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Smell the fear

Written By: - Date published: 2:28 pm, August 27th, 2013 - 236 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, Economy, grant robertson, greens, john key, labour, leadership, national, polls, russel norman, Shane Jones, slippery, spin - Tags:

John Key claims he doesn’t care who becomes the next parliamentary Labour leader, while trying to drive a wedge between candidates.

NZ Herald  today

Prime Minister John Key says he does not care who takes over the Labour leadership, and the race would reveal deep divisions in the party.

His comments come after Labour MP David Cunliffe yesterday confirmed he would go up against Grant Robertson and Shane Jones in the leadership contest.

The Labour party has confirmed Grant Robertson, David Cunliffe and Shane Jones were the only three nominations for party leader received by yesterday’s 10pm deadline.

And, now that Cunliffe is edging to the front of the contest,a s reported by the MSM, Key goes negative on Cunliffe, as reported by Andrea Vance on Stuff:

It’s day two of the Labour leadership battle and Prime Minister John Key has already accused one of the front-runners of lying.

New Lynn MP David Cunliffe this morning ruled out making Greens co-leader Russel Norman his finance minister in any post-election coalition, but Key said Cunliffe was lying and would do anything to be prime minister.

“If, in the end, the price of having a government with the Greens is Russel Norman being the deputy prime minister and minster of finance, will he rule that out categorically? The answer will be no,” Key said.

Asked if he was accusing Cunliffe of not telling the truth, Key replied: “He’s lying to you.

“In the end he will be desperate to become prime minister, in the end he will do whatever it takes and say whatever it takes.

“Come the moment that’s the price, he’ll say ‘well I’m doing my bit for the country’.”

Seems that Key is judging Cunliffe by his own standards, and scaremongering.  But Key needs to be careful because increasing numbers of New zealanders do not believe what he says.  NBR yesterday:

As New Zealand Prime Minister John Key faced a Labour leadership challenge from Grant Robertson, Shane Jones and David Cunliffe, a poll said New Zealanders do not believe in what he says.

According to the survey, although Kiwis trust the prime minister, majority don’t necessarily believe in him.  A Fairfax Media-Ipsos survey revealed that John Key was rated as an effective and strong leader.  When Kiwi survey respondents were asked if they completely believed what John Key says, only 23.5 per cent responded Yes while more than half or 58.6 per cent answered No.

Gordon Campbell’s latest article explains why the Key’s talk of Labour Party factions is a misdirection and mere political spin.  Campbell argues that factional split sbecome more obvious when a party is in opposition, and then get papered over when in government.  he points to Bill english’s problems when National were last in opposition and the about turn when Key became PM:

The notion that Labour in Opposition is somehow inherently more divided than National really is nonsense. National, at the best of times, has always been split between its traditional rural conservatives and its radical urban neo-liberals – and give National five minutes in Opposition and those divisions become screamingly apparent. In the not too distant future, the jostling and the undermining between the Joyce faction and the Collins faction will match and mirror any current divisions in the Labour ranks. That will be so, regardless of whether the current declarations of unity between the Labour contestants are genuine, or not.

The claims by National to a steady state of natural unity – unlike that other lot – are worth examining in detail.

[...]

Keep that in mind over the next few weeks as you hear National MPs parrotting the lines of their leader about the divisions in Labour’s ranks. Not true. Eleven years ago, Bill English was the National Party’s equivalent of David Shearer. Then National changed its leader, got on the comeback trail, and lo, the divisions closed over and were heard from no more. Until next time.

As for the more “left wing” criticism….this is pretty comical coming from a Prime Minister whose government has pursued a ideologically-driven right wing agenda on asset sales that makes no economic sense. The “left wing” criticism can be dealt with in a later column once we know which sleeper agent of the Kremlin (Grant Robertson? David Cunliffe?) has been elected, and will be girding himself to snuff out the lamp of freedom.

Indeed – the left wing scaremongering shows how afraid Key is about his government’s paper thin majority.

236 comments on “Smell the fear”

  1. Crashcart 1

    I did have a chuckle when I heard Key saying he didn’t care who became leader then went on the attack against Cunliff. What amazes me is that the people interviewing him don’t pick up on that sort of blatant bollox.

    • framu 1.1

      “the people interviewing him don’t pick up on that sort of blatant bollox.”

      and thats the real kicker – its so unbelievably transparent when key does these lines, why does no-one put him on the spot?

    • Blue 1.2

      “I’m relaxed about it” or “It doesn’t bother me” are stock-standard Key phrases that he trots out every time something actually does worry him but he wants to appear as if it doesn’t.

      True to form, the headlines read ‘Key relaxed about XYZ’ – exactly the image he wanted to project.

      No journo stops to say “Hey, you must care who wins because you’d be a fucking idiot if you didn’t.” They just print his preferred spin verbatim.

  2. Wairua 2

    Smell the politics of fear. Key is doubtless thinking about his legacy .. and the hagiography he might get ghost-written.
    I mean, what else is there ? “How I made it on Wall Street” ? Sorry, John ..

  3. Hannah 3

    I’m still trying to work out the explanation of why David Cunliffe doesn’t live in his electorate – breast feeding? That’s just so weird.

    [lprent: He already lived there well before becoming an MP. Perhaps you'd ask John Key the same thing. But the question and your previous comments identify you as a simple concern troll. Permanently banned.

    BTW: Say hello to Whale for me. ]

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Is living in your electorate that big a deal though? I once heard John Key say it didn’t matter at all. But he would say that, wouldn’t he?

    • Te Reo Putake 3.2

      Did Mrs English breastfeed Bill’s bairns? Does it matter? I’m picking not.

    • Hannah 3.3

      He gets the La Leche League votes!

    • Treetop 3.4

      Shame that men do not breast feed, then both parents could do the feeding. It is not for anyone but the parents to decide on how their baby is fed (breast/bottle) and this also includes where and for how long.

      Next comes the choice on how the child/ren are cared for. A parent may choose to dash home and have lunch with the child/ren if a nanny is employed. A day care close to work and home is also a good option. Who likes to travel more than required?

    • AmaKiwi 3.5

      Cunliffe and his family were living in Herne Bay BEFORE he ever stood to be the MP for what was then the Titirangi electorate.

      Key must pass through 4 or 5 electorates to get from his Remuera home to his Helensville electorate.

      Phil Goff has a nice place in the country, a good distance from his Mt. Roskill electorate.

      The whole question is an indication that Cunliffe is well in the lead in this contest.

      • North 3.5.1

        You’re well right in your last line there AmaKiwi. Makes me chuckle that that’s the best bitch point Friend Hannah can come up with. Pretty lame. I’ve never uttered this old classic before but I like it very much and the occasion to say it just keeps on repeating – “We need better RWNJs !”

      • Lucas the socialist 3.5.2

        It doesn’t matter where the MP lives, I think it is more important how effective they are. My current MP is Ross Robertson, and he is fucking useless. A complete and utter lazy prick, and now he wants us to vote for him in a local board position all the while still on the MP tit. I am racking my brain as to why any one would vote for that useless, ineffective goon.

    • Marksman 3.6

      He he,sock puppets everywhere.

  4. Sable 4

    Oh the mainstream journalists pick the nonsense Keys spouts up alright but they are mostly in collusion with National, hence the silence.

    As to Cunliffe, trust him to alienate his most likely coalition partner the Greens before he’s even elected Labour Leader. As I have said before, its lean pickings when it comes to quality in the Labour leadership ranks.

    This attitude also speaks to Labours arrogant belief that its coalition partners are simply there to prop it up and give the party a mandate to rule.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Don’t you think that the Greens understand the nature of an internal leadership campaign, versus post election day coalition negotiations?

      I would say they do.

      • Sable 4.1.1

        I think it is wise not to antagonise likely coalition partners before you even get to the negotiation table. Its just common sense.

      • McFlock 4.1.2

        so ruling norman out is just an internal election promise, to be revisited after the general election? You’re not agreeing with key, are you? :)

        • McFlock 4.1.2.1

          belay that – should have known better than to take a paraphrasing at face value. My bad :)

          • Tracey 4.1.2.1.1

            It appears Key has already stepped back slightly from his earlier comment to now say that he says Cunnliffe has ruled out working with Norman…

            “”But no one is going to believe David Cunliffe when he gets up there and says he won’t be working with Russel Norman – it’s just not true.””

            “”Go and ask David Cunliffe this question – if in the end he is the leader of the Labour party, and if in the end the price of having a government with the Greens is Russel Norman being deputy prime minister and minister of finance, will he rule that out categorically?””

    • karol 4.2

      As a Green Party voter, I always was a little dubious about Norman being Finance Minister in a Labour led government. It seems to me that expectation could pull the Greens a bit more to the right. I would rather the Greens maintained their independence on finance matters.

      Also, with Cunliffe as PM, he would want to maintain the Labour Party independence on finance.

      Cunliffe has said he would work with the Greens and have them as part of his government in other capacities.

      • Sable 4.2.1

        You make a good point karol.

      • Ennui 4.2.2

        Karol, I dont think too many people on this blog have thought ahead to where a real “left” Labour Party will leave the Greens. My take is that the Greens when they reflect hard on the possibility of a “leftist” Labour will panic because it means they will be back at the 5% marginal stage.

        My contention is that the Greens have the most to lose if Cunliffe leads a Labour government that enacts traditional Labour policy because a large chunk of Green votes are disaffected Labour votes. And they will come back to Labour if it acts as a Labour government. Norman must be worried that Cunliffe will win the Labour leadership. What happens then to the Greens if a Labour government gets environmentally friendly?

        • Colonial Viper 4.2.2.1

          Labour’s not going to get particularly environmentally/conservation friendly in a hurry.

          The Greens is a nice place for the National soft vote.

        • Hanswurst 4.2.2.2

          In order for the Greens to be part of a government, they require Labour as a larger coalition partner. If the next Labour leader is successful in projecting a more left-wing vision to the populace, that will mean that the entire mainstream political discourse will have been shifted to the left. That would generally provide room for the Greens to articulate a bolder, more left-wing position without seeming extreme. A more left-wing Labour Party, if successful, is a good thing for the Greens.

          Also, Labour will generally use the Greens in the same way as National use ACT: they will articulate a more centrist-seeming position in the knowledge that the Greens will draw left-oriented concessions from them in government. That will suit some in Labour more, others less, but it will still happen to some degree.

        • karol 4.2.2.3

          I would be happy for the Greens not to fight Labour over the centre ground. i’d like to see more focus on Turei’s campaigns against poverty etc. And to keep Labour honest re- the environment.

      • Lucas the socialist 4.2.3

        It won’t happen, I believe David when he says it. I think he has the strength and conviction to state that and back it up. Key doesn’t believe him, because he would lie and say anything to stay in power, so he cannot relate to honesty, a fucking liar.

    • Tom 4.3

      Unfortunately, sometimes, you have to do what you can what you’ve got.
      I think you are right in suggesting that any future effective Labour leader will need
      effective cross-party coalition building skills. I think that two out of the three have
      been in that position, but they are all intelligent and capable politicians.
      At the risk of being accused of heresy on this blog or being vilified by
      rural conservatives, I think that there is a simple way to assess this.

      Talk to Metiria and Russell ..

    • lurgee 4.4

      Oh the mainstream journalists pick the nonsense Keys spouts up alright but they are mostly in collusion with National, hence the silence.

      I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest Andrea Vance won’t be making much of an effort to do Key favours.

  5. tracey 5

    Mrp shares hit all time low. I smell another diversion Nd a some smoke from the PMs pants.

    • Sable 5.1

      I think at this time its clear what Keys is and what he stands for, people are not easily fooled.

      The problem lies in the fact that people don’t expect honesty from politicians so it may not hurt Keys election chances as much as you might think.

  6. tracey 6

    Key lies so much he assumes everyone else is.

  7. tracey 7

    Norman cld still get assoc finance?

  8. beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 8

    Mr Key is reminding me more and more of a wee parrot on his perch when standing behind that lectern, parroting lies and vitriolic spin that he, no doubt, has practiced over and over again like one has to do with a parakeet when teaching it to speak.

    He looks so pleased with himself when he gets the latest piece of spin out and the media keep dishing it out to us, nearly every night. Just giving us time to work out how mindless and parrotlike anything he says ever is.

    (Sorry to parrots, the parallel is purely being drown with the likely ‘hollowness of comprehension’ that parrots have when they speak and likening this to the hollowness of moral core required for Mr Key’s performances)

  9. Linz 9

    Then there’s this: https://mobile.twitter.com/BillyRalston/status/371932115052412928?p=v
    A conversation between Claire Robinson, Matthew Hooten, Gerry Brownlies, Deborah Coddington and Bill Ralston. Toxic waste.

    • Hannah 9.1

      funny though; see that’s what happens when you tell fibs, you get found out. Eventually. Think I’ll give my vote to Shane.

    • emergency mike 9.2

      Matthew Hooten accuses x of lying. Also lol.

      • Rhinocrates 9.2.1

        Oh Hoots, we miss you here! It’s been so long since you scuttled under the fridge! Please come back! Mwah! Mwah! Luvvies! Tell us how much you love truth and honesty! Make us laugh!

    • karol 9.3

      I would prefer all MPs lived in their electorate. When did it become fairly common not to?

      Cunliffe claims he responded to his wife’s desire to be near work when she was breast feeding. Couples have to negotiate such issues around each other’s work, and that can be tricky. Other women may not have felt the need to live closer to work. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t an issue for Mrs Cunliffe.

      But, anyway, it’s a side issue: Cunliffe’s opponents are using it as a way of highlighting his wealth, as Mr Glower did in his questions to Cunliffe yesterday in New Lynn.

      That’s the issue Cunliffe needs to front foot on.

      • Tracey 9.3.1

        do you know if he was an MP at the time? I also think electorate MPs ought to live in their electorate.

      • Colonial Viper 9.3.2

        That’s the issue Cunliffe needs to front foot on.

        Cunliffe and his wife have successful private sector roots.

        Nothing to shy away from.

        • karol 9.3.2.1

          True. But Cunliffe already gave an excellent response: ie they were a couple of kids from modest backgrounds, who, unlike the Nats, won’t be pulling the ladder up after themselves.

    • karol 9.4

      And a very good tweeted response to those tweets, from Cunliffe:

      David Cunliffe ‏@DavidCunliffeMP 2h
      @JudithCollinsMP @stevenljoyce @MutchJessica @TonyRyallMP always fun to see who you target – says volumes

      • Rhinocrates 9.4.1

        Excellent.

      • QoT 9.4.2

        Great response.

        And I love the idea that moving back into Herne Bay when they had kids (assuming that’s what happened) means the breastfeeding issue is a lie, when most of the people in that conversation probably own multiple properties (well, not own, just have-control-of-through-an-interesting-matrix-of-trusts) and would be quite happy to move to a different one if it were better for their lifestyle.

        • Matthew Hooton 9.4.2.1

          But that’s just the point. According to Ralston, they have lived in Herne Bay for 20 years. (Fair enough, I’d live there (or St Stephens Ave) if I could afford it.) But their kids are only about 10. So he was lying when he said they moved to Herne Bay so his wife could breastfeed. Why not just say “we have lived there for 20 years and like our home”?

          • Colonial Viper 9.4.2.1.1

            I dunno, but if you want to make breastfeeding one of the issues of the 2014 election, feel free. Or, maybe Ralston’s numbers are wrong. Or, maybe Herne Bay was just a pretty typical suburb in the early 90’s.

            Or maybe Cunliffe wasn’t expecting such an assanine question. What’s next – if you were a real West Auckland Labour MP, why aren’t you driving around in an XF Falcon???

            • Matthew Hooton 9.4.2.1.1.1

              I don’t know either. And it is not a massive issue (Key also made a dick of himself when he bought a house in Helensville so he could say he lives there). Just a bit weird that he would make up a silly story when “we like living in herne bay and have been lucky enough that we can” would have been a perfectly sensible and politically acceptable answer.

              • Colonial Viper

                Sorry mate, but Ralston’s most likely the one who’s fucked up the facts.

              • Tracey

                Labour obviously still have alot to learn about politically acceptable answers

              • Tracey

                If anyone knows where he lives for $54 you can order the certificate of title and see when he bought it. You will get it within an hour if not instantly. I would but I don’t know where he lives.

              • Rhinocrates

                Hoots, I just want to see you say it, something without an agenda, something with no further intention.

                Try repeating after me:

                “One plus one equals two”

                “The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.”

                These are phrases that have no agenda, no subtext, no dissimulation.

                Try it. You might find it liberating.

                Think of it as the first step in a twelve-step plan that could lead you to being able to produce a better impersonation of a human.

                Or answer this question:

                Why on earth do you even contemplate thinking for even a moment that anyone would think that you have even the slightest intention of acting in good faith?

            • Tamati 9.4.2.1.1.2

              Next door St Mary’s bay (where I live) was apparently not nearly as nice in the 1990s as it is now. I guessing Herne Bay was similar.

              I think the issue is not breastfeeding but Mr Cunliffe’s integrity and character. Why did he need to come up with some lame ass excuse of why he lives where he does. All he need to say is “My family is luckey enough to have the option of living in Herne Bay, we chose to live here because it is most convienant for my wife and children. Nowdays many young couples can’t afford to purchase a home …blah… blah…Kiwibuild”

              • Colonial Viper

                If this is the best the Righties can do, Cunliffe for Leader is looking pretty damn good.

                • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard

                  +1 CV

                  It also brings to mind what Delia commented (at (33) further down on this thread):

                  When National people crack on about Herne Bay and they do, it just shows they are miffed that a Labour MP would actually live there…it wrecks their ‘they are poor after hand outs’ myths. It is about the only thing they can ‘get’ David on, —where he lives. How pathetic.

                  ~ I think Delia gets to the crux of the matter

            • Tracey 9.4.2.1.1.3

              CV, IF what Mr Hooten says Mr Ralston has said turns out to be true then not expecting the question isn’t an excuse to resort to an untruth.

              However if it’s not true then you wonder why anyone would be bothering to check such a small issue (which even Mr Hooten says he doesn’t have a problem with) in the first place and then repeating it here.

              I despair that Mr Ralston, trained in journalism considers this would be the best way to spend his time when there is so much more to investigate and elucidate the public on (excuse the contortion of my English there).

              • felix

                Does anyone have the verbatim quote from Cuniffe handy? Because it seems like you’re all taking Hooton’s word for what he said.

                Maybe he said they moved there for breastfeeding reasons. But maybe he said they chose to stay there – i.e. not move to New Lynn on becoming an MP – for breastfeeding reasons.

                The wording and the context are both very important. I don’t know either way, I haven’t heard it since earlier this week. But if Hooton is lying it wouldn’t be the first time.

                • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard

                  +1 Felix

                  • Anne

                    Does anyone have the verbatim quote from Cuniffe handy?

                    No I don’t felix but what I can say: Cunliffe has been a member of parliament for 12 to 13 years. His elder boy is around 12 years of age – I think. So it would seem that his entry into parliament and the birth of the first of his two boys were roughly around the same time. It is logical that a shift to his electorate (ten minutes away by car for him) would have nevertheless been more difficult for his wife – an inner city environmental lawyer who wanted to be handy enough to be able to breastfeed her two children over the coming few years.

                    Methinks Hooton is belittling himself with his transparent and desperate attempt to discredit Cunliffe at all cost.

                    • Rhinocrates

                      Well, he’s probably getting extra pay. If he isn’t, he should demand it, since he’d have to be Sir John Gielgud to make it convincing.

                      Anyway, it’s kinda fun to see him caper in this manner. I’ve missed him.

                      (God, his clients must be thick if they think he’s any good – they really are wasting their money.)

                • Tracey

                  you know felix, Mr Hooten could have purchased a title from cheaptitles and proved or disproved Mr Ralston before posting. He didn’t. He or someone he knows would know Mr Cunliffe’s address and for a mere $15 could have found the truth of Ralston’s claim. $15 and Mr Hooten’s alleged concern about why Mr Cunliffe would answer why he did would be gone. he didn’t.

                • Tracey

                  “Matthew Hooton (104) Says:
                  August 27th, 2013 at 7:17 am
                  Re the claim that he moved to Herne Bay so his wife could breastfeed, this is almost certainly a lie.
                  According to Bill Ralston, the Cunliffes have lived in Herne Bay for 20 years.
                  According to Rob Hosking, the children arrived around 10 years ago.
                  So it seems more likely they moved to Herne Bay because it is a very nice place to live and they could afford it, which is all fair enough.
                  So why make up stories about breastfeeding? Weird.”

                  You were after Hooten’s original quote, yes?

                  Further down the same list of comments this appears

                  SW (70) Says:
                  August 27th, 2013 at 3:07 pm
                  ““He won Titirangi in the 1999 election, retaining it under its new guise of New Lynn in 2002 and 2005, even though he had moved to a well-to-do inner suburb. He and Price have two sons, William and Cameron, and he says the shift eased matters – it was “not manageable for her to do the commute and her duties as a mum”.

                  I found the source
                  http://www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/politics/action/

                  Mr Hooten had probably seen this before he posted here today. Note the dates. Yet he posted anyway… It seems you can take the man out of the hollow, but not the hollow out of the man.

                  • NZFemme

                    Ralston’s last tweet to Hooten (11.52pm – 25 Aug) says “late nineties anyway” in regards to the Herne Bay question. Does Hooten have dyscalculia, or is he just being his usual spinningly arsehole self?

                  • karol

                    Cunliffe mentioned his wife breastfeeding in a response to Gower at the New Lynn launch on Monday. I can’t find a direct quote, but this is the NZ Herald paraphrase of it:

                    When questioned about living in one of Auckland’s most exclusive streets – in Herne Bay – outside his electorate, he said he had moved out of the area when he had a young family, so his wife, who was a Queen St environmental lawyer, could breastfeed.

                    “We were lucky as a couple of kids that came from very modest backgrounds we were able to work hard and get ahead. The point is that Labour people don’t pull up the ladder when they’ve done it, they want the ladder to be there for everybody else.”

                    But pretty much in keeping with his comments reported in the Listener as quoted by Tracey.

                    Full audio here of the press conference, but I haven’t found the exact quote yet.

                    • NZFemme

                      Question begins at 18:32

                      David responds:

                      “We did live here in the electorate and the honest answer to that question, which I’ve been very honest about since I was first an MP, was that when we were approaching having a young family and my wife was a Queen St environmental lawyer, we moved in closer so that she could breastfeed those children”.

                      I’m reading this to mean they were in the planning stages of starting a family, and made the move to have all their ducks in a row before their arrival. And good on them.

          • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 9.4.2.1.2

            Oh! So Cunliffe is a liar?
            All the more reason to vote for him. It seems to be a well admired and necessary quality in the type of circles he’ll be circulating in when he is P.M.

            Is that not so, Mr Hooton?

          • Tracey 9.4.2.1.3

            I am not impressed that he may have lied, which he has if your statement is true. I will not vote for anyone who has proven to be a liar or to have misled. Good on you for pointing out liars to us. It does not serve our democracy well to have people wanting to be leaders who can’t lie straight in bed. Please keep on showing up the lies and liars to us, we are too quick to allow such behaviour just because it fits our views.

            • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 9.4.2.1.3.1

              @Tracey,
              Mr Hooton is a right wing spin doctor, and will only ever attempt to show up someone as a liar if it suits his bosses/political agenda. He will also not be averse to lying (or as some may call it, ‘twisting the truth’ ) himself. Therefore I suggest that you mustn’t believe a word Mr Hooton’s says, otherwise you might end up basing your assessments on who is a liar on an inaccurate and dishonest opinion.

              • Tracey

                Thanks begone, did you click on the links in my reply? I wonder if Mr Hooten did?

                • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard

                  @ Tracey,

                  I doubt Hooter would look much further, he’ll be working furiously out his next piece of tripe.

                  He works on the theory that you shared in Open Mike today.

                  Doesn’t care whether what he says is true or false. His job is to implant doubt into people’s minds.

                  • Rhinocrates

                    Exactly. Hoots’ job is to muddy the waters. Alas for him, he can only do that if people think that he is “reasonable” and not just a whore (apologies to sex workers everywhere) and that’s wearing increasingly thin.

                    I wonder if he has another career ready, such as guru of a tofu-weaving commune/cult, a la L. Ron Hubbard or Bert Potter?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Alas for him, he can only do that if people think that he is “reasonable” and not just a whore (apologies to sex workers everywhere)

                      You sir, are a man of distinction.

                  • Rhinocrates

                    “Why Do We Believe Lies Even After They Are Proven Wrong?”

                    because they think we want to, and Hoots and the Penguin and…. ah fuck it, you know who… know it. It’s all about “enabling”

                    “I can say it because it’s already been said” “It’s our shibboleth, cliched I know, but…” “It’s awful, but someone needs to say it”.

                    Say it out loud or leave it to the dirty operators like Whalecum to say it overtly, but make sure it’s out there, then dog-whistle so that people can follow the extreme and say, “No, I really mean what that reasonable chap Hooton said”, but Hoots all the time is pointing at the extreme.

                    He just uses “slightly” nicer language but has sentiments equally as vile.

                    Sometimes the mask slips, when he talks about Maori and women – “dumb bros” “stupid maori” and so on which pop up in his rants.

                    Hoots is an evil, corrupting individual who revels in his imagined ability to spread corruption – a Goebbels wannabe… and hopefully not as capable.

