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English’s reshuffle – who to go?

April 23, 2017

Adam’s top of mind commentary on the NZ Cabinet and related positions:-

  1. Nick Smith – well past use by date – needs to be axed
  2. Peter Dunne – irrelevant, but needed due to MMP
  3. MIchael Woodhouse – not a performer, cull
  4. McCully – going, thank heavens, strong past performer but his best seems to be behind him
  5. David Bennett – who?
  6. Nikki Kaye – lightweight, but needed for Auckland, not for a heavyweight portfolio
  7. Simon Bridges – in danger of believing his own PR, suspect over promoted

another post will consider who might rise up. However, National’s vaunted in depth talent, may well be shallow. Though not as shallow as Labour’s ‘talent’ pool.

The Saturday Rant – 22/04/2017

April 23, 2017

Back, after a long hiatus, and all being well to stay if sufficient material presents itself. Given this is election year, probably not a problem. (This rant delayed by 24 hours.)

1 Are young Kiwis really stupid?

This morning Adam went to a very good Petone based food supplier. The staff were welcoming and the selection excellent. Yet the experience was marred by the inability of the staff member who served him to actually listen to the customer. Each time Adam selected his item his question to the server was “What is the weight?’. Each time the response was the price. If the price was my concern that would have been my question, my enquiry was to understand the quantity on offer.

Either the staffer was hard of hearing, alternatively despite being apparently a Kiwi she was a foreigner or she was stupid. I suspect the third option.

2 Why are SUV drivers such appalling parkers and just plain inconsiderate

Everywhere we go the parking space Adam’s car is in, is encroached on by people driving SUV’s. Why do so many SUV drivers have so little regard for other drivers?

Why do so many SUV drivers park in disabled parking spaces, when they are not in fact disabled?

3 Why do we tolerate the mediocre pap which passes for journalism in NZ

Elsewhere media fact check their assertions. Yet in NZ this does not seem to happen. Witness the slavish repetition of Hagar’s latest allegations. There was no questioning at the outset, just a mindless acceptance of God Nicky’s newest fantasy.

For many years Adam purchased a paper each day, often 2, but now the rubbish published by the Herald and Dominion means this is not required. Plus the bias they exhibit every day. These papers are not missed, there is a plethora of reputable alternatives, especially if your focus is international.

 

 

Cartoon for Today – 23/04/2017

April 23, 2017

From The New Yorker

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‘This town ain’t big enough for the both of our haircuts’

Current trends in UK voting

April 23, 2017

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A new poll for UK Telegraph has revealed that Tories more trusted on 4 major issues with a strong improvement against Labour on the NHS>

The Conservatives were found to have major leads on the economy, handling immigration, delivering Brexit and defence.

In each case around twice as many voters had confidence in the Tories handling the issue than Labour.

However the most surprising finding is on the NHS, where Labour’s traditional lead in trustworthiness appears to have evaporated.

If these leads persist then Labour are not in a good position for the election.

Tracy might be confused

April 22, 2017

In her Dominion Post article today Tracy Watkins opens with:-

Theresa May is copping it in Britain for announcing an early election, after previously ruling it out with such steely certainty.

You can understand why British voters and the media might feel like they’ve been led up the garden path.

As Adam suspected her reference was to The Guardian. The Guardian has some very good articles, but and a big but a number of their columnists have lost the plot over the UK election. This may mean a localised outbreak of May Derangement Syndrome, a recent variant of KDS. Scientists speculate that it is transmitted by left wing journalists interviewing their keyboards and accessing left wing articles.

Yet from The Guardian come these, for Tracy, inconvenient facts:-

Voters don’t seem to mind being made to endure another campaign less than a year after the EU referendum and two years after the last general election

Polls this week have shown the Conservative lead going up, and a Guardian/ICM survey found a majority of people saying May was right to change her mind and call a snap election.

Fail?

Contrary to the commentariat and their NZ parrots, the Guardian’s own survey is reported as :-

ICM has carried out a snap poll today (pdf) on the general election announcement. The state of the party figures are very good for the Conservatives, although that is not particularly surprising because other recent polls have produced similar results.

What is potentially more significant is that the poll shows strong support for Theresa May’s decision to call an early election. Voters accept her argument for doing a U-turn on an early election, and do not seem to mind being dragged to the polls only two years after the last general election.

Note as well the comment re Tory vote

Here are the key figures.

Conservatives: 46% (up 2 from Guardian/ICM over the weekend)

Labour: 25% (down 1)

Lib Dems: 11% (up 1)

Ukip: 8% (down 3)

Greens: 4% (no change)

Conservative lead: 21 points (up 3)

Perhaps Tracy read an earlier version of The Guardian web-site!!

NZ MSM comment on UK and US elections should not be taken very seriously.

 

 

Sessions verbal gaffe!!

April 21, 2017

This from Jeff Sessions the current US Attorney General.

Here’s what Sessions told radio host Mark Levin on Wednesday, in audio uncovered by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski:

We are confident that the president will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter. I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.

As the Washington Post noted:-

The first is that Hawaii is a state and has been since 1959. Dismissing it as “an island in the Pacific” is the kind of thing that will earn you the pleasure of apologizing to an entire state. We’ll start the countdown clock.

The second is that the judge isn’t a Hawaiian judge, per se. Derrick Watson is actually a federal judge who happens to serve on a district court in Hawaii. And in case you were wondering, he has some of that all-important mainland experience and perspective, having worked as a lawyer in San Francisco.

And the third is that Hawaii does have major ports of entry, with international travelers arriving regularly. (We hear the beaches are nice or something?) Hence, it is affected by Trump’s travel ban.

Clearly being from the state of Alabama Mr Sessions, a former US Senator – believe it or not – appears to be somewhat challenged as regards US geography.

More importantly it raises questions as to the fitness of Sessions to serve as the US AG. These are additional to the many questions raised at his confirmation hearings and his subsequent actions sinc

Cartoon for Today – 21/04/2017

April 21, 2017

Adams in the UK Telegraph

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