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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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    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • 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
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
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