Goff stands up for democracy in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 11:34 am, April 27th, 2010 - 70 comments
Categories: accountability, assets, auckland supercity, democracy under attack, democratic participation, phil goff, referendum - Tags:

He’s been burning hot and cold the last few weeks, and the last few days have been hot. Fresh from promising to restore the top tax rate that National is set to abolish and give the revenue to the poor, Phil Goff has outlined Labour’s vision for fixing National’s undemocratic Supercity:

“When the National Government received the Royal Commission report it saw Auckland differently – not as community, but as a corporation.

So it has gone about creating the city in a way that isn’t transparent, that isn’t accountable, that isn’t responsive to its communities.”

It really has been disgraceful. The Government simply has not listened to anyone. The people of Auckland have been dictated to and their cities treated like bounty for a plundering corporate elite.

Labour will legislate to enshrine real decision making powers for local boards.”

And we will review the ward boundaries and talk to communities about whether single rather than multi member wards would better ensure that all communities are fairly represented and feel their voice is being heard.”

The Government has made the local part of local government toothless and made it difficult for anyone with serious money behind them to get elected to the council. That must be fixed.

“We will restore to Auckland the power to make its own decisions about the structure and powers of the seven council-owned companies that will manage three-quarters of the rates revenue provided by Aucklanders.”

“We will legislate to ensure all Aucklanders have a say in a binding referendum before strategic assets can be sold.”

See that Righties? It’s called democracy. Of course, Aucklanders should have had a referendum on the Supercity. But the Government prevented them from having one because it knew it would lose.

“I will invite the Mayor of Auckland to attend Cabinet committees for significant decisions relating to Auckland.”

This is the only part the Government has tried to attack Goff on. National Party pollster David Farrar, in what I’m sure is a coincidence, ran the line too: “why stop there? Why not the Mayor of Christchurch and Dunedin also? And Hamilton?”

Umm, yeah, why not? Goff actually said after the speech that other mayors should be invited when Cabinet considers issues specifically relating to their city. What could be wrong with that? I can’t imagine would be more than half a dozen times a year. They’re probably in Wellington for lobbying etc more frequently anyway.

National and Act have ridden roughshod over Auckland democracy in the interests of their corporate allies. Phil Goff has made it clear that Labour will restore local democracy.

[before anyone criticises, the statue of liberty was the only symbol associated with democracy I could find that is recognisable so small:)]

70 comments on “Goff stands up for democracy in Auckland”

  1. tsmithfield 1

    He can say what he likes. Judging by the polls, his biggest problem is finding someone to listen.

    • Bright Red 1.1

      gee the TV3 poll showing a 8% closing of the Nat-Lab gap? The Roy Morgan showing confidence in the govt plummetting and Nats below 50% for the first time since the election? The TVNZ poll showing the gap closing?

      For over a year now, you righties haven’t actually been able to defend this government, only able to say ‘well, I can’t say what they’re doing is right but it seems people still like them’… and even that pathetic defence is crumbling.

      • Hamish Gray 1.1.1

        Uh, I think the TV3 poll showed an 18 point gap – 34% against 52%. the latest Roy Morgan had National at 49.5%, actually up 0.5% from the last poll.

    • Lanthanide 1.2

      However, these are hard lines for the government to oppose. All they can really says is that Goff is making things seems worse than they really are. But that doesn’t really work in the minds of people who agree with Goff – it just alienates them.

    • felix 1.3

      I don’t know Tim, you seem to be listening pretty closely.

      • tsmithfield 1.3.1

        Na. I just read the first paragraph about Goff saying something. That was enough for me.

        BTW, where the hell did you get the idea that my name is “Tim”. Guess again.

        • Pascal's bookie 1.3.1.1

          Tarquin?

        • felix 1.3.1.2

          Dunno, you just seem like a Tim. Not particularly nice but certainly dim.

          • tsmithfield 1.3.1.2.1

            Well done, genius. You’ve just successfully insulted anyone called “Tim” who happens to be reading this blog. For your next trick?

            • teatime 1.3.1.2.1.1

              I don’t feel insulted – they were specifically writing about u tsmithsblahblah

            • Lanthanide 1.3.1.2.1.2

              Actually it is a reference to Harry Enfield’s “Tim nice but dim”.

              • uroskin

                You cannot expect National voters to have cultural knowledge like that.

                Captcha: serials

              • tsmithfield

                No, you’re right. Righties spend too much time in the real world solving real problems.

              • Bright Red

                yeah, like you, eh TS?

                I hear you’ve just worked out how to solve National’s unemployment problem.. something to do with a cycleway.

