Asthenia – abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy; loss of strength, debility.
There are some days when no matter what I say it feels like I’m far away in another country & whoever is doing the translating has had far too much to drink.
Posted with permission.
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In contrast to Labour’s policy, National is already delivering 21st education that’s working for New Zealand’s young people.
And National judges success by the quality of its spending while Labour measures success by quantity.
Tweet of the day:
Yes, the party which is relentlessly negative and has fought tooth and nail against every one one of the National-led government’s positive policies, is exhorting New Zealanders to vote positive.
Does this mean they’ve given up on themselves and are asking people to support National?
They certainly seem to have given up on their caucus who aren’t appearing on billboards unveiled at their congress:
. . . All had the ‘party vote Labour’ logo at the bottom, but did not feature any MPs or leader David Cunliffe, although Mr Cunliffe is expected to feature on some billboards.
Some? Not all or at least most?
Labour didn’t feature then-leader Phil Goff on their billboards three years ago because he wasn’t seen as an asset, looks like they’re not confident Cunliffe would be either.
Instead of accentuating the positive they’re eliminating the negative – their own MPs and leader – from their publicity, again.
The first editor I worked under kept telling his reporters people sell papers.
People also sell policy and if Labour is too insecure to feature its people on its billboards its going to have trouble selling its policies and convincing anyone it’s positive.
Rodney highlights the biggest donations’ scandal:
The true donations scandal in New Zealand politics was reported this week without comment. It’s the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union’s $60,000 donation to Labour.
The EPMU is one of the six unions affiliated to Labour. The affiliated unions pay fees and fund the Party through donations. The donations and fees total hundreds of thousands of dollars.
More significantly, union staff campaign for Labour and the unions run parallel campaigns. For example, Labour is campaigning for the “living wage”. In a parallel campaign the Services and Food Workers Union spent more than half a million dollars last year promoting that exact policy.
The union funding of Labour totals in the millions. And what does Labour provide in return? In effect the entire party. The unions get to determine the party’s leader. Their say counts for 20 per cent of the vote. That’s the difference between winning and losing by a wide margin.
Affiliation also buys a seat at the table. The affiliated unions have a guaranteed vice-president position on Labour’s all-powerful New Zealand Council.
They also get their people as MPs. The Labour Party enables the unions to parachute members into Parliament. Labour list MP Andrew Little headed the EPMU for 11 years before entering Parliament. . .
That’s power and positions for cash.
If any organisation which donated to National had this sort of influence and reward for their money there would be cries of corruption.
But it doesn’t stop there, unions also get policy:
In 1999 the EPMU gave $100,000 to Labour. The following year the Labour Government passed the Employment Relations Act. This act gives the unions incredible power over Kiwi workplaces as well as easy access to workers’ pay packets.
The Employment Relations Act nicely closes the loop. The act was provided by the Labour Party. It gave the unions access to workers’ pockets, and that’s the money the unions now tip into Labour’s coffers.
Indeed, in the state sector it’s policy for Government to give union members a bonus to cover their union fees. You and I pay their union fees.
Unions and Labour are guilty of “cash for policy”, “cash to sit at the table”, “cash to decide the leader” and “cash to parachute members into Parliament”.
The rort serves to bolster Labour and entrench the power of union bosses.
Unions are highly politicised organisations that only exist now because of the legal privileges bestowed by Labour governments.
The rorting of our democracy by the unions and Labour would make a great expose.
But don’t expect anything soon: it’s the EPMU that represents journalists in this country.
That’s right, our journalists – through their union – help fund the Labour Party.
Now union membership is voluntary, not all journalists are members of the EPMU but any who are members are potentially compromised if they are covering or have any influence over stories on issues which could have any even vague political link.
Bias in reporting is easy – the stories that are covered, angle that’s taken, who’s interviewed, how much of what they say is used, the context around quotes . . . any and all of these can convey an impression that covertly, if not overtly, supports, distorts or opposes a world view.