September 18 in history

September 18, 2009

On September 18:

1709 English writer Samuel Johnson was born.

1837 Tiffany & Co was opened in New York.

1879 The Blackpool Illuminations were turned on for the first time.

1905 USA chorographer Agnes de Mille was born.

1905 Swedish actor Greta Garbo was born.

Head and shoulders profile of a young woman with a "haunted" expression, one hand raised to just touch the base of her throat

1919 The Netherlands grant woment he right to vote.

1937: New Zealand’s first state house was opened when David and Mary McGregor moved into 12 Fife Lane, Miramar.

1971 USA cyclist Lance Armstrong  was born.

Armstrong in 2003speaking at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

1976 Brazilian football player Ronaldo was born.


Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.

Home ownership leads to industrial harmony

June 30, 2009

Dad used to strike all the time when I was a kid. But when Maggie Thatcher let us buy a house Mum wouldn’t let him strike anymore because she didn’t want to fall behind with the mortgage.

This was a young English woman’s story.

There are many other benefits of home ownership which is why only those ideologically opposed to independence seem to have any problems with the government’s plan to allow state house tenants to buy their own homes.

If the English experience is any guide, improved  industrial harmony may be an unexpected, and very positive, consequence of the policy too.

P.S. Kiwiblog has a round up of editorials on the issue.

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