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Paying For Covid-19 - A One-Off Covid Levy On The Rich

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Right now the Labour Party will be sitting in dark rooms rubbing their sticky sanitised mitts over Zoom dreaming up stupid ways to make all of your lives hell with complex, lengthy and ultimately unnecessary taxes. I have a far superior idea.     A one-off Covid Levy on the mega rich. Considering my background in the area of asset protection and tax minimisation and legalised avoidance I immediately qualify above everyone without such a background in political policy as an "expert".  Definitely the hapless Deborah Russell.  I am also extremely right-wing and capitalist so as I am suggesting this it becomes doubly worthy. After all you have listened to anyone calling themselves a scientist, virologist, or Epidemiologist that suits "end of days" narratives and predictions of 80,000 deaths.  Hell yes New Zealand is now so tolerant of "experts" you hang off the words of a political activist with pink hair. So humour me. It is brutal howeve

Ardern Admits You Have "Eliminated" Covid-19, So Why Level 3?

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As I have been harping on now for several weeks, the Coronavirus Coalition are not even following their own materials with respect to the "fight" against Covid-19. Today the Prime Minister admitted you have eliminated Covid-19 "currently". Asked if Covid-19 had now been eliminated, Ardern said: "Currently." She added that the number of new cases may well reach zero but then be followed by a small number of cases popping up again. "That doesn't mean we have failed. It just means we're in a position ... to have very aggressive management of those cases and keep those numbers low and fading out again."  Well Prime Minister why the "for now" and why the hell is the country not ripping the chart up completely and carrying on with life? You cannot be pregnant "for now" and not have it mean you are pregnant. You either are or you are not and if you are then congratulations. Of course in nine months you will

The Reality Of Your Everyday Living Bites With Covid-19 - A Push For Inflation

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In a piece that the luvvie hospitality industry online are going goo-goo over, Sophie Gilmour has just put it out there that the New Zealand hospitality industry post-Covid isolation need to - wait for it: Put up prices! I trust the industry colleagues are all hitting "like" hoping she bravely goes first and they can snigger at the reaction of their regulars who are  currently adoring. This is because they have illusions that they will all have the same disposable incomes and jobs to go back to work on. Everyone is making an effort to "be kind" in the bubble. My proposed solution? We need to reopen the profit margin that we have allowed to close by putting our menu prices up now .  If Jacinda’s team of five million can stamp out coronavirus, then I’m confident the hospitality industry can reclaim its margin together. We have more than 100,000 food outlets in New Zealand, and with sustainable margins, it’s a big contributor to our economy.  Let’s reins

Most "Essential Workers" Now Completely Expendable

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The problem with creating temporary State monopolies of supply based on a select few who could work under level 4 was a false sense of security and importance in those workers.  Reality is about to hit them hard. Supermarkets gave their workers a bonus for working under level 4 conditions.  Fair enough.  I would think workers were pretty happy with that.  They were able to go to work and had an inflated sense of their importance in society over others because of it, the chest pumping, being thanked by the PM.   I say "inflated" because now level 3 is dawning they are having that bonus taken away.   As with it their temporary superstar status in society of being special. First Union, which represents workers at New Zealand supermarkets, called it "a backwards step" and said "supermarkets workers are understandably angry and feeling pretty crushed. "Workers are risking their safety, often for poverty wages, so that the rest of us can stay

Free June!!!!

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I have finally found one redeeming feature about Golriz Ghahraman. Her cat. Free me from this bloody torture June please blink to be rescued Apparently she is writing a memoir, hopefully that signals a pending retirement from politics. With her unique perspective on her very short career I wonder what section of the library it will be in - fiction, non-fiction or a special one - fantasy? In this piece she manages to write even her time in lockdown as she already is a victim.   It is just a shame she does not feel the same way about animals as she does refugees.  While I love the cat, wouldn't a true humanitarian who cares about the vulnerable, homeless and downtrodden have not spent thousands of dollars on a breed cat and simply popped down to the SPCA and got a stray?

