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Buyer’s remorse

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, March 3rd, 2009 - 68 comments
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small-garrettIt’s well known that David Garrett is only in Parliament as ACT’s payoff for their support from the Sensible Sentencing Trust. I’m guessing right about now they must be having some serious buyer’s remorse.

The buffoon is in the Herald again today after the Attorney General found his three strikes bill to be at odds with the Bill of Rights’ protections against cruel, degrading or disproportionately severe punishment.

Garrett’s response?

Mr Garrett had not read the report, but told of its findings yesterday said: “So what?”

“Alter the Bill of Rights Act. We’ve got too hung up on people’s rights.”

He then went on to dismiss the report as being written by “some oik from Crown Law” and stated that he didn’t give a damn about prisoners having rights. So much for the ‘liberal party’, eh?

This embarrassing rant follows Garrett’s drunken gay-bashing on Eye to Eye last year and his repeated, incompetent lying over the cost of his three strikes policy. What a useless redneck.

68 comments on “Buyer’s remorse”

  1. BLiP 1

    Garret is the oik!

  2. John Dalley 2

    Enok Powell look a-like anyone

    • Snail 2.1

      Enoch if you don’t mind.

      Otherwise agee the resemblance… a tad younger.. and the feller here would lack EP’s nous and military courage.. not to mention sensibility. Twas, after all, Ted Heath’s opposition and singular obsession/s upon which Enoch foundered..

      Oh yes, and because I’d promised a reader here greater clarity on the point, Enoch Powell did not say “Berminggam” (brumlike) of the city Birmingham in the British midlands. Nay, too public school for that.

  3. MikeE 3

    So what exactly do you have a problem with the 3 strikes law?

    Every “strike” the violent offender gets warned about the consequences.

    Its a fucking social contract, its not like the offenders can argue “oh I couldn’t help it” or “I didn’t know” the whole process takes years of offending to come into effect.

    Its pretty much.

    I muder someone, I get found guilty and sentanced. As part of my sentance I am warned of the law and consequences.

    Then I serve my sentance, get out, go and viciously assault someone. I’m caught, go through the legal process, and and found guilty and sentanced. I’m warned that this is my last chance, or I’m in jail for good. I better sort my shit out, or its the slammer. Hardly rocket science or violating my human rights here.

    I serve the years of my jail term and get out. I decide to commit another violent crime. Get caught, sentanced etc.

    I’ve had multiple chances to turn my life around, and stop assaulting, robbing, raping or murdering but I don’t. I’m in Jail for good. I’ve been warned multiple times, and the whole process has taken years, probably most of my life. I’m what one would describe as a bad bastard. Its hardly a violation of my rights to keep me locked up.

    Its very simple.

    If you don’t want to be locked away for the rest of your natural life, do not Murder, do not rape, do not assault etc.

    Very very simple.

    Yes I would be worried about violations or rights if this included offenses such as petty theft, white collar crime, drug violations etc – but it doesn’t. IT only includes offenses that involve deliberate, premedidated physical harm on innocent people.

    [stand back you oiks, MikeE and David Garret know more about human rights than youse (including youse like me who have law degrees) and Crown Law put together! SP]

  4. Matthew Pilott 4

    So what exactly do you have a problem with the 3 strikes law?

    Hmm, the fact that it is a refutation of our entire justice system, with no evidence that punishment is better than rehabilitation, plus I don’t fancy the idea of those people getting out after 25 years with no chance at parole, nor incentive to behave, nor ANY focus on rehabilitation. I’ll probably be long gone before that happens, but pity the fools who aren’t.

    That’s off the top of my head. Imagine what I could find wrong with your moronic law if I thought it had a show of getting through and really cared. Never thought I’d say this, but I have faith in National not to pull off something so idiotic, even though this means I’m relying on National to save me from ACT. Well thanks to jeebus it ain’t the other way around.

  5. Matthew Pilott 5

    And Garrett is really showing his class isn’t he?

    Mr Garrett, a former legal adviser to the Sensible Sentencing Trust, said the concerns were not Mr Finlayson’s personally but those of “some oik in Crown Law”.

    From Cambridge: Oik (n) “a rude and unpleasant man from a low social class.

    Who voted this scum into parliament?

  6. Felix 6

    Assuming that there are some social liberals among the act fan club, how do they feel about this waste of oxygen sitting at no. 5 on their list?

    I realise they don’t have any say in the list but do they have an opinion? Does the leadership allow them to voice it?

    Gay rights? Gender issues? Racial tolerance? You happy with this caveman representing you?

    • peteremcc 6.1

      the problem is that you left liberals don’t distinguish between positive and negative rights.

      i support basic negative rights that don’t impinge on other people’s rights.

      i don’t support rights that allow people out to murder repeatedly, the same way I don’t think you have a right to a house (ie: a right to force someone to build you a house) or a right to a job (ie: a right to force someone to give you one).

      • Felix 6.1.1

        Thanks for ignoring the question.

        So how do you feel about this homophobic bigot being higher on the list of “the liberal party” than you?

      • Tane 6.1.2

        peteremcc – your construct of negative versus positive rights is self-serving bullshit. When you stop forcing me to pay for policemen to protect your property and courts to enforce your contracts I’ll start taking you seriously.

  7. toad 7

    http://www.act.org.nz/david-garrett

    Before entering Parliament at the 2008 election, David Garrett was a barrister practising in Albany, Auckland, as well as in Tonga where he lived from 1999 to 2003. David now lives on a lifestyle block near Helensville with his wife and two young children.

    David was a legal advisor to the Sensible Sentencing Trust, and writes occasional opinion pieces on legal issues for a number of publications. He is also frequently called upon to comment in the media on law and order issues.

    David helped to write ACT’s ‘Three Strikes And Your Out’ policy and is fast developing a reputation as New Zealand’s most bigoted and neanderthalic Member of Parliament.

  8. dave 8

    hmm, it sounds like he’s a piece of work. Does he have any portfolios??

  9. DeeDub 9

    MikeE do you just cut and paste a response on all the blogs?

    http://tumeke.blogspot.com/2009/03/from-medieval-law-and-order-policy-to.html

    Complete with all your ‘muders’ of the English language . . .

    • MikeE 9.1

      For the record, I’m not agreeing with Garrets comment on the BORA, I think its a fucking stupid comment and I hope he gets a bollicking for it.

      That said, its pretty fucking rich here, for the readers of the standard to be harping on about the BORA, when only a few months ago, the very same people supported pushing through the Electoral finance act, which was in breach of the BORA.

      My belief is that its not in breech of the BORA.

      The BORA says:

      “Everyone has the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, degrading, or disproportionately severe treatment or punishment.”

      Which is fair enough. Now my arguemnt is it can’t possibly be disproportiantely severe treatment or punishment if the offender is warned against reoffending, knowing the consequences and does it anyway. That to me sounds like a social contract. And in my opinion thats what Garret should have said.

      • Lew 9.1.1

        MikeE,

        Now my arguemnt is it can’t possibly be disproportiantely severe treatment or punishment if the offender is warned against reoffending, knowing the consequences and does it anyway.

        The trouble is that terms like `disproportionately severe treatment or punishment’ are in our legislation as part of our compliance with international conventions on justice, such as those of the UN. You might not think there is any injustice in someone receiving a 25-year term for an offence with an ordinary maximum sentence of 10 years, but that’s pretty much the definition of `disproportionate’.

        You could, as Garrett tacitly suggests, that we rescind our membership to those conventions – but that’s a pretty big call just for the privilege of keeping the Sensible[sic] Sentencing Trust on-side, wouldn’t you agree?

        L

      • Pascal's bookie 9.1.2

        I think the dispropotionate part might mean that you can’t give wildy differing sentences for the same offense. It could also mean that some punishments are too severe for some offenses. Either way, your ‘fair warning’ thing doesn’t provide an escape hatch.

      • QoT 9.1.3

        it can’t possibly be disproportiantely severe treatment or punishment if the offender is warned against reoffending,

        Sure, Mike, but by that logic we should just have the universal death penalty for all crimes. After all, criminals do know that crime is illegal and we have a police force to enforce the law. So they’ve been warned about even offending in the first place, right?

  10. Ben R 10

    “From Cambridge: Oik (n) “a rude and unpleasant man from a low social class.”

    Umm, I thought people on here were supportive of those from the working class? But this comment reflects the kind of elitist snobbery those on the left would normally berate if it came from a kiwiblogger?

    IrishBill: we are. That’s why when some bigot uses a pejorative class-based term (as Garrett has done) we berate them.

    • higherstandard 10.1

      “elitist snobbery”

      Damn your eyes sir !

      Quick chaps time for some chardonnay and hand wringing to calm the nerves.

  11. Ben R 11

    Matthew, can you cite some studies on the effectiveness of rehabilitation? I am not a fan of a three strikes law, and agree rehab is the ideal. But where’s the evidence of effective rehab programmes & what kind of offenders best respond to them?

    • Matthew Pilott 11.1

      Ben R, it’s the entire foundation for Western jurisprudence.

      Compare and contrast with chopping someone’s arm of if they thieve your bread, or cutting their tongue out if they blaspheme or mock Ahmadinejad’s naff sports coat.

      So I don’t mean rehabilitation as a programme per se, but the idea that our justice system is meant to reform, not punish*. If that’s a debate we want to have as a society, then lets have it, without resorting to talking about ‘victims rights’ as a cover. Bacause that’s all that talk is – elevating one group’s rights over those of society as a whole. That’s not a good way to frame a debate, is it?.

      *note that it is also meant to protect – and the general philosophy, again, is that rehabilitation and reformation means people are safer overall. If we punish, those punished and back out on the streets will be angrier, and we’ll only be safe if those who are angry are rational enough to recognise punishment as a deterrent, as opposed to something to be avoided after comitting a crime.

      Haven’t got a specific study for this stuff, but I believe it’s more fundamental that that, if that makes sense. Kim Workman had some useful comments recently – smart sentencing vs stronger sentences.

      • peteremcc 11.1.1

        can someone explain which part of the three strikes bill has an affect whatsoever on the rehabilitation that we do at the moment?

        • Matthew Pilott 11.1.1.1

          Sure. The bit where you get locked up, with no focus on rehabilitation whatsoever.

          Currently, you go to jail and the focus is on rehabilitation. Good behaviour, parole, that sort of thing. All out the window with three strikes – it removes the focus and incentives from rehabilitation to one of retribution and punishment. The reactionary crowd cheers for this, I say it will make NZ a more dangerous place.

  12. dave 12

    no, they are calling a rude unpleasant man (David Garrett) a hick, a hill billy, a slack jawed inbred… which is a fair call, his response to our escalating violent crime is a knee jerk reaction that hasn’t worked in America, how would it work here? It just breeds more crime

  13. BLiP 13

    Mike E said:

    ” . . .So what exactly do you have a problem with the 3 strikes law? . . . ”

    Its a draconian, pre-Christian Old Testement eye-for-eye approach to justice. Might as well hand the courts over to the sharia imams.

    If I was down for two strikes already, might as well go beserk on the third one if there’s a chance of getting caught – might as well get locked up for murder as for assault.

  14. Stephen 14

    I have the impression Lindsay Mitchell is an ACT-oid, and she’s pretty pissed off:
    http://lindsaymitchell.blogspot.com/

    • BLiP 14.1

      hahahaha – its her husband who’s pissed off – what a sad example of the surrendered wife syndrome.

  15. Tigger 15

    This issue will be a good test for the NACTMA government, just as the seabed and foreshore matter will be.

    I can’t see how Finlayson, for example, could vote for three strikes given his remarks about the BORA. Same with Power. Any of the new Nats in certain electorates voting for it will be pilloried (Auckland Central and Maungakiekie for example aren’t electorates that would support this law one would have thought). T’will be an interesting debate.

    Meanwhile, ACT desperately need a win as a party to ensure they’re not irrelevant and this is one of their key planks. Speaking of ACT I’m getting a whole ‘Flowers in the Attic’ feel from National about their right-wing partners who are pretty much MIA – are all the ACT MPs hidden in some special prison somewhere?.

    • gingercrush 15.1

      So your saying people in those electorates don’t care for longer sentences? Please provide evidence of that.

      • peteremcc 15.1.1

        I’d say theres some pretty decent evidence to the opposite, given that it was a pretty key National party pledge, and guess what, those electorates changed hands…

        • Pascal's bookie 15.1.1.1

          “given that it was a pretty key National party pledge”

          Which was? 3 strikes or altering the BORA? Certainly giving ACT major wins wasn’t a Key pledge.

          Exactly the opposite in fact. I remember he called them a bunch of far right fringe dwellers (or words to that effect).

  16. Ben R 16

    “David Garret know more about human rights than youse (including youse like me who have law degrees) and Crown Law put together! SP]”

    Then you’d realise that there can be reasonable limits on rights. As I pointed out on the other thread, the right to freedom from discrimination is limited by ethnic funding in health or affirmative action programmes. What amounts to reasonable limits means is obviously debatable, but rights aren’t unlimited.

  17. Ianmac 17

    Ben R: I can’t point to a direct reference re rehabilitation. But the decision in Canada was to spend on rehabilitation/prevention and cut down on longer sentences. (The opposite of USA plan where longer sentences and less rehab lead to the high prison muster, as being developed in NZ.)

  18. Ben R 18

    “Ben R, it’s the entire foundation for Western jurisprudence.”

    I thought that sentencing had numerous justifications, including punishment, rehabilitation, deterrence & incapacitation.

    Punishment seems based on an outmoded idea of justice, but incapacitation is particularly important if someone is especially high risk.

    • Matthew Pilott 18.1

      You’re right, for example there is always the preventative detention option, which is clearly geared towards incarceration and not rehabilitation. But that’s used when someone is considered to be completely unfit for rehabilitation.

      In that case we’re saying that our old ideas won’t work – someone isn’t going to be better, we’ve given up on them and we’re not letting them out unless they prove that they are fit to be let out.

      That doesn’t apply here – it’s an untidy effort to implement a cheap fix to a problem in the too-hard basket. I honestly wonder why people are happy to shunt our problems on to future generations – in 35 years or so, the first of these 3-strikers would be getting out. Does anyone think that this law will keep us safe from them after that? It’s such a flawed and short-term solution.

      That’s why MikeE can only argue by saying it doesn’t violate the BORA. That’s the best there is to say for it – maybe it doesn’t violate fundamental human rights, I think. Super…

  19. Ben R 19

    “Ianmac
    March 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm
    Ben R: I can’t point to a direct reference re rehabilitation. But the decision in Canada was to spend on rehabilitation/prevention and cut down on longer sentences. (The opposite of USA plan where longer sentences and less rehab lead to the high prison muster, as being developed in NZ.)”

    The higher level of sentencing in the US lead to reduced crime rates. Although, as I’ve posted previously, even more cost effective is increasing police numbers (see the paper below).

    “Understanding Why Crime Fell in the 1990s: Four Factors That Explain the Decline and Six That Do Not.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2004, 18(1), pp. 163-90.

    http://pricetheory.uchicago.edu/levitt/Papers/LevittUnderstandingWhyCrime2004.pdf

  20. The Voice of Reason 20

    “David helped to write ACT’s ‘Three Strikes And Your Out’ policy “.

    ‘Your out’? Is he their spokesman on education as well?

    John D:

    Not just an Enoch Powell lookalike, but a bit of the Lord Lucan about him, too. Now there’s a man with strong views on crime and punishment!

  21. Joshua 21

    It’s becoming increasingly obvious why National were so keen on getting the support of the Maori party.

  22. Rex Widerstrom 22

    So I’m assuming the media are camped on this clown’s doorstep, demanding he front up to some hard-hitting interviews (i.e. not with Paul Henry) to explain his contempt for the rights of every New Zealander he supposedly represents?

    And of course the interviewer will be armed with meticulous research annotations from the Magna Carta on, so as not to allow the debate to become diverted on “three strikes” (as it has here), because for someone who’s taken an oath to uphold the law to express his utter contempt for it is surely prima facie justification for his impeachment and removal from office.

    That’s still the role of the Fourth Estate, right? To demand accountability from our “representatives”? Or is it to sell dodgy investments and show us pictures of celebrity boobies? Sorry, I don’t get out much… it’s just that I was under the impression we still had a functioning democracy.

  23. Billy 23

    Mmmmm.

    Celebrity boobies…

  24. Felix 24

    It’s not the first time I’ve expressed this, but those ridiculous SST freaks will be the downfall of those preposterous ACT freaks.

    • Mike Collins 24.1

      Yeah you probably predicted Labour would win the election too.

      Back on topic. I can understand people having an issue with a piece of legislation proffered by a party that is not their own – even for reasons like inconsistency with the BORA (though such an assumption is rather generous considering many here supported the EFA) . What I can’t understand is the sanctimonious whinging that is going on from those on the left. Comments like “you just don’t get it do you?” Comments like these are particularly common from the increasingly shrill SP. It is just arrogance.

      The three strikes law may be inconsistent with the BORA. That’s all Finlayson has said. He didn’t say it is definitely inconsistent – and it doesn’t mean he won’t vote for it. He is fulfilling his duty as Attorney General which is separate from his political role (how novel).

      For my part I don’t think it is inconsistent with the BORA. I think it is a just law. As someone mentioned on another post (sorry can’t remember who), it can be thought of as a crime in its own right to commit a violent crime after being warned of the consequences by a sentencing judge. It is not like California, there are safeguards for that. People may be incarcerated for longer than they would have been – but they would have known the consequences for fucking up for the third time. Why people are prepared to apologise for this behaviour is beyond me. It is not like the scum that would be put behind bars under this law don’t have a choice. If they do choose to act in a way that would see them put behind bars for a long time, so be it.

      • Felix 24.1.1

        Ooh look, another Actie – perhaps you can tell me: What do the “socially liberal” members of the party think about having a homophobic bigot like Garrett representing you in parliament?

        I asked your little friend Peter earlier but he declined to engage, perhaps you could let me know. It just doesn’t sit right somehow – you guys are all about the rights of the individual but Garrett and his hillbilly mates are, well, socially they’re to the redneck side of Winston Peters.

        How do you square it? Is it just power at all costs? I thought you guys were supposed to be principled (even though I think your principles are all wrong).

        And how do you feel about him being placed so high on the list? It’s not like he worked his way up there.

        Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

        • Mike Collins 24.1.1.1

          “Look forward to hearing your thoughts.”

          Let’s not delude ourselves that you give a fuck what I think. It’s pretty clear you’re trying to shit stir and think you’re clever for it, but what the hell.

          I have no problem with the three strikes law. It is consistent with my principles – one of which is that the first role of the state is to protect its citizens. I believe this bill does that more effectively than the status quo.
          I am happy that ACT has someone like David Garrett in Parliament promoting this bill. He has pushed well for this legislation. Obviously still a long way to go, but on a bill that awakens the ire of lefties, you want a strong champion.

          That does not mean I think he is correct in saying we should change the BORA. He needed in my opinion to come out and say that it was not inconsistent in his view and explain why – there are plenty of reasons to back that up. I think his response is somewhat conditioned by hearing years of PC claptrap about the rights of criminals when there was no one clamouring for the rights of victims. And to be honest I would be fairly certain the majority of NZ would support his bill because of that very sentiment and to keep NZ safe(r than the status quo).

          As for the list – you’re speaking to a guy that said he didn’t care where he was ranked so long as he wasn’t in any danger of getting elected. The angle you are working on is futile – I don’t resent those ranked above me.

          Now that I have wasted my time giving you my thoughts, how about you respond to a few questions?

          1. isn’t your newfound staunch support of the BORA a little hypocritical given your stance on the EFA?
          2. what would you say to the families of more than 77 people who would be alive today, had the three strikes law been enacted 30 years ago, as an explanation as to why you don’t support a law which would have kept their loved ones alive?
          3. Do you think someone who has been convicted on two separate occasions and been warned on two separate occasions, for violent offences, would be treated unfairly by being put away for 25 to life – despite knowing the consequences of their actions?

          I actually do look forward to your thoughts.

          • Felix 24.1.1.1.1

            Mike,

            I remember you being very candid and open in a couple of discussions on this site before the election and I remarked then on how refreshing it was, coming from a politician. That’s why I was in fact looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I still am, despite your patronising rudeness above.

            Read the question again.

            I’m not asking you what you think about the 3 strikes law – I’m not that interested in it. I’m also not asking you about the bill of rights act – I know you’re not interested in it.

            I’m asking you what you think about Garrett being so socially conservative and representing a bunch of supposed social liberals. I’m talking about his views on, for example, homosexuality.

            If you’re just going to spin party lines then yes, you’ve wasted your time but I thought you were better than that.

          • Mike Collins 24.1.1.1.2

            Forgive me for being rude – I felt your line of questioning was rather rude in that you were fishing and trying to trip people up. Rudeness does often beget rudeness although that is no excuse. BTW I am not regurgitating party lines – for starters I haven’t really seen what anyone else in the party has said or written about this barring a few comments above. My comments are genuinely held. And please don’t assume that I am not interested in things such as the BORA.

            Last time I checked there was a policy of keeping things on topic here. My comment above is but I will indulge your questions for you by slipping off topic a little.

            I am yes a social liberal in the sense I have no problem with people doing with their own lives what they will so long as they do not impact on anyone else’s rights to life, liberty and property (incidentally that is why I have no trouble supporting three strikes – it is consistent with my views). I am yet to ask David what his views are on homosexual rights. Until I do I don’t know where he stands (and I won’t rely on you to tell me what you think). I don’t particularly care what he thinks of individuals or lifestyles – as an individual he is entitled to make up his own mind. However I would have concerns if he thought the role of the state was to start treating people differently based on their sexuality (or for that matter, race, skin colour, gender).

            I will say that there will no doubt be areas where David and I disagree – as well as Rodney, Heather, John and Roger. It is the nature of humans to disagree with one another, just as it is to work with one another. The key is looking to what unites rather than what divides. David may have a plethora of ideas I find anathema (I won’t know till I ask), however his raison d’etre at this stage is three strikes. I support him on that – and I think he has done a fairly reasonable job with it. In the past I have spoken out publicly against our MPs who I have disagreed with on issues such as civil unions – so I am no sheep in party colours. If such situations arise in the future then I will do so again. No sense crossing hypothetical bridges now though.

  25. Dr Steevens 25

    Check out James’ view on this one over at Editing the Herald:

    http://editingtheherald.blogspot.com/2009/03/tuesday-march-3-2009-my-views-on-news.html

  26. RedLogix 26

    I so like to think that everyone in the Crown Law Office today was going round pointing at each other, loudly saying, “Hey YOU…. OIK!”.

  27. How kind of you to judge one MP in the ACT Party and apply it to the remaining MPs. If that is your precedent then I will judge you all on Mike Ward, Dover Samuels, Parekura Horomia… I mean lets be a little even handed here fellas!

    But love your selected quoting, it does make one look rather vicious towards rights. I believe the full quote was:

    “I’m actually more interested in a victim’s rights than a criminal’s rights. We are talking about the “rights” of someone who has served at least two sentences for violent offending and just been sentenced to a third lot.

    “I’m not interested in that person’s rights quite frankly. He should have the rights to be fed adequately, to get medical care and not to get tortured – and that’s it.”

    Probably too extreme for you guys but if I was a victim of a criminal who would qualify under the 3 strikes policy, then I wouldn’t be too concerned about his human rights 🙂 The law isn’t for everybody, only violent and repeatedly violent offenders.

    Since you’re so against this boys, will you write a post about what YOU would do instead.

    • Felix 27.1

      Hey Clint if you’re going to get all precious about selective quoting then why did you leave this bit out:

      “So what? Alter the Bill of Rights Act. We’ve got too hung up on people’s rights.’

      How kind of you to judge one MP in the ACT Party and apply it to the remaining MPs.

      It’s a party Clint. A collective. OH MY GOD NO WE’RE NOT WE’RE ALL INDIVIDUALS!!!

      If you don’t want to be judged as a group then run as independents. A bigot like Garrett would drag down the reputation of any party. Oh well, you know what they say about laying down with dogs.

  28. I was trying to be polite Felix, what party do you support if you don’t agree with the idea that we must all have the same opinion. That is a weird statement to make don’t you think?

    No party does that – unless you’re living in North Korea and then you have no choice. 🙂

    • Felix 28.1

      It would be a weird statement to make and I didn’t make it.

      If you don’t support bigots and homophobes having high placements on the party list, just say so.

  29. Garrett-watchers may be interested in his rather dotty behaviour in this thread:

    http://publicaddress.net/system/topic,1671,legal_beagle_three_strikes.sm

    Graeme Edgeler kicks off with a thoughtful post summarising his concerns about the three strikes law: he’s hardly a wet liberal, but he thinks it’s a bad idea.

    A discussion ensues. Garrett arrives, makes statements. Other people address those statements. Garrett loudly claims to have been shouted down, complains about people making generalisations, declares everyone else is a middle-class ignoramus …

    He really is … odd

    • Felix 29.1

      A discussion ensues

      Hilarity ensues!

      Jesus, “odd” doesn’t quite plumb the depths, does it?

      • Pascal's bookie 29.1.1

        There’s some classic trolling argumentation there.

        Perhaps we should call him the Member for Right Bloggistan.

  30. How kind of you to judge one MP in the ACT Party and apply it to the remaining MPs. If that is your precedent then I will judge you all on Mike Ward, Dover Samuels, Parekura Horomia I mean lets be a little even handed here fellas!

    To be fair Clint, I think Act has more than it’s share of unusual sorts. This is, after all, the party of Muriel Newman, purveyor of curious, crypto-racist narratives of New Zealand history (the Chinese got here first, you know …) and someone who supplied email addresses reaped in her official capacity to her husband’s investment marketing business.

    The party of Trevor Loudon, who was elected to senior party office even as he continued to champion the bizarre Scientology-offshoot cult of which he has been a member since the days they palled around with neo-Nazis.

    The party of Owen Jennings, who allowed his Parliamentary office to be used to pitch a get-rich quick scheme that promised a return of $67 million for an outlay of $450,000. (Indeed three businessmen were prepared to publicly state that Jennings himself had personally pitched the scheme to them.)

    The party of Stephen Franks, who believes the gay community is so “riddled with pathologies” as to be beyond redemption and after jumping parties continued to complain of his pursuit by the “militant gay media”.

    The party of Donna Awatere-Huata. Nuff said.

    Face it: Act has a rather high casualty count.

  31. toad 31

    Interestingly, Attorney General Chris Finlayson refutes Garrett’s claim that he just rubber stamps Crown Law advice. Seems there is some dissent in the Government ranks.

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  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    4 hours ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    18 hours ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 day ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    3 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 day ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    7 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    7 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
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