Archive for May, 2011

Politics in the media – a Sideshow?

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, May 31st, 2011 - 8 comments

Lindsay Tanner’s book “Sideshow” is described as laying “bare the relentless decline of political reporting and political behaviour that occurred during his career. Part memoir, part analysis, and part critique, Sideshow is a unique book that tackles the rot which has set in at the heart of Australian public life.” I found it disappointing. In my opinion politicians should not waste time complaining about the media, just concentrate on the best way to get their message across in a way that people will respond positively to.

Campbell on welfare reforms

Written By: - Date published: 2:54 pm, May 31st, 2011 - 60 comments

Good old fashioned benefit bashing.  Another electoral battle line has been drawn – arm yourself with the facts!

The great debt myth

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, May 31st, 2011 - 55 comments

This government’s got a real talent for manufacturing crisis to suit them.  The debt disaster is a classic – in order to get out of debt we have to cut public spending to the tune of almost $1billion and sell assets.

Try hard John caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, May 31st, 2011 - 82 comments

My contribution: Key does the vertical plank. Not pictured, National’s economic plan .

The Right’s MMP conundrum

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, May 31st, 2011 - 12 comments

If there is one silver lining to the cloud of a National government, it is that the MMP referendum has come up on their watch.  It rather cripples their attack lines.

Simplest way to get 100K off the benefit

Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, May 31st, 2011 - 87 comments

Elect a Labour-led government. Create 100K jobs.

Open mike 31/05/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 31st, 2011 - 39 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…

Just like Ruth, Jim and Jenny

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 pm, May 30th, 2011 - 131 comments

Having wrecked the economy and put tens of thousands of workers on the dole queue John Key is now planning to give them another kick in the guts by cutting their benefits.

And of course that’ll help drive wages down too.

To anyone that lived through the 1990’s this bullshit should be very very familiar by now.

A Right Jackup

Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, May 30th, 2011 - 18 comments

So it appears that John Banks will get to face his mayoral campaign manager, Aaron Bhatnagar, as National candidate for Epsom. National will continue to ensure Act’s survival, as latest polls keep Act at about 2%.

Support for raising retirement age

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, May 30th, 2011 - 37 comments

A Herald poll asked people their views on raising the retirement age. Surprisingly, support was strong – 52.3% think the issue needs addressing. National whines the country is broke so they have to cut public services and sell assets, but super for 65 year olds alone costs $625 million a year. Will any party have the courage to take on super?

Polls everywhere

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, May 30th, 2011 - 87 comments

Plenty of polls lately.  Do we really need so many?  Two released yesterday show some closing of the gap between National and Labour – but not nearly enough yet…

Smith to announce ACC privatisation

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, May 30th, 2011 - 84 comments

Labour’s Chris Hipkins has the inside word: On Wednesday this week, Nick Smith is going to announce what amounts to the effective privatisation of a large part of ACC. You won’t hear the word privatisation uttered from his lips, he’ll use all sorts of other words like ‘competition’ and ‘market discipline’, but privatisation it will be.

Open mike 30/05/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 30th, 2011 - 90 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…

The Jackel’s week that was

Written By: - Date published: 1:42 pm, May 29th, 2011 - 10 comments

Radioactive elements detected in breast milk due to Fukushima crisis, Ratko Mladic arrested, oil drilling protests here and abroad, tax breaks for rugby organisations (aren’t we already paying for their World Cup?), and Kiwisaver cuts that start this year with no mandate – all in the Jacke’s week that was

No brighter future for McGehan Close

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, May 29th, 2011 - 66 comments

Seen the coverage of Goff’s visit to McGehan Close? So negative. Portrays it as cynical politics. Yet when Key visited in 2008, the coverage was fawning over the ‘kompassionate konservative’. What’s wrong with Goff going along to the place, it’s in his own electorate, and showing Key’s broken his promises? Nothing. Governments should be held to account.

Anti-MMP cabal rumbled

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, May 29th, 2011 - 62 comments

National Party pollster David Farrar is to be campaign strategist for an anti-MMP campaign. He’s joined by Nat ‘campaign manager for hire’ Simon Lusk who did the work on the Brash coup, and Jordan Williams a former Young Nat also involved in the Brash coup. I assume the campaign material will have National Party logos on it.

Heroes: José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espírito Santo

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, May 29th, 2011 - 8 comments

José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espírito Santo are heroes.  Like Chico Mendes before them, they have paid for their activism with their lives.

Open mike 29/05/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 29th, 2011 - 62 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…

The three pigs of climate change

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, May 28th, 2011 - 63 comments

“Mum and Dad investors”

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, May 28th, 2011 - 23 comments

No Right Turn on National’s spin about “Mum and Dad investors”.

Flattering to deceive

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, May 28th, 2011 - 23 comments

Ever noticed the big political journos will do a scathing attack on one major party then, the next day, one on the other major party? It’s about maintaining access. If you only run attacks on one party, you’ll stop getting stories from them (nearly all political stories come from the opposing party). After this, it was Labour’s turn in Armstrong’s sights today, or was it?

Aucklanders to pay for Nats’ negligence

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, May 28th, 2011 - 71 comments

Auckland ratepayers are going to be stuck with a huge bill for the Nats’ failure to properly cost the merging of  the old Councils’ IT systems.  As Russell Brown puts it – “Someone has to be accountable for this”…

Open mike 28/05/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 28th, 2011 - 41 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…

Locally Left: Budget Special

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, May 27th, 2011 - Comments Off on Locally Left: Budget Special

Night of politics at the pub on May 31 7pm-9pm at the Wine Cellar, St Kevin’s Arcade, K Rd, with panel: Jesse Mulligan (Comedian and commentator at-large), Rhema Vaithianathan (Economist) and Jacinda Ardern (MP).

Operation 8 documentary

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, May 27th, 2011 - 17 comments

I have been bemoaning that I’d missed the Operation 8 documentary. But there are more screenings around the country. Catch a showing near you because by the sound of the current state of the court case, this will not be resolved until next year at the earliest. It has been over three and half years […]

Weekend social 27/05/2011

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, May 27th, 2011 - 30 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?

More budget backhanders

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, May 27th, 2011 - 5 comments

PEDA last year. Parents Inc this year. Ministers giving backhanders to their mates is a growing trend. $1.5m is being cut from the Community Organisation Grants Scheme that funds things like Rape Crisis. Instead of this democratic, accountable process, the money will go to four groups hand-picked by Turia. Dodgy as hell.

March against the budget cuts

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, May 27th, 2011 - 66 comments

A new organisation, the Coalition for Social Justice, is calling for a march in Auckland tomorrow.

Vote Key, get asset sales

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, May 27th, 2011 - 58 comments

Based on the Herald’s latest poll, that is a message the Left will be well advised to push hard. The poll shows 62% opposition vs 29% support for asset sales, while NACT polls at 56%. So, at least 18% are prospective NACT voters AND oppose Key’s main policy. The Left can win over many of these people on this vital issue.

Peak oil enters mainstream: Labour listening, Nats not

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, May 27th, 2011 - 81 comments

The Greens and environmentalists have been talking about peak oil forever. Now, the IEA and IMF have joined them in warning that governments need to act immediately. Labour has pledged to cancel one of National’s white elephant motorways but that must only be the beginning. Meanwhile, the Nats are planning more ‘Roads of National Significance’.

Genuine progress

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, May 27th, 2011 - 14 comments

This story didn’t get any big headlines. This story slipped by almost completely under the radar.  But it’s a very important story. Much more important for New Zealand’s development than the smoke and mirrors of the do-nothing budget.

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