David Seymour is the smeghead of the year

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, July 18th, 2017 - 73 comments
Categories: act, disaster, Environment, Mining, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: ,

I know the year is only part way through and that it is election year so there will be endless opportunities for politicians to be really dickish about things but I think we should call it now. We have a winner. No politican will be able to do worse than this.

The smeghead of the year is David Seymour.

Why?

Among all of the stupid things that politicians, mainly right wing politicians, do, what could he have done that was so bad?

Well he made a really bad taste joke about Pike River. Where 29 workers lost their lives because of corporate incompetence and greed. Where families still grieve and want the Government to honour it’s broken promise to bring the bodies out.

Imagine the most stupid thing you could say. It would probably be along the lines of making sure that someone else died in the mine.

Yep that is what Seymour promised. From Newshub:

Act Party leader David Seymour has been denounced for a joke he made saying he would “close the door” on New Zealand First leader Winston Peters if he re-entered Pike River mine.

During his election campaign, Mr Peters has repeatedly insisted he would only work with a Government which stuck to several ‘bottom lines’ – including manned re-entry into the Pike River mine.

“Re-entry of Pike River is one I agree with, I’ll be there to close the door after him,” Mr Seymour told Newshub.

I suspect that no one, absolutely no one will vote for ACT on the West Coast this year.  And for the people of Epsom and I urge you to hold your breath, say a prayer and vote Paul Goldsmith when you vote at this election.

73 comments on “David Seymour is the smeghead of the year”

  1. Stunned Mullet 1

    You should run a poll on the stupidest comments by politicians during 2017, this would make the list as would Hone’s death penalty bigotry burp and there’s bound to have been plenty more and they stupid will ramp up over the next few months.

    Perhaps Browning will call for the use of homeopathy as an Ebola treatment again ?

  2. Psych nurse 2

    More smegma than smeghead.

  3. Psych nurse 3

    And if your wondering, smegma is the detritis that collects under foreskins.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      You learn something every day …

      • gsays 3.1.1

        I watched a q&a session of red dwarf fans with the some of the cast.
        Going well till a young female fan asked “what is smeg?”.
        They literally shrunk away and hid under the table.

    • Pete 3.2

      And here was me thinking it was a fancy word for “fucken idiot.”

      • NZJester 3.2.1

        Smeg is also the name of an Italian manufacturer of upmarket domestic appliances.
        And just like a Smeg fridge, he opens up with a frosty reception.

    • mosa 3.3

      YUCK

    • Richard McGrath 3.4

      “smegma is the detritis that collects under foreskins”

      … and vulvae.

  4. ……………………………………………………………. H ……………………………………………………………………

  5. adam 5

    So the right has got the knives out for the right.

    Just shows how bereft the far right are of any human decency.

  6. savenz 6

    The question is, is David Seymore even human? Maybe he’s just a National plus 1 robot ATM, designed to take in taxpayer money while spouting political slogans and propping up other RWNJ.s…

    Seriously check yourself into hospital if you actually vote ACT. What is their purpose?

    Vote National in Espom this year.

    • Oh he’s human. It takes bull-headed human stupidity to continue with his sort of behaviour and double-down on it when called out.

    • CLEANGREEN 6.2

      Yeah David Seymour is a robot alright.

      He shows no human compassion at all does he.
      Vote national in Epsom? – Oh yes National will beat him and act is gone Hurray!!!!!

  7. Vomkrieg 7

    Also, in case people didn’t get the joke. Smeghead is a common insult in the Sci-Fi comedy “red dwarf”. Which features an obnoxious pretentious hologram called Rimmer, you can tell he’s a hologram because of the H on his forehead (like the photo above)

    This short clip sums up Rimmer, and why Seymour is a total and utter rimmer

  8. eszett 8

    Better urge the Labour/Green voters to hold their nose and vote Paul Goldsmith when they vote at this election.

    Funnily enough, they can make both their votes count!

  9. James 9

    Have to agree – it’s a pretty poor taste joke.

  10. lprent 10

    The other day, I heard this dimwitted smeghead lying about me.

    He said that taxpayers demanded that Turia paid back WINZ.

    I never ever said that. Yet this pompous self entitled bludger on taxpayers and National goodwill was saying that I demanded it…

    Well he can take that along with those other lying and completely untrustworthy shitheads at the “Taxpayers Union” (who could ever trust Jordan Williams again after listening him convicting himself of being a untrustworthy ‘friend in his trial against Craig) who also take my taxpayer status in vain.

    • Stunned Mullet 10.1

      I look forward to you paying my tax.

    • Sara Matthews 10.2

      She should pay it back, she took money she wasn’t entitled too, by making false statements, that’s fraud.

      • Gabby 10.2.1

        How much did she take?

      • In Vino 10.2.2

        1) to, not entitled too.
        2) she has just told you exactly that. Don’t just repeat what she has already told us – try to learn from it. It went straight over your head, didn’t it Sara?

      • adam 10.2.3

        Get some perspective Sara Mathews. Where were you on the Bill English fraud? Where were you on the work place bulling? Where were you on the panama papers?

        But a few hundred dollars and your frothing and ranting.

        Please, God asks you to forgive, but I don’t see that. It’s sickening, have a heart and love what God asks you to love, the poor.

        • Norfolk Traveller 10.2.3.1

          It’s not just a ‘few hundred dollars’. It’s likely to be in the tens of thousands.

          • Gabby 10.2.3.1.1

            Let’s see your rough working then.

            • North 10.2.3.1.1.1

              No Fuck Traveller’s ‘rough’…….that is to say NT’s brain, is not working. Just his/her glee gland.

            • Norfolk Traveller 10.2.3.1.1.2

              The calculations can only be a guess, because of Metiria’s dishonesty. There’s been a few different options put forward, but 5 years @ 3 borders @ $60(??) is $46,800. And I’m being very generous on the rent (it’s likely to be more).

              • Cinny

                NT you said it, your calculations are a guess.

                An rather ill informed guess looking at your guessed numbers that you’ve based your guessed calculation on.

                • Norfolk Traveller

                  My figures are probably on the low side. We won’t know unless Metiria does the right thing and reveals the actual numbers.

                  • Cinny

                    No your figures are a way off guess NT.

                    She’s fronted up to media, and is happy to be investigated by WINZ for something she did almost 3 decades ago in order to feed her child.

                    It’s really up to WINZ to proceed from hereon in.

                    Meanwhile her parties policy on the matter will save lives and feed kids among other things, giving the most vulnerable (the kids) a chance in life.

                    There is enormous support out there for Meti, it’s all over the social media, only those desperate to stay in power will slam her for being economical with the truth in order to feed her child.

                    Anyways this thread should be about Rimmer and his lame attempts to stay in parliament

                    • Norfolk Traveller

                      “No your figures are a way off guess NT.”
                      And you know this how?

                      “She’s fronted up to media, and is happy to be investigated by WINZ for something she did almost 3 decades ago in order to feed her child.”
                      But she won’t go to them will she?

                      “It’s really up to WINZ to proceed from hereon in.”
                      So acts of dishonesty require no personal effort to remedy?

                      “There is enormous support out there for Meti,”
                      That’s anecdote. Talkback radio is pillorying her. That’s anecdote back at ya.

                    • Cinny

                      How do I know this NT… maybe I’ve worked for WINZ in the past.

                      Wondering which talkback you were listening to, which presenter, which time slot, which frequency. It’s all relevant NT

          • McFlock 10.2.3.1.2

            bullshit

            • adam 10.2.3.1.2.1

              Completely agree with McFlock.

              But the issue Norfolk Traveller, is you want a hate discussion, not a love one. And that is a problem.

              The fact you went straight to the money part of what I said, says somthing about you and a devotion to cupidity, and not being able to forgive is a real problem.

              • Norfolk Traveller

                This is about money, Adam. Metiria defrauded the taxpayer. What do you want to measure this in, Jellybeans?

                • halfcrown

                  If you are worried about the money I have not seen you show concern over this

                  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11794020

                  • Norfolk Traveller

                    Post a thread on Peter Thiel and I’ll give you my opinion. I’m responding to comments about Metiria Turei committing fraud.

                    • halfcrown

                      Read the fucking article I am highlighting the fact that if you are SO concerned about the money, what is your level of concern or lack of over this giant fucking rip off.
                      I am not discussing Peter Theil I am discussing the crap you are coming out about the amount of money she did/did not rip off.

                    • Norfolk Traveller

                      “I am highlighting the fact that if you are SO concerned about the money…”
                      Yes I am. Meteria committed fraud is not even sorry about it. If that’s the standard you hold those you support to, I pity you.

                    • halfcrown

                      “Yes I am. Meteria committed fraud is not even sorry about it. If that’s the standard you hold those you support to, I pity you.”

                      Don’t patronise me pal about pitying me

                      Pity is the last thing I need especially from a rabid rightwinger, and how do you know I support her? You haven’t a clue about that and other things. Please tell me where I stated that I support her?

                      You are typical of the brain dead of the right wing.
                      Have a simplistic look on the world anything on the right is good anything on the left bad.
                      I repeat again If you are so concerned over Meteria, to give a bit of balance give us your views on the rip off I pointed out to you.

                    • Norfolk Traveller

                      “Please tell me where I stated that I support her?”
                      I said ‘if’. Based on your comments, you have a reading and language difficulty. Yes, I pity you.

                    • halfcrown

                      Your English in that reply leaves a lot to be desired, so join the club you patronising fuckwit.
                      You STILL haven’t answered my request about giving us your opinion on that rip off vs Metiria’s fraud

                    • Norfolk Traveller

                      “Your English in that reply leaves a lot to be desired, so join the club you patronising fuckwit.”
                      No, nothing wrong with it.

                      “You STILL haven’t answered my request about giving us your opinion on that rip off vs Metiria’s fraud”
                      Actually I did…again you seem to have trouble reading.
                      Metiria committed fraud. Peter Thiel, from what I understand, exploited a loophole that should never have existed. From a moral perspective, probably both are as bad as each other. But Peter Thiel isn’t standing for public office, and isn’t being blindly defended by people like you.

            • joe90 10.2.3.1.2.2

              Thems the figures the sewer dwellers are throwing around.

              • McFlock

                Probably some back-of-the-envelope bullshit with massive assumptions.

                If she or winz come to a number, fine. But tories like to lie.

                • Norfolk Traveller

                  She’s not going to WINZ though, is she? Only if they come to her!

                  • McFlock

                    And if they do, the two parties will come to a number.

                    Even then, tories like you will continue to make shit up.

                    • Norfolk Traveller

                      …and that number will be in the tens of thousands, not the hundreds. But only when Metiria has the decency to front.

                    • McFlock

                      You’re still making shit up.

                      You took five flats, three with undeclared flatmates, and came up with a figure based on five years of three undeclared flatmates @$60/wk.

                      Whereas three years of one flatmate @$60/wk isn’t even ten grand and that’s if the flatmates were there for the full year than a 40wk academic year. Or it could have been part-year flatmates, or just a few months on and off in each place.

                      All we know for sure is that you’re making shit up, and you’re making it up stupidly.

          • Cinny 10.2.3.1.3

            On what do you base your assumption NT?

            It’s more likely to be less than AWOL Todd Barclays weekly salary.

            Todd Barclay still not fronting up to answer media questions or attend parliament

            People are pissed off about it NT, check out the comments from another fresh article about the matter.

            https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/94870360/mp-todd-barclay-resurfaces-in-queenstown

    • CLEANGREEN 10.3

      “Taxpayers Union” is just another prop to keep the rotting national carcass alive Iprent – don’t take them personally.

  11. What is about these 3 feet, 20 inches males ?

    Seymour is just like that Hosking galoot , along with you know Henry.
    All short and with little substance.

  12. Norfolk Traveller 12

    “Where families still grieve and want the Government to honour it’s broken promise to bring the bodies out.”

    John Key did not ‘promise’ to “bring the bodies out”.

    Here’s exactly what he said:
    “The first thing is I’m here to give you absolute reassurance, we’re committed to getting the boys out, and nothing’s going to change that. So – when people try and tell you we’re not, they’re playing, I hate to say it, but they’re playing with your emotions.”

    Pike River: New video footage proves Key made the promise he denies

    The commitment remains, but there was no promise of success, particularly when the circumstances of the mine are so precarious. Re-entering the mine would be a high risk exercise that would place other lives at risk and the state in a position of potential liability. It should not even be contemplated until those risks are mitigated.

  13. RRM 13

    Maybe a good Union man like Andrew Little could lead an expedition into the mine?

    • Sara Matthews 13.1

      Winston has stated he’s willing to be in the first re-entry crew, he does that though, makes policies and comments he can’t back up.

    • Norfolk Traveller 13.2

      The hypocrisy of Andrew and the EPMU on Pike is well detailed at http://nzagainstthecurrent.blogspot.co.nz/2014/12/how-andrew-little-failed-pike-river.html?m=1.

      • Gabby 13.2.1

        The union had good access to the mine and the miners were union members right?

        • Norfolk Traveller 13.2.1.1

          Yes. I encourage you to read the link I provided, it is well researched and referenced. Here’s a taster:

          “After the first explosion the EPMU strongly defended the management of PRC.
          EPMU National secretary Andrew Little (now a Labour MP) told the New Zealand Herald on November 22 2010 that there was “nothing unusual about Pike River or this mine that we’ve been particularly concerned about”. He then appeared on TVNZ’s Close Up to again defend PRC management. He told Close Up that underground mining was inherently unsafe and the risk of gas explosions, particularly on the West Coast, was high. While the industry was aware of the risks and took the necessary precautions, unfortunately these kinds of incidents still happened, he argued.
          On November 26, 2010 the Dominion Post ran an article that denounced ‘wild’ rumours that the mine was not safe. It declared that “Any suggestion of obvious or known safety lapses does not find traction with unionised staff or union leader Andrew Little.””

          • Gabby 13.2.1.1.1

            Turned out the rumours were right.

            Dick Knapp did his best to keep the unions and any pesky kids well clear of the workplace didn’t he. Where is good ole Dick these days.

            • Norfolk Traveller 13.2.1.1.1.1

              If, as you claim, “Dick Knapp did his best to keep the unions and any pesky kids well clear of the workplace”, why was Andrew Little and the EPMU giving the safety standards at the mine such support?
              The incompetence, and then later hypocrisy, of the EPMU must not be allowed to be forgotten.

              • Gabby

                Good question. Maybe the union got too worried about job losses.

                That’s probably why the Knapper cut some corners. Wonder where he is these days.

      • Psycho Milt 13.2.2

        Against the current? Steven Cowan’s a Trotskyist from way back. His real enemy in any dispute is the Labour Party and other groups that help keep capitalism in existence by alleviating its oppression of workers. The only person more likely to blame Andrew Little for the Pike River disaster would be Peter Whittle.

  14. Ad 14

    Could some decent Epsom candidate for Labour just sand on Act’s neck and shoot it?

    They are just such sucky sad fucks they make the ultimate planetary essence of universal sucky sadfuckness kinda up-looking.

  15. mosa 15

    I have been on the receiving end of Seymours sarcasm and the problem is that he thinks he is being funny he also opens his mouth before his brain kicks into gear and you get this type of insensitive crap.

    But ACT is a corporate party so no one should be surprised it’s how corporate entities view the world…..everyone is expendable where profit is involved and that is how Seymour looks at the world and his country.

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  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    7 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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