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Daily Review 15/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 15th, 2017 - 55 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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55 comments on “Daily Review 15/03/2017”

  1. mickysavage 1

    I always thought that Nikki Kaye was a better class of National MP. But today’s little outburst shows that she is as calculating and as conniving as the rest of them:

    From Newshub (http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/03/nikki-kaye-launches-war-of-words-on-jacinda-ardern.html):

    “I’ve been in Auckland Central for eight years, I struggle to name anything Jacinda has done”, she said in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

    Ms Kaye says Labour Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern failed Generation X and Y by not supporting a rise in the superannuation age.

    She also criticised Ms Ardern for her public image, saying she will do “a whole lot of photo ops, she’ll be across every billboard, but she absolutely failed our generation on her first day in the job.”

    Jacinda Ardern was surprised at the attack, and told Newshub “It’s certainly not a style of politics I’ve seen her use before”.

    “Nikki and I have run against each other in Auckland Central for a number of years and usually pretty much stuck to the issues and avoided making it personal. I’m going to stick to that.”

    “I’m going to stick with the way I like to do politics, and it’s making sure that you keep away from making it too personal. But each to their own.”

    Kaye was part of the new style John Key type National MP. Looks like she is reverting to type.

    • Anne 1.1

      Actually she did something similar the first time she and Jacinda went head to head on TV. It must have been in 2008. About 3/4 of the way through, after what had been a clean debate (and one which showed that Jacinda was well versed in the issues of the day), Nikki Kaye turned nasty and quite personal. I think Jacinda might have forgotten about it but I haven’t, and it has coloured my view of Ms Kaye ever since.

    • BM 1.2

      David Farrar ran the spotlight over Jacinda Arden’s career achievements so far.
      Let’s just say she’d struggle to fill a matchbox,

      http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2017/03/the_achievements_of_jacinda_ardern.html

    • Carolyn_nth 1.3

      So the Nats see Ardern as a threat – getting too much positive publicity?

      • ScottGN 1.3.1

        That was pretty much my takeout from Kaye’s attack too.

        • BM 1.3.1.1

          They see her as a weak link but also as a vector to attack Andrew Little.

          I’m sure Andrew Little is going to love been endlessly told that his deputy is more popular than he is.

          • ScottGN 1.3.1.1.1

            If they think she’s a weak link then all the better. Nikki Kaye is going to come out of this particular exchange the worse for wear I think. Though none of this is going to matter at all really, Nick Smith seems determined to get his party kicked out at the elections all on his own.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.3.1.1.2

            Ah, so you admit that National’s go to is Dirty, Nasty politics.

            • BM 1.3.1.1.2.1

              It’s not dirty politics to point out an opponent’s weaknesses.

              Facts are Jacinda Ardern is where she is because the big brains in Labour thinks the NZ voters are thickos who will be swayed by a pretty face and a smile.

              Personally, I think she’ll probably alienate more voters than what she’ll gain.

              • ScottGN

                We’ll see I guess, But even you’d have to admit BM, National looks just a tad lacklustre going forward to the election?

              • What tosh. Who would Jacinda “alienate”?
                You? Who else? People like you? ha ha !

                • BM

                  Women who believe that one should be in a position because they’ve demonstrated they’ve got the skills and have earned the right to hold that position.

                  Being promoted because you’re pretty and photogenic will grind many a woman’s gears.

                  • I doubt, BM, that “women” would be so silly as you

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Last time I looked, women don’t get promoted for looking pretty – they get grabbed by the pussy, told to shut up, and generally fucked with and usually by RWNJs.

              • McFlock

                I know several organisations whose key personnel have worked with her in their sector, and they’d kick you in the nuts for that statement alone if they weren’t leftie hippies.

                She has opponents with valid criticisms, but yours ain’t one of them.

                • weka

                  BM’s feeling a bit chuffed because he got given the CT memo early and has been running this line for a while.

              • repateet

                It just confuses things when the one pointing out an opponent’s weaknesses is person who some try to portray as a nice young person doing all these positive things and is the voice and face for the future, but who just turns out to be another arrogant cow prepared to do anything for power.

              • Draco T Bastard

                It’s not dirty politics to point out an opponent’s weaknesses.

                Really?

                So, when Labour does it to National neither you nor other RWNJs will be calling it dirty, nasty politics like you have in the past then?

                Facts are Jacinda Ardern is where she is because the big brains in Labour thinks the NZ voters are thickos who will be swayed by a pretty face and a smile.

                NOooo, that would be National.

                So, that would be you projecting your own biases and bigotry onto others.

          • Robert Guyton 1.3.1.1.3

            They see her as “a vector to attack Andrew Little” – dirty politics continues to be the modus operandi for the National Party then – colour me astonished!

  2. adam 2

    Be afraid, and out of that start organizing. Do it locally – DO it NOW!

    The wonderful Abby Martin does a full expose on Steve Bannon.

    • joe90 2.1

      Goodbye regulations covering climate change, the environment, and workers’ rights – hello corporate overlords.

      White House counsel Don McGahn has assembled a team of elite lawyers with the stated goal of leading Trump Administration efforts to roll back regulatory powers across the U.S. government.

      The plan of attack, run from the second floor of the West Wing, is designed to take apart what Trump advisor Stephen Bannon has called “the Administrative State,” the collection of federal agencies that exists to carry out laws passed by Congress and authorities granted to the President. Trump aides argue that these bureaucracies have become an independent federal power sources that sometimes works against the intent of the U.S. Congress and U.S. Constitution.

      […]

      One White House aide described the group of lawyers hired by McGahn as a conservative answer to “Nader’s Raiders,” a small group of liberal activists organized by Ralph Nader in the 1960s and 1970s, who successfully fought for greater federal regulation of consumer goods like automobiles and food.

      McGahn said he had specifically chosen his staff because of their expertise in working inside federal law. “They understand the regulatory agencies, several are appellate lawyers who have spent their careers fighting regulatory and government overreach, or worked on Capitol Hill conducting oversight,” McGahn said in an interview with TIME. “A number of people in the office actually have sued the government over regulatory over reach, and have won.”

      http://time.com/4700311/donald-trump-white-house-counsel-steve-bannon/

  3. Tautoko Mangō Mata 4

    “Peter Thiel ‘exceptional circumstances’ citizenship clause never used again”
    Matt Nippert

    • Internal Affairs figures confirm billionaire’s citizenship a one-off
    • Opposition says rarity makes “can’t recall” by Minister unbelievable
    • Unclear spy agency ties to Thiel’s Palantir prompt Ombudsman complaint

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11817842

    • Carolyn_nth 4.1

      An interesting article, as much for what remains hidden as for the info gleaned from diverse sources – indicating what might be hidden about Thiel’s relationship with NZ, and whether or not his company Palantir was services the GCSB and SIS.

  4. Trevor Mallard got a bit of a bashing on Twitter today when he showed that he still has a mean streak.

    “Kids help keep my successor Ginny grounded. Contrast that with the privileged opponent.”

    He repeated that on Facebook. He has since deleted the Tweet and the second sentence on Facebook.

    That was probably not helpful for Andersen, and may not have helped Mallard get the list placing he needs to get in to the Speaker’s chair via the list.

  5. Xero to Hero 6

    Thiel – biggest, first investor in Facebook – total awareness of social interactions.
    Thiel – biggest investor in Xero -total awareness of the huge number of businesses who use Xero’s “Cloud” and all their financial information (there is no cloud, just other people’s computers, including Thiel’s)

  6. Antoine 8

    What do people make of this?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11818858

    I feel it is a nice idea but can’t help feeling it could go badly wrong…

    For instance if the river floods and damages low lying property, can it be prosecuted?

    A.

    • Sabine 8.1

      if people build in flood plains and the river floods, can they be prosecuted for shortsightedness and stupidity? Can the council be sued for issuing permits, can the developers be sued for wanting to build in a flood plain knowing that there is a risk for floods?

      Oh my gosh, the humanity. Only corporations are people, people are only consumers, and rivers are a resource to be used until it is no more.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2

      What do I make of it? Why, you’re being lazy and rude again.

      Do your own homework, weasel.

      • Antoine 8.2.1

        So it isn’t actually getting the rights and responsibilities of a natural person?

      • Pete George 8.2.2

        It didn’t take you long to ignore good advice and find a new target for your petty provocations, did it.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2.2.1

          🙄

          You’re projecting, Peter. Antoine’s a lot better at petty provocation than you are, though.

          The answer to Antoine’s genuine and totally sincere, honest concern is right there in the bill, even though it requires some thought to work it out.

          • Pete George 8.2.2.1.1

            Funny you mention projecting.

            “Why, you’re being lazy and rude again.”

            You’ve targeted, tried to provoke and tried to drive people away for years. It’s your primary MO.

            I thought you were advised to put a bit of effort into saying something for yourself, but it hasn’t taken you long to revert to lazy again.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2.2.1.1.1

              So lazy that I Googled then provided two links to substantive information on the subject, including the actual text of the legislation.

              I’m not trying to drive anyone away, Peter. If I were, I’d be more like you. Rather, I think right wing commenters can be improved.

              Antoine has been warned several times for this behaviour. Why should anyone play his games?

          • Antoine 8.2.2.1.2

            > Antoine’s a lot better at petty provocation than you are, though.

            You’re sweet 🙂

            A.

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