Not that I'm the unsympathetic sort...
Auckland City Mission notes 20% increase in food parcels this year citing families' worsening financial fortunes. Auckland - isn't that mainly red on the electoral map?* Remind those Labour voters that under a Brash govt, they'd likely be paying ONLY 19% of their wages instead of 33% - just imagine how sweet that extra cash would be right now...
* Blatant Hypocrisy Note: Acknowledgment that I, too, am also citizen of a (beautiful, but) Solidly Red City here in WellingTown - although technically 'purple' since I reside in Revenue Minister's patch. Actually, since I'm on the Maori Roll, in the very Labour Te Tai Tonga electorate, I guess that makes me a pinko, too, by association! Drats!
The best gift ever
I'm hoping, despite all raging ethical arguments, our first Kiwi PGD pregnant mum gets her long cherished wish fulfilled and delivers a healthy, happy child. The case sounds more of an IVF-type procedure than conceited attempt at genetically designing babies IMHO. Good luck, mum!
Doctor requiring gonad transplant
Royal Air Force medic & national embarrassment to be court martialed for chickening out of duty in Iraq. All of which prompts the perennial question: Why do pacifists join the armed forces in the first place? Since smart enough to become a doctor, surely he can figure out the inseparable connection between the military and one of its core functions; Warfare. Anyone belligerent of orders in a chain of command are unsuited for service in any highly regimented hierarchy. Get rid of the doofus! I hope the Poms jail him... in Baghdad - where he can pine for that poor, hard-done-by, genocidal maniac, Saddam.