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We are all Latino now

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, November 9th, 2012 - 92 comments
Categories: democratic participation, racism, us politics - Tags: , , ,

Some Republicans have been disgraceful losers in the American presidential race. From Carl Rove denying the obvious on Fox “News”, to 400 students in a racially motivated riot, to Donald Trump calling for revolution, a march on Washington and other nonsense.

Amongst the noise, one standout was rabid partisan Bill O’Reilly, lamenting the demise of “the white establishment”, and repeating Romney’s lines that Obama voters just want handouts. Here he is live on Fox:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0-No1HGzfo

Quotes:

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly said tonight that if President Barack Obama wins re-election, it’s because the demographics of the country have changed and “it’s not a traditional America anymore.”

“The white establishment is now the minority,” O’Reilly said. “And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You are going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?”

Bitterness, prejudice, and a healthy dose of racism, quickly picked up by supremacist groups like Stormfront (not linking to them).

Take away the prejudice and bile, however, and O’Reilly is correct about some of the facts. Obama’s support was down amongst white males. He was elected by the the Black vote, the Latino vote, the young vote, the female vote, and by a high turnout. The Latino vote seems to have been particularly decisive:

Poll: Latino Vote Devastated GOP Even Worse Than Exits Showed

Mitt Romney lost Latinos by unprecedented margins — even worse than the initial exit polls showed — according to a study by Latino Decisions.

An election eve poll of 5,600 voters across all 50 states by the group, which has researched the Latino vote throughout the campaign, concluded Obama won by an eye-popping 75-23 margin. Their research concluded that CNN’s exit poll estimate of 71 percent of Latinos breaking to Obama likely undercounted their support, although they agreed with the assessment that turnout equaled 10 percent of the electorate.

“For the first time in US history, the Latino vote can plausibly claim to be nationally decisive,” Stanford University university professor Gary Segura, who conducted the study, told reporters.

According to Segura, the Latino vote provided Obama with 5.4 percent of his margin over Romney, well more than his overall lead in the popular vote. Had Romney managed even 35 percent of the Latino vote, he said, the results may have flipped nationally. …

“This poll makes clear what we’ve known for a long time: the Latino giant is wide awake, cranky, and its taking names,” Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU, told reporters Wednesday on a conference call discussing the results.

Is the Latino vote now the deciding factor in American politics? Will an all white ticket win the presidential election ever again? If race becomes a dominant factor in politics the Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. Here’s Mark Karlin on Truthout’s election blog:

It Was a Race About Race

Let’s face it, while exit polls voters identified the most important issue in the 2012 presidential contest as the economy, the number one unspoken issue was race.

For four years, a significant percentage of the US population has used every code word and threat to defile Obama — the son of a white mother and black father — as a foreigner in his own land. As fellow journalist William Rivers Pitt wrote earlier today on the Truthout Election 2012 blog, “The Republican Party has made it a matter of survival to convince people, who are in every other way probably very good and decent types, that half the country, indeed their own neighbors, are swarming with The Enemy, and that Enemy does not deserve basic American rights like voting.” …

Race wasn’t mentioned in the debates – heck poverty was ignored. Race wasn’t on the ballot. However, race was very much part of the coded appeal to white voters by the Romney campaign and many Republican candidates. Race matters. More than nearly 150 years after the Civil War, we are still a nation struggling with a legacy of emotional feelings of racial superiority and entitlement.

A nation divided by race remains a nation divided. We can settle our economic problems, but our racial friction and discord have continued as the lamentable subtext of our political discourse since the founding of the United States. It must be confronted frontally.

Speaking for myself I would not for one moment mourn the passing of “the White establishment” in America. It is well past time for a broader and better grounded perspective in politics. We live in interesting times.

92 comments on “We are all Latino now”

  1. The Republicans really need to move back towards the centre (and stop yelling about rape) plus recognise their vision of the make-up of US population is never going to be how it was and they can’t win as an old white man club.

    2016 they’ll put Marco Rubio up.

    • millsy 1.1

      Rubio will be 45 when 2016 rolls around (hes only 9 years older than I am — that is scary).

      As I said before, a lot of Latinos (but not all) are socially conservative and share Republican values. They dont do welfare or anything like that. They only voted Obama because the GOP thinks they are subhuman.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        They only voted Obama because the GOP thinks they are subhuman.

        The problem is that’s not a ‘policy’ that the GOP can rescind at Conference very easily.

      • I am guessing Ryan/Rubio 2016

        Ryan came off unscathed, his debate performance was solid, he won back his seat and he is respected by his own party.

        Rubio is young, Latino (originally Cuban I believe), and well-liked in his party.

        Seems like the right mix.

        Dunno who in the Democrat party could run in 2016. Obviously Clinton but probably not Biden.

        • millsy 1.1.2.1

          Im guessing the GOP would want to make a fresh start in ’16, so they would leave Ryan in the House to cause trouble there.

          Biden and Clinton are too old, and too establishment (as well as uninspiring) to be presidential candidates. I dont think Clinton would want the job anyway. A lucative speaking tour or perhaps a diplomatic post would await her?

          The Dem candidate will be someone that we have never heard of.

          • Zorr 1.1.2.1.1

            Elizabeth Warren 2016 – you heard it here first! ^_^

            I mean, she has American Indian heritage, is a woman and… a SOCIALIST!!! *gasp* How could she lose?

            (nb: <3 Warren, she is the best senator currently in, imo, along with Bernie Sanders)

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1.1.1

              And in terms of congressmen Alan Grayson, Florida 9th congressional district.

            • karol 1.1.2.1.1.2

              That Guardian article I linked to below show several promising women were elected to the Senate and Congress – I believe it now is a record number of women – so I reckon they have a few promising candiates for Democrat presidential nominations next time round.

