Hide’s dilemma

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 pm, September 15th, 2010 - 101 comments
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So David Garrett stole the identity of a dead child.

Normally that would be political suicide.

But the next up on the ACT list is Hillary Calvert. She’s a resolute neoliberal and would be likely to back Heather Roy as leader.

That would make it three votes to two against Hide.

So Hide has a choice:

Either he ditches Garrett and loses his leadership.

Or he backs a man who stole a dead child’s identity for another year until the election – a move which would likely destroy the ACT party for good.

This should be interesting.

101 comments on “Hide’s dilemma”

  1. Anne 1

    Hide’s “dilemma” is greater than you know.

    Anti-spam: SPEAK.
    I wish I could.

  2. RedLogix 2

    That barely suppressed and faintly deranged snorting sound you are hearing …. is Winston.

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    Say hello to the next National MP for Epsom.
    His own career will come first

    • felix 3.1

      Hmm.

      Is he any use to National on his own though?

      His only value to the Key govt that I can see is
      a) the extra bonus MPs he delivers to the right, and
      b) his function as a stalking horse outside of National for far-right policies

      Without these functions, isn’t he just an embarrassing pain in National’s arse?

      Besides, is he even electable any more? He’s been revealed as a hypocrite of the worst order, and now as a deceitful and spineless leader who used the votes of the people of Epsom to slip the crooked thug Garrett into parliament.

      I think the Nats can probably come up with a more reliable candidate for Epsom.

      • Simon 3.1.1

        Yes, perhaps a more reliable candidate, in a more reliable vehicle. Maybe someone like Don Brash in a ‘new’ Act Party. A true Liberal party.

    • Rex Widerstrom 3.2

      My immediate thought was the same, GWW.

      If Hide dumps that detestable little man now, he’ll be seen by the public to have acted nobly and rightly. If he’s then rolled as Leader as a result of “doing the right thing”, Act will effectively have committed suicide.

      As the only “saleable” MP in their line up, Rodney would be welcomed into National and would avoid accusations of waka jumping because of the way in which he’d been treated by Act.

      In his shoes I’d dump Garrett and dare the plotters to roll me. They’re probably stupid enough to do it anyway, but does he really want to be Leader of what Act has become? He can make just as much impact as a Nat Minister… more, without the millstone of Garrett et al.

  4. Schrodigers cat 4

    More people need to meet Garrett. I met him at a “debate” between him and Kim Workman.

    We are talking a completely delusional man here. A few minutes with anyone and they will know.

    Paranoid too.

  5. bobo 5

    No contest, Rodney wins every time vs the ACT party. Surely Garrett has to resign over this and would be interesting why he got acquitted without conviction and name suppression at the time. He joins the self righteous Rev Capill club…

  6. ron 6

    He won’t resign. They’ll keep their heads down and the media will let them be after a couple of days. Come the next election stupid Tory voters will have forgotten all about it.

  7. ghostwhowalksnz 7

    Is Garrett his real name ?
    Whats to say he didnt do it before and this was the second act, the passport was ready just in case he needed it, but never was.

    • Outofbed 7.1

      Yeah but you would have thought he would have stolen a better identity this this one This one’s fucked

    • pollywog 7.2

      This just in…

      Garrett admits to be being a reptilian shapeshifter hiding out on Earth and wanted for charges of ‘alien intervention with a minor’ on his native Theta

      captcha : hiding

      • travellerev 7.2.1

        ROFL.

        Captcha: solved. LOL

      • Dave 7.2.2

        HA! Now that is humour on the whole episode, not the disgusting questions Phil Twyford has posted over on Red Alert. Given Act’s antics, and the Canterbury Recovery blah blah put Gerry in charge bill, every MP should be treading lightly and reflecting on why we elect them into these positions, they seem to regard us as peasants… Not impressed

  8. bobo 8

    What a weak limp interview from Labrador Sainbury with Hide in HK, talking as if the identity fraud case was decades ago as if it was some teenagers prank. Then making out that name suppression was forced on Garrett by the courts while preaching there shouldn’t be name suppression for others, doesn’t one have to apply for permanent name suppression?

