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Open mike 27/03/2013

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  1. Morrissey 1

    The News of the Day in a Flippant Way
    The Panel, Radio New Zealand National, Tuesday 26 March 2013
    Jim Mora, Anna Chinn, Bernard Hickey

    It’s billed as “The News of the Day in a Different Way”, but in fact Radio NZ National’s chat show “The Panel” is rarely much different from the insultingly vulgar rubbish on commercial talk radio. Look at the way Jim Mora handles the horrifying first story here: it is typical of his approach to many issues. First there is the unctuous protestation of concern, then the flippant comment that betrays a lack of moral seriousness or substantial engagement with the issue….

    JIM MORA: Okay it’s quarter to four, and Noelle McCarthy is here, with what the WORLD is talking about! What have you got for us today?

    NOELLE McCARTHY: Well, first up is this terrible story from Texas, about a high school cheerleader who was kicked off the squad because she refused to cheer for the basketball player who raped her.

    ….[Mora is silent for several seconds, to emphasize how appalled he is.]

    JIM MORA: [incredulous tone] How could this BE?

    NOELLE McCARTHY: She has now been ordered to pay forty-five thousand dollars for “filing a frivolous lawsuit”.

    MORA: But SURELY, this cannot BE. Mind you, the question has to be: why did she let herself get into this situation?

    ….Another long silence ensues, with Noelle McCarthy no doubt biting her tongue.….

    MORA: Okay, what else have you got?

    NOELLE McCARTHY: A Swedish firm has come up with the idea of letting people experience what it is like to be HOMELESS. They pay a twenty-dollar fee and they can sleep for a night on the street, or on a park bench or—-

    MORA: [fervently] Oh now, surely, THIS is frivolous. SURELY….

    ….et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseam….

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/05/06/164194/scotus-texas-cheerleader/?mobile=nc

    • felix 1.1

      Radio NZ National’s chat show “The Panel” is rarely much different from the insultingly vulgar rubbish on commercial talk radio.

      This, a thousand times this.

      • Tigger 1.1.1

        How did he let himself get in that situation? Oh right, he raped.

        Christ! Thanks Morrisey, these are always illuminating.

  2. Jenny 2

    When it comes to safety; As for coal industry tragedies, as it is for climate change. Prevention is better than cure.

    “Mines Rescue presses ahead with expansion”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10873533

    A $1 million multi-purpose training facility is under way at the Mines Rescue station, although the number of underground miners on the West Coast has plummeted with the closure of the Pike River and Spring Creek mines.

    They should have done this before 29 men lost their lives

    It seems a bit late in the piece to invest in such things now. After the deaths, the scandal, the economic uncertainty, the climate worries, the continuing pollution of air and water, all pointing toward the terminal decline of this industry.

    The new safety training and rescue facility is available for other industries as well. So it won’t be a complete waste. Otherwise they would have just wasted $1 million on asbestos mine rescue, and dodo conservation.

    Maybe the money would have been better, divested to the remaining 56 underground coal miners still remaining on the coast, to help them exit this dieing industry.

    After all, prevention is better than cure.

    Mines Rescue West Coast general manager Trevor Watts said today that although there were now only 56 underground miners left on the Coast, the development was still needed.

    While the coal industry was going through hard times currently he was sure it would bounce back.

    Yeah Right

    Over our dead bodies

    • grumpy 2.1

      This is the key bit…..

      “that although there were now only 56 underground miners left on the Coast”

      Right, it’s all open cast now – as Pike River should have been.

      • vto 2.1.1

        I am going to vote for a government which bans farming so as to turn all farmland back into native flora and fauna.

      • Visubversaviper 2.1.2

        I think there were reasons why Pike River was not open cast. Something to do with it not being economical to move about 130m of solid rock from above the bits they wanted to get at.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.3

        This may be a new concept to you but the rest of us don’t actually want to destroy our environment.

      • Jenny 2.1.4

        Above ground, or below ground, no one is safe

        More deadly than asbestos. More poisonousness than uranium.

        Coal kills minors

        Coal Kills!

        Kill Coal!

        • Ugly Truth 2.1.4.1

          Jenny, chill. Coal is not more deadly than asbestos.

          While it’s common sense to look after your environment, the issue has become as politicised as the threat of Al CIAda,

          • Jenny 2.1.4.1.1

            Coal is not more deadly than asbestos.

            Ugly Truth

            Really?

            A report commissioned by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a partnership of 20 developing countries threatened by climate change was released to the media in September 2012. The report concluded that:

            More than 100 million people will die…

            The causes of this mega-death were listed as:

            ….five million deaths occur each year from air pollution, hunger and disease as a result of climate change and carbon-intensive economies, and that toll would likely rise to six million a year by 2030 if current patterns of fossil fuel use continue.

            More than 90 percent of those deaths will occur in developing countries….

            Reuters LONDON, Sept 26, 2012

            “A combined climate-carbon crisis is estimated to claim 100 million lives between now and the end of the next decade,” the report said.

  3. Ennui 3

    Yesterday lots of people here banged on with solutions to the woes of our economy etc, with traditional formulae…”.if only we printed money”….”tax companies”…”create jobs”….etc etc etc . I said game up, whose phantom cash do you wish to spend on yourself? What chimera of reality? Orlov summed it up well for me this morning…

    Quite a few people wrote to me over the past week asking about all the noise coming out of Cyprus. If you haven’t heard, there is a financial collapse that is unfolding there: banks are closed and people can’t get at their money. The Cypriot banks are insolvent. This is no surprise: all banks everywhere are insolvent, and would fail immediately were the various types of ongoing bailouts to suddenly stop. These bailouts include an ever-longer list of annoying financial jargon—liquidity injections, quantitative easing, toxic-asset-purchasing by central banks, accounting tricks such as “mark-to-fantasy,” which allows them to make bogus claims as to the value of their assets, yadda-yadda. The point is, the financial system failed in 2008, and stayed that way. The faulty formula behind all modern finance is debt raised to the power of time, and only works when there is exponential growth in economic activity and energy. Energy’s exponential growth stopped in 2005 due to resource depletion; three years later finance collapsed. Permanently. Since then we have been witnessing a global game of “extend and pretend,” which cannot be played indefinitely. If something can’t go on forever, it doesn’t.

    http://cluborlov.com/

    So who disagrees? Enjoy the cliff face or make your own plans.

    • kiwi_prometheus 3.1

      The Global Finance sector needs cleaning out – shoot some Banksters like Jamie Dimon head of JP Morgan.

      Things would improve a lot then.

      [awaiting lprent]

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        Banksters are like mafiosos. Get read of the head man and another slides right into place. Need to pull the whole thing out by the root. Put an end to the debt based monetary system.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      All money is fiat. No getting away from that and so we need rules governing it that essentially bring modern banking to an end. We may no longer have the banking sector but we will still need the economy and that’s where the government printing money comes in and even then I believe that will only be short term as, over time, we go to full democratic control of resources.

