2012, more of the same?

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After blissful isolation in the bush, it’s a shock to come back and read of more earthquakes, the government bullying the media, port workers having to strike to get an inflation-rate pay raise, more road deaths, and today’s balloon tragedy in Carterton. Not to mention government massacre in Kazakhstan and rising violence in Syria. Looks like 2012’s going to be another tough one.

57 comments on “2012, more of the same?”

  1. Bob Stanforth 1

    On the wrong track with the port workers – rejected 10%, asked for 2.5%. Their leader says its not about money. Do keep up. Otherwise people might think you are either ill-informed, or deliberately obfuscating.

    [do get informed, Bob. The 10% is the increase offered for number of years, 2.5% is this year alone. It’s the oldest PR trick in the book- to look like they’re being generous and the workers look unreasonable, the company uses a multi year figure; to make their demands seem more reasonable and the bosses stingy, the union uses one year only. And it’s about more then wages. There’s conditions issues, particularly around regulation breaks and contacting out. Eddie]

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Wow Bob are you so naive to think that $/hour is the only important measure of an employment contract? Of course, not, you’re an experienced operator so I hope you are not doing what you’ve just accused others of – obfuscating.

      As an example how about little minor contractual things like hours worked, breaks allowed, shifts and regulation of shift changes, structure of paid hours, performance reviews, conditions of holidays and stat days, etc.

      • Nick C 1.1.1

        You’re right CV, employment contracts are about far more than dollars

        Their about things like getting free medical insurance for your entire family, Three times the statiutory sick leave entitlement, five weeks annual leave, not requiring a single qualification and working for as little as 66% of your paid shift.

        These arent things the stevedores are striking for, these are things they ALREADY HAVE.

        You dont have to fundamentally change your beliefs about industrial relations to admit that unions can abuse their market power to extract large consessions, just as employers can.

        If not, I look forward to seeing you jumping to the defense of the Christchurch Council CEO for his $68,000 pay rise.

        IrishBill: ah, the politics of envy. Nice one wee man.

        [from the people who promised you a high wage economy comes ‘how dare people without degrees earn $27 an hour plus benefits AND ask to keep their conditions and the real value of their pay’. Funny how when the govt was GIVING a thousand dollar a week tax cut to Paul Reynolds, paid for with borrowed money, you weren’t outraged and pointing out his benefits, like a dozen first class return trips to Scotlabd a year. Eddie]

        • millsy 1.1.1.1

          So would you like them to lose ALL of their pay and conditions and just be on call casuals working minimum wage?

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.2

          Say Nick C, can you tell me how many executives the Port of Auckland has who are paid over a quarter million dollars per year? I’m betting that its a dozen or more.

          Because in tough times I’m quite happy for an organisation to temporarily reduce pay and conditions for staff, maybe even eliminate a few of the positions in restructuring, for the competitiveness and overall sustainability of the business.

          Starting at the very top, from the Board of Directors down, of course.

        • Ari 1.1.1.3

          Because those things certainly compare with what the rich elite are fleecing from the rest of us. If the ports are going to make such a large profit, I am absolutely behind the idea of raising standards for workers before we pay out obscene dividends, even to the council.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.1.4

          Yip, it seems to me like anyone who brings up the supposed $90k they make per year is really engaging in the politics of envy. Everyone in NZ should be proud that people can work jobs like this, get paid $90k (if they do indeed get paid that) and their employer is still profitable! If only there were more jobs like that in this country, we’d be doing a lot better.

          Also given how expensive houses are in Auckland, if they’re the sole breadwinner in the family they’re still likely to be renting and not owning.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.4.1

            I wonder what the median income for those stevedores is. POA management is fond of quoting the average income for the position at $90K, but that requires frequent double shifts; I bet that the median stevedore will earn a fair bit less than that figure.

