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Last Straw: Labour Wins The Election

Last Straw: The weblog of Christiaan Briggs

Labour Wins The Election

Forget the fact that Brash is an incompetent warmonger who desperately wants to be another one of Bush's poodles. Now you've got a bona fide middle-class reason to vote Green or Labour.

I must admit I had a little bounce in my step on my way to work this morning in London, having just received news from New Zealand that Labour have finally come to their senses and made it their policy to scrap student loan interest rates as of April of 2006 if they are part of the government in the next term.

Having already racked up $18 000 in interest this has the potential to save me personally up to $40 000 in the long run.

Looks like I’ll finally be able to do a bit of travel and come home earlier than expected, which is kinda cool because my brother and sisters are all starting to have kids. And like my mate, and fellow expat, Boggsy said, looks like our generation finally gets a break after being the whiping-boy for so long.

It’s rumoured that my father has traditionally been a Nat-voter. Well if I haven’t yet convinced him that Brash is in fact an incompetent warmonger, now there’s always the fact that he’s not going to vote to put his son $40 000 further into debt. And I can imagine a number of other parents will be thinking the same way.

As an aside, I’m interested to see what effect this policy might have on a baseless theory I have; that our high youth suicide rate is partly affected by the fact that there’s always a certain group of people in their twenties out of the country and therefore not participating in NZ society. If this group of people hold off traveling overseas until they’ve paid their loans off and they’re a little older I wonder if this might have a positive effect on teenagers and consequently bring the suicide rate down. Wishful thinking I know, but there ya go.

Oh yeah, and just to be on the safe side make sure you vote Green, who have an even better tertiary education policy.


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