      The monetary system doesn’t work. The Great Depression, the GFC and every other recession and depression of the last two or three centuries proves that it’s just that now it’s coming to its natural end and people are seeing the absolute BS that is being done by the politicians at seemingly the demand of business to prop it up at their expense and they’re getting pissed off with it. So what we need is a valid system and a vision of how that system works that can take us away from the inherent corruption of the capitalist system. Some of us are trying to build that system and vision.

      • Ugly Truth 3.2.1

        Not all fiat currency is the same. Bitcoin redistributes wealth in a reasonably random fashion, unlike the system used by the banksters.

      • Ennui 3.2.2

        You are right we need to bring modern finance to an end….I suspect it will reach that point regardless. What follows who knows?

        One reassuring thing to remember is that we have endured most of human trading history where transactions were not based upon cash….we traded one thing for another, no money. We may need to get that going again, and perhaps trade social “capital” as well as good.

  4. How about this load of tosh contained in DOC’s press release about the savage cuts the conservation estate is going to experience:

    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is proposing a new streamlined and outwardly focused operational structure to better position DOC for the future.

    DOC presented the new structure to staff at a series of meetings around the country today.

    Director-General Al Morrison says the new structure will maintain DOC’s own conservation delivery work while setting the department up to work more effectively with external partners.

    “DOC must adapt if it is going to meet the conservation challenges that New Zealand faces – even if you doubled DOC’s budget tomorrow we would still be going ahead with this proposal.”

    Mr Morrison says the proposal will mean changes in the way DOC is organised across the country and will involve the loss of about 140 largely regional management and administration positions.

    He says DOC will continue to operate out of the same number of offices as it currently does with more than 1200 operational staff.

    The proposal removes DOC’s existing 11 regional conservancy boundaries and replaces them with six new regions. The regions will be managed across two functions; delivering field conservation work and growing conservation through partnerships.

    He says the resulting flatter organisational structure will see the loss of about 118 management and administrative positions.

    “There will also be a reduction in 22 operational roles through efficiencies gained by setting up new support hubs for activities such as asset management, inspections and work planning.”

    Al Morrison says the proposal has been sized to ensure DOC meets its current $8.7 million savings targets and continues to meet its current delivery work.

    Mr Morrison said DOC has begun consulting with staff about the proposals and no final decisions will be taken until staff feedback has been considered.

    Mr Morrison says DOC will work with staff and their representatives on the new proposals and any changes will not take effect for some months.

    “I acknowledge this will mean a difficult period for many staff and we will be making every effort to ease the impact of these proposals.”

    Mr Morrison said DOC has had a freeze on hiring new staff and is currently holding about 160 vacancies.

    “It is simply too early to say what impact these proposals will have on individuals – we will look at all options such as redeployment and relocation to minimise redundancies.”

    If it contained any more buzzwords it would become a bee.

    I just wish that the Government would use plain English.

    This piece of fiction can be found at http://doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/doc-proposes-changes-to-increase-conservation/

    • JK 4.1

      I doubt there was ANYONE who believed Al Morrison DoC CEO when he spouted forth at his press conference – but maybe some people are still gullible !

    • SpaceMonkey 4.2

      Corporate gobble-de-gook… yuk! Do you think Al Morrison actually believes what he said?

      • just saying 4.2.1

        I knew him a little bit in previous life.
        Imo, no he doesn’t. He’s doing what he is very well-paid to do, and he is excelling in his profession – PR for whoever pays the piper.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.3

      Decrease the resources and the manpower that an organisation has available to it and there’s no way that they will be able to do the same work especially when that organisation is as hands on as DoC. On top of that they’re cutting the administrative staff – so who’s going to actually coordinate what the people in the field are doing?

      No, this is just more of Nationals attack on the environment so as to improve the profits of their rich mates.

  5. Skinny 5

    Reducing the wage gap between NZ & OZ http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10873868 was just a snake oil pitch used to gain power for National in 2008. They formed a working group on the issue and then disbanded it when the groups recommendations were released. Salt to the wound is the recent introduction of the youth rates, which will drive the wage gap wider!

    Vote these Tory barstards out!

    • infused 5.1

      At least it will get some young people in to work. Once things pick up again, then it can be changed.

      • kiwi_prometheus 5.1.1

        “At least it will get some young people in to work.”

        You mean into debt slavery/serfdom.

        [awaiting lprent]

        • infused 5.1.1.1

          You don’t sit in the job forever. My first job was at bk on youth rates… I was there 10 months and never had those rates again.

          It’s fine to start on.

          • felix 5.1.1.1.1

            So you think it’s fine to get paid youth rates once?

          • Skinny 5.1.1.1.2

            Ok you are a go getter & used it as a stepping stone which is great,  however many people for varies reasons don’t get  out of a low paying job.

            Like many your being fooled as youth rates put downward pressure on adult rates also. If you applied for a job & were told the paying rate was the minimum adult rate, & you queried the rate as a bit below what you were expecting. The boss can put pressure back on you by saying I was thinking of taking on a younger person…take it or leave it. If you were unemployed & claiming a benefit the new welfare changes will see your entitlement to the dole axed for refusing to take a job opportunity. 

            Did you consider things like I’ve mentioned ?  

          • millsy 5.1.1.1.3

            People need to be able to pay their rent/bills etc. Youth rates will leave a lot of people unable to cover basic living expenses.

            To endorse this is criminal. Plain and simple.

      • framu 5.1.2

        “Once things pick up again, then it can be changed.”

        do you honestly think thats going to happen?

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.3

        At least it will get some young people in to work.

        Yeah, just like the 90 day Fire at Will bill got people into work…

        Oh, wait…

        • infused 5.1.3.1

          Well it did, actually. I hired because of it, my first employee at the time. Many of the businesses I look after have said the same.

          • framu 5.1.3.1.1

            what was stopping you specifying a trial period pre 90 day bill?

            it was covered by legislation so completely legal and all that

            • Draco T Bastard 5.1.3.1.1.1

              In infused case, probably ignorance.

              • McFlock

                Most probably, and infused would be typical of many small business owners.
                Enough nous to fill in a form, not enough to realise how to actually manage staff. So they think that trial periods are a new idea, the concept of “good faith” perplexes them, and they expect employees to carry the same risk as the manager but without the same reward.

                • Colonial Viper

                  It’s bigger business owners and executives who are the main problem.

                  Think of the shift “manager” at a standard Burger King. On less than $15/hr, in charge of half a dozen or more staff.

                  It’s a sick joke.

                  • McFlock

                    Let’s not argue about who sucks more.
                    They both suck – big businesses institutionalise all the abuses they can get away with, while small businesses have no idea what they are supposed to do or not do.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      “I think at times people could be more hungry and more ambitious for growth and prosperity than they demonstrate – sometimes they do seem content to enjoy the lifestyle they have got rather than improve and build on it.”

      When people don’t have the resources available to make a difference because they’re all going to the rich few then they can’t actually do anything no matter how much they want to.

      • KJT 5.2.1

        Hang on. I already have the beemer and the yacht.

        Why should I spend then turn around and try and find ever more creative ways of ripping off my fellows, to make more money, when I have enough.

        I prefer to spend my time helping make sure that everyone has the same opportunities I had.
        And going sailing!

        • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.1

          Both infused and KP avoided the original point – National pretended to be serious about closing the wage gap, but it was just a rouse from the start.

  6. infused 6

    Labour desperately needs to get rid of Shearer.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Just give him 6 (or so) more months.

      • infused 6.1.1

        Even so, would he actually step down? I don’t think so some how.

        • karol 6.1.1.1

          CV is just repeating the kind of line from Shearer’s supporters who keep saying Shearer is improving and will come good soon – with CV’s tongue firmly in his cheek.

          • infused 6.1.1.1.1

            Ah right. too early for me. Need a coffee

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1.2

            Well, to be fair Shearer is improving in his media performances and framing. He’d be a more than capable Minister for a middling size portfolio in 2014.

            • JK 6.1.1.1.2.1

              He’s only barely improving. He looks to me like his press conferences are well rehearsed and he has to try and remember what it is he’s meant to say.

              • felix

                He’s improved from consistently disasterous to occasionally competent.

              • infused

                He’s better on talkback, but there’s just something about him. He sounds regressive, but it comes across really ‘try hard’. Like someone said a long time ago, he’s not being himself, and it’s obvious.

                Key does so well, because his ‘laid back’ approach is him being himself. It’s not forced like Shearer.

                • felix

                  Meh dunno about that, Key always seems like he’s forcing it too.

                  Thing is everyone expects him to be a phoney salesman, so his phoney schtick just comes across as “being himself” anyway.

    • Jimmie 6.2

      So how do you save 50 million lives with one half eaten mango skin any way?

    • chris73 acualy is Dolan 6.3

      No they don’t, they need to keep him where he is. I’d also suggest promoting T. Mallard and C. Curran and give them as much air time as possible.

      • SpaceMonkey 6.3.1

        I’ve maintained for a while that Labour (since 1984) is National’s natural coalition partner… perhaps Labour is doing what it has to to ensure National return to power in 2014? Damn… should’ve seen it earlier!

  7. Bob Tambling 7

    Labour has had 54 months and counting…….

    • McFlock 8.1

      nah, not really needed here. Lots of NZers report criminals with no expectation of reward.

  8. Pete 9

    It was good to hear this morning that the government has thrown the Ombudsman a bone with funding for 6 new lawyers. Of course, it would be cheaper if organisations were a bit more open with information.

  9. Draco T Bastard 10

    Corporate manslaughter Bill already on the cards

    In large and complex organisations it’s easy for large numbers of people to be involved in a negligently run project with no one person left holding the smoking gun.

    Surely if large numbers are involved then large numbers need to be held accountable. Yes, some will be more accountable than others but everyone involved in a project that causes death needs to be held responsible.

    • SpaceMonkey 10.1

      DTB… You’re mixing up responsibility and accountability. Accountability lies at the top… the CEO and/or Board (or Minister with Government bodies). Responsibility can be shared.

  10. Draco T Bastard 11

    And more mining on conservation land:-

    The Government said yesterday that it was putting 8261 square kilometres of land up for tender to gold prospectors later this year, and had already begun consulting local iwi and councils.

    Failed to consult the people though.

  11. Tom 12

    Ah, I thought it came from the Shearer faction.

    I gather that the use of the rack is now being officially discouraged.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/expanding-guantanamo/5328583

    A penal colony on an outlying island near an Australian refugee camp, perhaps – without an internet connection ?

    Don’t laugh, someone is bound to take it seriously.

    [lprent: Off topic - moved to OpenMike. ]

  12. Pascal's bookie 13

    What do you reckon conspiracy theorists?

    http://beforeitsnews.com/strange/2013/03/5-mississippi-lawmakers-die-in-months-pro-agenda-21-legislator-jessica-upshaw-found-dead-of-gunshot-wound-2447982.html

    I reckon it’s a bunch of bullshit myself, but still more likely than all ya’ll ‘spree shooter was a false flag’ malarky.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      The 38 year old state prosecutor pressing investigating charges against the 2002 Venezuelan coup leaders was killed by a remote controlled car bomb in 2004.

      Due to the nature of the death you can’t run your skeptics ‘tin foil hat’ argument, in that particular case.

      A few days ago, the chief of Colorado’s prison system was shot dead as he opened his front door. Nothing was taken from his body.

      There are lots of ways to send political messages, some of them not very nice at all. With very highly skilled people well trained and available to take such actions. And they are used.

    • Colonial Weka 13.2

      Would make a good movie.

    • Ugly Truth 13.3

      Sandy Hook malarky?!? Is that your name for when the coroner and the judiciary suppress information and standard procedures for a mass casualty incident are disregarded? Or does it describe the appearance of the response units before the initial shooting takes place?

      • Pascal's bookie 13.3.1

        Yeah, that’s the one.

        But what do you think of the thing I linked to?

    • pollywog 13.4

      The selection and arrangement of experts by corporate media guarantees a continued monopoly on “truth,” particularly when presented to an uninquisitive and politically dormant public. Yet this phenomenon extends to ostensibly more trustworthy media outlets such as public broadcasting, where a heightened utilization of credentialed expertise is required to ensure the consensus of those who perceive themselves as more refined than the Average Joe…

      http://www.globalresearch.ca/false-flags-fake-media-reporting-deceiving-the-public-social-engineering-and-the-21st-century-truth-emergency/5325982

      :)

    • lprent 14.1

      The net is an ever shifting place with a lot of sites that we have links to and a ever changing set of “problem site” references. Hell I have seen the Granny come up on one of those blockers.

      There are several reasons that could be happening. A likely reason is that the block is manual and they put sites with a lot of traffic on it and few people in NZ actually read Whaleoil (and they do read KB and TS). From the type of content he has been posting recently, it appears to be mostly orientated towards picking up international page views and visitors. It is what you do when you want to drive ad revenue.

      However, in this case I suspect it is a differnet cause. Google sitemaps last week informed me of a problem on an early post from 2007 that had a iframe in it linking to wp-stats.com page that has recently been tagged for having malware on it. The iframe looks like some kind of mistake in a plugin dropping into the post. But I scanned the database for the entire rest of the site and didn’t find another iframe apart from some old youtude and vimeo embedds. Was fixed on the weekend.

      It will now take some time to clear out of all of the reference sites that read off google’s problem post list.

      • chris73 acualy is Dolan 14.1.1

        A likely reason is that the block is manual and they put sites with a lot of traffic on it and few people in NZ actually read Whaleoil.

        – Lol

        • felix 14.1.1.1

          Well, there are a couple of alternative possibilities.

          One is that Cameron’s blog is considered less offensive than thestandard or kiwiblog. Another is that Cameron likes to play silly games by making complaints about other blogs.

