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Two worlds: banksters; NZ child poverty

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, June 15th, 2014 - 253 comments
Categories: accountability, activism, business, capitalism, corruption, democracy under attack, election 2014, equality, poverty - Tags:

My weekend viewing highlighted the differences in power and resources available to the top percentage of wealthy international banksters, and the powerless people struggling to support young families in NZ.

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On Al Jazzerra, a special report on “Goldman Sachs: The Bank that Rules the World” – 47 minute video on Al Jazzera’s website.

It probably doesn’t contain a lot of new information to many, but it does bring together a lot of information about the diminishing ethics of the bank that’s seen as THE one to imitate in the ruthless, profiteering world of finance and speculative capital.

Ever since the stock market crashed, on the night of September 15 2008, the name Goldman Sachs, or GS, has been appearing everywhere: in the collapse of the financial system, the Greek crisis, the plunge of the euro, and the campaign to prevent regulation of financial markets.

The investment bank created in New York in 1868 has carved out its reputation and success by working silently behind the scenes.

But today GS stands accused of myriad charges: playing a key role in the subprime loan fiasco, pushing several of its competitors into bankruptcy, helping countries like Greece hide their deficits before speculating on their downfall, precipitating the fall of the euro, and influencing the consumer price index. And yet GS has come out of this latest crisis richer and more powerful than ever.

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The programme outlines some of the ethically dubious activities of the bank, and the connections between key GS men and global financial and economic institutions.  It explains how such banks enable and support a global oligarchy.  These are ruthless people who don’t give a shit about the lives they damage, or the impact of their actions on widening income and wealth inequalities.

Meanwhile, this weekend TV 3’s The Nation interviewed a couple of people about child poverty in NZ.  The main message was that there needs to be a groundswell of public opinion, for politicians to make significant changes to improve the lives of families of those on the lowest incomes.

TV 3 covered some of this in their report on 3 News last night.  Dr Russell Willis and Professor Jonathan Boston explain how we need a universal child benefit, and to provide for the country’s young people as much as we do for the elderly.

With the first three to four years of a child’s life said to make or break their future, campaigners want politicians to agree on an adequate standard of living for children, and then help provide it.

With the election looming, Dr Russell Wills says New Zealanders need to make their voices heard.

“Public support is growing for these kinds of ideas. The more it grows, the more public support, the more political support we will see for these kinds of policies.”

Polices include a universal benefit for young children.

“Universal benefits work because you don’t have to apply for them; they apply to everybody. That’s why we have such low poverty among our older people.”

New Zealand is behind 21 of 34 OECD countries that already have universal child benefits.

Professor Jonathan Boston, the co-author of a new book on child poverty, says children need the same consideration as older people.

“What we need is a societal consensus that children matter, they are our future. We need to invest in them, we need to care for them and we need a good future for all our children.”

And it’s a view that’s gaining in support. The Children’s Commissioner says left-wing voters place child poverty third on their list of priorities for this election.

It’s a couple of places lower for right-wingers, but still important.

Dr Wills says a rethink on other benefits would also help the poorest.

The video and transcript of the interviews with Professor Boston and Russell Willis are here.

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253 comments on “Two worlds: banksters; NZ child poverty”

  1. Once was Tim 1

    “It probably doesn’t contain a lot of new information to many, but it does bring together a lot of information about the diminishing ethics of the bank that’s seen as THE one to imitate in the ruthless, profiteering world of finance and speculative capital.”

    It’s also useful in showing where the key players have ended up now and the influence they exert. On the basis of their record alone they should be excluded from positions in institutions such as the IMF/World Bank, ECB et al.

    Good seeing Marc Roche in action elswhere too – (such as Dateline London) – often, one of the few voices challenging the BS orthodoxy

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Good points Tim and also thanks to karol for finding this very important documentary. Fascinating how a media channel funded out of big money Dubai has the guts to present something like this which no US or UK station would do.

      • karol 1.1.1

        Actually, I just saw a trailer for it when I switched on Al Jazeera yesterday morning. Set up the timer to record it.

    • Chooky 1.2

      didnt NZ Treasury, under the John Key NACT govt, get Goldman Sachs to do an evaluation of Kiwi Bank?

      …like getting a hungry wolf to evaluate the health of a plump Kiwi

      …can you have private shares in Goldman Sachs? ( who owns Goldman Sachs?)

      …must watch that doco …thanks Karol

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Not sure why its so hard for politicians to tackle child poverty in a fast, effective manner. We know that these children are out there and we know the kind of circumstances which brings about child poverty.

    So, we take these steps:

    1) Make the first $10,000 of income incl benefits, tax free.
    2) Institute a full employment policy for those 25 and under.
    3) Bring back the special benefit.
    4) Drop GST on all items under $100 back to 10%.

    • The Al1en 2.1

      Wouldn’t have an issue with any of them.

      But I’d like to see the first $15,000 of income inc benefits, tax free for everyone earning under the median wage.
      And I’d like those under 21 not already working to be able to study/up-skill/re-train for free, and those that can’t, be given meaningful jobs by the state, paid going rates, opening up working for families in work tax credits.

    • Wreckingball 2.2

      A full employment policy for under 25s. What a terrible idea.

      Where is the government going to find these jobs? Shall we just have all under unemployed under 25s sweeping streets or something? Government departments are already notoriously inefficient compared to private enterprises – why would we want more public service?

      Also, child poverty is the result of negligent parenting. I know a single father who is living on the benefit with 2 kids under the age of ten. He says that although they cannot afford all of life’s luxuries, they still are able to go to the movies every few months and get the kids soccer gear for the season. He buys his veggies at the local farmers market and also has a veggies garden going at his state house. He doesn’t smoke and has a few beers once is a while but doesn’t get sloshed. That is good parenting and something we should all aspire too.

  3. Tracey 3

    The Children’s Commissioner says left-wing voters place child poverty third on their list of priorities for this election.”

    Karol

    Do you have the survey results to hand? Have we any recent surveys to show where people rank child poverty as opposed to where our politicians place it?

  4. dimebag russell 4

    It is becoming increasingly obvious that this government does not give a shit about anything except feeding its own face.
    According to Wikipedia Goldman Sachs employees remuneration last year averaged out at $660,000. That is gross and outrageous but the the national mp’s have a sense of entitlement that is equally as egregious.
    Time to give this government the boot and restore some sense of rationality about living in NZ.
    The best primer on Goldman Sachs is by Suzanne Mcgee, “Chasing Goldman Sachs” which explains how they do it without the technical details.

  5. blue leopard 5

    It was really good to hear Prof Boston and Dr Willis speak so clearly on the issue of poverty. I like the way it was stated that poverty is a policy choice. I am fed up with this idea that people choose the circumstances they are in; when 100% employment has been the focus of no government since the ’80s and assistance/approaches that allow for social mobility are being systematically removed for those raised in low/no income families.

    I liked Dr Willis’s message of how when it is explained to people and they become informed of how families are living when on the breadline (& under) that there is a strong response that this shouldn’t be occurring. This indicates that to get the type of public support for these issues that both Dr Willis and Prof Boston were appealing to the public for – information is required.

    I thought that the age cited by Dr Willis was pretty low, though – toddler age – should be higher than that. Children need more than financial support – they need emotional input. Sticking them in some daycare centre at that age doesn’t sound like best practice to me.

    • “..I thought that the age cited by Dr Willis was pretty low, though – toddler age – should be higher than that. Children need more than financial support – they need emotional input. Sticking them in some daycare centre at that age doesn’t sound like best practice to me…”

      ..+ 1..

    • Colonial Viper 5.2

      I like the way it was stated that poverty is a policy choice.

      Yep. Like the way the Reserve Bank increases unemployment and depresses wages in order to keep inflation low.

    • Sticking them in some daycare centre at that age doesn’t sound like best practice to me.

      Oh, fuck off. For parents who actually work for a living, professional childcare is the norm, and it’s exactly those parents’ kids who aren’t off knifing the dairy owner before school. For a good number of kids living in poverty, having less emotional input from the violent cretins who produced them would help no end.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 5.3.1

        You have responded to: ‘Sticking them in some daycare centre at that age is bad

        Please note: ‘best practice’ in the sentence I wrote that you quoted.

        Think: How does that shift the meaning?

        I really I don’t think you can call it best practice to leave your children for the best part of a day on a regular basis. It might not harm, it might, depends on the carers- yet it is not ideal.

        Plus, I am sure there are plenty of cases where it is ‘good for kids’ living in wealthy households to have less time spent with their parents. This would be when the carers are more loving toward the child than the parents are. At least gives them a chance to develop good bonds and values with people.

        Or do you think that it is only poor people who fuck up their kids?

        Neither the cases that you raise nor this one I raise, though, is really a case of ideal circumstances for the child, is it.

        • Psycho Milt 5.3.1.1

          Putting your kids in professional childcare certainly can be best practice – the people at the one my kids went to were certainly better-qualified to raise children than I was. Also: if you’re a sole parent, or you’ve no money and six kids, best practice wasn’t really top of your priority list in the first place.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 5.3.1.1.1

            I’m not terribly interested in the practices you personally choose with your kids – you really are talking about one person’s experiences, yours, and whilst you might consider yourself very important you are simply one of many, many people and it is one of a variety of practices that can be conducted with regard to childcare.

            I am suggesting that it would be excellent if a parent preferring to stay with their child was considered to be doing an important job especially for a child who only has one parent, because they are doing an important job . I would appreciate if those working in a government could work that out even if you can’t.

            • Psycho Milt 5.3.1.1.1.1

              …whilst you might consider yourself very important you are simply one of many, many people…

              On the contrary, I consider myself so mundane and my experience so far from unique that I’m aware my experience was pretty much generic, which is why I mentioned it.

              I am suggesting that it would be excellent if a parent preferring to stay with their child was considered to be doing an important job especially for a child who only has one parent, because they are doing an important job .

              Yeah, that would be great, if kids with only one parent had one because of death or divorce, but that isn’t what we’ve got.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                Seriously self absorbed of you to conclude that what you do is what ‘everyone’ does and that is the best practice. That is an argument seriously lacking in substance.

                Oh no, do I detect that ‘got pregnant for money’ tripe coming along?
                [Please no.]

                Is that what you did too?

                • ‘Generic’ is not ‘universal.’ Also, sometimes there is more than one ‘best’ practice. Bottom line is there is nothing inherently wrong with having professionals look after your children while you work.

                  There may not be any getting pregnant for money, but there most definitely is not giving a shit about whether you get (someone) pregnant or not, there are reasons why shits are not given, and none of those reasons come under the heading of ‘best practice.’

