Archive for December, 2011

ImperatorFish: Dunne In Stoush Over Caucus Lunch Plan

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, December 20th, 2011 - 12 comments

Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here

Peter Dunne orders Christmas lunch for one.

No mystery over Waitakere votes

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, December 20th, 2011 - 48 comments

There was some pretty low-grade reporting on the Waitakere race that suggested some kind of organised voter fraud may have taken place. Under the title Questions over Waitakere vote, the Herald reporter said 9 dual votes had been found and 393 special votes had been cast by people not enrolled to vote. But that’s not evidence of foul play: it’s par for the course.

The year of the protest

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, December 20th, 2011 - 38 comments

If that was the year of “The Protestor”, what did it accomplish? Is effective protest no longer possible in today’s world?

Crisi-tunity

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, December 20th, 2011 - 104 comments

Kim Jong Il’s dead. Kim Jong Un’s next in line. Could there be a succession crisis in the only nuclear-armed monarchy? I reckon it’s an opportunity. Jong Un’s a 27 year-old computer nerd now stuck running a broke-arse, backwards country. If Obama really wants rid of nukes, he should cut the kid a deal and get rid of some of his own at the same time.

Open mike 20/12/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 20th, 2011 - 90 comments

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ImperatorFish: Dr Don Seeks To Sink Santa

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 pm, December 19th, 2011 - 3 comments

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Don thinks he’s finally found the right team to launch his next leadership coup on…

Cunliffe, Parker swap roles

Written By: - Date published: 2:44 pm, December 19th, 2011 - 111 comments

The new Labour line-up is announced. Parker Finance, Ardern Social Development, Cunliffe Economic Development (plus Assoc Finance) round out the top five.

Comment Privacy and fools

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, December 19th, 2011 - 94 comments

Cameron Slater is a technological idiot. Well he has just proven it again. A comment on our site referred to IP/e-mail matching at another site. In his own guilt about privacy abuses Slater immediately jumped to the wrong conclusion.

I’d advise people to never put comments on sites that lack a privacy policy that is explicit about what information may be used for. But we ensure your privacy here.

Nelson floods

Written By: - Date published: 11:23 am, December 19th, 2011 - 41 comments

It’s Nelson / Tasman’s turn to get hammered by nature. Commiserations to all those affected. As a country (and a world) we should brace for more extreme weather ahead.

Priorities

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, December 19th, 2011 - 24 comments

Trillions have been plowed into bailing out banks, investors, and whole countries during the economic crisis. The cost easily exceeds total investment in tackling climate change. Is it, as George Monbiot argues, that elites just look out for themselves, or are humans just incapable of perceiving the danger of large, slowly-building problems?

Trickle down

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, December 19th, 2011 - 44 comments

Key: “Of course, if we could have lower personal taxes, we think that would stimulate the economy – but we just can’t afford it”. But, if tax cuts stimulate the economy, you could make them self-funding. The 2010 tax changes were meant to pay for their net cost with extra growth. Didn’t happen. They’ve cost $1.1b so far. Does Key still buy this trickle down garbage or not?

Open mike 19/12/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 19th, 2011 - 106 comments

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Shearer’s Address in Reply

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, December 18th, 2011 - 96 comments

David Shearer’s brand is of a new kind of politician. Not burdened by the old rivalries, he is touted as the man that can move New Zealand forwards – a consensus-builder rather than a scarred old warrior. The weekend media coverage has been excellent. His Address in Reply this week will consolidate his brand. Here is what I would say if I were him.

A plug for Mediawatch

Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, December 18th, 2011 - 4 comments

Today’s Mediawatch was great, looking back at a fascinating year for the media in NZ. Amongst the big issues covered you can also catch their pick for biggest political suck-up of the year.

Open mike 18/12/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 18th, 2011 - 124 comments

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What a riot.

Written By: - Date published: 11:16 am, December 17th, 2011 - 14 comments

A quick post on sentences handed down in the wake of riots in England.

Easy come, easy go

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 am, December 17th, 2011 - 143 comments

The judicial recount has given Waitakere back to Bennett. By 9 votes. Could swing back on a high court petition. Who knows who really has more support out west. Sepuloni and Bennett are essentially as popular as each other. Just shows the stupidity of winner take all electoral systems.

Open mike 17/12/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 17th, 2011 - 91 comments

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Bell Pottinger: Lobbying unmasked

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 pm, December 16th, 2011 - 5 comments

Investigative journalism (remember that?) has opened up Bell Pottinger, the UK’s top PR/lobby firm. Inside they’ve found some seriously dodgy dealing that goes right to the top of British Government. There’s a call for a register of lobbyists and their interests – isn’t that something we should have here as well?

ImperatorFish: Uncle Ernie: Hidden In Plain Sight

Written By: - Date published: 3:07 pm, December 16th, 2011 - 53 comments

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Garth George: Social Engineering is wrong unless it’s my social engineering. Those Greens are sinister and dangerous…

Weekend social 16/12/2011

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, December 16th, 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?

Christmas presents from the Commission

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, December 16th, 2011 - 9 comments

In 2008, the Electoral Commission released its non-decision on the address I used on Chris Knox’s CD “it’s a better way with Labour” on 16 December. They were embarrassed and buried it in the pre-Christmas dump. This December, I’m waiting for a much more important decision on the RadioLive “Prime Minister’s Hour.” There’s a lot at stake.

Theorising the Labour leadership selection

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, December 16th, 2011 - 78 comments

“British philosopher Edmund Burke termed two different modes of viewing representation as the trustee and delegate models. ” Guest poster Pointy looks at this related to the recent Labour leadership selection debate.

Too many ministers

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, December 16th, 2011 - 16 comments

Brian Fellow wrote a piece in the Herald yesterday on how NZ has too many ministers. Hard not to agree. 28 ministers. Nearly half of the governing parties’ MPs. 90+ portfolios. Ministerial warrants are clearly being used to keep backbenchers and minor parties in line. Too many do nothing ministers on big salaries while the rest of us have to cut back.

Iraq war a “success”

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, December 16th, 2011 - 36 comments

So the war in Iraq is “officially” over. The end of a shameful chapter.

Open mike 16/12/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 16th, 2011 - 156 comments

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And so it begins

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 pm, December 15th, 2011 - 218 comments

Mighty River Power is first on the block, to be sold in the third quarter of next year (weather conditions permitting).

What we need more of is science

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 pm, December 15th, 2011 - 22 comments

There was a very good science piece on Nine-to-Noon this morning, covering some of Kathryn Ryan’s trip to Antarctica. It got me thinking: we need a lot more science in our media – we’d get a better country out of it.

ImperatorFish: Pensioner Couple Trumps Higgs Boson Discovery

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, December 15th, 2011 - 8 comments

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Petty politics as usual on poverty

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, December 15th, 2011 - 37 comments

Key is playing petty politics as usual on poverty. He should have accepted Shearer’s call for a cross party process and his offer of help on the new “ministerial poverty committee”.

NRT: In defence of dual candidacy

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, December 15th, 2011 - 22 comments

Some people reckon that if you run as an electorate candidate and lose you shouldn’t be allowed to go in as a list MP. You’re ‘not wanted’. But that doesn’t make sense. Some electorate MPs won with 6,000-8,000 votes, while 19 list MPs won more votes than that in losing an electorate race. Besides, not all constituencies are geographic. NRT elaborates:

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