All Antennae – No Compass

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Duncan Garner lets it all out of the bag. 

Part of the problem is that under any normal circumstances Cabinet Minister Judith Collins would have been sacked for trading dirty secrets with Cameron Slater, the low-life blogger WhaleOil.

But none of this is normal. Because the prime minister, and others in his office, have been ringing and gossiping with him too. Key can hardly sack a minister for something he’s been neck-deep in as well.

So there is no question in Garner’s mind that Key has been doing something he should sack Collins for  – yet the logical conclusion – that Key should be sacked too remains unsaid.

And later regarding the Phil Goff OIA abuse he makes it clear that:

Who do we hold accountable? Why isn’t the prime minister on top of this? Do we really think some bureaucrat from the SIS made this highly political decision? Of course not.

the Prime Minister is also neck-deep in this as well.

Garner is perfectly aware of the dirt, sleaze and abuse of power going right to the top. He knows that Key has fatally compromised himself by associating with and validating Cameron Slater’s brand of sociopathic filth.

And yet despite this plain awareness Garner writes:

But he has to get on with it. Key’s line this week that the ‘‘cowardly hacker has stolen your election’’ is a good start, but National needs much more than that. Key has looked unsure on television all week – he’s looked unconvincing. The nice guy has gone.

So, for Key, it all starts tomorrow with the official National campaign launch. He needs a big-bang policy to get people talking.

He has to get on with the business of getting re-elected. He needs to talk about the relatively strong economy and change the narrative.

And he needs the media to buy it. They will – but only if the hacker’s dumped emails start to bore them…

If it carries on like this, then the hacker continues to win. And don’t forget Kim Dotcom is planning his own September 15 event targeting the PM.

These are Key’s darkest days as prime minister – for his own political fortunes – he desperately needs to find a way out.

There it is – plain as day. Duncan Garner saying he knows John Key is dirty and yet Garner pimps for Key to be re-elected. A senior media figure promoting a man he knows to be corrupt back into power.  There is of course only one reason why Garner is playing this game – he cannot come out and state the obvious that John Key and his government are toxic. If he did that no-one from National would ever talk to him professionally again. So he frames it up with this hall of morally vacant mirrors. He thinks he is being clever.

Every now and then someone nails it in a few words:

Funny eh? Seems that the narrow constraints of polite political discourse conducted by a handful of utterly conflicted and well-heeled insiders has somehow completely misread the depth of the disgust and contempt this govt inspires in many, many people.

felix

It’s not just John Key’s government that has fallen into dark days Mr Garner – you too are fumbling around in ethical shadows – playing a boxing game  that can never have a winner.  You too desperately need a way out.

51 comments on “All Antennae – No Compass”

  1. Ad 1

    “Darkest days” on +45% Party, +60% Popularity? Give me a break Duncan.

    My bet, even after Mr DotCom does his worst, is this whole thing shears maybe 3% tops off Nationals turnout, and delivers 2% of it to NZFirst with the rest too pissed off to vote.

    And also that the election delivers no review, no panels or prosecutions, so the bar of political discourse is permanently lowered. The PM’s inaction is a sanction that enables the right to continue (after a breath) and then double down on the behaviour. Hagar’s story is simply confirmation in public of the new political normal.

    • Tracey 1.1

      …And, imo, a concerted preconceived plan to normalize appalling behaviour? Say what you will about the Brits but whether for a pecadillo (sp?) or stuff like this, they resign. Cannot imagine Collins being around if she were in British parliament.

      I don’t know what to make of my fellow kiwis, victims of clever and planned deception… or something else entirely?

      I cannot believe this is the same country that frothed at the mouth over paintgate, car gate and blamed Clark for Owen Glenn and Peters difference of opinion.

      • JanM 1.1.1

        Since the 80s we have been fed a steady diet of ‘personal responsibility’. Many of the older generation with an already shaky moral compass will have lapped that up, but the real tragedy is that our younger people have grown up knowing nothing different. The dark side of ‘personal responsibility’ is that you do whatever it takes to come out on top and ethics are an unaffordable luxury in a race for survival. Heaven help us all!