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Bottom line is there is nothing inherently wrong with having professionals look after your children while you work.

                    What do you mean “professionals”? Of course there is something wrong, breaking up the cohesion of the family unit and causing additional stresses on infants is never the ideal thing.

                    First the Right Wing say that too many parents of poor kids aren’t doing a good enough job, the next thing they’re saying that the parents can just wonder off as they please.

                    For gawds sakes get your story straight.

                    • McFlock

                      What do you mean “professionals”?

                      he means that ECE teachers should be qualified :)

                    • ‘Professional’ isn’t exactly an obscure term, is it? If you’re struggling with the concept, it means someone with skills and experience who does a particular thing for a living, as opposed to an ‘amateur’.

                      First the Right Wing say…

                      … that putting children in day care is harmful and they need to be at home with their mothers. Sounds more like you than me, matey.

                    • blue leopard

                      If someone gets paid to do something you appear to assume they are better at it than someone who doesn’t do it for money. :roll:

                      Could you get any more thoughtless?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Parents of children don’t get paid to parent their kids. So maybe PM thinks that leaving it in the hands of childcare strangers i.e. paid professionals is an improvement on having the actual parents around.

                      This is of course the kind of enlightened thinking which led to the “Stolen Generation.”

                    • Parents of children don’t get paid to parent their kids. So maybe PM thinks that leaving it in the hands of childcare strangers i.e. paid professionals is an improvement on having the actual parents around.

                      I’m not sure what logical process supposedly leads you to conclude that the statement “there is nothing inherently wrong with having professionals look after your children while you work” is synonymous with “paid professionals is an improvement on having the actual parents around,” but please don’t try and explain it, I’d probably just end up banging my head on the desk.

                  • blue leopard

                    @ Psycho Milt,
                    The thing is, in the interviews that this thread’s article referred to, both people interviewed were speaking how important it is to have children catered for in the first years of life – that all number of issues arise when this isn’t addressed. One of those people interviewed mentioned 3yrs being old enough – I disagree – that was what I commented on (and what you objected to).

                    Now the conversation has got highly convoluted.

                    You may take a judgemental approach and decide that kids who happen to be born unplanned, or to people who don’t have jobs don’t deserve to have the attention and financial backing that they require to become well-adjusted adults – however this judgmentalism actually bypasses the entire issue. “Oh well their parents got pregnant by mistake and haven’t stayed together meh, they shouldn’t have done that so seeing as one of their parents didn’t die and they weren’t married (sacre bleu!) so they couldn’t get a divorce,and nevermind if the sole care giver actually wants to be an active parent – too bloody bad, they can go to work and leave the kid in an institution for the day.”

                    Sorry, this doesn’t cut it for me.

                    I think that if the parent wants to be an active parent, this needs to be considered the priority and 5 years should be considered the minimum age for requiring any other arrangement – at this age the child can go to school and the parent can get work that fits in with that – prior to that time, and particularly because wages are low (which endangers leaving the parent stressed and absent even when in the child’s company)- I really do think that the priority should be on the child’s needs – and how the parent wishes to meet those needs. As the two people being interviewed stressed – there is a lot of advantage for the entire society when this role is taken seriously and supported.

                    I don’t think just because ‘Psycho Milt’ and the circles ‘Psycho Milt’ engages with ‘all do it’ is a good enough reason to consider that other parents with different values should be forced into putting their children into daycare when their child turns 3. That sounds incredibly young, to me, to be told they must be taken care of by others.

                    (+1 CV, except I am of the understanding that PM is not right-wing)

                    • I don’t think just because ‘Psycho Milt’ and the circles ‘Psycho Milt’ engages with ‘all do it’ is a good enough reason to consider that other parents with different values should be forced into putting their children into daycare when their child turns 3.

                      3? Try x months. If you’re a parent who works for a living, that’s what you’re looking at.

                      I take a very judgmental approach to the circumstances under which people create children, yes. That’s because people’s lives are involved, and in some cases the reckless, negligent fucking up thereof. You seem to be capable of recognising how contemptible it is to fuck up people’s lives when the perp is a bankster, but lose all capacity for discernment if the perp’s drawing a benefit. That’s a shame, but I don’t suffer the same incapacity. Also: accidents happen and we have to cover people for them, but if the same ‘accident’ is happening to you over and over again, the rest of us are going to reach conclusions about you.

                      I think that if the parent wants to be an active parent, this needs to be considered the priority and 5 years should be considered the minimum age for requiring any other arrangement…

                      Yes, that would make a lot of sense – in a situation that didn’t involve large numbers of people starting out as sole parents and effectively treating it as a career. However, our situation does involve large numbers of people starting out as sole parents and effectively treating it as a career, we have strong evidence that this type of ‘family’ is high risk for any kind of bad outcome you want to name, and making it more attractive will likely encourage more participants. Wills et al say “Forget that and think of the children, they’re what matters.” I say I am thinking of the children and this is patently a shit way to create and raise them, so at the same time we improve things for the existing kids in these circumstances we need to discourage production of them in these circumstances or we’re only going to make things worse. Wills and Boston are clever blokes, they’re capable of understanding things with more than one variable, and they really should be able to grasp this concept. Ordinary voters certainly do, and that’s why politicians aren’t rushing to implement Wills, CPAG etc’s suggestions.

                    • karol

                      However, our situation does involve large numbers of people starting out as sole parents and effectively treating it as a career,

                      Citation?

                    • blue leopard

                      @ Psycho Milt.

                      Yes, like Karol I would require links for the sweeping generalizations that you make, including your assertion: “You seem to be capable of recognising how contemptible it is to fuck up people’s lives when the perp is a bankster, but lose all capacity for discernment if the perp’s drawing a benefit”

                      That is all in your own mind Psycho Milt. How about you show a bit of respect? It is a bit boring having a discussion with someone when they are incapable of comprehending the argument I am putting across. I suggest that it is yourself without the discernment to see that all socio-economic groups are capable of neglect or abuse of their children. There will be plenty of children in very wealthy homes too that have been neglected because, for example, careers were prioritized. (I am highly suspicious that a lot of the corrupt behaviour occurring amongst the elite of the Western world arises out of just this type of background.)

                      You appear to have missed the entire point of the discussion. Any ‘bad statistic’ is what Boston and Willis were addressing – and this isn’t solely about those raising children who don’t have jobs – it is about those raising children who have jobs yet are without enough income to be able to spend time with their children in the important formative years. There are plenty of workers in these types of circumstances – what do you think Labours WFF and their new policy ‘Best Start’ is about?

                      Why are you making this about beneficiaries vs workers? Are you a sucker for wedge politics, or simply a driver of such? You appear to have gotten confused by your strong ideas re welfare recipients causing the problem – it is an issue of poverty – and in order to argue your points you are citing ‘workers’ who have to go back to work within x months as a reason for why parents should not be supported to stay at home with their children longer than they are. If ‘the people’ you cite going back to work are choosing to do this because their priority is keeping up with the Jones’ – that is their choice – I question that choice, because I think the child’s needs should be uppermost, however if ‘the people’ you cite are going back to work due to not being able to afford to do otherwise – this is just the type of issue that I understand Willis and Boston to be speaking about.

                      What should the priority in society be in relation to children? Raising them so that their needs are met – or not? Isn’t it better that people who have children are supported to provide the children with a good foundation? Or does society simply place money first in every fork in the road and prioritise the profit-makers endless wish for more?

                      With reference to those on welfare. Those with partners and children get payed a whole lot less than anyone else, their income gets severely penalized when they have jobs due to calculating the amounts earned combined leading to the same welfare reduction rates as though they were one person – and due to this are fairly well forced to survive on one income. This places a lot of pressure on relationships and no doubt leads to a lot of break-ups. No doubt at all.

                      Which leads us nicely to the subject of those with children and no partner. Since the time that the political agenda of governments stopped prioritizing full employment, consecutive governments have consistently targeted pressurizing this group of people to get jobs – whether there are jobs available or not. I say, apart from working with them to devise a game-plan for once their children get to school age, leave them alone if being full-time parents is what they wish to be. This is an important service to their children and society after all. While focusing on those with children, those without children are left with far less support and encouragement – and what happens if they want children? Basically they can’t have them. Or they have them and the cycle of pressuring and pressurized solo parents starts up again. It is a shame when individuals have limited perspectives on these issues, however it is a greater shame that governments have systematically shown the same limited and limiting perspectives. It is, therefore, heartening to hear speakers who are pointing to the importance of the role of parent-hood and taking a ‘can do’ attitude toward this issue.

                      Noone wants to be stuck on welfare – if anyone is choosing this course for their life -if – the most constructive line of reasoning would have to be why would they do that?

                      Addressing the answer to that question would be far more effective than basing approaches on uninformed/misinformed knee-jerk reactions of what looks like, from where I stand, misguided envy.

                    • Citation?

                      Every time this is discussed I get asked to go off and fetch the figures, and I’m sick of it. Can’t be arsed doing it yet again. Last time I looked there were upwards of 20% of newborns being raised on benefits in the year of their birth, and a good 40% for Maori. There was also a ridiculous proportion of sole parents who’d spent much of the last decade on benefits. CPAG prefers to deal in averages because they helpfully disguise the long-term-waster problem, but if you look beyond the averages it becomes quite clear.

                      I suggest that it is yourself without the discernment to see that all socio-economic groups are capable of neglect or abuse of their children.

                      Er, no. Of course all socio-economic groups are capable of neglect or abuse of their children, and only an idiot would suggest otherwise. At issue is whether there are ‘family’ (using the term extremely loosely) arrangements that are more likely to result in negative outcomes and which should therefore not be encouraged, and the answer is yes there are such arrangements and no we should not be encouraging them.

                      Why are you making this about beneficiaries vs workers?

                      Because it’s a significant factor. If we pretend there’s no difference between children being raised on benefits and children being raised in working families, no amount of money we throw at the problem will help in the long term. Wills, CPAG et al are determined to maintain that pretence, which means any sensible government will be equally determined to bin their suggestions. Which is why neither National nor Labour is willing to run with this.

                    • karol

                      So, PM you want to ignore the fluctuating reality of numbers counted aslong term unemployed – which is actually lower than that of the OEDC average.

                      And you want to ignore the fact that many children in poverty have parents who are the working poor – either underemployed or on low wages?

                      And you want to ignore the fact that parents tend to have their subsequent children in the five – ten years after they have their first child – the reality of people of child bearing age,

                      And, the stats for parents on benefits having subsequent children are here.

