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Archive for February, 2010

On the Phil Heatley saga,and more on low budget films

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Image from nznationalparty's photostream - On board the NUShip Perth Normally when there is a personal cloud over a Minister, they would stand down and/or be removed from their responsibilities by the PM. That is, until (a) the matter was cleared up, or (b) in more serious cases, they had paid ...

On the government’s environmental credibility problems in Canterbury, and attacks on Police

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Click to enlarge Reportedly, Ronald Reagan’s aides would go into in panic mode whenever the avuncular President started to ad lib a few additional points of clarification. The aim may have been candour, but the remarks tended to give a terrifying glimpse into the abyss behind the mask. Something similar ...

On Trevor Mallard’s big day, and the Film Commission’s new low budget film scheme

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Normally, Trevor Mallard is not renowned for his subtlety, yet his stealth attack on Education Minister yesterday in the House was a stone classic. First, there was a feint with the generalized question, then an innocuous sounding follow up – did she actually know how inter-school moderation of literacy worked ...

On the looming elections in Iraq

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Early next month, Iraq is due to hold an election. One of the ironic outcomes of the US/UK led invasion in March 2003 has been to put into power a bloc of Shia religious parties long dependent on support from Iran, the star player in George Bush’s ‘axis of ...

On the problems in making the tax cuts equation stack up

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Would scrapping the depreciation rules on rental residential property really deliver the $1.6 billion promised? That $1.6 billion sits on one side of the ledger and - when added to the $2 billion in revenue likely to be raised by hiking GST to 15% - is meant to bankroll ...

On John Key’s agenda for the nation

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Compensate is such a slippery word. If you set out to make the elite squad in team A immensely better off with money taken from Teams B and C, and you also say those two bottom teams will (somehow) be left no worse off – is that really a compensation? ...

On why free trade with the US is more Monty Python than Holy Grail

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Perhaps we can all quietly sign a pact to forego comparing a free trade deal with the US to the quest for the Holy Grail. This ‘free trade as Holy Grail’ notion is a cliché that will not die, because the media loves it so much. This morning, RNZ’s Katherine ...

On the government’s clueless response to unemployment and why Mike Moore shouldn’t go to Washington

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Well, we’re now seeing some of the fruits of small government, and having government butt out of our lives. Unemployment rose to 7.3 % during the last three months of 2009, the highest rate in ten years. Some 168,000 New Zealanders are now out of work, and the message to ...

Union-bashing and the dispute over national standards

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Well, it hasn’t taken long for John Key to bring the old scare word ‘unions’ – into the dispute over national standards. Yesirree, this flap is all just about unions protecting their patch. Here we have a situation where Education Minister Anne Tolley has proven herself as incapable of managing ...