Antisemitism, Islamophobia and the sad state of politics

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This week UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responded to ongoing accusations of antisemitism in the Labour Party, issuing this public video statement.

Meanwhile the Conservative Party face renewed accusations of Islamophobia after Boris Johnson’s comments about women in Burka’s caused considerable offence.

 

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The political Establishment need to show leadership and stand up to racism.

The media has been reporting  both antisemitism in Labour and Islamophobia in the Conservatives all year. Some journalists and commentators have speculated as to which of the two major parties is worse for their bigotry. The simple answer is that both are an absolute disgrace, and these sorts of discriminatory and xenophobic prejudices should have no place in modern politics. But sadly it does.

Racism is nothing new, it has existed throughout human history. And racism is out there in society. Politicians are elected by the people, and yes there is a market for racist politics. The rise of the far right throughout much of Europe globally is evidence of this. But this doesn’t make it inevitable. The two main political parties in the UK need to show leadership and stand up to racism. Both May and Corbyn have come out against racist remarks made by party members. But in both cases, a stronger stance was needed much sooner. Not just by the leaders, but by all MPs and people in leadership roles. And most importantly by party members.

The UK is far from alone from having problems of racism in politics. But in the UK this issue has come to ahead in 2018. There is nothing good in what has come out, but this can be an opportunity for the political establishment in the UK to draw a line in the sand. If from this Labour and the Conservative’s to vow to take a much stronger stand against racism and bigotry within their parties, this would be a very positive development. Whether this happens remains to be seen…

 

68 comments on “Antisemitism, Islamophobia and the sad state of politics ”

  1. Bill 1

    I was scratching my head about the supposed anti-semitism of UK Labour and/or it’s members. Then I remembered that there are a lot of conspiracy theorists who attach themselves to a leftist perspective who routinely run on an anti- Jewish angle.

    That said, the bullshit micro-criticisms of language that’s going on is completely fucked up. And the deceitful campaign by Labour MPs and sections of the media needs to be knocked on the head.

    The Islamophobia is a far more difficult one. It seems to have been completely normalised (as per these tweets from the Guardians ex political editor).

    Then there’s the utter racism in the UK towards “Pakis”. Anyone want to convince me that Islamophobia doesn’t fuel that nonsense? (Yes, I know that Indians are not Pakistanis and that Hinduism isn’t Islamic.)

    Meanwhile, Tommy Robinson’s been making hay off the back of grooming gangs that would appear to be more prevalent in Asian communities than in others. Is that anything more than drugs gangs tending to be in South American communities? And if that’s the case, then shouldn’t it be acknowledged and resources thrown at suitable people and organisations within Asian communities so they can tackle the root cultural drivers of what’s going on (if it’s going on to a degree markedly different to within other communities)?

    That won’t happen because of (drum roll) paternalism and notions of cultural superiority…the very things that the Molyneaux’s of the world promote and that people desperately deny exists. (All that racist tripe that gets thrown at the Whaunau Ora initiative? Anyone?)

  2. Anne 2

    It’s part of the modern trend and it is deeply troubling.

    I have only semi-followed the situation in the UK, but it seems to me to be yet another manifestation of the current rise in political demagoguery everywhere. I doubt either Party will take a sufficiently strong stand because the population in general has allowed itself to become so manipulated by polarising forces, they will be scared of losing large chunks of their votes.

    What both Parties should do is bang their heads together and come up with a joint solution but they won’t.

  3. Kevin 3

    Its getting to the point that even a sideways glance at anything even remotely jewish (whatever that means) will get you labelled as anti-semitic.

    The Jewish state should not consider itself beyond legitimate criticism and anyone who does criticise it should not be labelled antisemitic.

    I applaud UK Labour for not kowtowing to the IHRA.

    • Puckish Rogue 3.1

      Maybe the Jewish population have a point:

      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/01/antisemitic-incidents-in-uk-at-all-time-high

      ‘Antisemitic hate incidents have reached a record level in the UK, with the Jewish community targeted at a rate of nearly four times a day last year, figures indicate.

      There were 1,382 antisemitic incidents recorded nationwide in 2017 by the .

      This was the highest tally that the trust, a charity that monitors antisemitism, has registered for a calendar year since it began gathering such data in 1984. The figure rose by 3%, compared with a total, in 2016, of 1,346 incidents – a tally that itself was a record annual total.’

      • Kevin 3.1.1

        Compared to hate incidents against any other minority?

        How about hate incidents against Palestinians?

        • Gosman 3.1.1.1

          I am not sure Palestinians have many hate incidents against them in the UK.