                      The biggest number of subsequent children are born to couples on SB, not UB, and to those on DPB.

                    • So, PM you want to ignore the fluctuating reality of numbers counted aslong term unemployed – which is actually lower than that of the OEDC average.

                      Seems reasonable to ignore it. During the last Labour government when unemployment plummeted, DPB numbers dipped only slightly – ie only a few people on the DPB were on it due to poor employment opportunities.

                      And you want to ignore the fact that many children in poverty have parents who are the working poor – either underemployed or on low wages?

                      No, I just don’t see it as relevant to the particular subject under discussion. First, the working poor have a problem of wages and working conditions, not of the social welfare system (which is what Wills and Boston are talking about. If they could put in a plug for the government’s ability to ensure higher wages and better working conditions that would be great, but it’s not really the subject of this thread). Second, children living in a family with working parents, however poor, are not in as high-risk a situation as children being raised on benefits. Some recent study had being raised on a benefit long-term putting you 13x more at risk of neglect and abuse.

                      And you want to ignore the fact that parents tend to have their subsequent children in the five – ten years after they have their first child – the reality of people of child bearing age

                      Far from ignoring it, I’d say it’s exactly the problem – we have a shitload of people looking to the social welfare system, rather than a life partner of some description, to help them through their child-raising years. That benefit was put there to help people in difficulties, not to be a default spouse-substitute.

                      The biggest number of subsequent children are born to couples on SB, not UB, and to those on DPB.

                      More accurately: the number of subsequent children born to couples on SB and UB is a tiny fraction of the number born to sole parents on the DPB.

                      Further, from the same report:

                      “Clients who had a subsequent child in the previous year were more likely to …

                      have no record of being employed pre, post or during spells on benefit (56% of the total).”

                      There’s your “people treating it as a career,” right there.

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      @ Psycho Milt

                      It is actually difficult to know where to start in addressing the multitude of erroneous conclusions you are drawing.

                      Perhaps it is suffice to say that 0.0014% of New Zealanders of the working-age population having ‘subsequent children’ while on the DPB doesn’t seem like the type of figure that should obviate addressing poverty.

                      Nor should fabrications as to the motives and agenda of those on welfare. This type of rubbish needs to start being seen for what it is – the rantings of strange ranting-prone types.

                      Anger and resentment toward those in worse circumstances than oneself add nothing good to this issue, in fact I am absolutely confident 100% that such attitudes are very much part of the problem.

            • BM 5.3.1.1.1.2

              In days long gone and especially in tribal situations it was the norm for the men to go out hunting and the women to work in the fields while the elderly looked after the children.

              I see little difference between that and modern child care.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                go to the back of the class, idiot.

              • Draco T Bastard

                New Women of the Ice Age

                Such findings, agree Soffer and Adovasio, reveal just how shaky the most widely accepted reconstructions of Upper Paleolithic life are. These terribly stilted interpretations, says Adovasio, with men hunting big animals all the time and the poor females waiting at home for these guys to bring home the bacon—what crap.

                Reality proves the RWNJ wrong – again.

          • redfred 5.3.1.1.2

            My wife and I chose not to put our kids into a childcare, we have changed the parent at home role, I took 3 years off paid work so she could return to her profession. We made financial sacrifices to do so, but we didn’t see the point in having kids if we weren’t’ going to be the ones to raise them.

            We are happy with our decision in a perfect world I personally believe that it is the parents that should raise their kids. I’m not bagging anyone else decision, just the way we felt.

            • blue leopard 5.3.1.1.2.1

              That is really heartening to hear Redfred.

              When it comes to parenting it is easy to get judgmental about the choices made – I would have to say I agree with your approach – yet I can see that there are others who are not financially placed to make that choice and view that it would be preferable that people who want to make the type of decision you and your partner did were supported in doing just that.

              This issue fundamentally is about insufficient wages.

    • Mary 5.4

      “I am fed up with this idea that people choose the circumstances they are in;”

      That’s why The Civilian Party’s policy of taxing the poor as an incentive not to be poor is so important.

      http://www.3news.co.nz/Interview-The-Civilian-Partys-Ben-Uffindell/tabid/1348/articleID/345607/Default.aspx

  6. chris73 6

    You could raise benefits as much as you like but it won’t change child poverty because there is no child poverty in NZ, theres children living in poverty sure but no child poverty itself

    We’re lucky in NZ in that whatever standard of living you aspire to you can achieve it, you want to be Bob Jones wealthy you can, you want to be John Key wealthy you can, you want to aspire to a nice, standard middle-class existence you can but also if you want to be poor you will be

    These families (there are rare exceptions granted) that are poor are poor because they choose to be poor, its the life they want to live

    Until you change the mindset of these people that are poor all the money in the world will not make a jot of difference

    • Tracey 6.1

      And there you have it, direct from planet key, where fiction is the new fact.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        +1

      • Macro 6.1.2

        chris73 = Brainwashed and stupid!

        It’s about time mate you went outside and had a look around, and stopped spending all your time on whalespew.

        #6 Nominated for “most stupid comment of the year award”

    • blue leopard 6.2

      While education is now no longer a guarantee for a job – please explain to me how a person can decide to go into $30,000+ worth of debt when they and possibly their parents have only ever earned less than that amount per annum?

      Combine this with the amount that the student allowance is – for over 24 year-olds it is $240 including housing costs, (where housing is averaging $100+ a week in the centres with Universities) for under 24 year-olds it is less (will go and look it up*) and I posit that it becomes an extremely difficult choice to make if one doesn’t have financial backing (i.e. help from parents or savings of ones’ own) or hasn’t experienced anything other than the lowest wages.

      It might seem like a no-brainer to you and to many who haven’t experienced these sort of circumstances to think ‘well I will be stuck for ever if I don’t do this, so I may as well try’ however it is not so simple to agree to this level of debt on the blind trust that one will get a well paid job on completing the study (this is no longer guaranteed) and that one will be able to pay the debt back.

      It is not easy to make decisions about tens of thousands of dollars when the type of budget you have been working with is in the low ten thousands per annum (the low 100s per week).

      Your basic assumption that it is ‘peoples’ choice to be poor’ is based on your inability to assess how different circumstances to yours can affect the ‘choices’ made.

      • it is $174 for a single 19 year-old not living at home – I am assuming accommodation benefit is not included in this – so add $40 (or slightly more if in Auckland). = $214 per week – leaving approx $114 for food, electricity etc after housing costs have been taken out
      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1

        Combine this with the amount that the student allowance is – for over 24 year-olds it is $240 including housing costs

        And if you don’t get the Student Allowance and need to take the living costs loan instead it’s $176/week plus a max of $40 per week for the accommodation supplement. This means that a student, who has more expenses, is going to be worse off than being on the Unemployment Benefit.

        To put that in context: WINZ understands, even if they won’t say so directly, that it’s impossible to do anything on the UB. They show this by, when they send you on one of their ‘courses’ (which inevitably don’t actually teach you anything but it makes some private profiteers richer), paying for the travel to and from the course.

        Basically, it’s a rational choice to stay on the UB than to go get educated. This really needs attention.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 6.2.1.1

          Basically, it’s a rational choice to stay on the UB than to go get educated.
          Actually, thats is a good point, except the reality is possibly sadder than that – there is no real choice and certainly no ‘rational’ choice available for people in this situation – just risky or riskier, hopeless or potentially more hopeless and working out which is which is highly debatable- simply a matter of guess-work – stabbing in the dark. (i.e. no hard and fast ‘correct’ or ‘rational’ answers to the available ‘choices’.)

          This really needs attention.
          +1000

          It also needs more people knowing about it so we get less of this head-in-the-clouds stuff (hmm perhaps ‘up-their-arses” might be more appropriate) like: ‘people have a choice’.

    • How long have you and your mates been trying to change the mindset of poor people (through the stick) – yet somehow there are still poor people – why is that? Hint – maybe because your thesis is a made up pile of rubbish perchance? But don’t worry poor people are used to being blamed for being poor – it’s an old and well used lie.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.4

      We’re lucky in NZ in that whatever standard of living you aspire to you can achieve it,

      No you can’t as not everyone can be rich. In fact the majority must be poor for there to be a few rich.

    • Delia 6.5

      You should join with the Civilian Party, you have a real talent for satire.

    • McFlock 6.6

      We’re lucky in NZ in that whatever standard of living you aspire to you can achieve it, you want to be Bob Jones wealthy you can,

      cf:

      These families (there are rare exceptions granted) that are poor are poor because they choose to be poor

      So the “rare exceptions” do not “choose to be poor”.

      You on a bad day seem to be dumber than fisi on a good day #rateyourtoryliar

    • Macro 6.7

      chris – Maggie said it so much better!

      “And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour…”

      – Margaret Thatcher, Former UK Prime Minister –

      But then there is another way of looking at it. One that actually works.

      “Michael Joseph Savage (1872-1940), or “Mickey” as he affectionately became known, was one of the country’s best loved Prime Minister’s. For two generations he spearheaded the social security structure of New Zealand, being a leading spokesman for increased pensions and a totally free health system.

      He was a leading figure in the New Zealand Labour Party following its formation in 1916, and he succeeded Harry Holland as leader, following the latter’s death in 1933. In 1935 Savage became New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister, when Labour was swept into power at the tail end of the Depression. Immediately a Christmas bonus was paid to the unemployed and poor, and a programme of state housing commenced. In 1938 he began drawing up plans for his Social Security system, calling it “applied Christianity”. This provided for a universal free health system and an old-age pension of 30 shillings a week for men and women at age 60, with a general payment at the age of 65.”

      And yes that is what it is chris when we look after others who, for whatever reason, cannot care for themselves – It’s called “applied Christianity”.

    • Here’s a graph showing changes in people’s ‘choices’ over time.

      Oddly, there was a contagion of choices to be poor that began in the mid-1980s. Mass hysteria, presumably, or everyone getting in on the latest poverty fad … or something.

    • Tracey 6.9

      more myth regurgitation disproved

      We tend to think that simply giving people money makes them lazy. Yet a wealth of scientific research proves the contrary: free money helps. It is time for a radical reform of the welfare state.

      https://decorrespondent.nl/541/why-we-should-give-free-money-to-everyone/20798745-cb9fbb39

      There was a thread about this a few months ago. You may even have contributed. Yet, despite the evidence you are back peddling your myths.

  7. dimebag russell 7

    sorry chris but you seem to be impoverished in the mental department.

