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Just say sorry John

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, July 23rd, 2014 - 236 comments
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Despite previously promising to do so John Key is now refusing to apologise to Tania Billingsley for the complete shambles that National has made of the Malaysian Diplomat issue.

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What does Westpac want to hide?

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 1 comment

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The Silveroaks v Westpac test case on mis-selling of interest rate swaps in 2008 is going under cover after a judge granted Westpac’s request to “prevent public access to the court file, attendance at hearings and any reporting of interlocutory decisions.” A senior legal source said that the blackout was unusual but part of “a trend where parties sought to move away from open justice.”  One can imagine why Westpac doesn’t want any public discussion of the case – banks in England have already paid out L600million and are said to be possibly liable for billions.

What will David Cunliffe be accused of next?

Written By: - Date published: 5:44 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 69 comments

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There have been a number of allegations made against David Cunliffe recently and more can be expected.  In an effort to short circuit things I have collected a number of potential claims made by facebook friends.  Knock yourselves out and add to the list but in the interests of a positive campaign keep then funny and non defamatory.

Government Inquiries – Not Throwing Light But Closing Down Debate

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 6 comments

As a young MP in the British House of Commons in the late 1970s, I rapidly became aware that half the political stories in Fleet Street originated with the Press Association’s indefatigable political correspondent, Chris Moncrieff. I was regularly button-holed by Chris as I crossed the Members’ Lobby and asked to comment on the latest […]

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 34 comments

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Russian blameshift backfire

Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 103 comments

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Today’s DomPost carries a story showing Russian Air Force generals claiming that a Ukrainian fighter was close to Malaysian MF17 flying at 32,000ft. It was described as a “SU-25 fighter jet, which is typically equipped with air-to-air missiles.” They said it could reach 10,000 metres “for a short time”. It can’t; but its Wiki specification was recently edited from a Russian source to back up the story.

Public broadcasting: an election issue

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, July 23rd, 2014 - 13 comments

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It has become very clear in the run up to this year’s election that we need better broadcasting and news media coverage of politics. The Campaign for Better Broadcasting has organised a series of public debates (with MPs) throughout Aoteatora, beginning this Friday in Dunedin.

Tuwhera mike 23/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 23rd, 2014 - 233 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Something amazing has happened to the Labour Party

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 pm, July 22nd, 2014 - 24 comments

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“The amazing occurrence is the sustained achievement of party unity, not just for a season or a year but for an entire parliamentary term.”

In Britain.

Exchange rate hikes killing NZ industry and jobs

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, July 22nd, 2014 - 41 comments

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Bank-paid economists are predicting the Reserve Bank will again raise benchmark interest rates on Thursday. This may be good for the banks and the currency markets but it is bad news for New Zealand farming exporters and for high-end manufacturing jobs. Our interest rates are among the highest in a world awash with money after quantitative easing in Europe and the US. The CTU has called for a pause, and listed manufacturing jobs lost in the past couple of years because of the exchange rate.

Claudette Hauiti is gone

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, July 22nd, 2014 - 74 comments

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National’s Kelston candidate Claudette Hauiti has announced that she will no longer stand and will step down as an MP at this year’s election.

Polity: Taxing multinationals via sales

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 30 comments

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An interesting idea out of the US for how to fairly tax multinationals around the world. Declare a worldwide profit,  find out where they made their sales, an apportion the profit to various jurisdictions.

Kick-starting Regional Development

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 35 comments

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David Cunliffe has announced Labour’s Regional Development policy today. Labour will work in partnership with regions and put $200 million into a Regional Growth Fund fund to resource regional projects that will create jobs and drive local initiative. Labour’s policy is timely; it  offers real hope to the regions, and in the best development tradition of building on local initiative. Update: LGNZ welcomes Labour policy

NRT: A circus of self-mutilation

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 98 comments

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No Right Turn gets rightfully acerbic about the witless fool “senior” MP in Labour who was trying to sabotage Labour in the Sunday Star Times this weekend, and about the general self-mutilation of Labour by its caucus at present.

Polity: Poll of polls update

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 29 comments

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The overall strength of the status quo bloc at around 54%, and the strength of the change bloc a little under 46%. The picture ain’t pretty.

Open mike 22/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 294 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Herald says weird things about Cunliffe and Labour Clutha Southland candidate

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 pm, July 21st, 2014 - 107 comments

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The Herald is saying some weird things about David Cunliffe and Labour’s Clutha Southland candidate Liz Craig.

