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An understanding of class

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, October 17th, 2010 - 50 comments
Categories: capitalism, class, class war, humour, tv - Tags: , ,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mYY1QGK0jQ

Here’s John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett in the classic “An Understanding of Class”, a lovely commentary on one of the pillars of capitalism.

Since the abandonment of class rhetoric by Labour a few decades ago, we no longer have a lot of class consciousness in New Zealand.

Which is a bit ironic really, considering class boundaries have become ever more defined with decades of successive neo-liberal governments.

50 comments on “An understanding of class”

  1. comedy 1

    Comic geniuses…………. RIP big Ronnie

  2. Santi 2

    You said: we no longer have a lot of class consciousness in New Zealand.

    Correct, and there is no need to have any. Class warfare (and communism) are dead!

    • Ari 2.2

      Class warfare is alive and well, it’s just that the upper classes are winning while they desperately say it’s done with.

      • mcflock 2.2.1

        yeah – in the late ’80s they made the “mission accomplished” speech. So much for that one…

    • millsy 2.3

      Tell that to John Key and Mr L(h)aws, who reckon we need to be bowing and scraping to those because they have a bit more money than us.

      Quite frankly, they can go and get fucked.

      • M 2.3.1

        ‘Quite frankly, they can go and get fucked.’

        My sentiments exactly. I will never ever bow to someone who has more money than me. I am a product of the working class and proud of it. In the 70s there was an upper working class who had enough money through careful management to send their kids to private schools – I, along with four siblings, were one of those lucky kids. When it came time to leave school all the kids from my school got jobs and this was during the tough early 80s so I think my parents’ money was well spent. I have retained my left leanings as you cannot have a decent society where many suffer at the hands of a few and at the most basic level it’s just plain unfair.

        Unfortunately the dumbed down masses have been hoodwinked into thinking that National cares for them because they have received a feeble tax cut and cannot see the whole picture where there is more to life than a damned tax cut. I would rather forgo a tax cut and have decent hospitals, free doctors’ visits and people receiving state help, care for the environment, decent social policy and massive investment in public transport.

        Where I work I’m in a sea of RWNJs who are degreed up to the eyeballs but at the end of the day are maths morons (“educated” but with no common sense) because they cannot for the life of them see or even begin to understand the destruction that right’s agendas cause to people and the environment.

        Case in point this week at work with a woman ten years younger than me with all the trappings of the supposed good life: hubby with good paying job, she with a well-paid freelance job as well as the income from where I work, two flash cars in the garage of the under ten year old home (brick and tile of course) and all the accoutrements, two kids who do lots of high-priced extra-curricular activities etc and who I know will weep and gnash her teeth when the house of cards comes crashing down with our imploding economy. This is a fairly intelligent person but she is so politically unaware I almost feel bitchy when I have to remind her of things she seems to forget all the time.

        For example, she believes that the unemployment in NZ and the current economic woes were caused by Labour when in fact it hadn’t been for the very conservative financial stewardship of Michael Cullen who wouldn’t allow ridiculous tax cuts we’d be in a worse state then Greece, a fact that she eventually conceded. When I said that the UK was a basket case because they had spent their golden egg of North Sea oil and were now importers of the black stuff and vulnerable because of PO I’m sure she had made a mental note to have me put on a list somewhere. She was also against Helen Clark because she thought she promoted the nanny state but after the earthquake recently with legislation enacted that virtually allows rule by decree and is more nanny than Helen could ever be how can she have been so naïve as to miss this?

        I think Helen was much maligned because she has a formidable intellect, was no Palinesque beauty queen and cared about people on Struggle Street and actually did something about it. I was saddened when Helen didn’t get a fourth term and now we have this completely venal and colourless ex-money trader who is driving the country and poor to the wall and whose default response is to smile and wave as he has no backbone.

        • millsy 2.3.1.1

          I always find the worse ones are the ones that pulled themselves up from poverty only to turn their back on their roots.

          Rather like Paula Bennett, who got her 2% housing corp loan, DPB, Family Benefit and award wages.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1.1.1

            And don’t forget Jonkey who got massive state subsidies in housing and education. All of which he seems now to be removing as fast as possible to give tax cuts to himself and his rich mates.

          • M 2.3.1.1.2

            Yes millsy, she should hang her head in shame but like the jackal she is she doesn’t have the capacity to feel it – she’s too busy living off the the fat of her new gentrified life.

          • Richard 2.3.1.1.3

            I always find the worse ones are the ones that pulled themselves up from poverty…

            Me too.

            Welcome to rule by the vulgar.

        • bbfloyd 2.3.1.2

          Well said M. I doff my hat to you.

  3. Warren Buffett 80 year old exploiter is so confident of his class that he can say:
    “There’s class warfare, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
    Any of the RWNJs here have a track record one tenth that of Buffett? Not only their deep pockets but their brain sockets?