  8. aerobubble 8

    A farmer of vines, berries, apples, or whatever, will seasonally cut back their plants to promote new growth. I been thinking that our linear tax system is the problem. Instead of raising revenue uniformly, especially taxing the poorest unnecessarily, we should prune the wealthiest of large parts of their capital to keep them vital and vigorous. I mean this is the idea that is used to lower their taxes, that the wealthiest need lower taxes to produce growth. But as we’ve seen, it does not produce growth, or produces the wrong types of growth (i.e. sprawl, carbon intense products and lifestyles, etc). Anyway that my two cents.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Taxing the rich is what is needed.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        And in particular, returning to taxing capital, not income.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1

          If we do it correctly people won’t be able to afford to own a lot of capital which would stop the never ending accumulation that we have now.

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1

            And we could then focus on the true capital of society – its people, environment and physical resources, not the financialised capital as found on electronic balance sheets.

    • “.., we should prune the wealthiest of large parts of their capital to keep them vital and vigorous..”

      especially because they are so talented..they will make it all back in a flash..anyway..

      ..put them on the dole..and in 12 months they’ll be back driving a merc..

      ..they wont ‘want to be there’..

      (unlike those feckless-poor chris 73 knows so much about..)

      ..that’s ‘cos you can’t keep a ‘good person’ down…

      ..and being rich..it is because they are ‘good people’..

      ..(especially if their wealth punctuates their church-going..the confirmation-circle..)

      ..so they’ll get back from rags back to riches faster than you can say:..

      ‘but..!..but..!..i inherited it..!..’

      • aerobubble 8.2.1

        But its the idea that having won life’s lottery that somehow they not only meant to but actively through shear will power did so without the aid of anyone or any society. The sad fact is our system selects some to win, then selects them to maintain their wealth without much effort, and finally to top it of maintains the myth that special people (the rich) walk amongst us as our betters.

        Nobody begrudges people who work hard some recompense, but equally, nobody should expect that recompense to remain inviable and the disparity to endue for all time, thereafter.

        Churn is essential to capitalism. So the mass accumulation of wealth by so few is a threat to capitalism, and those individuals are NOT capitalists. Capitalist are those who make money, not those who sit on a huge pile of it. So tax cut on the richest is a capitalist policy, and demanding lower taxes for the richest is socialism for the wealth at the expense of capitalism.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1.1

          So the mass accumulation of wealth by so few is a threat to capitalism, and those individuals are NOT capitalists.

          No, they actually are capitalists.

          Capitalist are those who make money, not those who sit on a huge pile of it.

          They would be entrepreneurs.

  9. aerobubble 9

    Yes. But the problem is rich people know why they got rich. Knowing oneself isn’t that easy.

    The rich think by getting rich they were their own masters, and so can slip into the notion that they know what would continue to get them rich is what is required, of course its not, since they are now rich and weren’t before.

    But we don’t need rich people, we need the right type of growth, and the rich aren’t producing it.

    Growth != profit, Profits != more profits.

    The rich don’t know how they did it (in the same way a bumper crop comes from good farming, and most farmers have different priorities that the platnns they grow).

    Rich people are not super heros, they are just good growers, and assuming they will always be, or knew they would be… …anyway, it might not actually mean more taxing of the richest even if taxes are higher on the richest. Remember trickle down, how in fact growth was created by middle eastern oil, not by tax cuts, things don’t follow as the neo-cons lies make out.

    Surely tax rises means less revenue, but that’s not a bad thing if society needs less revenue, because its more balanced and equitable. i.e. lower taxes for the rich produced more revenue necessary to keep the population sedated at the higher levels of inequality. So it follows that governments won’t need to pay off populations to maintain a large super rich class.

  10. geoff 10

    Bill Moyers interviews nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman about inequality, Piketty, the very rich and redistribution.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzQYA9Qjsi0

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Krugman is good but he also doesn’t understand the age of energy decline that the modern economy is now trapped in with no way out.

  11. Blue 11

    The Children’s Commissioner says left-wing voters place child poverty third on their list of priorities for this election. It’s a couple of places lower for right-wingers, but still important.

    I’ll believe that when I see it. NZ voters don’t give a stuff about child poverty. As long as it’s not happening to them or their families they’re fine with it happening to nebulous ‘others’ who make ‘bad choices’ and can be safely sneered at from a distance. If we’re waiting for a grassroots rebellion against child poverty I would recommend that no one hold their breath in the meantime.

  12. joe90 12

    You couldn’t make this shit up.

    The CEO of Goldman Sachs thinks the economy isn’t doing enough to benefit those at the lowest end of the income spectrum. Lloyd Blankfein, in an interview with CBS, said that income inequality is “destabilizing” and “responsible for the divisions in the country.” Calling it a “very big issue … that has to be dealt with,” Blankfein said that whether or not the economy grows faster, “too much of the GDP over the last generation has gone to too few of the people.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewzeitlin/goldman-sachs-ceo-income-inequality-is-a-very-destabilizing

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      The prick’s havin’ a laugh. He got millions of USD in bonuses as his bank profited off a wave of pension fund devaluations and home foreclosures that they had helped to set up.

      • blue leopard 12.1.1

        Another option is that Goldman Sachs might be feeling the need for a bit of positive marketing for ‘their brand’ – I’m unsure that mere lip-service is enough however….now they simply seem to have added ‘hypocritical’ to the list of words associated with their company….

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          Lloyd Blankfein believes that he and his investment bank Goldman Sachs is doing “God’s work.”

          He said that during the height of the GFC.

          That level of absolute self delusion says it all.

          http://www.businessinsider.com.au/lloyd-blankfein-says-he-is-doing-gods-work-2009-11

          • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1.1

            Lloyd Blankfein believes that he and his investment bank Goldman Sachs is doing “God’s work.”

            Did anybody ask which god?

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.1.1.1.2

            Which perfectly proves that wealth disparity is extremely bad for those receiving too much money aswell as for those receiving not enough to live on (or even less).

            It is too easy to develop delusions of grandeur when one receives so much more than everyone else.

            These people need taxing for their own good. ;)

          • Poission 12.1.1.1.3

            Lloyd Blankfein believes that he and his investment bank Goldman Sachs is doing “God’s work.”

            The failure of Goldman’s Sach financial models was greater then an act of god,even the CFO did not understand the probability (read risk)

            One of the more memorable moments of last summer’s credit crunch came when the
            CFO of Goldman Sachs, David Viniar, announced in August that Goldman’s flagship
            GEO hedge fund had lost 27% of its value since the start of the year. As Mr. Viniar
            explained, “We were seeing things that were 25-standard deviation moves, several
            days in a row.”

            One commentator wryly noted:

            That Viniar. What a comic. According to Goldman’s mathematical models,
            August, Year of Our Lord 2007, was a very special month. Things were
            happening that were only supposed to happen once in every 100,000 years.
            Either that … or Goldman’s models were wrong (Bonner, 2007b).

            The 25 standard deviation events are significantly greater then 1/100000

            It is pretty clear by now that a 25-sigma event is much, much, much less likely than is
            suggested by an expected occurrence every 100,000 years. In fact, if we take the true
            figure (1.309e+135) and divide it by 100,000 we get a figure equal to 1.309e+130,
            and this tells us that the estimate of 100,000 is out by 130 decimal points: it is not
            even close to within 100 decimal points. We suspect, on the other hand, that the
            estimate of a 25-sigma event being on a par with Hell freezing over is probably about
            right

            http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1103/1103.5672.pdf

  13. fisiani 13

    Two world views
    Give them a fish (Green/Labour) or give them a fishing rod (National)
    Give them a handout or give them a handup.
    Give them crocodile tears or give them a job
    Make them dependent or make them independent
    Give them a hovel or give them a warm dry home
    Give them grievance or give them hope
    Give them the past or give them a brighter future

    That’s why more and more people are changing to National as the means to solve poverty.

    • chris73 13.1

      Its true, the left want to see people stay in low-skilled and low jobs so that they’ll always have a voter base

      I do wish though it was an easy as the left think it is: raise taxes to give more to the unemployed and all the problems in NZ are solved

      • Tracey 13.1.1

        planet key, bringing you more propaganda than you can regurgitate. see you in hawaii for the christmas party.

        • chris73 13.1.1.1

          Whenever some daily newspaper has a “poor me” story (helped out by the labour or Greens party of course) theres a few things in the accompanying photos I can always count on seeing and that is:

          1. they have newer furniture then I have (on finance no doubt)
          2. More personal electronics then I have (again on finance)
          3. Sky TV
          4. Alcohol
          5. Smoking
          6. More kids then they can afford
          7. More modern car then mine (again on finance)

          They’ve chosen to live most of their lives in debt, wasting their money on things that arn’t important which means they don’t have the money for things that are like food and clothing for thier kids

          They for the most part choose to live like that, if they chose a different way they wouldn’t be so dependent on the state

          • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1.1.1.1

            Why do you believe tell so many lies?

            Low IQ? Gutter ethics? Gang connections?

            Whatever, your hate speech is a stain on this nation.

            • chris73 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Its right there in the photos, however I’ve always wondered if the newspapers themselves frame it in such a way as to be a negative, even though its the Labour and Greens shopping the stories

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                What, you’re so twisted by hatred it shows in photos? Hardly surprising, although the self-awareness is; well done for that at least.

              • karol

                Citations, please.

                Edit: Had a quick look online. I only found this.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Karol, there’s plenty of extant research that demonstrates that the right wing mind is closed to logical arguments. Comparatively low intelligence (Hodson & Busseri 2012) and distended amygdalae (Kanai et al 2011) render them useless.

                  Successful approaches usually involve emotional appeals.

                  • chris73

                    See I’d link them but they involve whaleoil so I’m really not going to waste my time

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      You already did, when you chose to eat trash.

                    • Tracey

                      You could link directly to whaleoils sources cos a post at whaleoil is not actually proof of anything by virtue of the opinion being posted there.

                      Your mind is so cluttered by myths that feed your misdirected bitterness, its scarey.

                    • karol

                      So, you only read newspapers as reported on WO’s site?

              • Tracey

                the photo tells you the furniture is indebted and the electronics too?

          • phillip ure 13.1.1.1.2

            @ c 73..

            ..shouldn’t yr many ‘then’s be ‘than’s’..?

            ..do you spell as you speak..?

            ..are you orstraylian..?

            • chris73 13.1.1.1.2.1

              Quite possibly, my spelling and comprehension can be a bit iffy but since I’m not an English teacher I’m not going to worry about it.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                That’s more a consequence of sloppiness and low intelligence than it is of not being an English teacher.

