Spot on Danyl. Take a bow. Nice to have some left-wing objectivity.
I don't think I've heard Clark described as 'smug'. The word is frequently used to describe Cullen, however. And you'd be hard pressed to argue that our Deputy PM is not insufferably smug - you don't need Crosby/Textor to tell you that, you just need a few seconds of Question Time footage.
It seems to me that Labour party supporters at PAS are building themselves a narrative to explain their parties upcoming annihilation and the Cosby/Textor revelations feed right into that, providing an excuse for the left that poor old Labour will only lose because of some sort of satanic, right-wing media sorcery.
Labour will lose this election for a variety of reasons - bad luck with the economy, incompetent handling of the media, public rejection of their policies, 'third-termitis' and so on - and the Nats will win by default because Labour are doing a terrible job convincing the country to give them another term, not because they have Crosby/Textor on the payroll.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Forgive my possible naivety, but don't all poilitical heavies use these sort of people? And dont try and tell me that helen doesn't get, or hasnt had, media coaching? Labour surely uses someone to make sure our perception of dear leader is the correct one otherwise we wouldn't be getting this
when the reality is more like this:
Productivity was "disastrously low" and growing only slowly, limiting household incomes, international competitiveness and living standards, McDonald said in a paper, outlining his "personal views".
Handicapped by "ineffective economic policies", New Zealand's economic performance was unacceptably weak and it was being marginalised by a globalising, rapidly developing world.
There was a link between rising tax and government regulation since 2000 and poor productivity, he said.
For example, Working For Families payments were used to compensate for low productivity, incomes and living standards, rather than dealing with the fundamental problems, he said.
Government policy risk was now a "major disincentive" for business investment.
"New Zealand's increase in tax and regulation since 2000 strongly correlates with poor productivity," he said.
Indeed, its modus operandi is not workng.
The reasons for it is given in an editorial in the Dominion-Post today, as noted by The Hive.
A perception has grown up, rightly or wrongly, in recent years that the public service has left behind its tradition of political neutrality and become an operational arm of the Labour Party.
That has been encouraged by a national librarian lavishly praising her minister in public, a chief executive bowing to bullying from his minister over a departmental appointment and a former state services commissioner who learned a senior state servant didn't have the doctorate she claimed yet failed to frogmarch her from the building, presumably because of her political connections.
A sense has also grown of a service no longer willing to give ministers advice they do not want to hear and a chief executive pool that erroneously believes their boss is their minister, not the state services commissioner.
Now, I will explain why Helengrad is not working, why government is producing so much awful and unworkable policy.
Liarbour has either stacked the bureacracy with too many of its own placemen and women, or people are all too terrified to give the independent advice government needs to avoid getting into trouble.
It's almost like "Oh yes! Dear Leader! Killing the first born is an excellent policy."
A more neutral civil service would warn her against it.
You reap what you sow. Liarbour only has itself to blame for so much bad policy and the effect on its poll ratings!
Hat tip: The Hive
Liberty Scott is rightfully full of 'rage' as he posts on the situation in Zimbabwe, which has just seen Robert Mugabe kill and cheat his way back into power.
"Looking back to when New Zealand signed up to the Kyoto Protocol, it would be reasonable to assume that the government would have wanted to protect the critical agricultural industry from the cost of carbon pricing. Instead our government did the opposite and included agricultural emissions in its Kyoto obligations making New Zealand the only country in the world to have agricultural emissions included as a part of its Kyoto Protocol commitments."
I am amazed that as the emissions trading bills wends its way through parliament that little or nothing has been noted of this fact. I could be wrong, but I don't recall anything from the Hive or Fran O'Sullivan, who have done sterling work in covering the legislation.
But, yes, it's one of those gobsmacking moments when you sit back and think that the New Zealand government has needlessly endangered one of the few successful industries we have- farming.
Now, it was National that signed Kyoto in the 1990s but Liarbour is pushing through emissions trading today.
So who do we blame for this most almighty cock up of multi-billion dollar proportions?
As Muriel Newman says:
"New Zealand farmers should not be penalised for the inadequacies of those who invented the scheme. They need political leaders who will question the legitimacy of these matters on their behalf, mindful of the fact that the only way that other countries have successfully reduced their emissions of methane is by reducing livestock numbers. To expect New Zealand farmers to follow this course of action and exacerbate the world food shortage crisis and destroy the backbone of our economy is lunacy.
Farming leaders have warned that the imposition of Kyoto taxes at the levels being talked about in the emissions trading bill, will critically damage the viability of our most important export industry."