              • Pascal's bookie

                Righties spend too much time in the real world solving real problems.

                cite?

              • felix

                Tarquin doesn’t have time to cite, he’s too busy solving problems in the real world.

            • felix 1.3.1.2.1.3

              Beautifully illustrated, Tarquin.

              • tsmithfield

                Since we’re into redesigning names, I was wonder if you would mind me extropolating from the feline connotation of your name and refer to you as “pussy” from now on?

              • felix

                Sure. Whatever spins your wheels t.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.3.1.2.1.4

              Righties spend too much time in their delusional world causing real problems.

              There, fixed that for ya.

        • Kevin Welsh 1.3.1.3

          You don’t happen to work for a bank do you ts?

    • Tigger 1.4

      I listened to Goff speak at an Ohariu public meeting last night. A pretty good sized crowd was there as well…

  2. Ianmac 2

    Well done Phil Goff! “Stands Up for Democracy” is one of the selective issues which is vital and will have resonance everywhere. Even in Canterbury. Go Phil!

  3. Rharn 3

    When is Goff going to stand up for democracy in Canterbury. Labours silence on this is ‘deafening.’

  4. Phil Goff is begining to look and sound like a good Labour leader. He makes Key look like the playboy he is.
    The blagging of Goff comes from the political Right and because of the
    very good publicity they get it has some effect .even among our own people .Its time to fight back and answer the critics of Goff. Having heard him on a number of occasions I firmly believe that he is a leader we can be proud off.
    Don’t let the propogander from Crosby/Textor tell otherwise.Let us all remember that Helen Clark was on 2% for a long while , The Nats had a field day but the truth came out. Lets all get behind Phill and inform the public just what a Prime Minister he would be.

    • Dan 4.1

      Totally agree TPP. Goff is looking good.
      I don’t think the NACT party understands their loss of support in the major urban areas. The SuperCity debacle, and the Canterbury environmental putsch, as well as the niggly things such as the health food issues in schools, the cutback in R and D, tax cuts for the rich, and the insistence on national standards despite many reservations.
      National party supporters did not vote for Rodney or Roger Douglas. But that is what they got.
      Labour got offside by not listening to its traditional base, but those supporters got completely conned by the Cosby textor promises.
      Go Phil. Interesting threads on the NZHerald today must give you even more reason to smile.

      • sean14 4.1.1

        If Phil Goff is the answer, the question isn’t even worth asking.

        • Dan 4.1.1.1

          And if Rodney, and Sir Roger, and Tolley, and Brownlee is your answer, a lot of people will be asking questions!

  5. Mark 5

    The problem that Goff is creating by standing up for a perceived lack of democratic representation in Auckland is he is denying other cities the same democratic representation.
    He loses his moral authority to say that any changes to the Seabed and Foreshore Act are undemocratic and favouring one sector of New Zealand over another when he is doing the same thing with Aucklanders.

    All Cities are equal , some are more equal than others

    • I dreamed a dream 5.1

      Phil Goff is not denying other cities democratic representation. You got to take this in the context of the Auckland Super City, whereby NACT has stolen away democracy. I am sure Goff’s position applies to other cities too.

    • Ari 5.2

      Huh?

      Read the article, it mentions specifically that his invitation to the major of Auckland is likely to be part of a policy that involves majors of other cities who are significantly impacted by national (small n) policy.

    • Bright Red 5.3

      Mark. He said on the news that his invitation applies to other mayors too.

      Knowledge is power.

  6. Bill 6

    Detached and preachy…kind of like a very dull university lecture.

    I don’t want to be subjected to explanations. I want his passion and an unequivocal stating of his ideological stance….his opinion.

    He could do far worse than take a leaf out of old Winstons book, cause love him or hate him, at least Winston is engaged. Which means that he doesn’t drone on. Which means you won’t nod off…which was the overwhelming urge I was getting as I tried and failed to finish reading the link.

    • Anne 6.1

      Hey Bill
      There was plenty of passion in his speech on Auckland’s new governance yesterday. It’s not his fault the MSM choose to ignore it so that the bulk of the public don’t get to see it.

      • Bill 6.1.1

        I wasn’t there Anne and so can only extrapolate from the written words through the link. And it ain’t no prose of passion.

        Even just consider the first block of quote in the post as an example. Phil is speaking…apparently…but Phil isn’t there. What is there is an arid explanation of others and their motives.

        And then you tell me he instilled passion into a speech that prattles about “..the seven council-owned companies that will manage three-quarters of the rates revenue..” See, that just strikes me as being reminiscent of a political version of Tolkeins silmarillion…all very correct, all very precise and all very uninspiring and passionless.

