Archive for May, 2013

Back to the future: John Key’s Dickensian values

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 am, May 27th, 2013 - 160 comments

John Key has been shamed by Hone Harawira’s “feed the kids” private members Bill.  Key’s approach to child hunger is a sly use of Dickensian-type PPPs & charities to absolve the government of responsibility, while falsely presenting a caring face.

Why the Meridian sale will go ahead regardless of cost

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, May 27th, 2013 - 57 comments

When even the notoriously right-wing NZ Herald Editorial is pleading for Meridian not to be sold (just now), you know that the government’s asset sell-down is in trouble.

But the Herald assumes that getting the best dollar possible is the plan here.

It’s not.

Open mike 27/05/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 27th, 2013 - 144 comments

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How far right is John Key’s “centre”?

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 pm, May 26th, 2013 - 68 comments

Once again the MSM reports John Key’s assessment of his party’s place on the political spectrum without any critique.   The NZ Herald has repeated Key’s line about his government being “centre right” and the Greens being “far left”.  Key’s government’s continuing abuse of democracy is a long way from the centre of  the “right”.

Selection and election

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 pm, May 26th, 2013 - 3 comments

I’ve always been in favour of contested selection for parliamentary candidates. Being a Member of Parliament requires commitment, energy and above all a robust mental and physical constitution – clear values and strong bodies.When Parekura Horomia was selected in 1998 there were a little over 20 Labour party members in the electorate. This time its different. Media reports have party membership at 850, and the three selection meetings in the huge electorate attracted 180 in the Hutt, 110 in Tolaga Bay, and 430 in Napier. That’s the base from which Meka Whaitiri, Labour’s chosen candidate comes.

Marama Davidson: a promising Green candidate

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 pm, May 26th, 2013 - 12 comments

The Green candidate for the  Ikaroa-Rahiti by-election, Marama Davidson is someone to watch.  However, Labour’s Meka Whaitiri is the front runner and a very strong candidate.   Mana’s Te Hamua Nikora and the Maori Party’s Na Raihania also have the opportunity to make their mark.

Congratulations Meka Whaitiri

Written By: - Date published: 6:13 pm, May 26th, 2013 - 51 comments

Meka Whaitiri and been selected as Labour’s candidate for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

Congratulations, Meka. Now it’s time to start the campaign.

China moving on carbon?

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, May 26th, 2013 - 24 comments

Too many “Western” countries use lack of action from big emitters (China, India, Brazil) as an excuse for doing nothing. Well that excuse just got a whole lot thinner. And the pressure on India and Brazil just stepped up.

1938 2

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, May 26th, 2013 - 8 comments

A Sunday feature – each week a random section scanned from a copy of The Standard, September 15th, 1938. Find out more here.

Open mike 26/05/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 26th, 2013 - 290 comments

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Nathan Guy a bully

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, May 25th, 2013 - 23 comments

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has been quick to try and blame his own staff for the Chinese meat fiasco. But ultimately it is the fault of National and their war on the public service.

Poverty Watch 32

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, May 25th, 2013 - 28 comments

Welcome to Poverty Watch, a weekly update on National’s lack of response to the urgent and growing issue of poverty in NZ. This week – a final look at the OCC report, and in current news an Amnesty International report cites child poverty as a stain on NZ’s human rights record.

The ThinThread of GCSB surveillance

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 25th, 2013 - 11 comments

A surveillance device, Thin Thread, was probably sent from the US to NZ’s GCSB in 2000-2001 for testing. ThinThread collects local meta data, and can pass it on to foreign agencies. This raises fresh calls for an inquiry into GCSB activities.

Another Peters brain fart

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, May 25th, 2013 - 254 comments

Winston Peters is up to his old tricks again, with a racist attack on Chinese immigration. Heaven help us all if Peters holds the balance of power in 2014.

