Thursday, November 26, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 22.11.20

Thursday November 26, 2020 

National and Labour clash over councils introducing Maori wards

A National MP is suggesting it's undemocratic for councils to decide whether we should have Maori wards.

National MP for Whangaparaoa, Mark Mitchell told Mike Hosking councillors who bring in the wards should be voted out.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

European 'green recovery' falters as car sales continue to tumble


EU issues green energy warning

In this newsletter:

1) European 'green recovery' falters as car sales continue to tumble
Nasdaq, 24 November 2020
2) EU transport chief issues green energy warning
Financial Times, 24 November 2020 

Mike Hosking: Push for Maori wards on councils is racist and undemocratic


Here is the great advantage Nanaia Mahuta has over most of the rest of us: we don’t care.

What she is doing in trying to change the law and prevent a democratic action in terms of Māori wards and the ability to have any sort of public say is racist.

She, along with the rest of the apologists on various councils around the country who favour separatist Māori wards, is that the bulk of the constituency don’t want them.

We know this because when we get the chance to directly vote on them, the no’s win and win by large margins.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

GWPF Newsletter: Europe's Green Deal in limbo as Poland demands 'further cost analysis'


Boris's green jobs for China

In this newsletter:

1) Europe's Green Deal in limbo as Poland demands 'further cost analysis'
EurActiv, 20 November 2020
2) Europe’s largest employer’s association questions EU climate policy cost modelling
EurActiv, 23 November 2020

Kate Hawkesby: Will this spending boom last?


The figures yesterday on retail sales were remarkable weren’t they?

As an article in the Herald pointed out, we knew anecdotally there were big spend ups happening on home improvements and new furniture, but the stats now bear that out.

The retails sales figures released yesterday showed the biggest quarterly rise in 25 years.

So when we heard, saw, and thought people were out shopping up a storm, we were right, they were. We clearly went nuts after being released from lockdown .. we clearly saw the writing on the wall with the borders and thought, stuff it, I’ll spend up large at home.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Kate Hawkesby: John Key's appearance highlights National's current lack of leadership


The problem with Sir John Key speaking at the National Party AGM is that he looks, sounds, and acts like a leader.

And all that does is shine a light on the lack of leadership - or any real cut through going on within the party currently.  

Under Key the party was tight. It didn’t leak. It was a cohesive unit that held its ground.

These days it’s a shambles. And that was reflected in the vote.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Nicholas Kerr: Pandemic learning gaps make clear the need for public school reform

Approaching two months of in-person learning this school year, the Catholic Diocese of Dallas reported to parents that no cases of COVID-19 classroom transmission had occurred at its 36 schools.

Only 19 have had any lab-confirmed cases among students or employees, all of which it confidently stated have been traced to outside sources. Positive cases have touched less than one-quarter of 1% of on-campus learners. Schools in the diocese are practicing social distancing, students are wearing masks in class, parents are completing online child-screening forms in the mornings, and children are having their temperatures taken before being allowed to exit cars at drop-off.

Tony Orman: Erosion of Democracy Cause for Focus

Over the last decade or two I have had increasing concern that democracy is being eroded and is under continuing siege.

Earlier this year, the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand (CORANZ) expressed concern that parliament’s select committee democratic process was being undermined to the detriment of the public giving submissions.

Current CORANZ Chairman Andi Cockroft made an oral submission to a select committee dealing with the Resource Management Act (RMA).

After being beforehand, granted 15 minutes speaking time the chairman Labour MP Duncan Webb, interrupted Andi’s submission after five minutes and said the committee had heard enough thereby cutting the oral presentation short by ten minutes.

The rudeness and snub to democracy left Andi bewildered and angry.

GWPF Newsletter: Boris Johnson's road to green poverty is paved with green intentions


One in three motorists cannot afford even the cheapest electric car, experts warn

In this newsletter:

1) One in three motorists cannot afford even the cheapest electric car, experts warn
Daily Mail, 21 November 2020
2) Electric car push set to drive energy bills higher
The Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2020

Richard A. Epstein: An Overambitious Climate Plan For Biden

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has made it clear that climate change will be a top policy priority for his incoming administration. 

In crafting its policies, the Biden administration may heavily rely upon a blueprint already created by former Obama administration officials and environmental experts. Known as the Climate 21 Project, the exhaustive transition memo seeks “to hit the ground running and effectively prioritize [Biden’s] climate response from Day One,” after which it hopes to implement major institutional changes within the first hundred days of the Biden presidency. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Breaking Views Update: Week of 15.11.20

Saturday November 21, 2020 

Opotiki Council Not Introducing Maori Wards

Opotiki District Council have decided they will not be introducing Maori wards in the next local body elections in 2022.

