English on our low wage growth

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, May 30th, 2017 - 40 comments
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Bill English knows that our low wage economy is a ticking time-bomb for the government. He must be starting to get worried (great piece by Jenée Tibshraeny on interest.co.nz):

Prime Minister Bill English admits wage growth isn’t ‘hot’; Says businesses need to increase pay significantly before complaining about skills shortages

Prime Minster Bill English says businesses need to be willing to put cash on the table to attract the right talent, before complaining about skills shortages.

Hardly a radical idea. But the fact that English is prepared to come out and say it shows how worried he is that low wages are dragging the tide out from under National.

“The general wage data tells us wage growth is better than inflation, but [I] certainly wouldn’t describe it as ‘hot’.”

Annual wage inflation held steady at 1.6% in the March quarter, with growth in private sector wages falling to their lowest point since the June 2010 quarter.

While the consumer price index rose 2.2% year-on-year in the March quarter, wage growth has been higher than inflation in previous quarters.

Given that the official inflation measure significantly under-counts the huge and rapidly escalating cost of renting / housing that is hardly reassuring.

Asked about the extent to which an uptick in migration in particular has contributed to subdued wage growth, English said: “We see the skilled migrants filling the gaps. That’s what you pick up from the businesses who are employing them; that they’re employing someone from offshore because they can’t get locals to fill the gaps.”

Mmmm. In theory perhaps, but in practice “The Treasury warned that record levels of immigration could push New Zealanders out of low-skilled jobs, depress wages and increase housing pressures”. See also: Mike Yardley: New Zealand’s immigration settings suppressing pay rates, Bernard Hickey: Too many visas, not enough pay.

All this said, English expects wage growth to rise over time.

Mmmm. Over time. He said the same thing in 2016. He said the same thing in 2014. The same thing in 2012. The same thing in 2011 (when he also tried to convince us that low wages were actually an advantage for NZ). I could go on but you get the picture. Bill English promises you jam tomorrow. Always has, always will.

National represents those who are perfectly happy with a low wage economy. If you want to change that you need to change the government.

40 comments on “English on our low wage growth”

  1. Ad 1

    Anthony that was great until the last sentence.

    What is Labour or Greens plan for a high wage economy?

      • Ad 1.1.1

        That report contains a series of extremely broad recommendations.
        Not policies.
        It’s not too much to ask for in election year.

        And from what I could see, only recommendation T12 got anywhere close to answering any part of my question.

        • WILD KATIPO 1.1.1.1

          And Bill the Double Dipper English has always strung the working people of this country along with his extremely broad generalizations.

          He’s been at it ever since he lauded NZ having a LOW WAGE ECONOMY because it attracted foreign investment and made us ‘ competitive’ with Australia ….

          Fuck the bloody foreign investment and fuck his competing with Australia for the race to the bottom in wages. If that’s the extent of his globalist free market economy he can take another massive defeat just like the last time the little shit was PM.

          We don’t want his low wage economy – any more than we want his Club of Rome slavishness. He can stick that firmly up where the sun doesn’t shine , mate.

          Oh , and BTW , – the Double Dipper goes on record as stating at a business luncheon he was attending that the concept of the sovereign nation state will soon cease to exist,… so Jimmy , – what replaces that , then ?… you’ve got it,… the little shit is a subversive one world governmenter. That’s who Bill the Double Dipper Subversive English is all about.

          Always has been always will be,

          A truly despicable little man.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1.1

            …any more than we want his Club of Rome slavishness.

            Club of Rome:

            The Club of Rome is an organisation of individuals who share a common concern for the future of humanity and strive to make a difference. Our members are notable scientists, economists, businessmen, high level civil servants and former heads of state from around the world. Their efforts are supported by the Secretariat in Winterthur, Switzerland, the European Research Centre registered in Constance, Germany and National Associations in more than 30 countries.
            The Club of Rome conducts research and hosts debates, conferences, lectures, high-level meetings and events. The Club also publishes a limited number of peer-reviewed “Reports to the Club of Rome”, the most famous of which is “The Limits to Growth“.

