Word of the day

November 5, 2011

Odium –  strong dislike, contempt, or aversion; a state of infamy or disgrace resulting from hateful or detestable conduct; the reproach, discredit, or opprobrium attaching to something hated or repugnant.


5/10

November 5, 2011

5/10 in the NZ Herald’s changing world quiz.


When politics get personal

November 5, 2011

I doubt if any of us could plead not guilty to opening our mouths before engaging our brains.

Usually the worst it does is make the speaker look stupid.

But sometimes it does more harm, hurting someone else or uncovering something the speaker would prefer was left well buried.

Yesterday Labour’s finance spokesman and aspiring leader, David Cunliffe,  let himself engage in a misogynistic conversation with Paul Henry on RadioLive.

It’s easy enough to get led into such a minefield but seasoned politicians need the skill to get out without causing an explosion.

If Cunliffe has that skill he didn’t use it yesterday.

Instead he made a personal attack on Corrections Minister Judith Collins which was not only insulting to her but her husband and son.

He’s now apologised to her.

But the damage has been done. He sounded like a misogynist and let allowed political differences become personal antipathy. That reflects badly on him and causes yet another distraction from the things that are supposed to matter in Labour’s campaign.

In doing so he once more showed that while Phil Goff is being blamed for his party’s poor polling, a large part of the problem is because he’s being let down by his team.

 

 


4/10

November 5, 2011

Only 4/10 in Stuff’s Biz Quiz.


Walking to victory

November 5, 2011

Eric Roy has done it – completed his 320 kilometre walk across his Invercargill electorate at about 20 kilometres a day.

That’s near enough to a half marathon, each day.

I offered to join him on his walk in to Riverton on Tuesday but didn’t have a hope of keeping up with his average time of around  7 kilometres an hour.

When I first heard about his plan to walk across his electorate I wasn’t 100% sure it was a good idea but I’ve been proved well and truly wrong.

He met lots of his constituents who wouldn’t turn out to formal meetings, got a walker’s view of his patch and by starting early still had plenty of time left each day for his normal work.

He also proved he’s very efficient:

Mr Roy was weighed at the start of his trek in a fish factory in Bluff on October 11, and it turned out yesterday he had dropped 2kg from 136 to 134.

He said he hadn’t expected to lose much weight but it was a victory for efficiency. “You can’t get a car to do 320km for 2kg of fuel.”

He was weighed on different scales at each end of the journey, at a fish factory at the start and a wool store at the end. But as both were industrial and should be calibrated properly that shouldn’t affect the accuracy of the weight.


Greek accounting

November 5, 2011

The Greeks have contributed a lot to civilisation including democracy.

They have also given us the foundation of many of the words we use.

Unfortunately the quality of the contribution has been tarnished by the latest addition to the lexicon which is summed up so well in this quote of the day:

It appears that Mr Goff is a student of the Greek school of accounting — borrowed money isn’t a debt if you don’t count it. – Chris Finlayson on Facebook.


Saturday social

November 5, 2011

We were at a wedding yesterday and late nights aren’t conducive to writing posts.

It’s up to you to chat amongst yourselves on whatever topic you choose, within the bounds of decency.

Normal service will resume sometime this morning.

 


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