Fadaise – a vapid, obvious, silly or meaningless remark; nonsense.
Labour wants to talk to Act MP Heather Roy about her bill which will make membership of student unions voluntary.
Chief Whip Rick Barker told Morning Report that Labour is willing to debate the bill, but it has some concerns about its context.
He said the problem is that it makes voluntarism – compulsory.
The logic of this defeats me. If you can explain what sounds like an oxymoron to me, please do.
1. Corgis were originally bred to do what work?
2. Who said: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” ?
3. Which New Zealand singer sang If I Only Had Time? (token gesture to NZ music month).
4. It’s amitié in French, amistad in Spanish and the nearest I could find in Maori was whanaungatanga – what is it in English?
5. What is a gnomon?
The DOminion Post still hasn’t taken pity on political tragics by reinstating its weekly political triva quiz but it has got a royal wedding quiz.
Not sure if my score of 8/10 means I know too much or not enough.
My father and all my maternal antecedents from my great grand parents back were Scots.
I love the way some aspects of Scottish culture have been intertwined with ours – the pipers on special, and some not so special, occasions; Auld Lang Syne sung at the end of celebrations; use of words like wee . . .
But if we stopped doing those things here they would continue in other places, most notably Scotland.
If we let Maori language and culture die here there is no other country where they would flourish.
Wherever Maori came from and whenever they came, the debate about Moriori notwithstanding, they are the first people of our country. Maori language and culture are important parts of New Zealand’s.
In that respect Maori are special and because of that Don Brash was wrong to say they weren’t during the debate with Hone Harawira on Close Up last night.
That doesn’t mean everything else he said was wrong.
The Maori seats are an anachronism which give Maori second class representation and should go. We also have to be very careful not to let the grievance industry flourish.
Land claims must be settled, fairly, fully and finally. The over-representation of Maori in bad statistics and under representation in good ones must be addressed.
Brash wants that and recognises that Harawira does too. However, Harawira is too bigoted, stuck in dependence mode and focussed on being a victim to acknowledge Brash shares many of his concerns and recognise there is another way to help “his” people.
Making some people more equal than others will not do that and only encourages more opposition and bigotry.
As for the debate, it was good to have politics on television during peak viewing time. It was entertaining but poor chairing meant it generated a lot more heat than light.
I suspect both politicians merely confirmed existing biases rather than converting the undecided or even encouraging anyone to think differently.
Peter Dunne is calling for the Families’ and Children’s Commissions to be merged:
“Rolling the Office of the Children’s Commissioner into the Families Commission just makes sense,” Mr Dunne said.
“Much of what the two agencies do overlaps and is inter-related. The interests of families and children deeply entwined, and I believe a merger would strengthen their combined advocacy role, while maximising their value for money.”
. . .“The well-being of our children is dependent above all else on the strength of our families,” he said.
“A single commission focused on promoting the needs of families will, by definition, have a positive effect on the lives of children in New Zealand.”
What would have made even more sense would have been not to waste money on the Families’ Commission in the first place.
But if it’s not going to disappear altogether merging it with the Children’s Commission is better than leaving it as a separate agency.
With luck the merger will be a first step towards its eventual disappearance.
On May 5:
553 The Second Council of Constantinople began.
1215 Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England.
1494 Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Jamaica and claimed it for Spain.
1762 Russia and Prussia signed the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
1789 In France, the Estates-General convened for the first time since 1614.
1809 Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
1809 – The Swiss canton of Aargau denied citizenship to Jews.
1818 Karl Marx, German political philosopher was born (d. 1883).
1821 Emperor Napoleon I died in exile on the island of Saint Helena.
1830 John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer was born (d. 1906).
1833 James Busby became New Zealand’s official British resident.
1835 The first railway in continental Europe opened between Brusselsand Mechelen.
1864 American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness began in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
1864 Nellie Bly, American journalist and writer was born (d. 1922).
1865 In North Bend, Ohio, the first train robbery in the United States took place.
1866 Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
1877 Indian Wars: Sitting Bull led his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
1886 The Bay View Tragedy: A militia fired into a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing seven.
1891 The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) had its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
1904 Cy Young of the Boston Americans threw the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
1914 Tyrone Power, American actor was born (d. 1958).
1916 U.S. marines invaded the Dominican Republic.
1919 Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator was born (d. 1999).
1921 Coco Chanel introduced Chanel No. 5.
1925 Scopes Trial: serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1925 The government of South Africa declared Afrikaans an official language.
1936 Italian troops occupied Addis Ababa.
1940 World War II: Norwegian refugees formed a government-in-exile in London
1942 Tammy Wynette, American musician was born (d. 1998).
1943 Michael Palin, British writer, actor, and comedian, was born.
1944 John Rhys-Davies, English-born Welsh actor was born.
1945 World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberated the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation.
1945 – World War II: Prague uprising against German occupying forces in Czechoslovakia.
1945 – World War II: US Army troops liberate the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria
1945 – World War II: Admiral Karl Dönitz, President of Germany after Hitler’s death, ordered all German U-boats to cease offensive operations and return to their bases.
1948 Bill Ward, British drummer (Black Sabbath) was born.
1949 The Treaty of London established the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as the first European institution working for European integration.
1950 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
1950 Mary Hopkin, Welsh singer, was born.
1955 West Germany gained full sovereignty.
1964 The Council of Europe declared May 5 as Europe Day.
1980 Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service stormed the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
1981 Bobby Sands died in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
1987 Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
1991 Mt Pleasant riots broke out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
1994 The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively froze the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
2005 Tony Blair’s Labour Party was elected for a third consecutive term.
2006 The government of Sudan signed an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
2007 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashed in Cameroon.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia