Austerity in Britain

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, July 26th, 2012 - 45 comments
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In Britain the Tory government’s austerity measures are working so well that they have created the worst double-dip recession in 50 years:

Shock 0.7% fall in UK GDP deepens double-dip recession

Britain’s economic output collapsed by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2012 as the country’s double-dip recession extended into a third quarter. …

Analysts in the City had expected a 0.2% drop in gross domestic product in the three months to June and were stunned by the scale of the fall in activity. The decline followed the 0.3% fall in the first three months of 2012 and a 0.4% decline in the final quarter of 2011. …

The news will come as a fresh blow to the chancellor, George Osborne, whose deficit reduction plans have been thrown off course by the poor performance of the economy. Output has declined in five of the last seven quarters.

Osborne said: … “We’re dealing with our debts at home and the debt crisis abroad. We’ve made progress over the last two years in cutting the deficit by 25% and businesses have created over 800,000 new jobs. “But given what’s happening in the world we need a relentless focus on the economy and recent announcements on infrastructure and lending show that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Doesn’t it all sound very – familiar? A government with no plan except cutting spending is holding the economy back. The only thing that’s growing is the volume of the rhetoric, right down to the “relentless focus on blah blah blah”.

In NZ we technically avoided a double dip recession. Just. But we’re still stuck in the doldrums. The theory of “expansionary austerity” is nonsense. Government austerity has caused nothing but damage in Britain, and (lesser) austerity is causing nothing but (lesser) damage here. No doubt the economy will limp it’s way back to growth some time. No doubt the Nats, if still in power, will claim credit when it does. But the truth is that any recovery will be in spite of the Nats, not because of them.

45 comments on “Austerity in Britain”

  1. sweetd 1

    Austerity hasn’t started in Britian. They are still spending as much as before.

    • Caniculitis 1.1

      Yup, including 9.5 billion sterling (plus the rest) building new railway lines for the private railway companies to run their trains on.

      Oh, but they are cutting the subsidy for private companies to build wind-farms by 10%.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        I guess you brainiacs don’t count over 150,000 local council job losses as being public sector “austerity”

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2011/feb/02/council-job-cuts-total-hits-150000

        You guys are deluded.

        • sweetd 1.1.1.1

          Which part of they are still spending as much as before don’t you get? Britian has not begin being austere.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1

            Who cares what the financials say?

            Austerity has already hit ordinary working people hard. Like those unemployment numbers you decided were irrelevant.

            You can say that real austerity hasn’t hit yet, from a budgetary standpoint. But for millions it already has in their day to day lives. Maybe they are not the people who matter to you though?

            • Rusty Shackleford 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Ha! Classic CV! No need to actually engage with what the person is saying, or bother with facts or anything. Why would you when it’s so much easier and fun to screech “OOOOHHHHH won’t somebody think of the CHILDREN!!!!!” at the top of your lungs.

              • McFlock

                Well, somebody has to think of the children. Right wing governments sure as shit don’t.

                • Rusty Shackleford

                  I was speaking figuratively.

                  • McFlock

                    No, really? 
                    I was merely pointing out that the oft-derided “won’t somebody think of the children” outburst can be reasonably used, on occasion. For example many of the Tory welfare policies, here and in the UK, do indeed hurt children. Similarly, the harm that rorting tory parasites cause the working classes needs to be pointed out when tories try to imply that there’s no ‘real’ austerity or minimise suffering. 
                           
                    “Austerity”, like damned near every other tory policy, is simply the process of stealing from the poor to give to the rich. Total expenditure is irrelevant – the question is “on what and for whom does the government spend money?” 

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Treasury beancounters forecast balanced books while standing on the shoulders of a drowning populace.

                    (Actually they don’t, the entire western world is going under).

              • Colonial Viper

                Rusty:

                Ha! Classic CV! No need to actually engage with what the person is saying, or bother with facts or anything.

                Like I said, you’re ignoring the most important facts: the people on the ground. Of course, you don’t consider them important. Which is also what I said.

                BTW talking to people who work for some of the local multi-multi-millionaires: austerity is really affecting their wealthy clients too. Who are putting off buying new holiday baches, delaying new business projects by 6 months, doing some sectors of their world trip in business class instead of all in first class.

                The sacrifice is horrendous, I’m sure you will admit.

                • Rusty Shackleford

                  Fine whatever. I’m not going to get into a debate about who has the best intentions. Because intentions don’t mean shit if you aren’t getting results.

                  Just don’t claim that the British economy is in a recession because of govt spending cuts. The British govt didn’t cut spending.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    You’re such an asshole.

                    How can 150,000 public sector job cuts not affect the Main St economy? How can real spending cuts on elderly and the disabled not affect the Main St economy?