          • Kevin 3.1.1.1.1

            Think a little harder Gos.

            • Gosman 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Can you link to any hate crimes against Palestinians in the UK please?

              • Kevin

                Hate crimes go on EVERY day against Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

                Are you really that dim?

                • Gosman

                  Hate crimes go on all the time against various ethnicities in various places around the globe ALL the time. We were discussing the UK though not other places.

                  • Kevin

                    It doesn’t matter where they occur. My original point stands.

                  • North

                    But NOT, Gosman, to the point where the whole world cries out at the disproportionality of the Zionist response to…….let’s see……..one example only……..resistance against the inhumanity and savagery of the historic and continuing blockade of Gaza.

                    Gaza Sports Tours Inc. Biennial slaughter-fest no less. Paid for by the annual three thousand million US$ of miltary aid to the zionist regime by successive US presidents. Incessantly to violate an area Titirangi to Gledowie down to Manukau City – that’s Gaza – 365 square miles – or ist kilometres, not sure.

                    The zionist regime is a clear case of the oppressed turned oppressor. Not at all surprised that you impliedly support that Gosman.

                    As evidenced by your foul sneak-out……..”We were discussing the UK though not other places.” Easy to take that route I guess when one is disposed not to accord Palestinians the humanity we accord ourselves. Fuck you ! May karma be unkind.

                • Stuart Munro

                  He is.

              • Siobhan

                Funnily enough, you can’t.
                But given Islamophobic hate crimes are by far the largest group in hate crimes in the UK, despite being massively underreported, its fair to assume that those figures include Palestinians.

                Though, interestingly, only 20,000 of the Palestinian diaspora have made their way to the UK, about the same number who have ended up in Peru of all places. Maybe the Palestinians aren’t too keen on living in the land that ‘gifted’ them the Balfour Declaration.

                btw despite the increased awareness and reporting of anti semitism, we can all take some consolation that there is a small trend downward in anti semitic incidents.

                ‘CST has just released the Antisemitic Incidents Report January-June 2018:
                recording the second highest 6-monthly total on record, despite a drop from 2017’s record high”

      • Bill 3.1.2

        And “the point” given that the same org points to an 8% drop in the first six months of 2018?

        And since it seems, alongside there being far more media platforms available these days, that the slightest lax use of language leads to changes of antisemitism…

      • weston 3.1.3

        I wonder why The Guardian hates Jeremy Corbyn so much ?

        • Dennis Frank 3.1.3.1

          1. He’s old, they’re young.
          2. He’s socialist. They’re pretending.
          3. He’s winning. They’re losing.
          Could be more…

      • corodale 3.1.4

        “A court in Tel Aviv has convicted a US-Israeli teenager of making hundreds of threats to bomb or attack Jewish schools, community centres and other institutions in New Zealand and other countries.”
        https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/360671/us-israeli-teenager-michael-kadar-convicted-of-threats-to-jews

    • Adrian Thornton 3.2

      @Kevin +1

  4. Gosman 4

    Islamophobia is a ridiculous term and has nothing to do with racism. Objecting to a full body cover for woman is no more prejudiced than objecting to a Swimsuit contest at a Beauty pageant.

    • Dennis Frank 4.1

      Fear of Islam is entirely understandable to anyone prone to paranoia (around half of any populace you take a look at). Like parents with kids living next to a neighbour with free-range dobermanns in their yard.

      You’re right that it has nothing to do with racism. Conflation by retards is the problem here. Boris observing that burkas look similar to balaclavas caused a Tory to suggest the whip be taken from him. Not to him. Genteel restraint.

      • Gosman 4.1.1

        Fear of Islam is no different to a rabid dislike of Neoliberalism or Anti-Communism. People are entitled to oppose a set of views of how we should live our life. Claiming someone is an Islamophobe is like claiming DracoTBastard is a Richophobe.

        • Stuart Munro 4.1.1.1

          By no means.

          Neo-liberalism is a destructive and antidemocratic set of beliefs that do not produce the economic benefits they allege. Objecting to neo-liberalism is entirely rational, something no-one would ever accuse you of, troll.

          • Bg 4.1.1.1.1

            Er I hate to state the obvious but “Neo-liberalism is a destructive and antidemocratic set of beliefs ” I would think applies more to Sharia law wouldn’t it?

            • Gosman 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Exactly.

            • Stuart Munro 4.1.1.1.1.2

              Not even slightly.

              Neo-liberalism has no moral or compassionate elements whatsoever – it is a psychopathic doctrine – enslaving people to the rule of money.

              Islamic morality is not intrinsically worse than Christian morality, but that depends on compassionate and sophisticated application.

              • Hongi Ika

                Neoliberalism was once described by an overseas academic as “the last pornographic orgasm of capitalism ?”

                Not sure whether I agree or not the jury is still Out ?

                Any comments ?

                • Stuart Munro

                  I think it should really be regarded simply as a PR job on the old liberalism first world countries gave the heave ho about eighty years ago. None of its promises have come true, and it’s about time it was systematically eliminated from the public services it has infested.

                  Trumpism is a kind of post-modern defense of it, employing dishonesty to squeeze out a few more terms of unjustifiable tax cuts after the truth won’t suffice to sell that kind of crap any more. It’s an endgame strategy though – you can’t keep lying forever without the voters starting to wise up.

                  NZ politicians being what they are (followers), expect Bridges or his replacement to go full Trump this time around – in spite of lacking thirty years of telepresence or an impoverished conservative religious rural heartland. Voters will say wtf.

              • Gosman

                In your opinion.

                • Stuart Munro

                  Do enlighten us Gosman, from the Godlike vanity you exhibit at every opportunity, just what it is you think you know about neoliberalism.

                  Or better yet, run off to an extreme right blog where you belong, and where your inadequacy will be welcome.

  5. Lettuce 5

    These ridiculous claims of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn (the UK’s most virulently anti-apartheid MP at a time when Thatcher offered unlimited support for South Africa’s racist regime) would dry up and disappear overnight if UK Labour chose another pro-Israel leader.

    There has never been a UK Prime Minister who was prepared to deal with the Israelis and Palestinians in an even-handed manner, and Israel’s supporters are determined to ensure there never will be.

  6. Siobhan 6

    Don’t worry, I’m sure once they ‘roll’ Corbyn the likes of Liz Kendall, Chuka Umunna and Chris Leslie, not to mention the Guardian and the BBC will decide Labour doesn’t actually have an anti semitism problem.
    And everything can go back to ‘normal’.

  7. Lettuce 7

    These ridiculous claims of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn (the UK’s most virulently anti-apartheid MP at a time when Thatcher backed South Africa’s racist government to the hilt) would dry up overnight if UK Labour chose a new pro-Israel leader.

    There has never been a UK Prime Minister who was prepared to act in an even-handed manner towards Israel and the Palestinians; and Israel’s UK supporters are determined to ensure there never will be.

    • Bill 7.1

      Indeed.

      And I do wonder who, outside of media circles, actually gives a flying fuck about all the hoo-ha. The reason I wonder is that some Pew research Gallup Poll in the US apparently found that only 1% of US peeps gave a hoot about Russia.

      • SpaceMonkey 7.1.1

        Interesting percentage and not a coincidence, methinks. The other 99% are probably too busy trying to make ends meet each day.

    • Gosman 7.2

      Thatcher never backed South Africa’s Apartheid government to the hilt. She on numerous occasions criticised the policy of Apartheid and the lack of a non-racial democracy there.

      http://www.politicsweb.co.za/news-and-analysis/margaret-thatcher-on-apartheid-sixteen-quotes

        • Gosman 7.2.1.1

          That is your evidence for the contrary is it? The personal recollections of some public servant (which can’t be independently verified at all) and her position on the ANC (which did qualify as a Terrorist organisation by any definition of the term).

          • Lettuce 7.2.1.1.1

            Did you miss this?

            “The Reagan administration wasn’t alone in this fear, either — Margaret Thatcher’s conservative regime in Britain shared Reagan’s “constructive engagement,” anti-sanctions views regarding South Africa. (It probably helped that the U.K., like the U.S., was a major South African trade partner.) Years later, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney would write a memoir that detailed his attempts to persuade Thatcher and Reagan to take action in South Africa.”

            Might be time to make trip to Specsavers…

            • Gosman 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Yes she was very anti-sanctions and it proved to be the right approach. The democratic government elected in South Africa in 1994 inherited a reasonably strong (but imbalanced) economy.

              • Dukeofurl

                So sanctions against North Korea and Iran are totally wrong then as a method of changing a governments policy?

                • Gosman

                  Yes.

                • Hongi Ika

                  You actually don’t blame North Korea wanting some protection from the USA especially after how they hammered them in the Korean War ?

                  • Gosman

                    ummm… you do know who started the Korean war don’t you?

                    • Blazer

                      How did war break out between North and South Korea?
                      The 38th parallel was a clumsy, makeshift solution, “hastily drawn with pencil using a National Geographic map by two junior American officers in President Truman’s White House”, according to a 2013 article by author Clancy Sigal for The Guardian. Conflict was all but inevitable.

