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Corporatism & Neo-Liberalism

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, April 23rd, 2011 - 36 comments
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One of the corollaries or supporting ideologies behind Neo-Liberalism is the cult of Management.

The idea that individual shareholders, managers or directors are the main contributors to the success of a corporation, and thence the economy. And deserve the greatest share of the rewards. The jobs and income of all other employees and State servants is a generous charitable gift from these people.

Except, maybe in the case of genuine entrepreneurs, we all know this is not true.

Many corporations and State or private enterprises run despite management, not because of them. In fact, the constant parade of new brooms trying to make a name for themselves, with rapid changes and cost cutting, cause competent staff to resign and demoralise the rest.

Many times, within a company, when you want the person who get things done. You ignore the suits staring out the windows in the corner offices and talk to the person, usually a women, who actually does things. Normally someone several pay grades below the suits. Or when you are ordering something, the bright well dressed manager calls some wizened old guy from the shop floor to ask if it can be done.

The corporations with the largest income gap between Directors/Managers and employees have proven to be the least functional.

The star managers paid in millions have proven to be much less effective than, lesser paid, experienced promotions from within the organisation.

Outsiders are typically good at rapid cost-cutting and divestment, but over time, those opportunities tend to dry up.

Highly paid directors have led many corporations into oblivion. Enron, SCF, Hanover and many others.

The highest paid of all, financial managers, destroy at least 7 times as much wealth as they create. Which makes them parasites, getting wealth for themselves by destroying more of others’.

We are so bamboozled by the cult of management we made one of those Prime Minister.

At the same time, corporations decry the decreasing loyalty of other employees while they reduce the pay and responsibility they show towards them.

This all comes from the Neo-Liberal idea that those who work for others are somehow being charitably given jobs.
The fact is all the overpaid managers, greedy directors and parasitic shareholders could not even live, let alone have fortunes without the efforts of cleaners, technicians, plumbers, lath hands, secretaries and rubbish collectors.

People who do productive work more than earn their pay. They contribute much more in relation to their income than those at the top.

Unions and, once upon a time, Labour helped the rest of us towards getting our fair share of the wealth we produce.

Past time Labour decided they are not national lite and repudiated the entire Neo-Liberal canon of faith. They should not be just another vehicle, like National, to transfer wealth to corporate parasites.

Stop the waffle (Thanks QOT) and shooting themselves in the foot and come out strongly for New Zealanders.

Then they may get back the votes of ordinary people.

– KJT

36 comments on “Corporatism & Neo-Liberalism”

  1. Afewknowthetruth 1

    Quite correct, neoliberalism is dysfunctional (functions but generates bad outcomes) ideology, and all the economic mantra that goes with it is utter garbage.

    The fact is, we have all been lied to from birth about many aspects of society, but most people are content to be lied to  -bought off by the trinkets of consumerism for the moment. Of course, consumenrism was made possible by cheap fossil fuels. That game is nearly over.

    Corporations have wielded inordinate and unjustifiable power since the 1600s, but they are now more or less in complete control of the world and write most government policies. As peak oil bites harder and harder global corporations will presumably become even more powerful.

    The good news is:  this entire system is slowly progressing towards the collapse because after around 500 years of planetary looting there is little left to loot. We are living in a post-peak-everything world and EROEI is falling.

    The bad news is: the bulk of the populace are still not interested in dealing with reality and still seem to think wealth will keep arriving at their doorstep for little effort.

    I’m not holding my breath for Labour to face up to reality: they are just as firmly locked into denial as all the other ignorant clowns in parliament. 

  2. There is nothing ‘fair’ about capitalism since one class must live off the labour of another.
    The good thing is that despite the ongoing illusions of the liberal left that it is possible to reform capitalism to achieve income equality, reality is intervening and teaching us a lesson.
    Capitalism cannot continue without falling into worsening crises. Not just collapses of the banking system which is symptomatic, but of falling profits which dictate increasing exploitation and growing poverty of the masses. Marx called it ‘immiseration’. An this amounts to a destruction of humanity and nature.
    We are witnessing this on a world scale, and Aotearoa/NZ fits into the pattern as a small, dependent semi-colony of the US, Australia and increasingly China.
    The evidence for this is that capitalism only survives by making the working masses pay for its crisis by forcing down living standards. And in many places the masses have had enough – Tumeke! The common element is that that unemployed and literate youth are the first to rise up. The Arab spring is noted for the ‘no fear!’ youth. This means that capitalism has to use force to suppress mass uprisings which exhaust what remaining legitimacy it has. The empire has no clothes.
    The global crisis explains why the NACTs are going for broke and exposing themselves by dressing up in the new see thru outfit of lying, corruption and corporate crony capitalism. It has to declare an open class war between the global capitalist class and its local lackeys, and the NZ working class or die.
    The working class has to make the global capitalist class pay for its own crisis. That means ‘no fear’, walking like Egyptians, and fighting like Libyans. In Aotearoa/NZ we can see the important fights shaping up. One is the fight to save working class Christchurch from from Gerry and the Placemakers. Two is the fight to keep big oil out of the foreshore and seabed. Three is to push the anti-terrorist laws back down the throats of the reborn white settler gentry who want to turn NZ back into a farm and quarry for their imperialist masters.
    Four will be the fight to keep the state from smashing the welfare provisions that keep the working class from immisseration.
    For the working class to live, capitalism must die!

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    I am looking for Labour to champion unequivocally the causes of modern democratic socialism.
     
    That includes providing support for the creation of worker owned co-operatives, collective enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations, as well as increasing the diversity of roles SOE’s play in the economy.
     
    Then consumers and customers can decide who they choose to buy their goods and services from: run of the mill corporate behemoths, or businesses run and owned by ordinary NZ workers.
     
    As you suggest KJT, there is no time left for half measures or pussy footing.

    • Alwyn 3.1

      Can we assume that you regard AMI as a wonderful example of the sort of business we should be encouraging. It has been, after all, an example of the co-operative approach to organising an Insurance company, with the owners being the people holding policies. Unfortunately when these policy holders need the cover it isn’t there. Instead the only people who seem to be being paid are those who nsured with a properly organised privately owned company.

      • McFlock 3.1.1

        Let’s see, one mutual company in difficulty vs half a dozen financial corporations that went under?
         
        The profits exported by the international insurers are probably more than the liquidity *option* that AMI might need.
         
        But I agree that the better model is that of the EQC.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.2

        Can we assume that you regard AMI as a wonderful example of the sort of business we should be encouraging.

        wrt AMI, every AMI employee should have had access to AMI’s books and details of reinsurance.
         
        It would have been immediately obvious to all that their senior management had left their firm too unprotected.
         
        When I talk about co-operative and collective enterprises I am talking about democractic ones – ones where information is freely available to every level of the organisation.

  4. That was one of the more rousing calls to arms I’ve heard in quite a while Dave. I like the cut of your jib.

  5. Except, maybe in the case of genuine entrepreneurs, we all know this is not true.

    Tangenital to your main point KJT (with which I agree – great post).

    But oh how I yearn for a party to come up with a set of policies that reward entrepreneurial activity. I know from my time in the media and then politics that NZ is bursting with people who have brilliant ideas and just need a bit of capital to get it going. Sure some would fail, but I’m prepared to bet those who succeed would generate wealth – for themselves, yes, but also for those they employed and the country as a whole – far in excess of the cost of any failures.

    The truly parasitical use of money isn’t shareholdings but property “investment”. One of the nightly “current affairs” shows here in Australia paraded the “success” os someone who, at 25, owns 30 leveraged properties, does no real work, and drives round in his ute congratulating himself on how clever he is. At least the shareholders of a public company are contributing to keeping some people in work.

    Perhaps the starting point for an entrepreneurial policy is to cut all the tax breaks on investment properties and start offering them on venture cpaital investments. Net cost to the government may well turn out to be less (as at least some of the companies that would progress to be net tax payers) and the benefit to the nation would be immeasurable.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      +1
       
      Development Finance Corporation Mk II (with a few more safeguards and a bit more action oriented this time)

      • Afewknowthetruth 5.1.1

        Development is not the answer. Development is the problem. 

        The more an economy develops, the more dependent on energy and other resources finite it becomes. The more a society develops, the more unsustainable that society becomes, and the harder it will fall when energy and resources are no longer available. The alarm has been ringing loudly for several years, but most people still are not taking any notice.  

        Permaculture and powerdown are arguably the only sane responses to the predicament we are in. But they are not glamorous.

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1

          Research and development is part of the answer. Overuse of resources is the problem.

        • JD 5.1.1.2

          Last time I recall seeing the consequences of particular ideology was when I was traveling in Cambodia.

        • KJT 5.1.1.3

          Development, of more sustainable energy use and production, is the answer.

          This is only going to happen if the best and brightest are attracted into these activities rather than into non-productive financial juggling.

          Nothing wrong with an economic stimulus and growth from activities like insulating houses, solar efficient buildings, lower energy use transport and agriculture and distributed small scale  generation. To name only a few.

          I forget what the actual ratio is. Someone will know of a link. But with venture capital the net return over a large number of entrepreneurs is high.

          Some fail, some break even and some return the investment many times over. More than enough to cover the ones that do not succeed.
          A DFC which used factual criteria, not cronyism, to allocate funding would most likely make enough profit to keep even a Don Brash happy.
          A better investment for our future than depending on endlessly compounding ponzi interest from money markets. A safer place for Mum and Pop to invest than cooked finance companies.
          Governments in Singapore, Europe, South Korea and the USA up until the 70’s did pick winners and protect nascent industries. It has worked for all these places.

          I have no problem with pragmatic corporate welfare for sustainable entrepreneurs which has net benefits to NZ. Cheaper than propping up financial failures as we do at present.

          It could even be made for TV. A panel of savvy people pick amongst ideas submitted for the best sustainable and marketable.

          Muldoon was not entirely wrong. We have to invest in the future of NZ or there will be no production to support any of us.
          Two of the think big projects I have personal knowledge of would have made good profits for NZ if the real returns had not been hidden by transfer pricing until they were  given away. One for less money than its first year profits in private hands.
           

          • Rex Widerstrom 5.1.1.3.1

            It could even be made for TV. A panel of savvy people pick amongst ideas submitted for the best sustainable and marketable.

            Like The Dragons’ Den. Or The New Inventors.

            With some tweaks both these could form the basis of a workable model. But tap into the “wisdom of crowds” with public comment, and perhaps votes, as to what would work… taxpayers having direct input into how their own money was spent.

            Sadly, even the channel most likely to screen such a show, TVNZ7, is dying under this government 🙁

            But if we ever get an administration that uses “investment” as anything other than code for “we’re giving more of your money to our mates” I think you’re onto something KJT.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.4

          Focussing development for the next five to six years on resilient infrastructure, energy generation and facilities which are going to last for 150-200 years is key.
           
           

      • I wondered if someone would mention the DFC… very brave of you CV 🙂

        It’s seen – mainly by those who don’t really know their history – as Muldoonist intervention of the worst kind. But that overlooks the fact that booming economies (including Australia’s) have supports in place for R & D (small grants at the very early stages, though mainly dollar-for-dollar tax breaks). Of course they screw it up by encouraging property speculation.

        The DFC was knobbled by those who cried that it wasn’t government’s place to “pick winners”. Oddly enough, these same people, or their current equivalents, think it’s perfectly fine for government to back losers… as long as those losers are “too big to fail”.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.2.1

          The DFC was knobbled by those who cried that it wasn’t government’s place to “pick winners”.

          I’ve just been looking at what Singapore is doing today around “picking winners”, and what they have done over the last 10-15 years.
           
          As you know, whoever was crying that govt has no role in this simply has no idea of what can be done and has been done in other parts of the world.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      But oh how I yearn for a party to come up with a set of policies that reward entrepreneurial activity.

      I don’t think that lack of reward is the problem so much as lack of encouragement and support. As you say, there’s lots of people out there with ideas so we need to ask why those ideas aren’t being worked upon. Part of the answer, IMO, seems to be because the capitalists hold all the money and won’t let it go unless they can get a guaranteed return so an idea that doesn’t make a return but may have benefit to society anyway doesn’t get a look in.
       
      Then there’s the fact that a lot of those people with ideas don’t know where to go to get the necessary resources to implement them. A corollary to that is maybe that some of them have tried before, been ripped off by some unscrupulous bastard and just won’t trust anyone enough to try again.
       
      Then there’s patents and other IP laws that get in the way of independent research and development. Really, really need to look at those. Modern IP laws actually prevent innovation (which, of course, is what they’re supposed to do so as to keep present corporations viable).
       
      We need some way to get the necessary resources to these people with ideas that doesn’t rely on capitalists.

      • Capitalists, a you rightly point out, want as close to a guaranteed return as possible. Right now that means buying a property and renting it out to someone for every last dollar you can possibly extract from them – 50% of their income or more.  

        That’s because our tax system makes it so. An even better scam, apparently, is to buy a second home close to the beach then rent it out as a holiday home. Because you’re deriving income from it everything is deductible. You then set about buying things like a enormous plasma TV “for the holiday home” (wink, wink… not like the tax man is going to check it’s in the lounge down there). So suddenly your amassing of consumer goods becomes tax deductible. “Everything from towels to toilet paper” as one “capitalist” described it to me.

        Simplest fix would seem to be to disincentivise this sort of carry-on by making it (and property investment generally) no longer deductible – or else, if we’re feeling generous, remove the ability to use it for negative gearing.

        Then offer the same incentives but this time for venture capital. Sure it’s riskier but the returns are potentially higher even than property speculation is presently. And for the really important ideas, some form of government underwriting to provide security.

        Capitalism as currently practised is the problem but, if practised differently, it also has some of the answers.

        And your point about IP law is well made. As with most things, the pendulum has swung from one extreme to another and created a morass, as the situation with Trevor Rogers illustrates. Not an area I have any knowledge of, but it must surely be possible to write IP laws that aren’t a lawyer’s wet dream?!

        • terryg 5.2.1.1

          I’m just waiting for Jeff Baker to invent the memory crystal. that’ll kill copyright 🙂  (I just re-read misspent youth)
          IMO the length of a patent is a serious problem. Pre-computing & WWW, 17 years was probably about right. Now its just ridiculous – most modern inventions are superceded within a few years.
          With Moores law, in 17 years computing power goes up by a factor of ~3000 (doubles every 18 months, and has since the 1960s). so any computing thingy is not just obsolete, its archaic.
          The other problem is that the USPTO will literally patent any old shit.A patent is NOT supposed to be “obvious to one skilled in the art”.
          I hold the naming rights to a number of patents (good on a CV, no reward other than salary but). One circuit, for dimming LED lamps without flickering, is literally in every power electronics textbook in the world, and has been since before I was born/man landed on the moon – a Pulse Width Modulator. The “invention” process comprised me being asked for my suggestions as I walked past a bunch of engineers in NC, and OTTOMH sketching up said PWM circuit on a whiteboard. The implementation is almost exactly as first drawn – it really is that well known.
          I bloody near fell off my chair laughing when patent docs showed up – but the USPTO were happy, the argument being “But nobody has used it to dim LED lamps without flickering” – aaargh!
          Now the only way to have it overturned is with expensive litigation.
          So if I want to design a LED lamp dimming circuit that isnt for BQDD (I’m sorry Dave, I cant let you do that), I’ll have to think up something that isnt in my textbooks, and its all my fault 🙁
          and thats nowhere near as stupid as many SW and business process patents – shopping baskets and one-click ordering anyone? I could rant about this for weeks……
           
          Copyright is far, far worse than patents though. Copyrights are used to turn us all into renters. FFS mickey mouse is STILL copyrighted, and is over 70 years old.

  6. Pascal's bookie 6

    Good post KJT.

    If you’ve not read it, The Economics of Innocent Fraud by JK Galbraith is very good on the subject. It’s short readable, and can be read for free. Just google the title and it usually comes up in the first link, as a google book. 

  7. Herodotus 7

    From “The Persian Expedition” – Xenophon book 7 ch 2 the pay gap of foot soldier to generals 380 bc ”  each soldier a starter of Cyzicus every month, double pay for a captain and 4 times as much for a general …” Now way back 2400 years there was a very flat pay scale from the boss down to those who were cannon foder !!!
     – A wee history lesson on pay scales. ps There was no PAYE tax back then either
    Sometimes those old timers had a better perspective on things !! 😉

    • locus 7.1

      “Sometimes those old timers had a better perspective on things” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_antiquity

      I’m not sure that I agree. The generals in many ancient civilisations were the rich and powerful, and benefited from the large numbers of slaves they took following conquests – to work on the lands that they plundered. The wealth of the Egptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans etc was largely derived from slavery and heavy taxation of the conquered nations.

  8. Can I also commend you on your post KJT and also recommend something.  I saw the film “Inside Job” recently and can commend it as a succinct but devastating review of the global financial crisis.  The end of the movie is great as the interviewer’s questions of various participants gets closer and closer to the bone and you can see them squirm.  The film does not pull any punches either, it calls greed by its proper name.

    If I can give a really basic summary of the film’s conclusions it is that a number of players were in on it and their collective greed brought capitalism to its knees.

    The participants included:

    1.  The banking executives who started to lend for volume’s sake rather than with a view to the future and the need to make sure that loans were secure.  Collateral Debt Instruments removed the need to worry if the loan was going to be repaid. Added to this was a bonus system that rewarded volume instead of security.
    2.  The merchant bankers that sold Collateral Debt Instruments.  Subsequently disclosed Goldman Sach emails described CDIs as a “piece of crap” at the time they were being sold vigorously.
    3.  The companies that valued the CDIs at AA or AAA weeks before they collapsed without value.  They were hooked into the valuation fees that were paid and went along for the ride.
    4.  Economics lecturers who augmented modest income by being on boards of directors of merchant bankers or writing pro free market papers for right wing institutions.  They let the fees cloud their judgment and expoused the free market without critical thought.
    5.  Politicians who cut into the budgets of the institutions that should have been overseeing and regulating the market in the vain hope that unbridled capitalism would turn out OK.
    6.  And last but not least political parties who relied on the campaign contributions from the large corporates and then went easy on them.

    Barack Obama does not escape criticism.  He has a number of ex Wall Street people on his staff.  Instead of bailing the companies out he should have nationalised them, prosecuted the big players for fraud, and put caps on their bonuses.

    Compelling stuff.  It makes you wonder when the revolution is going to start …

    • Carol 8.1

      As I recall, during the presidential primaries, some people were saying that Obama had backing from Goldman Sachs.  This  tended to undercut the popular notion that he broke the mould and was funded by lots of small contributions as a result of his use of the Internet.
       
      Certainly this website reckons they have evidence Sachs was a major contributor, as does a CNN article.
       
      But I think it’s also something the Republicans/teabaggers are trying to tie to Obama.

      • Pascal's bookie 8.1.1

        Sachs contributes to both, and most heavily to whoever looks like winning.

        • Afewknowthetruth 8.1.1.1

          Not just Goldman Sachs. A long list of corporations and Wall St banksters contributed to both parties … ensuring whoever took office would be under proper control.

          However, the revolving door between Wall St and the US administrations  does particularly favour senior GS executives.    

          • terryg 8.1.1.1.1

            hear hear!
            the only difference between democans and republicrats is what they say.
            If you look only at what they do, they are indistinguishable.
             

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1.1

              +1
               
              Both parties captured by big money in an election cycle where candidates need to raise millions of dollars just to stand.
               
              The US courts have now allowed big money to dominate US democracy by defining “free speech” as the same as maximum mass media speech with maximum repetitions. The inevitable conclusion: to have free speech there cannot be any spending limits on election campaigning.
               
              Which neatly extinguishes the presence of all other speech which cannot afford an advertising budget of tens of millions of dollars, silencing ordinary people in favour of multimillionaires and billionaires.

              • terryg

                I lived in Boston for a few years last century (I love being able to say “last century”), and boy am I glad I dont live there now. But even then it was clear USA was a superposition of both a 1st and a 3rd world country, and that it had been done deliberately.
                Fascism in the US is growing exponentially, and its well past the knee. We live in interesting times, and they are going to get a lot more interesting.
                Did George Carlin had the right idea – give up on society, and become an observer? I hope not.
                Unless, of course, we cant reign in big finance – global GDP is something like $12trillion per annum, and the global financial markets trade something like $300trillion.
                The only question is how.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Yeah it seems like a few of us get it.

                  • terryg

                    Indeed CV, and I am so pleased to have found many more here – yourself, Rex, AFKTT, r0b…..
                    Alas we can beg, plead and grovel – hell, we can whinny bleat and moo, to no avail…..

  9. Bored 9

    When you are on the end of the production line on minimum wages the theoretical differences between corporatism and neo liberalism are of no consequence. The only thing you need to know is that the bastards would not have you doing something unless there was money in it for them, and the less they can give you the more they make. You can also be pretty sure the buggers would not soil their mits doing what you do.

    • terryg 9.1

      It was once possible to pull oneself up from the production line by ones bootstraps. I did. All it took was years of hard work and study, a publicly funded tertiary education system, and being born into a working class family whos parents valued education, in a country where that was actually possible.
      In other words, way more good luck than good management.
      And this is why I dont mind paying my share. Which Shonkey kindly reduced for me, whilst further eroding the conditions that predicated my success, thereby ensuring others cannot follow.
      Way to go NACT.

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    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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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?
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    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    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
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    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 ...
    7 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    7 days 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
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    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?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    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 ...
    17 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    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 ...
    6 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
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    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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
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    2 weeks ago

  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    7 hours ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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