          • TheContrarian 1.1.2.1.2

            I dunno dude, I think Ryan is probably quite hot because he is the first ‘pop culture’ figure the GOP have run which I think will connect with young and old.

            Interesting either way

            • millsy 1.1.2.1.2.1

              Well 2016 is a pretty long way off.

              Anything can happen between now and then. We have a mid term election in 2014 to go through yet, which will change things, with the depature, return and coming up of new talent.

              • Indeed, but I hope the republican party wises up and dumps the religious zealots and the Randians. The need top move back to the centre, not further to the evangelical right, if they are going to have a chance.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  And here’s me hoping that they’ll move further the the right. The greater the disconnect between them and reality the better.

                  • Well, that wouldn’t be for the better – all governments need effective opposition and an array of challenging, dissenting, opinions to keep them on their toes.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Normally I’d agree with you but in this case it looks like the GOP are still going to be the government. They’re just going to have a president from the other party.

                    • Which is why the republican party would be better to shuck off their old ideas and move in a different direction. At least be challenging instead some weirdo Evangelical circus.

                  • QoT

                    Fox have already been hammering the narrative that Romney was “too liberal” so I’d say you’re getting your wish.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      According to them, Mussolini was a bleeding heart lefty

                    • rosy

                      Unbelievable! From what I understand it was the states that were polling for the most conservative views (women’s reproductive rights especially) that the Republicans lost.

                      Surely the Republicans are going to splinter at the time when the great diverse ‘other’ are hanging together to vote Democrat. That is the lesson the left should be taking.

        • Richard Christie 1.1.2.2

          TheContrarian 1.1.2
          9 November 2012 at 10:38 am

          I am guessing Ryan/Rubio 2016

          Ryan came off unscathed, his debate performance was solid, he won back his seat and he is respected by his own party.

          Unscathed? Hmmf

          Ryan was merely a more articulate version of Palin.
          Ultimately the Tea Party is going to take the fall for the electoral rejection.
          Those close to the TP, the fundies and science deniers, such as Ryan, are going to found wanting.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.2.1

            Ryan was also the darling of the extreme Right Wing of the Republican party. Unelectable in his own right.

      • Rich 1.1.3

        I wonder if that’s the equivalent of the oft repeated saw that most Pasifica people are social conservatives. Sure, their self-appointed leaders (like corrupt priests and feudal chiefs) are, and it’s attractive to mainstream parties to think that the way to get the votes of (insert minority here) is to co-opt some “community leader”. But in practice (and especially with a ‘minority’ that’s been in the US longer than white people) I believe most people vote as individuals.

        • Pascal's bookie 1.1.3.1

          +1

          You get in real trouble when the appeal is based on “those guys like this stuff, so let’s do that and signal that it’s about them!”

          Folks aren’t stupid.

    • Stephen Doyle 1.2

      Probably with Jeb Bush. As governor of Florida he apparently is on the more moderate side of the party.

  2. weka 2

    “The white establishment is now the minority,” O’Reilly said. “And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You are going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?”
     

    I had to laugh at that. They finally get it! Then I just think ‘diddums’.
     
    Anyone from the white male establishment who has any humanity and sense of history needs to do their mourning in private, and then get on with things.
     
    For the white men who might be feeling put upon, it’s really simple: if you desire a society that is diverse and equitable, you will be welcome. If you want to hold onto your privilege and power at the expense of others then side with the white male establishment as it goes down. Just don’t expect much sympathy.

    • vto 2.1

      What got me about that comment is that he implies that these “things” that the others want are somehow inherently the property of the white establishment. And that these “things” are to given or taken.

      What he misses is that those “things” are the result of the entire mix of American society and so they should be spread around the entire mix of American society. He seems to assume that those “things” are the result of just the white establishment part of American society and implies that they will be taken from the white establishment. If there is an element of taking then that will be of those “things” which were never rightly the property of the white establishment anyway.

      I am sure the white establishment will come to understand this – well, I guess some already probably do understand that, some will come around to it, and some will just refuse to see it.

      2c

        • Jim Nald 2.1.1.1

          vto – well put.

          Re “What he misses is that those “things” are the result of the entire mix of American society and so they should be spread around the entire mix of American society.”

          And back on Planet Key – Batshit, Billshit and Joycestick are selling or giving up “things” that are the result of generations of the mix of Kiwis who have built them.

          • vto 2.1.1.1.1

            Exactly Jim, and that makes it even worse because the flow in New Zealand of “things” is not from the minority to the entire mix of society but in the other direction – from the entire mix of society to a minority.

            This change in the US is another evidential example of the ebbing tide around ex-colonial type establishments and neoliberalism.

            That’s it pour moi – gotta fly. Away from “things” and into the wilds. Where there be no phones, no roads, no cars no people no buildings no tv no web no politicians no crime, just mountains bush river beach and sea. That’s me. Out

  3. karol 3

    The rise in the proportion of Latino people in the US population has been predicted for some time.  And no doubt the Latino vote for Obama was significant.  But the fact that the Republicans have latched onto that, as you show, Anthony, just highlights their racism.
     
    But others, such as a Guardian article, are saying it was actually the female vote that has been decisive in the election of Obama:

    Women gave Obama 55% to Romney’s 43%, a proportion that was unchanged from the president’s lead among women in 2008….
     
    Women voted in record numbers, and the gender gap between the two candidates could not have been more profound. Unmarried women backed the president by an incredible 38 percentage-point margin over Romney, a statistic which was one of the most striking of Tuesday night.
     
    But the driving force behind female voters was not so-called “women’s issues” – it was the economy.
     
    Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organisation for Woman, said: “It is economic issues. Sure, at a certain point it’s also about rights, but at a more immediate level it’s about survival.

