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Screaming left-wing conspiracy theorist shocked at spying on Diplomats

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, March 24th, 2015 - 84 comments

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In the NZ herald today, Terence O’Brien has been questioned about the recent revelations of spying to get Minister’s jobs after politics. Despite a Press Corp being with the PM in ROK, none has yet bothered to as the Koreans, or the former Foreign Minister GCSB spied upon, for their comment, instead relying on Honest […]

The rich want to hide their wealth because of kidnap threats

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 22nd, 2015 - 173 comments

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The Liberal National Party Coalition in Australia want to overturn a requirement for corporations with a turnover of $100 million to disclose tax information on the grounds that kidnapping will occur even though the rich’s ostentatiousness is plain to see without the information being published. And in America it has been estimated that Wall Street’s bonus pool is twice the amount paid to full time American employees living on the minimum wage.

The “Brighter future”.

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, March 21st, 2015 - 34 comments

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Labour, in 1984, with Richard Prebble and Roger Douglas, promised that if we adopted their prescription we would have a “Brighter Future”. Ruth Richardson in the 90’s promised a “Brighter Future”. Again in 2014 John Key’s National promises a “Brighter Future”.

A “Brighter Future”. For whom?

 

UPDATED: Developers will save Kauri – for a Price

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, March 11th, 2015 - 40 comments

Save Kauri

Was driving through Henderson today toward the City centre and spotted a car with screen painting on its bumper…

“Keep Kauri standing”…

Anti TPPA Rallies this Saturday

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, March 6th, 2015 - 11 comments

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  For details of protest action nearest to you check out the itsourfuture website.

National Ltd™ Battling Truth On Two Fronts

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, March 6th, 2015 - 13 comments

john key I will resign if the GCSB conducts mass surveillance

The lies and media pap being distributed for public consumption by the boys down at “The Club” are old and worn out now. Politicians, public commentators, and media heads who really think they can get away with this flimsy “rinse and repeat” justification of the indefensible are treated us with contempt. 

Expect more zero-hours crisis cases

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, March 5th, 2015 - 8 comments

No to zero hour contracts

Today is not a good day for workers. Employment law changes that take effect today weaken workers’ rights and will result in more cases of zero-hour contract “excesses”. Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway has been doing good work on this issue (sign the petition). In contrast National’s position now appears confused, with Workplace Relations & Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse acknowledging problems even as today’s changes make matters worse.

Nats getting squeamish on zero hour contracts

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, March 4th, 2015 - 61 comments

No to zero hour contracts

Zero hour contracts are the logical end point of National’s agenda for employment legislation. But last night Workplace Relations & Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse promised legislation to “prohibit the worst excesses”. “Excesses” in the free market – who would have thought?

Politicising banking

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, March 3rd, 2015 - 110 comments

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The attack on banking services for Mega is a high profile example of the politicisation of banking. We’re on a very slippery slope here…

Politician salary rises and the minimum wage increase

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 27th, 2015 - 106 comments

Angry John Key

John Key has yet again asked the Remuneration Authority to limit the increase in MPs pay.  And yet again they have said that the law required them to make the decision they did.  So MPs get a hefty raise at the same time that the minimum wage is raised slightly.  And the media report Key’s comments sympathetically.  He is the Prime Minister.  If anyone can change the law he is the person best placed.

NZ Banks are very worried…

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 am, February 25th, 2015 - 76 comments

Foreclose on banks not people

New Zealand banks (which are really Australian banks) are REALLY worried for us (oh, and for themselves).

Another week another banking scandal

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, February 12th, 2015 - 91 comments

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Another big tax evasion scandal with links to NZ. Don’t expect the government to spend any time looking in to this.

The SkyCity Deal

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, February 10th, 2015 - 74 comments

Sky city

Eighteen months ago Stephen Joyce said about the Sky City Convention Centre deal that anything not written down was not happening. It appears that he was wrong as John Key softens us up for more public money being spent on a private convention centre.

A calculated feeding of the beasts within

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, February 5th, 2015 - 74 comments

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The social democracy of my youth has radically collapsed into our current culture of individualism, privatisation and personal greed.

