Decision 2017

Trying to work out who to vote for?  

Here are some of the guidelines that I’m using. 

Does the party promote life – including life for unborn children,  the sick and the elderly?  

Does the party promote freedom and responsibility? 

Does the party recognise and work towards honouring the Treaty of Waitangi? 

Does the party allow a multicultural New Zealand or is it prejudiced against migrants from different backgrounds?  

Does the party promote a safe society for all?  Will it keep citizens safe and rehabilitate people who really shouldnt be in prison?  

Does the party have a clear plan to combat climate change and clean up our waterways and streams?  

Does the party promote a fair tax structure that will help social cohesion?  

Does the party have a plan to improve Mental health and to urgently address the wellbeing of young people?  Especially young men?  

Does the party have a plan to house all of our population in warm, dry and safe homes?  

What’s their track record?  Do they do what they say they will do?  

Finally,  does the party promote social cohesion and a positive, just vision of the future?  

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Rising profits and stagnant wages do not a good mix make 

DSC_0246This morning’s Dominion Post contains a small item buried on page 10 of section c which shows continued stagnation of wage growth compared to profit growth. This has been going on for 8 years.

It’s not sustainable. Healthy economies need healthy income flows distributed across the population in order to allow universal participation.

A continuation of the status quo is not an option if we want a healthy and hopefull New Zealand in the future.

Congratulations to the Dominion Post for reporting this story but perhaps it deserved more prominence?

 

 

Latest opinion polls show election too close to call

A lot has happened since July, but for this is how things stood at the end of July with Labour’s low polling leading to the demise of Andrew Little, and then in early August the Greens’ poll drop leading to the demise of Metiria Turei. Never let it be said polls don’t have a real…

via Public Polls July 2017 — Kiwiblog

Fair competition needed now 

Healthy competition is an integral part of a market based economy.  Most countries therefore have a strong legal and regulatory framework to promote fair competition.  This article by Dr John Small raises doubts about whether NZ has such a framework.  http://small-torque.blogspot.co.nz/2017/07/competition-update-no-we-still-dont-care.html?m=1

Given that NZ milk is cheaper to buy in the UK than in Johnsonville perhaps our competition framework needs an overhaul.  

J.D. Vance: Why Elites Didn’t See the White Working Class Coming — TIME

After Donald Trump became President-elect of the United States in a surprise outcome—largely accounted to the strong support he received from white working-class voters (winning two of every three white voters with no college education, according to exit polls)—TIME spoke with J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, a memoir and analysis of the social group’s…

via J.D. Vance: Why Elites Didn’t See the White Working Class Coming — TIME