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Open mike 26/07/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 26th, 2012 - 171 comments
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171 comments on “Open mike 26/07/2012”

  1. Dv 1

    Starter for 10,
    Who said this and when?

    “I think that the bond of trust that’s built up between a prime minister or politicians in the electorate is very important.”

    • bad12 1.1

      Slippery the Prime Minister to Shane Taurima on TV1’s Q+A, Sunday 22nd July 2012…

    • CnrJoe 1.2

      I’ll bite –
      Must be Keys cause it don’t make any sense.
      unless you want it to – then its a charming statement of guileless uncomplicated straight talking which is what this country needs from its leaders.

    • OneTrack 1.3

      Doubt it was Labour or the Greens. I don’t think they do “trust”.

  2. Socialist Paddy 2

    Jesus Mary and Joseph.

    The latest Roy Morgan is out and Labour is down 2.5% and National is up 2%.

    This should be a wake up call to the Labour leadership.  Sleep walking to victory is not going to work.  They need to be doing something much more significant than playing guitar and talking about mango skins.

    • ad 2.1

      You may be right Socialist Paddy but they got this hit by going pretty hard against Maori over the water rights issue, and getting pretty tough on beneficiaries, again. Not sure the Left has an adequate counter for either of those yet.

      Interesting to see Maggie Barrie stepping into the ring.

      After Conference National are really emboldened. Apparently there was a great celebrity debate in which Key was mercilessly lampooned, and they all took it in great humour.

      2014 is definitely not there for the taking – it is there for forcing out of their cold dead hands.

      • felix 2.1.1

        “they got this hit by going pretty hard against Maori over the water rights issue, and getting pretty tough on beneficiaries, again. Not sure the Left has an adequate counter for either of those yet.”

        I don’t suppose they’ve tried sticking up for maori and beneficiaries, have they?

        You know, like a left-wing party might.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1

          Of course not but what else can you expect of a right wing party that’s catering to the right while trying to appear left?

        • QoT 2.1.1.2

          The Waitakere Myth is neither Maaori nor a beneficiary. ‘Nuff said.

      • BillODrees 2.1.2

        Your are too generous AD. By far. 
        Perhaps the voters cannot envision Labour winning?  
        Perhaps the voters cannot see what is different about Labour now from what it was the last time they rejected us?  

        • OneTrack 2.1.2.1

          What is different about Labour now from what it was the last time they rejected us?

          • BillODrees 2.1.2.1.1

            Nothing. Same team, slightly different face. That is why we are still behind in the polls from where we were in 2008.  If you keep doing he same thing, you keep getting the same result. 

      • Morrissey 2.1.3

        …they got this hit by going pretty hard against Maori over the water rights issue,

        So did the Labour government, if you remember. Helen Clark sneered that she’d rather talk to Shrek the sheep than meet any of the Maori protestors (more than twenty thousand of them) in Wellington. She also got the likes of Trevor Mallard and Clayton Cosgrove to regularly make anti-Maori statements.

        and getting pretty tough on beneficiaries, again.

        You mean, getting tough on the poor. The rich beneficiaries are being looked after very well indeed. How much tax did they get out of paying in the last three years, I wonder?

        Not sure the Left has an adequate counter for either of those yet.

        How about: speaking out against bigots like Don (Enoch) Brash instead of panicking every time someone like him stirs up racial animosity? How about speaking out for the poor and oppressed instead of anxiously trying to show how “tough” you can be on them?

    • tc 2.2

      Don’t expect any change Paddy, watching labour reminds me of Telecom under Gattung,

      She was chosen by the incumbent fat cats to do as they say not what actually was required to grow the business…..unlike Telecom there’s no pot of gold from Joyce waiting for them just minor party oblivion.

      • Socialist Paddy 2.2.1

        Aye TC but when you think back to the leadership campaign and who was supporting Shearer you really have to question the sanity of many in Labour’s caucus.

        When right wingers like Slater, Farrar, Tamihere, Matthew Hooton, Michelle Boag and John Tamihere stood up and said that Shearer would be the best leader for Labour they should have smelled a rat and gone for Cunliffe.

        • muzza 2.2.1.1

          In order to control any given entity, you simply have to control key elelements.

          In this case its the senior Labour MPs, and the strategy people such as Pagani et al.

          Job done, really easy, Labour supporters aint ever getting “their party” back!

          The only reason people can’t understand this is because they simply can’t accept that our “democracy” is a sham!

          Its done, finished, until people wake up, and get very vocal/visible, in real life, not on the fucken net!

      • higherstandard 2.2.2

        That’s a bit harsh, Trevor’s been working really hard on his figure.

    • David H 2.3

      And until they get rid of Shearer and co, that’s where it’s going to stay in the doldrums. When are Labour going to realise that the experiment of silence and kissing up to Key does not work. Oh well they are now Nat lite, and not worth voting for. So a lot of non voters from last time are just shrugging their shoulders and saying that they won’t bother to vote next time too. And this time it really is their own fault. And now they want to be able to lock an incompetent in as leader, and make it so that you would have to lever them out with Dynamite and a crow bar. I am sorry, but at the moment they do not deserve the support that they are getting from us, as they are clearly interested in following their own agenda’s and to hell with their supporters.

    • Dr Terry 2.4

      More than “ä wake up call” is wanted – we have been demanding this for years! Labour requires arousal from a comatose state, a condition that might take long, even for ever!

    • bad12 2.5

      Here is the real ‘imperative’ in the poll,

      ”This is the first time the New Zealand Roy Morgan poll has measured support for this new party”, unquote,

      Perhaps the 3% of support magically appeared for the Conservative Party in the past 2 weeks, or was it there all the time,

      3rd option, Roy’s pulling your left one,(with a small rate of success i cannot at the present register as a %),

      Riffmatic and stuff aint my strong suit so one of the people what’s brainy in that area might be able to tell us all what would have to happen within a poll for the sudden emergence at 3% of ‘another’ Party,.

      What the latest poll smells like from here is a ‘jack up’ pure and simple, the Right simply positioning itself early for the 2014 election where it needs coalition partners on the right with a chance of providing at least 1 extra seat off the back of a donated Electorate seat from National,

      Where a % of support may have evaporated from Labour/Green, (they both lost in this poll),is in the bizaare announcement from both Shearer and Norman that they have no plans to buy back the assets now being stolen by National on behalf of it’s 40% support base,

      That from both Labour and the Greens after months of protest by opponents of asset sales was a grand kick in the balls and now has me re-considering my voting options…

      • weka 2.5.1

        I would have thought the margin of error would make such small percentages not that meaningful at this stage.

        • bad12 2.5.1.1

          The rumor in Wellington is that Nationals own polling has them bouncing around on their traditional base 40-42%,

          But, Roy Morgan had to move things around a bit in this poll to accommodate the insertion of the Conservative Party for the first time,

          For National to Govern after the 2014 election, National themselves know that they are going to need more than Banks and the ‘Hairdo’ + the ‘Poodles’ even if they all keep the seats that they presently hold there’s a 99% chance that none of them will gather further electoral support,

          So, in order for it to be viable for National to ‘give away’ another of it’s safe electorate seats there need be every chance that ‘the Party’ it plans on gifting that seat to has every chance,(in the minds of National’s core vote) of bringing at least one more MP into the Parliament riding the coat tails of the gifted National held electoral seat,

          With the numbers at where i see them now the Party gifted that seat by National would have to gain at least 2 more seats off of the MMP % of Party votes for the present little jack-up to be of use to them,

          The latest Roy Morgan is simply an attempt to facilitate the above,(ie: give a Party with Zilch media attention oxygen), rather than the usual play the margin of error always showing the party’s of the right from the high side of the margin of error while showing the party’s of the left from the low side of that margin of error,

          Once they have ensconced ‘the Conservatives’ in the polls as a viable 3%, (to Nationals core vote),and, given that party oxygen and television airtime Roy can go back to business as usual as far as manipulative polls goes….