          But clearly both of those are absurd.

          • chris73 acualy is Dolan 14.1.1.1.1

            One is that Cameron’s blog is considered less offensive than thestandard…might be onto something there

            • lprent 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Few if any of the blockers consider complaints about content apart from malware any more because of silly buggers complaining. The only ones that do are the ones that cater for kiddie blockers or corporate download issues like porn or traffic volumes – and they all do their own checks before they believe a complaint.

              As childish as I find Whaleoil to be, it is unlikely he would pass a kiddie site filter.

              We don’t have porn and the only way that we’d cause traffic problems is with obsessive reading because we don’t have much on download.

              So I think you’re deluding yourself. It is most likely the malware link that google found in a 5 and a half year old post. It wouldn’t surprise me if Kiwiblog has the same kind of issue. WP_stats was around and used by many sites because it gave some good stats on who wrote comments.

            • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.1.1.2

              Less offensive to RWNJs, perhaps.

            • felix 14.1.1.1.1.3

              “One is that Cameron’s blog is considered less offensive than thestandard…might be onto something there”

              Only if you’re not offended by sexism, racism, homophobia, and religious intolerance.

              But apart from that, yeah probably.

              • chris73 acualy is Dolan

                As opposed to occasional threats of violence you get on here…

                • felix

                  Occasional, yes, and usually jumped on by other commenters or mods, compared to the near constant threats of violence at Cameron’s site which are such a normalised part of the culture there that you probably don’t even see it anymore.

                  • Chris73

                    I can quite easily say there are more realistic threats of violence and abuse on this site in comparison to whaleoil

                    However on this site threats of violence are condoned and justified, if they’re from the left.

                    “Hes passionate” or blaming the govt is a good one “what do you expect the reaction to be when the govt does…”

                    • lprent

                      However on this site threats of violence are condoned and justified, if they’re from the left.

                      Link to example comments where a threat of violence has been issued… And please these have to be actual threats of violence. I’m afraid that being called a dickhead doesn’t qualify.

                      I suspect that you are confusing it with abuse (as in your first paragraph) which isn’t controlled apart from “pointless abuse” which has a specific meaning in the policy and attacking authors which is also in the policy. The rules for left or right are exactly the same – there is no cordoning.

                      The only real difference between how people are treated by moderators is a question of repeated behaviour and previous good behaviour. Basically if you’re a newbie on site or have a history of causing us to warn or ban you, then your probability of getting abrupt or harsh treatment goes up a lot. Newbies to a site should always learn the rules of the site, and wasting moderator time makes us grumpy – both forewarned in the policy.

                      r0b is pretty damn clear on what he considers to be threats and deals with them abruptly, as do I if I see them. They seem to have disappeared since he started banning heavily for uttering them.

                    • The Al1en

                      You’re a bit of a knob, Chris.
                      What threats have you seen here that made you fear for your own or the safety of someone else?

                      Surely an ex boot camp, toy soldier like you should be looking right past piddle on the internet.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Although it seems odd to me that the economic violence of throwing whole families out of their homes into the street, destroying peoples dignities and self respect, doesn’t count to the Right as being “violence”.

                    • Murray Olsen

                      You’re absolutely deluded. WhaleSpew is full of exhortations to violence, gutshots, police dogs to be used on protestors, anal rape for prisoners, police to use Glocks on almost everyone……….
                      Not to mention the great grub himself carrying on about how physically tough he is, which he proves by calling ten year olds dumb.
                      The fact that they’re just masturbatory fantasies by net jockeys doesn’t make them any less offensive.
                      I can’t remember seeing anything remotely comparable here.

  13. joe90 15

    Some sanity?.

    http://crookedtimber.org/2013/03/19/economists-and-the-theory-of-politics/

    abstract:

    The standard approach to policymaking and advice in economics implicitly or explicitly ignores politics and political economy, and maintains that if possible, any market failure should be rapidly removed. This essay explains why this conclusion may be incorrect; because it ignores politics, this approach is oblivious to the impact of the removal of market failures on future political equilibria and economic efficiency, which can be deleterious. We outline a simple framework for the study of the impact of current economic policies on future political equilibria — and indirectly on future economic outcomes. We then illustrate the mechanisms through which such impacts might operate using a series of examples. The main message is that sound economic policy should be based on a careful analysis of political economy and should factor in its influence on future political equilibria.

    • rosy 15.1

      Interesting. I’m reading their book Why Nations Fail at the moment. I’m only a couple of chapters in, and it seems like they’re economists who are trying to save their academic discipline from irrelevance as a social science by throwing in a theory of politics to bolster it. They have huge dislike of the imbalance of power and opportunities for greed in extractive regimes.

      So far I’ve been thinking that if they’re going to go down that road they can only but become more left wing in their thinking. Good to see that might be the case. Unions would fit their theory because it’s all about the strength and balance of institutions in holding back the exploiters – and they’re right in that traditional economics doesn’t deal with this very well.

  14. Rogue Trooper 16

    “Housing shortages in ChCh, yet commercial construction permits up.”

    RNZ- Sexual assault convictions have risen by 30% over last 5 years. (Collins reckons this is due to increased reporting based on increased confidence in police process.) Yet, only 10% of victims report such assaults to police.

    According to “award-winning” MSM columnist Eva Bradley, the new fashion trend for young women is “Skank” and today I read an editorial that identifies the “thigh gap” as the new “must have” body image requirement of young women keeping up with the Kardashians. *sigh*.

    …same as it ever was…same as it ever was…watching the days go by…Once In A Lifetime…water flowing underground (read today that the underground gas they want to extract round these here parts is often so close to the aquifiers that a lighted match near a flowing water tap can produce a glow.
    *Sigh #2*

  15. Pascal's bookie 17

    Here’s acool thying on the gun control debate that some have been talking about:

    http://www.cracked.com/article_20396_5-mind-blowing-facts-nobody-told-you-about-guns.html

    Yeah, Cracked magazine, but yeah, it’s good.

    • marty mars 17.1

      That was very good – thanks Pb

      Loved these lines, “This is what people who aren’t from America, or who grew up somewhere like Portland or whatever, don’t get: America’s love of guns in most cases has nothing to do with actually using them. It’s all about what they symbolize. And what they symbolize is God, and cocks.”

    • chris73 acualy is Dolan 17.2

      Some interesting points, especially how overall gun deaths are down and dropping.

      • Pascal's bookie 17.2.1

        laugh.

        Dunno why’d you’d find that to be the especially interesting part. Haven’t you been banging on about that all week?

        What did you think about the ads that pretty clearly show that the target market has insecurities in the penis related area?

        Or the fact that owning a gun is the biggest risk factor for suicide?

        • McFlock 17.2.1.1

          The other thing I found fascinating was the gas oven and bridge barriers thing. Delay the impulse fulfilment by a few seconds or minutes, and they don’t usually make another attempt.