    • bobo 8.1

      I’m just confused over the reporting, so Garrett did the “prank” in 1984 but was only found out in 2005 along with the Israeli spy scandal investigation, so does that mean Garrett had the dead child’s passport sitting in bedroom side-table drawer all that time as some kind of in-house joke ?

  9. Rharn 9

    Rharn calling Winston. Are you receiving? Over.

    Come in Winstone. Copy? Over

    • bobo 9.1

      Just think of all the months Winston was pursued and attacked savagely by the media,Act, National Mps, over what in comparison to stuff like this pales into insignificance..

  10. Tanz 10

    It smells like a media beat-up to me. This was wrong of Garrett but it did happen many moons ago. Espiner seems to really loathe Garrett and is oh so gleeful about it. What about the other lead story tongiht, a P Lab with young children in the same as the dealers, drugs, cash, stolen goods – what a great start for them. Where is your post on that? Too hard basket?

    • felix 10.1

      MPs dealing meth? Tell me more, Tanz.

    • RedLogix 10.2

      t smells like a media beat-up to me.

      I can empathise with the idea that minor indiscretions from years prior to public life are of no public interest. There are no perfect people and I’d pick redemption over retribution every time.

      But Garrett’s offense is kind of weird, it’s not a youthful bit of stupidity, a moment of rashness or distressed emotion overriding common sense. The man deliberately misued the name of a dead child to forge a vital document. Won’t be a good look….ever.

      But Garrret of all people fails the hypocrisy test. This is the man who has campaigned on zero tolerance of crime, has voted repeatedly against clean-slate legislation, and promoted a three-strikes legislation that explicitly removed from the Courts exactly the kind of discretion he has benefited from himself.

      Impossible. The man must resign Parliament.

    • Dianne 10.3

      I agree with you Tanz. Espiner looked like a kid with a new toy.I know something you don’t.
      Tell us where you got your information little Mr Espiner. I smell a BEAT UP. TVNZ love drama, otherwise they have NO news.

  11. Logie97 11

    Hide said on Close Up that Garrett’s failing was 26 years ago. He wasn’t able however to square that with his party’s arguments against the Clean-Slate bill in the last parliament.

    And wasn’t it in the last parliament that Hide and Collins unceasingly ripped into Benson-Pope about things that had happened in that MP’s distant past – tennis balls and other minor misdemeanors… nothing to do with his ability as a member of parliament (as Hide would now maintain.)

    If we didn’t know it already, I think we are really seeing the character of this rather nasty little opportunist who is leading the ACT party.

    • Dianne 11.1

      There are a lot of nasty little opportunists in other Parties, that seem to go into hibernation. Where is the Fairy, that ran down the corridors avoiding the reporters, who stole from the Tax Payers and went home sick. I notice he was holidaying whilst being sick. Using our money probably. Dam cheat.

  12. comedy 12

    He’s a egotistical troughing little git of a politician therefore his only allegiance is to what will keep his nose in the trough.

    • felix 12.1

      He’s what his own constituents in Epsom (or perhaps their forebears) might refer to as a “bounder”.

  13. Macro 13

    Garrett’s behaviour displays a complete lack of Ethical Judgement – a quality that should be axiomatic for an MP.
    Hide has consistently campaigned on “high standards”, why we had one of his ilk commenting (trolling) here, using that very id! (where is Higher Standard when the going gets tough?). Using his own standards Hide has no option but to ask Garrett to remove himself. But of course – what I say, and what I do, are completely different things to him.

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      (where is Higher Standard when the going gets tough?)

      IIRC, he got banned for his low standards.

      Using his own standards Hide has no option but to ask Garrett to remove himself. But of course – what I say, and what I do, are completely different things to him.

      You shall know them not by their words, which will be as honey to the ear, but by their actions which will be as ashes upon the tongue.

  14. Tanz 14

    Very funny, Felix. The media and the Left just have it in for Garrett, Act and Hide, as does that Espiner fellow. Such a duplicitious media, it’s a wonder National managed to win the last election at all. Sure as heck wasn’t because the MSM was of any help.

