Bizarre attack on Cunliffe

Written By: - Date published: 4:52 pm, August 27th, 2014 - 48 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, housing - Tags:

Andrea Vance has filed a strange bit of copy ‘Homes still out of reach under Labour‘  (although it’s not clear who that’s a quote from).

Her opening gambit is that Labour’s campaign is lacklustre and it’s because Cunliffe isn’t hungry to win.

Now I may be a bear of little brain, but I don’t really see how he wouldn’t want to win – maybe Vance can illuminate us as to why he wouldn’t be desperate to win.

Maybe it’s because Labour’s struggled to get on the news-cycle while National were hit back and forth with their ethics showing in Dirty Politics. Some might say: don’t get in the way when your opponent is wounding themselves.

But today’s announcement (that is making news) is that Labour’s worked out that they can build homes to sell in Auckland for $360,000 – well below the price of the $485,000 ‘affordable’ 2 bedroom houses in Hobsonville Point where they were launching the package.  This means that with 8% interest rates the mortgage would be $577/week instead of $777/week under National’s much panned scheme.  And as it’s based on the government building 10s of 1000s of new houses it should do more to take the heat out of the market versus National’s pouring petrol on the fire.

So… Vance criticises Phil Twyford, Labour’s Housing spokesperson, for not being stood next to a $485,000 Hobsonville house to be able to point it out to her.

And criticises Cunliffe because the 20-year-old couple that Labour brought with them think that they couldn’t buy immediately at that price, but would have to wait for 3 or 4 years (ie once Kiwibuild houses are actually built).  Under National they’d probably never be able to buy (and even if they could the scheme would save them >$260,000 in interest & capital), but that’s not the comparison we’re given.

Then Vance seems to be criticising Cunliffe for planning to spend tonight and tomorrow preparing for the first TV debate – probably the most important moment of the campaign, when the most people who aren’t into politics will tune in.

And then it just starts losing grammatical sense, as he becomes at fault for ever sleeping:

Asked how hungry he was to win, Cunliffe said: “I’m really ready to take this country forward.”

He confessed to taking naps in the car “as I’m driving from point A to point B, other than that no”.

Methinks it’s Andrea who needs the nap.

 

48 comments on “Bizarre attack on Cunliffe”

  1. karol 1

    Vance had an odd piece up this morning about Key being all slick managerialist front and Cunliffe being “dead calm”.

    Or, it could be that Key, once touted as the non-politician politician, is all marketing and little substance, while Cunliffe is more down to earth and genuine and able to talk off the cuff.

    • Yes, karol.

      And in this latest article Vance states:

      Labour was pushing its KiwiBuild housing policy on a visit to Auckland’s Hobsonville Pt this morning, but its lacklustre campaign is drawing questions about leader David Cunliffe’s hunger to win.

      Yet the only thing I’ve read ‘asking questions’ about Cunliffe’s ‘hunger’ was the other Vance article you linked to.

      Doing unacknowledged referencing to your own earlier ‘questions’ seems like a very WhaleOil kind of approach to drumming up ‘concern’.

    • Rosie 1.2

      Yes, saw that this morning, and thought it was rather twisted and biased

      Well, well, two anti Cunliffe/pro Key pieces in one day Ms. Vance. Do you get paid bonuses for the anti Labour articles you write? Is there some one other than Fairfax paying you?

      • poem 1.2.1

        No doubt, Andrea Vance is obviously expecting extra performanced based bonuses on the twisted biased anti David Cunliffe articles she has been putting out one after another.

        Noticed a typical example of Vance’s skewered take to undermine David Cunliffe in her article “Cunliffe: grubbiest election campaign yet” over national’s dirty politics, she wrote…

        “However, he accepted much of the negativity also comes from the Left.”

        But going from David Cunliffe’s response, one wonders if he had heard something entirely different when he said…

        “That’s a fair comment. There is clearly an underbelly of public anger about the Government, I think, being out of touch.”

        here

    • Ian 1.3

      Yes, Karol – I read that bizarre piece too and commented on it. Somehow a slick photo op no substance whistle stop tour is going places whereas talking policy isn’t (Deep Sigh)

      • word 1.3.1

        No doubt, Andrea Vance is obviously expecting extra performanced based bonuses on the twisted biased anti David Cunliffe articles she has been putting out one after another.

        Noticed a typical example of Vance’s skewered take to undermine David Cunliffe in her article “Cunliffe: grubbiest election campaign yet” over national’s dirty politics, she wrote…

        “However, he accepted much of the negativity also comes from the Left.”

