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Archive for April, 2011

Nats attacks legal aid but pays a million to defend itself

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, April 30th, 2011 - 11 comments

Legal aid and your rights if accused of a crime are under attack by the National Government yet at the same time, as Michael Bott, explains it has spent a fortune in court trying to defend its practice of discriminating against carers who are related to the disabled people they care for. More disgusting choices from National.

Don’t cut our future – Budget cut protest

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, April 30th, 2011 - 41 comments

The signs are clear that the Goverment is ploughing ahead with spending cuts and that Budget 2011 will contain yet more cuts to public services and still maintain tax cuts for the wealthy. On Budget Day, community groups, unions, and Kiwis who have just had enough will gather outside Parliament to protest.

Armstrong on Brash+Key

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, April 30th, 2011 - 37 comments

John Armstrong doesn’t get much wrong in the assessment of the Brash take over.  Brash, with his Hollow Men legacy, anti-Maori posturing, and loony economic policies,  is very much Key’s problem now.

The Jackel’s week in review

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, April 30th, 2011 - 4 comments

Each week The Jackel blog has an excellent ‘Week that was’ post, which recounts the big stories plus a whole of lot stuff that we would like to write about but don’t get the time to cover or doesn’t make it into our often crowded schedule of posts. The Jackel has kindly given us permission ‘the week that was’ – click through to their blog for all the pics and vids.

Open mike 30/04/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 30th, 2011 - 40 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Heck of a job Brownlee

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 am, April 30th, 2011 - 63 comments

The government has spent $1 million so far on 350 campervans for Christchurch. One person stayed in them. For that money, better to put them up at Premier House and commute them by Iroquois. There is a massive housing need in Christchurch but the campervans were so shitty and expensive people preferred overcrowded or damaged houses.

Much ado about nuptials

Written By: - Date published: 3:59 pm, April 29th, 2011 - 68 comments

Royal wedding! Who cares! No censorship of anti-monarchy humor here. Knock your socks off.

Weekend social 29/04/2011

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, April 29th, 2011 - 11 comments

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

We are not amused

Written By: - Date published: 1:42 pm, April 29th, 2011 - 14 comments

The Royal family have banned humorous comment on the royal wedding. Clarence House has banned a satirical sketch from ABC’s programme “The Chaser”. Reminds one of Victoria’s classic oft-quoted line – “We are not amused”. Charles has got a lot more pompous since his days at University when he was known as a bit of […]

An open letter to all unionists & fighters for equality & social justice in Aotearoa

Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, April 29th, 2011 - 216 comments

Via Socialist Aotearoa, an open letter from union activist Mike Treen on Hone Harawira’s Mana Party, which is due to be launched this Saturday in Auckland. The outline of Mana’s manifesto presented in the letter suggests it will be economically bold and not exclusively Maori nationalist. It should be very popular.

Sage advice on the polls

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 29th, 2011 - 35 comments

The latest Roy Morgan is out, with good news for the Left compared to the rogue TV3 poll.  As a bonus extra we have some sage advice, from an unexpected source, on polls in general…

ACT: bought by the Nats for a song

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, April 29th, 2011 - 123 comments

The Left are rubbing our hands with glee at the prospect of taking on BrashKey, but make no mistake, Key wanted this coup too. Think about it: former Nat Leader Don Brash, former Nat Minister John Banks, Nat money man Alan Gibbs, former Nat President Michelle Boag – and it goes down while John Key is far away playing smile and wave in Europe.

National cuts safety nets

Written By: - Date published: 6:24 am, April 29th, 2011 - 34 comments

National continue to target the vulnerable with their cuts.  Their latest moves in cutting the budgets of Womens’ Refuges and a national Self-Defence course for girls are merely the latest example.

Open mike 29/04/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 29th, 2011 - 53 comments

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Through a glass darkly

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 pm, April 28th, 2011 - 5 comments

National lines ruined…

Written By: - Date published: 4:22 pm, April 28th, 2011 - 64 comments

Some National memes that they’ve been running against the opposition parties are somewhat ruined by A Brash Act…

Editing away idiocy

Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, April 28th, 2011 - 18 comments

An interesting post from Political Dumpground looks at how MPs are allowed to edit the Hansard record of what they say. Putting the transcript of what Katrina Shanks actually said during the recent debate on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill beside the Hansard shows how MPs can amend the record to hide their stupidity.