                    How can you not get that replacing a dollar of spend into local communities with a dollar of spend on the rich materially changes the Main St economy.

                    Fuck you and the uneconomic donkey you rode in on mate.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      “How can 150,000 public sector job cuts not affect the Main St economy?”
                      Where did I ever say it wouldn’t? If you cut spending out of the economy, you are going to take an instant hit, but those jobs don’t actually produce anything. They are basically a black hole. The money for those jobs had to first come out of the productive economy. If you put that money back into the productive economy, you get output. Putting it into the public sector gets you the dead weight loss from taxation.

                      “How can you not get that replacing a dollar of spend into local communities with a dollar of spend on the rich materially changes the Main St economy.”
                      This is a strawman. I wouldn’t forcefully take money from one person and give it to another in any case. If I was forced to make a choice I would give it to the poor, but if it were my choice I wouldn’t take forcefully take money off anyone to give to another. I give money away when I’m asked all the time.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Putting it into the public sector gets you the dead weight loss from taxation.

                      Taxation isn’t a dead weight loss – it’s payment for services rendered. Vital services in fact. The dead weight loss is profit. More profit, more dead weight loss and the eventual collapse of the economic system – exactly as we’ve just seen with the GFC.

                      This is a strawman.

                      No it wasn’t. Everything you said after that was though.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      Go to a desert island, set up a ton of “services” and watch the people come flocking, happily willing to pay for “services rendered”.

                      It doesn’t work that way. In order to have taxes you have to have a productive sector of the economy. When you tax that production some value is lost that won’t be gained by anyone.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      “How can 150,000 public sector job cuts not affect the Main St economy?”
                      Where did I ever say it wouldn’t? If you cut spending out of the economy, you are going to take an instant hit, but those jobs don’t actually produce anything. They are basically a black hole.

                      Yeah, because caring for the elderly, teaching the young, maintaining our parks and natural environment are unproductive ‘black hole’ jobs.

                      Well fuck you. Because the real unproductive assholes in this economy, the ones you spend 1/100 your effort on compared to targetting ordinary people, are the rentier capitalists.

                    • Rusty Shackleford

                      eerrrmmm, most of those jobs are done by private contractors. Or could easily be done by the private economy.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Please explain how the same work maintaining park grounds suddenly transforms from being an unproductive black hole in the economy, to suddenly being productive work – just because a similarly qualified private contractor is doing it instead of a similarly qualified council worker?

                      Fuck you’re dumb.

                    • McFlock

                      Go to a desert island, set up a ton of “services” and watch the people come flocking, happily willing to pay for “services rendered”.  

                      But we already did that – not a desert island, it’s called “New Zealand”. Growing population for 150 years. Generally more so under left wing governments, wars notwithstanding.
                         
                      The only downside with it is the tendency for rightwing dickeads to turn up and bitch. 

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      In order to have taxes you have to have a productive sector of the economy.

                      Yes, you’ve said that before. It was wrong then to.

                      The first thing you need is resources including human capital. That means the first thing you need is a community that needs administering. The administrators are paid from taxing everyone else because it’s the cheapest and easiest way of doing so.

                      Early on in a society profit is actually a tax for services rendered as the capitalists did the administration (the same reason we have government) but later the capitalists get the idea of charging interest and paying others to do the administration. At that point, profit is pure dead weight loss* and that’s the point that our society has got to.

                      * This is proved by the actions of Telecom. Paid billions of dollars over 20 years of which ~$15b was pulled out in profit and now we’re paying them even more to do what the original billions was for and wasn’t done due to the massive profits the private owners had pulled out. Work that would have been done if Telecom had remained state owned.

                  • McFlock

                    More semantic bullshit.
                       
                    The common use of the term is to cut deficits, not spending per se. So they cut public services while increasing user charges. 
                        
                    But based on the last year or two, there does seem to have been a slight decrease in spending in the UK, so frankly toryboys are once again full of crap.

        • Lostinsuburbia 1.1.1.2

          Yep and the wage freeze on local council workers that’s been going for several years now. Until March last year I was working for a Council in East London. The budget cuts were very heavy and the downturn in the economy and Govt spending was evident in the local communities too. The wheels are truly coming off British society. Coming back here was the best thing i could do.

    • mike e 1.2

      Sweety they are borrowing more because of cuts Austerity less money in circulation means less taxes much less in fact!
      So much so that they had predicted a budget surplus by 2013 but instead the Tories have borrowed 20% more than last year.
      So there is your Austerity theory RWNJ’s!
      It does not work.
      Never has.

