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Open mike 31/12/2013

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160 comments on “Open mike 31/12/2013”

  1. karol 1

    So NSA can and does hack specific computers globally – said to target the most threatening of individuals and groups. Could be used for cyber warfare.

    Stuff:

    A German magazine has lifted the lid on the operations of the US National Security Agency’s hacking unit, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft’s internal reporting system to spy on their targets.

    Der Spiegel’s revelations relate to a division of the NSA known as Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, which is painted as an elite team of hackers specialising in stealing data from the toughest of targets.

    Citing internal NSA documents, the magazine said at the weekend that TAO’s mission was “Getting the ungettable,” and quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying that TAO had gathered “some of the most significant intelligence our country has ever seen.”

    Der Spiegel said TAO had a catalog of high-tech gadgets for particularly hard-to-crack cases, including computer monitor cables specially modified to record what is being typed across the screen, USB sticks secretly fitted with radio transmitters to broadcast stolen data over the airwaves, and fake base stations intended to intercept mobile phone signals on the go.

    The NSA doesn’t just rely on James Bond-style spy gear, the magazine said. Some of the attacks described by Der Spiegel exploit weaknesses in the architecture of the Internet to deliver malicious software to specific computers. Others take advantage of weaknesses in hardware or software distributed by some of the world’s leading information technology companies, including Cisco Systems, Inc. and China’s Huawei Technologies, the magazine reported.

  2. Aww 2

    Isn’t it time we recouped the billion dollar accommodation supplement by placing additional taxes on LL’s?

    • karol 2.1

      And then Landords would just raise the rent – needs rent cap, too. Or just stop the supplement & providew more state housing.

      • Murray Olsen 2.1.1

        State housing is the answer to many problems. We need so much of it that private landlords end up begging on the street for tenants. Or I would accept just begging on the street.

  3. “..The How to Win the Class War satirist turns the spotlight on the shadowy global ‘plot’ –

    – to claw back working-class gains..”

    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/dec/30/susan-george-secret-capitalist-cabal-behind-european-austerity

    phillip ure..

  4. “..Record highs of the public supporting legal cannabis for adult consumption..”

    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/it-was-historic-year-marijuana-10-biggest-moments

    phillip ure..

    • chris73 4.1

      I think all drugs should be decriminalized for personal use, anyone convicted of a crime while under the influence of drugs should be sent to a prison hospital for treatment instead (as well as serving time)

      Prohibition only helps organized crime

      • phillip ure 4.1.1

        while i admire/agree with yr drug-beliefs/preferred-policies..

        ..is that just ‘cos it is part of yr libertarian/randite package..?.

        phillip ure..

      • weka 4.1.2

        “I think all drugs should be decriminalized for personal use, anyone convicted of a crime while under the influence of drugs should be sent to a prison hospital for treatment instead (as well as serving time)”

        Not hard to make a case for legal restriction on P, or rohypnol, or opiates, or steroids, or… we could make a long list. This is the problem with basing your ideas on your ideology – not all drugs are the same or have the same impacts. Better to think things through in the real world.

        • phillip ure 4.1.2.1

          weka..like most/many new zealanders..i could walk out my door..

          ..and get any of those drugs you list..if i so chose..

          ..there are minimal degrees of separation..twixt dealer and consumer..

          ..say..slowly..after..me:..

          ‘prohibition..does..not..work’..

          ..and nobody is advocating weekly specials on ‘p’ @ the supermarket..

          ..but there is a middle ground somewhere between those dual-insanities..

          ..currently we have the utter fucken madness of a drug-war/prohibition..

          ..with the only winners the crims/gangs..and cops who love messing about in helicopters/4wd’s

          ..and as for opiate-addicts/speed-users..?

          ..there is this brilliant schema whereby they are hooked on nazi-smack/methadone..

          ..a drug far more addictive/harder to kick..than the problems it purports to treat..

          ..those ‘insanities’ i referred to are rife/legion around drugs..

          ..and how we as a society deal with them..(pun intentional..)

          phillip ure..

          • weka 4.1.2.1.1

            You have misunderstood what I meant. I was responding to chris’ ideological stance that all drugs should be decriminalised. I think each drug should be assessed separately and in context. I said nothing about prohibition being effective, so please don’t start projecting your issues with drugs onto me.

            “like most/many new zealanders..i could walk out my door..

            ..and get any of those drugs you list..if i so chose..”

            Nope, that’s a distortion of perception based on your own experience. You know how to access drugs because of the kind of life you lead, therefore you think everyone does. While I know some people where I live who would know where to buy P locally it wouldn’t be easy, and most people would have no idea. And again, talking about drugs as one class of substance doesn’t make any sense. It depends on the drug and on the context. You really think that most people in Winton or Waimate know how to access heroin? That’s just daft.

            • chris73 4.1.2.1.1.1

              Its not ideological its simply when you ban something you create a market for it and all that does is benefit the gangs so what I’m saying is keep the sentences if they commit a crime while on drugs but they should spend their time incarcerated getting clean.

              However if the drugs are for personal use thats a different story and they shouldn’t be charged…if someone wants to shoot up with whatever or smoke whatever then thats their business.

              However I’d be more then ok if NZ followed Portugal’s example because what NZ is doing at the moment is not working.

            • phillip ure 4.1.2.1.1.2

              the thing with drugs weka..is that those who want them..manage to find them..

              ..i am not suggesting those who don’t want to can..

              ..’that’s just daft’..

              ..and as for finding what you need in the most unusual/unexpected places..?

              ..the ‘wintons’ of this world..?

              ..the stories i could tell..

              ..phillip ure..

              .

              • weka

                Of course YOU can find drugs in Winton, that just proves my point (I probably could too. Those with the know how, can).

                I wasn’t talking about people who don’t want drugs, but you were the one that said anyone in NZ could access whatever drugs and I just pointed out that that is bullshit. If my mother wanted to buy P this week I seriously doubt she would be able to. And I’ve known numerous occasions when cannabis just hasn’t been available despite much wanting. What you actually mean is that serious drug users can access drugs relatively easily, and you might also mean that people starting out using can access some drugs easily. That’s not what you said originally though.

                Now it’s highly unlikely that my mother would want to buy P, granted. But it is untruthful to say that NZ is divided into people who never want to use drugs, and those who are already actively seeking. I don’t think prohibition is smart, and we could have much better harm-minimisation models in place, but prohibition does work at a level ie it restricts access to some people.

                • you really are a total pedant..aren’t you ..

                  ..anyone who ‘wants’ them..geddit..?

                  ..and you don’t half bang on and on about s.f.a/strawman-bullshit..

                  ..do you..?

                  ..and your rejoinders that you ‘don’t know’..and that reason enough for dismissal..?..try fucken google..eh..?

                  ..try googling portugal/drugs..just for fucken starters..eh..?

                  ..just so you can get a faint grasp of the facts..before you fucken pontificate..

                  ..is that too much to ask..?

                  phillip

                  • the time you spent writing yr 1.04pm could have been spent googling portugal/drugs..

                    ..and you would have increased the sum total of yr knowledge..

                    ..eh..?

                    ..don’t be so lazy/sneering..in yr dismissals of a serious subject..

                    phillip ure..

                  • weka

                    Wow, really classy Phil. Let me join in: you have to be one of the least logic-literate people who comment here. You want me to follow your line on drugs, I put up some counter arguments and all you can do is rant. Whatever. That’s all you seem capable of to be honest. Once we get past the initial “I believe x, y, z” stage, all you can do is post assertion without back up or logic.

                    Chris is well-known for posting shit and then refusing to talk about it in any meaningful way. I can read the wiki page on Portugal’s drug policy, but it won’t tell me what CHRIS thinks, will it? If Chris were engaging in genuine dialogue I probably would be willing to read the wiki page, but since he’s not and since he avoids responding to the substantive points I bring up there doesn’t seem much point.

                    Honest to god, I don’t know why some people expect to come here and post their ideas without them being examined.

                    • chris73

                      .” I can read the wiki page on Portugal’s drug policy, but it won’t tell me what CHRIS thinks, will it?”

                      – Well yes it will if you could be bothered to read the link, I really don’t feel like arguing the toss with someone who can’t even bothered to read the link

                    • weka

                      Fuck off Chris, you weren’t willing to argue the toss even before you posted the link. When you bother to respond to my actual points, I’ll be willing to follow your links. But I am pretty sure that if I go read the wiki page and come back and ask questions or critique your comments, I will just get the same evasive shit from you.

                      btw, the wiki article is fairly long and involved, so it’s not that I just can’t be bothered, it’s that you are asking me to invest substantial time and thought when you can even be arsed explaining yourself in a paragraph or two.

      • Murray Olsen 4.1.3

        I agree with you on this one, chris73. To the extent that they are a problem, drugs are a health problem and should be treated as such. I think Phil also hits on an important point about who prohibition serves – the police getting special weapons, tactic, and helicopter rides certainly enjoy them and don’t want to lose them. The drug laws also hand them ready made excuses to violate our privacy at will. I’ve lost count of the number of times cops said “I can smell cannabis smoke and will be searching your car/house/person.” If I’d ever been a young Maori at any stage I imagine it would have been much worse.

  5. amirite 5

    And the New Year orders have been dished out, pays to be PMs wife’s fashion supplier or to just make shitloads of money on your worker’s expense:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9564756/New-Year-Honours-2014

  6. Sanctuary 6

    At this time of the year, I would like us all to stop whatever we are doing, pause for a minute, doff our flat caps, clutch them to our chests, and fight back the tears as we consider the crimes inflicted on the true victim of the GFC, the great recession, and National’s war on the poor – Josie Pagani.

    http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/the-left-must-stand-up-to-abuse

    Dear oh dear.

