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Let’s sing it! Songs for ‘ordinary’ people

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, October 19th, 2012 - 109 comments
Categories: activism, class war, democratic participation, history, music, Revolution, video, workers' rights - Tags:

Revolutions, political movements and protests are fueled by songs.  They bring people together in common cause, draw attention to devastating conditions, tell stories of unbearable hardship, reassure the oppressed that they are not alone, and inspire people to take political action.

Nina Simone sings ‘Pirate Jenny’ Lyrics

I woke up the other morning with this Pulp song in my head.  It’s catchy and very much naff 90s fashion in style and clothes  – the days when consumer society was dominant and unavoidable.  However, in it’s time it was a great pop song attack on wealthy pseuds who want to ease their conscience by slumming it with the “common” folk – without understand the daily struggles of people on low and mediocre incomes. Common People

This thread is for sharing your favourite songs that tell of the struggles of ordinary people: of social issues, community solidarity, protests, political movements and revolution.  It’s also for you to comment on, and tell stories of, and about such songs.

Hope you get to spend Labour Weekend the way you want to! And take a moment to ponder on its significance.

Update: From Rosie comes the topical video of the day so far Home Brew ‘Listen to Us’.

109 comments on “Let’s sing it! Songs for ‘ordinary’ people”

  1. s y d 1

    heres my two to kick it off, Gil Scott-Heron, Woody Guthrie

    the revolution will be live!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS3QOtbW4m0&feature=plcp

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyUagbsg-HI&feature=plcp

  2. Pete Segar’s version of which side are you on.  The song was written by Florence Reece, the wife of Sam Reece who was a union leader of the coal miners in Kentucky in 1931.  The miners and management were involved at the time in a bloody, violent struggle.  The song is particularly relevant for some supposedly lefty politicians …

  3. King Kong 3

    My politcal anthems are;

    Shoplifters of the World Unite – The Smiths
    Freeedom isn’t free (theres a heafty fuck’n fee) – Team America World Police
    Jake the peg – Rolf Harris

    • Why am I not surprised that a RWNJ celebrates songs that deal with theft, the loss of freedom and the making fun of someone with a disability …

      • King Kong 3.1.1

        The same reason I am not suprised by the total sense of humour failure by a bleeding heart lefty.

        • mickysavage 3.1.1.1

          But KK this is meant to be a celebratory discussion of passionate activist songs and you turn up and do the equivalent of farting in church …

          • King Kong 3.1.1.1.1

            Which is really funny…unless you are some kind of pious dork.

            • mickysavage 3.1.1.1.1.1

              You miss the point KK.  Song and music are extraordinarily important parts of the class struggle.  They transmit really important ideas like solidarity and pride and resistance and justice.

              And you show up during a discussion about their importance and come out with some really naif stuff like an idiot song that an Australian celebrity put out 40 years ago.

              It is really naff.  It is an insult to a really important discussion.

              And instead of poking fun how about you acknowledge that you have no understanding of what is being discussed.

    • Rosie 3.2

      Bloody hell KK. We agree on something – The Smiths, Shoplifters of the world Unite.

    • QoT 3.3

      … you do realise that the TAWP song is taking the piss, right?

  4. Shorts 4

    Crass -Systematic Death

    http://youtu.be/os8Pg4VQajI

    A look at modern day life in its very depressing reality

  5. just saying 5

    Too many songs to mention.

    However, the two I’ve found myself humming today are:

    Joseph Arthur – We travel as equals or not at all….*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSWir4yxDyU

    …..and Making Plans for Nigel -XTC (because of the title of a recent blogpost at BR).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0X4Czq1c1E&feature=related

    And while we’re on the subject of the fabulous Nina Simone – Four Women:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRmzQ39sXTQ&feature=related

    *also posted today in a comment lost in moderation

  6. Olwyn 6

    Two songs from two eras: Joshua Gone Barbados

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x46d0240kSw

    and

    Navigator by the Pogues:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh0F41AvO_Q

  7. Bless ya Karol ….

    “Top rankin” – Bob Marley and the Wailers
    “Run to the hills” – Iron Maiden
    “War Pigs” – Black Sabbath
    “Killing yourself to live” – Black Sabbath
    “Animals” – Pink Floyd
    “You keep on moving” – Deep Purple

    “It serves me right to suffer” – John Lee Hooker
    “Strange Fruit” – Billie Holiday

    “Mayland Blues” – Mahatma Blues (Cheers bbf)
    “Toughman Blues” – Mahatma Blues
    “I’ve got the Blues” – Mahatma Blues

    Anything by Chris Cornell

    Have a great Weekend everyone :-)
    PS So many more, couldn’t put them all in Sorry M8’s

  8. What? No Sex Pistols? no Clash?

    How about Ted Nugent? Heh.

