Media watch – Sunday

18 June 2017

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18 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  June 18, 2017

    UK have appointed a NZer to a top trade negotiation role.

    “Britain has appointed a former New Zealand trade negotiator, Crawford Falconer, as its chief adviser on trade talks, just days before exit talks with the European Union are due to begin.

    Falconer brings 25 years of experience in trade and public service, and will advise international trade minister Liam Fox, Britain’s newly formed department for international trade said on Friday (Saturday NZT).

    He will be tasked with developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries and shaping trade deals on specific sectors or products.

    Brexit talks are due to start next week, even though Prime Minister Theresa May is still in talks to reach a parliamentary majority following an election last week.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/93790678/britain-appoints-new-zealander-crawford-falconer-to-top-trade-negotiation-role

    and the UK view on it:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/06/16/uk-hires-top-new-zealand-trade-negotiator-head-post-brexit-deals/

  2. Gezza

     /  June 18, 2017

    Hullo. Wanky the Clown, the PDT, is up & on the job. 😀
    Here y’are Petal. Another pansy for company 🌸
    07.10 hrs.

  3. Zedd

     /  June 18, 2017

    i hear occupancy at ‘Trump-brand hotels’ has massively spiked since he became Mr Pres. someone used a laser to spell ‘insert bribes here’ on the side of a NY one.. sez it all

    “dump the corrupt sod” sez i

    It was also interesting to see Putin ducking, when a journo, asked him ‘are you the worlds richest man ?’ (out-trumping Trump)

    • Gezza

       /  June 18, 2017

      “I hear occupancy at ‘Trump-brand hotels’ has massively spiked since he became Mr Pres”

      Wouldn’t surprise me. It’s America. People there buy tons of shit stuff for no other reason than it has their idol’s brand or photo on it. Some would probably happily stay in a flea-pit for an absolutely outrageous tarriff if it had a Trump logo. Richer folk could just be doing the same, staying in a more upmarket chain of wealth extractors, hoping to either curry favour or just bask in reflected glory.

      Does bother me that his personal wealth is undeclared & unproven, & his connections to his businesses are still apparently there, murkily, it seems, via family proxies.

      But I imagine plenty of wealthy & connected people did all sorts of things to build profiles & curry favour with Obama, & we know they did with the Clintons & their foundation. Obama seems to have embarked on the now-traditional lucrative former-President speaking tour circuit, with a book or several likely underway. Don’t know what his personal wealth is.

      Re Putin – something must’ve gone wrong there. According to Rory Challands, their man in Moscow (last night sometime) these press conferences of his are usually pretty scripted & controlled.

      • Gezza

         /  June 18, 2017

        * Aljaz’s man in Moscow, that is.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  June 18, 2017

        Personal wealth undeclared G? Knock yourself out…

        “”I released the most extensive financial review of anybody in the history of politics. … You don’t learn much from a tax return”

        http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/16/news/trump-financial-disclosure-form/index.html

        • Gezza

           /  June 18, 2017

          Interesting, so his income has been *declared* but it proves my point that it’s unproven & murky – and the concerns about his still having only once-removed connections to his businesses. Among other points in that article:

          “All told, Trump brought in approximately $600 million to $650 million in employment assets and income — or maybe more. The documents make it impossible to calculate precise totals. Officeholders are allowed to disclose figures in ranges, some of which are open ended. For example, his golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland is listed as having a value of “over $50 million.”

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 18, 2017

            You can’t produce precise and accurate totals for unsold illiquid assets. Any wealthy individual is likely to significant holdings of these.

            • Gezza

               /  June 18, 2017

              Bastards Al. To the Tower with them?

            • Gezza

               /  June 18, 2017

              Off to visit Dad @ Rest Home Manor, Sir Alan

              Keep an eye on the serfs & oafs while I’m on my progress, there’s a good chap. Think some of them might be revolting.

              Diplomatically yours, As always
              Sir Gerald

            • Blazer

               /  June 18, 2017

              what happened to ..market forces..Al?

  4. Quite a bit of irony in this:

  5. Zedd

     /  June 18, 2017

    I heard a comment from the right; 10% of the population (at top) pay 38% of the taxes & deserve the biggest tax cuts.. sounds ‘reasonable’ BUT the thing they dont tell you is that the smug sods earn about 60% of the total wealth, SO why dont they pay 60% of the taxes ?..

    **whilst the rest of us, do pay our full tax liability & fight of the scraps left over

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 18, 2017

      Even the Left disagree with your numbers, Zedd. The top 10% earn 30% of the total income and pay 43% of the tax including both income and GST according to them:
      https://www.pundit.co.nz/content/tax-burdens-some-facts-for-a-change

      I suspect that is significantly underestimated as other entities such as companies and trusts would also be paying tax effectively for many of these people. They would also probably be paying a high proportion of local government fees and rates both directly and through their asset holdings.

      You of course choose to compare their personal tax with their assets (badly) but ignore taxes paid on those assets.

      • Blazer

         /  June 18, 2017

        you conveniently forget minimisation of earnings through accounting device,trusts and tax havens.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 18, 2017

          Yes, because the statistics deal with facts rather than Lefty fantasies and talking points.

  6. PDB

     /  June 18, 2017

    Surprised PG you haven’t posted about the Wellington City Council, Joseph and the technicolor dreamcoat, Tim Rice disaster – if this isn’t a clear example of left-wing council’s politicising things I don’t know what is.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/93791227/joseph-and-the-amazing-disappearing-israel-reference

    First they had to apologise to Tim Rice for removing the word ‘Israel’ from one of his songs then the Council decide to drop the song altogether (and some others) in spite and once again have to apologise to Tim Rice for doing so. This sort of PC crap needs to stop.