    Still, Pete George agrees with her, so at least the two most reasonable people in the country are on the same song sheet. They should form a political party together. Oh, what would be a good name for it? I bet even the fly on the wall of their meetings would drop to the floor quite dead from the nausea induced by all the wallowing self-pity.

    The “broader left” has gone to bed, turned out the lights, and left Josie Pagani sitting in the dark in the lounge and still she doesn’t get it. I am not sure how else the “broader left” can get through to her that her brand of “leftism” is no longer really welcome in that particular broad church. There is no future for a Blairite apologist and a neo-lib sell-out in the “broader left”. It has moved on, Ms. Pagani has not.

    • karol 6.1

      And a particular swipe at standardistas from Pagani.

      Actually, it wasn’t necessary for Bradbury to take a swipe at Pagani while commenting on the appointment of Espiner to RNZ’s Morning Report

      OTOH, Pagani doesn’t take criticism well.

      • Tim 6.1.1

        There’s another post on TDB by Trotter (The Heartland Myth). I immediately thought of Pagani.
        It reminded me of all those ‘movers and shakers’ sprinting over the Rimutakas in their Pajeros to get back to nature and away from the hubub (in Martinborough). Having bought their primitive little weekend ‘getaways’, they’re now busy doing their best to develop and enlarge them, with all the modcons, and generally make the place a suburb of Wellington. There’ll be another road tunnel next. (Joyce’s highway to nowhere)

      • Sanctuary 6.1.2

        It seems to me the main crime of the Standard in the eyes of Josie Pagani (and to be fair, middle class commentators like Russell Brown) is to take class and socialism seriously.

        Firstly, to a whole generation of third way 40-somethings the idea of taking politics seriously as a vital front in a class war is simply an anathema they can’t get their heads around. Remember, anyone white and over 45ish was brought up in the privileged welfare state of pre-revolutionary New Zealand and has largely through connections of job, community and class retained their privileged place in our society. This complacent group seems to have no place for radical politics in their mental image of a bucolic New Zealand and find thinking about it unsettling. They find the idea of actually having political enemies you don’t personally like simply because of what they represent similarly difficult to comprehend.

        Secondly, all of this bourgeoise class formed their political beliefs at a time when third way identity politics WAS the acceptable face of the left. The idea that the left is every bit as much about radical economic reform and redistribution and that the new-right’s class war demands a response first and foremost as a radical economic agenda complete with the potential for violence unsettles them. The idea that the political assumptions of a such a well-informed, intelligent, and self-regarded middle class group as them could turn to be entirely wrong is regarded as absurd.

        Finally, the ruling liberal bourgeoise elite is bound more together in it’s associations and interests than apart in it’s economic agenda. I hate to pick on her, but again Deborah Russell illustrates this point perfectly. Selected as an “ideal” Labour candidate, she started in the Young Nationals at Otago University (and recruited/is a close friend of the ultra-neoliberal David Farrar) and

        “…Started her career as an accountant working for Deloitte and Treasury. She subsequently completed a PhD in Philosophy at the Australian National University. She went on to be a senior tax policy analyst for the IRD, and is now a senior lecturer in taxation at Massey University. Dr Russell chairs the Labour Party Economic Policy Committee…”

        In other words, she is the perfect Paganiist candidate – a technocrat capable of segueing easily between political parties and a perfect middle class manager of the neo-liberal status quo. Deborah Russell, Josie Pagani, (and Russell Brown) would all undoubtably enjoy the company of David Farrar well ahead of their supposed allies on the left. Chardonnay socialists, indeed.

        So really, the Standard is doing a stirling job of kicking against the pricks, and reminding the establishment elites that a whole lot of more radical thinking exists outside the comfortable cocoon of the top 20% of our society. David Cunliffe’s elevation to the top job was at least partially due to the fact sites like the Standard have short circuited the monopoly on communication held by the central cadre establishment elites of the Labour Partty, and Cunliffe’s election on the basis of party support was a rare victory of that membership over the establishment Labour elites of the “left” like Josie Pagani. The lack of performance of senior neoliberal Labour MPs and the selection of candidates like Deborah Russell show the reclaiming of the Labour party by the left is a project that is far from complete, but we are on the way to re-invigorating the Labour party and creating a powerful left that isn’t afraid to confront the privileged elites.

        • karol 6.1.2.1

          Hmmm… agree with this, Sanctuary:

          It seems to me the main crime of the Standard in the eyes of Josie Pagani (and to be fair, middle class commentators like Russell Brown) is to take class and socialism seriously.

          But not your generalisations about those of us over 45 yrs, identity politics, etc.

          I am 60+ and have long been for both socialism and feminism. I am well educated, but not in the realm of business – and most of my friends and colleagues of my age group have worked more in the public sector, and have little or no connections with right wing poliies and/or commentators.

          And, like many of various age groups, I stopped party voting Labour a few elections ago.

          You original claim is more fitting to a select few in fairly privileged positions amongst “third way”, (allegedly) left wing, politicians, and media commentators.

          • Sanctuary 6.1.2.1.1

            Like all comments describing broad generational shifts, I agree it is a generalisation. There are plenty of over 45s who never brought into the neo-liberal party, and there were plenty who should have known better (Ken Douglas, anyone?) who succumbed to the innate corruption of power and of luxury.

            But equally, it would be a lie to say the allure of comfortable middle class success as measured by consumption hasn’t turned most of the heads of an entire generation of middle class liberal identity politics warriors, who now retain their social liberalism (as it pertains to them) but are informed by very little else from the left these days, and who who are not really interested in challenging the economic status quo.

            • karol 6.1.2.1.1.1

              Oh – yes, it is true of a lot of comfortable middle class liberals – whether I would describe them as “an entire generation” is another matter.

              And like RL, I have had the privilege of a middle class education, worked pretty hard, and I feel I would likely be out of place at a Brown or Pagani BBQ.

            • Tim 6.1.2.1.1.2

              Yes – to Ken Douglas (and others). Couldn’t frikken believe it! Well, at least not until I discovered a few former members of the Tramways Union who have apparently bought into it all too. It explained a lot!

          • Tim 6.1.2.1.2

            The thing about our ‘over 45 years’ cohort is that those of us that bucked the trend and despise neo-liberalism and that 3rdway 4th Reich kaka are/were generally punished in some way for it.
            I can think of a few in academia whose careers seem to have stalled, others in the corporate- public service who never rose to positions they are worthy of, and especially others in banking sector whose careers effectively stalled.

            Sorry if it offends but I ‘generally’ find the likes of Pagani bloody hideous specimens. The only good thing about it is that they sometimes vote Labour rather than Nact. If Labour doesn’t get its shit together very soon by ridding itself of its 80’s mutation, it’ll become a twee little boutique clique propped up by the likes of Pagani and her ilk. It should at least have the decency to give up its name, or get with the programme!

        • RedLogix 6.1.2.2

          Best comment ever Sanctuary. Needs to be a post.

          Remember, anyone white and over 45ish was brought up in the privileged welfare state of pre-revolutionary New Zealand and has largely through connections of job, community and class retained their privileged place in our society. This complacent group seems to have no place for radical politics in their mental image of a bucolic New Zealand and find thinking about it unsettling. They find the idea of actually having political enemies you don’t personally like simply because of what they represent similarly difficult to comprehend.

          I am exactly one of these people. Yes I’ve worked pretty damned hard most of my life, but that privilege you describe has always been my backstop. I’ve had my ups and downs but I always knew I could stage a recovery. That pre-neolib NZ defines me.

          But the Brown’s and Pagani’s would hate it if I turned up at one of their summer barbecues; they would sense instantly I’m not one of them.

          • Sanctuary 6.1.2.2.1

            Yeah, for all her mealy mouthed religiousity you can imagine the unanimity of outrage from Josie Pagani and David Farrar if an archbishop said that he “could think of no better use for church property”after a rioting mob ripped up his fence pailings to smash bank windows and attack police in Queen Street.

            • RedLogix 6.1.2.2.1.1

              Best belly laugh for days :-)

              Scrimgeour may well be The Standard’s long-lost spiritual Uncle.

          • Tim 6.1.2.2.2

            Me too. Let’s do it! I’ll bring along Sir Les Patterson

        • QoT 6.1.2.3

          I agree with this comment, except for the categorisation of Deborah Russell. Yes, she started out a Young Nat, but that’s hardly the worst thing in a party which still has Phil Goff on the front bench.

          And her political views (and ability to articulate them) are a far fucking cry from the mealy-mouthed waffle spouted by either of the Paganis. I would direct readers to her blogs to make their own assessment:

          http://deborahfrussell.net/posts/ (more economic/tax theory posts)
          http://beefaerie.wordpress.com/ (more feminist/personal posts)

          Disclaimer: Deborah is a friend of mine so I’m obviously biased, even if I do find her ability to be friends with people like David Farrar both baffling and admirably open-minded.

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.2.3.1

            Well, some of her former workmates know her as someone who demands extra privileges and concessions for herself that other workers around her do not get.

            Yes, she started out a Young Nat, but that’s hardly the worst thing in a party which still has Phil Goff on the front bench.

            Glad you see the least bad in situations.

            A simple test for how economically left wing someone is versus how economically establishment they are is the issue of the 40 hour work week. More specifically: should penalty rates apply for those who work overtime. Why not ask her next time you catch up for a coffee.

            No doubt you have already vetted that she’s plenty solid on issues of identity politics, of course, so we can be confident there.

            • QoT 6.1.2.3.1.1

              No doubt you have already vetted that she’s plenty solid on issues of identity politics, of course, so we can be confident there.

              God, you’re a sad little man sometimes, CV. Especially taking that jab after an unsubstantiated snipe about her working life.