                      The core problem was that both North and South viewed the division of the peninsular as temporary, and both Kim and Rhee viewed themselves as the legitimate leader of a united Korea.

                      “Neither dictator was content to remain on his side of the 38th parallel, however, and border skirmishes were common,” says the History Channel.

                      Finally, with approval from Moscow, the invasion of the South was launched.

                      The 75,000-strong North Korean army, well trained and armed by their Soviet and Chinese communist allies, made short work of the poorly prepared South Korean defenders. Three days after crossing the border, Pyongyang’s forces entered Seoul.

                      How did the US become involved?
                      The rapid advance of North Korean forces alarmed US leaders, who viewed South Korea as a bulwark against the spread of Soviet communism in the Asia Pacific, says Time.

                      Two days after the invasion began, President Truman announced that the US was to commit its military forces to protect South Korea.’-‘The Week’.

                    • Gosman

                      Yes, the North invaded the South with the approval of the Soviet Union. Any action the US took against the North was entirely justifiable.

              • North

                That response doesn’t deal with your Trumpian scale lie that Thatcher was somehow appalled by apartheid, Gosman. The vile old crone was right into psychotic inequality. No wonder they had street parties when she shuffled off.

      • Adrian Thornton 7.2.2

        @Gosman
        Come on don’t give us that revisionist bullshit about Thatcher,,she was a pro colonialist hard core liberal fundamentalist that is just a fact.

        Even as late as 1986 she had to be dragged screaming and biting to the table to even impose limited ”immoral” sanctions against SA..
        https://www.nytimes.com/1986/08/05/world/thatcher-accepts-limited-sanctions-on-south-

        Margaret Thatcher believed South Africa should be a ‘whites-only state
        https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/margaret-thatcher-south-africa-whites-only-state-patrick-wright-a8171356.html

        Margaret Thatcher advocates a relaxing of sanctions and has taken steps to do so…
        https://www.nytimes.com/1990/04/17/world/mandela-urges-support-for-sanctions.html

        Her husband refereed to South Africa as “God’s Own Country”
        https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/sir-denis-thatcher-bt-36663.html

        And lets not even get into Thatchers despicable support of The brutal Chilean dictator Pinochet.

        Fuck Margret Thatcher go and rehabilitate her somewhere else, I am with the poms who had street parties and handed out cake when they heard she died.
        https://reason.com/blog/2013/04/09/thatchers-death-prompts-street-parties-a

      • Marcus Morris 7.2.3

        I wonder why she referred to Nelson Mandela as a terrorist. I don’t recall Thatcher taking one initiative that would have led to the down fall of apartheid. There would have been huge British investment there which would have favoured the status quo. I must do a bit of research.

        • Marcus Morris 7.2.3.1

          1000+Adrian – I posted before I saw your piece.

        • corodale 7.2.3.2

          Ummm, easy to say apartheid was bad, but what is good? Yes NM was convicted and imprisoned for plotting terrorism, so say all my South African friends n family. Was this just propaganda and lies?

          Now the country is trapped in a corrupt one party system. The living standards for the average black man has not improved.

          From my brief experience working in SA with NGOs around 15 years ago, the average Township was still not in a state of education adequate for effective democracy. The whites where not simply wrong to hold-on to power, SA was a serious military power, so a very dangerous toy to hand-over to black terrorists. Unfortunate that there wasn’t a better transition phase, but there where other considerations regarding issues on regional foreign policy (look what happened to Zimbabwe!) so not such an easy call as you pc-lefties paint it.

          (But yeah, Maggie was better as maggots, I’ll give ya that.)

  8. Wilfrid Whattam 8

    Please read Jonathan Cook’s blog: Labour’s crisis is over Israel, not anti-semitism. Cook was a highly respected Guardian journa!ist, who now writes independently on Middle Eastern matters, in particular the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, and he lives in Nazareth. You will find, Nick, that Jeremy Corbyn is no anti-semite, and that the whole shemozzle is a manufactured crisis from the the right of the Labour Party, purely designed as part of continuous efforts to oust Corbyn.

    I am not sufficiently well informed to comment meaningfully on islamophobia.

    • KJT 8.1

      Exactly.

      The British establishment is running scared, that their hold on wealth may be affected.

    • corodale 8.2

      Yeah, wow. That was a clear and detailed read. Excellent journalism.

