Word of the day

November 6, 2011

Bauble – a small, showy ornament of little value; a trinket; something of trifling appeal; mock scepter carried by a court jester.


Peters plays Humpty Dumpty again

November 6, 2011

Winston Peters has said:

“New Zealand First is not going with National. New Zealand First is not going with Labour either. We are making that clear here today.

NZ First would not countenance a deal that involved the Greens or the Maori Party.

“So all those people lumping us in with groups and making us part of some fictitious coalition should stop right now.”

It appears that means he’s ruling out joining a government in the next term and his party would stay in opposition if it had any MPs in parliament.

But we know from the many times his actions have contradicted past utterances, he’s a graduate of the Humpty Dumpty school of meaning and what he says means what he chooses it to mean, neither more nor less.

It’s not just that what anything he says appears to mean is not necessarily what he means now, it could also mean something quite different in the future should a new meaning be more convenient than the old.


Welfare Reform on web

November 6, 2011

Lindsay Mitchell has established a Welfare Reform website.

Her aim is to provide a resource for anyone interested in welfare reform.

Like Lindsay’s blog, the website has a wealth of information including most of the information she has obtained from the Ministry of Social
Development under the Official Information Act since 2001.

It has links to overseas sites, recommended books, press releases and interviews and compares the welfare policies of political parties.

When I clicked on the link for National’s I got a page-not-found message. I presume that is a sign of a website under development still because the information is here.


1/10

November 6, 2011

1/10 – in the Herald’s entertainment quiz,  and that was a guess.


MMP debate

November 6, 2011

The
Rotary Club of Oamaru invites you to be informed

 

BIG
MMP DEBATE

 Monday 7th November

OAMARU
OPERA HOUSE INK BOX

5.30
social  6.00 pm start

 

JORDAN WILLIAMS,

SPOKESPERSON for  the VOTE FOR CHANGE Campaign

And

DR  PHILLIP TEMPLE

(From Dunedin) for the CAMPAIGN FOR MMP

  

IT’S NOT JUST WHO,
IT’S HOW   –   MMP or CHANGE ?

Some say MMP’s  a disaster.
Others say it’s great.

Some want to change
the way we vote.  Others don’t.

THIS
YEAR WE ALL GET TO CHOOSE !

It’s a big issue.  Get the facts.

 

Be informed.           Be
aware.                 Be there.

 

GOLD COIN DONATION
– ALL PROCEEDS USED LOCALLY

This, like all Rotary initiatives, is not a political meeting.

It is an information meeting which aims to enable people to hear both sides of the debate and ask questions.


3/10

November 6, 2011

Oh dear, only 3/10 in the Herald’s travel quiz.


Why stop at $6 billion?

November 6, 2011

Labour says borrowing to put money into the Superannuation Fund isn’t increasing debt.

If that’s the case, why stop at $6 billion?

If borrowing that much is a good thing to do without increasing debt, wouldn’t borrowing more be even better and still not increase debt?


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