              What is so hard to understand about the idea that the left can focus on more than one thing at a time, including things that don’t personally benefit you, and that Labour doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting to power in 2014 if it continues down the same, well-trodden, utterly-unsuccessful path of ignoring the votes and voices of women, Maaori, and LGBT folk?

              • Colonial Viper

                Firstly, the intellectual liberal elite Left show only a passing ability to focus on the severe issues affecting broad swathes of the under class and the working class. They get bloody tenacious about issues of identity politics though. Would they be just as keen on the 40 hour working week, criminal liability for worker death, import substitution and picking and supporting winners for new manufacturing industries. Yes I thoroughly support having gender balance on the bridge of the Titanic, but I see other issues as being pressing first and foremost. You can focus on what you like, and if you can multi-task, go for it.

                Secondly, I view Maori socio-economic issues as being quite separate to issues of boutique identity politics. You may want to conflate them; I don’t. The cruel irony is that the destruction of the working class and of blue collar jobs has hurt Maori and PI families amongst the most…there’s some useful observations to be had there as to why the socially liberal neolibs on both the Left and the Right were quite OK with that.

                Thirdly, your analysis of the electorate is just shite. How many voters think that Labour needs to take even stronger stances on feminist and LGBT issues? Perhaps abortion on demand should be put on to the agenda for the 2014 campaign? How about equal female representation in company shareholdings and on corporate boards? I always look forward to the next round of gender based policy suggestions which will efficiently lose Labour the votes of both men AND women in the electorate.

                PS as for your friend Deborah Russell; ask around, Welly is a small town and plenty of people have seen her in action.

                • QoT

                  It’s okay, I get it. Henceforth the definition of “identity politics” is “anything which is normally called identity politics which Colonial Viper doesn’t like“.

                  The fact that you – much like the current Minister of Women’s Affairs – think that gender representation is all about corporate boards kind of says everything. You don’t have a single fucking clue about identity politics – including the identity politics you agree with – and you’ve never bothered to read a single damn comment anyone has ever made on the topic.

                  Otherwise you would have picked up that identity politics and economic politics are thoroughly interlinked and the only people demanding they be treated separately and unequally are you, the Paganis, and Chris Trotter.

                  • RedLogix

                    Otherwise you would have picked up that identity politics and economic politics are thoroughly interlinked and the only people demanding they be treated separately and unequally are you, the Paganis, and Chris Trotter.

                    I feel like a ping-pong ball in a clothes-dryer, CV nails it and so do you. You’re both fucking right.

                    It’s not like I’m trying to take some half-arsed bob each way bet here. You each say things that resonate strongly, because identity and economic politics are not just mutually intertwined branches – at root they spring from the same motivation.

                    You are both arguing from positions of knowledge and strength. Neither of you can prove the other wrong; you are both right.

                    • McFlock

                      They can’t both be right – one’s arguing that economic and non-economic issues can be confronted simultaneously, the other is already writing a speech blaming affirmative action for costing labour the election.

                    • karol

                      I do agree that many of the parliamentary left have not focused on the crucial issues for the underclass and the working class – many of the thigns CV has mentioned. But what elements of so called “identity poltics” have been focused instead.? eg – recently Labor flagship policies have beeen focused on housing polciy for the middleclasses and their children; raising the age of super, anit asset sales etc – and unde rthe last Labour led government?…. working for families, interest free student loans…. etc.

                      So who are the liberal left elites that CV is criticising, on the back of criticising Deborah Russell – it seems that CV has a bee in his bonnet about gender politics and can’t resist a swipe at it using the diminuitive term “identity politics”.

                      And, you know, if you look back at most of my posts, they focus on issues re- poverty, social security, TPP, criticising the powerful elites, the undermining of democracy, etc – but one mention of gender poltics or sexual poltics, and he gets all agitated.

                      So, it does look like you are having a bob each way, RL.

                      The destracting issues of gender politics come as much from the way the MSM responds to anything feminist or to do with sexual politics – does that mean they should be pandered to?

                      PS: I don’t have much of an opnion on Deborah Russell – not that familiar with her views or writings.

                    • RedLogix

                      CV’s right when he says that if the left leads the next election with a narrow identity issue (however worthwhile) that’s a gimme for smearing like the ‘man-ban’ episode – then the 800,000 will stay home again.

                      CV’s wrong when he thinks the left will set aside their personal motivations and specific interests to swing in behind a full metal jacket marxist anti-capitalism agenda. Same election result.

                      Now you are all a bunch of very clever people (really). Someone must have a sense of how to steer through this.

                    • karol

                      Well, I must say, I’m less about political strategising than about debating the issues.

                      I don’t have a lot of faith in parliamentary Labour, still – so will continue to vote Green. They are less afraid to state they support state housing and action against poverty.

                      It seems to me parliamentary Labour spends too much time trying to second guess the voters, and not enough focusing on their core values.

                      I noted also that, the woman in question re this thread, Deborah Russell, said in one of her blog posts that she does not support gender quotas – more that people should be mindful of issues like gender inequalities.

                      Must the left always pander to the MSM?

                    • RedLogix

                      And, you know, if you look back at most of my posts, they focus on issues re- poverty, social security, TPP, criticising the powerful elites, the undermining of democracy, etc

                      Which is true. And I cannot quibble, you’ve done far more than me on this.

                      But do you not share just a little of CV’s frustration? Because while your work is spot on, and vital – somehow there is this lost in translation moment when hits the big world outside of political blogs.

                      I’m vividly aware that I’ve just done a ‘yes but’ on you. Could I ask you not to read that intent in it please?

                    • karol

                      RL, CV’s frustration seems to me to be misplaced – admittedly he also is critical at the likes of David Parker, Shearer, etc. But he misdirects too much of the blame at gender and sexual politics – eg, you mentioned the “man ban”. To me that was a bit of a side issue among Labour remits, but it got beaten up by the right and the MSM – so why be so timid?

                      Why not say, yes we support gender equality. In our flagship policies, we are strongly focused at the moment on working for those on low pay, unemplotyed, on benefits etc.

                      Where is the conviction politics?

                      And what about the frustration of those of us who also want to talk about some pressing gender and sexuality issues some times, when we keep getting told to STFU about it – what about our frustration?

                      A lot of it actually seems to be about Labour Party insider issues, and is outside the frame of reference for many of us lefties not so positioned.

                    • McFlock

                      Nobody’s talking about “leading” the campaign with a single narrow identity issue. CV seems to be arguing that non-economic issues should not even be included in the party manifesto for fear of what the cetacean might call it.

                      Personally, I think the best solution is to simply be honest do everything we can.

                      In my opinion the biggest weakness is not a debate even on issues like abortion, the biggest weakness is that labour and the left in general can’t argue economics as well as the tories – because economics is all bullshit. Economic argument isn’t about fact, it’s about faith. Smile&wave trumps graphs of “gdp by government party” over the past 100 years.

                    • weka

                      “CV’s right when he says that if the left leads the next election with a narrow identity issue (however worthwhile) that’s a gimme for smearing like the ‘man-ban’ episode – then the 800,000 will stay home again.”

                      The ‘left’ won’t be leading anything next election. There will be Labour, the GP and Mana. Do you have any concerns about how the GP and Mana are going to run their election campaign?

                      If Labour leads with an issue that lets the MSM smear them like the manban, then they’re just really fucking stupid and probably don’t deserve to be on govt. And if they do do that, it’s not feminist’s fault, or any other group of people. It’s Labour’s fault. You can’t solve this problem by having a go at so called identity politics. If you want further evidence of Labour’s ability to loose the election consider the retirement age issue (which should be a so called identity issue, but ironically is not).

                      Another question for you: if Labour somehow dropped all identity politics, do you honestly believe that it is all of a sudden going to apologise for neoliberalism and get itself on the right track re its economic policy?

                    • weka

                      Karol,

                      “it seems that CV has a bee in his bonnet about gender politics and can’t resist a swipe at it using the diminuitive term “identity politics”.”

                      The revelation today that Maori are excluded from the criticism sheds a whole new light on things.

                      RL, CV’s frustration seems to me to be misplaced – admittedly he also is critical at the likes of David Parker, Shearer, etc. But he misdirects too much of the blame at gender and sexual politics – eg, you mentioned the “man ban”. To me that was a bit of a side issue among Labour remits, but it got beaten up by the right and the MSM – so why be so timid?

                      Why not say, yes we support gender equality. In our flagship policies, we are strongly focused at the moment on working for those on low pay, unemplotyed, on benefits etc.

                      Where is the conviction politics?

                      Indeed. And I saw CV say something pretty similar re presenting issues to the MSM earlier today, and he in fact wrote an on to it piece of media work that Labour could use so that Labour controlled the message instead of the bigots and hyenas in the MSM. So why not do this with things like gender equity?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The destruction of the global civilisation is being completed via the following forces.

                      1) Trans-national corporates including the banks and MSM as the primary drivers turning every aspect of our world into commodities to be leveraged and consumed. Including people, men and women, LGBT or straight, white or coloured.

                      2) Fossil fuel and resource depletion making our current forms of technology, transportation and agriculture completely unsustainable. This will lead to widespread starvation and poverty, of both men and women, LGBT or straight, white or coloured.

                      3) Climate change making our biosphere unlivable for most species including our own, and of course, of both men and women, LGBT or straight, white or coloured.

                      As far as I am concerned, over the next 20 years these are the tier one issues and everything else is tier two and tier three. For the simple reason if the tier one issues aren’t handled, nothing else will matter and the regression of civilisation and civil rights will be severe and unavoidable (it is already happening now).

                      BTW some Marxian analysis is useful to understanding these issues, but “full metal jacket Marx” can’t answer the situation we find ourselves in because Marx didn’t deal with the dynamics of energy depletion, perpetual war and propaganda that we find ourselves in.

                      Another question for you: if Labour somehow dropped all identity politics, do you honestly believe that it is all of a sudden going to apologise for neoliberalism and get itself on the right track re its economic policy?

                      Correct weka. It won’t happen.

                      Establishment political parties were never intended to be the bulk of the Left. They were supposed to be the parliamentary embodiment of mass labour and proletarian movements. Those movements have long since dwindled away while the political embodiment that is the Labour Party continues trundling along.

                    • McFlock

                      Progress on your “tier two” issues doesn’t mean inactivity on “tier one” issues.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yeah well, we’ll see.

                    • RedLogix

                      Where is the conviction politics?

                      I could be a touch mischievous and note that National just won two elections by hiding it’s real convictions, while hinting just enough to reassure National heartland that their privileges were not going to be touched.

                      The left has a wholly different proposition to sell that we are tempted prop up on the nearest patch of moral high ground; something a cynical media and right wing now exactly how to undermine.

                      Look, the core messages of the left – social and economic justice, fairness and equality are not extremism. They are just plain common sense that make for a better life for everyone. Clean rivers and beaches, safe water and food, safe towns and cities, wilderness and fair public access – these are the ordinary best interests of ordinary people.

                      But sell this as ‘we know best’ and they’ll hate it.

                    • weka

                      The big failing in your analysis is that women are crucial to the change you want. Absolutely crucial. In fact I would say we are completely and utterly fucked if we don’t start paying heed to women’s voices, particularly the voices of women from cultures where women have had more equity than in the West. If one wants women to be involved we have to let them have some say in setting the agenda. Otherwise it is as it ever was, a white-dude game. Personally I don’t believe the white-dudes can solve this on their own.

                      The movements I am involved in all have committments (ableit to varying degrees) to gender equity, disability rights, queer politics, honouring the Treaty etc. And unlike Labour, they’re active in doing something about the issues you say are tier one. That is in no way a coincidence, because all those areas of politics have just spend decades understanding and addressing the very power issues that have created the global problems and they did so by examining their own oppression and privilege.

                    • RedLogix

                      women are crucial to the change you want.

                      As always. But this time the change is bigger than ever before. This time it reaches beyond abolition, beyond suffrage, beyond equality – this time suppressing one of the symptoms of the patriarchy will not be enough.

                      This time an entire mode of behaviour, the root cause of everything CV identifies as Tier 1 issues, must be confronted.

                    • weka

                      The things that CV names are the result of cultures that are inherently patriarchal/domination based. That isn’t a coincidence. It’s not only a matter of women (and others) deserving ‘equality’. It’s about acknowledging that the fundamental power structures have come out of men’s culture. We have a far better chance of finding good responses to the crisis if we allow all voices to be heard, instead of this idea that we can use current systems and power structures to deal with them. You can’t dismantle the master’s house using the master’s tools.

                      And to be clear, this isn’t me blaming men (most men have had a raw deal from the past 5,000 years too). And it’s not me saying that women are better than men. It’s about analysing the core power structures, the ‘root cause’ if you like, something that CV fails to do, and then being able to see other ways for humans to be and organise.

                      Women bring a great deal to the table in terms of solutions, so it’s esp ironic seeing CV arguing for prioritising of tier one at the same time as trying to silence the voices of those who are best in a position to make the needed change.

          • Sanctuary 6.1.2.3.2

            Well, I will take your word for it and try to give her the benefit of the doubt. After the ease of the betrayal of New Zealand’s welfare state by people with exactly the same sort of CV as Ms Russell I am deeply suspicious of her class. I guess that I put the onus of proof of her loyalty to a socialist prescription on her. She has to earn my trust, not expect my respect.

            • weka 6.1.2.3.2.1

              Maybe she can be invited to guest post on ts in the new year and people can check her out then.

              • thechangeling

                Honestly that would be wonderful. I want to know what my local candidate really thinks about various economic, social and political ideas because these will be translated into policy later on. There have been clues, and I have come to some conclusions, but I hope they are wrong.

            • QoT 6.1.2.3.2.2

              I doubt she “expects your respect”, and I don’t insist you think any particular way about her. That’s why I provided links to her blogging, so you can see for yourself what topics she’s addressed and from what perspectives.

              • Sanctuary

                I have already read that stuff. As Colonial Viper notes, her credentials as a flag bearer of feminist identity politics are not in doubt.

                But what are her economic views? It is impossible to tell from her writings. Her stuff on tax is the sort of technocratic writing you would expect from the modern academic/bureaucratic expert. What is missing is any hint she might be a socialist. Is she a socialist? Is she even a social democrat? For example, I note that before her selection she was already chair of the Labour Party Economic Policy Committee. Now, Labour keeps wheeling out it’s plan to raise the retirement age to 67, despite this being a more or less ACToid policy that is deeply unpopular with the electorate. David Parker is a particularly keen defender of this policy. The enthusiasm for this policy must come from somewhere within the party policy formation process. What, then, is Ms. Russells views on this? It would be impossible for her not to have an opinion on this matter given her role as as chair of the Labour Party Economic Policy Committee. If she is also a supporter of this policy it would provide to me a valuable insight on whether or not she is just another upper middle class neoliberal cuckoo in the socialist nest.

                It would be great if she (along with other candidates) would make a guest post giving a general description of their economic and social philosophies. A failure for her to do so, given the general interest in her as a litmus candidate for the future of Labour, would be worrying, given the number of Labour supporters who read this site – and by extension those who, so recently, expressed their new found power to over-rule and direct the central party elites on the matter of the party leadership.

                Ms Russell looks like a fine expert quite capable of translating broad social democratic directives into complex legislation in areas like tax. But I am not so sure the wider Labour party membership is any longer of a mind to unquestioningly accept direction from such technocrats on matters of policy. Bob Semple’s first day as minister of works in 1935 was spent with officials telling him how Labours plans were unaffordable and would lead to inflation. He heard them out and at end of the day, he told them “..to crank up the printing presses, because we start on Monday”. The experts are often not right. We need MPs capable of facing down the technocrats, not identifying with them.

                • karol

                  This post begins with a quote from Marx.

                  Though I would say, following Marx, a worker should be paid more than just what is needed to survive physically.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  The experts are often not right. We need MPs capable of facing down the technocrats, not identifying with them.

                  QFT

                  And that is especially true ATM because our entire financial system is determined by the private banks for their own benefit and not by the government for the benefit of the people.

            • Anne 6.1.2.3.2.3

              “CV’s right when he says that if the left leads the next election with a narrow identity issue (however worthwhile) that’s a gimme for smearing like the ‘man-ban’ episode – then the 800,000 will stay home again.”

              Absolutely weka.

              It’s not a case of the so-called man ban being wrong, it’s a case of Labour falling into the same old trap time and again. I’ve had this argument with a couple of Labour women who just refuse to see it. That remit could have been worded in such a way that the intent would have been more than clear. But by introducing the authoritarian sounding quota system into the mix, it was obvious to many members what would happen. It did happen with bells on and it could so easily have been avoided.

              Labour has already gained two further women into the caucus so it is now only a few percentage points off the target anyway. It brought Shearer down and despite my support for Cunliffe I found that a sad way for Shearer to end his leadership.

              • stargazer

                wow anne, “authoritarian sounding quota system”? so you’re calling a proposal whereby any LEC could have voluntarily chosen (without any coercion whatsoever from anyone outside the LEC) to consider women-only candidates, and they would have had to implement that by a democratic vote by the LEC, “authoritarian sounding”. let me repeat, a voluntary choice brought in by a democratic vote by a particular LEC. no quota involved.

                for goodness sake, at least get the actual policy correct. i have no problems with criticisms of the policy or the way the caucus leadership at the time handled it, but at least criticise what was proposed, not some policy that exists only in your head.

                • Anne

                  You stargazer are no doubt referring to the remit that was passed at the last conference – a conference I didn’t attend. I am talking about the original remit from the previous conference, and that was the one that played straight into the hands of NAct. So, before you start profiling me as some sort of anti-feminist type:

                  No-one was/is against the laudable aim to have a 50% gender balance. Savvy?

                  No-one is stopping any LEC voluntarily choosing a specific candidate of a specific gender – or ethnicity for that matter – if that is the wish of the delegates. It happens all the time.

                  What was originally proposed were mandatory-like settings (don’t ask me what they were because I’ve forgotten and don’t care any more) that were to be achieved by certain time limits. It read almost like a commandment – thou shalt do this by such and such a time, and thou shalt do that by such and such a time.

                  I knew the intention was a genuine effort to raise the profile of women politicians, but there were delegates like me who have been around politics for years and some of us knew that the MSM would react in a negative way. And that is what happened. No-one dared say anything at the time because we would have been shouted down.

                  I want to see a Labour/Green government in power and, in the first instance, that transcends any individual boutique issues no matter how important they may be.

                  • karol

                    Anne, I understand you are talking strategy and dealing with MSM spin, but you are also playing into the hands of anti-feminists… and behind them misogynists, especially evident with the use of this anti-feminist dog whistle:

                    individual boutique issues

                    This is just pandering to the gender conservatives.

                    • Anne

                      I understand you are talking strategy and dealing with MSM spin, but you are also playing into the hands of anti-feminists…

                      No I’m not karol.

                      The aim of those in the Labour Party who want to see a 50% gender ratio is going to become reality very soon. That’s a given. We’re almost there. After the 2011 election there was a small drop in women MPs but that was simply the way the axe fell on election night. It had nothing to do with a lack of women candidates. That drop has been partly rectified with the election of two women Labour MPs in the past few months. All going well, I predict that the ratio will be close to 50% if not 50% after the next election. That is why I personally felt that the authors of the original remit may have over-reacted to that drop in 2011.