      • Colonial Viper 13.1.2

        chris73 you really are stupid to believe the nonsense you have been fed.

        44% of all recent university graduates in the USA are unemployed. The number climbs to clear over 50% of recent grads when you take into account the people who have had to accept low pay low skill jobs which their degree is not suited for.

        We are creating an economy which destroys young people, provides no places for them to utilise their training and saddles them with student debt and little chance of paying it back.

        I’m afraid that your stupid right wing cliches hides the real suffering and structural inequality the oligarchic ruling class is creating.

        • chris73 13.1.2.1

          I’m sorry I thought we were in NZ not the USA, however leaving aside what the USA is or isn’t doing my point still stands and a degree is not the only way to success

          For example I don’t have a degree, I dropped out of Uni to work and in the next 6-12 months I’ll have a brand new home in Rolleston, I’ll have brought myself a (admittedly late model not brand new) newer car to replace my wifes car and have 2 possibly 3 rentals in Timaru and my wife and I have never made more then 43 grand each in a year ever

          I want a good life style and I want to retire between 60-65 and not have to worry about the pension and public health and I’ll get there because of the sacrifices my wife and I have made now

          The choices we’ve made are what will give us the lifestyle we want, it may have taken us longer to get it then originally planned but not by much but we’re getting it none the less

          Poor people choose to be poor because of the choices they make

          PS I’m guessing that even in the next couple of years I’ll still not be doing as well as others on here but thats ok because what someone makes is of no concern to what I make, their success doesn’t stop me from being successful and my success doesn’t stop anyone else and so on

          • Colonial Viper 13.1.2.1.1

            Poor people choose to be poor because of the choices they make

            Why do you insist on lying like this?

            You talk about buying a new house in Rolleston. Did all the people whose homes were destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes, lost their jobs because their offices and factories were shutdown, therefore couldn’t service their mortgages so lost their homes too, make “poor choices”? In some cases people still owe hundreds of thousands of dollars on a house which no longer exists.

            These people all live within 30km of your new home. You really are a gutless self serving wretch.

            You talk about all the good fortune you have had – and then denigrate everyone else who hasn’t made it just to make yourself look and sound smart and wise.

            What’s that about? What an arsehole.

            • chris73 13.1.2.1.1.1

              Thats the thing its not good fortune which suggests luck its deliberate choices I made to reach the position I’m in because not all of us are lucky enough to be born into or marry into wealth

              Is that really the mindset of the left though? Theres no such thing as choice its all luck…You think I tripped over and whoops a daisy found myself in a much stronger position then I am now?

              No its because we barely drink, we don’t smoke, we don’t have sky, we put on hold the things we wanted to concentrate on the things we needed

              Its all about the choices we make and the only thing I regret is that I didn’t realise this much earlier

              I’ll repeat that, its about choices, in NZ its your choice as to how you live

              and apparently I’m stupid so if I can do it anyone can…

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                @ Chris73,
                I asked you a question 5 hours ago in relation to a strikingly similar line of ‘reasoning’ you were expressing 5.5 hours ago.
                How come you didn’t answer it?
                What is with all the repetition?
                Do you think that people will start agreeing with you the more times they read it?
                Or is it that you only have one thought on the matter, and so are attempting to make up for your dearth of ideas by saying the same thing numerous times?

                • chris73

                  I didn’t answer it because I went out, ask it again I’ll answer it

                  • Colonial Viper

                    You little self righteous lying weasel.

                    Now answer the example of all those people whose lives and finances have been ruined by the earthquake.

                    Where was their “choice” in the matter?

                    • chris73

                      Strike a nerve about the comment about marrying into a rich family did I? Don’t worry about it, many people have made their fortunes by drilling an oil well, so to speak in fact if I’d have the choice I’d have done the same thing but alas it wasn’t to be

                      I feel for them and I certainly met a lot of them while I was assisting in the clean up but since they live in NZ they have plenty of support

                      So yeah its tough, not denying that but plenty of people have come through being financially ruined to make a new start as long as they avail themselves of the help thats out there

                    • “..in fact if I’d have the choice I’d have done the same thing but alas it wasn’t to be..”

                      i am sure those words must cheer the woman/wife you ended up with..eh..?

                  • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                    It might come as a surprise to you chris73, so I do hope you are sitting down when you read this next bit.

                    I suggest you read it very slowly.

                    You can ‘scroll up‘ and read comments made while you are away. Amazing aye?

                    This ‘scrolling up’ can be done a number of ways; by using the arrow key, the page up key or even rolling the wheel on the mouse if you have one those (- of course there are apple mouses which you can give a light swipe of to achieve the same thing….but I won’t mention that, it might confuse you and you might not have followed my suggestion to sit down earlier… I wouldn’t want you falling over too many times in one day)

                    Therefore I suggest that you try this and ‘scroll-up’ and you will find my questions is at 6.2 (that is the number at the upper right corner of the comment).

                    • chris73

                      Most of the time I simply can’t be bothered going through back posts so I figure if its a question someone really wants answering they’ll ask it again, if not…

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      So what? Because you have a lazy character you lazily impute that on all those without jobs? Is that what this is all about?

                      How does someone afford to study when what they receive is $114 after housing costs have been taken out and they don’t have some sort of financial backing?

                    • chris73

                      “How does someone afford to study when what they receive is $114 after housing costs have been taken out and they don’t have some sort of financial backing?”

                      • Do like most everyone else does (including myself at one point) and get a part-time job
                      • Distance education is also a go, I believe Victoria University is set up pretty well for DE, that may you can work and study

                      Plenty of people manage it so don’t tell me it can’t be done

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      @Chris73 Hey, moran, your political model relies on the fact that some don’t “manage it”, and then you moranically affect airs over them.

                      You’re transparent, so incompetent you’re not even wrong.

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      @C73,
                      What if you are not blessed with the ability to work and study and still pass? What if you need to study in order to get good marks?
                      Why would a system base their level of assistance on those with top-level ability or from wealthy backgrounds? Doesn’t this remove choices from, limit options, those without such additional advantages?

                      Perhaps your addle-brained comments are really about not wanting the playing field evened out a bit?

                      p.s I think you will find that the paper requirement for fulltime study has gone up since you were in study – and so has the workload per paper. But, yeah, I guess the has-beens who are creating these rules are as unaware of these changes as you are.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                It looks like stupidity then. However, if we drill down into stupidity we usually find environmental and/or physiological factors at play.

                The real question is whether the low IQ and distorted brain stricture will eventually be cured by natural selection, or will we always have to carry this wingnut albatross?

            • infused 13.1.2.1.1.2

              Do you research on the job market then, duh.

              I was doing comp sci in 2001, and there were no jobs. So guess what, I dropped out. Holy shit, how hard was that?

              Bullshit excuse.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                :lol:

                Also do your research on employers in general and figure out whether they prefer to employ covetous quitters or not.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1.2.1.2

            Poverty is a choice. Indeed, but not the choice of those living in it. It’s your choice; the inevitable consequence of your hatred and fear.

            Whatever, I propose we simply bulldoze policy over and through your hateful whining until your legacy is purged from the land.

            • chris73 13.1.2.1.2.1

              “Whatever, I propose we simply bulldoze policy over and through your hateful whining until your legacy is purged from the land.”

              And what legacy is that? That we gave up luxuries so that we could provide a better lifestyle for ourselves in the future? That hard work and strong discipline can lift yourselves higher? That an education (or lack there of) isn’t an impediment to success? That we succeeding means that others can succeed doing exactly the same thing?

              No really I’m curious tell me what my legacy is

              • Colonial Viper

                You’re blind and one of the worst examples of the “I’m doing OK jack” crowd.

                • chris73

                  You just want people to rely on the state first and themselves second, as a country we’ve lost our way

                  • Colonial Viper

                    The purpose of Government central and local is to help the people, respond to the needs of communities and safeguard the best interests of the citizens against rapacious and greedy corporations and privateers. If you don’t believe in that basic precept, you can fuck off.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Definitely stupidity. This moran drank the kool-aid.

                  • Tracey

                    John key relied on the state first. Widow pension, state house free university…

                    • chris73

                      He then stood on his own and made the choices that led to where he is today and has paid back to NZ ten-fold what was given to him

                      I’m not advocating the complete withdrawl of the benefit system

                    • Tracey

                      then stop making blanket statements that the world today relies on the state implying in the old days people didnt.

                      hasnt he paid most of career tax to foreign countries. we trained him for free and then he paid taxes somewhere else…

                      you send very mixed signals and then backtrack.

                      do you agree post school education should be free to everyone. if yes, who will you vote for. if no stop indicting those who cant afford to climb up the skills ladder.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                CV said it, and I’ll add to that your hate speech.

                Your legacy of hate and complacency looks like the natural order to you, I’m sure. Burn it down.

                • chris73

                  Ackshully I want every other poor person (or in fact poorer then I) in NZ to do better then me, the country would be a whole let better off

          • phillip ure 13.1.2.1.3

            “.I’ll have brought myself a (admittedly late model not brand new) newer car to replace my wifes car and have 2 possibly 3 rentals in Timaru and my wife and I have never made more then 43 grand each in a year ever..”

            ..yr claimed envy of the poorest as them ‘having better then’ you..further up the thread..

            ..is clearly a pile of fresh/stinking bullshit..eh..?

            ..a little man..trying to climb the neo-lib greasy-pole..

            ..and only pausing to piss/shit on those a little lower than him on that pole

            ..un petit-homme..in his petit-monde..

            • chris73 13.1.2.1.3.1

              What are you talking about?

              • that you have to ask that..

                ..just proves my point..

                ..yr ignorances are as wide as they are deep..

                • chris73

                  No really I don’t understand what it is you’re trying to say, I know my grammar and punctuation isn’t the best but if you re-word it I might have answer for you.

                • and are yr tenants working..?

                  ..or are you slurping/leeching-up that juicy/lovely gummint-money/landlord-subsidy..?

                  ..you fucken hypocrite..

                  • BM

                    What subsidy or are you talking accommodation supplement.?

                    I’ll be honest Phil, last type of tenant a landlord wants is an unemployed/DPB tenant.
                    Just not worth the hassle and grief.

                    State should be housing the beneficiaries.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      The state is too busy mopping up after your hate speech.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Let’s unpick this. BM says the state should house all beneficiaries. So someone who gets made redundant and relies on a benefit for a while should be forced into state accomodation. Presumably their existing residential property would be forfeit.

                      I say no: the state should apply the golden rule and do to BM et al what they would do to others.