        But going from David Cunliffe’s response, one wonders if he had heard something entirely different when he said…

        “That’s a fair comment. There is clearly an underbelly of public anger about the Government, I think, being out of touch.”

        here

        • greywarbler 1.3.1.1

          This is strange – two comments under different names but totally the same wording.
          So 1.2.1 7.31pm from poem and 1.3.1 7.33 pm from word – the same.

          On journalistic style, it seems that there must be some negativity in every political journalist’s comments on Labour. This from Vance in the link here in 1.3.1. First something positive, then a ‘but’.

          Labour’s own campaign depends on voter turnout, which has steadily declined, and it’s promoting a Vote Positive message. Cunliffe says there is real risk of apathy if politicians can’t keep it clean. ”

          and from Puddleglum’s 1.1 example:
          ““Labour was pushing its KiwiBuild housing policy on a visit to Auckland’s Hobsonville Pt this morning, but its lacklustre campaign is drawing questions about leader David Cunliffe’s hunger to win.””

          • newsense 1.3.1.1.1

            “pushing” is also negative- so the whole sentence is negative. Pushing- as in the public don’t want it, Labour are shysters, it’s not a good product etc etc…

    • Patricia 1.4

      I dont think you are looking at the same person as everyone else when looking at Cunliffe.
      He always looks as if he has been rehearsing in front of a mirror, his facial and hand expressions shows a man of little substance, weak and his policies are non existent.
      Cunliffe is only still in the news because of the leaked emails from the left and the vultures in his own team know they cant get rid of him until after the elections when he will be gone, discarded and he knows it.
      The media will have a lot to answer for if there is a government change, Labour and the Greens wont last a year as their egos will not allow them to take a back seat and govern together. It is the NZ public who loose out, with this negative press who are determined to take down John Key, the tall poppy syndrome is alive and kicking in NZ. If it is not the Asians that the left are so worried about it is a government that is succeeding. NZ does not know how lucky they are to live as we have been, put in the opposition and watch this country slide. I support National, for the most important reason and that is that it will give NZ the best chance to succeed- something the left cant stand!!!!! Policies are all I am interested in not gossip – sorry that puts Labour completely out of the running!!!

  2. ScottGN 2

    This election campaign has gone rogue and the Press Gallery have become more and more irrelevant to the action.

  3. RedLogix 3

    Something has not smelt right about Vance for a while now. Not since the debacle over Peter Dunn and the ‘pre-leaked’ Kitterridge report she became a player in.

    I think she’s been compromised and her writing lacks coherency because of it. I’d like to be wrong, but WhaleDump has had bigger surprises.

    Go back and read David Fisher’s article to see how it can so easily go wrong.

  4. McFlock 4

    I saw that article.

    If the behaviours were reversed, cunliffe would no doubt be portrayed as “frantic” and leaving bemused voters in his wake with no better idea of what Labour stood for, while key was “relaxed” and adapting his campaign on an hourly basis. 🙄

    It really seemed to be more spin than analysis.

    • RedLogix 4.1

      Yes but why?

      Vance is an experienced, intelligent and capable woman. She must understand what she is doing and what it looks like.

      • McFlock 4.1.1

        If I were to speculate, ISTR she did a reasonable one on cunnliffe a few days back, and was part of the journos most obviously pissed off by the way they’d been manipulated and treated with contempt by the nat smear machine.

        The pretty obvious flip back might suggest someone had a chat to her about “balance”. Whether that was from govt threatening to leave her in the cold, a slater threat, or an indication from the publishers that an “unbalanced” (as they might define it) column would not be automatically published, I neither know nor particularly care.

        There’s an outside chance that her cognitive dissonance managed to paper over the cracks and she’s back to tory BAU, but I suspect that political columnists have only two real alternatives: do the “mea culpa” along the lines of David Fisher as posted by Karol, or make the choice to go back inside in the warmth and not have to work so hard – but serve a secret master.

        • Macro 4.1.1.1

          “Balance” is right across the spectra of published media apparently. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. Try getting even one story a week for a political party into any local news paper – if the Nats haven’t had one in, then neither can you.

      • yeshe 4.1.2

        she’s compromised; has been since the Dunne leaking affair.

      • McFlock 4.1.3

        thought I replied to this, must be in mod queue

        Basically, you can do a David Fisher, or you can stay in the warm where you’re fed regular stories, not both

        • Weepus beard 4.1.3.1

          @McFlock. I agree. They fall over themselves to appear balanced but it is at odds with the need to be extreme, hence dramatic in order to sell copy. This then requires extreme comment on both sides of the political spectrum in order to project the appearance of being balanced and independent.

          Fisher and Hager do not indulge in it and are labelled rogues for their troubles.

          RL, I think you give Vance too much credit. She’s a woman, and she’s experienced, but that’s about it.