NZ Hospitality Asking The Wrong Questions Of Jacinda Ardern

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I have great sympathy for hospitality in this crazy time.  My AMEX bill has never in my life been smaller so part of me is at least relieved.  However until normal transmission can resume, The Coronavirus Coalition and Jacinda Ardern are ruining their lives and in a lot of cases, years of endeavour building their businesses.   Many will not survive and yes that is not fair considering right now as New Zealand has, as I have opined "eliminated" Covid-19 by a WHO definition already, shut its borders to dirty infected foreigners, and there is no valid reason whatsoever why they cannot continue as normal now.  Level 3 is a nonsense, in New Zealand you have next to no chance of catching Covid-19 right now.  Get on with it. Under the "Level 4 with KFC  3" next week, some restaurants will be re-opening for takeaways and delivery.  Many have already been quick to claim they are "innovating" and re-packaging their meat and vegetables from suppliers

Billionaire Bunkers And Boltholes - Is That All You Got?

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I sure hope not. In a vacuum of news and challenged to put up some fresh ideas to get New Zealand moving, it appears the immediate starter for 10 has to be - guess what - wrap up old ideas with sprinkles and give it another whirl. First we had Troy Bowker rehashing the Investor Plus scheme that I wrote about last week.  It was essentially repackaged with a $50m price tag.  They couldn't sell it at $10m for various reasons I outlined, what is going to change now? Next we have Rod Drury talking up "boltholes" and billionaire bunkers to San Francisco style doomsday weirdos on Thursday at a Parliamentary Select Committee.   Drury says his ideas are for the second wave of recovery, following what has to be done immediately. One of them is loosening foreign investment rules to let billionaires purchase plots of land in key areas such as the Hawke's Bay, Queenstown and Northland, in order to stimulate the local economies.  Drury reckoned if 1,000

New Zealand Has Already Eliminated Covid-19 According to WHO Guidelines

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Today Jacinda Ardern's PR people got very cute with semantics via her puppetmaster speechwriter and came up with this piece of prose: In short, the effort of our team of 5 million has broken the chain of transmission and taken a quantum leap forward in our goal to eliminate the virus. Elimination doesn't mean zero cases, it means zero tolerance for cases. It means when a case emerges, and it will, we test, we contact trace, we isolate, and we do that every single time with the ambition that when we see COVID-19, we eliminate it. That is how we will keep our transmission rate under 1, and it is how we will keep succeeding. Only it does not mean a vibe "zero tolerance" .  WHO has a definition best explained in their own e-learning material here New Zealand cannot eradicate Covid-19 because it does not control the world, smallpox is the only disease that has been successfully eradicated according to WHO.  New Zealand can by closing its borders and em

The Cracks In The Coronavirus Coalition

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As predicted, Winston Peters was always going to set his own course in the timing of letting you all out of the vegetative state that you have been placed in. Today he earned these headlines. Winston Peters is not a dumb man, quite the opposite.   He realises that Jacinda Ardern and the rest of the Coronavirus Coalition are on a hiding to nothing this week in making the much awaited "decision".  He is willing to upset his elderly supporters to do so as he can spin anything to his advantage at a later date. In any instance, who said that the elderly like being locked up all day? On their own, or living with relatives or in rest homes? Without the benefit we all do of being computer literate enough to be online?  Winston Peters gets this.  Many are in their twilight years and wish to enjoy the last bit of freedom they may have before the inevitable anyway.  They miss their friends, their card games, the gardening, a walk with a stroller. "In other words

