Archive for November, 2009

Public rage at govt policies and lies

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 pm, November 30th, 2009 - 21 comments

On Nightline just now there was coverage of a meeting held by Nick Smith in St Heliers. Two interesting things: 1) there was an astounding level of anger, even vitriol, against him and the government over the ETS (from both sides of that argument), over the shabby backhander for selected iwi to buy Maori Party […]

Get rid of the fool.

Written By: - Date published: 5:02 pm, November 30th, 2009 - 36 comments

I haven’t bothered looking too far for reaction to Paul Henry jerking off in public to attract attention to his personaility defect – inflated ego. Against the current had a post that captured my opinion the best – Meet Mr Stupid. This time the victim of Henry’s ‘witty banter’ was British singing Susan Boyle. Henry […]

Digging for nuggets

Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, November 30th, 2009 - 77 comments

As we predicted, the main recommendations of the Brash report have been rejected out of hand by John Key. They are, as intended, mere headline grabbers – outlandish, silly ideas like flat tax funded by slashing government spending by 20% (that’s $17 billion). Forget relatively minor measures like cutting free early childhood education and putting […]

Tip Top pulling a Cadbury?

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, November 30th, 2009 - 24 comments

I was interested to read in the Herald on Friday that Tip Top is under fire for cutting the size of its 2 litre ice-cream packs to 1.6 litres, without changing the price. Remind you of Cadbury, except without the palm oil? Well, maybe. A dairy owner I happened to pass by the other day for […]

Shipley to knife Banks?

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, November 30th, 2009 - 32 comments

There is a very revealing article in this month’s Metro magazine (not online) that takes a look at the strengths of the campaigns of the two declared candidates for the Auckland mayoralty. Interestingly the piece states that National and ACT are ready to dump John Banks if he doesn’t start to gain traction. It seems […]

Where’s Key?

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, November 30th, 2009 - 17 comments

Brash’s taskforce releases its report today. Where’s Key? CHOGM ended yesterday but he’s not back until Wednesday. Catching Aussie by 2025 is meant to be his big vision. He can’t get them to wait a couple of days or get back quicker? We know this serious stuff isn’t really Key’s thing. But the fact that […]

Someone Else’s Country

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, November 30th, 2009 - 8 comments

As the same old faces of the Right roll out the same old failed neoliberal ideas in new packaging, it’s a useful time to rewatch Alister Barry’s fantastic documentaries on what happened the last time round. In many cases even the faces haven’t changed. Someone Else’s Country examines the devastating effects of the neoliberal revolution […]

Shifting the centre

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, November 30th, 2009 - 51 comments

Well the productivity task force is reporting back today and some of their ideas have been forward released. As we expected they are a grab-bag of unpalatable, short-sighted and frankly mad measures from the loony right including putting interest back on student loans, flat tax and means testing free childcare. As the official announcement comes […]

Planet A – Concert & March

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, November 30th, 2009 - 72 comments

Mark your calendar, and turn out next Saturday for the Planet A Concert and March (the concert to be webcast live): In Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, you’ll be able to march, dance, listen to speakers, sing, and jump on bouncy castles in support of a good outcome in Copenhagen. From a massive free public concert in Auckland […]

Open mike 30/11/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 30th, 2009 - 26 comments

Topics of interest, announcements, general discussion. The usual rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

The Key to change?

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 pm, November 29th, 2009 - 9 comments

Will Key go to Copenhagen? Or rather, why wouldn’t he want to go?  According to TVNZ tonight: At least 90 world leaders are now expected to attend next month’s global climate change talks in Copenhagen but New Zealand’s prime minister still says he will not be among them. That is despite coming under pressure at […]

Nats’ dismal record on jobs and benefits

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, November 29th, 2009 - 19 comments

In opposition, National claimed that Labour wasn’t really getting people off benefits, it was just moving them from  unemployment benefit and ‘hiding’ them on the sickness and invalid’s benefits – Paula Bennett repeated the claim just this week in the House. But the facts prove otherwise.   When Labour was in power, there was small […]

No amateur hour for real leaders

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, November 29th, 2009 - 14 comments

Among the breathless reporting of who John Key is having a meeting with (‘he’s talking to the Queen!’ ‘he’s going to talk to India’s PM), as if a meeting itself is an outcome, an achievement, I’ve seen one very interesting comment on CHOGM. On her blog, Audrey Young writes about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s appearance […]

Fry on blogs

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, November 29th, 2009 - 14 comments

The delectable Mr Stephen Fry doesn’t like the people who comment on blogs, and says so in his usual forthright, erudite and whimsical way: “I don’t know about you but whenever I read a blog I do not let my eye drop below half the screen in case I accidentally hit the bit where the […]

Open mike 29/11/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 29th, 2009 - 25 comments

Topics of interest, announcements, general discussion. The usual rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Wee gripes: Another Tolley lie

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 pm, November 28th, 2009 - 10 comments

