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  1. It's the same for Riverton on Monday Baz. No trainers or jockeys showing.
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    Jacinda Ardern

    Lipstick has come off the pig by Christie The fallout over the backdown on CGT continues. Certainly, abandoning CGT came as a surprise. Jacinda has always said she wanted CGT, because it was going to be ‘fair’. What is becoming clear now is that she may have wanted the tax as a socialist ideal, but she had no idea of what form it should take, how it should be applied, or how she was going to make it fair to some sectors of society without making it grossly unfair to others. Her claim that only the top 2% (which at one point became the top 20%) would be paying it was a gross untruth, but she wasn’t actually lying… she really didn’t know how it was going to work. Really. I had to laugh at Gareth Morgan’s comment that she couldn’t make it work because the proposed tax exempted the family home. We should all be very glad that Morgan gets bored easily and has given up on any idea of a future in politics. People like him, who are convinced that they are right and that everyone who disagrees with them are morons, would be very dangerous in politics. Now we have Sean Plunket, quoting Morgan’s famous description of Jacinda (that got him into hot water), saying that the lipstick has come off the pig. In other words, this Labour government is no different from any other government and is about as transformational as a wet newspaper. quote. She never had a clear policy on CGT. She just liked the sound of it and thought it would be ‘fair’. That was the full extent of her ‘tax policy’. quote. Plunket could be right about this. This also fits in with her description of herself as a ‘pragmatic idealist’, which she clearly does not understand. She is an idealist. All she has is ideals, and they are all socialist ideals. Being in government means you have to have more than ideals. You have to have the wherewithal to make those ideals work. That is where Jacinda, and this government, fall down so badly. They just don’t have a clue how to turn ideals into reality. quote. This was going to be a ‘transformational’ government, that was full of ideas as to how they were going to change this country for the better, but they clearly had no concept of how to go about it. That they have failed so badly halfway through their term is not surprising. There is nothing wrong with being ambitious. Governments should be ambitious. The problem comes when there is a mix up between ambitions and capabilities. That is where the lipstick has well and truly come off the pig that is our government now.
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    True Story...almost.

    Fiona McKee wrote: "Somewhere in the back of his mind , every time he turned down a horse, he knew that this could be the very horse he'd been waiting for all his life. He could be a little stubborn at times especially when he felt he was being pressured into something he didn't want to do. He liked to do things at his own pace. He did, nevertheless, take the time and do a little homework, despite his desire not to get another horse into the stables. He decided to go and see Desert Sun. He was impressed with him and also with his breeding and performance on the racetrack; so much so that he sent a mare of his own to Desert Sun for service. Perhaps the look of the stallion first-hand helped Trevor to make his mind up. When the breeders called Trevor for the third time he relented, telling them "Send the horse up and we'll take a look at her." If Trevor did have any Desert Suns then they would only been early 2yos at best as Sunline came out of Desert Sun's first foal crop so he wouldn't have known much about them.
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    Jacinda Ardern

