Labour disarray not a good look
FAIRNESS FOR ALL?
With reference to the council adopting a living wage for staff, although I find it commendable, is it fair that only certain people get wage increases?
It is hard enough to cover the current increase in rates, let alone the extra it will cost for the extra council wages. It will also affect the people who rent as landlords increase rent to cover the increases.
Think about the many adult workers working in Porirua who still only get the minimum wage. Not all of us have employers who care if we have to struggle with rising power, phone, rents, food and petrol costs. Schools are back – more expense.
I must protest against the practice of throwing children into the air,
WARM MEMORIES OF JEAN BRYSON
I enjoyed the story of Dr Jean Bryson (January 26), reminding me as it did of my early years as a New Zealand citizen.
When Dr Jean took on the leadership of the Girl Guides for the Porirua/Plimmerton/ Pukerua Bay area, I was delighted to become one of her Guide team.
She was a remarkable person – vibrant, full of fun, and with a strong core.
WHERE DOES SPEED CAMERA MONEY GO?
I have read with much interest the discussions on the speed camera in Whitford Brown Ave.
It is also interesting to learn that this particular camera is the highest revenue collector it the country.
My question is: what happens to all the revenue collected from these infringements? Does it go
When I came back home from holiday, I found two infringement notices. December 21 – 58kmh; December 22 – 55kmh. Each was for $30, and different officers issued the notices.
Now I have received another two notices for the car warrant of fitness, each issued in January for $200.
My daughter uses Dad’s car for her pizza delivery and that road is where she passes.
I amgoing to get her to write a letter to the police asking them to waive one warrant notice.
During Christmas period, the mechanic where I go was closed and the car’s warrant was done as soon as they could do it – about January 8.
Can they issue two warrant infringements for the same car like that?
Labour’s reputation as a cabal of bickering backstabbers was in full flower once again last week, as the Labour parliamentary caucus failed to present a coherent message on the Trans Pacific Partnership, despite having had years of warning about the deal’s likely contents.
After sitting on the fence earlier in the week, Labour leader Andrew Little and his caucus finally decided to oppose the TPP.
At the same time, former leader Phil Goff would be permitted (a) to publicly express his personal enthusiasm for the TPP and (b) to vote in the House with National, against his colleagues.
However, another former leader, David Shearer, was told to keep his personal enthusiasm for the TPP to himself, and to vote with the team.
The generosity extended to Goff was puzzling.
Later this year Goff will not be running for the Auckland mayoralty under the Labour banner, presumably because the label would limit his crossover appeal.
Cynics could well conclude that Goff’s support for the TPP may be motivated as much by his interest in securing corporate support for his mayoral bid, as by the claimed merits of the deal.
If Goff wins the mayoralty as expected, it would trigger aMt Roskill by-election in which – at best – the new Labour candidate is likely to win with only a reduced majority, given Goff’s personal following in the electorate.
Such an outcome would inevitably be treated by the media as a negative judgment on Little’s leadership, heading into election year 2017.
All up then, Goff isn’t earning himself any favours.
In fact, a hardline ultimatum could have conceivably won public support for Little.
Voting against his colleagues on the TPP, Little could have said, would result in Goff’s automatic expulsion from the Labour caucus. Instead, Little appears to have been held to ransom by the divisions in Labour’s ranks.
This week, member countries gathered in New Zealand to sign the TPP.
This process merely confirms that the text being signed is the same one that was negotiated.
Ratifying the deal is a quite different ballgame. Canada’s new government has yet to decide where it stands, and the US Congress will probably not vote on the deal in 2016, given that the TPP is opposed by all the main presidential contenders, Democrats and Republicans alike.
Here in New Zealand, supporters and critics of the deal continue to talk right past one
A hardline ultimatum could have conceivably won public support for Little.
another. Last week, the Government released a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade report claiming gains of $274 million a year from the TPP, with an overall 1 per cent gain in gross domestic product (or $2.7 billion in 2007 dollars) by 2030 from the deal.
Conversely, TPP critics cited a 2016 US research study from Tufts University, which claimed the economic models that produce such figures routinely overstate the gains, because the models explicitly exclude the job losses and wage cuts (and the subsequent rise in income inequality) caused by the competitive ‘ race to the bottom’ that the TPP will allegedly generate among its member countries.
Faced with the volleys of claims and counter-claims about the TPP, the public can be excused for focusing on the more easily understood sideshow in the Labour tent.