Armstrong still pulling his punches

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, November 29th, 2014 - 41 comments
Categories: accountability, john key, Media, spin - Tags: ,

For all his apparently fiery condemnation, John Armstrong is such a natural Nat that he is still pulling his punches on Key. Take today’s effort, superficially condemning, but all the while reminding us that we still love and support JK.

Outrageous behaviour leaves Key on the edge

This past week has surely been the most difficult and ultimately demeaning one in the otherwise stellar political career of one John Phillip Key.

“Stellar”? Like Key’s “final final” warnings to Collins, I’m losing track of the number of times Armstrong has had to condemn Key, somehow without ever crossing over that edge.

As yet, there is nothing tangible to suggest the Prime Minister’s reputation has suffered damage where it really matters – in Voterland – despite the disturbing contents of the report of the rapidly completed, but extremely thorough inquiry conducted by Cheryl Gwyn, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, which details the shocking abuse of power by Key’s office in the lead-up to the 2011 general election.

The message, as always, is that Key has been a very naughty chap, but everyone still loves him.

What began with a failure to recall whether he was for or against the 1981 Springbok Tour was followed by forgetfulness over how many Tranz Rail shares he owned.

Then there was the inability to remember how he voted on the drinking age, along with the sudden case of amnesia surrounding the identity of the passengers who flew to New Zealand aboard a mystery CIA jet.

Things started to get even more worrying when Key confessed to being unsure if and when he was briefed on Dotcom by the Government Communications Security Bureau.

They got even more dodgy when Key professed he could not remember whether he had phoned the brother of an old school pal urging him to apply to become the director of the GCSB.

This week’s lapse, which resulted in Key having to come down to the House to correct the record, was too much for Winston Peters to swallow.

He asked the salient question of how many more times could someone who was supposed to be the smartest guy that has ever run the country, but who had been caught fair and square telling a porkie, claim to have suffered a “brain-fade” and get away with it?

All well and good, but in the end still making excuses…

Key is not going to resign. Calling on him to do so only ends up sounding shrill.

John Armstrong, you called for Cunliffe’s resignation because he (caught in a dirty politics sting) failed to recall signing a form letter 11 years ago. After all his lies lies lies lies lies, what exactly does it take for you to call for Key’s resignation?

41 comments on “Armstrong still pulling his punches”

  1. Tracey 1

    That is some list, when you consider he had to have his own brain fade to think that is allnthe lies and brain fades.

    Perhaps he is saying our PM is ill, neurologically speaking…

    It reads like someone who wants to write more but feels he cant.

    Voters are becomg a bit like the wife married to a serialncheater

    • BassGuy 1.1

      That was what I wanted to say – that it’s clear Armstrong is standing up for someone with a neurological disability.

      Shame on us, for thinking that someone with a such a serious disability isn’t fit to run this country.

      Unless it’s not a disability.

  2. Dorothy Bulling 2

    Under orders from the board perhaps?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.1

      Not from the board, remember they are Australian owned (APN),but there would be ‘blue murder’ in the news room if they did.
      The long time tory subscribers would all be worked up, the major advertisers would be all hot and bothered.

      However, as Armstrong writes opinion pieces they could get away with it.

      Remember too the hit on Cunliffe seem to be orchestrated from national, and articles appeared online ‘very very quickly’, to suggest Armstrong had advance knowledge.
      Remember too the $100,000 Don Hua donation which was found to be fact free but the Herald loved so much

      • Tom Gould 2.1.1

        Heard of Tim Murphy? Or John Roughan? Armstrong knows precisely how close to the line he allowed.

  3. tc 3

    As expected Nat fanboy smell strong doesn’t want to sound shrill, would not harmonise with the shill he’s always been and upset his Tory chord sequences.

  4. Dont worry. Be happy 4

    We the many have many options. We don’t need imported unwieldy processes. We have our sense of humour and our sense of fairness.

    Start the jokes about Key’s serial lying, his brain fades, his cringey way with famous people. Write the songs. Make “cut the crap, John” something people think whenever they see him.

    He was built with words. He can be taken down the same way.

    • Tracey 4.1

      too true

      • b waghorn 4.1.1

        I’m going to start dropping gently in to conversation s things like ‘its time for a change’ and ‘national have had there turn’ I heard it lots in 2008 and it worked on me. (I nearly voted for key but went with Winny as a protest to the lie’s being told about Winny)

    • Sans Cle 4.2

      Couldn’t agree more. Once the narrative begins to snowball, the National Party will unpick itself, as I believe that it is a (small) Machiavellian faction within National that has its concrete clutch on the others in the party, and that faction is in full control at present. I believe in the better side of human nature, and good things will prevail from within the National Party itself (natural process of change and cleansing). The only hard damn pill to swallow is that this process takes time…..and in the meantime NZ is ‘stuck’ with a less than savory PM.

    • ankerawshark 4.3

      Don’t worry be Happy 100+

      Great effort from Steve Braunias today.

