Left brain, right brain.

October 29, 2008

No, it’s nothing to do with politics – just a visual test to work out which side of your brain you use most.

Neutron bomb or damp squib?

October 29, 2008

Labour must be worried that the fallout from Winston Peters’ lobbying to appoint  Owen Glenn as honorary counsul to Monaco is reflecting badly on Helen Clark and endangering Labour’s chances of re-election.

Bill Ralston  said:

Over the past couple of weeks the polls showed an increasing trickle of voters dribbling back to NZ First as their memories of Peters’ embarrassments of the last few months began to fade in the glare of the election campaign. Their doubts will now be reawakened.

It is a bitter blow for Labour and Helen Clark. They had been counting on NZ First just cresting the 5% MMP barrier and effectively slamming the door on Key’s chances of forming a government.

The depth of their concern is evidenced by the release of their “neutron bomb”.

It’s an attempt to link John Key to the H-fee white collar crime.

But the Herald story is linked to one which quotes former Serious Fraud Office head Charles Sturt saying Key had nothing to do with the matter.

That suggests it’s a damp squib.

John’s right to say ‘no’

October 29, 2008

Should National leader John Key reconsider his decision not to work with Winston Peters or NZ First?


Yes, National might need NZ First (167 votes, 9.5%)

No, jettisoning Peters was a principled decision (1342 votes, 76.6%)

Not yet … but maybe after the election (242 votes, 13.8%)

 Stuff polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those internet users who have chosen to participate.

Inquiring Mind writes on this issue here.

NZ’s eco footprint 6th biggest

October 29, 2008

WWF reckons New Zealand has the 6th biggest ecological footprint  in the world.

The WWF calculations include carbon emissions from the production of imported goods and services and shows that Kiwis’ use of natural resources is excessive.

Do most of those carbon emissions come from animals?

And do these natural resources include the water and grass for the animals which produce the milk and meat to feed to people in countries which aren’t able to produce their own as efficiently – in environmental and economic terms – as we do?

And if so, how do we go about reducing our ecological footprint without ruining our economy; increasing ecological footprints in other countries who increase their production to compensate for the reduction in ours; and adding to the world wide shortage of food?

They bought it we have to use it

October 29, 2008

Labour spent far more than it was worth to buy the railways and now they’re going to make us use them whether or not we want to.

Michael Cullen wants to jointly fund rail access to Fonterra’s Clandeboye milk processing plant even though the company doesn’t want it.

Dr Cullen said the Government is committed to jointly funding rail access to Clandeboye and wants to see the plan brought forward.

“There’s a lot to be said for taking it there.”

Both the economy and the environment would benefit.

Last month Fonterra Clandeboye hub manager Alan Bennett said the site was not looking at rail at all.

Fonterra would have made an informed decision on the best way to transport its produce. If it costs more or is less efficient to do it by rail will Cullen compensate us?

Roarprawn and No Minister  aren’t impressed either.

National on the attack

October 29, 2008

The National Party has started screening ads attacking Labour.

They’re aimed at the party and its record, unlike Labour’s attack ads whcih are aimed at John Key.

Who do you trust?

October 29, 2008

Which of these three can we trust?

WInston Peters who says he didn’t lobby for Owen Glenn to be appointed as honorary consul for Monaco even though:

. . . email correspondence between officials in the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry shows Mr Peters pushed the case hard and gave his department a hurry-up for not moving fast enough on the appointment, asking New Zealand’s Ambassador in France to meet urgently with Mr Glenn in Monaco about the role.

The correspondence, during 2007, came a year after Mr Glenn had donated $100,000 towards Mr Peters’ legal expenses in the Tauranga electoral petition, which Peters denied knowing about until July this year.

Helen Clark who says:

“For my part, once I had heard there had been a donation I didn’t think it would be appropriate,” she said.

She said there was no issue because no appointment had been made.

Even though she spent a lot of this year saying she believed Peters when he told her no donation had been made.

or John Key  who said:

“The majority agree with the position I’ve taken. That’s because they see Winston Peters as a walking soap opera,” he said.

“I want to lead a government that’s focused on the issues that matter and those are resolving the economy, law and order, health and education.

“I don’t want to be distracted by having Winston Peters in a cabinet that is just going to be bumbling from one saga to another.”

If it’s about trust, there’s no contest.

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