            • RedLogix 1.1.1.4.1.1

              Well at 27.40 per hour a gross income of $96,000 requires roughly 3,500 hrs at ordinary time… or roughly 72 hours per week. Of course shift work at time and a half changes means that the actual hours worked might be closer to 50-55 hrs per week.

              Then of course no-one can safely work those kind of hours, week in week out without breaks.. and given the inherently reactive and variable workload I’m not at all surprised that labour utilisation drops as low as 65%.

              Crucially if management stopped trying to fuck with the unions and got onside with them … and offered to share the productivity gains… the workers, the people who actually DO the job and therefore know how to do it best, POAL could almost certainly improve that figure.

              Of course while management demand more productivity, it never enters their mind that sharing the pay-off with their workers is the best way to achieve it.

              • Akldnut

                It’s obvious POA management will slowly bring in more and more contractors at lower pay rates while restructuring employees tasks, effectively downsizing whilst changing the workforce structure.

                All blame is being pointed at the union with who are merely trying to protect their jobs/future whilst management cop no blame for being unreasonable or for causing any industrial action.

                Right wing media pricks should be ashamed of themselves – oh for it to happen to them and hear them squeal about it.

        • seeker 1.1.1.5

          @ Nick C

          “not requiring a single qualification and working for as little as 66% of your paid shift……”

          I often feel this about some of the politicians in this National government, and their seniors in particular.

        • gnomic 1.1.1.6

          ‘not requiring a single qualification’

          Somehow I just know that this person has never seen a stevedore at work or been in the hold of a ship being unloaded. It may ostensibly be an unskilled occupation but you wouldn’t last long without your wits about you.

          As it happens I have been in a ship in the course of being unloaded as casual labour at Ports of Auckland, and thought the stevedores were earning their pay in a hazardous occupation.

          Of course this is not about workers being overpaid since by definition all labour is overpaid in the ‘first world’ countries these days. Big money employs a platoon of dickhead smallfry MBA types to put a stop to this kind of thing. It’s really about making sure Joe Sixpack can’t earn a living wage with any certainty and needs to suck up to the bosses.

          And by the way, sod off you silly twerp. Shouldn’t you be kissing Whaleoil’s ring or whatever turns you on?

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.6.1

            This ‘unskilled’ moniker pisses me off. Is the CEO who crashes his corporation into the dirt causing billions in counterparty risk to rain down threatening the entire financial system ‘skilled’ or ‘unskilled’ in this scenario?

            Frankly this world would be better off if there were more ‘unskilled’ types hanging around able to do real work (like moving shit on and off big ships), and fewer ‘skilled’ types in suits fucking things up for entire communities or entire societies.

    • Bob Stanforth 1.2

      Eddie, you should try accuracy first, rather than dog whistle, its unbecoming.

      You said “port workers having to strike to get an inflation-rate pay raise” and I said “Their leader says its not about money” and Im right…

      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1201/S00010/ports-of-auckland-dispute-about-job-security-not-wages.htm

      Unless of course you are disagreeing with the esteemed Mr Parsloe? Facts, not dog whistle, isn’t that what you hold dear?

      • bbfloyd 1.2.1

        nice bit of oversimplification there little bobby brady…. strange that you would pick an argument over an issue you lack the depth and attention to detail to understand……. or is it just personal…..?

        • Bob Stanforth 1.2.1.1

          oh, did I use facts buhbuhfloyd, was that too hard for you to deal with so you decided it must be personal? Do grow up and argue the facts, there’s a good lad.

          • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1.1

            Come on Bob you got called out now give us a proper answer instead of this obfuscation.

            You tried to condense a complex lengthy negotiation over a lengthy contract document into a couple of quippy sentences. Doesn’t work.

            • Bob Stanforth 1.2.1.1.1.1

              What, like “port workers having to strike to get an inflation-rate pay raise”?

