Hide on Nats’ woes

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, August 6th, 2008 - 45 comments
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“the best solution is to say in private what you say in public” *

Simple, really.

45 comments on “Hide on Nats’ woes”

  1. I see the Standard was just named in the house.

  2. r0b 2

    I see the Standard was just named in the house.

    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin!

  3. Was pretty negative to be honest, but nothing that hasn’t been said before.

  4. Dan 4

    I agree SP. And the Standard deserves a mention in the House. Of course the blog is left leaning, but that is what it proclaims. It is not the Fairfax dominated print media with its monumental undeclared agendas suppporting the blue party with its obvious undeclared agendas.
    A number of commentators have called the taping of politicians’ party ramblings a low threshold but I would disagree completely. Private conversations that clearly show public pronouncements to be a lie (or at best smoke and mirrors) deserve very public airing. Surely it is a positive that politicians are held accountable for their intentions. English can be condemned by his boss for being honest; Lockwood is being told off for being honest to his party members. Mike Williams was told off for being open. Let us have more tapes to get rid of the double-speak.
    The problem for the Nats is their hidden policies. Labour are up front and cannot be caught out in the same way. If the Nats actually told us what their policies were, there would be no issue. But as long as the right are totally preoccupied with gaining power by subterfuge and hope to put in place their nonsense ideology that has been discredited world-wide, then they will continue to be caught out.
    Remember the electricity reforms; remember bulk-funding; remember Ruth Richardson; and ask why the only sensible moderate in the Nats, Katherine Rich has left. Self inflicted Nats!! Your two-faced smugness has caught you out!

  5. r0b 5

    Of course it was negative. They are spinning out of control and lashing out wildly. Not a pretty sight.

    Plus, the material covered here at The Standard must be really getting to them. (I’m reminded of an old saying, to the effect that sunlight is the best disinfectant).

  6. infused. The Nats have been telling journos how I applied to the conference as media and they rejected me cause I’m with The Standard. As I said in another thread about Key’s mention of ‘Young Labour’ being “evicted” from the conference-

    “Key is referring to me and some others (which included some Young Labour people) holding a protest outside the conference on the Sunday. On the Sunday, a Young Nat recognised me as The Standard guy and took me briefly into the foyer of the Town Hall where I spoke to some old Nat for a couple of minutes – essentially:

    ‘you’re secret Labour stooges aren’t you?’
    ‘no, we’re just a bunch of people from the leftwing, I don’t even vote Labour’,
    ‘but Whaleoil proved you’re Labour’,
    ‘Whaleoil is a technically illiterate pornographer, I wouldn’t rely on his ‘proof’
    ‘so, you’re going to be heckling during the speech?’
    ‘No, I wouldn’t do that, besides, I have something else on’

    Then I got a phone call to say the others had arrived for the protest and I left the building. There was no ‘eviction’. Actually, they had seemed quite happy to have me there, even watch the speech, but I was otherwise engaged with the protest.

    No-one else from that group entered the Town Hall, apart from one guy who went to grab the journos to watch our skit. And this was all on the Sunday morning anyway. Key knows that, he knows the public doesn’t, so he’s trying to confuse matters.”

    I’ve been getting phone calls and emails from journos all day about it but there’s nothing to tell, just National grasping at straws.

  7. Scribe 7

    The Nats have been telling journos how I applied to the conference as media and they rejected me cause I’m with The Standard.

    Are they telling the truth? Did you apply to cover the conference as media? Are you media?

    [lprent: I think he is media. Certainly writes enough posts around here – according to the backend, 380 of them.]

  8. Rex Widerstrom 8

    Meanwhile, back on topic: Rodney is completely right. That is one reason I still retain confidence in Act, the Greens and the Maori Party… they (so far, at least) say what they mean and mean what they say.

    Sadly neither of the “major” parties can lay claim to the same, and are reduced to an argument that amounts to “we’re not quite the big fat liars that they are”.

    It’s a pity these shabby, dilapidated facades of what were once great parties won’t be dismantled by this election, leaving the way clear for smaller parties of principle to engage in an honest battle for hearts and minds. The “broad church” party doesn’t belong in a proportional representation environment. It has to perform ridiculous contortions to remain in power, and eventually those contortions morph into deception.

    If we had a “real” MMP Parliament, with a plethora of philosophies and interests represented by several parties (or better yet, 120 independents) people would be astounded at the improvement in behaviour and quality of policy.

  9. Chuck 9

    surely it’s the other way ’round.

    That’s one solution, but the best solution would be to say in public what you say in private.

    Going from being evasive in public and frank in private, to being evasive in both public and private might be a good idea from a spin perspective, but surely we’d prefer that a party went from evasive in public and frank in private, to frank in both?

    captcha: 1917 again – I guess the Worker’s Party is going to win this election!

  10. Daveski 10

    Funny, I made a similar comment earlier acknowledging that HC has said the same re living in a goldfish bowl.

    There is a certain irony and I’d be interested in SP’s view.