            Yeah, I don’t think you’ll find anyone in National that’s supportive of the Club of Rome.

            • WILD KATIPO 1.1.1.1.1.1

              And the Club of Rome was created around 1967 , and do you know what they were truly charged with doing?

              Several things.

              One was creating 10 trade regions around the globe. Sound familiar?

              Think Nafta, TTPA , and its European counterpart.

              The other thing it was charged with doing is creating ‘apocalypse scenarios’. Ever wonder where the 1970’s ‘ overpopulation ‘ crisis came from? . Well , well , well,… the worlds moved on and we are above 6 billion people. And still the world turns quite happily.

              Another favorite of theirs was the ‘ oil ‘ crisis. Help !!! – the worlds suddenly running out of oil !!! ,… the only problem is , – oils now at an all time low per barrel and cheaper than it ever was relatively. So much for the ‘ energy’ crisis. Apparently there is an oil surplus in 2017.

              Then we have everyone’s latest favorite. Global warming. This one will set the greenies aflame if you merely so much as mention it.

              So where does all the funding for scientists and massive media campaigns and lobby groups come from…. and just where and more to the point ,- WHO – are dreaming up these dire coming cataclysmic world events ?

              We can believe the sanitized little blurbs about these groups all we want . And yeah we probaly wont find any particular National party member belonging to the Club of Rome. But what we will find is they and other large power groups that disseminate global trends to which lil ole NZ follows along with.

              A little bit like Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson being members on the Board of Directors of the Mont Pelerin Society , – the London based group that planned the 1984 neo liberal usurping of our Keynesian based Social Democracy.

              This ,… is how these scumbags work. And its all done with the veneer of decency and psuedo rationale.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Well , well , well,… the worlds moved on and we are above 6 billion people. And still the world turns quite happily.

                We’re at 7 billion plus and we can’t support them sustainably at Western levels of resource use.

                Then we have everyone’s latest favorite. Global warming. This one will set the greenies aflame if you merely so much as mention it.

                Ah, so you’re a denier. Which, of course, makes listening to you worthless.

                • I guess the woolly mammoths felt the same way when the ice age took them out suddenly as well ,… I’m sure they denied it was getting a bit chillier…

                  And blamed those gnasty humans with all their smoky campfires…

                  Honestly DTB,…

                  You sometimes are such a sucker for believing anything you read despite all your anti capitalist rants…

              • Flamin’ greenies and their naive reliance on science!

                • Yeah dammit – and you can blame my Dip Sc tutors for teaching us all about it and prefacing it with ” DEPENDING ON WHO YOU CHOOSE TO BELIEVE ”… while they went on to teach us all about the chemistry of it, stats , maths and data…

                  Still,… I’ll bet those English vineyard owners were kind of pissed off they couldn’t grow grapes in England any more 1000 years ago when it was warmer , when the weather decided to get a bit nippier , – and then had to rely on French imports instead ….

                • Stunned mullet

                  I blame it all on the vaccinations and fluoride in the water.

      • Brendon Harre -Left wing Liberal 1.1.2

        Here is an interesting interview of Phil Twyford discussing Labour’s housing policy with property developer Don Ha. It gives a good explanation of how Labour will provide affordable housing -remember a reduction in cost of living is the equivalent to an increase in wages.

        Brian Easton -the old economist who used to write for the Listener when I was a kid also has a good critique on Phil Twyford’s and Labour housing policy -looking through the lense of whether National is stealing Labour’s policy clothes.
        https://www.pundit.co.nz/content/is-national-stealing-labour%E2%80%99s-social-policy-clothing

    • greg 1.2

      whats national plan to deliver pay parity with Australia as promised when ???

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Who would ever have thought that undermining the right to collective bargaining would result in a decline in wages? I for one am flabbergasted. No-one in their wildest dreams could have predicted it.