              Yeah, my bad. Here I was thinking this was the ‘home of facts’ lol 🙂

              [lprent: We don’t claim that we are a news service or an encylopedia or any other type of reference manual. Looks like you need some time to examine the about, and possibly the policy. Given your poor record at reading and comprehending, I will give you some time to undertake these difficult tasks. 2 week ban.

              You will eventually note in the policy that we really do not like people who try to tell us who we are or what we should do. ]

              • Colonial Viper

                Where was it claimed that The Standard was the “home of facts”?

                Come on bob you can do better than this distraction routine. How much does the CEO of POA earn per hour worked.

                • joe bloggs

                  Where was it claimed that The Standard was the “home of facts”?

                  Interesting observation CV

                  [lprent: read the about and the policy (you must be familiar with the drill). One states who we are. The other states how much of a bastard I am to people who waste my time. But you know that already…. ]

          • bbfloyd 1.2.1.1.2

            no you didn’t use facts… young bobby….. you misused them….. and when it is obvious one is dealing with a moron who isn’t cognizent of reality or possesses the capacity to absorb the totality of an issue beyond parroting propaganda designed to do no more than hijack the issue for underhand, and dishonest reasons…..then debating the “facts” would be an excercise in pointlessness….

            which is why i am amusing myself enumerating your obvious failings of intellect, and scruple, aligned with a narrow, bigoted worldview more in keeping with an alabama sharecropper…… the only real use in having you involved is to provide an outlet for those who tire of the halfwit, reactionary idiocy that passes for political discourse among the “ruling classes” and their pets fronting the media to relieve some small measure of frustration by lampooning your kind of ugly, sneering, superiority complex….

            btw….try to use a bit more imagination when copying the renaming game…. if you have any…… or did you not grasp the inference of your new name?

  2. Wild Colonial Boy 2

    Eddie forgot to mention the continuing stratospheric popularity of our Dear Leader, untouched by ongoing tremors in O Tautahi / Christchurch, or the markets …

  3. RedLogix 3

    Eddie,

    So you’re not the only one here who buggers off to the bush for a break from it all. I can’t imagine not being able to get away for a few days or a week sometimes just for the decompression.

    And I guess I’m not the only one whose feeling that there’s just been a steady stream of bad news in the last few years…. not just the catastrophic like the Sendai and ChCh quakes, but stupid mindless idiocy like the man stabbed in Napier cos he was wearing red and some local cretins took exception, or fools who’ve watched too much Top Gear and kill themselves and other innocents racing high-powered death traps.

    Or death that was the consequence of structural folly and hubris, like Pike River.

    And then the plain inexplicable like the guy this week who apparently took a tumble on the Puffer Track to Smith’s Creek (a doddle of a walk I’ve done in the dark several times) and manages to kill himself. Or the shocking like this ballon accident. It was a beautiful morning in the Wairarapa today… and yet sudden horrible death stalked it.

    Maybe I’m just getting old and the bumper strip is wearing thin, but this is slowly getting to me. I’m thinking that as a civilisation we’ve peaked, and that like the Rena groaning in adverse weather the cracks are slowly getting wider.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Maybe I’m just getting old and the bumper strip is wearing thin, but this is slowly getting to me. I’m thinking that as a civilisation we’ve peaked, and that like the Rena groaning in adverse weather the cracks are slowly getting wider.

      I think we are going to start finding the MSM painfully loud and upbeat very shortly. This is like trying to shore up the Rena with panelbeaters bog. Apprently in the USA employment has hit a 3 year low, and their manufacturing sector is picking up noticeably. So trumpet the MSM.

      Who the frak seriously believes any of that.

      (The US calculates their unemployment stats off their “workforce participation” numbers. As fewer people are classed as active participants in the workforce, guess what: unemployment ‘decreases’).

      The overall point – do you know what a civilisation in the early throes of energy depletion looks like? When it’s just crossed peak energy and is starting on the gentle part of the downslope of energy availability.

