Debarclay gets sordid

Written By: - Date published: 1:47 pm, June 27th, 2017 - 82 comments
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Oh lord. Really?

Parliament officials knew details of Barclay tapes

Exclusive: Intercepted discussions in the Clutha-Southland MP’s electorate office included talk of “sex and drugs”, a source tells Newsroom

Despite the lede it is of course a very informative piece, with details of negotiations around the payout.

Newsroom has Dickson’s un-redacted statement, which has not previously been made public.

In it she says Dalziel had begun negotiating with the Parliamentary Service over her severance conditions after the dispute with Barclay arose.

The lawyer wanted a higher settlement than the Parliamentary Service was prepared to pay but the situation changed after it became clear Dickson’s privacy had been breached.

“They told her (Dalziel) about the recordings that Todd had. This is the same information that I had received from Bill English.

“Consequently, she then went back to Parliamentary Services and negotiations continued. They then came back within a day and accepted the original offer that we had asked for.

“It seemed strange that they’d changed their decision so quickly within a day.

“Catherine Dalziel also told me that she had spoken to Parliamentary Services and that they had acknowledged there was recorded conversations involving me which concerned Todd Barclay regarding sex and drug matters.

Read on for plenty more on Newsroom.

82 comments on “Debarclay gets sordid”

  1. mickysavage 1

    With sex and drugs now in the picture this story has at least another week to run …

    • lprent 1.1

      Yeah. Sounds like something that people can get judgemental about while details are sorted out.

      But that phrasing does sound to me like selective picking of normal constituency work (along with the usual housing, dealing eith government services, and immigration topics). However someone (Todd Barcley??) has done a Slater and overblown to parliamentary services to make it more sensational.

      However whichever way you look at it, it appears to be a pretty serious breach into the social work that is such a strong part of constituency offices.

      • McFlock 1.1.1

        Fair point, but if it was just constituency work he could launch a pretty valid press complaint:

        The Parliamentary Service told Christchurch lawyer Kathryn Dalziel that there was a tape and her client, Glenys Dickson, was recorded discussing the MP.

        Dalziel was told one intercepted conversation involved talk of “sex and drug matters”.

        That’s some pretty misleading juxtaposition if the s&d talk wasn’t concerning Barclay.

        • dukeofurl 1.1.1.1

          Ms Dickson doesnt seem they type to have an involvement in such matters, while Mr Barclay is the well know Queenstown party animal.
          You are trying to not see the wood for the trees

          • McFlock 1.1.1.1.1

            We must all keep an open mind as to whether the waddling, quacking, feathered creature before us is actually a duck 😉

        • Gabby 1.1.1.2

          It could concern a third party and a blackmail threat.

          • McFlock 1.1.1.2.1

            And how would that be “discussing the MP”?
            Best not speculate, really. The juxtaposition in the article just suggests that conversations about s&d were also conversations that discussed the MP. If that’s not the case, he can always complain to press council or someone.

    • Alwyn 1.2

      The headlne for this piece is certainly accurate.
      The Morgan Poll numbers must really have got to Little and left him completely desperate.
      Can we now discuss, and make apparently unsupported allegations and insinuations, about the character and activities of any MP or ex-MP we want to?
      I see now why Mallard went off to Bermuda. His wife probably told him that his days as smear-leader of the Labour Party were behifnd him and that the current Labour leader was going to have to do his own dirty work.

      • Michael 1.2.1

        “Can we now discuss, and make apparently unsupported allegations and insinuations, about the character and activities of any MP or ex-MP we want to?” Subject to the law of defamation, and the sub judice principle, of course we can. As far as Barclay’s concerned, he doesn’t have a reputation to defend so I think the limits of what can be discussed about him (until the Police charge him, if they ever do) are very wide.

        • mickysavage 1.2.1.1

          This did not come from Labour Alwyn. Do you guys ever rely on reality to bolster your assertions?

          • weka 1.2.1.1.1

            The bit I like is that alwyn has routinely told lies about the Greens as a way of smearing them. Closely followed by him objecting to smearing Barclay and then smearing Mallard in the same breath. I think my tolerance for hypocrisy as been extended in the past week.

            • McFlock 1.2.1.1.1.1

              That’s how they break us – they shovel on so much bullshit we forget what “clean” smells like

          • Alwyn 1.2.1.1.2

            Did not come from Labour.
            Realy? Then have I missed something? Is Little no longer the leader?
            He was the person who brought the allegations up in Parliament in such a way that he implied it was Barclay who was involved.
            As for Mallard. Am I the only person who remembers him making little sneering remarks about Don Brash’s personal life?
            There have been many smears about the MPs from many parties. I don’t remember any being made by National MPs in the House since Muldoon’s day. That has been mostly a trick of the Labour MPs led by Mallard.

      • KJT 1.2.2

        What part of Barclay broke the law don’t you understand, Alwyn?

        Of course National and their members think that is fine, so long as you don’t get caught.

        The “Party of individual responsibility”. Yeah right! “Responsibility is for other people”.

  2. Cinny 2

    Here we go, it’s whats on the tapes that’s bigger than the taping.

    Thanks TS for keeping us so up to date.

    Good work Newsroom, Melanie… Thank you for being a real journalist, much respect.

    Side note… doesn’t P make people paranoid?

    • Thinkerr 2.2

      I disagree that whats on the tape is bigger than the taping.

      If Parliamentary Services was prepared to pay X, but Dickson received Y, due to ‘the privacy breach’ and the difference between X and Y came out of taxpayers money, then if the reason for paying Y not X was due to the need to keep something unsavoury from the public, that, in my opinion, would be the biggest issue for me.

      That taxpayers’ money was used to stop taxpayers finding out something that might be in their interests to know.

      One volume of Dirty Politics was enough for a country like New Zealand, but the way this is going there could be material for a second volume, taking us further from the country we are reputed to be.

      As Blinglish said, “…everyone unhappy…”

      • Cinny 2.2.1

        Thanks for the link Uncooked.

        Thinkerr, I do agree that exploiting tax payer monies to hush someone up about a sticky situation is pretty shocking.

        However NZ is a small place…. what’s on the tapes? That is the question media should be asking, bloody lucky the outgoing PM declined to Todds invite to listen to them, but just because he didn’t listen to them doesn’t mean he does not know what is on them. Maybe media should also be asking which senior politicians are involved?

        I guess it depends on just how damning the info on the tapes is, have heard it’s pretty shocking.

  3. Ad 3

    If the New Zealand Police respond to this with the same vigour that they reserved for the Teapot Tapes, for which they got a warrant to get into TVNZ, then I am sure the NZPolice (sworn of course to the Queen and not to Parliament) will have no hesitation getting into Parliament and having further interviews with the Prime Minister, his staff, and Parliamentary Services.

    Key and Clark would have crushed this.

    I’m now struggling to see English ever making the grade to Prime Minister.

    • Sabine 3.1

      what ever compelled you to think he would made the grade?

      his double dipping?
      him living in dipton?
      the time he got about 20% of votes to be PM?

    • bwaghorn 3.2

      starting to think english won’t make the election myself

      • Tamati Tautuhi 3.2.1

        Maybe Paula or Judith we could get our first Maori PM.

        • bwaghorn 3.2.1.1

          is jude maori? i hope they go with paula most nat voters i know loath her , judith they seem to like , at least you get what you see with jude (this is in no way saying jude is good) , were as bennet is just fake false and nasty ,

          • Sabine 3.2.1.1.1

            fake false and nasty

            a good slogan for National .

          • Hanswurst 3.2.1.1.2

            Judith Collins is good though, at least in the sense of being competent, and we on the Left would do well to fear her. It speaks volumes that she is still right up ast the top despite so many (I would say justified) attempts to take her down. I imagine that there are plenty of other prominent National parliamentarian who deserve to be done in the same way as Collins was over Oravida or Corrections (back in 2010 or whenever it was), and yet it keeps coming back to Collins. Whether that is because of systemic attitudes towards her being a woman, factionalism, her associations with Slater, the image agree tries to project or a combination of all of those, I don’t know. However, the fact that she is still there and even automatically seen as leadership material in the face of all that suggests teflon qualities that may put even John Key to shame.

            The salient difference is that Collins doesn’t seem the type to sacrifice policy implementation on the altar of popularity. In Collins, therefore, there is the possibility of a National leader of remarkable stickability, along with a vigorous programme of conservative austerity. She could do untold damage. Perhaps, of course, she would also sink like a lead balloon. Who can be sure? What I am sure of is that we should be careful what we wish for.

            • the pigman 3.2.1.1.2.1

              LOL – so good she is detested by all in the National Party but her factional allies.

              I suggest you rewatch the TV3 footage of her blackmailing the TV3 journalist who had just asked her some hard questions from the top of the staircase. Essentially saying “If you ask me any more hard questions I am going to eat you for lunch”. It is utterly chilling.

              I might be misremembering but I think it was Katie Bradford — Jude was pissed to have been asked some hard questions about Oravida, cut the interview short then came back and threatened the journo from the top of the stairs: “You may just find that I remember all sorts of things”.

              I am rooting for the day she becomes National leader, but I don’t think her colleagues will ever let her. And not because they have Tall Poppy Syndrome.

              • Incognito

                National is so keen to copy Labour that they even have their own ABC faction 😉

              • Hanswurst

                LOL – so good she is detested by all in the National Party but her factional allies.

                … and yet she is still there, which was my point.

                I’m quite familiar with the footage you reference, thankyou. I think it’s far from a forgone conclusion that she would fail.

