Interview the leaders II: The Greens

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, March 31st, 2008 - 50 comments
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Well, we’ve made our decision on the two questions you wanted asked of Jim Anderton and one of the decisions we made was that we needed three questions. So we’ve picked the following:

For the question that will be asked of all leaders we’ve chosen Wat Tyler’s question as tidied up by Billy:

Of which of your achievements in politics are you most proud?

For the two other questions we’ve gone with Daveo’s question:

Why should left-leaning NZers vote Progressive rather than Labour or Green?

and Gobbler’s question:

Can you demonstrate that Government investment in initiatives such as the ‘jobs machine’ the Ministry of Economic Development or New Zealand Trade and Enterprise generates a greater return to ‘NZ inc’ than say Government investment in a national fibre-optic network and additional overseas fibre optic cabling? – Just as one example

While we haven’t been able to cover everything you asked we have emailed Jim a link to the questions post so he can have a look at your issues. We’re expecting to post his answers on Wednesday Monday April 7.

In the meantime our next leader is Green party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons. You can place your questions to her in the comments section of this post.

50 comments on “Interview the leaders II: The Greens”

  1. James Kearney 1

    Considering most Green voters are on the left and your core principles talk about social justice, how can you even consider supporting a National-led government?

  2. what, no “how did you feel” questions!? this’ll never make New Idea.

  3. Julie 3

    Well done, that is a good selection of questions. Will be very interested to read Jim A’s responses in due course.

    Do the Greens get two turns, as they have two co-leaders?

  4. Would you agree with the frequently expressed opinion, that Maori Party voters are better served in terms of their own objectives – if they spilt vote – Maori Party EV, Green Party PV, rather than Maori Party both EV and PV, or Maori Party EV, Labour Party PV?

  5. Tane 5

    Hi Julie, no they just get one turn, and it’s Jeanette.

  6. r0b 6

    Not wanting to argue with the ref, but I think the general question to all is a bit of a patsy (mutter grumble)! Also a bit hard on new leaders like Key who have no significant achievements in politics. Still, I suppose it makes the task of replying not too strenuous for this first “interview” (I hope there are plans to repeat this process closer to the election!).

    But anyway, questions for the Greens.

    (1) Is it worth sticking to all your ideals if it keeps you out of government, or is it worth compromising on some of them to be more effective (in government)?

    (2) If the other parties all go Green and squeeze you out of parliament, is that Green loss or a Green win?

    (3) Under Labour Party proposals would NZ be doing enough to address climate change? What should we be doing it we were serious about the issue?

    (4) Is it time to reconsider nuclear energy in NZ?

    (5) Is your social agenda weakening your core Green message? If it is, should you be doing anything about it?

  7. Ari 7

    Do you think the Maori Party will, Julie? 😉 More likely whichever co-leader has the free time would answer, I would say. That’s probably going to be Russel Norman, as he has no parliamentary responsibilities.

    As for questions for the Green Party, here’s what I would go for:
    “How will you deal with the issue of “Greenwash”- or people claiming to be more environmentally friendly than they actually are- without having to explain detailed science or policy to voters, who mostly aren’t interested in the details?”

  8. Tane 8

    Hey Ari, I’d figured it would probably be Norman too, but apparently Jeanette has said she’ll answer the questions.

  9. IrishBill 9

    Hi Rob, we thought it was a question that is applicable to all leaders and will help elucidate something of their personality as well as their politics. We’re letting leaders know they are dealing with a politically sophisticated audience as well so we expect more than just platitudes.

  10. Steve Pierson 10

    I think the general question will tell us a lot about the nature of the politicians, and if they can’t point to any significant achievements, well that says something in itself.

  11. Sam Dixon 11

    for Fitzsimmons: what should the Government do to speed up development of environmentally-friendly technology?

  12. Daveo 12

    From the mid-80s through the 1990s we saw the effects that radical restructuring have on working people. What will the Greens do to make sure that the end of coal mining and other polluting industries involves a just transition for workers in those industries?

  13. Stephen 13

    What would you do about the lack of uptake of the subsidy available for solar heating?

  14. mike 14

    As nulear energy is the cleanest, cheapest and arguably safest way to meet our growing needs will the Greens ever rethink their anti nulclear policy.

  15. r0b 15

    To: Lprent

    Hi Lynn, just a minor technical request. How about increasing the length of the listing of recent comments (or the number of items returned in the matching RSS feed)? Now that The Standard is so busy, new comments fall of the bottom of that list before I even see them sometimes!

    On topic, IrishBill, Steve, fair enough (though still difficult for new leaders).

  16. Phil 16

    I’m not convinced that the general question is fair to newer political actors, or those who have spent most/all of their time in opposition.

    JK has been in parliament since 02 (all in opposition) while HC has been there 20 years, in two governments, with 9 years at the helm as PM.

    This isn’t meant as an excuse for JK to come up with something less relevant, but it is an indication that we won’t be comparing apples with apples.

  17. IrishBill 17

    Phil, the question is less about the achievement and more about finding out what each leader finds important. How the question is answered is in many ways at least as telling as what event it focuses on.

  18. outofbed 18

    Jeanette, Do you think for the Election the Green Party could ever enter into some sort of formal arrangement with the Maori Party. given that the two parties have such a lot of common ground?

  19. Billy 19

    I agree with Phil, it’s a pretty lame question, even if it is perfectly correctly expressed from a grammatical standpoint.

  20. Steve Pierson 20

    r0b. I have a technical point of my own. You may have noticed that when Standard writers comment our comments are in grey boxes. So are yours, and only yours, and we can’t stop it happening. Hope it makes you feel special anyway.