Open mike 25/05/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 25th, 2013 - 100 comments

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1/3 of Kiwis in energy poverty

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 pm, May 24th, 2013 - 89 comments

A recent survey of two thousand Kiwis show that a third cannot afford to heat their homes properly.

That’s a third of the population who are vulnerable to illness, whose children are at risk, and who are being left behind as the electricity companies continue their price gouging.

This is why we need NZ Power.

Weekend social 24/05/2013

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, May 24th, 2013 - 24 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?

Banana republic

Written By: - Date published: 11:41 am, May 24th, 2013 - 78 comments

People are starting to notice that the Nats are taking us into banana republic territory.

The shameless Nick Smith

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, May 24th, 2013 - 31 comments

Nick Smith has a long history of slippery dealings.  He apologises but accepts no blame, then is resurrected: contempt of court, a defamation case, the Pullar-ACC “conflict of interest”, bad faith negotiations with Auckland Council, the Denniston Plateau deal. Yesterday on RNZ, Smith exposed the government’s agenda on mining conservation land.

The myth of ‘mum and dad’ investors

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, May 24th, 2013 - 120 comments

The myth that National sold Mighty River Power to ‘mum and dads’ is dead. New analysis shows that half the retail shares went to just 12,844 people. A tiny group of 394 people bought 10% of the retail shares. Only 13.4% of the company is owned by what you might call ‘ordinary Kiwis’ – less than the amount owned by foreign investors. But the truth is, ordinary Kiwis are the 98% who bought nothing.

Saving the world

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, May 24th, 2013 - 16 comments

einstein-destroyed

Open mike 24/05/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 24th, 2013 - 178 comments

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How to spot fascism

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 pm, May 23rd, 2013 - 95 comments

This. This is fascism. Giving spies the powers that they have in the States could prevent the kind of terrorism that just happened … in the States. The fascist author of this piece that the Herald disgracefully published even wrote: “if you have nothing to hide from the GCSB, then you have nothing to fear.” Do people actually say that and mean it? Yes, fascists do.

High interest in Ikaroa-Rawhiti

Written By: - Date published: 3:37 pm, May 23rd, 2013 - 21 comments

Labour will hold three selection meetings in the very large electorate, in Seaview, in Tolaga Bay, and the final one in Napier on Sunday. Labour has a very strong slate of six high-calibre candidates. New members are flocking to the party, and with over 500 electorate members having a say this time the meetings will be full on as well as full. All Party members can attend; anyone can register to get the result.

Save the Denniston Plateau

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, May 23rd, 2013 - 53 comments

denniston300

Cynical

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, May 23rd, 2013 - 82 comments

It looks like Nick Smith will today grant access to West Coast conservation land for mining.  This looks like a cynical attempt to enforce the government’s anti-conservation agenda by avoiding the legal and democratic requirement for public consultation. When will the NZ Herald headline: “Democracy Under Attack!”? [updated]

Lining up for charter schools

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, May 23rd, 2013 - 34 comments

The PPTA has published a list of organisations that have expressed an interest in setting up charter schools, almost half of them religious groups, some of them with rather fringe beliefs. Do we really want scarce state education funding being used to teach creationism?

The rule of law

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 am, May 23rd, 2013 - 111 comments

In the 50s and 60s, two eminent jurists,Hart and Fuller, debated what makes a legal system. Hart said a legal system is a legal system if people call it one and act like it. Fuller said you need the rule of law to have a legal system. Otherwise, you’ve just got a bunch of bullies doing what they want and saying its OK. Do we have the rule of law in New Zealand?

Open mike 23/05/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 23rd, 2013 - 310 comments

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Police actions unlawful

Written By: - Date published: 1:07 pm, May 22nd, 2013 - 215 comments

The report on the Urewera raids from the Independent Police Complaints Authority is (unlike some other reports we could mention) certainly no whitewash.

Anatomy of another Key lie

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, May 22nd, 2013 - 36 comments

John Key has been caught in yet another lie, over his claim that Solid Energy asked for a $1 billion injection of taxpayer’s money.

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