CROSSROADS AT FAIRFAX

The following newspaper headline recently caught my eye: ‘Fairfax plans further editorial restructuring as part of digital news focus’ [Dominion Post Business Section of Friday 29 May 2015]. It is yet more evidence that the Fairfax Group, which runs the Dominion Post, is at sixes and sevens in red ink in terms of its print-digital strategy - being very much a laggard rather than a leader in moving to:

... ‘digital-first, socially driven newsrooms that are structured to produce quality journalism for different audiences and across platforms - an exciting structure geared towards building a dynamic, responsive newsroom’ providing ‘an entirely different way of operating that puts our journalists even closer to the communities they cover’.

KIWIS GIVE KANGAROOS A TROUNCING

The 2015 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook Rankings have just been released. They are good news for New Zealand and bad news for Australia.

NZ LABOUR - A SHAMBLES WAITING TO SHATTER?

I have always picked Vernon Small, the NZ International Chess Master and Dominion Post Political Pundit, as both a sly, insightful commentator on NZ Labour Party Strategy and a former rampant and loyal supporter of the Shadow Minister of Finance Grant Robertson.

So I read the spoors of the Dominion Post carefully for clues as to how the Labour / Press Gallery Inner Circle is tracking.

KEY OPENS FEW DOORS FOR THE DISADVANTAGED

See:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/these-are-the-ten-most-unequal-developed-countries-in-the-world-10267862.html

and links to tables at:

http://www.oecd.org/social/income-distribution-database.htm

Diddly-swat difference?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/68772652/key-were-first-to-raise-benefits-in-43-years

LAMB WITH WOLF’S HABITS

If you have experience of farming in the UK, it is fascinating to visit New Zealand farms and compare notes. One thing that much surprised me was the ‘Deady Hole’. A Deady Hole is a deep well or pit that into which the corpses of dead lambs are thrown – there sometimes being hundreds of these during an inclement Spring on New Zealand’s extensively managed pastures where ewes lamb in the open.

A DECADE LOST IN RE-ESTABLISHING IRAQI MILITARY CAPABILITY

Having gone to some trouble to research and write on the US Military’s Involvement in Iraq post-2003, in my article of 23rd April 2015, ‘Losing Iraq: Emma Sky's book 'The Unravelling' - an extended review’, I am keeping up with new writing on the issue.

INHUMANITY AND ABUSE

I should make some explanatory comments about my previous post ‘Results for Elizabeth Parker’, in which I draw from James Boswell’s London Journal (1762-63]:

http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2015/05/results-for-elizabeth-parker.html

I posted the article for two reasons. The first is for plain humanity.

Friday 25 March 1763

Erskine breakfasted with me. We parted in the forenoon, and I sauntered up and down the streets rather out of spirits. I drank tea at Sheridan’s [Thomas Sheridan, playwright], where was Old Victor [Benjamin Victor, theatrical manager].

We disputed much about systems of government. Sheridan stood up for the monarchy, and Victor mumbled some stuff in favour of a republic.

REPUTATION UP IN SMOKE

I have noticed continued and accumulating interest online in my posts of:

31st July 2014 ‘Wellington City Council Debt – Slippery Lavery’

http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2014/07/wellington-city-council-debt-slippery.html

and

17th February 2015 ‘Slippery Lavery and the $300 Million WCC Slush Fund’

http://kjohnsonnz.blogspot.co.nz/2015/02/slippery-lavery-and-300-million-wcc.html

I think it essential then to bring to the attention of my readers an article – which has
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