    Not tugging any chains but we have debated for some time the fact that the pre-campaign period wasn’t about policy.

    The problem for the Nats is that they now have to convince that public that there isn’t a hint of a hint of a policy to do the things implied.

    In other words, we’re not actually debating policy and the policy specifically states that the dire things won’t happen.

    I realise that the comeback is “they can’t be trusted” but that falls into the similar hole of not debating policy.

    Actually, I agree with Rex’s comments re the smaller parties particularly the Maori party. They have impressed me with the way they have developed their positions and reacted to issues – so much better than the Nats

  11. Ben R 11

    “If we had a “real’ MMP Parliament, with a plethora of philosophies and interests represented by several parties (or better yet, 120 independents) people would be astounded at the improvement in behaviour and quality of policy.”

    George Washington warned about the risks of political parties in his farewell speech. Hard to imagine life without them though.

    http://www.forbes.com/business/global/2006/0508/014.html

  12. Rob 12

    Isn’t it funny that there aren’t any Secret tapes of Labour Party members private conversations.

    Perhaps there is only one party that lacks the class and will stoop so low because they are behind in the polls. That would do this a new low in NZ Politics but who is surprised after Professor Bill Hodge said on One ZB
    That the legacy of this Labour Government will be that it will go down as one of the most corrupt Governments New Zealand has ever seen

    [lprent: Tape of Mike Williams at the NZLP congress in closed session earlier this year.

    Rob – I’m starting to get seriously irritated with your persistent level of inaccuracy. It is starting to look to me as being deliberate rather than simple stupidity. I’m getting tired of listening to people bitching about it. It has stopped being amusing or comical. Consider yourself to be warned – list lift your comment level or leave. ]

  13. the sprout 13

    Hide has learnt the importance of fully internalizing his lies.
    Reminds me of the saying “it’s one thing to hide the truth, and another thing altogether to forget where you put it”.

  14. forgetaboutthelastone 14

    “Isn’t it funny that there aren’t any Secret tapes of Labour Party members private conversations.”

    Please refer to the secretly taped conversations of Mike Williams.

  15. Rob 15

    Helen

    Said she has some BIG IDEAS FOR NEW ZEALAND does anyone know where they are. Or was the taping saga one of them everyone has a different perspective of big I guess

  16. Way to go Standardistas !!! Out with the truth and yes, if Newspapers and mainstream media don’t do their job: Finding out what we the people need to know so we can make an educated choice than others must step in. Blogs are the main source of real information around the world and that makes us citizen journalists. It is the duty of every citizen to partake in a democracy and to make sure that politicians are afraid of us. Not because we are violent but we won’t take shit lying down. You lie to us, we dump you and that’s how it should be. This is our country not theirs and they are there to serve us not the other way around.

  17. forgetaboutthelastone 17

    Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practice to deceive!

  18. Draco TB 18

    George Washington warned about the risks of political parties in his farewell speech. Hard to imagine life without them though.

    So did Thomas Jefferson – the man who started todays US Democratic party. He also said (paraphrased) that we couldn’t legislate against them as it would be a gross violation of free association and liberty. We have them, we’re always going to have them and so the best thing we can do is make sure that we have legislation that works with them.

    I to would like to see more of the 20 registered parties in parliament which is another reason to support state funding of parties.

  19. Anita 19

    Shouldn’t it be

    “the best solution is to say in public what you say in private”?

    Hide’s comment could be read to say that you should tell your public lies to your friends and family. Shouldn’t we be asking politicians to tell us the same truth they tell people they’re close to?

  20. Stephen 20

    “list your comment level or leave”

    Lift?

    [lprent: typo – lift damnit]

  21. Julie 21

    Thanks for telling your side of what happened at the conference Steve, I was wondering after the media coverage, having been at a few party conferences in my time and thinking that Key’s explanation sounded rather illogical.

    I guess that’s the one thing you can say for Hide, at least the guy’s honest. You know what you are voting for with Act. Which is why they are under 5% I guess 😉

    Anyone from National keen to withdraw and apologise for all their claims that they had no secret agenda? With the refusal to release papers backgrounding their policies, comments by senior MPs that conflict with public statements by the leadership, spokespeople who seem to be privy to a different policy from what has been released, it’s all starting to look like National is not a Government in Waiting. Imagine what the Cabinet meetings would be like?!

  22. forgetaboutthelastone

    Indeed. Been reading my blog lately? LOL.
    Must have given you some food for thought and more to come.

  23. the sprout 23

    “what the Cabinet meetings would be like?!”

    John: Right then, today we’re going to talk about what not to say

    Bill: Are you sure we should be talking about that John?

    John: Are you questioning my grasp of the facts Bill?

    Bill: Sorry John, I chose my words poorly

    John: Yeah well don’t do it again you crater-faced prick-pauper

    Lockie: Does that mean we shouldn’t talk about the secret agenda either boss?

    Bill: Shut up Lockie, stick to your studs

    Lockie: I resent that insinuation Bill. John, Bill is being nasty

    Brian: Is there something we should know about?

