Mike’s Minute: We need transparency in referendum debate

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 9 June 2020Family First Comment: Good question Mike…“The Drug Foundation, who should not be in the business at the best of times of being political operatives, have nevertheless decided to bring the worst aspects of Washington lobbying to New Zealand by raising money to buy spin, to twist your arm to vote yes for cannabis in September.The question is, who’s funding them?” It seems remarkable does it not you can have referenda in this country that have, seemingly, so few rules around them.The Drug Foundation, who should not be in the business at the best of times of being political operatives, have nevertheless decided to bring the worst aspects of Washington lobbying to New Zealand by raising money to buy spin, to twist your arm to vote yes for cannabis in September.The question is, who’s funding them?They say for a start that the government money they get isn’t being used. But of the money that’s being donated, who is it from? And how much is it? And most importantly, why don’t we know? And if we did, would it potentially change your mind?Here’s an irony, I bet you anything you want, that these are just the sort of people who would object to us funding governments and political parties and the way they’re funding their campaigns with few rules and little disclosure.If you have to disclose anything over $15,000 for a political party, why not a referenda?Here’s my guess, at least some of the money will be coming from corporates who see profit in legalising dope. Those who gain most, will be finding the opportunity to profit the most. Show me I am wrong. And do those that stand to profit have our health interests at heart? Or their bottom lines? And if they’re so above board and open with their views, ideas, and plans, why on earth aren’t they out there telling us who they are, and what they’re stumping up?Nothing wrong with a vote. Democracy is good, ideas are good, and debate is good. But you debate with those you can see. We currently can’t see who they are.The entire campaign is run under the name of the Drug Foundation. We have no idea who’s behind him. Why not? And if it was a corporate who had given a small fortune, what would your view be then?READ MORE: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/video/mikes-minute-we-need-transparency-in-referendum-debate/last_img read more

Chelsea star quashes exit rumours by extending contract until 2023

first_img France’s World Cup-winning striker Olivier Giroud also recently extended his Blues contract to remain in west London next term. The 33-year-old has fired three goals in five games since football’s resumption, reiterating his value to the Blues. Abraham broke a 10-game scoring duck in Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, with Lampard hoping that can spur him back to his best. “Tammy in his personality is a very positive lad, he trains well, he’s good around the group and that hasn’t changed,” said Lampard. “I know beyond that there are sometimes feelings for a player, especially a goalscorer who is having a tough time in front of goal. read also:Transfer Market: Different strokes for Abraham, Tomori “We had a conversation before the Palace game, so I was particularly delighted to see him break that against them. I hope there is an uplift for him, I hope his confidence has taken a nice boost, and we’ll see.” Meanwhile, Billy Gilmour could be sidelined for as long as four months after knee surgery, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBig Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Loading… center_img Tammy Abraham has quashed any concerns over his Chelsea future by signing a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old striker has extended his existing Blues deal until 2023, though Chelsea bosses are understood to be ready to continue talks over longer terms. Boss Frank Lampard handed Abraham the coveted number nine shirt last summer. And the England striker has fired 16 goals in 40 games in his first term leading the Blues’ line. New £53million recruit Timo Werner will boost Chelsea’s firepower next term. But the prolific Germany hitman will also add significant competition for Abraham. But Camberwell-born striker Abraham has had no qualms about extending his Stamford Bridge stay. With the club also keen to keep him for the long haul. “I don’t want to get into the clauses in contracts. It could open me up to many a question that one,” said Lampard. “But I said it before when I was asked, Tammy’s not at a critical stage in his contract. “He needs to focus on his playing and we need to finish the season as strongly as we can. There will be plenty of time to sit down after that.”Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA man thrown out of a house party stole a car, drove it 40 kms and then torched it outside his own home.Letterkenny Court.Sean Deeney appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday on a range of charges including arson, driving without insurance, driving without a license and taking a vehicle without authority. Deeney, who was just 17 at the time, had been at a party at the home of Natalie McGee at Meencarrick, Gortahork.When he was thrown out of the party, he went to another nearby house and stole an Isuzu car belonging to James McGlinchey.The car was then found burned out close to the home of Sean Deeney at Clondallon, Rathmullan on November 19th, 2011.Deeney was arrested following an investigation and admitted stealing the car on the third time of being interviewed by Gardai but claimed the keys had been in the vehicle.The court heard that the owner of the car was still out money as his insurance company had only paid him €6,500 despite his claims that the car was worth €8,000.The fire service had also sent him a bill for €960 but he was refusing to pay this as he had not started the fire.Judge Keenan Johnston said a probation report on Deeney showed there was a moderate risk of reoffending but that he had shown genuine remorse.He added that he needed to send out a message that what Deeney did was wrong but also to leave him a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.He sentenced Deeney to three years in prison but suspended it for five years.He also ordered him to pay €2,500 compensation to Mr McGlinchey but that €960 of this goes to Donegal County Council to pay the fire service.He also jailed him for three years but suspended this in lieu of 240 hours community service saying this was a way of Deeney giving something back to society.He also banned him form driving for four years.Judge Johnston then told the accused “You can count yourself very, very lucky. You hold the keys to the future in your own hand and the keys to prison in your own hand so it’s up to you now.”PARTY-GOER STOLE CAR AND THEN TORCHED IT OUTSIDE HIS OWN HOME was last modified: January 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsongortahorkLetterkenny Circuit Courtno licensepartyRathmullanSean Deeneylast_img read more