Thanks to everyone who has responded with feedback to Ad Lib. I regret that I do not have time to reply to you all. Ad Lib is just that – straight off the top of my head on a Friday afternoon – my fast take on what I’ve read or seen in the news this week.
THINGS I DON’T CARE ABOUT THIS WEEK
It’s International Women’s Day and I can’t think of a single thing that’s special about being a woman, so I’m not getting the slightest bit excited about it. Growing up, nobody told me that there was something I couldn’t do because I was born a girl. Until we think of everyone as unique individuals rather than trying to pigeon-hole them into groups, we will continue to waste time measuring one group’s rights against another’s.
Speaking of gender, the International Olympic Committee and other high-level international contest organisers have a tough one on their hands (no pun intended). I don’t know what the answer to it is, but I can’t get this song out of my head.
Perhaps ultimately all sports will be mixed, and awards given based on categories contestants choose to enter or for which the various sporting codes set parameters for selection, which could be based on height, weight, or BMI, for example.
It’s sad to read Mark Taylor’s family’s reaction to his leaving them and New Zealand and joining Isis. But it confirms for me that a tough love stance is the correct one. You’ve got to be kidding mate, New Zealand does not owe you anything. Find your own way home.
Marlboro cigarette manufacturer has offered to pull out of the NZ market in return for some tax breaks.
Mr Williams said Philip Morris would exit the cigarette market quicker if it received a tax break. “Excise treatment on all smokers’ products should be risk-proportionate. If the government does this, the exit will be much quicker, no doubt.”
Seems fair. After all, as Ryan Bridge on Magic Talk’s afternoon Drive programme said, the government is receiving $1.9 billion in excise duties each year, more than they’ll make from a capital gains tax off “rich pricks”, and yet this tax is taken from -
"… the poorest of the poor, pensioners, people on the minimum wage, who are addicted to smoking."
CULLEN NOW A PAID FRONT-MAN
It’s appalling that Dr Michael Cullen, having delivered the report the Tax Working Group was tasked with, is now being paid $1,062 per day to sell the proposed Capital Gains Tax. Isn’t this the Minister of Finance’s job, that we’re already paying him for?
Please donate to our campaign to fight the Capital Gains Tax.
STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DOES
Life is full of consequences. Rocks in their heads.
I MISS PAUL HENRY
…so I googled him and here’s what he’s up to.
Have great weekend everyone!
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