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Coincidence?

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, July 30th, 2012 - 90 comments
Categories: humour, polls, sexism - Tags: ,

A couple of interesting headlines recently.

“NZ women overtake men’s IQ scores”.

“John Key losing appeal among women”.

Coincidence? I don’t think so…

90 comments on “Coincidence?”

  1. Carol 1

    And, yet, the main opposition parties are also vying to foreground men as party leaders…. part of the focus on “balancing the economy”, something that is largely seen as men’s business.

    Russel Norman? David Shearer? Leaders that will attract women voters, and manage those policies seen as pretty crucial women in the above article on the new Fairfax poll? Really?

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Women have no issue voting for male dominated parties. National’s top ten Ministers after winning 2008 were 80% male. 8 men, 2 women in their top 10. The highest ranked women sat at a lowly no. 7 (Judith Collins).

      In fact, now I look at it, National had just three women in their top fifteen.

      Which must be a recipe for success since National / John Key remained very popular with women voters.

      • Carol 1.1.1

        Sadly, CV, this does seem to be true.

      • weka 1.1.2

        The only way to know why women vote the way they do is to ask them. Has anyone done any decent research on this in NZ?
         
        I vote Green partly because of their commitment to gender equity in leadership and list placement.

      • You are making a large assumption there that women wouldn’t have more enthusiastically supported a party that they found more representative of them, and do so above the level of diminished enthusiasm among National’s more sexist base.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.3.1

          Sure, but I’m not talking about what may have hypothetically happened, I’m talking about what did actually happen.

          Which is that National won two elections, each with considerable help from female voters, despite having far more men in senior positions than women.

          I have a simple thesis: most voters don’t give two hoots about how demographically representative a political party is of them; it’s irrelevant to them. Other factors such as attitude, ideology, vision and ability are far more important.

  2. Craig Glen Eden 2

    Yeah Carol I was really disappointed a number of Labour Woman MPs didnt see the value of having Nania as deputy leader I really thought Nania would make a big difference to the party and make Labour more relevant for woman. Personally I was shocked at how many negative responses we got from young woman while sign waving at the last election.

  3. prism 3

    I hope that more women will be able to see behind John Key’s glamour and look for the person that NZ needs. When they realise that there isn’t anything like that inside there then we might get that stepchange needed for somebody better. And let’s get that somebody ready for the challenge.

    As I said yesterday the news is that for Olympic reporting from London for the NZ print media there are 17 male sports journalists and no women. So women have to be smart to get beyond that sort of self-interest and cloistered jobs for the boys.

    Just a thought too. Women won’t ever be able to use their smarts unless they learn how to be assertive, knowing how and when to be articulate and clear in their reasoned opinions. And women have often tended to be kind as well as thoughtful, but then some are judgmental and classist, so the thinking woman needs to avoid this in her assertiveness. And assertiveness is far different as an intellectual activity from aggression. And emotionalism is not a satisfactory substitute for reasoned thought. And then far too many women stay on the passive-aggressive stage. This means that they try and manipulate for their advantage without openly declaring their thinking.

    • Craig Glen Eden 3.1

      Agree prism I worked for Ten years with woman as my leaders and they were in many many cases far better than blokes in the same or similar roles not all but mostly in my view.

      • prism 3.1.1

        Craig Glen Eden
        The same. But the odd female psychopath (they say there are a lot of these in management, mostly males) I think would be hell.

  4. Richard Christie 4

    More sexual politics.
    I thought we’d moved past the 1980s.

    • Carol 4.1

      It would have been really great if we had moved positively beyond the 1980s.
      But, sadly, politics and many other areas of life are still male-dominated and masculine-defined.

    • rosy 4.2

      So, what came first – improvements in education for girls of improvements in IQ’s of women? An what does the answer (whatever it may be) say about the importance of ‘sexual politics’ and IQ as an accurate measure of intelligence, rather than exposure to good learning environments and expreiences?

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.1

        I don’t know about some other fields. But the girls in dentistry, medical and law school are absolutely kicking the ass of the lads also studying there. No joke. Changes to the high school system has screwed the scrum against the guys, from what I can tell.