  4. SHG 4

    NZ doesn’t have an upper class.

    • if you take class to refer to distinct social groups with enduring differences in power, then of course we do.
      your willing blindness doesn’t make their existence any less real :lol:

      • SHG 4.1.1

        The video linked was a commentary on the English and European class system, which NZ just doesn’t have. NZ does not have an upper class. There are some very rich and influential people, yes, but their influence is a result of their wealth. If your influence is a result of your wealth, a European would describe you as middle class – because being a member of the aristocracy has nothing to do with having money.

        Put it this way: if people would think less of you if you lost everything you owned and ended up without a penny to your name, then you’re not upper class.

        • mcflock 4.1.1.1

          Assuming your analysis is correct, would you prefer the term “stratospheric middle class”?

    • bbfloyd 4.2

      SHG..you’ve left your sleeping mask on too long grasshopper.

    • No, NZ has a professional political class, on both sides of the divide. Brought up through universities, nurtured on the one side in unions and on the other in jobs-for-the-boys-and-girls professional firms for a few years and on both sides in Ministerial and party offices, then parachuted into safe seats and/or high list places.

      People with no idea what it’s like to be a worker or to own a small business; to be answerable to an unreasonable boss or the voracious tax man; to stand or fall on your ability and not your connections.

      Put that class into the Cleese role – including it’s utter contempt and feelings of superiority toward the middle and working class – and you’ve got NZ, circa 2010.

    • Vicky32 4.4

      Of course it jolly well does! (I remember in the 1990s, when I was on the DPB, talking to a woman also on the DPB, whose background was ‘better’ than mine – and she sighed, literally and said “don’t you just long to get back in to the middle classes?” When I recovered from laughing I said to her “No, I never was in the middle classes, how could I ever get back there?)
      Then a few years later, I took my son to a sunday school/pre-school play group, and got snubbed by a particular woman, who followed me home a few years after that, from the school her kids attended with mine – to apologise… She had failed to realise that any married woman is only “one husband away from welfare” as the Americans say, and was now on the DPB. The rapid descent from upper class to state paid whore (as a NAT polly of the time put it), had shocked her to the core!
      She was a good woman, her apology for her previous attitude to me was wholly sincere. Pity it took her husband leaving her for his secretary, to make her realise we DPB mums were not all lower class prosties!
      Deb

      • prism 4.4.1

        Reading that Deb it sounds like the Fay Weldon book The Heart of the Country. That book was about woman happily being lower upper class in Brit, and her husband runs off with a beauty queen, empties out the bank accounts and the so and so also swipes everything from her jewellery box. The kids have to go to a state school, she loses car house and has to walk down country lanes getting splashed by beamers instead of driving in them. The children can’t stand it and go back to Dad and his new woman and the lovely money he’s got. She remains low class and finds some gold there.

        • Vicky32 4.4.1.1

          Yes, that’s exactly the situation! The woman I am speaking of got thoroughly shafted, and was very hurt and surprised…
          I have even worse stories, sadly, all true. Women who are ex-wives, even DPB women are in my experience, far more the victims than the villains! As far as I know, this woman’s children stayed with her – well, at this time, they were very young!

          • prism 4.4.1.1.1

            Vicky 32
            “She had failed to realise that any married woman is only “one husband away from welfare” as the Americans say, and was now on the DPB.”

            True and that is why it is important for women to get training and keep up with work skills. Going on the DPB immediately sends you down a peg, even if you have gone through the class rise thing and gone to uni and got a good job. If you have to step out of the job and look after children, or your care arrangements break down it is back to reliance on DPB. Your past experience and work skills will assist with looking for a better part-time job but if WINZ get tough on work requirements, then you will have to take anything that is vaguely suitable.

            There is no class respect or kudos for being a parent, the upper classes may even escape the whole rigmarole by sending their children to boarding school. Let the school deal with their daily nurturing.

            • Vicky32 4.4.1.1.1.1

              That’s all true – but even so, it is my strong belief that women ought to be allowed to be at home with their kids when those kids are young! That woman had 6 year old twin girls and a baby son, I had a 6 year old son… It’s even more important for little kids to have their mum at home when she is their only parent..
              My ex happily ignored us all my son’s life. I worked when he was 6 and 7, and gave it up when I saw how it upset them, that the middle-class kiddies had mum there on sports day, and *his* mum was at work…
              How hard I had to try to get a job after being on the DPB years later, was another story. I had a woman at an employment agency opine that I must fill in the gaps in my CV, and that looking after children would be taken as a cover for a prison sentence, as ‘no one’ stays home with children these days (that was 2004).
              I often think we women can’t win for losing!

              • Bill

                Funny how the DPB mother is chastised and viewed with suspicion while the DPB father is considered heroic and deserving of whatever good things come his way, innit?