      • Karen 4.1.4

        I suspect she’s been told to by Fairfax, and the timing of her attacks are designed to undermine Cunliffe before the TVNZ debate. Political journalists are easily replaced if they don’t toe the line.

  5. Blue 5

    Most of the wacky claims about Cunliffe come from Claire Trevett at the Herald. Perhaps Andrea is trying to get a slice of the nut pie for Fairfax.

  6. Tracey 6

    And when key was crowing about the hobsonville development why didnt she ask, or google, how many of them are actually affordable.

    This article and her item earlier are just downright wierd for their skewed emphasis. Once is odd, two starts to be a pattern

    • emergency mike 6.1

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10425677/Cunliffe-grubbiest-election-campaign-yet

      However, he accepted much of the negativity also comes from the Left. “That’s a fair comment. There is clearly an underbelly of public anger about the Government, I think, being out of touch.”

      So what’s three? I wrote a longer comment about this but it seems to have disappeared.

      Actually forget three, I’ve noticed Vance consistently repeating the current National Party spin since, as others have noted, the Peter Dunne incident.

  7. Ali 7

    Anrea Vance headline: Homes “Still out of reach”

    Alternative headline/themes for the same article could have been

    Labour one ups National
    Labour reduces Auckland new housing cost by thousands
    National second bested by progressive Labour housing policy
    Old Labour policy still better than new National one
    At the end of the day, Labour offers more
    Comparison between political housing policies draws interesting result

    But instead the better policy is tarnished by bias reporting…
    That is actually quite sad and irresponsible reporting

  8. Anne 8

    I’m only going on my instincts but from the first time I saw her on the television (usually in a stand-up scenario) I put her in my ‘untrustworthy’ basket.

    Judging from the info. which was leaked about the Dunne/Vance texting activity… my conclusion: she was more than happy to give him the ‘come on’ while he was useful for extracting information, but the moment he ceased to be useful she gave him the bum’s rush.

    I have no time for individuals who behave in that way – and I never read her pieces for that reason.

  9. Colonial Viper 9

    This means that with 8% interest rates the mortgage would be $577/week instead of $777/week under National’s much panned scheme.

    So…why does a Labour government not offer mortgages at 2.5% p.a. instead of letting the banks cream off billions.

    A 2.5% pa mortgage would drop weekly repayments from $577/week to around $350/week (rough calcs). Now that’s what I call affordable.

    Follow up question – why does everyone else have to scrimp and save while the big banks continue to live up large with record profits?

  10. the pigman 10

    Just read the accompanying critique of Cunliffe’s campaigning by Vance: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/10427022/The-slick-and-the-dead-calm

    shaking my head

    Also telling that a huge majority of the comments are pointing out Andrea’s apparent bias, yet they are all hugely voted down. Nats must have their paid clicktivists out… too bad they’re not interested in engaging in substantive debate.

    Agree about the other article Bunji… it is scarcely grammatical and really struggles to make sense. Maybe it was authored by someone else and sent to Andrea for editing in true Slugula-style.

  11. Tracey 11

    Prime news was brought to you tonight by the National Party…

  12. emergency mike 12

    And also this one from Vance a day or two ago.

    When the link for it was on the Stuff front page it had an unflattering pic of Cunliffe over a tagline like “Dirty politics, effigies, political songs, grubbiest election ever?” The article immediately repeats the National spin of lumping Hager’s book, the effigy burning, Pam Corkery’s outburst, and the angy hip hop song all into some kind of all-wrapped-up-together equivalence.

    After allowing Cunliffe to comment on Key’s dirty politics, she pulls out this pearler:

    However, he accepted much of the negativity also comes from the Left. “That’s a fair comment. There is clearly an underbelly of public anger about the Government, I think, being out of touch.”

    The implication she draws from Cunliffe’s statement is that anyone angry at the Government is being ‘negative’ and is ‘from the left’.

    There was a post here recently which said something like “her subtleties are often lost on some of the commenters here,” (I forget which one), which surprised me. To me her articles have very consistently been repeating the current National party spin. Since, as other people have noted, around the time of the Peter Dunne incident. Sometimes it’s subtle, and sometimes not. But it’s the same standard paying lip service to ‘balance’ while delivering backhanded ‘yay Key he’s slick and smooth boo Cunliffe can’t he get anything right’ all day long that seems to occur in a remarkable number of places in our media.

  13. whateva next? 13

    Cunliffe is deliberately being calm and measured in his responses, so as not to create a media frenzy, and be accused of even more dross. He is doing a fantastic job of smiling in the face of serious adversity from the media, and vast amounts of money being thrown at the anti Labour campaign.