      No? Well, just look around you. This is the new normal. If you look very carefully, you’ll find that over the next 24 months “Business As Usual” goes from expecting quarterly GDP growth of 0.8% to a kind of perpetual stagnation. A slow but insidious transition of mindset which is necessary if the frog is not to notice the water getting ever warmer.

      • RedLogix 3.1.1

        Yes. The thing that most frightens me about the post-Oil era is not the loss of living standard. As an experienced tramper I’m really not too fussed about flash house, flash car and lots of comforts. When you’ve spent a week in mid-winter under a bivvy rock in a non-stop Southern Alp storm, all else, however plain compares as pure indulgence.

        No what does give me the grip is thinking about the reaction of the people around me to this decline. Will it be dominated by a withdrawal into mean conservatism and isolationism, or a re-birth of a new collective conciousness?

        Mad-Max apocolyptic or Green Revolution eco-technic?

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1

          A heck of a lot of people are not going to cope at all well, when they realise that what they have been promised in terms of future earnings and lifestyle is all a lie. Expect – higher rates of depression, suicide, self harm, random and family violence. All the hallmarks of people under stress who have been taught to assume as individual failings what is actually a global structural geo-political economic predicament.

          One problem that I see: the most influential decision makers of our world are also the people who are the most insulated from the early signs of civilisation wide energy depletion, and the most to gain from pretending that BAU continues.

          We can’t trust them to do the right things for us in sufficient time, methinks. We also can’t trust them not to erect physical and metaphorical Baghdad/US style ‘Green Zones’ which shelter the elite but leave everyone else outside to fend for themselves.

          • Macro 3.1.1.1.1

            When we look at the reactions of the so called “leaders” in Europe to their debt crisis. We can see that they have no satisfactory answers at all. The sad fact is that “economies” have been gleefully spending up large and borrowing on perceived future earnings based on “cheap” energy, and at the same time offloading environmental costs onto the future as well. There are going to be many people who are going to be very disappointed.

          • RedLogix 3.1.1.1.2

            One problem that I see: the most influential decision makers of our world are also the people who are the most insulated from the early signs of civilisation wide energy depletion, and the most to gain from pretending that BAU continues.

            Precisely the same problem Jared Diamond details in his excellent book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed that the Norse settlers in medieval Greenland faced. Albeit on a far smaller scale.

            The Norse settled a small number of micro-climates in several fiords, but the most favourable locations were first occupied by farm-holdings who for this reason enjoyed a permanent structural advantage over their fellows. Over generations this advantage ossified into a deeply unequal society where much of the wealth… and all the cultural and political power was concentrated into this small minority of families.

            When external circumstances, climatic, political and economic, changed against them it was of course those poorer farms and households in the outer, the least viable settlements who first struggled, then abandoned their land. Many starved, lacking even the means to escape back to Iceland or Europe.

            But the well-off and wealthy were insulated from this insidious change. As far as they were concerned they were doing alright thanks. Why change? Of course all their wealth really bought them was privilege of starving to death last.

            Yet here is the truly bizzare thing was this. The Norse settlers were culturally farmers. They strongly believed fish was not food for decent people. Yet despite the fact that the Innuit were their neighbours, happily adapted to the same environment and fishing like crazy… the Norse starved to death sitting on top on ocean full of fish they refused to eat.

            • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.2.1

              … the Norse starved to death sitting on top on ocean full of fish they refused to eat.

              Fascinating. I wonder what a starving Hindu family would do with their last cow. Or a starving Vegan family a side of sirloin.

              Perception (or mis-perception) can kill as surely as a bullet to the head.

          • M 3.1.1.1.3

            ‘A heck of a lot of people are not going to cope at all well, when they realise that what they have been promised in terms of future earnings and lifestyle is all a lie. Expect – higher rates of depression, suicide, self harm, random and family violence. All the hallmarks of people under stress who have been taught to assume as individual failings what is actually a global structural geo-political economic predicament.’

