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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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  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Wild West culture a result of gung-ho government
    Successive employment law changes over the last six years that have taken away work rights have led to a Wild West employer culture in many workplaces, Labour’s workplace relations spokesperson Andrew Little says. A government audit of 23 Christchurch building...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Dr. Kennedy Graham’s speaks in the 2014 Ministerial Statement –...
    I have listened closely to the Prime Minister's statement this morning and to this debate over New Zealand's engagement towards the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In my contribution I want to focus on the broader aspect...
    Greens | 05-11
  • Catherine Delahunty speaks on the Paid Parental Leave Bill
    He mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Thank you very much for allowing me to speak on this bill. As a grandmother, it is very close to my heart. I know there are many parents, uncles, aunties, and others in...
    Greens | 05-11
  • Pacific unemployment still hurting
     All New Zealanders will be bitterly disappointed that the Pacific youth unemployment rate (aged 15 to 24 years) is now 26.7 per cent, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.  “Our young people are the future workforce of...
    Labour | 05-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • The SIS won’t use 48 hour warrantless spying for ‘evidence’
    Let’s just slay one of the myths the Government are trying to use right now to justify the SIS 48 hour warrantless search fishing expeditions shall we? The Government has been telling all who listen over the weekend that the SIS...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • There’s a better way of discouraging would-be jihadists
    The Prime Minister claims there is a growing threat from New Zealanders attracted to Islamic State and he wants to increase state powers to watch such people and take away their passports. I believe there is a better way to...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Nationwide Day of Protest Captures Public Attention on TPPA
    . . NZ, Wellington, 8 November 2014 – Wellington basked in a beautiful summers’ day with nary a breeze and only a few clouds in a clear, blue sky. The sort of summer day that we keenly await after months...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
    In a press conference held on Tuesday in the Labour Party Caucus room at Parliament, it was announced Andrew Little had been voted in as Leader of the Labour party....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Judge joins calls for tourist driver tests
    A district court judge has joined the growing number of professionals calling for tourist driving tests....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU congratulates new Labour leader
    The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union congratulates Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. “I have worked closely with Andrew and know he will be a strong and successful leader,” says Bill Newson,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • WHO Highlights Devastating Global Impact of Drowning
    The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. Safekids Aotearoa, as a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, has joined the worldwide effort to focus more attention...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPA must refuse phosphate mining application
    Text of the Press Release issued by KASM (Kiwis against Seabed Mining), Greenpeace and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition on 17 November 2014: “EPA must refuse phosphate mining application” The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency should refuse...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Compulsory smoke alarms needed in rental accommodation
    The tragic deaths of three young people during a house fire in Hamilton, hot on the heels of a 3 year old dying in a house fire the previous week, point directly to the need for compulsory smoke alarms in...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • CAA fines Minister for security breach
    The Civil Aviation Authority has completed its investigation into an alleged security breach at Christchurch International Airport by then Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee and two aides on 24 July, 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Pacific climate funding must prioritise the poor
    Caritas supports the government’s prioritising of the Pacific for direct climate change related funding, rather than making a major contribution to the global Green Climate Fund....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Stopping drink driving will take more than just lower limit
    Stopping drink driving will take more than just lower limit Stopping drink driving crashes is going to take more than just reducing the adult drink driving limit, says the Automobile Association. The adult (20 and older) limit will lower to...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • “Smacking” legal opinion hides real problem
    In seeking to challenge and clarify the legal interpretation of section 59, the conservative political lobby group, Family First, are once more attempting to deny the very real psychological impact of physical discipline on our children....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Sutton Quits … The sorry saga of CERA
    President Truman described the MacArthur speech as horses..t. History has been kind to Truman on this issue....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Key Announces Government Inquiry into Smith Case
    In a press conference held in Wellington today, Prime Minister John Key announced there would be an independent government inquiry into the recent escape of Philip John Smith....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
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