    We won, you lost, eat that! by Christie It is delicious to be able to rub Michael Cullen’s nose in the failure of his proposed Capital Gains Tax, (CGT). It is a massive black mark against him, of course, not being able to get the proposed tax across the line. So what does he do? He blames Winston. Such is the arrogance of the man. Really, he is a despicable individual. quote. As is their right, Sir Michael, seeing that they are in government, and you are not. quote. There are many theories as to why this cornerstone policy of the current government has failed, but to me, the reasons are obvious. The TWG’s report came up with a proposed CGT that was actually the most draconian in the entire world. It taxed capital gains at marginal rates (which would just about always be 33%) and included virtually everything – shares, businesses, farms, rental properties and the bach. The few exemptions – mainly artworks and racehorses – made no sense, unless you are a wealthy leftie with a penchant for art… like Sir Michael himself. Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker In the days when Michael Cullen was in government, ministers would have rolled up their sleeves, taken a red pen to the report, and come up with a more palatable proposal that would probably have received muted approval. But Michael Cullen has missed one very important detail about this government. Ministers in this government do not do any work themselves. They commissioned the TWG to come up with a proposal that they were then going to run with at the next election. That was always going to be it. No adjustments were going to be made. If you think of the quality of the ministers we have at the moment, that makes complete sense. None of them – not one – has any economic understanding or tax expertise. That is why the TWG was appointed in the first place… TO DO THE GOVERNMENT’S JOB FOR THEM. If the TWG’s report had not been so draconian, and had proposed a flat rate of tax (say at 15%), exempted all family homes including lifestyle blocks, allowed a rollover relief for shares, exempted businesses worth less than $2 million and left Kiwisaver accounts alone, the government my have got it across the line. Expecting this inept bunch of ministers to have enough of an idea on taxation matters to be able to rework the report was a bridge that was way too far. They are simply not capable of doing this. So Sir Michael can blame Winston all he wants, but in truth, he did a very poor job himself. He proposed a tax system that was never going to be palatable to anyone except an extreme hard left government, and the ministers and their minions were incapable of doing anything to improve it. What a ship of fools. Nevertheless, Sir Michael must be happy about one thing. Chairing the TWG has made him more of a ‘rich prick’ than he ever was before.
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    Jacinda Ardern

    What Ardern’s ‘year of delivery’ has delivered so far by SB An almost dead Capital Gains Tax. A completely flawed and failing Kiwibuild. six feet under goodbye GIF A Zero Carbon Act that is unlikely to survive.. A Wellbeing Budget next month that will focus less on economic and financial measures and more on unicorn words like ‘human, social and natural capital’ In other words, a PR triumph of style over substance .
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    Bob Jones on Israel Folau

    Bob Jones again: April 17 at 7:06 AM · I wrote this story in The Australian newspaper regarding Rugby Australia's plan to sack Israel Folau: The so-called Israel Folau affair, if we dismantle the humbug, can be summed up quite simply. If the young man is not free to state his religious views, let alone Christian views, then we are all in trouble. It would be helpful if people analysed what he said before condemning him to rugby oblivion. He issued a warning to “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters, hell awaits you, repent, only Jesus saves”. “Jesus Christ loves you and has given you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.” For this he faces, it appears, the termination of his playing career. Of course, the fools who run Australian Rugby, and I use the word advisedly, because on so many other fronts, they have proven their foolishness — are preaching breach of contract while at the same time demonstrably being in breach of their own procedures. Before proclaiming Folau’s guilt, one would have thought he is entitled to the deliberation of a tribunal. And perhaps, just perhaps, Israel might be given a chance to defend himself. No, none of that. We have read that his contract is to be ripped up and he will never play again. And in an edict reminiscent of a Romanian or Soviet dictator, he has been banned from joining his teammates in training and is not welcome at team functions. As former federal MP Wilson Tuckey wrote at the weekend, “In the days of the Roman Empire, to stand up in public to espouse your Christianity was most likely to result in a trip to the Colosseum for a brief meeting with a couple of hungry lions for the entertainment of the masses. The Israel Folau case indicates that little has changed in today’s ‘progressive empire’.’’ Those arguing for the prosecution of the young man preach about terms of his contract and the “values of the game”. If the “values” of the game involve censorship or, what’s worse, termination for articulating Christian values that are as old as Christianity itself, then it is Rugby Australia that needs to change not Folau. Of course, Rugby Australia wants to parade as guardians of morality yet this has got nothing to do with morality and everything to do with money. Qantas presumably has threatened to pull its sponsorship. It has played this game before. The Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has tried this on in the past. He is entitled to his view even though, apparently, Israel is not. But surely he cannot appropriate his view to the whole Qantas family. Alan Joyce apparently does not agree with Israel, but there are thousands in the Qantas family who do not agree with Alan Joyce. Israel Folau is from a devoutly religious Polynesian family. He has not sought to impose his views on anybody. He has merely repeated, as one correspondent wrote at the weekend, “what his religion has held for thousands of years. Whether you choose to believe it is up to you. And if you don’t, then probably you don’t believe in hell either. I suspect that had Folau been a Muslim stating exactly the same religious beliefs that, in the unlikely event he was dismissed, it would have led to calls of Islamophobia”. We have come to the turning point in a long road. This has been going on for too long and the whingers, the whiners and the self-appointed victims have tried to shut people up on a variety of fronts. They have not succeeded in shutting up Israel Folau so the demand is for punishment, banishment and termination. It’s interesting that the drunks and the liars and the thieves and the fornicators and the atheists are not complaining. Those who are, are the ones who expect tolerance towards themselves and their views but won’t extend that tolerance to others. And let’s face it. People who differ in their views from Israel Folau, and there are many, have the same opportunity as he has to put their views on social media; and are free to criticise him. But they don’t want that. ­Minorities know that in today’s world you can shut anyone up if you complain and whinge loudly enough. Here is a young man, a dedicated Christian expressing a legitimate view based on biblical teaching and he has been made a pariah. Put simply, Christians around the world are under siege. It appears that sanctions of the most draconian kind are now being imposed on Christians here who dare to proclaim their faith. It is interesting to note that ­Israel’s post was “liked” by several of his teammates. Consistency has never been the long suit of the discredited ­administrators of Australian rugby. But if they are to be consistent here, they surely must sack his teammates. But there are a lot of Pacific ­island players around the world, also deeply religious, who support Israel Folau. Is not Qantas in partnership with a national airline whose government imposes laws infinitely more damaging to homosexuals than Israel’s utterance of his biblical beliefs? But without the Qantas money, I hear it argued, rugby goes broke and Israel has destroyed the game. This is fanciful nonsense. Rugby Australia has proven unable to adequately manage the game and its finances to such an extent that it now has to go cap in hand to Qantas and, shamefully, do its bidding. What is the old saying? We’ll jump, just tell us how high. Interestingly, the federal government recently appointed an eminent former High Court judge, Robert French, to investigate the denial of free speech in universities. Among other things, French argued that the perception of a free speech crisis is enough to create a chilling effect on the flow of ideas. In a 300-page report, the former High Court chief justice recommends that universities adopt a model code that states that staff and students have a right to enjoy freedom of speech. Rugby Australia should adopt a similar model code and be done with the hypocrites who demand tolerance and approval which they won’t extend to others. Not for the first time, Israel Folau has shown a rare degree of moral courage. It is in this, even beyond his rugby skills, that the example lies for young people who have been his supporters. Rugby has joined a battle in the minds of the vast ­majority of the rugby public that it cannot win.
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    Bob Jones on Israel Folau

    MORE MEDIA HYPOCRISY Sir Bob Jones · April 12, 2019 · Australian footballer Israel Folau, a devout Christian, quoting Corinthians, warned on social media that “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars and fornicators will end up in hell unless they repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.” A number of questions arise. First, these remarks are totally consistent with the Bible (and the Koran) so why the uproar? Second, why did the critics, including the Prime Minister, solely complain about the reference to homosexuals? What about us drunks and fornicators? Doesn’t she care about our pain? We know the answer to that, namely unlike fairydom we’re not fashionable at the moment. I can understand journalists concentration on homosexuals as few are whereas make no mistake, the vast majority I’ve known are drunks, adulterers, liars and fornicators to various degrees, so too heaps of MP’s. A double-standard here methinks. This whole episode is a classic pack-hunting media contrivance. I have difficulty believing a single drunk, fornicator, homosexual, adulterer or liar reading Israel’s remarks gave a damn. He’s entitled to express his religious beliefs as much as I for example am, to continue pursuing my life-long mockery of religion. Mind you Israel should be careful here for he could be in for a shock when he reaches heaven and meets Jesus, at least if Hugh Montefiore, the former Bishop of Birmingham is correct. In 1967 Hugh, a respected academic, in a lecture to churchmen at Oxford University, suggested Jesus was a homosexual. Subsequently, numerous theists and scholars have put forward the same proposition. So, when big strapping Israel finally meets Jesus in heaven, rather than the expected greeting it could be, “Ithwail, lovely to thee you.” And here’s some more double-standards. Take the fuss when Brunei announced that henceforth homosexuals would be stoned to death, this consistent with the Koran. Well consider this passage from the Bible’s Leviticus. “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall be put to death…”. And that’s the thing about Christianity. Its entire history has been making it up as you go and a high degree of selectivity as to what bits believers find convenient to subscribe to. Israel deserves Christians’ admiration for his absolutism rather than picking and choosing what suits him. The downside is when he does finally bowl through the Pearly Gates, he might find heaven a rather lonely place. Far better to get stuck into a bit of fornicating and end up with the rest of us in Hell. It promises to be quite a fun place, putting aside the racket of non-stop screaming coming from Catholic clergy being boiled in vats.
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    True Story...almost.

    Best for half-marathon was 1:06:52. Still hold the NZ half-marathon record for masters 40+ Half Marathon M40 T McLachlan 1:08:22 1996 Actually ran another in 1:08:17 at age 43 but they obviously missed it even though it was a NZ Championship race. Only ran three marathons, all sub 2:30. I wonder if I lost 10kg and trained up what I could run now. Probably across the road and collapse.
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    True Story...almost.

    Comfortable win in the 5k Chris. Well done.
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    Jacinda Ardern

    Think of the children by Christie Photoshopped image credit: Luke I love the way left-leaning journalists can write articles that have no basis in reality whatsoever. I guess that is why they call them opinion pieces. David Cormack has recently become a parent, and now he wants the whole country to drop everything to look after his daughter. It doesn’t occur to him that the best tool he can give her is the ability to look after herself. quote. There is no evidence whatsoever that these measures have made even the slightest difference to actual poverty. A bit more money in the bank is nice; but rents are increasing faster than ever, power costs have increased, and if the government had actually made some inroads into building some of those 100,000 houses instead of just talking about them, the chronic housing shortage might have started to ease by now. Although the media only reports on such things when National is in power, it is a certainty that there are more people now sleeping in their cars than there were two years ago. So much for New Zealand being the best place in the world to raise a child. quote. The Wellbeing Budget is already a joke; it’s placing values on things that don’t matter, such as talking to a neighbour. If the government actually focused on keeping the economy strong, it would have the money for all of its social policies. quote. Here is the thing I just never get with socialists. He wants higher taxes, particularly on rich people (for your information, David, people earning $120,000 a year are far from rich, and most people who have children and earn less than $50,000 a year pay no tax at all), so that the government can provide rich people with insulation. It never enters his head that many ‘rich’ people live in uninsulated houses. It also never enters his head that, if we increase taxes further, we will drive people overseas and as our pool of taxpayers reduces, there will be less money to provide for those who have nothing. David Cormack is prescribing a socialist utopia. He wants to turn us into Venezuela, where everyone is equally poor, and everyone, including those who used to pay tax, are forced to scavenge on the streets to survive. What kind of a world will that be for your daughter to live in, David? Jacinda Ardern has done nothing to alleviate poverty, but she talks about it a lot. If there were Nobel Prizes for talking about what you want to do, she would win hands down. But talk is cheap and action is missing. That is the truth about the government we have at the moment. Show me a socialist government that has ever made people’s lives better. There are none, and the government of Jacinda Ardern won’t succeed either.
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    This TAB website...

    I think you may be overreacting here Baz.
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    True Story...almost.