            Fine words CV and they will first assume it’s their fault that they don’t have jobs and then maybe look for scapegoats. I know a couple of women with jobs paying 90K who blow the lot on stuff like $200 wrinkle creams that they cannot live without – they need to visit a couple of rest homes to see that there are no hot 80 year-olds, although Hefner may dispute this, how will they cope if the axe falls on them?

            As for the insulated I also know a guy high up in the public service who believes it’s his God-given right to have 2k a week take home pay, cause y’know he flies around the country to have relationship building meetings all the time but likes to slag off bludger beneficiaries – he couldn’t spot the irony if it jumped and and slapped him in the face. Dear me, how would he get by on the unemployment benefit?

            Still the PTB cannot handle the fact that people see they’ve been gamed with all the occupy movement camps which is what a good many will be living in I reckon within the decade. Either that or they will drag themselves from place to place hoping to find work that isn’t there and maybe starve on the way – hiring the ‘Grapes of Wrath’ might help them get a clue.

            • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.3.1

              The trend in the US is that the top tenth of the top 1% have started feeding on the rest of the top 10% now, because the bottom 90% have only a miniscule amount of wealth left after the decimation of the working class and the shrinking of the middle class.

              Investment accounts of millionaires and professionals are now being raided to support the balance sheets of the very few at the very top, even as Wall St lays off tens of thousands of junior and mid level execs and brokers.

              This is going to be very ugly for those who are still sleepwalking through their cottonwool world.

    • bbfloyd 3.2

      you’ll enjoy craig marriner’s “stone dogs” … then.

  4. 2012 – the year to end all years

    hopefully there’ll be an intellectual re-evolution by the time my birthday rolls around…

    http://pollywannacracka.blogspot.com/2011/12/131211.html

  5. Arthur 5

    The locusts must be due soon, or maybe it will be disease and pestilence or fire and brimstone.

  6. prism 6

    Thinking about the difficulties of getting a better world, I was reminded of this book on Trademe. Reading about it I was amazed and heartened that things were getting better in Liberia because of the actions of their brave women. It’s called Mighty be our Powers – this is the review of it.

    MIGHTY BE THEIR POWERS chronicles the unthinkable violence Leymah Gbowee has faced throughout her life and the peace she has helped to broker by empowering her countrywomen and others around the world to take action and change history. As a young 17 year-old girl growing up in Africa, Gbowee was broken by a savage war when violence reached her native Monrovia, depriving her of the education she yearned for and claiming the lives of relatives and friends. As war continued to destroy Liberia, Gbowee’s bitterness turned to rage-fueled action as she realized it is women who bear the greatest burden in prolonged conflicts.

    Passionate and charismatic, Gbowee was instrumental in galvanizing hundreds, if not thousands of women in Liberia in 2003 to force peace in the region after 14 years of war. She began organizing Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, launching protests and eventually a sex strike. This is an extraordinary memoir in the vein of Aayan Hirsi Ali and Queen Noor. It chronicles the unthinkable violence Gbowee has faced throughout her life and the peace she helped to broker by empowering her countrywomen and others around the world to take action.Sometimes, it takes just one woman to change history.

  7. Glenn 7

    While we have been inactive over the holiday season..

    The world keeps turning and folks keep killing..
    For this to be happening in 2012 is ridiculous. It seems like one of those old movies from the 1930s.

    Thousands massacred as two tribes go to war in South Sudan
    UN peacekeepers tell residents of Jonglei state capital to flee as raiders approach

    More than 3,000 people have been reported killed in South Sudan during a week of clashes between two tribes in the world’s newest state.
    Hundreds of children are missing and entire villages are said to have been burnt as a huge raiding party from the Lou Nuer tribe swept through a remote area in the east of the country, attacking their neighbours, the Murle people.
    The war party, estimated to be 6,000-strong, has been marching south towards the main town in the Murle area, Pibor, crossing hundreds of miles on foot.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/thousands-massacred-as-two-tribes-go-to-war-in-south-sudan-6286342.html

  8. John D 8

    You seemed to have missed Tony Marryatt’s pay rise (ChCh council CEO).
    This still seems to be getting a lot of airtime in the media

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Especially since he came out and basically said that ‘he’s worth it’.

