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Open mike 18/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, March 18th, 2014 - 310 comments
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310 comments on “Open mike 18/03/2014”

  1. marijuana-legalisation debate on tvone breakfast:..summary:

    rawdon christie:..’but..but..what about the flat-earth theory..?”

  2. how about that regime-change thing the cia/americans have ‘played’ on ukraine..?..eh..?

    ..hasn’t that gone well..?

  3. Not a PS Staffer 3

    Cunliffe was spot-on on TV One Breakfast this morning. His ability to related schooling issues to economic issue is excellent. The Government is highly vulnerable is this area and David Cunliffe will get serious cut-through by spot-lighting the need for better policies.

  4. Not a PS Staffer 4

    Cunliffe was spot-on on TV One Breakfast this morning. His ability to relate schooling issues to economic issues is excellent. The Government is highly vulnerable is this area and David Cunliffe will get serious cut-through by spot-lighting the need for better policies. (text editor was not working for me)

  5. big bruv 5

    How about those polls?

    • David H 5.1

      Don’t your knuckles hurt??

    • Seti 5.2

      So two-thirds of voters now prefer Key? The more babies he eats the more popular he becomes.

      • RedLogix 5.2.1

        The more babies he eats the more popular he becomes.

        In a nation determined to eat it’s young – that makes sense.

        • phillip ure 5.2.1.1

          i think it is more the paucity of good/new policy-ideas to date from labour..

          (‘we’re not quite as bad as them’..doesn’t really cut it..eh..?..)

          ..that..and the prospect of having the likes of goff/mallard/king etc..(those who refuse to go..)

          ..again staring out/lecturing us from television screens..every day/nite..

          ..i mean..how appealing is that..?

          ..and of course..shane jones hasn’t really helped..eh..?..

          • Seti 5.2.1.1.1

            IMO Goff was, and still is, the most competent leader Labour has. Sure he may have lost 2011 but he would have won this year.

            • phillip ure 5.2.1.1.1.1

              oh..!..that’s hilarious..!..there..seti..

              ..bring back goff..!..eh..?

            • Chooky 5.2.1.1.1.2

              @ Seti

              That really is a joke…. anyone who thinks bring back Goff has to be NUTS or a closet NeoLib….Goff really is “yesterdays man”…He should have won the last election!….But people have long memories….He was a mate of Neolib Richard Prebble and Roger Douglas and Michael Bassett ….and they almost destroyed the Labour Party…. remember!!!!!

              ….Helen Clark kept the leaky Labour boat afloat

              Cunliffe will WIN!…he is just getting up steam

              (as Bolger said “Bugger the Polls!”)…..lies lies and damned statistics/polls

            • felix 5.2.1.1.1.3

              Seti, yep. I don’t think he can be brought back but I did think he should have remained Leader after the 2011 election.

              IMO he was just hitting his strides by the end of the campaign, albeit a little late.

          • RedLogix 5.2.1.1.2

            Oh that. National will remain in power as long as they want until that is Labour can manage it’s own affairs and present a united, working and trustworthy coalition with the Greens.

            Most people are authoritarian followers and will vote for the Party that affirms that value. They vote for Key because he’s in charge of National, just like they voted for the noxious Muldoon – because he was indisputably the top-dog in town. (Until that is he wasn’t – then they all turned on him.)

            Cunliffe has three challenges, in order of importance:

            The right-wing ABC club must be brought not just to a sullen heel, but into an open fealty, as Clark did with Cullen. Until then the media will get away with poisoning the well endlessly.

            Everyone knows that Labour will not form an effective government again without the Greens. The coalition with them must be seen to be open, transparent and Cunliffe must be seen to be the top dog in an effective, working relationship.

            Cunliffe needs a game-changer policy announcement that will demonstrate commitment and a reason to vote for him. And focus the attention on Labour. The only thing I can think of that will leap over that bar is a full-noise UBI.

            Because until someone (preferably Cunliffe) stamps their authority on the Labour Party and gets rid of it’s feral right-wing – then an uninterrupted string of National victories are ‘all over bar the counting’.

            @seti. Actually I agree with you. In many ways it was a shame Goff resigned. And it’s also a lesson Cunliffe should note from the Clark years, that losing an election is not always a reason to give up.

            • phillip ure 5.2.1.1.2.1

              @ redlogix..

              ..plus one..

            • greywarbler 5.2.1.1.2.2

              Red Logix
              +1
              But how can we weed the weeds out. Remembering that a rose is a weed when growing in the wrong place. And rose bushes respond to adept pruning. Can’t we get some good gardeners on the job. Can you get good help these days? Does Matt McCarten run a temp agency for pollies-in-waiting between engagements?
              Questions? Que, Manuel would say? That’s Manuel who learns, from Fawlty Towers.

              I think he is a great mascot for Labour, keen and both naive and fast-thinking so no matter what problems come along he’s always trying and managing to rise above the latest difficulties. We’re not from Barcelona but we can be smart too!

            • MC 5.2.1.1.2.3

              There is a fourth option – Cunliffe can resign today. He is not resonating. He needs to accept reality and go for the good of the Party.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                :roll:

              • greywarbler

                Poor thinking MC. You haven’t got a clue. You can’t even think up a pseudonym for yourself so just wait until you progress up the educational ladder before you offer any comments.

              • mickysavage

                Brent Edwards just tweeted “Labour not surprised by slump in Herald-DigiPoll but says own polling has it in mid-30s ”

                Keep calm and carry on! Some want this to be a self fulfilling prophesy. The Auckland figure is way out and you have to question the accuracy of the figures.

                • Matthew Hooton

                  You really think a party would ever say “actually, our private polling is about the same or worse”???

                  • Chooky

                    possum why are you so concerned and hanging around this site?

                    • rhinocrates

                      So the fraud can keep advertising to his clients claiming that he has a “high profile across the spectrum”.

                    • David H

                      Hooten needs more Horseshite to hawk to his hoi poloi behind the paywall. So he comes here for idea’s to twist around.

                    • Disraeli Gladstone

                      He does bring up a good point, though. Even if it’s brought up with too many question marks.

                  • risildowgtn

                    haha like the clowns you represent…. hence why u r here , how many days in a row?

                  • Skinny

                    Meanwhile down in Auckland in Epsom at quiz night at the Zoo Keepers Son I get another non voter to commit to vote Left because he hates Key. He doesn’t follow NZ politics but follows American politics intensely.

                    Btw we come 2nd :) chin chin Hooton the real poll is we know when!

                • Chooky

                  +100 mickey savage

                • Markymark

                  I’m sure the polls for the last 8 years, showing Key and National way ahead of Labour have all been totally inaccurate Micky.

                  You should personally take some responsibility for the abysmal result for Labour, given your role in offering utterly incompetent legal advice to David Cunliffe regarding using a trust structure for election donations.

                  • mickysavage

                    Don’t believe everything you read in the media.

                  • felix

                    “I’m sure the polls for the last 8 years, showing Key and National way ahead of Labour have all been totally inaccurate Micky.”

                    Well yeah, that’s pretty much true akshully.

                    National has formed the last two governments with teeny tiny razor thin majorities, regardless of how “way ahead” the polls had them.

                    Not saying I like seeing them up in the polls, but facts is facts is all.

                • Enough is Enough

                  Not suprised….I don’t think anyone is surprised but the time is coming for concern to begin setting in.

                  Keep calm and carry on. Carry on with what? If it is carry on with the ham fisted, clumsy, self inflicted, Green attacking incompetence of 2014, I have to disagree with you.

                • mc

                  This is totally untrue, no polls are putting Labour up that high.

                • Disraeli Gladstone

                  If National says their own polling is showing +60% I assume we should believe them at their words too…

                  Frankly, I think mid 30s is still “a bit not good”.

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 5.2.1.1.2.4

              Labour needs:

              To rediscover its working class roots (de-emphasise homosexual, academia, wimmin and other fringe activist concerns)
              Working class in 2014 means “contractor”, it does not mean “cloth cap Unions”
              To decimate the Greens. People may put up with them on soft issues, but are highly unlikely to vote them into a position of real power. They are Labours anchor.

              • absolute horse-shit..there..tigger..

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  Keep on believin’

                  I’m sure all these polls for the last six years have been aberrations.

                  • McFlock

                    well, yeah, they have to greater or lesser degrees.

                    As shown by the difference between polls and the actual election results.

                    You can knock as much as 5 or 7% off national in any particular poll, if the last few elections are anything to go by.

                    And what about those power bills and house prices, eh?

              • RedLogix

                Working class in 2014 means “contractor”, it does not mean “cloth cap Unions”

                That much is true. At the same time the whole point of ‘contracting out’ was to by and large destroy the unions.

                What the contractors need are a modern revival of the old fashioned ‘guilds’. Trade bodies that ensure minimum standards and a voice. Otherwise contractors are the most precarious of all.

                The Greens will eventually make it onto government benches one way or another. Their support base is steadily growing and will break 20% within two or three election cycles.

                • greywarbler

                  RL
                  Guilds for contractors. Yes. The poor buggers need some bodies behind and around them, not just little individuals running around doing their best, doing the hard work but vulnerable to getting shot of fairly easily.

            • Melb 5.2.1.1.2.5

              “They vote for Key because he’s in charge of National, just like they voted for the noxious Muldoon – because he was indisputably the top-dog in town.”

              This is also why they voted for Clark too – her iron-fisted control of the Labour Party.

            • Jackal 5.2.1.1.2.6

              +1 @ RedLogix

              I would personally put certain right wing MP’s within Labour at number one. It’s not just because they’re openly kneecapping Labour’s chances to govern again, it’s that they actually agree with National’s socially destructive agenda. That underlying problem is perhaps the main reason why Labour isn’t presently providing a united front.

              As demoralising as that reality might be for the left, it is nothing that cannot be resolved either on or off the treasury benches. However the sooner Cunliffe makes some changes the better.

              Also remember that these polls are generally wrong! This latest poll for instance wants us to believe the public simply doesn’t care about Judith Collins’ corruption. In fact it wants us to believe the public is rewarding a corrupt MP and her party for using tax-payer’s money to promote their private business interests; that it was fine when Collins blatantly lied and the Prime Minister also lying to try and protect her was all OK! Yeah right!

              At this stage I wouldn’t right off the left winning the next election, even with a reasonable majority. This poll in particular consistently favours the right and is simply a tool used to try and sway public opinion. For Labour to switch leaders every time there’s a bad poll, polling that is consistently faulty, would be silly. Those claiming they should are bonafide morons!

              • thechangeling

                The Roy Morgan poll is the most consistent right, and all the other ones seem to be right-wing biased because of the lack of land lines these days in lower socio economic houses and all houses in general.
                For some reason the MSM is really making a big repetitive noise about this particular poll today as if fashioning a change in Labour leadership (and even more destabilisation) is their determined solution which makes me even more suspicious of their (vested interest) motives.

              • karol

                Herald Digitpoll failed to predict the Lrenslide a little while before the first Auckland Supershity election in Aug 2010 – had Broan & Banks pretty equal.

            • karol 5.2.1.1.2.7

              Interview of Cunliffe by Gordon Campbell in today’s Werewolf:

              OK. But on the current polling, do you expect that you will need Mr Peters to form a government ?

              That is a matter for voters.

              On the current polling [what’s the answer] ?

              On the current polling, it would be more likely than not that an alternative government would include the Greens and Mr Peters. It would need to be carefully put together to satisfy the core needs of all those three parties. However, today’s polling is not a fair indication of where we will be on election day.

              Key is already saying that Peters is a natural ally for Labour and the Greens. Is there a risk that Labour will reap all of the downsides of being associated with Peters before the election, and National will gain all the upsides, after the election ?

              Well, I’m afraid I’m just going to be very plain speaking about it. I’ve always said that we have a respectful relationship with Mr Peters. He’s a very experienced politician and able Minister in the Clark government. I do not agree with all of his views. I would definitely want to see a different kind of multi-cultural community flourish. But at the end of the day, we will be guided by the decisions of the voters and we will make that coalition work

              .

              • Ad

                That’s one terriffic interview – people who have the patience for a good political read should go through the whole thing.
                Thanks for the link Karol.

            • McFlock 5.2.1.1.2.8

              I disagree with a lot of that.

              There is no Excalibur policy that will result in legions of voters jumping behind labour. It’s a hard slog of incrementally releasing policy after policy after policy and taking support back by weight of sheer common sense.

              Similarly, I’m not sure that the best way of imposing caucus unity (if it is genuinely a problem) is to start a witch-hunt for caucus disloyalty. Bring individuals into line when they fuck about, sure: Jones springs to mind in that regard. But seeking out plotters and the discontented because you blame them for your poor performance tends to multiply their numbers.

              It’s also a simple case of not fucking up the campaign – or at least that the nats have a wider margin for fuckups than labgrn.

              But while I’m not ordering in the bubbly just yet, nor am I slitting my wrists because defeat is inevitable.

            • PapaMike 5.2.1.1.2.9

              At what point can you say that the Greens are trustworthy – by whose definition

            • lurgee 5.2.1.1.2.10

              “And it’s also a lesson Cunliffe should note from the Clark years, that losing an election is not always a reason to give up.”

              My cynical side sometimes thinks he’s been allowed a shot at an election the Powers that Be have already written off, so they can get rid of him afterwards and let their preferred candidate have a shot at 2018.

              Still, funny how the sorts of figures that had some screaming for Shearer’s head aren’t prompting the same reaction from the same sources. Almost like they were more interested in having their man in place all along …

              • Colonial Viper

                If you can’t tell the difference between a seasoned politician and experienced Minister of the Crown, and a newbie still finding his way around basic Parliamentary procedure and beginner media training, then it is quite likely that you are the one with the problem.

      • tinfoilhat 5.2.2

        I don’t think it’s so much Key becoming more popular it’s more that many in the swinging middle have seen nothing that they like in Labour/cunliffe.

        • phillip ure 5.2.2.1

          @ tinfoilhat..

          ..snap..!

          • tinfoilhat 5.2.2.1.1

            Instead of dumb and dumber I think the general public look at it as awful and awfuller.

            Just shows we still haven’t really embraced MMP as a country.

        • JustLikeTigerWoods 5.2.2.2

          It’s both. Key is personally very popular. A majority of people like the guy, like they do their neighbour. The left may spit and snarl, but if nothing else, it reveals how out of touch they are with Steveo and Sharon New Zealander.

          Labour offers no likeable alternative. The left look far too ideological and not personable.

          That’s how politics is during these times. Wear ideology very lightly.

          • framu 5.2.2.2.1

            key constructed public image is popular – but personally hes a smarmy arrogant bastard who will tell you your shoes are untied just to make it easier to stab you in the back

            • thechangeling 5.2.2.2.1.1

              I agree totally. Key is just a media construct. Nice and friendly on the outside and a vicious, vindictive, back stabbing bully, carefully hidden underneath. Joyce is the policy and puppet master and Key is the uber P.R puppet.

              That’s much closer to the truth.

              • lurgee

                Disagree. And by painting Key like that, you come perilously close to writing off a large segment of the voting public as stupid. that’s a common fault on the left, I find – for all the pro-people rhetoric, there is too much elitism and the assumption that because the people aren’t going your way, the people must be wrong. I’m not sure I blame them for rejecting Labour. The comments on this thread show even one part of the Labour Party is desperately trying to reject the other. Why should the public vote for a party that would not vote for itself?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.3

        Yeah. If 55% in the polls before the last election translates to 49% of the vote and a one seat majority, 50% polls now point to a change of government. Keep up the hubris, wingnuts.

        • RedLogix 5.2.3.1

          Yes. But regardless of how you slice this – Labour is not going to lead an effective government on these numbers. It’s not good enough to scrape together just enough of a coalition to warm your butts on the Treasury benches again.

          What’s missing is political leadership and effective teamwork from Labour as a party. Cunliffe has the talent and capacity to steer it – but the horsepower has to come from within the Party.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.3.1.1

            Yes, but regardless of all of that, this is one poll result.

            And then there’s this: November 2011, week one, Herald Digipoll. National: 54.2%.

          • greywarbler 5.2.3.1.2

            Red Logix
            I was looking for some good points about this poll. So thanks. I can’t remember – is Herald poll one that always puts Labour down? The way they phrase questions or access their sample?

            Then is there something that has happened between I think the 6th and 16th March involving Labour that would make them drop? Jones and the Greens? Cunliffes speech being touted as lacking firm paths to the vision he offered and the comments he made on the present scenario?

            Then there is Chris Trotter in The Press today. About getting those apathetic forgotten voters out to vote for Labour. And he gives an anecdote of how they could be stirred in the past by personal passion and commitment but perhaps not now. He is wondering if the long period under the neo lib disparagement and disdain have sapped the spirit of the people and shut down their hope and belief in themselves being able to get a better life. Right?
            http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/columnists/chris-trotter/9838319/How-will-Labour-get-out-the-vote

            Maybe it just points out the necessity for huge door knocking in areas where Labour can make a difference, if not through the electorate vote, then the Party one.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.3.1.2.1

              A huge effort. National knows Labour has doubled its membership. There must be some way to demoralise all those fired up activists…

              One of McCarten’s jobs is to make sure that doesn’t happen.

              • RedLogix

                I’m sure you are right OAB. And Labour will get my usual donation again this year (as do the Greens as well).

                Because while a doubled membership is a very good thing – it’s not going to be enough.

                The one thing that will really fire up that membership is something BIG to fight for.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Personally I find our children, schools, rivers, ACC, health system, non-profit penal system, etc. etc. are a big enough reason.

                  • RedLogix

                    For you and I yes. More than enough.

                    But for the 800,000 missing voters? It wasn’t enough last time and I can’t see why it would be different this time.

                    What they need is a positive reason to get out and vote. Just hoping Key will stuff up in the next few months and that the media will suddenly decide to call him on him on it is a very, very weak plan.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Then I sincerely hope it isn’t the plan, and after all, that doesn’t sound like the sort of plan Cunliffe has been talking about, nor McCarten for that matter.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Nah, where’s the concrete game changing policy announcements. The ones which are affect your interest areas re: children, schools, rivers, ACC, health system, corrections, etc.

                    I would personally add housing and mortgage costs/household debt to that list.

                    The election is 6 months away, this week.

                    Where are the concrete game changing policy announcements in each of those areas?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      You think “concrete game changing policy announcements” are going to motivate people who didn’t vote last time. I call bullshit on that.

                      What’s going to motivate them to vote is people knocking on their doors.

                      The Left needs to get the vote out.

                    • cricklewood

                      A good start would be announcing that free doctors visits for under 6’s would be extended year on year until it reaches 18.
                      It’s a simple policy that will benefit a lot of people and will be popular.
                      Hard to attack the cost because it would incrementally increase and easy to budget for, cant really attack a policy to enhance healthcare for children.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You think “concrete game changing policy announcements” are going to motivate people who didn’t vote last time. I call bullshit on that.

                      What’s going to motivate them to vote is people knocking on their doors.

                      So, as a candidate I probably knocked on a few hundred doors in 2011, all up. How many did you door knock?

                      Was turn out was very low in 2011 because Labour didn’t door knock enough? Do you really believe that it would have greatly increased if only Labour had door knocked an extra 100,000 houses?

                    • McFlock

                      well, door knocking is the only way to ensure that the voter is aware of the game-changing, bells-on supercalifragilistic policy (if at all possible).

                      Although it’s an acquired skill to avoid getting – irritated.

            • RedLogix 5.2.3.1.2.2

              Interesting gw.

              I was struck by this quote from CT:

              Had he been dropped into Mary’s social ecosystem 20 years ago, he said, finding a path to survival, though difficult, would still have been possible. The poor still had enough in common with “Middle New Zealand” for a reasonable measure of mutual comprehension.

              Today, he said, it would be much harder. The range of common experiences between the comfortably off New Zealander and the struggling beneficiary has narrowed dramatically.

              “I don’t think I could do it.”

              That lines up with my experience exactly. I’ve lived cheek-by-jowl with the struggling beneficiaries. And while we could talk it was plain to me I could not have survived in their world. However well intentioned my middle-class mores were, they simply got lost in translation.

              This is why a UBI is the big game-changer. Cunliffe simply says this:

              “This Labour/Green UBI scheme will be attacked by my wealthy, confortable opponents who know nothing about your lives. Who do not understand how the current system makes your lives miserable and difficult.

              Now under this UBI system you will not be given any more money than you are now. But you will no longer be a beneficiary of the state, you will be a citizen, you will be treated exactly the same as everyone else, you will have the same chances, the same opportunities and you get to be responsible for your own lives.

              No longer will you have WINZ micromanaging every aspect of your life – demanding endless information and then pretending that they lost it so that they can demand it all over again. No more of that.

              I’m calling an end to the old idea that Labour stood for giving you money if you were ‘deserving’ enough. No more pinched charity from people who despite all the forms you have to fill in for them, know nothing about your lives.

              A sixth Labour government will bring an end to all of that. But you will have to take the chance with your own hands, you will have to put aside the indifference, the cynicism and the stop listening to people in the media who will whisper poison in your ears.

              Labour is only a political Party, we cannot do this on our own. You will have to get up, get aunties and cousins organised, get into a polling booth – and vote for this. “

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                +100

              • greywarbler

                Red Logix
                Could you give me the link to that piece from Cunliffe. It probably has been up already but I missed that part and if you could put it again I would be grateful to have it.

                • RedLogix

                  Sorry I wasn’t being clear – it was meant to be a hypothetical speech.

                  But the point is this – I think Cunliffe is capable of delivering it. That’s a more than I could say for Clark, Cullen, Goff or Shearer – all Labour people I do respect.

              • Chooky

                “a UBI is the big game-changer”….agreed !

                why doesnt Labour do it?

                the time for cautious pragmatism is gone….Labour needs a BIG GAME -CHANGER to convince the 800,000+ non voters last time…. that voting for Labour this time really will make a substantial change in their lives.

                ( where is xtasy?..i am sure he would agree)

              • cricklewood

                Only snag i can see with that is Labour have spent the last few years telling us loud and proud the closet thing we have to ubi in Super is unaffordable and we need to raise the entitlement age. I think its fair to say he would be flayed, what could he say? We were wrong on super, John key is right, we’ve changed our minds and we will offer a ubi to everyone?

                • RedLogix

                  You are right.

                  Which is why the UBI would not only be a great and daring policy in it’s own right, but nothing else could so effectively signal that this is no longer the boring old Labour Party that we voted out in 2008.

                  The whole point of the UBI is in fact to completely re-frame the income distribution debate. This sterile old debate about whether we can ‘afford’ super/welfare would simply go away.

                  • cricklewood

                    Would certainly be an all or nothing strategy, my feeling is that it is to late for a 180 degree policy shift. I suspect the furore around the flip flop etc wouldnt die down fast enough for people to contemplate it and the vote would tank.
                    To my mind as its relativly close between left and right a better strategy would be to release a handful of modest well thought out policies which were very hard to attack like extending free doctors visits, increasing paid parental leave in the hope of picking up 5 or so % and getting across the line. Not to dissimilar to the nats in 2008 then heading for a second term with some much bigger picture stuff.
                    A moon shot at a UBI that fails this time may well doom any constructive discussion bout it for years.
                    I get the feeling labour are flailing about looking for their ‘game changer’ and are actually harming themselves every time they miss ….

                    • RedLogix

                      Hard to argue with you on that cw. I’ve run those counter-arguments through my head as well.

                      But the problem I also see is that if Cunliffe is effectively rolled this election, I can foresee National turning into a 4-8 term government.

                      If we lose this one the left will be effectively neutered, with no alternative leadership anywhere on the horizon that I can see. And with a media machine uncritically supporting them there is nothing to stop National becoming entrenched indefinitely.

                      If you think I’m exaggerating, look at how the US South swung from Democrat to Repug – and has stayed that way for decades. It’s not so much a question of the damage National will do in power (fortunately this lot are lazy and incompetent and tend to a vacuous carelessness rather than malicious cupidity) – but eventually neoliberal political values will become so entrenched into several generations of New Zealanders and our socialist heritage will be entirely lost to memory.

                      Even now it’s only us fogey’s over 50 who can vaguely recall it.

                    • cricklewood

                      Either way you look at it a heavy loss would be disastrous, I hope the campaign strategists sort their shit out and go one way or another with purpose rather than spray a whole heap of half baked stuff out there in the hope something will stick. They also need to make it about what labour will do not what they will undo.
                      I think that once Key calls it quits the nats would lose a chunk of support I just dont see either joyce or collins having the popular everyman type support. So I dont think they would get past a fourth term at most. On the plus side a heavy loss should finally cauterize the rogernome wing of the party.

                    • KJT

                      Judging by Labours recent vote, for beneficiary bashing by National, I do not see much support from “National light” for a UBI, or indeed any form of social wage. They are still chasing the unthinking, mean spirited, and unprincipled 20% of eligible voters, who swing vote. The euphemistically, called, “centre”.

                      David Cunliffe may have some progressive ideals, but his caucus is a bunch of Neo-liberal “has beens” putting the brakes on new Zealand’s progress, along with National.
                      No point having Labour in power if they are just going to “use anaesthetic for the amputation”.
                      I think this is the real reason for the drop in polls for Labour. They are perceived as little different from National, just more disorganised and less competent. (Need to shut Shane Jones up, for a start).

                      If Labour did support a UBI, and lost, the idea may well be buried forever..

                      The only way to get a UBI is with grass-roots and cross-party support, otherwise the next RWNJ Government will simply reverse it.

                      We need to get it into public dialogue every chance we get and build support.

                      Democracy would help, also. Where we get to vote on policies, not figureheads!

                    • lurgee

                      “They are still chasing the unthinking, mean spirited, and unprincipled 20% of eligible voters, who swing vote. The euphemistically, called, “centre”.”

                      You can’t win without them. Get used to it.

                  • Chooky

                    +100…it would be back to the old egalitarian NZ….and restore high quality free secular State education …and clean up the rivers and restore their flow and we would be back in paradise….who needs to be a slave to money?….we would all have wealth enough

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 5.2.3.1.2.3

              Trotter is usually right about things, but I think he’s missing the fact most people aren’t heavily politically ideological any more. Politics is more “steady as she goes” and presidential. This is why it’s so important to have a likeable leader.

              The hard ideological left is at the last-gasp saloon, namely The Greens. Labour need to move more centre.

              • greywarbler

                JLTW You are right I think, but to what extent I question? Is it irreversible?

                And the Greens are hardly ‘hard ideological left’. Maybe to you who isn’t used to thinking in the round about things. We actually have moved beyond the seesaw of Labour-National now with MMP and have to think more widely. Hard left would take us along a different path to the Greens one, that goes through sustainable systems, environmentally and societal including business.

                Hardly hard left. More, intelligent, pragmatic, and forward looking. You could try adopting those filters on your thinking.

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  Characterise it how you like. My point is the heavily ideological bookish left are likely voting Green. These people aren’t representative, they’re a fringe group and always will be.

                  I don’t think it’s reversible, unless you get very big events i.e. Greek style economic failure. Most people fear radical change and they’ll vote based on “whether they like the guy/gal”.

                  I don’t think the Greens are forward thinking. They are living in a snug, ideological bubble more concept than reality.

                  There are always cries of the world ending, doom just around the corner. That doesn’t make someone forward thinking. For starters, they don’t place sufficient emphasis on human invention and ingenuity. We typically adapt, rather than let forces crush us.

                  • freedom

                    “We typically adapt, rather than let forces crush us.”

                    So why do you still vote for right wing parties?

                  • greywarbler

                    JLTW
                    Some good points but on the Greeens you are blinkered.
                    Now racehorses can be blinkered and win the race. Humans who are track athletes don’t need blinkers but can still win the race.

                    Life as we are living it now, with what is happening demands that we are neither focussed in a tunnel-vision way as an athlete or a racehorse and as you are, nor that we dismiss what we consider is irrelevant to our small minds. The problems are bigger than any individual intellect can handle. So don’t give me your complacent bullshit about adaptability and cleverness.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      It’s not complacent, it’s based on history. We adapt. We never used to live in cold areas, and most of us still don’t. Birth rates have fallen almost everywhere. They are at 2.1. We adapt.

                      I don’t like the enviro-trojan horse. I see it as a neurotic vision of doom used to bring about more Marxism. If they placed themselves between left and right, I’d have more time for them.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Speaking of people living in smug ideological bubbles that are more concept than reality, have you figured out that the set of series where no n is <0.6m, is non-zero yet, or are you still wallowing in innumeracy?

                    How’s your understanding of the trend in the atmospheric carbon isotope ratio coming along? Figured out that proofs are confined to Maths?

                    What a twit, attempting to lecture on reality with these week-old howlers ’round your neck.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      You can cut n paste calculations from Sceptical “Science” to your hearts content, but the fact remains there is no evidence of dangerous AGW. But believe it, if you want.

                      Even from a political standpoint, it’s a loser:

                      http://www.gallup.com/poll/167843/climate-change-not-top-worry.aspx

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Rahmstorf & Coumou 2011, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I’ll leave you to discover the title and subject of this paper. Also note Hansen and Sato 2012.

                      I note you are moving the goalposts (you innumerate loser) from no evidence that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, to some strawman argument about “dangerous”. I further note evidence presented by Munich re.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      OAB, you’re not fooling anyone, besides yourself.

                      Very few people are climate scientists. Even many of these people argue about the obscure calculations. The hope of you or I understanding them, or being able to argue them with any credibility, is near zero.

                      What we can do is demand evidence. We can look at their track record of predictions. They have failed in both respects, often enough to convince me they are smart people dealing with a chaotic system that is inherently difficult to predict.

                      The science is certainly not settled. It’s right to ask questions. It is wrong to jump to conclusions.

                      Pretending you know more than I do by cutting and pasting obscure calculations – which we could both do all day long – doesn’t raise anyone’s credibility. It does suggest different levels of honesty, or lack thereof.

                    • McFlock

                      I agree entirely with JLTW.

                      Their predictions have repeatedly proved wildly inaccurate, and their mathematical gymnastics serve only to obscure the futility of their attempts.

                      Oh, sorry, you weren’t talking about economists? You were talking about climate scientists? Actually, nah – their predictions have consistently erred on the side of caution, so their only inaccuracy is to underestimate some aspects of AGW.

                      The glaciers are melting faster than predicted. The economic recovery is not even on the horizon.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      What predictions have peer-reviewed papers made that have been proved inaccurate, apart from those by deniers like Lindzen? Embarrassing failure he is.

                      Be careful to cite the papers, so that I can school you some more.

                      Or you could take a glance at Arrhenius 1896 and note that every single one of its predictions has come true, making you look very very ignorant, or Muller et al’s BEST analysis, or has the cat still got your tongue on Muller?

                      Or you could learn some basic Quantum Mechanics.

                      No, scratch that last suggestion: you lack the cognitive ability.

                      :lol:

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      Again, you’re only fooling yourself.

                      It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.

                      The AGW theory does not agree. They are already well off the bottom of the range of IPCC predictions. That’s why they’re scrambling around trying to find the supposed “hidden” warming. The temperature appears to have stalled yet no one predicted it would.

                      They may have overestimated the problem.

                      http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/05/has-global-warming-stalled-now-includes-january-data/

                      [lprent: Watts is a scientific idiot as he clearly shows in this post. He compares a decade resolution climate model with a decade of data and then cuts the graph off to make the variation look larger. ]

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Once more, just for the English comprehension challenged. The IPCC doesn’t make predictions. It summarises extant work.

                      AR5 more than covers the “hidden” warming, but you wouldn’t know that because you haven’t read it.

                      Oh, and surface temperatures are well within the predicted range.

                      I note that you rely on the so-called “hoaxers” for your information on the surface temperature record, but only when you think it suits your bias.

                      PS: Anthony Watts? Can you cite someone credible? His behaviour over the BEST analysis showed him up for all to see. Did you miss it?

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      Whatever semantics float your boat. The IPCC made multiple claims about levels of warming that didn’t eventuate.

                      http://www.dailytech.com/After+Missing+5+Predictions+IPCC+Cuts+Global+Warming+Forecast/article33457.htm

                      It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.

                      [lprent: So you now have the task of defending using this comment, and ONLY this comment for the next week. All other comments will be spammed and a extra week added for each one including any diversion off the topic. An extra week will be added for every day that you don't manage to defend your use of this link to support your comment. ]

                    • lprent []

                      Useless link

                      1. Not related to the IPCC. Appears to be links to deniers talking about what they think other people have said – not the IPCC
                      2. IPCC model measurements are averages for decades. That is why they are smooth curves. In this case the heat has been going faster into the ice melt and oceans than the older models expected. If you look back in the record you will find that their model predictions for the past also vary from the year by year records over a decade.
                      3. The author is accusing the IPCC for not observing actual climate events and building it into their mode,s. In this case the disappearance of ice mas in the Arctic decades before it was expected.
                      4. Has nothing to do with the IPCC science at all.
                      5. Gee the author couldn’t count. Said 5 claims that were wrong and only gave 4.

                      Denier porn for scientific wankhards like JLTW who appears to be too busy stroking his brain to actually read his crappy links..

                      So exactly one point in there related to levels of warming. I guess JLTW didn’t read it. That has me pissed off….

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      It does agree, though. CO2 does have the appropriate absorption frequencies to warm Earth – as do the other GHGs. The Arctic is warming faster than the Antarctic. The Northern Hemisphere is warming faster than the Southern, etc, etc.

                      Your excitement over this so-called pause is laughable, considering that (cf: Tamino) you need thirty years to establish a trend with data this noisy, and that almost every year since 1998 has been as hot or hotter.

                      But please keep up your denial: it puts everything else you say into context.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Note, JLTW: a word to the wise: the dailytech article you cite, presents figures that show alleged IPCC predictions.

                      These predictions are presented as single lines on a graph.

                      I note that IPCC illustrations of existing research come in bands which get wider the further into the future they go.

                      So whoever compiled the graphs in the dailytech article is lying to you.

                      You poor dupe.

                      [lprent: They did have the bands on the right as thin vertical bars. Not exactly visible and carefully only looking at the end of the sequence which makes them extremely misleading. I guess that putting the actual bands would have only have disturbed their argument. They also took a single decade rather than the 3 decades of estimates against actual data. Reads like a Watts "science" lesson: self-serving and corrupt. ]

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      By the way, JLTW, and I realise, with Lprent’s task this might take you a while, but have you figured out that “your” arguments that “the hockey stick is false” and “global warming has paused” are mutually exclusive?

                      Which one are you nailing your credibility to, shit-for-brains?

                    • lurgee

                      “We can look at their track record of predictions. They have failed in both respects, often enough to convince me they are smart people dealing with a chaotic system that is inherently difficult to predict.”

                      Their modelling matches the temperature record well enough, for all the Daily Mail hysteria about the 17 year plateau and failed predictions.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    My point is the heavily ideological bookish left are likely voting Green. These people aren’t representative, they’re a fringe group and always will be.

                    Well, the figures coming through the grapevine is that 80% of people when presented solely with the policies and not the actual parties choose the policies of the Greens. That, if correct, is not what one would call fringe and it seriously calls into question the role of the MSM in shaping polls and voting.

                  • Murray Olsen

                    “We typically adapt, rather than let forces crush us.”

                    I don’t think you have any idea how trite that statement is. If we didn’t adapt, we’d be extinct.
                    The real question is how do we adapt? We do not adapt by doing nothing. We adapt because the more far seeing among us recognise problems and work to find solutions. The adaptations don’t fall from heaven, nor are they made by conservative fools who don’t recognise the problems. When the oceans rise, we won’t survive by growing gills, which is what you would have us depending on. We’ll survive because Green politicians and Green scientists and Green farmers and whatever have worked hard to minimise the problems and ameliorate the effects. Unfortunately from my selfish point of view, we’ll be helping your descendants as well. That’s one area where I’d love to apply user pays, and see you guys stuck 10m under a salty carbon rich sea, full of jellyfish.

            • phillip ure 5.2.3.1.2.4

              what a non-story/pile of horseshit from trotter..

              ..proving what..?..exactly..?

              phillip ure..

              • greywarbler

                phillip U
                I think it proves that Trotter has been thinking, not just spouting from the subconcious. (Not that I always agree with him. I just don’t agree with spraying everyone with spit when you take against them.)

              • RedLogix

                ….proving phil that if you don’t want to understand something ….

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  Yes. Trotter is right on with this:

                  “…. if the sort of well-read, politically aware, working-class families that made Mary possible no longer exist, then the mission of “getting out the Labour vote” has become a fool’s errand. Twenty years ago the ecology of poverty still possessed a sufficiently political dimension to preserve Labour’s honour. Twenty years later – it’s gone.”

                  It’s also non-ideological. It’s steady as she goes and more personality driven. Do they like the local MP or PM?

        • Enough is Enough 5.2.3.2

          OAB

          Forget the numbers – look at the trends.

          The story of 2014 has been National growing support and Labour shredding it. Its that simple.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.3.2.1

            The Nats are polling less than the ratings that gave them a one seat majority and that means you’ve given up?

            • Seti 5.2.3.2.1.1

              The poll average of Colmar Brunton (50%), Roy Morgan (49.5) and DigiPoll (50.9) immediately prior to the 2011 election was 50.1%, which is exactly the same as the 3 polls this month (CB 51, RM 48.5, DP 50.8 = 50.1).

              Maybe it is time to give up.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                What was the average of those three polls six months out?

                • Seti

                  I’ll concede it was 53.1%, however a year out from 2011 it was also 53%. A year prior to the next election the average was 43.9, so a 6% increase is clearly showing significant momentum.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    So, what you’re saying is a that a good campaign from Labour (one in which, for example, they had twice the membership resources to draw on than in 2011) or a bad one from Gusher Collins and Prattler, and it’s anyone’s election to win.

                    Choice.

                    • Seti

                      Yeah, sure anything’s possible. Just like MH370 might be stuck on my roof.

                      However I don’t think Cunliffe is the sort of personality many voters are attracted to. Only a third of Labour’s own supporters want him as PM, and they still have a fifth column in caucus. Labour need someone they can rally around – a dynamic persona, or someone voters can grow accustomed to. DC doesn’t have the former and needs more time for the latter.

                      And the leader is what the campaign is about. He is the mouthpiece selling the policies. I don’t buy into the activist knocking on the door. The last thing I want is a campaigner, of any hue, lecturing me on my doorstep.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Thanks for your concern. It’s so sincere.

                    • lurgee

                      you’re assuming a Labour-green coalition is a given. I’m not so sure. If I was the leader of the greens, I’d be very sceptical of putting Labour into power if they only poll 33%. I’d even think carefully about whether I’d support National (utu for all those years Labour spurned the Greens) to rein in their excesses. Though I’d probably decide to remain in opposition, constructively working with a minority government.

                    • McFlock

                      yes, but if that government is national, the greens are fucked.

                      So they either lend support to labour and not be in a formal coalition with minsterial bling, or they go full coalition. Depending on how badly nz1 is needed (me preferred option is where lab need greens but nz1 aren’t enough to be in govt for either lab or nat).

                      I think the greens have generally played the mmp game pretty well over the last 20-odd years, generally staying close enough to a receptive govt to get stuff done, but not so close that they lose their identity. And they’ve avoided compromising their party too much in order to get short term bling.

            • Enough is Enough 5.2.3.2.1.2

              Giving up – No.

              Losing faith in this campaign and tactics – yes.

              The trends are quite clear that 2014 to date has been hopeless. Fumbled policy releases, attacking the Greens and blind trusts are are arecipe for disaster.

              Time to sharpen up.

      • kenny 5.2.4

        2/3rds of those who responded to a digipoll (how many would that be?) – not 2/3rds of voters.

    • Francis 5.3

      The 11.4% undecided voters is fairly significant – higher than many of the recent polls I’ve seen. It helps to confirm that it’s not that people love National, but that they’re still uncomfortable with Labour. Of course, there’s still heaps of people out there with the FPP mindset, so they’ll never vote for anyone but the two major parties…

    • Enough is Enough 5.4

      Does anyone get the feeling that the tide is going out on Key and that there is a sentiment in the electorate to change the government like there was in 1999 and 2008?

      This is going to take a herculean effort to win this year when the media want a National government.

      It can start with Labour pulling their heads in and start acting like they hold a coalition together. I.e. pull back attack Dog Jones. The Greens are not the enemy

      • idlegus 5.4.1

        i was so pissed off when i listened to radiolive political panel with mau & jackson last thurs, they had hyde on ‘for the right’ & williams in ‘for the left’, & what really got me riled was williams putting down the greens, calling them clowns etc…actually, no one said anything positive about the greens (btw im not a greens supporter), now i’d expect it from hyde whatever, but it would be nice to have some commentator ‘from the left’ not barrage all the other left parties.

        • phillip ure 5.4.1.1

          chief-‘clown’ williams called the greens clowns’..?

          ..whoar..!

          .that man who presided over labours’ worst election result since forever..?

          ..yeah..!..we’ll listen to him..

          ..he knows what’s what..

          ..eh..?

          ..fucken neo-lib-apologist trout..!

  6. involuntary humour on tvone breakfast:..

    rawdon christie criticises the ‘journalistic-standards’ of others..

    ..brilliant..!

    (update:..the female co-host topped him..

    arguing against decriminalisation of cannabis:

    (said in disbelieving-voice..)

    ..’i’m against decriminalisation..’cos if you decriminalise everything..you’d have no crime..?’

    ..so..so..dumb…!

    • tinfoilhat 6.1

      I don’t know how you manage to watch it

      • phillip ure 6.1.1

        @ tinfoilhat..

        ..it’s a love/hate thing..

        ..i ‘hate’ how unbelieveably bad it is/they are….

        ..but i ‘love’ how they can also make me crack up laughing…

        ..not with them..but at them…

        ..(with the female co-host getting the crown today..(so far..!….)

        ..with/for her ‘decriminalisation’ brain-spasm/fart…

        ..it really was..brilliant..)

        ..and the other options..?

        ..michael wilson on 3..?..(shudder..!..)

        ..or mercep on rnz..?

    • David H 6.2

      I’m sorry but after watching TV1’s brekkie offering. And near losing my coffee all over my laptop from the dumb comments from Christie. Leaves me to wonder, how much self indulgence of the good medicine is needed to suffer through 2.5 hours of that Drivel. Maybe one day, I’ll try to find out.

      • phillip ure 6.2.1

        funny you should say that david h..

        ..as normally i wd say ‘self-indulgence of the good medicine’ is an essential ingredient to best appreciate the involuntary-humour of/from that show/those hosts..(and as i have long practised..)

        ..but it so happens i am on day two of a break from ‘self-indulgence of the good medicine’

        ..and it’s still funny…!

        • bad12 6.2.1.1

          Round of applause Phillip, the last line of your comment is the one you should focus on,”its still funny” without the ingestion of your usual medicine should over a period of time lead to ”it still tastes as good” and various other minor revelations…

  7. swordfish 7

    After by brief comment (yesterday Open Mike) celebrating the way good has finally managed to vanquish evil (Liverpool 3 Man United 0), some discussion ensued as to which team was the most Left friendly.

    tricledrown was largely correct to suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson “is one of the few top celebrities to come out and support the Labour Party”. Which is why, despite abhoring Man United and eveything it stands for, I’ve always had a lot of time for the Scots self-described Socialist and life-long Labour supporter.

    But let’s remember that Liverpool’s legendary manager, Bill Shankly, (another Scot, indeed another Glaswegian) introduced the all-red kit to symbolise his communitarian Socialist beliefs and to foster this spirit among the Merseyside community.

    Like Merseyside, Greater Manchester is a strong Labour area. Just a pity the city’s stuck with such an enormously irritating club.

  8. JustLikeTigerWoods 8

    It doesn’t look like Cunliffe is up to Shearer’s popularity….

    • bad12 8.1

      Meaningless drivel, if 60 or 70% ‘popularity’ can only give to Slippery’s National Government an effective one seat majority,(leaving aside the lapdogs for the moment), then it is a truly meaningless piece of information,

      Something sparkly to inflame the more base ‘Wing-nuts’ in other words…

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 8.1.1

        Labour should be very worried. Only some bizarre twist of MMP could likely save them now, and were that to be the case, the country may well be ungovernable. A tail wagging the dog scenario against such a popular choice (Key) would have all the legitimacy and effectiveness of, well, that man Brown.

        • bad12 8.1.1.1

          Laughable, a 2-3% gain from either Labour, Green or both on voting day gives them as much chance of forming the next Government as National have,

          Doomed doomed, off of the back of a Herald-DigiPoll,(the usual Govern alone lies),is one hell of a giggle…

        • PapaMike 8.1.1.2

          Would it be fair to say that true Labour supporters are afraid of the influence that the Greens will bring to the coalition.

          • phillip ure 8.1.1.2.1

            well..daddy-michael.the facts would appear to make yr claim a nonsense..

            ..labour members have long shown a preference for coalescing with the greens..

            ..rather than with the likes of dunne…

  9. adam 9

    The death of the liberal classes. This is what happens when you dance with the corporate lords.

    • greywarbler 9.1

      Very poetic adam.
      Made me think of Lord of the Dance. These words are appropriate for Labour and union supporters.
      An unusually sprightly hymn, I think from the Quakers.
      They fought against a harsh opposition trying to get a better life with respect for all.

      I danced on a Friday when the world turned black
      It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back
      They buried my body, they thought I was gone
      But I am the dance, and the dance goes on….

      They cut me down and I leapt up high
      I am the life that will never, never die
      I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me
      I am the Lord of the dance, said he.

      Take a minute or two for a lively version from the Oirish (think recent St Patricks Day!)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEAIJV6CmtA

      • mac1 9.1.1

        Good comment, Greywarbler. Lord of the Dance is a song of hope and indomitable belief. It was a song written about the Shakers, based on another song’s tune “Tis a Gift to be Simple”. Written by Sydney Carter, it also much loved by us Quakers. Thanks for the new insight into this hymn.

  10. Wyndham 10

    Labour supporters fought long and hard to reclaim the party from the rightwingers who wanted us to be light blue. Cunliffe is the right man with the right values and the ability to communicate them very well.
    Heads down, continue to do the hard yards and execute the winning strategy that is driven through the hubs. Cunliffe and team have already recovered from the recent hiccup. They will play their role well. We have to do likewise.

    Labour is going to lead the opposition to the Tories and get the country back for ALL New Zealanders.

    • JustLikeTigerWoods 10.1

      New Zealanders just called. They said they want light blue.

      You need to stop listening to your self-obsessed, laughably out of touch hardcore and start listening to, you know, real life working class voters.

      • the pigman 10.1.1

        Yeah, real life working class voters. Just like Tiger Woods. The good-natured concern from our friends on the Right almost brings me to tears sometimes.

    • Olwyn 10.2

      I agree Wyndham. While I think that RedLogix makes some good points with regard to cohesion, leadership, and game-changing policies that actually speak to the people whose votes are needed, I place no store whatsoever on Herald Digipolls. This is the same poll that always managed to squeeze out a couple more popularity points in favour of David Shearer whenever he looked to be on the ropes. We should not be disheartened by such polls, but instead fired up with urgency to do the hard yards.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 10.2.1

        +1

        Anyone who thought the MSM (never mind caucus/ABC) were just going to roll over when Labour changed its leadership election rules was dreaming.

    • JK 10.3

      Good stuff, Wyndham. + + 100%

  11. bad12 11

    Policy that might swing the vote Labour’s way 2#, Labour probably along with the Green Party need formulate a coherent policy surrounding the OCR, the Reserve Bank Governor, and bank interest rates,

    My view is that such a policy must remove the Reserve Bank Governor from the responsibility of decisions of raising or lowering the OCR, instead what is needed is a small committee of 3 to 5 of this countries prominent non-bank economists who would be tasked with overseeing the OCR from an ”all of economy view”, including in that view the state of the Governments accounts,

    It is obvious that the current 1-3% inflation band used by the Reserve Bank in its decision making surrounding the OCR is far too restrictive and should be changed to an effective 3-5% along with a guideline from an all of economy view that 4% of GDP growth annually is the desirable level at which the Reserve Bank should begin to start the process of upward movement of the OCR,

    The difference in such a policy would be stark compared to the current status quo, saving billions across the economy in unnecessary interest payments,

    Such a policy would need be announced off of the back of one of the upcoming announcements of a OCR for maximum effect…

    • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.1

      It is totally the wrong thing to do to start talking about messing with economic settings. For starters, most people don’t understand them, and secondly they won’t be voting for significant change in economic policy unless faced with sheer economic catastrophe. That isn’t the case.

      The last time they voted for significant economic change was Lange/Douglas (term 2). They’ve been wary about making major fiscal changes ever since.

      • bad12 11.1.1

        By November 2015 sheer economic catastrophe will have arrived in the back pockets of anyone with a mortgage in the form of at least a 2% interest rates hike,

        Business nor the Government accounts will escape from that interest rates rise, what most people will understand is that under the current policy they will be forced to pay an extra 20 dollars a week for every $100,000 of debt they are carrying which under current debt loadings would indicate that at a minimum $6 billion dollars a year ill be sucked out of the economy,

        Changing the focus of the economy to one of 4-5% annual growth is hardly major in terms of the back pockets of those who carry debt of $100,000+ except in positive terms, leaving $1000 a year per $100,000 in the back pockets of all those with debts of this nature,

        It is well past the time to move on from the failed low inflation theory which simply stunts growth at a time growth is necessary in favor of enriching the trading banks profits,

        We need to move on to an economic model which gives ‘real choice’ back to those who wish to avoid inflation which is not of an economy wide nature by removing the Reserve Bank Governor’s ability to act in favor of the trading banks profits when a 1.6% inflation rate says that this is unnecessary…

        • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.1.1.1

          Interest rates SHOULD be moving higher. Artificially holding them low is why the US is in such deep trouble.

          A 2% hike isn’t an economic catastrophe. That’s just silly. They were higher during Clarks reign.

          • freedom 11.1.1.1.1

            “Artificially holding them low is why the US is in such deep trouble.”

            No, a 23 Trillion dollar debt and a corrupt Banking system is why the US is in trouble :roll:

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.1.1.1.1.1

              That, too. But they are holding interest rates artificially low by buying up securities. NZs interest rates should not be held artificially low as there is no need for us to get into the same trap.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                How would you know? If by some miraculous serendipity you’re actually correct, I’m sure you’re just parroting something someone numerate said.

                Citation needed.

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  I’m as numerate as the next lay Economist reader. I think it’s fair to say I do as much primary economic research as you do, although if you’re not aware of how the FR has been buying up securities in order to hold interest rates, I think I can safely say your knowledge of the topic is very light.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Care to revisit your opinion that it is impossible for everyone to be paid at least 60% of the average (or median) wage, then?

                    You might also thank Puddleglum for schooling you while you’re at it.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      No, I do not. That figure is an artificial, academic construction that will not happen. There is not enough productivity to make it so, and more people would choose unemployment, so it would plunge more people into poverty.

                    • McFlock

                      So what do you believe is the minimum realistically-possible level of poverty in New Zealand?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Are you so fucking stupid you think you can change your argument to another fact-free dribble and no-one will notice? Or check your facts.

                      So I checked your facts. Who knew there were countries that according to you are physically impossible?

                      It’s official: Slovenia, France, Chile et al don’t exist!

                      We need better wingnuts.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      TigerWoods is pretending that Political Economics is not an artificial construction with parameters designed and enforced by people, but rather some force of the universe beyond human control.

                      Or maybe it is just beyond the control of ordinary bog standard proles, which is exactly how the power elite 0.1% have set it up to be, with the overwhelming complicity of the top 20%.

                  • JustLikeTigerWoods

                    You are obviously intellectually insecure. You won’t make yourself smarter by trying to define other people down.

                    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8177864.stm

                    “Romanian pensioners can have much less money than UK pensioners but fewer of them be described as poor. That’s because they are closer to the median person in their country, not because they have more money. In fact, they are simply bunched together at what others would consider the bottom…..The richest can become richer and it has no effect at all on poverty.”

                    If you attempt to pull everyone in NZ closer to that line without increasing productivity, then you’ll just make most poorer.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      If you attempt to pull everyone in NZ closer to that line without increasing productivity, then you’ll just make most poorer.

                      Hmmmm, I see you are repeating the same BS line from the 1980’s Thatcher years.

                      Like you think we will ignore the role of the big corporates eg retail banks thieving from the productivity of NZ workers through onerous interest rates and fees.

                      Why don’t we set a little rule then? Workers wages should increase in line with per capita GDP. And let’s retroactively apply it from say 1990 onwards.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      It’s time for your reality check.

                      Per capita productivity has consistently increased since the 1970s but the wage:GDP ratio has decreased

                      So you’re full of shit. Productivity increased and wages fell.

                      Are you lying or mistaken? Dupe, or duplicitous? Which is it?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      TigerWoods is just trying to deflect from the facts: we have a 1% which is sucking up a growing and hugely disproportionate amount of the financial benefit resulting from the work put in by everyone else.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      [deleted]

                      [lprent: You have been given a task. To justify how one of the links you gave earlier supports your comment. You appear to be doing fire and forget on comment links because most of them that I have looked at so far are unrelated to your claims for them. ]

                    • McFlock

                      If you attempt to pull everyone in NZ closer to that line without increasing productivity, then you’ll just make most poorer.

                      Um, no… if you are pulling everyone closer to the median value, half are getting richer and half are getting poorer. That’s what “median” is. It’s a pretty basic concept from maybe even primary school. You’ve just outed yourself as being dumber than a ten year old. In fact, even a ten year old would think you were a fucking idiot.

                    • RedLogix

                      Well I think you may be intending arithmetic mean ( aka average) rather than median.

                      The median is obtained by ranking the entire population from top to bottom and then picking the value of the exact 50th percentile member. How it relates to the whole population very much depends on the shape of the distribution.

                      It’s only on nice symmetric binomial distributions that the mean and the median are very close together – and income distribution tends to be very different:

                    • Tracey

                      dont let tighty righty see you relying on median. he thinks people who do that are stupid

          • bad12 11.1.1.1.2

            Giving 6 billion dollars annually to the trading banks in unearned profits is what i would describe as silly,

            80 billion dollars of gross Government debt says that SOMEONE has to at some time pay for this sugar rush of National Party borrowing,preferably befor the next crisis in Capitalism hits us all firmly in the head, or do you suppose that the GFC was the last collapse of the system,

            Under the current policy of taxation and expenditure there can be no paying down of this debt and in a round of interest rates rises across the whole of economy which will shrink economic activity leaving the Government books further in the red,

            The only means by which such books can be balanced and that debt reduced while retaining the current levels of taxation and spending is for the economy to be set to run at an annual GDP growth rate of 4–5% which would generate a strong Government surplus,

            Interest rates have risen in no other jurisdiction from where our money is sourced therefor there are no added costs to the trading banks which lend money into this country the raising of the OCR at this point is simply a tool of profit gouging on behalf of the banking system which acts as a detriment to the whole of our economy…

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.1.1.1.2.1

              As I say, higher interest rates than we have now, including the 2% rise, didn’t affect Clarks popularity.

              Secondly, the Federal Reserve is purchasing securities. We don’t do that, so your comparison doesn’t make sense.

              • Colonial Viper

                Of course it makes sense: the retail banks are extracting billions too much in profits out of NZ communities and small businesses.

                As I say, higher interest rates than we have now, including the 2% rise, didn’t affect Clarks popularity

                Huh? Wages were strongly rising and employment very low during Lab 5. Don’t act as if those weren’t offsetting. None of those protective factors apply to National.

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  The same is starting to happen under National. Not that National or Labour were responsible, it’s due to our exports.

              • bad12

                Lolz, what you post here does exactly that, NOT make sense that is, what the fuck has the Reserve Bank lifting the OCR prematurely got to do with the US means of printing secuities,(money), please do explain if only for the laughs it will generate,

                Your anology of the Clark Government is also spurious, we don’t live in a time 5 years ago we live in the now and in the future…

      • Tracey 11.1.2

        ooooooooOOOOOOOOoooooo like the mysteries of the ancients, we need to rely on the high priests to interpret the entrails and bestow their wisdom from on high.

    • Melb 11.2

      Higher inflation aye – that’ll help the poor!

      • bad12 11.2.1

        What higher inflation, food prices are not inflated, transport costs for the poor,(you probably never use public transport),are largely static,

        House price over-inflation is the driver of the current OCR lift, with an overall inflation rate of 1.6% this is unnecessary,

        If you are suggesting that the poor are helped in any way by a low growth high interest rates economy i would like to hear how you think this helps,

        Raising interest rates across the board as a tool to address inflation in house pricing in two cities has to be the economics of the dunce,

        To suggest it is impossible to have variable interest rates for Auckland and Christchurch housing is also stupidity,

        The poor have some choice, admittedly small, in avoiding consumer price inflation, when the OCR is raised it simply leads to a contracting economy which in turn leads to more unemployment, helping the poor by making more people poor is a new one to me…

    • the disenfranchised one million care not a jot for ‘ OCR, the Reserve Bank Governor, and bank interest rates..’

      all that will move them to vote – is ‘big’/seachange-policies.

      ..that directly promise to improve their lives/lot..

      ..and such improvements as soon as a progressive govt is elected..

      (no incrementalist..’only when we can afford it..paddy’..as cunnliffe stated in that interview..)

      • bad12 11.3.1

        In other words Phillip, pissing into the wind, you will be waiting until a long time after your expiry date has long past befor Labour will put forward any such policy that you would see as sea-changing,

        Dreams are free and you are free to dream, Labour are still flogging the raising of the age of superannuation as part of their economic policy, that i would suggest is worth a negative 2–5% of the vote…

        • phillip ure 11.3.1.1

          i agree..i don’t see it happening..

          ..i’m just saying that is what needs to be done..

          ..but will they do it..?

          ..doubt it…

          ..those neo-lib trouts still have their boots on the throat of the party..

          ..until they are gone..nothing will happen..

          ..and that would be the only consolation from a third-term key..

          ..how/when after that defeat..

          ..the schadenfreude to be had from watching how..

          ..the labour party membership will/would turn on these fuckers..

          ..like rabid dogs..

          ..and tear them limb from limb..

    • RedBaronCV 11.4

      I agree a committee would be a good idea but maybe not all economists..

  12. Wyndham, George 12

    Hi wyndham (small w) . I’ll amend my name to avoid confusion.

    [lprent: Cool. Beat me to requesting it. ]

  13. tricledrown 13

    Swordfish .
    Competitive to the end who cares I like watching good football no matter which team is playing.
    The United Liverpool history is like NZ Australia history.
    Taking the piss out each other for over 100 years.

    • Allyson 13.1

      Man U’s league position can be compared to NZ Labour party recent polling. A tale of two Davids, Cunliffe and Moyes, although I think only one of these will be back on top by 2017 .
      Was a nice comment from swordfish about the great Bill Shankley. I well remember Evertonian repetitively chanting “We all hate Shanks and Shanks and Shanks” (repeated ad nauseum).It reminds me a bit of some peoples obsessive dislike of John Key.

      • Te Reo Putake 13.1.1

        And yet Shankley spent his retirement years coaching Everton’s youth teams for free. Funny old world.

  14. Monty 14

    I am always amused at how the left keep pointing to the last election and the 54% the Nats had a week or so out from the election. Maybe you should also talk about the support labour had a week or two out only for it to plummet to 27% and their worst election result ever on election night.

    This year the Nats can quite legimitaly use the don’t risk it campaign. Already NZers are wary of the greens, and that is without the campaign advertising that will come. At present the labour greens are a long way behind. The left policies seem to be based around undoing the policies implemented by national for example such as charter schools and national standards. These are negative policies. Other policies such as CGT and increased taxes are not going to convert the middle ground. Where are the positive policies ?

    labour are in a worse position than they were under Goff and indeed shearer. People simply don’t trust or like Cunliffe. He talks in cliches, and there is no substance to his eight second sound bites. How can a guy whose popularity is around 11% beat a guy who is so popular inspite of seven years of attacks is still rating as high as 66% in the preferred PM stakes? And the worse news is that labour have no one who could dream of being as popular as John Key. Grant nor Shane are really a leader in waiting and who are capable of challenging John Key.

    And then to top it off, middle NZ, including centre left Labour supporters do not trust or like Russel Norman. So the left support hovers around 40% which is where it has been for seven years! and will remain for the next few years.

    I have said this before and I’ll say it again. Labour need to look at their entire policy platform and accept that many policies are unpopular with the middle ground supporters. labour renewed to think and understand why they are failing to get traction and look at what they need to do to get the middle classes support. That does not include raising taxes, implementing new taxes, more welfare, undoing education reforms, being soft on unions and crime, threatening to stop roads being built, and being negative about every national policy.

    [lprent: I have to say that it is nice seeing you actually arguing your side and on the right post too. I might disagree (and do), but it is worth reading. Nice to see that even those on the right are capable of learning.

    Unlike the recent dumbarse trolls who aren't making it through the first time commentator check because they keep repeating rote phrases that they read or heard somewhere else. I just spammed the last 4. I'd be ashamed if I'd written such stupid code as these bots. ]

    • bad12 14.1

      Oh so you want a choice of two National Parties, i am sure Labour head office will take note of your wishes…

      • lurgee 14.1.1

        Better a slightly left party in power than a left party forever in opposition.

        Once you have power, you can start to change people’s minds and move public opinion. That’s very difficult from the opposition benches.

        To get there you need the long suffering left and the centre. Wailing about purity-and-compromise-and-feeling-all-dirty-but-not-in-a-good-way is a longwinded means of saying you’d like to lose, again.

    • BM 14.2

      Problem for David is that he comes across a such a smarmy dislikable prat and the way he seems to talk down to people puts peoples backs up straight away.

      In his defense, he probably isn’t doing it intentionally it’s just the way his personality is and it’s going to take a lot of hard work to modify that impression.

      I’d say like Clark, give it another six years and then I think he might have a shot at the PMs job.

      • framu 14.2.1

        “Problem for David is that he comes across a such a smarmy dislikable prat and the way he seems to talk down to people puts peoples backs up straight away.”

        im staggered as to where you lot get this from – can you point to an example or is it just repetition?

        serious question

        • BM 14.2.1.1

          It’s comments I’ve heard from number of people, especially women.

          What would probably help him in the short term is if he gave up on all those nasty little cheap shots he throws out in his interviews.
          He’s playing the man far too often which is why he’s not resonating at all with the voter.

          People want to hear positive stuff not negative insulting BS.

    • Enough is Enough 14.3

      “And the worse news is that labour have no one who could dream of being as popular as John Key.”

      Wrong and incorrect.

      Jacinda Adern will be the PM in 2017 in an outright landlside victory for Labour.

  15. Monty 15

    No I am extremely happy with one true blue national party. I love that Labour wallow in the 30% support range and dropping. I love that Labour are completely red and not looking to change anything.

    My point is that is labour want to increase their support they need a policy platform that will compete with National. Because of the strong hold of the unions is labour I am grateful that this won’t happen, and as a result total left support is circa 40% and no chance of change.

    Maybe after another thumping on 20 September labour will take an honest look at themselves and remodel their entire policy platform. Maybe at that point labour will make the hard decisions about who they have representing their Party, and why they have struggled to get past 30% in eight years of polling? Then they can rebuild in 2017 and hope to win in 2020

    • so..monty..labour need to move even further to the right..eh..?

      ..that’ll get that one million disenfranchised out to the ballot-box..

      ..eh..?

      .(bring back rogernomics..1..eh..?

      ..right ho..!..)

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 15.1.1

        Labour need to be a centre party. You can’t win if you don’t hold the center.

        Some people live in a cosy left wing bubble (Greens, some of Labour, Mana) just as some live in a right wing bubble (ACT, during their heyday). Ideologically, it’s sound. No pragmatic rough edges to break the illusion.

        This bubble keeps people insulated from real New Zealanders. Real poor New Zealanders are lining up at the KFC drive-thru, not eating hand-picked lentil stew. Real middle class New Zealanders have jobs and don’t want economic upsets. Real New Zealanders couldn’t give a flying **** about cod-Marxist chattering classes ideological bubbles.

        Key understands this.

        • BM 15.1.1.1

          Most of the labour pollies probably understand this as well, it’s the paid up party members and trade unions who don’t or refuse to accept it.

          Which is why Labour is in so much trouble.

          • JustLikeTigerWoods 15.1.1.1.1

            I think so.

            I can imagine the loud-mouthed ideologues get the heart pumping at party meetings, but these people are seriously disconnected with the people they claim to represent. In reality, they represent little more than an abstract idea from pages on dusty books.

            Long may Labour be infested with them, really…

          • McFlock 15.1.1.1.2

            So the labour caucus should drop the bulk of the party membership in order to increase their support? Be a bit of a booboo if your earnest advice happened to be incorrect, though – labour would lose membership without gaining right-wing members and voters.

            Oh, and in a democracy, it’s the other way around – if the mps really want to be right wing but don’t want to be in nactional, they should fuck off to united future. The members joined a left wing party, and have the power to keep it left wing.

            thanks for your concern, guys.

            • BM 15.1.1.1.2.1

              I agree, the politicians are supposed to represent the party.

              The big issue though is that the current crop of Labour politicians realize they’ll never win if they follow the wishes of the party because what the party wants the voters don’t.

              No wonder there’s no enthusiasm, you’re hobbled before you even start the race.

              • McFlock

                IF that were correct and power is more important for some MPs than the principles they were elected to promote, then they should join the other narcissists in the National party.

                But I suspect you are full of shit and playing to the “there’s an ABC faction, that’s why Cunliffe hasn’t polled 40% yet” paranoia. Because nothing distracts from nactoid corruption like a loyalty witch-hunt in one’s own house.

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 15.1.1.1.2.2

              The party members need to wake up. It’s 2014, not 1972.

              There was a good reason Labour became Labour all those years ago. However, the ideology hasn’t adapted with the times. You’re left with a lot of people fighting old battles using a dusty instruction manual that doesn’t apply in 2014.

              Just observing. I was once a Labour voter. The longer the party members and Unions ignore reality, the longer they’ll remain in their “Bill English” phase.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                What “reality” would that be? The one we’ve already established you have a feeble grasp of? Or the one where being in a union means higher wages as well as a range of other benefits?

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  Go get a labouring job. Eat KFC. Watch the Warriors. Buy the t-shirt. If you bristle at the thought of that, then I don’t think you have much chance of understanding the working class.

                  I grew up working class. How about you? Soft middle-class by the sound of it….

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    So, not only is it utterly irrelevant, your personal experience hasn’t done you much good, has it? Thus far it’s taken you from a solid background to a manipulated shill with a feeble grasp on reality. Basic Maths eludes you, as does basic Physics, basic Chemistry, and basic Economics.

                    All this makes you a piss-poor source of advice for the Left, but thanks for your concern.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      I hope they ignore everything I say. The left are at sea, led astray by soft activist middle class students who never grew out of their idealism.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      I love it when witless wingnuts aim at me and miss by a country mile :lol:

                    • @ tigger..

                      ..so..’idealism’ is something you ‘grow out of’..eh..?

                      ..that explains you..

                • interesting-fact..

                  wages in a unionised general motors plant..(the biggest employer at the time..the sixties..)..was in todays’ money over $35 per hr..

                  ..today..the largest employer in america..is walmart..

                  ..with their average wage being just over $12 per hr…

              • McFlock

                Labour is better off without folk like you.

      • lurgee 15.1.2

        Neither will a long march to the left. The ‘missing voters’ don’t care. They’re not interested. If they wouldn’t vote against National in 2008 or 2011 they aren’t going to come out in 2014. They don’t care enough to vote against a party that threatens their livelihood and the chances of their children. Peeling off 5% of National’s vote and getting into power, into a position where we can actually help these people, by creating jobs and improving school and healthcare access and so on might be more effective than promising them jam tomorrow if they vote today.

    • bad12 15.2

      Exactly my point, as a Tory shill we all should take about as much notice of you as a single turd floating down a sewer, pretty much of a muchness with all the other turds, and, expend as much energy as i have in replying to you,very little…

      • srylands 15.2.1

        That does not detract from the substance of what he says. I think you should cut back on the toilet insults for a while.

        • bad12 15.2.1.1

          What He is saying s that He wants a Labour Party that behaves in exactly the same manner as the National Party,

          Having outed Himself as a National Party voter as much notice of Him should be taken as i ascribe above, which incidently SSLands is as much notice as should be taken of your lies, none…

        • McFlock 15.2.1.2

          The substance of what he said was pure conjecture.
          Therefore his motives for saying it are relevant context.

          I think you should stop shilling for policies that kill children for a while.

  16. freedom 16

    maybe I am simply missing something or maybe it is an Emporer’s New Clothes moment ?

    but is not our Prime Minister travelling through China strongly endorsing a private company ?

    • nadis 16.1

      Yes, you are missing something.

      • freedom 16.1.1

        Care to elaborate?

        Talking about the New Zealand dairy industry, (the regulations, the oversight, the safety concerns etc) is one thing and part of his job, but the minute he specifically mentions Fonterra, doesn’t that change the situation?

        I thought those where commercially diplomatic skills required of a Prime Minister?

        • freedom 16.1.1.1

          dang, missed the edit, bloody typos (ridiculously unreliable data service) :(

        • veutoviper 16.1.1.2

          I don’t have time to find links right now, but from what I have heard/read, other dairy exporters as well as Fontera are represented in the large party accompanying the PM. Think I heard this totals about 30, but not sure whether this includes press.

          Patrick Gower is already in China, and I have little doubt that people like Fran O’Sullivan, Audrey Young are also there. Possibly Vernon Small from Stuff (Andrea Vance is in Ireland)?

          • Hayden 16.1.1.2.1

            And now:

            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11221902

            Prime Minister John Key has pulled out of a Beijing meet-and-greet session for New Zealand dairy companies and their local business partners following an unexpected dinner invitation from Chinese President Xi Jinping, leaving exporters who have travelled to China for the event disappointed.

            “Fonterra keeps on happily selling its commodities to China and global companies while legitimate New Zealand infant formula brands are struggling to recapture the position they had [before] August last year,” Marinkovich said. “Now we have some kind of make good with our distributors in China and we get this last minute change to the agenda.”

            Hope it’s a good dinner.

    • Bill 16.2

      I think the point that you’re missing is the fact that a goodly number of Nat MPs and ex-MPs (would love a run down on exactly who and in what way) have their greasy fingers, and so financial futures, sunk deep into dairy. I’d suggest that John is merely responding to the the gang’s wishes and trying to shore up their futures.

  17. bad12 17

    Of small but worth noting interest in the numbers from the latest Herald-Dodgy-Poll is the fact that this supposed decline in the Labour vote occurred in the period that Shane Jones is said to have made such a dramatic ‘hit’ on the Supermarkets,

    It appears, if we are to give the Herald-Dodgy-Poll the slightest iota of credence, and most will find its results as a cause to snigger,that Mr Jones’s ‘hit’ resonated nowhere except within His own ego,and, for what it was worth the ‘hit’ appears to have missed a consonant in the form of an S,

    Perhaps Shane should be better employed taking the vows of silence as what noise He does make tends to be entirely in the negative…

    • Not a PS Staffer 17.1

      Shane, up to recently, thought he was the leading intellectual in Labour but that nobody was giving him sufficient attention. Now, with the benefit of a make-over and some slimming regime, he thinks of himself as an Adonis as well as a stunning intellectual.

      Shane Jones, like Winston, spends heaps of time on front of mirrors: any mirror anywhere!

      Shane Jones see a Kiwi Bill Clinton looking back.

      Shane’s antics are only about Shane. As sure as night follows day Shane will be a negative force in the Labour constellation.

    • srylands 17.2

      You sound like someone who is in total denial. The Ipredict price for PM National is down to 27 cents. (I bailed out at 29 cents covering all my shorting of Labour for a tidy profit :-)) And guess what ? After I bailed out the price didn’t move. Guess I wasn’t the rich prick “manipulating” the market. Must have been the other 367 traders with active orders.

      Seriously, who would have ever believed that the price could go to 27 cents? Yes I know you think it is a “gambling” site. You don’t need to say it again.

      • vto 17.2.1

        I guess for someone who thinks everything can be priced Ipredict is some sort of nirvana.

      • bad12 17.2.2

        SSLands, as if any of us care about your pathetic little foray into gambling…

  18. “..Loving Animals to Death..”

    ..How can we raise them humanely –

    and then butcher them?..”

    http://theamericanscholar.org/loving-animals-to-death/#.UyaBv61dVz8?src=longreads

  19. Steve Walu 19

    I’m left wing in my politics but regret Cunliffe inspires me not one jot. And it obviously isn’t inspiring the electorate either with a 29% poll rating. What astounds me is the lack of criticism towards his uninspirational lack of leadership on this site which was vitriolic against the last two leaders. Are you censoring negative comment to save poor David’s feelings? We’re being fed BS lines from him on how passionate he is compared to the alternative and we’re not as bad as the other lot. It doesn’t wash. So why should I bother voting. Passion is not going to get me out of bed. But a good economic policy, good social policies, education and none of this current arrogance we see from National and sadly Cunliffe too, will. Between 2008 & 2014, Labour’s polling was never better than under Shearer. So the only leader kiwis might have trusted was dumped in favour of one with an ego bigger than Texas and a foot that’s constantly in his mouths, the ones on both sides of his face. Yes, he needs some major surgery to get that one fixed but time has run out. We’re going to lose again this year. Dump Cunliffe now and save ourselves wasting time on a new leader after the election.

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Hey Steve, dump Cunliffe now and go with whom?

      That’s sorta an important question you left unanswered in your well thought out “plan.”

      • Chooky 19.1.1

        Steve Walu is obviously a Mumblefuck….ite

        there is not much that one could say to Steve Walu’s hint that Labour goes back to Shearer …except…. and go “fall down a well?”

        Cunliffe is just getting up a head of steam…but Labour needs to throw caution to the winds now…. and get some really radical proposals out there to help those at the bottom of the heap…

    • bad12 19.2

      Fair comment, tho who you would propose as the next Labour leader would have been a nice addition,

      What you have forgotten tho is the not inconsequential fact that David Cunliffe has the mandate of the members of the Labour Party which incidently doubled so as to take part in His election,

      Like you i do not find Him to be inspirational as a leader, but, i am a jaded cynic and willing to admit such,

      Unfortunately Labour appear to be saddled, from my point of view, with a couple of flagship policies that totally grate against my core beliefs, the 30,000 houses proposed to be built for the children of the middle class,(while not appearing to have a similar State House build proposed), and, the raising of the age of entitlement for superannuation which favors the monied over the poorer sections of society on the basis of both ability to work over a lifetime and earnings over that lifetime,

      So, among the disenfranchised sitting on the sidelines a life of being rack-rented in the private sector appears to be the Labour offer, a good means of 2–5% of voters being uninterested in Labour as a voting proposition,

      Along with that comes all those who can only hope to fail to save a significant amount for their retirement, these people can ”see” this for themselves even if the Labour Party cannot, being told that no matter how much of their labor they give to the economy it will have little value in terms of their retirement which will be moved further and further from them, chalk up another 2–5% of voters remaining supremely unmoved as far as voting Labour goes,

      Making grand speeches about ‘smarter’ economies is meaningless to the core of people who will be negatively effected by these two Labour Party policies, an estimate of 4–10% of the vote, these are the people who only see the daily drudge of their working lives more worried about whether they will continue to have a job than hot air expelled about such grand plans,

      It is the bread and butter issues like these two highlighted above which leaves a large pool of voters believing that there will be for them ‘no difference’ should they turn out on election day and vote Labour so why would they bother…

      • Jim Nald 19.2.1

        “raising of the age of entitlement for superannuation”

        Hmm, some questions to pose:

        Who will be voting for Labour in support of this proposed policy?

        Will David T.I.N.A. Parker reveal the profile of such voters?

        Is the policy such a turn-on or turn-off for Labour’s core voters or the so-called missing millions?

        • bad12 19.2.1.1

          Jim Nald, i would have to assume that Labour has focus grouped the hell out of this policy, you would think so would you not???,

          Then again, having gone through the numbers, both backward and forwards, i would suggest they havn’t simply taking the Treasury and Retirement Commissioners word for it,

          Bounce, bounce, bounce, i will simply kick the ball back at you, would you vote for Labour having considered this policy, and if so why???…

  20. greywarbler 20

    Tiny homes on radio nz 15 square metres. Surprising what you can do. Clever possible – would be good to have a development underwritten by local Council, which ultimately paid back in full over in the medium term.

    11:20 Bryce Langston on the tiny house movement
    Bryce Langston is an Auckland minimalist and permaculturist, who is building a cheap, eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing “tiny house” to live in. He’s making a documentary about the process of downsizing his life into 15 square metres, explaining why he’d want to live in a tiny space on a trailer, and exploring the wider social movement of tiny housing. Audio may go up, but they say they have images on gallery.

    Gallery: Tiny Houses
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon

  21. Dear NZSIS

    I’m having problems getting hold of my old Vodafone land line and cellphone records for my upcoming employment hearing.
    Could you please send me copies of what you have.

    Many thanks,

    The Al1en.

    :lol:

    • Blue 21.1

      Dear Alien. Sorry we have nothing on you. In fact no one here has ever heard of you. Our focus is on important and influential people.

      Regards
      NZSIS

      • Murray Olsen 21.1.1

        PS Try the NSA or ASIO. Under our defence of liberty program, they’re the ones who keep personal information on New Zealand citizens. In the future, if you should need information on Australian or US citizens, we are able to help.
        Your disobedient servant and school friend of the Prime Minister,
        Sir Ian Fletcher

        PPS Doesn’t the Sir look good? John asked me not to use it in public until it’s announced by Wills on the tour, but I couldn’t resist just this once.

      • The Al1en 21.1.2

        Dear NZSIS

        Thanks for the prompt reply. With the new ‘spy on anyone legislation’, please check your records as you’ve now heard of everyone in NZ, even a no one like me.

        If it helps jog your collective memory, I am overweight (not obese) and a foreigner (not German) with residency, though I have never donated anonymously or otherwise to John Banks or petitioned a member of parliament for citizenship.

        Mp3s of phone taps will be acceptable if you’re saving on printing costs – You already have my email addresses.

        Thanks again,

        The Al1en.

  22. greywarbler 22

    Damien O’Connor doing sterling work arguing for structural reform to be facilitated by Nathan Guy to carry forward expenditure already made by the NACTs. This is connected with the red meat industry that has been arguing since Adam was a cowboy (very long time). In the meantime our exports in this sector and this important part of our agriculture is declining and we need the balance of this part of the industry instead of complete reliance on dairy, which is becoming a smothering monster that monpolises the land. And if it fails we could end up in a 1900’s type depression. So go Damien. He’s good value.

  23. ianmac 23

    Mmmm? John Armstrong’s headline was pretty mean this morning but now it has been changed to ” Labour’s best hope for Key to hit political banana skin pre-election.” and a lot less spiteful. Wonder who changed it?

    • greywarbler 23.1

      As you said who wrote it? This is where thesmall pool of subeditors who write the headings now (have I got that right) can have a disproportionately large effect on the news slogans that get into public consciousness.

  24. veutoviper 24

    Calling Tracey

    Here is a ‘non’ answer to the question you have been asking for some days. Who paid for the infamous dinner in China?
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/239144/collins-still-quiet-on-who-paid-for-meal

    My pick is that the tab was picked up by Deyi ‘Stone’ Shi, and/or Julie Zu (CEO of Oravida) either personally or on behalf of Oravida. IIRC Collins was invited by Shi and/or Julie Xu to the dinner, and therefore they were the hosts.

    Tracey Watkins on Stuff also thinks it was Shi or Zu, or less possibly the Chinese border official.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9837963/Dinner-bill-under-wraps

    More questions to Collins in this afternoon’s Question Time
    3.GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by all her statements?

    6.Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Justice: Does she still stand by her claim that Oravida business was not discussed at her dinner in Beijing at which Oravida personnel were present as well as a senior Chinese Government Customs official?

  25. captain hook 25

    God defend New Zealand.
    Has shifty key resigned yet?

  26. gingercrush 26

    Labour or its voters should not panic about this poll result or any poll result. The polls tighten and every election post MMP has shown how close Labour can come to government. 2011 certainly proved that. It shouldn’t have been close and yet Labour was 2% away from grabbing the government benches.

    • Enough is Enough 26.1

      WTF do you mean it should not have been close.

      We were in the middle of a recession and the government stood on seeling state assets.

      We lost the unlosable election and look odds on to repeat.

  27. q-time commentary..

    (excerpt..)

    (a (permanently smirking) lotu-liga tries to defend the shocking pacific-island stats (unemployment 7.8% in 2008..to 13.7% today..income falling $78 per wk for p.i.workers..vs. a $58 increase for pakeha..

    ..and guess what..?..he blames the last labour govt for those stats..)

    ..pacific-women are the lowest-paid workers in nz…

    http://whoar.co.nz/2014/new-zealand-parliament-list-of-questions-for-oral-answer-tuesday-18-march-2014/

  28. Notanymore 28

    Regarding the latest poll and the trends. I am seeing consistency in 2/3 of voters prefer JK as PM.
    Surely the issue remaining is that 2/3 of Labour voters prefer someone else rather than David Cunliffe to be PM.
    I know this is not a presidential campaign but if only 35% of your party supporters want you as a leader then isn’t that a problem ?

    [deleted]

    [lprent: You have asserted a fact about Cunliffes support amongst Labour voters. As far as I'm aware there is no such survey. Provide a link to support the claim. You are banned until you either do so or explain how you screwed up. Also read the policy. ]

    • Anker 28.1

      No leadership blunder.

      I talked to a Labour voter today, who says she wasn’t that keen on DC to start with, but she has started to think he is good and she can’t understand why the polls are low. So I guess we can all find individuals who have one point of view or another.

      DC is able to bring about some real change in NZ. He understands the financial systems that need to be changed and he has good evidence based policy, like best start. His speech last week was excellent to.

      After a week of the media writing articles to discreet him, its not surprizing the polls are down.Its called spin, and unfortunately it can be effective.

      Actually he hasn’t down anything wrong, but far more punished than Key or Collins.

      If you saw him on The Nation, he was brilliant, unlike Key on the same show.

      • nadis 28.1.1

        I talked to a Labour voter today, who says she was keen to start with, but she has started to think he is no good and she can understand why the polls are low.

        See, I can make up anecdotes too.

    • Seti 28.2

      lprent: You have asserted a fact about Cunliffes support amongst Labour voters. As far as I’m aware there is no such survey. Provide a link to support the claim.

      I believe the poster was deducing Cunliffe’s support amongst Labour voters from the DigiPoll, where even though the party has 29.5% DC enjoys only 11.1%, ergo 11.1 / 29.5 = 37.6% of Labour supporters want him as PM. So a slight miscalculation, not 35%.

      • lprent 28.2.1

        Wrong. You can’t calculate percentages that way unless you know the number of people who answered each question. It would be an inference that has about much validity as reading chicken entrails. That is of course why the not answered isn’t usually attached to each question.

        Only a silly fool like Cameron Slater or this fool would make an estimate like that.

  29. meteorism 29

    What is it with European ‘freedom’ campers and crapping all over the place ?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9840768/Campers-poo-in-red-zone-home

    • One Anonymous Bloke 29.1

      They see we elected the National Party and figure that shitting in your own nest is a national pastime.

    • vto 29.2

      Many places we frequent are now littered with euro turds. Disgusting. Can’t let the kids roam in certain places. Pigs do their shitting in a cleaner fashion than the dirty euro campers.

      In the bushes, behind the rubbish bin, under the picnic tree, in the open, just everywhere, everywhere …….

      Mind you they get some good verbal roastings-plus from the locals ……………

  30. weka 30

    Is it just me, or has the new google maps taken out most of the street names in satellite view? Hoping there is a button to push…

    • vto 30.1

      dunno weka, there be some strange shit going on….. I just found some salt advertised as organic …. unbelievable that such is believable ….

      • weka 30.1.1

        ha ha, not sure what that is about. Processing maybe?

      • mac1 30.1.2

        Organic salt- sun-dried sweat straight from the brow of the toiling worker, for that extra bit of class in your cooking..

  31. chris73 31

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9839504/Labour-plunges-in-poll

    You don’t need to worry about the polls lefties because:

    the only poll that matters is on election day
    the trend is upwards for the left
    the MSM are evil
    John Keys evil
    no one on the left can afford a telephone/internet connection
    the people will suddenly wake up and realise John Keys evil

    Take whatever reason you like from above to make you feel better and whatever you do don’t change anything that Labour are doing, they’ve got the right people in charge and things are bound to turn :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT3Ec1SIHc0

  32. karol 32

    Oooo. Just noticed the “Parties” tab! Cool!

    That and the other 3 tabs provide a good overview of current political topics.

    • lprent 32.1

      Yeah. Just have to do some minor adjustment on the layout. It doesn’t quite fit on my browser on the android tablet.

    • JK 32.2

      Whatg is this about , Karol ? Parties tab ? ? please explain ….

      • karol 32.2.1

        Scroll up on the right side of the screen: 4 tabs: Feeds: Parties: Daily Blog: Scoop.

      • felix 32.2.2

        Parties and tabs, you say?

        • lprent 32.2.2.1

          I should put in a tab called “drugs” and load it up with choice recipes from a late 19th century Mrs Beaton’s cookbook. Drugs and food were kind of “interesting” then. You can see at least one reason that the mortality rates were pretty high.

          Or I could just leave that out there as an idea for clickbait sites.

  33. captain hook 33

    so tell me one more time just so I will understand.
    where and how did key get $90,000,000?

  34. karol 34

    Where’s my boom? Not evident at budgeting services (RNZ)

  35. One Anonymous Bloke 35

    Love the current sequence of Stuff headlines:

    “Rena’s logs still cost.

    Farmer cheats death again,

    US to share NZ fingerprint info.

    Man left to die with box on head,

    Can Cunliffe turn things around?”

    Yes he can, with a little help from the Labour Party’s newly replenished army of volunteers and The Greens’ battle-hardened cadres.

    • BM 35.1

      No he can’t. the Labour party is fucked

      Born 7 July 1916
      Died sometime early 2015

      Still, not a bad innings.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 35.1.1

        Love your hubris. It renders you impotent, arrogant, and out of touch.

    • Chooky 35.2

      “Man left to die with box on head”…this is something to really think deeply about! …could be a bit like a berka if you cut holes out for eyes

  36. drongo 36

    The Greens are growing at Labour’s expense. Some distance between D. Cunliffe and communist R. Norman is needed or the trend will continue.

    • Chooky 36.1

      reds under drongo’s bed….there was a book called ‘Reds Under the Bed’….maybe drongo has been reading a copy?

    • the pigman 36.2

      Great to hear you’ve got the Left’s best interests in mind. I’ll file that in the concern trolling wastebin folder.

  37. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 37

    Great to hear Phil Goff in parliament today (amongst others on the left) telling it like it really is re National and ‘transparency’.

    The National Party operates something called the Waitematā Trust. The Waitematā Trust money-launders millions of dollars into the National Party’s coffers in a way that you cannot tell where that money came from. Do you know what percentage of donations to the National Party are identified by the donor? It is 7 percent. Ninety-three percent of the donors to the National Party are hidden. The National Party knows who they are and that they will return the favour, but the public do not know and they cannot scrutinise what the National Party is doing, why, and for whom. That is a disgrace.

    There was one occasion on which the National Party was transparent. It did not mean to be. It was the Don Brash email leaks. The whole of the correspondence of the then leader of the National Party was leaked to the media —I think by Bill English, actually, whom he had deposed—and we saw for the first time what was happening in the National Party. Let me read one tiny extract from a book called The Hollow Men, which is authenticated by the emails that were leaked. Listen to this—talking about the National Party—“The party was not only secretive and deceptive about its election finances; some of its activities appear to have breached both the electoral laws and the parliamentary spending rules and it seems to have been party to others’ breaches in election legislation.”

    What a pity such speeches as occur in the debates over Bills in parliament are not reported by the media; I think the public opinion on National and Key would be quite a different story if they were.

  38. Morrissey 38

    Stephen Franks unleashes another anti-Māori rant;
    Even Jim Mora expresses some discomfort at the vehemence of it.

    The Panel, Radio NZ National, Tuesday 18 March 2014
    Jim Mora, Michele A’Court, Stephen Franks

    After a dull discussion about the latest political leaders’ poll, the Panelists turn their lively minds to the subject of the missing Malaysian airliner….

    MICHELE A’COURT: I can tell you one thing about this: it’s an absolutely NO GO AREA for comedy at the moment. [1]
    STEPHEN FRANKS: Yes that’s right. Even the Aussies haven’t made any jokes about it, and they’re usually pretty quick to make jokes about anything.
    JIM MORA: A young American comic was slapped down the other day when he tried to say something about it. But that’s only right and proper isn’t it?
    MICHELE A’COURT: [solemnly] Yes.
    STEPHEN FRANKS: Yes it is.

    So, in the words of Jim Mora, it’s “only right and proper” to “slap down” someone who dares to make a quip about a news story; the dictates of good taste mean that joking about this topic is “an absolutely no go area” That’s a remarkable opinion to be spilling from the facile mouth of Mora, who has in the past been only too ready to laugh along with guests like Chris “Haw Haw” Trotter and Noelle “The Plagiarist” McCarthy as they have whinnied and snickered at the plight of political prisoners [2] and victims of massive campaigns of state vengeance. [3] On more than one occasion, Jim Mora himself has instigated the gang-banging. [4]

    But now, apparently, he’s become what Ms Judith Collins would call a sensitive wee sausage. If Mora’s show of solicitude for the missing passengers were genuine, that would be a quite stunning reversal of attitude and sensibility. Time will tell, I guess.

    Sadly, however, some things on the Panel remain exactly the same. One of those grim constants is the near-certainty that ACT/S.S. crank Stephen Franks will say something utterly bizarre, resulting from his extended viewing of Fox News, his uncritical reading of batshit-insane right wing websites, his own hateful, neurotic and sub-sophomoric views about Māori, all combined with his willful and poorly thought out contrarianism. Franks rarely misses a chance to air his crazed thoughts, even when they are irrelevant to the discussion at hand….

    After the 4:30 news, Jim Mora brought up the subject of a controversy at a Steiner school in Wellington. Teachers there have been accused of teaching a “racist philosophy”, viz. Anthroposophy. I think Mora genuinely intended for his guests to say something intelligent and thoughtful. Unfortunately for him, Stephen Franks was on the Panel today, and civilized, rational discussion was therefore off the menu. Instead of talking about the Steiner school, Franks chose to embark on a wandery, disconnected rant about how the idea of Māori spirituality was utterly bogus, and if Anthroposophy was going to be attacked on grounds of alleged racism, then it was time for someone to attack Māori. No doubt at an ACT party corroboree in the lounge of Catherine Isaacs’ mansion, or at a Sensible Sentencing Trust cross-burning, such mad sermons are hailed with cries of “About time somebody spoke about that!” and/or “Those bloody darkies!” and/or “Send the Maoris back to Africa, I say!”

    After that extraordinary speech had ended, Jim Mora was, quite clearly, flabbergasted. “I didn’t know you were going to extrapolate from the topic to quite that extent!” he said, only half-jokingly. “I guess the difference is that the idea of rangatiratanga is not predicated on the assumption that Māori are inherently superior.”

    Franks was having none of that wishy-washy liberal namby-pamby common sense. “Well I think it is,” he barked, and started off on another round of half-witted talkback radio-level speechifying, this time condemning the way that “you guys up there” (i.e. Aucklanders) have allowed Māori to run roughshod over the Auckland Council….

    Disappointingly, Mora, although clearly concerned about the way this crank had hijacked the discussion, was not prepared to argue with him robustly. He did express, diffidently, the view of most sane and reasonable New Zealanders that Māori culture should be respected, but he lacked the willpower or courage to strongly contradict the vicious nonsense being promulgated by Franks. In fact, in addressing the topic of Māori representation, he resorted to the same mealy-mouthed formula he used yesterday to claim that the United States was “not exactly meddling” in Ukrainian politics. “The rancor expressed by some over Māori representation–or the disagreements—I wouldn’t quite call it rancor…. That is Māori redress, which is another issue isn’t it.” [5]

    Franks had nothing intelligent to contribute by way of rejoinder, but that didn’t stop him from setting off again like a particularly vicious pig-dog going after the family cat.

    Yes, it was a typically substandard, idiotic performance—vintage Stephen Franks. It will lead to only one possible outcome: beleaguered listeners can expect to hear a lot more of Stephen Franks on the Panel this year.

    [1] Michele A’Court’s view differs markedly from that of comedians that are actually funny….
    http://www.jewishjournal.com/israelife/item/joan_rivers_and_the_consequences_of_holocaust_jokes_in_broadcast_television
    [2] http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-19072013/#comment-664870
    [3] http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-17082012/#comment-509221
    [4] http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-14062013/#comment-648511
    [5] http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-17032014/#comment-787172

  39. captain hook 39

    someone should tell bm that bm is a medical term for having a crap and maybe he should go away and do it in private.

  40. Whateva next? 40

    I already did that Captain Hook, and his response proved it.
    Back to politics, what will it take fornthe masses to stop playing ” personality politics”. Tuning into talkback, I hear nothing but ” I don’t like what the government are doing……but I like John Key” go figure!

  41. captain hook 41

    I suppose that $90,000,000 bux buys like a lot of ass licking from a fawning proletariat.
    wow, what a GUY.

    • Not a PS Staffer 41.1

      Sadly many “proletariat” think that arseholes like Michael Fay, Bob Jones and DotCom have a valuable perspective on matters of state because they have accumulated a stash of money.
      While some of the fawning fans of John Key fans fit in that category it would be churlish of us to ignore Key’s talents as a communicator, charmer and leader.

      Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know yourself but not your enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know thy enemy but not yourself, wallow in defeat every time.
      Sun Tzu.

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  • You really should watch this interview with Glenn Greenwald, despite the sm...
    It’s easy to fall for a rapid PR ‘framing’ response, especially from an experienced spin team like Prime Minister John Key’s media machine. This comment seems a fair description of what happens: Mr Key has been very quick with the...
    The Paepae | 14-09
  • Vote Positive Bus at Ratana
    As the Big Red Labour bus drove through the small streets of Ratana (home of the Maori Ratana faith, a Maori church teaching Christian doctrine) the locals couldn’t have been more delighted.  We had finally arrived to meet up with...
    Labour campaign | 14-09
  • Has Garth McVicar handed Napier to Labour?
    About a month ago, I predicted that Stuart Nash would win Napier with a majority of 3,000, almost reversing the existing 3,701 majority achieved by retiring National incumbent Chris Tremain. With regards to Garth McVicar throwing his hat in to...
    Occasionally erudite | 14-09
  • Something To Listen To As We Head For “The Moment Of Truth”
      ALREADY, the arrival of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Glenn Greenwald (a.k.a. "Kim Dotcom's little henchman") has afforded New Zealanders another disturbing glimpse of the man behind the Prime-Ministerial mask.  Even more will be revealed tomorrow at the Auckland Town Hall.  Doors open...
    Bowalley Road | 13-09
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies: Today no. 6: I haven’t seen Ian Fletcher in...
    ...
    Arch Rival | 13-09
  • Poll of Polls update – 14 September 2014
    For some reason, Fairfax have delayed the release of their 11 September 2014 Ipsos poll to this morning (the Ipsos Polling Station on Stuff even calls it their “September 11 2014 Poll”). It’s almost standard these days to describe each new...
    Occasionally erudite | 13-09
  • Speaker: The End of Trust
    If there’s one thing I’ve learned reading the Dirty Politics book and associated stories, emails, blog posts, tweets and rants, it’s that I’ve got a thing or two to learn about PR.This worries me somewhat, because while I’ve only been...
    Public Address | 13-09
  • I was, of course, completely right
    According to a new book by Naomi Klein, described in the Guardian, it turns out that Richard Branson's much publicised attempts to green his humungeous planet wrecking fleet of aircraft was just hot air.(See what I did there?)I, of course,...
    Left hand palm | 13-09
  • Raising the minimum wage
    Labour and the Greens have both committed to raising the minimum wage in government. During the last leaders’ debate I got a few tweets from people insisting that raising the minimum wage would obviously kill all small business in New...
    Boots Theory | 13-09
  • A coalition with Winston Peters
    NZ First leader Winston Peters and Green party co-leader Russel Norman.I'm not sure how to break the news to all those desperate right wingers out there wanting the NZ First party to form a coalition government with National, but, despite...
    The Jackal | 13-09
  • Caption Competition: Gerry and Julie
    On Friday Night Prime TV’s Prime Time with Shaun Plunket hosted a debate on transport with Gerry Brownlee, Julie Anne Genter, Cameron Pitches and Ken Shirley (CEO of the Road Transport Forum). You can watch the discussion here. There wasn’t anything new...
    Transport Blog | 13-09
  • Welcome to Glenn Greenwald…
    . My welcome to visiting journalist, Glenn Greenwald; .   . Key’s comments to this man have been nothing less than shameful.This is how our Prime Minister deals to journalists he can’t control or manipulate; . . So much for...
    Frankly Speaking | 13-09
  • Welcome to Glenn Greenwald…
    . My welcome to visiting journalist, Glenn Greenwald; .   . Key’s comments to this man have been nothing less than shameful.This is how our Prime Minister deals to journalists he can’t control or manipulate; . . So much for...
    Frankly Speaking | 13-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Henchmen
    Henchmen...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why it simply isn’t credible that Key stepped in and shut down the mass s...
    Key’s staggering admission that yes there was a year long business model by the GCSB to mass spy on all of NZ but  that he stepped in and shut it down after Cabinet had signed it off just sounds like make...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man
    Politicians like putting up straw men for the purpose of self-righteously knocking them over. Prime Minister John Key has a particular straw man he loves to punch over. He raises it whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance of New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Armstrong turns on Glenn Greenwald
    Where does a mediocre journalist like John Armstrong get off attacking a journalist with the credibility of Glenn Greenwald as he has in his ridiculous column today? Armstrong has the audacity to try and play the terrorism card to justify why...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GC...
    We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Election 2014: Numbers and Faces
    Democratic politics is a game of numbers and faces. How can we translate the numbers into the 120 or more faces that will be in the next Parliament? Below is my prediction of a likely result: 120 people, divided by...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Scotland the brave
    The possibility that Scotland will vote for independence this Thursday has panicked the British establishment. An unholy alliance of Tory, Labour, Liberal and corporate leaders has resorted to fear-mongering and bullying on grand scale in a last ditch effort to...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why Key’s denials sound so off and why Dotcom’s fight is all our fight
    The shrillness of Key is the issue. His denials just too forced and rehearsed. Key has gone from Hollow Man to Shallow Man with his lashing out at Pulitzer Price winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a ‘henchman’. This...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a S...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a Su...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • As TDB predicted, Labour to use universal super fund to buy back assets and...
    Greens about to be snookered again?   As The Daily Blog has pointed out several times now, Labour will use a universal super fund to buy back NZs assets in a bid to offer Winston a legacy project… Labour plans...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • A lesson in caring for our most vulnerable
    Some of the comments on this article make me sick. Because I am so very much over people who think they are better than others because things have gone their way in life and think those who aren’t as functional...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Please vote positive
    One of the features of campaigning is the meet-the-candidates event.  As an opportunity to present policies to the voter, they aren’t the best vehicle but still serve a useful purpose.  The problem is that there are too many candidates and...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • For this who don’t vote this election
    For this who don’t vote this election...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Where does Key get off abusing a Pulitzer prize winning Journalist like Gle...
    We are seeing the Dirty Politics PM today when Key decided the best way to counter the Glenn Greenwald claims of GCSB mass surveillance was to denigrate Greenwald… Prime Minister John Key says he will prove Glenn Greenwald’s claims by the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Teflon Man No More
    . .   On 26 August, as Nicky Hager’s expose on New Zealand’s right wing politics hit public consciousness and confirmed our worst fears, I wrote, “Dirty Politics” has achieved more than simply revealing  unwholesome machinations between National party apparatchiks,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Dear mainstream media – regarding Key’s promise to resign if GCSB expos...
    Dear Mainstream media. How’s it all going? I would like to acknowledge the deep depression many members of the Press Gallery are going through as their boy Key looks less and less likely to win. I appreciate how a loss...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • It’s official: ACT’s Jamie Whyte is several-sandwiches-and-a-salad sho...
    .   . There aren’t very many times I agree wholeheartedly with our Dear Leader – but on this occassion I believe he spoke for those 99% of New Zealanders for whom common sense is as natural as breathing air....
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • ‘I’ll not be intimidated … by cowards’, says Fiji death threat jour...
    Fiji Sun’s Jyoti Pratibha … death threats via fake Facebook profiles. Image: Pacific Scoop THE PARIS-based media freedom advocacy organisation Reporters Sans Frontières and the Pacific Media Centre have condemned threats and intimidation against political reporters this week covering Fiji’s...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Glenn Greenwald on TV3s ‘The Nation’ – Everyone remember when Key pro...
    Glenn Greenwald has just given his first NZ interview on TV3s ‘The Nation’ and what he had to say was incredibly damaging. Glenn is here for Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth on Monday and what he has just had to...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • What will soft National vote do, why Colin Craig will be a focus in final w...
    In what has been the most unpredictable elections of our time, the final week promises more shocks and bombshells than World War One trench warfare. We have the media who still have the Rawshark emails that detail the Ede-Slater exchanges....
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Would a National-Conservative Party reduce rights to an abortion? Legalise ...
    With the possibility of a Conservative-National Party coalition looming, let’s consider the impact of this new hard right religious Government on social policy. We know Conservative Party candidate Edward Saafi, believes the inability to legally bash your kids is responsible for teenage prostitution, teenage pregnancy and...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • ACTs solution to crime – more guns?
    How insane are the ACT Party? Honestly? Their solution to crime is to arm every shop keeper with a sawn off shotgun??? “Criminals are well aware that shopkeepers are defenceless and are taking advantage of this in brutal robberies. What...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • John Key’s gift to teenage girls…
    Yesterday I was at the MANA Movement policy release on “Predators on Poverty” in the Otahuhu Shopping Centre. Successive Labour and National governments have left vulnerable communities on their own to face these merciless thieves who prey on the poor...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Poverty denial – Where does National get its advice from?
    National is displaying a quite inadequate understanding of their own policies and worrying inability to respond to criticism. When John Key trots out his old, tired example of how ‘work pays’ on Morning Report this week to justify leaving 260,000...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?
    The thing about education reformers is that, mostly, they mean well. Whether it’s charter schools, National Standards, Teach First, or another reform, many people involved have good intentions.  They want to improve things, try something new and innovate, they say. The thing...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • My brain hurts
    My brain hurts.  This election year has been a really long nine months.  The lies, the headlines, the spin, the policy, the chat, I am literally overloaded with information.  At times it’s been exhausting trying to keep up.  However I...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Slater loses Blomfield defamation case – has to pays costs & must dis...
    Great victory for Journalism today. The Defamation case Matt Blomfield took against Slater has jumped its first hurdle, Slater has been told he might be a ‘Journalist’, but he has no right to journalistic protection of his sources because there was no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Seeing an Economic Vision
    It has been some time since my last post to TDB. I was fortunate to recently come back to NZ briefly for a bit of a break from my work in Pakistan. While my visit was super short, I took...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should party vote...
    There are 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should consider casting their party vote for Internet MANA this election. 1 – Feed the Kids: There is no excuses now that National have flirted with the idea...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • What I want from a change of government
    The prospects for a change of government look a little brighter so I though I’d look at what we can expect. The only option being provided by Labour, the main opposition party, is for a Labour, Green, NZ First coalition....
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Why is the “Progressive” Coalition so Regressive?
    Have you ever, when parallel parking, got yourself wedged into the curb? The car in front is centimetres away and your rear wheel is touching the curb at an angle. This is a metaphor for the state of economic policy-making...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Of course the Greens could work with National
    A warm soy latte with John Key?   Sharp in take of breath moment as TVNZ last night reported Greens could work with National post the election if National win. It’s a smart move. The Greens are so viciously anti-tribal...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Quality of Journalism
    “Skilled journos getting unwarranted shit from hack bloggers & online warriors could earn big $ in PR/marketing, so thank you for what you do”. As this tweet rolled across my screen this morning the irony had me rolling my eyes. Why on...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – #BlueGreen2014 – Or: The Media Jetskiis O...
    During Thursday’s iteration of One News, I was virtually shocked off my seat to hear a reasonably well-known political pundit slash nominal “journalist” prognosticating about the likelihood of the Green Party “switching gear” on its electoral strategy … and deciding...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Winning on the Economy
    One of the great tricks of the right over the past twenty years has been to desiccate debate about our economy. ‘The economy’ is spoken about as if it is an independent entity, divorced from the realm of democratic politics...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Curwen Rolinson – They’re tryna build a prison system ...
    Well, at least we now know how National intends to deliver that extra hundred and fifty thousand jobs they’ve promised us. Although on sixty cents an hour, it’s not *quite* the reasonable pay packet – or, hell, living wage that...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ General Election is in full swing September 11 2014
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss the fallout from the dirty politics revelations and also how the political leaders are fairing. The NZ General Election is in full swing. Since we last talked, the fallout from the dirty...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • If it barks like a dog…
    If it barks like a dog…...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • The obscenity of National’s tax cuts
    It should be an abhorrence in a nation that once prided itself on its egalitarianism that National want to borrow another $500 million per year while 250 000 – 285 000 children live in poverty. There are two reasons why...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • National’s work prison gulags
    All jails to become ‘working prisons’ under NationalMore prisoners will be put to work and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government. Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley says the working prisons model will be expanded...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • Top 10 questions if the Conservative Party get over 5%
    1. If the Conservative Party get over 5% do we automatically go back to 1950? 2. If the Conservative Party get over 5% will  the National Anthem be changed from “God defend NZ’ to “God God God” 3. If the...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • BackBenches Auckland Election special & TV3 Leaders debate review
    Fascinating time at the Auckland election special of BackBenches this year. I was at the filming in 2011 and it was a very different beast. I remember in 2011 a sea of blue. Team Key acolytes were everywhere, there was...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Was the Donghua Liu Affair another example of Dirty Politics?
    . . – Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules’ What appears to be an orchestrated  Beehive plot to dig dirt for throwing at Labour leader, David Cunliffe, ahead of a crucial parliamentary debate is revealed in a paper trail linking Immigration Minister,...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • Public interest at risk more than business interests this election
    This election is not just about which political party wins. It’s about the privilege of multinational corporates, including the all-powerful media. It’s about access to minerals and resources needed to prop up the prevailing economic order and to stave off...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • Green Pasifika candidates
    In the last couple of elections the Greens have stood Rev Mua Strickson-Pua as their candidate in Mangere. A well known personality in the Pacific community, often seen by many as a little eccentric. I’ve enjoyed seeing Rev Strickson-Pua make...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Gordon Campbell’s 19 reasons Why We Can’t Afford Another Nat...
    National Party Billboard if it was honest   The ever brilliant Gordon Campbell over at Werewolf has put together 19 reasons why we can’t afford another National Government. I highly recommend you read the entire thing – his 19 reasons...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Sandy Smiles
    The man tapped the glass with his pen at two minutes and I wound up my less than positive comments about the MPs who’d betrayed the Whangarei Electorate. It’s hard to stay on-message when looking at the state of this...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • Purity and Power: Chris Trotter critiques John Armstrong’s advice to the ...
    WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY COLUMN from John Armstrong! There have been many this year, but his latest (10/9/14) stands out because of the cynical amorality underpinning the writer’s political analysis. “The Greens face an old dilemma”, opines the NZ Herald’s Chief Political...
    The Daily Blog | 10-09
  • BLOGWATCH: The audacity of David Farrar
    Cry us a river David! The audacity of Farrar slagging off Nicky Hager today is almost delusional.  The bore of Babylon claims that we on the left hate the right having strong voices. Oh pa-lease! Despite Farrar masquerading as lite right...
    The Daily Blog | 09-09
  • Final decision on Ruakura Development Plan Change
    The independent Board of Inquiry considering the Ruakura Development Plan Change has released its final report and decision. The Board has approved the plan change request but with amendments....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Confirmed – Smacking Law Needs Correction
    Family First NZ says that the ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law is no surprise, and confirms that it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Kiwi voters urged to heed warnings
    Kiwi voters would do well to note the advice given this week to Queensland people by retired judge and renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results
    Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group. “For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • $3m to help keep Hutt families healthy
    National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes news Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. “Healthy Families NZ is National’s new...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Community organisations struggling
    The survey, conducted by community sector network ComVoices, highlights the high level of frustration and urgency being felt by those who deliver services, says group Chairperson, Peter Glensor. 311 organisations completed the survey....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 6-11 September
    Below is iSentia’s weekly Election Index for the period 6 to 11 September, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will publish...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Workers despair at Nationals lack of fairness
    “Nationals Workplaces policy, released today, fails to articulate any vison about how life for working New Zealanders can be improved.” CTU President Helen Kelly said. “Again if this policy focusses on removing work rights, its own documents...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National tries to dodge the discussion on workers’ rights
    New Zealanders deserve a proper conversation about National’s plans to keep undermining the real value of their wages and conditions at work. “Today National has released a ‘workplace policy’ which will further widen the imbalance of power between...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Didn’t Get Your Easyvote Pack? You Need to Enrol Now.
    If you didn’t get an EasyVote pack in the mail last week, you need to check your enrolment now as you may not be enrolled....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Survey shows television without adverts could be vote winner
    Survey shows television without adverts could be a vote winner Television news focuses too much on politicians' personalities and not enough on the real issues, according to a UMR survey commissioned by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Which of Key’s many statements will Greenwald challenge?
    John Key's credibility and honesty will be tested on many more GCSB issues than whether there was / is mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB. I have put together this by no means comprehensive list of Key's statements...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • 4th tranche of Auckland Housing Accord licenses sprawl
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is appalled at the next stage of the Auckland Housing Accord, released today, as it is once again focussed on urban sprawl. The fourth tranche of 41 Special Housing Areas (SHAs), allows for 8000 dwellings, nearly...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • New funding to support high value food exports
    Auckland, New Zealand. 15 September 2014...Plant & Food Research has received funding for two new projects in the latest government science investment round....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National, Greens Big Movers on Bribe-O-Meter
    The Taxpayers’ Union has updated its election policy 'Bribe-O-Meter’ to reflect the cost of recent campaign promises. The update takes into account Labour’s new fiscal tables and all announcements up to Friday and is based on numbers provided...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Policy Costing Expert Questions ‘NZ Power’ Numbers
    Dr Michael Dunn, engaged by the Taxpayers’ Union to provide the figures for the 'Bribe-O-Meter' election costing website , is questioning the Labour Party’s costing of it’s flagship "NZ Power” policy....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Meet the Real Colin Craig
    Watching Conservative Party leader Colin Craig struggling to explain his tax policy on The Nation this morning finally revealed that he is making dishonest promises....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Lifetime Achiever Generous of Investment in Whanau Ora
    Earlier this month, Maori Party's Te Tai Tonga and Christchurch based candidate, Ngaire Button, said she was rapt local hero, Tihi Puanaki, was named Regional Winner of the Pride of NZ 2014, Lifetime Achievement Award. Button is clearly delighted...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore And Seabed
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • New Zealand’s participation in Five Eyes
    “Our policy is we're committing to a full review of all of New Zealand's security services. We will be repealing the GCSB legislation and we will replace it with something that is guaranteed to be more protective of New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Once in a Lifetime travels north!
    After Once in a Lifetime ’s packed launch and sold-out panel discussion at the Christchurch Word Writers and Readers Festival, members of the editorial team are presenting the book to Auckland and Wellington audiences, in an attempt to increase...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Q+A: The role of the GCSB and our participation
    Green Party co-leader Russel Norman told TV One’s Q+A programme that they would close Waihopai and review the role of the GCSB and our participation in Five Eyes....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • NZ First poll shows Labour coalition more likely than ever
    New Zealand First’s East Coast candidate, Mere Takoko, has revealed that her party’s internal polling shows Labour’s Moana Mackey is just 2 percent away from winning the East Coast electorate seat from incumbent Anne Tolley....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • iPredict Daily Update
    Initial allegations made by journalist Glenn Greenwald yesterday appear to have dented National’s chances of leading the next Government, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict,...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • ACT is holding the Balance of Power
    ACT will hold the balance of power after the election on Saturday....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Statement From Hone Harawira And Laila Harré
    The Prime Minister has used his security access to further own political interests, demonstrating he is unfit to hold the office....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Key “rejected mass surveillance plan”
    National Party leader John Key told TV1’s Q+A programme that the GCSB looked into a plan for mass surveillance after two companies were subjected to a major cyber-attack – but he rejected it....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Monday a Moment of Truth for Key on Spying, Says Harré
    Assurances given by the Prime Minister and the GCSB that spy agencies do not conduct mass surveillance on New Zealanders look set to be tested on Monday, says Internet Party leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Outdoor Voters Poised to Vote
    A New Zealand-wide outdoor recreation organisation predicts the outdoors voting public will have a big impact on the election result....
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Patrick Gower Interviews NZFirst Leader Winston Peters
    Good. It looks like you’ve got a good crowd there. If we could start, Mr Peters, with Kim Dotcom and Monday night – the big reveal. A personal view from you, do you think that John Key knew about Kim...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Lisa Owen Interviews Glenn Greenwald
    Says there are serious questions about whether the government has been truthful about changes to the GCSB legislation. “What I can tell you is that the statement that the GCSB made to New Zealand citizens last year — 'we do...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Lisa Owen Interviews National Party Leader John Key
    Lisa Owen: We've got the top five polling party leaders today, but first, Prime Minister John Key. I spoke to him first thing this morning and began by asking him, post-election, who would he prefer to form a coalition with...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • On the Nation: Lisa Owen Interviews Colin Craig
    Lisa Owen: Conservative Party leader Colin Craig joins me now. Good morning, Mr Craig. Colin Craig: Good morning. John Key was on this programme this morning, and he had a chance to endorse you with a week to go. He...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Patrick Gower Interviews Labour Leader David Cunliffe
    Patrick Gower: Yes, David Cunliffe, let’s look at the polls. Any way you slice or dice it, you’ve got a lot of convincing to do with voters to get that left block across the line. How are you going to...
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Vote for Healthy Seas and Dolphins
    WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) , NABU International and Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders....
    Scoop politics | 13-09
  • Provinces Deserve a Fair Go
    Thank you for the opportunity to talk to you today. At the outset of my talk today it is important to emphasis that New Zealand First has a strong commitment to regional development....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Cunnliffe is lying about ACT policy
    "Mr Cunnliffe says that ACT’s policy would enable shopkeepers to have loaded guns in their shops for self defence." said Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Support kiwi business-friendly policies in Election 2014
    Support kiwi business-friendly policies in Election 2014 The Motel Association of NZ (MANZ) is calling on voters to make sure they vote for the party and candidate who will do the most to support kiwi businesses in the election next...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Disappointment with early start to Holiday Highway
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is disappointed by the Prime Minister's announcement today that the Puhoi-Warkworth Highway would start construction in 2016. The highway is over 18 kilometres long, and latest estimates put the cost at over $760 million....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Rural Women welcomes travel cost settlement
    Rural Women New Zealand welcomes news that a proposed settlement has been agreed that will lead to home support workers being paid mileage and wages for the time they spend travelling between clients....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • InternetNZ political survey gets answers
    In July this year, InternetNZ released its Election '14 and the Internet document, outlining seven key Internet issues for focus and discussion during this year's election and over the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Taxpayers Union wrong on cost of abolishing student debt
    “The so-called ‘Taxpayers Union’ clearly thought the Internet MANA’s announcement today seeking to abolish student debt was tl:dr (‘too long didn’t read’)”, said NZUSA President Daniel Haines....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Cyclists welcome investment in health and better transport
    The $300 million investment in cycling announced today by Greens co-leader Russel Norman pays a triple dividend, says Cycling Advocates Network spokesman Patrick Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • ACT says Feds boss right to be wary of shadow party ambition
    “Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers boss is right to caution the primary industry of his concern about downright awful permutations over Ministerial roles should the 'left' cabal seize power afterSeptember 20th ,” Don Nicolson ACT primary industry...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Internet Party Insults Students
    "I sometimes wonder if the Internet Party is giving students an intelligence test," says ACT Epsom Candidate David Seymour...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte, ACT Headquarters
    ACT to Strengthen Rights to Self Defence and Introduce a New Crime for Home Invasion...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Closing the Gap on Health and Housing
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • A tale of misery and destruction which ACT can stop
    On the 29th of August a man came before a Judge in the North Shore District Court...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Fair travel for support workers removes existing injustice
    Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it has corrected a wrong for community support workers by agreeing to pay for travel time and for petrol costs when travelling between clients....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • TV ONE Election Coverage Winning Ratings
    FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2014 The 2014 General Election is fast-approaching and ONE News will lead be leading the way with coverage. ONE News was the most-watched programme in New Zealand in August, with an average audience of over 700,000 viewers...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
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