Ernie Wise would have been 86 today.
Jimi Hendrix would have been 67 today.
Apologies and letters: Theodore Dalrymple explains why he feels sorry for Gordon Brown. – a post in response ot the furore over a hand written apology.
What are you getting for Christmas – PM of NZ shows why we should be grateful the world has moved on.
It’s Urgent – really – a very funny video at Roarprawn.
Witi Ihimaera and plagarism – Quote Unquote has the best analysis I’ve seen on the issue.
Global Warping – Macdoctor on the need for integrity from scientists.
I’ve always known them as jelly babies.
But when I turned over the Air New Zealand lolly mix packet to read the ingredients yesterday I saw they’re now called jelly shaped presons?
Is this linguistic manipulation or does it just mean that one company has the claims on the name jelly baby and Air NZ gets its lollies from another?
* Adam Smith corrected me last week for calling the football match between Bahrain and New Zealand a test. Can someone enlighten me as to when a match between two national teams is a test and when it isn’t?
* 99 then out – how frustrating for Daniel Vettori.
Baseline Budget spending increased three times more than inflation and economic growth in the last four years.
“Baseline Budget spending has jumped 45 per cent since 2005 – at a time when inflation and the economy only grew by about 15 per cent.
“More than a third of all Budget vote areas received funding increases of over 50 per cent in the past five years and over two thirds received increases of more than 30 per cent.
“This kind of rampant spending growth is unsustainable and cannot continue.”
The table shows the increase in spending:
These are unsustainable figures – and they exclude some expenses, such as benefits and Working for Families payments, the purchase of KiwiRail and loan write-offs.
This is Labour’s legacy but reversing it is National’s responsibility.
We can’t keep going on like this. The government is borrowing an average $250 million a week, every week, over the next four years to continue providing public services and maintain welfare payments.
That is a hand break on economic growth and if it’s not checked we’ll be handicapping future generations too.