                      Yes: boutique issue was a bad choice of words. Note to self – don’t do what you’ve just criticised others for doing. Couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to put it…

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The term “boutique identity politics” is certainly prejudicial. I use it to describe politics which is divorced from helping the bottom 50% of society and which will finally, concretely change the lives of only a few percent (if that) of the population and with basically zero challenge to our political economic status quo.

                      An example is the the new target % for females in the Labour Caucus. Going to 45% would garner one or two more women in the current caucus, or thereabouts. The cost: Labour Conference caused not a bump for Labour in the Roy Morgan, but a fall which was clearly bigger than the margin of error. Each of those potential new MPs cost in the Roy Morgan three or so percentage points of polling loss relative to National. Labour support was lost across the board from both men and women. Of course, it’s just a single poll. But the loss of polling momentum at year end after Conference was palpable exactly when things should have been accelerating.

                      NZ First nor the Greens had to take this politically costly approach to get their caucus gender balance right. In the end, I fully support the aim of having a caucus which fairly represents the demographics of the nation, but it could have and should have been done in a different way. One which cost less political capital and avoided losing votes from both men and women in the electorate.

                    • Anne

                      @ CV
                      I don’t know whether this will end up in the right place, but thanks a million for your comment at 10 54am. You have put it so much better than I did.

                      What the hell is the use of having progressive economic and social policies that are going to improve the lives of so many more people, if a Labour led govt. can never be elected to implement them. Whether we like it or not that is the reality of the situation.

                      As you have intimated, it’s a case of being very careful how you present policy (especially social policy) so as not to allow our opponents and the MSM misrepresenting them in such a way as to alienate a large portion of the population.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Thank you Anne. It is, and continues to be, a pleasure to serve.

        • Murray Olsen 6.1.2.4

          Careerist politicians like Deborah Russell remind me of WWF wrestlers. Once they’ve learned the basics of play acting enough to get in the ring, they do it for the first party that offers them a contract. They can just as easily play cloth cap class warrior as they can play Randian super hero, then all wander off together to the same barbecues once the performance is over. They don’t take it personally because it’s all just role playing.

          But yeah, Sanctuary, please be careful about the issue karol raised. I’m a couple of years off sixty and never saw the third way as anything but treachery. I got sick of Bomber’s ravings about baby boomers as well. I take your point about generalisations, but I think the Labour caucus has been the prime mover in destroying class consciousness. Many people my age may have gone along with it because it was the path of least resistance, but they didn’t start it.

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.2.4.1

            IIRC Roger Douglas, David Caygill and Mike Moore could all give rousing pro worker Marxist style speeches when they needed to and if it was expected at a Labour Party membership meeting.

            I’m sure many of you remember. It was a totally fine front of falsehood.

            • tinfoilhat 6.1.2.4.1.1

              I don’t know why you persist with Labour CV, come over to the Greens we’d be more than happy to have you.

    • Anne 6.2

      Dear oh dear Sanctuary.

      Josie must have seen your comment on yesterday’s Open Mike and the little clutch of responses including mine. Actually I thought they were mild…

      Sanctuary 4
      30 December 2013 at 9:09 am

      If you want a giggle, pop over to pundit and read another confused piece from Josie Pagani about religion. Honestly, that women is the very definition of the immodestly clueless.

      http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-30122013/

      Edit: agree karol. Bomber does go over the top sometimes. Still, there’s no need for Pagani to lump us all in the boat. Asking for negative comment.

    • chris73 6.3

      A succinct and well-written post from Josie that those on the left would do well to heed coming into an election year :)

      • Anne 6.3.1

        Yes Chris 73 it would be succinct and well written if it was correct. She’s succumbed to the same over-extended verbal precocity for which she’s criticising Bomber. If she wants to be part of public political commentary then she has to accept strong criticism from time to time and even learn from it.

        You don’t go into a deep sulk every time some leftie commenter disagrees with you as happens here on a daily basis. You take it on the chin because, for the most part, you know it isn’t personal.

    • i finally went and had a look at this pile of self-serving/whining/saying-nothing piece from pagani..

      ..and there are laughs-out-loud to be had fromn the tutt-tutt-fest pagani and george have in the comments-thread..

      ..but for pagani to even call herself ‘left’ is a joke..

      ..she is a neo-lib..thru and thru..and the neo-lib labour is where she thrived..

      ..a marker of her neo-libness/lack of labour was her constant attacks on the one (pathetic in scope) anti-poverty move labour ’11 announced..

      ..that sad excuse for anything policy of promising to include beneficiary families in working for families..incrementally…by 2018..(!!)..

      ..(it worked out at about $3.50 a week..each year..until 2018..i called it the cup of cappucino bribe..)

      ..pagani was rending her clothes and gnashing her teeth at this ‘foolhardy’-policy..

      ..as far as pagani is concerned…those one n four nz children living in poverty can just ‘rot’..

      ..pagani is a hideous excuse for/of a ‘labour-activist/voice’..

      ..she represents everything that is/was wrong with neo-lib labour..

      ..she belongs with the tories..

      ..and the sooner the better..

      ..or maybe with dunne..?..her and p.g. are so simpicato..

      ..they could flap their hands about and do nothing..together..

      ..phillip ure..

    • RedBaronCV 6.5

      I read it, read it and reread it.
      What is her main point, that a single blogger called her and Espiner as less than left wing, which is an opinion only? And following on from that opinion, the way Pagani & Espiner approach their media duties may reflect these views? And somehow, holding this view is abuse or intolerance or lacks respect of what, them, their opinions, something else? TS somehow perpetuates this abuse by allowing us to post? All criticism of them is abuse?

      But hey, somehow it’s okay when the media subject Len Brown to torrent of negative criticism for $300. Okay for Jackson & JT to slag off a young woman’s views? Colour me confused.

      Pagani of all people should know about the creation of a narrative. Look at single mothers, abused by a media narrative that paints them as loose moraled, unwilling to work, vaccinate their kids etc etc.
      The reality – they are young women looking after children, usually on very limited incomes, doing all the hard work of raising said children, taking the huge economic hit on their careers and earnings, doing far more than virtually any other group of adults in society whilst being vilified as if they were responsible for all society’s ills.
      That sort of narrative is abuse Josie, not having an opinion on whether or not a media person has right or left wing views

      • phillip ure 6.5.1

        “..Pagani of all people should know about the creation of a narrative. Look at single mothers, abused by a media narrative that paints them as loose moraled, unwilling to work, vaccinate their kids etc etc.
        The reality – they are young women looking after children, usually on very limited incomes, doing all the hard work of raising said children, taking the huge economic hit on their careers and earnings, doing far more than virtually any other group of adults in society whilst being vilified as if they were responsible for all society’s ills…”

        i would like to nominate the above for political-paragraph-of-the-year..

        ..i haven’t seen it said better..

        ..phillip ure..

        • RedBaronCV 6.5.1.1

          Thank you Phillip – I’m deeply touched.

          • greywarbler 6.5.1.1.1

            RedB
            I like two!
            Well said, and perhaps along the lines of what has recently been discussed about propaganda and Bernay? single and solo parents (solo have had partners, spouses) could be flavour of the month by mid next year. It was interesting to read how he turned cigarette smoking for ‘nice’ women from a blot on society to a brave and smart display of emancipashun. From consternation to fascination in five-ten easy steps!

            Anyone to join a kitchen cabinet on ideas and method?

          • Colonial Viper 6.5.1.1.2

            TS somehow perpetuates this abuse by allowing us to post? All criticism of them is abuse?

            Indeed. Attitudes of the privileged elite.

            The underclass and working class are fair game of course. But them? No, that would be unacceptable and anti-social!

      • Draco T Bastard 6.5.2

        Pagani of all people should know about the creation of a narrative.

        Yep, she does – she’s trying very hard to create one and is getting upset that she’s being called on it.

    • Rogue Trooper 6.6

      great writer that Sanctuary

    • mickysavage 6.7

      I must say that the quality of all the comments under Sanctuary’s at 6.0 show how wrong Pagani is about the Standard.

  7. Sanctuary 7

    P.S. Happy New Year to all the Standardistas, may next year be marked by a glorious turfing out of the National party wide boys and with it their nihilist political culture that would make the most boorish Philistine blush.

  8. karol 8

    It’s a struggle today to respond to comments – maybe my Chrome browser? keep getting a message at the top of my browser that flash plugin has stopped working or isn’t loading. Slow response to my keyboard strokes.

    • Sacha 8.1

      Your first comment has drawn the attention of the NSA. :)

      • Anne 8.1.1

        Without a doubt. :evil:

      • karol 8.1.2

        Heh. A google search indicates there’s a conflict between two versions of shockwave flash installed on my computer- one for windows & one for google chrome specifically. I couldn’t see where in my programmes to delete the chrome version – so disabled it. But that didn’t seem to fix it. It’s still there and crashing.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.2.1

          Uninstall and re-install Chrome.

          • karol 8.1.2.1.1

            yes, I tried that yesterday – not sure if I did it correctly as it continued to be a struggle (made obvious for me making a lot of typos/spelling errors yesterday).

            Today it seems to be working fine.

  9. Morrissey 9

    Mr Brown’s Boys
    Part 2 of 3

    “The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.”—JEAN GIRAUDOUX

    Part 1…. http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-30122013/#comment-750859

    THE STORY SO FAR: The long-suffering headmaster of the Public Address Academy, Mr Russell Brown, has made yet another of his notorious misjudgments. This time he has invited the notorious National Party race-baiter Matthew Hooton into the Hard News class to deliver an outrageously insincere speech about how he allegedly feels after the death of Nelson Mandela. The decision to allow Hooton to hijack the show is a controversial one, and causes great anger. However, Mr Brown can always count on a core group of sycophants, bullies and class monitors to obey even his most absurd diktats. So when he instructs the class to “Please be respectful of each other”, this core group of sycophants, bullies and monitors takes it as its duty to “make nice” to Hooton, and pretend that he is genuine, rather than a disgusting impostor. We join the action just as Hooton is starting to deliver his infamous speech…..