                    • BM

                      Hate speech?

                      I would have thought you’d be all for beneficiaries being housed by the state.

                      Edit
                      OK, how about long term unemployed,invalids and DPBers.

                      From what I’ve read and heard regarding land lords experiences involving the above it would be best if the state was the one providing the accommodation.

                    • Tracey

                      Actually when the dept of housing housed someone in your property you got guaranteed rents and repair and maintenance covenants. so contrary to your blather intelligent landlords saw that as a good thing.

                    • Tracey

                      I believe you and yet you vote for parties that do the opposite.

                    • minarch

                      dont lie now son………

                      you know you grab it tight with your pasty gnarled hand while the other hand is busy stuffing it down the front of your pants hoping no body sees your “loot” and tries to take it away

                      because you worked soooooo hard to earn it didnt you ?

                  • chris73

                    Why not try to type things out like most people here do, if you can’t ask things properly I can’t answer you

                    However if I’m reading what you’re saying and since I don’t do drugs I can’t really be sure I’d have to say that you’ve got the wrong end of my post, in my post I clearly state that this will happen in the next 6-12 months so it hasn’t happened yet

              • dimebag russell

                the rise of the morans!

          • Draco T Bastard 13.1.2.1.4

            and have 2 possibly 3 rentals in Timaru and my wife and I have never made more then 43 grand each in a year ever

            Are, right, you’ve set yourself up to be a bludger living upon others work.

            EDIT: Which will, of course, help ensure that those people remain poor.

            • chris73 13.1.2.1.4.1

              Keep telling yourself that but if you want to go through this: http://www.parliament.nz/resource/0000262078

              Also known as Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament: Summary of annual returns as at 31 January 2013

              and let me know which of the left MPS are also “bludgers living upon others work” I’d be grateful, also since Helen Clark is a senior UN official she’ll have her assets in a blind trust so do you think she owns rentals?

              • Colonial Viper

                Oh fuck off Chris73, do you really imagine that telling us that MPs on $150K pa collecting sweet KiwiSaver plans and using Parliamentary Services accommodation allowances to pay off their own mortgages are acting like the 1% is any kind of NEWS to us.

                • chris73

                  No but it says that since you’re willing to elect them you , Draco T Bastard and anyone else who knows this are massive hypocrites

                  • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                    You are going to try and convince people they shouldn’t vote now?? You really are desperate.

                    • chris73

                      I’m not saying you shouldn’t vote I’m saying you’re massive hypocrites if you do…or maybe demand so better MPs to vote for

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      So what? In order to vote and not be a ‘massive hypocrite’ you should believe in bludging for a living? Or was it lying? You should be a lying thief in order to vote and not be considered a hypocrite by chrith73. What?

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Draco T Bastard and anyone else who knows this are massive hypocrites

                    Nope. We’re working within the present system to change the present system to one where owning a rental won’t be a viable option.

                    Of course, if you prefer, we could go for the bloody revolution route instead.

                    • chris73

                      We’re working within the present system to change the present system to one where owning a rental won’t be a viable option.

                      • How will that when the epople owning the rentals are the people making the rules?

                      Of course, if you prefer, we could go for the bloody revolution route instead.

                      • I could use a good laugh :)
                    • BM

                      And you would be right there at the front, gun in hand?

                      Or are you one of the “chosen” ones destined to lead the masses and their fight again the 1%.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Wow are you guys blind? Civil unrest is increasing in western countries.

                      The UK police are pushing for general approval of water cannon, and the surveillance state is monitoring all our mobile phone, internet and email communications ‘for our own protection’.

                      “Revolution” appears to be exactly what the power elite fear might happen, and they are taking serious steps to counter the possibility.

                    • BM

                      To be honest CV, I just don’t give a fuck, I’ve get better things to do than get all worked up about shit that may or may not happen.

                      My advice to you, work in the present not some hypothetical world of woe and pain, you’ll be a lot happier as will the people around you.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      It’s a very real world of woe and pain for hundreds of thousands of NZers and keeping an eye on the road ahead is particularly important at this time, because what it looks like in the UK, USA, Australia, Spain, Greece and other western countries is much less than encouraging.

                      But yeah if you just turn a blind eye to it all like you, you can afford to cheer up and keep smiling as you push pedal to the metal right over the cliff.

                    • BM

                      Luckily we’re here in good o’l NZ and lucky for us John Key and National’s at the helm doing a great job creating a buffer against all that other nastiness going on around the world.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      How will that when the epople owning the rentals are the people making the rules?

                      Well, I’m certainly glad that you agree that we live in a plutocracy. A little disappointed that you see this as a Good Thing but not really surprised. It’s the nature of authoritarians to back totalitarian and oppressive governments.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Helen Clark is Chris73’s new ethical benchmark. Um, sure, that sounds plausible :lol:

                • chris73

                  Good enough for Helen then its good enough for me

                  • McFlock

                    the trouble is that “too evil for Helen” is at a waaaaaay higher level than “too evil for chris”.

                    Helen never pretended that people chose to live in poverty just so she could avoid doing anything to help others.

                    • no..’helen’ just ignored/refused to help/stigmatised them..

                      ..and she so well-prepared the ground/mood/consensus for nationals’/bennetts’ war on the poor..

                  • Tracey

                    just in property or are you picking and choosing

              • Draco T Bastard

                Helen Clark is a senior UN official she’ll have her assets in a blind trust so do you think she owns rentals?

                I’m sure she does and I’ll call her a bludger as well. In fact, I call anyone who owns a home to let out a bludger.

                • chris73

                  Ok fair enough but why? Why does owning a rental property make someone a bludger?

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Pretty sure I made that clear in the original comment.

                    living upon others work

                    Goes for shareholders as well.

                    • chris73

                      Ok what type of investments are ok? For example if I 100% own a company but hire workers is that ok or is that bad?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Ok what type of investments are ok?

                      None as their sole purpose is to live on the backs of others, i.e, to be a bludger.

                      For example if I 100% own a company but hire workers is that ok or is that bad?

                      That’s bad. The company shouldn’t be owned at all* and should be run as a cooperative.

                      • The business would be separate legal entity that effectively owns itself but it won’t be a person.
          • geoff 13.1.2.1.5

            What are the sacrifices you’ve made, Chris?

            I notice that you begrudge those who are using credit to buy things.
            Did you pay for all the houses you’ve bought without mortgages?

            Debt is now more readily available than probably ever before. In the past it was much more difficult to get credit, just ask anyone who tried to get a mortgage in the 80’s.

            There was an understanding amongst banks and society in general that credit wasn’t extended to anyone and everyone.

            In contrast, today’s lending criteria would be considered extremely irresponsible by the standards of the past.

            You may argue that people should be responsible for the choices they make but it is abundantly clear that many, many people exhibit sub-optimal judgement when making long term decisions, such as those involving financial credit.
            (Even our short term decision making can be poor – eg our binge drinking culture)

            The choice then is either:

            leave it to people to make those poor decisions and let them live with the negative consequences which will ‘teach them a lesson’.

            or

            adjust the rules of society so that it is more difficult for people to make those decisions.

            The first option ignores human nature and is akin to punishing a dog for failing a calculus exam.

            I think it is best to be honest about human nature.

          • minarch 13.1.2.1.6

            I STRONGLY suspect you’ve lied by omission somewhere during this rags to riches story

            either way the world you THINK you live in is LOOOONG dead , your kids and their kids and then their kids are all F**ked…

            • tracey 13.1.2.1.6.1

              it would be odd if he has kids. 2-3 rentals in oamaru, a new house in rollerston and he and his wife have never exceeded 86k gross total per annum. Especially as he must be freehold on all rentals plus rollerston cos he abhors debt.

      • Draco T Bastard 13.1.3

        Its true, the left want to see people stay in low-skilled and low jobs so that they’ll always have a voter base

        It’s National that have been attacking the education system for the last 6 years.

        I do wish though it was an easy as the left right think it is: raise cut taxes to give more to the unemployed on the rich and all the problems in NZ are solved

        FTFY

        The left, BTW, think we need to raise taxes on the rich so that we can get back to building up our society.

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.3.1

          Given that you know and I know that as a sovereign issuer of the currency Govt does not need taxes to gain revenue.

          • Draco T Bastard 13.1.3.1.1

            That’s the way things should be. Under that system taxes aren’t really there to gain revenue but to prevent over-accumulation of money.

            The way things are taxes are to get government revenue.

            We do need to work on changing the system so that it becomes the former rather than the latter.

            • Colonial Viper 13.1.3.1.1.1

              Under that system taxes aren’t really there to gain revenue but to prevent over-accumulation of money.

              Yep. In addition to that, taxes can also be used to drive desired behaviour and direct economic activity to different sectors of the economy.

      • Tracey 13.1.4

        We tend to think that simply giving people money makes them lazy. Yet a wealth of scientific research proves the contrary: free money helps. It is time for a radical reform of the welfare state.

        https://decorrespondent.nl/541/why-we-should-give-free-money-to-everyone/20798745-cb9fbb39

    • Tracey 13.2

      you got two words right

      hand

      job

    • dimebag russell 13.3

      what a crock of sh*te fizzyani. tories love poverty. its the only way they can be winners when they can point the finger at others. and if you want to know what God thinks about money then just look at the creep jobs that he gives it to.

      • fisiani 13.3.1

        Two world views
        “Tories” as you quaintly call them love poverty.
        Versus reality. National are daily bringing hundreds of people off the trap of benefits into employment.
        Take off the blinkers. National have the best interests of the poor at heart. They do not want them to be kept forever in penury (the Labour policy).Surely that is obvious. Wages have risen higher than inflation. Thousands have gained employment. More employed than at any other time in history. Mortgages are still at near record lows thus saving households a fortune. No one wants to go back to the near 11%.

        • Colonial Viper 13.3.1.1

          Earth to Fizzy, Earth to Fizzy, come in Fizzy

        • karol 13.3.1.2

          National are daily bringing hundreds of people off the trap of benefits into employment.

          Ya think?

          And then there’s the under-employment rate, and the little matter of how much people are being paid.

          Then there’s the increasing wealth and income inequality between the top and bottom 10%.

          And it’s at crisis level.

          The wealth gap is the biggest problem, and something fueled by the housing inflation bubble – it’s much harder to decrease wealth inequalities than than it is for income inequality.

        • phillip ure 13.3.1.3

          @ fisi..

          “..“Tories” as you quaintly call them love poverty..”

          ..would you prefer we called them randites..?

          ..and most tories are also randites..

          ..and in her twisted/morally-bankrupt excuse for a political-philosophy..

