Media watch – Friday

10 November 2017

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  1. Missy

     /  November 10, 2017

    Interesting piece on Stuff about how removing tertiary fees will make inequality worse.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/98652630/a-surprising-result-why-removing-tertiary-fees-will-make-inequality-worse

    Scotland has free university fees, the SNP keep it that way claiming that it is to help disadvantaged children into University, UK Labour want to remove tertiary fees for the same reason, however the reality is much different. The group least likely to attend University in Scotland are the poorer and disadvantaged, whilst in England numbers of students from poor and disadvantaged areas attending university is increasing.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 10, 2017

      I was told by one of my lecturers that the entrance level to university was dominated by the affluent and comfortable but the post graduate levels had a much higher ratio of students from poorer backgrounds. I’ve never seen data to confirm that but it wouldn’t surprise me if it is true.

    • Speaks to what I was saying yesterday about Closing the gaps Missy. Any universal govt initiatives always advantage the better off. The sons and daughters of doctors, CEOs and wealthy businesspeople are thanking the checkout operators, storemen and Tradies for their largesse.

      • Gezza

         /  November 10, 2017

        A significant number of the checkout operators in my local NW (I often shop after normal working hours, it’s not far away, & I chat to them all) are young university students.

  2. High Flying Duck

     /  November 10, 2017

    The joy of politics – if you start doing a good job and become prominent you must be after the leadership:

    Sad thing is it’s probably true.

    • Blazer

       /  November 10, 2017

      mini me to Key,including the the Nu Zild accent.

    • Corky

       /  November 10, 2017

      That’s unfortunate. No matter the polls, Bill needs to be knifed ‘now.’ Come 2020, voters need to be assured National have themselves sorted, especially if the parties are close in the polls. However, I doubt that will be the case. National should build a solid lead as long as they remain focused and don’t enjoy themselves too much in opposition.

      • Gezza

         /  November 10, 2017

        Nope – wrong again as usual, I’m afraid. Not that it matters what you think – you didn’t even bother to vote so nobody’s paying much attention to you now.

        It would be totally unseemly to knife Bill before Christmas & there may be a few more miles in him yet. Sometime in the new year, after everyone’s had an opportunity to evaluate how Simon & Nikki & any other contenders perform at the next round of Question Times. Simon’s dronong voice needs modifying in some way as he sounds too much like a drongo to appeal to enuf voters to make him a real threat at the moment.

      • Corky

         /  November 10, 2017

        I see Geeza is reminding me, again, that nobody takes any notice of me.

        Well, that’s sad. But I do have one fan. Lol.

  3. Blazer

     /  November 10, 2017

    Collins displayed the best leadership talent..in waiting..imo.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 10, 2017

      Agree – she has come back far stronger from her time in the wilderness and has softened the hard edges that previously made her too polarising.

      • Gezza

         /  November 10, 2017

        You’re right, she is now more of a blunt axe that a sharp one.

        • Gezza

           /  November 10, 2017

          * that = than. (Soz, but I’ve been improving on the typos front.)

        • High Flying Duck

           /  November 10, 2017

          She seems to be more effective now both in parliament and in communicating.
          Not sure if the penance is complete yet, but she has been one of the top parliamentary performers in recent times, as reflected in her large jump up the rankings in the party..

  4. Gezza

     /  November 10, 2017

    1ewes at 6 featured this guy. Obviously not all poms are gits (altho he did end up in the drink)