web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

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.

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • The week in politics vs. Gilmore Girls
    This week in politics: Andrew Little became leader of the Labour Party. Julia Gillard spoke at the University of Auckland about gender and politics. Gerry Brownlee was fined for breaching airport security. Tony Abbott threw down with Vladimir Putin at APEC....
    On the Left | 19-11
  • Whither the class line?
    In 1995 I published a book that explored the interaction between the state, organised labor and capital in the transitions to democracy in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The book was theoretically rooted in neo-or post-Gramscian thought as well as the...
    Kiwipolitico | 19-11
  • This video shows the pain caused by NZ’s current benefit system
    Darryn bravely talks about the stigma that comes with being on the benefit, and how that has affected his life. This stigma is just one of the many problems our current benefit system creates. These problems would be removed if...
    Gareth’s World | 19-11
  • Climate change: The cost of past inaction
    For the past 20 years, New Zealand's climate change policy has been one of inaction and delay. While we've seen no less than four failed attempts at putting a price on carbon (including the current ETS), we've never really tried...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • Policy of fear
    Community groups have a vital role in New Zealand. In addition to speaking out on social problems such as poverty, mental illness and addiction, they also often have a direct role in fixing them via government funding. Unfortunately there's an...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47A
    A carbon tax could bolster wobbly progress in renewable energy A dam revival, despite risks Congress is about to sabotage Obama’s historic climate deal David Cameron urges Tony Abbott to do more on climate change G20 pledges lift Green Climate...
    Skeptical Science | 19-11
  • ‘Consult on promotions policy’: TEU to Auckland VC
    TEU is asking the vice-chancellor of the University of Auckland to engage in a process of consultation on the university’s Academic Grades, Standards and Criteria policy and other policies so the two sides can avoid further litigation. Earlier this month the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Asia-Pacific plans for gender equality
    New Zealand is one of the few countries who have not sent a government minister to an Asian and Pacific conference on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Thailand, but it has sent TEU women’s officer Suzanne McNabb.  The conference...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • TEC, Ministry and Treasury want new funding model
    The government should consider a radical shift in tertiary education funding policy according to advice from the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Education and the Treasury. All three agencies advise the government to shift tertiary education funding away from...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • The awkward question of New Plymouth
    It’s rather common knowledge that Andrew Little wasn’t exactly a star in New Plymouth. He stood in the former Labour Party seat in 2011 and 2014, losing ground in both the electorate and party vote on each occasion. Overall, the...
    Occasionally erudite | 19-11
  • Academics say academic freedom getting worse
    Nearly two-fifths of academic staff say that their level of academic freedom is worse than when they started work, according to a survey on the state of the tertiary education workforce. AUT’s Work Research Institute undertook a State of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Academics say academic freedom getting worse
    Nearly two-fifths of academic staff say that their level of academic freedom is worse than when they started work, according to a survey on the state of the tertiary education workforce. AUT’s Work Research Institute undertook a State of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas. Staff and South Auckland community members had been campaigning to turn around the polytechnic’s proposal for mass redundancies since they were announced last...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Proud’s Britain
    Alex Proud has a very good long piece in the Telegraph that is as disturbing as it is accurate. The subject? Baby-boomers, and the way they have blindly robbed the generations that came after them. He is writing about Britain,...
    Polity | 19-11
  • This year’s (super) model: visualising atmospheric CO2
    Here’s a superb high resolution supercomputer visualisation from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center of the flows of CO2 in the atmosphere around the planet. Apart from being beautiful to look at, it shows the major sources of CO2 emissions in...
    Hot Topic | 19-11
  • Public Service Announcement: Advice to Andrew Little
    Over the last 48 hours absolutely everyone and his/her dog/cat has been publicly advising Andrew Little what he should with his front bench and much else decides. Good for them. Free speech is super. I won't be joining the chorus,...
    Polity | 19-11
  • Jordan uses Islam to battle ISIS
    My former UCLA colleague Larry Rubin, and my former Michigan colleague Michael Robbins, have a fascinating piece at the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog overnight, all about how Jordan is setting Islam against ISIS: Many people in the Hashemite Kingdom...
    Polity | 19-11
  • a respnse to robyn malcolm
    yesterday i had a brief exchange on twitter with robyn malcolm regarding roger sutton, and you can see the whole exchange from this tweet:A CERA employee with some humanity https://t.co/VgjwPhpUVz http://t.co/2Q9s8efQBx— Robyn Malcolm (@robynmalcolm) November 19, 2014twitter is unfortunately not...
    The Hand Mirror | 19-11
  • Gordon Campbell on the SAS role against Islamic State, and Podemos
    Could this news report serve to explain – in a nutshell – why Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out the SAS forming part of New Zealand’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State? From the New York Times...
    Gordon Campbell | 19-11
  • Support Andrew Little
    We need to get in behind the new Labour leader. Let's focus on the need to defeat National in 2017, and not concern ourselves too much with the utter destruction of everything we had ever hoped to achieve for this...
    Imperator Fish | 19-11
  • Marshall Islands takes on the nuclear-armed states, for all our sakes
    “The day the sun rose twice”. That's how 1 March 1954 was recorded in the history of Rongelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, part of the Marshall Islands. Early that morning, shortly after the sun rose in the...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 19-11
  • Unwelcome prayer
    Parliament’s speaker has proposed a new prayer to open each sitting day in our House of Representatives. You might be reasonably surprised at that sentence – why, in a supposedly secular country, is each day in Parliament opened with a...
    On the Left | 19-11
  • Mill Rd update
    While it emerged the other day that AT are looking to cut back on rail to the airport due to it’s cost, a day later they announce they are seeking a designation for a $300 million mini highway through currently...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections On Andrew Little’s Narrow Defeat O...
    Bugger! Grant Robertson's and Jacinda Ardern's bitter disappointment was written all over their faces as the listened to Andrew Little fielding questions at his first media conference as Leader of the Labour Party. The extreme closeness of the result, however,...
    Bowalley Road | 19-11
  • Occupation is responsible for escalation in Jerusalem
    The following statement was issued by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on 18 November 2014. “The operation today in Jerusalem is a natural response to the ongoing racist policies and crimes of the occupation, and it is...
    Redline | 19-11
  • Occupation is responsible for escalation in Jerusalem
    The following statement was issued by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on 18 November 2014 in relation to the attack on a synagogue in the Har Nof area of Jerusalem. “The operation today in Jerusalem is a...
    Redline | 19-11
  • Turbulent week for global climate policy leaves many questions
    They came, they saw, they cuddled koalas and world leaders then largely ignored the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s instructions to ignore the global, intergenerational and morally challenging kerfuffle over climate change. All in all the last seven days have...
    Skeptical Science | 19-11
  • Andrew Little: A Man for the Time?
    In an ideal world good men and good women would be elected to government; the best would achieve high office and a few the highest office in the land. New Zealand, still one of the least politically corrupt nations in...
    Brian Edwards | 19-11
  • World News Brief, Wednesday November 19
    Top of the AgendaSynagogue Attack Heightens Israel Tensions...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Free Trade, Or trading freedom
    New Scientist unpick the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) the other half of the worlds TPPA equivalent. How the world's largest trade deal affects you (here)Beware the treaty's empty economic promises (here)Healthy profits, but what about people? (here)These, and related...
    Watchblog Aotearoa | 19-11
  • Citi Bike Rides visualisation
    Citi Bike in New York has been spectacularly successful and incredibly popular since it launched in May last year. Just a few months later tens of thousands of trips per day were already being taken on the bikes. Below is...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Neetflux: now syndicated to OTL!
    After too long an absence from our monitors, New Zealand’s premiere satirical political poster Tumblr is back, and we’re very proud to be syndicating Neetflux here at On The Left....
    On the Left | 19-11
  • What should replace Parliament’s prayer?
