GST is going up today

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61 comments on “GST is going up today”

  1. BLiP 1

    Reporter: “Can you rule out National Ltd™ raising GST to 15%?”

    John Key: “Yeh yeah. National Ltd™ is not going to be raising GST”.

    . . . but he’s such a nice man.

  2. Kaplan 2

    “What the legal advice shows is that my blind trust is indeed that, totally and utterly blind and out of my control or sight, and what it also clearly shows is that the allegations made around the trustee company Whitechapel are incorrect. I have no involvement, no interest in Whitechapel and it is a trustee company.”

    Yeah. Right.

  3. nilats 3

    How come Labours 12.5% GST is ok, but a teeny bit more added by National is bad?
    I will enjoy my extra $40/wk after the increase so I can pay off debt. It’s nice having the choice to be able to do what I like with my money. Also like the part where WFF will become less of a strain on taxpayers like myself and we can start ending middle class welfare.

    BTW, if Phil Goof’s F&V tax rate zero goes ahead will this apply to $5000/kg truffles as well?

    BTW, what did Clark say about smacking children before the 2005 election?

    • Dave 3.1

      Could you explain how a smack on the bum is not allowed to correct a child’s poor discipline? Would you like to cite where in the legislation that was put into law where this is not applicable? Or are you just repeating what is being told to you in highly sensationalised soundbites? It angers me when people call it the anti-smacking legislation when all it was was to extend the same rights to children that were available to animals!! I know this is kind of off topic and most of the country detests Sue Bradford, but I dare say you would have a hard time nilats trying to find anyone in the country who cares more about people than Ms. Bradford, go and get out the jug cord and bash the kids you barbarian.

      [lprent: It is off-topic – I’d move to OpenMike but nilats in his usual personal irrelevant tradition mixed unrelated in with on-topic material. Now you know why he is on my personal attention list. ]

      • jbanks 3.1.1

        Using force for the purposes of correction is an illegal act.

        s59 Crimes Act: Every parent of a child and every person in the place of a parent of the child is justified in using force if the force used is reasonable in the circumstances and is for the purpose of— (a) preventing or minimising harm to the child or another person; or (b) preventing the child from engaging or continuing to engage in conduct that amounts to a criminal offence; or (c) preventing the child from engaging or continuing to engage in offensive or disruptive behaviour; or (d) performing the normal daily tasks that are incidental to good care and parenting. (2) Nothing in subsection (1) or in any rule of common law justifies the use of force for the purpose of correction.
        To avoid doubt, it is affirmed that the Police have the discretion not to prosecute complaints against a parent of a child or person in the place of a parent of a child in relation to an offence involving the use of force against a child, where the offence is considered to be so inconsequential that there is no public interest in proceeding with a prosecution.

        • Vicky32 3.1.1.1

          Your point is, jbanks?
          Deb

          • jbanks 3.1.1.1.1

            Don’t be a silly bitch.

            Obviously I was responding to ‘Dave’ saying ‘Could you explain how a smack on the bum is not allowed to correct a child’s poor discipline? Would you like to cite where in the legislation that was put into law where this is not applicable

            Using force for the purposes of correction is an illegal act. Anyone with half a brain knows this fact.

            • The Voice of Reason 3.1.1.1.1.1

              “Anyone with half a brain knows this fact.”

              Well, that certainly clears up the mystery about the low quality of your contributions, wanksy.

              • jbanks

                Read the legislation you small minded fool. Specifically
                (2) Nothing in subsection (1) or in any rule of common law justifies the use of force for the purpose of correction.

                Or if you’re not capable of understanding that, ask a lawyer.

                It’s illegal to use force for the purposes of correction. You’re out of your depth on this one small fries.

            • Vicky32 3.1.1.1.1.2

              If there was such a facility, I would report you for the “silly bitch” remark, you sexist tugger..
              Deb

            • Vicky32 3.1.1.1.1.3

              If there was a facility for doing so, I would report you for the “silly bitch” comment, you sexist tugger…
              Note also:
              “To avoid doubt, it is affirmed that the Police have the discretion not to prosecute complaints against a parent of a child or person in the place of a parent of a child in relation to an offence involving the use of force against a child, where the offence is considered to be so inconsequential that there is no public interest in proceeding with a prosecution.”

    • Joe Bloggs 3.2

      BTW, if Phil Goof’s F&V tax rate zero goes ahead will this apply to $5000/kg truffles as well? No a truffle is a fungus and a fungus is not a vegetable – it’s as different from a vegetable as an animal is.

      So truffles do not qualify for Labour’s fruit & vege exemption.

      Milk also doesn’t quality,

      Cheese doesn’t qualify,

      Fresh meat doesn’t qualify,

      Frozen veges don’t qualify (even though they can be healthier than fresh equivalents e.g. peas)

      Wheatbix don’t qualify

      Wholegrain bread fortified with folic acid certainly doesn’t qualify

      Fresh fish doesn’t qualify

      Talk about a desperate piece of policy… reminds me of Cullen’s chewing gum budget, only sadder…

      • nilats 3.2.1

        mushrooms do not qualify then? Does not pay to be a fun guy then.
        Maybe an expensive lawyers job then by mushroom suppliers.

      • pollywog 3.2.2

        Once we have a system that will easily take the GST component off any given product, it will be easier to add to the list of exempted things.

        Today fresh fruit and veg, tomorrow…???

        …funding this initial exemption by taxing fizzy drinks out of the market, that’ll be a hard sell but it’s gotta be done…Jus fink of da gids !!!

      • Craig Glen Eden 3.2.3

        All the above don’t qualify because the are not fresh fruit and vegetables. Simple really!

        The raising of GST at this time when the economy is struggling will only make the economy stall further, also it has been a cost to all businesses and all purchasers of goods.
        This will impact more on the less well off and leave them even worse off as wages are not increasing.

        Cullen did more for our country eg Super Scheme, than English the thief will ever do.

        Labour invested heavily in projects like the New Lynn train station, National will do jack shit!

        Oh sorry thats a bit unkind isn’t it, Keys cycle way has been hugely successful. What a man what a visionary.

        • jcuknz 3.2.3.1

          What a load of rubbish …tax cuts greater than the minuscule 2.5% increase … you guys just can’t do your maths and are blinded/deafened by the political spin of the left. The confusion above indicates just how stupid Goff’s position is. For the facts of the matter it was worth going to Kiwiblog yesterday .. not that I needed to, I’d worked it out months ago.
          It was also worth going there to read with amusement several moaning about the 2% rise in benefits and claiming they were getting nothing … yeah right.

        • Joe Bloggs 3.2.3.2

          All the above don’t qualify because the are not fresh fruit and vegetables. Simple really!

          well duh!

          The point that went whizzing past your pointy little head (and Felix’s as well) is that all of these items are equally as nutritious and healthful as fruit and vegetables. So why would GST remain on them yet be taken off fruit and veges?

          And… just in passing … why should vegans benefit any more than the rest of us from Goff’s magnanimity?

          • Draco T Bastard 3.2.3.2.1

            I have no problems with mushrooms being GST exempt as long as they’re fresh and not processed, i.e. Not wrapped in plastic.

            Milk isn’t good for you. Cheese is a bit better as it’s got the fungus chewing it up first.

            Fresh meat doesn’t qualify,

            And it actually shouldn’t – it’s not particularly good for you and it costs far more to produce as well as being environmentally damaging. The processing of it also carries GST.

            Wholegrain bread fortified with folic acid certainly doesn’t qualify

            No, but you could purchase the unprocessed stuff that goes into making the bread and then make the bread yourself. Warm, hot, fresh bread – yummy.

            Frozen veges don’t qualify (even though they can be healthier than fresh equivalents e.g. peas)

            Got link to peer reviewed research?
            I don’t think they should be exempt anyway – the processing carries GST and so it brings in all those nasty complications that Dr Cullen was talking about.

            why should vegans benefit any more than the rest of us from Goff’s magnanimity?

            If you’re that worried about it – become a vegan. I hear it’s good for you.

          • felix 3.2.3.2.2

            Ah Joe, my slow-witted little friend.

            The whole point of a narrow definition like “fresh fruit and veg” is that it focuses on stuff that pretty much everyone agrees is good healthy food and deliberately avoids messy debates about most of the grey area stuff.

            Trouble is you’re still trying to pretend that Labour have proposed taking GST off “healthy food” cos that’d be an easy idea to pick holes in.

            But Labour haven’t done that Joe. They’ve gone straight for fruit & veg and neatly cut you out of the argument, leaving you, Hooten, Farrar, English and the rest of the goon squad pathetically flapping around in the stinking filth of your own irrelevance.

            • Colonial Viper 3.2.3.2.2.1

              leaving you, Hooten, Farrar, English and the rest of the goon squad pathetically flapping around in the stinking filth of your own irrelevance.

              Dem’s fightin’ talk 😯

      • felix 3.2.4

        Clap clap Joe Bloggs.

        Milk, meat, cheese, bread, fish are neither fruit nor vegetables.

        Keep this up and you’ll get a gold star for your primer one nutrition project.

    • Vicky32 3.3

      You will get frakkin’ $40 a week! How complacent you must be… You claim to be against ‘middle class welfare’, but upper class welfare is fine by you, hey?
      Deb

      • nilats 3.3.1

        How can this be upper class welfare Deb? Keeping more of MY earned money is not welfare as I have earned it.

        Welfare is when you use other peoples money to give to other people to do jack shit. The left have an ingrained sense of entitlement with other peoples money and use it inefficiently.

        • Vicky32 3.3.1.1

          Er… huge tax cuts? Borrowing to pay for them? GST rise to help pay for them? You claim that’s not welfare?
          Deb

        • RedLogix 3.3.1.2

          Oh dear…are you still imagining that it’s your money?

          Look I tell you what, if you’re so concerned about all us working class folk sitting on our lazy arses doing jack shit and stealing your precious hard earned money off you… then how about you take it all and bugger off to some deserted island somewhere.

          You’ll do just fine.

          • infused 3.3.1.2.1

            It is his money. What the hell are you on about?

            • Jeremy 3.3.1.2.1.1

              it was his company’s customers’ money not long ago, what he doesn’t realise is he’ll have less customers now GST has gone up

            • felix 3.3.1.2.1.2

              If you think it’s his money then perhaps you and he would both like to excuse yourselves from the construct known as society and you’ll see how much use “your” money is.

              • Colonial Viper

                The usefulness of money in general – bits of paper, or ledger entries in an electronic record – is questionable at best. You can’t eat it and you can’t breathe it. That’s why the Chinese is trading in the stuff for things of actual material use: mineral ores, farms, mines.

    • lprent 3.4

      nilats: talk about living in the past. The shift from 10% to 12.5% was when? 1989?

      You probably didn’t have to shave and may have even been dribbling in your bib. (come to think of it, nothing much has changed)

      Hell the Internet was still running on serial ports and uucp

  4. Peter G 4

    First foray to the supermarket today, Prices quite different to yesterdays…Only 7 or 8 cents per item in some cases but still noticible.

    Could well be the start of the end for Key N Co !

  5. Joe Bloggs 5

    What’s that old gem about people in glass houses and stone throwing??

    Lest we forget what flip-flopping really sounds like :

    Hon CHRIS CARTER: GST is designed to apply to the widest range of goods and ser­vices sup­plied in New Zealand. This ensures that the tax is as fair and equi­table as pos­si­ble. The GST régime works best with few exemp­tions, as they can cre­ate dis­tor­tions and extra com­pli­ance costs.

