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Archive for May, 2009

Minister of Agriculture misled the public

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, May 26th, 2009 - 19 comments

It seems the Minister of Agriculture David Carter misled the public regarding his knowledge of the use of sow crates in pig farming, when he stated on the Sunday Programme on May 17th, “No I didn’t know to the extent to which they were confined other than for farrowing purposes” During question time in the […]

Crusher crushes rights

Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, May 26th, 2009 - 86 comments

Collins has given us a little teaser of what’s in her car-crushing law. As any fool could have predicted the fascist in her couldn’t stop just at crushing the cars of repeat traffic offenders who don’t pay their fines. A new penalty for illegal street racing would allow vehicles to be seized and destroyed. Vehicles […]

How much is that doggie in the window?

Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, May 26th, 2009 - 22 comments

It’s a disgrace that the supercity agenda is being foisted on Auckland undemocratically, and it is an additional disgrace that it is being bulldozed through uncosted. The government cannot tell Aucklanders what this reorganisation is going to cost them on their rates bills – though some estimates put it at over $550 each. Whatever happened to […]

Fair weather friends

Written By: - Date published: 2:21 pm, May 26th, 2009 - 32 comments

Watch as the Tories try to distance Key from Lee. Remember that Lee was Key’s personal choice. Young, pretty, smiley, not too sharp on the detail – he must have seen a lot of himself in her. He believed that she would win on the back of his popularity. In Key’s mind this would be […]

More Mt Albert silliness

Written By: - Date published: 1:18 pm, May 26th, 2009 - 1 comment

Nothing tops a lamington on the head, but still, here’s Mt Albert candidate Jackson Wood pounding the streets of Wellington to drum up support:

Abolishing equity

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, May 26th, 2009 - 12 comments

National has belatedly woken up to the fact that not all Kiwis are middle aged white males, and has been trying to make much of its new found diversity. It showcased supposed star Melissa Lee in the high profile Mt Albert by-election, and has trumpeted that “The Party has 17 women in the top 60”. […]

The credit rating bogeyman

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, May 26th, 2009 - 25 comments

It’s pretty clear how Key and English plan to spin their budget. They will use the bogeyman of a credit rating downgrade to justify doing what they want to do cutting contributions to the Superannuation fund and spending on core services like health and education. They’ll attempt to overshadow the cuts by making some spending […]

Resistance Photography

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 26th, 2009 - 18 comments

Some great photos from yesterday’s hikoi from Squirrel. Click the thumbnails below to view photos, or see the whole set at the Resistance Photography channel on flickr.

Any comment would be superfluous

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 pm, May 25th, 2009 - 62 comments

Some stuff to read

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 25th, 2009 - 10 comments

A few good posts today that are worth a look if you missed them: Chris Trotter reckons the police and the media are grossly underestimating the turnout at today’s hikoi. If we assume lower Queen Street to be roughly a kilometre in length and about 30 metres wide we get an area of 30,000 square […]

Reader photos

Written By: - Date published: 4:30 pm, May 25th, 2009 - 30 comments

Thanks to a reader for sending in these photos from today’s hikoi: If anyone else has photos or youtube send them in and we’ll put them up.

Hikoi video

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, May 25th, 2009 - 1 comment

The Herald Online has some great video from today’s hikoi here and here, and some photos here. The videos really are worth a look. They manage to give a sense of the atmosphere on the ground while at the same time giving voice to the people taking part in the march. If anyone has any […]

Can’t you play off to one side?

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, May 25th, 2009 - 93 comments

Last year a small number of truck companies held the ‘truck strike’, they got 4000 trucks to jam the CBDs of every major city in New Zealand because they were unhappy about a 1% increase in their costs from higher Road User Charges. The Right applauded. Lefties, including some on The Standard, criticised the protests’ […]

Let them eat oysters

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, May 25th, 2009 - 36 comments

Remember – March against National’s undemocratic supercity today 25th, noon, Queen St [More info] Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Auckland today to save local democracy. Key’s response: ‘let them eat oysters’ Nah, what he said was the hikoi is  “unlikely to make a difference, is premature and the wrong forum to raise […]

Talking tough

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, May 25th, 2009 - 34 comments

Remember – March against National’s undemocratic supercity today 25th, noon, Queen St [More info] Today in the Herald John Key is talking tough, dismissing the Super City hikoi before it’s even begun: Today’s hikoi against the proposed Auckland Super City is unlikely to make a difference, is premature and the wrong forum to raise concerns, […]

Political management or policies at fault?

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, May 25th, 2009 - 16 comments

As the wheels have come off National’s political agenda in the past few weeks, their fanboys have wailed in anguish. Lee, Rankin, the supercity, Waterview, the Budget are not policy problems to the minds of Hooton, Ralston, Armstrong et al. They’re ‘political management’ problems. Let’s dig a level lower and ask what political management means. […]

What’s the point again?

