Parliament Resumes After giving the country a two month break, parliament will resume tomorrow. Your property is no longer safe. The parliamentary year begins with debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement, set down for 13 hours.
We’re Back After a bumper 2015, Free Press is back for an even bigger 2016. This week we invite you to ACT’s 2016 Party Conference. Attendees will see an ACT Party that is rejuvenating and on a roll into the next election.
The Year That Was As Parliament rises this week your property will be safe for the summer (Auckland readers should still beware of their Council). Government interfering in your life is anathema to Free Press so we will stop emailing you for the summer unless something press-stoppingly juicy happens.
Politician of the Year
The mysterious but often accurate Wellington politics publication trans-Tasman has named David Seymour politician of the year. We are not getting too carried away as David also won most improved player in his first year of rugby and turned out to be a thoroughly average player. Nevertheless we’ll take the bouquet, and pass on the thanks to loyal Free Press readers.
A Sunk Cost
The first of two flag referenda has begun. Since the money’s been spent you might as well vote. One thing’s certain, if this one fails no sane Prime Minister will give you the chance again for a very long time.
Our Thoughts and Sympathy
This edition of Free Press is dedicated to the victims of the Paris terror attacks and their friends and families.
Joie de Vivre
Thugs in Paris have managed to take lives, but they cannot defeat the joy of life celebrated with such diversity in a free and open society. That must deeply annoy the thugs, but they still threaten us.
Good and Bad Economists - ACT exists in part to advocate sensible economics from the cross benches. ACT starts from Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson: “The bad economist sees only what strikes the eye; the good economist also looks beyond.
Exceptional Culture - The All Blacks’ back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories are just a small part of an exceptional period of dominance. Only the Australian Cricket team and a guy who played pool in the 1990s have ranked number one in the world longer than the current All Blacks. Up until 2004 the All Blacks had won 75 per cent of all games, three wins for every loss. Now they are at 86 per cent, a staggering six wins for every loss. They are big and they are talented, yes, but it’s their culture that’s exceptional.
Kerre McIvor Weighs in on RWC Bill
Remember when letting pubs open for the Rugby World Cup was going to destroy society, especially in poor rural areas like Opononi? Kerre reports: “The husband and I joined a group of about 60 at the Opononi pub. All ages were there and women outnumbered men. The only suggestion of riotous behaviour was when a group of nanas sitting at a table showed vocal appreciation as Sonny Bill ran on to the field.”