Garrett resigns from ACT

Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, September 17th, 2010 - 78 comments
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David Garrett has resigned from ACT and has indicated he will almost certainly resign from Parliament.

Good, He is a scumbag, a liar, and a hypocrite. He is only resigning because he was caught. Now attention must turn to Rodney Hide. He can’t now pretend to be administering justice when he harbored Garrett and kept his secrets from the public. Hide’s tattered credibility is now completely shot. If ACT has a future, Hide should follow Garrett and let someone with principles lead.

78 comments on “Garrett resigns from ACT”

  1. BLiP 1

    Principles? the ACT Party? What. Ever.

  2. Bunji 2

    Whenever Hide stands up in Parliament someone must interject:

    “Any more secrets Rodney?”

  3. comedy 3

    Can I add some more names to the rorter cum fucktard list who should fuck right off

    Rodney Hide
    Bill English
    Chris Carter
    Hone “Obama” Harawira

    • Rex Widerstrom 3.1

      You’ve missed 115 names off your list!!

    • Vicky32 3.2

      “Hone “Obama” Harawira” – er that just justifies the “fucktard” label, though I do dislike that word…
      Deb

    • bbfloyd 3.3

      got to the f’s in your sesame st dictionary C? the bronx edition…

    • RobertM 3.4

      English is the person who prevents progress and a move towards a free 24 hour society where people have sexual freedom, privacy and the lions share of resources no longer go to the over 65s, provinces and very ordinary people and ugly. Harawera is in your face, but the only maori leader of note and courage, even though I don’t agree with him, Carter was insignificant minor politician of not much importance crucified by a vicious, hypocritical media which is intolerant of homosexuals, bisexuals or anybody beyond their limited understanding.
      Hide had a small amount of courage diminished by his betrayl of David Garret, he will probably be fried not by the even more unworthy and hard line Heather Roy.

      • Vicky32 3.4.1

        RobertM,
        Sorry, I am not clear about what you’re on about! Sexual freedom coming first on your list, then an incoherent remark about “lions share of resources no longer go to the over 65s, provinces and very ordinary people and ugly” make me wonder! You have an issue about “ordimary people and ugly’ (presumably ordinary people who are not beautiful?) Given that I am both ordinary and ugly, and regard sexual freedom (whatever that means) as supremely unimportant compared to much greater issues, I presume you’d have a serious problem with me? (I might have a problem with you if I could understand what you’re saying…)
        Deb

        • RobertM 3.4.1.1

          Your interpretation is correct. You are the problem. Skin on skin sex is the basis of good health. The excessive power of ordinary and ugly people in New Zealand is why intelligent people are leaving the country in droves.

          [lprent: That is a pretty damn weird comment.. ]

          • Vicky32 3.4.1.1.1

            RobertM, you are both offensive and rude. As far as I am concerned, you are very welcome to leave the country, possibly for the USA, or even Thailand where you can find pretty, and willing people!
            I don’t know what makes you think ugly people are not intelligent, and that pretty sexy people are! (My experience has been the reverse – the sexy girls don’t have to use their intelligence and happily let it atrophy.)
            However, I suspect you have mental health issues, so there’s no point in reasoning with you, and it’s all off-topic anyway!
            Deb

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Wonder how much those PR lines of Garrett’s cost Act.

    And this is another example of list MPs staying on when they should leave. He left the party, ergo, he’s not there for the people who voted for that party any more.

  5. What I find really interesting is how Rodney explains his change in view within 48 hours. 2 days ago he was 100% backing Garrett. What changed?!

    Well we all know Rodney decided the political heat was so that he had to act. However how will HE explain his change from total support to asking for a resignation within 48 hours.

    Rodney knew about the previous assault charge as well as the dead baby identity theft. Will he try and spin it that he didn’t know Garrett didn’t tell the police about his previous conviction?

    Oh the beautiful irony of a party torn apart by its own hypocrisy – perk buster living it up on the taxpayer and ‘they must be punished’ Garrett for criminal actions and lying to the police/courts.