                I’d suspect that a DPB father who went to a job interview would be far more likely to get the job (with flexible arrangements that aided and abetted his child caring thrown in), than would a DPB mother.

                ‘Course, I’ve no evidence that that’s the case. Just that living in a patriarchy where males (or male mind sets) tend to dominate the coordinator or managerial class…and bearing in mind that many tend to empathise more with people who in some way remind them of themselves or possible selves…

                • Vicky32

                  Bill, I agree with you absolutely! Back in the 1980s, in Welly, I was visiting my sister, who had a daughter AJ, and AJ’s best friend was called Renee, they were both 4 or 5 at the time. Renee’s father was a newly-become solo Daddy. He had the house, he had the kids (including his wife’s children by her previous husband, and he had a parade of housewives including my sister, taking him casseroles and giving him free baby-sitting practically 24-7 if he required it. Renee’s mother had “walked out” I was told – and I warned my sister to be a bit more wary about believing what the guy said… (He had the same name as my ex who had walked out on me a year before, coincidentally.) Well, the story developed that Margaret, Renee’s mother, had cancer – and had with Ross’ encouragement, left to go to Tauranga to live with her mum, temporarily – while having chemo. As soon as she had left, her husband had gone to court and claimed that she had left without warning, and got an ex parte order giving him the children, and the house to bring them up in! It wasn’t until then, when Margaret came back to find out that she was labelled a deserter and had lost her children, that the Desperate Housewives of Nappy Valley (including my sister) stopped feeding this man and his kids and looking after them for him! I saw all this from the domestic point of view but I have no doubt at all that you’re right – that the managerial classes were bending over backwards to help him – saying “poor guy, he isn’t a shiftless solo mother, he deserves our help”… :(

  5. comedy 5

    Another on the same meme.. fuck they were good.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JSahEDRjvw&feature=related

  6. Nick C 6

    So there wasnt an upper class in the Soviet Union?

    • felix 6.1

      I assume you are trying to present the phrase “one of the pillars of capitalism” as if it contained some inherent inaccuracy.

      Do you also have a problem with the phrase “eggs, one of the ingredients of a cake“?

      After all, there are other foods which also contain eggs.

      • Nick C 6.1.1

        “I assume you are trying to present the phrase “one of the pillars of capitalism” as if it contained some inherent inaccuracy.”

        No

        Im saying that all economic systems contain inequality.

        • the sprout 6.1.1.1

          obviously nick, that would be a truism.
          some systems however, have more inequality than others.

        • millsy 6.1.1.2

          I actually agree with you Nick. There was inequality in the USSR. Party bosses would guzzle wine and caviar in their Crimean dachas while the regulars would queue for hours for a mouldy old loaf of bread.

          But I dont recall their been any homelessness or the likes in the USSR…

          • Richard 6.1.1.2.1

            Undoubtedly, there was homelessness of one sort or another in the USSR. And there was lots of things that were shitty for lots of people.

            So?

            The USSR is no great model for the Great Left Utopia. Aspects of it might be, but the totality was not a success. Aspects of modern capitalism are quite nice too.

          • RedLogix 6.1.1.2.2

            Oh dear the usual old misinformation…. actually for the average person in the USSR life was ok. At least by the 70’s most people had work, reasonable food, warm apartments, access to good health care and an excellent education system. This despite a wide-spread, endemic distrust of government and authorities.

            It should be remembered that the Russian people had never known any form of ‘social democratic tradition’. While much of the rest of Europe had undergone social revolutionary transformations of one sort or another, Russia even by 1918 was still locked into a feudal autocracy of the worst kind. The long overdue reaction swung the pendulum wildly and uncontrollably to the other extreme, into another form of totalitarian nightmare.

            By the 60’s however the worst of those days had receded. And while us Westerners might deplore the degree of political freedoms in the USSR, by the measure of the Russian history, the average person actually enjoyed an unprecedented security and prosperity. Still short of the wealth in a USA at the peak of it’s post-war supremacy, but not a lot different to that enjoyed in much of the rest of the First world, or even here in NZ at the time.

            Life in the Russian climate is always tough, but it had bred a remarkably resilient and interesting peoples… it’s not helpful to get locked into narrow ideas derived from decades of Western media misrepresenting them.

            • Richard 6.1.1.2.2.1

              Oh dear the usual old misinformation…. actually for the average person in the USSR life was ok.

              Sure. Although equally it was a bit shit for some people too.

              The point is that it doesn’t really matter one way or another. No one claims that we should be replicating the USSR.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      Of course there was – the USSR was state capitalist.

  7. Jum 7

    Now, can someone tell me where to find the link to the two Ronnies’ ballet skit?