Instead, the council are going to hold a poll at the same time as the election, to ask the community whether they want Maori wards on the council.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Mike Hosking: James Shaw is trolling us with his car ban plan


Is James Shaw trolling me? It’s Thursday and he’s onto his second wacky idea for the week.

Tuesday, he was still banging on about that damn wealth tax despite the fact it, one, is not happening, and two, even if it was, it wasn’t solving the problem he was claiming it would solve, i.e. the price of houses and first home buyers trying to get into the market

Now its cars. Combustion engines to be precise, he wants them banned.

He’s not the first of course. Announcements have been made internationally, not least of which is in Britain where they are banning their import from 2030.

Why Boris Johnson did that given all he’s got on his plate I have no idea.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Barry Soper: Chris Hipkins' Taiwan comments the politics of ignorance


Is it the politics of envy or is it simply the politics of ignorance?

Chris Hipkins was kept on in a newly created Ministry handling the Covid-19 response while the Health portfolio was split off for Andrew Little to take care of.

Hipkins was kept in the job essentially because anyone following the Covid cowboy David Clark would look good and sound convincing and he did, that is until he was talking about how Kiwis were obedient sheep compared with other countries.

The other country that's been infinitely better than us is Taiwan, a country of almost 25 million, which took no time to eliminate the virus with just over 600 cases and just seven deaths. It's insisted on mask wearing since February and closed its borders the following month.

Chris Talgo: TIME Magazine Goes All-in on the Anti-Capitalist Great Reset

On October 23, TIME magazine dedicated an entire issue to the little-known but very radical globalist quest known as the Great Reset.

What is the Great Reset? According to the World Economic Forum, its chief sponsor, “There is an urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. To improve the state of the world, the World Economic Forum is starting The Great Reset initiative.”

Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, penned an article for the special edition of TIME that focused exclusively on the Great Reset, titled “A Better Economy Is Possible. But We Need to Reimagine Capitalism to Do It.” This article reveals the crux of the Great Reset.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Kate Hawkesby: A lot of questions remain about mandatory masks on transport


I see the mandatory mask mandate is coming.. and there will be many people happy about that.

There seems to be a large portion of this country who are happy to be locked down, made to scan in and out of places, have businesses closed, do as their told.

It’s been a revelation this year just how law abiding and fearful we are as a country.. barely anyone dare question the status quo – if the PM says it, we do it. Not only that, half the country voted for more of it.

So given more rules are coming for all of us, will more people follow them?

Bruce Moon: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

It is reported in ‘newsroom” for 11/11/20 that the leaders of the Maori Party have said:

"From seeking to rebuild their communities – South Taranaki and eastern Bay of Plenty – from the ravages of land alienation. From lived memories of the brutal seizures in Taranaki, that the Waitangi Tribunal and former Māori Party co-leader Dame Tariana Turia called a holocaust, memories that still cut very deep."

This statement is such a distortion of the truth that it is all too reminiscent of the words of Nazi propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels – those Nazis actually responsible for the real holocaust. “Tell a big enough lie often enough,” said Hitler “and people will believe it.”

GWPF Newsletter: UK plans to charge motorists for every mile they drive in switch to electric cars


Petrol and diesel vehicle ban to cause £40 billion black hole

In this newsletter:

1) UK plans to charge motorists for every mile they drive to fill £40billion tax hole left by the switch to electric cars
Daily Mail, 16 November 2020
2) UK Treasury pushing back against Boris’s costly green agenda
The Observer, 15 November 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Viv Forbes: Cold - not warming - is the Killer

Green alarmists are fanning a firestorm of fear about man-made global warming.

Earth always cycles between warmth and cold. Every recent warm period (Medieval Warming, Roman Warming etc) was a time of plenty for all life on Earth, whilst cold periods like the Little Ice Age saw crop failures, famine, migrations, invasions, disease and death.

Sea levels rise as ice sheets melt, and fall as they rebuild. Coastal dwellers and offshore coral reefs must always migrate landward or seaward, or north/south, following the climatic environment they prefer.

Brian Giesbrecht: Rosa Parks and The BIPOC Café

If you wonder how the social justice war is going, look no further than the University of Michigan-Dearborn. There, in the “diversity, equity and inclusion” activism that has all but replaced education in too many of our institutions of higher learning, the university’s “Center for Social Justice and Inclusion” established two remote “cafés”. 

One, the “BIPOC café” was for the exclusive use of “black, Indigenous and people of colour”. The other, the “non-POC café” was to be for white students only. The geniuses who dreamed this up abandoned the dreadful idea only after some heavy criticism on social media.

Perhaps the people who thought this was a good idea need a bit of a history lesson. One person they should learn about is Rosa Parks.