don't know about you, but i was less than impressed with the "no-moan-zone" idea voted up at the entrepreneurial summit in auckland yesterday. not that i have any problem with the power of positive thinking, it's certainly more helpful than negative thinking.
however, this idea seems to be a way to stifle dissent. if people protest for example, against the a failure to raise the minimum wage, is that going to count as moaning? if they want to raise issues arises from funding cuts to disability services, does that count as moaning? if there attacks on the collective bargaining provisions in the employment relations act, we should keep quiet for fear of dubbed as "moaners"?
it's a worrying concept particularly in times of recession, higher unemployment and a government that may be looking to privatise crucial services. public dissent is crucial for our own protection - as can be seen with the whole supercity charade. pushing aside that dissent as "moaning" would be very helpful in ramming through measures that would be harmful to the country and to particular communities.