Should list MP's be banned from standing in Byelections?
No out of Parliament candidate would EVER say that they are only there to come second.
Will we ever have an Asian PM?
It's early days yet for Asian MP's, as Lee has shown, but what will the future hold.
Has Rodney Hide signed his political death warrant by being the face of the Supercity?
Seems to me that he is either going to end up either hero or zero. Most politicians tend to avoid extremes at all cost. But then Rodney isn't your typical politician. I take my hat off to him. Personally I think that we need to restructure our local government, so we may as well have a decent crack at it. Chipping away around the edges is a waste of time. Rodney is the James Bond of reform and Bond always survives to make a new movie.
Is "give it a go Bro" really the new "number 8 wire" motivation for this century?
It has a smack of desperation about it. The banks may not respond positively to "I'm just giving it a go".
The best motivation is allowing people to do what they love. Then don't fleece them with high taxes and having to provide a safety net for anyone but the truly needy. People in charge of their own destiny are generally unstoppable.
Our worst enemy in achieving our goals is fear. Mostly the fear of failure, but it can come in many forms. My experience is that your worst fears generally only happen in your head.
That is why I hate with a passion, people like the Greens who only thrive by creating fear out of any situation, whilst trying to convince us that they have our best interests at heart. As if they have been given some special divine wisdom. At the end of the day, fear is control and they know it.
Will this economic crisis end up like the sugarbag years of the great depression?
The new world economies, China, Brazil, India etc still have a long way to go with growth. Is the crisis really just Western countries adjusting (mostly downwards) to a changing world? Life will go on. We just may not recognise it's new face. Of course, as things change, new opportunities arise. It is just a matter of spotting them. Life only throws up a few real opportunities so don't miss them. And now there is a lot more competition for them.
Do we need a new approach to how we run NZ?
Now we have a government spending its time and our money parking ambulances at the bottom of the cliff, to treat "victims".
This is a lot different to us all standing at the top, enjoying the view, with a small sign warning us of the dangers of getting too close to the edge.
Will the mighty Crusaders win tonight?
Well done the Chiefs last night. I actually thought the Canes would win, so shows what I know.
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