    MATTHEW HOOTON: Isn’t it a strange, melancholy and nostalgic day? Mandela really was the greatest figure of the 20th century.
    
SEVERAL VOICES: Fuck off, racist!…. He’s a friend of John Ansell, for Chrissakes!… Fuck off, you lying little turd!… SHUSH! He’s starting to speak…

    HOOTON: In the way I view the world, being a child of the 1980s, he was alongside Reagan, Thatcher and Gorbachev in the sense of bringing tyranny to an end.
    OUTRAGE AND UPROAR FROM CLASS: What the FUCK!!!?!?!!?…. W-w-w-what did that smirking, smarmy prick just say?!!???!

    MR BROWN: [apoplectic, veins throbbing in forehead, beard twitching] I have repeatedly asked everyone here to show good faith and respect. If you can’t do that, please leave the discussion!

    Thus temporarily suppressed, the dissenters in the class subside into either a resentful silence or uttering sotto voce wisecracks. For the next few minutes, MATTHEW HOOTON is free to say whatever he likes, and to bask in the praise of the bewildered, the drug-impaired and the sanctimonious….

    HOOTON: But he stood so much further above them because he personally had been persecuted and imprisoned, and yet he forgave.
    RICHARD ASTON: [perfervidly] There is a hole in the fabric of things where Mandala once was.

    ….That bizarre contribution elicits a burst of snickering, snorting and tittering, even from the most sanctimonious git in the room, CRAIG RANAPIA. Mr Brown enters a memo into his PalmPilot: “Set drug dogs onto Aston ASAP.”….

    MORRISSEY BREEN: [sotto voce] What the FUCK is Aston smoking?
    HOOTON: If it means anything as a 9 year old, I suppose I was pro-tour but I also remember being very impressed with the bravery of those who stood on the field in Hamilton, and watching all that unfold on television.
    MORRISSEY BREEN: [sotto voce] Bu-u-u-u-u-ulllll-SHIT.
    SIMON G: [warmly] This is a very nice speech, Matthew.
    HOOTON: In retrospect, I think the very conservatism of the white population helped with the transition to democracy – these old school lads were taught to respect their state president no matter who he was.

    ….Much nodding of heads, and several cries of affirmation: “Good point”…”Yes it was the WHITES who freed South Africa.”…. “I hadn’t thought of that before, Matthew” …. “He’s from the LIBERAL part of the National Party isn’t he!”… “I don’t trust him.”…. “Shush, don’t be negative TODAY OF ALL DAYS!!”…”I don’t trust him”…. “Neither do I”…” He’s a notorious liar”…”Shush! This is not the time for that sort of talk!”…”Sorry Craig”…”Sorry Craig, I’ll shut up now”….

    HOOTON: His wonderful book, Long Walk to Freedom, and other accounts of his life, show he was not some sort of innocent saint but a hard-nosed pol. He was the sort of leader who would think about what suit to wear when leaving prison. Mandela was a guy who would do attack ads with the best (or worst!) of them. To me, that is much better than being a mere saint. But whatever it is to be a saint, he was also one of them.
    DRIPPY “LIBERAL”: Thanks, Matthew! You’ve nailed it!
    HOOTON: [with a show of sincerity and humility] Sorry for talking so long. I hope Mr Brown doesn’t mind. I am not sure why I have wanted to bash all this out. Or why Public Address seems the right place to say it.
    MARK THOMAS: Great speech Matthew. Thanks.
    ADAM POPE Thanks Matthew for having the courage to say that. Public Address was absolutely the right place to say it.
    PAUL WILLIAMS: Thanks Matthew. I’m glad of this opportunity for us to display our grief. I also have a profound sense of loss today.
    SIMON G: I think one of Mandela’s remarkable achievements was the number of minds he changed – not just official stances for public consumption, not just the re-writing of history, but people genuinely “getting it”. Yes, it can be done.
    DRIPPY “LIBERALS” AND SYCOPHANTS: Yeah, RIGHT ON. Matthew’s changed his mind, he really has!…. He’s a GENUINE GUY, he really is! …. Oh yes…. It’s the new, caring, sharing right wing….
    HEBE: For Nelson Mandela, today we’ll let you in the club Matthew. I was going to write more later but I won’t: you’ve said much of it, and eloquently.

    .…And then, as suddenly as it was imposed, the enforced silencing of dissent disappears. One of the more astute members of the class has not been at all impressed by Hooton’s vaudeville display of mock sincerity….

    WILLIAM BLAKE: Only Matthew Hooton could use Mandelas’ death to give respect to Reagan, Thatcher and de Klerk.
    MR BROWN: [scowling] I did ask you to show respect for each other.
    HOOTON: [sneering] You really have missed the point.
    TONY J RICKETS: I guess one of the things about him is the way he brings out the best in people (de Klerk, Bolger, Matthew for example). Some folks just do that.

    The head prefect and class bully quickly moves to seize back control….

    CRAIG RANAPIA: [sanctimoniously] You know what, William, I know a lot of expat South Africans who were absolutely convinced that apartheid’s end was inevitable – in an unspeakably brutal civil war. Everyone who played a part in avoiding what would have been a humanitarian disaster deserves our gratitude. And a little of Mandela’s grace.
    DRIPPY “LIBERALS”, NINNIES AND SYCOPHANTS: Yeah! …. Everyone played a part, especially the white South Africans! …. Yeah! …. Matthew and Craig are so ON TO IT!..And today is NOT THE DAY to argue and to be NEGATIVE!

    ….Despite the best efforts of head prefect Ranapia and class monitor Rickets, however, the disgust at Hooton’s antics cannot be entirely suppressed…..

    KRACKLITE: Oh great, Hooton sees an opportunity to tell us all about how he likes to think of himself. Get over yourself and show some respect Hoots, this isn’t about you.
    MR BROWN Yeah, it is. It’s a place where people share their experience. That’s the heartbeat of it.
    SACHA: [glowering at KRACKLITE with a look that could split a rock] Not called for. You can do better.

    END OF PART 2.
    http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/mandela/
    To be continued…..

    • Sacha 9.1

      “MORRISSEY BREEN: [sotto voce]”

      If only you’d actually been part of the conversation, eh, rather than bravely reimagining its sequence some time later. Fortunately people can go read it for themselves.

      To give some context, it’s rare for any of the post authors at Public Address to ask for particular behaviour from commenters like this instance, and the place self-moderates quite successfully. Like many, I was surprised to see Hooten write a comment there – and like many, criticised aspects of it without invective. As a fellow aspie, I especially didn’t want to see Kracklite/Rhinocrates heading in that direction.

      Nothing exceptional there, but whatever blows your skirt up I guess. It’s like reading your regular distortions of Question Time or radio broadcasts, Morrissey. I should just remember to read your writing as drama rather than documentary, and encourage others to do the same.

      • Morrissey 9.1.1

        1.) If only you’d actually been part of the conversation, eh, rather than bravely reimagining its sequence some time later.
        Errrr, I WAS a part of the conversation. I actually made my debut on Public Address to refute Hooton’s appalling abuse of Russell Brown’s goodwill….
        http://publicaddress.net/system/cafe/hard-news-mandela/?p=303247#post303247

        2.) Fortunately people can go read it for themselves.
        Indeed they can. That’s why I have provided a link in both parts of the drama so far.

        3.) To give some context, it’s rare for any of the post authors at Public Address to ask for particular behaviour from commenters like this instance, and the place self-moderates quite successfully.
        Really? So how come Matthew Hooton was free to make the most absurd and provocative statements about Mandela? What “self-moderation” was operating there?

        4.) Like many, I was surprised to see Hooten write a comment there – and like many, criticised aspects of it without invective.
        To call out a hypocrite and a liar is not invective, it is simply rigour and honesty. Kracklite, and several others, commented acerbically and accurately about the bizarreness and untruthfulness of Hooton’s post; they did not employ invective at all.

        5.) As a fellow aspie, I especially didn’t want to see Kracklite/Rhinocrates heading in that direction.
        What? So Kracklite/Rhinocrates is to be forbidden or discouraged from entering into robust debate? Have you (caringly) informed him of this?

        6.) Nothing exceptional there, but whatever blows your skirt up I guess.
        What?

        7.) It’s like reading your regular distortions of Question Time or radio broadcasts, Morrissey.
        Ahhhh, here we are, at the nub of the issue. What’s your problem? The fact I send up Hekia Parata occasionally? My lack of respect for Public Address heroes like Barack Obama? Or the fact I pinned down Chris Trotter for his windy endorsement of Deep South lynch law?

        8.) I should just remember to read your writing as drama rather than documentary, and encourage others to do the same.
        Dramatised documentary in this case. And I don’t think you’re really an astute viewing or listening guide.

        • Sacha 9.1.1.1

          “they did not employ invective at all”
          You may have missed reading Kracklite’s original comments before he edited them.

          “What’s your problem?”
          Misrepresentation of fact is fine in drama. Again, fortunately people can read/watch Question Time or rely on more credible commentators to find out what really happened if they’re not just seeking entertainment.

          “And I don’t think you’re really an astute viewing or listening guide.”
          Hilarious.

          • Morrissey 9.1.1.1.1

            “they did not employ invective at all”
            You may have missed reading Kracklite’s original comments before he edited them.

            I read Kracklite’s comments. Like anyone with a conscience, he was disgusted by what Hooton was up to, and genuinely concerned that Russell Brown did not seem to appreciate just how foolish Hooton was making him look. To challenge a cynical impostor like that needs firm and unequivocal language—but Kracklite did not use invective. If you want to experience invective in all its ugliness and mindlessness, go and visit the sites of some of Hooton’s close friends—like John Ansell.