    Nice work Heather…not entirely sure this is what you wanted though….surely…

    • toad 5.1

      I suspect it is exactly what Heather wanted. Assuming Garrett resigns from Parliament she’ll likely have the numbers to roll Hide.

      • burt 5.1.1

        Then I might reinstate my annual donation to the party. Watching this space !

      • mickysavage 5.1.2

        Sounds more like a 2 – 2 draw Toad. Boy their next caucus meeting will be interesting …

        • Is four a Caucus? Where is Key in all this ,was not Garrett a member of cabinet. The whole thing is like an episode of Blackadder. Im expecting a Baldrick like ACT member to say “I have a cunning plan.”

        • Blighty 5.1.2.2

          the next on the list would come in and she hates hide

        • kirbya 5.1.2.3

          I’d hate to argue with the greatest prime minister in NZ history, but would this make it Roy + Douglas + new libertarian woman (I forget her name) vs Hide and Boscowen, or 3 – 2?

          • mickysavage 5.1.2.3.1

            Only if Garrett resigns from Parliament.

            There is still a chance he might hang on …

            Agreed if he goes then Heather will be leader, at least for a while like until the next election when Act is no more.

  6. He is a scumbag, a liar, and a hypocrite

    To make matters worse Hide knew he was a scumbag, a liar and a hypocrite but still chose him as an MP. What was he thinking?

  7. good point Toad – that makes sense, bye bye Rodney?

    • Puddleglum 7.1

      Heather and Roger roll Rodney – please then let Roger stand for Epsom!

      What would JK do? (Of course, it would be Heather in Epsom, but Heather had a little lamb …)

      • MikeG 7.1.1

        Key has said that he would not have Roger in his Cabinet, so if Roger stood in Epsom we may not have National sending the indirect (but obvious) message to vote for ACT in Epsom.

        • felix 7.1.1.1

          Great deal of faith you seem to have in Key keeping his word…

          • MikeG 7.1.1.1.1

            not really, and next election it will be another set of “principles” so that National can keep hold of power!

            That 4-headed monster of Nat/ACT/MP/UF is losing the head that was least expected to implode…

            • felix 7.1.1.1.1.1

              “the head that was least expected to implode”

              Yeah that occurred to me too. I bet they never thought they might, you know, actually need the maori party.

  8. roger nome 8

    awww but i was looking forward to DPF trying to spin this one. Seriously – the places that guy gets his tounge stuck can be quite amazing at times.

  9. So now this scandal has come to light how about the scum-bags in the Sensible Sentencing Mob. They must be squirming.They are so thick skinned they will just brush it off! However they have lost all credibility. If they ever had any.

    • Rex Widerstrom 9.1

      Yes, let’s hope the bewildered public, whipped to a frenzy by the exploited tears of crime victims, take a step back and look a little more carefully at who’s doing the whipping.

      Garrett was a member of Act, but he represented the SST.

      • Roger 9.1.1

        This is just another example to show the public exactly what the Sensible Sentencing Trust really is and the pathetic redneck that Garth McVicar is. He even provided the character reference for David Garret for the court case relating to the identity theft;
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10674067.

        This adds to his other acts such as:
        Supporting Bruce Emery and agreeing with the decision by the court to make family members of the deceased victim Pihema Cameron remove shirts with his image on them.
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10494081

        Creating a false positive point of difference between Clayton Weatherston and other criminals with the coded redneck statement; “Even though this man has committed one of New Zealand’s most atrocious crimes, his history as a hard-core recidivist is not there.”

        And downplaying domestic violence against women by suggesting that Tony Veitch has suffered enough and an apology is enough.
        The Sensible Sentencing Trust: Rich and White, You’re alright…Poor and Brown, You’re going down.

  10. Lanthanide 10

    With Garrett leaving, it brings up the possibility of Rodney being rolled. If he lost leadership, he could potentially also go a step further and leave parliament/Act.

    What would happen to the other Act MPs if that happened, since he was the one that got them there in the first place? I’m guessing they’d still stick around, just as there was no “waka jumping” rule built into the MMP laws to begin with, I’m assuming the Act list MPs would be treated the same way.

