Brexit begins

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 30th, 2017 - 81 comments
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Here we are then. Article 50 has been invoked, and the 2 year countdown to Brexit begins:

Michael Heseltine, the Conservative former cabinet minister, told the Guardian the move represented the “worst peacetime decision taken by any modern postwar government”, with the power now all in the hands of European leaders.

“Our friends and allies in Europe will now tell us what conditions we must accept to trade in our largest market,” he said. “This is the moment when the empty phrases and undeliverable promises of the Brexiters will be replaced by the hard reality. They will decide. We will be told. It is what every Conservative prime minister I have worked for was determined to avoid.”

European leaders of course have a strong motivation to make Brexit costly for England, pour décourager les autres. I say England because Scotland might stay in the EU, and who knows what will happen to the rest of the “United Kingdom”.

Other required reading:
Article 50: Theresa May to call on UK to unite after letter triggers Brexit
Eight key points you need to know about the Brexit negotiations
Article 50: What does its triggering mean?
Reality Check: Can the UK change its mind on Article 50?
May wants security, free trade, liberal values: just what we’re throwing away
Brexit: May accused of trying to ‘blackmail’ EU with security threat – Politics live

In my opinion this will go very badly for England. It is an illustration of the way in which unaccountable lies told in campaigning can twist the democratic process to damaging outcomes. As is the case with the election of Trump, it is those who have been deceived who are going to be hardest hit.

81 comments on “Brexit begins ”

  1. Mordecai 1

    The leave campaign won not because of ‘lies told’ (people on both sides told lies), but because of the legitimate concern of the people over their sovereignty. The EU is a huge mess, one that will likely eventually collapse and return to a simple trade bloc, as it should have stayed.

    • Ad 1.1

      What is sovereignty for exactly?

    • paul andersen 1.2

      following on from your comment about sovereignty, the scots who mostly want to stay as part of europe, will possibly leave the united(should be untied)kingdom, causing the union jack flag to disappear, which will also force our flag to change…ahh,the laws of unintended consequence.

      • Mordecai 1.2.1

        Yes, you never know, do you. I am a royalist, but first and foremost I am a supporter of nation sovereignty. If the Scots believe it is in their best interest to leave the UK, then good luck to them.

        • Chess Player 1.2.1.1

          Were you “first and foremost a supporter of national sovereignty” when England and its vassals invaded and looted over 60 countries?
          Or is national sovereignty not permitted for those who are invaded?

          • Mordecai 1.2.1.1.1

            No, my support of National sovereignty is historical. Notwithstanding that some colonisation has been beneficial to the people’s colonised, NZ being a very good example.

    • Johan 1.3

      To Mordecai: “The EU is a huge mess, one that will likely eventually collapse and return to a simple trade bloc, as it should have stayed”. Your analytical skills may not be as good as you think. Europe is doing very nicely, it is England that is in a huge mess. The main reasons for having an EU and its for-runners has been to create a stable and peaceful Europe. EU countries have benefited greatly, fighting off the bullies and through better organized trade within these countries. The Tories in Britain have always said no to joining a united Europe, right from Churchill, and Thatcher to the present.

      • joe90 1.3.1

        right from Churchill

        Churchill was an early adopter, writing in 1930 about a United States of Europe through to his post war support and, shortly before his death, stating the Government are right to apply to join the European Economic Community.

        http://eu-rope.ideasoneurope.eu/2013/11/10/winston-churchill-a-founder-of-the-european-union/

        • Johan 1.3.1.1

          To joe90:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euroscepticism_in_the_United_Kingdom

          Whilst after the war Churchill was an early supporter of pan-Europeanism[9] and called for a “United States of Europe” and the creation of a “Council of Europe”.[9] he did not have Britain join the ECSC in 1951.
          We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked but not combined. We are interested and associated but not absorbed.

          Quote by Churchill.

          • joe90 1.3.1.1.1

            Quote by Churchill

            .

            For context best you read Churchill’s 1930 article about a United States of Europe, written when the UK still had it’s empire and, as noted in the linked Danzig piece above, you did read it, didn’t you, hi-jacked and cited out of context by brexiteers.

            https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-c4rDWePh_pRV9pcnlhM2N0MVE/view

            • Johan 1.3.1.1.1.1

              To Joe90:
              Perhaps you need to focus on what Churchill felt on this topic at a later date, not 1930. Cheers

              • joe90

                Perhaps you need to focus on what Churchill felt on this topic at a later date, not 1930.

                Should I focus on what he felt in 1961 when writing that the Government are right to apply to join the European Economic Community or what he felt in 1963 when he wrote that the future of Europe if Britain were to be excluded is black indeed?.

                • Johan

                  Broad statements indeed, which could be interpreted in many different ways. You need to begin with precise proof. Try again

          • Chess Player 1.3.1.1.2

            Churchill had the bright idea to invade via Gallipoli.
            I stopped listening to him quite some time ago.

      • DoublePlusGood 1.3.2

        The EU is doing terribly – it’s vulture capitalists have sucked Greece dry and will likely do the same to Italy, Spain and Portugal.

        • Johan 1.3.2.1

          To DoublePlusGood:
          Sounds as if you are doing a Donald and just as effective;-))
          Perhaps you need to mention the reasons for countries such as Greece, Portugal, etc. finding themselves in the financial and employment difficulties. The Greeks for instance are experts at avoiding paying their taxes and diverting money in Swiss bank accounts, as well as giving pensions at early retirement. You and I both know that if we spend more than we make, sooner or later, we end up in the poo.

          • One Two 1.3.2.1.1

            Perhaps you need to mention the ‘entry criteria’ which GS were found to have ‘fudged’..

      • Mordecai 1.3.3

        So the EU is doing ok? By what measure? Certainly the bureaucrats in Brussels are doing ok. Europe was ‘stable and peaceful’ for decades before the EU became more than a trade pact. If anything, the inability of countries such as Greece and Spain to resolve their own economic problems is destabilising Europe more than any other event could.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.3.3.1

          Europe was ‘stable and peaceful’ for decades before the EU became more than a trade pact.

          Really?
          COuld have sworn there was two world wars that started in Europe in the decades leading up to the EEC.

          If anything, the inability of countries such as Greece and Spain to resolve their own economic problems is destabilising Europe more than any other event could.

          That’s something I’d agree with and it’s because of the EU preventing those nations from having their own currency which would act as a balancer if they were allowed to float against each other.

          • Mordecai 1.3.3.1.1

            Ww2 ended in 1945. The EU began in 1993 (from your own source). That is almost 5 decades later.
            Note-I specifically referred to the time when the European alliance became more than just a trade pact.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.3.3.1.1.1

              Note-I specifically referred to the time when the European alliance became more than just a trade pact.

              Actually, that’s all the EU is and ever will be and it fails at that as well. It really isn’t about anything else so your attempt to apply a different time-line fails.

              • Mordecai

                So you have no understanding of what happens in Brussels? Of what Members of the European Parliament are? Bendy bananas or crooked cucumbers anybody?

          • halfcrown 1.3.3.1.2

            Answer to Draco @1.3.3.1

            You are so right Draco, If anyone is interested, read what the author of the original Flashman novels George Mac Donald Fraser said in his book “The Light Is On At Sign Post” Chapter 3 The Europe Fiasco

            Too long to quote here but he said exactly that and more way back in 72.

      • Liberal Realist 1.3.4

        Europe is doing very nicely, it is England that is in a huge mess.

        Europe doing very nicely you say? Really? Did you miss the last 10 or so years of crushing austerity? The plunder of Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland etc.

        Germany might be doing okay now, and has done okay over the last 10 years however southern Europe has been pillaged by neoliberalist dogma.

        I’m in agreement with Mordecai; the EU is a complete mess and is destined to eventually fall back into a being a simple trading block. The greed and power of the northern European (mostly German & French) banks has ensured the EU’s eventual disintegration IMO.

        • Johan 1.3.4.1

          To Liberal Realist:
          Nice copy and paste job, have you added anything new?
          “Germany might be doing okay”, have a look at this country’s productivity/income then you may want to revise your comment.

          • Liberal Realist 1.3.4.1.1

            Nice copy and paste job, have you added anything new?
            “Germany might be doing okay”, have a look at this country’s productivity/income then you may want to revise your comment.

            No cutting or pasting occurred as I typed out my opinion in response to yours mate.

            What I’ve added is my opinion. This is a blog where, you guessed it, people share their opinions!

            Would you care to debate my reply, which is based on facts, to your unqualified opinion that ‘Europe is doing quite nicely’?

            • In Vino 1.3.4.1.1.1

              De Gaulle was right all along. He was the last of recent politicians (although he refused his big President’s pension on the grounds that his military pension was what he felt happy with) to have any sense of long-term vision. Nobody else has had that.

              He said that Britain should not be in the EEC. Give him credit now – he was right, as he was about many other things.

  2. Dot 2

    To Mordecai,
    If not lies, there was incompetent messaging from the Conservative Government
    [it is not pc for them to blame incompetent voters].
    I note the comment of Paddy Ashdown, re: this Brexit decision,
    “A monumental act of self harm which will bewilder historians.”

    • Mordecai 2.1

      As I said, both sides told lies. It was the issue sovereignty (and specifically immigration policy) that drove the voters to leave.

  3. Sabine 4

    and good riddance.

    • kenny 4.1

      Careful Sabine, your Teutonic side is showing.

      The EU is trying to bully the UK, plain and simple. THEY want to set the agenda and rules; Britain is not ‘allowed’ to deal direct with any of the 27 countries but THEY can do what they want. Who is Britain negotiating with, Brussells, France, Germany or uncle tom cobbly and all. I thought their chief negotiators were Barnier and Verhofstadt?

      Good luck with their hope for a concensus or amicable agreement between the 27, that’s going to be fun to watch or are the Germans going to bully the rest of europe to agree to what THEY want? I think the French and Italians and Greeks may have something to say about that.

      Don’t forget the EU sells more stuff to the UK than the UK sells to them (I think the UK is Germany’s biggest export market) – who has the most to lose if things go belly up? Also any agreement would be reciprocal, so a bad deal for Britain would be a bad deal for the EU. It is in everyones interest to get an agreement that is fair and all are happy with.

      • Sabine 4.1.1

        I am bavarian, not teutonic. Like seriously.

        Secondly the UK has been playing on its ‘separate but equal’ membership for years now, and to an extend this has now come to an end.
        They voted to leave and i say good on them. 🙂

        • In Vino 4.1.1.1

          Gut gesagt. De Gaulle may also be smiling in his grave..

        • kenny 4.1.1.2

          I used teutonic as the general description of Germans, incorrectly I know, as the real teutons were the Swedes.

          Separate but equal by the way is far better than ‘the same but better’ which the French and Germans consider themselves to be. The French and Germans write the rules and everyone has to follow them. Their treatment of Greece in particular and democracy in general is appalling although I must say the Belgian and Luxemburg contingent seem to be trying to out-do them at the moment.

          The longer the powers that be in the EU continue to push their POLITICAL agenda the sooner the whole thing will, rightly, come crashing down. Cameron and Britain have been trying for years to get the EU to change but with no success – hence BREXIT. Stay in the EU and get them to change from within – don’t make me laugh!

  4. One Two 5

    Probably best to get rid of all voting then, Anthony…

    If voters are ‘too stupid’ to identify the lies*

    * voters are in general, as can be observed in daily life, ‘too stupid’

    Perhaps you’re not aware of who the sponsors were/are of the ‘EU Project’..

    It’s over now!

    • Enough is Enough 5.1

      Democracy is a bitch when outcomes you disagree with are poplular

    • joe90 5.2

      Perhaps you’re not aware of who the sponsors were/are of the ‘EU Project’..

      Do tell…

      • One Two 5.2.1

        Hi Joe

        Seemingly, you enjoy trawling the net

        Go wild!

        • joe90 5.2.1.1

          No, I’d like to hear your version of who the sponsors were/are of the ‘EU Project’.

          • J'Accuse 5.2.1.1.1

            Was it Churchill who said
            “I’d rather have them in the tent pissing out, rather than outside pissing in” ?

          • McFlock 5.2.1.1.2

            good luck getting a straight answer.

            onetwo lacks the courage of their convictions to be hierophantic rather than merely delphic.

            • Andre 5.2.1.1.2.1

              I always just figured OneTwo was a Turing Test fail.

            • One Two 5.2.1.1.2.2

              That’s your spin, McFlock

              But as you come across ‘a bit thick’, it’s hardly surprising you come out with that level of assessment

              • McFlock

                I might be a bit thick, but it seems my assessment was completely correct.

                You’re pretentious enough to imply that you know more than others, yet too cowardly to explain yourself.

                • One Two

                  “Completely correct”

                  That is an impossibility, for each and every one of us, including myself

                  Which renders your evaluation to … your opinion…

                  Nothing more, or less

                  • McFlock

                    …and yet you still refuse to back up your pretention and actually state “who the sponsors were/are of the ‘EU Project’”.

                    • One Two

                      Refusing?

                      No,thats simply your view of what ‘I must do’,to satiate the opinion you’ve tabled about my supposed pretention of, ‘knowing stuff’…

                      When of course I don’t have to do anything of the sort to satisfy the inner workings of your mind!

                      Comment 5.2.2 gives you away…again

                      Once fear and ego are sidelined, more useful traits can occupy cpu cycles in the mind..

                    • McFlock

                      Was your original line more of a shared feeling of ignorance with other who are not aware “who the sponsors were/are of the ‘EU Project’”, rather than a suggestion that you know “who the sponsors were/are of the ‘EU Project’” but R0b doesn’t?

                      Did you just use a dozen words to state “meh, idk”?

                      Or are you concealing the truth of Europe’s hidden overlords? Are YOU part of the moon-nazi Greco-Italian lizard conspiracy?!

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Bollocks McFlock. As everyone knows, Buzz Aldrin (who faked the Moon landings by adding very specific hallucinogens to the water supply) and the HAARP cabal destroyed the Lizard spawning ponds decades ago.

                      Get with the program.

                      Edit: You want evidence? Have you seen his right hook? Enhanced physical powers much?

          • One Two 5.2.1.1.3

            Nah, you’re just fishing for anything that might help you fill in some time by arguing or throwing an insult about..

            Do your own work

            • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.1.1.3.1

              I have, but I just can’t find the link. Please please help me I want so much to break free of the HAARP/Aldrin mindfog.

              Your refusal to share just demonstrates that you’re one of them.

          • Johan 5.2.1.1.4

            To joe90:
            Love to play this little game that you are playing. A rough guess would be the same countries which set up Benelux, since this union has been described as the fore-runner of the EU;-)))

        • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.2

          You made the claim, you back it up.

      • McFlock 5.2.2

        It’s the bloody Lizard Illumnati again, I bet ya!

    • Liberal Realist 5.3

      Perhaps you’re not aware of who the sponsors were/are of the ‘EU Project’..

      I assume you’re referring to the supposition that the CIA were the sponsors? While I don’t know if that’s true or not, IMO – the EU (and leading countries in the block) are, for all intents and purposes, vassals of Washington…

      • Bill 5.3.1

        There was something about the US needing to keep money moving (recycling debt or some such) and so needing Japan and Germany to get back up and running after WW2. I can’t remember the details, it’s at a level of convoluted economics that I struggle with.

        Anyway. If I remember correctly, the claim was that France had to be ‘bribed’ to accept the fact that Germany was going to be the economic powerhouse of a future Europe. So they got the vacuous baubles of office…the bureaucracy, by way of compensation..

        I think it was Yanis Varoufakis who explained it in some presentation he gave or in some conversation he was a part of – I can’t exactly remember. But do recall having the impression that it made sense.

      • Bill 5.3.2

        Go to 55 min in this link for the explanation…or scroll through the accompanying transcript.

        https://www.yanisvaroufakis.eu/2016/06/28/full-transcript-of-the-yanis-varoufakis-noam-chomsky-nypl-discussion/

  5. Kaleb 6

    I am a kiwi living in London. been living here for over 6 years now.

    The issue i see is that the british will soon not be able to blame the EU and migrants for every issue that they have from the NHS to jobs to EU law and when we are fully out they will then start to blame the people that voted brexit. Brexit will have major implications for this country and workers.
    So many false promises like 350 million a week to the NHS that will never come about.

    Sad day…

    • Chess Player 6.1

      I agree.
      Look out for a hoard of entitled, monied, gents and ladies to relocate to NZ and similar countries. And, for the confused and bewildered poor in England to turn upon themselves.
      Scotland has the right plan.

  6. Ad 7

    Other than direct visa access, exactly what will change?

    Will immigration for manual labour really dry up?

    UK businesses will still have to export and operate their to the same EU rules.

    Students will still arrive. NATO doesn’t change.

    What do they want, their own supply of directly-imported non-curvy bananas?

    I can’t see much difference yet other than the Pound halving in value.

    • paul andersen 7.1

      the pound halving in value, surely that should be a wake up call, that would mean all imports to the u.k. doubling in price , must have made a big difference in living costs..

    • Chess Player 7.2

      ” Exactly what will change?”
      Do you not understand the concept of supply chain security?
      The UK cannot feed itself.
      The supermarket shelves are completely turned over every 2-3 days, and largely with products from outside the UK.
      What impact do you think having to re-negotiate the cost of the basic necessities of life will have?
      The challenge for the English will be to either accept less for higher cost, or to re-invent themselves and create a genuinely self-sustainable economy.
      Given England has only grown in stature and wealth through invasion of other lands, I realistically don’t see them doing either.

  7. Sabine 8

    interesting read.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/uk-is-drunk-on-sovereignty-and-all-puffed-up-with-no-place-to-go-1.3028005#.WNs-3XKROA1.

    “The prime minister herself said that no deal would be better than a bad deal, although Brexit secretary David Davis admitted last week that the government has made no assessment of the cost of crashing out of the EU.
    The government’s tone has softened in recent days, and Davis acknowledged this week that immigration from the EU could actually increase after Brexit. The UK’s economy remains perky, confounding the Remainers’ warnings of an immediate slump after the referendum and reassuring those who backed Brexit about their future outside the EU.

    Scotland’s parliament last night voted in favour of a second independence referendum and although May can delay the vote until after Brexit, it will almost certainly happen soon afterwards. Meanwhile, the UK’s efforts to find new markets beyond the EU are meeting the reality that no market is as large or as promising as Europe’s and that countries such as India want new trade deals to include easier immigration into the UK.

    As she starts the clock on two years of negotiations, May remains transfixed by the threat from her right flank and its supporters in the press. But when she lifts her gaze she may see the peril her chosen strategy poses to the integrity of the UK as she takes it on a lonely journey out of the EU, drunk on a notion of sovereignty and all puffed up with no place to go.”

    • kenny 8.1

      This from the neutral Irish Times of course.

      The only ones who want another Scottish referendum are the SNP (Scottish National Party); all the polls suggest the general population do not. It is interesting that the SNP will choose any excuse for a referendum and that they were hoping the Germans would invade Britain in WWII so they could demand one.

      The SNP is not Scotland.

      If the EU position is so strong why are they determined to make BREXIT so bad for Britain that it discourages other States from going down the same path? Why is Brussels afraid of democracy? Why are they antaganising Russia? Can you imagine what the US reaction would be if Russia arranged to change the democraticly elected Mexican government with one friendly to them and then stationed Russian troops on the US/Mexican border.

  8. DS 9

    Heseltine is a believer in Federal Europe. *Of course* he thinks Brexit is Armageddon.

    Fact is, the EU entrenches right-wing economics. The European Project was traditionally the domain of the Right, not the Left – the Tories took Britain into the Common Market, while Labour was traditionally opposed. For good reason.

    This glorious European project destroyed the last serious attempt at western democratic socialism (Mitterand’s France), and was thoroughly complicit in the destruction of UK manufacturing (it became legally impossible for Britain to support local industry against German imports). In its modern incarnation it prevents a future UK Government from nationalising the railways*, has utterly screwed Britain’s fishing industry, and it has most famously gutted Southern Europe via a modern gold standard.

    *Yes, the Tories won’t do this. But you can vote out the government in Westminster. You can’t vote out the European Commission.

    • kenny 9.1

      Exactly – I am convinced the EU project has always been the pilot for globalisation; if they can get it to work there then the world, literally, is their oyster! The real ‘elite’ are starting to feel the push-back from the people and are getting nervous but are not yet ready to concede defeat – hence their endeavours to impose a cashless society on the world. Good luck with that.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?
    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    2 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network
    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!
    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat
    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Some changes are coming
    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • About fucking time
    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking
    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.
    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?
    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.
    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent
    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac
    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation
    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...
    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz
    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    4 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again
    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister
    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    4 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.
    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16
    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16
    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother
    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?
    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    5 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)
    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1
    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor
    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15
    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ
    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    6 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Questions from God
    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    7 days ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Women in Space.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
    Midway through the news conference that many American political commentators had built up as critical to Joe Biden’s re-election chances, the US president said European leaders are not asking him not to run for a second term, “they’re saying you gotta win”.The problem for Biden and his advisors is that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    7 days ago

  • Update on global IT outage
    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership
    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns
    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'
    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    18 hours ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs
    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals
    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    2 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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    2 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase
    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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    2 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights
    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language
    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery
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    3 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki
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    4 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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    4 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits
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    4 days ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston
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    4 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
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    4 days ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship
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    5 days ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality
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