            “What’s your problem?”
            Misrepresentation of fact is fine in drama.

            No it’s not. It’s no more acceptable in a third-rate movie like Argo or that recent hatchet job on Julian Assange (the Benedict Blunderpatch vehicle that tanked at the box office) than it is on the lips of a politician or a cynical pollster.

            Again, fortunately people can read/watch Question Time or rely on more credible commentators to find out what really happened if they’re not just seeking entertainment.
            “More credible commentators”—like Matthew Hooton or Fran O’Sullivan or John Armstrong or Colin Espiner or Chris Trotter? My honesty and integrity is better than any of theirs, and you know it. And what on earth is your obsession with Question Time? I have hardly ever even mentioned it, leave alone transcribed it; that’s because Parliament’s stenographers do the job for me.

            “And I don’t think you’re really an astute viewing or listening guide.”
            Hilarious.

            Actually, the standard of your commentary is the very opposite of hilarious.

      • greywarbler 9.1.2

        Sacha
        :grin:

        • Morrissey 9.1.2.1

          Ahhh, my old friend greywarbler—the man who couldn’t understand how South African and South American liberation movements have anything in common.

          Where have you been lately, mate? Reading? (Though, judging by your ill-advised gesture of support for poor old Sacha, I would doubt that.)

      • rhinocrates 9.1.3

        As a fellow aspie, I especially didn’t want to see Kracklite/Rhinocrates heading in that direction.

        Sorry Sacha, I have a great deal of affection and respect for you, but I’m also a Scot and I don’t need your husbandry. In short: do NOT patronise me.

        That anthropomorphic oil slick Hooton can gild his tongue all he likes, but he shouldn’t be welcomed purely for that alone. “Good manners” are only superficial and often deceptive, so it’s idiotic to think that their simulation is synonymous with “good faith”. I am amazed that people are taken in by that bullshit and I would be ashamed to associate with fools who think mere puppetry means something more.

        I also find it rather odd that Craig Ranapia’s frequent use of obscenity and abuse of people who disagree with him is taken so lightly. His claim that PA was a “safe” place when so many had commented that they found his behaviour intimidating – as it is intended to be – is rather… “odd”.

        Actually, “hypocritical” is a word I would use, a quality he shows in abundance when accusing others of the same.

        As for my increasing estrangement from Public Address: Hard News, it is something that stirs me more to sorrow than anger.

        • Morrissey 9.1.3.1

          Rhinocrates/Kracklite, I hope you enjoyed your brief speaking part at the end of Part 2. Along with this writer (i.e., moi), Craig Ranapia, and the increasingly tense and harried Mr Brown, you’ll feature more prominently in Part 3, which is coming soon….

          By the way: I can think of no better description of our friend Hooton than “anthropomorphic oil slick”. Brilliant stuff!—although Sacha will not be happy that you’re “going down that road”.

  10. chris73 10

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/9566351/Hollywood-struggles-against-new-film-meccas

    – “There’s no place in the world that we could make these sequels more cost effectively,” says producer Jon Landau. It is neither the archipelago’s volcanoes nor its glaciers that are attractive, because the Avatar movies will be shot indoors. Sure, Peter Jackson’s award-winning special effects infrastructure is there, but the deciding factor was the money. “We looked at other places,” says Landau. But in the end, “it was this rebate.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9564445/Iron-sand-exports-get-boost

    – More good news for NZ

    Its going to be a good year for all NZ

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      No, actually, it’s not. It’s all bad news as we pay and pay and pay with our resources and our money.

    • Morrissey 10.2

      National Party logic: we give lots of money to wealthy U.S. corporations, but treat the poor in New Zealand as criminals.

      Thank God there’s less than one year of this regime left.

    • @ c73..did you miss the analysis showing that subsidising peter jacksons’ moat + other flicks..

      ..after weighing up all the financial benefits/subsidy-costs..

      ..has left new zealand taxpayers in the hole to the tune of $168 million..

      ..how can ‘more’ of that be ‘good news’..?..

      ..phillip ure..

    • Murray Olsen 10.4

      Jesus H Christ, Piss73, how on earth is it good news that films are being made in Aotearoa because we effectively pay a big studio to do it, and rip holes in our industrial relations laws to make it even easier for them? Try walking upright some time. It only hurts for a few weeks while the muscles get used to not cowering in abject surrender. After a while it even feels good. Bloody Key is like the clumsy rich kid at primary school who pays other kids to like him. Let him do it with his own money. We can do better.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.5

      The Great Malaise drags on

      There’s something dismal about writing year-end roundups in the half-decade since the eruption of the 2008 global financial crisis. Yes, we avoided a Great Depression II, but only to emerge into a Great Malaise, with barely increasing incomes for a large proportion of citizens in advanced economies. We can expect more of the same in 2014.

      /shrug

  11. tricledrown 11

    Conman73 Primary Industry cyclical given NZ steel profitability.
    Avatar is a subsidy in the race to the bottom.
    The Film industry is in decline world wide proped up by the welfare you detest.
    Video game development is the profitable side.
    Joyce got nothing for our $200+
    Of taxpayers money, these video game development jobs are the future of the this industry.
    So its jusy a feel good election bribe as paddy gower said.

  12. tricledrown 12

    Cseventytree
    You’ve let the Cat out of the bag
    Nationals election strategy
    Baffle the peasants with Bullshit
    Back to the Bolger years
    Key will be running round the country opening little factories etc Good News stories .
    Your handlers won’t be pleased
    C7tree

    • chris73 12.1

      Pfft if history has shown us anything its that the labour caucus will find someway to stuff things up before the election

    • greywarbler 12.2

      tricledown
      My imagination is working. These little factories – what will they be making?
      Making gingerbread houses with a baked milk-powder base?
      Motor-bicycle hubs out of strips of pine tanalised wood (with special moisture proof treatment.) Light and strong!
      Cow paintings revealing their wacky inner selves?
      Dried cow pats impressed with an effigy of John Key, Jesus or Mary, or the Dalai Lama (to show how international we are). For that nostalgic home-farm fragrance so unexpected in the city’s concrete jungle.
      Special sandals with hemp-woven soles. Trick is that these are made from high potency hemp hitherto burnt on bonfires by police laughing merrily. The ingredient will be absorbed through the sole of the foot. Brand name being considered – Happy Feet. (The harvesting of this pest plant is so expensive that an economic case for cost recovery has produced this cranky idea from some smoke-filled room.)

      This is just a small sample of the tremendous wave of creative and clever businesses that John Key could visit and grace with the invisible or dead hand of government or both perhaps.

      If anyone wants to read another diatribe on how government is spoiling everything for the USA middle class and the nation’s productivity, here is a link. And it is as well considered as the title.
      Dead Hand of Governent Impoverishes the Middle Class
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chriss-street/dead-hand-government_b_860852.html

  13. Morrissey 13

    Who will be the lead mourner at Obama’s funeral?

    Fast forward thirty-seven years. The venerable ex-President Barack (The Great Liberator) Obama has finally died from smoking-related complications. President Justin Bieber will speak, of course, but it’s important that the keynote speech, the very first of all the official eulogies to be delivered in RFK Stadium, is delivered in accordance with the tradition laid down by the South African government way back in December 2013, when Obama himself was chosen to lead the mourning at the memorial service of another liberation hero, Nelson Mandela. [1]

    That tradition is to select someone who stands for the very opposite of what the dead person stood for in his lifetime, and to get that person to deliver the lead eulogy. As an exercise in enforcing collective obedience and heroic repression of the urge to laugh or to vomit, it is extremely valuable.

    So the question is: what liberal, democratic activist from the late 2040s can be found to swallow his or her scruples and pretend to have been inspired by Obama, in the same way as Obama pretended he had been inspired by Mandela? Is there any democratic activist who has the ability to keep a straight face as he (or she) addresses the crowd about someone who actually fought against democracy and freedom throughout his dire eight years of presidency?

    Probably not. Maybe Chris Trotter would have, but he’s long dead.

    So, the question has to be asked: is there anyone in the entire world who would be shameless enough to deliver a mealy-mouthed, utterly insincere eulogy for the late President Obama, just as President Obama delivered a mealy-mouthed, utterly insincere eulogy for the late Nelson Mandela.

    Well, it so happens that there is someone who is just perfect for the job of leading the show of mourning for Barack Obama in the tradition, laid down by Obama himself, of eulogizing a person one would have persecuted and imprisoned if one had had the power to do so.

    He is getting long in the tooth: in 2050 he will be 104 years old. But, thanks to the miracle of daily monkey gland injections, the drinking of gallons of Amrit Ras and the yearly blood sacrifice of a mewling sycophant [2] on the world’s longest-running TV series The Apprentice, this world leader, and former president (2020-4), is still going strong.

    Yes, step forward LORD DONALD TRUMP (May God Bless His Holy Name)…..

    Ex-President Lord Trump’s Eulogy for Barack Obama
    December 11, 2050

    To Michelle and the Obama family; to President Bieber and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of Kenya – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Barack Obama with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

    It is hard to eulogize any man – to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person – their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul. How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process killed and imprisoned and persecuted millions around the world.

    Born in August 1961, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his cannibal tribe – Barack would emerge as the first great liberator of the 21st century. Like Anders Breivik, he would lead a resistance movement – a movement that at its start held little prospect of success.

    ….continues insanely in front of braindead, silent crowd, just like the one in Johannesburg in December 2013….

    [1] Now discredited and rarely mentioned any more.
    [2] The lucky Ivy League grad. is selected with a doom-inflected “You’re DEAD!” by the Great Man himself, and dispatched by his septuagenarian son Donald Trump Jr. and the captain of the winning team, with cudgels, live on air. Always a top-rating episode, more so when the winning captain is a female.