    Does anyone know?

  11. Irascible 11

    Garrett gone from ACT, possibly from Parliament. Great.
    This certainly demonstrates the lack of acumen demonstrated by ShonKey when he got into bed with ACT to form the NACT govt in 2008. It appears that Rodney has managed to infect National with a corrupting political disease that should see this alliance as a first term one.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      It appears that Rodney has managed to infect National with a corrupting political disease that should see this alliance as a first term one.

      Nope, National have always had that corrupting political disease – they just hide it better.

  12. Tanz 12

    Benson-Pope was not made to resign. How was he any bettter? Garrett did not stuff tennis balls into student’s mouths.A media beat up, the wolf pack is howling. Key is still squeaky clean though, there is nothing on him to be found. Parliament is apparently lily white except for Act MPs…

    • felix 12.1

      Hey Tanz,

      If you really believe that Benson-Pope stuffed tennis balls into a teenager’s mouth, then you have either:

      a) never seen a tennis ball
      b) never seen a mouth

    • Lanthanide 12.2

      “Key is still squeaky clean though”
      Except for the “no surprise” clause in the agreement with Act, which should mean the agreement with Act is at least officially brought up, although not really sufficient to end it over this.

    • Vicky32 12.3

      TANZ, its much likelier that the tennis ball story (which was never credible IMO) was a beat up… The guys who made the tennis ball accusations are boyfriends living in Sydney, and other classmates present at the time (girls, I wonder if that’s significant?) said it was a fantasy…
      Deb

    • Draco T Bastard 12.4

      Key is still squeaky clean though,

      Except for the lies about how many rail shares he had, the attempt to obfuscate about his meeting with that lord tax rorter from England and his refusal to tell us why he fired one of our ministers. There’s probably others as well.

  13. Irascible 13

    Garrett merely stole a person’s identity and engaged in demonstrably corrupt behaviour. Benson-Pope’s alleged behaviour as a teacher was not substantiated in a court of law. His was a real example of a media beat up.

    • mcflock 13.1

      True, there is a distinction between alleged behaviour and that proved in court.

      Even if true, there is also the question of degree of the crime. Back in the 80s real corporal punishment (beatings with implements) were routine in some schools.
      A tennis ball to gag an obnoxious little scrote? That’s just innovative teaching that some students probably found inspiring.

      I know I had a fair bit of respect for the teacher who would put wrongdoers in stress positions the SAS could take notes from.

      Does such behaviour in their history satisfy the respectability requirements of current-day MPs? That’s another debate. When we’re talking about getting caned or the strap, that’s definitely under the umbrella of “abuse”, whether it was culturally accepted at the time or whether it was even done for the child’s own good (frankly a lot of uni students I know could have done with a good walloping 5 or 10 years ago). So that’s what might have seemed okay then, but is a bit dodgy now (like the way some of our scions of industry made their first millions).

      The difference is that back in the day innovative corporal punishment was occasionally quite funny. However, we still would have regarded stealing a dead baby’s identity (even if it was just as a prank) as being a bit bloody off. “Acceptable at the time” vs “fucked up any time”. Get it?

  14. Tanz 14

    Yeah, sure. Try asking the victims.

    • mcflock 14.1

      That’s what the courts are for.

      Oh wait – DB-P’s “victims” didn’t get that far, did they?
      Whereas G’s got to say what they wanted – at sentencing.

  15. Tanz 15

    The courts often get it wrong. So, all the victims, including the girls on the camp, were lying? As with the name suppression laws, so overused, our courts have gone haywire. Benson-Pope may be innocent yet, but then why all the allegations?

    • mcflock 15.1

      I love the way you say “victims” as if it was ever demonstrated that a crime even probably took place.

      As opposed to a guy who went through the entire process and was found guilty. Then apparently forgot that he’d received another conviction a few years previously.

    • Maynard J 15.2

      So I take it that it wasn’t your dead baby Tanz?

  16. felix 16

    Anyone else get the feeling that there are plenty more skeletons stuffed into Garrett’s crooked creaky closet?

