An expert opinion

Written By: - Date published: 3:22 pm, January 17th, 2008 - 41 comments
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A reader just sent in this scan from the letters section of Today’s Herald.

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41 comments on “An expert opinion”

  1. Matthew Pilott 1

    C’mon JK – just stick to the script that your minders give you!! You know you can’t open your mouth without saying something stupid.

    How the hell will he win the election trying to think for himself!? 🙂

  2. East Wellington Superhero 2

    Wow. Some could begin to arguye that you guys are pathetic.
    Is the strength of your argument for another Labour government these piddling little one-ups.

    Matthew Pilott – To suggest that John is stupid is non-sensical. Surely someone who has been as success as Mr. Key is not stupid. I mean c’mon! Get real guys.

  3. Tane 3

    It shows a lack of judgment on John Key’s part, EWS. Nothing more, nothing less.

  4. Kimble 4

    farcical reasonfor invading Iraq?

    Should discredit everything else that person says from that point on. They arent an expert, they obviously have political reasons to weigh in on this issue.

    All you have done is say, “look, someone else who hates John Key as much as I do, agrees with me!”

  5. Pascal's bookie 5

    Eh? So the guy says something you don’t like about an unrelated matter so he can’t be an expert in something that he’s worked on for a decade?

  6. Matthew Pilott 6

    Matthew Pilott – To suggest that John is stupid is non-sensical. Surely someone who has been as success as Mr. Key is not stupid. I mean c’mon!

    So how about Michael Campbell for PM, or Tana Umaga, Marc Ellis or Jason Gunn – they have all been very sucessful in their fields.

    Making money by speculating is not the sign of a good elected representative or Prime Minister. I would choose to base it upon his words or actions outside of his previous profession.

    Kimble, how do you know that Mr Bhana isn’t a fisherman by trade, and that his expertise is on the letter’s main topic? Why dismiss it out of hand because it says something you don’t agree with?

  7. lemsip 7

    “Making money by speculating is not the sign of a good elected representative”

    I believe John Key was elected with a larger majority in his second MP election than his first. Obviously his consistuents believe he is doing a good job. You are nothing if not amusing Matthew.

  8. Matthew Pilott 8

    lemsip, he had a far higher profile by then, as everyone was waiting for him to bump old donnie BrashCo. I’d be worried if he did not do better.

    Do you disagree with the comment that making money by speculating is not the sign of a good elected representative? that is what was meant by his ‘success’, I’d guess…

  9. andy 9

    Kimble: where are the WMD’s, cause I am all out.

    I like the bit about having ‘worked with and filmed sharks for more than a decade’, quite compelling. You still want to stop crab guy doing his job?

    My original point is that JK should not shoot from the hip, its not his strong point, still stands! I think JK is smart and IMO its ok for a politician to say ‘i don’t know until I get the facts’, would make me consider them as a thinker instead of a shoot first type, like Cullen did today. Classic example of it!

  10. lemsip 10

    You are such an intellectual lightweight Matthew. When you are confronted with inconvenient facts it is okay to admit you may have been mistaken. To do so is a sign of maturity and intellect.

    “Do you disagree with the comment that making money by speculating is not the sign of a good elected representative?”

    I don’t accept your premise that being good at making money is a sign of a bad elected representative. I think it is neutral. However, what it does show is that John Key CAN be successful. The fact that he increased his winning electorate margin by over 10200 votes also suggests he CAN be successful and importantly, in more than making money. Hell if he wins this year he may increase his winning margin in 2011.

    What I do know Matthew is that you could never be as successful as John Key in either making money or being an MP. Nor would you ever be considered to be prime ministerial quality by over half the population in more than one randomly sampled poll. I doubt I could be either.

  11. lemsip 11

    actually let me rephrase – I don’t think you could lead a party that is judged to be government quality by over half the population in more than one randomly sampled poll. My apologies

  12. the sprout 12

    speaking of the odd use of “experts”, check this out

    http://thesproutandthebean.wordpress.com/2008/01/17/disgraceful-bias-by-the-herald-again/

    someone really should tell the Herald staff about google.

  13. mluck 13

    Gosh there are some sick fooks around here… haven’t been here before… is this sponsored by the Labour party? Sure looks like something of that kind.

  14. Kimble 14

    “Kimble: where are the WMD’s, cause I am all out.”

    The point isnt Iraq and WMDs, it is that within the first sentence he has shown that he is unreliable partisan rather than any sort of objective expert.

    If you saw a letter to the editor saying “As a vet I have worked with dogs for 25 years, and Labours policy on chipping them is simply more social engineering and manipulation from nanny-statists and socialist lickspittles.”

    Would you accept that their opinion is genuine, or would you suspect that their opinion is coloured just a little by their rabid hatred of the left wing? Mmm?

