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Key has a whinge

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 am, May 10th, 2012 - 111 comments
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Key’s playing the pity angle telling schoolkids who want to be PM: “Frankly, the way it’s going at the moment you can have the job” and sighing that “it’s going to be a long two and a half years”. Comments that suggest the Banks.com affair is more concerning to him than he pretends.

Then, he whinged about the “grief” he is getting for preparing to sell our gambling law to SkyCity saying: “Sure I can sit around and do absolutely nothing for the next nine years and I might survive that long but it’s not going to take New Zealand anywhere”

Can anyone honestly say that New Zealand has gone anywhere good in the last three and a half years? Unemployment is up by 60,000. The number of beneficiaries is up by 70,000.

The Government has borrowed $50 billion. And at a time of record export prices, we’ve still been spending more than we earn with the rest of the world because of the massive outflow of profits from our control and the rapidly rising cost of oil imports.

GDP per capita is at 2004 levels and 2% below where it was when Key came to office – growth is barely keeping up with the population. Every time, the Nats promise the brighter future is just around the corner, and then take barely contained delight in saying we’ll have to wait, and cut more services while we wait.

Petrol is as near record prices, public transport is over-flowing but the government is devoting 75% of its transport budget to a handful of roads to nowhere. Housing is getting more expensive as the median household gets poorer.

The government rules by making certain groups of people into class enemies and whipping up public sentiment against them – beneficiaries, Maori, teachers. Democracy has been usurped repeatedly with acts like the Supercity, Ecan, CERA, and asset sales.

We’re about to lose sovereign control over major strategic assets by a single vote in Parliament and the PM won’t even give a hint of respect to the vast majority of us who are angry about it. The only one who can stop it is Peter fucken Dunne who has the gall to claim he was open about supporting asset sales before the election.

Our Prime Minister and ministers have repeatedly made us laughingstocks around the world. In the past, we have had leaders who shaped international debate – the current one is most likely to appear overseas in ‘offstuff’ sections and treats diplomatic trips as an opportunity to get in photos with Obama.

Billions of public money has gone to favours for National’s elite allies – ETS cuts, finance company bailouts, Warners deal, irrigation subsidies, borrowing for tax cuts for the rich, a profit-making prison when we already have plenty of empty prison beds, the Mediaworks bailout – and, now, our very law is for sale and we’ll get landed with more pokie machines in the cancer that is SkyCity and a convention centre that will be a white elephant. The only one who can stop it is John fucken Banks who has the gall to claim he didn’t know that SKyCity gave him a $15,000 donation.

The Prime Minister who promised higher standards is currently leaving Judith Collins and John Banks in office when they ought to be gone for all money because he can’t afford a coup or to lose his party’s one permanent ally because Key knows that, despite National’s high polling, he stands on the edge of defeat.

111 comments on “Key has a whinge”

  1. Dr Terry 1

    What is so bad is the awful feeling of helplessness. Though we might wonder “what is the use?”,
    especially when so many actually believe this country is “going in the right direction” (to the Right indeed!), we must resist lethargy. Ever so many are buying into the Government’s desperate short term “solutions” (refusing to contemplate the longer term) that it truly makes one wonder about levels of intelligence among New Zealanders.

  2. higherstandard 2

    Shouldn’t the title be “Eddie has a whinge.” ?

    • lprent 2.1

      At least Eddie didn’t massively contribute to cause the problems that he is whining about.

      John Key whines about his own political ineptness… He really is reminding me of David Lange more and more very month.

      • higherstandard 2.1.1

        Can’t argue with that.

        ………. unless Eddie is part of the Labour strategy team !

        • burt 2.1.1.1

          They have a strategy team ?????

        • lprent 2.1.1.2

          Ah – nope. I wish he was – more political nous.

          Mind you, just at present I’m hoping that there is such a team. Traces of a coherent framework have been somewhat lacking. But I am happier now that we haven’t seen anyone make dumb screwups for a while. That has to be a good sign.

          But I have to say that that is better than the apparent National strategy of pouring the factional intestines in public from ritual disembowelments conducted from behind people’s backs. Now it appears that we have whining added to the strategic mix.

          I find it hard to see who the target audience is for both of these ‘strategies’. Perhaps the children that Key was talking to? It does reek of the horrors of the schoolyard as our kids get socialized.

