Today's Tremain .... it never ends .... is it me or is Key getting more and more Muldoonesque as time goes on
Tremain continues to rag on pony-boy
Tremain’s latest (this morning's ODT editorial cartoon) – who says Key’s not a laughing stock – pony-boy will never hear the end of this ….
That Taiwanese news channel that does animations of world events .... well #ponygate:
or "fetish" or some form of OCD (not that there's anything wrong with either of these, if they're consensual)
Christchurch isn’t the only city in this situation – though at least it has a good excuse – Dunedin’s seen rates increases way above inflation for the past decade, often close to 10% mostly because of the council’s unability to stop spending, the stadium debacle has committed us to at least a few more years of the same, it’s still losing millions a year just to subsidise rugby tickets – Kaipara’s in a bad state too, again because of a council that couldn’t stop spending.
When I lived in California the state (and I think cities) were legally required to bring in a balanced budget, and citizens were required to vote for any increases, this put continual pressure on the politicians to at least consider the possibility of moderation (mind you there were severe downsides to this too).
I think it’s easy for a politician to want to look good doling out the goodies, kind of human nature, no one gets elected to these positions with the goal of not doing things. We need to praise those who show restraint and are realistic in the face of adversity a bit more.
I visit a few times a year at the moment, usually to/from Shenzhen - I like to stay in Kowloon - specifically the Jordan area, not so touristy, great street food, (relatively) cheap tiny hotels.
The subways are great, safe, cheap - to save money only take the airport train to it's first stop (Tsing Yi) and change to the subway
I don't do much touristy stuff but if you want to - visit the Kowloon Walled City Park, take the ferry across to downtown, ride the escalators to the top (in the afternoon when they go up) and walk down
Really you're not supposed to vote if you've been overseas for more than 3 years - in fact you're allowed to if you come back for a visit every 3 years - when I moved to the US in the mid 80s it was as if NZ fell off the face of the map - I voted in the SF consulate to oust Muldoon, then they closed the consulate down
I didn't vote for 20 years (anywhere, not even in California for dog catcher or school board) even though I came back to visit every few years, I couldn't have made an informed decision anyway (besides as a lefty voter in NZ's most right wing electorate, under FPP my vote was useless, roll on MMP)
Things are certainly different now, I'd argue that thanks to the 'net things have changed and one could keep up to date with what's going on (so long as there are still actual journalists doing real cutting political reporting)
So with compulsory voting, you force the non-voters to attend the ballot and at least go through the motions of expressing a preference.
What is this meant to achieve? How is it different from declaring that the non-voters voted in the same proportion as the voters, and hence we have an imaginary 100% turnout.
It’s not removing disengagement, it’s just renaming it.
I think it depends - how many of those who don't vote don't vote because they really don't want to as opposed to those who just had something better to that day, but would have expressed a genuine preference should they have found themselves in a voting booth?
There are some New Zealanders who are under a real obligation to vote - my wife, who recently took NZ citizenship (after over 40 years), swore an oath to "fulfil her duties as a New Zealand citizen" which explicitly included voting
Fantastic result. I hope some political parties were taking notes.
I think that they have, it’s probably why Campbel is under fire