      Prick. And of course, Bob Parker who defended him. Basic Council workers aren’t worth more than $13/hr according to these guys but the CEO is somehow worth an extra $1250/week.

      Time to sharpen the blade on the guillotines.

      • Tigger 8.1.1

        And Key nowhere in sight over the balloon tragedy. He’s in Hawaii? Haven’t heard a whiff of that this year. Who the hell has been running the joint?

        • Anne 8.1.1.1

          And Key nowhere in sight over the balloon tragedy.

          Brownlee offered his condolences on behalf of the govt. so presume he is Acting PM. Havn’t heard a peep out of the lazy sod until today. I remember Jim Anderton taking on the role when Helen Clark was on her January holiday break. He not only kept the wheels turning, but he kept the population informed about what was happening.

          • infused 8.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, because the PM can’t have a break eh?

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Uh…yes the PM needs and deserves a break like anyone else…but like a global Fortune 500 CEO, member of the emergency services or military (or any Cabinet Minister, come to think of it) he remains effectively on call 24/7.

              If one can’t accept the demands of the very very well paying job, resign.

      • John D 8.1.2

        CV, despite the fact that we seem to disagree on a lot of political issues, I am with you on this one.

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.2.1

          Hearing ya. Believe it or not I really have no problem with people being paid well to perform in a tough job. Some jobs to my mind really are worth every cent of $250K pa. But sometimes these guys at the top really take the piss with how far they take it, and IMO its unconscionable.

          • John D 8.1.2.1.1

            The main issue with the Maryatt case, in my view, is that there are some ChCh residents who are paying double rates because they cannot live in their own home (no sanitation, power etc). The council refuse to give them a 100% amnesty on the rates on the damaged property.

            In some cases, the people involved are retired folk. Maryatt’s pay rise, in this context, is seriously out of order.

      • Populuxe1 8.1.3

        True CV, Council CEOs get paid far too much, and true, it’s debatable whether his actual productivity warrants his salary, but the pay rise just brings him into parity with the CEOs of Auckland and Wellington – but at an unfortunate time with the earthquakes, and he was foolish enough to get all smug about it.

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.3.1

          So we have 3 CEOs on excessive pay, why am I not relieved. The normalisation of private sector madness across our society.

          Personally I think that pay in this country should be effectively capped at 20x the median income (= $30K pa).

          • Populuxe1 8.1.3.1.1

            I know it’s an old chestnut, but how else do you attract talent away from the higher paying private sector. Maybe we should adopt similar practices to the NZRU?

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.3.1.1.1

              Its quite simple and its to do with values, values which also not coincidentally have been destroyed by the neoliberals.

              Its the same as the All Blacks of old. Before professionalisation. Who held down ordinary day jobs and who nevertheless trained hard out on the team for next to nothing. And whose employers would put up with the inconvenience of having a staff member disappear off for weeks at a time on tour.

              But there’s more than just values and a proud sense of public service which NZ used to have in spades (before the neolibs successfully framed the public sector as lazy, incompetent, inefficient, and bludging parasites of society – which interestingly is what they themselves are).

              Firstly, you effectively cap private sector wages so they can’t get so incredibly far ahead.

              Secondly you have public sector wages which are within 20% of those private sector wages.

              Thirdly you have a whole different work style – arguably just as efficient mind you, but different and friendlier – and sets of different perks than you do in the private sector.

              Things like better super, better time off, less short term goal oriented pressure, better leadership, being paid to help the community…these are all things which would make skilled professionals dump the private sector and move to the public sector, even on marginally lower pay.