  17. ianmac 17

    “Hilary Calvert, the potential next Act MP, says she “unreservedly” supports party leader Rodney Hide and is ready for Parliament if she is called upon.”

    Oh Damn!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10674191

    • the sprout 17.1

      that won’t be enough to save him, and she, along with Boscawen, may well review her position over the coming days

      • Pascal's bookie 17.1.1

        After the two blots on Mr Garrett’s record were revealed this week and both Act leader Rodney Hide and Transport Minister Steven Joyce subsequently admitted past offences, Ms Calvert would not comment on whether or not she has any convictions.

        “I’m not going to say I don’t. I can’t remember a speeding ticket,” she said.

        “I will have to have a proper think about it.”

        Gordon bleedin Bennett. What’s wrong with these people? If you have to have proper think about whether or not you have a criminal conviction then you know, what the fuck. She’s a lawyer, it’s not that hard. She’s had a few days notice to think about it. And it’s good to know you don’t have to have a proper think about the rest of the ACTuvium fluff in the article.

        • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1.1

          “I will have to have a proper think about it.”

          Translates from MP speak into must consult with the PR firm on how to spin this.

    • Carol 17.2

      Well, I suspect Garrett’s 2 weeks’ break is so that ACT can prep his replacement. Yes, I know I haven’ had any convictions – have been asked that question on job appplications simce way back.

  18. North 18

    Rodney Love Perks on Close Up tonight. My God……..what a disgusting piece of sweep-it-. under-the-carpet rationalisation ! The man is no more fit to be in Parliament than is the nutter Garrett. Time Smiley Boy John Key got real and showed us he has some morals. He doesn’t actually give a stuff……..except in the cheapest political sense. How much do I need “HACT” (Hypocrites’ Association of Crooks & Thieves) ? This is utterly outrageous. We are not idiots. We deserve far better from a Prime Minister !

  19. outofbed 19

    Some fucker on the panel says in the light of this minor parties should review how they choose their candidates . The Greens candidate selection procedure is very robust thankyou very much
    The bastards are already trying to use this as an excuse to have a go at MMP

  20. RedLogix 20

    Garrett’s history, Hide’s going and it’s only a matter of time before someone put’s him out of his misery.

    The interesting story is how Key is burning off so much political capital backing Hide so unequivocally. And why?

    • ak 20.1

      Precisely Red. Most uncharacteristically un-slippery. Even if he’s hoping against hope that Hide can do a deal with Garrett to keep him quiet, wee SmileAss must know that Rodders is now unelectable – at best.

      As you ask: why the change from the Pilate act of only days ago?

      Only explanation: because Hide demanded it – to avoid his own sudden oblivion – by threatening MAD. Which means he has the Slipper by the short-‘ns.

      Even if Hideous never told Keysus all about Daveo (highly unlikely), does anyone believe that our highly sensitive and efficient spook-in-chief was not fully aware of every wee potentially damaging detail of every support MP? If not all MPs?

      And I mean all about Dave. dot dot dot

      Lots of footage left in this epic. Sit back and enjoy. Ice-cream?

    • Numbers. Without ACT Key has to rely on the Maori Party for confidence. Early election anyone?

  21. outofbed 21

    I like this from kiwiblog
    # Clint Heine (1,052) Says:
    September 17th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Keep the faith I say. No point writing the party off (yet again). ACT has Rodney, John and Roger who are all head and shoulders ahead of any 3 Nats both in deeds, actions and philosophy. Heather can bounce back and Hilary isn’t known to be a slacker.

    that’s so sweet,
    a fortnight ago “‘heather” was the devil incarnate

  22. Mr Bean 23

    Remind me, what achievements have ACT have done for NZ? Serious question. Ta.

    • Draco T Bastard 23.1

      Removed democracy from Auckland, shafted the city completely in favour of their mates in business and gone a romantic world trip courtesy of the tax payer…

      Oh, wait, you said done for NZ not done to NZ.

      Sorry, my bad.

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    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    7 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    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
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago

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