          • marty mars 17.2.1.1.1

            and that stuff about the spree-shooters really dispelled the old ‘false flag’ bullshit I thought

            • muzza 17.2.1.1.1.1

              Why did you think that Marty ?

              • the analysis of the columbine shooters fitted with what I think the situation is – that they are either mad, bad or sad rather than employed by a quasi-government department to sow seeds of panic and wreck destruction on innocent people

  16. veutoviper 18

    Parliament today

    Question time a debacle with the Speaker’s performance abysmal, resulting in Mallard and Hipkins having to leave.

    And now Judith Collins in General Debate has just referred to Eddie’s post on the internal Labour Caucus positions. And tried to ‘out’ Eddie as being a female who works for the EPMU….

    • ianmac 18.1

      The Virulent Judith Collins had a field day after Question Time, leaning heavily on Eddie’s homework which fitted in so well with the National Agenda. Saved Judith Collins a lot of work. Well done Eddie.

      • karol 18.1.1

        The buck stops with Team Shearer, because of mismanagement of the caucus.

        PS: As for Collins, which National faction does she lead again, and who is in her faction?

        • ghostrider888 18.1.1.1

          yes, QT was a joke indeed;
          talk about a “spinning top”; That Speaker is turning the House into a farce Indeed, in front of the “international guests” he referred to; nothing like the children playing up in front of invited company! (put me off me Merlot Pinotage it did).
          Collins calls “Mr Robinson” (a slip methinks), and then the TS ammo; oh well, interesting to establish the link between the “woman” Eddie, the EPMU and Little. *sigh*; even the normally composed Metiria shook her head…

          still, try to remember, Lest We Forget (John), NZ’s International Liabilities as a % of GDP, with the government / public component increasing under National.

          The Ghost Rider does enjoy that Michael Woodhouse though…

        • veutoviper 18.1.1.2

          +1 Karol.

        • chris73 acualy is Dolan 18.1.1.3

          Hopefully she’ll be the next leader of National (and of course the country)

      • marty mars 18.1.2

        Come on ian – all the labour mp’s had to do was issue individual, or a collective press release detailing that they weren’t in the faction described or that there were in fact no factions, or different ones, and the whole thing would have stayed as a molehill and not be used against them – sheesh mate political knife-fighting 101.

        • McFlock 18.1.2.1

          I dunno.

          A collective press release in denial gives Eddie’s post the credibility of having to be denied.

          Personally I might have gone more for the “If the minister believes everything she reads on the internet, how much money does her department spend on tinfoil hats?” response.

          • marty mars 18.1.2.1.1

            I was being facetious but good point you making are.

            btw – have you and rhino sorted it out yet I haven’t been over to that thread to check yet.

            • McFlock 18.1.2.1.1.1

              Ah. lol :)

              re:rhino – Nah. S/he’s probably busy at work or something. I kind’ve figured if we didn’t sort it there the months-old argument would be rehashed somewhere else. Apologies to Eddie – between Collins crowing and us two, their analysis has been detracted from, imo. Even if the names of members and some of the labels might be widened, it’s probably a fair reflection of the policy/personality pressures within labour and other left wing parties.

              I suspect national is a more complex beast of patronage and rural/urban pressures.

      • Murray Olsen 18.1.3

        Oh please, if Labour sorted itself out and got a decent leader Eddie wouldn’t have written his piece. The presence of Shearer, Mallard, and others at the top of the party is what saves Collins a lot of work, not anything written here.

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.3.1

          With this comment you have clearly proven that you are a Priest at the Temple of Cunliffe.

          • Murray Olsen 18.1.3.1.1

            I’m even Facebook friends with him, but I’m glad to see your idea of proof is at least consistent.
            I imagine the following scenario: if Mana and the Greens both won 20 seats, who on Eddie’s list would be prepared to form a coalition with National in the interests of “national unity”? I’m pretty sure Cunliffe wouldn’t be. For all his attachment to tinkering with capitalism, I think he believes he can tinker with it in favour of the workers. Most of them see their mission as tinkering with the workers in the interests of capitalism.

      • Elizabeth Bourchier 18.1.4

        Everything would be rosy for Labour if only The Standard was like Red Alert!
        Is that it ianmac?
        We would not be at the same level in the polls, for th past 5 years, were it not for The Standard?
        We would have a united and motivated party if only those Standinistas went back to the Alliance Party?
        Is that it ianmac?
        Shearer would have broad support and be widely respected if only LPrent was more like Mike Smith?
        Is that it ianmac?

  17. chris73 acualy is Dolan 19

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10873858

    Seems private run prisons aren’t so bad after all…

  18. ghostrider888 20

    oh, and don’t forget the NZLast MP reminding us of the Morning Report on sex-work in South Auckland; 13 years of age and Six Hundy a night (at least some family member or associate ain’t riding for free). and, and, she helpfully pointed out that 30% of Auckland sex-workers are Chinese; you don’t say! Yummy!

  19. felix 21

    The last 11 mins of question time today in which Speaker Carter loses his rag: http://inthehouse.co.nz/node/17831

    • Chris73 21.1

      Andrew Little is an angry little man

      • felix 21.1.1

        Yep. Doesn’t mean he’s wrong though.

        Carter is thick as pigshit, wrong about everything, and an angry little man.

        • Chris73 21.1.1.1

          Judith Collins has something though…

          • ghostrider888 21.1.1.1.1

            yeah, a comb-over her forehead.(though definite in Black and White)

          • McFlock 21.1.1.1.2

            Really? What?

            Lifetime membership to the Dark Side?
            A soul so tarnished she’d be rejected by hell?
            A letter from “A. H. in Argentina” suggesting she “chillax a bit, it’s nicht worth it, ja?”
            Actual skeletons in the closet?

            • ghostrider888 21.1.1.1.2.1

              Love It Flockie (whats with you and Rhinocrates; jest or joust? clear that you both have Very fast minds, though I haven’t bothered “clocking” the comments) :)

          • Pascal's bookie 21.1.1.1.3

            Judith Collins has something though…

            yep. An empty place where her apology and retraction from Mallard and Little was supposed to be.

            • Chris73 21.1.1.1.3.1

              A certain je ne sais quoi, her husbands a lucky man…

              • fender

                “… her husbands a lucky man…”

                He will be the guy with all the bruises.

              • North

                It’s not only Collins as to whom/which you don’t know stuff Chris but really, that comment is offensive. Were I her husband, and I presume she retains the one she had years ago, (big burly Polynesian ex-cop turned lawyer and a genuinely decent man), I’d be pissed off !

                In light of your nonsense about threats of violence on TS you’d better not tell us that you’d kill for a piece of the likes of her.

                In that case Chris, and according to your own “standards” (lol), I’d have to denounce you not only as a sex beast but also as a violent sex beast.

                .

          • fender 21.1.1.1.4

            Yeah she would have the same infections that other sewer rats carry.

            Is she Slaters mother?