Hat tip: Crusader Rabbit
UPDATE: Sir David Bellamy explains why cows and sheep should be exclused from emissions trading.
An hysterical commentor at The Labour Blog (where only party approved comments are published) summed it up so well:-
"Similarly the C/T strategy of inserting lies, rumour and innuendo through third parties –"
You couldn't get a better example of this practice than Labour's very own use of it's favorite third party rumour monger in this week-ends Sunday Star Times -Labour's favorite mouthpiece..
If you want to know what these crooks are up to, just look at what they accuse others of doing.
It said the leaflet called "Join the conversation" was described by National as not talking about the election, but about listening to people and developing policy, both of which were legitimate parliamentary activities.
The commission agreed that the "overall character" of the flyer was not to encourage people to vote or not vote for a party."
"We have expressed concern to Parliamentary Service on a number of occasions about the security of the parliamentary email system," Mr Eagleson said.
"Since then (the release of Don Brash's emails) a number of initiatives have been taken both by Parliamentary Service and by ourselves to try and improve the situation."
Asked if he believed Hager still had access to National Party diary information Mr Eagleson said "I don't know".
Mr Eagleson said he didn't want to get into specifics of his concerns or whether the details of the story confirmed leaks were continuing or if the party's security was compromised.
"We are doing all we can, but if you are asking me whether it is foolproof, well there are no 100 percent guarantees."
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Dear Leader has long admired Sweden, so what's happening over there?
A kid handed out party invites in class and had them confiscated for not inviting two troublemakers. Apparantly their fellings were hurt, it wasn't fair, so Nanny state stepped in.
Kids are even complaining to the state that their parents spend too much time online, often looking at porn!
Elsewhere, in Canada, parents must be careful on how they punish their children. Never mind smacking, but even grounding them can be unlawful and your naughty 12-year-old might get the punishment overturned in court.
As we wonder whether such nonsense, such undermining of parental rights, might happen in New Zealand, think what Liarbour might bring should it win a fourth term. The smacking ban might just be the start of it!
Now, what did happen to the Dear Leader appointed Cindy Kiro and her plans to monitor all the country's children?
They could sit by and smile while Hagar and the execrable Sunday Star Times set themselves up for a defamation lawsuit but the smiles will be vanishing as the defamatory comments pile up unedited at The Standard. If these people had one brain between the lot of them they'd be dangerous.
Here's a sample of their comments which I expect will be taken down within hours. But don't worry, the thread has been saved and sent to the lads in Aussie.
"As if it isn’t bad enough they are using these nasty, repulsive, divisive people...."
"..John Key chose - note, actively chose, he went to them - to employ racist shits,..."
"Similarly the C/T strategy of inserting lies, rumour and innuendo through third parties –"
"...while highlighting CT’s history of underhandedness."
"they’re known as the dirtiest and most driven political PR firm in the game. CT specialises in dog-whistle racism, attack politics and pretty much every aspect of the politics of division."
Keep it up chaps and you'll all pay a very high price for your KeyDerangement Syndrome. They say the only cure is radical surgery to the bank account.
If you read the whole thread you will see the real problem for Labour is that this time round they are broke and can't afford to hire their own consultants.
Why are they broke? Because their very own Electoral Finance Actl has dried up their money supply. No more tax payer advertising via gummint departments. No more unlimited union electoral spend up. Nobody will back a loser on 29% in the polls.
My spies tell me already they are in hock for over $460k so it's very hard to see how they will fund any campaign at all. Hell, they might have to sell some assets.
Here's the punch line from the groveling apology issued by the rabid leftist website Crikey:-
"minister has been overseen and directed by the same professional manipulators used (and also kept secret) by his predecessor, Don Brash. They are the Australian political tacticians, Crosby/Textor. "
Hagar will have to provide some evidence for this description and I think he will struggle.
"They managed the 2001 election campaign where Howard claimed, incorrectly, that refugees on the ship
There is a clear implication by Hagar that the consultants were responsible for Howard's statement. Hagar will struggle to prove that. My recollection of the episode was that even after exhaustive and public enquiry there was nothing to show that Howard had not acted on what he thought was accurate advice from the Navy - albeit LATER shown to be inaccurate.
The article in its entirety is clearly malicious and if parts of it are untrue then Hagar is dog tucker and is swimming in deep defamation waters.
In reality it is nothing but a very shoddy beat up. (Just like his hollow book which has been vastly outsold by Wishart's Aboslute Power.)