  3. rosy 3

    We can either end up living a life that others expect of us or lives based on our own truth. The difference is the difference between living a conscious life or one that is unconscious. And that’s the difference between living and not living.

    Stephen Gough, AKA The Naked Rambler

    The strangest little story is going on in Scotland. Stephen Gough has a mission to walk around naked. Something along the lines of people are good, people are their bodies so bodies are good it’s quite an involved, but at the same time simple realisation for him. So he walks naked. He’s gone from Land’s End to John O’Groats twice. Pyschologically, he’s fine.

    The problem is in Scotland he keeps getting arrested for breaching the peace, he defends himself naked, goes to prison naked, and determines to walk out of there naked – then he is promptly arrested again. He wants to walk home to the South of England – naked. The upshot is this has been going on for 6 years. That’s right – 6 years in prison, in virtual solitary confinement, for living his belief that the human body is not offensive and to believe it is isn’t rational. This truth means he walks up and down the country naked.

    It appeared that Gough and the Scottish legal system had unwittingly created the perfect legal quandary. How to release a naked man who is in prison for being naked?

    The prison management and police came to some agreement and a few days ago he managed to walk from Perth to Dunfermline, where someone complained and he was arrested again, 3 days after leaving prison. Currently he’s waiting for his court date. It appears if he can make it to the English border he’ll be ok because the interpretation of the law is more liberal. In Scotland it’s a theoretical idea that he might cause offense, in England you don’t get arrested unless it actually causes offense to sombody.

    he admits to experiencing doubts about his stance. “Yeah, of course. I wake up in the morning and think, what the fuck am I doing here? But what I’m doing isn’t about me. I’m challenging society and it must be challenged because it’s wrong.”

    There’s something philosophically pure about this that the legal system, even ones that use actual offense as the criteria for arrest, can’t handle.

    But if he was rambling in Europe it’s likely he wouldn’t even get a mention. Not sure how he’d do in New Zealand.

    • Carol 3.1

      I can admire the sentiment on living a conscious and considered life, looking critically at society. However, I don’t really understand the desire to walk around naked, especially somewhere like Scotland, the north of England, or anywhere in Scotland or England in winter.

      The conscious mind is always clothed in language, and the Naked Rambler. needs to explain why he is walking naked to make his point.

      Going naked is reactive against society’s norms, and is not proactively living as you want.

  4. Johnm 4

    James Lovelock may have backed off that Climate Change is affecting us hard and rapidly, but it’s still advancing worrisomely:

    Greenland ice sheet melted at unprecedented rate during July

    Scientists at Nasa admitted they thought satellite readings were a mistake after images showed 97% surface melt over four days
    Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/24/greenland-ice-sheet-thaw-nasa#

  5. Carol 5

    The RNZ Morning Report item on the progress of Sue Moroney’s paid parental leave bill yesterday, shows yet again how National is truly the nasty party. it’s the first bill reported on in the Parliament sends three members’ bills to select committee @8.13am.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/20120726

    Sue Goodhew had the gall to criticise Labour for spending recklessly and wanting to spend on something because it was a good idea, whether or not it was affordable! Jacinda Ardern sounds like she delivered a great speech, in spite of the Nat MPs shouting out that she wasn’t qualified to comment because she doesn’t have children….. “children or coal”.

    NAct continue to criticise the opposition for things they are guilty of….. they have become frighteningly Orwellian.

    • Carol 5.1

      And the Herald has an article on Maggie Barry’s “childless” snipe at Ardern & a poll about it:

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10822282

      “Stop subsidising heavy polluters and we can back kids. Build one less road of national significance and we can help kids and their families,” she said. “This Government has proven that their priority is not children.”

      Ms Barry, 52, responded by asking: “How many kids do you have?”

      The North Shore MP later added: “Don’t be so precious, petal.”

      The Opposition side of the House erupted with calls for an apology, which the first-term Government member refused to give.
      […]
      “Stop subsidising heavy polluters and we can back kids. Build one less road of national significance and we can help kids and their families,” she said. “This Government has proven that their priority is not children.”

      I would have thought an MP getting their information from comprehensive research, reports etc on such issues, is better than taking just one woman’s experience. Furthermore, Barry shows why it is a relevant issue to Ardern personally, because, at any time, she can/could be making a decision as to if/when to have children.

      Barry…. a light weight intellectually, and, just plain nasty.

      • aj 5.1.1

        Maggie & National just loses the vote of many swinging female voters who are not mothers yet. I can but hope.

    • The Herald on this (and they have a poll on it):

      MP snipes at Labour rival’s lack of children.

      Ms Ardern was asking people if they “preferred coal or children”.

      “Stop subsidising heavy polluters and we can back kids. Build one less road of national significance and we can help kids and their families,” she said. “This Government has proven that their priority is not children.”

      Ms Barry:”How many kids do you have?”
      And later: “Don’t be so precious, petal.”

      Labour MP Trevor Mallard later wrote on his Twitter feed: “Shame on Maggie Barry … Women parliamentarians should know better than to criticise each other for not having children.”

      Speaking after the debate, Ms Barry, who had her only child in her late 30s, said: “I am not apologising for it. I don’t think it’s a very sensitive issue. Jacinda dishes the dirt as much as any.”

      Barry is right, Labour can do it dirty too, but that doesn’t excuse her for unnecessary nastiness like this. Nothing is gained and respect is lost for the taunter.

      I agree with Mallard’s statement on it.

  6. Carol 6

    The Speaker has released the names of Lobbyists with security access cards to Parliament. And interesting list, with those representing interests in representing financial institutions or (largely unsustainable kinds of) energy companies/interests, or backgrounds supporting business and the National Party in the majority:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10822271

    ACCESS

    Nicholas Albrecht (Vector)

    Tim Clarke (Russell McVeagh)

    Peter Conway (Council of Trade Unions)

    Daniel Fielding (Minter Ellison Rudd Watts)

    Charles Finny (Saunders Unsworth)

    Helen Kelly (Council of Trade Unions)

    Tony O’Brien (Sky TV)

    Phil O’Reilly (Business NZ)

    Leigh Pearson (L.A. Pearson)

    Barrie Saunders (Saunders Unsworth)

    Mark Unsworth (Saunders Unsworth)

    Jordan Williams (Franks & Ogilvie)

    Pastor Rasik Ranchord (Parliamentary Breakfast Group)

    Philippa Falloon (Former MP’s spouse)

    Lady Jane Kidd (Former MP’s spouse)

    I had to look up some of these entities:

    Saunders & Unsworth (right leaning Lobbyist organisation)
    http://www.sul.co.nz/page/home.aspx

    (Commercial & Public Law)
    http://www.franksogilvie.co.nz/

    (foregrounds finance company cases)
    http://www.minterellison.co.nz/

    (represents “New Zealand’s leading corporations and financial institutions.”)
    http://www.russellmcveagh.com/

    Then there’s Sky TV & Vector.

    There are 2 people from the CTU with access cards, but it doesn’t really provide much balance to the other corporate/business entities that dominate.

