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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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  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
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