Posts by Luke Williamson

  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…,

    Thank you for doing this Russell. It was just about driving me nuts reading through those to discover the lies on which they were based. It's just so awful and sends a message to all the young workers and couples out there that the reason they can't buy a house is because they are lazy and/or dumb. I pray to god that they vote for some change this year.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 290 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years,

    I'm still struggling with the evil Russia syndrome. There is nothing I like about Vlad Putin but his posturing on the borders of Europe is matched by NATO posturing. They are both adding troops and missiles, and attempting to sway bordering countries politics with equal enthusiasm. Taking a slightly longer look at history, with whom should we have most sympathy out of USA and Russia? USA has never been invaded nor even had enemy positions nearby – Cuba excepted. Russia has experienced multiple invasions, including by US military during the Russian civil war 1918. Imagine if, today, Russia was actively recruiting countries in South America to it's "defence" league, and positioning troops and missiles in Canada. Do I see Russia as a benign force who should be given free reign to operate in the world? Absolutely not. However, I don't feel the USA should have that option either and, yet, they are probably much closer to that free reign scenario. I fear that I am just demonstrating my naivety and ignorance here, but it strikes me that balance of reporting is weighted in "the West's" favour. Your example of the conflict in Syria would be a prime example of casting Russia as evil but ignoring the role of the USA in the current conflict, or Europe in the development of the whole sh*t show that is the Middle East.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 290 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "Meth contamination": the…,

    Excellent work Russell. Thank you for bringing some sense to this issue. The battle to out bad science is ongoing and it's great to see you and the scientists in this article doing their bit.

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  • Polity: Mike's minute: Mike's maths!,

    Just thank you Rob . . . thank you.

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  • Hard News: The media awards are dead –…,

    Well done Russell. I've donated lump sums in the past but an easy way to do a nice little drip feed would be good and a pleasure.

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  • Hard News: The media awards are dead –…, in reply to Eediot,

    He should be able to tap into some good sources. As long as the content isn't watered down.

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses,

    There is a battle of philosophies at work, as there always has been, and the JK and his party are basically "comfortable" with what is playing out. The market is at work and there are winners and losers. John's solution is to go into 2017 touting a programme of tax cuts and we can all guess where they will be weighted. What disturbs me most is the absence of a coherent alternative message, be it from Labour or Green or NZ First. I'm still looking for a party that stands for steady raising of the minimum wage, raising access age to super, increased taxes on wealthy, captial gains tax on housing or a wealth tax of some sort, and serious study of how a UBI/restructure of welfare in NZ could work. I had high hopes when Labour came out with free tertiary study policy early in the year but they appear to have stalled again and got into name calling with the PM. Give me a solid alternative I can vote for.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 290 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How the years flew by ..., in reply to Paul Campbell,

    14.5% when I first took on a mortgage. The house of course only cost $156k.

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  • Hard News: How the years flew by ..., in reply to Bart Janssen,

    And I guess we have a PM at the moment who is physically and philosohically more comfortable with rich people from overseas than poor people in NZ.

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  • Hard News: How the years flew by ...,

    Oh and, BTW, what is the answer cos I'm not quite smart enough to work it out. Is it a combo of capital gains tax, intensification, more land made available? Or is there some other vital component required?

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