Day of the Jackoff

Written By: - Date published: 4:04 pm, September 15th, 2010 - 85 comments
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So ACT’s nutcase extraordinaire, the man whose only talent is to make John Boscawen look stable, has done it yet again.

Forever getting attention for all the wrong reasons, David Garrett has now admitted he’s been found guilty of a particularly distasteful dishonesty offence – stealing the identity of a dead infant for the purpose of fraudulently procuring a passport under a false identity.

So how many strikes does that make for Garrett? Dishonesty offence, assault conviction, calls to sterilise the poor, racist outbursts, homophobic outbursts, sexist outbursts, sexual harassment, lying about the lives to be saved by the 3 Strikes Law… the list goes on.

Ideological preferences aside, is this really the sort of person we want in Parliament? Will Hide or Key act like leaders and dismiss Garrett? Or will it be, like Andy Haden, another case of missing the opportunity to do the right thing and only firing Garrett when he inevitably screws up again and again and again, until belatedly doing the right thing is the only option left?

85 comments on “Day of the Jackoff”

  1. What a two faced lot of creeps these ACT people are . Hide with his double standards regarding perks .Garret with his rambling comments about crime and Douglas who was elected in the 1980s on false pretences .Lets hope this latest revelation will be the last nail in the coffin.

    • paula 1.1

      [deleted]

      [lprent: As much as I personally dislike the SST, that comment dropped well over the edge. It was straight unsubstantiated defamation. ]

  2. ABC 2

    Strikes are only for violent crimes as far as I know. But creating a false identity in the 1980s, that was discovered 2005, but was “just a prank of a young man”; how does that happen unless you were making a gain from that identity all that time? I can’t imagine a court being interested in a 20 year old identity issue if it was dormant. Someone must have known all along, or dug it up, tried to take him down in 2005 and is now back for more by passing it to Guyon Espiner. And some pretty amateur media handling by Garret during the footage. This issue is more damaging than the possibly false tongan assault conviction. Either way, ACT are taking a thrashing of late.

    • mcflock 2.1

      nope – they put new systems in place and picked up the backlog of old cases. I remember a couple in the court news at the time, just folk who had done it then got sprung later on.

  3. Treetop 3

    Garrett needs to use parliamentary privilege to have his police file on identity theft tabled in the house, incase he is not coming clean about the truth. Hide will probably object to this in record time. Hide what goes around comes around.

    • ABC 3.1

      Just heard Garret give an explanation. He used a theory from the book Day of the Jackal and used the name of a dead baby to get a false passport.

      Hey, ACT, among your higly intelligent members have you any PR consultants? A member of parliament talking about stealing the identity of a dead baby is the fast track to obscurity! Good grief. It might be the truth but Garret’s deadpan voice “…I stole the identity of a baby who is now dead…” is a PR nightmare. I bet he’ll be gone soon.

      • Treetop 3.1.1

        Did the PM know about Garrett stealing the identity of a deceased baby when Garrett was appointed to cabinet?

        Would Garret have been elected by the list Act Party voters had stealing identity been revealed?

        What does the police file say?

        Why was Garrett not charged?

        It does not wear with me to ignore such behaviour by an elected member of parliament even though they have not been charged. Garrett was an adult when he deliberately stole a dead baby’s identity.

        • Bright Red 3.1.1.1

          Garrett’s not a minister, that’s Boscawen.

          Garrett was charged and found guilty but disharged without conviction.

          • Treetop 3.1.1.1.1

            I thought that Garrett is a minister outside of cabinet. I realised my error. Correct me if I am wrong.

            • Bright Red 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Nah, it’s Boscawen. Garrett is unusual as a first-term backbencher in getting his 3-strikes law through but that was because the government picked it up.

  4. So he is a fraudster as well as a thug?

  5. Don’t even give this chump another strike. Bum rush his fool ass clean out of parliament i say…

    …the sooner, the better

    • Tigger 5.1

      He’s already had that third strike anyway, laying down with the rotting corpse of the Act party surely constitutes necrophilia.

  6. billy fish 6

    Quite simply with the Roy debacle Hide can’t afford another change of personnel and corresponding ructions.
    He stays and makes more foo foos

    John Key must be having a few face plants on this one

  7. Bright Red 7

    I wonder how the Police tracked him down. Yeah, the Israeli spy scandal started them looking at passports, but working out that Garrett had been the one who got the passport, even with the clue of his photo, shouldn’t have been easy if he was otherwise unknown to the police… more to this methinks.

    • mcflock 7.1

      that is, of course, ruling out that he put himself down as a witness on the passport application (ISTR 2 other people have to sign off on the application form). 🙂

      Alternatively they might have simply found the postal address it was sent to in their records and crossreferenced that with driver’s licenses, property ownership records, or other passports. He had to get it into his hands somehow.

