English proposes raising age of super to 67 (eventually)

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In what seems to have been a panicked reaction to a disastrous series of interviews (“wait and see”), English has just announced that the age of eligibility for super will rise from 65 to 67, phased in from 2037. TVNZ has the early scoop.


123 comments on “English proposes raising age of super to 67 (eventually)”

  1. Enough is Enough 1

    Bill just lost the election.

    He cannot do this!!!

    Typical Tory cuts

  2. Brutus Iscariot 2

    Right, so only the Young Gen X and below end up copping the hit.


    • AB 2.1

      Yep – student loans, unaffordable houses, exorbitant rents, immigrant competition for jobs, stagnant wage growth, increased automation and offshoring removing middle-class jobs and now delayed superannuation.
      Basically a lifetime of debt serfdom for most of the under 40’s except for those that will have access to inherited wealth or the few that will get very high-paying jobs.
      We are heading back to the 19th century folks – levels of inequality will reach and then exceed those that were see seen before WW1.
      Oh – and highly likely a f*cked planet to go with all that.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1


        Except that it’s probably more likely to be the 15th century. Give the Tories enough time and they will bring back serfdom and/or slavery. They’ll just call it something else so it doesn’t technically go against current laws.

        • Craig H

          Serfdom wasn’t as bad as often thought – this stuff is worse than Serfdom.

      • I would be super stoked if it kicked in in say 2025, increasing more slowly though, My parents, and my wifes parents can both afford to push back the pension….. could also means test it to age 70 before it becomes an entitlement.

    • Dan 2.2

      Raise taxes on any wealthy boomers, and dilute the impact of housing speculators would help redress the inequities of this change of tack by the Nats.

  3. Ovid 3

    The intergenerational war continues.

    • Brendon 3.1

      Yep by 2037 all the baby boomers will already be over 65 years old so this doesn’t solve the problem of how to fund baby boomers retirement.

      Bill English tax cuts which he funded by stopping the contributions to the Cullen Fund means the baby boomers will not contribute as much as they should for the burden they will put on NZ society.

      But as they as they are such a big demographic -they are untouchable…… cynical political move by Bill.

      • greg 3.1.1

        the fucken boomer’s refused to help fund there retirements there greedy fuckers. they stole our future all those greedy fucks leave is debt for the rest of us.

  4. Carolyn_nth 4

    I hope this becomes a dead weight that causes the Nats to sink below swimmable level in this election.

    Do they seriously think 20-40 year olds will be happy with this? Or solve the issue of the large boomer generation currently entering retirement age?

    • tangled_up 4.1

      I guess they’re hoping that because it won’t affect anyone even close to retirement now, then there won’t be a big fuss, now.

    • fisiani 4.2

      Show me a 20-40 year old who reckons this is a surprise. You cannot.

    • weka 4.3

      This election will be won or lost on perceptions of the competency of the left. What say ye Labour and the Greens?

  5. Ad 5

    Can’t understand why he would deploy the worst of all combination: increase age but not for anyone born before 1974.

    Plenty of softer options available.

    Also no acceleration of NZ SUPER payments.

    Also no tinkering with length of time resident in NZ to qualify.

    Also no compulsory Kiwisaver.

    Also no NZ SUPER Kiwisaver fund option.

    Also Retirement Commissioner AWOL so not coming out in support. Nor anyone else.

    This is an exceptionally cack-handed policy release. I almost miss Key.

    • dukeofurl 5.1

      You will only find that out after the election that the soft changes will cut in sooner.

    • james 5.2

      “Also no tinkering with length of time resident in NZ to qualify.”

      I thought it went from 10 to 20 years.

  6. Muttonbird 6

    Asset-testing, or GTFO!

  7. esoteric pineapples 7

    A huge number of New Zealanders are spending their entire working lives living in Australia and contributing to its retirement pensions, only to return home to live and collect the benefit in New Zealand.

    Australia doesn’t have the same problem.

    • indiana 7.1

      I don’t think you understand how super works in Australia…

    • Carolyn_nth 7.2

      Well, if they only return to NZ at retirement age, I think they will not be eligible for an NZ state pension.

      If they didn’t earn enough in Aussie to be above the Aussie state pension, means tested level, then they will get the Aussie pension deducted from any NZ state pension they are entitled to.

      If they cash in an Aussie property, plus have some occupational pension and some savings, any NZ pension they’d get would probably be lost in taxes. So why would they bother coming back here?

      Seems like a red herring to me.