    • Wyndham 6.1

      Why would Philippa Falloon and Jane Kidd still want access to Parliament ?

      • Tigger 6.1.1

        Sky TV sticks out a mile here. Why does our monopoly pay broadcaster have free access to Parliament?

    • Morrissey 6.2

      Lady Jane Kidd? As in married to Doug Kidd? Is she the one who he left his first wife for?

    • MrSmith 6.3

      For some insight into Russell McVeagh, (McLeech), Thirty Pieces of Silver By Anthony Molloy QC, is great reading.

      Also McLeech just happen to be representing King Salmon who are applying through the EPA to expand their Dirty, Disease ridden salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

  7. Wyndham 7

    Derogatory comment about female opposition party members “not having children” is nothing new from the National Party.
    Weren’t they always making snide remarks about Helen Clark along the same lines ?

    • Carol 7.1

      Yes, the Nats like to keep gender stereotypes in place, and for women to keep their (in Nat eyes) subordinate position as mothers. And they tend to use women to police other women in doing this (see Paula Benefit’s track record)…… unless they are a woman with a Taser, who is prepared to crush cars (preferably by making themselves a spectacle in fetishist high heels).

      And they do not have a good record in supporting women with children, especially if they are on low incomes.

    • Also in parliament yesterday:

      Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE (Labour): I am very glad that the National Party are talking about their so-called glorious, Nuremberg-like rally that happened at the weekend, because the Prime Minister came out of that, triumphant in his own mind that the National Party faithful…

      Also unnecessary and nasty.

      • Carol 7.2.2

        Not exactly parallel. The swipe at Ardern (as a working woman) was personal and targeting supporting women (of child-bearing age) who are the least powerful sex in the Nat scheme of things. Cosgrove was attacking a triumphalist party who have a strong record in government of anti-democratic policies and legislation.

        Although, I’m not that keen on such hyperbolism or use of that extreme metaphor, which will probably launch me into mod if I name it.

        • Pete George 7.2.2.1

          I agree that the swipe at Ardern was quote a bit worse because it was personal.

          Mallard’s tweet was a tad ironic:
          “…parliamentarians should know better than to criticise each other…”
          – but correct when read in full.

      • Te Reo Putake 7.2.3

        Do Not Feed The Tory.

      • Morrissey 7.2.4

        …unnecessary and nasty.

        Perhaps it has escaped your notice, but the Key regime and its key hatchet men (Joyce, Collins, Carter) are nasty in extremis.

  8. Chris 8

    Maggie Barry is a nasty little common gardener. It seems that many people resort to just this sort of personal attack because they do not have the intellectual capability to argue the actual policy under debate.She is a nasty vindictive piece of work. The women of the National Party are all the same.A gaggle of shrews all vying to be Apha female in order to impress the little man.Wonder what he has been promising them?

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      And women keep voting National. And I know lots of younger women who do too. Go figure what the hell they are all thinking.

      • Lanthanide 8.1.1

        If my former flatmate is anything to go by, they simply buy all of National’s brighter future tripe and don’t know anything about any of the people involved or any of the policies and what they mean.

        She works in ECE and was very angry about the 2010 budget. I suggested to her not to vote National next time; not sure how (or if) she voted in 2011.

      • grumpy 8.1.2

        Could be that they identify with the hetero women in National rather than Street, Wall etc?

    • Bored 8.2

      You are so right about the Alpha females of National, trying to out macho one another. Whilst driving in the last few days (a rare event for me) Paula (lard arse) Bennett came on the radio and said words to the effect “We are going to take the benefit away from those people on the run from the police”….the shrill refrain followed by a giggle Dr Evil would have been proud of.

      My heart sank, is this the type of glib nonsense our leaders are reduced to I thought. Such a stupid statement by such an ill educated and pig ignorant bully. So lets break it down a little:
      * on the run from the Police….who decides who is on the run, or just not around etc?
      * on the run…does that mean guilty prior to charge or court? Or is that just assumed?
      * does guilty of an offense mean you should be kicked off of a benefit? Is Social Development now an arm of Corrections / Justice?
      * does Paula think that some cop stating you are on the run from the law means that you must be guilty and therefore to be stripped of your rights as a citizen at her whim?
      * benefit stopped as above…what happens to dependents? Or are they guilty by association?

      In short this bitch is playing fast and loose with the rights of the citizen, she is well out of order. Where are Shearer and Parker when you really need them to stand up?

      • katie 8.2.1

        the twitter hashtag #maggiebarrystandingorders is providing some real gems! My favourite so far: “You can only talk about asset sales if you have three TradeMe stars or more. #maggiebarrystandingorders”

      • joe90 8.2.2

        #maggiebarrystandingorders

        Maggie Barry seems quite happy to talk about euthanasia. Maybe it’s a cry for help

        Only MPs named Sarah can talk about CERA

        MPs wanting to talk about taser will have to have been tased.

        Maggie, I have 2 children so can talk about Paid Parental Leave twice as much.

    • Bored 8.3

      Maggie the boys lusted after, the middle aged men swooned, she of the fabulous red hair, such a flower, a blossom. We wise gardeners know that such beauties as anenome, clematis, daffodil, wisteria, lily etc are all poisonous. To quote the Bard “This potent poison quite o’ercrows my spirit”:

    • mike e 8.4

      Then muck raking would be her strong suit.

  9. Dr Terry 9

    For some reason too many women appear to be lovingly obsessed with Key – many outwardly attractive people are sinister behind the facade.

  10. gobsmacked 10

    So Banks is in the clear.

    Short-term win but medium-term loss for National. They want Colin Craig, not the walking corpse of ACT.

    Paul Goldsmith won’t be happy!

  11. Chris 11

    John Banks cleared! Whod a thunk it!

  12. gobsmacked 12

    “Police said they had established Mr Banks personally solicited donations which were subsequently recorded as anonymous” (Herald)

    The opposition should be able to use that. “Acceptable to personally solicit, Prime Minister? Are these the standards now?”

    Should be able, but probably won’t.

  13. gobsmacked 13

    Well, the government’s good news lasted about ten minutes …

    From Red Alert, here are the new private members’ bills, drawn from the ballot today:

    State-Owned Enterprises and Crown Entities (Protecting New Zealand’s Strategic Assets) Amendment Bill (Clayton Cosgrove)
    Resource Management (Restricted Duration of Certain Discharge and Coastal Permits) Amendment Bill (Catherine Delahunty)
    Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill
    Ombudsmen (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill (Shane Jones)
    Minimum Wage Amendment Bill (David Clark)

    No Right Turn says “It’s all on.” See italics!

    i.e. Key (and yes, Shearer) now have to stop mucking around and vote Yes or No to marriage equality. Stand by for more squirming …

    • gobsmacked 13.1

      And now the media have picked this up.

      Banks’ “win” will get a headline for a few hours. Louisa Wall’s win will make headlines for months.

      Now all we need is for MPs who favour marriage equality to say so – without waffle and weasel-words. Plus, the inevitable bonus of Craig and Tamaki and co ranting against this. Bigots being exposed, and ultimately, losing. With Key pandering to both sides.

      It’s a very good day!

      • grumpy 13.1.1

        The problem is that although Labour think this Bill is the most important thing to happen bloody near forever, nobody else really gives a stuff. That is the answer to previous questions as to why women identify with Key and why young women identify with National, they simply have more important things in common to worry about (like children).
        Labour have isolated themselves into an “identity politics” party at the expense of wider support.

        • gobsmacked 13.1.1.1

          It’s not a question of “the most important thing”.

          It’s a private members’ bill, and a conscience vote. Opposition MPs don’t get to write the budget, decide policy direction, or do much at all. This is one of the few things they can do. Yesterday’s double win was a good example.

          If there are easy votes in opposing this, National (i.e. Key) will oppose it. But there aren’t any more. So the law will pass, because it is now on the right side of public opinion. That’s good, right?

        • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.2

          Human rights used to be considered fairly important but then we got a serious case of neo-liberalism and now everyone seems to have more important things to worry about like feeding themselves.

          Wonder why that is…

        • OneTrack 13.1.1.3

          Labour can’t seem to see that though grumpy. Identity politics seems to be all they have left.

      • gobsmacked 13.2.1

        That Stuff link (now updated) shows why this bill is not just morally right … it’s also good politics:

        Watch the Nats run for cover …

        Environment minister Amy Adams said she would ”give it some thought.”

        ”My initial view is that what we have seems to be working pretty well, but I’m not taking a position at this stage,” Adams said.

        Health minister Tony Ryall said he wanted to look ”at exactly what it is before we make a decision on that.” He refused to say if he supported gay marriage.

        New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young said he had no comment – other than he would canvas the views of his constituents.

        Defence minister Jonathan Coleman said he wanted to read the bill before forming a view.

        Translation – As soon as Key gives them the nod, they will (miraculously) make up their minds.

        Get a bulk order of popcorn, this is gonna be fun.

        • RedBlooded 13.2.1.1

          In Maggie Barry world will they only be able to discuss Gay Marriage if they have a same sex partner. I get so confused about the rules coming from the Nasties.

          • OneTrack 13.2.1.1.1

            Good, this obviously means I am allowed an opinion again on education, even though I am not a teacher. Yay.

            • gobsmacked 13.2.1.1.1.1

              When were you not allowed an opinion?

              • Grumpy

                Every bloody five minutes on here……

                • Draco T Bastard

                  If his, or anyone’s, opinion gets shot to pieces by logic and fact then they should probably change their opinion – not complain that they can’t have an opinion.

    • millsy 13.3

      Looking forward to taking on the god-botherers over gay marriage. Its going to be a big scrap, like smacking was 5 years ago..

  14. Morrissey 14

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/the-anti-semitism-that-goes-unreported-1.452594
    The anti-Semitism that goes unreported
    The daily dose of terror inflicted on these Semites isn’t noticed by most Jews – even though the incidents resemble stories told by our grandparents.

    by Amira Hass, Haaretz, July 18, 2012

    Here’s a statistic that you won’t see in research on anti-Semitism, no matter how meticulous the study is. In the first six months of the year, 154 anti-Semitic assaults have been recorded, 45 of them around one village alone. Some fear that last year’s record high of 411 attacks – significantly more than the 312 attacks in 2010 and 168 in 2009 – could be broken this year.

    Fifty-eight incidents were recorded in June alone, including stone-throwing targeting farmers and shepherds, shattered windows, arson, damaged water pipes and water-storage facilities, uprooted fruit trees and one damaged house of worship. The assailants are sometimes masked, sometimes not; sometimes they attack surreptitiously, sometimes in the light of day.

    There were two violent attacks a day, in separate venues, on July 13, 14 and 15. The words “death” and “revenge” have been scrawled in various areas; a more original message promises that “We will yet slaughter.”

    It’s no accident that the diligent anti-Semitism researchers have left out this data. That’s because they don’t see it as relevant, since the Semites who were attacked live in villages with names like Jalud, Mughayer and At-Tuwani, Yanun and Beitilu. The daily dose of terrorizing (otherwise known as terrorism) that is inflicted on these Semites isn’t compiled into a neat statistical report, nor is it noticed by most of the Jewish population in Israel and around the world – even though the incidents resemble the stories told by our grandparents.

    The day our grandparents feared was Sunday, the Christian Sabbath; the Semites, who are not of interest to the researchers monitoring anti-Semitism, fear Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. Our grandparents knew that the order-enforcement authorities wouldn’t intervene to help a Jewish family under attack; we know that the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Police, the Civil Administration, the Border Police and the courts all stand on the sidelines, closing their eyes, ….

    Read more….
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/the-anti-semitism-that-goes-unreported-1.452594

  15. captain hook 15

    so for a bit of light relief who is going to support the WWF in their call for China, Vietnam and Thailand to do something about their contribution to Elephant and Rhinoceros extinction threats.

  16. Morrissey 16

    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1341612018.html

    The smearing of Julian Assange by the Guardian

    So I’ve read it all again, again. This time in English. Before I’d stuck to the Swedish versions of the leaked police interviews to make sure I was going to the closest source. The translation into English is good and accurate, in my opinion. Here’s the link…

    http://rixstep.com/1/20110204,04.shtml

    It’s all here, virtually everything I tried to get the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the New Statesman interestsed in examining.

    One’s struck by lots of things in the police interveiws. Firstly the Swedish police can conduct telephone interviews in the case, as they’ve done with several of the ‘witnesses’, without the need to arrest anyone, so why not Assange?

    The almost total lack of any witnesses or evidence to confirm that any crime actually took place, apart from the statements of the two women involved, and they are ‘tainted’ and arguably wouldn’t stand up in court to cross-examination, even in Sweden, which is why the first prosecutor in Stockholm dropped the case like a hot stone.

    The two women did not go to the police and claim that Assange attacked, asssaulted, used violence, or raped them. And they should know. ….

    Learn more by clicking on the following….
    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1341612018.html

    • McFlock 16.1

      Another cut&paste I see.
           
      By the way, what’s the provenance of the transcripts? I’ve not seen it mentioned that they’d been leaked before. I’d hate for someone to think that I just took random internet websites at face value.

      • Morrissey 16.1.1

        You’ll notice that at the end of the post, I wrote that one could learn more by clicking onto the Media Lens site, and I helpfully provided a hyperlink.

        Maybe you missed it.

        • McFlock 16.1.1.1

          I did click on it.
             
          And the rixstep link.
               
          No evidence whatsoever that transcripts had been leaked. How do you know that this isn’t just Assange fanfic? 

          • Morrissey 16.1.1.1.1

            No evidence whatsoever that transcripts had been leaked.
            They were leaked, all right. That’s an English translation.

            How do you know that this isn’t just Assange fanfic?

            It’s not. Unlike the fictional “case” against Assange, this leaked evidence stands on its merits: it has not been refuted.

            But what a neat and nasty little propaganda coinage: “Assange fanfic”.

            It’s demeaning to his defenders on two levels:

            1.) The FAN part of “fanfic” implies that, as well as being “celebrities like Jemima Khan”, Assange’s principled defenders (Chomsky, Pilger, Maguire, Ellsberg, and millions more) are merely “fans”;

            2.) The FIC part of “fanfic” implies that Assange’s defence is fictional, and fraudulent.

            Neat propaganda, but shallow, and utterly without merit—just like the fictional “case” against Assange.

            • McFlock 16.1.1.1.1.1

              How do you know that this isn’t just Assange fanfic?
              It’s not. Unlike the fictional “case” against Assange, this leaked evidence stands on its merits: it has not been refuted.
               

              So your evidence of the authenticity of these transcripts is that the Swedish government hasn’t commented on the accuracy of internet documents that claim to be leaked evidence in ongoing investigations? 
                     
              And I wasn’t suggesting Chomsky or Pilger invented the transcripts. Just that some little internet groupie who bought a “team assange” tshirt  might have wanted to write their own Shades of Grey.
                    
              Do you have any evidence whatsoever that any or all witness interviews have been leaked?  And that this “transcript” is accurate?
                      
              And even if the link IS true and accurate (doubtful), do you seriously have no qualms at all about publicly distributing the evidence gathered in ongoing police investigations into sexual assault? IMO, a group prepared to do that would be just as willing to fabricate “transcripts” to help defend their cause. The ends justify the means, and all that.
               

            • Te Reo Putake 16.1.1.1.1.2

              “… millions more …”
               
              I imagine Assange’s supporters would number in the dozens nowadays. For some reason people tend to go off cowards who run away rather than face the consequences of their own sleazy actions. Those who have gone off him recently include most of the people that you list as being his supporters. They were helping him and showing a remarkeable degree of trust right up until he did a runner and blew the money they’d put up as security against him bottling out.
               
              On the up side, if he ever needs a bed for the night in NZ, I’m sure he’ll find you most obliging, Mozza. If you know what I mean ;)

              • Morrissey

                I imagine Assange’s supporters would number in the dozens nowadays.

                His supporters include the most admired and principled political dissidents in the world. And millions more, of course. But feel free to go ahead and pretend otherwise.

                For some reason people tend to go off cowards who run away rather than face the consequences of their own sleazy actions.

                His “sleazy actions” were to sleep with groupies. I’ll bet you would do the same if you ever did anything brave enough to give you the heroic status that Assange has earned. There is no evidence that he did anything illegal—but you would know that if you did any serious reading on the subject.

                Those who have gone off him recently include most of the people that you list as being his supporters.

                Oh really? And your evidence for this is…. what, exactly?

            • Colonial Viper 16.1.1.1.1.3

              Just so everyone is clear on the new convention here:

              Documents or links stating anything helpful to Assange’s defence shall be referred to as dubious or as fiction.

              Documents or links supporting the sexual allegations made against Assange shall be considered serious or factual.

              Anyone whose behaviour does not conform to this new protocol should be considered a rape apologist.

              Clear, everyone?

              • QoT

                Seriously, CV? Morrissey has been spamming the Open Mikes for days now with copypasted Assange defence crap. When asked to actually establish provenance for his sources, he cannot.

                Meanwhile, we’ve already had an epic thread wherein plenty of explanatory articles have been linked to and generally brushed away by Morrissey, yourself, et al because … well … Sweden should just cede its legal sovereignty, and Zionism, and also “sex makes fools of us all.”

                Yeah, but it’s the people who want Assange held accountable for his actions who are just meanies.

                Ever considered that maybe the way rape culture oppresses and victimizes women might be a little bit more important than how much it ~hurts your feelings~ to be called a rape apologist when you’re indulging in rape apologism?

                • Colonial Viper

                  So all you are interested in is Assange being held accountable, yeah? Hey I go with that 100%.

                  If Sweden can give an assurance that they aren’t going to ship Assange off to Guantanamo Bay asap – a pretty easy statement to make I would have thought – than I agree Assange should be shipped off to Sweden asap to face the legal music.

                  If Sweden made such a statement, Ecuador would have no more grounds to protect Assange in their embassy either.

                  But yeah, why don’t you keep focussing on protecting Sweden’s ‘legal sovereignty to ship Assange to a US military prison anytime they want to’.

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    Why didn’t the US extradite him from the UK?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Not sure. Factors might include:
                      – Level of media attention
                      – Lack of UK political agreement
                      – Strength of public support for Assange
                      – Complications from UK judicial oversight

                      Regardless, Sweden should give Assange (and the rest of the w/orld) an assurance that he will not be shipped off to Guantanamo Bay asap.

                    • McFlock
                       
                       

                       
                      Not sure. Factors might include:
                      – Level of media attention
                      – Lack of UK political agreement
                      – Strength of public support for Assange
                      – Complications from UK judicial oversight
                       
                      – becue Sweden doesn’t have any media?
                      – doesn’t do shit against a red notice
                      – damned Assande-hating swedes
                      – because the one and only time Swedish inteligence services broke the rules (just after 9/11) the courts didn’t get involved?
                         
                      And face it – the Swedes haven’t shot any electricians since 9/11, have they?

                       
                    • Colonial Viper

                      So getting an assurance should be a walk in the park right, McFlock? One little assurance and the Ecuador embassy has no more grounds to protect Assange.

                      You get what you want: Assange with no where else to run to.

                    • McFlock

                      Did the UK provide the same assurance?
                           
                      A fair legal system means favours aren’t made just because you’re famous.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      An assurance not to be shipped to Guanatano Bay under the pretext of routine investigative questioning on something completely irrelevant is not that big a “favour” now, is it.

                      And you would get what you want: Assange kicked out of Ecuador embassy protection and on a plane to Sweden.

                    • McFlock

                      Did the UK give the same assurance?
                               
                       

                  • Bunji

                    Still: the US’s extradition treaty with the UK gives them pretty much carte blanche (thanks TB…), Sweden’s less so. Why would the US want him in a country it will be harder to extradite him from?

                    But I’m not getting into this, I’ve seen the epic threads…

                • Morrissey

                  Morrissey has been spamming the Open Mikes for days now with copypasted Assange defence crap.

                  The examples of “spam” I posted were: (1) an official release by Women Against Rape, expressing the gravest concern about the sincerity and the truthfulness of the “allegations” against Assange; (2) a meticulously detailed Media Lens exposé of the (so-called) liberal media’s parroting of official lies about Assange; and (3) Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire’s plea to the Ecuadorean government to grant Assange political asylum.

                  If that’s “spam” then Garth George is a brilliant journalist, Christine (Spankin’) Rankin is a child advocate, and Peter “Possum” Dunne is a profile in courage.

                  When asked to actually establish provenance for his sources, he cannot.

                  I can, and I did. It’s interesting, on the other hand, that the persecutors of Assange have provided not a scintilla of evidence.

                  ….generally brushed away by Morrissey, yourself, et al because … well … Sweden should just cede its legal sovereignty, and Zionism, and also “sex makes fools of us all.”

                  I’ve never said or written any of those things. You’re just making it up as you go. Have you considered a job with the Key administration?

                  Yeah, but it’s the people who want Assange held accountable for his actions who are just meanies.

                  There is no evidence against him at all, as you would know if you read up on this travesty with any seriousness at all. However, there is of course evidence that he did what a journalist should do, and exposed massive state crimes being perpetrated by (among others) the United States and its satellite regimes. Those are the actions that they want to punish him for; but they were not illegal, of course. Hence the invention of these sex allegations.

                  • McFlock

                    The prosecutors of Assange seem to think there is probable cause. Contrary to what teamassange groupies might think, the interwebz are not the judiciary. 
                       
                    What “provenance” did you provide? A link to some random web page? No other sources to suggest that the swedes were investigating a massive leak of documents relating to sexual assault investigations? None of the witnesses confirming the contents of the transcript? No swedish “bradass87″?
                         
                    The faithful have been fabricating icons and supporting evidence for millenia. And not everything on the internet is true. All I want is some corroborating evidence.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Sweden should give Assange an assurance that he will not be shipped out to Guantanamo, the Ecuadorians will have no grounds to keep him in their embassy, and then you will get exactly what you want – Assange in front of Swedish criminal investigators.

                    • McFlock

                      So an entire Swedish legal system should compromise because some guy jumped bail in the UK?
                               
                      I much prefer the option of patient justice – if he ever wants to go anywhere in the developed world, he has Swedish and British fugitive notices to worry about, as well as US. And if Ecuador wants to build international links, well they’ve got him on tap, haven’t they. A cross between Carlos the Jackal and Paul Gadd.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Promising to not ship someone to military internment in Guantanamo Bay on completely unrelated matters can compromise a so-called justice system?

                      And if Ecuador wants to build international links, well they’ve got him on tap, haven’t they. A cross between Carlos the Jackal and Paul Gadd.

                      So you don’t want to get Assange in front of Swedish criminal investigators asap? You prefer to keep the Swedish women complainants waiting while some kind of international espionage intrigue gets played out?

                    • McFlock
                       
                       

                      Nope.
                      A promise not to extradite someone to country B is a compromise of the justice system:
                          
                      A promise not to deport straight to guantanamo means a promise not to extradite to the US, period.
                      A promise not to extradite to the US means a promise not to extradite to the US even on charges that are legitimate, such as if he raped someone in the US (if he’s ever been there).
                      A banket promise not to extradite to the US means a promise not to extradite to any nation that might give him to the US. Even if they, too, have 100% legitimate charges.
                          
                      Basically, you’re asking the Swedes to guarantee that he’ll never be deported to damned near anywhere on the panet, no matter what he’s accused of and no matter how much evidence and no matter what international obligations.
                         
                      But there’s no compromise if they look at requests on a case by case basis. Just like the UK did.

                    • McFlock

                      But I’d actually prefer it if Assange decided to take responsibility for what he did, and front up to face the charges. The dangers of plane flight back to Sweden would be a bigger threat to his life and freedom than the danger of rendition to the states.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Hey McFlock – where did you put your concern that the women complainants in Sweden get justice quickly, on that priority list of international law, intrigue and espionage?

                      Oh yeah I see now, you added it as a footnote: Assange should just man up and take the risk of being shipped out to Guantanamo Bay held under military arrest on the chin, as a matter of course.

                      I’m sure he’ll take that candid suggestion under advisement.

                    • McFlock

                      Don’t be dumb.
                            
                      The choice between waiting for justice and compromising it permanently should be no choice at all.
                           
                      Why didn’t the UK send him to the states again? Why are the swedes more likely to?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yeah McFlock, you’re all for justice eh?

                      You want to protect Sweden’s justice system and you want to protect Sweden’s sovereign right to extradite persons anywhere in the world that they are empowered to, for any reasons their justice system and various international treaties allow.

                      You want to protect the integrity of both the Swedish justice systems and international law. Is that right, eh? Are you sure that’s all?

                    • McFlock
                       
                       

                      I want justice systems to work with integrity. Extradition is part of that. That way they can hold all criminals accountable for their actions, and ensure that the innocent aren’t convicted unjustly.
                                  
                      That will improve public confidence in the justice system, so the public would be more likely to report crme of all types – especially sexual crimes, which have a microscopic reporting nature.
                           
                      That wil reduce crime.
                            
                      Is there anything inconsistent in all that? What more do you think I want?
                          
                          
                      oh, by the way:
                      Why didn’t the UK send him to the states again?

                      Why are the swedes more likely to?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I want justice systems to work with integrity. Extradition is part of that.

                      Are you truly genuine about that?

                      Specifically, do you believe that in addition to extradition, asylum from politically motivated prosecution is another legitimate part of the system of international law?

                      And if so, do you then accept that Ecuador has the full right (under established international law) to provide Assange with temporary refuge while its government assesses his individual case on its individual merits?

                    • McFlock

                      So why didn’t he ask for political asylum in the UK? They take asylum-seekers, too. Like Sweden does, interestingly enough.  
                            
                      I’m not sure I’ve ever criticised Ecuador’s right to consider and grant asylum. I’m criticising Assange for hiding behind conspiracy theories to avoid a sexual assault investigation. 
                           

                      oh, by the way:
                      Why didn’t the UK send him to the states again?

                      Why are the swedes more likely to?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      To be clear then McFlock:

                      You accept that seeking asylum from politically motivated prosecution is a legitimate part of established international law. Just like extradition is.

                      You further accept that Ecuador has the right to give Assange temporary refuge while it assesses the merits of his case on its individual merits.

                      And since you said that you would be very patient with the necessarily slow movement of complex legal processes (in order to protect the integrity of the international justice system was your rationale), you will no doubt accept Assange exercising his rights under international law to request asylum, and for Ecuador to exercise its sovereign rights to assess that request thoroughly and with due process.

                      Am I correct, or have I misread your stance of principal on international law as being more genuine than it really is?

                    • McFlock
                       
                       

                      Nah, you’ve got a slide in there.
                             
                      I believe in asylum, I even believe in Assange’s right to claim asylum for protection against political prosecution.
                         
                      So why didn’t he ask for asylum from the UK? What was the ruling when his lawyers brought up political oppression in the extradition hearing. Did they? The UK can grant asylum too.
                         
                      He’s claiming asylum from country C because country B decided to extradite him to country A on probable cause for investigation into sexual assault and rape. 
                          
                      I believe in Assange’s right to claim asylum as protection from political persecution. I don’t believe in his right to pervert the principle of asylum by using it to avoid answering questions about sexual assaults. To me, it looks suspiciously like the latter.
                           
                       
                      So:
                      Why didn’t the UK send him to the states again?
                      Why are the swedes more likely to?
                      and I’ll add:
                      why didn’t he ask for asylum in the UK?

                       
                    • Colonial Viper

                      So you are willing to wait for Ecuador to do what it needs to, in order for them to properly and legally assess Assange’s request for political asylum using thorough due process?

                      Lets wait and see what happens then. You won’t try and rush or prejudge the issues will you?

                    • McFlock
                       
                       

                      Ah fuck it, I’m off to bed.
                                
                      I have no choice but to wait for Ecuador’s decision. Interwebz arguments do not substitute for a justice system in any nation.
                         
                      I do find your hierarchy of competent legal systems intriguing, though:
                      Sweden is a corrupt politicised pawn of the US satan;
                      The UK is better than Sweden, but not good enough to be asked for asylum or indeed not extradite to Sweden;
                      Ecuador is an enlightened nation that will deliver the judgement of Solomon.
                              
                      Bear in mind that so far Assange has struck out with 2 out of 3 seperate judicial systems. And I get the impression that if Ecuador refuses asylum you’ll be saying “let’s try the next one”. And if he camps further and further down Embassy Row you’ll end up praising the wisdom and justice of the Iranian government.
                          
                           
                      Why didn’t the UK send him to the states again?
                      Why are the swedes more likely to?
                      why didn’t he ask for asylum in the UK?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      And I get the impression that if Ecuador refuses asylum you’ll be saying “let’s try the next one”.

                      The justice system by its nature presents individuals with more than one opportunity for their case to be heard. That is what the system of appeals is all about.

                      I thought you would understand that.

                    • McFlock

                      I do.
                           
                      My point was that it’s all very well for you to ask me to keep an open mind, but the fact is that your mind is closed to the possibility that he did it, knows there is no real risk of being deported to the US by sweden, but is using fear of TPTB as an excuse to avoid accountability for his actions. 
                           
                      Seriously, if that were the true state of affairs, how could someone convince you of it? All courts that rule against him are stooges of US imperialist hegemony. All accusers are ignorantly spreading black propaganda. The most flimsy uncorroborated internet link in his favour proves his innocence. Is there any theoretical way that the logical possibility of his guilt and abuse of asylum could be demonstrated to you, if it were true?
                               
                           
                      Why didn’t the UK send him to the states?
                      Why are the swedes more likely to?why didn’t he ask for asylum in the UK?  

    • OneTrack 16.2

      Yeah they are only silly women making a silly rape complaint. Some things are more important than that when you are taking on the US. Take that Obama.

      • Morrissey 16.2.1

        Yeah they are only silly women making a silly rape complaint.

        No, they did no such thing. There have been no rape complaints made against Assange.

        I’m interested to know something, my friend: why are you commenting on this topic when you have no idea what you are writing about?

  17. aerobubble 17

    dogma, what you find when solutions never materialize, welcome
    to the under perfrorming NZ economy, for decades and decades.
    The same trite arguments that miss the essential point about the NZ
    economy, that we reward investment in housing over productive endeavors.

    But wait its worse.

    Values. Glen Owen charity is a role model hang over from the
    class system because it reinforces the view that we must be all
    wealth to be generous to our lesser citizens. That merit be damned,
    wealth is all that matters. Surely to be successful like Nordic nations
    we need also to look up to successful people who are fabulously wealth.
    In fact its because we speak the same language as Americans, and
    their culture dominates ours, and we don’t have Nobel prizes (or wealthy
    people who reward intellectualism), that we continue to pick the worse
    economic policies for NZ, because some trite US twit says charter schools,
    or whatever, is the next cool economic fad.

    National and Labour are hollow idiots pandering to poor policy prescriptions
    because they can’t beat out the nonsense imported from the US.

    • Draco T Bastard 17.1

      +1

      The biggest problem for NZs economy (and that of the rest of the world) is that we’ve been rewarding the rich for being rich and not only letting them get away with corruption but giving them multi-million dollar golden handshakes when their hands are caught in the till.

      • higherstandard 17.1.1

        How have we been rewarding the rich for being rich in NZ ?

        • McFlock 17.1.1.1

          Massive tax cuts and giving them a wonderful opportunity to buy our infrastructure at basement prices, to name two ways.

          • Bored 17.1.1.1.1

            Not to mention tax cuts that have to be financed from debt paid for by the rank and file taxpayer….dont give me any crap about the rich paying the most tax.

            • higherstandard 17.1.1.1.1.1

              Actually that’s a good point – where is that dataset that used to be regularly published of the tax take by tax type and income bracket ?

              • aerobubble

                Its now a very real fact, that the artificial construct of a business entity is consider equivalent to a person (SCOTUS), but the greatest burden, tax if you will, upon Mother Earth has not yet been provided with even basic rights. Sue God? NO! Mother Earth should sue the USA.

          • higherstandard 17.1.1.1.2

            I’m assuming that most still pay significant tax under the progressive tax system and have also been subject to the same GST rises as everyone else ?

            As for the SOE sell down if you’re bemoaning the fact that people can purchase a few thousand dollars worth of shares as a reward for the rich being rich I think you’re being overly bombastic.

            • McFlock 17.1.1.1.2.1

              1: they pay less tax than they did 5 years ago. That is a “reward”. The poor pay more.
                
              2: Subject to the same GST rises… depending on how they structured their finances, how much goes through companies or trusts, and how much is invested. Unlike the poor, who spend all their money on personal goods and services therefore probably pay 15% of their entire “after tax” income on GST.
                     
              3: You might sniff at a few thousand bucks returning 18% not being much of a reward. Alternatively, the other 95% of the country would gratefully appreciate it.  

            • higherstandard 17.1.1.1.2.2

              1. How do you know they pay less tax than they did five years ago, they might then again they might not with GST changes and other tweaks in the tax system? As I said there used to be an interesting dataset published by treasury I think on tax by type and income bracket.

              2. Again you make assumptions – this may or may not be the case.

              3. Are you suggesting that the shares in SOEs being offered are going to return 18% ….fantastic i’ll make sure to invest and if that’s the case you should invest as mush as possible yourself.

              • McFlock

                1: tax rates are lower in higher brackets
                2: indeed. Just as if my lotto numbers come up, I don’t have to collect the winnings.
                3: yeah good call – fubared those math alright :) But it’s still an investment that poor people can’t make in infrastructure that everybody already equally owns.
                 

                • higherstandard

                  1.Tax rates are lower than they used to be in higher tax brackets, they are still higher in the higher tax brackets and those in the higher brackets still pay the majority of income tax in NZ. I still believe that there is room for a high earners tax bracket in NZ in line with the highest level across the Tasman.

                  2. Not sure what you’re trying to say here.

                  3. I’ll bet you that even someone of very very modest means could lend money if they could ensure an 18% return.

                  • McFlock

                    1: So because higher earners have a slightly higher tax proportion, the tax cuts they received (coincidentally just before we nosedived into massive deficit) is in no way a reward?
                               
                    2: they might or might not funnel their spare cash through trusts or companies. Therefore they might ot might not be subject to the same proportion of GST payment. Just as I might or might not  choose to pick up my winnings, the prize is still there for me.
                       
                    3: aye, that’s why I said I fubared the math. But they’re solid investments (barring ToW claims or a leftwing govt getting balls and renationalising at punitive rates). And rich people are the ones with the opportunity to invest – poor people have no assets against which they can borrow to play stockmarket trader.

                    • higherstandard

                      1. Higher earners pay more tax always have and always should, as I’ve said in the present conditions I think there should be a high earners tax bracket in NZ in line with the highest level across the Tasman.

                      2. It is illegal to charge non-business expenses to a business

                      3. I think we’re getting into the argument about what is rich, there are certainly people who wouldn’t have the funds or be able to get the funds to invest, there are also likely to be many who couldn’t be classed as rich who could if they so chose. For those people i wonder if they should be offered to cash in the government’s contribution to their Kiwisaver funds to invest if they so chose ?

                    • McFlock

                      1: The question is, if they receive a tax break on what they previously paid – isn’t that a reward? Even if they still pay a higher proportion of tax?
                         
                      2: Yes. But it’s amazing what counts as a “business expense”.
                           
                      3: allowing people to use government retirement contributions to help them purchase part of a company they already own via the government? See, “rich” people don’t need to risk their retirement savings in order to buy something that they already owned.

              • urban rascal

                2. anyone who has run a business or worked as a contractor knows to claim back GST and minimize tax as much as possible. It’s prudent business sense to do so.
                So the only assumption is that you are assuming that NZ’s middle and upper class are not prudent in business.

                There is really no arguing that a high income tax break and a rise in GST hit’s PAYE earners whilst limiting the impact on high income earners.

                • higherstandard

                  I’ll think you’ll find that if people are rorting GST they’ll receive a major rodgering from IRD sooner or later. Similarly you’re assuming that the majority of those on more than an average or those on high incomes a making that income through their own business i’m not sure that is the case and even if it is whether you could assume that they are all not paying their fair share of tax.

                  You’ll need to give me an example on the second point so I can understand what you’re meaning.

                  • McFlock

                    The company doesn’t need to be their primary source of income.
                        
                    Just the mechanism through which they funnel their income, or hold assets in (e.g. Double Dipton and his trust). And it doesn’t need to be illegal rorting, just “minimisation” (as CV sorry, UR, said).

                    • McFlock

                      pah, in editing completely stuffed strikethrough tag. :roll:  need coffee…… 

                  • urban rascal

                    It’s not hard to rort GST on things that a low income earner couldn’t.
                    Transport, entertainment costs, furniture. It’s as easy as a couple becoming joint shareholders in your own company, suddenly dinners out are share meetings and offset tax.

