for "research", the results of which were presented to the American Drug Agency. They decided that the research was sound and declared cannabis to be a banned drug. So now many decades later it is very hard for a Government to backtrack. In the meantime Phillip Morris has had the advantage of little competition.

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  • Polity: Eleventy billion dollars!, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Tom. Do you live in Denmark or similar? I guess the great place you are living in must have (justly) high taxes. Whereas the thought of raising taxes in NZ terrifies politicians.

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  • Polity: Eleventy billion dollars!, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    Lockwood Smith Tax and Social Welfare is about 3/4 down his valedectory speech starting @:
    Not many would know that I put 7 years’ work into a project to redevelop New Zealand’s income tax, benefit, and tax credit systems. The work started on trying to find a way round the massive churning involved in employers deducting PAYE, only for the Government to pay it all back to some employees in family tax credits....... "

    "At the last minute it was pulled, for fear it might be seen as official National Party policy, and it was not."
    Wonder why currently the teams of National naysayers are labelling it as "Labour Policy?"

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  • Polity: The Taxpayers' Union rides again!,

    A commenter Save NZ pointed me to a Canadian town Dauphin Manitoba where an experiment in a sort of GMI was trialled in the 70s. Until the oil shock/deflation etc killed it. The data saved is only now being uncovered by a researcher Evelyn Forget.
    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-mincome-experiment-dauphin

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