    John: There is nothing you should know about

    etc, etc

  24. Nice one sprout. LOL.

  25. Scribe. Thought I had replied to your question but it’s not here:

    I did apply to attend the conference as media – just as Farrar and I attended the Budget as media and Farrar attended the Nat conference as media. My application was denied on the grounds that The Standard is not friendly to National.

    I think any fair analysis would say that Kiwiblog and The Standard are media outlets and it was as a media rep for The Standard that I applied.

  26. forgetaboutthelastone 26

    travellerev – marvellous work you do on your blog there. just waiting for another quote i can steal.

  27. mike 27

    “My application was denied on the grounds that The Standard is not friendly to National.”

    But being a sad wee young labour stooge you went along anyway.
    Great to see all this is starting to paint labour as dirty players. Did you smile for the cameras Clinton?

  28. dk 28

    Public? Private? Ethics? Dirty tricks? Who commissioned and paid the private investigators that collected all the dirt on Winston?

  29. RedLogix 29

    Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practice to deceive!

    But when we have the art perfected,

    It’s time to go and get elected!!

    (Dennis Glover actually…)

  30. Scribe 30

    My application was denied on the grounds that The Standard is not friendly to National.

    Is that what you were told, Steve, or is that your opinion of why you were not given media accreditation?

  31. outofbed 31

    I loved Nicky Hager on TV3 saying “it wasn’t one of my guys” classic

  32. Anybody that admires a turd master like the Hager wimp needs a lobotomy asap. Is the timid geek hailed as the standard liar?The freak is the epitome of the new age androgynous man ? This country is plummeting in a sewage pond!!

  33. “I loved Nicky Hager”

    Go back to bed and clean up your chunder!

  34. Anybody that loves Hager needs a lobotomy. Is he the made in NZ wimp hailed as the epitome of the new hollowhead androgynous freak?
    Go back to bed nutbar.

  35. Ari 35

    Julie- I thought the same thing about how he worded that comment. Apparently Hide has some experience in keeping secrets- maybe National should listen to its potential coalition partners more carefully next time 😉 Meanwhile us greenies will continue to say in private exactly what we say in public.

    OoB- heh. 😀

    edit: Wow, D4J continues to be inciteful 😉

  36. “D4J continues to be inciteful”

    Oh shut up you wimpster, everybody knows I am a spiteful prick you sad arse fairy.Must go the warden needs his computer.

  37. Quoth the Raven 37

    D4J – This from someone who takes Ian Moon Landing was Faked Wishart seriously.

  38. Have they found where the Hager alien was hatched on planet Mars yet?

    Sorry must go lockdown is well overdue. Cell 666.

  39. Lew 39

    D4J: Performance art.

    L

  40. Hide has it right. Saying the same in private as in publis IS the answer. Obvious to everyone except the clever-clever types who disrespect the voting public by misleading them.

    If they told the truth, they would lose votes. They know it….so are “forced” to cheat.

    With ethics like that, they shouldn’t hold public office. I’ve been saying that about the worst Nats since 1983….and about Richard Prebble since he signed up to ‘the public must be lied to for their own good’ brigade.

  41. relic 41

    The odious Mark Ellis had a wee rant on his sports show last night about -a desperate Labour Govt. using entrapment- mirroring the Key diversion line of earlier in the day. How do this motley television crew (Breakfast, Gone Fishing even, with its fawning recent recommendation of Key) repeatedly get away with this stuff?

    It sure seems to be working with a certain type of kiwi bloke.Go the Standard! lets deny these willfully uninformed oafs their electoral prize.

  42. Bill 42

    I’ve had it with all this crap from the mainstream and others about who was behind the taping of Nat MPs.

    Two points.

    1. A wee while age I suggested in a comment that someone should bail up to one of these guys with a tape recorder and pin them on a few issues. Now, if I can think it’s a good idea so can countless other individuals. So well done that man for having the wherewithal to follow through on his idea.

    2. JK appears to have transferred the nastier aspects of individual corporate success strategies to our electoral process. While it might be okay for individuals to employ subterfuge for their personal gain within a party, is it okay for an entire party to practice it within the context of an election bid? Of course it is (sadly), but not if you are caught out.

    So excuse me as I dream a while on the long odds of the two shibboleths of NZ politics burying each other in enough slung mud to hand us a “Green November”. Yeah, yeah, it’s a very long shot, but we deserve to be completely rid of neo-liberal economic policies and parties. (Labour with their occasional lifebelt tossed over to prevent a few drownings and Nat with their ‘no lifebelts’ policy).

    Back to the point. ‘The punters’ applaud you, whoever you are.

  43. PhilBest 43

    Hey, be careful what you wish for, guys. If what Rodney Hide said was the main thing that mattered, he’d be PM and ACT would be the government…….

  44. Lew 44

    Incidentally, if anyone has a clip of that Gone Fishin’ episode `A Day on the Water With John Key’, I’d love to see it. Aired Saturday July 12 at 1730 on TV3.

    L

  45. Stephen 45

    good luck! ha

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  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • 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

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