              This kind of competition was unacceptable to the neolibs so they destroyed it. Now working for the public sector and the private sector is qualitatively much more similar, but the private sector can always of course beat on pay.

              Go figure.

            • RedLogix 8.1.3.1.1.2

              +1 with CV above.

              We forget that prior to the 1980’s this nation’s public sector, and especially infrastructure like electricity, was built on the talent and hard-work of civil servants who for the most part were content to live in an ordinary home in Tawa, catch the unit into the city, walk in their shorts, long socks and sandals to a very plain little office in a big govt building that had very little in the way of frills.

              The did this partly because the job was safe, and predictable and came with a good retirement package. And for engineers, safe and predictable is their bread and butter, it lets them plan long-term and achieve big things over decades of a working career.

              And more than anything else… they believed that they were doing something worthwhile and valued.

    • fender 8.2

      He claimed he worked 9 weeks without a weekend, it’s since been discovered that on 2 occasions during the 9 weeks he had been playing golf !

    • An interesting aspect of the ‘Marryatt Furore’ (as the Press call it) is Marryatt saying that this is being hyped by those who want to replace the Council with commissioners.

      Now, I am entirely opposed to Marryatt’s excessive pay rise and Parker and other councillors okaying it – but it surely is remarkable that the CEO of the Council is mentioning the continuing campaign to bring in commissioners?

      And I’m sure he doesn’t mean Jocelyn and John Normal from some cul de sac in Bishopdale who might write heated letters to the editor. Presumably he’s alluding to people in reasonably powerful positions or powerful people who are lobbying for this. Presumably he’s referring to this group of business people and perhaps others?

      Much as I dislike the behaviour of Parker and the majority of councillors – on this issue and others – I wouldn’t want to see what little local democracy we have taken away. 

      It’s up to the electors to reprimand Parker and, by extension, Marryatt – not government. Isn’t that how democracy is meant to work? And CERA  – with Gerry Brownlee atop – is already in charge of the rebuild and can do whatever it likes in that regard. 

       

  9. Tom Gould 9

    The big Tories are still on holiday, so their fellow travellers are keeping the dispute on slow simmer until they are back and can leverage it for political advantage, just like they did with their mates Warner and Jackson. They will start with the snivelling little Tory bureaucrat who runs the Chamber, then follow up with the snivelling big Tory bureaucrat who runs the other thing, then take it from there. Special legislation is a certainty. Word is that plans are already underway. The key messages are around ‘brighter futures’ and ‘clearing away the blockages to growth’ and ‘holding our prosperity to ransom’. Will it be enough, though?

    • tc 9.1

      absoultely Tom, Barnett and Katherine Rich right on queue and note how it’s positioned to maximise the dead air summer period when the disputes long running and there’s no real reporting in exact details as to why is Tauranga winning over POA in straight up commercial deals……could it be management the key difference…..just saying.

      I heard Fonterra were pulling out of POA years ago and would do all north Island from Tauranga….logistically sound but the infrastructure build up was required first but very convenient timing eh.

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    Backgrounder on current US-Iranian conflict

    …going back to 1953. The US engineered overthrow of Iran’s democratic government and installing of the Shah, the blowback in terms of the return of the Ayotollahs, the embassy hostage crisis, US sponsorship of Iraqi war against Iran (including supplying Saddam Hussein with WMD for use against Iranians), Iran-Contra affair, etc.

  11. deinacrida_v2 11

    As to Iran and its historical relationship to our very own Mad Mullahs (and their colonial machinations) – here’s a very useful analysis of the ways and means of the current crop of MMs.

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  • Professional Internet Trolls being used to push manmade climate change lies
    Is the terrorist Organisation Greenpeace and the loony Green parties around the World hiring professional internet trolls? I have noticed a trend lately where if you post research, news articles or even comments that show the manmade climate change scam to be just that, you are immediately attacked, often within ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Strike!
    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    2 days ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    3 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    6 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    6 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    7 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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