        But hey. You were there and you tell me he was passionate. I can’t imagine that from the evidence of the prose I’ve read, but then maybe you just had to be there.

        • Anne 6.1.1.1

          @ Bill
          I attended because I wanted to hear Goff speaking for myself and – like many people who had not heard him make a full blown speech – I was impressed. There was plenty of substance and I can imagine it would seem stilted in prose, but he delivered it in anything but a dispassionate manner. If you don’t believe me have a look at the comment section of Phil Twyford’s post on Red Alert.

          Btw, I came away reflecting that I could imagine Helen Clark making the same speech.

  7. Joe Bloggs 7

    December forecasts predicted a $10.1 billion cash deficit this year and core Crown debt trebling to $65 billion by 2014

    “Tax and Borrow” Goff ignores this issue and would have us deeper in debt and more heavily taxed. We’d end up just like Greece but without the EU to bail us out.

    Not to mention snuggling up to Winston … again

    This, of course, comes on the back of Phil offering kudos and big UPs to John Key for his astute work as a pollie.

    Doesn’t matter how big a spin you put on it – Phil Goff is irrelevant and one of the best leaders of the opposition that National could hope for.

    Time to show him the door

    • Irascible 7.1

      Perhaps he could hold the door for the present NACT rape & pillage legislators to exit stage right?

  8. randal 8

    phil will get ’em in just a little while.
    hang on for the big show.

  9. Tim Sparks 9

    Democracy, democracy, yes, when it suits. When it does not suit, such as with the anti smacking bill or the Electoral Finance Act, then democracy is a non-word, after all. National, Labour are both the same, good listeners while in Opposition, completely deaf once empowered. I give up on both, and I support neither. We last had a true democracy under the leadership of Savage.

  10. Gooner 10

    randal, you lot were saying that in mid 2007, 12 months prior to the 2008 election. Except then it was “Helen will get Key soon…just wait”. Mid 2007 was almost three years ago.

  11. tc 11

    More of the same please Phil…..and no wandering off again less than 18months out.

    With a docile msm it’s going to take alot more of this but the good news is there’s plenty to chew on for Labour with sideshow and his mates making off with what they can and being as arrogant as Piggy was into the bargain.

  12. Santi 12

    You have to feel sorry for Goff and the socialist Labour Party. They don’t a chance in hell of winning in 2011, so we’re saddled with lazy Key & co until then.

    Drop Goff as leader now and start being Opposition!

    • gobsmacked 12.1

      Santi: “They don’t a chance in hell of winning in 2011” (verb?)

      Hmmm. Combined National/ACT/United Future support: 51%

      http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2010/4485/

      That’s with 18 months still to go. Lose just 1% every 3 months (which is only continuing the last 6 months’ trend), and John Key will be offering Hone Harawira a paddock full of ponies and installing him as ambassador to Paris.

  13. Hamish 13

    Marty G, wrong picture. This is the correct picture of 7up Phil: http://tinyurl.com/35gugrv

    • TightyRighty 13.1

      isn’t it only 7 phil? there is only down for that guy

      • Roger 13.1.1

        Good on ya guys, don’t bother commenting on the torrid behavior of your heroes Clueless ‘DonKey’ or Hydemarama.

        • TightyRighty 13.1.1.1

          another lefty shill unable to accept the truth. we don’t need to cheerlead for NACT, the electorate is cool with them too.

  14. What’s democratic about binding referenda on privatisation?
    Referenda are dominated by the rich and msm. They are not one person = one vote, but $1 million = 1 million votes.
    Goff should be saying that Labour will not sell assets and will renationalise all privatised assets because Labour puts people before profits. Not the soft soap rogermimic profits for the people.
    Then he has to put up some serious candidates to take on the NACT stooges already lining up.
    Where is the squad of Phil Twyfords marching into battle?
    Are we in a war or are we not in a war?
    Maybe Labour doesnt recognise a war cause its in no mans land.

    • Bright Red 14.1

      “Goff should be saying that Labour will not sell assets and will renationalise all privatised assets because Labour puts people before profits.”

      these assets aren’t owned by the Government, dave, they’re owned by the Auckland Council.

      • dave brown 14.1.1

        Well Goff is saying that Labour will legislate to make binding referendums necessary before privatisation.
        They can also legislate to prevent Councils from selling their assets, just as National has legislated to rip them off into CCOs and then into their mates pockets.

  15. Roger 15

    It is a sad indictment on the msm when pretend threats to democracy get front page editorials and actual threats such as what Commodore Hydemarama (sorry to steal this from another commenter on another post but it is brilliant) and his mates are doing to Auckland and Canterbury are rather passively covered if at all.

    Capcha: implements, if only we had the amount and type the “champions” of democracy had during the select committee process for the EFA.

  16. gobsmacked 16

    So Goff is being attacked on this by Dave from the 1% fringe left, as well as the usual suspects, the foam-at-the-mouth right-wingers.

    He’s going up in my estimation.

  17. Rex Widerstrom 17

    It took them a while, and I feared the search party may never return, but it appears as though Labour may just have found where Helen hid its testicles. Now if they can just sew ’em back on and get them in fully working order…

    Mind you, the conscience centre of the brain will need to be restarted too, so travesties like the EFA aren’t put back on the agenda, negating what appears to be a late conversion to democratic principles.

    But this is a start, and a damn good one.

    • prism 17.1

      I put this on Mike but then thought this is the right area. I thought that James made interesting points. Anyone care to comment?

      I came upon a Press item around my supermarket frozens. Colin James on Goff and Labour and it has good thinking fodder in it. Link http://www.colinjames.co.nz/Press/Press_2010/Press_10Jan30.htm

      He looks at the terms of Labour in key periods, compares to the National vote,
      and poses question how often will Labour be in during the next five decades.
      Among his points problems for Goff preparing for the 2011 elections plus the task of building policy and voter platforms for a long-lasting next Labour government

      Two choices: skilful moment-to-moment managerial politics (like National) with faith in MMP maths, or build a principle-based policy line that locks in a strong voter base.

      ‘Labour under the baby-boomer educational meritocrats who ran the 2000s Cabinets extended the underdog notion embedded in championing wage workers’ cause to other disadvantaged groups: women, gays, Maori, ethnic minorities.’
      He refers to identity politics okay if there are enough identity groups and mainstream voter support for them. But John Key is cultivating the peak iwi leadership group and other iwi leaders and pitching a new Maori politics around economic assets and development directly challenging Labour’s identity politics connection and indirectly querying its socioeconomic underdog pitch to Maori.

      James has thoughts about ideas to focus Labour minds.
      Towards the end he says “Labour probably won’t dominate office if it builds incrementally on 1970s-2000s thinking on such questions’.

  18. Hamish Gray 18

    So no mention of the Maori seats issue at all then, huh?

  19. zonk 19

    good start.

  20. Jenny 20

    Keep up the good work.

  21. Anne 21

    Apologies.. Maori seats issue is mentioned on “Two faced too far”. Not this post.

    • Hamish Gray 21.1

      I meant by Goff. The extracts provided don’t mention the Maori seats at all.

  22. tsmithfield 22

    Here is a point that is worth discussing.

    We all like to defend democracy as if it is a sacred cow. I am in the same boat in this respect.

    But given the cold hard problems the world is facing, for instance given problems the world is facing such as peak oil:

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/201098-peak-oil-investments-i-m-putting-my-money-on-part-ix-the-methadone-economy

    is democracy actually the best model, or will it merely exacerbate the world problems due to its short-sighted focus?

    The reason is that democratic systems often rely on short-term fixes to keep voters happy. Contrast that with China which has ridden out the world crisis better than any other economy. Perhaps the best model would be a beneficial type of dictatorship, where the leadership focus on long-term sustainable solutions rather than immediate vote-catching ones. In our context, a coalition between the major parties may achieve this sort of goal in a democratic sort of way in that a stable long-term government is likely to result that may be able to focus more on long-term solutions rather than immediate vote-catching ones.

    • Ari 22.1

      I don’t really think dictatorships or autocratic governments have a good track record either, TS.

  23. tsmithfield 23

    I don’t actually like that type of solution either. I enjoy the freedom we have under our democratic system as much as anyone.

    However, that is no reason not to consider the merits of other alternatives, especially when the world faces some major issues.. As I said, the Chinese aren’t actually doing too bad at the moment, compared to many of the democracies such as those in Europe that have built up massive deficits due to politicians desire to please the people.

    Look at the recent Copenhagen meeting for instance, that was based around democratic type principles. The inability to reach a consensus and agreed course of action shows how impudent the world is to deal with its problems under existing structures.

  24. Swampy 24

    Labours response both in Auckland and Christchurch is essentially reactionary coming after they spent years stonewalling opposition to their regional council experiment up and down the country.

    In other words, nothing new to offer. No real solutions.

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    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 ...
    5 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
    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 ...
    5 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
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    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...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    6 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 ...
    7 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
    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
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    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
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    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
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    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.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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