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Up Front: Something for Your Hangover

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  • Craig Ranapia,

    And just to be a little good-natured, I'd like to nominate Simon Power (and every other MP who voted to consign the 'provocation' defence to the toxic waste dump of history) for a seriously fabulous gold tinsel star.

    Should have happened a long time ago, and part of me wishes that it hadn't taken the savage murder and posthumous character assassination of a pretty white middle-class straight woman to put a light under their arses. But what the fuck, it's gone -- and I'm willing to give all credit where credit is due. Call me naive, but I think the rights and dignity of everyone are enhanced when you can no longer say GLBT people and abused women somehow "provoked" their own murder.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • pollywog,

    National MPs I've had the experience of dealing with (mainly in select committees) seem to think that for the most part business in NZ is overregulated and that laws that protect workers and customers are an impediment. "Common sense" will rule the day, they tell me. Watering down the committee weakens its ability to impose on businesses.

    the reality is...

    We all know very well that many organisations could strip out layers of overpaid managers with no effect on the delivery of services at all. The ruling wisdom has it that to increase 'efficiency' you cut the number of workers; in fact, most organisations would be far more efficient if you cut the number of managers. The populist furore about bankers and MPs' expenses suggests a change in mood, even in the mass media, which could be harnessed. A propaganda battle has to be aggressively fought. The party ought to be over for the managerialist parasites, but no-one gives up wealth and power voluntarily, they will have to be forced to relinquish it. At one level, it's a simple matter of behaviourial psychology: middle managers and politicans impose the restoration agenda because they only have one lobby (the organised super-rich) leaning on them. It's the path of least resistance. But if there is upward pressure from the bottom that will change the political 'reality'.


    maybe tie all the parasitic select commitee members to the stake and give em a good dousing as well...

    somewhere else • Since Dec 2009 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,


    Honestly, I wouldn't let Brian Neeson feed my cat while on vacation

    Brian Connell is another former National MP you should probably excuse from that duty.

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Lara,

    Cheers Emma.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2009 • 82 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Brian Connell is another former National MP you should probably excuse from that duty.

    Oh, thanks... another unrepressed memory. Next Christmas, can't you give me the traditional arse-ugly matching sock and tie set instead? :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

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