It is frustrating and infuriating that this government continues to pursue the global warming/ climate change one-track doctrine at huge expense to our country, and ignores factual science that proves both CO2 and methane gases are negated and change is governed by the sun’s activity.
Because we signed the Paris Agreement, which was based on a flawed model, we, who are guilty of one-fifth of 1 per cent of world emissions, have to be in the forefront of the fight, while the USA and China carry on regardless. What utter stupidity. We are a pimple on a pumpkin.
But wait, we have to have a Minister of Climate Change, and who better than James Shaw, leader of the Greens, who wouldn’t know a genome from a gnome if he fell over one?
And then we have the goal of zero carbon. Wonderful! It is costing big time now, and is forecast to cost billions a year and we all say very little or nothing.
I say, God help us, as we seem incapable of rational thought to help ourselves. DON JACKSON
Councillor Radich refers to the hall in derogatory terms, and we concede that maintenance work is urgently needed — prerequisites to establishing status with Heritage NZ. In an update for your readers, Mayor Carter has agreed to convene a public meeting at the Eastern Rugby Club in Taipa on Sunday November 11 at 2pm. The hope is that many will attend. An auspicious day, especially notable on a day that remembers the 100th anniversary of World War I Armistice.
government laws, legislation, debate, referendum or special inquiries or committees. Just sun, water and plant food, just like cannabis, a medicinal herb.
Stop wasting taxpayers’ funds, and target them where needed for the people’s good. GRANT ADLINGTON
Parapara discretion (autocratic) bypassed ‘normal’ procedures, giving this criminal New Zealand residency while saying he can’t disclose reasons why.
This nonsense is at public cost-risk, and where entreaties are made to ministers by offenders a waiver always needs to be signed so all the circumstances can be publicly disclosed for robust examination.
This is the classic case of no openness, no transparency and no accountability, which is wrong, being right up there with judges who inexplicably give wet bus ticket-slapping sentences to villains, then when challenged say critics don’t know the facts. Well, the answer is publicise the facts, obtain waivers from the offenders, which should be a pre-condition to any plea for special treatment/leniency, and have the circumstances plus factors publicly notified. Hiding behind the veil of secrecy is not an
option. Kiwis are rightly appalled and outraged with this outcome. Mr LeesGalloway needs a reality check — no, better still, just resign and follow his two fellow travellers out the Cabinet door.
Ms Ardern’s “read between the lines” dictum is piffle.
If she is suggesting there is some risk in Czechoslovakia (seems Sroubek visited the Czech Republic after 2003), well that is an insult to Czech integrity. It is after all, is one of the top 10 countries in the world for law, order and safety, with learning, education and technical achievements being top notch.
If she thinks there are personal issues or that a five-year good behaviour bond will do the trick then she needs her head examined. Mr Peters, who supported Lees — Galloway, and the judge who discharged without conviction, are in the same category.
A triumph for modern ‘political’ science would be to find just one part of the coalition government that is not malignant, isolate it and save for posterity. In reality it is not so much a coalition more like a creeping disease, seemingly with the credo that if two wrongs don’t make a right, then try three or more. ROB PATERSON
Matapihi Winston Peters can today celebrate how he got away with the greatest political con job in recent years.
With Australia having now signed the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, which triggers its formal activation, Peters, who was the most vocal critic of the deal while in opposition, can now, as Foreign Minister, with all the baubles of office, oversee putting it into operation.
Thousands of New Zealanders will be kicking themselves for voting for NZ First at the last election on the promise the party would continue to campaign against the toxic deal if they got into Parliament.
Their vote was reinforced by the private Member’s Bill the party promoted through its current deputy leader, Fletcher Tabuteau, which sought to ban both the TPPA and all further agreements of its type.
They must be choking to hear Trade