                • the pigman

                  Yes, but she’s only there because she has a very full “top drawer”.

                  How else does someone come back from DP and her e-mails with Slater, their little conspiracies to take down Simon Pleasants and Adam Feely, and come out the other end with ministerial warrants?

                  I shudder to imagine that top drawer’s contents, but suffice to say she has material sufficient to silence her critics in National, which most certainly include one Simon William English.

            • Sabine 3.2.1.1.2.2

              how much would Oravida be an issue in J.C ambition to be Madam Prime Minister?

  4. Yep as suspected. And bill is about to get sprayed by this.

    And I suspect a few gnat supporters around these parts know some stuff too.

  5. McFlock 5

    lolz

    What a dropkick Barclay is. Give a boy a couple of hundred grand a year, see what he does. Oh, sorry, my mistake, his electorate staff might just have been talking about their drugs&hookers end of year party… 🙂

    • weka 5.1

      rofl.

      The RW spin has been that those silly, boring, staid Gore people didn’t like that Barclay went and lived in Queenstown and partied hard, so they took a vendetta against him. Not enough rolling eyes for that one.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1

        +111

        😈

      • Paul Campbell 5.1.2

        Well from the Newsroom article it seems like they were particularly pissed off because he was too hung over to show up to give a speech at Telford (which is near Gore, so the people in the Gore office would have organised it) they probably had to run around making apologies on his behalf at the last minute and had every right to be angry

    • Grafton Gully 5.2

      Other Barclays succeeded as Labour politicians. James, Bruce and Ron.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Barclay

  6. Who told parliamentary services what the contents of the tape were?

  7. Carolyn_nth 7

    Sex, drugs and dictaphone tapes. One for Netflix?

  8. dukeofurl 8

    I see they are still trying to blame Dickson for breaching confidentiality over the settlement when it was Barclay who babbled an untrue version some months back to the Herald

    ““I had received complaints about the conduct of a staff member from members of the public and I referred the matter to Parliamentary Services.
    “As the legal employer of support staff, they acted as they deemed appropriate and embarked on a disciplinary process.”
    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/06/20/35010/allegations-barclay-invented-complaints
    None of that was true of course but when you have a settlement you dont ever rehash the details even if you dont mention a settlement.

    The wording seems very precise so Im wondering who helped Barclay with his smear ?

    As for the details of Barclays ‘fast life’ in Queenstown, its at the heart of the dispute between conservative rural party supporters and their cuckoo in the nest in Queenstown
    I think the MSM have some of the details already but have to tread carefully and only with defamation lawyers approval.

  9. joe90 9

    Dickson has told Newsroom that she had the conversation with Swan after Barclay pulled out of the prize-giving ceremony at the Telford Agricultural institute in Balclutha.

    He was the guest of honour but had remained in Queenstown where he had been partying the night before. He later produced a doctor’s certificate saying he was suffering from exhaustion.

    I guess exhaustion is the new tired and emotional.

    • Bearded Git 9.1

      LOL…..now for revelations of some Ugandan affairs

      • dukeofurl 9.1.1

        Yep thats an oldy but a goody – “They were talking about Uganda’- all night long.

        • D'Esterre 9.1.1.1

          Dukeofurl: ” “They were talking about Uganda’- all night long.”

          Haha, yes, I remember that from the 80s.

          In one Metro magazine back then, Felicity Ferret regaled the readers with an account of a notable arriving by car at a function. And falling out of the back of said car when the door was opened, on account of he and his female companion (not his wife) were in the middle of discussing the Uganda situation.

          Stuff of that sort anent Barclay, perhaps? Though I don’t think that he’s hitched, so no skin off anyone’s nose, whoever he’s been discussing the Uganda situation with. Or how often…

    • dukeofurl 9.2

      Its a ‘spectrum’ thing as well…. first signs are ‘flat tyres’ and then it progresses through ‘google maps not working’ to finally get to ‘end state exhaustion’.
      Im sure the doctors cure was ‘ some early nights’

  10. Tamati Tautuhi 10

    This is starting to play out like US Politics hold on to your seats.

  11. Tamati Tautuhi 11

    Got a feeling the next 3 months could get dirty ?

    Cosby Textor will be searching through their bag of tricks ?

    • weka 11.1

      I was thinking it was a shame this was coming out so fast, but actually it’s probably too fast for CT and co to keep up with, so mistakes are being made. Good.

    • Bearded Git 11.2

      It’s Crosby….but I can see where you are going with Cosby….

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 11.2.1

        “Strong and Stable” was a bit of a CT flop…long may it continue

    • D'Esterre 11.3

      Tamati Tautuhi: “Cosby Textor….”

      Heh, Cosby…. Freudian slip there?

  12. weka 12

    Someone in the media needs to do one of those infographic things about all the strands of the Debarclay affair.