        • rosy 4.2.1.1

          As a parent of both genders (and an aunt to lots of secondary school and post-secondary school boys and girls) I can’t see that the high school system was screwed against boys. The boys did take longer to get to grips with having to produce work throughout the year, and work that wasn’t just their own opinion, but once they did, it was good as. Not that it matters if girls do better – the boys still move ahead faster in the workplace ;-)

          I guess there will be plenty of research out there about this, but I’m not sure what is best to look at.

  5. Craig Glen Eden 5

    Sexual politics??? what ever that is?? Nah I think its just recognizing and appreciating that most things can be better with a womans impute in many levels of society and some make excellent leaders and managers and many do it better than some men.

    • muzza 5.1

      Most people lack the basic skills required to run a bath, let alone lead other people, regardless of what gender they might be.

      The corporate environment seems to foster the promotion of the personalities which best suits it purpose, why is this, the reasons are simple in my opinion.

      Why is it that the most capable people seem to be overlooked in many cases, and those with the traits best served far away from management, seem to occupy these positions.

  6. ropata 6

    The prevalence of Antisocial personality disorder [aka. sociopaths] is 3% in males and 1% from females, as stated in the DSM IV-TR.

    more women in charge ==> fewer sociopathic policies

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Nah that’s an improper conclusion because these people tend to be small self selecting populations.

  7. BillODrees 7

    I think women are great. I wish all around me were women. 

  8. captain hook 8

    Yeah.
    I like em too.
    smart and big.

  9. bad12 9

    Wimmin tho, when released from the shackles of previous societal bondage have in my opinion an alarming disposition to behave just like men, that observation applies whether i view such behavior from within the top echelons of society or the bottom….

    • Carol 9.1

      Some do, some don’t, bad. But the problem is that, even when more avenues open up to women, it is often in a culture where traditional masculine values dominate. So for women to succeed in that environment it is necessary to adopt those values , or to adopt a mix of conventional masculine and feminine values (Helen Clark, Maggie Thatcher with her deep voice and handbag), so that they go some way towards neutralising the threat to masculine hegemony while also seeming to be “strong”.

      The more extreme adoption of masculine values in parliament, is especially seen with some NAct MPs, like Collins, who delights in brandishing a bit of phallic imagery (laser gun) in order to show her ability to match it with the NAct guys in toughness.

      It’s not seen so much with other women MPs (e.g. Ardern, Sue Moroney, several women Green MPs, or some NZF women MPs…. and with some male MPs that are also not into ultra macho behaviour: e.g. Gareth Hughes comes to mind).

      Consequently it’s not just about the balance of the sexes actively involved, but the kind of values they espouse.

    • weka 9.2

      Wimmin tho, when released from the shackles of previous societal bondage have in my opinion an alarming disposition to behave just like men, that observation applies whether i view such behavior from within the top echelons of society or the bottom….
       

      Rebound effect. Plus wimmin aren’t really released from bondage are they? They’re given some freedoms on men’s terms (or patriarchy’s terms actually), which determines alot of behaviour.

       
      Wimmin are just people b12, they’re good and bad, and susceptible to socialisation like everyone else. Much of the problem with Parliament is like Carol says, culture. Parliament is a boys club still, and the behaviour that happens there is unbelievable. I wouldn’t put up with it, and most women I know wouldn’t either, so it says something that it is tolerated. It’s no secret that many women who have succeeded there have had to be or become hard arses even just to survive (other simply choose to leave). Hardly conducive to other values and ways of working that would come about if the culture was egalitarian rather than macho.
       
      We should let the kuia run NZ for a while, then we’d see how ridiculous what we do now is.

  10. Johnm 10

    They have to be smarter: Biologically they have to keep the species going by selecting the best mates and procreating. Then they nurture the offspring ’till entry into society:The most important job in Society, and they get such little recognition for it!

  11. Mark 11

    So, last time I checked in here it was to see that women/children are disadvantaged because our system makes it harder for mums to stay at home and look after children.
    Now they’re disadvantaged because they are not given the top jobs?
    If you want to see the worst case of sexual discrimination in NZ, look at the Family Court and Child Support.
    And as I recall recently a female Nat Cabinet Minister was told to “go home and look after your children” by the Opposition (Labour?)
    I know as many women in Senior Exec roles as men.
    It made me laugh and cringe this morning listening to the CEO of the Maori Language Commission referring many times to Norm Hewitt as a great “Human Being” instead of as man.. what does that say about PC gender neutral bullshit?
    Just saying.. (:

    • McFlock 11.1

       Where you claim labour told a national cabinet minister to “go home and look after your children” –  links or it didn’t happen. 
           
      The only google hit for that phrase in NZ was a book extract set in the period of Constantinople.
           
      Your recollection might be imaginary. 

      • Mark 11.1.1

        “links or it didn’t happen” .. interesting comment, especially in view of the outlandish assertions made here. But I’ll have a look, and when I find it no doubt you will acknowledge it humbly.
        No response to the rest of the post?

        • McFlock 11.1.1.1

          Generally people like to provide supporting evidence for their more outlandish comments – I would have thought that a comment like that would have blazed a comet-trail across internet search engines, coming from parliamentarians in this day and age. But not a peep. 
                    
          The rest of your comment didn’t even provide enough specific details to count as an assertion, with the exception of morning report. Apparently it’s pc madness to call Hewitt a human being? I really don’t see why it’s such an issue, but no matter.
                 

      • Mark 11.1.2

        http://www.listener.co.nz/columnists/the-week-in-politics-elephants-childless-mps-and-banksed-cheques/
        Now I know The Listener isn’t Hansard, and I don’t have time to search the whole WWW, but..

        “Labour MPs have interjected on National mums, including Katherine Rich, to the effect of “Why aren’t you home looking after your kids?” National frequently dog-whistled Helen Clark’s elective childlessness. Opposition MPs slated John Key for taking his kids on overseas holidays. It would be difficult to keep count of the under-stress MPs who have been greeted with “Take your pills!” and “How was Hanmer?” from opponents of either stripe. Both sides are roughly as sinning as they are sinned against.”

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1

          Maggie Barry enjoyed a bit of middle class misogynist dishing out good on her for showing her true colours as one of our betters.

          -edit-

          That Listener piece was written by Jane Clifton. As in Murray McCully’s former long time partner, Jane Clifton.

        • McFlock 11.1.2.2

          Ok – looking for that phrase google came up with a few WO and KB posts claiming labour said words to that effect in 2003 (a quick hansard search? Or just on file for damage control like this?). And all Hansard have is a parting shot from Judith Collins accusing Judith Tizard of it.
                   
          Nothing in the news – even 9 or 10 years ago one would have expected  some moral outrage from tories. Shame on Tizard if she said it, and shame on labour for not censuring her if she said it.
                   
          Apparently after Collins’ comment “debate was interrupted”, so it was obviously a parting shot. Far be it for me to accuse her of making shit up at this stage.
                 
          After all – “Labour did it too, once, ten years ago” sounds pretty weak as it is. It sure doesn’t count as “recently”. Although it’s probably worse coming from a minister to an opposition MP than the other way around.

          • Carol 11.1.2.2.1

            McFlock, do such interjections get included in Hansard?

            Also, I would want to know the context before passing judgent. What was Rich talking about when that interjection was made? e.g. she could have been pontificating on women who neglect their children to go out to work.

            • Te Reo Putake 11.1.2.2.1.1

              No, they don’t, Carol.
               
              The ‘quote’ that confused Mark was actually Jane Clifton’s opinion, not a real comment, despite the quotation marks Clifton wrongly put around the words. And it seems to be a precis of comments sourced from the ever reasonable Maggie Barry anyway. So entirely credibility free.

              • McFlock

                And fed to Whaleoil. 
                     
                Basically, Collins’ 2003 comment makes me stop short of “you’re outright making shit up”, but the lack of contemporary reports suggests that maybe she was making shit up, or twisting comments. And of course going around the tory echo chamber it was twisted just enough to make it sound recent, and just enough to make it difficult to find.
                           
                Shame. The Listener used to check its facts, once upon a time. 

              • felix

                Pretty sure I’ve seen interjections in the Hansard. Not all of them of course.

    • Te Reo Putake 11.2

      Allow me, Mark.
       
      “So, last time I checked in here it was to see that women/children are disadvantaged because our system makes it harder for mums to stay at home and look after children.
      Now they’re disadvantaged because they are not given the top jobs?”
       
      These are not mutually exclusive concepts. Some women want to be full time mums, some want to be CEO’s.
       
      “If you want to see the worst case of sexual discrimination in NZ, look at the Family Court and Child Support.”
       
      Yeah, no.
       
      “I know as many women in Senior Exec roles as men.”
       
      Well, you clearly don’t have many contacts in the business world. Even the EMA and the NZX are asking that companies work harder to ensure better representation for women at leadership level.
       
      “It made me laugh and cringe this morning listening to the CEO of the Maori Language Commission referring many times to Norm Hewitt as a great “Human Being” instead of as man.. what does that say about PC gender neutral bullshit?”
       
      What does that say? It says you’re a neanderthal, Mark. Shouldn’t you be have a whinge on talkback radio instead of wasting your time here?
       
       
       
       

      • Mark 11.2.1

        Fuck off bully boy The Redneck Penis-smoker..
        You’ve been called in have you, can’t have dissenting view here.
        What a fucking joke of haters and losers this place is.

        • Te Reo Putake 11.2.1.1

          So I take it we won’t have the dubious benefit of your company any more? From Mark to no mark in record time!
           

          • mike e 11.2.1.1.1

            E tu Brutus mark my words.
            Mark you will be amongst the finest company on KB.
            11,1,2 as Tau Henare says Harden up

        • Colonial Viper 11.2.1.2

          You’ve been called in have you, can’t have dissenting view here.

          Spouting shit like you do and then respectably classifying it as a “dissenting view” is going to be as successful as polishing a dog turd.

  12. Mark 12

    Haha, yeah, well I guess I’ll go and file GST returns, PAYE as well, you know, pay tax, contribute rather than being a hater and wrecker.
    While I’m at it I’ll look after my children, you know, not kill them, keep them warm and healthy, fed. Or I could waste my money on pokies and booze, then blame someone else.
    May as well not clog up the courts and prisons too…
    Shit, could get all radical and save a bit of power, grow some veggies,..
    But you people don’t like that, it’s personal responsibility, and takes a bit more effort than spouting oppression and racism.
    While I’m at it I’ll buy some MOM shares, although I don’t need the extra health and education facilities the proceeds will bring for NZ, I’ll do my bit some more, for the kids you people are letting down.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      While I’m at it I’ll buy some MOM shares, although I don’t need the extra health and education facilities the proceeds will bring for NZ,

      It won’t bring any, in fact, over time the sales of state assets will shut down even more as the dead weight loss of profit bites.

      • Mark 12.1.1

        “It won’t bring any, in fact, over time the sales of state assets will shut down even more as the dead weight loss of profit bites”

        Got a link to that, or evidence?
        It may do if you traitors drive the price down.
        Dividends to the Sttae can only go up if power prices go up.. is that good?
        Or shall we spend millions paying Maori for borrowing their water briefly.. power prices go up?
        Or if (and that’s a big if) power prices go up under MOM, dividends to the State, Kiwisaver funds, NZ Superfund and Iwi, local investors go up.. no?
        If power prices go up, does that not make other renewables more attractive/sustainable?
        So what is your issue again?

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          It may do if you traitors drive the price down.

          Yeah we’re traitors to the Bankster Class. And it feels damn fine.

          • Mark 12.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, the Bankster Class.. is that the same banksters that now give us:

            Fee free banking, and the ability to do it all from wherever you want, via text, app, internet?
            The lowest mortgage rates for years?
            The highest proportion of female executives and managers in almost any industry in NZ?
            The best working conditions (sick, compassionate etc leave)
            Massive sponsorship of community services?
            Green buildings?

            Yeah, fucking hate them, they make profits.
            Try again CV, hopeless arguments all round.

            • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1.1.1

              The fee free banking that only came about after it was introduced by our new state bank?
              Lowest mortgage rates pushed by the banks so that they could boost their profit while impoverishing NZ (yeah, that’s where all that overseas borrowing came from).
              That third question doesn’t make sense – you seem to be trying to compare NZ with NZ.
              Working conditions that were put in place by the unions and have been cut over the last 20 years after National destroyed the unions.
              If we didn’t have such dead weight loss of profit the community wouldn’t need sponsorship from the thieves.
              Green Buildings? hahahahaha, the business community is responsible for the leaky buildings, not green buildings. In fact, business has been in the way of green buildings for as long as I can remember. Whinging about it costing too much to build them.

            • mike e 12.1.1.1.1.2

              Yes mark you’ve nearly calmed down enough to have conversation.
              If not for Jim Anderton this nice friendly banking cartel would be gouging even more.
              ie getting bonuses for loading people with debt.Causing the property bubble which has suited them as they can make more money for less work creating poverty and telling national and labour what to do or their finances will disappear.
              The cigarette companies and alcohol and gambling sectors do their community pr spin as well.
              use their huge financial power to create a need that if we don’t play the game to their rules they will take away.

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1.3

              Yeah, fucking hate them, they make profits.

              They ship over a billion dollars a year in dead loss profits offshore, made off the backs of you and me, taken out of local communities, for doing nothing that we as a country could not do for ourselves.

              Try again CV, hopeless arguments all round.

              :roll:

        • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.2

          Got a link to that, or evidence?

          It’s the basic logic of percentage returns. As money accumulates in the hands of the few they buy up more of the communities wealth increasing the speed of accumulation. The end result is inevitable – all the wealth in the hands of a few and everyone else in dire poverty at which point you get either bloody revolution and/or collapse. The only thing that has prevented this from happening before now is the socialist policies that have, to some degree, prevented over accumulation. Of course, those socialist policies were dumped thirty years ago and now we have over accumulation happening and the global economy collapsing.

          The sale of state assets is just another move by the capitalist class to take ownership of the communities wealth.

    • mike e 12.2

      Bitterness Mark I though only the poor were aloud to do that.
      Take some personal responsibility and deal with it,Stop sulking.
      The only reason the jails aren’t overflowing! is because white collar criminal comrades of yours don’t get prosecuted
      like you expect poor people to buy shares they used to own,
      Feed their families when the rent is to high while the National govt subsidizes landlords

      • Mark 12.2.1

        Gotta say mike e, you’re a pretty good example of our useless leftie teachers not doing their job very well, or is that my fault too?
        I’m not bitter about anything, I just expect everyone to do what they can, and not oppress the poor by telling them they have no power to alleviate their situation.

        • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1

          I’m not bitter about anything, I just expect everyone to do what they can, and not oppress the poor by telling them they have no power to alleviate their situation.

          Except that’s what you’re deathly afraid of.

          The poor have every power to alleviate their situation. And we’re going to teach them how.

          • Mark 12.2.1.1.1

            “The poor have every power to alleviate their situation. And we’re going to teach them how”

            Excellent CV, you’ve seen the light.
            How about showing them how they can reduce electricity bills by 10% or more with little effort?
            How about showing them that Weetbix and milk for breakfast costs 60 cents per day per kid?
            How about teaching them that if they spend 1/2 an hour helping with homework their kids have a greater chance of a job in the future?
            How about teaching them about condoms?
            How about telling them that responsible mining will allow them to make some good bucks?
            How about some financial advice?
            How about giving them some direction and hope?
            How about you go to Greece, or Italy, and see how you get on?

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1.1.1

              Hey Mark, we’re gonna be teaching the next generation how to take possession of this country and its wealth as its guardians and as its stewards.

              Hang on for the ride bro.

              • mike e

                Sons of anarchy under Marks model
                CV

              • Mark

                Much as I agree that we could and should be more independent here, especially in energy and food, your great plan didn’t work historically in places like USSR & China, where the population knew they had to provide for themselves, and were used to and good at working hard to do that.
                Here there is no hope.. the left have removed the ability of the poor to look after themselves, the productive will leave, anarchy & starvation will prevail and you will be responsible for destroying a great country.. all in the name of discredited ideology. Luckily the intelligent and the hard working will not allow this to happen.
                Luckily for you and your misguided ilk, we will probably allow your head to remain attached to your shoulders, and will even continue to pay you to breathe & spout dangerous & treasonous crap.. therein lies the difference between the benevolent right and the nasty left.

                • Colonial Viper

                  your great plan didn’t work historically in places like USSR & China,

                  Uh, neither the USSR nor China have ever asked for my input on their political economic planning.

                  Luckily for you and your misguided ilk, we will probably allow your head to remain attached to your shoulders

                  What is that sound coming from along the stony road? For that is the sound of tumbrils clattering, the sight of once fine rags, and the dusty cries of shattered dreams.

                  • Jenny

                    What is that sound coming from along the stony road? For that is the sound of tumbrils clattering, the sight of once fine rags, and the dusty cries of shattered dreams.

                    Colonial Viper</

                    Ah yes CV, the much awaited, and long heralded, Glorious Proletarian Revolution.

                    While you cheer the dictator of Syria attempting to drown a real revolution in blood?

                    Grow up!

                    Unfortunately you won't have time to indulge your childish role playing fantasy of leading the working class to revolution, before the biosphere is removed.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Unfortunately you won’t have time to indulge your childish role playing fantasy of leading the working class to revolution, before the biosphere is removed.

                      You haven’t conceptualised the fact that there will be no working class revolution in NZ. There are multiple reasons, but a weakness in numbers, resourcing and organisation, and a lack of political involvement and education, are primary amongst them. Change will have to come in other ways.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Here there is no hope.. the left have removed the ability of the poor to look after themselves,

                  It’s not the left that have done that but the right. Enclosing and privatising the commons removes peoples access to the resources they need to look after themselves making them dependent upon the capitalist class. All the dependency and poverty is a direct result of RW policies and it’s the results that they actually want.

                • mike e

                  mark your model has already been tried
                  Don’t cry for me Argentina its no better than totalitarian communism in fact almost identical.
                  You must be the latest tag team troll on the block.
                  Your behaviour and bitterness blinds you to neo liberal cultism show us some evidence of countries where it is working if you want to change any bodies mind around her you will have to put up better evidence than just couple of redneck jerkisms

              • Jenny

                Hey Mark, we’re gonna be teaching the next generation how to take possession of this country and its wealth as its guardians and as its stewards.

                Colonial Viper

                This could be problematic CV, as you’re an ignorant misanthropic racist, who wouldn’t recognise a popular revolution if you saw one unfolding.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Just to be sure, are you talking about the Syrian popular revolution, Jenny. The one which is relying on several thousand imported foreign Arab and Islamic fighters?

                  Hey this is an interesting news piece about what is behind the Syrian “popular” uprising that you back:

                  “It’s the Turks who are militarily controlling it. Turkey is the main co-ordinator/facilitator. Think of a triangle, with Turkey at the top and Saudi Arabia and Qatar at the bottom,” said a Doha-based source.

                  “The Americans are very hands-off on this. U.S. intel(ligence) are working through middlemen. Middlemen are controlling access to weapons and routes.”

                  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/27/us-syria-crisis-centre-idUSBRE86Q0JM20120727

                  Shit Jenny, are you sure you’re not the pro-war activist “who wouldn’t recognise a popular revolution if you saw one unfolding.”

                  • mike e

                    I don’t want to be russin to anybodies defence but but I think a few oligarchs are making plenty out of this conflict.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      War has always been a profitable exercise for a few.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You guys are going to get me into trouble with Jenny. To be clear, this is not a war, or even a conflict, it is a “popular uprising” by “freedom fighters” and not associated in any way with money, resources or wider geopolitical interests.

                  • Jenny

                    So what of all your big talk of leading the people to take possession of this country, and tumbrils, earlier in this thread?

                    Hey Mark, we’re gonna be teaching the next generation how to take possession of this country and its wealth as its guardians and as its stewards.

                    Hang on for the ride bro.

                    And:

                    What is that sound coming from along the stony road? For that is the sound of tumbrils clattering, the sight of once fine rags, and the dusty cries of shattered dreams.

                    What, now you are discounting this talk?

                    ….there will be no working class revolution in NZ. There are multiple reasons, but a weakness in numbers, resourcing and organisation, and a lack of political involvement and education, are primary amongst them. Change will have to come in other ways.

                    Then I am not far off the mark in suggesting that you are just just childishly indulging in vainglorious fantasy. As far removed from the real world as your usually vapid utterances on Syria, or on Climate Change. And who is this “we’ you’re are talking about? Another fantasy of yours?

                    As to who is “the pro-war activist”?

                    Over several threads and several days I have asked you numerous times whether or not you support Assad’s threatened use of gas weapons against the FSA. Every time you have refused to answer the question. Instead ignorantly and racistly tried to discredit the Syrian Revolution as a Euro-driven foreign plot, the Arab people in your opinion being too dumb and cowardly to overthrow the mostly Western backed dictators oppressing them on their own initiative.

                    So I will ask you again. And let the readers decide who is the war monger and racist.

                    CV do you, or do you not, support the use of deadly gas against the FSA?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      CV do you, or do you not, support the use of deadly gas against the FSA?

                      To be clear, does what you call the “FSA” include the thousands, perhaps up to 20,000, foreign fighters who have invaded Syria, and who are funded and armed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey? All of whom have strong military and financial ties to the USA?

                      Then I am not far off the mark in suggesting that you are just just childishly indulging in vainglorious fantasy. As far removed from the real world as your usually vapid utterances on Syria, or on Climate Change. And who is this “we’ you’re are talking about? Another fantasy of yours?

                      Vainglorious, that is an awesome word. I’m going to store that one up for later use, thanks. Doesn’t change the fact that you are wrong on climate change, and that energy depletion is the number one threat to our civilisation.

                      And who is this “we’ you’re are talking about? Another fantasy of yours?

                      I work with a great team of people, politically. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

            • mike e 12.2.1.1.1.2

              Slow down Mark you’ll have a stroke with all that pent up bitterness.
              I study economics as a hobby .
              One of the main reasons NZ has done so well in recessions is the economy is kept afloat is more rich people are made to pay their fair share of Tax.
              And our Welfare system keeps the Economy afloat during recessions look at Argentina 97-98 when following ACT policy their economy collapsed.
              Italy is run on corruption especially at the highest level where the rich pay bugger all tax so allow the tax responsible Germany to bail out Italian and Greek billionaires!
              And as CV pointed out we have bailed them out to the tune of $320 million already and we are on the line for $4.1 billion.
              The Greeks and Italians like us are amongst the hardest workers in the world.

          • Jenny 12.2.1.1.2

            The poor have every power to alleviate their situation.

            Colonial Viper

            Except in Syria of course, eh CV.

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1.2.1

              I have a comment in moderation replying to your 9:48pm, which will appear in due course.

              • Jenny

                If it is your usual misanthropic rant against people you term “middle class”. Or your racist dismissal of the Arab Spring. Or your usual brilliant apologist arguments for continuing with climate change. We may be waiting some time.

        • mike e 12.2.1.2

          So what are the teachers suppose to use their own money to feed the children like many do.
          I know of schools that feed their children breakfast and lunch.The results are quiet dramatic.
          For $360 million per year we could get rid of child poverty a $ 6 billion a year drag on the economy.
          An organization I belong to is trying to get cloths shoes and food to every under privileged child in the country.
          We will never be able to do what the govt can but we are not trying to blame teachers(NZ 4th in the world in education only 1 in 7 Children failing not 1 in 4 like Shonkey pairanah say.)
          What are you doing complaining thats big of you.
          Our family pays huge taxes I don’t complain its the price of living in a democracy’
          I’ve been self employed most of my life and its not easy at times. But when I found a more profitable business it made it a lot easier.
          Now I’m back to being an employee its a little easier but not a lot because I take responsibility seriously.
          Just like I want to make NZ a better place for all not just a few.
          Is that your example Mark.

          • Mark 12.2.1.2.1

            “So what are the teachers suppose to use their own money to feed the children like many do.
            I know of schools that feed their children breakfast and lunch.The results are quiet dramatic”

            so let’s analyse some real situations, of real people, and look at their budgets.

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.2.1.1

              You’re not interested in people Mark, you’re interested in maintaining control.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Energy depletion is a far more serious threat to our civilisation than climate change. More severe, sooner, with only a few years to prepare now.

                  • Jenny

                    Energy depletion is a far more serious threat to our civilisation than climate change. More severe, sooner, with only a few years to prepare now.

                    Colonial Viper

                    This is an absolutely absurd rejection of reality.

                    “….. the extraction practice involves dirty and very expensive technology, and even if the fall off in such fields tends to be steep, the size of the North America fields alone seems likely to be a game changer for the next couple of decades, at least. And these happen to be the crucial decades, if runaway climate change isn’t to become a reality.”

                    Has the idea of Peak Oil… Peaked? And if so, does the planet stand a chance?

                    Gordon Campbell

                    http://werewolf.co.nz/2012/06/has-the-peak-oil-idea-peaked/

                    CV, with your support for facism in Syria and your support for continued climate change, condemning future humanity to a ravished earth. Whether you realise it or not you have seriously damaged your brand, and it will be hard to take you seriously on any other topic.

                    You say you have a great team around you, I’ll take your word for that. But do any of them know what you say as an anonymous blogger?

                    If they did, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are not looking a bit sideways at you at the moment.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You keep chasing your climate change objectives Jenny.

                      Just know that economic collapse facilitated by energy depletion and peak debt is going to do all the hard lifting for you.

                      Just one example: in the USA the number of passenger vehicles per driver has been falling for years. Peak new car sales in the USA was in 2000, with over 17M new cars sold. They have never exceeded that number since. In fact, this year, new car sales will come in at least 3M less, due to the economic decline.

                      You say you have a great team around you, I’ll take your word for that. But do any of them know what you say as an anonymous blogger?

                      If they did, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are not looking a bit sideways at you at the moment.

                      Of course they know, since “Colonial Viper” is not a pseudonym, its my real name. :twisted:

          • Mark 12.2.1.2.2

            “I’ve been self employed most of my life and its not easy at times. But when I found a more profitable business it made it a lot easier.
            Now I’m back to being an employee its a little easier but not a lot because I take responsibility seriously.”

            Oh, self employed, not easy?.. I thought being self employed was just being a capitalist scum.. learnt that here.
            Employee.. a little easier, take responsibility.. I agree, I have been employee, employer, contractor.. you get out what you put in.

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.2.2.1

              Don’t forget the corporate ticket clipping and rentier extraction that SME owners have to suffer at every step.

              And as communities get poorer, so do your customers. And that is the biggest impact on the bottom line.

              • mike e

                +1

                • mike e

                  HSBC in yet another banking scandal looks like borrowing bills English is going to have to borrow more money off another bank to bail out the other bank

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Notice how repeated banking and finance scandals each concerning hundreds of millions or many billions of USD suggest that financial fraud in the industry is not just incidental, it is a way of life.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Fraud in banking has been a way of life for centuries. Adam Smith remarked upon it and I really haven’t seen any evidence to suggest things have changed.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yeah can’t really dispute that. Issuing more certificates for gold than actual gold in the vault an example dating back a few hundred years.

  13. jellytussle 13

    So I watched the clips of the great Chch plan on 3 news and inside all I could see were loads and loads of balding heads…..virtually no women at all. When the cameras went outside to the protesters suddenly there were lots of women commenting. It was a shame that Campbell didn’t pick up on it. The old boys network is well and truly alive.

    • Carol 13.1

      Yes, jt. I have been thinking the name for Gerry’s plan of Christchurch should be Boystown. Rugby stadium etc. Little for families and children in the planned spaces, and all that glass seems functional, but not designed for it’s sense of community, spiritual well-being and humanity.

  14. My wife has been telling me this for 58 years ,So perhaps the reason she has been at my side for so long is proof that she is prettt smart,. Lookng over my shoulder she has just said its because she loves me , so perhaps smart women also love.

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    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
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