Saturday, June 11, 2005

Me and my potatoes


spuds - all good Posted by Hello

More people should definitely grow ther own vegetables - very satisfying and tasty.

We've got a big crop of spuds at the moment, and they're very easy to grow. Simply bung them in some loose, rich soil, give an occassional feed of liquid fertiliser, and wait.

I recommend 'Rua' seed potatoes.

Back to the politics tomorrow.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

While you are on the spuds you should go look at http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/archives/cat_nz_politics.html
This shows the corruption apparent in Government Departments. No wonder Dr Cullen keeps raising taxes - his elves are squandering it. This is a great example of how services can be maintained at lower levels of taxation. Alternatively look at http://rodneyhide.com/Diary/index.php?p=1406

Oliver said...

Anonymous, you live a fun life. When you go to the dairy, do you complain about inflation levels on cans of coke? Or rather, for your type, complain about the cost of a dinner at your favourite upmarket restaurant on Ponsonby road, directly relating it to Cullen ?

michael wood said...

Anonymous - until you find a decent segway to talking about "corruption" I'm not going to reply. I fail to see the link to my lovely crop of spuds.

If you simply want to have a forum to raise ridiculous and slanderous allegations then I suggest you get your own blog.

Anonymous said...

It's segue.

Anonymous said...

Did you check the link in my comment Michael? There you would see that rather than slanderous my comments were true. The Corrections Dept., has corrupt behaviour and as fast as Dr Cullen raises taxes the sad people in the Corrections Dept., for one, find ever more pathetic ways to spend it - not on prisoners mind; themselves.

Anonymous said...

And Oliver - no complaints about the price of cans of coke or eating out on Ponsonby Road - and you know why - because they are all goods or services supplied in a free market without the dead hand of government. If it was up to the Government to supply coke it would be in a 1 litre bottle only and available through your PHO. As for the meal out - there would be a six month wait and for those not demonstrably hungry they would be taken off the waiting list. And you're a fan of socialism...

Oliver said...

Nothing wrong with the free market at all, as long as everyone has access to life essentials. You reckon it's a higher priority to have an internal free market in healthcare than to allow everyone to have access to doctors ? Let the poor eat cake!

Anonymous said...

Hey Oliver - the solution is to give everyone the means to access healthcare. The State is proving unable to make enough of it available, when it is needed by those that want it. Socialised health care does not work. Your mob have wasted $3.5B this year for no additional output. If you keep throwing money at a monopoly it will just get bigger and more voracious. What is wrong for the individual is the access is rationed by the State and there is no ability for the less well off to escape the cycle. Rather than give them cake I would give them real cash by taxing less of their hard won earnings. Top them up with vouchers. That way they will have choices, and will exercise them. Simple really.

michael wood said...

Perhaps a link to my original posting about potatoes is beginning to emerge here. If everyone ate more freshly grown fruit and vegetables, a whole lot less people would place strain on the national health system.

Seriously anonymous, would you prefer a US style privatised health system in which the middle classes often can't get the treatment they require because of cost, or under which employers often get called upon to subsidise health insurance?

Too Right said...

Michael - we need a hybrid system to that in the US. Where people can afford to pay or insure themselves they should be encouraged. The public system remains for tertiary and quaternary requirements. Monopoly service providers are not the solution to rising costs and demands - they can only ration. Only by introducing market pressure will you reduce costs and meet demand. You will understand this - Doctors and other specialists are the strongest closed shop anywhere - you have to increase the supply of service providers to get prices down. Otherwise they will hollow you out.

Too Right said...

Another thought - NZ has 22 Health Boards trying to supply services to a population the size of Philadelphia or Atlanta. No wonder we are spending a fortune on Governance and management.

Anonymous said...

Ah, tell that to rural and provincial communities! Philadelpia and Atlanta are not spread over an area the size of the UK. As the geographers tell us, place matters!

Anonymous said...

The United States' hybridic health system does not work. Far too many people are uncovered. There is huge public support for health care reform there but the vested interests - chiefly the private insurers - are too well lodged in Washington for it to have come about yet. And this hybridic system is also extremely expensive. Well-off parts of the population get over-treated and the less well-off parts get no coverage. That's rationing gone wrong.
Too Right - Wrong Again.