The lie about productivity and wages

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, February 5th, 2015 - 49 comments

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The Productivity Commission has a new report out which looks at changes in the labour income share, or LIS, from 1978 to 2010. The labour income share is described in the report’s summary as: The labour income share (LIS) measures the split of national income between workers who supply labour and the owners of capital. […]

AFFCO Talley’s and Jobs That Count

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, February 5th, 2015 - 9 comments

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Darien Fenton at Jobs That Count brings us the details of the fight for decent pay and conditions at Talley’s meat processing plants

Greece to reclaim its future?

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, January 27th, 2015 - 248 comments

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Greece has voted to reclaim its future from the banks.

Monbiot on state media and the corporate elite

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, January 26th, 2015 - 43 comments

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George Monbiot wrote recently on how Canadian and United Kingdom public media reporting on corporate news are hopelessly pro business and lacking in any sort of balance. And how the volume of articles concerning environmental issues is declining. Is it the same in New Zealand?

The last gasp of oil

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, January 23rd, 2015 - 109 comments

smoke stacks

Fracking has created a short term oil glut. That’s bad news for climate change. Could we at least find a silver lining in this carbon cloud, or will it be business as usual?

An interesting milestone

Written By: - Date published: 4:22 pm, January 19th, 2015 - 37 comments

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An interesting milestone in inequality is about to be passed.

Sacrificing our Sovereignty in the name of Free Trade

Written By: - Date published: 1:24 pm, January 15th, 2015 - 30 comments

TPPA protest

The United Kingdom is debating entry into the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which like the TPPA will allow investor-state disputes to be resolved by unappealable unaccountable private arbitration. George Monbiot in the Guardian describes the issue well and has suggestions on how the proposal can be challenged.

Dirty Politics in 2015

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, January 13th, 2015 - 81 comments

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Political Scientists Bronwyn Hayward and Mark Boyd were interviewed on Radio New Zealand yesterday on New Zealand politics in 2014 and what happened during the election.  They talked extensively on dirty politics, on the role of the media and how things can be improved in 2015.

The Socialist Pope

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, December 29th, 2014 - 54 comments

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has created a stir recently.  He has been instrumental in the ending by the United States of sanctions against Cuba, he has criticised the Curia for being inwardly focussed and not sufficiently concerned for the poor and he has reached out to Muslims.  And to top things off he is intending to issue a Papal Encyclical on climate change and will be urging countries to enter into a meaningful agreement on climate change.

Bill Gates on Piketty and inequality

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 26th, 2014 - 63 comments

Bill Gates

Thomas Piketty in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century came to the strong conclusion that capitalism left by itself will increase inequality and cause increased risk of social, economic and democratic upheaval.  He has an unlikely supporter, albeit critical, in Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world.

USA pimpin for its mega corporates

Written By: - Date published: 5:04 pm, December 18th, 2014 - 19 comments

TISA1 beware

Another day, another crucial leak of information relating to a relentless drive by the USA  to have control of as much data as they can, in as many countries as possible.

Inequality – two excellent pieces

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, December 14th, 2014 - 65 comments

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Inequality has been very much in the news recently. Friday saw the publication of two really excellent pieces that between them provide a comprehensive, if depressing overview.

Christmas at the extremes

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, December 13th, 2014 - 65 comments

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Two New Zealands will shortly celebrate Christmas, the poor and the rich. Here’s a crazy thought…

‘Ditch the [misleading] rhetoric’

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, December 12th, 2014 - 16 comments

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On RNZ this morning PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff criticised Bill English for his misleading rhetoric about rises in “average wages”.  NZ’s income and wealth gaps have increased in recent decades.  The lowest income remain low; the top earners get big salary increases.

None so blind

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, December 12th, 2014 - 181 comments

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Message to today’s anonymous Herald editorialist – competition doesn’t close the inequality gap, it widens it. In other news, black is black not white, and water is wet. How can you write such drivel?

Local Bodies: “Government Given the Bums Up”

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, December 10th, 2014 - 5 comments

Local Bodies climate crime scene

From the Local Bodies blog, 2 posts on the government’s “head in the sand” approach to climate change and the environment.  A critique of the government’s approach to business, mining and the environment & a report on the protest against the government’s head in the sand approach.

Profits before Botulism

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, December 9th, 2014 - 40 comments

The new report from the Government finds Fonterra woefully inadequate in its food safety culture putting profits before the safety of people. The Ministry doesn’t escape either. “The ministry had no single, coherent (or reviewed or rehearsed) crisis plan for a food incident that it could implement straight away after receiving notification of C. botulism. […]

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