          • pollywog 21.1.1.1.5

            A front bum where her cock should be is what I imagine JT would say.

  20. ghostrider888 22

    furthermore, if that is a demonstration of the political “class” in this country, might as well start hewing rice terraces into Kahuranaki now, oh wait, not enough water; Beaujolais anyone?

  21. Chris73 23

    The Al1en …
    27 March 2013 at 4:47 pm

    You’re a bit of a knob, Chris.
    What threats have you seen here that made you fear for your own or the safety of someone else?

    Surely an ex boot camp, toy soldier like you should be looking right past piddle on the internet.

    You’re a bit of a bell-end, The Allen.

    Nowhere did I say I was worried about the safety of myself or others however to back up my point about threats on this site

    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-02032013/#comment-598141

    “If you tried to sack me for joining a union I would kick the shit out of you where you stand, And I would take plesuare in it”

    “Do you want to Americanise heath care. I am warning you, I will come for you if you do. I will come for you. I will kick the shit out of you 10 times over you mean nasty horrible person. All those poor and working people and unionists you denigrate will cheer me on and probably join in.”

    “The best thing to happen to Thatcher is for a gunman to splatter her brains over the 10 Downing Street door.”

    “Pity those IRA guys didnt succed is blowing her to bits. Would have saved a lot of UKers from the misery you wanted imposed on them.”

    “Addison, if you even think about banning unions and Americanising our health care, I will, come for you.”

    “You nasty fascist cunt. You should have your head kicked in for that.”

    “Im sick of people who want to lock up unionists and bring back slavery. They derserve to be strung up with piano wire”

    Probably more but thats probably enough to get my point across. I will concede it was from one person, though some people agreed with him (and others didn’t)

    [lprent: Is that what you describe as 'condoning' - pointing to a single commentator who regularly gets warnings and has spent extended periods banned for it. I notice that you skipped the dates and links. Probably because having someone sprouting crap with weeks or months between (often because they are banned) instances doesn't exactly follow your thesis.

    FFS are you really so stupid that you can't recognize yourself sprouting a myth? Silly nutters standing around telling each other tales and never bothering to check. ]

    • marty mars 23.2

      we all know millsy is over the top, down the hill, and up the other side but that is just bigbad talk which I’m sure you’ve heard enough of over the years – hardly credible enough for you to say, “I can quite easily say there are more realistic threats of violence and abuse on this site in comparison to whaleoil” – that statement is just not true.

      btw – there have been a lot more piano wire ones which is weird because keyboards are the rage and have been for a while now.

      • Chris73 23.2.1

        Well that maybe but his views are tolerated if not down right encouraged.

        • felix 23.2.1.1

          Bullshit chris, he regularly gets banned for those sort of comments.

          On Cameron’s site they would be so commonplace as to go unnoticed.

          • felix 23.2.1.1.1

            In fact lol of lols, the very comments you quoted got him banned.

            And you linked to it you fucking numpty. Do not pass go do not collect $200.

    • fender 23.3

      I find your wet dream fantasies of Collins as PM far more offensive.

      Why don’t you go chat with the mirror some more or go back home to whalespew.

      • Chris73 23.3.1

        You have every right to be offended as I have every right to state what I feel. What a great society we live in that we can have differing views aired out in public.

    • BM 23.4

      Millsy, ha,ha he’d be as weak as old woman wees.
      If you got in his face, I’m betting he’d piss his pants.

      I saw a picture of him on the interwebs, he’s a chubby four eyed chappie, couldn’t intimidate a mouse if he tried.

      • Chris73 23.4.1

        I sort of know him in real life (kind of) or rather people who know me also know him…sort of, which is why he doesn’t try to threaten me.

        • fender 23.4.1.1

          “….which is why he doesn’t try to threaten me.”

          This is also a threat, subtle but a threat nevertheless.

          • marty mars 23.4.1.1.1

            So you unprompted, linked to comments from someone you think you know and who has not threatened you, to show how there are lots of threats on this site – that’s called a fail chris.

        • millsy 23.4.1.2

          Years ago Chris — on another internet forum.

    • The Al1en 23.5

      “You’re a bit of a bell-end, The Allen.”

      Been called worse, but go on…

      “Nowhere did I say I was worried about the safety of myself or others however to back up my point about threats on this site”

      So you’re having a little cry about nothing. Those threats you allude to, that you aren’t really worried about, can’t be that bad then.

      Those ‘threats’ you quote, apart from number two and five, which are a bit weird = no problem.

      • Chris73 23.5.1

        Merely pointing out why, and with examples, this site is as bad as and sometimes worse than whaleoils (yes I realize I’m speaking heresy)

        [lprent: I would described it as simple lying myself. But I guess you came directly from Whale so I guess we could be generous and just describe as stupid gullibility of someone listening to a congenital liar. Just look at who he has asserted our authors are in real life.. ]

        • felix 23.5.1.1

          No, you’re speaking bullshit.

          You haven’t yet pointed to anything that would even stand out on Cameron’s site. And the examples you did point to got the commenter banned.

        • The Al1en 23.5.1.2

          ” (yes I realize I’m speaking heresy)”

          Felix has already marked your card.

          “Merely pointing out why, and with examples, this site is as bad as and sometimes worse than whaleoils”

          No, you’re not, and just like most soldiers, you’re still a tool. :lol:

          • Chris73 23.5.1.2.1

            Tools are useful, are you?

            • The Al1en 23.5.1.2.1.1

              “Tools are useful”

              Depends on how one imparts values on a tool.
              You believe they are useful, where as I’d have written they have a use. Almost the same, but not quite.

              Trust me, mr conditioned, you can let your belly and chest flop out and down now, and you don’t have to polish your shoes until you see your twin heads in them all stood to attention.

              “are you?”

              That all depends on how you’re defining useful. ;)

    • GregJ 24.1

      The France 24 Debate a few days ago had a commentator (Thomas Klau – Head of the Paris Bureau, European Council on Foreign Relations) who made similar points about Germany’s role in the Eurozone crisis as the last of your links. One comment he made really caught my attention – that for historic reasons a Europe perceived as having the authority for Eurozone issues looking like they are coming out of Berlin was not a good things for Europe or for Germany!

      His view was that the issue for the Eurozone is that there is no Government body directly answerable to the citizenry – as he expressed it “someone electable, who is then ejectable”. It means it makes decisions on things like the Cyrus bailout look like it is being made by bureaucrats behind closed doors and citizens have no recourse to hold them accountable.

      I like a lot of what Costas Lapavitsas was saying though – really challenging the orthodoxy of the “solutions” to this Global Depression.

      As an aside I prefer France 24 (in English – my French isn’t good enough!) to any of the other cable news providers – including BBC and Al Jazeera. They give a different perspective from the usual suspects.

      • Colonial Viper 24.1.1

        It means it makes decisions on things like the Cyrus bailout look like it is being made by central banker nominated Goldman Sachs alumni behind closed doors and citizens have no recourse to hold them accountable.