    Hon TREVOR MALLARD: In two weeks the Maori Party will vote for a very silly bill to take GST off “Healthy Food”. Just imagine trying to define that. And how much of each we are allowed each hour/day/week before GST kicks in. And the army of inspectors to check the food. And the increase in GST or other tax to cover the diff.

    Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN: I am aware of many countries that have appallingly inefficient GST systems where they exempt various articles, where they have differential rates, and where one has to differentiate between food taken away from a place and food consumed within a place. Thank goodness we have not followed those very bad policies.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Looks like the NATs are getting increasingly nervous. And this is only the start.

    • bbfloyd 5.2

      JB… the only reason this situation has come about is because the national government went back on yet another commitment, and raised gst to a level that will create imbalances. if you have a grasp of history, then you will remember that roger douglas said in the eighties that 12.5% was, after studying all the different systems in place around the world, the ideal level, as it did not impact on prices to an onerous level, and provided enough revenue to provide for reductions in direct taxes.

      this laural and hardy govt has done no more than upset the balance of economy for ordinary NZers in order to provide people who already have more than enough money with even more. the only people who could possibly think this is good governance are the same selfish, reactionary pricks that applauded the gutting of norman kirks groundbreaking superannuation scheme. (lauded around the world as “far sighted and rational” forward thinking policy).

    • jcuknz 5.3

      I doubt if you kiddy-winkies remember the days before Sir Roger introduced GST with the numerous and different taxes and duties on goods .. a socialist’s heaven of course … which is where Goff wants to head back to.

      • Vicky32 5.3.1

        I remember those days! Vividly. I also remember that the import duties you are whingeing about applied only to big ticket items such as cars and big-screen TVs (such as existed then!) , not food, rent, clothing and tampons…
        No wonder the ACT-in-disguise government wanted GST, so that people who didn’t buy a new Porsche every year would have to subsidise those who did…
        Deb

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.2

        Socialist = caring for the social cohesion of society

        😀

  6. Fisiani 6

    Take a video clip out of context. Miss out the question that prompted it. Attempt to smear. Fail. Face plant Standard moment again.

    • Armchair Critic 6.1

      Give us the context then, Fisiani. What exactly is it that we are missing?

      • Pascal's bookie 6.1.1

        Was it the bit were he said the average wage earner would be seeing fifty nicker a week in tax cutz?

      • Fisiani 6.1.2

        Dont be coy!
        Let me spell it out for you but I’m sure you know already.
        “Will you raise GST to fund the deficit?”
        He then answered the question truthfully and has kept his word. Typical smear leftist tactic trying to rewrite history.

        • Craig Glen Eden 6.1.2.1

          Oh Right Fis so the reporter should have asked will you increase GST to give the rich a big tax break and make the poor even poorer.

          So just how is he going to fund the deficit Fis? oh thats right by using attrition in the public service! Yes thats right another lie, redundancies anyone?

          Typical wingnut distraction on your behalf Fis!

        • Armchair Critic 6.1.2.2

          You’ve actually been called out on this one before and shown to be full of it. I’m still waiting for you to confirm which of your opinions you want to resile from.
          Let’s be clear, John Key ruled out raising GST, then he went back on his word.

          • jcuknz 6.1.2.2.1

            It is the dumb and foolish blockheads that are unable to change their minds in the face of fresh evidence … obviously the Nats are far from that … pity in my view the left seem unable to come up with sensible alternatives … all very sad that they seem to be simply floundering around with nothing but mis-information that is so obvious you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see through it. All very sad and tragic for the welfare of the country.

            • felix 6.1.2.2.1.1

              This fresh evidence the Nats found, it wouldn’t consist largely of evidence that “Hey fuck we’re the govt now innit” would it?

    • bbfloyd 6.2

      taking your stupid pills again fisi?

