Saturday soapbox

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse, amuse or bemuse.

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19 Responses to Saturday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    Goodness me the USA is run by clowns – I sure as hell hope these bozos don’t drag Ukraine into civil war or us into WW3

  2. Andrei says:

    That is a phone call between deputy secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt

  3. robertguyton says:

    David Cunliffe exposes John Key:

    “John Key has got nothing out of his bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott but a re-announcement of a previous Government’s decision on student loans, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

    John Key has tried to claim a win out of his meeting with Tony Abbott today in the form of agreement to extend student loans to children of New Zealanders who are long-term Australian residents.

    “He is taking the New Zealand public and media for a ride. This decision was reached by the previous Labor Government in Australia and was announced in June …”

  4. Andrei says:

    Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn

    Musical interlude

  5. Richard says:

    dad not going to schhool next wee we have a a neew hearmaster and only ticher he tauks like the sheeep n paddoc 5 and–

  6. TraceyS says:

    “John Key has got nothing out of his bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott…”

    In support of whatever confused point you are trying to make here, you added; “David Cunliffe exposes John Key”

    Goodness me, Robert, what did you hope for – an immediate halt to the ‘buy local’ campaign by Australian supermarkets? Be all for that sort of intervention would you?

    You are anti-anything-and-everything that is “John Key” even if it goes against your own values.

    David Cunliffe exposes nothing but himself and it isn’t a very pleasant view.

  7. TraceyS says:

    Oh and 🙂

  8. robertguyton says:

    “He is taking the New Zealand public and media for a ride. This decision was reached by the previous Labor Government in Australia and was announced in June”.

    Exposed.

  9. TraceyS says:

    “Key said the student-loan deal with the government of former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard had been up in the air since the Australian federal election in September. It was good to have certainty.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9696401/Australia-could-pull-the-welcome-mat-says-Key

    What’s your problem, Robert?

    Please reference your quotes as I have. It’s disrespectful to the source not to (David Cunliffe in the case of yours @6.30pm). But then I doubt that you have any real respect for the man.

  10. Andrei says:

    More mental diarrhea from Robert Guyton.

    Listen mate David Cunliffe is a looser.

    Do you know why he is a looser? – he is a talentless hack, a middle class twit, yet another empty suit politician with BA in politics.

    Alas our parliament is full of them, particularly the “Labour” Party who don’t represent the people who do the physical work anymore, rather they a party for left wing academics

  11. TraceyS says:

    True, but Robert is no fan of the Labour Party, having said so himself on this blog. David’s but a pawn for the cause.

  12. robertguyton says:

    “This decision was reached by the previous Labor Government in Australia and was announced in June” – David Cunliffe

    Key says the student-loan deal with the government of former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard had been up in the air since the Australian federal election in September.

    Key also said the Governer general had been jostled.

    Who to believe, who to believe????

  13. robertguyton says:

    Murray McCully seems to support David Cunliffe’s claim and contradict Key’s.

    Australia’s Tertiary Education Minister Craig Emerson today announced many New Zealanders will, from January 2015
    (Bold for you, Tracey)

    “Tuesday, 11 June 2013, 7:08 pm
    Press Release: New Zealand Government

    Hon Murray McCully
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    11 June 2013

    Australia extends student loans to NZ residents

    Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed a move by Australia to extend its student loan scheme to long-term New Zealand residents.

    Australia’s Tertiary Education Minister Craig Emerson today announced many New Zealanders will, from January 2015, be eligible to apply for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) for tertiary education or vocational training.

    “This is a positive step forward for both New Zealand and Australia. Making tertiary education more accessible will lead to increased employment prospects and a better educated workforce,” Mr McCully says.

    New Zealand already extends student loans to Australians who have lived in New Zealand for three years.

    Extending student loan access to New Zealanders resident in Australia was a recommendation of the Australia and New Zealand productivity commissions.”

  14. Andrei says:

    How many votes do you think will be won or lost on the issue of Australian student loans to the children of long term Australian resident New Zealand citizens Robert Guyton?

    I can assure my friend this is not going to be a major issue for anyone other than yourself

  15. robertguyton says:

    Not a major issue, Andrei, but aspects of it, indicative.

    Trace?

  16. Paranormal says:

    Truly indicative of your raging KDS.

    It’s fairly apparent Cunliffe is doing his normal non-story beat up to try and gain some minor political wedge. Can’t remember who said it but it seems apt – “he comes from a long line of Cunliffes”

  17. You’re probably right, Robert. I can’t see Abbott ‘caving’ to Key’s demands any time soon. Not when they’ve (a) got their own budget to balance and (b) Kiwis in Oz have been the scapegoats – just as welfare recipients here in NZ have been scapegoats for our economic problems.

    It suits politicians to have scapegoats. And it’s amazing how many buy into it, unquestioningly.

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