                    Sure not all high income earners run their own trusts or companies (The majority i’ve met do).
                    But they still did get a tax break anyway while everyone below gets a GST hike. And the people below don’t have the opportunity/means to offset their GST.
                    No matter whether your rorting the system legally (which isn’t hard to do) or not, it doesn’t change the fact that this is an option generally only available to the wealthier.

                    • mike e

                      holidays are conferences

                    • urban rascal

                      Come on HS mate, you can’t seriously be trying to insinuate that the higher earners have had equal breaks to those on the lower rates under National.
                      You really believe that National’s policies are bringing a brighter future for the poor?
                      270,000 children in poverty, the great exodus of our talented and poor job prospects (unless you are high skilled and white apparently).
                      Surely a GST rise and a tax break for top earners wouldn’t be considered as rewarding the rich for being rich, would it?
                      It wouldn’t be a priority if I was in Government with the above environment.

                      Their policies risk a further exodus of our young and talented. The very young, talented youth who for 20 years our taxes have invested in through one of the OECD’s best education systems. This would be my priority, minimizing a massive loss on investment.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Similarly you’re assuming that the majority of those on more than an average or those on high incomes a making that income through their own business i’m not sure that is the case and even if it is whether you could assume that they are all not paying their fair share of tax.

                    That’s not an assumption any more. We know for a fact that the bludgers are stealing from the rest of us.

                    • higherstandard

                      How is that relevant to the majority of the ‘rich’ in NZ ?

                      And for that matter you should probably define rich – McF seems to be implying it’s anyone who used to be on the top tax rate ?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Because we can assume that the majority of the rich in NZ are using similar wealth hiding schemes to minimise taxes.

    • mike e 17.2

      Aero Noble sentiments indeed
      But a lot of the dynamite used in the world today is used to kill other people and dig up vast quantities of minerals for big corporations.
      Sweden has its first right wing government in a log time.
      so would you trust them .

  18. Morrissey 18

    http://rixstep.com/1/20110130,02.shtml
    The Assange Police Protocol: Translator’s Note

    30,000 words in five days. Translators normally manage about 2,000 words per day. This feat was by no means a world record but it was difficult and a lot of hard work.

    The roughest parts were the transcripts. Transcripts are the next best thing to being there – to having a video recording. The task of the transcriber is to record every non-word, sound, and pause in addition to the actual content, this to as accurately as possible convey the attitude and reactions of the interviewee.

    Good translations normally never attempt a ‘word for word’ approach. It’s not only words that differ in different languages – it’s the ideas and concepts as well. The goal of a translator is otherwise to get the idea across rather than produce stilted language no one really grasps. But the translations of the transcripts necessarily took another approach: reproduce all the commas, full stops, ellipses, and even the strange constructs as found in the originals.

    There’s only one way to study these documents: as a whole and with the working assumption everyone is telling the truth. Save for several deliberate attempts by Anna Ardin to obfuscate the truth, this approach seems to work.

    The ‘case’ (if one dare call it that) hovers on two incidents. One takes place in Enköping in the morning. The two people involved have a simple exchange of two lines each before going at it again for what likely is the fifth time in a long sleepless night. The girl’s just come back to bed after being out early and shopping, the two of them make love again, and start dozing off to sleep.

    Suddenly the one starts all over again. The girl senses the man is about to penetrate her. ….

    Read more. . . .
    http://rixstep.com/1/20110130,02.shtml

    • McFlock 18.1

      Yeah. Read that. Do you have any evidence it’s genuine?

      • QoT 18.1.1

        It’s pro-Assange, ergo factual.

        If it were anti-Assange, it would obviously be lies, and probably Zionist. (That link may mark the point at which I chose to stop engaging people obviously willing to spin anything they can in order to avoid stating simple facts: “Assange should face the allegations made against him because they are serious allegations, and if the US wanted his ass David Cameron would have served it up to them already.”)

        • Morrissey 18.1.1.1

          … it would obviously be lies, and probably Zionist.

          That’s twice today you’ve tried to trivialize my case by mentioning the word “Zionist”. The fact that I have never said anything like that probably won’t make any difference to you, but I’d like to point it out to serious readers.

          • QoT 18.1.1.1.1

            I linked to exactly who did say it, Morrissey. Sorry for not actually tarring all you “shut up, all evidence against Assange is lies and if you aren’t pro-Assange you haven’t read anything about the case, except you might have read a lot but it’s all lies if it’s not pro-Assange” fanpeeps with the same brush.

            • Morrissey 18.1.1.1.1.1

              I linked to exactly who did say it, Morrissey.

              Yes, it was Vicky, not me. And probably not most of the other supporters of Assange. I’m interested to see that you still chose to include it as one of the arguments you allege his supporters make, in spite of the fact they do not.

              Sorry for not actually tarring all you “shut up, all evidence against Assange is lies and if you aren’t pro-Assange you haven’t read anything about the case, except you might have read a lot but it’s all lies if it’s not pro-Assange” fanpeeps with the same brush.

              You don’t have to be pro-Assange, but if you are foolish enough to parrot the black propaganda of the U.S. and U.K. governments, then you either have NOT read a lot on this travesty of a case, or you are profoundly corrupt.

            • Kotahi Tāne Huna 18.1.1.1.1.2

              The whole issue has become too bound up in absolutes. Of course Assange should comply with the laws of the countries he parades through. Of course he shouldn’t treat women (or anyone else) as though they are disposable. Of course an interview can be carried out by phone. Of course Assange should go to America and martyr himself, and of course the Yankees should stop pretending to occupy the moral high ground.

              Of course Ecuador should not let itself be used as a straight man to this clown’s antics. Of course Wikileaks should have properly protected its data from external access and/or betrayal.

              Of course Wikileaks can be a force for “good”.

              Of course we sound like economists discussing rational actors.

              • Morrissey

                The whole issue has become too bound up in absolutes.

                So everything’s relative, is it? The lies told by the authorities and their media vassals like the Guardian, the Murdoch gang and the BBC somehow balance up the exposure of those absolute lies by truth-tellers like Assange and Bradley Manning? It seems that the fact that the U.S. military was absolutely caught out by an absolutely dedicated, absolutely determined journalist is just too much for you to take in, my friend. The only cure for that is more reading. Serious reading, that is.

                Of course Assange should comply with the laws of the countries he parades through.

                He does comply with the law. There is no evidence he has committed any criminal act. And… he “parades through” countries? Maybe you’ve mixed him up with that fraudster Barack Obama.

                Of course he shouldn’t treat women (or anyone else) as though they are disposable.

                Who says he does? Take care, my friend, not to automatically believe what government apparatchiks tell you.

                Of course Ecuador should not let itself be used as a straight man to this clown’s antics.

                So Assange is a “clown” now? A “clown” who “parades” through countries. Now that is a clown with gravitas.

                Of course Wikileaks should…

                How about dropping the sarcasm? There are enough bewildered people on this forum as it is.

  19. Kotahi Tāne Huna 19

    Someone forgot to drink their kool-aid…

    ”Now the private sector needs to do the sort of things that the private sector claims it can do so particularly well.”

  20. Te Reo Putake 20

    Dunno if this has been posted before, but its worth a second look anyway. I can’t eat your ghost jobs, John.

  21. Te Reo Putake 21

    Speaking of dodgy men doing a runner, Sea Shepherd skipper Paul Watson joins the club.

  22. Kotahi Tāne Huna 22

    Serious workplace accidents seem to be running at the pace of about one a day at the moment – I’m sure the market will sort it out.

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    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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