        Edited for clarity :twisted:

      • xtasy 24.1.2

        I am getting a bit sick of the Berlin and Germany focus of the blame to be laid for Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Italy and so forth. It was a problem with the way the common Euro currency was designed and introduced, not something that happened in Germany that brought it all about. Others assented and agreed, and the Greeks were overly keen to join.

        So this is crap populism, especially comparing Merkel with Hitler and stuff. Hey, get some real info and learn what really happened, perhaps. I do not hit out at you as commenter, but the media and others are blind on one eye.

        Every country involved made mistakes and has to carry some shit.

        It is disgusting to blame Germany for every thing.

        • Colonial Viper 24.1.2.1

          All debt is subordinate primarily to German creditors. Including French, Italian, Greek, Spanish debt.

          Don’t think that this is by accident, or that Germany has not been exporting its manufacturing unemployment to other countries using the Eurozone as a mechanism.

          Also notice that Merkel is pushing the hardline on Eurozone defaulters…because she has elections to face in a few months.

          It was a problem with the way the common Euro currency was designed and introduced, not something that happened in Germany that brought it all about. Others assented and agreed, and the Greeks were overly keen to join.

          Yes, this has been a phenomenon which has come from the Eurozone’s intrinsic design. A design which said that capital could move freely across every border, and where sovereign governments no longer had any say over the value of their own currency. The engineering firms of Greece had to compete on the same terms as the engineering firms of Germany. Guess who the loser in such a fight was.

          Yes, the governments of these countries got short term highs from voluntarily signing up to the Eurozone. But its the ordinary people of those same countries suddenly realising that they’ve had to wake up with very bad hangovers. Where are the leaders who originally signed their peoples up to this pact? Staying very quiet and out of the way, I notice.

          • xtasy 24.1.2.1.1

            “All debt is subordinate primarily to German creditors. Including French, Italian, Greek, Spanish debt.”

            Sorry, CV, the European banking network and the interwoven creditor and debtor dependencies are actually quite a bit more complex and diverse than what you imply here.

            Like the French banks have a lot more in Greek and Spanish bonds on their books than German banks. And while some banks in Spain are rotten and about to fold, others are still fairly stable and healthy.

            It was not some evil design that came out of Berlin, and there are not secret string pullers in Berlin, that hold Europe to ransom. I agree that Merkel has a fair bit to answer to, and there are other politicians in Germany, especially in the opposition SPD and Green parties, that follow a different approach to Merkel and her government, which is more in line with what Hollande in France may also wish to follow.

            I was thinking of the average man and woman in the streets of Nikosia, Athens or Madrid or Rome, holding up pictures of Merkel with a swastika on her chest. That is stupid ignorant populism there. And it must be accepted that certain governments in Greece and Italy especially have some responsibility for the present situation. Berlusconi gave tax cuts to his supporters and let the finances stay too much in the red at the same time.

            Now is the NZ government not doing something similar at present?

          • xtasy 24.1.2.1.2

            “Yes, this has been a phenomenon which has come from the Eurozone’s intrinsic design. A design which said that capital could move freely across every border, and where sovereign governments no longer had any say over the value of their own currency. The engineering firms of Greece had to compete on the same terms as the engineering firms of Germany.”

            As for the Euro, it ran into trouble (once the GFC sped up the process) due to every country in the Eurozone and EU still running their own finance, taxation, social, internal economic and other differing regulatory systems.

            One currency necessitates to also introduce the same fiscal and some other policies (primarily economic) to make the one currency system function.

            Allowing different countries to follow different policies in such areas, and also having very differing economic and social realities to face, yet take advantage of the same low interest rates to take up credit, this led to distortions, which now have come back to bite in certain countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal and increasingly Italy. Cyprus is a special case, and it stuffed up due to some exposure to the Greek banking system, also having attracted deposits from other foreign sources, by running a banking system inviting tax evaders from Russia and so forth.

            You cannot have one common economic zone and especially not one common currency, and at the same time quite different taxation, fiscal, economic and other policies in member countries.

  22. Draco T Bastard 25

    Marx’s Revenge: How Class Struggle Is Shaping the World

    “Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole,” Marx wrote.

    A growing dossier of evidence suggests that he may have been right. It is sadly all too easy to find statistics that show the rich are getting richer while the middle class and poor are not. A September study from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in Washington noted that the median annual earnings of a full-time, male worker in the U.S. in 2011, at $48,202, were smaller than in 1973. Between 1983 and 2010, 74% of the gains in wealth in the U.S. went to the richest 5%, while the bottom 60% suffered a decline, the EPI calculated. No wonder some have given the 19th century German philosopher a second look. In China, the Marxist country that turned its back on Marx, Yu Rongjun was inspired by world events to pen a musical based on Marx’s classic Das Kapital. “You can find reality matches what is described in the book,” says the playwright.

    The evidence grows daily – Marx was right about capitalism.

    • just saying 25.1

      This raises an important point. Thirty-five percent, mainly the upper middle class have been improving their lot. That’s quite a big chunk of the middle class with a vested interest in the status quo. Often these people are richer than they could have imagined themselves to be. There are a disproprtionate number of baby boomers in this statistic.

      And most will fight for every last designer kitchen fitting.

      • Colonial Viper 25.1.1

        We also might need to start talking households, not voters, when it comes to political economic income brackets (which is what you might have done above? Top 35% of households probably have an annual income of $85K and up).

        For instance, if I earn fuck all income but my corporate exec spouse pulls in an income in the high $200K range. I’m going to be counted in the bottom 10% of earners (sub $15K pa). But I’m not going to be struggling in poverty and the people I socialise with are not going to be unwashed losers. My voting patterns will be influenced accordingly.

        • just saying 25.1.1.1

          That’s a very good point CV. There are a lot of wealthy people with partners earning a huge whack, but whose household income is no reflection of the comparative ‘pin money’ they bring in themselves. Their own personal income may be going backwards but their household income is steaming ahead.

          I’m often struck by the relatively large numbers of people who live very comfortably – huge houses, flash baches, overseas hols etc., and I’ve been puzzled about why their numbers aren’t entirely reflected in income stats.

  23. Draco T Bastard 26

    Would you take the test?

    Next time you hear elected officials or advocates say they want more tests, ask them if they are willing to take the high school graduation test themselves.

    And NACT are following this prescription.

  24. North 27

    Anyone note the gliding swagger of Commissioner of Police Marshall on 3 News tonight, in the lift lobby of the Beehive I think. Bedecked in more fruit salad than a Jakarta hotel carpark attendant !

    Refusing to comment on the appallingly grave miscarriage of justice in the Teina Pora case. When asked whether he would resign were the obvious to be exposed there was the hint of a Freudian stammer. In unmistakeable contrast to the glide. The Teina Pora case is huge and he clearly knows it.

    But, the underlying morality betrayed by the stammer was quickly rectified by the crushed car vixen Madame Tolley who quickly got things back on track with – “it’s not a good look…..”, “decided in the media……” , “blah blah blah”.