Growing Inequality Can Be Seen As Clever Politics

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, July 21st, 2014 - 159 comments

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Voter turnout has been falling steadily across the western world in recent decades, and not least in New Zealand. We have a proud record of high turnouts in general elections, but even here, we dipped below 80% in 2008 and fell further to a post-war low of 74.21% in 2011. The problem is even more […]

Campaigning Avondale Market style

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, July 21st, 2014 - 37 comments

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Every Sunday morning a group of Labour Activists attend the Avondale Market to hand out literature and talk to people. It is refreshing that ordinary people are not affected by beltway issues and are concerned at the basics such as housing, poverty and education.

Open mike 21/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 21st, 2014 - 307 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Conservative idiots

Written By: - Date published: 2:04 pm, July 20th, 2014 - 65 comments

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The Conservatives have made a complete cockup of their “bottom line” for making a deal with National about going into government. They want to make referendums legally binding on the government. It is something that no rational government in NZ would agree with because it is impossible from several different criteria. Andrew Geddis points out that it is pretty well impossible without changing the legal basis of our government. I just think that the questions for our referendums have been complete crap.

NZ First conference – Sunday.

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, July 20th, 2014 - 40 comments

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It is a shorter day today. More organisational.

Leading up to Winston Peters speech later today where he is promising about 9 policy announcements.

Campaign slogan “It’s common sense”

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Collective renewal

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, July 20th, 2014 - 57 comments

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With Labour, there has been a particular topic on my mind for some time. How to get renewal inside the caucus. Over the last 6 years at The Standard we have had this horrible task of dealing with stupid “leaks” from unnamed sources in the party. As far as I can tell these unnamed leaks are invariably from safe electorate caucus members. I think it is time that party members start to make them feel less safe.

Work life balance

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, July 20th, 2014 - 172 comments

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David Cunliffe is now being criticised for having a short holiday with his family. It is strange that it should be thought of as a bad thing for the leader of the party interested in improving ordinary people’s quality of life to try and get some work life balance.

Open mike 20/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 20th, 2014 - 139 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Re-writing 2nd Wave Women’s Movement: Pat Rosier – h/t Hand Mirror

Written By: - Date published: 1:02 pm, July 19th, 2014 - 7 comments

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A must read Hand Mirror post acknowledges the passing of Pat Rossier. She played a significant role in NZ’s 2nd wave Women’s Movement.  Misinformation about feminism fails to represent its diversity & socialist underpinnings. A full chronicle of the NZ 2nd wave is needed.

NZ First conference – Saturday.

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, July 19th, 2014 - 69 comments

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At the Alexandra Park racecourse for the NZ First conference.Just listened to Paddy Gower in his interview with Winston Peters. The interesting bit was the questioning about Winston standing in East Coast Bays if Steven Joyce/John Key make a deal with the conservatives and Murray McCully stands aside. That will be interesting, and I suspect under those circumstances that he’d get a lot of votes.

Polity: Poor pay more tax than rich in UK

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, July 19th, 2014 - 129 comments

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The British public estimates the poor pay around 24% of their income in tax, while the rich pay around 35%. The truth is very different. Once you add up all taxes, the poorest actually pay around 43% of their income in tax, compared to only 35% for the rich. We have the same perceptual issues in NZ especially if you listen to the whining of Kiwiblog. Here the poorest pay the same tax rate as the rich, and the middle classes have the lower tax rate.

Open mike 19/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 19th, 2014 - 248 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

NRT: Docs or its bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 pm, July 18th, 2014 - 5 comments

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Over the weekend we learned that police had been juking the stats, recoding burglaries as “incidents” to make themselves and their Minister look good. But its all fine now, supposedly – the police claim they’ve instituted a series of spot audits to ensure it can never happen again. Except when they’re asked for information about these supposed safeguards and whether they’ve uncovered any problems, they suddenly can’t find anything… Sounds like bullshit and spin.

Imperator Fish: Read the law

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, July 18th, 2014 - 6 comments

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Imperator Fish discovers that the official legal website for law in NZ has been hacked. The law that the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) used to look at complaints about the interception of communications for Kim DotCom, political parties, and anyone that the police deem as being suspicious was obviously incomplete. So the IPCA used some invisible law in their ruling. Who cares what the real law is anyway?

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