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Here's some of the more interesting tweets in response to the Government announcement of extra Syrian refugees to be allowed to come to New Zealand. The most recent tweets are first. More to be added.
Perfect Mike Hosking @MikePerfectHosk
Well, I'm not paying for the extra refugees. John Key has assured me that my taxes will be applied solely to the SkyCity Convention Centre.
James Macbeth Dann @edmuzik
There can few phrases that have been written more dehumanising than the sentence "100 Syrians in this financial year"
> James Macbeth Dann @edmuzik
"in the year to June, Syrians were up 35%, whilst human decency plunged to an all time low. Stock markets responded positively to the news."
Philip Matthews @secondzeit
Glad that Stuff is saying 600 extra refugees, not 750. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/71820234/new-zealand-is-to-take-an-extra-600-syrian-refugees …
John Palethorpe @MrDuttonPeabody
Triangulation means never doing anything too meaningful, just cosmetic tweaks to the status quo so you don't annoy anyone. Beige politics.
Churches say they can take 1200 refugees alone this year. Gutless @NZNationalParty adds 600 places over three years. #doublethequota
Dave Armstrong @malosilima
Government of the straw poll, by the straw poll, for the straw poll.
So, spin the headline to turn 600 into 750 to make it seem like you're doing more http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1509/S00107/new-zealand-to-take-750-more-syrian-refugees.htm … #RefugeeFail
Soy Kiwi @aaronincognito
Is it just me, or does governance-by-focus-groups actually seem weirdly democratic?
100+ extra or 'the bare fucking minimum to justify saying we're doing something without turning off the xenophobes'. Triangulation is awful.
Emergency intake, more like eventually intake...
Felix Geiringer @BarristerNZ
Shabnam Dastgheib @Shab_d
Extra 750 refugees coming to NZ: The cost of taking these refugees is only about twice as much as this flag debacle: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/71820234/new-zealand-is-to-take-an-extra-750-syrian-refugees …
Stephanie Rodgers @bootstheory
So a one-off of 600 refugees over 3 years, less than doubling our current quota bc denying the Opposition a small victory is more important.
Paora Ropata @kiaora4that
750 refugees over 2 years works out to just a tad over 1 refugee a day. How pathetic.
Interesting that Woodhouse announced it. The PM doesn't want any of it. Just pre-launch and disappear.
No plaque for you, Key. No burnishing your legacy by saving thousands from horror. "He was a managerial PM", they'll say, " He was cautious"
Will Hine @MisterHine
Forget 750. Take away the 150 from within the quota and that's 600 refugees over three years. 200 a year.
Tracey Cooper @traceyrcooper
750 over 2.5 years? Bollocks. Key could house them in his Hawaii holiday home #raisethequota
Asher Wilson-Goldman @AsherGoldman
Glad to hear we're taking 600 additional refugees. It's not enough, but it's a good place to start. Shows the power of public pressure.
Katy Hendrikse @KatyHendrikse
Very proud @NZNationalParty member right now. And very proud of the part the @nzyoungnats played in getting here.
Barry Soper @barrysoper
Beehive has finally stepped up to the plate,750s Syrian refugees over next 2 yrs 6 months. The ? is: are Syrians more deserving than others?
Maria Sherwood @MariaSherwood2
Are we supposed to be grateful at the meagre number Key has proposed, considering they will be spread over 2 and a half years?
Hamish Price @hamishpricenz
Govt has made right decision on refugees. Refugee services will be stretched to capacity to cope, but we will get there.
Dovil @Dovil 24m24 minutes ago
If National Govt were the fire service you'd dial 111 to report a house fire and the firetruck would turn up 2.5 years later.
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Here are some of the more interesting recent responses on Twitter to the rise of Jacinda Ardern and the description of her as a "pretty little thing" on TV.
Raybon Kan @RaybonKan
Quite a change to NZ's constitution: switching from 3-yearly MMP elections, to having Graham Lowe choose our PM, like a Sorting Hat. #tppa
Jessica Williams @mizjwilliams
So review what has been written and said about @jacindaardern this week, then come back and tell me NZ doesn't have a problem with sexism.
Grant Robertson @grantrobertson1
I've had a bit of a rant about @jacindaardern and the sexist crap she has had take lately. https://www.facebook.com/GrantRobertsonLabour/posts/687143111317923 …
Paula Gosney @BeliefSchool
When you become prime minister maybe you should shave your head & wear man suits so they listen to your words. @jacindaardern @Hilary_Barry
Miles Davis @MilesDavisLive
How dare anyone focus on Jacinda Ardern's 'prettiness' It's not as if she uses her looks to promote herself. Much.
Danyl Mclauchlan @danylmc
Can someone who thinks Jacinda Ardern would be a good labour leader/Prime Minister tell me why? #genuinecuriosity
Karyn Hay @karynhay
Jacinda Ardern is a pretty little thing 'at the moment', according to Graham Lowe. The qualifier as disturbing as the sexist comment itself.
Scott MacLean @MadMaclegend
While Graham Lowe is a bit of a dinosaur, what exactly has Jacinda Ardern actually accomplished?
Hazel Phillips @hazelphilli
So @jacindaardern is pretty enough to be PM but @EleanorCatton isn't allowed to comment on politics but really Richie should be PM. Right.
i'd pay about much heed to Lowe's political analysis as i would to Jacinda Adern's rugby league tips... https://twitter.com/LIVENewsDesk/status/636488603799973888 …
Chris Philpott @chrisphilpottnz
Also, Graham Lowe is an old rugby league guy. What did you THINK he thought about Jacinda Ardern? What wisdom did you hope to extract?
Vernon Small @VernonSmall
Checks calendar ... yep it's 2015. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/71475046/jacinda-ardern-much-more-than-a-pretty-little-thing …
FFS. Coming 'under fire' for stating something that is either innocuous, or obvious. Give Graham Lowe a break. It's a different generation.
Lizzie Marvelly @LizzieMarvelly
Yes, @jacindaardern is stunning, but she'd make a great PM because she's whip-smart, capable etc. Not because she's a "pretty little thing".
Come on... they asked a sports guy about politics, what were they expecting?!
Hamish Keith @hamish_keith
Could we have @jacindaardern for Prime Minister - now - today - immediately
The Ruminator @RuminatorNZ
When I interviewed @jacindaardern I found her to be utterly awesome and intelligent. That is all I wanted to add.
Toby Manhire @toby_etc
the coordinated Jacinda-Ardern-could-do-a-coup stuff is a bit cute.
David Clark @DavidClarkNZ
John Key claps like trained seal when my benchmate JacindaArdern stands up.Most excited I've seen him since #ponytailgate #SexistMuch? #nzqt
Hilary Barry @Hilary_Barry
Panelist describes @jacindaardern's skill in politics - "she's a pretty little thing." Rest assured he won't leave without bruised shins.
Matthew Hooton @MatthewHootonNZ
Best for @jacindaardern to let @AndrewLittleMP fail in 2017 like @honbillenglish should've with JennyShipley in 2002.
Foxy #KeepTheFlag @FoxyLustyGrover
I'd like to know how the "Polling" numbers will look with Andrew Little Labour Leader & Jacinda Ardern Deputy.
Simon Bennett @Pookina1
Prediction: Jacinda Ardern will be the next Labour Prime Minister. It may not be for a while, but will be worth waiting for.
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