     
    We may be seeing the same thing in NZ with the worsening economic situation.  So, Labour’s alleged chasing of the “Waitakere Man” vote via the likes of Tamihere, may be misguided.  Undoubtedly, low income men will also be looking for someone to represent their interests, but not just them.  As with the Republicans, we have seen NAct wage a “war against women” in various ways.
     
    There are complicated demographics involved, and the right wingers will seek to exploit racial, and other prejudices and stereotypes: and do their usual distortions and diversions.

    • weka 3.1

      It’s high time that the left in NZ focussed on the importance of women’s votes.

    • r0b 3.2

      Long past time for a female president.

      • weka 3.2.1

        True, but not a Republican one first.

      • burt 3.2.2

        Long past time for a female president.

        Funny, I though it was about getting the right person for the job rather than playing some PC game where different races and genders are all given their turn….

        But I’ll play your game – is there a preferred ethnic background for this overdue female president ?

        • muzza 3.2.2.1

          Have to agree Burt…

          As if the “woman” would make a difference.

          Seems people still can’t accept or get through their heads, where the “power” to choose the candidates actually comes from.

          Someone mentioned Rice – The disgraced Condoleza, or the current loud mouthed war mongering reactionary and hater, Susan?

          It was Miya Love who the GOP tried to “promote” this time around..

          Straws, clutching, all of them, argh…

        • millsy 3.2.2.2

          “Funny, I though it was about getting the right person for the job rather than playing some PC game where different races and genders are all given their turn….”

          We fully endorse that position, its just that you can be more right wing than Ronald Reagan and still not win the GOP nomination for President because youre a woman. Getting better though at lower levels.

          I thought that you would be glad that the right are finally waking up and realising that non white/females do support right wing policies.

        • felix 3.2.2.3

          It is certainly “long past time” for a female president, provided that you accept the following three statements:

          1. There is no gender-based reason that a male will always be a better person for the job than a female,

          2. Half of America’s population are female,

          3. All of their presidents have been male.

          With which one do you disagree?

          • Tracey 3.2.2.3.1

            I still suspect that Obama got the nomination ahead of Hilary Clinton because even in 2007 it was “better” to have a black man than a woman… progress indeed for black men in America but perhaps not for women.

            • Pascal's bookie 3.2.2.3.1.1

              Possibly, but I think it’s pretty easy to come up with reasons for Obama winning that primary without that.

              1) Clinton didn’t expect Obama to be in a fight. If you go back and look at the early coverage, pretty much everyone assumed she had it in the bag, and that it would all be resolved on super-Tuesday. Consequently, she didn’t do the legwork in the early states, particularly the caucuses. Obama picked up some wins which gave him enough head wind to make it a fight post super-Tuesday, and the Clinton machine was scrambling to get organised in places that they didn’t think they would need to fight in after that.

              2) Clinton had Iraq war votes to explain that gave Obama free hits.

              3) Obama was a clean slate in terms of oppo research, which is why the GOP went with all the ‘crazy black church’ stuff and other nonsense. Clinton had all the baggage that came from her husband’s years in the white house. Her ‘negatives’ in the country at large were substantial, and in the primary, Dem voters would have the general in mind. They wanted a candidate that could win first and foremost. Clinton’s negatives in national polling counted against her.

              It was a hell of a fight, and Clinton started out the favorite with backing of the party machine, but she lost to the guy who has demonstrated that he can build a pretty effective machine himself.

              • karol

                It may be all of those factors, Pb, as well as the fact that TPTB didn’t want a woman president – certainly the opponents (amongst democrats and republicans) played on her gender. 
                 
                I know someone who worked on the ground for the Obama campaign who reckons that Obama’s was way better organised than Clinton’s. 
                 
                But it was also clear to me that at some point the MSM swung behind Obama, characterising him as leading an unstoppable ground swell, while also allowing the mysogynist attacks on Clinton.

    • Jim Nald 3.3

      Mary Ann Walsh, on Morning Report yesterday, made a few good comments including this one:

      “Don’t underestimate also the role that women played in this election.

      “When you go across the country and look at the issues of reproductive health and comments about abortion and rape, a lot of women looked at Mitt Romney and the Republicans (because remember a lot of Republicans lost as well) … and they [thought] …

      – if you don’t trust me to make decisions about my own health, I don’t trust you to make decisions for me in Washington.

    • Wayne 3.4

      “Wage war against women”; you are fooling yourself. The Nats poll well among women. If the Left really think they can compare the Nats to the Tea Party Republicans, you are on track to loose the next election.

      I have noted here before that this view that it is NAct or NACT is part of the Lefts problem. The voters, especially in the middle, simply do not characterise National that way, and no amount of repeating this meme will convince them.

      • Colonial Viper 3.4.1

        How long will National stay above 40%…

      • Tracey 3.4.2

        Even ACT is not comparable tot he tea party…

        IF a comparrison were required I would say

        Nation/Act = democrat….

        no one here represents tea party.

        The idea that labour or greens are equated tot he democrats is also misguided. The democrats are way more conservative than our so-called left of centre parties… except in 84-90 and 99 to 2008 when Labour was probably closest to democrats.

      • weka 3.4.3

        I’d like to see some of the pre-election campaigning next time to focus on women’s issues. At a non-partisan level this would be good for the country. But as left voter I think it would also help the left. Look at what is being done to welfare, with the particular emphasis on women on the DPB/mothers and their choices around parenting. The left could reframe that as an attack on women, or better yet, as women needing to defend their human rights.

    • Tracey 3.5

      All those republicans who wanted cheap household maids and gardeners are now upset…. boo freaking hoo… Karma is a bitch baby

  4. ak 4

    Cracker post r0b, wonderful comments weka and karol. Those figures signal the most potent beacon of hope and progression in decades, its cleansing glory reflecting in myriad ways on the Aotearoa we all love as we speak.