    • Murray Olsen 13.1

      I considered your commentaries factual and accurate until you claimed Justin Bieber as president. The president must be born in the US and A.

      • Morrissey 13.1.1

        Damn! What was I thinking, Murray? I forgot he’s Canadian!

        Okay, then, the president in 2050 will be Jenna Bush.

  14. lprent 14

    Gardeners breakfast for lunch at bluskin in Waitati. Burp!
    Invercargill here we go…

  15. Rogue Trooper 15

    A Serious Man “receives with simplicity all that happens”- Rashi ( An Outline of an Anarchist ‘Theory of Knowledge’ ) Now, think about those ‘ Super ‘… Lions

    Rogue Trooper ( John James Elijah , formerly, Wayne Leslie Barrow bd: 16.2.67 ) is now honourably discharged.

    And, if you think your wealth, or Technological familiarity makes you better than me… “You’ve got another thing coming”! .

    ps: Please read the letter .

    -John, signing off, Over and Out! ;)

  16. ghostrider888 16

    All The Best for The New Year…( and Not Fade Away….

    Edit: White Rabbits (just in anticipation).

    or

    “When the ‘truth’ is found to be lies” …It’s been swell.

  17. greywarbler 17

    Sanctuary at 6.1.2 has a thoroughly good thought piece everyone on TS should read. Don’t miss it. This part struck a bell with me -referring to the over 45s and our comparatively cosy lives grown on a base of good government services and opportunity..

    Secondly, all of this bourgeoise class formed their political beliefs at a time when third way identity politics WAS the acceptable face of the left. The idea that the left is every bit as much about radical economic reform and redistribution and that the new-right’s class war demands a response first and foremost as a radical economic agenda complete with the potential for violence unsettles them.
    The idea that the political assumptions of a such a well-informed, intelligent, and self-regarded middle class group as them could turn to be entirely wrong is regarded as absurd.

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      In “Death of the Liberal Class” Chris Hedges stated it very clearly: the intellectual socially liberal middle class and elite were never supposed to be the functioning political Left.

      The functioning political Left is supposed to be organised groups of the underclass, of labour, and of socialist community and activist organisations.

      So we shouldn’t be disappointed in the politics of this group of intellectual socially liberal middle class of 45 plus. They have their place in society and they’re doing exactly what is expected of them.

      And they’re definitely not going to like what actually happened in the USA which forced Roosevelt and his business backers to accept the New Deal and save capitalism. In essence, wide spread civil resistance forced those in power to implement the socialist policies of the New Deal.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exuGv3HsV-U&noredirect=1

  18. Tracey 18

    Is chris still running about excitedly salivating at the day he too can have clothes as beautiful as his emperor?

  19. weka 19

    What’s with the two strings of sausages at the bottom of the page?

  20. Tracey 20

    Naked chris… you do get that gangs thrive on the impoverished or those in poverty? Drugs are a mere subset of that.

  21. Morrissey 21

    Given the extraordinary levels of naïveté shown recently by some of the big-hearted, generous “liberals” around the place, it is timely to remind ourselves just how nasty, cynical and downright dishonest Matthew Hooton, the beneficiary of their misplaced trust, actually is. Few have summed up this horrible backroom operative better than Nicky Hager did the best part of four years ago…..

    The last wails of the angry Hollow Men
    by Nicky Hager, Pundit, March 19, 2010
    http://pundit.co.nz/content/the-last-wails-of-the-angry-hollow-men

    And so the saga of the Brash email invesigations ends, not with a bang, but with continued denials by those exposed

    When my book The Hollow Men was published over three years ago, the National Party-aligned PR man Matthew Hooton wrote a furious newspaper column saying that the source material for the book had obviously been illegally hacked and that he and others were going to investigate and bring me to justice. Time has proved him wrong on both points.

    Egged on by Hooton, former National Party leader Don Brash complained to the police about my leaked materials, prompting a long police investigation. The police, predictably, found no evidence of hacking or crime. Instead of accepting these findings, Hooton accused the police of political bias and he, Brash and a small set of right-wing commentators demanded a new police inquiry. Under this angry criticism, the police launched a high-level second investigation. A total of three years of police investigation ended last week and, despite all those wasted police resources, the conclusion was once again that hacking was “highly unlikely”.

    As the newspapers reported, the police found no evidence of “hacking of any sort, no evidence of any interception or use of similar devices. No evidence of anything, really – in fact there was absolutely no trail to follow.” Adding in all the evidence, they wrote, “the chances of illegal electronic entry become more remote. The general consensus is that this was not the manner in which the emails were obtained.” Elsewhere in the report they said they were “confident that the Parliamentary computer was not hacked” and that “there was no evidence to implicate Mr Hager as having committed a criminal offence in obtaining and publishing the emails and documents.”

    For everyone except the grumpy cabal who pushed for the police investigation, this was the end of the matter. But before forgetting about the whole thing, the release of the police report gives an interesting political snapshot.

    You probably haven’t seen the two police reports (they weren’t released on the Internet) but they are pleasingly detailed and unambiguous. I don’t think anyone who reads them will give any credibility to Hooton and cos original allegations of hacking and crime. This makes the responses from Brash, Hooton and other National Party figures (who would presumably have seen the reports) all the more interesting.

    The first person to comment was Hooton, using his Monday morning commentator spot on Radio New Zealand. You would hope that a news organisation, where he had previously loudly aired his views about hacking and stolen e-mails, would have put it to Hooton that the police had found no evidence to support his allegations. Alas no. Instead Hooton, the PR man, simply scooted around the fact that he’d been proven wrong and came up with a new and even more far fetched allegation. “The only strange thing about it,” he said, “was that there was some information in the book that only could have come from [National Party donor] Diane Foreman’s home, and couldn’t have come from Parliament and that’s still unresolved.” Sigh. It does not reflect well on Radio New Zealand that they continue to employ this shameless spin doctor as a commentator.

    The next person to respond to the police finding was John Key, at his weekly Monday afternoon press conference. This was disturbing in a different way. Leaving aside that some press gallery journalists seemed primarily interested that the prime minister had said a rude word (“bollocks”), the remarkable thing was that a three year investigation by police professionals had made no impression on Key at all. The insight that this small event gives into the mind of the prime minister is that he didn’t just dodge the unpalatable information like Hooton, he simply didn’t believe information that didn’t suit him. Thus his conclusion, at the end of a police inquiry that disproved the hacking theory as comprehensively as was possible, was to tell the reporters that he believed the parliamentary computers had been hacked “but I can’t back that up”. Maybe this is how things are in the world of currency trading that he comes from: there’s no such thing as solid fact or principle; everything is fluid and adjustable.

    A few other people made similar comments, repeating the now familiar claims about hacked parliamentary computers and theft. The joke is that this short list of people had something rather obvious in common. Pretty well all the people proclaiming that there had been wrong doing were people who had been exposed in my book doing what I described as dishonest, dodgy or manipulative things themselves. Don Brash, John Key, Matthew Hooton (PR adviser to Brash), Richard Long (chief spin doctor for Brash) and John Ansell (advertising consultant to Brash). They naturally felt hurt and angry about their secret actions and discussions being revealed to the public.

    But for three years they have turned this on its head and painted themselves as the victims – avoiding responsibility for their own actions and attacking me for exposing them. For all but the utterly partisan and self interested, the police investigation should at last have put an end to that.

    *For further insight into the emails debate and Nicky’s discussion of how they were sourced, see here….
    http://pundit.co.nz/content/good-pr-relies-on-bad-journalism-the-stolen-e-mails-story

    http://pundit.co.nz/content/the-last-wails-of-the-angry-hollow-men

    • Anne 21.1

      Thanks for that Morrissey. Will read the links shortly. I have enormous respect for Nicky Hagar and had the pleasure of meeting him earlier this year. He came across to me as a very genuine person. No sign of pretensions and not a hint of arrogance about him. No surprise then that his ‘targets’ in the The Hollow Men are some of the most arrogant individuals in NZ. He is highly regarded overseas and is credited with bringing the ultra secret Echelon system of surveillance out into the fresh air for the world to see – a kind of a mini Edward Snowden.

      No wonder Brash/Key and their cohorts (including Matthew Hooton) went to such lengths to discredit him.

  22. ecossemaid 22

    Hi! Is this the right Webpage/Site to join Shortland Street Appreciation Society? Or has my computer been hacked by NSA/Fox Non News/Right Wing Bastards R Us/Grassy Knoll Conspiracy Activists

  23. Ecosse 24

    No Ecossemaid, Are You Parnoid!? This is the Bananas in Pyjamas site!

  24. Ad 25

    Going off in Wanaka tonight.
    God I feel old with such heavings of young people.

  25. mac1 26

    Happy New Year, everyone.

  26. xtasy 27

    Mi amiga de Caracas recommendar:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQpVV27CPfE

    Illapu, historico, mas de des, futura de NZ ???

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    5 ideas for protecting New York from the next Sandy Climate scientists aren’t too alarmist. They’re too conservative Direct Action is like a dodgy laundry powder that never gets the climate clean Emissions trading will be back in the game...
    Skeptical Science | 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
  • New research quantifies what’s causing sea level to rise
    There have been a number of studies that have come out recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists coalesce around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth. Most recently, a...
    Skeptical Science | 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
  • Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news for Kiwis with solar
    The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar and wind generators will receive 50 percent less for...
    Greens | 01-11
  • John Key’s asset sales outed by his own Minister
    National needs to come clean about the motivations behind selling state houses after Paula Bennett's asset sale admission, said the Green Party today.On Saturday, Paula Bennett, the Minister for Social Housing admitted, in a televised interview, that the sale of...
    Greens | 01-11
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    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
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