          ..(a philosophy key has admitted he ‘admires’..)

          ..rand preaches that the poor/anyone on state-support are ‘the unworthy’..

          ..and therefor should not receive state-support..

          ..she preached the rich are rich because they are ‘worthy’ people..

          ..pretty fucken sick..eh..?

          ..(and of course..helen clark/that last labour govt. had her/their ayn-rand-moment with her working for (some) families policy..

          ..pure rand..that one…the poorest families..just ‘cos they are the poorest families…deemed to be ‘unworthy’ of the support offered more ‘worthy’ families..who inevitably already earned more than those poorest families..

          ..so cold cold cold in its’ cruelties/marginalising of the (unworthy’) poorest..that one..

          ..anyone still associated with that should still be hanging their fucken heads in shame..

          ..how can that not have been fucken rand on steroids..?

          ..(and you a fucken ‘labour party’..eh..?..)

          ..and labour seem pretty much still stuck in the same ayn rand place..

          ..i don’t see them offering any poverty-busting policies..

          ..which is what is needed..)

          .so..fisi..you can see that tory/randites like yrslf..do ‘hate’ the poor..

          ..and would rather give them nothing..

          ..(and i’ll betcha helen clark has read ayn rand..it totally fits in with her tory-farming background/genes..)

        • Draco T Bastard 13.3.1.4

          Tories” as you quaintly call them

          It’s the correct term. What’s you’re problem with it? Or would you really prefer we call them what they’ve become – psychopaths?

          National are daily bringing hundreds of people off the trap of benefits into employment.

          No they’re not. They’re pushing them off benefits with no job and no other income so as to make it look like they’re doing something.

          National have the best interests of the poor at heart.

          No they don’t – they only work to make the rich richer. If they had any concern for the poor they wouldn’t have sold our power generation assets. In fact, they would have turned them back into a state service monopoly.

          They do not want them to be kept forever in penury

          Yes they do, that’s why they keep throwing people off benefits when they have no other support.

          Wages have risen higher than inflation.

          That depends upon how rich you are. The wages at the top have gone up. The wages at the bottom have probably gone down in real terms.

          More employed than at any other time in history.

          That doesn’t mean much considering that we’ve also got more people than at any other time in history. The percentage of unemployed still remains high.

          Mortgages are still at near record lows thus saving households a fortune. No one wants to go back to the near 11%.

          If we had a rational economic system the interest on mortgages would be non-existent and the interest rates are heading back to 11% quite rapidly.

          • srylands 13.3.1.4.1

            The only people that call them “Tories” are a subsection of posters at The Standard. It really is quite ridiculous. You simply never hear the term Tories in New Zealand in real conversation with real people.

            You are a faded embittered communist relic from the 1950s. It is a waste of time trying to reason with someone who has this belief system that supports state run monopolies supplying power and zero interest rates on money, along with the other mad ideas you have. If your ideas prevailed we would be a cross between Samoa and Zimbabwe.

            But fortunately your ideas will never prevail.

            • Colonial Viper 13.3.1.4.1.1

              You simply never hear the term Tories in New Zealand in real conversation with real people.

              Given the fact that you’re a foreigner who has never been in NZ, how the fuck would you know what “real” New Zealanders say in “real conversations”?

            • dimebag russell 13.3.1.4.1.2

              oh wah wah wah.
              go and read a book you fool an stop wasting peoples time with your piss weak excuse for not doing anything..

            • Draco T Bastard 13.3.1.4.1.3

              You simply never hear the term Tories in New Zealand in real conversation with real people.

              You may not, I do.

              If your ideas prevailed we would be a cross between Samoa and Zimbabwe.

              No, we wouldn’t. In fact, we’d be far better off due to the fact that we’d no longer be pushing our society far beyond sustainable practice.

            • minarch 13.3.1.4.1.4

              ive heard a self confessed national supporter call THEMSELVES Tory…

    • McFlock 13.4

      more like:
      given them a match (Labour) or set them on fire (National)

      • fisiani 13.4.1

        I’m always amazed and saddened by the views expressed here that National wants to set people on fire, wants to wage war on the poor and treat people badly. This is so so wrong headed. Never in all my years in the Party have I ever heard anyone with such views. Quite the contrary. This is a psychological phenomenon known as mislabeling. Every reform or saving or improvement is seen as evidence of class warfare simply because it is promoted by National. Let me quote Nationals values within its constitution. Surely they are reasonable values. All National policies are based on these values.
        (b) Values
        We believe this will be achieved by building a society based on the
        following values:
        • Loyalty to our country, its democratic principles and our Sovereign as
        Head of State
        • National and personal security
        • Equal citizenship and equal opportunity
        • Individual freedom and choice
        • Personal responsibility
        • Competitive enterprise and rewards for achievement
        • Limited government
        • Strong families and caring communities
        • Sustainable development of our environment

        • phillip ure 13.4.1.1

          a new benchmark set for ‘words-are-cheap’..?

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 13.4.1.1.1

            +1 well said phillip ure

          • fisiani 13.4.1.1.2

            All matched by actions over the last six years.
            Read about mislabeling then get professional help.

            • blue leopard 13.4.1.1.2.1

              Fisiani,
              Are you saying that if someone doesn’t agree with that stuff you just made up off the top of your head, then they need professional help?

              • fisiani

                Can you point out which “stuff” I just made up? I do not do that.

                • McFlock

                  All matched by actions over the last six years.

                  you made that up, for a start.

                  • fisiani

                    Every action of the last six years conforms with the National Party values that reasonable people agree with. Self evident truth

                    • McFlock

                      So the GCSB spying on NZ citizens is loyalty to our democratic principles?

                      So Ecanz was loyalty to democratic princples and limited government?

                      So cabinet ministers making calls to police on behalf of wealthy businessmen accused of domestic violence is Equal citizenship and equal opportunity?

                      Punishing children with poverty for the lack of “success” of their parents is “personal responsibility”?

                      You’re fucking delusional.

            • phillip ure 13.4.1.1.2.2

              “..then get professional help..”

              the poor don’t ‘get professional help’..

              ..they can’t afford it/to..

              ..eh..?

        • McFlock 13.4.1.2

          We looks at what they do, not the pretty words in a party constitution that Key has obviously never read.

          • fisiani 13.4.1.2.1

            Again read about mislabeling.
            It is treatable.

            I am amazed that support for National is just 52.5% . Given the values and fulfillment of these values so demonstrably I cannot understand why National are not polling over 70%

            • McFlock 13.4.1.2.1.1

              Yeah.
              We can vote out national in september.

              If the national caucus believed any of the stuff in that list, then NZ children wouldn’t live in poverty.

              • blue leopard

                well said McFlock

              • fisiani

                Of course you can vote National out but only if you lie to the public. You can fool some people all of the time.
                The National caucus fully supports the $500 million support package for families announced in the Budget. State houses are no longer slums. You don’t make people richer by keeping them on a benefit. Look all around. We are on the right track say 64%. I can only imagine you are a callow youth. I used to believe Leftist bullshit as a boy and young man. Once I was educated I could no longer be a Leftist. This is why socialism will not survive the 21st century. It is a failed theory based on the writings of Marx and Engels over a hundred years ago.
                Look at values above that I copied out. Which of them fills you with such irrational fear?

                • Tracey

                  once you settled on money as the underlying measure of success you starting voting national

                  fify

                • Tracey

                  remind me how many global economic collapses involving banks in the last 200 years emanating in capitalist countries

                • McFlock

                  fisi,

                  they don’t fill me with fear. What concerns me is that you fucks confuse “You don’t make people richer by keeping them on a benefit.” with the fact that kicking them off a benefit simply makes them and their children even more poor.

                  • fisiani

                    Where on earth does kicking anyone off a benefit take place in New Zealand. This is simply not happening.

                    • McFlock

                      Are you fucking serious???

                    • Macro

                      What part of remuera do you live in?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Happens all the time. Personally, I think that case managers are instructed to find ways to kick people off the benefit as they seem to go to a lot of effort to make up BS to kick people off. I know this because I had it happen to me.

        • phillip ure 13.4.1.3

          • Loyalty to our country, its democratic principles and our Sovereign as
          Head of State..

          (excuse for war-mongering..)

          • National and personal security

          (excuse for warmongering/spying on everyone..)

          • Equal citizenship and equal opportunity

          (a laughable joke that one..national fosters inequalities..)

          • Individual freedom and choice

          (shorthand for give-them-nothing/poor-bashing..and nothing removes ‘Individual freedom and choice’..like poverty..)

          • Personal responsibility

          (see previous..)

          • Competitive enterprise and rewards for achievement

          ..(corporate-welfare..)

          Limited government..

          (yeah..!..sure..!..national are nanny-state on steroids..)

          • Strong families and caring communities..

          (a bit ‘sick’ of them to make that claim..eh..?..cynicism off the scale..that one..)

          • Sustainable development of our environment

          (do nothing about climatechange..in fact..drill )..baby..!..drill..!..mine..!..baby..!..mine..!

          ..more dairy cows..!..)

          ..national plan to increase our emissions by 50% over the next ten years..

          ..they are hell-bent on making us international environmental pariahs..

          ..mm-kay..?

          ..complete and utter bullshit..all of it…

          • fisiani 13.4.1.3.1

            My bad. I obviously need to explain mislabeling. As a mental health professional I made the assumption of thinking that was a common term. Read the following link to discover how normal behaviour can be interpreted as evidence of mental illness but only after the person has been mislabeled. The postings above are clear testimony to this delusion. Mr Ure is a particularly bad case.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenhan_experiment

        • srylands 13.4.1.4

          You are wasting your time. The “headline” on banks and child poverty reminds me of the headlines I used to see in the student newspaper while I was at uni. In fact the whole “The Standard” collective (oops I am not allowed to call it a collective I might be banned. Oh well who gives a fuck) is just like a relic of 1970s student newspapers written by confused 19 year olds.

          Of course most of them grow up. The ones that don’t become authors at The Standard.

          • fisiani 13.4.1.4.1

            Well said Sir. I am an optimist who believes that some Leftists will be cured of their adolescent fixations but some clearly do not want to leave the dark side.
            I suspect they will never read the link I provided to the infamous Rosenham experiment

            • blue leopard 13.4.1.4.1.1

              Oh, so that was a joke was it? That you state you are a physician and then link to an article that states physicians can’t tell the difference between sanity and insanity at the same time as advising someone to go and get professional help.
              That kind of sums up the rest of your comments – totally messed up.
              Please tell me it was a joke.