      • Jenny Kirk 7.2.1

        To esoteric pineapples – When NZers apply for superannuation (when they reach 65), they’re asked if they ever worked elsewhere – such as Aust, Canada, UK – and the details of that, so the NZ Govt collaborates with whichever country it was and have some sort of arrangement that the amount of super the person would have received in that country, comes across to the NZ Govt.

        • Carolyn_nth

          Almost how it happens. Yes its a collaboration with some countries. But the other country pays the pension to an NZer who is eligible and applies for it. These days WINZ pretty much forces people who are eligible for an overseas pension to apply for it – ie if they have lived more than a year in a non-NZ country.

          Then the receiver of the pension declares it to WINZ when they apply for NZ super. WINZ deducts the amount of the overseas pension from their NZ super entitlement.

  8. Bill 8

    If successive governments hadn’t enabled the (mostly off-shore) financial sector to hoover up productivity gains while slashing and burning the tax base, and had instead governed in a way that ensured gains from productivity were invested back into society for the sake of general well being, then there would be absolutely no need for this bullshit. (Has Labour back-tracked on raising the age of retirement btw?)

    Anyway, what proportion of the population worked in the 50s or 60s? Children and non-workers and retired people were easily provided for back then when one taxable income sufficed for a family.

    • Xanthe 8.1

      I agree, sort out the movement of money offshore and erosion of the tax base and there is no need, this is fighting fire by burning down the shed. And i am saddened that Labour has also bought into this crap

    • weka 8.2

      Please write a post about this, even a short one.

      (And yes afaik Labour have taken raising the age off their agenda).

  9. Sorrwerdna 9

    Crikey people it is only 2 years extra -were you whinging when Labour proposed this in 2014????????????

    • Bill 9.1

      I was dead set against it then and I’m dead set against it now.

    • McFlock 9.2

      lol yes the policy passed completely without controversy when Labour proposed it /sarc

    • Enough is Enough 9.3

      Fuck Yes I was

    • Ovid 9.4

      If you look at the superannuation tag you’ll see there have been a range of opinions expressed on this site about raising the superannuation age.

      If it has to happen, I appreciate the lengthy lead-in time, but I’d rather it didn’t. I’m much more in favour of reinstating government contributions to the Cullen Fund.

    • Anne 9.5

      When Labour proposed a policy that was remarkably similar the whole country had a collective nervous breakdown – especially the Nats. Looking forward to hearing from our rwnjs who will, no doubt, suddenly have a 180 degree change of heart on the subject.

      • Ski 9.5.1

        Anne, I am your classic RWNJ, I applauded Labour when they proposed it and I applaud National now.
        The data is irrefutable on this issue

        • weka

          “The data is irrefutable on this issue”

          True. Our retirement policies are racist and classist.

          • Dale

            Racist? Really? How?

            • weka

              Māori and Pacifica die earlier. Raising the age means they get even less time in retirement.

              “Mihingarangi Forbes‏ @Mihi_Forbes

              Average bloke has pension 13.3 years unless you’re Māori that’ll be just 6 years. #RNZ #LifeExpectancyWoes”

              • weka

                “Ppl w intellectual disability have life expectancy of 60 years & not always bc of their conditions. Not all of us are living longer. #nzpol”

                Lots of inequities in Superannuation.

              • Ross

                Men die younger than women, so you could argue the policy is biased against men! And married people live longer than single people. So single people are disadvantaged.

                • weka


                  • Ross

                    But that’s just a fact of iife. Those who are under 18 can’t drink or vote – I wouldn’t call that racist or sexist despite the fact that Maori will have fewer opportunities to vote than non-Maori. The pension has to kick in at a certain age. It’s inevitable the age of eligibility will rise, unless of course there are cuts to social services.

                    • weka

                      It’s only inevitable if we make the growth economy more important than people. TINA is a lie.

                      Why would Māori have fewer opportunities to vote due the 18 age restriction?

                    • Ross

                      Why would Māori have fewer opportunities to vote due the 18 age restriction?

                      For the simple reason that they don’t live as long as non-Maori. I’ve never heard the argument that the voting age of 18 is racist. But I guess it is…but the voting age is set at a specific age without taking into account the mortality rate of Maori, non-Maori, men, women, or the morbidly obese. The same should apply to NZ Super.

                      It’s only inevitable if we make the growth economy more important than people.

                      Of course it’s not inevitable that Super will change if we make cuts to social services. Which social services should we trim?

