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

Hillary Clinton’s classy concession speech


I don’t always agree with her policies but to give credit where its due she ran a determined and energetic campaign. In defeat she demonstrated real class. The last part of her concession speech read as follows:

“I still believe as deeply as I ever have that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us.

Because, you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never ever regret fighting for that.

Scripture tells us: Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

So my friends, let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.

I am incredibly honoured and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election. May God bless you and may God bless the United states of America.” – Hillary Clinton (2016)

Bernie Sanders Says Donald Trump ‘Tapped Into the Anger of a Declining Middle Class’ — TIME

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders finally commented on Donald Trump’s election victory, saying “Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and establishment media.” Sanders echoed his own presidential campaign’s message by noting that American people are “tired of working longer hours for lower…

via Bernie Sanders Says Donald Trump ‘Tapped Into the Anger of a Declining Middle Class’ — TIME

Migrant deserves a fair go

The British government has introduced a harsh new law which requires a class of migrants to earn over 35,000 pounds per annum in order to stay in the UK. This is pretty tough for a charity worker. I don’t think this migrant is getting a fair go – and she deserves one. She is paying her way, paying her taxes and contributing positively to British society.