Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Speaker: Why we can’t just fix secondary…,

    I earn so little these days (self-employed) I am thinking of deregistering from GST, but always figured it created a headache for clients then having to sort out the invoices they pay from people that include GST and those from people that don’t – another tier to the calculations – does anyone know if that is the case?

    Most bills I pay have GST on them…
    …which reminds me GST is due tomorrow!

    Deborah’s explanation of secondary tax also helps me see Kiwisaver (and David Parker’s recent suggested changes) as a down payment on retirement – which helps – I should join…

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  • Hard News: The sphere of influence, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I share your condiments...

    ...it’s a network of influence drowned in the gravy of entitlement.

    Now you're cooking with gas!
    better get a room over at the Feed blog...

    ...is this thing on ?

    hello?

    <click>

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  • Hard News: The sphere of influence, in reply to Hebe,

    I’ve seen him alienate an entire audience in the course of a speech.

    Commies to start with obviously.

    Probably bussed in and promised hard liquor...

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  • Hard News: The sphere of influence,

    “She’s a mother hen slash fiend, ” says Glucina. “She’s like a fixer.”

    Fixed that for her…
    What hack wouldn’t like a slash fiend?

    Steven Joyce who hardly puts a foot wrong in public

    apparently he smokes (or recycles OP packets)…

    Joyce is calling on Labour to say how much could be taken from wages, saying that if they could not do that, the policy was just a “thought bubble”. He said he had conducted “back of a cigarette packet” calculations which suggested that to replicate a 1 per cent increase in the cash rate, KiwiSaver rates would have to be jacked up 6 cents in the dollar.

    I guess Bill English is too tight to share some of his old envelopes with Joyce…

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  • Speaker: Facing the floods, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    National is Toast – collect the set!

    …this miracle ought to get him over the hump.

    Nice!
    The Patron(ising) Saint of Pop-Up (Cities)…
    and imagine him smeared in dairy products, yum…

    …Oh, sorry, for that image…

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  • Speaker: Facing the floods,

    St Gerry and the Tower Miracle…
    Not really the right thread but it’s the most recent Chchch one (and James or Labour may be able to follow up on this usefully)
    Brownlee is nigh on getting a sainthood for intervening in a dispute between a shopowner and Telecom – result: things moved – looks all well and good. – but on looking deeper it makes ya wonder about just what the activation point for MPs ‘helping their constituents’ is, especially in light of Maurice’s minor infraction, and what must be an impending infarction for drama queen Joan, er, Judith Collins.

    I posted this comment (below) to The Press story – but it hasn’t shown up yet:

    Would it be churlish to suggest that, in Karen Crisp’s role as President of the Pharmacy Guild’s Canterbury Electorate and one time (maybe even current) President or executive chair, of the whole guild – she knows a thing or two about lobbying politicians, and log rolling…
    see: http://www.pgnz.org.nz/

    Gerry really, really needs a ‘feel good story’ in the media about now – with a slow newsday (sunday) press release…

    One wonders if Gerry would have been so proactive had she just been a concerned little old lady, and not someone used to having her photo taken with Tony Ryall at Pharmacy Guild events, and the like?

    We know how careful politicians are about telephone calls they make on behalf of their constituents…

    Or perhaps she is just carrying on the Pharmacy Guild’s ‘Be Bold’ campaign initiated in 2011 by then CEO (and ex National MP and lobbyist, and the author of ‘The Good Lobbyists Guide’) Annabel Young (who mysteriously resigned from the guild in 2012) and is now an adviser to Judith Collins at the Ministry of Justice and ACC …
    see:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/6773286/Pharmacy-Guild-head-leaves
    and
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1111/S00034/guild-invites-politicians-to-be-seen-in-community-pharmacy.htm

    of course these could all be happy coincidences…

    She and her fellow community pharmacists may not be that happy with him and the National Party if the TPP Agreement goes through under urgency soon, and Pharmac gets taken out of the equation…

    Just sayin’….

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  • Cracker: The Colorado Experiment, in reply to steven crawford,

    If the DEA plane could have stayed on the tail, the Cocaine Cowboy plane could have been followed and there airstrip pinpointed and raided before the evidence could be removed

    Depends on whether it was Barry Seal landing at Mena Airfield in Arkansas or not...

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  • Speaker: Facing the floods,

    the Enervation Precinct
    More Government enabled backwards steps...
    aka the 'Soft sodden earth shuffle' or the 'Liquefactionist Jig'

    The tenants of the groundbreaking EPIC building has been forced to look outside the 'Innovation Precinct' for premises!

    Perhaps Gerry, Cera & Warwick at CCDU thought 'Innovation' meant a lot of applause in a pub - their inability to even organise a piss up in a brewery would be laughable if it wasn't so damaging...

    Quote of the year - Gerry Brownlee:

    "A lot of people find when they want something, they can't afford it."

    National is finding that out in spades...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Superstar Economy,

    Nice to see The Verlaines get an 'absolutely essential' review in a recent Uncut* for their FN/Captured Tracks reissues of 'Hallelujah All The Way Home' & ' Juvenilia'

    *warning link contains a Beth Gibbons Black Sabbath cover...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Superstar Economy, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    Forgitify is ruining my day and I can’t stop.

    I believe there is a 12-step programme,
    or was it 12-bar blues...
    just one more...

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