Fairfax Media’s polling on Dirty Politics

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, August 30th, 2014 - 44 comments
Categories: john key, national, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: ,

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The book Dirty Politics has thrown up all sorts of issues concerning journalism and morality.  The selective leaking of information to attack blogs and the framing of issues have been seen to be powerful weapons in National’s attempts to retain political power.

In the Dominion Post this morning some Ipsos polling on issues has been released and reported on.  The framing is interesting.  Three individuals are interviewed to give their comments on what has occurred.  One who is normally a Labour supporter is said to be thinking of voting Green, an elderly National voter thinks that Hager is a communist, a third person who also supports National thinks that dirty politics is “not ideal” but he will not be changing his vote.  The underlying message is that the only party that is being hurt is Labour which cannot be correct.

It has to make you wonder about the selection of these individuals.  I am certain they could have picked someone who had liked John Key but who were incensed by what they had read and were going to change their vote because as the data confirms there are a few of these people.

The selection has a feel of a created narrative rather than a genuine attempt to let ordinary people express their opinions.  I say this with confidence because the data that the poll reports presents a totally different picture.

Thirty percent said all parties engage in dirty politics.  The commonly expressed phrase “they all do it” suggests that no one in this particular group have even read the book and just assume the worst in everyone.  But they clearly have little if any comprehension of the dramatic difference between attack tactics of the right and attack tactics of the left.

If you want proof compare posts in the Standard with those at Whaleoil.  Judith Collins is wrong to claim that the Standard is a Labour website and is engaged in the same sort of behaviour as Slater’s site engages in.  It clearly is not.  The posts here are based on information sourced from the main stream media but often with alternative analysis.  The site is not used to smear and attack the way that Cameron Slater’s site is used.  The discussions get robust but this is because there is often aggressive comments made by right wingers and some of the left commenters respond in kind.

In other parts of the poll National convincingly wins the contest for being the most dirty party.  28% thought it to be the worst offender, followed by Internet Mana at 17.4% just ahead of Labour.  And most National supporters thought that dirty politics was acceptable, an interesting statement of the party’s morality.

The two statistics that should be causing National fear are that nearly half of respondents thought the incident had hurt Key and 7.9 % of voters said that the revelations had caused them to reconsider who they are going to vote for.  The article used the word “only” but the news must be all bad and if even half of these people actually change their vote then National is in big trouble.

44 comments on “Fairfax Media’s polling on Dirty Politics”

  1. disturbed 1

    Yes the MSM is being used at the heart of this subject to persuade voters that what we call Slater gate is “business as usual”, and conducting a wash over campaign to normalise “dirty politics” as o/k therefore, and now being reflected in polls.

    Strange thing is that when the “News of the World”/ Scotland Yard spying leaking of private information scandal broke last year the MSM went ballistic, but now is doing the opposite with Slater gate, and we should be worried.
    Our entire democracy rests on a free forth estate open media voice and we no longer have this, and if we did the pooling issue would be high on the agenda as receiving some criticism to clean up their biased selective polling of candidates.

    When I was called on 22nd by Herald Digipoll they wasted 10 minutes of our time before saying we don’t need your input, so we were considered by Herald as retired persons not suitable for poll results, no wonder why the results were way out from the one a day before?

    It is time for all opposition parties to consider boycotting the MSM perversion of the media and disregard these rigged polls, or request an urgent royal commission into media corruption we are facing today.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      Our entire system is corrupt. We urgently need anti-corruption laws and several investigations across all of government and connected businesses.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        That’s the looking backwards part. The looking forwards part is building all new independent institutions to play the roles an actual democracy requires to thrive.

        • disturbed 1.1.1.1

          We need an independent corruption agency as Australia has.

          They have ICAC Investigating Corruption

          The ICAC has significant powers to investigate corrupt conduct involving or affecting the NSW public sector.

          This includes state government agencies, local government authorities, members of Parliament and the judiciary.

          http://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/index.php

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2

          Building new institutions tends to take a lot of time and they tend to end up just as corrupt as the first lot. Better to halt the corruption that we have and work to ensure that it doesn’t come back while reforming the present institutions.

      • aerobubble 1.1.2

        But wait. Its you fault though. Every election ACT is helped by the National party. ACT could not have as much influence if it wasn’t using the MMP system. And how does it do that? Well its because National is a list party, and every Dunne, Hyde, Colins or Anderton can have huge extra power and influence by turning one electorate over. And why, because Labour isn’t competitive. Labour had the opportunity of turning the Progressives into the Labour seat party and removing the incentive that ACT, United, etc all have in playing the system.

