Media watch – Wednesday

17 January 2018

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  1. Blazer

     /  January 17, 2018

    U.K building firm collapses…hardworking managers manage to pay themselves 4million pounds of bonus before liquidation…
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/16/ftse-100-struggles-regain-momentum-companies-count-cost-carillions/

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 17, 2018

    Unintended consequences for idiot policies: rent bidding wars follow Labour’s attacks on landlords.

    • Blazer

       /  January 17, 2018

      Labour has not attacked landlords,but needs to strengthen tenancy laws.NZ renters have very few rights compared to other OECD… countries.

      • David

         /  January 17, 2018

        That’s nonsense. The only place tenants in NZ are less covered are when it comes to long terms rights of occupation. They have a better deal than in many countries, in Germany you get a long tenancy, but you have to supply your own kitchen.

        • Blazer

           /  January 18, 2018

          you have mentioned one country-Germany…as many people rent their entire lives,tenancy laws are very strong and very fair.NZ has a lop sided approach,favouring the heavily subsidised landlord.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 18, 2018

        B.s. as usual, B: https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/property/100675144/rentals-in-hot-demand-and-shortage-wont-ease-anytime-soon-trade-me

        Labour has stuffed the rental market and their supporters will be the most hurt but so thick they won’t know why.

        • Blazer

           /  January 18, 2018

          too funny…in a matter of weeks..Labour have stuffed the rental market!!Ruined 9 years of…good work…you reckon.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  January 18, 2018

            Yes. Markets react to expectations well ahead of implementation. I’ll be laughing at the stupidity but Labour’s voters won’t be.

  3. Corky

     /  January 18, 2018

    Quote:

    ”Shouldn’t we be worrying that as many as 8 per cent of New Zealand children are performing at the lowest literacy levels. Why aren’t we angry that over 40 per cent of 16–65 year-olds don’t have the literacy and numeracy skills to participate in a high-productivity economy.”

    What worries me, is when debating education, I’m told I don’t know what I’m talking about..and our education system ISN’T a Marxist boot camp.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/100621789/literacy-rates-do-not-make-a-good-read

    • Corky

       /  January 18, 2018

      Germane to the above. A Pew research study released before Christmas had us ranked 30th out of 49 countries in a literacy review. Apparently we once topped the ratings.

      • PartisanZ

         /  January 18, 2018

        Gone downhill inversely to our adoption of the neoliberal paradigm …?

        Evidence the disastrous failure of neoliberalism to provide levels of education required to ensure its own survival, endurance and longevity?

        Pretty strange sort of ‘productivity and efficiency’ huh? Pretty weird sort of There Is No Alternative?

        Maybe it was all about instant gratification and short-term profits all along after all?