    It is Mike Bhanas obvious hatred of Key that makes me dismiss his opinion out of hand.

    “Do you disagree with the comment that making money by speculating is not the sign of a good elected representative?”

    Yes, I do. Do you know what his actual job was and what that entailed?

    I think it is obvious that what you really wanted to say was,

    “Do you disagree that making money is not the sign of a good elected representative?”

  15. andy 15

    Kimble: Well i suspect the Iraq and JK comments were to ensure the letter got in the paper, but don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

    my question remains unanswered:

    ‘You still want to stop crab guy doing his job?’

    based on a guy that has worked with sharks for over a decade!

    ‘It is Mike Bhanas obvious hatred of Key that makes me dismiss his opinion out of hand.’

    don’t think its obvious hatred, disdain for blaming the crab guy based on no evidence maybe.

  16. chris 16

    Bhana is a well known well traveled and much admired surfer and videographer. His comments about GWB appear to be pretty much tongue in cheek but once again Kimble and his ilk determine that if you’re anti war you must be written off as an anti American BBC watching Key hating Labour supporting collectivist pinko leftard. Never mind that the mans opinions and world view are based on experiences that most can only dream about.
    And almost a year out from elections Keys shooting from the lip is a gift to labour thats going to keep on giving.

  17. mike 17

    So the word has gone out to the labour drones to send letters in about anything, just make sure they contain phrases about the War in Iraq and John Key. Desperate and pathetic…

  18. Kimble 18

    “don’t think its obvious hatred, disdain for blaming the crab guy based on no evidence maybe.”

    Riiiight. That last line about Key actually complaining about a poor comrade trying to scratch up a living wage near his pristine, upper class beach is sooooo neutral. It is obvious that his concern is all about the poor crabber and he is just miffed the way Key has destroyed this poor guys life. Whatever.

    “And almost a year out from elections Keys shooting from the lip is a gift to labour thats going to keep on giving.”

    Yeah, people that would never have voted for National in a million years are confirming they wont vote for them in the next election. What a coup.

  19. Matthew Pilott 19

    I think it is obvious that what you really wanted to say was,

    “Do you disagree that making money is not the sign of a good elected representative?“

    Kimble, you are completely right there, believe it or not. For example, selling drugs can be quite profitable – do you think that’s the sign of a good MP? Prostitution perhaps? Selling child porn…

    Lemsip, I agree he’s doing well as an MP on the face of it. however when people talk about his ‘success’ they are generally referring to his work prior to becoming an MP. If my comment confused you because of that I’m truly sorry.

    “,“Do you disagree with the comment that making money by speculating is not the sign of a good elected representative?”

    I don’t accept your premise that being good at making money is a sign of a bad elected representative.

    For an initllectual heavyweight such as yourself, I’m surprised you’d make the mistake of falsely inverting a statement, nice false premise you tried to use there though. Did you think it would slip past a lightweight such as myself?

  20. andy 20

    Kimble: You still have not answered my question, based on John Keys Gut instinct about sharks or a guy that obviously doesn’t like john key but knows lots about sharks – ‘would You still want to stop crab guy doing his job?’

  21. lemsip 21

    Matthew my mistake – sorry – too much caffiene and little sleep. But heres the rub for you – there is evidence that John Key is a successful elected representative i.e. his constituents reelected him with a significantly larger winning margin. That significantly weakens your little argument “I would choose to base it upon his words or actions outside of his previous profession.” His current profession IS being an ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE and judging by the only firm quantitative measure available he’s successful at his job.

  22. Matthew Pilott 22

    lemsip – I won’t disagree with that, as an MP he is doing very well, based upon his polling. This will be the year to tell, won’t it?

    I guess now when people say he’s successful they aren’t just talking about his old job either, as may have been the case when he started out…

  23. Kimble 23

    ‘would You still want to stop crab guy doing his job?’

    Based on as little information as we have here? No.

    What Key said was that the ministry should be able to issue cease and desist orders if they thought it was in the interest of public saftey. A person in the ministry has confirmed that currently they cant.

    Do you know how close the crab pots are to the beach? Do you know how far away from the shore the burley bombs are being dropped? No. You dont know either of those things.

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being a woman is not a sign of a good elected representative?

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being a maori is not a sign of a good elected representative?

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being a homosexual is not a sign of a good elected representative?

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being a muslim is not a sign of a good elected representative?

    ‘would You still want to stop crab guy doing his job?’

    Based on as little information as we have here? No.

    What Key said was that the ministry should be able to issue cease and desist orders if they thought it was in the interest of public saftey. A person in the ministry has confirmed that currently they cant.

    Do you know how close the crab pots are to the beach? Do you know how far away from the shore the burley bombs are being dropped? No. You dont know either of those things.

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being a woman is not a sign of a good elected representative?