                    • Tracey

                      Frankly, deliberately spreading this when he knew from the thread at kiwiblog that Cunnliffe had said something similar to Ralston in the Listener and that he didnt bother to spend 15 bucks doing a title search to verify should render him illegible to get airtime or print time as a “commentator.

                      Remember Hollow Men

                    • beGone Craven SpyBill leopard

                      @ Tracey,
                      I was truly shocked that Hooton is introduced as ‘a commentator’ on our TV/radio. This is really a very inaccurate label and allows him to be listened to with more openness than he deserves.

            • Colonial Viper 9.4.2.1.3.2

              I am not impressed that he may have lied, which he has if your statement is true. I will not vote for anyone who has proven to be a liar or to have misled.

              Sorry but all you will do with that attitude is to pick politicians who will do nothing but lie to you through scripted lines and press management.

              Seriously who do you expect these politicians to be? Super human? Angels? Do you really want the truth on when Cunliffe’s wife was breastfeeding? I mean, WTF has that got to do with the price of snapper?

              • Tracey

                Sorry if the nuances of my postings were lost on you and others. Sometimes it is better not to show your hand too early. I note Hooten never posted again, but he would have read.

            • Chooky 9.4.2.1.3.3

              @ Tracey “I will not vote for anyone who has proven to be a liar or to have misled”

              …nothing is black and white…there are big lies and little lies….inadvertent lies….slips of the memory …brain fades under pressure….exaggerations….time warps …small fibs for a good cause…and there is mendacity on a continuing basis where the lies are designed to deceive…premeditated, constant and serve evil and wickednesses…eg. the suffering of others…injustice ….slander….revenge ….self- aggrandizement and personal greed….

              Learn to spot the differences in ‘lies’ and you will be a wiser person….

          • Tracey 9.4.2.1.4

            Is Hooten plagerising Farrar or is Farrar plagiarising Hooten.

            Farrar doesn’t know the ages of the children. Hooten says he knows the ages of the children.

            Farrar doesn’t care just interested in the “rationale”. Hooten doesn’t care just wonders why “Why not just say “we have lived there for 20 years and like our home”?”

            Both of them have been around Key and his misstatements/lies/misleading for a long time, in Mr Hooten’s case even to help with election campaign/s (?).

            Yet, this has piqued their interest. I guess they have such indepth knowledge of Mr key’s rationale for lying, they don’t feel the need to share it with anyone else.

            • Rhinocrates 9.4.2.1.4.1

              Interestingly, Armstrong is becoming more critical of Key and more respectful for David Cunliffe more often in his last few columns.

              He of course has no more backbone or brain than an amoeba, but Hoots and the Penguin have allowed themselves to be deluded by their impression that they are actually clever “power brokers” whereas Armstrong always knew that he is nothing but a follower.

              Look to a dedicated sycophant to see where the wind is really blowing.

              (That cocktail of metaphors must taste pretty bad…)

              I wonder if Key is weeping over Armstrong’s photo, crying, “You floozy, you slut! I thought you cared!

  10. Winston Smith 10

    I don’t see it as fear rather its a continuation of Keys tactic of putting his opponents on the back foot. He got Goff on the back foot in the debates and he never recovered, he did the same to Campbell in the interview so why not try it on Cunliffe?

    Control the narrative and make it sound like Cunliffes defending the indefensible, its simply good tactics on Keys part but we’ll see how Cunliffe reacts to it

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 10.1

      It is fear.

      It is the fight part of ‘fight or flight.’

      And when the fight won’t work, it will be a flight back to Hawaii and his real bosses in America for Mr Key.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 10.2

      He smacked the ball straight back at Key by pointing out just one of the items on Blip’s list.

      Incidentally, “very unlikely” is not the same as “ruling out”, no matter what that mendacious wretch the Prime Minister says.

    • McFlock 10.3

      you’re hilarious

    • bad12 10.4

      You might be correct there Winston Smith, the Alfred E Nuemann of Television Jonolism Patrick Gower tried much the same thing as what Slippery the PM is doing,

      i think Cunliffe in actually answering these sniveling little quibbles is buying into their narrative to some extent, i think He is way better than that and would suggest that the contest it’self will be distracting Him and He should relax,

      It’s pretty obvious to even the most dull that even at this early stage of the election David Cunliffe is the most likely of the 3 contenders to triumph and become the next Leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister at the 2014 election,

      Suggested answers for David Cunliffe when questioned on where He lives,

      ”i don’t think anyone really cares where i live, go and poll the hall and come back and ask me that question when you have everyone here’s opinion”

      ”Go ask the X thousand people who voted for me last election whether they care”,

      Suggested answer for David Cunliffe when Slippery starts whinging about Russell Norman being the next Minister of Finance,

      ”Well i was thinking of taking that portfolio Myself but tell me how much it worries you on a scale of one to ten, if it’s a ten i will have to seriously consider it”…

      • Winston Smith 10.4.1

        ”Go ask the X thousand people who voted for me last election whether they care”

        – Something like that would put an end to the questioning for sure

        • Tracey 10.4.1.1

          maybe.

          Of all the questions that matter to NZers that could be put to him, that was a preference?

          That speaks volumes about our media.

      • Chooky 10.4.2

        bad 12 +1

        …think it would be very easy for a sincere person to get bogged down in trivia and superficial tricky questions….need to take distance and think ( f – yu ) Winnie is a master at this

      • phillip ure 10.4.3

        “..the Alfred E Nuemann of Television Jonolism Patrick Gower..”

        i do see the nuemann similarities..

        ..tho’ i thought a minor dickens character…(a functionary..beholden for his position..and holding it.. by currying favour with the powerful/powers that be..

        ..one who stands behind a major character..(wearing high white/starched collars..)

        ..standing and bowing and scraping – and wringing his hands on cue..

        ..or perhaps one of the denizens of/from the further reaches of the castle from that mervyn peake masterpiece..’gormenghast’..?

        ..phillip ure..

        • Rhinocrates 10.4.3.1

          Key as Steerpike? Brownlee as Swelter? Is Collins Clarice or Cora or both? That could work.

          • lurgee 10.4.3.1.1

            I suppose David Shearer is poor, doomed Fuchsia.

            • Rhinocrates 10.4.3.1.1.1

              Fuschia was pretty and she had a good heart. One, the other or both make a tragedy.

              If Shearer had the makings of a great man, like Hamlet or Coriolanus or even MacBeth, then his fate would be a tragedy. Alas, he was only the pointy-haired boss from Dilbert. I don’t even like Dilbert – it’s far too much like the evil of banality under my former employer, Massey “University”.

              Shearer was a farce perpetuated into, um, something I don’t have a word for.

  11. “If, in the end, the price of having a government with the Greens is Russel Norman being the deputy prime minister and minster of finance, will he rule that out categorically? The answer will be no,” Key said.

    Well, Key is of course well qualified to express opinion on the subject of political leaders lying about who they won’t work with – one recalls, for example, his principled refusal to consider coalition with Winston First at a time when such a coalition wasn’t necessary for him to form a government. How swiftly principle was trampled when it began looking like such a coalition might become necessary for him to form a government in future. Obviously Key considers Cunliffe to be a man cut from the same cloth as himself.

  12. tracey 12

    I think you mean negative personality politics. I wish you would call it what you have called it here in the past when opposition mps do it.

  13. tracey 13

    Lol hannah but jones wrongly charged something to the tax payer. Which is like a lie.

    • chris 13.1

      No it is theft…

      • Tracey 13.1.1

        ok, I await Hannah saying why she prefers a proven thief to an alleged liar.

      • phillip ure 13.1.2

        “..No it is theft..”

        ..a stolen pleasure..?

        phillip ure..

      • Populuxe1 13.1.3

        Actually it’s neither a lie nor theft. He paid it off out of his own money when he found out it had been charged to his work card and he admitted it when questioned. I don’t have a problem with that and I certainly am not a prude to get worked up over someone indulging in a bit of porn.

        But tell me, is it theft when someone steals someone else’s Facebook post?
        http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8713038/cunliffes-facebook-flattery-falls-flat

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.3.1

          The police prosecutor would probably suggest not proceeding with the case because Grant was deprived of no money or property by the inadvertent action.

        • weka 13.1.3.2

          The thing about Jones and the porn watching is that if it had been someone else it would have blown over by now. But Jones comes across as unsavory in too many other areas, so the porn thing will just stick. The porn issue is just a reflection of who he is as a man generally.

          • felix 13.1.3.2.1

            Yep, and it’s not our fault that it’s the only memorable thing he’s done with his time in parliament.

