Diversionary tactics

November 16, 2012

David Shearer needed something to take attention off his leadership at his party conference this weekend and he’s got it – remits straight from Planet Labour which Kiwiblog has summarised:

  • Nationalisation of any partially sold assets
  • A financial transactions tax
  • Require all private boards to comply with a 50% gender quota within five years
  • A universal child benefit so millionaires get paid money for having kids
  • 52 weeks paid parental leave (why stop there – go for 18 years I say!)
  • Lower the voting age to 16
  • A gender quota for the House of Representatives (why not a race and sexual orientation quota also!)
  • Compulsory Te Reo Maori until age 15
  • End all funding of private schools (which ironically will force them all to be integrated and go from 25% funding to 100%)
  • Bring ban the food police to school tuckshops
  • Ban seabed mining for minerals oil and gas
  • Ban fracking
  • A tax on aquaculture
  • Ban all coal mining
  • A mineral exports tax
  • Ban plastic bags
  • Fund a brand new commercial free TV broadcaster
  • Fund a Pacific TV broadcaster
  • A Super Gold card for transport for under 21s
  • A rail link to the airport for Auckland (think how much taxes will be gong up to pay for all of this)
  • A petrol tax to fund rail
  • Set up a state owned insurance company to compete with private insurers
  • De facto compulsory unionism by forcing all employees to “contribute to the benefits of enterprise and multi-enterprise bargaining”
  • Turn contractors into employees
  • Reverse employment law changes and destroy NZ as a location for international film making
  • Ban companies that do not pay a “living wage” (which is much higher than the minimum wage) from winning government contracts
  • Compulsory worker representation on large company boards
  • Direct Kiwirail as to whom must win their tenders
  • restore the social obligation to the SOE Act (despite the fact they were never repealed!)
  • Insert the Treaty of Waitangi into the Constitution Act
  • Raise the age of Super to 67 – except for Maori!
  • That the Government should create state owned and managed retirement homes
  • That all single benefits be increased by $50 a week!!!
  • That any NGO receiving even minimal government funding be required to have a 50% gender quota on its governing board!
  • Bring back compulsory membership of student associations

These aren’t just wacky ideas by an errant member, most have been passed by a regional conference and some have been endorsed by the party’s  NZ council.

Passing any or all of these would be a superb diversionary tactic. If they became policy in a labour-led government they’d carry on diverting the country away from the direction it needs to go.

Oh dear, wherever Planet labour is, its inhabitants are several galaxies away from the sort of policies which will make New Zealand a healthier, better educated, wealthier and more secure country.


Planet EU like Planet Labour

June 28, 2012

The theory behind the European Union might be good, but in practice it is full of problems, not least of which is the rules and regulations which hinder businesses unnecessarily.

There is no better example than a ruling from the EU’s Court of Justice that workers who happened to get sick on holiday were legally entitled to take another holiday:

The workers originally won their case in a Spanish court, where they argued that collective bargaining agreements made a distinction between annual leave and sick leave that was recognized by Spanish law. The National Association of Large Distribution Businesses, known as Anged, appealed to the Supreme Court in Madrid, which then asked the Court of Justice for a ruling on how to apply European law covering working times.

The Court of Justice had previously ruled that a person who gets sick before going on vacation is entitled to reschedule the vacation, and on Thursday it said that right extended into the vacation itself.

“The point at which the temporary incapacity arose is irrelevant,” the court found.

The ruling applies across the European Union of 27 countries.

It isn’t unknown for people to suffer self-inflicted illnesses while on holiday from too much sun, food and/or alcohol.

If I read this ruling correctly it would allow people who have hangovers to add an extra day to their holidays . There would be nothing to stop them repeating the acts which led to the hangover which would result in another day’s illness and a subsequent extra day’s holiday and keep on doing that.

This ruling effectively enables people to take permanent holidays.

It shows that Planet EU is similar to Planet Labour – a place far removed from the real world where there’s no understanding of the connection between productivity and progress.

Hat tip: Anti Dismal

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