Maori blokes who send their missus to the medics for a diagnosis might help explain the lifespan stats

November 8, 2011

You're kidding me - right? - when you say your testicles have swollen.

It’s always the bloody system that it’s fault, when those who demand special efforts to improve Maori health standards are banging on about what needs doing.

The remedies they recommend invariably call for big lumps of public money to be pumped into health services to be delivered by Maori for Maori.

What about sick people who prefer to steer clear of doctors who can treat them?

No, let’s not blame them. We’ve gotta blame the system.

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Super – the PM’s pledge on pensions

March 12, 2009

There has been a great deal of wailing about the Government’s reviewing its contributions to the Superannuation Fund in this year’s Budget. But hey – what are fiscally responsible leaders supposed to do, when the borrowing burden becomes bothersome and big deficits are projected for several years?

We should listen to the Retirement Commissioner, Diana Crossan. Sure, she reluctantly accepts that the Government will put less money into the Superannuation Fund. But as she told Radio New Zealand
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Goodwin and a bank’s bad losses

February 27, 2009

Banking is a good game to be in, if you are unsure about whether you will be good at it.

Even if the bank you are running fails – or falters, but is rescued by taxpayers – you stand to do quite nicely, thank you. In Britain, anyway (and reports from the US show it is true there, too).

The Royal Bank of Scotland has just announced the largest annual loss in British corporate history.

Bailed out by the government last year, it has reported a 2008 loss of £24.1bn.

It says it will put £325bn of “toxic assets” (Alf loves the language of high finance) into a scheme that offers insurance for any future losses.

So who was in charge when the bank was racing to the cliff edge?
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