          Meanwhile our economy is in the doldrums and all National will do about it is to visit the pawnbrokers. Clearly they aren’t into being more productive…

          Update: I see Burt made exactly the same point I did about the Labour strategy team. And he didn’t say retrospective once ! :twisted:

        • Well Balanced: a Chip on Both Shoulders 2.1.1.3

          We have a strategy team? Yep, the guys n gals who gave us the that Great Election Winning Strategy of 2008.

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    If I can repeat a comment from an earlier post, Key had a moment of unintended honesty yesterday when talking about Colin Craig.
     
    One minute into this clip, he says “its going to be a long two and a half years”. As the first words come out, he’s all smiles, but there seems to be a moment of self awareness at the end when he realises the implication of what he has said.

    • rosy 3.1

      That deserves a lot of replays, that does.

      • Carol 3.1.1

        replays inserted into a rap/song By a well-known Kiwi band?

        Or even using this song:

        http://indilean.com/two-and-a-half-years/

        Two and a half years take me back
        Two and a half years
        Two and a half years take me back
        Would i really want to return to that?

        I can’t believe that its been that long
        I can’t believe how many things went wrong
        I sometimes dream that I will wake up and find I was dreaming
        But I need to quit that ’cause its just wishful thinking

        Two and a half years where’d they go
        Two and a half years
        Two and a half years where’d they go
        Two and a half years with nothing to show

        I’m not saying I wasted every day of it
        But I do believe I didn’t always make the best of it
        If the person who I was met the person who I am, I think he’d have some words for me
        I think he’d tell me that I’m not the man I wanted to be

        Two and a half years what a mess
        Two and a half years
        Two and a half years what a mess
        Learn from mistakes and forget the rest

        I never thought it would come to this
        I never dreamed that I would succumb to it
        I’m tired of wasting my time tired of wasting my life tired of wasting away
        I think its time for me to get out the door and face the day

        Two and a half years now gone by
        Two and a half years
        Two and a half years passed me by
        And I’m two steps closer to the day I die

        I’ve been living in the past, I’ve been living in the past, I’ve been living in the past
        Forgot the future still exists, forgot the future still exists, forgot the future still exists

        Forgot the future still exists, and even though we’re not still little kids, there’s still a whole lot of time left to live
        Its time for me to get out that door, time for me to knock down that damn door, time to knock that damn door down to the damn floor

        Two and a half years take me back
        Would i really want to return to that?
        Two and a half years where’d they go
        Two and a half years with nothing to show

        Two and a half years what a mess
        Learn from mistakes and forget the rest
        Two and a half years passed me by
        And I’m two steps closer to the day I die

      • felix 3.1.2

        Certainly does. Allow me to re-emphasise: http://www.3news.co.nz/Condom-study-behind-Craigs-promiscuous-comment/tabid/370/articleID/253657/Default.aspx

        Hey John Key, it’s going to be a much fucking longer two and a half years for a lot of other kiwis. This PM gig isn’t actually all about your soft privileged miserable arse.

    • Maui 3.2

      “One minute into this clip, he says “its going to be a long two and a half years”. As the first words come out, he’s all smiles, but there seems to be a moment of self awareness at the end when he realises the implication of what he has said.”

      I would not be surprised to see a snap election at some favourable juncture.

      It would provide Key with a swift and graceful exit while reshuffling the National Party
      leadership team and catching Labour off guard.

      The alternative could be a long parliamentary grind in what Krugman and Shiller
      now call a Depression.

      • Strategos 3.2.1

        It would make sense if there was an emerging successor who has broad support within National.
        I imagine that Shipley, Boag and the Grandees would be working on something like that, hence the
        perceived ‘civil war’. More likely it would be a consensus team led by someone who has kept a low profile such as the current minister for Defence.

  4. marsman 4

    John Key whine. Typical. Bullying and then woe is me. The Punch and Judy show.

  5. BLiP 5

    .

    How’s Tourism going, John?

    • weka 5.1

      Speaking of which, we could add the gutting of DOC and the push to make it a tourism ministry as another of Key’s accomplishments.
       
       

    • Phil 5.2

      Hawaii here I come!

  6. Carol 6

    When the difficult times come, as they do whenever you’re working on any medium-to-long term project, it helps carry you through if you really believe in what you are doing, and have developed a reasonably coherent plan to achieve it.

    JonKey just seems to be in politics for the status, and the deals with the already-wealthy. Walking to stand still, in the face of constant conflicts and knocks, must seem like a pointless task.