  5. Enough is Enough 5

    Condoleezza Rice could be the answer for the GOP in 2016.

    I don’t agree with her politics and she played her part in the torture of illegally held prisoners. But as a symbol she would be electoral gold. An intelligent Female African American on the ticket would be a strategically brilliant move.

    • millsy 5.1

      …with Rubio has her running mate.

    • karol 5.2

      Ah, but she’s problematic for the GOP in being a single woman. There were stories around the Net that she wasn’t chosen back in 2008, because of lesbian rumours associated with her.  This tends to happen with powerful women.  There are similar online rumours about Hilary Clinton, but somewhat undermined by her high-profile marriage. 
       
      Oh, it seems she was up for running mate for Romney.  It  was considered she was ruled out because she’s pro abortion and pro gay marriage.

      • millsy 5.2.1

        What is with these rednecks? We on the left complain about people voting against their own interests, but the the right should also just be vocal about their votes being unwanted because they are the wrong colour, gender or sleep with a person of the wrong gender.

      • Enough is Enough 5.2.2

        You are probably right Karol that she won’t be a starter as hard core Republican’s would rather move to Canada than vote for her in a Primary.

        But as a strategy to win support from American’s that are not the middle class Cowboy hat wearing bible belt red necks, it would be a winner.

  6. Rodel 6

    For an excellent, incisive and hilarious analysis of the US election see Jon Stewart’s Daily Show..

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-7-2012/post-democalypse-2012—america-takes-a-shower?xrs=eml_tds

  7. Pascal's bookie 7

    Sullivan has a round up of folk, incl some not insane Repub’s, on this issue:

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/11/how-obama-won.html

    Short version, some of them see that symbolism won’t cut it, that it will take policy; but the problem is that those policies are what give them the votes of the people who fear the demographic changes.

    Can’t win with ‘em, can’t win without ‘em.

    That’s a shit sandwich to have to eat, but they built that.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      That’s a shit sandwich to have to eat, but they built that.

      And this is the bull’s eye.

      10 years of Rove/Fox News/right wing talk back have created a fervent loyal political base – which just happens to be completely disconnected with the reality of their own country, and which has annihilated any moderate non-fundy Republican candidates left in the party.

      What they thought was going to be an asset is now their sea anchor, dragging them down.

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    Also, Ta-Nehisi Coates:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/dear-republicans-marco-rubio-will-not-save-you/264976/

    heriff Arpaio does not owe his prominence to a military coup. He owes it to actual Republicans, virtually none of whom have any interest in seeing the party diversify on a policy level. Diversity isn’t simply giving Mia Love a plum speaking spot. It is finding a Mia Love who represents the interests, and will advocate for policies, of other Mia Loves.

    I don’t think this is something you fix by 2016. This is a big problem. It took Democrats more than a half of a century of wandering to get it right.

  9. This election reminds me a bit of the New Zealand election in 2005.  Romney and Brash were two rich white males who have a similar world view.  Romney with his 47% speech and Brash with his comments how blacks, women and immigrants were not mainstream kiwis really raised peoples heckles and caused fear and resentment.  The flow of support to Labour and to Obama from the ethnic communities as well as the increased activism won each election.

    National were way smarter in 2008 and got rid of the ethnic dog whistling.  They even included ethnic MPs way up the list in winnable positions to give the sense of diversity that Labour originally had a premium over.

    If the Republicans want to win again I suspect they will have to do the same.  They will also need to cut loose the Tea Party and either shut down Fox News or at least muzzle the more extreme commentators that they have. 

    EDIT: I should add that the Exclusive Bretheren stuff was our own version of the Tea Party. The involvement of an extreme group supporting the conservative party really scared ordinary people into activism and into voting.

  10. prism 10

    Bill O’Reilly sounds Irish. The Irish received their share of prejudice in the USA. That was one reason why John Kennedy being elected President was an awesome change there. Now that the Irish have struggled to the top they are doing the usual human thing of holding the ramparts and ‘pouring boiling oil’ on the struggling hordes below. And ‘So it goes’, Kurt Vonnegut, ironically and sadly (died 11 April 2007 aged 84).
    And further from that great man via Wikipedia -

    In These Times quoted him as saying “The only difference between Hitler and Bush is that Hitler was elected.”[42][43] In a 2003 interview Vonnegut said, “I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened, though, is that it has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style coup d’etat imaginable.

    And those now in charge of the federal government are upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka ‘Christians,’ and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or ‘PPs.’”[44] When asked how he was doing at the start of a 2003 interview, he replied: “I’m mad about being old and I’m mad about being American. Apart from that, OK.”

  11. Tracey 11

    “The white establishment is now the minority,” O’Reilly said. “And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You are going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?”

    Roll back three hundred years. You are white and just arrived in America. You are by far the minority, but you have guns. I wonder if native americans spoke of the white newcomers the same way.

    White men in america, and other countries are finally having to share, just a little bit… They have forgotten they are a minority. BUT a minority with most of the wealth and most of the jobs and most of the power. They don’t like sharing, and when they do have to hsare they see it as their “rights” bveing taken off them.

    At one stage last decade or so 26% of the american population were white men but they held about 85% of the jobs… those are guesses based on recall of an Oprah show once (yes, I know).

    So when they were bemoaning the quota system and using phrases like “they’re taking our jobs”… They were the same as Bill O’Reilly today.

    In fact it is Bill O’Reilley that has a sense of entitlement who believes that a quarter of the population should get 86% of the jobs and wealth and power.No one’s <b?taking their jobs because they were not a right, and they weren’t theirs but society’s.

    Just a thought.

