Hone goes under cover of earthquake

Written By: - Date published: 4:09 pm, February 22nd, 2011 - 46 comments
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With everyone quite rightly focussed on the destruction in Christchurch, the Maori Party have kicked out Hone Harawira and cancelled his membership.

The Te Tai Tokerau part of the Maori Party were already angry over a lot of things, most recently their not being told when this disciplinary meeting was – meaning they couldn’t attend, and the leaking of Te Ururoa Flavell’s caustic condemnation of his surely now ex-friend.  This must be breaking point for them.

Was it really mana-enhancing to not hold off on this until at least the immediate aftermath of the quake is over?

[Bunji: membership not cancelled yet – the Herald were a bit quick on that!]

46 comments on “Hone goes under cover of earthquake”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    This politics stuff is really dirty shit.

    I suppose Mai Chen has advised the Mp that they can do this within the rules of their constitution. Every sign that due process has not been followed though, which means the decision is not likely to stand.

  2. Bright Red 2

    technically, he’s not gone just yet. The National Committee will be deciding tomorrow based on the Disputes Tribunal’s recommendations.

    But, yeah, he’s gone.

  3. Carol 3

    Hmmm. At the WINZ demo today a couple of speakers mentioned Hone. One guy (who was later arrested) said he was part Maori and supported Hone’s stand for working class Maori. sue Bradford added some supporting comments for Hone. A speaker from unite said now was the time for all groups to unite together, including with Hone and his supporters, and stand up for our rights.

  4. Shane Gallagher 4

    The Maori Party certainly have been learning well the lessons of their new friends in the National Party…

    Well, they think they have, but I am guessing the activists will be spitting tacks when word gets out.

    Cue end of Maori Party and start of new party under Hone’s leadership.

  5. Jim MacDonald 5

    opportunistically kicking hone out.
    political karma will bite. matter of time.

    captcha: consequence

  6. They haven’t kicked Hone out – simply recommended that the Maori Party’s National Committee do so (it is the only body that can take this action). But, as I’ve noted over at Pundit (and Mike Smith subsequently echoed on this site), the National Committee has to make its decisions by consensus … and there are up to 4 members from Hone’s Te Tai Tokerau electorate on the National Committee. So any one of those members (or a member from any other electorate) could stymie this by saying “no”.

    May not be game over just yet.

    • Jim MacDonald 6.1

      Ah ok. In transition through chaotic airports.
      Downloading (very slowly) news other than Chch earthquake.

  7. Tiger Mountain 7

    Whatever the outcome, Hone has valuably exposed the reality and contradictions of an ethnic based political party operating in a class based society.

    Were it so easy for hard lefties to demonstrate the similar dead end of reformist (all class, collaborationist) parties.

  8. toad 8

    Kia kaha, Hone!

    As a Pakeha, it is hard for me to say this as I don’t think Pakeha should normally voice opinions on Maori politics. But I am proud that you, who I have worked with in political struggle for many years, have not gone down the kupapa path that it appears your soon to be erstwhile colleagues are treading.

    Kia ora! Kia kaha! Ka whawhai tonu matou!

    • the sprout 8.1

      hear hear

    • With respect, that’s a bit precious, toad. We’re all, as NZers, entitled to an opinion on issues affecting Maori just as we can have them on issues affecting other groups of which we may not be a part (beneficiaries, for example). Because what’s done to one, or by one, affects us all.

      If you’re talking decision making then I’d agree with you, in the majority of cases… but again with a rider for decisions made by Maori about Maori issues but which affect others (if, say, they decided to build a great big belching coal-fired power station on Maori land).

      As for your message to Hone: hear hear! Anyone who will not bend when expected to trade their fundamental beliefs for political advancement is worthy of admiration.

      • QoT 8.2.1

        We’re all, as NZers, entitled to an opinion on issues affecting Maori

        While this is absolutely true it’s also fair to acknowledge that a shitload of Pakeha’s opinions are not going to be particularly well-informed nor formed from personal experience and knowledge. (My own included.)

        • toad 8.2.1.1

          Um, QoT, Rex used to work with Lhaws.

          He despises Lhaws now, probably as much as you and I do,

          But, unfortunately, bigotry is an infectious disease that takes a long time to recover from it. I’m not sure Rex is quite there yet. But I give him credit – he is working on it, and usually doing well.

          • nadis 8.2.1.1.1

            Sanctimonious git?

            I’m sure Rex appreciates your condescension. If only we could all think properly like the Greens. Catherine Delahunty is my role model.

          • Rex Widerstrom 8.2.1.1.2

            To quote another well known bigot, “please explain”… in this case how my holding an opinion about an issue affecting Maori, even if that opinion happens to favour the Maori perspective on the issue, makes me a bigot.

            With special reference to how, as the father of two part-Maori children, I have no right to an opinion on matters that may affect their destiny as proud Maori/Pakeha NZers.

            Off you go…

            And FYI, I never “worked with” Lhaws. He inhabited an office on the same floor. Occasionally I’d receive a message through Sarah Neems that something or other was expected of me. The answer would always be the same, and not repeatable here. So please don’t imply there was ever a time I approved of, did anything to promote, Lhaws’ policies and attitudes.

            I despised him well before he joined NZF which was why, when Winston announced he was coming across, I opposed it from the outset and was one of the few people to act against him (by travelling to Hawkes Bay to talk to people about the scandal that was going on there) and thus preciptated my eventual demise. Not looking for a medal, but accuracy would be nice.

        • Rex Widerstrom 8.2.1.2

          Acknowledged QoT. Sadly, and somewhat angrily (at the state of uninformedness, not at you!), but acknowledged nonetheless. Though I’d hope that an uniformed opinion (provided not an expression of bigotry) would still be welcomed by Maori as an opportunity to engage and educate, so your opinion becomes better informed. “Shut up, honky,” OTOH, which toad seems to consider the appropriate attitude, if not response, isn’t likely to advance anyone’s understanding.

          • QoT 8.2.1.2.1

            I don’t mean to accuse you of derailing, Rex, but this link about sums up the problems with that.

            Maori don’t have a duty to sit down and try to get through to every single racist Pakeha they meet in their daily lives. A lot have probably tried and got fed up and yeah, now prefer to just tell people who demand 101-level education in race relations to fuck off, because on top of all the other stresses and oppressions and general shit they get for being Maori, having to play Patient Calm Rational Credit To Their Race is just not on the cards.

            • Rex Widerstrom 8.2.1.2.1.1

              Yeah I agree… I specifically exclude all opinions prefaced by “The trouble with youse Marris…” and everything of a similar ilk. I truly don’t know how Maori don’t resort to throttling that type.

      • kultur 8.2.2

        Have to say though – pragmatism reaches into the culture of our maori brethren as well – fact is Hone regards us white guys as mofos – and colonial usurpers – he wouldnt want to racially mix with any of us – and he would be anti his whanau marrying our children … i mean – he even said it.

        Hone is a bigot – a racist and basically a rogue item … but he could be (now im being pragmatic like the rest of the bastards…) the key to derailing the nact-maori party cabal once and for all.

        Maori are crucial for all of us – but Hone is only a means to an end – he is a short term solution and then should be discarded as he deserves to live out his life as a well paid commentator padding his income with the taxpayers benevolence …. and of course being terribly cultural as he does it …

        Dame Whina Cooper – now there was someone you could respect …

    • kultur 8.3

      Of course pakeha should voice opinions on maori politics … we dont live in an apartheid system and it is undemocratic to consider that we should not have a voice.

      I think it is also unwise to ascribe terms such as kupapa dating from the maori wars into a 21st century setting. I suspect that the maori we deal with today have a good deal of understanding that now transcends the paradigms of the 19th century.

      Maori need to stop behaving like some privileged caste system and instead support democratic process that is not based on race….

      • QoT 8.3.1

        You know there’s a difference between “white people can never ever ever talk about brown people issues” and “white people sometimes need to shut the fuck up about shit they don’t know anything about”, right?

        • kultur 8.3.1.1

          Actually QoT im brown and have whakapapa to die for … so perhaps you need to take your own advice matey potatey … and i’ll leave you to read your own statements to that effect

          However i do forgive you for your sin of presumption … you are excused for your ignorance and assumptions …

          And just by the by fella me lad QoT .. i am of the same Iwi and Hapu as Hone – pays not to presume … who are you calling white bro …???

          • Adele 8.3.1.1.1

            Teenaa koe, kultur

            I also have whakapapa to die for, and your words merely indicate that you have been successfully assimilated into the borg collective / the majority / kuupapa opinion.
            .

          • QoT 8.3.1.1.2

            who are you calling white bro

            Not you, actually, it was a statement of basic principle. I, as a white woman (but not a bro, sorry), acknowledge that white people do not in general have the experience or knowledge to make informed statements on Maori culture, and I think that’s it’s a bit rich acting like that statement is akin to apartheid. Because … no, not really.

  9. Todd 9

    I second that Toad.

    I wonder what else will be snuck in under the radar so to speak. It has certainly taken the focus of the Beemers and Benefit bashing.

    • Carol 9.1

      TV3 news has just interrupted its quake coverage to do a bit on Hone by Patrick Gower, who ended saying Hone would end up sitting next to Chris Carter – I think he meant it as a a slur.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1

        I think he meant it as a a slur.

        That’s what it seemed like to me as well.

      • toad 9.1.2

        And if that happens, I’m confident the Greens will deliver Hone’s proxy vote too. It is a matter of democratic principle.

        I have to say it would have been a big dead rat for the Greens to swallow if David Garrett had decided to stay in Parliament and sought a Green proxy after resigning from ACT. But the democratic principle of MPs being able to vote on behalf of those they represent is more important than party politics.

        Captcha (it really was unfortunate, in the context): “bought”!

      • QoT 9.1.3

        I thought he was pitching a hilarious new odd-couple show.

      • kultur 9.1.4

        Coming from the most unphotogenic man in NZ complete with speech impediment … it may well have been a slur …

        But thats what you do when you are a media darling …

        • Marty G 9.1.4.1

          Don’t be hard on paddy. he’s a good journo. especially when chasing a good story

          • kultur 9.1.4.1.1

            Gower is a hack in my opinion – unpracticed and with limited polish or class … he has proved time after time to follow the suck on “keys and nationals dick” line … but thats only the impression i’ve been given from viewing and hearing him.

            NZ media seem to love Key and the neo liberal line … they seem to have an automatic disdain and loathing switch for phil goff and the Left ….

            Gower is not a good journo in my opinion – he is a talking head with various attempts at different and flattering lighting … and being made visible (god help us all) makes you – well – visible and supposedly credible … look what its done for key – i mean if i met key on the street i wouldnt give him the steam off my shit … but hell – women and men in the street seem to want to whip their knickers off and throw them into his BMW in adoration.

            Just a bunch of dumbfucks i guess we all are …

            no accounting for taste is there … vote Labour – if you really want to … if not just keep fucking whinging and moaning … and be prepared to be reamed up the ass for another 10 years or more … “oh but that nice mr key was so good during the earthquake … yeah right” time to get cynical boys and girls and wake up to these pricks once and for all….

      • Jum 9.1.5

        Patrick Gower is no friend of the Left.

        I think Hone will have more freedom to speak.

        • Marty G 9.1.5.1

          he’s former young labour, apparently. but that doesn’t mean he won’t put getting a story first

          • Carol 9.1.5.1.1

            Gower an ex-Young Labourite? Ah, that kind of explains something for me. I have been a bit uncertain about Gower’s political position. (In contrast Garner is an out-and-out Key-Nat fanboy). Gower seems to slip along the political spectrum in his reports, being more right wing sometimes, and showing some understanding of (or even empathy for) left views at other times.

            I guess working for a media corporate and fitting in with their kinds of brief and ratings imperatives will be likely to push a journo rightwards.

        • ianmac 9.1.5.2

          Patrick certainly has a funny pronunciation of “Maori.” Some people are “Marries.”

      • Lew 9.1.6

        Not that independents generally sit on the cross benches, together?

        L

  10. kultur 10

    Yes – everyone is focussed on the earthquake – and that will be used by many now as an excuse to do all sorts of things. Political expediency is the order of the day – whether its shoring up bids for mayoralty – negative issues relating to your position as prime minister – and ensuring that the fawning ready to drool media focus on things that keep peoples mind on anything other than what happens in everyday life for others and the wider issues that affect all of us not just one group of people. Its called using others misery to keep attention off other important matters. Political whoredom and expediency are other terms as well…

    Christchurch has served Key well before – so has Pike River – South Canterbury Finance was a great coup for the moneyed elite …. Hone Harawira is the new Hone Heke – and i damn well hope he chops down the flagpole of the Maori Party and the smug Nact sycophants and burns their dreams and aspirations into ashes in their mouths. Maori are the key to retaining sovereignty and access to our country (despite Eru whatsisname who is the wellpaid lapdog of the New Citizen beijing driven party – he is just a whore for money … common to all cultures)

    We need to understand – the new breed of politician on the right is a pragmatist – they adopt a “lie for you and wait” attitude … they dont care about right or wrong .. and even some on the left unwittingly support them by becoming commentators and “serious thinkers of the left” – the darlings of some on the right who just get off on flirting with common decency and humanity (its a fad and a fashion – but hey its exciting for them … they will give up on it when it becomes – well … boring dahling )

  11. deemac 11

    how can people be impressed by how HH has handled this? He had great points to make about what the MP leaders have done but instead of using them to build a political platform he has flounced about like a prima donna, shooting his mouth off and generally looking petulant – the MP leadership are not the only ones who have had meetings and not told the other side etc. And if there is any truth at all in what Flavell alleged about Hone’s ambitions it’s extremely damaging to his credibility.
    If he’s your great left hope, god help you.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      During the formation of the Govt its quite likely that the Mp caucus and party pulled together over promises made by Key, Sharples, Turia over what influence the Mp would have and what it would be allowed accomplish.

      Over time Hawawira found that the reality was not matching the promise. In an extreme fashion.

      Did Harawira angle for a Ministerial post at the outset. It wouldn’t be surprising. He could have used it as part of the internal negotiations leading to the supporting NAT.

      If he’s your great left hope, god help you.

      There is no single saviour for the Left. I hope everyone gets that. It needs to be a team approach and Harawira could be formidable as part of such a team.

      • Crashcart 11.1.1

        Unfortunatly he could also be a beath blow. There are enough uninformed racists in this country that if Hone were to team up with the left they would see it as pandering to the radicle. Sorry but that won’t help win an election.

  12. deemac 12

    Hone as part of a team? Now that IS a funny thought!

  13. Hone has moved on

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4694616/Harawira-quits-Maori-Party

    I’ve stated on OpenMike that Hone will be a great independent but now is the time to begin building an alternative maori party to oppose the rightwing agenda of the current lot – they have turned to the dark side and cannot be trusted.

  14. richard bartlett 14

    I have never understood how The Maori Party, in its present form, could ever survive, given that history demonstrates that all alliances between disparate groups, simply working together to defeat a common enemy are doomed to splinter once that defeat has been achieved.
    Any such alliance whose basic common denominator is race will feature all manner of opinion across a broad spectrum of philosophy and political thought.
    That they might actually progress (even for the good of the majority) and further their interests in the long term, through the daily cut and thrust of parliamentary life is highly unlikely, not to say impossible. For this reason alone, this split in the party was forseen, and fortold the day after it was formed.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

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