Boris J knows Exactly how New Zealand came to this #KeyGovernment

“The whole EU system of regulation is so remote and opaque that the super-rich are able to use it to their advantage, to maintain their oligarchic position.”

### telegraph.co.uk 15 May 2016 • 9:20pm
Of course our City fat cats love the EU – it’s why they earn so much
By Boris Johnson
At last year’s Tory Party conference I drew attention to a worrying statistic about the way our society is changing. It is the number of times the salary of the average FTSE100 top executive exceeds that of the average – the average – employee in that company. This multiple appears to be taking off, at an extraordinary, inexplicable and frankly nostril-wrinkling rate.
Plato said no one should earn more than five times anyone else. Well, Plato would have been amazed by the growth in corporate inequality today. In 1980 the multiple was 25. By 1998 it had risen to 47. After 10 years of Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson – and their “intensely relaxed” attitude to getting “filthy rich” – the top executives of big UK firms were earning 120 times the average pay of the shop floor. Last year it was 130 times.
This year – cue a fusillade of champagne corks – the fat cats have broken through the magic 150 barrier. The average FTSE100 CEO is taking home 150 times as much as his or her average employee – and in some cases far more. Let us make no bones about it: these people have so much more money than other people in the same company that they are flying in private jets and building subterranean swimming pools, while many of their employees cannot afford to buy any kind of home at all.
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Boris Johnson [theguardian.com] 1Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (b. 19 Jun 1964) is an English politician, popular historian, and journalist who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015. Johnson previously served as the MP for Henley from 2001 until 2008, and as Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016. A member of the Conservative Party, Johnson considers himself a One Nation Conservative and has been described as a libertarian due to his association with both economically liberal and socially liberal policies. Born in New York City to upper-class English parents, Johnson was educated at the European School of Brussels, Ashdown House School, and Eton College. He studied Classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union in 1986. Beginning his career in journalism at The Times, he later became The Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, with his articles exerting a strong influence on growing Eurosceptic sentiment among the British right-wing.

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 11:22, May 16 2016
Labour leader Andrew Little: PM ‘out of touch’ with families in hardship
By Rosanna Price
Prime Minister John Key has advised families living in garages or in cars to go and see Work and Income. But Labour leader Andrew Little has called that advice “impractical”, saying Key is “out of touch” with these New Zealanders in hardship. Key’s comments come after social housing groups and community workers have called on the government to increase their supply of affordable housing. There have been reports families in Auckland have been forced to rent garages and shipping containers, with the Salvation Army estimating one in ten Auckland garages is used as a home. Social agencies say the number of families living out of their cars has increased.
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42 responses to “Boris J knows Exactly how New Zealand came to this #KeyGovernment

  1. Hype O'Thermia

    “Prime Minister John Key has advised families living in garages or in cars to go and see Work and Income.”
    What a good idea.
    Those people who live in cars are such silly-billies. Fancy not thinking of that solution to their problems!

    And can you believe it – Labour leader Andrew Little saying Key is “out of touch” with these New Zealanders in hardship! Clearly LIttle didn’t know either – go to Work and Income and they’ll get you housed, and what’s more your family won’t go to bed hungry again.

    • Elizabeth

      “Salvation Army estimating one in ten Auckland garages is used as a home.”

      Let in more immigrants that should sort it.

      • ab

        Which of course is in breach of local government minimum standards for a habitable dwelling. Not that such niceties are relevant anymore.

        • Hype O'Thermia

          Imagine how visible the housing crisis would become were all the people evicted from garages “because these aren’t habitable dwellings”! I can’t see political will to enforce “housing standards” while people are out of sight in expensive rented garages

    • Diane Yeldon

      If you told officialdom, like Work and Income, that you were living in a garage, you would risk them telling the local council who would have their health and building inspectors telling you you had to get out. Or even having your children taken away from you because you were considered not to be providing for them properly.

      • Elizabeth

        Correct.