    And now that the whole neoliberal wave that he rode to riches on is falling apart, he has no idea what to do except to continue doing deals, keep trying to spin deal-making illusions, and ultimately, retreat to his mansion in Hawaii and surround himself with his rusting baubles.

    • Phil 6.1

      You read my mind Carol. I reckon he won’t make the next election. The fun has all gone out of it for him.

  7. Frida 7

    Yeah I read that this morning from his greatest fan Tracy Watkins and was disappointed that the Stuff comments were disabled as my overwhelming reaction which I wanted to share was “Oh boo hoo, cry me a river and get out your violin, John. There are people suffering in this country, no thanks to you and your neoliberal fanboys”.

  8. Uturn 8

    Oh boo hoo, Key ol’ boy. At least you have food, transport, winter shoes and clothes and a warm house to come home to.

    Your kids are doing fine and not riddled with avoidable diseases; you could afford for the doctor to make a house visit if they were sick and not have to take unpaid time off your job to wait in a waiting room for 4 hours and then wonder what is going to fall off the needs list to pay for any prescription medicine.

    You aren’t under the constant panic of having your pittance income whipped away from you by a sneering case worker. You don’t see society as hostile when you walk the streets, or know it when you see a BMW or Merc drive by, or sometimes even just a guy in a suit with a tie. When your bus makes a change in certain areas you don’t have to keep your eyes down to avoid the unprovoked insults and dirty looks because you aren’t from round there.

    Unless you want to fight, that is. And when you do, the police know you are in the wrong because the other guy looks richer.

    You don’t have to live for the moment, John, you dream of Hawaii. If it all goes wrong, no problem, you can escape. You don’t wonder to yourself what the hell you are doing alive when there appears to be no point at all, but to be abused or exploited by someone; or have to struggle to contain the agression, hate and hopelessness it causes.

    You don’t know what it’s like to have no more than $5 to your name most days and if you have a bank account, you don’t use cash because that last 85c you’ll use eftpos to access is your last meal for the week – maybe a scone from the supermarket, or a muffin if they’re on special. Tastes great, John, fuckin’ great.

    And it just stretches on and on, into the future, because despite being told there are plenty of jobs, employers haven’t replied to one of your applications for over a year and the selection to choose from is dwindling and the same fishing expeditions from consultancies keep coming up.

    If you had $1150 dollars spare, John, maybe you’d do a basic IT course – one that is not easiliy dismissed by smug employers – but would it neutralise social prejudice, John? Would paying for a job move a person closer to a chance of getting one or being allowed to keep one, John?

    Maybe we just make bad choices, John. Afterall, we’re all exactly the same, same backgrounds, same talents, living in a well-meaning warm and friendly cherry-pip world. You don’t know what isolation does to a person, John. No, you don’t have any of the kind of the anxiety that you, most recently, think young women and other beneficiaries should be under constantly.

    Fuck you, you pissant thief.

    Yep, gonna be a long two years, or less, for you, John Key. Some of the people you despise have lived much worse for most, if not all, their lives. If I were you, I’d leave the country when you’re done. In fact why not go now? Spring will be starting in the Northern hemisphere.

    • Frida 8.1

      +1 Uturn. That gets Comment of the Year. Can you email it to the sycophant Tracy Watkins to give her a dose of reality too???!!

      • Pete George 8.1.1

        Uturn has been challenged:

        Is there any wonder that John Key sometimes wonders what he’s doing here? And let’s be honest; there were those on the Right who were just as abusive towards Helen Clark towards the end of her Prime Ministership; we hope that we never stooped to this level of abuse though.

        Let’s not pretend that things are rosy in New Zealand; patently they are not, and the government is having to grapple with a myriad of issues. Likewise, there are a lot of people out there in less than ideal circumstances. It’s not that many years ago that we were out of work, and on the bones of our bum. We’re grateful that work became available, even though it was shitty, smelly factory work at minimum wage and unsociable hours. But we made a conscious decision to make the best of it, work as hard as we could, and get ahead. It was a humbling time, but it’s not one that we will ever regret.

        No government is ever going to please every citizen, and history will judge a government on how it looks after its most vulnerable. But benefits aren’t being cut, the minimum wage has increased every year of this government, and every working New Zealander got a cut in personal income tax in 2010.

        So what do you think; has Uturn got a point, or is this an abusive rant from a John Key-hater? And will our anonymous friend (there’s some many of them now that we lose track) be surprised that far from deleting his/her cut and paste from The Standard, we’re actually featuring it and encouraging debate?

