Pollicitation – a promsie made but not yet accepted.
Phil Goff reckons that Act going for the electorate vote in Epsom while National goes after only the party vote is rorting MMP.
If that’s rorting MMP why wasn’t not trying to win Wigram ever since Jim Anderton left Labour a rort?
And why wasn’t Peter Dunne sitting in three successive Labour cabinets after National voters elected him in the seat but ticked National for their party vote a rort?
Maybe acting within the rules of MMP to maximise the chances of governing is only a rort when it doesn’t help his party.
Two friends with radically different political views meet outside a polling booth on election day.
One turns to the other and says “You know, we’ve argued about policies and philosophy for months, and we’re obviously going to vote for different candidates. Our votes will cancel each other out anyway, so why don’t we just call it a draw and go home instead?”
The other woman pauses, thinks for a minute, nods her head and they part ways to go back to their cars.
A man who overheard the conversation approaches the dealmaker and says with admiration, “That’s a real sporting offer you just made!”
“Not really,” the woman says, “That’s the third time I’ve done the deal this mroning.”
The Maxim Institute has acted on its concern about voter ignorance by developing a website, NZ Votes.Org to educate people.
In 2011 the nzvotes website will function as a portal to a whole lot of resources that will help people learn about the candidates andparties they have to choose between at the election. It will also link them to resources to find out about the voting systems on offer in the Referendum.
The website is NZ Votes.Org.
My not so fool-proof method of picking winners for racing by the names of horses and colour of the silks is foundering for the New Zealand Cup today because there aren’t many jockeys in blue.
But # 17 Triolgy, is being ridden by Daniel Stackhouse in cobalt blue so I’ll take that for a win followed by # 18 Fast Love for the name, a blue stripe over apple green with blue and yellow striped sleeves, and in the spirit of female solidarity because the jockey is a woman, Lisa Allpress.
My third pick is The Raconteur, also ridden by a woman, Samantha Collett, in emerald green with royal blue diamonds.
The Otago Daily Times, New Zealand’s oldest daily paper and the only one still under
private independent ownership, is celebrating its 150th birthday.
Every day this year the ODT’s print edition has had a page counting down to the anniversary of its first publication, a small, four-page tabloid, on November 15, 1861.
On Tuesday, the paper will mark its sesquicentennial by printing a special edition covering 150 years of news and 80 additional pages and tonight the paper is hosting the province at the Big Night In at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Top Otago young performers will be joined by national and international stars for what promises to be a spectacular show.
Labour plans to re-appoint a Minsiter of Rural Affairs.
Spokesperson Damien O’Connor says there is a need for advocacy and representation for rural affairs at a ministerial level.
There’s also a need for advocacy and representation for rural affairs in the Labour caucus but if there is it’s obviously too weak to prevent the development of what Federated Farmers rightly labels as hat trick of ill conceived policies for the high country,a griculture and water.
But isn’t that typical of Labour?
It would create problems for the rural community in general and farmers in particular though ill-founded policy then add to the burden of the state by appointing a Minister to give the appearance they’re doing something about the problems of their making.