Minister of Education Anne Tolley is obviously feeling the heat of the reaction to her inexplicably daft decision to read a moralising children’s story book* to the PPTA Executive. Minister defends reading kid’s book to PPTA …The council says it was left somewhat bemused and feeling patronised that the minister chose to read to them […]

Goff at DL – a socialist review

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, November 28th, 2009 - 39 comments

Below Omar of Socialist Aotearoa gives his impressions of Phil Goff at Drinking Liberally in Auckland earlier this week. On an unrelated note, isn’t it funny (in a non-‘ha, ha’ way) how 4,000 pro-smackers gets lots of coverage but a blind eye is turned when the Left is out in bigger numbers? The protests yesterday by low-paid public servants […]

Nats’ backers tire of do-nothing Key

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, November 28th, 2009 - 44 comments

Reading Fran O’Sullivan is always interesting because she provides an insight into the thinking of the business elite who fund National, and who expect it to govern for them. A lot of her article today is devoted to calling for radical reforms that obviously aren’t politically viable for Key to do, but one paragraph in particular stood […]

Lockwood threatens the press

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, November 28th, 2009 - 18 comments

Lockwood Smith seems to be losing the plot. He’s now issuing open threats to the Press Gallery of all things: Parliament’s Speaker, Lockwood Smith, has warned the media that the coverage of MPs’ expenses borders on lobbying, and if it continues he will treat journalists as lobbyists. … If the newspapers do want to have […]

Everybody else is going, so why can’t we?

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, November 28th, 2009 - 16 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon have called on world leaders to attend the Copenhagen talks on the new climate change treaty. President Obama will be attending as will the leaders of most major countries. Yet John Key still says he almost certainly won’t go, even after New Zealanders raised the money […]

Open mike 28/11/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 28th, 2009 - 9 comments

Topics of interest, announcements, general discussion. The usual rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Why was Worth fired?

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 pm, November 27th, 2009 - 37 comments

The Police have announced they will not be laying any charges against Richard Worth over the incident involving him and a Korean woman in a hotel room. That’s not an exoneration from wrongdoing, of course, but it puts to rest the criminal case.   Now, it’s time for John Key to tell us why he […]

Stockholm Syndrome and leaky homes at the coast

Written By: - Date published: 4:12 pm, November 27th, 2009 - 47 comments

Bomber over at Tumeke has a good post up on Goff’s speech. Pointing out the Maori Party has Stockholm Syndrome is not race baiting That to me sums up Goff’s speech, far more eloquently than I could. He referred to Eddies earlier post…. ..ouch, did we read the same speech? I don’t think pointing out […]

Goff’s speech

Written By: - Date published: 12:12 pm, November 27th, 2009 - 106 comments

Phil Goff’s speech on ‘nationhood’ was always going to be seen as an attempt to pull a Brash, regardless of what it actually said. The narrative was set from the start, and it’s fair to suspect that Goff’s people knew that and thought they’d take the risk anyway. You don’t make a speech on the […]

Key must bite the bullet over Copenhagen

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, November 27th, 2009 - 4 comments

Another instalment of “John Key’s” video diary from talented impersonator PlumedeKiwi; this time taking a comedic stab at the PM’s refusal to attend the UN climate talks in Copenhagen. Key has come under an increasing amount of pressure in recent weeks over the summit, widely dubbed one of the most important meetings in history. It’s […]

Who wins from digging up Coromandel

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, November 27th, 2009 - 17 comments

Gerry Brownlee is talking of digging up Coromandel to extract a few tens of millions of dollars worth of gold. Naturally, the company that owns the Waihi mine is all for it. The local community gets little benefit from mining. According to the 2006 census, unemployment in Waihi is twice the national average (8.3% at […]

Rally: Lift the freeze on low pay

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, November 27th, 2009 - 1 comment

Just a reminder, thousands of hospital support staff, school support staff and other low-paid public sector workers are rallying in 27 centres nationwide today to tell the government to lift the freeze on low pay. The rallies are taking place from 12.30-1.30. If you can, head on down in your lunch break and show your […]

The evidence on warming

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, November 27th, 2009 - 94 comments

Much ado about nothing in the last few days, with the release of materials related to climate change and warming on both the international and local scales. First the international event – “Climategate” (sigh) – the now well known theft and publication of data from the University of East Anglia’s world renowned Climate Research Unit. […]

Tax reform for everyone, not just the rich

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, November 27th, 2009 - 41 comments

Why is it that whenever you see discussion of introducing capital gains tax, land tax etc, the assumption is always that the money will be used to cut the top tax rates? That seems completely misguided to me. Why should tax reform be all about taking tax burden off those most able to bear it? […]

Open mike 27/11/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 27th, 2009 - 60 comments

Topics of interest, announcements, general discussion. The usual rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Shame on you

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, November 26th, 2009 - 77 comments

Never in the history of New Zealand politics has so much taxpayers’ money been hurled into the chasm with such contempt for the poor citizens who will pay billions out of their own dwindling pockets forever while rich polluters wreck the earth with impunity and bask in the profits. Never in the history of NZ […]

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