    While the current Speaker is trying to preserve it, given the changing religious landscape in New Zealand, its only a matter of time before Parliament's opening prayer is consigned to the dustbin of history. So what, if anything, should replace...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Wild West culture a result of gung-ho government
    Successive employment law changes over the last six years that have taken away work rights have led to a Wild West employer culture in many workplaces, Labour’s workplace relations spokesperson Andrew Little says. A government audit of 23 Christchurch building...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Dr. Kennedy Graham’s speaks in the 2014 Ministerial Statement –...
    I have listened closely to the Prime Minister's statement this morning and to this debate over New Zealand's engagement towards the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In my contribution I want to focus on the broader aspect...
    Greens | 05-11
  • Catherine Delahunty speaks on the Paid Parental Leave Bill
    He mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Thank you very much for allowing me to speak on this bill. As a grandmother, it is very close to my heart. I know there are many parents, uncles, aunties, and others in...
    Greens | 05-11
  • Pacific unemployment still hurting
     All New Zealanders will be bitterly disappointed that the Pacific youth unemployment rate (aged 15 to 24 years) is now 26.7 per cent, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.  “Our young people are the future workforce of...
    Labour | 05-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
      US Politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • The SIS won’t use 48 hour warrantless spying for ‘evidence’
    Let’s just slay one of the myths the Government are trying to use right now to justify the SIS 48 hour warrantless search fishing expeditions shall we? The Government has been telling all who listen over the weekend that the SIS...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • There’s a better way of discouraging would-be jihadists
    The Prime Minister claims there is a growing threat from New Zealanders attracted to Islamic State and he wants to increase state powers to watch such people and take away their passports. I believe there is a better way to...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Nationwide Day of Protest Captures Public Attention on TPPA
    . . NZ, Wellington, 8 November 2014 – Wellington basked in a beautiful summers’ day with nary a breeze and only a few clouds in a clear, blue sky. The sort of summer day that we keenly await after months...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
    In a press conference held on Tuesday in the Labour Party Caucus room at Parliament, it was announced Andrew Little had been voted in as Leader of the Labour party....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Judge joins calls for tourist driver tests
    A district court judge has joined the growing number of professionals calling for tourist driving tests....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU congratulates new Labour leader
    The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union congratulates Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. “I have worked closely with Andrew and know he will be a strong and successful leader,” says Bill Newson,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • WHO Highlights Devastating Global Impact of Drowning
    The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. Safekids Aotearoa, as a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, has joined the worldwide effort to focus more attention...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPA must refuse phosphate mining application
    Text of the Press Release issued by KASM (Kiwis against Seabed Mining), Greenpeace and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition on 17 November 2014: “EPA must refuse phosphate mining application” The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency should refuse...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Compulsory smoke alarms needed in rental accommodation
    The tragic deaths of three young people during a house fire in Hamilton, hot on the heels of a 3 year old dying in a house fire the previous week, point directly to the need for compulsory smoke alarms in...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • CAA fines Minister for security breach
    The Civil Aviation Authority has completed its investigation into an alleged security breach at Christchurch International Airport by then Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee and two aides on 24 July, 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Pacific climate funding must prioritise the poor
    Caritas supports the government’s prioritising of the Pacific for direct climate change related funding, rather than making a major contribution to the global Green Climate Fund....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Stopping drink driving will take more than just lower limit
    Stopping drink driving will take more than just lower limit Stopping drink driving crashes is going to take more than just reducing the adult drink driving limit, says the Automobile Association. The adult (20 and older) limit will lower to...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • “Smacking” legal opinion hides real problem
    In seeking to challenge and clarify the legal interpretation of section 59, the conservative political lobby group, Family First, are once more attempting to deny the very real psychological impact of physical discipline on our children....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • Sutton Quits … The sorry saga of CERA
    President Truman described the MacArthur speech as horses..t. History has been kind to Truman on this issue....
    Scoop politics | 17-11
Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere