Europhile elite has been defeated. Great Britain shows Europe the way to the
future and to liberation. It is now time for a fresh start, relying on our own
efforts and sovereignty.- Geert Wilders, Dutch
Freedom Party, 25 June
have knocked me over with a feather when I switched on the BBC the other day
and heard that the UK had decided to leave the EU.
Two Victoria University academics are reported as claiming that three bottom lines - outlined in a Cabinet paper on water in May 2016 - breaches the Treaty of Waitangi. The three options are: “nobody owns freshwater”; “no national settlement favouring iwi/hapu over other uses”; and “Allocation determined catchment by catchment based on resource availability, efficiency of use, good industry practice and a positive contribution to regional economic development”. Their claims are blatantly false.
I was just too young to vote in the 1975 referendum. I would have voted “Yes” to the European Community and I think I would have been right to do so. It had contributed to European peace by blurring French and German economic sovereignty. It was a free trade area in a world of high tariff barriers, albeit within a protectionist wall that excluded other countries and continents. It helped to halt Britain’s disastrous obsession with central planning.
Two decades later, the European project stopped being about economic growth (to this day it still has no trade deals with America, China, Japan, Brazil, India, Canada, Australia and Indonesia) and embarked on the drive for monetary and political union, embodied in the treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Lisbon.
Barrister Catriona MacLennan recently recommended improvements to the social welfare system via the current rewrite of our social security legislation. She wants to “…ensure all New Zealanders in hardship receive the help they need.” The original intent of social security was to alleviate unforeseen hardship. Not self-imposed hardship. One in five babies born onto welfare every year is not unforeseen hardship. She wants “…the reduction of poverty [to be] the aim of social welfare, rather than the current focus on reducing the number of beneficiaries.”
The EU is falling behind and it's not bad luck, it's bad policy
Last week I visited an island and stood among a crowd of puffins. If I turned my head I could see the lighthouse. If I looked up, the arctic terns were above my head. Yet I never left a gallery in Gateshead. How come? I was wearing a virtual-reality mask.
I have tried this “Oculus” technology once before, when visiting Facebook in California (which owns Oculus) and it is truly extraordinary to have an all-round, up-and-down view of the world depending on how you turn your head. All it involves is a special (Samsung) smartphone jammed into a pair of goggles.
The P-contamination test does not point to a health risk and property owners are spending megabucks on unnecessary testing and remediation, a toxicologist confirmed this week. The advice from toxicologist Nick Kim is that testing for P, a street name for methamphetamine, does not necessarily show any health risk. (1)
Dr Kim is a senior lecturer in environmental chemistry at Massey University.
Illinois—a state that has long embraced progressive fiscal policies—has moved one step closer to the financial abyss. Last week, Moody’s Investors Service issued the jarring announcement that it was downgrading Illinois’s general obligations bonds to Baa2 from Baa1, which is just two levels above junk bond status. The next day, Standard & Poor’s followed suit by lowering its rating to BBB+, or three levels above junk bond status.
Fonterra and others won’t become great by focusing on farmers.
A number of recent developments highlight concerns about the corporate governance of rural-based companies. These concerns have led to the requisitioning of special shareholder meetings at Silver Fern Farms (SFF) and Fonterra Co-operative while Murray Goulburn Co-operative shareholders in Australia are also threatening to call an extraordinary meeting.
Last week the Reserve Bank left the Overnight Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged
at 2.25%. The Monetary Policy statement that accompanied the announcement has
some interesting commentary about what is ahead for property investors and
When discussing the state of the property market and the future it said,
"Low mortgage rates, high net immigration, and the shortage of housing
in Auckland have contributed to high house price inflation.
by Matthew Hooton on the damage Labour has done to itself by entering its
agreement with the Greens brought to mind the problems faced in earlier times
by the New Zealand Liberal Party. And how little our modern Labour Party knows
about its history and its own climb to power. In this centennial year of
Labour’s birth that really is unforgivable.
After a couple of
centuries of Whig politics in Britain and more than two decades with John Ballance,
Dick Seddon and Joseph Ward leading successful Liberal governments in New Zealand
1891-1912, the Liberals here, as elsewhere (except Canada) found their votes
being preyed upon by a new political force, the trade unions and their
Cancelling the Rio Olympics would do little to slow the spread of the zika virus. That horse has already bolted: more than 60 countries and territories already have zika. It will soon be almost anywhere that its mosquito host lives. Now that the link with microcephaly is well established, becoming pregnant in any country with zika carries a small but real risk of birth defects for the baby.
In the 1970s, troubled by the risks of using pesticides, we took our eye off the fight against mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Zika is just the latest evidence that we are paying a heavy price for that.
It’s rare these days to hear about any development in the news media that’s worth celebrating, but the announcement that the Wairarapa Times-Age is reverting to local ownership is a tonic.
After 12 years in what is now the NZME (previously known as APN) stable, the Masterton-based Monday-Friday paper is being bought by its general manager, Andrew Denholm. My guess is that other local money is involved, although I have no inside knowledge.
The Government is planning to spend $13.5 billion on education in the June 2017 year, second only to the $16.2 billion it plans to spend on health.
This is an important sector because public and private expenditure on tertiary education in New Zealand is about 2.1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), compared with an OECD average of 1.6 per cent.
The three main areas of education spending are primary and secondary schools ($6.1 billion), tertiary funding ($4.3 billion) and early education ($1.8 billion).
Europe Is Falling Out Of Love With Renewables In this newsletter: 1) Denmark Cancels All Coastal Wind Farms, Delays New Built Until 2025 Jyllands-Posten, 7 June 2016 2) Green No More: Denmark Scares Off Green Investors After Subsidy Cuts, Policy U-Turn Bloomberg, 5 June 2015
Our politicians, bureaucrats and journalists are struggling to stay in touch with Middle New Zealand. Many of them think it’s unnecessary. After all, they hold the power to tell us what we ought to think and what we should endure.
The system usually works well for them. The Middlers keep to themselves, too busy with the day-to-day.
The problem arises when the people are actually allowed a voice. Referendums must be so frustrating to those who think “they know what’s good for us”.
In swearing an oath in a court of law, one is required to
tell the whole truth. It is recognized
that half the truth may be worse than no truth at all.
So we have Anne Salmond who says that there
are examples "ad infinitum" of Maori kindness to children
("Comment", 'NZ Herald', Dialogue Section, 26/5/16). Well so be it but there is another half of
the truth. Female children who could not
become warriors had little value and when deemed surplus were disposed of at
birth, usually by their own mothers.
Slave and half-caste children often had a similar fate. Depressing the
fontanelle or holding the nostrils together until the infant ceased to breathe
were ways of doing this.
The general election is more than a year away but the
battle lines are already forming. Two combatants, Labour and the Greens, have
entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together with
the simple objective of ousting National from the treasury benches.It creates an interesting dynamic, given NZ
First has repeated its view that it would not be part of a coalition that
involved the Greens.
Never mind about the economy, the environment, ISIS
or the ZIKA virus. There are far more pressing issues facing Western
law-makers. Such as where transsexuals – Arthurs who parade as Marthas, and Marthas
who parade as Arthurs (‘trannies’ for short) – can go and relieve themselves
when their bladders catch up with them in public places.
I’m not joking. It’s a huge issue in the US. Some
states have legislated for trannies being able to use bathroom/toilet
facilities in accordance with the sex they ‘identify with’. Schools are under
pressure to allow supposedly transsexual kids
to use toilets/changing room facilities according to the sex they think they
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