Honeymoon. Over.

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, August 7th, 2008 - 46 comments
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Here’s Close Up from last and Mike Hosking giving John Key an absolute bollocking.

Key tries to run Crosby Textor’s new lines: “dirty tricks campaign” and “entrapment”. Hosking doesn’t give him an inch.

Definitely worth a watch – if you’re in a hurry fast forward to about the 2:50 mark…

UPDATE: commenters have asked for the “empty chair” Campbell Live footage too, here you go!

46 comments on “Honeymoon. Over.”

  1. sdm 1

    I hope that those responsible for this tape are prepared to take responsibility, even if it means facing prosecution….

  2. Paul 2

    What a slimy disingenuous rich prick.

    Lets just bloody well hope the bubble has burst on this festering bastard.

  3. outofbed 3

    Campbe was good too, I like the empty chair where Key should have been and the shots of Nick Smith ( strangely taken at the 2007 GREEN party conference, which he invited himself to)
    So Key and National didn’t come over very well on tv3 either

  4. sdm. what would they be prosecuted for?

    captcha: ‘action political’. I love you, captcha.

  5. lprent 5

    For what offense exactly?

    Have a look at Stephen Prices analysis on
    http://www.medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=238
    http://www.medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=239

    I will quote his post about the TVNZ coverage though.

    Here’s the quote One News used from me, suggesting that I told them that the recording “may have broken the law’:

    If you’re eavesdropping on somebody else’s conversation that you’re not part of, then you might be breaking the law if it’s clear that those people intend it to be private.

    Well, true. But I went on to point out that there’s no crime if the people talking could reasonably expect to be overheard – which would probably be the case at a cocktail party. But TVNZ didn’t broadcast or mention that bit. Jessica Mutch, who conducted the interview, said she’d read my blog entries too, so she can’t have been in any doubt about my views.

    But I guess that didn’t fit with the story they wanted to tell.

  6. yl 6

    does anyone have a link to the TV3 one?

    not that stream link either, i can never get it to work

  7. Finally some decent interviewing! This is fantastic. Thank you to whoever ripped this!

  8. all_your_base 8

    Yeah yl – I do. Will up it shortly. Would be happy just to link to the files, but like you, I struggle to get them to work without a whole lot of effort.

  9. all_your_base 9

    Have just chucked up the Campbell Live vid. In it they address the issue of the legality of secret recordings and conclude that what’s happened to the Nats is probably fine.

  10. Julie 10

    Thanks the Standard team, you have brightened my afternoon considerably 🙂

    I particularly liked Campbell’s cuddly analysis, I think that is bang on.

  11. jaymam 11

    Here’s my transcript from the Key/Hosking interview:

    HOSKING: He said something completely opposite to what the Party stands for
    KEY: No he didn’t. He – look he just said –
    HOSKING: He said “We want to do it, but not now”
    KEY: No he didn’t say “We want to do it”
    HOSKING: “We want to do it, but not now”
    KEY: No he didn’t say “We want to do it, not now”. He didn’t say that. They were not his words.

    Bill English’s actual words, from 08wire:
    NATIONAL DUDE: What about getting rid of Kiwibank, I mean
    ENGLISH: Well, eventually, but not now. Well, its working. A lot of our supporters get a bit antsy about it, but its working. It’s like a lot of things

  12. What annoys me is that rightwingers like the Herald editoral, in an effort to minimise English’s words have interpreted “well, it’s working. A lot of our supporters get a bit ansty about it, but its working” to mean Kiwibank is working, but you listen to the recording, and it’s clear it is the approach of ‘swallowing dead fish’ that he is saying is working….

  13. Tim 13

    I watched the Hosking interview and it became really clear to me that Key was just parroting lines fed to him by some media advisor. He couldn’t actually answer a question. He just tried to reply to every question with “we’re about creating assets, not selling them” or some other pre-prepared diversionary response. Hosking isn’t exactly a gun interviewer either but it seems to me Key didn’t handle it well at all. Did anyone hear Mikey Havoc’s interview?

    The Herald tried to say the real issue was that their conversations were taped, rather than the fact that they are grossly misleading the voters.

  14. randal 14

    there never was a wedding. english has always been a policy wonk from the treasury and moving over for some smart ass from new york was not easy. he knows he can outwait key. in the meantime the nats are not a credible government. they are not going to get a chance to overturn all the arrangements put in place over the last 9 years just so they can have a “turn”. even dyed in the wool nats know that a present national government would be disastrous. thats all there is to it and if the “country” did vote them in then it would indicate a serious social malaise.

  15. Lew 15

    Tim: Havoc’s Key interview this morning on bFM was much less tightly controlled than either of these.

    But in it, Key said `National’s not going to sell Kiwibank. In my view it’ll never sell Kiwibank.’ (with my emphasis). That’s the sort of categorical reassurance which, if made too strongly, could limit National’s ability to be anything other than the Labour-lite that some on the right are concerned they might be.

    L

  16. simon 16

    I’m gonna buy a kite tommorrow, anyone know John Key’s address so i can send it to him ?

  17. Kinoy001 17

    The thing that annoyed me about key on close up is that he CLAIMED that there was no National people protesting at the labour conference. I was there and there was for sure young nats out the front protesting. I saw Jordan who was protesting and is the campaign manager of Stepehen franks (WGN CENTRAL CANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL)

    They were scared of tho lol when the peace activists turned up….

    Cant stand Key… hes full of crap…. and im sick of his lines that he says over and over again as he has no brain to think and speak… needs crosby to do it for him

  18. Razorlight 18

    This hugely embarrassing story will be making National sweat and their damage control isn’t going to well either. As shown tonight.

    I imagine they will lose some support as a result of this to the minor parties, NZ First, United and Maori. National’s soft supporters who are voting against Labour rather than for National will still want a change of government though. But to ensure the Nats wont go flying to the right they will vote for the centre right minor parties and National will lose their absolute majority.

    They are lucky this has blown up now and not during a campaign. If I was Clark I would go to the Polls now so that this episode is played out during the campaign. In 3 months time it will just be part of history and many will have forgotten.

  19. forgetaboutthelastone 19

    “They are lucky this has blown up now and not during a campaign.”

    This is gonna stick to the Nats like sh*t from now right up until election time. When they finally release policy – it better be thorough and sufficiently detailed else = secret aganda.

    Whats more – by the looks of it – they haven’t done much work on policy so they better get a bloody move on.

  20. Kinoy001 20

    I hope this goes with them through out the whole campaign…. It will haunt them for sure.

    Does anyone know when the next poll is due? hope it has made a difference…

  21. The next poll is Roy Morgan late next week. It’s a two week period, this week and last, so only 1/2 will be this week, and it does take time for these things to flow through… I would hope there might be a small movement 1-2%, but I suspect you’ll have to wait for the major polls at the end of the month to see something.. I think this could cost National 4% in those polls.. of course once the polls start moving its momentum and a story in itself… and these comments will haunt every promise the Nats make.

  22. Razorlight 22

    I agree SP but where will that 4% go. That is what really matters.

    Many have said some National support is soft. It is that support that will move away from them as a result of this. But I, as I think you have as well, have alays thought that support was more anti-Labour than pro-National anyway. So will that 4% run back to Labour.

    If they continue to vote against Labour by giving their support to NZ First, United or the Maori Party will that change the outcome of the election.

    I think this will hurt National but I am not sure that it will benefit Labour by more than 1 or 2%.

  23. Oh dear. I’ve heard polling over the last few days has shown a shift that is so large the pollsters are concerned it is anomalous. I don’t. PR driven support is always shallow. That’s the problem with marketing a politician as a brand – there’s always the chance a new brand will rapidly usurp it.

    Anyone who has worked in marketing understands this and knows their brand position is only as strong as the next competition, new flavour or special offer. When you apply this to politics you end up with wildly variable poll results.

    National has held poll position (excuse the pun) on this because they have been early adapters of political brand marketing. Unfortunately for them it becomes a crapshoot as the win on polling day could be decided by who has made the best coupon offer in the last 24 hours.

    For the record I think this situation is appallingly anti-democratic but seeing as we’re here I heard from a friend that their father in law lives down the rod from JK’s office and he saw a guy in a dark blue three piece suit tipping rubbish on the ground at John’s office and taking photos of it – funny, eh?

  24. Razorlight 24

    “National has held poll position (excuse the pun) on this because they have been early adapters of political brand marketing.”

    I disagree. They have held poll position because people got sick of Labour. Rightly or wrongly because of the economy and because of Smaking/EFA.

    They are so far ahead due to opposition to the government as much as anything they have done. This fuck up will lose them support but, for the above reason, I do not think it will swing back to labour.

  25. I disagree.

    That’s because you are a moron. Must. Try. Harder.

  26. Razorlight 26

    Brilliant intelligent come back. Yes, yes I am a moron. I knew there was a reason I diagreed. I am glad you pointed it out

  27. Kevyn 27

    I had been mystified by National’s inability to crack the Labour stranglehold unitl this blew up, then the penny dropped. Natioanl have been relying on the advice of Crosby & Textor and trying to hide it’s lies behind a wall of silence whereas Labour has been relying on the advice of Penn & Teller.
    1) Never stop talking. Talking distracts the audience from what you are doing.
    2) Hide the big deception behind a small rather obvious deception. This will distract those members of the audience who haven’t been distracted keeping up with you non-stop chatter.
    3) If you’re really brilliant the audience will think the gig deception was pulling the rabbit out of the hat when it was actually picking their pockets so well that they wont notice till after you’ve left the building.
    4) Tell lots of little white lies even if you’re not hiding a big lie. People only resent big lies or bad lies. Little white ones are foregivable because we all tell those ones everyday.
    5) If any member of the audience objects to a little white lie you can:
    a) accuse them of being pedantic
    b) accuse them of being a spoilsport who isn’t getting into the spirit of things
    c) imply they are a conspiracy nut
    d) apologise for not being fully briefed by your advisors, this requires a bit of forward planning to ensure you are never briefed on things that require deniability.
    e) distract the audience while security “escort” the objector to the dungeons.

    You shold never have to resort to that last step if you appoint the right sort of people to the various government boards.

    Yes Robinsod, Elvis is living with Amelia Eirhardt and the crew of Flight 19 in the UFO in my backyard.

  28. Kevin,

    Joseph Goebbels the German propaganda minister for Hitler pointed out that big lies told over and over again would eventually be perceived as the truth.

    This is what National has been Propagating time and time again:

    Nationals big lie no 1: John Key is a nice man

    The next two links will prove that he lies and “omits” to get elected.

    Nationals big lie no 2: They care for the Kiwi’s

    Clearly the tapes show that the National leaders have the utmost contempt for the average kiwi, insinuating that they are stupid and greedy for believing that “nice” John Key (Bill English) is going to give them tax cuts and calling them bolting horses (Lockwood Smith)

    Nationals big lie no 3: Tax cuts would benefit all Kiwi’s.

    The American Neo-liberal (Of John Key’s ilk) tax cuts went to the rich because “they would spend the money and this would create new businesses” didn’t work and will never work. All it did was to make already extremely rich people Much richer and the rest much, much poorer.
    So far all they have told us is that they are going to make us poorer by borrowing 5 billion for a “better infrastructure”. That does not bode well for tax cuts and our future. Perhaps you, like many naive and badly informed Kiwis, are not aware but we are heading to a depression of Apocalyptic proportions.

    Nationals big lie no 4: Public/Private funding gives a better return.

    While I’m sure that publicly owned enterprises could be run a little more efficiently, provided everybody works just that little bit harder and longer (that “nice” man John Key thought that dropping wages in order to achieve just that was a good idea) mixing private and public money invariably ends up in disaster. The one half wanting to make a better service while the other wants to make a profit. Profit and public service don’t mix. You only have to look at the worst and most expensive health care of the world in the USA.
    Or it’s privately owned prison system for that matter.(Another great idea from that “nice” man John Key)

    As for calling somebody a Conspiracy theorist that seems to be equally spread over both parties but the last time I heard a politician utter the words was when John Key was confronted with the fact that Nicky Hager had uncovered the fat that he had engaged some latter day Goebbels’s (Who seem to have readily taken Goebbels advise with regards to the big lie); Textor & Cosby, the moment he was elected leader of National

  29. In fact Kevin, with your remarks to Sod you prove my point.

  30. Hi forgetaboutthelastone,

    How about this one; “Where might is master, justice is servant”:

  31. the sprout 31

    nice analyses kevyn and traveller.

    of quotes, how about “No man is hero to his valet”.
    i think Bill would acknowledge this to be true.

  32. forgetaboutthelastone 32

    hi travellerev

    oooo yea – that’s a goody. So “when might is servant, justice is master”?

    lol

    o and sprout – “All valets’ are heroes to their men”?

  33. Lampie 33

    Well well well National caught with their pants and crying like spoilt school kids. I can see John now at the table negotiating a FTA with the US.

    “We are a nice country please lower tariffs”

    Repeat above lines 5 times

    Hmmmm very good dear leader

  34. forgetaboutthelastone,

    We can dream, can’t we?

    About the valet thing yeah probably, I mean what would they do without them. LOL

    Lampie

    That’s Dutch for little light.

    And I agree on Key. LOL

  35. Kevyn 35

    travellerev, thanks for the Apocalyptic link. I was expecting it refer to peak oil. I thought the ARC’s decision to borrow $600m over 30 years to elictrify the rail system was stupid simply because they are depending on revenue from a tax on petrol to pay off the loan. Now it looks doubly stupid and dangerous.

    Frankly John Key makes me shudder. Especially having watched brand Clinton and brand McCain over recent months. At least one “knew” where Brash would take a National gevernment if he was ever Prime Minister.

    Has Helen Clark used Muldoon as her role model for PM? Apart from the sensible move of keeping PM and Min. of Fin. seperate.

    As far as I can see there has only been one use of the Goebbels tactic by Labour, and that may have been unintended. Since the MSM are based in Auckland and stande to benefit from the splurge of motorway spending it is not surprising that they have willingly repeated the big lie about Auckland’s traffic congestion being the country’s biggest roading crisis. Possibly well beyond the point where it was actually useful to Labour, since they compromised the south eastern motorway sufficiently to lead to Banks’s downfall. Now the lie seems to gained a life all of it’s own. Presumably the Goebbels tactic doesn’t come naturally to Labour otherwise this would never have got away on them.

    I’m afraid your second comment went over my head. (That was intended as a pre-emptive strike, since sod had all guns blazing that night).

  36. Hi Kevin,

    About the comment with regards to the “unauthorised” biography being a pre emptive hit piece the following.

    In the article John is asked about the subprime crisis. He states

    1/ The products that are causing the collapse of the Western financial system were only developed in 2004 and 2005. Moving him far away from the crisis. This of cause not true as I will show in the third instalment of my response to the NZH article but he and his minders are betting on the Kiwi’s ignorance about the international Financial system and what has been happening the last 20 years. He knows that when the consequences hit NZ and people are actually going to ask questions he can always point to this article and say “It weren’t me”.

    2/ He also states that he worked in London, Singapore and Australia.
    I think he hopes that everybody thinks that the crisis emanated from unscrupulous banks on Wall street blaming it on the USA, again suggesting that he was not involved. While it is true that he worked in those countries and cities he lies by omission because he also very much worked in the headquarters of Merrill Lynch in NY. In fact he lost three of his NY colleagues on 911.
    He also states that he lived and worked in NY for of and on 6 years.

    So why doesn’t that show up in the article? That is an important part of his career. it doesn’t show up because they know that that will be damaging in the future.

    They are in other words, before anybody even gets suspicious or begins to ask question, instilling in the NZ population that it wasn’t him out there working with all these financial products that are going to destroy the western economy in the next two years.

    So we can trust good old Slippery John with our economy and money is what the article.

    The title “unauthorised biography” suggests that the three journalists who wrote the piece did so outside of JK’s PR machine.
    Again suggesting that these “free” journalists were out there trying to get the dirt on JK.

    If I can sit on my bed with my laptop and google up so many documents proving that the career timeline as told in the NZH is so evidently wrong than they are either incredibly bad journalists or there is nothing unauthorised about it. And if there is nothing unauthorised about it than this is the information they wanted to get out.

    Therefore, since the average Kiwi thinks that the subprime crisis was something that came and went in 2007, it must be of some concern to JK and his minders and they want to pre-emptively protect JK from future impact. Otherwise why bring it up.

  37. Kevyn 37

    Travellerev, After reading those posts on your blog I now understand what you meant.

    The amount of effort you had to make to document the “errors” in the unauthorised biography is another reason why the many little white lies tactic is superior to the big lie tactic. Documenting hundreds of small lies spread over many years is much more time consuming than busting one big lie especially if it revolves around one particular event.

    Even when there are no lies involved, a postentially unpopular policy is can avoid MSM criticism if it is implemented carefully. National’s deliberately drew attention to it’s plan to borrow $1.5bn for land transport infrastructure and attracted considerable critcism about saddling future generations with debt. Labour’s plan to borrow $1.5bn for land transport infrastructure has not attracted the same critcism because it’s implementation has been spread over several years ensures that the loans are taken out by regional councils rather than central government. This allows the government to fund tax cuts from borrowing guaranteed by ratepayers. Have a look at the item in Wednesday’s Herald about the funding of the rail electrification project. The crucial pieces of info omitted from the article are that the annual revenue from 10 cent regional petrol tax will be approx $80m, the legislation authorizing the tax says Auckland has to give half the revenue from the tax to the government.
    Work out what it is going to cost Auckland ratepayers once peak oil has it’s full impact and what the numbers are likely to be if all the other regional councils copy the ARc to fund rail or bus electrification.

  38. Kevin,

    Why are you using the information I gave on my blog about JK’s lies about the timeline of his career based on solid research to smear labour? You’re not addressing the issues I raise about John Key’s presentation of the timeline. His timeline is patently impossible.

    Telling us that you read my post and presenting it here as an extension of my response to you on this blog as being about the “big lie” is a true misinformation piece of work.

    You are very smart and doing so raises questions about who you are and why you are posting here.

    For those of you who want to know about what I really said in my post, read it here

    And Kevin, try to read what you write out loud it helps to prevent silly errors.

  39. Kevyn 39

    Travellerev, That’s a difficult comment to respond to since I don’t understand any of it. Since confusion is a bad way to end any discussion, um, I’ll quickly go through it step by step and see if I can spot where things went wrong.

    These are the bits in our discussion that my brain focussed on:
    I made my Penn & Teller comment.
    You responded with your Nationals big lies comment.
    Then you commented “In fact Kevin, with your remarks to Sod you prove my point.”
    I then responded to your big lie comment and mentioned Labour and Auckland’s congestion and ended with “I’m afraid your second comment went over my head. (That was intended as a pre-emptive strike, since sod had all guns blazing that night).”
    Your response began “About the comment with regards to the “unauthorised’ biography being a pre emptive hit piece the following.”
    What followed made a lot of sense, and had me sufficiently interested to visit your blog to get more details.
    So I responded “After reading those posts on your blog I now understand what you meant.”
    Perhaps I should have added “about the “unauthorised’ biography being a pre emptive hit piece.”
    Perhaps I shouldn’t have put “errors” in “” without saying that errors don’t happen deliberately, since that is what I was thinking.
    I then commented on the process you used to find the truth and how that process would be made more time consuming when more lies are involved, and gave an example. I could just as easily have used the Bush administrations suppression of climate change debate but I wanted to use an example where I could actually link to the evidence if anybody challenged me.
    At this point I can respond to your criticism about the issues you raised about JK. This discussion began with comments about how we are lied to by the political machine and that is what I thought we were still debating, with the unauthorised biography as an example. My only response is that I was responded exactly the way JK’s minders wanyed. He wasn’t there so he didn’t commit treason. You’ve discredited that idea and destroyed that peace of mind, or what was left of it after reading Key’s conference speech.
    Smear Labour? With facts? Can’t be done. To smear Labout I would have to resort to adding a whole lot of innuendo to a kernel of fact, throwing in a good dose of moral outrage or indignation along the way. The response to Ruth Dyson’s comment is a perfect example of the smear tactic. Or the Brash adultery allegations of a few years ago.
    Your second paragraph is the complete mystery to me. I never told you any such thing. I never presented any such idea. Well, I never never had any of those ideas in my head when I wrote my comment, and it still doesn’t read that way to me. My original idea in my very first comment was to illustrate another one of the ways in which all politicians deceive, to a greater or lesser extent. I simply provided an illustration, in which I emphasised there actually was no little white lie but simply a long drawn out process, of why the little white lie process works so well with the MSM. It’s the way that actions are spread out over time that makes it so difficult to refute. Hence the contrast with your discrediting of the “Nationals big lie no 1: John Key is a nice man”. If I could have found an example of National using that technique that I could document I would have used that instead. I didn’t start closely following land transport funding till Shipley was PM. I suspect if I had started a decade earlier Williamson would have presented plenty of good examples for me to use. But that was a very hands-off decade for the day to day funding of land transport, everything seems to have been “wait for the RAG report”.

    I’ll stop now and wait for your response.

  40. Hi Kevin,

    yes, I think it would have made a difference if you had acknowledged the pre emptive hit piece bit because than your remarks about the long drawn out lie can be read in entirely different light and well within the scope of our previous discussion.

    Thank you for your reply and willingness to trace the discussion and sorry for misinterpreting your comment.

    I have to confess to there being a myriad of holes in my knowledge of the NZ political history and some the finesses and sensibilities that are common knowledge among Kiwi’s escape me completely because I only just arrived here three years ago.

    I have a basic knowledge about some of the major historical events such as the Ruthanasia episode and the more evident differences between Labour and National whom I would compare mostly with the Dutch liberals in their more Neo liberal version.

    It was the inconsistencies and secretive behaviour of John Key and his connection with the international banking elite which triggered my investigative instincts most so that’s why he is on my hit list as it were.

    About Ruth Richardson there is an interesting connection right there.
    Ruth Richardson bless her little cotton socks now has a place on the board of directors of a political think tank called the centre for Independent studies in Sidney. It is a think tank which is closely aligned with the Council for foreign relations and what makes it even more interesting is the fact that one of the other board members a man called Robert Champion de Crespigny AC who is a powerhouse in the mining industry also sits on the board of the Crosby and Textor Pr Company

    I reckon it’s the CIS that is giving John Key his secret policies and that they are his puppet masters.

    Also on the board of the CIS sits a Board member of the Rio Tinto mining company and an assorted big boys all of whom are very interested in getting their hands on the mining rights in New Zealand.

    By the way I am working on part 2 and part 3 of my response to the NZH puff piece and it is just as easy to tie John Key to the Asian crisis and the subprime crisis. He really is a piece of work.

  41. Paul Robeson 41

    Where has Mike Hosking been all my election campaign? Maybe Key saw a white guy in a suit and assumed that it was Paul Henry.

    Good work Hosking. Keep it up, make him work and a lot harder than that.

  42. Paul Robeson 42

    Bill English’s actual words, from 08wire:
    NATIONAL DUDE: What about getting rid of Kiwibank, I mean
    ENGLISH: Well, eventually, but not now. Well, its working. A lot of our supporters get a bit antsy about it, but its working. It’s like a lot of things

    If Labour want to be funny they should take this quote and run with it as their election slogan.

    Would show a lot class..

    A change of government?
    Kiwibank, working for families, Gps, Kiwisaver, etc etc
    Well, eventually, but not now. Well, its working. Its like a lot of things…

  43. Paul Robeson 43

    Followed up with a ‘well, we want to keep going. You know, we’re still ambitious for New Zealand.”

  44. New Zealand is a fucked unit and John Wee and the blue bottle wimps won’t fix it !!!

    Go Helen, make ALL world leaders laugh at you!!!!!

  45. Roby110 45

    he’s acually pissed isn’t he? Isn’t he? I mean that’s got to be the reason doesn’t it? He can’t really be like that …….can he?

  46. Pascal's bookie 46

    Roby, there’s also the performance art project theory.

    I wonder if it’s someone developing Artificial Intelligence and using blog comment sections as a Turing test.

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    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    4 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    6 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    7 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    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
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    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
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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