  9. The Woodpecker 9

    Tracy Chapman ” Talkin about a Revolution”
    Never learned to link sorry!

  10. This song is for all wannabe politicians everywhere …

  11. captain hook 11

    the times they are a-changin’– the byrds.
    where have all the flowers gone–pete seeger.
    little boxes.
    powderfinger–neil young.
    hey hey my my–neil young.
    and once you’re gone then you cant come back.
    when you’re out of the blue and into the black.

  12. captain hook 12

    MY GENERATION—-THE WHO.

  13. just saying 13

    Pink, and the song’s author from Four Non-Blondes, (now oddly blonde) along with an auditorium of back-up singers, belt out the anthem “What’s Going On”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3DdkywgKVY&feature=related

  14. Olwyn 14

    The list would feel incomplete without Sound of da Police:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VRZq3J0uz4

  15. “We may rise and fall, but in the end
    We meet our fate together”

    ~Creed ‘One’ (lyrics only)

  16. They’ll try to, push drugs that keep us all dumbed down
    And hope that, we will never see the truth around
    (So come on)

    Another promise, another seed
    Another, packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed
    And all the, green belts wrapped around our minds
    And endless red tape to keep the truth confined
    (So come on)

    They will not force us
    They will stop degrading us
    They will not control us
    We will be victorious
    So come on

    ~Muse ‘Uprising’ (lyrics only)

  17. Akldnut 17

    Strawbs – Part of the union 1973

    Now I’m a union man
    Amazed at what I am
    I say what I think
    That the company stinks
    Yes I’m a union man.

    When we meet in the local hall
    I’ll be voting with them all
    With a hell of a shout
    It’s out brothers out
    And the rise of the factory’s fall.

    Oh you don’t get me I’m part of the union
    You don’t get me I’m part of the union
    You don’t get me I’m part of the union
    Till the day I die, till the day I die.

    I loved this song then and I still do!

    • rosy 17.1

      +1 there are lots from when I was very young – almost all my politics was learned through music, but the Thatcher years brought many more. Standing the test of time for me is almost
      everything from Big Country’s Steeltown.

      Especially Steeltown,
      http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=e3Veko70OfQ&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3De3Veko70OfQ&gl=GB
      and

      Where the rose is sown,

      http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=-pBfIMLzDfE&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D-pBfIMLzDfE&gl=GB

      Need to interpret the Scottish accents, but.

      Notable mention from this era is the Modfather… Paul Weller and the much maligned Style Council

      [karol: I couldn't get the videos at your link to work. They seem to be on mobile. I think I found the right ones and added them to your comment. Hope that's OK?]

      • karol 17.1.1

        Ah, I use to have that Big Country album on vinyl, rosy.  They satrted about the same time as U2, but didn’t seem to last as long in the mainstream.

        • Rosie 17.1.1.1

          Stuart Adamson of Big Country suicided in his early (or was it mid?) forties. He was a recovering alcoholic and had been sober for upwards of ten years until something triggered him to drink again. He quickly became unwell and suicided a few months after taking up the drink. RIP. Stuart Adamson. He was a man with such potential.

          • karol 17.1.1.1.1

            That’s really sad, Rosie.  I just listened to those 2 songs again.  Brought back memories. I had that LP when I was living in London.  My grandparents were rom working class Scottish families, so I feel some connection with that country, and those songs – albeit a distant connection.

          • rosy 17.1.1.1.2

            Thanks for fixing the links Karol. I was logging in on a tablet so must remember to check for problems next time I do that. I was in Scotland, so couldn’t resist posting. Ditto re Scottish working class roots.

            Yes, Rosie – terribly sad about Stuart. Self-medicating with alcohol for depression never ends well, i guess. Apparently the song ‘east of eden’ is the personal description of his depression. I managed to see him perform live a few times. An extremely talented man who spoke for a lot of people, including me.

  18. mike 18

    What no ‘Hurricane’ by Bob Dylan?

  19. Cayte Shepherd 19

    I am reading the biography of Michael Joseph Savage ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ by Barry Gustafson.
    At this torrid time in our history I think this ought to be a compulsory read.
    It is very very good.

  20. It’s a bit camp but Dire Straits Industrial Disease is pretty relevant.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Disease_(song)

  21. Clashman 21

    A liilte cliche perhaps but for mine you cant go past Rage Against The Machine – all of it.
    Try this one, “Wake Up”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1T8xgHdMEM

    The Clash -” Know Your Rights”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL0CCphgmZ8
    “White Riot”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2TYKmQc0L4&feature=fvwrel

  22. aj 23

    Youngstown. – The Boss at his best

    “Well my daddy come on the Ohio works
    When he come home from World War Two
    Now the yard’s just scrap and rubble
    He said “Them big boys did what Hitler couldn’t do.
    “These mills they built the tanks and bombs
    That won this country’s wars
    We sent our sons to Korea and Vietnam
    Now we’re wondering what they were dyin’ for”

    “From the Monongahela valley
    To the Mesabi iron range
    To the coal mines of Appalachia
    The story’s always the same
    700 tons of metal a day
    Now sir you tell me the world’s changed
    Once I made you rich enough
    Rich enough to forget my name”

  23. …I dedicate these following lyrics to DunnoKeyO Ltd & Co because I tracked them down after having started recalling the main chorus after spending a lot of time thinking about DKO ltd co’s activities. (no guesses why).

    We’re setting sail to the place on the map
    from which no one has ever returned
    Drawn by the promise of the joker and the fool
    by the light of the crosses that burned.

    It’s the place where they keep all the darkness you need.
    You sail away from the light of the world on this trip, baby.

    Avarice and greed are gonna drive you over the endless sea
    They will leave you drifting in the shallows
    or drowning in the oceans of history
    Traveling the world, you’re in search of no good
    but I’m sure you’ll build your Sodom like you knew you would
    Using all the good people for your galley slaves
    as you’re little boat struggles through the warning waves, but you don’t pay

    You will pay tomorrow
    You’re gonna pay tomorrow
    You will pay tomorrow

    Save me. Save me from tomorrow
    I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools. No, no
    Oh, save me. Save me from tomorrow
    I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools

    ~World Party Ship of Fools (lyrics only)

    N.b. Interesting that this song was created at a time when the neo con was taking hold worldwide…

  24. Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M get the money, dollar dollar bill yo…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjZRAvsZf1g

  25. Rosie 26

    Good on you Karol. We all have our own soundtracks to our personal views and experiences of social and political change – with old faves and new ones. It’s quite funny because as I hopped on to this article this was playing on Radio Active:
    Homebrew (NZ): :Listen to us
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AjgWyxJAGQ
    Heres some others:
    Tom Waits: Hell broke Luce from last years album “Bad as me”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fju9o8BVJ8
    The Hot Grits (NZ) with the Ballad of Joe Stalin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox4DRiCj9qM
    80’s classic from Patti Smith: People have the power
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zva9mnZCrWU
    Gary Clail:Privatise the air (suck in in like a millionaire)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08ClpJrNdqI&feature=related
    Finally, but only because I’ll run out room heres Clanadonia. Why? because they are crazy neo pagan Scots dudes and theres nothing like drums and pipes to stir the blood
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVbjDkINK6o

    • karol 26.1

      Ah so many good songs from commenters here.  Some of my old favourites – Billy Bragg, Woody, the Boss, Tracey Chapman, Nina Simone, Patti Smith, Dylan, Seeger, Gil Scott Heron …. and many more plus some I’ve enjoyed seeing for the first time.
       
      But, Rosie that Homebrew Video must be the topical choice of the day.  I want to see if I can add the link to it to an update to my post. Having a bit of a problem because I’m not getting a “visual” view of my editable post, only the html view – will see if I can get it to work.

      • Rosie 26.1.1

        Hi Karol. Sorry can’t make any suggestions re computer sorcery with that link….thats not my area of expertise unfortunately. The Homebrew song was released prior to the election last year. And does any one remember Upper Hutt Posse? Well they’re back with an album they bought out last year. It is excellent political and social commentary. Have heard songs from the album and listened to interviews but haven’t got a copy as yet. I still say “album”. LOL.