        • Tracey 1.1.1.1

          Spot on!

        • Roy 1.1.1.2

          I think you might be pleasantly surprised how many young people in the first-time-voter range reject the ‘do whatever it takes to come out on top’ philosophy and want a much more ethical, just society.

  2. Tracey 2

    I also thought it was interesting that last night when Key was denying using the words Slater attributed to him over the appalling west coast slur, Key didn’t deny speaking/texting with Slater about it just that I said I knew her or words tot hat effect.

    I also note the media are only reporting the “feral” aspect of the slur in Slater’s headline, not the world is a better place.

    Anyway, that is my observation of yesterdays squirm and deny.

    Today Ms Collins is saying she is a very loyal friend and she sticks by her friends, in response to her friendship with Slater. Blind loyalty is foolish. It also shows very poor judgment, in my opinion, of Collins who is unable to separate her role as Slater’s friend and Minister of Justice.

    • JanM 2.1

      And you think a friend of Slater’s has anything other than poor judgement to begin with?

    • Judith Collins is not foolish. In this situation, saying you are a loyal friend is both a clear threat and and a request for the other “friends” to stay loyal, lest you all go down the drain.

      Nothing resembling what you or I might see as friendship.

      • Tracey 2.2.1

        I hadnt thought of it that way. I dont think she is foolish as such, I think she is very calculating. So thanks for a different take that better takes into account her “personality”

      • Roy 2.2.2

        She is probably too scared of Slater’s revenge to distance herself from Slater.

      • disturbed 2.2.3

        JP,
        “Judith Collins is not foolish. In this situation, saying you are a loyal friend is both a clear threat and a request for the other “friends” to stay loyal, lest you all go down the drain.”
        My response;

        Blackmail, What has she got on this shabby lot? more than the odd pinch and tickle Yuk, excuse me off to the loo again to throw up..

  3. North 3

    Garner:

    “He [Key] has to get on with the business of getting re-elected. He needs to talk about the relatively strong economy and change the narrative.

    And he needs the media to buy it. They will – but only if the hacker’s dumped emails start to bore them…”

    This is plainly unacceptable from an influential media member. Particularly the indication that the media WILL play a positive role in Key’s re-election as long as Key will respond to his urging and give the media something to hang their hats on.

    How angrily they recoil when people say they’ve given Key a free pass throughout. The arrogance of it !

  4. RedBaronCV 4

    AS far as Key is concerned either he (and Gerry) are so incompetent that they had no idea what was going on in their offices or they were in it themselves.
    The choice really is between “devious,dishonest” and “incompetent.”

    Then Key turns around and says nobody is going to talk about it. Who the hell does he think he is with the uber controlling behaviour. He’s not in charge of the rest of us and frankly we can discuss it if we wish.

    As for Duncan Garner he should be calling for his resignation. And where are the rest of the Nact party? Why aren’t they calling for his head. Any other party would by now have called the big meeting and voted to sack the leader outright.

  5. lurgee 5

    Redlogix is presenting Garner’s opinion piece unfairly. One quote links two quotes from the beginning and the end of the article, with only three dots indicating an excision has been made but suggesting a relationship between the two seperate parats which does not actually exist. The first part describes Key’s reasoning and likely strategy given his position (according to Garner’s ‘insight’).

    Also, presenting this mega-quote as the third in a series, it look like it is the conclusion of an argument, whereas it is actually the beginning and end of it. The “Who do we hold accountable?” quote actually comes after the “But he has to get on with it,” and just before the section starting, “If it carries on like this …”

    But you wouldn’t know that from the way it is presented.

    Weird way of doing things and not very honest.

    It’s actually quite a good piece. He is not ‘pimping’ for Key to be re-elected.

    • karol 5.1

      I don’t understand your point. The article linked to in Red’s post starts with this:

      John Key has lost control of this election campaign and he desperately needs to find a way to stop the blood flowing from National’s open wounds.