The National Party Already Have Their 2020 Campaign Advertisements

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Our dear friend Martyn "Bomber" Bradbury has given the National Party all the campaign tools they need with this excellent post outlining the most politically unsaleable far-left agenda imaginable. This one from Lynn Prentice wants us to believe that the country will never be free as there will never be a vaccine and therefore be locked forever in a bubble in New Zealand. Now all we need is for the National Party creatives to turn it into a campaign advertisement series.... Look, I’ll even draw up an agenda so you can’t fuck it up.  Agenda: NZ economy until a vaccine is ready  Mass State Housing Rebuild – The only way to force slumlord landlords to upgrade their slums is remove the desperation of the market. 30 000 new state houses would do that and create mass jobs while upgrading the entire housing stock.  Mass mixed forest replanting – we need this for climate change and mixed tree planting would create huge new jobs.  Ministry of Works – It’s time to

The Prime Minister Needs To Front Up And Tell You That Your Are Dreaming

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An Horizon survey of more than 1,000 New Zealanders has spat out the results of their travel plans in the six months after lockdown ends. Eight per cent of people polled said they plan to holiday internationally within half a year of lockdown ending if permitted, indicating 284,000 may do so .  Nineteen per cent said they would take a domestic flight if permitted, while nine per cent said they would board an international flight.     Hmm, so extrapolating that 8% would mean 284,000 New Zealanders think that they can travel overseas by (or from the survey is not that clear) October 2020 and presumably quarantine for 14 days when back? How about the small fact recreational inter-regional travel cannot actually take place til New Zealand drops down to level 1. Travel within a region, and even regional holidays, will be permitted under Alert Level 2, but Kiwis are urged to avoid non-essential inter-regional travel.  Recreational inter-regional travel won't be allowed u

Why America Doesn't Have To Worry About Trump's Plans

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America has put out a three phase plan for getting back into living. All the sooky liberals want everyone else to stay inside their tiny homes, while they hide in their million dollar mansions in LA and the Hamptons afraid of death.  They have abused Trump for wanting to get back to a normal because they're a bit afraid because someone they know who knows someone famous, has died of old age, obesity, high living Covid-19 related illnesses. Naturally I care most about bars and restaurants, gyms and sports events.  So skip through to phase 3 with the lowest restrictions.  It is not until phase 3 that "vulnerable individuals" can even think of going out but they have to physically distance which of course is impossible in restaurants and especially bars where you have to stand up or be on a leaners. 36% of American adults are obese alone, add in others with underlying health conditions and you are probably looking at more than half the population unab

Covid-19 And The Hidden Tax Residency Trap For Expat Kiwis and Aussies (And Visitors)

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Remember this in March: When I suspect people are lying to me about their true tax residency I ask a very simple question - "Where is your most expensive car?".  It is a fair indication of where they really live and probably are liable to be taxed. Now thanks to the past month there is another test that is a far more accurate measure: "During Covid-19 - where did you isolate?" Because for revenue departments around the world this surely most now be the best permanent place of abode test available if they have this as part of their test of tax residency.  Here are the New Zealand and Australian tests. Thousands of New Zealand and Australian expats up-sticks and took their families "home" to "relative safety" of their nations of birth.  Personally I found the rush back unseemly when you have not lived in New Zealand for years.  Many part-time New Zealanders from America, China and the UK did the same and jumped on in

Why The World's Mega-Rich Will Not Pay $50 Million For A NZ "Passport"

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A businessman called Troy Bowker seems like a great member of the VRWC, vast right wing conspiracy and fine bloke.   He has in the past been accused of such deeds of paying to attempt for Stuart Nash to be a break-away party leader via an intermediary the left believe to be Voldamort.  Bowker has recently put forward an idea that a compliant journalist has rather curiously propagated . 2,000 rich people put in $50m for businesses creating jobs in New Zealand and in return get a pathway to a New Zealand passport. You are not only absolutely dreaming if you think New Zealand can raise a Dr Evil $100,000,000,000, you are very out of touch with how the World's Mega-rich think they should be able to live and what they get for their money.  Bowker will not be out of touch at all, so he is here just having a lend to see how this will run as he spends time wasted on his couch during the lockdown dreaming up ways for capital for his funds.   We are not here talking about att