  8. roger nome 9

    There’s also a lack of any class consciousness in popular media. You generally have to go to underground music for any mention of it. Here’s a goodun –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tyQ30TgaY4

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    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • The Deep State Surfaces
    IT IS EIGHTEEN YEARS since education lecturer, Denis Small, surprised two Security Intelligence Service (SIS) agents attempting to break into the home of the anti-free trade activist, Aziz Choudry. The SIS was to pay dearly (quite literally as it turned...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why bother joining a union?
    This past couple of weeks Unite has had a number of graphic examples on why it can make a huge difference in you work life whether you are a union member or not. 100 cleaners jobs at SkyCity were saved...
    The Daily Blog
  • Ferguson – it just ain’t cricket
    Why do white men fear young black men? Why in this country do we continue to struggle with this? Asked by an old black guy in Ferguson, the crafty questions were answered by an abrupt end to the story to...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: If we want to understand the world around us, we might be bett...
    Psychologist Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, a depressing but impressive book that is the culmination of his life’s work. Kahnemann proposes that people think in two different modes – ‘fast’ and ‘slow’....
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.
    TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke. This Week: Topic...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Slater-Key Txt-Messages Trip-Up – Did Cameron Slater Plan this?
    . Cameron Slater (L) and John Key (R) . Timeline Sunday 23 November: John Key apologises to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater over the publication of an email that forced Justice Minister Judith Collins’ resignation. Monday 24 November: John Key and...
    The Daily Blog
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lisa Owen interviews Glenn Inquiry chair Bill Wilson
    Lisa Owen: Family violence in this country has been described as the slow-burning disaster. It accounts for half of homicides and takes a third of police resources. The Glenn Inquiry's final blueprint was released on Friday, calling for a designated...
    Scoop politics
  • Lisa Owen interviews Finance Minister Bill English
    He’s still “confident” the Government will make its forecast surplus in the 2014/15 year although dairy prices have dropped “further and faster than expected”...
    Scoop politics
  • Q + A 30/11/14: Spying, Family Violence, Texts
    We'll debate why the State needs new powers to spy on Kiwis and the controversial laws that are being rushed through Parliament....
    Scoop politics
  • Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand
    On arrival with his police escort at Auckland Airport tomorrow morning Phillip Smith will be met by other police staff and complete customs and immigration formalities....
    Scoop politics
  • UNICEF Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles
    UNICEF NZ Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles UNICEF NZ has once again launched its nationwide search for six new Youth Ambassadors and is calling on enthusiastic young people to apply before Friday, 12 December 2014....
    Scoop politics
  • Kiwifruit Claim Filed in High Court in Wellington
    The Kiwifruit Claim’s statement of claim has been filed in the High Court in Wellington this afternoon....
    Scoop politics
  • Judgment: John Banks Dotcom Donation Appeal
    A The application to adduce the evidence of Messrs Schaeffer and Karnes is granted. B The application to adduce evidence of Mr Dotcom’s driving conviction is declined. C The appeal is allowed. D The conviction is set aside and a...
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  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
    Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A recommendation about the TPPA was put to 134 public hospital specialists...
    Scoop politics
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday Saturday 29 November 2014 | The new Minister for Maori Development is taking a fresh look at the Te Reo...
    Scoop politics
  • Anti-speeding campaign based on phony science
    Ticketing ordinary motorists will have no effect on the groups who cause most road deaths, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics
  • Human Rights lawyers’ concerns over Terrorist Fighters Bill
    The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill will dramatically erode human rights and civil liberties if passed in its current form, said the Human Rights Lawyer’s Association Aotearoa New Zealand (HRLA)....
    Scoop politics
  • Privacy Commissioner’s naming policy
    Following a period of public consultation, the Privacy Commissioner is implementing a new policy on naming agencies that are in breach of the Privacy Act. The change takes effect on 1 December 2014....
    Scoop politics
  • Need for whole-of-government approach to family violence
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says The People’s Blueprint report by the Glenn Inquiry makes a strong case for a whole-of-government approach to combatting family violence, and highlights some of the ways we could do things better....
    Scoop politics
  • Stop Fracking in Our Big Blue Backyard – Frack Free Kapiti
    Evidence given at the EPA hearing of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at sea blows the industry accepted line that fracking is not happening offshore in New Zealand right out of the water....
    Scoop politics
  • Solidarity with West Papua on 1 December
    Below are the details of the solidarity events in Aotearoa New Zealand to mark West Papua Independence Day, 1 December - there are four events this year: one in Christchurch, one in Wellington and two in Auckland. If you are...
    Scoop politics
  • No charges laid over piggeries investigations
    No charges laid over piggeries investigations 28 November 2014 The Ministry for Primary Industries did not have sufficient evidence to lay charges following two animal welfare investigations into incidents at piggeries earlier this year. The investigations...
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  • Deep Sea Drilling in Rising Seas
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