    CBT may well be correct that Mrs Fisher was offered a share in Sunline but never in the scenario presented. That was my point, Sunline was never purchased through the sales ring. Abridged: " One spring afternoon in 1997 and turned to his pile of unanswered correspondence : faxes, letters, and telephone messages. One from two small breeders who were trying to lease a horse out, a filly by an unproven stallion in Desert Sun. One part of the message that grabbed his attention was that the filly was a close relation to Interval. They had purchased ample horses at the yearling sales only a few months before at the yearling sales and were still looking for owners for them. We've got more horses than you could poke s stick at and we definitely don't need that one. Trevor balled up the piece of paper and threw it in the bin. A week later Stephen saw a follow up message and asked Trevor about it. Trevor said yeah we got one last week about it. Did you call them back and speak to them asked Stephen. "No, we have enough horses and people should know that." A day or two after this the filly's breeders phoned and spoke to Trevor. Their persistence was admirable although Trevor might have used another word to describe it. Trevor liked to do things at his own pace and he decided to go and see Desert Sun and was impressed with him. When the breeders rang Trevor for the third time he said "Send the horse up and we'll take a look at her." Soon after this Tim Welsh* rang Trevor to say that he had just finished breaking the Desert Sun filly and that she was coming up to them. (*Tim Welsh does my farrier work at home here) He added that she was still a bit hard to handle. They told Tim to leave her to give her more time and leave her there a bit longer. The last thing they needed was another difficult horse, a horse they had no room for in the first place. In the end they decided to take her in and then decide whether to keep her or not. Long story short they decided to keep her and lease her out with a right of purchase of $40,000.00. They were still trying to find owners of the horses that they had bought at the sales and now had the responsibility of looking for owners to lease the new Desert Sun filly. The filly was a relation of Interval. That gave them the inclination to ring up Interval's former owners Helen Lusty and Thane Green and offer them a share in the horse. Both Helen and Thane accepted and the partnership was formed.
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    True Story...almost.

    Sunline never went through the sales to be purchased by Trevor McKee and that is a fact. One fact is that Trevor didn't want to even train her and only relented in taking the filly after some hassling. CBT - Perhaps you had better read the book Sunline - Heart Of A Champion by Fiona McKee pages 57 - 61
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    Who Didn't......

    have a tear in their eye after Winx won her last race today. Very emotional indeed and well done with the TV coverage of the aftermath. Will we see ever see one as good? Let's hope so as without doubt it is the best way to get people to the races. Amazing scenes at Randwick today.
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    Who Didn't......

    And of course she retired 13 April 2019 and Black Caviar retired 13 April 2013:
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    Aussie racing coverage poor form

    At least they get the photo finishes up straight away Barry. Something not done here.
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    Zed

    What a great win today in the AJC Oaks by this great filly today. I always knew she would get the distance as I said to Des Coppins on the radio following the Vinery win. Do I now start dreaming of a Cox Plate start for her in the Spring.
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    NZTR Appointment

    APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD OF NEW ZEALAND THOROUGHBRED RACING Experienced racing administrator and Chief Executive of the Cameron George is to join the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Board. Mr George was appointed following interviews with the NZTR Members’ Council yesterday and will take up the role with effect from 1 May 2019. He will replace board member Rodger Finlay who retired following the NZTR Annual General Meeting in 2018. Mr George has previously served as NZTR’s Chief Stipendiary Steward, the Chief Executive of the Auckland Racing Club, and on the Board and as Chief Executive of the Vodafone Warriors.
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    This TAB website...