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, May 25th, 2009 - 20 comments

Remember – March against National’s undemocratic supercity today 25th, noon, Queen St [More info] Accepted truths are funny things. For example, everyone has just accepted that the local government mergers in 1989 saved money and that costs are out of control now. From these premises, it flows that the further merger of Auckland’s councils into […]

On Auckland and Leningrad

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, May 24th, 2009 - 17 comments

The modern blitzkrieg [lightning war] was first tested in the Spanish civil war, refined in the invasions of European states that marked the beginning of WWII, and applied successfully in more recent invasions in the Middle East. A blitzkrieg’s success comes from the speed of its prosecution, from which it gets it name. The speed of a blitzkrieg gives attackers […]

The Standard now largest NZ political blog?

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, May 24th, 2009 - 110 comments

No, not because we’ve overtaken Kiwiblog in readership just yet (although ours is growing at a healthy 10% a month) but because I don’t think we can call Kiwiblog a political blog any more. 1) A blog is meant to be writers giving their views on issues; a web-based log of their thoughts, if you […]

Select committee charade

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, May 24th, 2009 - 1 comment

John Armstrong seems to be shaking off his Key honeymoon, and has written a detailed and interesting piece on Carter’s role chairing the select committee on Auckland: The Labour Party is absolutely correct. With the connivance of Act, the National minority Government is riding roughshod over parliamentary convention by dictating that a junior minister with […]

The god of small things

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, May 24th, 2009 - 7 comments

Herald: Key negotiates talks in Hillary papers dispute Stuff: PM wants the facts on Veitch What’s next? Key joins hunt for couple who fled with $10 million? Key’s wasting his time getting involved in minor stories he saw in the news. Meanwhile, our country’s losing 2000 jobs a week. His government is doing nothing about […]

Hikoi route

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, May 24th, 2009 - 14 comments

Tumeke has put together this handy map of tomorrow’s hikoi with the meeting places across Auckland. You can view the full size version by clicking on the image below and there are more details at the hikoi organisers’ site here. Get on down if you can.

Smoke ’em out

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 24th, 2009 - 24 comments

Let’s give Brash his inquiry. The poor demented shell of a man thinks there’s some great conspiracy against him. He’s so deluded he even thinks the Police are biased against National. That’s why they couldn’t find who ‘stole’ his emails. I’ll tell you why no-one can find who ‘stole’ his emails. They weren’t stolen. Say what […]

The legitimacy of distraction

Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, May 23rd, 2009 - 1 comment

A cold weekend afternoon. Perfect timing for a distracting article on Twitter, Adderall, lifehacking, mindful jogging, power browsing, Obama’s BlackBerry, and the benefits of overstimulation. Sam Anderson presents thoughts in defence of distraction. Over the last several years, the problem of attention has migrated right into the center of our cultural attention. We hunt it […]

Auckland’s new overlord

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, May 23rd, 2009 - 39 comments

Remember – March against National’s undemocratic supercity Monday 25th, noon, Queen St [More info] Sometimes democracy’s a pain in the arse. So Aucklanders are in luck. Local democracy’s been done away with. Now, there’s a junta in charge. The councils Aucklanders elected a year and a half ago are now subject to five people hand picked […]

Up the Government’s sleeve

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, May 23rd, 2009 - 8 comments

National may be talking down the budget, but there have been hints coming out of Wellington that suggest the government will announce a significant initiative on budget day to help save jobs. If true, it shouldn’t be unexpected. – The cycleway has been a miserable failure, with no jobs having been created midway into the […]

The egalitarian dream

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, May 23rd, 2009 - 3 comments

It’s like a boomer epiphany. About 25 years too late.

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 4:30 pm, May 22nd, 2009 - 40 comments

Nat MPs distancing themselves from Super City

Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, May 22nd, 2009 - 29 comments

Remember – March against National’s undemocratic supercity Monday 25th, noon, Queen St [More info] National’s Paul Hutchison, whose Hunua electorate lies in Franklin, has written a piece with Mark Ball, the mayor of Franklin, in today’s Herald. The sum of it: Supercity yes, but leave Franklin out of it. Funny because ‘leave me out of […]

The crisis of credit visuali[s]ed

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, May 22nd, 2009 - 3 comments

I just came across this. It’s the first part of a video by a US organisation called A New Way Forward. They’re organising nationwide video screenings of the extended version as well as town hall meetings and demonstrations to demand that their government “break up the insolvent banks and never again let them get so […]

Key: Govt “on track”

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, May 22nd, 2009 - 7 comments

Prime Minister John Key today announced that he was ecstatic with his government’s performance and was “on track” to making his the most corrupt governance in New Zealand history. “Richard Worth has done some tremendous work – lies, conflicts of interest, general disregard for his responsibilities as a minister – and he’s shown the way […]

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