Politicians use media consultants. Really? Is that all? Somebody should tell Trevor Mallard.
National's crime is to use consultants who are better at their jobs than are those used by Labour.
Because they are good at their jobs they will wait until the election is over and then skin Hagar alive.
I can't wait.
So big we may not even know it.
You could say we cannot see the wood for the trees.
I refer to the government’s emissions trading scheme and its international variants.
You could say its the biggest ideological battle since capitalism versus communism.
And we had thought capitalism had won.
But no, the socialists have regrouped for one more battle and in the guise of a new religion, they look set to increase state control of industry far bigger than the social democratic , mixed economy countries ever achieved in the 1970s (or the Muldoonist 80s in New Zealand) when socialism reached a zenith.
Carbon taxes, carbon trading, call it what you want. The end result is the same. Greater state control of private enterprise and more nannying into our lives.
Wherever we look, governments are pushing through various legislation, some faster than others.
Here in New Zealand we see emissions trading, which is set to cost tens of thousands of jobs, raise fuel and food prices and lower our living standards.
Of course, we mustn’t forget how government will use its agents of state, the SOEs to claim something different, however flawed, even when it threatens to break its pet lobbying groups.
We also see how governments will also push legislation through, regardless of the economic and social conquences, even to the point of risking its own majority. This is how the socialists in Liarbour and the Greens think. Their statist ideology comes first.
Over in Australia, we see how similar environmentalism is also set to cause the country billions of dollars and harm living standards too.
And in the UK, with plans to build thousands of windmills even though they will need conventional power back up to work.
There won’t be much environmental gain anyway. We saw this with the support for biofuels. But environmental friendliness is not the real aim. It’s about control. Witness how Green Parties everywhere tend to be socialists in drag, or watermelons, green on the outside and red on the inside. Witness how the dirtiest countries, like the former USSR, tend to be the socialist/communist ones, while the richer capitalist ones are usually cleaner.
And now, after communism was shown to fail, we see a fightback under the guise of supporting Gaia. We should not have private cars, we are told, they damage the environment. We cannot use petrol too, likewise. But Pruises are more environmentally damaging and so are diesel buses! We are told to use biofuels but then we realise they cause bigger problems, like habitat devastation and starvation. And we’ll have it drummed into us concepts of carbon foot prints and food miles.
We should be carbon free but non nuclear is still wrong. And if you doubt the nannying, look how the greenies are obsessed by what we eat (it can’t be pies) and what we watch (it can’t be The Great Global Warming Swindle).
And now they and their Liarbour allies are pushing carbon trading schemes the world over, with governments looking at huge windfall taxes.
What timing too? When global economies are particularly vulnerable, helped in part by the enviro-socialism they promote stopped sufficient discovery of oil and led to the push for biofiuels.
True, there will be some capitalists seeing new opportunities, like fifth columnists. And wasn’t it Lenin who said the capitalists would sell the rope from which to hang themselves?
In the meantime, Fran O’Sullivan argues how Liarbour should try and gain a cross-party consensus on climate change, which probably means leaving such measures until after the Election. But Liarbour is too keen on state control to even consider those who disagree with it.
And Poneke notes how climate change evangelists seek to brand sceptics planet destroyers.
Like he, I smell the bullshit too. Was it Rod Oram that was the facilitator?
Anyway, the stakes are truly high. Not just economic wealth but control, our freedom, the rights for us to do what we want. Be it in business, how we live, what we drive, what we heat, how we heat our homes, where we go for our holidays, and after the government’s latest piece of annoying, even what type of lightbulb we use!
Are we up for the Great Battle For Freedom?
The SST trumpets the past criminal history of a man who is setting up a business to distribute an imported energy drink. This is an admirable endeavour for a person with a record of paedophilia and theft. He's not in contact with kids and if anyone steals anything it will be his clients stealing his stock. Pretty good so far?
Not until you look at the fellow from the Food Safety Authority. My eyebrows shot up when I read this little gem of socialist busy body interference:-
' "It's all good, it's all go with the Food Safety Authority," he said.
But an authority spokesman last night said Percy was mistaken.
"I don't know who he is talking about. "We are investigating him and things aren't all go," authority communications manager Gary Bowering said." '
The product is either safe or it is not safe.
Show me the legislation which entitles you to investigate this fellow or stick to your job, jerk!
"..........says Dr Jon Johansson, a leadership expert at Victoria University. "The real weakness of Clark is that there is no over-arching explanation as to what the purpose of her government is. We've seen this right through the three terms."
(In passing, I'm impressed with Dr Johansson's new title, no doubt self written. Helps pad out the CV.)
Of course, like all the other lefties, he can't bring himself to admit what the voters of New Zealand know.
"The over-arching explanation as to what the purpose of her government is - is to keep itself in power - no matter who else suffers."
None of this morning's Herald commentators seems aware that the public has woken up to the fact that it has been governed by a cabal of crooks. One little example was the extraordinary admission the other day in question time by someone or other that there had been insufficient time to address matters relating to crime and prisons because they were too busy working on the electoral finance bill. This of course was entirely in keeping with 'the over-arching purpose of her government.
These things are not lost on the voters.
Adolf has obtained an exclusive photo of one of these EFB meetings, leaked by an official who must remain anonymous.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
How many times have Kiwi athletes and Rugby players been told to 'get hard'.
Well, now the little blue pill might just be helping them do just that.
Of course, it's not performance on the running track that these 'rock hard' athletes are looking for but performance somewhere else.
After all, we all know what goes on back in the athletes village don't we!
Based in New Zealand, the International Commission for Sheep (The Bleating Commission) will focus on the sharp drop in sheep numbers world wide over the past thirty years. Numbers in New Zealand have declined from over sixty million head in 1965 to less than 20 million today. It is calculated there are now fewer sheep roaming the world's pastures than there are whales in the sea.
Inaugural world president of the Bleating Commission, Sue Kedgeley, is calling for a world wide ban on the consumption of sheep meat. (Adolf was buying Kumara in Glenfield for $2.99 on the day this silly bitch was wasting parliament's time bleating about supermarkets selling them for $6.00.)
"The pain and misery caused to these innocent frolicking little lambsies is unacceptable" said the Chief Bleater. "We cruelly slaughter these animals in their hundreds of thousands. People need to know that by slaughtering just one humpback whale we could save the lives of seven hundred dear little lambs for the same amount of meat. It's what we call the death dividend."
Government grants are to be given to Iwi and other privileged group to establish sheep watching tourism ventures. Japanese visitors are to be encouraged to adopt a sheep and receive yearly updates on their little baa baa's progress into sheeplehood. Others on their gullible travels will be sold purified organic sheep dags to wear around their necks as lucky charms. (Especially effective when you enter the tropics.)
Sheep friendly businesses will receive certificates of sheepishness and will qualify for special tax rebates and the University of Canterbury is to be endowed with a faculty for woolly thinking, engaging Dr Michael Cullen as inaugural Professor. New Zealand is to shake off its 'land of sheep shaggers' image as a thorough programme of re-education is introduced to kindergartens, preschools and primary schools.
The Prime Minister has jumped at the chance to redress her party's flagging electoral fortunes by launching The Bleaters new logo on Nationwide TV next week.
Here it is:-
The UN security council has failed to agree on declaring Zimbabwe's runoff election illegitimate today in the face of South African opposition.
Instead, it merely issued an oral statement of regret.
Personally I think their statement came out the other end
Adolf has withdrawn this picture and regrets any offense its use may have given to the extended families of Herr Hitler and Goebbels.
A suitable replacement has been found.
It really, really does look like Clark's hand.
Here's great news, lads. You're no longer at risk of losing any more demographics. They've all gone. More Maori vote National, more poor people vote National. More rich pricks vote National. More cockies vote National.
There's nobody left except for the intellectually handicapped.
That's the price of Cullen's recession we didn't have to have. If he had released tax cuts six years ago, restrained growth of gummint bureaucracy, resisted the temptation to spend billions on bribes, we would have been a prosperous nation where people could afford to pay high prices for food and petrol.
Why, you blokes might even have had a show of winning this election.
And guess what happened?
These paragons of free speech blocked it.
Lucyna is confused. The Standard showed a cartoon and labels Key inconsistent. Colin Espiner is similarly confused. Ropata seems to think because Key asked a curly question in Parliament he is swell.
"The Leader of the Opposition is now running around saying he wants a referendum so he can disguise from conservatives the fact he voted for the child discipline bill in the first place - something he would like them to forget."
This week, Mr Key said his stance remained one of supporting the law change unless he saw evidence that good parents were being penalised under it. He said there was not yet any sign of that.
Meanwhile, there still remains the one sole political party who voted consistently against this intrusive, nanny-state-knows-best legislation.
Key needs to be elected to change the law. But he won't be elected (he doesn't think) by being portrayed as a supporter of "childbeaters". But if he is elected he won't necessarily change the law anyway unless there were signs good parents were being prosecuted.