  13. mary_a 13

    Hang on folks, seems like more, much more than anticipated is coming! This latest revelation could be a high flier!

    Now we wait to see how Bilious handles these latest revelations “… er, yes, no, I don’t recall … er any questions about something else? Didn’t we do well in the America’s Cup?”

    Oh that’s right, TNZ has won the America’s Cup, so msm is extremely busy with that one, being a news item of great importance, to concern itself with a silly trifling government scandal with possible criminal implications!

  14. swordfish 14

    “Today we see the real story – at the heart of the Government a sordid tale of lies, deceit and convenient forgetfulness … The Prime Minister of New Zealand of course knows nothing about it…”

    “I have never seen such slithery dishonesty from the leader of our country.”

    “This behaviour from someone in such high office is unacceptable.”

    This was Bill English in 2002, criticising Helen Clark for her conduct in the so-called “Painter-gate” scandal.

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/22-06-2017/remembering-paintergate-and-what-bill-english-had-to-say-about-it/

  15. Mrs Brillo 15

    Release the transcript, before the tape is mysteriously destroyed or burgled.

    • weka 15.1

      There’s confidentiality issues, both for Dickson and for constituents that were recorded. Not sure yet if the public good outweighs that.

      • dukeofurl 15.1.1

        usually thats solved by beeping out the constituents personal stuff, but leaving in Barclay

        • weka 15.1.1.1

          Yes, a redacted transcript seems reasonable. Not sure how that would get decided though. Presumably Dickson and the others have some rights here.

        • Graeme 15.1.1.2

          They’d have to beep out the lot since toddles wasn’t a party to any of it.

          It’s where toddles let slip what he’d recorded that’ll be his undoing.

  16. Pete 16

    On TV3 they have an ad about something they do or what they’re about made up of little clips and there’s Barclay, very certain, “I totally refute….”

  17. Rae 17

    Let us not forget who was PM when this happened.

    • weka 17.1

      quite.

    • Draco T Bastard 17.2

      Essential to remember that considering the payout came from his office.

    • mary_a 17.3

      @ Rae (17) … bingo! And let’s not forget “HE” has not even been mentioned here. A clean slate, but an odious dirty record of lies, deceit and cover ups on his watch!

  18. silvertuatara 18

    Is the team of Bill English and Paula Bennett about to be internally rolled within the National Party? ….check out the latest news on Paula Bennett at newshub http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2016/06/labour-paula-bennett-has-hit-a-new-low.html

  19. Muttonbird 19

    What’s the deal with Parliamentary Services knowing about the tapes but standing by while Barclay lied to the house and to the New Zealand public?

    You expect it from dishonest Bill, but not the supposedly neutral Parliamentary Services.

  20. Pete 20

    Blah blah blah… who cares? I really hate to agree with Hosser Toskin, but on this occasion I think he is right and none of this will make a difference on who wins the election.

    What should matter a great deal to Labour is that continuing down the destructive neoliberal path is a recipe for failure. This is a lesson taught by elections in the USA, France and most recently, Italy.

    In contrast, by adopting policies designed to return control to the masses instead of the few filthy rich, Corbyn has vividly demonstrated how this can be accomplished against all odds. People aren’t just ready for such policies, they are hungry for it.

    Bickering with the opposition over their cheating is just an opportunity lost to put forward progressive ideas to galvanise the electorate.

  21. Ed 21

    Bomber is of the opinion ‘a very Kiwi Coup’ is occurring.’

  22. Tamati Tautuhi 22

    I think Bill may be rolled as the Natzi Hierachy can see the blood on the tracks but who has the crediblity to fill Bill’s shoes ?

    • Ed 22.1

      Depends which wing of the party wins.
      Right wing wins ………. Paula Bennett
      Extreme right wing wins…..Judith Collins

  23. patricia bremner 23

    I hope they implode!!!

  24. Anthony Rimell 24

    As significant as this issue seems, in reality it pails compared to this:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/333861/social-housing-candidate-has-links-to-manus-detention-centre

    Bill’s National Government is looking to offload our State Houses in Christchurch to a consortium that includes a business with links to the Manus Detention Centre. They seem to feel such a company is a good corporate citizen who will provide the appropriate wrap around social service our most vulnerable need.

    Beyond sex and drugs and rock’n’roll, this is the truly despicable behavior of the current Government.

    • McFlock 24.1

      fucksake, serco all over again.

      Good reminder of the other crap they’re pulling.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 24.2

      This National Government wants to dissolve all responsibility for social housing, however it has no answers for the homeless are we going to set up squatter camps in certain areas of the City ?

    • NZJester 24.3

      Well as the way the National Government seems to want social housing run is in line with how the Manus Detention Center is run, They probably think they are the perfect people to run Detention Camps state houses for the poor.

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    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    4 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    4 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    5 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    6 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    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
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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?
    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
    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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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