Right now I'm seeking second opinions from health professionals as to whether I'm officially on the autism spectrum. If it turns out I am, then years of 'tiger mothering' will be proven worse than useless. In Japan, the hikikomori phenomenon is a direct result of such a bigger-hammer approach towards the square pegs, coupled with the Lost Decade following the bubble burst.
Bonus points if you recognise the names in small print at the bottom. It really is NZ's answer to Australian Quadrant or the Daily Fail.
But I also accept that the Party has more control than me with the list and accept it as it stands. Anyway Sacha ,I am happy that Kelvin is jumping in boots and all. Lets hope we can lift the Northland vote.
The leaders' primary was just a starting point for rightly devolving power from the caucus.
As for Kelvin Davis I think it’s great that he’s back in – he’s an incredibly impressive candidate. However, it’s criminal that he wasn’t in before – he should have had a much higher list placing last election.
Absolutely. Again, the dead wood issue comes into play, and the Boag approach won't necessarily work for the existing Labour caucus due to faction balance politics.
There seems to be a life cycle of certain MP's careers: novice backbencher, experienced front-bencher, and then dead wood.
So Morning Report continues with the Jones story via commentary from Damien O’Connor, Clayton Cosgrove, John Tamihere, Chris Trotter … and Michael Bassett.
I think I need a lie-down.
Those interviews sounded like a fuckfest of Fox News liberals. Especially Michael Bassett, a bitter and twisted curmudgeon who’s been with ACT for some years now. I hope Morning Report isn’t trying to ape Newstalk ZB’s territory.
I doubt this proposal is even intended to have actual policy value. I think it’s a pretty transparent play for sympathetic media coverage TBH.
Somehow I doubt ACT is returning to its ‘classical liberal’ roots as it claims to be doing – it’s always been more economically libertarian than it has been socially libertarian, which has been contentious with actual libertarian Libertarians. Muriel Newman and her cohorts took that notion to its logical extreme – she combines ACT’s economics with Colin Craig’s social policy – which is not unlike the world view of the US Republican establishment.
what I would like to know why did the Labour grandees put him so far down the list
Most likely because of 'dead wood' that's passed their use-by date. To do a Michelle Boag on them would risk much greater instability than what we have now. I suspect the last time it happened (1993-96), the guilty parties, well, switched parties.
Nice to see Shane from Labour is getting support from a Tory . :)
Who's more gobsmacked? The Blue team finding out one of their card-carrying members has donated to a Red, or the other way round?
On those points, it seems a case of do as ACT says, not as ACT does.
…and here is ACT’s main flotation device, Alan Gibbs, calling for privatising schools, hospitals, and roads…
Alan Gibbs, Don Brash and others who think NZ should rain-dance for a Singaporean cargo cult conveniently like to forget that Singapore can get away with a lot of things because it's a de facto one-party state. And, of course, there's modern Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew's most famous quote:
"If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one."