Media watch – Friday

17 November 2017

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    • Yes, I feel for the Kiwis in Australia currently and those who want to go. If this Manus thing goes ahead it’ll be adios SCV. (Special Category Visa)

      • sorethumb

         /  November 17, 2017

        It fits with not having to name the father. Political parties are the home of extremists or vested interests.

      • Gezza

         /  November 17, 2017

        I don’t think she’s got her head around realpolitik yet. Hope the lessons aren’t too hard and come early.

        • Gezza

           /  November 17, 2017

          Ok, so this business was covered on 1ewes at 6 tonite & I would describe their coverage as wondering if it was a such good idea to be pissing the Aussies off over this & whether she knows what she’s doing. Gerry Brownlee got a good couple of good sound bites in on the topic.

      • Fight4NZ

         /  November 19, 2017

        Why feel sorry for kiwis in Aussie. They made their own bed.

    • David

       /  November 18, 2017

      She has successfully stopped the reporting of the fact she just signed on for the TPP in pretty much the same form that existed before. Manus keeps the lefty fringe happy ( I include the new Greens in this) and they are the ones that would scream blue murder at her TPP sellout.

  1. sorethumb

     /  November 17, 2017

    The Economist continues it’s globalist campaign
    http://films.economist.com/the-world-in-2018/uncool-britannia?

  2. sorethumb

     /  November 17, 2017

    Mark Latham being sued for defamation

    Who is paying for it? The law firm has close ties to Julia Gillard. …which just let’s you see what it shows you? It seems to me Faruqi’s tweets are racist although Latham shouldn’t have said they insite terrorism. Any award should be minimal on balance.

  3. Pickled Possum

     /  November 17, 2017

    The super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth. As of June 2017, the world’s richest five men owned over $400 billion in wealth. Thus, on average, each man owns nearly as much as 750 million people.
    https://wakeup-world.com/2017/11/17/now-just-five-men-own-almost-as-much-wealth-as-half-the-worlds-population/
    Why!? How much money does 1 person need. FFS!
    While my Guitar gently weeps.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 17, 2017

      What does “own” mean? It probably means their money is invested in “job and services”-producing successful companies. So exactly how is this bad?

      A better measure would be how much they spend on themselves as opposed to gifting to others. That would be a lot more meaningful.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 17, 2017

        So I looked up the five men: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Amancio Ortega, and Mark Zuckerberg. All of them have created their own companies from nothing and created hundreds of thousands of jobs serving many millions of people.

        I didn’t know Ortega, so I looked him up. Ortega was born in a hamlet in the northwestern province of León, Spain. Employment opportunities took his father, a railway worker, and mother, a maid, to La Coruña, in the neighboring Galicia region, when he was 14. Reportedly shamed by a shopkeeper who refused his mother credit, Ortega quit school to take work with a local tailor.

        Amancio Ortega is a famously publicity-shy and unostentatious workaholic. He is rarely photographed or interviewed, eats in his company’s canteen and reportedly went 25 years without taking a vacation. He dresses for work in the uniform of a prosperous southern European local businessman: gray slacks and an open-neck shirt.

        His company, Inditex, is hardly known outside its industry, even though it is the biggest fashion group on earth. It has annual sales in excess of $19 billion—and margins to die for in the cutthroat retail apparel world. The 6,200 sleek stores of its flagship Zara chain are familiar sights in malls and upscale shopping streets on six continents.

        Sounds a terrible man, doesn’t he?

        • Blazer

           /  November 17, 2017

          PR…Al.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  November 17, 2017

            You can believe anything you want to, B, and you do. Most of it is negative which must make you a miserable sod.

        • Corky

           /  November 17, 2017

          So how many families are supported through this guy providing work? Many, I bet.

        • Gezza

           /  November 17, 2017

          An interesting member of the Board of his company, Inditex

          Denise Kingsmill, Baroness Kingsmill
          From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

          Baroness Kingsmill in 2011
          Denise Patricia Byrne Kingsmill, Baroness Kingsmill CBE (born 24 April 1947 née Byrne) is a British Labour peer. She was appointed as a life peer in 2006 after practising as a solicitor in personal injury, trade union and employment law.

          She was born in New Zealand and emigrated to Wales during her childhood. She studied at Croesyceiliog School. Baroness Kingsmill holds a degree in Economics and Anthropology from Girton College, Cambridge. Baroness Kingsmill is a member of the Economic Affairs Committee.