    • fatty 11.1

      well said…

      “In fact it is Bill O’Reilley that has a sense of entitlement”

      Bill O’Reilley wants to continue the culture of disentitlement that exists in America. And O’Reilly is right in saying that Obama wants to give things to non-whites…he wants to give them some dignity, he wants to give them a sense of inclusiveness, and he wants them to be given their human rights.
      The word ‘entitlement’ has become so powerful, its a neoliberal buzzword that needs to be resisted. I think the Greens last year were talking a lot about our culture of disentitlement in AAC and WINZ…Labour (and all left parties in NZ and around the world) need to be highlighting how entitlement is a minor issue, and instead disentitlement is creating our inequality.
      A painter on the roof story perpetuates the BELIEF that a culture of entitlement exists, when it actually CREATES a culture of disentitlement.

      • karol 11.1.1

        I think the Greens last year were talking a lot about our culture of disentitlement in AAC and WINZ…Labour (and all left parties in NZ and around the world) need to be highlighting how entitlement is a minor issue, and instead disentitlement is creating our inequality.
         
        Well said – ditto, Tracey on whites as a minority with a sense of entitlement.

  12. ak 12

    Yes the “entitlement” bizzo’s a doozy: by dint of simple repetition on talkback, sewerblogs, fuxmedia etc, they’ve managed to paint hard-won gains for the underdog as Greed.

    As others have noted, obscene irony indeed from the born-to-take Mammonmeisters steeped and bred into a psyche of pure, unadulterated a priori entitlement themselves.

    Reminds one of the ludicrous mysogenistic Helenhate campaign – so successful that even intelligent tory women of my own acquaintance were somehow drawn to remark that there were “too many women in power”!

    “One law for all” doubled the tory poll. Single-handed and almost overnight. Despite the blatant non-existence of any law not for all.

    Common theme here, Standardistas: anyone else hear Romney repeat “brighter future”?

    Identify the carefully-selected and repeated phrase and drown it at birth.

    And above all, never give succour to the baying mob.

    Current case in relation to tory shills working their slimy wares here: “preferred” does not mean “popular”: and “hatred” of any politician has respect as a prerequisite. (“The nasty party” seems to be another smear-du-jour – again, supreme irony from the NACTZIs)

    I prefer bat shit to dog vomit: this does not make the former “popular”.

    Up against it as always, because the entitled own the conduit to the deciders. Batshitman will remain popular. But you can at least avoid being complicit.

    Carry “stuttering Shearer” any further than next week and condemn tens of thousands of your less able brothers and sisters to misery for years to come.

    • Pascal's bookie 12.1

      Check out this fcken guy. An econ lecturer at an Australian uni:

      http://t.co/dgwg7wpl

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1

        A quick skim proved tat he’s a typical old economist – totally fucken delusional. As far as he’s concerned, his beliefs and those of the people who agree with him are right and everybody else, including reality, is wrong.

      • rosy 12.1.2

        This needed quoting (just for preparation for clicking on the link)….

        The confluence of the mendicants, the envious, the abortion lobby, what I will call the cohort of damaged women, and the social sciences know-nothings has proven a formidable combination. They are a new constituency amalgamation that will affect the politics of the United States for the foreseeable future.

        He does harp on about the damaged women – even though he starts with bashing the beneficiaries and the working poor. I think he has an Eve (as in Adam and Eve) complex. And as for know-nothing, do-nothing social scientists – they managed to be active enough to help get the vote out ;-)

        • Tracey 12.1.2.1

          ” know-nothing, do-nothing social scientists” as opposed to foreign currency dealers, now that’s real work which brings them into contact with folk from all walks of life!!

    • KJT 12.2

      Welfare recipients “Culture of Entitlement”.

      Unintentional irony from individuals who are sitting on 100 thousand dollar pay rises, while their company tanks in the recession, salt their income away offshore to avoid taxes, expect taxpayer bailouts when their gambling fails, and ask for tax cuts while the deficit increases.

      • RedLogix 12.2.1

        Unintentional irony

        Unmitigated gall? Utter self-centred hubris? A deep weary cynicism? …cliches fail me.

        But I also believe that at some level they do know of their own perfidy, they know that are amoral arseholes and this is what drives them to madness.

    • Tracey 12.3

      ” ludicrous mysogenistic Helenhate campaign – so successful that even intelligent tory women of my own acquaintance were somehow drawn to remark that there were “too many women in power”!”

      ++++1

  13. AmaKiwi 13

    “Just one in every ten Republican voters were non-white. That is the story of the 2012 election.”

    (Chris Cillizza & Jon Cohen in today’s Washington Post)

    What are the numbers for NZ political parties? Can any of you tell us?

    Therein lies the future.

    • Pascal's bookie 13.1

      Without exit polling it’s really hard to get the answer, and exit polling aint legal here AFAIK

      • AmaKiwi 13.1.1

        I understand. I don’t know a single Green (outside of Parliament) who is not a well-educated upper middle class white person. If that is an accurate reflection of the Greens party, they are destined to remain a very limited group. Maybe I am wrong.

        I read people here saying they have or will vote Manna. Does Manna have much of a racial mix or is it overwhelmingly Maori?

        • fatty 13.1.1.1

          I’d like to know more too AmaKiwi.
          I’m not too sure…as for me, I’m an educated middle class Pakeha who votes Mana. I know of w few others like me, but also many Greens as you describe them. Although they’d refute the term ‘upper’ and say middle class, but acknowledge they have strong support networks (so in the end they, and me, are about as well protected as the ‘upper class’).
          I have always thought that a lot of former Green supporters have moved to Mana for the same reasons that Sue Bradford feels more comfortable with Mana.I don’t think of it as being any more Maori-centric than the Greens were 10 years ago. I think a lot of people with anti-capitalist ideals have moved from the Greens to Mana, and that would involve a lot of Pakeha – like me. There are a lot of educated people voting Mana, and I think more will start to come over from the Greens.
          I do consider it a misconception that Mana are primarily disenfranchised Maori Party voters, they are also disenfranchised Green voters, and socialists who were looking for a party that represented some of their ideals.
          I’m not so sure Greens have lost Pakeha overall, because they have gained a lot of mainstream people, and lost people who could be considered fringe. When they lost Bradford, Nandor, Fitzsimons, Donald, I think they lost their direction.
          I think I have just confused myself, but it is quite confusing.