What a dumb thing to say. With his initial compromise, where he allowed police discretion to be applied explicitly, virtually the only way now that good parents would be prosecuted would be if the police didn't use their discretion properly. And that would be the fault of whom?
That's what happens when you follow polls, not principles.
Looks a lot like Hodgson.
Does anyone seriously think that the absence of this poobah from just one meeting will put the economy at risk?
Bloody hell, I'd better get over there and put a twenty billion dollar policy on his life.
While Cullen was trying to launch his pathetic Battle of The Bilge this week, he was being outflanked by those agents provocateur called Digipoll. They found that the National infantry had crossed the Rhine in the dead of the month and are racing toward the Frau Fuhrer bunker. Well so to speak.
This is by far and away the most disastrous poll for Labour yet. Bell weather Auckland is gone - down a whopping ten percent in one month to well below 30%. Support across the nation is down 4% with National out to the biggest margin since polls began - 22%.
The Bilious Bitch has gained a little as preferred PM but who cares?
Worse still, low income people are flocking to National. What a bastard, all those billions invested in bribes were wasted.
Here's how it looks:-
|Party name||Party Votes won||Party seat entitlement||No. of electorate seats won||No. of list MPs||Total MPs||% of MPs|
|Act New Zealand||0.00%||0||1||0||1||*||0.80%|
|Green Party||6.00%||7||0||7||7|| ||5.60%|
|Jim Anderton's Progressive||0.00%||0||1||0||1||*||0.80%|
|Labour Party||32.00%||40||0||40||40|| ||32.00%|
|National Party||55.00%||69||0||69||69|| ||55.20%|
|United Future New Zealand||0.00%||0||1||0||1||*||0.80%|
National/Act/Maori coalition has seventy six seats. Enough to govern for the next generation.
Barclays Capital has advised clients to batten down the hatches for a worldwide financial storm, warning that the US Federal Reserve has allowed the inflation genie out of the bottle and let its credibility fall "below zero".I don't think Dr Cullen has any idea what he's talking about when he says this:
"We're in a nasty environment," said Tim Bond, the bank's chief equity strategist. "There is an inflation shock underway. This is going to be very negative for financial assets. We are going into tortoise mood and are retreating into our shell. Investors will do well if they can preserve their wealth."
Finance Minister Michael Cullen reassures that the country's economic outlook is positive despite the contraction in the first quarter. "While the March quarter GDP data today are disappointing, it is important to remember that this is a temporary disappointment driven by an unusual set of negative overseas economic developments, but that New Zealand's medium-term economic and social prospects are very health and strong," Cullen says.I think Cullen falls into this category quite nicely:
Sure, the government's books are in okay shape but this is not a public debt crisis, it is a private debt/credit crisis! What is the bottom line on the world situation?
Ludwig von Mises observed that fiat money can be inflated as long as people think it will end one day. However, if people begin to think inflation will continue forever or, worse yet, if they think it will accelerate, it’s “game over” for the scumbag thieves who are in the process of robbing honest, hardworking people, who actually create wealth.
Who are the scumbag thieves I speak of? Primarily, they are the bankers and politicians, who form this unholy alliance of thieves. Politicians are always seeking to get elected by giving as many things away to voters as possible, without taxing them. The Federal Reserve-backed banking system provides the cover for the economic lies and dishonesty of our elected officials. As Ronald Reagan quipped, “They say politics is the second-oldest profession and I’ve been around it long enough to know it has a lot in common with the oldest profession.”
Like hookers, politicians turn their own kind of tricks. They trick voters into thinking they are getting something for nothing while they are having their pockets picked by $135 oil prices caused mostly by an increase in the money supply used to finance the exact giveaway programs that get these clowns elected time after time!
There is also a good article here.
Lou is right, there are a lot of ducks in a row right now and they're all falling down. Our (NZ's) bottom line is this I believe: with no finance companies left able to lend money there will be no expansions by companies and employers. There will be redundancies. House prices will fall a lot (no crash, just a slump) and there will be no further development because there are no credible finance companies left willing to lend! To solve this 'crisis', money supply in NZ will have to be increased leading to high inflation for a long time. But with no demand to support higher prices (consumer confidence is slumping) prices will fall - deflation. We could then have deflation with very little economic growth.
How to profit out of this? Buy Gold stocks. Choose companies that are un-hedged to the US dollar and are producing rather than exploring. Gold will go nuts in the next 2-3 years. At the very least don't get into debt, in fact reduce it as best you can.