        • karol 13.1.3.3

          But tell me, is it theft when someone steals someone else’s Facebook post?

          You really think Cunliffe is so stupid as to deliberately “steal” Robertson’s statement?

          IT glitch sounds much more plausible – and calling it “theft” is really a stretch.

        • Tracey 13.1.3.4

          dancing on the head of a pin.

          It’s actually theft if you took without permission. Giving back is the reparation and doesn’t change the act.

          I agree with you that it shouldn’t make or break a career. Lying from 2007 to today should, and I speak of the PM.

          I am genuinely astounded by how many people believe constantly lying (or misleading) the people of NZ doesn’t matter.

          Apparently it is ok because the country is doing so well. HOW is the country doing so well?

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 13.1.3.4.1

            I’m amazed no-one has realised the Truth™: that DC’s staff accidentally used GR’s lines because they’re all reading from the same script ;)

            Where’s a tiresome conspiracist cretin when you need one?

          • Rhinocrates 13.1.3.4.2

            Alas, said by Harry S Truman of some South American dictator, “He’s a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.”

            I suspect that is why a lot of people still rate Key.

            On Shearer, they think, “He’s a fuckup, and thank God he’s their fuckup.”

            Hell, I’d vote for Hannibal Lecter or HAL 9000, deluding myself that they’d go after my enemies/bogeymen until they came for me.

            David Cunliffe may not be the messiah, but I hope he’s my naughty boy.

  14. Appleboy 14

    “In the end he will be desperate to become prime minister, in the end he will do whatever it takes and say whatever it takes.

    He should know about that! Quite hilarious from the man who couldn’t lie straight in bed.

    Was this the man who said “No Winston At Any Cost” who’s being lining up Winston if he needs him next year?

    Was this the same dick who said working for families was communism…and kept it.

    Was this the man who said interest free student loans were a bribe ….but kept them?

    What an utter lying tosser.

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 14.1

      +1 Appleboy

    • infused 14.2

      Those will be revoked in the 3rd term. Wait and see.

    • srylands 14.3

      “Was this the same dick who said working for families was communism…and kept it.

      Was this the man who said interest free student loans were a bribe ….but kept them?”

      This is hardly lying!

      There will be a myriad of Government policy settings that the PM will dislike. The Government is limited in what it can do by electoral acceptance of its policies. I think the PM has been open that he views interest free student loans as bad policy (which it is) but he can’t do anything because it has majority public support. The public are wrong but what can you do?

      • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 14.3.1

        “The public are wrong but what can you do?”

        Oo I don’t know, how about set up laws that gives government a massive power to cut into the private lives of anyone they see fit, and set up legislation so that forms of protesting are a crime, get the mainstream media on board to promote interests that go against the publics interest and then start building more prisons and jail them all.

        Oh! hang on a minute, apart from the last point hasn’t exactly these things occurred recently in NZ?

        It is wrong-minded to view the public coming out in large numbers against a specific issue as wrong. It leads to wrong-minded governing, it is goes against democratic principles and this is what is happening here in NZ currently.

      • North 14.3.2

        Forgive me Srylands but to abuse something as dastardly then when you have the power to fix it leave it in place – IS lying. If it’s not then it’s the height of hypocrisy……..like awesomely so.

        You clearly have the most defective moral compass. Which seems quite unremarkable for ShonKey Python acolytes. Never mind……..2014 the mongrel’s off our backs !

        Who you gonna declare your love for then ? Bogus Bishop Brian Tamaki ? ‘Cos the creep’s coined it ?

      • Tracey 14.3.3

        but but but he had a mandate to change them.

        Could you cite your source for student loans having majority public support?

        LOL @ majority support? You mean like the s59a referendum which he voted against?

        Selective srylands.

  15. emergency mike 15

    ‘John Key accuses x of lying.’ lol

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

    “Later studies were critical of Freud’s theory. Research supports the existence of a false consensus effect whereby humans have a broad tendency to believe that others are similar to themselves, and thus “project” their personal traits onto others. This applies to good traits as well as bad traits and is not a defence mechanism for denying the existence of the trait within the self.

    Instead, Newman, Duff, and Baumeister (1997) proposed a new model of defensive projection. In this view, people try to suppress thoughts of their undesirable traits, and these efforts make those trait categories highly accessible—so that they are then used all the more often when forming impressions of others. The projection is then only a by-product of the real defensive mechanism.”

    Or just plain old cold calculated spin take your pick. Personally in this case I think it’s ‘all of the above’.

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 15.1

      @ Emergency Mike,

      I am guessing the utter b/s spin Key makes up or regurgitates is more believable to people because he believes his own little made-up reality due to at least one of the first two reasons you supply. i.e. the spin really is secondary, yet obviously is a factor in his bosses little games.

  16. One Anonymous Knucklehead 16

    “Book a very long holiday in Hawaii”.

    Cunliffe can easily take the fight to Key, but when two tigers fight one dies and the other dies later. They may decide to keep it a lot more civil than some here would like.

    Better DC (or any other Labour leader for that matter) point out the poor quality of the policies Key sells than go after him personally. As Cunliffe says, the crucial difference between them is that DC won’t pull up the ladder behind him.

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 16.1

      @ One Anonymous Knucklehead,

      I thought that ‘pulling the ladder up’ comment was very strong and clearly said with a great deal of feeling. The spontaneity and visible feeling behind this comment isn’t something that can be manufactured.

      This comment and the way it was said, alone shows me that he would be effective in asserting policies that are in the best interests of New Zealanders when in power.

      I truly hope that those in a position to vote him in as leader see this and vote for him. The public, if given the chance, are likely to follow suit.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 16.1.1

        The Daily Blog Bomber is quoting the New Lynn speech with relish and why not?

    • Winston Smith 16.2

      “Better DC (or any other Labour leader for that matter) point out the poor quality of the policies Key sells than go after him personally”

      – Advice Labour should have heeded years ago

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 16.2.1

        Yes! Because implying that Labour are the only party that does it is such an honest position to take. Truly. You’re so right and your sincerity shines like a beacon for all to see.

        Akshully, on the other hand, if the only point you can score is cheap and false you must be desperate. Sad but true :lol:

      • Tracey 16.2.2

        unlike key the last few weeks.

        the veneer is cracking and his comment to red zoners was appalling but gives people a good look at the real John Key.

  17. busman 17

    Smell the fear !!!!!!!!!!!!! what !!!!
    up against a poof a meglamaniac and the minister for porn !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ha ha ha ha ha you are just a bunch of losers

    [lprent: silly troll. bye. ]

    • McFlock 17.1

      So were you the busman who was drunk on the job, or the one who pulled a u-turn on the harbour bridge?

    • Paul 17.2

      Do you call this intellectual debate?
      On the issues?

    • Tracey 17.3

      apart from the overuse of exclamation marks and lack of commas, your spelling was spot on. You may be a gifted child.

  18. Plan B 18

    JK understands Media Oxygen. Survival depends on it. He gets it by making noises. It does not really matter what the noise is. He could moo like a cow, it simply does not matter as long as he gets that Oxygen. It is his picture in the paper, him on the news , on the radio etc. Polls are a simple reflection of the amount of oxygen.
    Poll ranking and coverage will inevitably go together. And it is coverage that drives the poll ranking. So JKs job is to always be in the media. He can make up whatever he likes it does not really matter as long as he is there.

  19. BrucetheMoose 19

    Reading Key’s comments, I thought Key was describing himself. But oh no, just more standard push play egotistic delusional rhetoric.

    • geoff 19.1

      Exactly.

      Key is in a bit of a pickle really. He’s got limited ammunition against whoever the leader of Labour will be and any muck he throws will look like the pot calling the kettle black..

  20. Tamati 20

    I’m struggling to understand Key’s tactics in this situation. He’s gone out of his way to single Cunliffe out as a liar but why?

    Surely, having the PM attack him will only invigorate Cunliffe supporters. It shows Key is fearful of him so they should support him. But perhaps Key is playing a longer game here?

    In a way he his helping DC by signaling him out… Perhaps he wants him to win?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 20.1

      I doubt Key’s lines were off-the-cuff.

      The underlying message is that Cunliffe is so avid for power he’ll do anything to get it. It will be interesting to see if Key’s scriptwriters will push this barrow any further.

      Cunliffe and Norman both handled the question graciously. I think Key’s scriptwriters seeds are falling on stony ground :)

      • geoff 20.1.1

        The underlying message is that Cunliffe is so avid for power he’ll do anything to get it.

        Which again is ironic because Key will do just about anything to hold onto it.

