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Archive for November, 2009

Brash report tipped to be toxic

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, November 26th, 2009 - 35 comments

Jenni McManus reports in The Independent [offline]: The first report from the 2025 Taskforce is due on Monday and the word is its recommendations are likely to be toxic to the Government. Taskforce chairman Don Brash this week refused to reveal what it contains but The Independent understands its recommendations are light years away from […]

Rolling maul of disasters

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, November 26th, 2009 - 28 comments

In case you’re just waking up to it, this government is a disaster zone. If it’s not one or the other of the support parties falling apart, it’s a corrupt minister. If it’s not either of those, it’s a minister behaving bizarrely or a shambolic attempt to pass an awful law over the head of […]

Maori Party meltdown

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, November 26th, 2009 - 12 comments

How long can the Maori Party survive before it collapses under the weight of its own contradictions? The idea of a single party to represent all Maori has always been a fallacy. When the Maori Party first appeared, I wished it well as a left-wing fellow traveller but since then, because of its impossible goal […]

Our word is our bond

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, November 26th, 2009 - 22 comments

Maori Party policy on the environment: We aspire to work together to make the economy great but not at the expense of our environment. Climate change affects us all and the biggest emitters must take responsibility to change the way they do business. Any cost they pass on to consumers must encourage environmentally responsible choices. […]

Open mike 26/11/09

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 26th, 2009 - 37 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…

National / Maori ETS now law

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 32 comments

So, the National / Maori ETS is now law. Waiho mā te Whakamā e Patu. Shame on those who supported this appalling legislation and the anti-democratic process used to ram it in to law.

New Zealand Political Studies Association Annual Conference

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 1 comment

The New Zealand Political Studies Association is holding its Annual Conference from Nov 30 – 1 Dec in Auckland, hosted by the University of Auckland Political Studies Department. The conference will run five simultaneous streams presenting papers in the fields of: Political Theory, New Zealand and Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Communications and Media, Public […]

As newspapers die, what comes next?

Written By: - Date published: 4:16 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 22 comments

The recession, combined with the long-term shift to internet-based media struck a king-hit to US newspapers over the last year. Circulation fell 10.9%. There is now just one newspaper produced per day for every ten Americans (produced, not sold, many are given away). In the UK, things were slightly better but the drop was still […]

Sharples and the Maori Party revolt

Written By: - Date published: 3:40 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 9 comments

Via Newsroom [offline], Pita Sharples has confirmed reports of an internal revolt within the Maori Party over its support for National’s ETS. The Maori Party will honour its deal to back National’s emissions trading scheme despite many in the party being opposed to much of the ETS bill, co-leader Pita Sharples has said in a […]

Education flaws: Just plain scary

Written By: - Date published: 3:06 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 24 comments

Primary school education has been the focus of debate here in NZ with the introduction of ‘national standards’. Today we hear on RNZ that: Four of the country’s top educational academics have condemned the Government’s national standards policy. In an open letter Education Minister Anne Tolley, four senior assessment academics say the brief time frame […]

Reminder – Drinking Liberally Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 5 comments

Just a reminder the next Auckland Drinking Liberally features Labour Party leader Phil Goff discussing his political values and the challenges facing the Sixth Labour Government. Should be interesting given his announcement on monetary policy last week. When: 7pm TONIGHT 25 November Where: THE LONDON BAR, upstairs cnr Queen and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD Who: […]

Thickest. Minister. Ever.

Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 70 comments

So, imagine you’re the Minister for Education. You’re meeting with the PPTA executive, and sometime soon you’re expecting to announce big teacher layoffs. How do you handle the situation? How about reading the executive a children’s story book! This one should be good: “The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley”. It’s a sweet little […]

Maori Party caucus divided on ETS?

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 12 comments

Maori Party whip Te Ururoa Flavell is doing what he can to play down internal divisions that suggested the party could vote against John Key’s Emissions Trading Scheme. But in light of the divisions that surfaced on stuff, one must wonder why the Maori Party on this crucial piece of legislation is only casting four […]

Rod Oram on ETS and Monetary Policy

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, November 25th, 2009 - 5 comments

Rod Oram did a business segment on Nine to Noon yesterday. As usual he went quite deep into the issues. A welcome contrast to Colin Espiner and his very limited level of understanding (“they did it too”) on the complete change of direction in the short-sighted changes to the Emissions Trading Act being pushed through […]

Armstrong on Calamity Nick

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, November 25th, 2009 - 10 comments

Wrapped in a bit of fluff, John Armstrong has some pretty damning things to say about Nick Smith today: He can be headstrong. He can be unpredictable. He can sometimes be the veritable bull in the china shop. He is prone to saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. His cockiness can land him […]

ETS – last chance!