        • karol 26.1.1.1

          Ah, yes,. I remember the Hombrew song last election.  It highlights Keys conveniently faulty memory, his dishonesty and his  slipperiness, as well as some issues that are even more crucial now. Why didn’t more people pay attention?

  26. Phil 27

    Still brings tears and rage.
    Damn the Tories no matter which country they call “home”.
    http://youtu.be/9t4-zDem1Sk

  27. Roy 28

    Richard Thompson’s Time to Ring Some Changes.

    This old house is a tumbling down
    The walls are gone but the roof is sound
    The landlord’s deaf, he can never be found
    It’s time to ring some changes

    They’ll arrest you son if you just stand still
    They’ll ask you to pose with your hand in the till
    They’ll ask you to die when you’ve written your will
    It’s time to ring some changes

    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes

    You earn your money for your daily bread
    But the bread’s gone up so you need more money
    But the money’s gone down, better borrow instead
    It’s time to ring some changes

    Now the politicians, they look so smug
    They say tell the truth, then they give you a shrug
    You might find the truth swept under the rug
    It’s time to ring some changes

    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes

    Now listen here to the self-made man
    He says why can’t you if I can
    Can’t you push buttons, can’t you make plans
    It’s time to ring some changes

    I’m going to tear this mansion down
    Get my feet back on the ground
    Penny for penny and pound for pound
    It’s time to ring some changes

    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes
    Time to ring some changes

    Covers by various artists on YouTube, plus one of the man himself.

  28. Tiger Mountain 29

    Clash–“Washington Bullets”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxj5eTX9dtM

  29. appleboy 30

    A lovely line from a Wellington boy, Samuel Flynn Scott , in his ‘Union Man”

    “Cut off the hands of old John Key, I’m a union man and I’ll never believe that you’re working for me”.

    Perfect then , perfect now.

  30. A.D. 31

    “Get up, stand up”, little wonder that Bob Marley was targeted for assassination and any by Rage Against the Machine especially “Know your enemy”

  31. Jenny 32

    Inspired by todays struggle for justice in the Middle East, From Mangere East our own Roger Fowler gives us his contribution to the genre of “Songs for ‘ordinary people’. Though written for the Palestinians the haunting chorus has a message for all of us.

    Since the fatal Marvie Marmara attacks Roger Fowler twice entered the Palestinian territory of Gaza in defiance of the brutal and illegal Israeli siege at the head of the Kiaora Gaza delegation part of two recent successful international siege busting convoys into Gaza where from first hand experience he was inspired to write this song.

    Queens Service medal winner, and Mangere East Learning Centre founding manager, Roger Fowler sings his own tribute to the struggles of the Palestinians. Accompaniment by Tigi Ness.

    http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/kia-ora-gazas-new-song-we-are-all-palestinians/

    With two successful aid missions under his belt, next month Roger Fowler is going to attempt to enter Gaza for a third time. This time for an extended journalistic fact finding mission to explore and report back on the weakening of the siege of Gaza in the wake of the Arab Spring.

    In the tradition of Woody Guthrie Roger Fowler is a version of political activist, balladeer and true working class hero.

  32. Daveosaurus 33

    “But don’t kid yourself that none of us know
    That when money disappears, where it all goes
    You want our work ethic and you want us to strive
    To fund gold-plated piss-pots on Paratai Drive”

    – Verlaines, “Paratai Drive (a musical Ponzi scheme in one act)”

  33. uke 34

    “Gladiators” by the Irish folksing Andy Irvine.

    An inspiring song about the IWW activist the UK-born Tom Barker, who was in NZ during the 1912 Waihi strike and then moved to Australia where he fought conscription during WWI. He was deported and eventually ended back in the UK, where he became mayor of St Pancras, London, and famously raised the red flag on the town hall!

    Lyrics here: http://www.andyirvine.com/lyrics/gladiators.html

    Sound file (WMA) here: http://www.freightandsalvage.org/gladiators-andy-irvine

    • karol 34.1

      Thanks for that uke.  I listened to it 2 or 3 times while I was doing some chores.  It is a powerful song. 
      And as Jenny says below of balladeers, folk singers have been the traditional story tellers of ordinary people.  I’m a bit of a history buff.  Also the Gladiators song reminded me of the times in my youth that I hung out in folk clubs in Auckland, and occasionally in Sydney.
       
      Irish folk songs have a long tradition of telling stories of working people (very apt for Labour Weekend).  The bit in the song about working men fighting imperialist wars,  reminded me of the Aussie singer Judy Small’s moving ballad about women’s experiewnce during the main imperialist wars: ‘Mothers, Daughters, Wives.
       
      The best version of her singing it that I could find on yt, was this one – pity about the US-based images in the video (especially the flag waving at the end – wasn’t the intention of the song originally).
       
      And while on yt I remembered this old ballad about Joe Hill – Joan Baez.

  34. Jenny 35

    In ancient times balladeers played the role that the media now play. Setting stories and struggles and sagas to music and rhyme, spreading the news through songs and stories from town to town throughout the land.

    Someone should write a song about Sam Kuha.

    This got very little reporting, but I heard the news of Sam kuha’s victory over WINZ today on Radio NZ.

    After being turned down for a food grant. And after a marathon electric scooter ride to his home and back to get a hammer. And after smashing the Windows at Work and Income to get attention to his plight. And after going on hunger strike. Sam Kuha has gained an extra $100 dollars a week in his benefit and a promise of an audience with the minister.

    So far Paula Bennet hasn’t followed through on that promise.

    But Sam is receiving the promised extra $100 per week. He says he can now afford luxuriess like an occasional cup of coffee.

    • captain hook 35.1

      Jenny have you listened to the radio lately.
      its all whining gamines and jibber jibber crap music or all about me me me me me.
      nobody thinks about anybody else but themselves these days.
      its their choice.
      But congrats to Sam Kuha.
      I hear what you say.
      You had to break the law to make the bastards pay.
      only a hundred bucks for a little bit of gravy.
      pull yourself together boy and go an join the navy.
      Make up your mind dude and you could be an all black.
      its al in th emind if you a job seeker.
      dont talk back.
      the futures looking bleaker.
      Sam you are a hero.
      you took it on the chin.
      even for the people who said you couldnt win.

  35. QoT 36

    What, no Bad Religion yet?

    Punk Rock Song
    Let Them Eat War

    Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine
    The Living End – Roll On
    Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of
    Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA

  36. BLiP 37

    .

    Cool thread – thanks all. My two cents: http://youtu.be/monyiOsoKxg

  37. mac1 38

    Dick Gaughan for me. “A World Turned Upside Down” about the 17th century Diggers which has huge parallels today; and also his song “Jamie Foyers” about a young Scotsman going off to “fight by the side of the people of Spain.”

    Woody Guthrie’s “Deportees”, of course, Bob Dylan’s “With God on Their Side” and Pete Seeger’s “The Banks are made of Marble” which I once sang as a young man with Prof Jim Flynn. “I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister” and “Which Side Are You On” which I sang with Kerry Burke who knew the good songs.

    But the most powerful of all is “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” by Skip James.

    They say that the Left have the good songs (who knows of a good right wing song?) but that we lose the battles. Though I’m a performer of these good songs, I know I’d much prefer to win the battles…….

  38. captain hook 39

    me and my guitar–Freddie King (Texas Cannonball)
    *****

  39. Herodotus 40

    Prefer this version of common people, Joe Jackson complements Capt. Kirk
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5m76m_william-shatner-sings-pulp-common-p_music
    Then we have these, one from a sometime local resident from SOTD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUzd9KyIDrM
    and a song warning of doing nothing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX8szNPgrEs

  40. Descendant Of Smith 42

    The Skids – Working For The Yankee Dollar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCiWXktdyTQ

    Never more than now do I feel this.

    Proclaimers – Cap In Hand

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcWSpPkf78s&feature=BFa&list=PL16C6C523893D793F

    Sentiments spoken clearly and articulately – and in our country we see it being sold and our citizens cold, hungry and homeless right here right now.

    The Clash – Career Opportunities

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIuS2LCWNh8

    170,000 jobs x 2 not coming to you soon

    And of course the jobs they want you to have:

    The Clash – Clampdown

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ82BX0hGBM&feature=BFa&list=AL94UKMTqg-9AUJdqfLbbKKTPskvU2_GNq

    Lastly two New Zealand classics. One for the ignoring of current day poverty and the other about the shitty attitude to the enviornment and the controlling of water by private interests.

    Blam Blam Blam – There is no depression in NZ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HVogejKx_c&feature=related

    John Hanlon – Damn The Dam

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nkPI6BDZsE

  41. captain hook 43

    eve of destruction–barry maguire

  42. Rogue Trooper 44

    from the left-threaded nut job ;)
    (big ups to DLT and Che Fu)

    Are you Lost in The Supermarket? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWtylSdKSfA

    Dylan-Infidels
    Third Day-“I will always be true”
    Fleetwood Mac- “and I Go Insane, without our Silver Springs”
    Icehouse- “Can’t help Myself”
    Tull- Pibroch-Cap In Hand
    Bob Segar-Turn The Page (or Metallica)
    Pearl Jam
    Kate Bush-“Man with the Child in His Eyes”
    Byrds sing Dylan
    Emmy-Lou “All My Tears”
    Heart-Magic Man
    Concrete Blonde-Scene of a Perfect Crime; Ship Song; It’s A Mans World (James Brown)
    God Is A Bullet
    Bob Marley-Buffalo Soldiers
    Glen Campbell-Try A Little Kindness
    Dolly Parton-Silver Dagger (trad.)
    Van Halen-Human Beings
    Florence and The Machine, well that’s What The Water Gave Me
    Cranberries
    Plant and Krauss-Raising Sand-“Please Read The Letter…Through The Morning, Through The Night.”
    Neil Young-Cortez The Killer
    Cash-“if I were a carpenter…”
    Cat Stevens-Into White
    Gillian Welch “I Want To Sing That Rock and Roll”
    Deep Purple-“When A Blind Man Cries”
    Jimmy Lafave- “Shelter From The Storm”
    Portishead-‘It’s A Fire”
    Unbelievable Truth- “Settle Down” to a steady state economy
    Who-Love’s Not For Keeping
    Happy Mondays- Hallelujah
    ELP- Lucky Man
    Blondie-Union City Blue
    Steppenwolf-The Pusher and the SnowBlind Friend
    Floyd-Us and Them
    Pixies-This Monkey’s Gone To Heaven

    Now!, for the last freakin time (before I get arrested)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnVDn2Y0aHE

  43. Herodotus 45

    Thought that given the current position of NZ that someone would cover and update the lyrics or sample this to a current setting ??
    The Blams and Muldoon !!!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HVogejKx_c&feature=related

    • Adders 45.1

      Here it is: “We Have No Ambition For New Zealand” – Don McBrashen And The NACT Party Chorus

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEg357pGTvI

      and/or

      http://thestandard.org.nz/without-ambition/

      “We have no ambition for New Zealand
      We’re just making money for our friends
      We have no ambition for New Zealand
      We’ll be gone when it comes to an end

      Oh, and everybody’s talkin’ about John Key’s smile
      Everybody’s talkin’ about John Key’s smile
      But don’t you look into his eyes
      You’ll see what made Bill English cry

      We’ll sell your Health System
      We’ll sell your Kiwibank
      We’ll sell your ACC
      Look that way >>>>>>

      You won’t see, you won’t see

      No, no,

      We have no compassion for New Zealand
      Food parcels are all for lazy bums
      We have no compassion for New Zealand
      Even if welfare helped Key’s mum

      Oh, while everybody’s talkin’ about plastic boats
      We’re handing out your money to the Old School Coats
      You see, it’s not just cream that floats
      We’re hoping you won’t care or notice

      We’ll gut your Kindy schools
      We’ll drill some oil wells
      We’ll kill your workplace rights
      Can’t you see?

      Something smells, something smells

      Oh, oh,

      We have no ambition for New Zealand
      One more term we’ll get the things we want
      We have no ambition for New Zealand
      Hide the money in Dunne’s bouffant

      DUNNE’S BOUFFANT!”

      • Rosie 45.1.1

        A round of applause to you Adders! Choice.