  21. hellonearthis 21

    If Key was the head of the opposition and was saying who should be the next National leader, he would be going on about how Aaron Gilmore would make a great leader and if it was not him then Anne Tolley.

  22. Treetop 22

    Key has become so adolescent in the debating chamber, (no offence to adolescents).

    • BrucetheMoose 22.1

      After a small group of land owners were deliberately put in a financially desperate situation, they stood their ground and put up a valiant fight against the government. After they finally won in the High Court, Key’s attitude towards them is noted in this article today. If you want to see his latest adolescent ramble, try this – http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9089373/Govt-to-appeal-High-Court-red-zone-ruling
      Truly disgusting behaviour from our so called Prime Minister. Just a majestic idiot.

      • Treetop 22.1.1

        Only about 150 properties affected. Threatening to walk away (immature). It suits Key to raise there being a precedent so he is not labled a thief.

        Most people are capable of thinking outside the box as USUALLY the land can be resold. There is a difference as the land cannot be resold.

        • Treetop 22.1.1.1

          TV 3 news has stated about 150 properties, some had homes on them and were uninsured.

        • Bastables 22.1.1.2

          So emulating Crassus stand over tactics to gain wealth/land most of which Plutarch declares Crassus got “by fire and rapine, making his advantage of public calamities”. Is thinking outside the box?

          Or it’s a goddam attempt at rort just as it was during the republic of Rome.

          • Treetop 22.1.1.2.1

            “Is thinking outside the box?”

            Both parties, (the land owners and the government) both have to think outside the box. I do not have the figures to break down the uninsured sections with a home on them, vacant land without a home and those who have settled, know it is about 150.

            A section cannot be insured without the commencement of a build.

            A woman around 60ish on Campbell Live last night had an offer of $100,000 – $110,000 for her uninsured home and section which worked out to 16% of the value of her GV. I’d like to see the formula being used.

            So much is open to interpretation.

            1. In the process of placing a house on the market due to a divorce settlement.
            2. Thinking that the bank where you have the mortgage paid the home insurance.
            3. Waiting to hear back from an insurance broker to get insurance.
            4. The government red zoned the area and not the home/section owner.
            5. Relocating the home.

            The government gave two options to insured home owners which has its own set of problems e.g. The value of the section and the stage a build was at, (not sure how the value was worked out).

            The opposition need to take a good long hard look at the plight of uninsured home and section owners who are being ripped off and to do what is decent.

            Easier to fix this sort of problem in future, compulsory home and section insurance.

      • Pasupial 22.1.2

        ShonKey’s compassion for earthquake victims:

        “One option is the Government says: ‘Thanks very much, it’s been a lot of fun. If you don’t want to take the offer, that’s where it’s at’.”

      • Tracey 22.1.3

        rio tinto $30m
        Warner Bros $20m

        small number of vulnerable red-zoners – $0 if Key has his way. The smiling assassin appears.

    • chris 22.2

      @treetop… “Key has become so adolescent in the debating chamber”

      Key has simpered and smirked from the outset, he has never left adolescence.

  23. Russell 23

    Cunliffe is a joke. As for not living out West in his electorate because his wife had to breast feed – Do Labour party faithful seriously buy into this crap???

    [lprent: Dickhead - what was the date of the purchase of house? Years before standing as a MP.

    Not to mention that his family was settled there. His wife works in the city. Why the hell you seem to think that the rest of the family should sacrifice themselves to a life of politics is somewhat beyond my comprehension.

    Really.. Such completely stupid pig-ignorant and misogynist trolling is getting irritating - permanently banned. Go to Kiwiblog and ask the same questions of John Key - you might get more sympathy there for being a dumb caveman. ]

    • Treetop 23.1

      Have you ever breast fed a baby?

    • Chooky 23.2

      @ Russell…get a life!….didnt your Mummy breastfeed you?….you poor dear….sounds to me like you were a bottle fed baby!

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 23.3

      The chances of me voting Labour if Cunliffe is leader are very high. This is because I agree with the political statements he has made about the patent failure of our current economic paradigm.

      If, based on these intelligent, informed and up-to-date views, he aims to shift the hopeless direction that NZ is traveling in, Russell, quite frankly, I don’t give a damn where he lives.

    • the pigman 23.4

      Do you think Labour party faithful seriously buy into your act? Personal incredulity, largely offered by tory concern trolls, is already wearing thin.

    • BrucetheMoose 23.5

      Well Russell, not everybody grew up to be a tough bastard after being bottle fed on Lion Red

    • karol 23.6

      As Cunliffe tweeted:

      National Party already moving into personal attack mode. Rattled by Labour’s invigorating leadership race?

    • Northshoreguynz 23.7

      So let me see, John Key is an Auckland MP, despite being from Christchurch, and does he live in his rural electorate. Nooo, what a shock, he lives in swanky Parnell.
      The Wikipedia definition of a Tosser.

    • felix 23.8

      Has he ever said he lives in New Lynn though? And then claimed public money to pay himself to live in the house he really lives in?

      You know, like English did, and Key changed the law to allow him to continue doing?

  24. lurgee 24

    Any and all candidates and commentators under-estimate Key at their peril. I doubt he’s scared of Cunliffe.

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 24.1

      Nah, noone would under-estimate how low Key would go to win a battle of the leaders, yet he’s scared alright.

      It is you who are over-estimating. Guess that is your job.

      • lurgee 24.1.1

        Ah, of course. Anyone who disagrees has to be a troll or a nat infiltrator. Forgot that.

        Grow up, will you?

        Key is a massively cunning adversary. Otherwise, how has he managed to be Prime Minister for two terms and still retain popularity, inspite of pursuing an agenda at odds with what people actually want?

        He’s used to dealing with far more ominous fish than David Cunliffe.

        • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 24.1.1.1

          @ Lurgee,

          It is hard to view anyone propagating a narrative that serves Key’s agenda as anything other than some paid spinner. It is hard to imagine someone stupid enough to provide such a narrative for free. Sorry if this is not the case, but that is the reasoning behind my inference.

          Key is used to dealing with people who are afraid to speak truth to power, I suspect Cunliffe is not the type of adversary Key is used to dealing with.

          • lurgee 24.1.1.1.1

            I’m (vaguely) reminded of Orwell’s comments about HG Well’s mis-estimation of Hitler in Wells, Hitler & The Wolrd State. You can characterise Key – as Wells describes Hitler – as a screaming little defective, but I give him more credit than that. After all, he’s won two elections and STILL enjoys good ratings. If nothing else, belittling Key belittles the New Zealand public. We need to win these people over, not dismiss them as easily beguiled fools.

            Orwell defined Wells’s response to ultra-Nationalism and totalitarian brutality thus:

            The usual rigmarole about a World State, plus the Sankey Declaration, which is an attempted definition of fundamental human rights, of anti-totalitarian tendency. Except that he is now especially concerned with federal world control of air power, it is the same gospel as he has been preaching almost without interruption for the past forty years, always with an air of angry surprise at the human beings who can fail to grasp anything so obvious.

            That seems to describe the delusive state of the pro-Cunliffe faction very well. Though I am starting to feel a bit of ‘angry surprise’ myself, when I read, over and over again, that David Cunliffe is going to mop the floor with John Key. I don’t think it is going to be that easy at all. Cunliffe’s ‘truth speaking’ credentials are a bit debateable. Key’s credentials as a shrewd, ruthless and remorseless operator aren’t.

            • Colonial Viper 24.1.1.1.1.1

              No one thinks that besting Key during an election campaign is going to be easy. But at least with Cunliffe in the ring, its going to be an even fight.

            • beGone Craven SpyBill leopard 24.1.1.1.1.2

              Yes to what CV says, thank you CV.

              Lurgee,
              If you read my first response to your comment you will see that I said the same as CV did here.

              I think I am ‘getting’ where you are coming from, I should have said in my first comment that you are underestimating what people are basing there support for Cunliffe on:

              There have certainly been times where it has been very easy to see NZers as ‘easily beguiled fools’. It is, however, incorrect to do so.
              From observation there are powerful tactics employed in order to ensure that people vote against their interests. For example there is a systemic bias in our media and systematic misinformation and a dearth of accurate information being propagated. People only know what they are told and sadly, people may still read newspapers and watch TV under the [mistaken] belief they are keeping themselves informed. It would be nice to see this mistaken belief change. I, perhaps, have had an early ‘heads up’ on the state of our media, because from an early age have happened to lived amongst people from a variety of countries and am [still] regularly told how appalling the information provided by NZ media sources is.

              A lot of people are also very busy and not too interested in spending hours digging around for accurate information on their countries political activities.

              For the above reasons it is simply incorrect to say NZers are ‘easily beguiled’.

              It is also incorrect to say that ‘belittling Key belittles the NZ public’. This is simply false logic. There are two separate identities in that statement, Mr Key and the NZ public, it does not follow that belittling one is to belittle the other.

              The above mentioned conditons alone, creates a huge obstacle for anyone with decent political views that actually aim to serve the interests of ordinary NZers over big money profit interests from being received onto the main platform.

              I guess these points are somewhat where you are coming from?
              I already take these factors into account when I view Mr Cunliffe as a good challenger to Key.

              What is hopeful in the above circumstances is when someone stands up and appears to have the passion, communication skills and ability to debate. Who can make points very clearly and quickly in a manner that is interesting for people to watch and is easy to understand. I believe Mr Cunliffe has shown these skills. An example being his interview with Mr English on Q&A before the last election (no link sorry, I haven’t broadband and it would take forever, although I suspect it would be available via the Q & A website )

              As others have mentioned, a ‘strength’ that Key has had is the incredible lack of strength of the largest left-wing political party’s opposition. ‘No credible other option to vote for’. It appeared that the spin doctors were out in full force influencing Labour to ensure this stayed the case in the last Labour leadership contest.

              It is well and good to be cocky and appear confident when you have such machinations working in your (or your bosses’) interests, however, as many people have said ad infinitum here on the Standard, if a person with good communication and debating skills and the knowledge to back it up is presented to oppose Mr Key and co, Mr Key’s seemingly endless popularity might well take a dive.

              Mr Key, also, has a clear weakness that he appears to have no real appreciation or understanding of democratic principles. It appears that the only approach he knows is to treat NZ as a corporate body and provide the only skills he knows-to do with money and firing- to that model. This is clearly proving to be an entirely insufficient skill set to run a country, which involves not solely a profit motive, also people interests and all the paradoxes such brings into play. This weakness shows up the most when Winston Peters attacks Key in parliament. Key really crumbles. He simply doesn’t have answers for such notions.

              Grant Robertson has already had a pivotal role in the NZLP opposition, and failed. I know v little of Jones, so can’t really comment on that, however it is clear that Mr Cunliffe has already displayed the type of skill set that provides a good challenge to Key.

            • North 24.1.1.1.1.3

              For the life of me I start to understand that Lurgee is nought but a National Party troll. All armed up with obligatory denunciations of ShonKey Python fancying that to be a clever concealment of the trolling reality.

    • Colonial Viper 24.2

      Possibly, but compared to Shearer he is.

      • karol 24.2.1

        Key has a wafer thin parliamentary majority. So he will be afraid of a strong Labour leadership. hence the knives coming out.

        The good thing about such a public leadership contest is it is a baptism of fire. It happens with the US primaries. The successful candidate has to cope with a lot of shit being thrown at them.

        But Key could over play his hand in his wedge politics approach. Ditto Glower tonight with his shonkey little swipe at Cunliffe over the Man Ban – basically saying Cunliffe’s leave it to the members to decide, was interpreted by Glower as being prepared to say anything to get the members’s support in the leadership contest. Worthy of a major Jonolist award. Disgraceful man.

        • geoff 24.2.1.1

          I note on twitter that Gower says he is not going to the Labour conference.

          • Anne 24.2.1.1.1

            Well, he made a twat of himself last time constantly shoving his mike in people’s faces and in particular Cunliffe’s face. Not surprised he plans to give it a miss this year.

            • Colonial Viper 24.2.1.1.1.1

              My recommendation: no press pass for Gower to the Labour Conference. 3News invited to send any other journalist.

              • Boadicea

                Hear hear.

                The Labour Press team needs to have a set of house rules for the media and to enforce them. It was bonkers what happened at the Ellerslie Conference last year. The Press were like a herd of marauding banoons.

          • Tracey 24.2.1.1.2

            Then they need to openly extend an invitation to him, so when he challenges them after the conference they can ask him what he bases his question on given he chose not to attend their conference?

          • Marksman 24.2.1.1.3

            Lets face it,Gower,Garner,Espinier,the True Axis of Evil.Think revolution,think power poles.As Billy Connelly said “Hangings to good for him”

        • Tracey 24.2.1.2

          received a letter from ACT president recently. 3/4 of it is about how by voting ACT in Epsom “we” have been able to determine the government for the past two elections. LIGHT on policy but big on this fact. Sadly, I think they will win the seat again.

    • Chooky 24.3

      @ lurgee….of course Key is scared!….Key knows he will be beaten in a face to face political boxing match with Cunliffe….BRING IT ON!….I want to see Key on the ropes out in the open…

      • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 24.3.1

        +1 Chooky

      • lurgee 24.3.2

        I’m pretty sure Key can handle himself. See above. I doubt someone who cooly ripped off his own country in his old job, knifed his party leader and stepped up to lead same country, is particularly prone to flapping or fear. Look at his CV. This isn’t the employment record of someone who can’t handle pressure. It IS the CV of a ruthless, self serving swine, but that’s an entirely different matter.

        • Hanswurst 24.3.2.1

          His CV shows that he has handled pressure in the past. However, his record in politics shows that he does crumble under pressure: Tranzrail shares, incorrect statements to parliament regarding the GCSB, promises that he can’t keep to Pike River families, a throat-slitting gesture in parliament, lodging a complaint with the police about the teapot tape, mistaken comments about the GCSB Ammendment Bill on Campbell Live…. Key has a proven track-record of making mistakes and/or proving himself to be a dick under pressure. People have also noticed, they just haven’t seen anybody else they would rather vote for yet.

          • Rhinocrates 24.3.2.1.1

            Key’s handled temporary pressure in the past, but it always went away as a new deal came up. With him, and the failed merchant banks, it’s always move on to the next scam, but even though they say that a week is a long time in politics, the teflon wears away over time, the skeletons gather in the closet, the enemies and grudges line up and won’t go away, and in the media, the boredom builds up like a blocked drain.

            Don’t rely on people with short attention spans, because eventually they’ll get bored with you too.

            “All political careers end in failure” – Enoch Powell. Laughing Boy’s time is coming. It’ll probably end in a gated community in Hawaii, but he’ll be gone anyway.

            People have also noticed, they just haven’t seen anybody else they would rather vote for yet.

            “Yet” Exactamundo. Fingers crossed…

            • Tim 24.3.2.1.1.1

              :)
              People used to think Nik Leeson was a great guy too – till Barings Bank turned to shit. Then they ran a mile

        • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 24.3.2.2

          @ Lurgee,
          You just described a person who doesn’t handle himself very well at all and numerous examples of good reasons to be rid of him. Time to vote for someone else peoples.

    • Hanswurst 24.4

      “Any and all candidates and commentators under-estimate Key at their peril. I doubt he’s scared of Cunliffe.”

      Nah. There is no “estimating” of any kind going on here. It’s just an assessment of facts; Key is clearly afraid of Cunliffe, otherwise he wouldn’t come out with a line that so clearly renders him vulnerable. Key’s criticism relies on hypothetical occurrences, whereas the same criticism can be proven in Key’s own positions on Winston Peters or, as Cunliffe pointed out, GST.

    • Murray Olsen 24.5

      I don’t care who Key’s scared of, but why are all the NAct MPs so scared of him? Is there something deep in their psyches that only reacts to bullying and domination?

      Why does Cunliffe live in Herne Bay? Who cares? To dyed in the wool Tories, the address might be the most important thing on a job application, but the broader left has moved on from feudalism.

      • Colonial Viper 24.5.1

        To dyed in the wool Tories, the address might be the most important thing on a job application,

        You see, I think that’s it. Just like state housing families are not supposed to live in amongst the well-to-do in nice suburbs, having a professionally successful democratic socialist on your street is even WORSE.

  25. feijoa 25

    I’m sure I heard on TV last night, can’t remember which channel news, that at DC’s announcement he was running ” he was sitting under a photo of himself” !! FFS

    I would also like to point out Grant has a huge life size poster of himself in the front window of his office, but did the media comment on that?????

    John Key and the media are gunning for David Cunliffe – he is going to need all his smarts to win this race. I hope he has braced himself for the onslaught. Who said the problem was the Labour Party fighting itself – no it’s John Key dissing you DC!!

    • karol 25.1

      Gower is really trying his best to undermine Cunliffe. He mentioned the Cunliffe painting yesterday at the Cunliffe press conference, and he slipped an image of it into his report tonight, plus smearing Cunliffe re the “Man Ban” – using it to smear Cunliffe as doing anything to get into power.

