BIndle – a bundle, usually of bedding and other possessions, carried by a hobo; the bag, sack, or carrying device used by a homeless person; a small paper packet containing drugs.
For the fourth month in a row, fewer new vehicles were sold in August compared to the same month last year confirming that the overall market for the year will be down on 2018.
Motor Industry Association Chief Executive David Crawford says that for the month of August the number of new vehicle sales were 4.5% lower than August last year.
He says overall year-to-date sales were down by 5.1% percent on the first eight months of 2018, a reduction of just over 5,400 fewer vehicles sold in 2019 to date.
“Growth has disappeared from the 2019 market and we are expecting an out turn for 2019 at about 6% below 2018 levels.” . .
Commercial vehicle registrations of 4,101 were down 10.1%, which is 460 vehicles compared with sales last August. That is another sign the economy is softening and confirms surveys showing business confidence is low.
The anti-car brigade might be pleased with this news, but it’s not fewer vehicles in total, it’s fewer new ones.
This means people are buying second-hand or keeping older vehicles longer rather than buying new more fuel-efficient and safer ones.
Another attempt to get state funding of political parties is underway:
. . .Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson wants foreign donations banned altogether, anonymous donations limited to just $1000 (it’s currently $15,000) and an overall cap of $35,000.
“At the moment big business can buy influence over our political system – there is no limit to what they can donate… At the moment, our current laws are ripe for dodgy dealing.” . . .
But without donations, political parties will have to rely on taxpayer funding to run their campaigns. Hager says this would be preferable to the status quo.
“Rather than them going off to get all sorts of slightly dodgy, slightly mildy legal but corrupt kind of ways from everyone who’s got lots of money, you just pay some public money… It’s just like we pay our police so they don’t have to collect bribes… we pay MPs so they don’t have to work on the side.”
If a politician can be bought for less than $15,000 we’ve got the wrong people as MPs.
If any politician can be bought for more than that we’ve got the wrong people as MPs.
The current law requires donations of $15,000 or more to be declared so any influence would be visible.
While many taxpayers would object to that, Hager says the cost would be a “tiny fraction of a percentage” of the “tens of billions” of dollars the Government spends every year, and worth it to ensure big business and wealthy foreigners don’t have undue influence over our politicians. . . “
If foreign donations are the problem, the law could require all donors to be citizens. It could go further and require all donors to be people and not organisations.
That would excite the unions and the parties they prop up. Matthew Hooton pointed out on RNZ yesterday it’s not just the money they contribute there’s the time and people power they put into supporting their chosen parties.
The cost of public funding of parties might be a ‘tiny fraction’ of government spending but that tiny fraction would be better spent on almost anything else the government funds or left in taxpayers’ pockets.
It’s hard enough to stomach some of the ideologically driven projects governments waste money on without expecting people to fund parties whose philosophies and policies they vehemently oppose as well.
Some parties have fewer, if any more, members than the 500 minimum required to register. Should they make it into parliament MMP gives them power well in excess of their size. Funding them as well would exacerbate the unfairness.
Parties are voluntary organisations. If they can’t attract enough volunteers and supporters to fund them, that’s their problem and not one which taxpayers ought to be forced to solve.
I can see no hope at present of such a vaccine being produced… I have adopted a frankly defeatist attitude towards the problem of poliomyelitis and I hope that future developments will prove me wrong… No means of controlling poliomyelitis is at present visible. – Frank Macfarlane Burnet who was born on this day in 1899.
36 BC In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, admiral of Octavian, defeated Sextus Pompeius, son of Pompey, thus ending Pompeian resistance to the Second Triumvirate.
301 San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, was founded by Saint Marinus.
590 Consecration of Pope Gregory the Great.
863 Major Byzantine victory at the Battle of Lalakaon against an Arab raid.
1189 Richard I of England (Richard “the Lionheart”) was crowned at Westminster.
1260 The Mamluks defeated the Mongols at the Battle of Ain Jalut in Palestine, marking their first decisive defeat and the point of maximum expansion of the Mongol Empire.
1650 Third English Civil War: Battle of Dunbar.
1651 Third English Civil War: Battle of Worcester – Charles II of England was defeated in the last main battle of the war.
1666 The Royal Exchange burned down in the Great Fire of London
1777 Cooch’s Bridge – Skirmish of American Revolutionary War in New Castle County, Delaware where the Flag of the United States was flown in battle for the first time.
1783 American Revolutionary War: The war ended with the signing of theTreaty of Paris by the United States and Great Britain.
1798 The week long battle of St. George’s Caye began between Spanish and British off the coast of Belize.
1803 English scientist John Dalton began using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.
1812 24 settlers were killed in the Pigeon Roost Massacre.
1838 Dressed in a sailor’s uniform and carrying identification papers provided by a Free Black seaman, future abolitionist Frederick Douglassboarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from slavery.
1870 Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Metz began.
1875 – Ferdinand Porsche, Austrian-German engineer and businessman, founded Porsche (d. 1951)
1899 – Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1985)
1905 – John Mills, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1972)
1914 William, Prince of Albania left the country after just six months due to opposition to his rule.
1933 Yevgeniy Abalakov reached the highest point of the Soviet Union – Communism Peak (7495 m).
1935 Sir Malcolm Campbell reached speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive a car over 300 mph.
1939 World War II: France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia declared war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies. In contrast to its entry into the First World War, New Zealand acted in its own right.
1940 Pauline Collins, English actress, was born.
1942 Al Jardine, American musician (The Beach Boys), was born.
1942 World War II: In response to news of its coming liquidation, Dov Lopatyn led an uprising in the Lakhva Ghetto.
1944 Holocaust: Diarist Anne Frank and her family were placed on the last transport train from Westerbork to Auschwitz.
1945 – Three-day celebration was held in China, following the Victory over Japan Day on September 2.
1947 Eric Bell, Irish guitarist (Thin Lizzy), was born.
1950 “Nino” Farina became the first Formula One Drivers’ champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix.
1951 The first long-running American television soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, aired its first episode on the CBS network.
1955 Steve Jones, English musician (Sex Pistols), was born.
1958 Pioneering heart surgeon Brian Barratt-Boyes performed New Zealand’s first open heart surgery using a heart-lung bypass machine.
1967 Dagen H in Sweden: traffic changed from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight.
1971 Qatar became an independent state.
1976 The Viking 2 spacecraft landed at Utopia Planitia on Mars.
1987 In a coup d’état in Burundi, President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza was deposed by Major Pierre Buyoya.
1994 Sino-Soviet Split: Russia and the People’s Republic of China agreed to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other.
1999 87-automobile pile-up on Highway 401 freeway just east of Windsor, Ontario, after an unusually thick fog from Lake St. Clair.
2004 Beslan school hostage crisis: Day 3: The Beslan hostage crisis ended with the deaths of morethan 300 people, more than half of whom were children.
2014 – Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods leave over 200 people dead across India and Pakistan.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia