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Archive for July, 2014

National’s arrogant problems

Written By: - Date published: 5:18 pm, July 26th, 2014 - 26 comments

Claudette Hauiti, Gerry Brownlee, Jonathan Coleman… 3 National MPs mired in scandal this week. A serious lack of discipline, and each in their own way they betray an attitude of lack of concern for the public they’re meant to serve.

State of the left in Aotearoa/NZ

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, July 26th, 2014 - 112 comments

Sue Bradford’s PhD thesis on the Left & Think Tanks, went online this week. It outlines the state of the Left in NZ. Bradford concludes that the Left is strong but fragmented, and identifies some ways forward.

TVNZ’s white male syndrome

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, July 26th, 2014 - 86 comments

The focus of criticism of Mike Hosking as moderator for the TVNZ Leaders has been on his blatant pro-Nat bias. Hosking’s also has a track record of sexism and put-downs of some of the least powerful people in society.  Are only white males eligible for the job?

Tuwhera mike 26/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 26th, 2014 - 132 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Implausible denials

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 pm, July 25th, 2014 - 56 comments

From the Herald today: What Jonathan Coleman said on Monday: “Ministers had absolutely no knowledge of any pending FBI-NZ Police investigation.” What Immigration NZ said on Wednesday: “The general information about the FBI was passed to Mr Bickle who then passed it to the Minister.” Grant Robertson is absolutely right: Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom.

A worker’s voice

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, July 25th, 2014 - 10 comments

The Standard promotes itself as the voice of the New Zealand labour movement. We certainly heard one such voice in Parliament last night, with Darien Fenton’s powerful valedictory speech, followed by the waiata “There is power in the union” from the Speaker’s Gallery. Darien was inspiring: her speech is  well worth a read or a look.

Thriving children, liveable communities & sustainable resources

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, July 25th, 2014 - 14 comments

The Green Party’s election focus is on reducing poverty & inequalities (highlighting its impact on children), and developing sustainable communities. 2 recently announced policies are under-pinned by 2 crises: poverty/inequality; and the destruction of our environment (climate change, resource depletion).

Enrolment statistics are worrying

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, July 25th, 2014 - 38 comments

Latest enrolment figures from the Electoral Commission are concerning.

Key denigrates All Black jersey

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 25th, 2014 - 324 comments

John Key is now pretending to be an All Black as part of his campaign for re-election.

Tuwhera mike 25/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, July 25th, 2014 - 167 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

What should Labour do about Brownlee breaching Airport security?

Written By: - Date published: 2:25 pm, July 24th, 2014 - 65 comments

Gerry Brownlee went through the wrong door of Christchurch Airport and breached security.  What should Labour’s response be?

Everything in moderation …

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, July 24th, 2014 - 44 comments

I’m not sure it really warranted being front-page news (Gaza? MH17? Bueller?) but the announcement of Mike Hosking as the anointed moderator for TVNZ’s political leaders’ debates was always going to lead to a bit of head-scratching.

Why can’t John Key tell us how much Hauiti has ripped us off?

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, July 24th, 2014 - 30 comments

John Key claims to not know how much money Claudette Hauiti has spent on her credit card and suggests that a list demotion has persuaded her to stand down.  Surely he should ask.  If he doesn’t then the media should ask why not.  And was Hauiti persuaded or pushed into not standing again?

Labour’s ICT Connectivity Policy

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, July 24th, 2014 - 21 comments

David Cunliffe has announced Labour’s ICT Connectivity policy. The digital revolution presents huge economic opportunities for New Zealand, but  too many New Zealanders are being left behind. One in five Kiwis doesn’t have regular access to the internet. That’s not good enough for  the 21st Century. The next Labour Government will put internet connectivity at the heart of its agenda.

Polity: Mike Hosking

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, July 24th, 2014 - 232 comments

For TVNZ to say that Mike Hosking is professional and would act in an unbiased fashion in leaders debates is daft. Mike Hosking has made his opinion of Labour quite apparent over the years. Hosking has a reputation around the left of being a ill-prepared moronic dickhead far more concerned about his car than the people of this country. Rob Salmond’s reaction in this post is going to be pretty typical. TVNZ obviously want to the debate to be about Hoskings rather than the debaters.

Tuwhera mike 24/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:37 am, July 24th, 2014 - 152 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

What does Westpac want to hide?

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 12 comments

The Silveroaks v Westpac test case on mis-selling of interest rate swaps in 2008 is going under cover after a judge granted Westpac’s request to “prevent public access to the court file, attendance at hearings and any reporting of interlocutory decisions.” A senior legal source said that the blackout was unusual but part of “a trend where parties sought to move away from open justice.”  One can imagine why Westpac doesn’t want any public discussion of the case – banks in England have already paid out L600million and are said to be possibly liable for billions.

What will David Cunliffe be accused of next?

Written By: - Date published: 5:44 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 112 comments

There have been a number of allegations made against David Cunliffe recently and more can be expected.  In an effort to short circuit things I have collected a number of potential claims made by facebook friends.  Knock yourselves out and add to the list but in the interests of a positive campaign keep then funny and non defamatory.

Government Inquiries – Not Throwing Light But Closing Down Debate

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 8 comments

As a young MP in the British House of Commons in the late 1970s, I rapidly became aware that half the political stories in Fleet Street originated with the Press Association’s indefatigable political correspondent, Chris Moncrieff. I was regularly button-holed by Chris as I crossed the Members’ Lobby and asked to comment on the latest […]

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 43 comments


Russian blameshift backfire

Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, July 23rd, 2014 - 194 comments

Today’s DomPost carries a story showing Russian Air Force generals claiming that a Ukrainian fighter was close to Malaysian MF17 flying at 32,000ft. It was described as a “SU-25 fighter jet, which is typically equipped with air-to-air missiles.” They said it could reach 10,000 metres “for a short time”. It can’t; but its Wiki specification was recently edited from a Russian source to back up the story.

Public broadcasting: an election issue

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, July 23rd, 2014 - 15 comments

It has become very clear in the run up to this year’s election that we need better broadcasting and news media coverage of politics. The Campaign for Better Broadcasting has organised a series of public debates (with MPs) throughout Aoteatora, beginning this Friday in Dunedin.

Just say sorry John

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, July 23rd, 2014 - 262 comments

Despite previously promising to do so John Key is now refusing to apologise to Tania Billingsley for the complete shambles that National has made of the Malaysian Diplomat issue.

Tuwhera mike 23/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 23rd, 2014 - 238 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Something amazing has happened to the Labour Party

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 pm, July 22nd, 2014 - 24 comments

“The amazing occurrence is the sustained achievement of party unity, not just for a season or a year but for an entire parliamentary term.”

In Britain.

Exchange rate hikes killing NZ industry and jobs

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, July 22nd, 2014 - 42 comments

Bank-paid economists are predicting the Reserve Bank will again raise benchmark interest rates on Thursday. This may be good for the banks and the currency markets but it is bad news for New Zealand farming exporters and for high-end manufacturing jobs. Our interest rates are among the highest in a world awash with money after quantitative easing in Europe and the US. The CTU has called for a pause, and listed manufacturing jobs lost in the past couple of years because of the exchange rate.

Claudette Hauiti is gone

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, July 22nd, 2014 - 74 comments

National’s Kelston candidate Claudette Hauiti has announced that she will no longer stand and will step down as an MP at this year’s election.

Polity: Taxing multinationals via sales

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 30 comments

An interesting idea out of the US for how to fairly tax multinationals around the world. Declare a worldwide profit,  find out where they made their sales, an apportion the profit to various jurisdictions.

Kick-starting Regional Development

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 35 comments

David Cunliffe has announced Labour’s Regional Development policy today. Labour will work in partnership with regions and put $200 million into a Regional Growth Fund fund to resource regional projects that will create jobs and drive local initiative. Labour’s policy is timely; it  offers real hope to the regions, and in the best development tradition of building on local initiative. Update: LGNZ welcomes Labour policy

NRT: A circus of self-mutilation

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 104 comments

No Right Turn gets rightfully acerbic about the witless fool “senior” MP in Labour who was trying to sabotage Labour in the Sunday Star Times this weekend, and about the general self-mutilation of Labour by its caucus at present.

Polity: Poll of polls update

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 22nd, 2014 - 30 comments

The overall strength of the status quo bloc at around 54%, and the strength of the change bloc a little under 46%. The picture ain’t pretty.

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