        And so we get back to YOU. Why as a lefty you aren’t arguing for Party Vote Green and Labour vote in the seat. This is NOTHING different than what National does with ACT.

        Should enough Labour voter party vote Green, Key would be out of office. Just think about that, that all Labour voters need to do, is PARTY VOTE GREEN and Labour wins government. No need to change National voters mind, no need to win Peters over, no deals with Dunne.

        So I ask you why the left are routinely played narrartives by the MSM that let National game the system, and you as a lefty wanting change are willing to go along with them.

        • adam 1.1.2.1

          Poor aerobubble. The world no longer fits into his 1980’s world view and of course the left is to blame. Blah, blah, blahed be blah blah, different troll – same lie. Boring, dull. Change the same old record – take some personal responsibility and fix your side- you bunch of immoral, godless, egoists.

  2. karol 2

    Excellent analysis, micky. That poll article was pretty skewed as you say.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    “The discussions get robust but this is because there is often aggressive comments made by right wingers and some of the left commenters respond in kind.”

    While generally that is true, another aspect of it is that commenters with a bad track record tend to be ridiculed when they post anything that is slightly stupid, more than that individual comment itself would deserve. srylands being the current best example, but Pete George similarly was often attacked whereas if someone else making the comment he did in isolation wouldn’t be attacked. Another target (that I indulge in) is Morrissey, and then there’s phillip ure who is often a target of ridicule for his pot-smoking, vegetarianism and incomprehensible writing style. There are of course many examples, these are just the ones that immediately come to mind.

    I think pretending that the above doesn’t happen is being disingenuous. It is of course nothing approaching the scale of WhaleOil in the amount of hate-speech directed at anyone and anybody in society, due to the moderation that goes on here.

    • karol 3.1

      I think political debate in diverse spheres is strongly influenced by the culture of mainstream politics – at its most extreme in Question Time in the House. It is a polarised culture that has an aggressive and combative style that is the legacy of a long entrenched patriarchal culture. Point scoring and cleverly presented aggression are seen by many as giving people status and a sense of control of the issues/debate.

      One of the things I like about the Greens as they are explicitly trying to cultivate a less combative, more collaborative style of politics – not easy given the wider culture within which they are operating.

      • disturbed 3.1.1

        In a true democracy we the taxpayer all expect each party to work together for the common interest of their employer being the taxpayer citizens of NZ.

        Why don’t the Media & opposition remind the National party of this constantly?

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1

          all expect each party to work together for the common interest of their employer being the taxpayer citizens of NZ.

          We’re not their employer, more like they rule over us. Perhaps not as individuals but certainly as the institutional establishment. And many in that system don’t believe in this thing called the “common interest.”

          • disturbed 3.1.1.1.1

            Have to agree with you CV.

            The Government and their agencies have assumed the power to rule over us using our public funds while using every tactic possible.

            The police, courts, law and media control.

            So our contention is to request that first a royal commission is held to change the corruption and abuse of power these Politicians place their power over us all.

            Then set up a similar watchdog agency as Australia has and we don’t have.

            Called ICAC it is Independent Commission Against Corruption.

            http://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/index.php

            “Investigating Corruption
            The ICAC has significant powers to investigate corrupt conduct involving or affecting the NSW public sector.

            This includes state government agencies, local government authorities, members of Parliament and the judiciary.”

          • disturbed 3.1.1.1.2

            Cracks in the National ranks New flash;
            Collins resigning Herald says this Morning.

            Now we need all opposition MPS to call for whole enquiry to proceed around media conflict with Slater et al.

      • Pete 3.1.2

        I think question time is one of our most important parliamentary traditions. I would hate to see our system turn into American-style congressional debates where there are no interjections and point scoring is done entirely by proxies via the media. This allows us to see our representatives unmediated and unpolished.

    • Craig Glen Eden 3.2

      I think discussions and points made by individual posters like you and me Lanth are quite different from what Mickey is talking about with regards to Blogs, like over at the sewer being used as attack vehicles for people like John Key.