    I mean, what sort of stupid business owner shits on their workers? it just doesn’t make sense to me. This must be some sort of market distortion. Obviously the solution is more deregulation, and tax cuts.

    • Ha! – the Business Roundtable – ( now the NZ Institute ) knew EXACTLY the end results in getting the Employment Contracts Act passed through Bolger ( another good Catholic boy – could’ve been taking advice from his Jesuit advisers like English is for all we know…and most probably was . ).

      They’ve been planning at doing this for years.

      Back to their 19th century ‘ free market economy ‘ .

      Back to having workers die down coal mines – oh wait – we’ve already reached that point. They’d have kids crawling up chimneys to sweep em and dying of black lung if it wasn’t for the fact its now politically incorrect to encourage the burning of fossil fuels!!!

      Globalists.

      Elitist subversives.

      Wakey wakey , … eggs and bakey.

    • samantha 2.2

      To the anonymous bloke. Of course employers take advantage of good hardworking people when greed and self interest are the only games in town that matter and there are no checks and balances to mitigate this basic human behaviour. The dirty filthy gutless National government have enabled many in areas like Marlborough to exploit immigrants.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.1

        Heresy! Do you deny the supreme divinity of Market!? Negative remarks like yours can affect stock values!

        We aren’t talking about some house of cards here! Investment portfolios are at stake! Who will put a dollar in the tip jar if you persist in hurting the wealthy? Won’t someone think of the trust fund?

  3. saveNZ 3

    Bill English “Says businesses need to increase pay significantly before complaining about skills shortages….. ”

    Why would businesses want to increase wages when they have 188,000 working visas, to exploit…

    Auckland restaurant worker claims exploitation, says forced to work to point of collapse

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/05/auckland-restaurant-worker-exploited-forced-to-work-to-point-of-collapse.html

    The other end of the scale is the amount of people now on ACC or with health problems, who after being sucked dry from exploitative working conditions and after getting their residency are now not fit for work and have to be on ACC or health leave or just are unemployed because they are not prepared to be exploited, once resident.

    • keepcalmcarryon 3.1

      Too right.
      The OP says English is happy with low wages, actually he has been actively pulling levers to achieve it, its not just a matter of him being pleasantly surprised wages are low.

  4. Kevin 4

    Asked about the extent to which an uptick in migration in particular has contributed to subdued wage growth, English said: “We see the skilled migrants filling the gaps. That’s what you pick up from the businesses who are employing them; that they’re employing someone from offshore because they can’t get locals to fill the gaps.”

    We must have the highest skilled waiting staff in the Western world now.

    • Barfly 4.1

      And Countdown the highest skilled shelf fillers in the world

      • saveNZ 4.1.1

        The most highly skilled petrol attendants, farm milkers, low level IT support, fruit pickers and chefs….

        That must be why our productivity is static or lowering.

        One skilled and highly educated Kiwi from NZ migrating overseas for a job, 2 low wage unskilled migrants plus one rich property investor, migrating into NZ to take up jobs and houses.

        Makes a great Ponzi scheme for government figures though.

        But beneath those figures is a pretty scary short and long term scenario… of turning ourselves from a 2nd world country into a 3rd world country as fast as possible…

        • WILD KATIPO 4.1.1.1

          ” But beneath those figures is a pretty scary short and long term scenario… of turning ourselves from a 2nd world country into a 3rd world country as fast as possible…”

          The bankers and corporate’s have it all under control and will ensure we don’t reach true third world status, … the fact that we will all have to start living in mud huts and living off a bowl of rice a day for our pay shouldn’t mean we shouldn’t be praising our bankers and corporate’s as true hero’s.

          They are doing all that is humanly possible to create a society that is all equally as poor as the next guy and endorsing egalitarianism for the plebites whilst heroically shoring up their vast wealth and organizations against collapse.

          Superman would blush at the sheer superhuman examples provided by these dynamic and altruistic individuals and organizations.

        • Craig H 4.1.1.2

          If we want higher productivity, we need to invest in better and more machines/tools.

