Thursday’s quiz

1. Which character in which book by which author said: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery. ?

2. What song in which musical starts:

“Dear God, you made many, many poor people.
I realize, of course, that it’s no shame to be poor.
But it’s no great honor either!
So, what would have been so terrible if I had a small fortune?”

3. It’s too easy in French, preventivo in Italian, presuepuesto in Spanish and putea in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who was Finance Minister when Bill English was Treasurer and under which Prime Minister were they serving?

5. If the Finance Minister offered to implement one policy for you, what would it be?

4 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) Wilkins Macawber, who was always broke and always optomistic from David Copperfield – Dickens

    (2) Fiddler on the Roof – if I were a rich man (deedle deedle deedle dee)

    Thanks for that I have an ear worm now that will take all afternoon to rid myself of

    (3) You want Budget other possibilties though

    (4) Jenny Shipley PM or Jim Bolger

    (5) Flat tax @ 13% sounds good 🙂


  2. J Bloggs says:

    1) Mr Macawber, David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

    2) If I were a rich man – Fiddler on the roof

    3) Budget

    4) Bill Birch was Finance minister, under Jenny Shipley

    5) A universal Student Allowance equivilent to the unemployment benefit while studying full time, scrapping the living costs portion of Student loans scheme, and raising the student contribution to tertiary education fees to 50% of course cost (for most courses) to maintain expenditure neutrality – in short, raising the course costs to students to study, while ensuring they have financial support while doing so. All part of my wider range of Tertiary Education reform….:)

    (Besides it offends me that those who seek further education/training in order to get ahead have to borrow off the government to pay thier bills, while others get given money for sitting on thier arses)


  3. grantaviuskennarius says:

    1] That great Australian, Mr Micawber, in Dickens’ “David Copperfield”.
    2]”If I Were a Rich Man” sung by the central character in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.
    3] I thought it was preventative or maybe contraceptive, because the budget – well, ok. Don’t know.
    4] Bill Birch, when Jenny Shipley was PM.
    5] A universal basic income for all people working 20 hours or more a week, and abolition of most benefits.


  4. pdm says:

    1. Pass
    2. Pass
    3 Pass
    4 Pass
    5. A flat tax set intially at 25c in the $ and reducing to 20c in the dollar over say 5 years.


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