This is shaping up as a very good election to lose.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Director-general of health Stephen McKernan told Parliament's health select committee this week the Health Ministry would be reviewing subsidised pharmaceuticals for patients treated by private specialists.
"Our general policy is public funding is for public patients," he said.
The toughest times in 20 years are here NOW.
I started business in 1990 and in 18 years have never seen conditions like these stacking up in a row.
It's a bloody shame the Labour government has pissed our wealth up against the wall for 9 years because we sure could do with it now.
Maybe some ex Labour MP's will learn the true cost of money next year after years of signing cheques with "meaningless" 000,000,000's added on the end.
For the rest of us. Maybe shares in parachute companies?????
A: Because after the next election it is highly unlikely that members of the Labour caucus will be spending much time in schools.
3. Key, Hide and Helen are suddenly and tragically killed by a freak accident in Parliament. All three appear before the Pearly Gates. St Peter looks at Key and asks, “now who might you be?”
4-Liabour Party conference time and Dear Leader aims to show “Socialists are not stupid.”
Helen Clark says, "We are all here today to prove to the world that we are not stupid. Can I have a volunteer."
And with finance houses collapsing by the dozen inflation takin off and unemployment rising, hasn't Cullen left a fine Liabrour legacy after nine long years?
Kevin Brady told a select committee this week he was considering splitting a broad-ranging inquiry into the immigration service, and how issues around the granting of residency to relatives of Ms Thompson were handled.
He said it was possible aspects which included the role Government ministers played would be addressed first.
Mr Brady indicated ministers will undergo interviews under oath when they are questioned about what they knew of the matter and how they had responded.
When Daily Kos published a copy of Obama's birth certificate to shut down debate over his eligibility to run for presidential office, I had my doubts. The most obvious sign was the fact that the serial number was blanked out. The second sing was the wording. His race was classified as 'African' but as far as Adolf can recall, back when Obama is alleged to have been born, blacks were referrd to as 'negro.' The term 'African' is a product of the politically correct modern day.
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TBR has more.
The Audit Office embarked on an investigation into defence agencies' monitoring and reporting last year in regard to 10 major defence purchases, most of which have been subject to delays and cost increases.
But in an interim report, released today, Auditor-General Kevin Brady said the ministry's reporting systems were so poor his office had been forced to abandon the audit.
Typical Liarbour, eh! It just confirms what Gooner said the other day about Liarbour.
They just think a problem can be solved by throwing money at a problem without a care as to how wisely it is spent.
It was only yesterday we heard about the bureaucratic Tertiary Education Commission gorging on waste.
Ask yourself, who spends money wisest? You or this Liarbour government?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I note with interest that the Yahoo Xtra site is running a "news poll" with the question being:
"Should other countries intervene in Zimbabwe?"
The responses, as at 20:45 are, yes - 8789 or 88%, no - 943 or 9%, and not sure - 281 or 3%.
As this is a fairly non political poll, and as such is probably free from the bulk voting of labour supporters, this probably reflects the atitudes of the readership. However I can't help but wonder if the "yes to no" ratio would be so large if the question was something like:
"Do you think NZ troops should be part of any intervention force sent to Zimbawe to overthrow Mugabe?"
If there is any referendum on child discipline laws it will be held by postal ballot in 2009, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today.Of course this is the same Helen Clark who also said this:
Helen Clark: A lot of people aren’t comfortable with beatings but they don’t want to see, you know, stressed and harassed parents, you know, pulled in by the police because they, they smacked a child.That's the problem when you live your life not by principles, but by polls.
Bob McCroskie: So you do not want to see smacking banned?
Helen Clark: Absolutely not, I think you are trying to defy human nature.
But if you're a cop in the watch house fingerprinting a dangerous, P-fuelled prisoner and you have to restrain him and are charged with Assault and are acquitted then all is not swell. You are in fact, "lower than low".
So let me get this straight: if you're a cop charged with an offence and you're found guilty then that's patently the right result, but the victim's relatives will forgive you.
But if you're found not guilty that's patently the wrong result and you should expect no forgiveness.
But she said his family did not want Holmes to be sentenced to prison.
"I do feel sorry for him, it's a mistake that he has made," she said.
Reaction from the Falwasser family was predominantly surprise and disappointment. One close family member walked out saying "pigs", "no justice" and "bullshit".As a Mongrel Mob member said to me once "there ain't no justice bro', just us".
And he was right.