Yes, I sometimes think that accelerated immigration is making New Zealand a less liberal country than a more enlightened one.
Is it a 1st-generation thing? If so, then it's probably because NZ was late to the party in comparison with Australia and Canada.
How long will it be before things go a step further, and ableists start tipping wheelchair users out of their wheelchairs, like what's been happening in Britain?
My sense is that Labour's The Future of Work thing might actually have some legs. There's a constituency of Labour voters who would welcome a broadening of the party's focus to include contractors and the self-employed. I know a lot of liberal sorts, particularly in the creative trades, who would respond to that.
I'm particularly interested in their proposals for ICT apprenticeships, because they single-handedly address all the career issues I'm having right now. But all the cheap shots and sideshows appear to be drowning out the good stuff.
It was a quite bizarre interlude which now seems to be over.
“The user deleted their Medium account”
Damn… I was looking forward to a happy ending.
According to the Twitterverse, Rachinger took it down because of legal threats, and that he's 'over the whole thing and others are taking up the story to the world outside blogs/Twitter'.
There is no Waitakere man at all. No Labour voter that has decided after all that National are wonderful. The data is really clear on that. The National vote has not changed. Instead there are Labour voters who rightly enough have decided that the MPs chosen do NOT represent them.
It’s hard to blame them for that.
I’ve often thought that Labour hasn’t so much lost votes to the Nats, but rather it’s lost them to the common nouns of cynicism and disillusionment. And you know what they say about common nouns being harder to fight than proper nouns. Seems there are a lot of people who don’t trust Key, but at the same time they don’t necessarily trust Little or the Greens to best him either. The Alliance didn’t survive without Jim Anderton (and it's just agreed to deregister), and Te Mana couldn’t capture the ‘missing million’. It’s a problem not unique to NZ.
I do remember reading the government led assessments of the US-Australia FTA deal a decade ago at uni and they were short on actual detail, with the benefits generally flowing from the "invisibles" side of thing, that being the liberalisation on investment, copyright or the like. All of which was hard for them to quantify before the deal.
It would be interesting to see a decade on if those generous guesses have come true or can be proven
Australia was able to export its cars to the States under the USAUFTA, but they didn't sell in big numbers over there. And now that the Aussie car industry is shutting down for good, it's become a fat lot of use. Aussie farm products are still shut out of the US market.
How can we have gone from it being considered wrong for a mother to work(and oh! the criticism I got in the eighties!), to it being wrong for her not to, in such a short space of time?
I suspect they're both sides of the same coin that is the hoary old 'barefoot & pregnant' dogma.
So there may be a queue to rip their throats out.
Ready to get in line?
There's only one thing the inter-generational thieves fear more than death, and it's bankruptcy. For the simple fact that it's one of the few things that bring them back down to the level of those they wilfully stamp upon. And usually it takes something major like a total war or a Great Depression for it to happen, because they affect absolutely everyone.
So if any of us happen to reach a position of senior power, and also be in charge of a post-bubble burst bailout, the answer will be simple: "get back in the fucking queue like everyone else!" That's pretty much how the Icelanders handled their fiscal meltdown.
The worm has certainly turned but this budget did as little as possible to address the inter-generational theft that governments over the past 30 years have engineered – wittingly or not, the jury is still out. Inter-generational theft.
Sadly it’s not unique to NZ, especially if you’ve seen Inequality For All and The Spirit of ’45. Housing, education, and employment, among other things, have gone from being public goods to perishable goods.
The comments that Mediaworks management view coverage of Pike River as fatiguing and the Chch earthquakes and child poverty undeserving of in depth coverage I find disgraceful and as such I have decided to not buy anymore of Mark Weldons, unfortunately excellent, Pinot Noir (Terra Sancta).
Are there any products linked either to him or Julie Christie that could be similarly avoided?
According to the Companies Office, Mark Weldon is involved with the following companies (only the ones that are still active or with Weldon's current involvement):
* Planck & Heisenberg - probably a private equity vehicle, no obvious public presence.
* Geoop Ltd
* The Village Press Olive Oil Ltd
* Lola Nominees Ltd - private equity vehicle, no obvious public presence.
* Freeview Ltd
* Canterbury Grasslands Ltd
* Buddybid Ltd
As for Julie Christie, outside of her MediaWorks interests she seems to have mostly holdings in private equity funds.