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being a maori is not a sign of a good elected representative?

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being a homosexual is not a sign of a good elected representative?

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being a muslim is not a sign of a good elected representative?

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being the leader of a group of people, being informed and knowledgeable about the current economic state of multiple inter-related countries, making decisions about the characteristics and performance of employees, being experienced in deciding between often conflicting view points from people who are both experts in their field, being in a position that often requires split-second decision making, being experienced with, and successful in, high pressure situations, being a member of a high level committee with a lot of responsibility, being in a position to make decisions with far-reaching consequences, and to do all this successfully, ARE signs of a good elected representative?

  24. Kimble 24

    Maybe this will make the decision easier for you. Imagine instead of actually DOING all that stuff, John Key was just teaching it.

  25. Matthew Pilott 25

    Matthew, do you disagree with the statement that being the leader of a group of people, being informed and knowledgeable about the current economic state of multiple inter-related countries, making decisions about the characteristics and performance of employees, being experienced in deciding between often conflicting view points from people who are both experts in their field, being in a position that often requires split-second decision making, being experienced with, and successful in, high pressure situations, being a member of a high level committee with a lot of responsibility, being in a position to make decisions with far-reaching consequences, and to do all this successfully, ARE signs of a good elected representative?

    Drug dealers do have a lot on their plates don’t they? So, when is the Medellin cartel coming to town?

  26. Kimble 26

    I think we have isolated the problem. You think that currency trading is the equivalent of drug dealing.

  27. Matthew Pilott 27

    No, the problem is the skills you mentioned could apply to the head of a criminal organisation such as the mafia or a drug cartel, equally as much as a currency trader.

    Maybe, with that realisation, you’ll start to get my point.

  28. andy 28

    Kimble said:

    ‘Based on as little information as we have here? No.’

    thanks for the answer, I am not trying to goad you, just sayin that we can make better decisions when we have the facts, and JK should know better. He has been doing this for a few years now…Oh and cullens little email of venom was just as silly!

    ‘Do you know how close the crab pots are to the beach? Do you know how far away from the shore the burley bombs are being dropped? No. You dont know either of those things.’

    yeah I do cause I was there over new years, and they are quite far away from the one place where you can safely swim at omaha. I have to say most people don’t fish around omaha itself, but further round the point toward leigh…

    Anyway its too hot i am off to the beach for a shark free swim. Cheers Kimble. 🙂

  29. Kimble 29

    No, I get that. I got it at the start. The traits of good leaders are generally the same no matter whether they run a country, a corporation, or a criminal organisation.

    So Keys history of good leadership is relevant to his suitability for the elected role he is running for.

    The only way you can discount his suitability as the leader of this country is if you object to the field in which he gained those skills.

    Where he gained his skills is relevant, as you point out, we dont want a great leader that has spent his life thus far working outside the law, as a drug lord has.

    So what is it about being involved with currency trading that makes you call into question Keys suitability for the role of leader of NZ?

    Bear in mind, he didnt actually make his entire wealth sitting in front of a terminal, trading currency. He is likely to have made the lion’s share as salary and bonuses for his work as a leader.

  30. Kimble 30

    “Anyway its too hot i am off to the beach for a shark free swim.”

    You hope it is shark free. Given that the ministry of fisheries cant stop someone laying baited crab pots around beaches where people swim, and that sharks are attracted by the things they use as bait, I guess you just have to hope that no one has decided to increase your risk of shark attack to make a few quid.

  31. Matthew Pilott 31

    Where he gained his skills is relevant, as you point out, we dont want a great leader that has spent his life thus far working outside the law, as a drug lord has.

    So what is it about being involved with currency trading that makes you call into question Keys suitability for the role of leader of NZ?

    Your first statement here sort of answers the second, in that it’s not being sucessful as a currency trader that would make a good leader. A good trader might also be a hard-as-nails obnoxious semi-alcoholic pig. It is other qualities you look for – personal traits if you will. A drug lord probably lacks the latter – they might have the same skills as teh currency trader, but also have the tendency to take out the opposition with automatic gunfire.

    So I’m saying, as I have from the start, that being a good currency trader won’t make him a good leader per se – you’ll note I didn’t say it was a bad sign either!

  32. Kimble 32

    No, being a good trader doesnt mean you will be a good leader. But Key wasnt a trader, he was a leader.

    He led a group of people who would have included some currency speculators. He was a successful leader but you are discounting this entirely because he was involved in currency trading. So what is wrong with currency trading (as an industry) that makes his leadership experience in that field invalid?

  33. merl 33

    meh. Sounds like he made an off the cuff remark that was wrong.

    So freaking what. What matters are the policy decisions that politicians make, not their slip of the tongue gaffs.

    Honestly, if a labour cabinet minister had said the same thing, would the same people who are profess dismay at John Key saying this also be dismayed then? would the same people who think it’s no big deal now also think it’s no big deal then?

    I try not to listen to people who I think hold their affiliation to a party over ‘mere facts’

    Kimble, I don’t know John Key as well as you seem to be describing him. The anecdotal evidence I have from people I do know who have met him doesn’t quite match the picture you are painting though.

  34. Matthew Pilott 34

    “making money by speculating isn’t the sign of a good leader”

    “He was a successful leader but you are discounting this entirely because he was involved in currency trading. ”

    “as I have from the start, that being a good currency trader won’t make him a good leader ”

    Shall we quit this stupid topic, you’re trying to trap me with something I never said.

  35. Kimble 35

    Matthew you just dont seem to be getting it. His job was in the Global Head of Foreign Exchange, he wasnt a trader.

    So you cant just say that being a good trader doesnt mean he would be a good leader, because he wasn’t a trader, he was a good leader!

    Are you trying to say that being a good leader doesnt have anything to do with be a good leader?

    You said, “I would choose to base it upon his words or actions outside of his previous profession.”

    Oh really? I am sure if he had awful in his previous profession you wouldn’t give him a free pass.

  36. Linda Axford 36

    Why is it that some humans think they must dominate every other living thing on the planet to suit themselves? What is wrong with some sharks enjoying a bit of ‘sunbathing’? After all, they DO live in the ocean, unlike ourselves. Maybe the warm summer and calm weather is due to, dare I say it, ‘global warming’, and we’d better get used to it.

    Here in Hawke’s Bay we have our own ‘Coruba Shark Hunt’; what an embarrassment and insult to host this despicable event, and it’s not like sharkmeat is on any menu in the Bay, in fact the pitiful sharks caught end up at the local tip.
    So, Simon Tremain (Nat. Party, Napier), since you’re into protecting the “environment” http://www.stuff.co.nz/4357598a6479.html) when will you get some balls and speak up about the pointless killing of sharks?
    I don’t see many people complaining about the amount of shark bait thrown around the oceans during the Coruba Shark Hunt.

    aladin

  37. J 37

    “So what is wrong with currency trading (as an industry) that makes his leadership experience in that field invalid?”

    So much buddy, There is a lot of honesty coming out of wall street these days and it really paints the world of traders and brokers as the absurd capital casino it is. The best traders in wall street are known as “big swinging dicks”…..that’s a term of reverse endearment , read macho no neck arseholes.

  38. J 38

    Hitler was a good leader for a while, the germans loved him in the 1930’s. ….leadership is contextual.

    The fear is Key lacks an empathy for outcomes.If that doesn’t bother you I guess you’ll vote for him. A prerequisite for modern government will be an ability to acknowledge the complexities and multiple layers involved in the adminstration of a nations citizenry. You see that coming to play in the U.S as Bush totally shoots up the rightwing playbook with an endless energy of brainless ,hopelessly unstraight shooting.Key seems to be fixated on productivity supplied by pressure. He wont feel the pressure, it’ll be us who get asked to find the x-factor undefineable surge in our all ready too crowded working week.

  39. James Kearney 39

    This link has been posted around this site a few times by various people but I think this calls for another airing to give you an idea of the kind of profession we’re talking about.

  40. Steveb 40

    John is a twit for getting involved in this but;

    Bhana’s a fucking idiot.

    Berley bombs you get from fish city weigh about three kilos each. It is possible to buy a big ten or fifteen kilo one, but they hardly ever get used, and if they do it’s mainly on an offshore sort of trip. A three kilo berley bomb lasts ages, and would do you for an afternoon’s fishing.
    Each crab pot has around a kilo of bait in it, and with around to seventy or eighty pots in the vicinity of the beach, well, even you idiots can do the math. The pots are re-baited daily. That’s around seventy kilos of berley per day, or the equivalent of at least twenty boats anchoring and berleying up off Omaha beach every day.

    Apparently Bhana’s either lying or stupid, or quite likely both, much like the authors of this piece of shit blog.

    Plus, nobody buys a big flash boat to anchor 200 yards of Omaha beach and fish.

  41. andy 41

    steveB said: “Apparently Bhana’s either lying or stupid, or quite likely both, much like the authors of this piece of shit blog.”

    very substantive argument, also very grown up. I appluad you sir! But befor you give us your amazing insights please read this:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10487650

    thats people who know sharks…So what evidence do you have that Mr Bhana is wrong on sharks???? Then what would you do restrict the crab guy or tell the swimmers to sunbathe instead. As your an obvious expert on the subject.

    “Plus, nobody buys a big flash boat to anchor 200 yards of Omaha beach and fish.”

    that is a fair statement.

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    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
    4 days ago
  • Contempt
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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 ...
    6 days 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
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    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
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    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
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    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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
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    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?
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    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
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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