          Increasing wages, particularly minimum wage, drives investment in machines/tools and therefore greater productivity since the value equation for capital investment improves.

        • keepcalmcarryon 4.1.1.3

          Dont forget the migrant sky city staff. Remember the jobs being bought with Keys backroom deals -to be allowed more pokies -and the taxpayer being left with a tab for more problem gambling, so Auckland could get the conference centre and the more jobs?
          Turns out sky city jobs were for migrants to enable the wealthy corporate to exploit our problem gamblers. Kiwis ask too much.

          “SkyCity declined to comment, but an organiser with the Unite union, Joe Carolan, said it was one of the rare occasions where both employers and the workers held similar concerns.”
          “Julia Lui of the union-linked SkyCity Employees Association, said those who did not meet the new requirements would have a maximum of three years before they were kicked out, and it seemed very unfair.”
          Unite union needs a kick up the arse for advocating for foreign workers lowering kiwis wages.

      • Ed 4.1.2

        And the highest skilled taxi drivers.

    • gsays 4.2

      Re: skilled wait staff:
      there is a story on rnz about concerns mental health workers moving to aged care sector due to pay rise.

  5. Ad 5

    Labour could require all listed companies and all public entities (local gvoernment, Ministries, Universities, NZSuper, ACC, etc) to list the ratio of Chief Executive pay to that of their average employees’.

    Labour should also insist on listing by name all those earning over $200k in a listed or public entity. Both staff and Board members. It’s public money and they need to show I can trust them.

    There would be a bit of a stink, but we need to expose the .01% for what and who they are. Sure would help figure why so few can afford houses.

    I would like to see a whole bunch more scrutiny on whole-staff remuneration in reporting season by shareholders, and of the higher levels of the public sector.

    There is no meaningful link between the mediocre performance of New Zealand businesses over the past decade and the extraordinary rise in top pay. Too many in fact have just worked to sell us out to foreigners.

    Bosses today are not so much better at their jobs than bosses used to be, and yet their salaries go up leaps and bounds and the rest are left with the scraps.

    Sure, some businesses are bigger, but that just means there are more senior colleagues around them to share out the tasks. Spread the load, spread the wealth.

    I would like to see Labour actively restrain CEO pay, scrutinise the top class more strongly, and open up the public debate about justifying pay and reward …
    to …
    “The Many, Not The Few.” To quote Corbyn.

    • saveNZ 5.1

      @ AD, not sure that the .01% are on wages earning $200k s… you need to look more at the John Key’s of the world, earning $50 million plus to get into .01% territory.

      And that’s part of the problem of the left, they don’t even understand how globalism is working, they think rich people earn wages. Rich people are not on wages for a start. People are gambling 530 million at Sky City and guess what …. it’s not declared taxed income…. Key’s earning $50 million but guess what, I doubt he paid the top tax rate on it.

      There are so many loopholes and ways not to pay anything that nobody apart from super rich tax accountants know about.

      When Labour picks on those on $200k who are probably Doctors, paying top tax, student loans, GST etc… but actually due to their income get nothing back in terms of subsidised welfare, health, Accommodation supplement, WFF etc etc and just had to have zero income for 7 years while they studied.

      Seriously, you could probably NOT afford a nice house around central Auckland if you only earned $200k if you did not already have massive equity.

      The left need to have a look around and work out what ‘rich’ means these days because not many people could get rich on a high wage alone or even get to be middle class these days in Auckland, if that’s all they had to rely on.

      Labour slumped to 25% last election, and part of that is that they keep complaining about all these so called ‘rich’ wage earners and property speculators which is a national pastime judging from shows like ‘The Block’ for normal people to be able to afford to climb the property ladder and 1 in 10 jobs are in construction apparently.

      Have a look at the .01% earners and you are in different territory altogether. Things like transaction taxes is probably a smarter way to tax them.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 5.1.1

        Completely agree.