Brash new world

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, April 28th, 2011 - 49 comments

So, just as Irish predicted, Calvert was the swinging voter, and Brash has now achieved his hostile takeover of ACT.  Goodbye Rodney, and good riddance. What does this do to the political landscape?  Here are some preliminary thoughts.

Hide gone by lunchtime

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, April 28th, 2011 - 174 comments

Rodney Hide has resigned as Leader of the ACT Party.

While not actually a member of the Party, Don Brash will now lead ACT.

Key: out of touch, using RNZAF as personal taxi service

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, April 28th, 2011 - 19 comments

In the past year and a half John Key has clocked up nearly a full week of flights on RNZAF aircraft. The bill for the more than 125 hours of flights extends into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Apart from a few flights to Christchurch, it appears the main reason Key has been using our air force as his private taxi service is to get to photo-ops.

The Guantanamo files

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, April 28th, 2011 - 9 comments

The Guardian has obtained a mass of files relating to detainees at America’s infamous Guantánamo Bay.  It’s an indictment of America.  But because of our SAS involvement in Afghanistan, New Zealand doesn’t exactly come out smelling of roses either.

Police planning to screw up again

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, April 28th, 2011 - 6 comments

Morgan Godfery at Maui Street blog is reporting that the police are preparing to raid Te Whanau a Apanui for protesting against the Petrobas geological survey. The police have to be crazy to think that they can do another raid like the one in 2007. What are they looking for this time? More 0.22″ rounds?

Calvert switches support to Brash

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 28th, 2011 - 77 comments

ACT’s newest MP Hilary Calvert is reported to have changed her support from Hide to Brash. That means the leadership of New Zealand’s most rightwing party will transfer to someone who isn’t currently even a member of the ACT Party.

UPDATE: Hide expected to announce resignation at midday

Blanket Man to make bid for ACT leadership

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, April 28th, 2011 - 15 comments

Ben ‘Blanket Man’ Hana has thrown his loin cloth into the contest for ACT’s leadership. Despite not having any political experience, Blanket Man says he is the man for the job due to his firm commitment to laissez-faire economics, his excellent face recognition, and the virtue that he is not a tired, old, has-been, racist arsehole.

Open mike 28/04/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, April 28th, 2011 - 56 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Paula Bennett – Out Of Touch

Written By: - Date published: 4:04 pm, April 27th, 2011 - 21 comments

“Make The Politician Work” is a new “reality” series from TVNZ, with its first episode on Easter Sunday. I don’t particularly like the premise, as the vast majority of our politicians work very hard.  But despite that, and the shonky reality stylings, the first episode with Paula Bennett was most enlightening. Bennett, about to help […]

Campaign for MMP Quiz Night

Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, April 27th, 2011 - Comments Off on Campaign for MMP Quiz Night

Quiz Night. Food and prizes provided. Friday 13 May, 7pm.
Fickling Convention Centre, Auckland.

What next for Rodney?

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, April 27th, 2011 - 26 comments

ACT Leader Rodney Hide will soon be out of a job. I doubt he’ll be in the running for any prime SOE chairs like Jim Bolger, and all the best jobs at the UN are taken by competent people. Jenny Shipley went in to the HR business and Mike Moore became a WTO lapdog.

So what next for Rodney?

Aug: Horizon Poll Easter 2011

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, April 27th, 2011 - 21 comments

Aug in Hamilton is a great little blog and Aug has given us permission to reprint some of the posts. In this post, Aug looks at the controversial Horizon tracking poll. It’s an interesting analysis and not great news for the Left. Time to get back on track.

Spending cuts I’d like to see – No 3

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 27th, 2011 - 4 comments

Following two years of unsustainable tax cuts and economic mismanagement, National appears certain to rebalance the books with spending cuts. But what will they choose to cut? George.com asks: ‘how about the $4.2 billion in roading projects that will return, at best, just $3 billion of benefits?’

Debt explained

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, April 27th, 2011 - 7 comments

The same scenario of tax cuts, national debt, and public spending cuts is being played out in New Zealand, Britain and the USA.  Here’s the right wing argument in a nutshell…

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