  5. The Murphey 5

    Which role is Armstrong most likely playing?

    A. Agent
    B. Asset
    C. Sayanim

    • Stephen 5.1

      What the fuck is this antisemitic shit?

      https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Sayanim&t=canonical

      • Te Reo Putake 5.1.1

        Good call, Stephen. There’s plenty of other websites for that sort of stoopid.

      • The Murphey 5.1.2

        Q. What inside you is sufficiently maladjusted that the response you come back with, is that?

        D. Infidel
        E. Jihadist
        F. Partriot

        It is of no surprise that TRP chose to endorse your hysteria, Stephen.

      • Murray Rawshark 5.1.3

        Why is it antisemitic? Mossad does have helpers among Jewish people, and others, in the diaspora. That’s a fact. I doubt whether Armstrong is one of them.

        Whether Key is one of them or not, I have no idea, but raising the idea is certainly not antisemitic. If the Israelis in Christchurch were Mossad agents, Key’s actions at the time, and the smearing of Goff, certainly fit that role. I would neither dismiss the idea out of hand, nor base a political strategy on it.

        • travellerev 5.1.3.1

          Cameron Slater and David Farrar both have pretty tight connections with the Likud party, go to Israel regularly and if you just give their blogs a quick glance (if you can without throwing up) you will find that they are publishing pro-Zionist anti-Muslim (pro war) shit like there is no tomorrow at the moment. You want to know who the Sayans are here in NZ those would be my guess.

          Also John Key visited with the NZ Zionist federation before his first election and Israeli news papers wrote about how happy they where with John Key’ s re-election after the last.

          Whatever you might think of John Armstrong to deny the pro-Zionist affiliations of Cameron Slater, David Farrar and John Key is just stupid. Let’s not forget on what subject they where trying to shut Phil Goff down after all.

          Stephen you should check out who the real Semites are here. Most people Identifying as Jewish in Israel are non-Semite import while the real Semites are the Arabs born into Semite language areas. AND many of the native Jews who where living with Arabs in Palestine and all over the Arab world before the Zionist state was build by terror against them.

  6. Observer (Tokoroa) 6

    @ Anthony Robins

    Another fine piece of writing from you!

    The so called modern world has freed itself from morals. Once proud Morality is now just for suckers. Neither Key nor Armstrong is interested in keeping the moral code of the past.

    Since the mid 1950’s, but beginning well before that time, most people have shunned the inconvenient concepts of Truth, Accountability and Fairness. They have replaced the past essentially with one goal only. Greed Greed Greed.

    Given that the current generation has been raised in the climate of nil morality, it also believes entirely and solely in Greed and not surprisingly, they are committed supporters of the stellar John Philip Key. He is their God.

    Thatcher and Reagan and Greenspan were models for the American citizen. The great Banks of the USA eventually implemented their greed in a stunning explosion of decadence. Greed is good, you see. They have evaded Accountability.

    John Key cannot be accused of doing anything wrong in a world that has no concept of right behaviour. It is meaningless to accuse him of deceit for instance, because he does not have any belief there is such a thing.

    Neither do his voters. They are carbon copies of the man when it comes to morality. The great Rousseau “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” is dead. Long Live the Key!

    However, Key cannot be accused of failing to distribute Wealth and Equity. He distributes it to the Wealthy. Over and Over. He would never distribute it to the suckers.

    That’s why he literally loves Slater and Farrar and no doubt Armstrong. He adores them. They are believers in dirt and double talk. They read the same texts as Key. Think the same thoughts. They are in the business of destroying our once reasonably equitable society. They do it all for their god – Key.

    So does Armstrong – the poor screwed up little man.

    But Greed, sooner or later cripples those who worship it. As Rousseau says: “A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.”

  7. aerobubble 7

    Key outsources database housing with Slater. Key deletes txt messages and admits he’ll have to ask Slater for them. So Key removes information from out of the way of OIA and Slater has immediate access to government copyrighted material.

    Wow. Key denies the report, that di not cover Slater’s expedited OIA requests and now it turns out Key is just handing over archiving them with Slater, denying everyone else access.

    Please tell me it aint true.

  8. Maisie 8

    As I’ve said before and say often – it’s rugby morality. All’s fair and moral as long as the ref doesn’t catch you at it (such a ‘character-forming’ game). Key broke the rules – he got caught; so he has to be red-carded (or whatever they do) and kicked out of the game.
    Unfortunately he’ll probably manage to get Mr Oil to change the rules …

    • MrSmith 8.1

      I like the Rugby analogys, played the game for years and now think what a waste of my time, not to mention the destruction of my body, but really it’s all about social control and ‘following’ and supporting your team, get the masses doing that early and they become easily lead.

      “A kid in sport stays out of court”, it should read. A kid in sport stays out of thought!

  9. North 9

    Armstrong is a coward masquerading as a journalist.