              • bwaghorn

                i have worked with maori chaps for half the last 20 years , and 90% of them eat the worst sort of shit they can most of the time , so it’s not really us honkies fault they don’t live as long .

                • BM

                  Fuck yeah, it’s all fatty boilups, greasy fish and chips, fry bread etc.

                  As well as the smoking and the drinking.

                  No wonder Maori die earlier, poisoning your body like that.

          • Dale


          • Antoine

            Is the super scheme racist, classist and sexist because Māori, Pacifica, non-rich and male people receive less (on average) over their lifetime?


            • weka

              The problem is if you die before you get to make use of it or much use of it.

        • Anne

          I applauded Labour when they proposed it and I applaud National now.

          Well then you are someone who has a firm political stance on issues and I applaud you for that even if I might rarely agree with you. It means however that you are NOT a typical rwnj. 😉

          Btw, my stance on this issue has not changed in 40 plus years. I believe the first superannuation scheme set in place by the 72/75 Labour govt. was the right one. It is a tragedy that Muldoon repealed it in 1975/76 because NZ would be in a far better economic and social place today if that scheme had continued. I accept that over time adjustments would have been needed taking into account the changing circumstances of many people but it was still basically the right way to go.

          • Jenny Kirk

            Yes – Anne – and in having that particular scheme repealed, we, NZers, have lost billions of dollars in superannuation investment. The Nats are so short-sighted when it comes to thinking long-term for the good of the people …… but in saying that, I don’t think they really give a stuff about ordinary people. So long as the wealthy are looked after, that’s their main focus.

          • Anne

            Correction: Muldoon repealed scheme in 1976.

          • Enough is Enough

            Anne to be fair David Farrar and co have always been in favour of this stupid policy for years.

          • gsays

            hi anne,
            re muldoon and scrapping scheme, it seems like the same old story:
            tory rule for a while, mess up the finances, left gets voted in.
            they sort things out (cullen fund).
            only for the tories to screw it up again.

            tories, good financial managers. there is a mangatainoka river story right there.

        • Antoine

          > Anne, I am your classic RWNJ, I applauded Labour when they proposed it and I applaud National now.


          I probably fit the definition of a RWNJ here, I will be affected by the change, I approved when Little proposed it and I approve now.

          It’s a shame Key locked himself into not doing this earlier but here we are (finally)


  10. fisiani 10

    Announce it in March and legislate for next year after winning. Come September it’s not even an issue. Not even Winston will die in a ditch over such a gradualist approach and the doubling of residency time for foreigners will be music to his ears (above his emphasematory coughs) .
    Andrew Little will be fuming again as he thought he could milk this for weeks and months. The idea that this is a panic move is risable. This work has been ready to go for months.

    • Carolyn_nth 10.1

      You missed the bit where it says it will be legislated for next year.

      • Sam C 10.1.1

        No he didn’t. It is in the first sentence of his comment.

        • Carolyn_nth

          OK. In which case, it won’t be a dead issue come the election.

          • fisiani

            It will be a dead issue by next week.

            • Carolyn_nth

              Not for NZ First or the Māori Party.

              And then, post election, where will the Natz look for potential partners in government?

              • Sam C

                You and your crystal ball, Carolyn.

                Except every one of your predictions turns out to be hopelessly wrong.

              • fisiani

                Are you being serious? When put to a vote Labour would vote for it. National does not need NZF or MP to pass the legislation. Both parties want the foreigner rule raised from 10 to 20 years. Another masterstroke by National -get everyone worried for 24 hours then placate them. There is huge support for this idea,

                • Craig H

                  Maybe, but Labour got absolutely roasted on the campaign trail last election over this.

                  • BM

                    Because Labour was trying to win power not retain it.

                    Everyone just couldn’t believe how stupid they were.

  11. See pensions sorted ,water sorted, housing sorted. All sorted in hours, not days. Leave to the party ,and their new leader, who get, results, Vote National.

  12. Have Nots 12

    GANG$TA In-CHIEF Bill English shaking hands with his mate convicted labour trafficker Johnny Ake:

    View post on imgur.com



    How long can Billy boy play dumb for us on the issue? Isolated incidents… That he had prior knowledge of, it may seem.

    The truth is that English and Co. are close to traffickers and well understand how (temporary) migrant labourers are being treated. They think it is OK. Good for the economy.

    They are a government willing to trade off human rights for economic gain (at the top).

    What else are they willing to trade off?