      I have never seen attack politics as is described in Hagers book being used at the Standard. I have never seen articles been produced on this site with attack lines that then get repeated by Labour MP’s or the said Leader that are then repeated over and over by Journalists,eg Cunliffe should resign for the Don Liu letter bullshit. Or the other one that the media are running that Cunliffe is tricky when all he does is actually say what he is going to do under the current law eg foreign land sales. It just amazes me that journalist articles almost always end with Key getting in the attack line. Now that is not just bloody coincidence.

      No one is pretending that commenters like you and me dont get pissed off and get argumentative in their posting against one and another.

      • RedBaronCV 3.2.1

        “get argumentative in their posting against one and another.” and this is the heart of it.

        Lanathide’s analysis seems to miss the point in that these argumentative discussions are taking place with all the players in the room so to speak. There are also discussions about items posted elsewhere but we are not naming names of third parties and smearing them with things that may simply not be true and then baiting them into trying to defend themselves.

      • Tracey 3.2.2

        i certainly hope that when an author posts something here they have actually written it. Mr Slater puts his name as an author to things emailed to him by someone else. It might not amount to bullying but it is deceptive and a misrepresentation.

    • Lanthanide 3.3

      In reply to all above: actually I was taking the excerpt to be about cyber-bullying exclusively, rather than the involvement of politicians leaking details to a site.

      Re-reading the post, my reply really isn’t addressing that particular point.

    • Morrissey 3.4

      Another target (that I indulge in) is Morrissey….

      Do you? I never even noticed.

  4. Michael Nolan 4

    I was furious reading the article this morning, where they continue to attribute tasteless hiphop songs and burning effigies with “the left”, implying guilt for Labour and Greens. The left have condemned these actions and bear no responsibility for them. There has only been one party conducting a ruthless,nasty hate-and-fear campaign against its opponents, and that is National. Their poll question is leading, and journalistic integrity is vacant in this blatant attempt to help National paint others with their own grotty little brush.

    • Bearded Git 4.1

      @michael. The problem is that the MSM has realised that by (unjustifiably) conflating the burning effigies, tasteless hip hop songs and FJK chants with the Left the older more conservative people (65+) of which there are now many have been turned off the Left in droves, if the polls are right. This is a major problem and is likely to lose the Left the election.

      I think if Cunliffe has any money left in the kitty or policies to announce these should be directed at this over 65+ group, while at the same time distancing himself from these tactics in just about every speech he makes.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        Perhaps Labour should raise the retirement age further? I’m expecting Key to go on the attack around this very shortly. Dumping that policy would be worth 2% in the polls.

        • Murray Olsen 4.1.1.1

          At least 2%. If NAct get back into office, Labour’s stupid superannuation policy will be largely responsible. I say this because it will lose them votes, and it is something that they could easily change. They don’t even seem to have looked at alternatives.

  5. karol 5

    I also think it’s important to keep pointing out the distinction Hager makes in Dirty Politics, between the Smear Oil attack politics strategy – diverting and distracting from significant issues via continuous petty smears and attacks – and holding politicians to account for the way they exercise power (speaking truth to power).

    The poll article, some in the MSM, and I suspect many members of the public, collapse them all under the labels of “negative politics” or “attack politics”.

  6. ianmac 6

    If I was a National Voter, I would say No. The book would not affect me. I would say Labour do it too. And Labour or Green or National would say we will not change our vote. But in the real world some National supporters will be very uneasy.

    My adult nephew was phoned 3 times last week from different polling companies and Murray being Murray gave 3 different answers when asked which Party he would vote for. Wicked. I haven’t been phoned but I think I would give false info too – in protest.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Many National supporters are very uneasy about the Dirty Politics revelations. In fact, some of them are likely to have been part of the network who leaked to Hager.

      • Tracey 6.1.1

        he is clear in his acknowledgements to include thanks to National Party staffer. Something the media continue to overlook and not one has mentioned it when the liars squeal ” left wing conspiracy”

        People who usually vote national wouldnt shift to labour under any circumstances but tgat is not where the harm for national wouldcome from.

  7. Skinny 7

    John Key is being shown up and will continue to slide in the public’s opinion. What the book Dirty Politics shows is that John Key has little substance. I am not telling any of you who regularly post on here anything new. However for a ever waking up public they see Key through a totally new set of eyes. He is bland, boring and merely a puppet.

    I will give Judith Collins full credit for maintaining her position and giving Key the middle finger. Now it appears she is no longer being prepared to tolerate watching ‘others pulling the strings.’