        A challenge accepted

        Rise to the challenge? Or resume standard levels of abuse?

        • millsy 8.1.1.1

          “We’re grateful that work became available, even though it was shitty, smelly factory work at minimum wage and unsociable hours. But we made a conscious decision to make the best of it, work as hard as we could, and get ahead. It was a humbling time, but it’s not one that we will ever regret.”

          Yeah well Inv2 wants to cut the min. wage, paid sick leave, holidays, and ban unions to make that job even more smelly and shitty.

        • felix 8.1.1.2

          “we hope that we never stooped to this level of abuse though.”

          Sure Pete, I’m pretending not to remember any of that too.

          • Pete George 8.1.1.2.1

            I don’t recall seeing Inventory2 stooping to low abuse, he’s one of the more reasonable commenters out there.

            But of course there are low stoopers scattered all over. It’s hard not to get sucked down, I guess we all get drawn into it to an extent but some are far worse and more persistent with abuse than others.

            Talking of that, Redbaiter has popped up occassionally again lately, and actually posted a good comment on fracking/fraccing/fracing/fracting on KB yesterday – it was just about all a cut and paste, but totally absent his usual torrents of abuse. He’s one of the worst I’ve come across and I’ve had many full on battles with him.

            • millsy 8.1.1.2.1.1

              reasonable commentator.

              He’s a bible bashing god botherer who wants to cut wages.

            • felix 8.1.1.2.1.2

              Ah yes, I forgot that InventedTory likes to refer to himself as “we”. Silly me for assuming his sentence was supposed to make sense in the context of him talking about “the right”.

              I don’t think redbaiter says much that most of the rest of your kiwiblog mates disagree with. He’s a bit more outspoken than most and he’s pretty aggressive but his views are more or less accepted in general.

              • No, you don’t see much of what’s been going on there.

                Redbaiter’s derided by most at KB, there’s only a handful that gave him much support and they left with him when he huffed off under a barrage of criticism some time last year, vowing never to return.

        • Hayden 8.1.1.3

          …get ahead…

          Those two words really give me the shits. We can’t all be ahead, by definition roughly 50% of us have to be behind. We should be aiming to make “behind” better, or at least liveable.

        • travellerev 8.1.1.4

          I have never said this before to you P.G. but I’m saying it today: Why don’t you go fuck yourself. There is a big difference to someone responding to a whinging Narcissist in desperation or verbal abuse.

          And no, P.G. I’m not going into a long stupid discussion with you because until now I just thought you weren’t worth the energy but today you really got on my wick with your even more moronic crap then usual and I still think you’re too much of a silly little man to engage with.
          Have a nice day while fucking yourself! Oh, and this was intended as abuse.
           

          • Pete George 8.1.1.4.1

            No discussion necessary, you’ve fired with both towers.

          • The Baron 8.1.1.4.2

            Hahaha the most insane woman in the room comes out with this missive.

            You’re a nasty AND nutty piece of work, Eve. If we are dishing out go fuck yourselves and pretending that that is valid commentary, then heres yours.

            • McFlock 8.1.1.4.2.1

              even a stopped [analogue] clock is right twice a day. 
                  
                 
                   

          • deuto 8.1.1.4.3

            For once T, I agree with you.

            I am totally fed up with PG, not because he is not entitled to his views, but a range of things including the way he worms his way into good threads and creates divisions and diversions from the theme and views of that thread, thereby effectively destroying/shutting down the main discussion in the thread. More often than not, the way he does it is to turn the focus onto him and his views – even if the resulting comments are anti-him and his views.

            PG’s first comment in this one is a classic example – Uturn commented at 8 (8.41am), a string of suuportive comments followed at 8.1 to 8.9 (10.55am). Then PG comes in at 11.27am – not replying to Uturn’s comment at 8 but to the first comment at 8.1 – turning the focus from Uturn’s comment to PG’s views etc on it, with a string of responses then to PG. This effectively then overshadowed the other direct and supportive responses to Uturn at 8, separatiing them from the original comment.

            I have noticed him do this before and have come to the conclusion it is a deliberate tactic.

            Regardless of what I think of the quality or validity (or otherwise) of PG’s views, it is the tactics I object to – and the fact that people fall for it and respond. It means that he effectively takes over and destroys for me (and I believe, others) an otherwise extremely good blogsite, thanks to lprent and all the others who work so hard to make is so.

        • bbfloyd 8.1.1.5

          are you serious petey boy?? you waste our time with yet another mealy mouthed set of bullshit excuses that don’t have any relationship to the reality that large, and growing larger numbers of johhny sparkles people are facing every day, of every week, of every year that this utterly piss poor impersonation of a government will be in control.. uturn has spoken for the many thousands of new zealanders who have had hope, dignity, and ambition, for themselves, and their children callously ripped away so that the asset stripping that represents no more than the children of the old aristocracy can steal back what was fought for, and paid for with lives by ordinary men and women….

          the right to dignity in life, and work… a fair wage to support families properly…. the opportunity to be ambitious for the children of the working classes…. the right to be able to contribute to society in meaningful ways, rather than being no more than pack animals worked to early graves for the benefit of a corrupted, and dysfunctional “elite”….

          and the best you can do is make excuses for them?? what a wanker!!

          no wonder you’re joined at the hip to petey1…. you’re both morally vacant….

        • Inventory2 8.1.1.6

          Actually Pete, it wasn’t a challenge to Uturn; it was a challenge to the anonymous commenter at Keeping Stock who copied and pasted his comment from here onto another thread (which was completely irrelevant to this issue), who reckoned that I wouldn’t leave his comment there. I not only accepted Mr/Mrs Anonymous’ challenge; I actually turned it into a post of its own, from which no comments have been deleted!

        • North 8.1.1.7

          You’re such a waste of space apologist Pete George.

          Do we not all know the stuff you’re talking about in your wistful, patronising but kindly, village vicar way ?

          Do most of us not know it more vividly than you seem to ?

          You’re preoccupied with engaging “pretty” debate……..the lust for the image of an intelligent, considered, superior member of the community. That is the mark of the arsehole middle classer who knows fuck all.

          I’m from a provincial town where the median annual income is $17,900 and I’m in one of the-pick-up-the pieces industries which have to operate here. You wouldn’t believe what I see daily. And against those realities you talk utter feeble shit.

          You burble on in your “measured” way (until periodically you get ridiculous and speculate wildly), making such acknowledgments as you believe “proper”.

          That’s apologism for the right-wing status quo.

          You just don’t get it . Why ? Ignorance and a proclivity for patronising but kindly (until you go off), village vicar pompsoity. The world not as it is but as it is through Pete George’s little, unseeing, limited eyes. In other words it’s all about “me” Pete George.

          • Reality Bytes 8.1.1.7.1

            Excellent summation about how Pete often pisses people off.

            I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but you have explained how he does it most adeptly.

    • sassafrass lass 8.2

      ++ comment of the year. Powerful

    • rosy 8.3

      +1 Great writing. It deserves to be an open letter to Key. Who knows… one of his staff might grow a conscience.

    • cin77 8.4

      That brought tears to my eyes because you just described me.
      Day before yesterday I pulled up a board on my porch to get .50c I’d dropped cause we needed milk for cornflakes. As I did it I thought about how low I felt- I didn’t even have a spare fifty cents to replace the one I had dropped.

    • deuto 8.5

      Uturn, thanks for a great Comment – absolutely agree with the other comments that this needs to be widely published – eg as an open letter to Key. As does Cin77’s reply.

      Hang in there, Cin77 – you are not alone and wish I could do something. I am sure that you have a lot of understanding and supportive fellow travellers here.

    • Kevin Welsh 8.6

      +1

      Amen brother.

    • Kevin Welsh 8.7

      Uturn

      Do a cut-and-paste to the comments section of this article and see if it gets through:

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6891991/John-Keys-midterm-blues

    • Chris 8.8

      Powerful comment! Bought me close to tears as we all know that this is the truth of a great proportion of our society.God must be the only one who knows what we have done to deserve key as our pm because I certainly don’t.

    • muzza 8.9

      Great post Uturn, I hope you have sent it to all of the MPs

      So do the rest of you on here email your local mp, councilors etc, because I can tell you this. Lobbying them has better chance to make a difference, than vacillating on this site, which is great for awareness, but has little influence in reality…not a criticism!

      http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/5858C8A5-ACDF-4B35-8D7A-3ABB7B19ACDB/214239/listofmembers100413.pdf

      There is the list, get writing, and make a difference, one per week as a target!

      Or don’t, and stop whining like John Key!

    • Facebooked far and wide!!!

    • Bob 8.11

      Seems to me that the new long term contraception legislation would solve most of these problems. No child being born into a family that isn’t financially able to support it (i.e deliberately bringing a child into poverty), not having to to look after a child while you are job hunting, allowing you to concentrate on chasing up recruitment agents (much more effective than going direct to employers, minimum of 5 recruitment suggested), better still, start your own business! Petrol Hedge trimmers cost about $120, then go door knocking asking if people would like there gardens tidied, don’t have $120, what about dog walking? Car washing? just plain gardening?
      Why is everything the governments fault with you lot!!! I am an only child to a solo mum who brought me up starting on minimum wage, my father didn’t pay child support, and her attitude was, she made the decision to have me, she will fight tooth and nail to raise me on her own, with no goverment assistance. The only assistance she ever had was asking family/friends/neighbours to watch me between 3.30pm and 5pm when she was working so she could hold a full time job.
      This rediculous idea that the government should pay for everything is the very thing holding so many people in poverty back, they can’t remove the blinkers, think out side the square, fight to get ahead. It takes hard work, not bleating, maybe I’ve just answered my own question?

      • Mick McCrohon 8.11.1

        so we have 70,000 “Hedge trimmers”,”dog walkers” ,”car washers” and “just gardeners ” …what happens on the second week of your Utopian plan ? You know when everybody hedges are trimmed etc.
        A society is best judged by how it treats its under privileged . I think it is ignorant to except 100% employment ,there is not a country in the world that can claim that . So we need the best education system possible and we need “to treat others as we would have others treat us “. Mainly we need smart leaders not arrogant sly psychopaths and their sycophantic offsiders.

  9. Chris 9

    Idle curiosity. Has con key got a wig on?

  10. Chris 10

    Idle curiosity. Has con key got a wig on?

  11. millsy 11

    Well John, as you lot like to say, if you dont like the job, there is nothing to stop you from leaving.

    Mind you, if you do decide to pack it in, at least you can liquidate one of your fancy investments until your mates on Wall Street fix you up with that cushy directorship. The rest of us face the uncertain job market while wondering how to pay the bills during the 14 week stand down period.

  12. Jasper 12

    GREAT NEWS! Just Resign & then F*#k off! A f#$k’n light-weight!

  13. deuto 13

    Much as I do not believe in bringing politician’s partners and children into discussions etc, as a general comment only re Key’s motivation to stay on, I wonder whether Key is waiting for Max (17 this month) to finish college here before moving on – eg back overseas.

  14. burt 14

    I think sometimes he’s just the target because he’s a competent and popular PM….. lol

    • thatguynz 14.1

      Two factual inaccuracies in your statement there Burt….
       
      “I think” and “competent”.


      Try again….

    • tc 14.2

      Well according to the MSM he is burt so I guess it must be true.

    • Mick McCrohon 14.3

      whats your insight on this Burt ?

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10804415

      are we about to sign away sovereignty ?

      • burt 14.3.1

        It’s a significant concern isn’t it.

        A particular worry for lawyers is that our courts, too, could be overruled. The foreign investment tribunals have decided that courts are part of a country’s government (riding roughshod over any doctrine of the separation of powers) and that they, too, must comply.

        Funny, I don’t recall much concern on this site when Labour were validating 14 years of electoral funding abuse and killing off a standing court case. Separation of powers was made a laughing stock in NZ in 2005/2006 – but sure, we have no choice when own own government acts against the principles of democracy but we shouldn’t let other countries be as self serving as our own ministers.

        • KJT 14.3.1.1

          It’s all right because Labour done it too?

          I know you were asleep at the time, but many of us did not like a lot of what Labour done, either.
          Especially in the 80’s.

          The last Labour Government never managed to fuck us up as much as Key’s lot have, though.

          And in some things they managed improvement.

          Name one thing National have done which has improved life for New Zealanders?

          • Phil 14.3.1.1.1

            ….. and …… Not forgetting …. And then there was …. Too many too mention…

          • burt 14.3.1.1.2

            KJT

            Name one thing National have done which has improved life for New Zealanders?

            Got elected in 2008 which ended the tyranny of the self serving anti democratic Labour party – apart from that – Nothing. They have already started to act as self serving as Labour so I’m with you – lets get rid of them at the next election.

          • burt 14.3.1.1.3

            It’s all right because Labour done it too?

            No, not at all. If National use the power of parliament to kill off a court case against the PM and start denigrating the AG for making a bad call when the AG claims they broke the law I’ll be joining you screaming about it. I’ll be saying the same thing I said about Labour – The courts are the place to determine if they broke the law – not they themselves using retrospective validations.

            I hope it doesn’t happen but if it does – it will be nice to not be fighting the crowd on this blog.

  15. Jasper 15

    He got mail: He’s seen that his “Blind” investment in the Bank of America’s losing money!Haha!http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-18/bofa-said-to-split-regulators-over-moving-merrill-derivatives-to-bank-unit.html

    • Nothing blind about his shares in BofA. if you go to the government site were all politicos have to declare their interests you see they are mentioned apart from both Trusts.

      • Reagan Cline 15.1.1

        BAC share price rose 50% from early January to mid April this year and have since been steadily falling.

  16. Rosie 16

    Great post Eddie, great song Carol. All this talk is good. Its angry and fed up but like PIL said back in the day “anger is an energy”. Sometimes its that energy that gets things done. Cin 77: I’m sorry for the things you are dealing with, that are beyond your control. Its plain wrong. Hold on to your dignity, it will get you through. Chris, post 9 and 10: I’m pretty sure Key has something weird going on with his hair/wig since summer.

    I’m also pretty sure that key has had something weird going on with his head space for over a year now. Like I’ve said before he is so readable when he’s not speaking, and when he does speak his face betrays him all the time. He’s been hating his job for some time now. He only ever wanted the limelight and a place to fulfill his warped ideology with his cronies. Running a country was only ever going to be a “cool hobby” for him, a flexing of those ego muscles. He didn’t sign up for tragedy (CHCH earthquakes and Pike River)Real life and people are not in his orbit. I’ve been waiting for him to crack and I thought it was going to happen when he freaked out about the guy who tried to climb over the railing in parliament and his throat slitting gesture towards the Labour benches. But no he just went to ground for a bit. I live in (wishful)hope that the whole Key govt will just self implode one day. The damage they have done is profound.

    • Chris 16.1

      There was an article in the Herald May 25th last year titled “beware narcissists in the workplace” which is so reminiscent of key (and his forward pack) that it is scary. Backed up by another article I read regarding siblings and their place in the family, it quoted keys sisters as saying he was the acknowledged favourite of their mother.Apparently it was very unusual for a mother to openly favour one child over other siblings.This could possibly explain his huge sense of entitlement and his inability to ever admit to being wrong. Also,harking back to Breakfast when p bennett was on in the mornings i am certain I heard her once refer to con key as “my leader” Was spooky. What has happened to all the true National Party ministers,why are they invisible,have they all been shut down by key and his scarily unintelligent front row, you know, the supersized sycophants?Also would like to know who ties brownlees shoelaces?

      • Pete George 16.1.1

        What has happened to all the true National Party ministers,why are they invisible,have they all been shut down by key

        From what I hear Key gives his ministers far more self responsibility in their own ministries than Clark did.

        Maybe his ministers are too busy working to indulge in media appearances – I hope so, but it would be good to have a way of seeing what they are all up to.

        • McFlock 16.1.1.1

          Dude, the nats must think you’re the cheapest and most desperate date they’ve ever met. At least Dunne halfway tried to pretend to play hard-to-get. 
          Your behaviour is exactly what Colin Craig was talking about… 

    • Phil 16.2

      I agree Rosie. The sick fellow launching into the gallery at parliarment did show Key in a very poor light. But that footage was very quickly edited out. Censored out, ’cause it could have cost him the election. He looked very worried at that point, going pale. He had favourable treatment from the media but they are starting to twig and the drums are beating within NatZ caucus. When right wing journo’s praise David Shearer you know some-things up. Watch and savour.

  17. ianmac 17

    Just for fun I noted this in the Dom today.Key talking to children about an average day”:

    He told them that particular day had started about 5.45am when he read the newspapers at Premier House in Wellington before going for a run and heading to the gym. He was back at Premier House by about 6.30am ……..

    Wow! Amnesia or what? In 45 minutes read the papers, went for a run, went to the gym and back to Premier House. Super-man Key moves at the speed of lightening.

  18. Brian 18

    John needs to see a budgeting advisor or risk having his income reduced or stopped. Might as well make sure he doesn’t breed again whilst he’s there, too.

    • Jasper 18.1

       As long as the financial adviser isn’t using the latest “Blinglish” software package that only provides guesstimates Brian. The treasury’s outsourced IT contractors are still trying to get the system integrated into all of the government departments this week, however as was experienced by IRD on Monday the system choked & crashed. Thousands of businesses couldn’t get their returns in on the 7th May. St Schultz (Gerry the pie murderer) transport ministry hasn’t been able to integrate a new service bus card system to an infratil NZ owned bus co. NZ Bus and has threatened to cancel their contract and will probably sell that off too to a foreign multination investor waiting in the wings?   Today we find the department of immigration has allowed an extra 300+ foreigners to apply for jobs that over 348,000 unemployed New Zealanders are competing for. Also, the Ministry of Social Development no longer includes in the quarterly unemployment reports the 14,000 youth between the ages of 15 – 17. Oh and the package doesn’t recognise the Maori party’s Whanau Ora funding allocation(s) and has moved that $520m of funding to MSD! Haha! Poor Pita & T. Turia, suckered in by the white man again. And on top of that, the Nat’s are crying that their internal party & government ministry information system has got a serious leak?? For fuck sake go figure! Privatisation of government departments staff and systems & services brings efficiencies and reduces costs?? These clowns really are a bunch of fuckwits! No wonder PinoKeyo’s having a bad day he’s just woken from his delusion stupor and realised, he wants out!! Thank fuck for that!!  
       

      • Reagan Cline 18.1.1

        Infratil share price has risen slightly so far today after 54 trades averaging $2,843.

  19. vto 19

    Frankly, that (Key’s view) is appalling. In many many ways. He should just fuck off right now.

  20. Mick McCrohon 20

    And then there is the act of treason that is about to be committed IN SECRET if Key gets his way !

    Quote “What is it that raises the concern of so many eminent lawyers? It is the prospect that our Government is about to trade away – in secret – an important part of our powers of self-government.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10804415

    • ianmac 20.1

      Yes Mick. Here we are picking over little things when the elephant should emerge from the jungle and be known and feared by all. Pretty bad threat to our sovereignty perhaps worse than the Crafar Farm sellout.

      • Colonial Viper 20.1.1

        Definitely, most definitely, worse than the Crafar farm sell out.

        If we wish to stop asset sales in future, China or other foreign powers could stop us via the TPPA.

  21. captain hook 21

    he always was a whinger.

  22. Jester 22

    Yeah, next thing we will see is him crying like a little bitch at Waitangi.

  23. captain hook 23

    all tories are whingers.
    aren’t they jester?

  24. Treetop 24

    What is the point in being ambitious when you are unable get a good result?

    Everything Key touches is now being snagged because his policies will only work for the minority of NZers.

  25. captain hook 25

    he is not ambitious.
    he just wants everybody to like him.
    everyday!
    pleeze.

    • felix 25.1

      Yep. And you know what?

      He’ll leave office broken, exposed, and disgraced – just like his hero Muldoon.

      And the money, the Hawaiian home, and private jet will never make up for the emptiness and self-loathing at having failed at the one thing that ever mattered to him.

  26. Name 26

    Also the spies/police are destroying basic human rights with their domestic acoustic emissions.

  27. Roy 27

    Should we send him some cheese to go with that whine?

  28. Maui 28

    Key seems to be physically aging, fast ..

  29. Gruntie 29

    Good old John – always a bob each way – on gay marriage he says – “I dont oppose it” – which is not the same as saying “I support it” – he wants it both ways – you could say his stance is bi-sexual, so leave John Key alone!

  30. Jasper 30

    …. But lets not get side tracked. A zero budget means PinoKeyo’s policies have failed to grow the economy for the private sector to provide jobs jobs…. Job Summit 2009/2010 170,000 jobs, Yeah Right! $41b dollars deficit in 3.5 years. No progress in the re-construction of Christchurch, Cantab’s have to wait another 100 days for Gerry the Pie Murderer to think up something while J Shipley and her mates earn a $1000/day for?
    May 2012 officially 349,000 people unemployed, 2000 people less than 2009 at the cost of $17.5b dollars. Expensive jobs, must of been the cost in subsidies & private sector welfare to all the contractors & consultants hired to do … nothing. Paula says they’ve created 65,000 jobs but her own ministry’s unemployment figures don’t reflect that?Hmm I wonder why? Oh she said that when in the “house” or is it because the numbers are bullshit or can it be the Blinglish software package again, they’re using not working properly or is it because of the uncertainty in Europe, again? 

    3.5 years of arse-perational bullshit! Time to fuck him off!

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    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    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
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
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  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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