          • R 13.1.1.1.1

            I’m another Pakeha Mana voter, was Green through and through until Mana formed (I am too young to have voted Alliance). Had genuinely considered voting Maori when the MP formed, but decided it wouldn’t be appropriate because I was supporting the formation of their party, not necessarily any policies they espoused.

            I’d put myself in the ‘looking for a party that represented some of their ideals’ camp. Bradford and Minto aren’t Maori, but even if they were it would have no bearing on my choice. Mana represented policies and beliefs I genuinely engage with and support. Ethnicity has nothing to do with it for me.

        • ak 13.1.1.2

          Nix mix. And like Mana, also from heaven; overwhelmingly progressive and recently bestowed on the lost tribes of the new world.

  14. Obama inherited debit after many former Presidents of 10.6 trillion dollars.
    Obama will leave presidency 20 trillion dollars debit in 2017.

    The America left think they can charge this up to taxpayers.
    11 trillion dollars from Obama is divide by 150 million taxpayers to get.
    Thats $80,000 each taxpayer for Obama, don’t you love him.
    Leave for China now wealthy Americans flee anywhere, leave the beloved Country to them

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      USA would be better off if the weath sucking wealth hoarding billionaires pissed off out of their country.

      Also, time to break up all the banks into little harmless pieces.

      • prism 14.1.1

        CV Don’t know about that. Remember in the Terminator how even after being trashed the pieces of the robot flow together and rebuild.

    • millsy 14.2

      Yes, having military bases open all around the world (100 in Germany alone!) can be pretty expensive, throw in all those aircraft carriers, and fancy toys that the generals want (that dont work — the flash looking Osprey helicopter-plane hybrid is still having problems 20 years on and the flash new F22 has problems with the oxygen to the point where pilots are refusing the fly them), is it any wonder that the USA is in so much debt.

  15. kea 15

    If Iceland can have an effective, innovative, and popular lesbian prime minister,
    why can’t we ?

    In the end it depends on confidence in the person, not their sexuality.