    • Rodel 13.1

      Yes whateva next +1
      I think David Cunliffe is outsmiling and outrelaxing John Key and Key is desperately trying to rein back his natural sneering traits-unsuccessfully so far.
      Cunliffe has him on the back foot (by refusing to sneer).

  14. repateet 14

    Methinks she needs a nap perchance to dream.

    To dream of leaks, now seemingly forgotten, of the Ohariu type.

  15. tc 15

    I hope they keep it up, most can see the bias and dirty politics has shown they are part of the problem not any part of a solution. if they actually did the work that journalists do they would not have been played like they have.

    Garner, spinner and all the crew have reverted straight back to type after what was probably an agreed period of ‘hard questioning’ nudge nudge wink wink.

    Hope Maori tv runs the hollowmen again, mandatory viewing in an election period for folks to see where the seeds of the current national crop were sown.

  16. peterlepaysan 16

    Who is Andrea Vance? what does she know about housing (or anything else for that matter)?

    Sigh!

    Yet another “media” slave trying to sell advertising space by interviewing her word processor.

  17. RedBaronCV 17

    Notice the snide comment in today’s article about Cunliffe being at a school

    “But with only a handful of eligible voters in the room, reporters wondered how effective the visit was”. Now Key is often shown at schools (they must have the teachers locked away somewhere else for the duration) but the media have never wondered this before? Bit slow aren’t they?

    And just to bring Andrea up to the mark – telling a room full of kids how to get an ipad – will ensure many parents are dragged out of bed at dawn o’clock on polling day and harried until they take the walk. A 5.00a.m start for the booths?

    • North 17.1

      Vance’s bias is palpable – her scribblings increasingly silly – unintelligible except as a reflection of that bias.

      “Living in the glow of……” imposes obligations I guess.

      It destroys journalism deserving of respect however.

      This has manifested particularly since the Dunne fiasco…..what’s that all about ?

      “Untrustworthy” as someone said.

  18. Sable 18

    Maybe Vance could call Cameron. Might be a job at Whalevomit with her name on it maybe?

  19. Inky 19

    When you look at the slanted, unfair reporting in a huge chunk of the mainstream media, the dirty machinations of Slater, the right-leaning TV politics panels, TVNZ’s insistence on having the extremely biased Hosking as referee for the leaders’ debates, etc, etc … doesn’t NZ now feel a wee bit like Fiji under Bainimarama, just minus the military? You have no chance if you oppose that man there. And the right (aka big business) is doing its best to ensure it’s the case here, too, with Key.

  20. Thinker 20

    I think Cunliffe has an advantage in the debate.

    Key’s super-quality debating style (not) has always been nothing more than schoolboy taunts, and Cunliffe clearly has the strategy (and self-control, for I couldn’t do it) to not respond, leaving Key’s nasty, snide remark(s) as the last word for people to take away.

    For once,, the debate will be seen by people for what it is, and they’ll believe their own eyes, not some hack-piece version of events.

    If it isn’t rigged against Cunliffe, then I have high hopes.

  21. The issues…the issues are housing, jobs, education, health, honouring The Treaty and transparency in government! Right now Labour appears to have an, if not monopoly, close enough to one on this

    All of the above is a government, not one totally in lock step, attempting to portray Labour as still containing the ABCs, off message and contradicting itself …to deflect from it’s own very obvious incompetence, skulduggery and rational fear entering the last month before the election. Could, if you wish, be referred to as the “Collin’s Factor”! Judith is a spoiler, currently being (deliberately) isolated and any future in her party is distant and improbable. And she has her supporters on the inside.

    Accomodation, jobs and families! More journos besides Vance are going to be filing less than evenhanded copy. Fair, balanced and unafraid exists just not in good ol’ En Zed right now. At least some of the populist demagoguery has abated.

    Cunliffe is experienced, very intelligent and his vision is a mix of old New Zealand social values and new first world economic development for and around all Kiwis. Inclusive!

    Staying on message, creatively watching the media’s spin for more irrelevancies and knowing Labour can not just be better but perhaps given the run can undo some of the elitist, short term, ‘entitled’ racist thinking of not just the Key government but those parties to its right.

    Principles not personalities…housing, jobs, education, health and clean government!

  22. JonL 22

    From Facebook….””Stuff.co.nz is a joke. One of my friends is an editor there and she told me the bosses are open about the fact their aim is to get key re-elected.”
    – Louisa Berry

    So….par for the course for all the second rate hacks………

  23. James Thrace 23

    [Deleted. Keep it seemly – MS]

    That explains it all.

    • emergency mike 23.1

      You’d better make it clear that your joking James. Comments like that might be fine on WhaleSmear, but not here.

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    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    5 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    6 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    6 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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