        Endless discussion about the lower 90%, and no discussion of the top 10% (and 0.1%), which is where the real problem mostly is. The filthy rich “don’t do” wages.

        • WILD KATIPO 5.1.1.1

          Off course the ‘ filthy rich’ do wages !!!

          They minimize their personal income and use a trust to hide the rest of their financial gains !!!

          That’s how Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild aka the Right Honourable Lord Rothchild does it.

          Clever , eh?… almost as clever as the fiat financial system he and others invented to keep us all in debt. Including all those greedy workers who don’t want to live in a mud hut anymore…

          • saveNZ 5.1.1.1.1

            That’s the point Wild Katipo, 1/2 the rich listers don’t pay the top tax rate. So it’s not that effective to keep putting it up – just encouraging others to join them in the plentiful ways to minimise income.

            But seriously the officials on $200k they are just the public lackeys, the real riches and assets stripping and ‘contract’ awards are the individuals both private and government doing the deals in Russia, UK, USA, NZ that are taking public assets and privatising them and agreeing government contracts, with huge profits while impoverishing the country and the people the assets was privatised from or contract awarded from.

            They have even got Trade agreements going, so that now ‘potential profits’ can be awarded from tax payers in their own private business courts… now that’s entitlement!!!

      • Ad 5.1.2

        Public entities are already required to list the number of those on $100,000 and over $200,000.

        It’s an actual reporting requirement that you can see in all of their Annual Reports.

        So really it’s not a big step to include listed companies as well.

        There’s all kinds of defenders of the rich the further up the tree you go, and you use the same excuse:

        We all pay our fair share of taxes, the real problem is further up the tree than me.

        No, it isn’t, and sunlight is the best disinfectant.

  6. Smilin 6

    He should be worried him John and Jim living like ticks on sheeps balls since 1974
    Really thats how long and how low our low wage economy has been in gear
    And Bill is the tick thats been there the longest

  7. mosa 7

    No party in government has addressed the problem of low pay in this country.

    Instead they implement government assistance like working for families as the last Labour government did under heavy criticism from John Key and others in the National party only to retain it in government and extend it for for political gain in September.

    Low pay has always been a problem pre 1984 and now is a fundamental cornerstone of the neo liberal system which needs to keep pay low in order to keep most people in debt or dependent on credit to make up the shortfall in a living wage.

    The destruction of the union movement and the move to individual contracts which Bolger and Birch promised would deliver higher pay because workers could negotiate their own contracts was an illusion as the contract was written by the employer and the pay set and if you wanted or needed the job you signed with no chance of having an input into the deal you were signing or spotting the fish hooks and loss of penal rates and other conditions.

    Now you have people like Paula Bennett who think that tipping is the answer to supplement poor pay in the service industry, this coming from the woman who had everything paid for her through the social welfare system.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/05/29/tips-from-paula-bennett-on-how-to-be-a-hypocrite/

    Key the greatest bullshitter of all time is quoted in this link of the need to improve poor pay on many occasions to who ever was foolish to believe he meant it.

  8. mosa 8

    At least the Aussies still value their working class heritage by never allowing their government to put the boot in when it comes to the protections they still enjoy with a strong union movement.

    They only have to look across the Tasman to see what happens when you allow your rights and protections to disappear without a fight so we can be more productive to work longer for less.

    I give the Australians credit for that.

    • Nic the NZer 8.1

      The official policy of using unemployment to target low inflation (via low wage inflation) must surely be a big contributing factor here. Its not highlighted but the government doesn’t presently want unemployment to fall below 5% or the estimate of the NAIRU rate. If that happens it is assumed to trigger acceleration of the inflation rate. If the media want to take an interest in low wages they should be asking why we use unemployment as a policy tool as this surely causes low wages.

      Labour needs to do better than just ignoring this in their policy platform. They need to raise the use of unemployment as policy tool and say they will start to target full employment as official policy again.

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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Contempt
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
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    1 week ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
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    1 week ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
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    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A sensible crackdown
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

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