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    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • What The Hell Was That! Reflections on the media’s coverage of the Intern...
    WHAT, EXACTLY, DO WE KNOW about the confrontation outside Internet-Mana’s campaign launch? Well, we know the news media was there in force. We also know Internet-Mana’s media person, Pam Corkery, blew her stack. We know that Corkery’s outburst led the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • NZ First candidate – homophobic, bennie bashing anti-intellectual clown
    Oh God, apart from Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Curwen Rolinson and Winston before midday, the woeful cavalcade of political circus freaks NZ First seem to attract has picked up another hitchhiker. This time Epsom candidate Cliff Lyon who said this about Labour… “If...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM on The Daily Blog 7.30pm Wednesday 27...
    As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate, The Daily Blog will Livestream the Nicky Hager public meeting in Auckland, 7.30pm live from the Mt Eden War Memorial this Wednesday on this site. Doors open at 7pm. It...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Opening Night. It’s like an opera!
    On Saturday night just gone, we collectively experienced one of the premier panegyrys of political pageantry in our three yearly electoral cycle. For one glorious weekend evening every three years, it’s not the All Blacks or some Super 14 team, or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Unions – what ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Timor-Leste’s Parliament handed ‘humiliating’ defeat over harsh media...
    East Timorese journalists raise their hands to approve the Timor-Leste JournalistCode of Ethics in October 2013. Photo: Tempo Semanal/Cafe Pacific   David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. PACIFIC SCOOP reported this week that East Timor’s Appeal Court had scrapped...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • THIS is why we need a public broadcaster!
    The richest 20% of us in NZ own 70% of the wealth, with 18% in the hands of the second richest quintile, and 10% in the hands of the middle quintile. Just 2 per cent was owned by people in...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • A vote for Key is a vote for this
    A vote for Key is a vote for this...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Why the Secret Intelligence Service feeding Cameron Slater information is s...
    Folks, it doesn’t matter if you are Right or Left, the issue of the Secret Intelligence Service being forced to feed a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater with sensitive information is an ‘us’ issue. The SIS are...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • How lost and irrelevant are ACT?
    So ACT had it’s ‘launch’. Well, what passes as an ACT launch these days. Lot’s of anorak’s with that 1000 yard star and dreams of a Milton Friedman Free Market dancing behind their eyelids all crammed into a room small...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Party rowing advert aimed at Gen Xers
    Unkind wags such as myself would suggest that if the above were a real representation of National, it would look more like this…   National know they have the rural mob and the angry provincial vote locked in, with their...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Housing propaganda – McGehan Close Revisited
    .   . Housing has become a major, defining issue in New Zealand. We have critical shortages and escalating prices in  in the main centres and falling house values in the regions. The National government has addressed the supply &...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • The boldest, most creative and dynamic policy on employment for two generat...
    If you watched TV news last night you could be forgiven for thinking that a circus was on when Internet MANA launched its election campaign today. The reporting was abysmal but I won’t rehash it here because it’s been described...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Internet MANA announce free tertiary education & full employment – me...
    Internet MANA launch their campaign after an extraordinary road tour and after gaining 4% in the Colmar Brunton Poll, today should have been the start point for a momentous occasion  in progressive political history. It was, but sadly most won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Privilege denies true representation of disability rights
    The human right of people with disabilities in New Zealand has come back into the spotlight by the Human Rights Commission. The report named ‘Making Disability Rights Real’ highlights some of the main issues as being adequate data collection, accessibility,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Election TV campaign ads – Opening Night
    . .The infamous National Party ‘Dancing Cossacks’ Attack advert  NZ, 23 August -  The election campaign “kicked off” on Saturday evening, with a one hour “televisual feast”. Party advertisements were broadcast for National, Labour, Greens, NZ First, United Future/Peter Dunne,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Blogging vs Journalism vs Politics – The 7 latest revolting revelations
    So we now enter the most dangerous phase for National, the phase where the minutia of detail is so great now, the media have all the ammunition to keep asking questions that clearly show Key isn’t being honest in his...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A positive story of political co-operation!
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 23 August - The following is a true story and shows how the natural inclination of the rank-and-file of our main left-wing parties is to work together… I’ve been in contact with both the Green...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • “Dirty Politics” – the fall-out continues…
    . . As the shock-wave from Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics” continues to engulf everything in it’s path, it’s worthwhile looking at the damage caused by the ever-expanding fallout… Fallout Dispersal Zone: 1oom Farrar wrote on 19 August  (and later...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • #TeamKey’s sinking boat
    #TeamKey’s sinking boat...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Cat vs Key – I know nuffin
    Cat vs Key – I know nuffin...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas
    Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible
    Headline: A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible Analysis by Selwyn Manning. Prime Minister, John Key.WITHIN NATIONAL’S STRATEGY TEAM there is an acceptance that the facts revealed in the book, Dirty Politics, is chewing away at the party’s popular...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Toke the Vote 2014: NORML’s guide to NZ cannabis policies
    NORML’s policy, renewed at our recent national conference , is to encourage supporters to vote for parties and candidates who will work to reform our cannabis laws....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Internet Mana List Embodies Modern Aotearoa
    An impressive mix of personal and professional skills, cultural backgrounds and ages marks the release of Internet MANA’s combined party list. “Our list highlights the calibre of talent woven throughout Internet MANA,” said leader Hone Harawira....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • The Dirty Politics Fallout
    Tonight’s 3News-Reid Research poll shows that the Conservative Party is on the verge of making it into the next Parliament, even without an electorate deal with National. The poll, conducted in the week following the release of Nicky Hager’s...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te reo Māori trending at New Zealand Fashion Week
    Language and fashion express culture and identity so it’s fitting for the Māori Party to launch its te reo Māori policy at New Zealand’s premiere fashion event in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Party And Candidate Lists for 2014 Election Released
    The Electoral Commission has released the nominations for the 2014 General Election, with 15 registered political parties and 554 candidates contesting the election....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Take Steps Against Child Poverty with Us!
    TAKE STEPS AGAINST CHILD POVERTY WITH US! Britomart to Aotea Square, Auckland, 11am, Saturday 6 Sept Music * Interactive Art * Stilt Walkers * Great Speakers * Plus more!...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Leading politicians to debate NZ’s role in the world
    Have you ever wondered where New Zealand stands when it comes to issues beyond our borders? Join Amnesty International's North Shore Group on Monday 1 September for a lively cross party debate and the chance to find out the answer...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Livestream
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence is happy to announce the upcoming political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invite representatives...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Politicians ignore 20% of New Zealanders
    Despite 20% of New Zealanders supporting it, none of the parties currently represented in Parliament endorse the legalisation of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Company tax rates
    The Op Ed pages of the left-leaning New York Times are full of articles by economists supporting proposals to dramatically lower Company Taxes. These economists are urging the United States to lower company taxes and point to Canada where the...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Stephen Dudley Case: No appeal or review of discharge
    On 8 August 2014 Crown Law received a request from the office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor to consider a Crown appeal against the discharge without conviction entered in respect of M in the High Court at Auckland on 7...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Dudley Family Statement
    “We are utterly devastated at the news regarding the law not allowing for this unjustified discharge without conviction to be appealed....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Chief Judge: Chief Sized Offender Bias
    “Justice by name, not by nature” states Ruth Money Sensible Sentencing Trust National Spokesperson, of Justice Helen Winkelmann’s decision to discharge without conviction the offender charged with the fatal attack on 15 year old schoolboy Stephen...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Confusion over BPS Reducing Crime and Reoffending Results
    A survey has revealed widespread confusion – even amongst professionals in the justice sector – about what the government’s reducing crime and reoffending progress reports actually mean....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Commission condemns violent attack on Gay Wellingtonians