    • Dennis Frank 8.3

      “Most reasonable observers, especially if they are not Jewish, instinctively recoil from criticising a Jew who is highlighting anti-semitism. It is that insulation from criticism, that protective shield, that encouraged Labour MP Margaret Hodge recently to publicly launch a verbal assault on Corbyn, vilifying him, against all evidence, as an “anti-semite and racist”.

      It was that same protective shield that led to Labour officials dropping an investigation of Hodge, even though it is surely beyond doubt that her actions brought the party “into disrepute” – in this case, in a flagrant manner hard to imagine being equalled. This is the same party, remember, that recently expelled Marc Wadsworth, a prominent black anti-racism activist, on precisely those grounds after he accused Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth of colluding with rightwing newspapers to undermine Corbyn.

      The Labour party is so hamstrung by fears about anti-semitism, it seems, that it decided that an activist (Wadsworth) denigrating a Labour MP (Smeeth) was more damaging to the party’s reputation than a Labour MP (Hodge) vilifying the party’s leader (Corbyn). In this twisted set of priorities, a suspicion of possible racism towards a Jewish MP served to justify actual racism against a black party activist.

      But the perversion of Labour party values goes much further.” Holy Crap!! Like a robot with a ray-gun having taken a hit to its control system, gone rogue & now zapping its own side with random bursts…

  9. I reckon this is more ideological and economic than racial.

    It could be expressed as the ‘Three headed people against the Two headed people’,… you soon see what I mean. With both party’s pushing their particular ideological agendas.

    [ ‘ The two main political parties in the UK need to show leadership and stand up to racism. Both May and Corbyn have come out against racist remarks made by party members. But in both cases, a stronger stance was needed much sooner. Not just by the leaders, but by all MPs and people in leadership roles. And most importantly by party members ‘ ] .

    Which may be the case but the last sentence about party members is more difficult because they do not often have access to a public forum in the same way as the leaders do. And the middle rank and file often operate under another and do not feel qualified to go over the heads of their direct superiors.

    I think much of it is a classic human chink in an organization’s communications rather than ‘this party all believe that and are all inherently racists’.

  10. Cinny 10

    Watched a doco recently on Al Jazeera about how Islamaphobia from the ignorant can and does create terrorists. Could be applied to any religion/race/group etc.

    Here’s the link…. I found it fascinating, eye opening and rather saddening well worth a watch if you have time.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2018/08/victim-attacks-affected-muslims-europe-180801145915309.html

    • Yeah , but hanging the decapitated corpse of a guy that’s been crucified for being gay or attending political meetings that are anti govt and then parading it down Auckland’s Queen Street is kinda off the wall , dontcha think?

      https://www.businessinsider.com.au/saudi-arabia-crucified-man-in-mecca-while-calling-out-canada-human-rights-2018-8?r=US&IR=T

      Seriously that’s just going a bit too far.

      Maybe some of those characters need to really look at themselves.

      Howlin’ at the Moon – Hank Williams Sr. – YouTube

      • Cinny 10.1.1

        Did you watch the doco Wild Katipo?

        It’s not about Saudi Arabia, it’s about those living in Europe and are of the Muslim faith and how they were treated after the bombing in Madrid, and how the public reacted to Muslims living there at the time.

        It also touches on those responsible for the bombing and how they were isolated and manipulated by an extremist by using their faith.

        Well worth a watch.

        Maybe many from Saudi Arabia move to other places such as Europe because they (just like you and I) disagree with the extremes of the Saudi Government.

        There are extremists who manipulate religion for the use of power and control, no matter which faith it is. It doesn’t mean a certain faith is bad, it’s just bad people using a particular faith as a way of justifying their behaviour.

  11. SPC 11

    It is more a case of a growing tolerance for suppression of alternative opinion/free speech. Not so much hate, but the micro-aggression that criticism is hate.

    The attacks on the Labour Party are designed to force compliance to support for a high level of defence spending and silence criticism of the state of Israel.

    Then there is Boris Johnson, he supports the right of people to choose what they wear and decides against the position of France, Belgium, Netherlands and now Denmark banning the face veil. He also asserts his right of free speech to offer an opinion about such “fashion” choices.

    And now the irony, he is accused of hate speech.

    I recall a decade or two ago when the French and Italian ambassadors suggested women in New Zealand wore shoes for comfort rather than fashion, neither were accused of hate speech – is it because we were of the same “western” culture, whereas criticism of the fashion of others is seen as hate. How f’ing precious.

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    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
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    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    3 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
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  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
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  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

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    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    5 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
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    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
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  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    7 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    1 week ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

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    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • The politics of money and influence

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

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  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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  • School attendance continues to increase

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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

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