          She was a Deputy Chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (later known as The Competition Commission), which undertook inquiries into banking, cruise liners, equity underwriting, energy supply, and other subjects during her time. She was appointed in 1996, stepping down in 2003.

        • Pickled Possum

           /  November 17, 2017

          Evening Al … Definition of own;
          own …have (something) as one’s own; possess.

          The men have the ownership rights to give it to
          whoever they care to, if they care to.
          And of course when they that have plenty, they share it around.
          I didn’t say ..BEEP! BEEP! How dare they!
          I said How much money does 1 man need.
          Not the same sentiment from me.
          Thanx for the story of Amancio Ortega.
          Inspirational climb to the top 5.
          Never heard of the Zara chain before,
          Are they as happy as I am … No I don’t think so.
          Because they would forever be worrying about their $Billions$
          and who’s trying to rip it away from them.
          Corruption is all around them.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  November 18, 2017

            They are not driven by a need for money, Possum. They are driven to create things that wouldn’t exist without them. Their money is invested in that and they keep it there to keep creating and satisfy that need. I don’t think they are worried about their paper billions or losing it. They are worried about what their companies are doing and how best to do things in the future. And that is what they enjoy. Does that make them happier than you? I have no idea. But all of them have families and children for what that’s worth.

            I don’t think corruption is all around them at all. In fact corruption is all around most poor people in the world because bad governments are what make most people poor.

            • Fight4NZ

               /  November 19, 2017

              “I have no idea.”
              Well at you least you included 1 factual sentence. Lovely prose otherwise.

    • Corky

       /  November 17, 2017

      ”Why!? How much money does 1 person need. FFS!”

      Provided you are enjoying your life, you can never have enough.

      Lefties are poor because they have a ‘loser’ mentality.

    • PDB

       /  November 17, 2017

      Comparing the bottom with the top few % and complaining is a pointless exercise in envy-politics – the real show of progress is how the bottom is doing over time & if their lives are improving.

      For instance the poverty rate halved worldwide within a 20 year period, from 43% in 1990 to 21% in 2010.

      • Gezza

         /  November 17, 2017

        Well, that’s not entirely true. The concern is that so many of the uber-wealthy can basically buy governments to look after their interests, sometimes at the expense of their compatriots. They become an international club or group of their own rather than having any particular allegiance to their countrymen.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  November 17, 2017

          That is not the concern Possum was raising. She believes these five men are making millions of poor people poorer. In fact they have made many millions of people richer and better off.

          • Gezza

             /  November 17, 2017

            Yup. Fair point Al.

          • Pickled Possum

             /  November 17, 2017

            Oii!! Al I didn’t say She believes these five men are making millions of poor people poorer.
            Jez Al I said FFS How much … Oh forget it.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  November 18, 2017

              The super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow.

  4. Corky

     /  November 17, 2017

    Waiheke Island liberal and media columnist, Bruce Bisset, never had a good thing to say about National when they were in power. Now he is having problems finding something positive to say about the Labour coalition. This from a man who was begging for a change of government leading up to the election.

    Not good. Don’t be surprised if Jacinda calls a round table meeting during the Christmas recess.

    Do liberal pollies still drink Chardonnay? Or is that so yesterday?

    • unitedtribes2

       /  November 17, 2017

      Bisset went to live in Hawkes Bay about 10 years ago Corky. There was a big cheer when he left. I believe he still writes for the HB paper. View from the left or something.

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  November 17, 2017

    Um,OK!
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/98982128/man-who-broke-babys-leg-during-sex-wins-appeal-has-sentence-reduced
    If I did something like what he did, (and obviously I wouldn’t!), I’d be far more concerned about what my ‘ataahua wahine’ would do to me, to give a second thought to any ‘legal consequences’…

    • patupaiarehe

       /  November 17, 2017

      Our youngest has an annoying habit of jumping into our bed on Saturday morning, which is supposed to be ‘Daddy & Mummy time’. Rather than sit on him & break a leg, a surefire way to make him ‘bugger off’, is to pull the duvet up over his head, & create a ‘dutch oven’.

  6. duperez

     /  November 18, 2017

    Another self-made man who has done quite well financially.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11945455