      • Georgecom 45.1.2

        an update of the blamers classic:

        There is no depression in New Zealand;
        there are no sales of our farms,
        There is no depression in New Zealand;
        we can all keep perfectly calm,

        Everybody’s talking about poverty;
        everybody’s talking about poverty,
        But we’re as comfortable as can be,
        there’s no hungry kids in this country
        We have no dole queues, we have no Kiwi rail,
        we have no asset sales, we have no private jails, private jails, no, no

        There is no depression in New Zealand;
        There are no bribes to Hollywood
        There is no depression in New Zealand;
        we sleep in a well made bed

        O Everybody’s talking about poverty;
        everybody’s talking about poverty,
        But we’re as comfortable as can be,
        there’s no unrest in this country
        We have no John Banks, we have no John Key,
        we have no secrets; we have no GCSB, GCSB,

        There is no depression in New Zealand;
        there are no sales of our farms,
        There is no depression in New Zealand;
        oh we can all keep perfectly calm,
        perfectly calm, perfectly calm, perfectly calm, perfectly calm…

  44. The Woodpecker 46

    Neil Young ” Rockin in the free world”
    Doobie Bros. “Taking it to the Street”

  45. captain hook 47

    the band–aint no more cane on the brazos.

  46. Chris 48

    Mr President…Pink

  47. Chris 49

    The Times They are a Changing…..Dylan

  48. Bruce 50

    Ballad Of The Working Man – Saxon

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRvJ3YH3Rkk

  49. Rogue Trooper 51

    Chillies’ “give it away give it away give it away now”
    (the witches get their “power” from the “world”; The White Wizard from Above)
    -Sir Ian (Gods and Monsters)

    “What’s The Story, Morning Glory?”-Oasis
    Last Chance Texaco-Joni
    Even Better Than The “real thing”- U2

    (Nobody’s Fault But Mine)-Lead

    White Magic For Lovers-“El President”

    The Verve-Urban Hymns
    -Space and Time
    -Weeping Willow

    Mazzy Star-Amen

    (No Talking Just Head)

  50. captain hook 52

    WPA Blues–Sonny Terry

  51. Jenny 53

    One of the most powerful political songs of the 21st Century must surely be Ibrahim Qashoush’s famous song;

    “It’s time for you to go Bashar!”

    Sung before a vast crowd in Hama and posted on the internet Qashoush’s song half rap half traditional raga went viral, inspiring ordinary Syrian people to take up arms to depose the regime, especially after Qashoush was cruelly murdered, his throat cut. The words of Qashoush’s song are spray painted on walls and chanted in pro-democracy protests across the country, recordings even played in armed clashes with the army.

  52. just saying 54

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkFgzF6-gxs&feature=related

    Very late in the piece I know, but no-one else has posted the powerful, sad, chilling, ‘Maralinga’ – by Paul Kelly.

    Based on testimony from the Aboriginal victims of the Maralinga atomic tests.

  53. gorj 55

    This one is huge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AjgWyxJAGQ
    Home Brew – Listen to us

  54. captain hook 56

    Salt of the Earth–The Rolling Stones.

  55. Georgecom 57

    Some of my fav protest songs over the years:

    Of course, NZ fav, French Letter by Herbs. Defined a significant period in my development & it has a cool laid back vibe. Still listen to it and feel the strong message it contains.

    “Look our any window”, Bruce Hornsby. One of the first enviro songs I heard growing up, be aware of whats going on around you. Like above helped define some of my thinking.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOoq1-ib2vg&feature=related

    “Way it is”, same artist. Issues of poverty and race in the US. Some impact on my political views.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlRQjzltaMQ

    Living Colour – social issues in the US 1980s/90s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxgRUyzgs0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V5VkMqM07s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2nnfonratU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7FX6sAL0Zw

    Razorlight “America”. Whether or not about the issue, captured the mood of the GFC & the Bush years.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPrqhPqLNcw

    Jeff Simmonds – Let’s Shut Down Waihopai. Very contemporary NZ protest song. esp with Key & GCSB. A good song as well.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tygCA75r30k

  56. Jenny 58

    Work your fingers to the bone
    Wadda y’ get?

    Boney fingers, boney fingers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6O4UK8AagU

  57. Jenny 59

    Rain coming down and the roof won’t hold’a
    I lost my job and I feel a little olda
    Car won’t run and our love’s grown colder

    Work your fingers to the bone
    Wadda y’ got…..?

    Boney fingers, boney fingers

    Grass won’t grow and the sun’s too hot
    The whole damned world is just about shot
    You might as well like it cos’ it’s all that we’ve got

    Work your fingers to the bone
    Wadda y’ got…..?

    Boney fingers, boney fingers

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    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • 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
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
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