    You bet it’s not a good look, privileged, mutton-dressed-up-as-lamb worse than Shitley cow ! A 17 year old, I’d suspect illiterate (then) kid, used as an ingredient in a police “cook-a- cake-of- your-choice” exercise for which no doubt the very senior police personnel involved were lauded to Kingdom Come.

    20 years in the slammer poor little bugger.

    Good to see Toryana and Peter exercised about the boy. They might finally prove of some worth. Pity it took the destruction of a young man’s life.

    John Key, please, please don’t let Chris 73’s self-gratification fodder Judy Collins anywhere near the compensation issue.

  25. Colonial Viper 28

    Cyprus youth rise up. They’ve figured out their ‘elders and betters’ have screwed their futures, permanently.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-26/cypriot-youth-rise-pictures-they-just-got-rid-all-our-dreams

    Notice one of the photos there where the salutes look very much like seig heils.

    Give it a few more years, Europe’s history is coming back.

    • GregJ 28.1

      I wander if the anger in Cyprus begins to have a feedback loop to Greece? It will be interesting to see if the protests in Greece continue again after the latest wave in February and early March.

    • rosy 28.2

      To be fair they’re holding up their hands because they have ‘NO’ written on their palms.

      However, yeah, a re-run of Germany in the ’30s somewhere else is a scary prospect and all too likely if political/bureaucratic decisions inflicting joblessness, increasing wealth divisions within and between nations, and hopelessness in the general population aren’t changed soon.

  26. North 29

    While I wrote the post above I had a weather-eye on “3rd Degree” on TV3.

    A debate ??? What alot of shit ! In part at least a bunch of wannabee TV celebrities-in-training with Garner, the lisping wee Gee-On, and the perennial yet newly-careered “lawyer” Linda Clark.

    They’ll have graduated and be on “Afternoons With Jimmy” within a month.

    Still, all of the above said, I give real heartfelt thanks to 3rd Degree for its Teina Pora investigation.

    • Murray Olsen 29.1

      What’s happened to that poor guy is absolutely disgusting. Any police involved in this carriage of injustice should have to do time equal to what they got him sentenced to.

  27. Draco T Bastard 30

    It’s Official: There Is a Money Tree

    In paragraph 3.34, the [UK] Treasury makes plain that the monetary authorities could finance increased government spending on infrastructure “through the creation of money“.

    There is a money tree, and it’s called the Bank of England.

    Same applies to the RBNZ. Now just need to the politicians of the left (the ones on the right will only ever have the country borrowing from their rich mates) to realise it.

  28. Descendant Of Sssmith 31

    Damn the misleading headlines this week.

    First it was “Collins in jail” – turned out to be some rugby player

    Then it was “Farewell to Gerry” – turned out to be Marsden

    Next it was “Labour MP’s kicked out” but it was only the speaker throwing a tantrum not the party.

  29. Colonial Viper 32

    Food stamp debit cards stop welfare being used for alcohol and cigarettes

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/mar/26/payment-cards-emergency-assistance-food-stamps

    Got to love the UK Tories. Bash a few more bennies.

    Best thing is to just provide soup kitchens and poor houses, that way you know exactly what the bennies are doing and spending every minute of the day

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    Every Saturday we’re going to post a couple of music videos, probably on a particular theme, unless we run out of ideas and it just turns into Stephanie spamming us with professional wrestling soundtracks and Nicki Minaj. So, in that...
    On the Left | 31-10
  • 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...
    Frankly Speaking | 31-10
  • The Greens are wacky?
    It is a bit like a game of pin the tail on the donkey, the National Government and their supporters are desperately attempting to stick the wacky label on the Greens again, but it is becoming harder to make it...
    Local Bodies | 31-10
  • Novopay Exemplifies National’s Governance
    This National led Government is strong on ideology, weak on process and reluctant to accept responsibility. The Novapay debacle exemplifies all of these well.When questioned about Novopay, National Ministers will never accept full responsibility. Initially the Government blamed Labour because they...
    Local Bodies | 31-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #47: The Forgotten Triangle
    48: The Forgotten Triangle What if the forgotten triangle behind Shortland Street was more than a parking lot? Continuing the series on forgotten or underutilised spaces within the city, the steeply rising wedge of land between Shortland Street, Albert Park...
    Transport Blog | 31-10
  • World News Brief, Friday October 31
    Top of the AgendaTensions Flare in Jerusalem...
    Pundit | 31-10
  • Guest post: Plain English is radical
    @aaronincognito is an anonymous soulless bureaucrat who blogs at fundamentallyuseless.wordpress.com. Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem...
    On the Left | 31-10
  • Long past time
    The Dominion-Post reports that the government is considering wiping past convictions for homosexuality. Good. As a guest-poster to On The Left has recently explained, living with a criminal conviction isn't easy; employers and agencies will simply dump applications from people...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Define Instruments Expands into South Africa
    It’s always great to see companies grow – and Define Instruments recently took their first big leap. The team has followed existing international sales by setting up a South African office. It’s the first of many new overseas offices we hope to...
    Lance Wiggs | 31-10
  • MacLennan on fixing the OIA
    Journalist and lawyer Catriona MacLennan has some suggestions on Fixing Official Information Act Abuses . She identifies three problems with the law: lack of resources to enforce the law; deliberate flouting of the act; and inadequate understanding of the legislation...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
    It's Halloween! Time for a jolly pumpkin to remind everyone that there is chocolate nearby The weather is terrible, and while it can't rain all the time, I suspect there may be an absence of ghosts and ghouls. Whatever shall...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Indistinguishable from totalitarianism
    SF author Charles Stross has a lovely alternate-history thought experiment which demonstrates quite neatly how British surveillance is indistinguishable in practice from totalitarianism. And if you're in any doubt, you've only got to read today's news:The Government is facing calls...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Rate my minister
    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce wants to introduce a new ranking system, Rate My Qualification, where employers rate tertiary education courses and then students can look up the results. Well perhaps employers should be able rate other things too, such as their ministers....
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-10
  • To the field experiments!
    In the wake of the Stanford / Dartmouth schnozzle this week, this political science article caught my eye: The way your brain reacts to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether you lean to the left or...
    Polity | 30-10
  • NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s ...
    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue...
    Hot Topic | 30-10
  • West Auckland Network with new interchanges
    Last week Auckland Transport began consultation on the new network for West Auckland. I and many readers were highly critical of it as it seemed to ignore much of the network design philosophy and elements AT are implementing elsewhere and...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • This ‘boom’ might save the world – 10 quick facts about r...
    As the world's leading climate scientists finalise the latest and most comprehensive report on climate change and ways to tackle it, a key question is: What is new? What has changed since the release of the UN climate panel's last Assessment Report (AR4) in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • A lack of commitment
    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 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.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way 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...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 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....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 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 again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • 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 | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • 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’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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