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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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    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • 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
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
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