Abluent – carrying off or washing away impurities; cleanser or cleaning products.
National’s fourth ranked Cabinet Minister Simon Power has announced he will retire from politics at the election.
Mr Power said he was looking forward to continuing to contribute to New Zealand’s growth, but in the private sector.
“It’s time for new challenges and new opportunities.
“I’ve been extremely privileged to serve in the Cabinet under Prime Minister John Key, and as the Member for Rangitikei since 1999.
“It’s been an exciting and rewarding time and I’ve achieved a lot, but now I feel it’s time to move on to something else.”
He said he had discussed his decision with Mr Key and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, who were supportive of his move.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as the holder of three warrants in this Government, and am not closing the door on future public roles, but it’s time for new challenges.”
I’m surprised by this announcement although I remember a conversation with Simon some years ago when he said he was aiming to be an MP for the medium rather than long term.
He has a wife and two young children and politics is a career which requires many sacrifices by families especially when the MP has both cabinet and electorate responsibilities.
While Simon will be missed his resignation provides an opportunity for new blood in caucus and opens up a cabinet spot for one of the other able National MPs.
Contrast that with Labour with a front bench still dominated by Clark era MPs who on average entered parliament 17 years ago.
Keeping Stock’s reminder that yesterday was the first day of autumn wasn’t a surprise.
Several mornings down here have had an autumnal feel with heavy dews over the last couple of weeks.
Yesterday I got two more very unwelcome reminders that temperatures are dropping. A mouse scuttled under the freezer in the laundry and a rat ran over the rafters in the garden shed.
Where did summer go?
The trade weighted index went up by 5.9% in this morning’s globalDairy Trade auction.
The price paid for anhydrous milk fat increased 1.1%; skim milk power went up 2.3% and the price of whole milk powder increased 9.6%.
This puts the TWI well above the long term average and is a little bit of good news for the New Zealand economy.
If a household had a large mortgage and a massive overdraft it ought to have already given up luxuries and reassessed what were absolute necessities.
If it then underwent a crisis – business failure, job loss, theft, fire, illness . . . which added to costs and reduced income it would have to get even tougher on the difference between needs and wants.
This is the position the government is in.
The Budget was tight already and in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake it will have to get tighter.
The two highest priorities must be helping those in genuine need and economic recovery.
Had millions, possibly billions, of dollars not been wasted on people who ought to have been helping themselves, we would be in a much stronger position than we are now. As Cactus Kate says (in a post worth reading in full):
Capitalism seeks to create wealth. Socialism seeks to buy votes by spending it. For years leftist tilting welfarism has destroyed New Zealand’s chance of a nest-egg for this rainiest of days. Over-generous dollops of welfarism has spent up the nations inheritance for moments like these.
Christchurch and its people are in genuine need owing to circumstances beyond their control.
Some people in other parts of the country also have genuine needs which require assistance from the state.
But that is where welfare must stop.
There never has been a good argument for taking money from people in taxes, churning it through a bureaucracy then giving some of it back to those who don’t really need it.
Now more than ever those who can stand on there on feet must do so and leave welfare for people in genuine in need.
When you’ve got a large mortgage and a massive overdraft there is no money to spare for wants.
On March 2:
1127 Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders.
1791 Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.
1793 Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, was born (d. 1863).
1807 The U.S. Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.”
1808 The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a Scottish learned society, was held in Edinburgh.
1815 Signing of Kandyan treaty by British invaders and Sri Lankan King.
1836 Texas Revolution: Declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico.
1855 Alexander II became Tsar of Russia.
1861 Tsar Alexander
I II signed the emancipation reform into law, abolishing Russian serfdom.
1863 The U.S. Congress authorised track width of 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) for Union Pacific Railroad.
1865 The Volkner Incident: Missionary Carl Völkner was hanged from a willow tree near his church at Opotiki during the East Cape War.
1901 The U.S. Congress passed the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops.
1903 In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opened, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.
1904 Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), American author, was born (d. 1991).
1917 The enactment of the Jones-Shafroth Act granted Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.
1917 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born actor and bandleader, was born (d. 1986).
1919 The first Communist International meets in Moscow.
1923 George Basil Cardinal Hume, Archbishop of Westminster,, was born (d. 1999).
1931 Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union and Nobel laureate, was born.
1931 Tom Wolfe, American author, was born.
1933 The film King Kong opened at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
1937 The Steel Workers Organizing Committee signed a surprise collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel, leading to unionization of the United States steel industry.
1938 Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile, was born.
1938 Lawrence Payton, American singer and songwriter (The Four Tops), was born (d. 1997).
1939 Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope and took the name Pius XII.
1942 Lou Reed, American singer and guitarist, was born.
1943 Tony Meehan, English drummer (The Shadows), was born (d. 2005).
1946 Ho Chi Minh was elected the President of North Vietnam.
1948 Rory Gallagher, Irish guitarist, was born (d. 1995).
1949 – The first automatic street light was installed in New Milford, Conn..
1950 Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters), was born (d. 1983).
1953 The Academy Awards were first broadcast on television by NBC.
1956 John Cowsill, American musician (The Cowsills), was born.
1956 Mark Evans, Australian bassist (AC/DC), was born.
1956 Morocco declared its independence from France.
1962 Jon Bon Jovi, American musician (Bon Jovi), was born.
1962 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seized power in a coup d’état.
1968 Daniel Craig, English actor, was born.
1969 The first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde was conducted.
1970 Rhodesia declared itself a republic.
1972 The Pioneer 10 space probe was launched from Cape Canaveral.
1977 Chris Martin, English musician (Coldplay), was born.
1989 Twelve European Community nations agreed to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.
1991 Battle at Rumaila Oil Field brings an end to the 1991 Gulf War.
2004 Al Qaeda carried out the Ashoura Massacre, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
Sourced from NZ History On Line & Wikipedia