    True, but this one is an unmitigated disaster......
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    The Crusaders

    Funnily enough no mention of any call to change the name of Saracens Rugby Football Club which is the largest Rugby Club in North Canterbury. Prior to the 17th century 'Saracen' was the name given to a Muslim, whether of Arab or Turkish origin. It originates from the Crusades, from a region called Sarakene in the northern Sinai peninsula.
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    Jacinda Ardern

    Thick as the proverbial short plank: Jacinda missed playschool by WH Here’s a house. Here’s a door. Windows – one, two, three, four … Okay, okay, sometimes it is really hard to tell things apart. There can be such subtle differences that an expert on the subject is required to differentiate between exemplars. So we should not be too hard on Ms Ardern. She has a country to run, virtue to signal, a baby to change and feed and a hanger-on to keep in line. It is a tough job, so she can be excused for mistaking two items. Here’s a house: Here’s a contract: As you can readily see, easily confused by all but the most careful observer. Quote. Jacinda, here’s the door …
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    This TAB website...

    Someone has just arrived at work, woken up or left the coffee machine. Track just updated on the website to a Slow 7.
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    This TAB website...

    They are asleep at the wheel again this morning and misleading punters. They have the track at Rotorua as a Dead 5 not having updated it. The track is officially a Slow 7. Laziness or incompetence take your pick.
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    Jacinda Ardern

    Promises promises - Labour's naive habit By: Mike Hosking What is it with Labour parties and promises? Bill Shorten, odds-on favourite to become Australia's next Prime Minister in May, announced his electric car policy involved sales increasing over the next 10 years from 2500 per year to 600,000. He would also build a charging network (which is no mean feat given the size of his country) and having pulled those rabbits out of hats, then went on radio to announce the good thing about electric cars is they can be charged in eight minutes. He is still recovering from that, as well as coming up with an answer to what most of us would have assumed is a fairly obvious question: what is he going to do about power production in a country that is already fragile in terms of delivery, given the surge in demand that will occur with all his cars, not to mention the fact that 90 per cent of Australia's power is fuelled by coal? So despite all that, the average Aussie punter still thinks he's got the wherewithal to run the place. Mind you look at us. Labour here promised 100,000 houses over 10 years. A thousand in year 1, and yet we find out this week that of the 70 odd they've allegedly produced, 41 in fact were underway before they ever got to office, so in essence they've produced barely over 30, which if you equate it out is not even two per month. Do you think if they could have their time again, both Labour parties might work through a few of the details before firing out the press releases. Promises made, need to be promises kept, otherwise your credibility is shot. Which is about where our Labour Government is at. Not just the 100,000 houses, that will never happen. But last week the halving of child poverty, once again a very specific and bold promise, but one like the houses that will not be met. Half way through their term, it's not only not halved, it's gone up. Social housing was to be addressed, it's gone up as well, it is at 10,000 in the queue, a new record, in fact the rise in the past year, is a record in itself. This week the $6 billion light rail network in Auckland, the budget is blown, a line is likely to be dropped because, reports suggest, Labour didn't understand the complexity of the work required. Dare I wander down the Jobseeker path? 11,000 more on that benefit than before Labour arrived. Now they have answers for all this. The answers are, it's hard, these things don't get fixed in a day, we are doing our best, they won't apologise for being aspirational. These are all things one Cabinet minister or another has said to me by way of excuse on the radio. But in offering up those excuses what they fail to grasp is that it was always hard, the sort of things they're seeking to achieve … even if you thought they were sensible policies, which in itself is one of the glaring errors, but even if you thought they were sensible polices, to make a specific number-related promise around them was always politically fatal. It opens you up to direct comparison and accountability. It opens you up to the charge of being naive or dishonest. It opens you up to an ongoing dialogue that involves all future policy being second guessed given your reputation got trashed so early on, on the stuff that never fired. It is all driven sadly by naivety, that wide eyed "why can't we do it " sort of approach that comes out of a mix of desperation from not having been in government for close to a decade, and a desperation to look like you might know what you're talking about. Add now, add to the mix, the cold, hard reality of a slowing economy, if they couldn't do it all bright eyed and bushy tailed and new to office, throw in the current business sentiment and stalling growth and watch how distant and difficult those headline grabbing promises become.
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    Vale RJ (Dick) Bothwell

    A real good bugger was Dick. RIP Sincere condolences to Jill (super lady) and all the family.