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Poverty Watch 41

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, July 27th, 2013 - 3 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, the NBR “rich list” and the sick joke of “trickle down” wealth.

The worst advice in the world

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, July 27th, 2013 - 113 comments

Well known Labour supporters John Armstrong and Fran O’Sullivan are bursting with advice for David Shearer. I’m sure they have the Left’s best interests at heart. O’Sullivan says Shearer must be more pro-capitalist. Armstrong says he needs to pick fights with the Greens. This is based on a premise that flies against the polling evidence that Labour is seen as too Left or too close to the Greens

Key demeans Korean War veterans

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, July 27th, 2013 - 16 comments

The New Zealand veterans of the Korean War got a sharp lesson from John Key yesterday as to what they and their comrades fought and died for: “The South Korean Government is treating New Zealand unfairly, Prime Minister John Key has told Kiwi Korean War veterans as he ramps up pressure for a free trade […]

GCSB protests at 2pm today

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, July 27th, 2013 - 132 comments

This cartoon by Mark O’Brien at monsta.co.nz probably accurately reflects the distasteful uncertainty that many of us feel about the purpose and intent of John Key’s bill to control the past and future excesses of the GCSB. Put away a bit of your weekend at 2pm and come and show your MP’s why they should […]

Lazy Jono on 3 News invents a story

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, July 27th, 2013 - 124 comments

Jono Hutchison invented a story that aired on 3 News last night. He took a single inaccurate comment expressing an opinion and wrapped a story around it as the angle. The comment he used was in my observation quite inaccurate and has escalated my opinion of Jono to that of being a lazy dickhead unworthy of being called a reporter.

Open mike 27/07/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 27th, 2013 - 111 comments

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Weekend social 26/07/2013

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, July 26th, 2013 - 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?

How National plans to smash collective agreements

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, July 26th, 2013 - 43 comments

Over the coming weeks I’m going to go through each of National’s changes to employment law to show how they will make our workplaces less fair and reduce Kiwis’ pay.

The first is the change allowing the boss to refuse to negotiate a collective agreement.

GCSB Bill opposition heats up

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, July 26th, 2013 - 123 comments

GCSB KeyThe stop the GCSB Bill meeting in Auckland last night was well attended and had a series of high quality presentations made.  A series of protests are planned for this weekend.  Momentum is building …

Dotcom developments

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, July 26th, 2013 - 104 comments

The public trusts Kim Dotcom more than John Key (no surprise), and Journalist Selwyn Manning describes “some breaking news from Dotcom” on what Key knew, and when…

Beneficiary bashing crocodile tears

Written By: - Date published: 6:59 am, July 26th, 2013 - 144 comments

The Nats have created a beneficiary bashing culture so rigid and so nasty that crazy stuff happens. They cry some crocodile tears about it – but only for cases publicised by the media.

Open mike 26/07/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 26th, 2013 - 153 comments

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Tale four – the Death of Philip McHardy. Killed 31 August 2011 – struck by a tree

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 pm, July 25th, 2013 - 7 comments

Philip McHardy was killed while working in a pine plantation block in Overton Forest Winton on 31 August 2011.  He worked for Don Contracting and was working in a Southern Forest NZ Ltd managed forest.

A conservative view on low wages.

Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, July 25th, 2013 - 37 comments

It is a national evil that any class of Her Majesty’s subjects should receive less than a living wage in return for their utmost exertions… where you have what we call sweated trades, you have no organisation, no parity of bargaining, the good employer is undercut by the bad and the bad by the worst; …

A king is born: Long Live Inequality!

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, July 25th, 2013 - 87 comments

UK children born on the same day as the new prince will get a silver penny: but their lives will be vastly different.  Left foot Forward spells out the inequalities between these new born.  John Key gushes over the new prince, while his government slashes, burns and fuels inequalities.

Petition for congestion free network

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, July 25th, 2013 - 17 comments

Generation Zero are running petition targeting the Auckland transport system. You can sign it here.

Winston Peters, King Maker

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, July 25th, 2013 - 109 comments

Winston_Peters smilingWinston Peters may be the king maker after the next election.  No wonder that John Key has started to court the person he said as a matter of principle he would never have in his Government.

Labour stands by 6A

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, July 25th, 2013 - 97 comments

The Employment Relations Act Part 6A ensures that jobs are transferred to a new contractor, on the same terms, if a firm is restructured. Naturally the Nats plan to abolish it.

Open mike 25/07/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 25th, 2013 - 103 comments

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John Key: These are my principles …

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 pm, July 24th, 2013 - 43 comments

… and if you don’t like them, I have others.  Key once said he’d never have Peters in any government he led, now he’s reconsidering. Peters is playing hard to get, and Gower tries to be part of the story as usual, promoting 3 News’ own poll.

New blog – Anton Oliver

Written By: - Date published: 5:20 pm, July 24th, 2013 - 46 comments

Check out this post by former All Black Captain Anton Oliver on the blog over at New Zealand Story.

GCSB protest – Auckland tonight

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, July 24th, 2013 - 145 comments

To say that the GCSB law changes are misguided is the kindest possible interpretation, but many people including myself tend to view them as being quite malevolent. They aren’t going to provide any more security for citizens and residents here. But they are going to provide more security for incompetents in the security and police forces from both public and legal scrutiny. There are series of protests planned, and one in Auckland tomorrow. Updated – packed.

Key fails first home buyers

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, July 24th, 2013 - 34 comments

Key’s wringing his hands, saying that the Reserve bank is likely to bring in loan to value ratio requirements without an exception for first home buyers but claiming that first home buyers are still his priority. If that were true, he would have done his part to tackle the real problems in the housing market: speculators, foreign buyers, and lack of affordable home building.

So what was Dunne’s price?

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, July 24th, 2013 - 112 comments

Peter Dunne said that the GCSB should not spy on New Zealanders “under any circumstances”, but he will now vote to let that happen. He has made himself a liar and a hypocrite. Why? 3 News and others speculate on what Dunne might have got in return. What was his price?

Open mike 24/07/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 24th, 2013 - 176 comments

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Latest poll is good/bad for Labour/National/Winston

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 pm, July 23rd, 2013 - 32 comments

The latest poll results are [fantastic/terrible]!

Turing – so much more …

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, July 23rd, 2013 - 52 comments

Alan Turing may get a pardon from the UK government.  Turing made major contributions to the development of computing and maths, but was also subjected to damaging surveillance, suspicion and dehumanisation because of his sexuality.  Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?  How to promote digital democracy?

GCSB law changes are a Dunne deal

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, July 23rd, 2013 - 90 comments

peter dunneI was hoping that Peter Dunne was going to make a stand on Kiwi’s rights of privacy.  Looks like I was wrong …

Key’s multi-billion dollar earthquake bet

Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, July 23rd, 2013 - 104 comments

The Natural Disaster Fund is filled by the EQC levy you pay on your home insurance (currently, $200 a year) and is there to cover EQC payouts. Now, the Fund sits empty. So what happens if there’s another big one, or even a medium-size quake – as is likely and as the Wellington quakes have reminded us is possible? Key would try to borrow billions.

Wellington workers

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, July 23rd, 2013 - 28 comments

Let’s hope that workers’ rights and safety are protected in the wake of the Wellington quakes.

Open mike 23/07/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 23rd, 2013 - 132 comments

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