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  • Ian MacKay,

    Bring back Brian Edwards and lift the standard of interviewing on TV by 500%!

    Bleheim • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Could never happen today.

    Meanwhile, an OECD survey showsthat wage-earners' share of [national income] in all developed countries, [has fallen] on average from around 67 per cent ... in 1976 to 57 per cent in 2006.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Could never happen today.

    Meanwhile, an OECD survey showsthat wage-earners' share of [national income] in all developed countries, [has fallen] on average from around 67 per cent ... in 1976 to 57 per cent in 2006.

    And the gap is worse in New Zealand than most other places -- notably, Australia. It's called labour market flexibility, and people seem to leave the country to avoid it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    It's called labour market flexibility, and people seem to leave the country to avoid it.

    How do you mean?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick,

    Labour market flexibility is newspeak for "low-wage, casual-employment economy".

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 261 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Gotcha, I had misunderstood the crux of the OECD survey.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Funny how I haven't heard anything from the campaigning pollies about how income inequality is known to drive levels of violence in a society.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick,

    That's because it would force them to come up with an actual law and order policy, rather than "we're tougher than you are, look how many more people than you we'd lock up given half the chance", and come to terms with the fact that preventing crime is a lot different to preventing re-offending.

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 261 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Sacha: I asked Richard Prebble about that after he spoke in the University of Auckland quad before the 2002 election. He was more interested in cleaning the egg off of his jacket than answering my question, but he said something about the 1970s welfare system being responsible for the rise in crime in the 1990s.

    The logic was 'the welfare state nearly bankrupted us, so we got rid of it, and that's where crime came from'. Now that I think about it, I don't see how that answered my 'your policies drove the crime rate up, isn't it hypocritical to then campaign on law and order?' question at all.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    He was more interested in cleaning the egg off of his jacket than answering my question

    Classic!

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    “Going to any Post Offices?” ... I make no apology for having relished the day and the experience to the full.

    I've heard Edwards recall visiting every Post Office within reach that day and so was conveniently placed to receive the public's plaudits, a move that hardly harmed his career I'm sure. Would that modern public figures could expose themselves to the public (so to speak) and receive their due reception.

    1970s New Zealand truly was another country.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    1970s New Zealand truly was another country.

    Even if you were more-or-less there. As I was elsewhere for the first half of the 70s I missed Edwards' meteoric rise. Watching his heavily-hyped interview/confrontation with Muldoon in early 1976 (on my next-door neighbour's spanking-new made-in-Waihi Philips K9) I could only wonder what justified what seemed a towering sense of self-importance when he opened by stating that he'd been offered sexual favours provided he "spill your blood on the studio floor".
    After all these years I think I finally understand.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

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