Wednesday, March 27, 2013
David Shearer's rather odd behaviour, following the late disclosure of money stashed away in a New York bank, cannot be explained in my opinion, solely by memory loss. I suspect he was told that somebody knew about it and that he had better come clean asp.
I am sure he has once again confirmed the low esteem many people have for politicians in New Zealand. Can any of them be trusted when parliamentary leaders show such a bad example? It is perhaps time for Shearer to go and make way for someone with more integrity, someone who has a better alternative approach to government than memory fade and policies not so very different to those of Phil Goff - who was soundly rejected by voters. A tarnished and lackluster Shearer will probably suffer the same fate.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Shane Jones has been been reinstated into Labour's Shadow Cabinet after an Inquiry found him innocent of serious charges of corruption as Minister of Immigration. However, even Shane admits he could have done better and for some, there are still many unanswered questions hanging over him.
As a person, Shane comes across as a likable man and a very capable politician - most of the time. He will hopefully recover from this episode, as he did from the "Porn Tapes In The Motel" episode and re-emerge, a lot wiser and ready to help Labour shore up its Maori and Working class support. Despite his obvious flaws, they will certainly need him if they are to retake the Treasury Benches.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I find it hard to understand John Key's enthusiasm to send NZ investment overseas at a time when NZ itself is suffering from shameful levels of underinvestment at home that has contributed so much to our high levels of unemployment. Latin America competes directly in the World Market with almost every thing we export, so what is the point of dangerously exposing our technological lead by helping them out?
As far as I know, John Key has never worked in a productive enterprise in his life - instead he has got his millions from trading currencies. What worries me about this man is that he cannot stop trading - but as Prime Minister, it could be at our expense.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Taking jobs in businesses with prisoners does seem a bit counter productive when high levels of unemployment are without doubt a contributing factor in the national crime rate. Far better perhaps to set up skill based courses within prisons and give prisoners guaranteed work on their release in socially needed work before letting them complete in the job market.