  13. Smart weaselry there – put the age up, but schedule it so far out that the people affected are ones for whom retirement is a vague, distant concept they don’t really care about.

  14. Steve Wrathall 14

    So the ball’s in Labour’s court. Do you want to die with Winston in a ditch over this? Labour has spent 2 elections arguing (to their credit), that this is the right thing to do. Personally I support doing it even earlier, even though I would qualify for Super at 65 in 2032.

  15. Michael 15

    What’s Labour going to do about this? Anything apart from wring its hands and cry crocodile tears?

    • Anne 15.1

      Here we go again. Michael is on his anti Labour rant. Labour under Andrew Little have discarded the policy altogether. Don’t you bother to keep up with the play Michael.

      • Michael 15.1.1

        I’ve learned through bitter experience not to believe Labour’s promises unless they are in black and white and without weasel words. I do recall Little saying Labour’s 2014 policies were all null and void – my question, however, is whether anything has been announced to fill that void?

        • Jenny Kirk

          Yep – Michael, on superannuation – Labour is going to re-boot the funds going into the Cullen fund, and also review the time limit on qualification for super for immigrants, among other things.

  16. ian 16

    The point of this move isn’t to make super more sustainable, it’s to make people like me work harder for longer to pay for it.

    If they were serious about making it sustainable, in light of the baby boom cohort, they wouldn’t have let all but the last four years of that group through with the full entitlement.

    • AB 16.1

      Well yes – the objective is to create a permanent reduction in the state’s support for its citizens. And purely for ideological reasons.
      The temporary stresses created by the large boomer cohort are just an excuse. A government that was not so ideologically driven would have planned for that period of higher costs – perhaps by not giving silly income tax cuts early in its first term, by continuing payments into the super scheme, by cracking down on tax evasion/avoidance, by looking at CGT and FTT, etc.

      • Jenny Kirk 16.1.1

        Yep AB and Ian – that’s what I think too. Much less support for ordinary people – survival of the fittest probably (or the wealthiest) is possibly their mantra. Stinks, eh!

  17. Keith 17

    What the fuck is it with National and their 2040-2050 aspirations?

    We are upgrading the navy and buying 5 battleships and 15 aircraft carriers in 2080! And a replica Starship Enterprise by 2155!

    And paying off debt run up by the Key/English government by 2090 to 2120ish maybe about the time our polluted, I mean redefined non polluted rivers solidify!

    • fisiani 17.1

      That’s because there is no prospect of a Labour government in the rest of the 21st century.

    • weka 17.2

      I wouldn’t mind a seventh generation policy, if they gave an actual fuck about the seventh generation and based policy on that.

  18. bwaghorn 18

    labour lost two elections softening the masses up for this , i dont like national but they more cunning than a shit house rat.
    and as a 71 baby a little naughty part of me went woo hoo i dodged that bullet.

    i also suggest labour thinks very carefully before it makes a statement on this

  19. Ross 19

    I don’t see what the fuss is about.

    The Retirement Commissioner has been stating for ages that this policy needs to be brought in. I’m not sure she’s a raging Tory. Other commentators have agreed with her. Labout went to the electorate last time with essentially the same policy (albeit with a shorter lead-in time). It’s a shame that John Key didn’t have the will or the courage to do it.

    • Michael 19.1

      Then you should lookat what Labour’s apologists (such as Anne, above) are posting here. According to them, Labour has completely repudiated its policy of raising the qualifying age for NZ Super to 67. If that is true (and I suspect it is not), Labour’s leadership must come out and say so clearly. Alternatively, if Labour accepts the new status quo (or even wants to make greater cuts to the current entitlement), it should again say so, clearly, so the people can decide for themselves which team they want at the top of the political food chain.

      • Carolyn_nth 19.1.1

        Little has come out and said that on Checkpoint tonight. Here is how RNZ is reporting it:

        Labour does not support any proposed change, New Zealand First said it was so far in the future it was meaningless and ACT – a support partner of National – said the government was engaging in “intergenerational theft”.

        The Greens, Māori Party and United Future have also been critical.

        Labour leader Andrew Little said the government’s proposal to increase the age of entitlement for superannuation was purely political.

        He said if National really believed change should happen then it should act now, not after the September election.

        “If the difference is 0.6 percent of GDP, that is a barely negligible saving, so clearly affordability isn’t the issue. This is totally political as they’ve pushed out even legislating for it until next year and nothing takes effect until 2041.

        “This is about giving the appearance of doing something and actually doing nothing.”

        Labour campaigned to increase the age of entitlement to 67 before the 2011 and 2014 elections, but Mr Little did not support that.

        “They haven’t since I campaigned for the leadership on the basis that I don’t support lifting the age of eligibility by two years and we won’t be lifting the age of eligibility by two years.”

        But had that divided his Labour caucus?
        “No, our caucus isn’t divided,” he said.

        “People who are doing physical work for most of their working life are struggling to get to 65 years now.”

        Mr Little said the government should resume payments to the New Zealand Super Fund.

        • Ross

          Andrew Little can be as principled as he likes. But in the end, there will be pressure to cut social services if Super remains untouched. The most likely area to be cut will be health expenditure.

          If there are no changes to superannuation, the Treasury has estimated that growth in healthcare spending would need to be limited to 7 billion dollars by 2031 if government spending is to remain about 45% of GDP. The health budget would need to grow at half the pace it has in the past. This obviously has implications for access to healthcare services. We must ask ourselves if this is a trade-off we are willing to make. Relying on finding savings from healthcare is a risky strategy. International experience shows that making lasting changes to the growth in spending on healthcare is extremely difficult. The changes would need to be radical.

          A far easier and more certain way would be to control the cost of superannuation. One approach would be to target eligibility, based on some form of means testing. While New Zealand is lauded for the simplicity of its universal system, it may need to be looked at. But if that is too radical or complex a change, there are two other, even simpler, options that ought to be considered. One of these options is to increase the age of eligibility to New Zealand Superannuation from 65 to, say, 67. Other countries have gone down this track, recognising ever-increasing healthy life expectancy.

          …New Zealand Superannuation cannot be treated as a holy cow. If we choose not to touch it, we are choosing to touch healthcare, education and other areas of government spending that are possibly more important for our long term wellbeing and prosperity. There is no free lunch.


          • Nic the NZer

            Cutting social services will always be a voluntary deciaion of the government of the day. They may well decide (as National has) to put a surplus ahead of social services but this in no way makes it any less voluntary. The NZ govt does not face a budget constraint, they face an inflation constraint and the present government and governments in the forseeable future are at no risk of generating inflation (actually the govt has been trying and failing to generate higher inflation rates).

      • Anne 19.1.2

        Michael @19.1
        you should lookat what Labour’s apologists (such as Anne, above) are posting here. According to them, Labour has completely repudiated its policy of raising the qualifying age for NZ Super to 67. If that is true (and I suspect it is not),…


        Labour Party leader Andrew Little said both the capital gains tax and superannuation policies proved unpopular with voters, and would not be part of the 2017 manifesto.

        • PMC

          He also said the capital gains tax was too complex to convey to people, implying it’s still on the table and that all Labour needs to do is convey it more simply. I don’t know if the same went for NZS but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Either way Labour needs to clear about NZS, which at the moment it’s not. From your link Little says:

          “So we have a major issue, we’ve got to think about the cost of superannuation but we don’t want to penalise people; that’s why we’ve got to have a full reconsideration of it.”

          Note reconsideration, not abandonment.

          • Anne

            Note the latest RNZ statement by Andrew Little @ Caroline nth -19.1.1

            Labour campaigned to increase the age of entitlement to 67 before the 2011 and 2014 elections, but Mr Little did not support that.

            “They haven’t since I campaigned for the leadership on the basis that I don’t support lifting the age of eligibility by two years and we won’t be lifting the age of eligibility by two years.”

  20. peterlepaysan 20

    Typical national. Promises, promises, promises.. yeah in aabout 20 to 30 tears time. Swimmable wters, super reform? Yeah we will get around to it, maybe, some time in the future.

    For the present we have’nt a clue what we are doing apart from enriching the already wealthy and creating a large group of wage slaves. Apparently most of the wage slaves are drug addicts and unemployable which is why we keep importing immigrants to work fo diddley squat.

    English is apparently an intellectual giant (he once worked for Treasury, you know).

    English could not understand the rules governinig accomodation allowances. The same or similar rules that govern every govt employee in the country.

    English, like Key is apuppet of the mega rich and rules for them and them alone.

    The neo lb capitalist model has created plutocracies.

    No wonder Trump and Putin nod and wink at each other.

    • Draco T Bastard 20.1

      The neo lb capitalist model has created plutocracies.

      Exactly as designed.

  21. Jenny Kirk 21

    I think this is a clever move on Blinglish’s part. And I don’t like it. Too, too smarmy and smart.

    He isn’t touching the current “baby boomers”, and he can point that out at the time he is in negotiation with Winston for a coalition govt end of 2017. He’s not touching his current constituency who are presumably wealthy enough to look after the future interests of their own younger people.

    He’s only getting at the younger generation now – and will they bother to vote?

    And the move on raising limit of qualification for immigrants will have universal appeal.
    Andrew Little has said that needs to be looked at, and reviewed – so no arguments there, and its a fave with Winston.

    Of course Blinglish is ignoring the Maori vote on this one ….. but those Maori who would be most affected wouldn’t bother voting Nats anyway.

    This has Crosby Textor written all over it.

    • Keith 21.1

      I agree with in so much as National really have it in for any poor bugger born in the last 30 years. Them and their BNZ Nat symp, Tony Alexander!

    • BM 21.2

      National/NZ first looks locked in for 2017.

      Peters can relate to English they’re both pretty much career politicians, he didn’t have that with Key.

    • Michael 21.3

      It’s got Labour completely fucked, that’s for sure. Does it continue to defend current eligibility and annoy the money markets, or does it return to its 2014 policy and try to fudge around the edges (ie earlier entitlement for people disabled from work, while knowing that the medical assessors will report everyone fit for work)? If future entitlements are cut, how long before younger voters start demanding cuts to current entitlements?

  22. Fisiani 22

    The Left made the mistake of thinking John Key was a lightweight. They were so wrong. They are making the same mistake again about Bill English. Did you hear the impotence of Chicken bleating about it being political. Of course it is. Politics 101.

    • greg 22.1

      coming crash will stuff up all forecasts and policy the indebted and savers are screwed

      • Nic the NZer 22.1.1

        Anything will stuff up those forecasts. They are a linear projection based on fictional (equilibrium state) estimates. It’s far less likely than you winning powerball that that forecst is useful.

  23. Glenn 23

    Life expectancy at birth is 77.1 years for Māori females and 73.0 years for Māori males, compared with 83.9 years for non-Māori females and 80.3 years for non-Māori males.
    Life expectancy at birth is 78.7 years for Pacific females and 74.5 years for Pacific males.


    Super age increase will be harsh on our Maori and Pacific folk.

  24. Kat 25

    Now that the fake PM and master of smoke and mirrors is gone Its very obvious National are toast this coming election and Labour will get to implement any super age change, or not.


    Get used to the idea eh, and move on.

  25. mauī 28

    FFS get the printing press running so we can avoid these vindictive economic games. Peter explains below,

    • Nic the NZer 28.1

      What Peter suggests is viable. Even without this, changing the super age and contributing to the Cullen fund is about one (meaningless) economic variable (the govt deficit). So treasury forecasts and analyses 45% of gdp being govt spending (based on a forecasting horizon over which they could not hit a barn door) who cares? Why is this even remotely a problem, its not. We remain faced with a fictional retirement savings crisis with demands to act on it coming from politicians and financial advisers.

  26. tangled_up 29

    Superannuation payments are about $592 each per fortnight for a couple. So if a couple are born after 1972 then a vote for National it will cost them over $61,000.

    And that’s not adjusted for 20 years of inflation.

    • Muttonbird 29.1

      Great line to run there because it speaks directly to people, for better or worse. A great line for Winston to run, as this is his area. Labour and Greens should let Winston attack English on this.

  27. Tamati Tautuhi 30

    Got to cover the cost of those tax cuts for the wealthy and service our increasing overseas debt with the USA Bankers some how?

  28. Cinny 31

    Where is the employment stability and job security for those in their sixties?

    Where is the Minister for Seniors?

    Where has all the money gone?

  29. millsy 32

    Those born in 1972 entered the workforce just as the ECA was about to come into effect, apprenticeships were chopped and large parts of the welfare state was hacked away. They also dont have the luxury of having gold plated pensions like those before them had (another dirty little secret).

    The thought of spending most of your working life in insecure low paid jobs, and then having to wait an extra two years to be in a position to retire wiil break some people.

  30. Siobhan 33

    I was waiting for MICKEYSAVAGE to come into this conversation, but seeing as he hasn’t may I quote him from 2014… “National is showing how irresponsible it is by refusing to consider changing the eligibility age”

    The retirement age debate

    Little may not want a rise in age, but its hard to believe Labour are a unified and trustworthy bunch on this issue.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    1 day ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 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
    2 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    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 ...
    5 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
    6 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    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
    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
    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
    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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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