    The Human Rights Commission has condemned a violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in central Wellington last Friday. GayNZ reported that the alleged attackers were abusive and violent when they realised the bar and the people...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • One down, 12 to go says Community Housing Aotearoa
    The Waimahia Inlet is a step in the right direction for community housing to deliver 20% of New Zealand’s social and affordable housing by 2020, says Community Housing Aotearoa. CHA Director Scott Figenshow says the sector has been set a...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Research considering changes to pedestrian crossing laws
    A University of Canterbury research project has been considering the costs and benefits of a range of potential changes to pedestrian crossing laws that would bring New Zealand in line with the rest of the world....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Dairy farmers and consumers at risk from unapproved GE Grain
    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must immediately test all maize and soy for presence of unapproved GE lines coming from the Americas....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • NZ on Air Refuse to Condemn “Kill the PM” Song
    New Zealand On Air has refused to condemn @peace’s 'Kill the PM' song, and will not provide any assurance that no further taxpayer money will be used to support groups that promote violence and political hate. Earlier today the Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • iPredict Ltd 2014 Election Update #32
    The combined wisdom of iPredict’s 8000 registered traders suggests National has begun a recovery after its prospects crashed last week following the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics . The governing party’s forecast party vote is back...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Juicy carrot for prisoners alarming suggestion – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar says the public will be alarmed to learn that the only tool the Corrections Department has available to get prisoners to behave is to offer them a juicy carrot....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Panel: Fiji’s Return to Democracy
    Fiji’s post-coup elections and their impact in the Pacific o What is the role of the media in the Elections? o How might New Zealand help Fiji on its return to democracy?...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Cross-party consensus on climate change critical
    Senior NZ health professionals welcome recent policy announcements on climate change by major political parties, saying cross-party consensus is critical to address this leading health issue....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Minister of Transport to Attend Election Debate Tomorrow
    Organisers of tomorrow night's transport debate in Auckland are delighted that Minister of Transport Hon. Gerry Brownlee will now be attending....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Society Applauds Proposed NZ-Wide Risk Assessment
    The Wise Response Society is heartened to see that Labour' just released Climate Change policy includes formal support for the Society's call for a New Zealand-wide Risk Assessment. The Green Party has also formally acknowledged support for the Wise...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Iwi Leaders welcome Labour policy on climate change
    Labour’s policy to stamp out price – gouging by big polluters that has cost New Zealand tax-payers $1.4 billion over the last 3 years and especially impacted low – income Maori households has been welcomed by Dr. Apirana Mahuika, Chairman...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Auckland Broadcasting Debate this Sunday
    Auckland Broadcasting Debate 6.30pm, August 31st 2014 (doors open 6.15pm) Pioneer Women's Hall High Street, Auckland City...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • New Zealand First Party List 2014
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the Party list for the 2014 election. We believe the list is a balance of experience, youth, skill and ability. These candidates, many of whom will be in Parliament after the election, will...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Refugee Policy in Election Year
    Leading politicians representing major political parties will be highlighting their policies, answering questions and ebating the issues in the lead-up to the coming election in an event organised by RCNZ this coming Saturday in Auckland. The present...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Intueri shareholders celebrate corporate welfare
    New Zealand's largest tertiary education company Intueri, which announced a $1.6 million profit yesterday, has received an increase in public funding over the last two years of at least $1.8 million....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Response to “Kill The PM” Song Coverage
    I do not want to literally kill this man. I do not wish to have sexual relations with anybody related to him. Let's not pretend a silly little song ever changed anything. Last I seen famine was still going pretty...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment resource consent approved
    Mayor Annette Main has welcomed the granting of resource consent for the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui redevelopment project....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • How much tax does PM pay compared to a minimum wage worker?
    John Minto, MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson Tuesday 26 August, 2014 MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Aucklanders to March in Solidarity with Iraqi Christians
    Hundreds of people are expected at a march this weekend in Auckland's Queen St, calling for solidarity with persecuted minorities in Iraq....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Why not let Robin Hood help our children thrive?
    Why have we been so willing to accept the fact that a quarter of our children live in poverty? And why are we so unwilling to do anything about it when some simple measures would give all New Zealand’s kids...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Te Mana o Te Wai – the quality and vitality of water
    The Māori Party intends introducing legislation that gives the status of taonga to freshwater and will prioritise the improvement of its quality and vitality making it safer for drinking, swimming and gathering food....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • “Kill the PM” Band @Peace with Taxpayers’ Money
    Responding to the Fairfax article that hip-hop group @peace have released a track that threatens to kill the Prime Minister and have sex with his daughter, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • New Zealanders are right to be afraid of burglars
    “A poll in a major morning newspaper shows New Zealanders are afraid they will be burgled. They are definitely right about that,” said Dr. Jamie Whyte ACT Leader. “Official Police statistics report less than half of the burglaries that actually...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • National and Labour to outline economic visions
    The deputy leaders of National and Labour will outline their visions for the New Zealand economy in two upcoming public lectures hosted by Victoria University of Wellington....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Objectionable Hip-Hop Song Offensive to All NZ’ers
    Family First is slamming Auckland hip-hop crew @peace for their new release containing lyrics that threaten to kill Prime Minister John Key and have sex with his daughter....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Maori party Candidates Announced
    Maori Party Candidates Announced The Māori Party has today announced its list of 24 candidates to contest the 2014 General Election. "The list is headed by our co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, and followed by two brilliant young candidates, number...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Commercial Industry Opposes Recreational Fishing Policy
    Press release from Alan Simmons. United Future Outdoors spokesperson and Candidate for Taupo. United Future Party President....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Statement on William Yan
    The Internet Party has noted published comments from Mega Ltd. about a shareholding in the company being subject to a Restraining Order by police under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act in relation to Mr William Yan....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Conservatives will abolish Parole – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman says that one of his first tasks when he gets to Parliament will be to overhaul the Parole system. On current polling and the fact he is ranked No 3 on the Conservative Party list...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • ONE News & Facebook – Election Coverage Collaboration
    Auckland - ONE News and Facebook are collaborating to offer an interactive and social experience for the 2014 General Election utilising data insights and trends. This collaboration provides a new way for the electorate and candidates to share their...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Vote Compass Reaches 200,000+ Respondents
    On Friday 22 August the total number of respondents to Vote Compass reached an impressive 200,000 - and that number continues to grow rapidly (the total was more than 204,500 as of 5.00pm Sunday 24th)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Climate Policies Commit to Single Most Important Reform
    Labour’s response to climate change includes the single most important reform required - a Carbon Budgeting process and a Climate Commission to drive it....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Foodies come out for a CAN DO government
    Wellington culinary celebrities will be joining the call for a “can-do government” and supporting “can-do people getting out to vote” as they help build the beehive out of cans tomorrow....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Nicky Hagar – Auckland Public Meeting
    A public meeting meeting with Jesson Prize winner Nicky Hagar will be held Wednesday 27th August, 7.30pm, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall (Cnr Dominion Rd & Balmoral Rd)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Remote Pacific atoll challenge lures Christchurch planner
    How do you come up with an urban development plan for a city which consists of tiny islets connected by causeways located in a remote Pacific atoll and subject to flooding on the next king tide?...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
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