National Leader Christopher Luxon and Representative Chris Bishop. Photo/Mark Mitchell
Christopher Luxon descends to the slightest irony; Worse than kissing a kid in a politician’s ritual (if it’s still allowed) to become a low-paid McDonald’s worker for a day.
He tells us his party’s stance against fair pay
Everything we want to know. Apparently it will be reversed if he takes office. Is this what people want? A two-tiered society? Guess who won’t be seen dead at McDonald’s after the election?
Steve Russell, Hillcrest
Crocodile tears National
It’s a bit rich for Chris Bishop, a national housing spokesman, to point the accusing finger at Labor over the growing length of the social housing waiting list. When National was in office, they didn’t add any new social homes, but they actually reduced the number of dwellings by selling many of them. This has left people living in cars unable to afford or get rent. Business has responded to stock increases as quickly as possible but meeting the need for social housing takes time. Housing people in motels is far from ideal, but it trumps sleeping in cars while waiting and the Covid virus has exacerbated the situation. It is not necessary for National to adopt some high ethical principles on this matter. Save us crocodile tears.
Diana Walford, Greenlane
Graffiti in Auckland
There seems to be a lot more graffiti around Auckland than there was six months ago. Of particular concern is its appearance on the walls and buildings that were hitherto devoid of it. Unless the authorities move quickly to remove it now, it will become normal and spread.
R Porteus, Balmoral
Blakely’s stance is impressive
Reading the article in Reset (October 30), I vividly remember being impressed that Teuila Blakely openly confronted predetermined opposing attitudes toward female sexuality compared to males. I regret that I failed to write this letter at the time.
Janet O’Sullivan, Avondale
Toxic attacks sick
She is sick and tired of Chanel Lal’s constant and venomous attacks on Pakiha’s men. They use the example of Sam Uffindell to discredit all forms of “whiteness” and “masculinity”.
They should adhere to specific examples of wrongdoing but not use them to depict a group of people, the vast majority of whom are decent and law-abiding citizens.
Peter Brooks, Mayrangi Bay
Get off your horse
George Williams of Wangamata (Letters, Oct 30) may want to re-read my post where I mention: “There are those who are just the opposite and should be rewarded for their due diligence.” Again, we have someone who only sees what they want to see and not read the whole story. Get off your high horse in Wanga and look across the Waikato River in Aka Aka where there is a fine example of a farmer doing his best to repair the land and waterway. What do you not understand about the fact that I witnessed this destruction of land and waterways for nothing but profit? If you ruin your position for profit, you have to pay compensation with the same profits, end of story. I want clean rivers and lakes ASAP in 100 years.
J McCormick, Gisborne
Car owners help thieves
Ram Raiders are using stolen vehicles. The cars used are the ones that can be operated easily and the models in question are well known to their owners.
Steering wheel locks are cheap, effective, and work. Certainly cheaper for the government to supply than the cost of the columns.
Owners of these cars, which are often parked on public roads without any security equipment, should certainly be aware that they are indirectly supplying burglary tools.
Vince West, Milford
Tax increases will increase costs
In response to George Williams (HoS, Oct 30) arguing that an emissions tax would not increase the price of meat.
I can only respond by saying that the tax affects all the people who have to pay it, including farmers.
If, as George Williams argues, an emission tax will not increase the cost of food, how does he explain the 25 centimeter drop in petrol cost when road user fees were removed in New Zealand earlier this year?
Looking ahead, the cost of gasoline will almost certainly rise by the same amount when road user tolls are reinstated on January 23.
This actually happened in the UK when Boris Johnson scrapped stamp duty on home sales due to Covid. Home prices fell—as intended—but immediately rose when the tax was fully reintroduced about a year later.
George Williams should know that any increase in taxes, or the introduction of a new tax, will always increase costs.
Any tax also reduces the incentive to work – the higher or more unfair it is, the less likely a person will want to work.
This makes it possible for farmers to convert dairy or sheep farms to other forms of income such as pine forests and not pay emissions tax.
Because of this, demand will exceed supply, and the cost of beef and sheep will rise.
Good luck with cheaper meats in the future, George.
Michael Walker, Block House Bay
It’s time to arm the police officers
Incredibly brave and spontaneous direct action is still fresh in our collective memory very quickly by the notable “Country Scouts” who chased and captured the Christchurch terrorist.
With that in mind, it amazes me that, as reported in the Herald on Sunday, October 30, the police in the town of Waikato who had arrived at the scene of a great ram raid, were dispatched as swiftly as frightening rabbits to hide in their patrol. The car while the low-life offenders tried to do random hits and runs. The article stated that the police remained in their car and did not intervene during the theft as the criminals cheerfully loaded two cars with stolen electronic devices and fled the scene.
The official police statement mentions this lean measure as “part of the threat assessment methodology,” and the usual PR line “to conduct an investigation and the following investigative lines to hold perpetrators accountable.” I’m sure I wouldn’t hold my breath on that person holding any fruit.
Missing terminology in PR was the often used language of “we are disappointed by the actions of the perpetrators”. excuse me
We should be the laughingstock of the world. If this isn’t a strong enough case, finally, to arm all police officers, I don’t know what is.
Peter Cook, Linfield
Simple No to Mining Plans
No mining on public conservation land. end of story!
Bruce Top, Devonport
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