Archive for December, 2013

NRT: John Key lied to our faces

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, December 23rd, 2013 - 36 comments

No Right Turn is annoyed at having a deliberate liar for a Prime Minister. Who wouldn’t be pissed off with the incompetent lying slimeball. It turns out that John Key lied to our faces when he said that no decision had been made on when his government would sell Air New Zealand

David Cunliffe’s first hundred days

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, December 23rd, 2013 - 159 comments

David Cunliffe has now been Labour leader for 100 days.  This marks a good time for reflection on what has happened and how well he has done.  And a chance to have a look into the future and predict what may happen in the next 12 months.

Open mike 23/12/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:37 am, December 23rd, 2013 - 76 comments

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Reef piranha

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 pm, December 22nd, 2013 - 42 comments

Today’s Herald editorial gets one thing right – a media pack has turned on Len Brown. But it’s not gutsy journalism – it comes straight out of the Rupert Murdoch playbook. Len’s latest sin is his upgrades – EY says  they total  $32,000 for 64 occasions. That’s $500 an upgrade, which seems  a lot on top of what Len paid. The report does not detail how this total was arrived at, and I cannot find any example of any journalist asking questions about it.

Not the brighter future….

Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, December 22nd, 2013 - 32 comments

Articles in the Sunday papers online, showing John Key’s “brighter future” is only for the well off, while more people than ever are struggling to get by.

Wally of the Year

Written By: - Date published: 7:37 am, December 22nd, 2013 - 12 comments

The Fairfax Political Team has released their annual list of prizes for some of the most and least deserving efforts in politics this year.  There was intense competition for Wally of the Year and somehow they did not think that John Banks deserved this award.  But I am not so sure …

Open mike 22/12/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:53 am, December 22nd, 2013 - 52 comments

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The lighter side of left

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, December 21st, 2013 - 41 comments

How will the media report the apocalypse? And other fun videos, images & links.

Open mike 21/12/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 am, December 21st, 2013 - 173 comments

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Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 pm, December 20th, 2013 - 103 comments

A chocolate fish and a marshmallow santa for the wittiest caption for this unusual photo.

Polity: Herald poll mirrors Poll-of-Polls

Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, December 20th, 2013 - 63 comments

These days even the polls that have traditionally biased towards the right are moving left. Rob Salmond at Polity has a look at the latest NZ Herald poll. It is no wonder that National’s PR people including Audrey Young are spinning randomly like tops on a rough surface… National is up less than a point over Labour + Greens

First the Hone bash, then the royals

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, December 20th, 2013 - 116 comments

It’s looking like Team John Key is trying every PR spin trick in the book to gain an advantage for the election next year.  Does he have anything to offer Kiwis other than bash, spin and photos ops? And McGehan Close?  The underclass?

Ernst and Young should investigate Cameron Brewer

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, December 20th, 2013 - 239 comments

Cameron Brewer apparently forgot to file a declaration of interests in 2012 which should have included details of a four day junket to the Gold Coast paid for by Mediaworks.  Dick Quax forgot to file returns in 2011 and 2012.  Is an investigation required?

Open mike 20/12/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 am, December 20th, 2013 - 112 comments

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A Tale of Two Cities

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 pm, December 19th, 2013 - 88 comments

It was the best of times in Wellington today. Council workers will get a living wage, and parking wardens will become council employees so they will get decent pay also. It was the worst of times in Auckland as the right-wing Scrooges having failed to remove Mayor Len Brown took it out on their workers by overturning his call for a living wage for Council staff.

The spirit of ’81: Key’s hypocrisy!

Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, December 19th, 2013 - 141 comments

John Key’s attacks on Hone Harawira for his trip to South Africa were hypocritical: an attempt to smear a significant political opponent, and divert from the governments failings & its gradual falling out of favour with many (potential) voters.

Showdown at Auckland Council

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, December 19th, 2013 - 264 comments

Today’s Council meeting will no doubt develop a great deal of heat but little light.  And then hopefully everyone can settle down and working on the real job which is to create Auckland into a great city.

Cullen Fund earns more for New Zealand than Asset Sales

Written By: - Date published: 7:14 am, December 19th, 2013 - 170 comments

The Cullen fund is doing more for the country’s finances than selling our Assets.  Who would have thunk it?

Open mike 19/12/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:37 am, December 19th, 2013 - 89 comments

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NZ Herald: Disgrace to democracy

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, December 18th, 2013 - 245 comments

The  right wing NZ Herald editors, have misused their position in the news mediascape to  produce some shameless, highly partisan and manipulative propaganda. They do not have the interest of all Aucklanders at heart. More considered analysis needed. Let’s wait for tomorrow’s public meeting.

How has the year been for you?

Written By: - Date published: 9:42 am, December 18th, 2013 - 145 comments

The government &  many of its cheerleaders are joining in a re-vitalised chorus of a brighter future right around the corner of “Christmas cheer”. Many Kiwis are struggling with the realities of poverty.  How was your year on the inequality scale?

NRT: What happens if anything goes wrong?

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, December 18th, 2013 - 30 comments

No Right Turn looks at some of the past history of the company that this government trusts to deepsea drill at 1500 metres off the coast of Raglan.

They are cowboys who have a history of deliberately avoiding cleaning up their messes.

Open mike 18/12/2013

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, December 18th, 2013 - 217 comments

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What the frack is going on?

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, December 17th, 2013 - 36 comments

Taranaki Regional Council is allowing fracking waste to be disposed of on farmland because it says Alberta in Canada allows the practice to happen.  The only problem is that it appears ALberta does not.  What damage is Taranaki RC causing to Taranaki’s farms?

NRT: Who’s scaremongering now?

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, December 17th, 2013 - 193 comments

On their usual friday bad news dump (such a large amount of it these days), the National government dropped this clanger. Greenpeace was right and John Key is a moron when it comes to geology and evidently about risk assessment. We held it over to get past the National’s Monday morning bad news clutter.

Chorus insider trading?

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, December 17th, 2013 - 35 comments

The Government appears to be softening us up for a financial contribution to Chorus in the realm of $250 million so that it can do what it has a contractual obligation to do anyway.  And TUANZ thinks that some insider trading is going on with Chorus’s shares.

Open mike 17/12/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:24 am, December 17th, 2013 - 174 comments

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National has a big asset-sale problem

Written By: - Date published: 4:36 pm, December 16th, 2013 - 128 comments

Look at how deeply unpopular National’s asset sales program is even in their own MP’s electorates. To illustrate the point that Matthew Hooten can’t read numbers, I’ve displayed it in turnout order. South Island and National held electorates generally turn out far more than Labour or Auckland urban electorates in postal votes. But most National held electorates especially provincial ones voted almost two to one against Nationals asset sales program.

Polity: Turnout in the referendum

Written By: - Date published: 3:57 pm, December 16th, 2013 - 72 comments

Rob Salmond at Polity has had a look at the effectiveness of National’s deliberate strategy to discriminate against Maori and Pasifika in the asset sales referendum. National chose a postal ballot for the referendum knowing it would disproportionately disenfranchise Maori and Pasifika communities. I hope they’re proud of themselves. Here is a chart of turnout […]

The Good and the Bad: NZ screen industry

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, December 16th, 2013 - 77 comments

The NZ government changes to NZ’s screen industry incentives is a mixed bag. Some (not fully developed) support for a sustainable NZ industry. Selling out NZ workers; bowing to Hollywood corporate, neo-colonial values.

Muppets.

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, December 16th, 2013 - 99 comments

It never fails to amaze me that supposedly experienced and professional (ie, paid) political figures routinely reaffirm a fairly deep sense of stupidity.

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