          • dimebag russell 13.4.1.4.2

            how randian.
            she called her gang the collective and in the end they all hated her and deserted her.

            • fisiani 13.4.1.4.2.1

              I give up. Randian, Tories. Believe those crazy labels and my reasonable comments are misinterpreted. Goodnight and goodbye.

              As proof of your delusion I am not even of the Right. I am clearly caring and Centre-Right.

            • minarch 13.4.1.4.2.2

              Ayn Rand ended up on welfare in the end..

          • Draco T Bastard 13.4.1.4.3

            Says the person living in denial of reality.

          • dimebag russell 13.4.1.4.4

            up against the wall muthaf*cka!

        • Draco T Bastard 13.4.1.5

          Loyalty to our country, its democratic principles and our Sovereign as
          Head of State

          Proven false by John Banks and his RWNJ supporters.

          Really, all you’ve proven there is that National lies in everything.

        • minarch 13.4.1.6

          bet ya that all changes when you get behind closed doors at the lodge eh “brother”

    • The Al1en 13.5

      Those people changing to national must be pretty stupid then.
      Ignoring the first one, that could easily be a Green/Labour manifesto.

      And those nats wouldn’t give away a fishing rod, they’re more likely to beat them with it.

  14. And it’s a view that’s gaining in support. The Children’s Commissioner says left-wing voters place child poverty third on their list of priorities for this election.

    It’s a couple of places lower for right-wingers, but still important.

    Well, yeah. There presumably aren’t many people who are chuffed about children living in poverty. However, the fact that most people share Wills’ and Boston’s concerns doesn’t at all mean a general consensus on what to do about it.

    I haven’t seen anything from Wills about how decades of paying people not to bother raising children in a family has resulted in hordes of feckless wasters running production lines of future wasters who’ll knife a dairy owner for some small change. A universal child benefit’s a no-brainer, but first I want to see what the proposals are for throttling the runaway waster production process. Until policy enthusiasts start coming up with those, they can forget about offering the ones that will only accelerate it.

    • McFlock 14.1

      but first I want to see what the proposals are for throttling the runaway waster production process.

      :roll:

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 14.1.1

        Yes, what is that even referring to? :shock:

        The Banksters who create financial crises and spend their nights with prostitutes snorting coke and drinking?

        Or the leeches in NZ who continue to make larger profits than they should by fairly well obliging the government to pay social security supplements to their employees in response to the unaffordable wages they provide?

        It is time these things were addressed.

      • minarch 14.1.2

        I think you mean eugenics dont you ?

        maybe forced/coerced sterilization ?

        or round em up into cattle cars and of to the gulag ?

  15. italy vs. england..?

    ..being of multi-celt descent…

    ..i support anyone against england..eh..?

    ..i haven’t fucken forgotten/forgiven..

  16. and any doubts that child-poverty is ignored due to endemic-establishment racism..can be stilled..

    ..one in six pakeha children live in poverty..

    ..one in three maori/pasifika children live in poverty..

    ..hard to argue/spin that fact/stat away…eh..?

  17. dimebag russell 17

    cut to the chase.
    studies and practice show that governments can distribute benefits more widely in any given situation depending on the will of the people.
    What needs to happen to address this problem is an entirely new cadre of trained professionals to administer a system that at present is still the ideological experiment of the nineties.
    If the National party does not address this matter in a proper manner then they will be deemed responsible for any future social debacles.

  18. joe90 18

    To big to fail and getting bigger.

    BILL MOYERS: Can what happened six years ago happen again?

    ANAT ADMATI: Yes. Because the banks continue, the financial system continues to be fragile and the banks continue to live dangerously. And when you speed at 100 miles an hour, you might explode and harm other people.

    BILL MOYERS: And that’s what they’re doing, 100 miles an hour, despite the fact that we thought after the crash that we had learned some lessons; we were going to have a discussion and institute some reforms that would prevent it from happening again?

    ANAT ADMATI: We have a tweak, is what we have. We have some tweaks. We have messy, unfocused efforts. But we haven’t really gotten to the heart of the matter and really managed to control this system effectively.

    BILL MOYERS: But as you surely know, the bankers tell us, not only do we have a safer system, but it’s getting even better as reforms are put into place. You look skeptical.

    ANAT ADMATI: Well, they are truly trying to confuse people with their narratives. They just– either speaking a language that nobody can understand, or they say things, sometimes, that are completely wrong. And sometimes they’re just misleading.

    But if you step back and look at the system, it’s very fragile. It’s one of those systems that’s like a big house of cards. You touch it, stuff can happen fast. And it’s far from any system that we would think of as reasonably stable, able to support the economy, all of that.

    http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-too-big-to-fail-and-getting-bigger/

    http://billmoyers.com/wp-content/themes/billmoyers/transcript-print.php?post=81095

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      And this time sovereign balance sheets are completely tapped out due to bailing out Too Big To Fail in 2008, so there is no backstop left.

      Hence they have gotten the system ready for “bail in’s” where they can take savers monies directly from private bank accounts and give them to banks which are in trouble.

      NZ already passed legislation for this.

      • Tracey 18.1.1

        but financial cannabilsm is a success cv…

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.1

          Well, especially for the 0.01% and still but somewhat less so their professional minions and servants, the top 5%

  19. dimebag russell 19

    anyway I think fizzyanus was a computer programme.
    hmmmmmm.
    I wonder how much hooton&boag paid for that one?

  20. xtasy 20

    You are onto it Karol, good job, keep it up, we need more awakening, as too many slumber in indifference or brainwashed stupor.

  21. TeWhareWhero 21

    The notion that all the poor are poor because of the ‘bad’ choices they make is as absurd as arguing that all the rich are rich because of their ‘good’ choices.

    The idea that we can ‘choose’ what level of wealth we want and acquire / retain is either an expression of extreme naivety and ignorance of both contemporary reality and history, or, it’s the work of a Troll. (Acronym for ‘thick rightwing obnoxious loudmouthed lout’ or the Type II variant – a ‘two-faced rightwing opinionated labrynthine liar’. The latter is far more annoying because they crave attention and will even self-flagellate in order to get people to take notice of them.)

    The simple, inescapable fact – known to all except the Troll – is that the capitalist system is based on a fundamental inequality. The only way those who lack economic and / or political power can force positive change is in combination with others – and history is littered with the evidence of the use of the State by the powerful to prevent the powerless from combining to force change.

    The rich and powerful used to argue that god gave them their wealth and power but that pesky little notion of human rights put the kibosh on that and so the ideology of the ‘meritocracy’ was born. We have the same grossly unequal division of wealth and status but justified on the grounds that the rich and powerful are more meritorious or deserving because they are more talented, hard working etc – and of course, the flip side of that dirty little coin – the poor are less deserving because they are stupid, feckless, lazy etc.

    In fact, Fisiani, if you want some evidence of the pernicious work of ‘labelling’ theory – you don’t need to look any further than the labelling of the ‘feral underclass’. These people are so much consigned to the realms of the barely human they don’t have children, they ‘breed’ or ‘spawn’, and proto-fascist commentators can call for their sterilisation and not only keep their jobs, but be feted for it.

    The simple, inescapable fact is that the global capitalist system does not and cannot accommodate ALL people being rich – or even ALL people being well off. It creates and perpetuates a class of poor because it needs them. The ‘poor’ are not homogenous – there are of course degrees of poverty. In this relatively affluent country, where most working people are kept afloat by credit extended to them by banks which gouge profits out of their debtors’ lives, we have very few utterly poor people but our relative affluence rests on a vast pool of impoverished people in other countries. The presence of the utterly poor reminds the relatively poor of countries like ours what might happen to them if they challenge the definition of success or seek to sabotage the Great Race.

    Excuse me while I divert into the realm of the extended metaphor which might help people like Chris73 get a more balanced perspective on the matter.

    Capitalism sets up a continuous and compulsory ‘race’ to what it defines as ‘success’ -ie the accumulation of private wealth in the form of money, land and things. The higher placed you are in the race, the more wealthy you get and the more things and advantages you can buy and the more wealth you can accumulate.

    By any objective measure, the accumulation of more wealth and things than one can ever need or sensibly use may be said to be the very opposite of ‘success’. It may in fact be said to be a symptom of a highly disordered or poorly formed personality – an extreme form of ‘hoarding’. In a poor person, hoarding is judged to be pathological; in a rich person it’s judged to be a virtue. How weird is that?

    Race officials and PR people (aka ideologues) are paid handsomely to convince the runners of how essential and how fair the race is. They have to convince the runners that, those who have won the race so handsomely and so often they now don’t need to run at all but just collect their winnings, and those who are in the process of winning or being well placed, are more talented, skilled, train harder etc etc. In other words they have made GOOD CHOICES.

    The flip side is that those who are always trailing in last, don’t make the finish line or can’t even get to the start line, are less talented, lazy, feckless, wasted their time watching tele instead of training, traded in their running shoes for fags and booze, i.e. they made BAD CHOICES.

    The lackeys have to do this to disguise the rather obvious fact that the tiny minority of the most advantaged people get to run on wider, smoother, level inside lanes whilst the outer most lanes are not only crowded with runners, they are steeply cambered, narrow and uneven. What makes the race even more unfair is that the start is not staggered to allow for the shorter distance of the inner tracks, and parents on the outer tracks, usually women, are often forced to run while carrying children.

    Grossly unfair though it is, if the outer track runners complain or combine to boycott the race until it is made more fair – or – worst of all – question the very definition of ‘success’ – they will find themselves pushed even further back from the start line or forced to run in hobbles or blind folded – or be banned from the stadium along with all the world’s utterly poor whose only function is to remind the relatively poor of what might happen to them if they don’t keep running.

    Of course a few of the middle runners manage to elbow and barge their way onto the inner tracks – and even a few on the outer tracks, by virtue of things like extraordinary talent or extreme viciousness or sheer luck get well placed. These few anomalies are used by the lackeys to add weight to the lie that where you run and where you are placed is all down to the CHOICES you make.

    However hard those in the middle and outer lanes run, most of them can never win the big prizes – and some of them console themselves with the thought that at least they are beating all those deadbeats crammed into the outer lanes.

    They may know that the innermost lanes are reserved for the exclusive use of the elite – as it has always been – and may know deep in their hearts that it is grossly unfair but instead of protesting the unfairness, some of them get quite brutal in their defence of it.

    How bizarre.

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    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
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    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....
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  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
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  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
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  • 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,...
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  • TPPA causing concern
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  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
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  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
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    Scoop politics | 29-10
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