      The focus is on Key’s election campaign. Garner is foregrounding that, and glossing over all the ethical and moral issues. Garner is making it all about winning

      The next few sentences are as follows:

      Yes, of course, this Dirty Politics saga is based on stolen and hacked emails – it’s not journalism, it’s political activism and it’s based on a crime.

      But Key can no longer rely on that as a defence. It hasn’t worked.

      This idea that it’s a vast Left-wing conspiracy has failed for the last nine days. Key and National have looked flat-footed and clueless for a week. It has genuinely surprised me.

      :

      So Garner is both writing it as if it is his analysis, but then it seems he is just presenting Key’s logic. It’s slippery. Ultimately Redlogix has called it as it is. Garner is prevaricating and hiding behind a focus on the Game.

    • I don’t see your point either, lurgee.

      All of these points Garner makes are in the article. Garner is either unaware of the connections between the points that co-exist in his mind or he is aware of them but ignores their implications.

      What is objectionable about the piece is that rather than giving Key advice about how to deal substantively with these serious allegations Garner is, instead, providing advice on how to brush them aside and go on to win the election.

      That betrays, as RedLogix argues, a serious lack of a moral – or even professional – compass.

      It is amateurish political analysis that ignores the public interest in favour of National’s – and Key’s – interests.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1

        +1

      • emergency mike 5.2.2

        Garner has always struck me as an intellectual lightweight who is an easy mark for the Nat PR team. For all his supposed soul seaching over Dirty Politics he’s still writing stuff like “What National needs to do to get back on track is get the focus back on blah blah blah…”

        This is a guy who thought that we’d be informed by watching him draw pictures of elephants and freaking out about his paranoia after smoking synthetic cannabis. Clueless.

  6. karol 6

    Garner’s lines are in keeping with the dominant approach of MSM journalists to politics: it’s one of all being about the Game. And the game is about winning. For them ethics, democratic process, and the best outcomes for the people are either not a consideration, or just something inconsequential happening in the background.

    That is why we need a new public service media: one that operates in the interests of the general public. This is something Nicky Hager advocates.

    • Tracey 6.1

      I know Ms Odgers declined the invitation to comment for the herald, for balance sake but has anyone actually printed that entire exchange with Odgers, etc and Hoots and Slater providing address of Hager (Hoots only the street, so arguably endangered everyone in the street).?

  7. philj 7

    xox
    Are there any principled journalists left in NZ MSM? Who would you suggest?

    • yeshe 7.1

      MIHINGARANGI FORBES, MAORI TV. AND YES, I AM SHOUTING ON PURPOSE !

      • bad politics 7.1.1

        Yeah & shes a very good journalist & great at moderating debates, & calls it out when she hears bullshit. That David Fisher is seems honest.

    • disturbed 7.2

      Philj, “are there any principled Journalists left in NZ?”

      Ask the Journalists that spoke the truth and lost their jobs!

  8. Fred 8

    What will it say about New Zealanders if this government get re-elected. Certainly won’t be able to claim the Least Corrupt country in the world status….

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/25/dirty-politics-new-zealands-own-house-of-cards-is-collapsing

  9. Dared Trek Ye John 9

    Redlogix

    You highlighted someones comment:

    “Funny eh? Seems that the narrow constraints of polite political discourse conducted by a handful of utterly conflicted and well-heeled insiders has somehow completely misread the depth of the disgust and contempt this govt inspires in many, many people.”

    So on the money, very good point.

    On July 23, 1970, William S. Burroughs wrote Truman Capote a letter. You have sold out your talent:

    The Herald, Hooten, Gower, TVNZ/RNZ board, Garner, Dunne, Fairfax etc, do you think it may apply to you (just a mosh pit of banks, meat, milk, real estate and booze)

    “You have placed your services at the disposal of interests who are turning America into a police state by the simple device of deliberately fostering the conditions that give rise to criminality and then demanding increased police powers and the retention of capital punishment to deal with the situation they have created.

    You have betrayed and sold out the talent that was granted you by this department. That talent is now officially withdrawn. Enjoy your dirty money. You will never have anything else. You will never write another sentence above the level of In Cold Blood. As a writer you are finished. Over and out. Are you tracking me? Know who I am? You know me, Truman. You have known me for a long time. This is my last visit”

  10. blue leopard 10

    I view Garner’s article as someone providing the sorry facts, yet in a sugar coating.

    This could have been written in such a manner due to the writer having a preference for Key – as I think Red Logix may be putting forward – however it could also be being presented in this style so as not to rile the writer’s pay-masters and those section of readers who would experience severe cognitive dissonance at having the bald truth stated directly without any padding. What this article may be highlighting, in other words, is the compromised nature of being a political commentator in the main-stream – corporate paid – media.

    I don’t know where Duncan Garner sits on the political spectrum – I had previously assumed right-wing / Key fan – however I note a recent tweet of his states:
    “Biggest housing lie; 39,000 Akld houses in 3 years. It’s actually consents not houses and after 1 year not 1 of those houses is built.” Perhaps he is simply someone attempting balance in a highly compromised environment?

    The thing I like about the article Mr Garner has written is that he states a number of things that I didn’t think the msm were ‘getting’ – that the defenses Key has provided have been pathetic, don’t actually address the questions raised, that a bureaucrat making a decision to release SIS information defies belief and that Key is very much involved with the corruption outlined in ‘Dirty Politics’ among other things.

    The thing I don’t like about this article (and suspect Red Logix objects to) is this information has been watered down by presenting an outline of how Key/National can overcome the problems.

    …But also note, Garner provides advice to the Hacker how to stay on top of this issue, as well.

    So I repeat, what this article may be highlighting is the compromised nature of being a political commentator in the main-stream – corporate paid – media.

    What we really need are journalists that are not being paid by those who have seriously vested interests in neo-liberal style political outcomes. Journalists who are not gagged due to their pay-masters’ political interests.

    We need someone/a group who are prepared to invest in sound journalism. Someone, or a group of people, who actually value(s) the benefits of sound democracy and see the connection between an informed populace and sound, functioning democracy.

    Without an informed populace, democracy simply turns into a farcical mob [or thug]-style rule as we are seeing is occurring now. Where a handful of emotionally and intellectually challenged fuckwits can hold us all to ransom because they are prepared to play the dirtiest and rather a few more other losers choose to follow them into the pit. Apparently these followers do not realise what their pathetic choices, based on a craving for personal power, actually does to democracy – nor what democracy provides: a stable society – undermine that and we lose stability. (….and people were distressed by the FJK video?? 🙄 ).

    What can clearly be seen from recent events is that the theory of self interest fails – it has been an utter failure with regards to the financial system and so too, it has been an utter faiure with regards to the democratic system.

    We need to overthrow political ideology that hasn’t, doesn’t and won’t ever serve us.

    And we need an independent media.

    • RedLogix 10.1

      I largely agree bl. That takes the OP to the next step nicely.

      I was careful not to say that Garner was biased. That was not my thesis. And if we rule out incompetent, ignorant and malicious as well – then that leaves some interesting alternatives.

      The simplest one is that Garner needs to protect access to his well-connected sources. He can’t piss off the whole of the Beehive just yet and for this reason he’ll keep talking out of both sides of his mouth for as long as he can get away with it.

      The other you put forward is that Garner is conscious of the political agenda of those who pay him.

      Another that felix casts light on – is that insiders like Garner have been captured by the Game. At some level it’s all become a TV series with no real-life consequences – or at least none that impinge on them because they are too well insulated.

      And then there are those who have become characters in the Game. Un-elected and unaccountable to the public – they gossip, manipulate and compete for scoops and scalps. It’s an exciting and rewarding life – it’s a buzz to think you are a player.

      But at some point the rest of us notice that that it’s not journalism anymore – they have gotten lost.

      • blue leopard 10.1.1

        Great points, well said. This is the line of questioning we need, thanks 🙂

        [re the bias comment – I wasn’t sure that I got that correct and clearly I didn’t, sorry]

      • karol 10.1.2

        Yep. All excellent points, RL and bl.

        As I said in my post a few days ago – this is why we need a new public service media.

        The whole corporate-dominated system focuses primarily on the Game – as does the Nats blac ops smear machine. It is this context in which WO, KB, Lusk, Ede et all were able to connect with journalists to push their agenda.

        • RedLogix 10.1.2.1

          But how to make it Tory-proof karol?

          I’m imagining something like the UK Guardian Trust model – with enshrined and statutory independence.

          • karol 10.1.2.1.1

            The old Reithian, BBC/NZBC public service model was while more open to diverse perspectives than today, still pretty conservative, and imperialistic.

            So we need a new version, based on the old ideal of information, education and entertainment.

            There needs to be some form of checks and balances to it is independent from political and commercial pressure/dominance.

            One of the things that needs to be done is to dismantle the extent that the media has become owned by a small number of corporate interests – some laws against the amount of media and communications organisations and entities that can be owned by one person or entity.

            More support of local community media organisations o and offline.

            More state funding to take the profit motive out of it.

            Peter Thompson says there are ways to protect public service broadcasting from government interference.

            • RedLogix 10.1.2.1.1.1

              Yes – it’s a difficult task – dismantling the current media model while fostering something better to put in it’s place. You can well imagine all the kicking and screaming that the current vested players would raise – and the very real risk of the left inadvertently replacing what we currently have with a leaden bureaucracy made in it’s own image.

              Diversity of viewpoint and income source has to be the key factor. Beyond the obvious efficiency of a Reuters like news service, there is no especial reason why big media is better media. My instinctive preference is for lots of smaller operators, alongside a national scale public-service broadcaster which puts a floor under the market.

              For instance a lot of the best journalism that flies pretty much under the radar these days is found in your smaller, regional papers. Sure they can be a bit parochial and stuffy – but it’s still written in the spirit of the profession.

              The two critical professional factors are; operations where young journalists can learn their trade and absorb it’s ethics – and sufficient diversity of employers in the industry.

        • disturbed 10.1.2.2

          100000000% correct Karol, nothing less.

          We used to have one before Key, Joyce/Goebbels came along to remove any dissention of Nat’s evil plans.

  11. aerobubble 11

    John Key was a currency broker, betting as much for the currency as against it. Direction doesn’t matter to Key, as the new boating metaphor ad shows. All boat crews have to return to their boat shed, and vomit up any torrid water. Key will sell/sail whichever why makes best sense for him.

  12. gnomic 12

    Garner has repeatedly stated he doesn’t think Labour can win this election. Increasingly there seems to be a blurring between the essential role of a journalist to report the facts, and taking on some sort of godlike editorial stance whereby the public are instructed what to think. Opinion seems to trump information. No doubt it is easier to spout twaddle than actually do the hard yards of researching issues.

  13. disturbed 13

    Garner’s a gonna as is Gonekey.

    Winston’s back.
    He is the last of a highly experienced old school politician and needed now to help take on this crappy Nat mob and sink them so believe it.

    He shook my hand yesterday in Napier and told the one hundred fifty others that he will not go with this Government under his watch, if he has anything to do with it.

    He recited all the devastating things this Goverrnment has done wrong, and said it is not a true national Government that he origionally came from.

    He said they have sold the country out and ruined our real economy as they have hollowed it out, ad he will help fix it, and this election will be the turning opoint in our history.

    Powerful speech he presented as brilliant as ever.

    Winston is twice what the Keyster thinks he is.

  14. Vaughan Little 14

    when Labour gets to form a government, I recommend that a new cabinet post be created for Winston Peters: minister of the national party. in this role he would have seniority in the party over the leader of the opposition so he could reorganize and clean it up. it’d be his finest hour. the only drawback would be that national might get into power for 12 years after 2017.

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  • 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 ...
    1 week 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

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