      It must be aggravating to Gower, after his campaign against Cunliffe at last year’s conference, Cunliffe is back in the contest again.

      • GregJ 25.1.1

        I dipped back in to the NZ media coverage of the Labour leadership over the last few days – the reporting was absolutely dire – trite, trivial and tasteless.

        Having lived overseas for the last three years you tend to forget how poorly served New Zealand is by its media – both print and television (there is still some good Radio out there). It is no wonder when I return home that I am confronted by family & friends so ill-informed about their own country (let alone the rest of the world).

        S&*t – I live in the Middle East and the media here is better than the pulp New Zealanders are served up (and you know that is saying something!)

  26. Appleboy 26

    What do you think about a broadcasting standards complaint? the treatment of Robertson and Cunliffe are not fair and balanced, and would not stand up to a reasonable person’s scrutiny of balance.

    • karol 26.1

      Actually, that’s worth considering. How much time after a broadcast does one need to complain?

      • Hanswurst 26.1.1

        I think that would be very unwise. Being associated with a broadcasting standards complaint (even if they didn’t bring the complaint themselves) can really backfire on politicians. Firstly, the fact that it is an MP’s job to frame issues and put their message across lays them open to the criticism that it was their inability to do that successfully which led to them being misrepresented. Secondly, the fact that they can make statements under parliamentary privilege leaves them more open than most to being examined and smeared for issues of fairness and balance on their own part. It would all be cobblers, of course, but it wouldn’t make them any more electable.

        The only time an MP could profit from a complaint in a high-profile situation like this would be if an outright and deliberate lie could be proven on the part of a reporter.

        • karol 26.1.1.1

          Good points, Hanswurst. I’m thinking Gower may self destruct before too long anyway.

          • Anne 26.1.1.1.1

            Within 20 days of the broadcast karol.

            After receiving the complaint they will contact the broadcaster in question for a response. The complainant receives a copy of the response and has 20 more days to respond. If the complainant does not withdraw his/her complaint at that point the BSA will make further inquiries of the broadcaster then reach a judgement. That can take a further 20 or more days – sometimes longer because they only meet every six weeks. So the whole process can end up taking 3 months from start to finish. Nevertheless if you know you have a strong case it’s worth it… even though the BSA is a pretty lily-livered outfit and more often than not comes down on the side of the broadcaster.

            That’s what happened to me when I laid a complaint over the Hobbit Affair a few years back. They actually agreed with every point I made but still came down on the side of the broadcaster concerned – and for a reason that wasn’t really relevant to the original complaint.

  27. vto 27

    Smell the fear.

    Key can see the pinnacle of a third term but has this horrible gnawing feeling that he will never get there now.

    oh the poor man

    • felix 27.1

      He’s even started setting the backdrop for his failure by lowering expectations. He was quoted recently saying winning a third term was “notoriously difficult” or some such.

      Of course that’s bullshit. In fact if he loses this one, he’ll be the first ever National PM to not win a third term.

  28. Colonial Viper 28

    Garner interviews Cunliffe – and says that Cunliffe is the man with the economics needed to win the Election.

    http://www.radiolive.co.nz/David-Cunliffe-with-Duncan-Garner/tabid/506/articleID/37525/Default.aspx

  29. Tracey 29

    Maybe Garner is flexing his muscle against his younger protégé (Gower). It’s hard to see Garner coming to the above conclusion for any other reason.

    Garner versus Gower

    Now THERE’S a contest.

    • Colonial Viper 29.1

      gower’s a smart enough guy. He could – if he wanted – come up with some of the best political and critical journalism in the country. Relevant questions, relevant framing, relevant background.

  30. Takere 30

    Well yesterday…looks like Jonesee came out on top again! Cunliffe got caught out in the media for plagiarism and Grant got owned by PinoKeyo over unemployment numbers plus 1 and 3 MP’s applying for Shearers old job! What an embarrassing performance from the anointed one!

      • Takere 30.1.1

        And Cunliffe loses the next election if he gets through this contest and that’ll be the end of the Labour party. More overzealous supporters helping out on twitter …..Cunliffe for Leader account on twitter which had been sledging Mr Cunliffe’s rivals – who it dubbed “beltway Grant and porno Shane” and tweeting in support of Mr Cunliffe. That’s more ammo for Pinokeyo! You guys are running a great campaign for the messiah! Keep up the good work! Haha!

  31. Chooky 31

    @ Takere….completely the opposite of what you say…Cunliffe wins the next election!…thrashes Key and Nact!…. and the Labour Party become a viable force for the future …standing alongside the Greens and Mana and Winnie

    Jonesee and you retire to the smoko room where you ……?….watch the “geldings”?

  32. Takere 32

    You silly old Chook. You need counselling?? Must be a woman’s thing?? Fixated on yourself and obsessed with how your gender is perceived in the big wide world. I’m sure there’s medication that can be prescribed for that. That 5% of swing voters split 3 ways won’t win the election!

    • Pasupial 32.1

      @ Takere

      “Must be a woman’s thing?? Fixated on yourself and obsessed with how your gender is perceived in the big wide world.”

      Shane Jones: the misogynistic candidate for misogynists.

    • Colonial Viper 32.2

      There’s 800,000 non-vote out there to motivate Takere.

      That’s 40% more on top of those who did vote in 2011.

      Fuck your “5% swing vote”.

      • Tracey 32.2.1

        according to Takere they are all going to vote labour if Jones becomes leader.

      • Takere 32.2.2

        CV. You obviously haven’t bothered looking at the results of 2011 or tracked the reliable polls, Pundits & RM’s. If you did, you’d know how many people didn’t vote and also the voting patterns in the run-up to the election & on the day. It might help.

        • weka 32.2.2.1

          What’s happened to WaiTakere Man?! This beltway shit won’t go down too well with the Jones’ crowd.

    • Chooky 32.3

      @ Takere….squawk!!!! squawk!…..much mirth along the perches …it is really a question of how the public perceives Jonesee (and you) in the smoko room …more mirth

      …..I dont think your publicity pitch is a great vote winner ….especially for the 50% women voters…who want someone who is a professional politician as Leader( Cunliffe)

      ….not a self-indulgent old fashioned, middle- aged male who is obsessed with porn and geldings ….and does not seem to have much else to offer

      …it aint COOL …and it aint 21st century

      • Tracey 32.3.1

        takere is a parody. he is no more a Jones supporter than you or I.

      • Takere 32.3.2

        And I agree, but for fucksake get over it. Or Kill off the internet/DVD’s. Everybody go to church and lets segregate men from women to stop that behaviour? Isn’t that what the Catholics and the rest did and we ended up with kiddie fiddlers and nuns abusing women that they were responsible for? You know women watch porn too? Or you can learn from it ….. was there a fulla a while ago and said something about cheeks? Not Tame Iti’s version.

        • weka 32.3.2.1

          Hard to figure if that is outright tr0lling or you are just incredibly stupid and ignorant when it comes to issues of sexuality, child abuse and porn.

        • North 32.3.2.2

          @ Takere……..you’re losing it bro’. Felicity for your mate Jones is fine but tending to ugly cheerleading in favour of a guy whose major claim to fame is you-know-what and a peculiar mix of affected “street”, affected “smoko-room”, and not-affected imperiousness……..sorry, it just doesn’t cut the mustard. In short, Jones is a useless (right-wing) bugger who’s not past engaging cheap machinations for the sake of it. Hone’s coming out for Jones looks like an ill-conceived application of whanaungatanga.

    • Don't worry. Be happy. 32.4

      Wow. That’s nasty! The Blog version of bullying and bashing…What’s Shane Jones got to say about supporters like you Takere?

  33. Delia 33

    When National people crack on about Herne Bay and they do, it just shows they are miffed that a Labour MP would actually live there…it wrecks their ‘they are poor after hand outs’ myths. It is about the only thing they can ‘get’ David on, —where he lives. How pathetic.

  34. Phil 34

    The notion that Labour in Opposition is somehow inherently more divided than National really is nonsense. National, at the best of times, has always been split between its traditional rural conservatives and its radical urban neo-liberals – and give National five minutes in Opposition and those divisions become screamingly apparent.

    Citation needed?

    I’m struggling to think of incidents during the English-Brash-Key opposition era where the Nats publicly displayed the kind of disunity and disorganisation that appeared in the final days of the Goff leadership. I mean, before the 2011 election the short-list of Cunliffe, Shearer and Co were sitting down to interviews touted as ‘profiles of the next leader of the Labour party’.

  35. Aotearoean 35

    Cunliffe to win with Sua as his deputy.What a combination. South and West combined.

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    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • 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
  • 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
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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