David vs Jacinda
This week David Seymour takes aim at the teacher unions’ bullying tactics, and Jacinda Ardern is a pyromaniac in a field of strawmen. The full Sunday Star Column is here. The Labour Party need to show they are capable of criticising the unions’ movement when it is out of line.
Jennings for PM
Expat Kiwi billionaire Stephen Jennings made $5 billion as the only non-Russian oligarch in post-Soviet Russia. Now he has a more ambitious plan to transform Africa as an urban developer, creating modern satellite cities for 70,000 people outside major African conurbations. When he spoke in New Zealand last week, the most popular question was, when are you running for PM?
In the Sunday Star this weekend, David argued: "The message would be simple. If you want to have children while receiving a benefit that's fine, but the Government will give entitlements in a form that puts the needs of the children first."
In the cult television series Lost, the characters are tormented by the ‘others.’ Parliament recently has felt a bit like that with the Keep Kiwibank Bill, Foreign Homebuyer Bill, Panama Papers and even Tobacco Plain Packaging debates being turned into exercises in xenophobia.
The Baby Moko case is so evil and grotesque it will lead to much soul searching about child abuse and neglect in general. Every year approximately 60,000 babies are born in New Zealand, 12,000 to a parent on a benefit. There is something very wrong when a substantial proportion of New Zealanders think you needn’t have a job to provide for children.
Last night TV One revealed just how far the teachers’ unions will go in bullying partnership schools. It is shameful. We are all for raising the status of the teaching profession (a stated goal of the unions) but this kind of bullying behaviour is doing more damage to the profession than anyone else.
Even Kiwis who think they are on the hard right of Attila the Hun are big softies by international standards. They wouldn’t approve of real poverty and caste destiny in India, for instance. A fair go is part of our national identity. Public opinion polling now says inequality is the number one issue.
David Seymour appeared on The Nation this weekend debating the Peter Dunne, the Greens, and the Maori Party. You can watch the full debate or read the transcript here. Supporters and opponents agree Seymour dominated the debate.
Campaigning from the Right, Governing from the Left In the past week National have announced they will not cut taxes before the election, when they could do so, but will campaign to cut taxes after the election. Who would trust them? ACT now stands alone in parliament advocating for the taxpayer.
Traffic light window washers exist in every city. Whangarei, for instance, had a much-loved guy who wore a Santa suit and gave his takings to charity at Christmas time.
The Police Pounce
Last week the police started arresting them but Free Press can’t work out how the washers got around all the other government departments. By breaking practically every law, the window washers showed how much Government most businesses have to deal with. Here’s a selection: