By: Larry Williams | Monday, June 18, 2012
Greece lives another day in the Euro.
The New Democracy party came in first in Greece's election and immediately proposed forming a pro-euro coalition government.
The consequences of Greece leaving the Euro Zone, which could be catastrophic for Europe and the world, have been averted for now.
What tomorrow brings, who would know.
Len Brown has gone for an early morning walkabout in the Auckland CBD to see first-hand the drunkenness that looks to be pretty much out of control.
Not sure what Brown can do about this. I suspect it's a problem nationwide.
It’s interesting to note that two other councillors went to see for themselves without the police protection that Brown had at his side.
Councillors Wood and Penrose didn't see a cop between 1am and 5 am.
As I stated last week, the cops just aren't there. You never see them on the beat during normal hours and it seems not even when the streets are littered with drunks and yahoos. They sit and look at a monitor at the police station.
This is likely to be a nationwide thing as well - the cops don't do the beat any more.
The television movie last night on the Napier shooting and killing of Constable Len Snee showed why officers need to be armed at all times.
Gunman Jan Molenaar shot and killed Constable Snee and injured officers Bruce Millar and Grant Diver and civilian Lenny Holmwood.
The truth is the others are lucky to be alive..
They were all defenceless. They had nothing to protect themselves. All they could do is run.
It shows how absurd it is to have guns locked up in the boot of a patrol car.
Winston Peters says concerns about NZ Super had been "manufactured for the media by the usual suspects and political wannabes''.
"They are using all sorts of scaremongering, false forecasts and spurious demographics to convince you that we have a crisis on this issue now.
"There is no ageing crisis. The pension age and the amount paid is affordable.''
Perhaps Mr Peters might like to explain who will pay for the $33b cost for superannuation in 20 years time. It currently costs around $9b. Spot the difference.
The laughable thing about this is that Peters is spinning this to his core audience - elderly voters - and they are the very ones who won't be affected by any change.
It's pure poll driven politics and it's actually very damaging for the country.
The All Blacks got a wake up call.
Ireland probably deserved at least a draw. In the end Ireland I think can count themselves a little unlucky.
I think it's fair to say that almost everybody expected the All Blacks would whack Ireland again. But something got Ireland up for that test and I thought they were tremendous.
The All Blacks will be doing some soul searching this week. They had dominance almost everywhere but could not put Ireland away.
The close call won't do them any harm.
It was a drama day at the US Open golf.
The Olympic course was set up so as to make extremely difficult.
Narrow fairways, long lethal rough and super fast greens. It was designed so no player could kill the course. No player was going to break records at Olympic. And so it was.
Webb Simpson won his first major on a score of +1.
For the casual observer it probably wasn't much of a tournament because birdies were few and far between. But for the purist it was kind of nice to see carnage all over the place.
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