Media watch – Friday

23 March 2018

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  1. PDB

     /  March 23, 2018

    Comments on this article are interesting and overwhelming negative….

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/102507145/minister-for-women-julie-anne-genter-says-old-white-men-should-move-on-from-company-boards

    “Women’s Minister Julie Anne Genter says old white men need to “move on” from company boards to help close the gender pay gap.

    Speaking to students at Christchurch’s Cobham Intermediate School on Thursday, Genter said the private sector needed to address the low level of female representation on New Zealand company boards if more businesses were to be led by women.

    About 85 per cent of board members were male, and many were “old white men in their 60s”.
    “Some of them need to move on and allow for diversity and new talent,” she said, later clarifying she had “no problem with old white men” on company boards generally.”

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 23, 2018

      Negative about the article or about what Genter said? I’d go with the former …

      Speaking of mediamania … Stuff reports ““Women’s Minister Julie Anne Genter says old white men need to “move on” from company boards to help close the gender pay gap” …

      Julie Anne Genter ACTUALLY says is “SOME of them need to move on and allow for diversity and new talent,” and that she has “no problem with old white men” on company boards generally.”

      Who was she speaking to!?

      Oh FFS! ” … students at Christchurch’s Cobham Intermediate School”

      Why was the media even there? I guess perhaps they were invited?

      So … the media are after her … along with, I dare say, many of the commenters …

      There goes that theory of the media blindly supporting the Labour-led coalition. Mind you, that theory was already like a Flying Fortress bomber, shot to pieces, limping home on one engine …

      • PDB

         /  March 23, 2018

        She is quoted as saying this: some ““old white men in their 60s” should “move on”. How many old white men in their 60’s sit on boards? She doesn’t say. Why pick on this demographic? Why not all men of all ages that sit on boards? Is she saying some of this particular group must “move on” because they are old? or white? or male? Are old non-white men in their 60’s ok to be on boards by her?

        This is just a continuation on a recent world-wide liberal theme.

        • David

           /  March 23, 2018

          “She is quoted as saying this: some ““old white men in their 60s” should “move on”. ”

          Would she be happy with them being replaced by “old, white men in their 50’s”?

          • PartisanZ

             /  March 23, 2018

            I think what people are trying to get at and articulating by various degrees ineffectually – Genter – or stupidly – Jones – is the staidness of systemic ‘neoliberal’ orthodoxy … which is widely accepted now as having failed to some considerable extent … and it’s commensurate resistance to change …

            Neoliberalism including austere Welfare has dug itself a trench as deep as any Rob Muldoon once found himself bogged down in. An ‘adjustment’ is required. Change is in the wind … We, collectively, have got to consider our ‘succession plan’ …

            Remember, its not called neoliberalism for nothing. It is in itself a product of ‘world wide’ liberalism … another name for ‘globalization’? Indeed, once upon a time neoliberalism was ‘radical’ …

            Herein lies the nub of the problem IMHO … this labelling of Left and Right … the insane idea that leaving things as they are in a world of exponential innovation and change can possibly be a useful response to exponential innovation and change …

            We want our young women to be educated that they can do anything … change the world … question things … assert themselves … exercise their creativity … but we don’t want them to hear about “old white men” making way for them … and old white men evidently don’t want to make way for them …

            Notwithstanding all that, Genter was speaking to an audience of Intermediate School students FFS! Perhaps, as Jonesy targeted his language at ‘the common man’ so Genter targeted hers’ at ‘the modern, impressionable-age young woman’?

            Has she done any harm?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 23, 2018

              If you want more women on Boards women should start more successful companies. Simple as that. The rest is bureaucracy and some figurehead seat warmers I suspect.

            • PDB

               /  March 23, 2018

              PZ: “Notwithstanding all that, Genter was speaking to an audience of Intermediate School students FFS!”

              So it’s alright to tell these young people that old white men in their 60’s should be moved on simply because they are old and white?

            • PartisanZ

               /  March 23, 2018

              No, she didn’t tell them that PDB, did she?

              She said ” “SOME of them need to move on and allow for diversity and new talent”. That’s a very different thing from your “that old men in their 60s should be moved on” …

              If that’s the lingo the young people understand … Yes, its okay in this case. That won’t always be the case … But Yes, within reason …

              Mike King isn’t touring the country on his teen suicide mission talking “proper Queen’s English” … and by the time some of those young people are ready to take positions on boards, the current crop of “old white men” will have been succeeded, hopefully by greater “diversity and new talent” …

          • Blazer

             /  March 23, 2018

            beware of bald white men with dutch accents on $8.2 million a… year!

      • sorethumb

         /  March 23, 2018

        Thanks, it is an inflammatory headline, which is frustrating.

        tus cant have ones cake eat it!
        JAG is a product of post modernist/ blank slatist/ biology desn’t materist hairy legged feminism.

    • David

       /  March 23, 2018

      She manages to be ageist, racist and sexist all in one sentence. Quite an impressive achievement.

      • PDB

         /  March 23, 2018

        Those old white men in their 60’s all hate the environment as well. Surprised she didn’t go as far as calling them all out as kiddy-fiddlers as well.

      • Corky

         /  March 23, 2018

        She should be encouraged, along with those who support her. The toxic overload this governments generating is building. All grist for the mill. I must say the cameo comments by Jonsey and Genter is mana from heaven. Socialists…they just can’t help themselves.

  2. Blazer

     /  March 23, 2018

    alot of them are useless old white men,devoid of any talent and owe their positions to cronyism and being in …the ‘right clubs’.

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 23, 2018

      Realistically, how many ‘Members of the Board’ are not members of ‘The Board’, ‘The Lodge’ and ‘The Club’?

      They are overwhelmingly ‘Old White Men’ because it’s an Old White Men’s Lodge and their role in society is to safeguard and defend the bastions of White Male Dominance …

      … especially against foolhardy youthful creativity, alternative philosophies, ideologies and approaches – like social equity and responsibility – almost any expression of spontaneity and, perhaps above all else, against femininity … against the feminine/feminine XX in women … and against the possible ‘outbreak’ of the feminine/masculine XY in themselves …

      This would not do!

    • Traveller

       /  March 23, 2018

      You’re surely kidding! People are in business to turn a profit and add value, not give their “ club” mates jobs.

      What a business needs a board to bring to that table is a range of experience. Guess who has that? Older people and not ageist, sexist bigots like JAG

      • PartisanZ

         /  March 23, 2018

        Funny then that the “jobs” are all filled by “club mates” isn’t it?

  3. chrism56

     /  March 23, 2018

    You mean that in their place, they could appoint really competent women directors like Teresa Gatting or Jenny Shipley?

    • Blazer

       /  March 23, 2018

      flops gallery….Norris,Spering,Dick Smith board,Feltex board,Cushing,Fletcher,Trotter,Deans.

      • PartisanZ

         /  March 23, 2018

        Murray McCully onto the board of Far North Holdings – “the commercial trading and asset management arm of Far North District Council” – recipient so far of all of the Provincial Growth Fund dollars for the Far North …

        In other words … The Gate Keepers …

        Thankfully we have Councillors, notably Cr Dave (Bear) Hookway asking penetrating questions about who will ultimately benefit from this scheme and these projects …

        Bizarrely he mentions “the old boys network” …

        It’s a healthy dichotomy I reckon. There are definitely potential benefits but the money needs to be carefully watched … along with the social and environmental outcomes …

  4. I’m not sure Twyford understands how business works. Costs are generally recovered one way or another.

    • Blazer

       /  March 23, 2018

      I’m sure he does.Every party including National supports… this.

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 23, 2018

      And more common sense – Wealth Tax …

      “A 2% annual tax on financial wealth is a small price to pay for the great fortunes bestowed on the most fortunate Americans. (Remember: Just five men own almost as much wealth as half the world’s population.) … Careful analysis reveals a number of excellent arguments for the implementation of a Universal Basic Income (UBI).”

      ‘A 2% Financial Wealth Tax Could Provide a $12,000 Annual Income to Every American Household’ – Wakeup World

      https://wakeup-world.com/2018/03/23/a-2-financial-wealth-tax-could-provide-a-12000-annual-income-to-every-american-household/

      And Financial Transactions Tax …

      http://morganfoundation.org.nz/financial-transactions-tax-silver-bullet/

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 23, 2018

      “The 2011 Savings Working Group recommended that interest income and expenses be inflation-indexed for tax purposes. It is a recommendation the Cullen review might want to consider.” – Herald article cited above by Blazer …

      A 2011 Savings Working Group! Gee, and look at this! A 2009 – 10 Victoria University Tax Working Group –

      https://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacl/centres-and-institutes/cagtr/twg

      So … Yeah … The much less independent Cullen TWG “might want to consider it” along with everything else already considered and reported upon by the VUW TWG or, alternatively, they might want to “pass it on” to the next Tax Working Group in say 2021 – 22 …

      The only entertainment value in this *UTTER CRAP* is watching the ‘establishment’ – running scared – fight with all its power to resist any form of Wealth or Asset Tax, Financial Transactions Tax, Cannabis Law Reform tax revenue and UBI …

  5. Zedd

     /  March 23, 2018

    I see in the news that the teenage Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi (& her mum) have been sentenced to 8 months in jail for slapping & kicking an Israeli soldier.. maybe they were lucky she didnt have a AK47 ?!

    Could be another ‘politician in the making’.. she certainly had at least 15 minutes of fame already.. 🙂

  6. sorethumb

     /  March 23, 2018

    I’m wondering what the effect will be of using te Reo on RNZ
    1. is an abuse of power. It is rather like painting a room we all own without asking.
    2. It could mark them (journalists) and us even more at a time when they are amongst the least trusted. Like priests using Latin.
    3. People will also look outside this social space and discern that there are a lot of Chinese speakers in Aotearoa.
    4. Do you speak te reo? In/Out of anything to do with the public service or corporate world (they who rely on government policy)
    5. They have already claimed there is a “huge demand” (= not enough night classes (x) for those wanting to learn (a) out of a total population (P). Both (x) and (a) could be tiny relative to P?