Wednesday, April 16, 2008
But why the fuck would anyone think that pro rugby players need a tax break to remain in the country? Any rugby player who doesn't take the opportunity to play overseas in a numb-nuts (I obviously WON'T be revealing by true identity anytime soon).
I'm a pro accountant. I took the opportunity to account overseas. I am a different person because of it. Better, I hope.
Rugby opens doors for players who can come from any walk of life. They need to be encouraged to walk through some of those doors, not discouraged.
Unlike doctors, when a great rugby player steps aside/heads overseas, there is an eager youngster prepared (maybe "ready" is too strong a word) to step into his boots.
The same cannot be said for doctors: once a doctor is lost to NZ, we have to pinch another from an even poorer country than ours (or hope a British doctor comes for a holiday) otherwise there is only an administrator or cleaner to step up to the mark.
No, ALL fucking NZers need a tax break to encourage us to stay/come back, Mr Moffett, not just pro rugby players. This was on National State Radio this morning, so no link, can't find it on stuff or NZH.
Apparently Ireland has something in place. Good for them. They also have taxpayer funded EU nonsense money to pay for it, too, no doubt.
Related from Herald (no mention of Moffett or tax-breaks):
Poor France, once a fine country with fine traditions. Now it is attacked from within.
Why can't racial slurs just be dealt with by ridicule?
"I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts," is the comment that is at issue.
I'm not sure that she wasn't talking about socialist gummints...
Monday, April 7, 2008
CHINA INFRASTRUCTURE FIRMS EYE VECTOR'S ASSETS
China's State Grid Corporation and Hong Kong's Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings are eyeing bids for Vector's Wellington electricity network, reports the South China Morning Post. State Grid would lodge a bid later this week, reports the newspaper. Cheung Kong Infrastructure is Hong Kong's largest listed infrastructure company.
(from the Independent 07/04/08)
Sunday, April 6, 2008
"Progressive governance conference 2008. An inclusive globalisation: promoting prosperity for all"
Unbelievably, delegates at the conference's plush Grove Hotel just laughed and clapped as the Chilean finance minister talked about the "poetic justice" of the subprime crisis. What planet are these people on? Millions of people around the world are losing their homes and they laugh?
How. Very. Inclusive. (Nicely paid for by the British Taxpayer, at a time when every household in Britain is already saddled with GBP74k in government debt.)
Socialists don't want the hoi poloi to aspire to home ownership (especially as there is a strong correlation between homeownership and voting blue). That want you to be clients of a benevolant state that provides housing for everyone. Of course the pigs (politicians) will get the apples and milk (diesel BMW limos, Kelburn mansions), whilst you and I can make do with one- or two-bedroomed apartments built on poorly rehabilated waste sites.