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, November 25th, 2009 - 40 comments

Breaking news. It seems that turmoil within the Maori Party may derail the ETS after all: EXCLUSIVE: An 11th hour revolt within the Maori Party is threatening to torpedo the Emissions Trading Scheme deal with the Key Government. Even if the revolt does not succeed – Environment Minister Nick Smith is hoping to secure passage […]

Employers ripping off job ops money

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 25th, 2009 - 3 comments

National has only come up with one employment policy to counter the recession. No, not the cycleway – ‘job ops‘. It works like this: employers get given $5,000 for employing a young person in an entry-level role. To qualify, the must be new and would not exist if the Job Ops subsidy was not available, […]

Who’s next?

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, November 25th, 2009 - 13 comments

I was watching that vid by the Greens on ACC and bikoi. What caught my attention was the bikers’ chant: “who’s next, who’s next?” The Right loves to atomise us – make us think of ourselves only as individuals or narrow interest groups. Our reaction to the bikers getting hammered with these unecessary ACC hikes […]

Key’s busy day

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, November 25th, 2009 - 14 comments

Ha! But seriously, I doubt that Key changes his own oil.

With friends like these…

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 25th, 2009 - 2 comments

John ‘Mayor for Remuera’ Banks would’ve been gagging on his morning gruel after reading this headline on page two of Monday’s Herald: Jeers and boos greet Banks’ stand-in at debate. Ouch. Citrats councillor, and Don Brash/John Banks hagiographer, Paul Goldsmith turned up to a super-city conference to outline his party’s bleak view for services in […]

Open mike 25/11/09

Written By: - Date published: 5:58 am, November 25th, 2009 - 16 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…

Shane Jones on National’s ETS

Written By: - Date published: 5:20 pm, November 24th, 2009 - 12 comments

Not all ETSs are created equal

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, November 24th, 2009 - 34 comments

On his blog, Colin Espiner writes: “it’s also extremely ironic to hear Labour wringing its hands about the impact of the ETS when…HELLO…Labour passed the Emissions Trading Scheme!!!” Oh dear. That’s like saying ‘Labour is opposed to National’s ACC policy but Labour had an ACC policy of its own, hello!!!’ Labour isn’t (and I really […]

CCDs. Worms perhaps?

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, November 24th, 2009 - 73 comments

It has been fascinating over the last few days watching the CCDs (Climate Change Deniers) make an another attempt to scale the bastion of scientific thinking and language. In this case someone hacked a copy of decade of e-mails at the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at a insecure University of East Anglia webmail server. There […]

Gerrymandering Auckland city

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, November 24th, 2009 - 11 comments

Due to recovering from a cold over the weekend, I haven’t had time to blog about the super-shitty electoral boundaries released on friday in traditional style. However jarbury has done a great analysis over at the Auckland Transport blog. If you look at the all-important councillors, the striking thing is the inequities of the voting […]

Lunch time quiz

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, November 24th, 2009 - 8 comments

1) National MP Paul Quinn is under investigation for breaching the State Services Act and the neutrality of the public service by holding a political meeting in conjunction with a WINZ seminar. John Key is: a) relaxed b) comfortable c) on holiday d) not Helen Clark, at least 2) Key is not going to Copenhagen […]

Zero percent won’t pay the rent

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, November 24th, 2009 - 2 comments

If you can, get along to support the hospital support staff, the school support staff, and all the other low-paid public sector workers this Friday. (full size image here)

A plague on both your houses

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, November 24th, 2009 - 35 comments

So, as far as National and Maori leaders are concerned, it’s a done deal: “Maori Party to support ETS – bill to become law in days”. Unless (as suggested by Eddie) some Maori Party MPs remember their principles and vote against it, National’s ETS will be forced through parliament under urgency. NRT weighs in with […]

It’s not spin, the govt told me

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, November 24th, 2009 - Comments Off on It’s not spin, the govt told me

The Dompost reports: “The number of places available on a programme to get young people off the dole will be increased after the Government credited it with a drop in unemployment”. Sigh, it’s the seasons, stupid. There has been no drop in unemployment, that went up to 6.5% in the last stats. The number of […]

Harawira and Katene to cross the floor?

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, November 24th, 2009 - 14 comments

National wants to get its shambolic ETS through the House this week. It’s not quite clear what the hurry is; there’s no actual reason why it should be passed before the Copenhagen meeting in December, it’s just an artificial deadline that National have set themselves.   We already know the ETS will cost taxpayers hundreds […]

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Written By: - Date published: 7:14 am, November 24th, 2009 - 7 comments

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