  15. Tanz 15

    Key is not of moral ineptitude, and he is in power, not Garrett. Try reading Investigate magazine to find out how the Left work, operate and cover up major unsavoury issues. Wish there were more Wisharts out there, the MSM is so hard Left, even now. They don’t just report the news/issues, they spin it towards their own Leftward view.

    • KJT 15.1

      Wishart is an F wit. Anyone who quotes him shows a total lack of understanding of the real world.

      Key is a charismatic figurehead put in place by the bankers when Brash proved to be so dopey as to be un electable.

      • mcflock 15.1.1

        KJT, have to call you on a serious issue there.
        I’m making no judgement as such at this stage, but feel that clarification is warranted:

        Should it not be “Wishart is A F wit”, not “an F wit”?

        • Billy Fish 15.1.1.1

          Fair point mcf
          Maybe KJT was intending to start saying “Wishart is an A Hole” and changed it at the last i
          minute
          Or possibly “an A R S C B D T Pant”
          KJT you need to withdraw and apologise

        • KJT 15.1.1.2

          I stand corrected.

        • Daveosaurus 15.1.1.3

          No, “an F wit” is correct. The name of the letter “F” is normally pronounced “eff”, and most words beginning with an initial “e” sound take “an” as the singular indefinite article.

    • Blighty 15.2

      Um. Tanz, we have a parliamentary democracy, not a presidential system. The National Party, supported by the Maori Party, United Future, and ACT – one of those votes is Garrett’s.

    • Tanz

      As soon as you suggested we should read Investigate magazine for, I presume, information I lost interest.

      Wishart is as able to talk about the left as I am qualified to talk about the benefits of Sarah Palin’s links to the Tea Party.

      If there were more Wisharts there would be more confusion.

      So Wishart tells it as it is and the left spin it??????

      You really need to work on objective analysis.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.4

      Yep, another delusional RWNJ that’s working hard to disbelieve reality.

  16. Tanz 16

    No idea on who leaked the story, my point is, the media is like a wolf-pack when it comes to án Act MP, but are soft towards the rest.

    • Daveosaurus 16.1

      Would you care to give an example of the media being “soft” to any MP with an undisclosed conviction for dishonesty similar or worse than Garrett’s?

    • Billy Fish 16.2

      Coming across a tad “persecution complexy” there tanz.
      Soft on the rest and only pick on ACT huh?
      Yeah they probably all get together each week, every editor, TV Anchor, Journalist, Radio news gatherer, blogger etc and plan how to attack ACT
      Or maybe they just get the orders beamed directly to them from the Illuminati

      C’mon dude meadia conspiracies are dead – media is mostly about ratings, ratings = sales = profit
      and what headline is ever better than “MP steals dead babies identity”
      Get real

    • Dianne 16.3

      Tanz, you and I see things the same. ABSOLUTELY agree with you.

  17. Loota 17

    Now, why is Red Alert so cautious about telling this story (something about a name suppression order) yet The Standard and the NZ Herald seem not to mind in the slightest.

  18. Tanz 18

    Because Red Alert is run by MPs, written by MPs, maybe they are friends with Garrett, or some of the more right-leaning ones are? Perhaps they all have morning tea together, at the end of the day, they are all doing a similar job, even if they come from differing viewpoints.

  19. Adrian 19

    Hide knew, therefore did Key know. What about the ‘no surprises’ clause or did Hide lie to Key ?. Oh, dear John, it’s called a moral dilemma, bet you don’t know what one of them is. captcha… standards…..how do they do it?

  20. Mac1 20

    “captcha… standards…..how do they do it?”

    Adrian, wear an aluminium saucepan on your head…… it stops them from knowing……

    My captcha “areas.” See!

    Key must be getting worried to see the flakiness of his support parties, and indeed of some of his own members. Did he know about Worth beforehand? or Garrett?

    And then there’s the other rorters. English. Roger McClay. Finlayson.

    Bet Key wishes he had an aluminium saucepan on his head, sometimes, so we wouldn’t know.

  21. Dan 21

    I reflect on a report on Beson Pope’s demise, and there must be a few lessons within !! What goes around….!!!!

    “But he’s drowned out by Rodney Hide’s sneering laugh. Hide brands Benson-Pope a pathological bully, liar and pervert. The “pervert” tag is adopted by Collins as Williamson brandishes the humiliating cartoons

    …………But Benson-Pope is a complex character who polarises, as the conflicting memories of former pupils suggests. It’s not the allegations themselves, but his inability to extricate himself from them, the suggestion that he misled Parliament, and the implications for a Government with a knife-edge majority.
    ……………….
    Nigel Roberts, associate professor of political science at Victoria University, says it reinforces the view that when faced with a scandal it’s best to act quickly and decisively.
    “I think if you had said to the Government in May last year this would still be going in February 2006, they would have looked at you and said ‘you are bonkers’. It’s death by a thousand cuts.”

    The occasional tennis ball pales into insignificance with this slimeball.

    The hypocrisy of perk-buster Rodney, the hypocrisy of three strikes Garrett; the fact that Act leads Key by the nose in Supercity, employment law, education policy, etc; the fact that the coalition with the Maori party is on liquefaction-prone ground…. interesting times.

  22. peterlepaysan 22

    Hey! Bobo back off. Labradors are useful, intelligent, loveable.
    Saintsbury is none of the above. He is a total unmentionable..

  23. bobo 23

    David Garret in question time gets up to ask a question, someone yells out “Look whos talking!” his awkward look – priceless, anyone catch who yelled it out ?

  24. M 24

    What a gift to the opposition – this should be milked for all it’s worth until election day.

  25. ron 25

    The FIRST thing to do is keep repeating that Garrett’s “indiscretion” is not 26 years old. he was busted in 2005. So he continued to offend until then. That’s years of offending.

  26. Jim Nald 26

    Rodney Hide, David Garrett & ACT: The Party of Integrity

  27. exbrethren 27

    Identity theft is not something that you would do for a prank or to see what happens. It would only be done by someone with criminal intent.

    Options would be selling to an overseas group (less likely in 1985?) or for personal use for serious criminal activity such as drug running or gun smuggling.

    Using the Capill principle that right-wing extremists usually loudly condemn others doing what they do, I’d be unsurprised if Garrett was unmasked as a career criminal of the 80s.

    Hide and Key allowing this murdered baby abuser to stay in parliament shows a complete lack of morality.

  28. Outofbed 28

    If it was my poor dead baby whose identity he used. He would be “hearing” from me big time
    Make no mistake this man is a fucking low life and has no part to play in the parliament of NZ
    HE HAS GOT TO GO

  29. BLiP 29

    Speaking of Rortney, where is he at the moment? Oh, yeah, that’s right – he’s in Hong Kong for a family birthday party. Wonder who paid the airfare and whether his girlfriend is with him. And, what’s this about his chief press secretary walking out of his job yesterday as well? Not a good look, ACT.

    • Jim Nald 29.1

      Desperately Seeking Hide?

      Rodney Hide, David Garrett & ACT: The Party of Integrity – Madly Seeking Your Vote

  30. tc 30

    Gotta love the timing……all distracting from the very serious issues around SCF, Blindtrustgate, everything else that’s got to be more important than the many unsavory incidents of another of the ACT circus clowns.

    It’s well known garretts a very unpleasant character with a murky past isn’t that a prerequisite to be an ACT MP ?…..what about some real news on real issues.

  31. Wattie 31

    I too have a confession to make. I once worked on an oil rig. In fact, I worked on an oil rig in the North Sea at roughly the same time as did Garret and Hide (dates, anyone ?).

    What I find objectionable was that Hide used their oil rig experience *three* times on RNZ this morning to excuse Garret’s foibles and his conviction for drunkeness at Heathrow (details, anyone ?).

    Oil rigs are a very disciplined environment which attract a variety of people. After a shift, I remember crews relaxing in quiet little circles in Aberdeen’s “Star and Garter” hotel.

    Hide’s suggestion that this environment had something to do with his behaviour in Heathrow can only be treated with the contempt it deserves.

  32. tsmithfield 32

    The comedy that is ACT and was NZ First in the last government provides powerful arguments for terminating MMP. Under MMP it seems that the loonies end up running the asylum.

    • felix 32.1

      Nah, what you really have there is a strong argument for getting rid of NZ First (pretty much done) and ACT (not long now).

      Your “loonies running the asylum” bit applies equally to FPP, STV, and any other form of democracy you care to name.

      I’m sure you don’t want to do away with democracy altogether, do you?

      • tsmithfield 32.1.1

        I still support some form of proportional representation, perhaps with modifications to the MMP system.

        I guess what I was trying to say succinctly is that given that the discussion about MMP is to be had in the near future, there is now more fuel for those who dislike MMP.

        • Outofbed 32.1.1.1

          Classic redirection Your Nat mates are in bed with some very unsavory characters and don’t seem to give a flying fuck, MMP has fuck all to do with it

  33. Rodel 33

    Conspiracy theory 1.
    The plan:
    1. Someone leaks bad things about ACT MPs and Rodney fights with his colleagues.
    2. ACT implodes and no longer exists as a party.They are all now independents.
    3. Rodney distances himself from Roger, Heather, David and the others..
    4. Rodney becomes more moderate in his views accepting that ACT was too Right wing.(Crosby Textor helps with the image change)
    5. As the one remaining stable member of the essentially defunct ACT party (and nicer person-like John Banks) Rodney joins the National Party.
    6. The nicer more centrist Rodney is chosen as the National Party candidate for Epsom.
    7. Rodney is elected.
    8. John smiles and is relaxed.

    Question- who was the someone who began the implosion?

    • mcflock 33.1

      So rather than the most likely suspect being an ACToid who wants the party to return to its unelectable neoclassical roots by supplanting pro-Hide Garrett with a neoclassical replacement, it could be Hide himself burning the party before he jumps ship?

      I think the problem for Hide, if that is the case, is that Anderton remained valuable after doing that by maintaining a separate “party” that helped prop up Labour. If Hide goes with the nats, he is just another nat politician fighting for a place. There is no honour among thieves, politicians or RWNJs, which makes any arrangement Hide makes somewhat precarious.

  34. Irascible 34

    Hide, Key & Garrett, along with the rest of the NACT Party despise the ordinary taxpayer so there will be no resignation as they all believe they’re above the law and do not have to answer to the taxpayer voter at all.

  35. sonic 35

    Only one problem Rodel, National needs ACT otherwise the Maori Party holds the balance of power.

  36. Xeno 36

    Rodel,it will be interesting to see which variant Key and his backers favour. In the end ACT and the Maori party are dispensible .. as are the Greens.

    Also, Christchurch has changed the political dynamic and its effect on Super City elections will be interesting with Jaffans slowly absorbing the climate of angst and vulnerability emanating from the south.

  37. Xeno 37

    Re. Rodel’s Question [“who was the someone who began the implosion?”]:

    A gentleman with experience of Scottish clan politics ?

  38. Yorick 38

    Rodel ..

    what is Conspiracy theory 2 ?

  39. Xeno 39

    Update: RNZ reports that Garret has resigned from ACT, will take two weeks leave from parliament “to consider his future”.

  40. ruatorian 41

    Garrett is gone. Hide claims he phoned him from Honkers to “remove his support”. Calvert takes his place. Life goes on. Or does it ? Hides’ position is threatened from within ACT. He may find an ally in Key who needs him for the ‘SuperCity’. For a while.

    Life goes on. Expect aftershocks.

    • Rodel 41.1

      Sorry. forgot to mention an essential part of the plan. Subsection 3a.and b

      a.’John Key congratulates Rodney on his strong leadership.’
      b. Rodney and John are increasingly seen together.

      A bit of foreshadowing for Crosby Textor to build on later.

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    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    7 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago

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