I’ve got a solution, what’s the problem?

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, April 23rd, 2008 - 34 comments
Categories: health, john key, slippery, tax, workers' rights - Tags: , , , ,

The junior doctors’ strike is a difficult issue. On the one hand, these are highly valuable workers whom we can’t afford to lose overseas and they do work long hours in difficult conditions. On the other hand, the pay rise they want would cost $50 million and is well above what other medical professionals have received.

Naturally, John Key thinks he has the answer. And, naturally, that answer is tax cuts.

On Breakfast this morning, Key said that junior doctors do not deserve a 30-40% pay rise like they are asking for. Asked how he would solve the strike he said tax cuts would solve the issue. Let’s examine that:

Say National blows the budget with tax cuts of $4 billion (commentators expect them to offer $3 billion max). That works out to about $2000 per worker a year. Junior doctors earn $80,000 a year. Junior doctors want 30-40%. Even at best, tax cuts will increase their pay 2.5%. Yeah, they’ll leap at that.

Even if Key were to abolish income tax, the increase in junior doctors pay would only just match the pay increase they want. And, of course, there would be no money to pay them.

Key, the money man, knows that his tax cuts can’t satisfy junior doctors’ wage demands, just as they can’t close the wage gap with Australia. Yet, in typical slippery fashion, he is trying to convince you that tax cuts are a panacea for all ills.

PS. Key said that, in addition, to tax cuts he would solve the junior doctors’ dispute by not hiring as many administrative staff. So, under National junior doctors will get a 2.5% pay increase and have to spend more time doing administrative tasks. I’m sure they can hardly wait.

34 comments on “I’ve got a solution, what’s the problem?”

  1. Benodic 1

    Once again we see why Key slips his way around the wage debate by always putting the prefix “after-tax” before “wages”

  2. Matthew Pilott 2

    One small correction, that figure you gave $80,000 is for the most ‘senior’ junior doctor (registrar? something like that, I saw on the news last night – Higher Standard help me out if you’re out there), they start at around $45,000.

    Still, that’s less than 5% of a tax-cut influenced “pay rise”, when they want 30%, so no biggie. Just think it’s worth mentioning before people thing that they’re greedy (wanting a huge pay rise on top of $80k…).

  3. big bruv 3

    Once again John Key comes up with a workable and logical solution, what a pity the corrupt Labour party are more interested in gambling with peoples health and scoring cheap political points while patients suffer.

  4. Edosan 4

    Junior doctors start on $45k? Thats less than some Policy Analysts! I think we know the answer then 🙂

  5. Tane 5

    But it’s not workable bruv.

    a) Tax cuts and wage increases are not the same thing. Wages are the value you receive for your labour; taxes are what you pay to keep public services running.

    b) Even if we accepted tax cuts were the same thing as wage increases, Key’s tax cuts don’t come anywhere near satisfying the junior doctors’ wage demands.

    I’ve suspected for a while that Key sees tax cuts as a way to relieve wage pressure on employers. That way workers get their take-home pay increase through cuts to public services rather than being paid a fair wage for their labour.

  6. Steve Pierson 6

    Matthew. What I got from TV3 and National Radio is that the $23 a hour figure they’re giving is based on a 65 hour work week. Their base pay is $80,000.

    $23x65x52=$77,700

    big bruv. what is that solution? Because I’ve just shown it’s not tax cuts.

  7. higherstandard 7

    MP

    Describing average earnings for junior doctors is difficult because of the variety of factors that exist.

    On average a 1st year house surgeon (1st year out of varsity) will be on around 70k base salary.

  8. I get more than 30 bucks an hour for doing way less than these guys, so I’m backing them.

    I noticed the DHBs were questioning what patient services the junior doctors would like to be removed to cover the pay increases – nice tactic. However, a more interesting question would be “What administration and management services would the junior doctors like to see removed to cover these pay increases.” Now, that one would reap a rich harvest of answers, I’m sure…

  9. big bruv 9

    Tane

    I would agree with you re public services but for the horrendous level of waste we have in the system.

    What part of tax cuts mean more money in your pocket do you not understand?, of course the Doctors deserve a pay rise, how you can spend (waste) and extra 2 billion in the health system and not ensure that your junior doctors are well paid is beyond me.

    It is the corrupt Labour party that insist on having a huge bureaucracy, that money would be better spent on doctors and nurses.

  10. Tane 10

    I would agree with you re public services but for the horrendous level of waste we have in the system.

    http://www.wastewatch.co.nz

  11. Matthew Pilott 11

    HS – I think the figures I had were from some junior docs the media talked to, paints a different picture. I guess we can’t forget the average loan these guys have though…

    PM – I’d imagine there is; obviously docs wouldn’t want to have to waste their time doing admin, but a bit of consultation might not go amiss to see what is & isn’t working. Not sure if they (junior docs) would be the people to decide what admin is necessary – but neither am I!

    bruv – what is a fair level of pay? You seem to be very opinionated, so give me a solid figure right now (or admit that you’re just blustering for the sake of it).
    There are 300 new doctors since 2003 I think – are they part of your army of bureaucrats? How much paperwork and administration would you prefer your doctor to do? Or are you of the belief that this stuff happens by magic, and no administration is needed to make hospitals run?

  12. Tane 12

    Furthermore, does bruv not think it wasteful to have doctors earning $80,000 a year doing their own admin?

    They’re already working crazy overtime so that admin work is going to have to come out of time that could otherwise be spent looking after patients.

  13. Tax cuts are not about immediate raising of after tax income, they are about stimulating long term economic growth.

    The only way to control Government spending (especially under MMP) is to limit their access to other peoples money. Otherwise pointless projects sponsored by pressure groups ( e.g. the Greens ‘buy NZ made campaign’ and homeopathic possum cures) get funded by the long suffering taxpayer.

    If people hang on to more of their money they will save it or reduce debt. These savings can then be invested in developing more wealth. Yes I know Michael Cullen reckons we are lousy savers but the resident withholding tax numbers don’t agree: http://www.interest.co.nz/images/RWTxOnInterest.gif .

    Furthermore with home loan interest rates hitting 10% even a small tax cut can be worth a lot over the life of a home loan. Even a cup of coffee tax-cut ( since we have moved on from chewing gum tax cuts) can be worth having : http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=upiPp62K7VI .

  14. Tim 14

    I’m confused. The doctors work in the public service. Tax cuts ordinarily mean less funding for the public service. Therefore, if you cut taxes, you have less money to spend on doctors’ salaries. How does Key’s proposal fix the problem?

    I support the doctors. They work hard under difficult conditions, have huge student debt and should be remunerated fairly. We need a good public health system and we should be prepared to pay for it. However, I am concerned that medicine is increasingly becoming a more mercantile profession. The DHBs’ negotiating style and rhetoric doesn’t help solve the dispute, they could always seek facilitated bargaining.

    It’s interesting to see the support for the doctors from right-wingers and the National Party. If any other union asked for a 10% annual pay rise there’d be a whole lot of carry-on about how that’s unsustainable and why the unions are all crooks and distort the labour market. I guess they think it’s OK when doctors strike but not when any one else does.

  15. Psychobunny 15

    Here’s what gets me: the way the news media keep going “junior doctors work a 55-hour week for xyz pay”.

    Yeah. Sure they do. I’m sure their contracts all say, “55 hour working week”.

    And I’m sure the number of junior doctors who only work 55 hours to the minute per week could be counted on the fingers of a leprous amputee.

  16. Steve Pierson 16

    so. mawgxxxiv. you would agree it was dumb of Key to promote tax cuts as the solution to the junior doctors’ dispute?

    In fact, I see no-one here sticking up for Key. And it’s a growing trend: Key says something, its obvious holes get pointed out, and no-one bothers to defend him.

  17. Matthew Pilott 17

    mawgxxxiv – that’s a rather ironic example you choose to make your point.

    Tax cuts may stimulate long-tem economic growth – which is incidentally the entire point of the buy NZ made campaign…

  18. higherstandard 18

    SP ask and you shall receive.

    National leader John Key told Breakfast TV that junior doctors should not be given a 30 percent pay rise but they had to get a “better deal’ because New Zealand could not afford to keep losing them to Australia and the rest of the world.

    Asked whether junior doctors should get a 30 to 40 percent hike, he said no.

    Doctors earned “quite a lot’ and whether they earned enough to keep them in New Zealand was a different story but under National’s tax cut plan, they would “do pretty well’, Mr Key said.

    This doesn’t appear to be as you have intimated that he was asked how he would solve the issue just his opinion that they shouldn’t get a 30 percent pay rise followed by sound bite on taxes.

  19. Steve Pierson 19

    HS. that’s the interview I’m referring to.

    He rejects a 30% pay rise and says tax cuts are the answer.. In fact, Paul Henry has him look directly at the camera and say ‘what you would do you junior doctors’ and he says

    ‘national will cut your taxes, give you a better deal [he’s referring to a ‘deal’ on taxes, I think, but even if he’s referring to pay there’s no detail so it’s meaningless and he’s explictly rejected the increase junior doctors want], and we would put the emphasis on doctors and nurses, not hire more bureaucrats like Labour has done’.

  20. infused 20

    Tane: They wouldn’t have to do their own admin. There is too much admin there at the moment. This is due to a few things, their computer systems being one. The level of hierarchy is stupid as well.

    Why pour all this extra money into health when it all goes into admin achieving nothing?

  21. Scribe 21

    higherstandard,

    Thanks for that info. I was sceptical of Steve’s claims and it makes it look even more suspicious when a blogger quotes a source (eg Breakfast) but doesn’t provide a link.

    HS’s version sounds much more feasible.

  22. Steve Pierson 22

    infused. I’m sorry but are you trying to take the prize for most stupid comment of the day?

    Because, I have to warn you: it’s a moldy sock. hardly worth the effort, really.

  23. Matthew Pilott 23

    Scribe,

    They’re saying the same thing.

    If you’re really worried, as you seem to be, you could always be proactive and find the interview. This time, I’ve done the hard work to show you it can be done. You’ll find it at http://tvnzondemand.co.nz/content/breakfast_2007_breakfast_daily/ondemand_video_skin?tab=ONDEMAND NCA – that would be better than making snarky remarks, don’t you think?

  24. Steve: yes I would agree that it was pointless if John Key suggested tax cuts would keep the junior doctors happy. Junior doctors or rather their clever union negotiators are using a limited supply and high global demand to drive up the price. Good on them.

    I understand that the ostensible point of the Greens buy NZ made campaign was to stimulate economic growth however the only growth it would have stimulated would have been in the pockets of Wellington policy analysts and Parnell advertising agencies. Can’t see a guy folding himself into a box, stopping the weekend pilgrimage by the masses to buy cheap Chinese whiteware at The Warehouse as suggested by our annual $5 billion differential imports over exports: http://www.interest.co.nz/images/TRADEBAL.gif

    I would suggest that the actual point of the Green Party buy-NZ-made campaign was a muscle flexing demonstration to supporters.

  25. Steve Pierson 25

    Scribe, sorry for not putting the link in. it’s here:
    http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_minisite_index_skin/news_breakfast_group
    a) HS didn’t see the interivew either, he’s jsut copy and pasted from a press report on it.
    b) just becuase it suits you doesn’t make it more likely
    c) HS’s account and mine are the same in substance.

    happy to receive an apology for calling my honesty into question.

  26. Chris S 26

    How about: for each year of service given to New Zealand medical profession, write off 1 years worth of tuition from their student loan? Or play with the ratios some (1 year = 1 semester writeoff)

    Captcha: 153 hospitals…

  27. Scribe 27

    Steve,

    I didn’t actually call your honesty into question, just suggested that I was sceptical that John Key would have said tax cuts would make the junior doctors happy.

    And I think your version and HS’s version are quite different.

    Have a nice day.

  28. Hillary 28

    John Key’s plan is actually quite cunning. He has no policy so he won’t have to spend government money on implementing them. He can therefore cut jobs in the state sector, and use that $ to fund tax cuts. Junior doctors won’t get anywhere near the pay rise they are after, even with tax cuts, but they will be happy anyway because there is a National government.

  29. randal 29

    tax cuts were Reagans great votecatcher in the US in the eighties when America was financing the deficit by borrowing but they have been transplanted here where that outcome is not possible. Here in New Zealand they have become another meaningless slogan with enough emotive power to overwhelm the gullible and confuse people about the real issues. Time for somebody to defuse this bomb.

  30. Nothing wrong with cutting jobs in the state sector. Under Labour they have increased from 28,000 to 42,000 creating additional tax burden, driving up wage inflation and exacerbating skill shortages.

    http://www.interest.co.nz/images/PublicSectorStaffing2.gif

  31. Tane 31

    Driving up wage inflation? Heaven forbid. I thought you guys didn’t want to see wages drop?

  32. Matthew Pilott 32

    mawg-44 – yes unfortunately police, doctors, nurses, the people who get your passport and keep people in jail, those in the Reserve Bank and the IRD guys administering Kiwisaver, the human rights and law commission, all those useless paper-shufflers – they are ‘burdensome’.

  33. but they will be happy anyway because there is a National government.

    I know a few junior docs and they are all Labour supporters (except one who votes green).

  34. AncientGeek 34

    Steve: Read page 34 right column of the Herald on Sunday.

    Someone picked this post for the “Blog of the week”. Someone likes your writing. I do as well.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • 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 ...
    8 hours 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
    15 hours 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
    16 hours 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
    16 hours 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
    18 hours 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
    20 hours 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
    22 hours 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 days 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 ...
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    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
    6 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
    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
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    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
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • 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

No feed items found.