    Many people ponder if Collins has something over John Key. I just think it’s as simple as Key is not in control of the National Party and she knows she is in a strong position with support of other MP’s who are also sick of the fraud being pushed by Joyce.

    Interestingly the split developing between John Key and Bill English, with Key contradicting English over tax cuts. Bill comes out looking respectable over the dirty politics scandal. He is positioning himself well clear of Key and I would hasten to say if people were surveyed who they trust most between English & Key, the answer would be Bill English.

    Get polling on that one idiot pollsters.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      I think many of your suppositions are meritorious. Collins clearly could not stay in Cabinet without considerable caucus support and also that of external backers. English (and his faction) are carefully but noticeably distancing themselves from the Collin’s blast radius. And Key’s position has been weakened further as his status as a PR asset to the National Party has rapidly eroded in recent times. The guy is on increasingly thin ice and is currently only hanging on via his still high ‘preferred PM’ polling. And of course, support from the very well heeled bankster fraternity.

  8. Sable 8

    As I have said so many times, in my estimation the MSM can not be trusted. Legislation is urgently needed to ensure they behave fairly and with integrity as clearly they can not be trusted to do so of their own volition. They need to be taken to task along with their partners in this dirty government.

    • aerobubble 8.1

      TV3 actively regales us about their Key agitator and former wannabe National MP, as if it was a good thing that such rank neo-liberalism was a social good that we need to invite into our homes nightly.

      • aerobubble 8.1.1

        You can be damn sure Paul Henry will never get out the red book and start prattling on about how evil his rich mates are. Those damn Greenies though, their evil, you can hear him saying it can’t you. Its just so unbalanced and farcical that TV3 thinking its money whore brothel of a night news show is serving the watching public.

  9. RedLogix 9

    And now everyone should have a clear understanding of why Lynn Prentice has been so scrupulous to ensure everyone commenting here understands that The Standard is not controlled, or in any way the creature of, any Party.

    I”m thinking that now would be a very good moment to go back to the media with a Press Release emphasising this point – and the fact that it is a rolling maul of non-professional authors loosely connected in various ways to the Left.

    Quite different to Slater’s operation.

  10. Observer (Tokoroa) 10

    Hello Micky
    and other contributors.

    I wonder if the non National politicians could entice The Guardian (UK or Australia) to print and edition here.

    They are brilliant Newspaper specialists. Their authority is enormous. They are not tabloid skitty muck and babyish like the Mains Stream press here. They are good fun.

    They certainly would be much more even handed than our msm.

    Also, they are compelling, attractive reading. The right will hate them

    • RedBaronCV 10.1

      Now I like that. Maybe we could have an online edition at first (people could print out perhaps if they log the circulation) with the overseas news from the other two editions since our local papers don’t bother and a couple of journalists/editors with integrity researching and writing here. NZ should be able to pay for that from ad revenue – perhaps even pay stringer rates to expend coverage. Somehow I think there would be a lot of journalists falling over thenselves moonlighting.

  11. Colonial Viper 11

    Twittersphere is saying Judith Collins is history. To be announced at a PM’s press conference very shortly…we shall see

    • Tracey 11.1

      will that prove key is a fab leader again?

      • aerobubble 11.1.1

        Key would just be proving how far he’s willing to bend over to keep clean in the eyes of the public, when we all know there’s no way he will ever question the morality and ethics of spending his private career betting for and against our economy when the margins said profit. Key is a profit slut, a monetry whore. Damn it, Slater who was paying you to call the poor family’s son a feral. What a sick puppy, a puffed up prig, a scumbag, does that, and whose paying for the smear machine, someone is. Why hasn’t Key distanced himself from Slater, the moment the feral story broke? Key’s so dirty he doesn’t know how to get clean anymore.

  12. Tracey 12

    Now that Odgers, slater and Hooton have been found to involve themselves in threatening behaviour ( nicky hager, chop chop and supplying his address and street name) for political purposes will they be spied on by SIS and GCSB as a potential threat… In the way that the Locke family were for much less reason?

  13. Bill 13

    Why an embedded graphic that depicts literal mud/shit slinging at National? Wrong fucking message to be even remotely suggesting in the context of this post I’d have thought. But hey….

  14. b waghorn 14

    What I want to know is how does nz rid it’s self of the tick that is slater.

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    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
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    7 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    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
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
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    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 ...
    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
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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