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Archive for May, 2010

On the international aid flotilla now approaching Gaza

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Some days ago, a flotilla of nine ships left a port in Turkey bound for the Gaza enclave, laden with medical and building supplies and carrying some 800 peace activists from a range of countries. It marks a major international attempt to deliver 10,000 tons of much-needed medical and building ...

On the plans to sell state assets

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

At yesterday’s post-Cabinet press conference Prime Minister John Key said that work ‘had not yet begun’ on deciding which state assets - if any - would be sold during his government’s second term. Voters would be told what assets would be on the “sale” list, he promised, well in advance of ...

On the trade-offs in the Budget

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Audio + Images: Budget Lockup Press Conference Raising the level of GST - which will hit those on low incomes the hardest – and offering in compensation a package of tax cuts that will reward those on high incomes the most, is a very strange definition of fairness. Yet fairness and ...

On John Key’s shifting rationales for tax cuts (& leaky homes)

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

[Leaky homes below] See: PM’s Presser Audio & Report – Leaky Home Loan Scheme When asked by Scoop at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press conference to name a couple of countries where tax cuts had resulted in economic growth, Prime Minister John Key cited the United States. Surprising, given that (a) over half of the ...

On Sir Peter Gluckman, and the government’s science package for business

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

So far, at least two isotopes of the government’s chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman have been isolated, and identified. The commonly observed variant – lets call it P1 – emerges at regular intervals to emit bromides that science is good, that the government’s science policy is moving in the ...

On Gordon Brown’s exit, and the SAS role in defending women’s oppression in Afghanistan

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Now that Gordon Brown has resigned, the way is a little bit clearer for Nick Clegg to make a deal with Labour – but only a little bit clearer. The arithmetic of cobbling together a parliamentary majority for a Lib/Lab government (which would need a gaggle of minor parties to ...

On the ongoing Peter Saunders saga, and the UK election

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Now that everyone has had a good laugh at Social Development Minister Paula Bennett for mixing up which Peter Saunders she had actually appointed to advise her welfare reform panel, we can move on. Yes, Bennett has indeed appointed the bloke who writes paranoid, Islamophobic science fiction novels and who ...

On CEO pay, and the calls to hike up interest rates

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Lets get this straight. Paying schoolteachers is said to be a very very bad thing to do as we emerge from the recession - but letting CEOs in the private sector make out like gangbusters is totally fine, even while they’re preaching austerity to everyone else. That’s just the natural ...

On privatizing water, and the SAS in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Local Government Minister Rodney Hide continues to pursue his vocation in life, of turning public assets into profit centres for the private sector. The amendment to local government legislation that Hide is currently pushing through Parliament will allow councils to contract out water services for a commercially feasible 35 years.