Open Forum – Thursday

22 January 2015

This is open to anyone with any topic. It’s a mostly political and social issues blog but not limited to that, and views from anywhere on the political spectrum are welcome.

Some basic ground rules:

If possible support arguments, news, points or opinions with links to sources and facts.
Please don’t post anything illegal, potentially defamatory or abusive.
Debate hard if you like but respect people’s right to have varying views and to not be personally be attacked.
Don’t say to a stranger online anything you wouldn’t say to their face.

Moderation will be minimal if these guidelines are followed. Should they ever be necessary any moderator edits, deletes or bans will be clearly and openly advised.

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  1. Ian McKinnon

     /  22nd January 2015

    Take exception to PSA continually using the health sector in their attempts to screw more money out of taxpayers for their pathetic and useless subservient bureaucrats. All those who work in health, from cleaners up, deserve more monetary recompense, but many of the bureaucrats slithering up Lambton Quay each morning sure as hell do not. In fact, government should be looking at disestablishing many of the created positions these jerks are filling. Time there was a public register of all job descriptions, salaries, qualifications, and tenure, of those employed in each taxpayer-funded sector.

  2. Mike C

     /  22nd January 2015

    How the hell did Tuwharetoa Tribe manage to lose $50 million of their $66 million from their Treaty Settlement in five years ??? It’s fucking shameful !!!

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd January 2015

    I am continually amazed at the incompetence of the Herald and Stuff website technologies. The Herald routinely lags horrendously on updating its comments threads and gets all kinds of mismatches between its database and active pages. Stuff yesterday was unable to logon from an iPad, is always unable to be auto filled from a password manager and when it presents a logon pop up on an attempt to post a comment it then proceeds to erase the comment. Previously it has had bugs that persisted for months after being reported.

    They are both certainly wide open for competent competition. Unfortunately that seems to rule out Freed on present performance.

  4. Mike C

     /  22nd January 2015

    Fantastic !!! Joe Karam and David Bain may have just hammered the last nail in Judith Collins coffin lid 🙂

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd January 2015

    Sounds as though the 16 month toddler who died in a hot car in Wanganui was another victim of the car seat road safety fanatics. If he could have got out of his seat he could almost certainly have raised the alarm. Add him to all the kids who have drowned trapped in their seats or been severely injured by their straps.


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