  2. Zaphod Beeblebrox 2

    Its not actually austerity that conservative governments like to indulge in. More like transferring the welfare system to benefit the corporate system instead of those that actually need it (and can spend it in a way that benefits the economy). Government deficits are actually increasing in Britain and NZ.

    Giving tax cuts to upper income earners and building billion dollar roads hardly qualifies as austerity.

    • prism 2.1

      ZB And spending zoomed up in the USA after Ronald Reagan who was going to get government cheaper and welfare tamed

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    The British economy has fallen further than the French since the start of the GFC.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Ah, that’s only an issue of timing, right? 🙂

      UK shouldn’t be too reassured, 50% youth unemployment amongst blacks, highest rates of women unemployed in the last 25 years.

      Plus a big surprise negative drop in GDP this quarter, one that no one saw coming.

    • rosy 3.2

      Worst performing economy in the G8 – bar Italy, and the economy is smaller than when the Conservatives took office.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    The theory of “expansionary austerity” is nonsense.

    So is the infinite growth meme. Actually, the economic system we use is bollocks. Continuing to tinker with it in the hope that it will suddenly start working after it’s failed for centuries is delusional.

    • aerobubble 4.1

      It become bollocks when Thatcher decided to introduce Monetarism. Government
      intervention into the market. Opening up leveraging, a social fiscal revolution, that
      debased, has debased, all valuations within the world economy since.

      The closer you are to a banker the better able you are to leverage your wealth at
      a higher rate, this has nothing to do with the natural invisible hand of markets,
      its a giant short circuit of the whole economic reward system.

      If you have a mate in banking, you can buy out a great idea from someone, and
      create your own niche global monopoly, it has nothing to do with your intrinsic
      brilliance or worth to the ‘greater growth’.

      Now big money owns everything, the factories, the boardrooms, the presses,
      they are the problem now.

      But wait its worse. There are three disasters unfolding. The fiscal is merely the
      least worse, and its really bad. The primary is the resource limits, secondary
      is climate change, and only lastly is our maligning snob global class.

    • Colonial Viper 4.2

      Please forward on to Labour.

  5. JonL 5

    “But the truth is that any recovery will be in spite of the Nats, not because of them.”

    Since when has it been any different………

    • mike e 5.1

      BBc world has been infiltrated by right wing economists towing the TORY party line.

  6. Rusty Shackleford 6

    By how much have the UK govt cut total spending?

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      They’ve cut spending on poor people a shitload. But that doesn’t count to you right?

      • Rusty Shackleford 6.1.1

        I wouldn’t forcefully take money off one person and give it to another in any case. Whether they be rich or poor. So, no. It doesn’t count to me. But, I wouldn’t give money to rich people, either. So, at least I’m consistent.

        • McFlock 6.1.1.1

          I wouldn’t forcefully take money off one person and give it to another in any case.
           

          But you will gladly receive “stolen” money. 
          Not all that consistent. 

          • Rusty Shackleford 6.1.1.1.1

            Haha, I’ve gladly copped to being a hypocrite on more than one occasion in the past. This doesn’t make me wrong on anything I’ve said here, though.

            • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1.1.1

              It surely does.

              • Rusty Shackleford

                In what way?

                • Colonial Viper

                  If you have been inconsistent multiple times, how can you claim to be usually correct?

                • McFlock

                  1) You just said you were consistent. You’re not, you’re a hypocrite
                  2) We have the assurance of an admitted hypocrite that he wouldn’t take money off people or give money to rich people. Although he’s perfectly happy to take it from the alleged thieves. How reliable is that, would you say?
                          
                  So the weak defence of some sort of “consistency” in your moral framework that you used to defend your utter disregard for the welfare of others falls down because you’re inconsistent and untrustworthy.
                     
                  Basically, people are suffering in an extreme way, and you don’t care. Not out of some moral code, not because you believe theft is wrong. Simply because you lack that little switch that is possessed by most people on the planet: that we should care about the hardship of others. That we should empathise with their pain. And that we should try to help them if we can.
                       
                  The fact that someone without empathy works for Work&Income describes our times and customs perfectly.  
                   

          • aerobubble 6.1.1.1.2

            When the rich pay little or no tax, but get huge representational influence, they are effectively being subsidies by the rest of us, that do pay our fair share. That’s an unfair advantage in the market place, that new much more innovative entrants can’t match (often brought out by the new aristocracy of wealth). The adage applies, no representation without taxation, no taxation without representation.

            The brilliant point is that if Romney wins the presidency, then the corruption of such a basic tenet of western civilization, will inspire many to get off their backsides and demand fairness.

    • DS 6.2

      You mean minus all that foreign aid and all those EU handouts? Still not sure but it must be a lot, I’ll just get some drunk to run the economy.

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  • 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

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