  7. Fabregas4 7

    GST exemptions may be tricky for some but I know my fruit and vegetables and it seems easy to me. I’m guessing that those wishing to muddy the waters will do so with the ‘what about frozen peas?’ argument but it is actually pretty straight forward and in actual fact lots of things are currently GST exempt and plenty of countries including our aspirational goal friends Australia have exemptions. Further to the strange contradictions of government file – price of smoking is increased to encourage people to smoke less but price of healthy foods is not reduced to encourage a reduction in obesity – go figure.

    • nilats 7.1

      What about large employers of processed veg like Heinz & McCains? This will hurt them as their foods will not be GST exempt, frozen peas, peas etc.
      I am sure the people of Hastings will love this idea when it will make many unemployed.

      • Craig Glen Eden 7.1.1

        Nice to see that you obviously think Labour will get in at the next election nilats. How many workers at Heinz will be lost then nilats do you have any idea or are you just talking out your arse?

        How many people have National made unemployed in the public service nilates.

        I would have thought given all the fruit and veg produced in the Bay the people there will do just fine.

      • Maynard J 7.1.2

        Don’t be daft, people will still buy frozen vegetables.

    • jcuknz 7.2

      Actually since frozen peas are just that and not cooked then they are vegetables and should be included in the silly exemption.

  8. To be perfectly honest, Labour should continue to add exemption after exemption to GST.

    – Next up, milk and bread.
    – Then all healthy foods.
    – Finally, exclude all items except those considered “luxuries”

    Why? Because it destroys GST – a regressive consumption tax, as a comprehensive weapon that the right can wield against low income earners. Consumers can simply avoid paying tax by making health conscious choices. And the Nats will have to hike GST on the remaining luxury items that only their core supporters can afford to fund tax cuts for them.

    From the mouths of babes, they taketh.

  9. Akldnut 9

    artichokes for dinner anyone?.
    Rose petals in my salad……. mmmm…mmmmm…… hey hold on these are fowers!!! Dohl
    Will that make florists able to sell a product with a rose or thistle in it as a salad per se?
    Darn……… huhu grubs will cost a fortune at 15% gst now. lol

  10. Drakula 10

    I think it’s either all or nothing, I agree with no GST on food in principle but that would be fraught with anomalies. Like in the UK.

    So why not scrap it altogether, workers cannot claim their bus tickets and cloths off GST but businesmen can, yet small businessmen don’t like spending hours doing the paperwork on claims and being the tax collector.

    I can see where this is going; it was once only 10% then it moved to 12.5% now it’s 15% etc.etc.

    We won’t feel the full effects yet until industry starts to purchase new stock. A lot of people think that commodities will only go up 2,5%!!!

    WRONG!

    Don’t forget the NZ manufacturer, the importer, the wholesaler and the retailer will all be putting on their 2.5% which will increase the price by at least 10%

  11. Tanz 11

    Lovely John Key. Thanks, mate. Goodbye vote.

  12. Uroskin 12

    Why not cut the GST off tomato seedlings I want to grow in my backyard? How more healthy can you get?

    Captcha: naive

  13. aj 13

    The GST rise is also theft from savers. Anyone with money in the bank on the morning of the 1st Oct has just lost 2.5% of their money.

    • jacinda 13.1

      Ummmm, no they haven’t. If they are saving for a house or an overseas holiday, then they haven’t lost a cent. And it is highly likely that money being saved would go to those sorts of things.

      F.U.D.

      • aj 13.1.1

        I disagree. your examples are true, but most people who have savings are not saving for overseas trips. If only. Most retirees, for example, will have saved money that will be spent, eventually, on domestic spending. If they are saving for building a house then it’s just cost them $6000 more to build. I don’t think either of us can quote research here, but from my life expereience, money saved is mostly spent within NZ and will attract the higher rate of GST

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    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contempt
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
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    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 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 ...
    7 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 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
    7 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
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    7 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    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
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    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
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
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    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
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
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    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
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    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
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    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

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