        • Hype O'Thermia

          So you’d be wise not to gamble that the WINZ person you were dealing with was from that small group I described in an earlier post, “Some individuals in WINZ are humane, they make the effort to problem-solve their way through bureaucracy for people in need.”
          Imagine trying to find somewhere to live when you’re chucked out of the garage AND trying to get your kids back from the welfare.

          Beware of people who have good reason to believe they’ve nothing left to lose. Government is building a dangerous society through cruelty and neglect, one person, one family at a time.

  2. Elizabeth

    Mon, 16 May 2016
    ODT: PM’s $3b tax cut pitch ‘irresponsible’
    Labour’s finance spokesman Grant Robertson says Prime Minister John Key is irresponsible to raise the prospect of a $3 billion package of tax cuts after 2017. On Newstalk ZB this morning, Mr Key said National had not ruled out a tax cut programme in 2017 either in the Budget or as part of its election campaign in 2017. […] “The Prime Minister is being reckless and irresponsible. When people are being forced to live in cars and garages, when older New Zealanders are living in pain because they cannot get operations, we are a long way from being able to afford these kinds of election bribes.”

    Source:
    NZ Herald: John Key hints he’ll fight election on $3 billion package tax cuts

  3. Gurglars

    What’s all that got to do with Boris Johnson’s philosophy. Oh for such enlightenment here. The public service wallahs are paid more because they “must” keep parity with private sector salaries. What a load of Compass food (crap) that is.

    The private sector salaries will be cut soonest by commercial reality. No such constraint applies to public servants, Commercial reality for them is spending your hard earned on crazy cycleways instead of health management. Environmental strategies rather than mudtank cleaning and contract maintenance.

    Plato, had it about right, but then his intelligence is remembered some thousands of years since his observations.

    There is no doubt that the lot of intelligent philosophers from the 21st Century will be judged large enough to pile onto the edge of a razor blade. And forgotten at the end of the decade, particularly the climateists.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Plato’s great advantage: “his intelligence is remembered some thousands of years since his observations.” For all we know he also came out with a load of old tosh that never got written down. If the dopey things Dave said and did hadn’t been put on record one after another………..

  4. pb

    Whats wrong with living in the garage? We spent 12 months camping in our garage while the parents house was being built. Perhaps I can claim compensation for my trauma.

  5. Ray

    I think, although I would never vote Nats, that John al la Key is suggesting that some people living in poor conditions are not asking for all that the welfare state can offer them. I do know that it is up to the ‘client’, as WINZ calls them, to be persistent.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Not only persistent but also know *precisely* what they are entitled to. It’s no use going along and telling them what your problem is and trusting they will inform you of your entitlements, unless it is such a 100% standard problem that it’s impossible not to produce the right form to fill in.
      There are no prizes in WINZ for “giving away” money to people who aren’t a perfect fit for the tickbox, no matter how desperate their need, no matter how hard they have tried to look after themselves and not be dependent on the state until their situation just got too hard for them to manage.
      Some individuals in WINZ are humane, they make the effort to problem-solve their way through bureaucracy for people in need. Others are born box-tickers, and some revel in their power to say No.

      • Diane Yeldon

        You have to have a permanent address and a bank account to be able to receive a benefit. You also have to be able to produce something like your birth certificate or other forms of identification like a passport or a driver’s licence. Which you may not have or may not be able to afford to get. And travel backwards and forwards to a WINZ office trying to provide all the paperwork they want. So getting a benefit can be rather like getting a bank loan – the less you need it, the greater your chances of getting it.
        I don’t think there’s a benefit advocacy service here in Dunedin. A great pity because it’s a very steep learning curve for people applying for a benefit for the first time, especially young people.

        • Hype O'Thermia

          I came across this with a woman helping a young man just out of prison. He couldn’t get a benefit without a bank account. He couldn’t get a bank account without various proofs of identity, as Diane outlined. For either WINZ or the bank he needed an identity proof “such as a utility bill” – now oddly enough during his stay at the Milton Hilton the electricity and phone weren’t in his name.
          Same applies to many of unblemished reputation. Lived at home, went flatting, phone and electricity were in another flatmate’s name.

          Ex prisoner can’t get bank account
          so can’t get benefit
          so can’t get rental accommodation –

          Oh dear, who to turn to?

          Good old lightfingered Louis, his sofa, his instant coffee.
          Got to pull your weight though. Do a bit of selling. Stolen goods, drugs…. debt collecting…..

          Why don’t people learn, you’d think once they’d been to prison once they wouldn’t want to do it again, must be such retards!

          Why don’t people learn, you’d think once they noticed how many barriers were put in the way of people getting out of prison with the intention of not going back, they’d change the rules. Must be such retards!

        • ab

          When you say ‘Louis’, do you mean King Louis?

          “You went the wrong way, old King Louis,
          You gave the population hell
          You say the people are revolting
          but Louis
          You’re pretty revolting yourself.
          To King Louis we say ‘Phooey’
          all you said’s a load of hooey
          and Kirsten Dunst should be booing at King Louis herself”.

          Lyrics mostly by Allan Sherman.

        • Diane Yeldon

          Actually, a hobbyhorse of mine, this issue of proving identity, as I am a person without either a driver’s licence or a passport. I’ve used an 18 plus card despite not being a drinker because it’s the only readily accessible ID card with both a signature and a photo – but not all agencies accept it. My understanding of the Privacy Act is that information cannot be used other than for the purpose for which it is collected. So agencies asking for driver’s licences, passports, even gun licences as proof of identity is a kind of stopgap measure, arguably illegal, which makes life difficult for people who don’t have them. Or those who don’t own a home or pay power bills etc. With ‘identity theft’ having become such a issue, about time we had a government issued ID card, probably most simply linked to the IRD number. Most agencies will not accept only a birth certificate. They want three different identity proofs, one of them with a photo. And a birth certificate has written on it: ‘This document is not proof of identity of the person holding it.’ All a bit Kafka-esque.
          I knew of a case where a child changed from the father’s custody in Australia to the mother’s custody in NZ but neither birth certificate nor plane tickets were given to the mother. So although she had the child with her, she had enormous difficulty proving who he was.

        • Elizabeth

          Similarly, I have no passport and no driver’s licence. I use my birth certificate most usually with success (works in a small town like Dunedin where I’m known). Otherwise, use a solicitor to phone vouch your identity or use a local JP.

    • alanbec

      I’m sorry, ‘John Al Lakey’? I knew his brother, Al Acrity, aka ‘Big Al’, a Sicilian gentleman.

  6. Elizabeth

    This from the person who this morning provided the link to Boris Johnson’s article at the post (top of thread):

    “This might be of interest to you. It is a clear view from Boris Johnson. But for me the underlying issue is one of sovereignty – the theft of our democratic political power – the impotence, ignorance and greed of the governing elite and the cynical use of all this by the ‘big boys’. You can see that reflected right here in Dunners – witness the Compass affair – the stupidity of the SDHB and the witless people like Thomson who couldn’t tell a fiat from a ferrari and the sheer hubris of Cull who [cast aspersions] about the management of essential services while pissing about with unnecessary cycle lanes.
    Sheesh.”

  7. Elizabeth

    Garrick Tremain – 17 May 2016

  8. alanbec

    Sharon:

    Gg is for Gregory

    (Dr House, get it?).

  9. ab

    You know, H, this is the sort of social problem once managed by Corso. Sir Robert Muldoon stopped their funding for being too socially just. The muscular, but very old time solution, is to house the homeless in Camps, large reserves, in prefabs and under heavy duty canvas marquees. Not ‘The Maquis’, who are French resistance. The first world veneer is peeling.

    • @ab
      May 17, 2016 at 5:14 pm
      You say, “The first world veneer is peeling”

      How true. When you see so many New Zealand people now living in garages (or worse) and then observe the housing shortage, while the word on the streets says who’s doing the buying as opposed to the official version – then THEN you begin to notice that shabby veneer that you mention. One asks about the ‘drivers’ of house prices. Maybe this helps.

      from Global Property Guide
      Jan 02, 2016 The New Zealand puzzle: low population, high property prices (and high rents)

      Significantly it says:
      One reason for strong house price rises from 2012 to 2014 was the rapid expansion of New Zealand’s economy, which grew by an annual average of 2.9%.
      A second reason was low interest rates.
      A third reason was high immigration.

      Non-residents are generally allowed to buy houses in New Zealand.

      Renting in NZ becoming more common.
      The majority (64 percent) of households is owner-occupied in 2015, meaning the people living in the household own the dwelling with or without a mortgage. A further 32 percent of households rent their dwelling, while 4 percent have their dwelling provided free. The proportion of households who rent their dwelling has increased from 23 percent in 1991. In contrast, the proportion of households who own their dwelling (with or without a mortgage) has decreased from 74 percent in 1991.
      So the picture I get is that fewer and fewer Nzers are owning their own houses, more are renting house prices are rocketing and so is immigration.

      No data on garage, tent or under hedge accommodation – maybe an update will be done next year? Is that where the Kiwis are living?
      Shabby veneer – I think so.

  10. Hype O'Thermia

    Today’s ODT editorial – about St John ambulance funding – ends with this which is relevant every damn second day in Key & Co’s “NZ through the Looking Glass” –
    “There does seem plenty of money for Government priorities, just not enough to support valuable and life-saving services flying below the radar of government attention.” http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/383576/community-support-vital

    The flag referendum cost is seldom now a literal $ number: it has whether stated not become a potent symbol of priority breakdown, in the public mind. Speakers and writers can reliably expect now that when they contrast necessities ignored with ” Government priorities” few NZers will fail to join the dots.

  11. Elizabeth

    Wed, 18 May 2016
    ODT: St John ‘corporate model’ criticised
    St John has enough money to fund another staff member in Dunedin, a former St John paramedic says. Paramedical Consultancy director Graham Roper, of Dunedin, contacted the Otago Daily Times yesterday with concerns about a single-crewed ambulance serving the community. […] Mr Roper believed St John had money to employ extra staff and a “corporate model” being followed by hierarchy was detrimental to the community and St John staff.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Corporate model – yes, I read that. And I wondered when – if – the belief that the corporate model Fits All Sizes will be revised in the face of evidence or if it has embedded itself in a big enough, influential enough sector of society to qualify as a religion, with rates-exempt temples. Not dissimilar in style to conference centres, probably.
      Reagan-Thatcher-Rogernomics were the spawn of Aimee Semple McPherson X Billy Graham. Privatisation was the One True Way – no matter what end result society needed, privatisation was the Way.

      ON YOUR KNEES NOW and let us raise our voices to whatever god(s) or (more improbable given present-day evidence) human capacity for applied sense we believe in:
      Give us this day, before knock-off time, there’s been too much pissing around with false gods, pragmatic leaders. Bestow on them wisdom, compassion and practical knowhow, and lead them not astray from priorities into fads, fancies and beliefs that should be kept for their off-work hours.

      Here endeth this plea but don’t hang up, other members of the congregation want to have a word on the subject too.

      • Simon

        Since the Westpac helicopter appeals, a lot of donation money has gone there to the detriment of St John ambulance appeals.

  12. ab

    Yes, he did, timing not great. It is easier to say St John is the problem and restructuring is needed. It gives the Government and community an ‘out’. Restructure if needs must, but the service should be funded too.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Yup, it’s not either/or. Fund for safe operation of the service while restructuring is carried out.
      Besides, the need to cut back this extra funding might be an incentive to hasten the report-writing and $large per day meetings and consultations.

  13. Calvin Oaten

    There was a time when being corporate simply meant ‘fat’. Hey! nothing’s changed, except now skinny bastards get in as well. Neo Liberalism has certainly stained the face of society. Key’s National are operating under the guise of a semi socialist outfit on a softly softly ‘skin the populace’ agenda. It’s not pretty to watch, even less to be involved. The banksters have been given full rein and they have hi-jacked the whole capitalist system, which left to its own devices meets the market place of willing buyers/sellers. Result. Seriously maladjusted supplies and values of monies, supposedly the measure of society’s wealth. Hence the absurd ratios of property to needs and values. The ‘one per-centers’ get the ‘lollies’ the rest get the picture albeit from a garage, Mum and Dad’s place or the ratchet renters. The only certainty is that it cannot endure. Either common sense will restore the ‘mean’ or there will be revolution, then the one per-centers will see their errors.

    • Diane Yeldon

      No, it’s not sustainable (that word again). But neo-liberalism holds the seeds of its own destruction in its own success, a case of the parasite that foolishly kills its host. At least there are getting to be more and more credible social commentators who can freely argue against it now. Like these two, George Monbiot and Paul Verhaeghe: http://www.monbiot.com/2014/08/05/deviant-and-proud/

      • Diane Yeldon

        Here’s a more recent critique of Neoliberalism from Monbiot, worth reading for those who don’t know the economic and political history of the last 40 years. And also for those (like me ) who do but appreciate it being put into words so well.
        http://gu.com/p/4tbfb/sbl

  14. Elizabeth

    Garrick Tremain – 18 May 2016

  15. alanbec

    I had no truck with that Jean Simmons wannabe at all. What a performance! Distant 1930s rellies were with Mary Baker (‘Pull Yourself Together’) Eddy. Stern. They told Christchurch off. Now, that columned temple is a Chinese Restaurant.

  16. Rob Hamlin

    A friend of mine died suddenly recently of natural causes. The incident was attended by a fully crewed fire engine. One assumes because an ambulance wasn’t available. This type of callout is apparently now routine for such crews. I struggle to see the sense….

  17. Elizabeth

    Garrick Tremain – 21 May 2016

  18. ab

    Getting in some Zzz’s. I don’t intend to make fun of rough living, but here are good autos to live in: Holden Station Wagon, fluffy dice, bench seating and dickey; From a Buick 6. Veteran extremely valuable American. Leather interior, benched seats, armrests; Commercial travellers 2 seat coupe, with retractable roof. Sleep vertically in the open; Ten man morris.

  19. Elizabeth

    Dr Nick Smith said: “The idea that that suddenly happened in May 2016 is a figment of some people’s imagination.”

    Wed, 25 May 2016
    ODT: Housing crisis no figment: agency
    People are sleeping in cars and garages in Dunedin and homelessness is a growing problem in the city, two Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) representatives say. Family Works director Paul Hooper and Family Works practice manager Melanie McNatty were incensed by Housing Minister Nick Smith’s comments, reported yesterday, about the housing crisis.

    • alanbec

      Oh no, it’s a minister, Marie Kirsten Dunst Antoinette, to address you about the housing: ‘Boo! What a hoot! Go Move Shift. We will give youse, oh, 10 × dixieme francs to go aux provences. They have belle gateaux. No pain, but (no bread)’

  20. Gurglars

    The major problem with the New Zealand economy is not the Auckland housing bubble, but the inanity that the governments elected, both Labour and National, allow the Australian owned controlling banks to invest such vast parts of their portfolios in residential housing which satisfies the greed of the citizenry, but does not add one iota of value to the New Zealand economy, except for Fletchers and a few dodgy builders. If the banks, Australian owned, Kiwibank, the Credit Unions, and the regional banks TSB and SSB, were all forced to fund at least an initial 50% of their loan offerings on the basis of 25% in Large and Medium scale business and 25% in small business, and none into Local government, the New Zealand economy would immediately switch smarties away from land and buildings into second generation processing, job creation and business profits.

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