      The interesting one was the Israelis – my recollection from the case was that the identities they stole were of living people, but institutionalised/invalids. My gentle guessing at the time is that the power that let them cf. passports with births/deaths also let them maybe look at invalids benefits.

      • Lindsey 7.1.1

        Easy to trace – the witness has to have valid NZ passport. And they check that. So- either he used his own passport and signed as his own witness (another false statement) or his witness was prosecuted along with him and gave him up.

  8. Oh the irony!!

    The man who rails against weak judges and hits over the hand with a wet bus ticket received exactly this treatment himself.

    The man who wants zero tolerance for crime was shown a great deal of tolerance by our and the Tongan judiciary.

    That gurgling sound you can hear is Act’s chances at the next election going down the drain.

    But why was he selected as an MP when Hide knew about these problems before selection was complete?

    And I wonder what Cameron will say?

    • J Mex 8.1

      Don’t know what happened there…

      To repost

      Oh the irony!!

      The man who rails against weak judges and hits over the hand with a wet bus ticket received exactly this treatment himself.

      Garret needs to resign. What a muppet.

      P.S. Anyone who has bothered to look into the Tongan thing, should realise that there was probably very little that Garret did wrong. This one is a complete absence of judgement.

    • Anne 8.2

      “But why was he selected as an MP when Hide knew about these problems before selection was complete?”

      Remember reading somewhere that SS Trust was receiving large amounts of money from an American source. Maybe some of it ended up in Act’s campaign coffer. Payback? Act MP Garrett.

      Garth MCVicar was funny on Checkpoint tonight. Talk about a slippery eel… ducking and diving for cover. Must have had some C/T training too.

  9. Tammy Gordon 9

    Damn my liberal heart! I swear to god I’m starting to feel sorry for Rodney.

    • resist the urge, they would never return the favour

      • J Mex 9.1.1

        The man who rails against weak judges and hits over the hand with a wet bus ticket received exactly this treatment himself.

        Bang on. What a drop kick.

        Rodney, do the right thing and get rid of this muppet.

  10. tc 10

    Art imitates life…..from Blackadder 3 “….to be an MP you’ll need at least fraud and sexual deviancy…’

    Act appears to have set the bar somewhat higher….lets not forget garretts sexual harrassment issues and remember he’s a lawyer who doesn’t appear to grasp the law !

    He’s almost overqualified for ACT….sideshow doesn’t give a toss, you have to care to be concerned.

  11. The court accepted that the consequences of a conviction for this offence would have consequences out of all proportion to the offending

    Uhh dude…YOU KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY ASSUMED THE IDENTITY OF A DEAD CHILD !!!

    Thats what i find really offensive.

    If you were prepared to do the crime you should be prepared to do the time…whatever that is

    The consequences being proportionate to the crime is what makes 3 strikes suck if you’re convicted on a lesser charge for your 3rd strike.

    and what exactly makes your punishment disproportionate ? The fact you never used the passport ? but dude…

    YOU KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY ASSUMED THE IDENTITY OF A DEAD CHILD !!!

    sweet…so i’ll rob a bank and never use the money. Maybe donate it to charity and when i get busted eventually i’ll try to use your justification too eh ?

    How far do you reckon that’ll wash with the judge. Me being poor and brown and all ?

    i just cant get over that…

    YOU KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY ASSUMED THE IDENTITY OF A DEAD CHILD !!!

    • toad 11.1

      It is not a “fact” that he never used the passport. That is his assertion. By the time the case came to Court, the passport had expired and had been destroyed. So there is no evidence that he used the passport, which is different from evidence that it had never been used.

      Some OIAs to Internal Affairs, Immigration, and Customs to attempt to identify the name the passport was in and see if it had been used might be worth an effort, although it is still doubtful there will be good records that far back.

      • mcflock 11.1.1

        that’s just what the family of the dead kid needs – if they give it to somebody responsible, they’ll also give it to the MSM. Just when ChCh is losing its amazing impact, too.

      • pollywog 11.1.2

        It is not a “fact” that he never used the passport.

        Oops..My bad

        …and doesn’t that make things worse if it’s found out he used it.

        most obvious use i can think of would be benefit fraud. I’d check bank accounts and social welfare for dole payments in the 80’s under the dead childs name.

        • toad 11.1.2.1

          Now, that is an interesting option. Work and Income copy passports if they are used as ID for for benefit applications. That’s worth a look via the OIA too, assuming we can get the name of the deceased person whose identity Garrett stole from DIA, because Work and Income should have a record of any benefit claimed under that name.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 11.1.3

        Garrett says HE never used the passport, leaves a wide open gap to be used by someone else. Especially with an old photo who knows

        • felix 11.1.3.1

          Actually we have no way of knowing if it was ever used by Garrett either – only his say-so.

          Presumably it would be simple enough to find out if it had ever been used for travel purposes, but even if not, there’s no way to be sure it wasn’t used as ID to falsely obtain credit or commit any other crimes.

        • Vicky32 11.1.3.2

          And, I’ve learned from 3 News tonight, a photo in a rather lame disguise – dyed hair and glasses!
          Deb

    • Bored 11.2

      SENTENCING JUDGE TO POLLY….Polly, it was your gang patch….being brown has got nothing to do with the huge sentence I am now going to give you.

      SENTENCING JUDGE TO GARRETT…You come from a nice supportive family and wear a beautiful suit, now if your not careful next time I will have to imprison you with societies dregs and a whole pile of Maori gang members…fined 50 cents and may God have mercy…..

  12. MikeE 12

    Twitter… need more #GarrettBookInspirations

  13. mcflock 13

    did I mention I spluttered my coffee when I read the post title? Damned fine title.

  14. lprent 14

    Congrats to the sprout for the really great title.

    Update: someone broke the numbering with a comment deletion. Good been looking for a place to look at this

  15. Bright Red 15

    A lawyer usually can’t be admitted to the bar have a conviction against their name. Might explain why he was discharged without conviction, presuming Garrett was either already a lawyer or at law school at the time.

    when was he meant to be an oil rig worker again? I’m guessing he was actually a lawyer for an oil company.

    • joe bloggs 15.1

      presuming Garrett was either already a lawyer or at law school at the time.

      Presumption incorrect.

      He got this passport in 1984 but didn\’t enroll in the University of Canterbury until 1986. As I said eariler not a student prank but a pre-student prank

      • felix 15.1.1

        And as I said the only source for it being any sort of prank is Garrett himself.

        And seeing as how he’s the kind of guy who steals the identity of a dead baby, I’d say you’re a fucking idiot if you believe anything he says.

        How old was he when he did this disgusting deed btw? You’re trying to paint it as an adolescent jape but he must’ve been an adult in the 1980s, surely.

      • Marty G 15.1.2

        Actually, joe bloggs, Bright Red has a point. You see, Garrett was a lawyer when he was tried. Oh DtB has made that point.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.2

      And he wasn’t in court over it until 2005. Being convicted of this would have disbarred him.

  16. SHG 16

    Will Hide or Key act like leaders and dismiss Garrett?

    Hint: only one of those people is the leader of ACT.

  17. Tammy Gordon 17

    Serves Act right for getting into bed with the devil aka The Sensible Sentencing Trust. Peter Dunne did better when he got into bed with god via the Future NZ party. Although all those bright and shiny MPs didn’t last very long bless ’em, and you never really got to know a single one of their names but at least they didn’t die a loud and humiliating death from from hypocrisitis.

  18. So that’s Strike 2 I assume?

  19. Did I hear Radio New Zealand right and did Garth McVicar of Sensible Sentencing Trust know about this previously?

  20. felix 20

    Hey Rodney,

    is this another example of how the ACT caucus is representative of normal kiwis who don’t necessarily have spotless pasts?

    Or is it just what it looks like – a violent criminal, habitual drunk, sexual pest and unashamed bigot stealing a dead baby’s identity?

    • rosy 20.1

      Oh I hope they don’t sack him! That would give NACT a teensy bit of credibility. The next person on the list has gotta be an improvement

      😉 Just joking

    • Billy Fish 20.2

      Just while we are kicking him while he’s down,,,,, and he SOOOO deserves it,,,,, the man Garrett has a reputation in the legal world of being a sleaze bag.

  21. aj 21

    Scum. I know a lot of people who did stupid things 30 years ago but none of them – NONE – stops so long as this scum did.

  22. Vicky32 22

    I am just hearing TV3’s take on this… Garrett is shown as saying (with a scary flat affect) that he “was curious to see if such a thing could be done”. He’s old enough to have known at the time, that the Mr Asia drug syndicate used to do the same thing, news I remember hearing a lot longer ago than 26 years!
    Then JonKey says in effect ‘nothing to do with me’… Ma daiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
    Deb

    • J Mex 22.1

      It’s the child porn defense – ‘I was just curious.’

      I don’t care.

      It’s seriously wrong.

  23. felix 23

    Bye Garrett. Crook.

    Bye Rodney. Dupe and hypocrite.

    Bye ACT. Bunch of lying, corrupt, selfish, immoral, racist, solipsistic fuckwits.

  24. ABC 24

    “Espiner clarified for Garrett, a former barrister, that ONE News understood Garrett has been discharged without conviction on a charge of creating a false identity.”

    In that case, did Guyon knowingly break name suppression for the 2005 case? Political curries: you just have to be in the same room to get the shits.

  25. Rex Widerstrom 25

    Now I see why Garrett refuses to believe in the possibility of redemption for any criminal. Redemption relies upon accepting not just the facts of your action but its wrongness, and the wrongness of your intent.

    It requires empathy (something lacking in psychopaths and sociopaths) to understand the hurt your actions have caused (in this case to the memory of a dead child and the feelings of all his relatives).

    It means you end up punishing yourself far harder than any justice system could do.

    But a prequisite to all of this is shame. And clearly, Garrett has none.

    • Macro 25.1

      Well said Rex.
      This is the nub of the issue. Garrett (and SST) cannot understand the concept of the redemptive process. Their whole focus is on punishment.
      Will garret punish himself one wonders?

    • toad 25.2

      “Sociopath” explains it completely, doesn’t it Rex.. I think you are onto something there. Wonder if Lhaws will pop up in Garrett’s defence?

  26. rosy 26

    BTW does anyone know how old was he when he did this 26 years ago? I can’t see anything about his age on his FB page or the ACT website – he looks way too old for it being an excusable young man’s prank

  27. Johnno 27

    That’s shocking behaviour by Garrett. This is definitely someone who should not be in Parliament. A lot of politicians are self serving arseholes but it’s the dishonest ones I can’t stand. Ethics are obviously optional down there.

  28. prism 28

    Garrett did say he did the dead baby identity passport thing as an exercise to see how easily it could be done. Years ago the anti homosexual and everything campaigner Patricia ? did a similar thing in ordering mens mags that were banned in NZ from Oz. and copped flak for it even though she had been a nun.

    antispam – decent

    • Macro 28.1

      Bartlett

    • Vicky32 28.2

      Although he must have known that it could be, and was done, as the Mr Asia syndicate fuss was oin the media in about 82… and that was one of the things that came out, that they did it… So unless he was asleep from 1978 to 1986, mind you that’s always possible (or was that when he was being an oil rig worker?)
      Deb

  29. Gotham 29

    I just can’t get over how far over the line he went doing this in the first place. To say that this was an error of judgement is so understating it, it is completely farcial. Because he read it in a BOOK???? I am in my late 20s, and the type of person Garrett would hate. I would never think it was acceptable to STEAL THE IDENTITY OF A DEAD BABY for a bit of fun.

    I remember a story coming into the news ages ago about the impact of someone stealing the identity of dead child on the family of the dead child. It sounded awful. I googled (not really thinking I would find it), but found this instead. Here are some interesting clips:

    “The Department of Internal Affairs says criminals attempting passport fraud are most likely to be caught and punished, no matter how long ago the crime occurred….Department of Internal Affairs Passports Manager, David Philp, says passport fraud is a crime with serious consequences, as well as being emotionally disturbing and offensive to innocent people. Often, as in this case, the criminal has used the name of a dead baby to obtain a false passport. This is very distressing for the bereaved family.”

    (and also) Statement from a victim of another false passport application:

    “The pain we have suffered was strange after all these years. I felt an intrusion into our private lives as well as old wounds reopened. It was extremely upsetting to learn that our baby brother’s identity was callously stolen.”

    (http://www.dia.govt.nz/press.nsf/d77da9b523f12931cc256ac5000d19b6/435c699f4eaf47edcc2571af001a34e0!OpenDocument)

    Oh – but it’s all good. Garrett got the idea from reading A BOOK!!!

  30. Didn’t Tim Selwyn get a jail sentence for doing the same in part?

  31. nzfp 31

    So does that mean that David Garret is working for Israel? I guess we can assume that passport wasn’t used in Dubai or maybe it was?!? It may be worth checking if that passport ever went to Dubai?

  32. Rharn 32

    The moral high ground is indeed a slippery slope. If ya gona go there ya better not have any baggage to drag ya down. Bit late for Hide and his slippery mate.

  33. Lez Howard 33

    Is the NACT cloning Laurel and Hardy,s

  34. Bright Red 34

    Armstrong basically stole your line, sprout:

    “Yesterday was not so much the Day of the Jackal – the Frederick Forsyth thriller from which Act MP David Garrett took the idea of stealing the identity of a long dead baby to procure a fraudulent passport for himself.

    Yesterday was the Day of the Jackass”

  35. This just got worse for Garrett. According to TVone he told the North Shore Court in 2005 that he had no convictions, either in New Zealand or Tonga.

    He had the assault conviction in 2002 and obviously knew about it.

    Liar liar …

  36. Observer 36

    I heard a radio commentator say that Rodney has to keep Garrett because the next two on the ACT list are on Heather Roys side of the party.If Garrett goes a leadership challenge will see Rodney lose.

    • Vicky32 36.1

      Latest news apparently is that Garrett has quit and taken 2 weeks off to ‘reflect’… sounds familiar! 😀
      Deb

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    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    7 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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

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