Kapiti Observer : December 8th 2011
6 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 OPINION 135 Kapiti Rd Paraparaumu Ph 04 296 6440 email@example.com Monday - Friday: 7am - 6pm Saturday - Sunday: 8am - 6pm If you find a lower price on an identically stocked product locally we will beat it by 15% If you find the same product cheaper from another Mitre 10 store or Mitre 10 Website well match that price. Excludes trade and special quotes, stock liquidation and commercial quantities. The in- store price may be lower than that advertised. OnGas BOTTLE SWAP BIG ON SUMMER LOW ON PRICE BLACK & DECKER MULTI SANDER 170W ICON PETROL LINE TRIMMER 26CC FULLER 52 PCS TOOL SET GASMATE PORTABLE BBQ 3 STATION SWING SET SKU123805* SKU074164* SKU083508* SKU168487/168486* SKU173487* SKU131677* SOLAR LED STRING LIGHTS SET OF 20PCS DEAL $8998 DEAL $139 DEAL $199 DEAL $229 usually $6999 DEAL $5994 OUTDOOR AND CAMPING RANGE IN STORE NOW KAPITI OWNED AND OPERATED usually $11938 usually $2999 usually $169 BUCKET AND SAND SET 6PCS SKU149172* POINSETTIA 100MM POT DEAL $825 SKU245154* DEAL $999 OFFERS VALID UNTIL SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER. ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST. *LIMITED QUANTITIES. CLAW HAMMER 20OZ 3899890AU DEAL 2 FOR $7998 SKU168853* DEAL 2 FOR $16 EKERS' VIEW Will board pay for business drop? Tony Lloyd (December 1) expressed his support for the proposed autobahn based on a mandate'' for the incumbent. While the cabin boy had an increase over the nearest contender, the number of votes for him decreased by over 1000 -- a factor not to be ignored. If you are the Tony Lloyd from the local community board, I am intrigued to know how your board is going to encourage more business for the local retailers when all the through traffic does not stop and support our local business. Less turnover, less local employment and decreased property values. Or will your board simply make a regular cash payment as compensation? Peter Gibson (December 1) and Peter Muller (December 5) -- we all agree with you that the roading needs to be improved for the good of the local community and the country as a whole. However, you are being badly misled by Kommandant Joyce and his bright new autobahn. There are more efficient, affordable and logical options which we need to be considering. This is the point of groups such as Save Kapiti which you have patently decided to ignore or simply do not understand. Charlie Wilson Waikanae Dogs in cars left to suffer Today I came across two cars parked in the hot sun in different areas of Waikanae -- one car had two dogs in it and the other car had a harnessed dog on the back seat, which could not get out of the sun. In both situations the dogs were distressed -- of course suffering. I have copied this warning for dog owners from the SPCA Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot stuffy car, dogs can't cool down -- leaving a window open or a sunshield on your windscreen won't keep your car cool enough. Dogs die in hot cars''. Come on Kapiti dog owners -- think about your dogs in your car before you do your shopping or go for your latte inside a cool cafe. They are best left at home. Suzanne Saggers Waikanae Accusation of Anti-Greens bias Your paper's recent analysis of polling places continued your biased coverage of the campaign. The Green Party actually won both the polls in Paekakariki. The Green Party also received 21 per cent of the vote in Raumati South and increased in Raumati Beach by 124 votes to achieve 15 per cent. I feel you should pay more attention to this growing number of readers in future. This draws me to your secondary bias and that is -- reporting as if the election was still on a FPP basis. It is good that MMP provides for local representation but the nationwide constituency (party vote) is the only one that now decides how the Parliament is made up and with 12.5 per cent of Mana supporting Green we are ahead of the rest of the country (10.6 per cent) in support. Colin Mackinnon Raumati Beach Jobs the key for Labour comeback TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Since its rejection on election night, renewal has been in the air for the Labour Party. Both candidates vying to replace Phil Goff as party leader have been talking about new directions, changes to the Labour brand and learning from the elec- tion defeat, despite an almost total absence of detail about what those lessons might be. Nor have there been many insights offered into just how Brand Labour can credibly turn itself into a hot, new item of choice among the spin-weary public in Voterland. In this political vacuum, the pundits have been offering their five cents on what needs to be dumped from Labour's recent pol- icy agenda -- ie, virtually every- thing. One Auckland-based analyst, for example, has urged Labour to drop its three campaign pledges: to take GST off fruit and vegetables; raise the retirement age; and bring in a capital gains tax. And while it's at it, apparently it should also abandon its oppo- sition to asset sales and national standards, and embrace welfare reform and private prisons to boot. The logic behind this wholesale surrender is that since voters have just elected a National Party advocating such measures, the only way ahead for the Labour Party would be to offer virtually the same policy bundle. In practice, this would mean Labour not merely adopting a new National Lite-ish image, but also cloning the Key Government's entire agenda. Needless to say, that would be an over-reaction. True, the new Labour leader- ship has to combat the Govern- ment on one flank, but on the other it has a Green Party poised to scoop up any Labourites alienated by a sudden lurch to the right. Fortunately, there is one way forward for Labour's new leader that would be entirely consistent with party traditions. This would involve an unrelent- ing focus on jobs, jobs, jobs. Just as the Greens' identity is grounded in its advocacy for the environment, Labour's raison d'etre has always been work opportunities and better con- ditions for Kiwi battlers, and for the hard-pressed middle class. There is little need to mimic National's current array of poli- cies -- especially when Labour's own polling has shown that many of those policies -- like asset sales -- are far less popular with the public than the personality of National leader, John Key. The realities of a difficult sec- ond term are likely to take the gloss of Key's personal charms more successfully than anything that could be achieved by an abrupt transformation of Labour's shop window. After all, New Zealand is not a contented and complacent society. It is an anxious community under pressure. While critics have called for Labour's new leader to toughen up on welfare, the more fruitful, long- term response would be to offer economic policies that satisfy the need for security on one hand, while promoting a more decent, fairer society on the other. Labour's tradition is uniquely in tune with that approach. It created the welfare safety net which, despite its critics, still forms an important part of the national identity, even within Key's brand of compassionate con- servatism. As they say, oppositions do not win elections in New Zealand -- governments lose them. Labour's new leadership need not carry out wholesale changes to be a viable, decent alternative in 2014 to the politics of business as usual.
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