Eirenicism/Irenicism – act or state of mind promoting peace; theology aimed at religious unity.
New Zealand isn’t alone in needing to trim the public service.
In Britain, Labour Peer, Lord Sugar, says the civil service has twice as many staff as it needs:
The close confidant of ex-prime minister Gordon Brown said that private companies’ use of multitasking made them much more efficient, and also suggested that a more hard-nosed approach to government procurement could save taxpayers £1billion a year.
“They employ God knows how many million civil servants, and if you spent the time that I spent in Whitehall, you do have to ask yourself sometimes what half of them are doing,” said Lord Sugar, in an interview in this week’s Radio Times. “When I compare it to my commercial organisation, we have people who multi-task, and if you applied that multi-tasking philosophy within the civil service you would cut the labour force by half.”
The public service isn’t directly comparable with private enterprise but our government’s directive to move resources from the back office to front-line services shows improvements can be made.
Interestingly Lord Sugar’s view shows some consensus between the left and right in Britain on the need to rein in the public service.
The left here is still to realise the wisdom of reducing the burden the state imposes on taxpayers.
Hat tip: Taxpayers Alliance.
The trade weighted index price dropped .1% in Fotnerra’s latest globalDairyTrade auction.
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|Skim Milk Powder (SMP)||11.5%||-0.1%||0.3%||2.8%|
|Whole Milk Powder (WMP)||-0.1%||-1.5%||-2.7%||-1.7%|
|All Products (Trade-Weighted)||4.3%||-1.2%||-1.6%||-0.1%|
Hone Harawira announced on Saturday that he’d be resigning yesterday and forcing a by-election.
He’s now having second thoughts:
. . . yesterday he said he would now probably not decide until after he had further consulted his supporters in Northland.
“The people back home make the decision on where and when. So I will be taking it back to them to get their views.”
What’s happened between Saturday afternoon and now?
Could it be that Harawira is discovering that establishing a political party and fulfilling the requirements of registration take considerably more organisational ability than he’s got?
Or has he done the maths?
Being a leader of a party in parliament would give him considerably more money than being an independent.
But if he resigns he loses his salary and expenses immediately. A couple of months or more with no income wouldn’t be easy either personally or politically.
Campaigning is a lot more difficult, and expensive for someone who isn’t an MP, especially one who’s gone from an MP’s income to zero.
Then there’s the difficulty of explaining to would-be supporters why he wants to waste $500,000 on a by election when there’d be only 21 sitting days left after the winner was sworn in before parliament rises for the general election.
Act’s new leader Don Brash thinks his party should be polling above 10%.
If previous election results are anything to go by, how realistic is that?
1996: electorates: 1; party vote: 6.1%; total seats: 8.
1999: electorates 0; party vote: 7%; total seats: 9.
2002: electorates: 0; party vote: 7.1%; total seats: 9.
2005: electorates: 1; party vote: 1.5%; total seats: 2.
2008: electorates 1; party vote: 3.6%; total seats: 5.
To markedly increase its vote Act has to take support from other parties.
Its policies on Maori issues might find favour with some who are supportive of New Zealand First. Every party gets votes from the bewildered and disgruntled so some of those will go from any other party to Act too.
Most of its votes are likely to come from the right and it will get some from National. But if Act could only get 7.1% when National was at its nadir, how likely is it to take a significant number of voters from the bigger party when it’s so popular?
History suggests Acts constituency isn’t very big. A new leader could make a difference but past election results indicate it would be difficult to get much above 7%.
On May 4:
1008 Khajeh Abdollah Ansari, The Persian Sufi was born (d. 1088).
1256 The mendicant Order of Saint Augustine was constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issued a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
1343 The four Estonian kings were murdered at the negotiations with the Livonian Order.
1471 Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeatsed a LancastrianArmy and killed Edward, Prince of Wales.
1494 Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica.
1655 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian maker of musical instruments, was born (d. 1731).
1675 King Charles II ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1715 Richard Graves, English writer, was born (d. 1804).
1722 1772 French explorer Marion du Fresne arrived in the Bay of Islands.
1776 Rhode Island became the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
1799 Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ended when the city was assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
1814 Emperor Napoleon I of France arrivesdat Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
1814 – King Ferdinand VII of Spain signed the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
1855 William Walker departed from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
1863 American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ended with a Union retreat.
1869 – The Naval Battle of Hakodate took place in Japan.
1886 Haymarket Square Riot: A bomb was thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, killing eight and wounding 60.
1904 The United States began construction of the Panama Canal.
1910 The Royal Canadian Navy was created.
1912 Italy occupied the Greek sland of Rhodes.
1932 Mobster Al Capone began serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
1942 World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea began with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands.
1945 World War II: British forces liberated Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg.
1945 – World War II: The North Germany Army surrendered to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
1946 U.S. Marines stopped a two-day riot t which killed five people at Alcatraz federal prison .
1949 The Torino football team (except for one player who did not take the trip due to an injury) was killed in a plane crash at the Superga hill at the edge of Turin, Italy.
1950 – Darryl Hunt, English musician (The Pogues)
1961 American civil rights movement: The “Freedom Riders” begin a bus trip through the South.
1970 Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: the Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opened fire killing four students and wounding nine others.
1972 The Don’t Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organisation founded in Canada in 1971, officially changed its name to “Greenpeace Foundation“.
1974 An all-female Japanese team reached the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
1979 Margaret Thatcher beccame the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1980 President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia died in Ljubljana at the age of 87.
1982 Twenty sailors were killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield was hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
1987 United States Supreme Court building was designated a National Historic Landmark.
1988 The PEPCON disaster rocked Henderson, Nevada, as tons of space shuttle fuel detonates during a fire.
1989 Iran-Contra Affair: Former White House aide Oliver North was convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges. The convictions are, however, later overturned on appeal.
1990 Latvia proclaimed the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation.
1996 José María Aznar was elected Prime Minister of Spain, ending 13 years of Socialist rule.
1998 Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski ws given four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepted a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
2000 Ken Livingstone became the first Mayor of London.
2007 Greensburg, Kansas was almost completely destroyed by a 1.7mi wide EF-5 tornado.
2007 –The Scottish National Party won the Scottish general election and became the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia