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Can National lose Northland?

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, March 23rd, 2015 - 99 comments
Categories: by-election, national - Tags: , ,

Like Danyl at Dim-Post I find it hard to believe that National could lose Northland. They have huge resources to throw at it, both as a party (massive polling, phone banks, transport, hordes of “Key people”) and as a government ($69 million for bridges any one?). They have a PM who is unencumbered by scruples and will say and do anything for power. Surely they are going to safely beat one old codger in a bus?

Having said that they truly are making a mess of things. If this Claire Trevett column accurately reflects the Northland mood then people are seeing through the Nats:

National Party’s beeline for Northland

This is what scrabbling for survival looks like. It’s a lazy Sunday in Mangawhai and there are few locals about. There are, however, a lot of National Party people about.

They have been at the market, grabbed lunch and hit the shops. … There is National Party president Peter Goodfellow, another couple of board members, and the minister for the day, Amy Adams. MPs Scott Simpson, David Bennett and Jian Yang also pop in. Neighbouring Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is a constant presence. Adams observes they are wearing matching outfits: “The two Marks are starting to couples-dress. You must be spending too much time together.”

When they hit the shops there are more blue shirts than voters. An elderly couple is watching and Scott Dalziel tells Osborne “My gosh you must be worried. Look at them all.” Osborne recites his line about being a team, and the man replies, “A team? You’re a bloody army”.

“Scrabbling for survival” – ouch. Nor did Osborne’s handlers do their cause any favours this weekend by trying to hide him from a face to face debate with Peters:

Q+A: National’s Mark Osborne denies scaredy cat claims

National’s Mark Osborne denied claims that he’s too scared to debate his main rival Winston Peters in person. Speaking from Mangawhai Mr Osborne told TV One’s Q+A programme, “Oh, not at all. Not scared at all. Not one bit. We’re out here talking to voters in the electorate.” Both the leading candidates of the Northland by-election were invited to a face to face debate in our studio however, Winston Peters was the only one to accept.

So Mark Osborne phoned it in. That’s a very bad look – but it got worse. From the transcript (NBR paywall):

MICHAEL But are you scared to take on the man you are going head to head with in this contest?

MARK Oh, not at all. Not scared at all. Not one bit. We’re out here talking to voters in the electorate.

MICHAEL Can I just ask you? Steven Joyce, I understand, is in the room there. Could you just point out for me where he’s standing at the moment?

MARK Uh, just back there.

MICHAEL Just behind the camera? Is he giving you a bit of information, a few tips, is he?

MARK Not at all. Not—Not at all.

So not only did Osborne not face Peters in the Studio, they had Joyce there supervising. Commentary on twitter at the time was brutal, and had Osborne glancing to the side before answering questions. It looks like a puppet, and sounds like a puppet, and they have ten bridges to sell you!

Personally, I still believe that National will win Northland. But they don’t deserve to. Could they have made a bigger mess of it?

99 comments on “Can National lose Northland?”

  1. infused 1

    probably.

    slightly off topic, but I just noticed with this northland by-election how fat a lot of our mps are. not a good look.

  2. Colonial Rawshark 2

    NATs will win by around 1,500 votes I think. But for Winnie, that slashed blue majority is a win as well. He’s already worked this all out, the old sea dog.

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      What about Focus NZ backing Winston? They got 1700 at the GE.

      • Colonial Rawshark 2.1.1

        I only just realised that was a thing. National have a very very hard road to hoe now. Which is why I suppose they are playing their urgent game of a Cabinet Minister a day up there.

        • Robert Glennie 2.1.1.1

          Any loss of votes and/or seat to an opposition party is going to hurt National. When Winston decided to campaign, that wise old fox knew – or least had a pretty good idea – of what the potential outcomes are.

  3. swordfish 3

    I’ve just created a map of the Booth-by-Booth 2014 Party-Vote in Northland. It’s not particularly useful for predicting whether or not Peters will win, of course, but might provide some interesting contextual information.

    I’m doing it for an upcoming blog post where I also set-out the combined Northland / Te Tai Tokerau vote*** and ask whether claims that the overwhelming majority of Northland Maori are on the TTT Roll are actually true.

    Then I’ll look at the geography of the 2014 Party-Vote using this map and a few other graphics. You’ll notice that, although Northland is a solidly Blue seat (though not, I’d argue, quite the stronghold that most pundits suggest), there is a decidedly Red area in the west. No coincidence that it’s also a largely Maori region. I’m thinking of calling it (somewhat ostentatiously) the Hokianga-Kaikohe Red Belt.

    ***Just those TTT votes from people within the Northland boundaries.

    Map here…http://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/view/Northland%20Party-Vote%202014:%20Booth-by-Booth/O0LSZEvYA5

    • veutoviper 3.1

      That map is fascinating – thanks Swordfish!

      I look forward to your blog post and hope you will post a link here when it is ready.

      • swordfish 3.1.1

        Cheers, veuto. Scribblemaps doesn’t seem to have a Map Legend facility but I’ll stick an explanation of the colours/data/circle sizes on my blog post (once it’s published in the next few days). Note, too, that (in bottom right corner) you can change background from Satellite to Terrain, Road or Hybrid.

    • Tracey 3.2

      fab

    • Murray Rawshark 3.3

      All the areas of property development and speculation give a Tory majority. What a surprise.

      I think Winnie can win.

  4. saveNZ 4

    I hope Winston Wins.

    It is not just the bribes and threats, but it is clear that National has no talent. Why choose Osbourne? What criminal charges is Sabin facing they want to hide?

    The National MP’s are just vegetables of ideology, run by Key, Joyce and Brownlee and the master chief is somewhere in the US by the looks of things.

    National are selling off the state houses.

    Under the Supercity they are stealing our wharves.

    They are propping up gambling and selling off public land with SkySore.

    They are wrecking the country with the RMA.

    Selling off NZ with TPP.

    They are absolute traitors to NZ.

    I just hope Northland ‘sends them a message’.

  5. Ffloyd 5

    It’s not really National though, is it? It is now #team key. Why else would Osborne be chosen who has obviously taken the blood oath with key and sworn undying allegiance to him. He comes across as very dim, so malleable! (i.e. “I can’t name all the bridges because they have different names⁉

    I can’t see any of the other candidates being as biddable as ossie is.

    National has been hijacked!

    • Emalitza 5.1

      He also named John Key as his ‘Political Hero in a question posed to him by the Herald on Sunday.

      Who is your political hero and why?
      John Key, because he is truly backing all New Zealanders to succeed and is a great example that through hard work and a positive attitude, anything is possible.

      Urgh.

  6. mickysavage 6

    The “debate” was a train wreck. As Felix said yesterday in open mike:

    “Jeebers.

    After watching that video I’m convinced that Mark Osborne has been abducted and is being held by Joyce, Key and Farrar against his will.

    He almost certainly has a shotgun pointed at his face through that whole debate.

    They won’t let him go to the tv studio in Auckland because they can’t control the hostage there.”

  7. fisiani 7

    National versus NZF/Labour/Greens/Mana. Of course National will lose. Do you really think National are invincible?

    • felix 7.1

      I think you mean “National/ACT/United Future/maori Party/Conservatives”

    • b waghorn 7.2

      Whats this !!you giving the 4 parties with integrity a chance against god key his 2 lap poodles and the invisible Maori party??

    • Lanthanide 7.3

      Is this a prediction for the next election, or what?

      Very odd comment.

    • Skinny 7.4

      This by election is a fraud and should be held again when the facts are put in front of voters to make an informed decision. Already I know of 2 church people that have voted National/Osbourne and have since heard from a respected person the rumours surrounding Sabin’s resignation. They are disgusted and feel let down that they have voted for a man (Osbourne) closely linked to Sabin. So expect the by election to be staged again if Osborne wins under false pretenses. In other words Peters may get another bite at the cherry.

      • b waghorn 7.4.1

        @ skinny “So expect the by election to be staged again if Osborne wins under false pretenses”
        Is that a real possibility.

        • Maui 7.4.1.1

          Agree Skinny, this election is a sham. How can people make an informed choice on who to vote for when all the facts aren’t in the public domain on why the last guy resigned.. Democracy has been dictated to the people of Northland by the ruling party.

        • Skinny 7.4.1.2

          I believe so, and rightfully so there will be a public outcry should he win. Osbourne or any other executive on Nationals Northland comittee should not have been allowed to be nominated in the run off to becoming the party candidate.

          The calculated last day continuation of name suppression is not good politics it is corruption. Key should have done the decent thing and insisted in transparency, and let their political fortunes rest on coming out, all be the timing being belated but still time enough for voters to .make an informed decision.

    • Murray Rawshark 7.5

      National vs human decency and respect for the sexual safety of minors. National had better bloody well lose.

  8. jenny kirk 8

    Osborne didn’t appear on Willie Jackson’s Marae TV programme either : its difficult to link to, but you can find it (I think) on TV on Demand. A really good backgrounder not only on the buy-election, but also on Northern Maori and the strength of Ngapuhi in Parliament over the years.

  9. Bill 9

    This early voting stuff…

    …from the scattered attention I’ve been paying, ‘everyone’ seems to assume that early votes are going to National, but is it not as reasonable to assume that early voters know damned fine well that they don’t want National and so have gone out and voted for the only sensible alternative?

    • Skinny 9.1

      A good share of the early votes will have gone to Prime some loyal voters will have made that choice in case they were told to vote for Peters.

  10. Bearded Git 10

    My back of envelope calculation, taking into account Greens and Conservatives not standing and 2/3 of Labour’s votes and most of FocusNZ’s votes going to Winston is that around 25% of the 18,000 that voted for National at the GE need to vote for Winston.

    This is entirely do-able because of:
    1. Winston effect
    2. Sabin effect
    3. Lacklustre and arrogant National since GE (Sky City, RMA ramming through etc)
    4. Terrible campaign by National
    5. Poor candidate for National
    6. High level of enrolement and early voting now taking place

    • Phil 10.1

      1. Winston effect
      You’re assuming that every single voter on ‘the left’ dislikes Winston less than they dislike National. That’s a big assumption.

      2. Sabin effect
      Sabin is gone. That’s why we’re having a by-election. I haven’t seen any evidence that the new guy is ‘tainted’ by Sabin in the eyes of voters.

      3. Lacklustre and arrogant National since GE (Sky City, RMA ramming through etc)
      Yeah, but any third-term government is going to look lacklustre and arrogant.

      4. Terrible campaign by National
      Through the lense of a wellington voter, yes. It looks like a fiasco. However, the boots on the ground that the Nats can deploy will be working in their favour.

      5. Poor candidate for National
      There are a lot of poor candidates up and down the country at a general election. They tend not to get much attention, but the media can focus a lot more energy on a single candidate in a by election.

      6. High level of enrollment and early voting now taking place
      It’s impossible to know one way or the other what early-voting means for the result. You could make a plausible case that early-voters are the ones with the strongest affiliation to a specific party, which would tend to favour National ahead of NZF.

      All in all, the characteristics of this by-election don’t look especially different from any other third-term by-election.

      • rawshark-yeshe 10.1.1

        you overlook the ‘characteristic’ that is the fraud perpetrated on Northland and the country by John Key covering up and ignoring allegations against Sabin since prior to the 2011 general election, according to NBR, whom, to date, have not been sued.

        let’s call it the ‘corruption characteristic’ and agree it is unknowable at this point. but does it remain so until Saturday ?

  11. Lanthanide 11

    “Could they have made a bigger mess of it?”

    Yes. Just look at Melissa Lee running in Mt Albert: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2410051/Lee-issues-full-apology

  12. fisiani 12

    If you look at Ipredict the chance of Osbourne winning are just 28%. I expect Winston to get a 2,000 majority.

  13. saveNZ 13

    Lets hope that Labour does not get the votes that make Winston lose, and let Osbourne through.

    It will benefit Labour if Winston wins, and depress many of those in Labour if he doesn’t and Willow-prime’s votes are why.

    • Maui 13.1

      Labour should have to pay for grief counselling for left voters if that happens. And Andrew Little should be made to ride the NZ First Bus to work.

      • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 13.1.1

        Northland By-Election March 2015:

        Vote Labour, get National.

  14. Michael 14

    Labour and the Greens must actively campaign for Winston and turn out their voters. It’s probably true, however, that people in Northland have very low expectations of their political representatives (they’ve been let down many times before); if so, they’ll put up with Osbourne. After the 28th, the Nats will ignore Northland again and the region will go back to sleep. Unless WInston wins, of course.

  15. Jay 15

    Some hilarious comments here very entertaining, especially from Mickey Savage.

    Has anything not gone wrong for national?

    First Sabin going, then the PM boldly proclaiming Winston had “zero” chance, then Osborne getting the nomination in the first place, then the bridge bribe/blackmail, the army of MPs/babysitters, not knowing the names of the bridges, now this debate farce with Osborne performing with a pistol clapped to his head. It’s a bloody embarrassment.

    It’s been such a cluster I am starting to hope Winston wins. Which I expect he will for a number of reasons, not the least of which may be the constituents wanting to give National a pasting for being so inept.

    It’s literally a comedy of errors, John Key must have his head permanently in his hands. What on earth is next?

  16. Treetop 16

    To get a list seat and an electorate seat which would leave the government a vote short, just might be enough to get many erratic voters to the booth.

    Winston by 383 votes.

    The only good thing that National have to look forward to this week is the cricket.
    Todays 3 strikes: housing flop, GCSB micro management and hand holding of Osborne; it’s a duck of a day.

    And I suppose no televised cricket tomorrow for the poor people.

    Stupid Nats could have milked the cricket and got a few more votes had TVNZ televised the first time NZ have reached a semi final.

    The reason for more early voting for the by election is the cricket final.

    Note: I need to check if Prime are not televising and if the final is on Saturday.

  17. Disabled Liberation Aotearoa NZ DLANZ 17

    Hope you are wrong Anthony about the result as when the resignation of Mike Sabin came up DLANZ ‘jumped’ with glee at the prospect of a bye election, given the close call in Parliament should there be a change….A Hung Parliament until 2017 needs a cohesive strategy by Opposition parties for this to come about..

    Winston certainly has taken up the ‘mantle’ with zeal and National will have to lift their game, if they wish to retain this Seat. DLANZ encourage all voters with or without disabilities to get out and vote early and for those not yet registered, to do so.

    Good Luck for Change and keep smiling
    Doug Hay
    Coordinator

    • Anne 17.1

      Look what happened in Queensland. All the expert pundits were calling it for the Liberals and Labour – against all the odds – won in the end. Replace Labour with NZFirst and we might have another electoral upset.

  18. AUDNZD 18

    Very much so. National will possibly lose the seat as a result of its dreadful mistakes.
    The downside will be the elevation in popularity of that snake-oil seller, Winston Peters, an unprincipled individual.

  19. AUDNZD 19

    The spectacle of Green Party supporters swallowing a big rat and voting for Peters, their avowed enemy, must be the supreme irony of 2015.

    • Lanthanide 19.1

      Or, they could just not vote.

    • Macro 19.2

      And just why do you think the Greens could not work with NZF? Only those with little knowledge of the Greens would post a comment such as yours.

      • Chooky 19.2.1

        +100 Macro

      • Phil 19.2.2

        Because Winston has made it pretty clear he’ll never work with the Greens?
        It’s pretty much the one thing he’s never been duplicitous or facile on.

        • Macro 19.2.2.1

          Maybe Winston won’t work with the Greens – but that doesn’t go for the rest of his party. Nor does it explain away the fact that the Green’s work issue by issue. A fact most here (including you) fail to understand. Take for instance Tracey Martin’s recently failed Bill on Rental House Warrants of Fitness. That is an Issue that would have gained full support from the Greens. Winston’s proposed rail link will also gain full support from the Green’s. Winston’s free health care for all children is another issue that gains full Green support.
          It really isn’t rocket science. If the issue is one they can support then the Greens will support it. And as they have proved in the past, they will work with any party to further their policies, for the betterment of NZ.

  20. McFlock 20

    I initially thought that (despite their contemptible nature) the nats were a walk in, and thought that peters might give them a bit of a fright by cutting their majority.

    But the nats are shitting themselves. Even fizzianus is foretelling a glorious defeat. Unless this is a sophisticated double-psych by the nats, hoping to sow despondency amongst a resurgent Labour and Left (that look like moving forwards with new leaders and new certainty) by having a nat victory in a northland seat that was always safe. But I don’t think “pretty competent” joyce would be able to manage a plan of that sophistication.

    Touch wood – we might see a snap election yet…

  21. Tautoko Mangō Mata 21

    There were scores of blue National Tshirted people at both ends of Wellsford, doing the Pizza shake of posters. National appear to be striking out their candidate by putting an orange sticker diagonally across their billboards. Just needs another diagonal to complete it!

  22. coaster 22

    i dont think winnie will win due to shear invincibility of key.

    i realy hope winston does win, irrelevant of the disaster for national i think winston wants to win for the right reason. he grew up in northland, his family is from and lives there, its his home, irrelevant of where he lives now.

    i felt realy sorry for osbourne during the q ans a debate, he sounded desperate, scared and like someone who has been bullied and is now sticking up for the bullies. how would he ever represent northlands best interests in parliament?

  23. Sookie 23

    Young Nats were infesting my town yesterday, the one with the angry ratepayers. The angry ratepayers think Winston’s going to get them out of paying their rates arrears magically somehow, hence the reason Osborne and the strange Young Nat Borg People were here. Haven’t been in Northland long but folk up here are pretty conservative. It would be hilarious if Winston won but I’m not counting on it.

    • Murray Rawshark 23.1

      Mangawhai is one of the more conservative areas of Northland. It’s the only place I have ever stumbled across anyone having sex with an animal. Not all of Northland is like that.

      • felix 23.1.1

        Fucksake Murray, finish the story!

        • Murray Rawshark 23.1.1.1

          I was just walking along a country road to my mate’s place at the beginning of 1974. I heard strange noises through the scrub and investigated. A local was being tender with a young calf at the edge of a paddock. I left him to it and have no idea whether he subsequently stood as a National candidate or not.

          • felix 23.1.1.1.1

            Probably not, wrong species of juvenile.

          • rawshark-yeshe 23.1.1.1.2

            Murray … in this strange old world, how can you even euphemistically refer to the rape of a young female calf as ‘being tender’ ?

            I don’t understand. It seems so against everything I have read and understand of you here on these pages.

            • Anne 23.1.1.1.2.1

              I think he was trying to put it in a delicate/diplomatic (albeit with disdain) way.

              • rawshark-yeshe

                Yep, I realize that Anne — but there were better ways than that, especially in the current climate of the whole series of rape and sexual assault and secret cases we have been discussing over the last few days. For me, it is especially jarring from Murray who uses great skills and integrity.

            • Murray Rawshark 23.1.1.1.2.2

              I didn’t want to get graphic and couldn’t think of a more relevant, but entirely sarcastic, euphemism. Probably shouldn’t have said anything.

              • rawshark-yeshe

                thx for replying Murray. In terms of saying nothing ? Wise maybe. But we all enjoy a Masters Degree in Hindsight ! Hope you didn’t mind the question too much, but it matters to me.

            • felix 23.1.1.1.2.3

              No-one mentioned the gender of the calf.

              • rawshark-yeshe

                true. and no need for it to be specified. it is rape regardless of gender.

            • felix 23.1.1.1.2.4

              No-one mentioned the gender of the calf.

        • rawshark-yeshe 23.1.1.2

          no ! please don ‘t Murray !

          • Chooky 23.1.1.2.1

            i couldn’t possibly comment…i got into enough trouble defending Assange on non existent rape charges…i am a branded “rape apologist”…and I dont really find it funny

  24. SMILIN 24

    Yeah well this is typical National capitalise on as much bs as possible but no one in northland is buying into it, the age of the ignorant hick is over in the north
    I was talkin to a small business owner up there today he says his accountant tells him hes not to have any new outstanding debt with accounts to customers, hes been in business 30 plus years first time ive heard that from him . you see the real truth about this TPPA NOW and its not even official .ITS A SELLOUT OF OUR SOVEREIGNTY
    All the sharemarket richest are warning theres about to be a huge collapse of the financial system far bigger that what happened in 2008
    which there will be no political bs way out of it because it depth of corruption wont get fixed it will require a complete re think of financial management globally
    Key is corrupt and so is National they should be up for treason and NO THEY DON’T DESERVE THE NORTHLAND SEAT
    Its not theirs it belongs to the voters not the national party

    • Colonial Rawshark 24.1

      GFC 2 is not faraway…6 weeks or 6 months it’s hard to tell, but it’s coming. After 2008/2009 all the financial elite have done is used tax payer and government central banking bailouts to double down on their insolvent investment banks and over-leveraged bullshit activities.

      BTW Cunliffe is the only guy I would trust as Finance spokesperson to take Labour through GFC2. Everyone else that I can see would be too captured by orthodoxy pressure from the RBNZ, Treasury and the big trading banks.

      • Chooky 24.1.1

        + 100 CR …..yes Labour did themselves in by not standing by Cunliffe…he was their best talent and the Nacts knew it

        …anyone who tried to undermine and slander Cunliffe as a liar is suspect imo…(and there were some on the purported Left who did this )

        • Anne 24.1.1.1

          I heard a rather sad story today. I was told the Cunliffes have separated. If it’s true then I hope Paddy Gower and certain other journalists are hanging their heads in shame. Oh, and the sleaze bag Slater might like to reflect on the role he played…

          Edit: I hope its okay to mention it. There’s certainly no gossipy intention. Its often what happens when individuals are smeared, vilified and lied about.

          • rawshark-yeshe 24.1.1.1.1

            very sad to read that. awful costs.

          • jenny kirk 24.1.1.1.2

            That’s really sad …. and upsetting, Anne. They went through a lot of shit together. I hope its not true, or if it is : that its a temporary thing while they sort themselves out.

            • Anne 24.1.1.1.2.1

              …that its a temporary thing while they sort themselves out.

              Indeed. That’s what I hope.

              • Olwyn

                +1 Anne. The treatment they have been subject to, from both inside and outside of the Labour Party, is just appalling. Kia kaha, David and Karen.

          • veutoviper 24.1.1.1.3

            I am so sad to hear that if it is true, Anne. I have read a couple of inferences over the last few days on certain “other side’ blogs and twitters, but did not want to ask here in order to avoid bringing it to notice.

          • Colonial Rawshark 24.1.1.1.4

            🙁

            and some sections of the Labour caucus also have much to answer for.

          • Murray Rawshark 24.1.1.1.5

            David Cunliffe was put under a lot of pressure and could not rely on his colleagues for support. If what Anne says is correct, I am saddened but not overly surprised. I wish both of them more luck in the future.

            • saveNZ 24.1.1.1.5.1

              Good luck David and Karen. Hope you forget all the dirty politics and disgusting attacks and take time to sort out the important things in life. 30 years is a long time and with young children, I only hope you both make it through together.

          • aj 24.1.1.1.6

            There was a short report on this on the stuff website last night

  25. Penny Bright 25

    What would be GREAT are placards that could be held as close as possible to John Key when he (desperately) flies in to Northland and flaps around – BEGGING (former) National Party members / supporters to vote for ‘newby’ Mark Osborne?

    “When EXACTLY did
    the Police advise the
    Minister of Police –
    that Mike Sabin was
    being investigated?”

    “Where’s the
    TRANSPARENCY
    over Mike Sabin
    John Key? ”

    … sort of thing?

    Watch John Key get his ‘squeaky’ voice – when he gets asked the Mike Sabin questions!

    Looking forward to every possible Northland voter getting out and voting Winston Peters to ‘send National a message’!

    The rest of New Zealand are depending on you to clip the wings of this John Key led National Government!

    Please ‘SEIZE THE MOMENT’!!

    Penny Bright

  26. Enough is Enough 26

    Anyone who does not want to see the RMA washed away or the Employment Relations Act repealed must vote Winston.

    A vote for Labour is a vote for the status quo.

  27. Leftie 27

    After all the negative analysis, it is somewhat contradictory to say National will win and keep the Northland seat, how? Will John key fiddle it?

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    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    3 days ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    3 days ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    3 days ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    3 days ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    4 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    4 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    4 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    5 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    5 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    5 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    6 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    6 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
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    6 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
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    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    2 weeks ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Courthouse redesign a model for the future
    The Government will invest $100 million on a new courthouse in Tauranga which will be a model for future courthouse design for New Zealand, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. The courthouse will be designed in partnership with iwi, the local community, the judiciary, the legal profession, court staff and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government enables early access to 5G spectrum
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
    Sustained high growth in primary industry exports looks set to continue over the next two years with strong prices predicted for farmers, fishers, growers and rural communities. Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today released the latest Situation and Outlook report for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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