  10. It is hard is understand how having no recollection of an 11 year old pro forma letter makes resignation necessary but lying to parliament doesn’t – I would love Armstrong to explain the difference. Still, the right wing media puppet masters might be coming to regret what they did to Cunliffe – they weren’t expecting fire and brimstone to reign down on Key and the nasties curtesy of Andrew Little. GO ANDREW!!!!

  11. Saarbo 11

    John Armstrong is clearly biased towards Key as you prove.

    But this really annoys me:

    As yet, there is nothing tangible to suggest the Prime Minister’s reputation has suffered damage where it really matters – in Voterland

    The reason that “Voterland” isn’t affected is because Armstrong et al haven’t (until now, sort of) made John Key accountable for his lies, so he obviously thinks he can continue to get away with his continuous stream of bull shit.
    The other point to make is, if National voters don’t have a big problem with Key’s lies and dishonesty, then they shouldn’t only be looking at Key, they should also be taking a closer look at themselves.

    • Sabine 11.1

      replace Voterland with National Voter/Donor, and you now why there is nor reason for Dear Leader to resign.

  12. Colonial Rawshark 12

    Armstrong will call for Key’s resignation when and only when the National Party’s big shots inform him that they have a favoured replacement lined up and ready to fill the PM’s shoes.

  13. Tracey 13

    compare herald coverage of

    john key lying

    len brown sexual infidelity

  14. Corokia 14

    Have any poll results come in yet on what the mood is out there in ‘Voterland’ after Key’s performance this week? What evidence has Armstrong got to back his claim that ‘there is nothing tangible to suggest the prime minister’s reputation has suffered damage’? Surely it’s too soon to say and thats just wishful thinking on Armstrong’s part.

    • Paul 14.1

      Polls or not, this behaviour of Key’s will maker more traditional Tories uneasy.
      Slater would stick in their craw.

      • Murray Rawshark 14.1.1

        The only difference is that the more traditional Tories are more discrete. Look what Holyoake did with Kinloch, for example. They hid stuff rather than do it in full view and say “So what?” Something has changed in the Kiwi psyche. Maybe all our outrage went on solo mums, dole bludgers, and gang members, so we have none left when it really matters.

  15. Inky 15

    I agree that a couple of Armstrong lines weren’t easy to swallow and he could have been tougher on Key but overall I enjoyed seeing this particular writer flicking ink from his pen in the PM’s face for a change. It would have been even nicer had it happened during the election campaign but it was a vast improvement on most of his offerings in the past six months or so and hopefully there’ll be more. A fair shake for the left is all I ask.

  16. Akldnut 16

    It’s so soon into the new election cycle, I’m guessing the Nats won’t be too concerned as long as it doesn’t get too much extended airtime.

    They know Kiwis memories are as long as it takes for a jug to boil and as long as they’ve had a few pieces of cake in the next few months all will be forgotten in the euphoria of the sugar rush as long as boat doesn’t overturn during the excitement.

  17. NZJester 17

    It was only a “extremely thorough inquiry conducted by Cheryl Gwyn” in so far as set out by the scope of the inquiry. I’m surprised she was able to get so much in without going outside of the restrictive margins.

    As for what it will take for John Armstrong to call for keys resignation, he will only do that if a powerful group inside of National decides it wants to roll Key.

  18. tc 18

    Askshully the article should be titled Armstrong at the end of his reach.

    To say he pulls his punches suggests he would do some real journalism on this Tory house of corruption……not going to happen.

  19. Pat O'Dea 19

    Armstrong is just one of a number, of a high profile right wing crusading journos.

    Greed is good is their mantra, trickle down is their religion, John Key is their Idol.

    Right wing journos like Armstrong see it as their job to keep applauding John Key.
    When John Key and his government attackwork rights to increase employer profits. This is reported as sound and responsible policy.
    When John Key and his government keeps privatising State Housing and propping up high rents with government subsidies, this is reported as “supporting the housing market”.

    All the misery visited on the low paid and homeless is swept under the carpet.

    When the government use the SIS against their political rivals and then lies about it this is reported as “regrettable” and even “ill advised” it is certainly not grounds to stand down and is reported as being necessary, “though unfortunate” cost of part of the war against terror.

    So how should the Left deal with these high profile Right Wing media stars?

    One way would be to Left to snub the most egregious examples.

    Starting with Armstrong.

  20. Adrian 20

    You’re not going to ” move ” the 31% that voted National, they always have and it has rarely been more than 34-35% of the population, it is the turned off 10-15% that have to be energised to actually vote that is nessecary for change. Unfortunatly they are disgusted with the whole process thanks to the sort of shit that has been happening.

    • tc 20.1

      Which is exactly what DP is designed to do, disengage voters with the old ‘labour too’ ‘they are all the same’ memes with KDC being an absolute gift for them last election.

      That’s why Slater, farrar, odgers and the new graham vehicle get the work and are having this nuanced spin about them recently in the MSM, get used to them they aren’t going anywhere.

  21. Sable 21

    Anyone expecting anything of consequence from the NZ MSM in terms of scathing criticism of Keys will ALWAYS be sorely disappointed.

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    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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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