  21. Oh dear – you’ve got a chance to put up a question to the leader of the greens and all you do is whinge about the fixed question. That’s bloody typical of the right – all they can do is be oppositional. Nice one boys.

    My question to Jeanette is:

    “If you had the opportunity to implement one core policy without compromise what would it be?”

  22. Matthew Pilott 22

    Talk yourself up Billy 😉 Although I’m not sure about “perfectly correctly expressed”…

    While I see where you and phil are coming from, there’s not a lot you can ask leaders, given their diverse experience, that isn’t going to be a bit of a generalisation.

    There is also potential for some very interesting responses when a fairly easy question is asked – I therefore would hope that the other two are a lot more topical, and ‘uncomfortable’, for want of a better word.

  23. Actually I’ll rephrase that to:

    “If the Greens had the opportunity to implement one core policy without compromise what would it be?’

  24. Rocket Boy 24

    How about asking the Greens if they are always going to remain a party of tree hugging hippies or are they going to evolve into a party that appeals to middle New Zealand?

    I, like most New Zealanders care about the environment but find it hard to vote for the Greens. Many of their environmental arguments are now accepted and are main stream but the Greens are still very much a fringe political party.

  25. Steve Pierson 25

    Rocket Boy. I totally agree with what you’re getting at about the Greens. They’re right on so many impornat policy issues but their image is awful.

    Billy et al. the general question had to be neutral in that it didn’t ask a question that was a base issue for one party, it had to be something that they don’t have a stock answer for, and it had to be something that can be answered in 300 words. I think the one we have will provide new insights into the politicians’ characters.

    captcha: health Tiger. He feels grrreat.

  26. Billy 26

    My questions for the Greens are:

    1. Do you consider it fair or desirable that a country like India is exempt from the Kyoto restrictions and, given its level of emissions when compared to New Zealand’s, what is the point of New Zealanders leading the way?

    2. Did you think the world was going to end as a result of Y2K?

    3. Do you consider the devaluation of forestry land as a result of Kyoto (including, but not limited to, the reduction in value of forestry assets held by Maori) as a worhwhile price for those owners to pay?

    I also have a question for Robinsod:

    Is it tiring being so angry all of the time?

  27. No Billy – hate keeps me alive. Is it tiring being so snide all the time?

  28. r0b 28

    ‘Sod: “If the Greens had the opportunity to implement one core policy without compromise what would it be?’

    Ohhh – like it – gets my vote!

    Steve: r0b. I have a technical point of my own. You may have noticed that when Standard writers comment our comments are in grey boxes. So are yours, and only yours, and we can’t stop it happening.

    It’s a puzzle! I discussed this once with IrishBill, see here:

    And the Nats want this man in parliament?


    and the test that followed.

    Hope it makes you feel special anyway.

    Fer sure!

  29. all_your_base 29

    r0b – good idea re the ‘recent comments’. Will do it right now. Unrelated, do you happen to know why your comments get a grey background like moderators?

  30. r0b 30

    ayb – I’d like to claim that it was in recognition of my elite hacker skills, or my true Bhudda nature or something, but the truth is I have no idea – see:

    And the Nats want this man in parliament?

    If it’s a bother I can move on to another user name.

    (Captha: combination rants – wasted on this comment!)

  31. r0b 31

    good idea re the ‘recent comments’. Will do it right now.

    Great!

  32. Ari 32

    Tane- Awesome. I think that just shows how much the Greens value grassroots support, and Jeanette has really been on her game recently so it sounds like it’ll be something to look forward to.

    Rocket Boy- Have you got specific problems, or is it just an image thing? Given that I’ve recently joined the Party, I’m certainly curious to know what’s putting parts of public off the party message despite the widespread concern for environmentalism, especially given that as Green groups go, the Party is actually rather moderate and focuses on items of broad appeal, and focusing on maintaining the economy.

  33. Billy 33

    That’s easy, Ari. Some of us are all for looking for the environment, but kind of against mental left-wing looniness.

  34. Rocket Boy 34

    Ari – I don’t have specific problems with the Greens, in fact in the first MMP election I voted for them as I thought we needed a Green voice in parliament.

    Yes there image is a big turn off for me, it the home spun jersey, vegetarian, organic everything way of life that is just not me or I think the majority of New Zealanders. Yet I’m happy to recycle my rubbish, use cloth nappies, energy saving light bulbs, green supermarket bags and downsize my car to something more fuel efficient but I think people and jobs and growth came first and it is hard not to think the Greens want us all to live in huts, shower once a week and generally wind the clock back 200 years.

    I do hope they remain in parliament as they are our environmental conscience but when are they going to get into the 21st century? Get dynamic, young, cool and urban? Public opinion has changed, they are winning the environmental battle but I fear that in the long term they are losing the war and will drop below the 5% threshold and disappear, never to be seen again.

  35. outofbed 35

    I have been to lots of Green Conferences meetings etc and the I don’t think I have ever seen anybody in a homespun jumper. The food is always good sometimes vegetarian sometimes not The frequency of showers doesn’t seem to any different to the general populace.
    But there does seems to be a preponderance of really well qualified really bright motivated people at the conference or meeting.
    They seem to have strong values and have integrity.
    When I read the stereotypes like the ones propagated by the uninformed media or commentators such a rocket boy it makes me really angry.
    I tell you what RB when the Green list comes out look in depth at the top 20. you will be surprised at the quality of candidates.

  36. Stephen 36

    Funnily enough, most of the Greens’ support seems to be amongst the young and urban (if not cool and dynamic). Most of the middle aged/upper middle class-ers I run into think basically the same as Rocket Boy. Was quite funny when they were all sitting around lamenting the state of the rail system and why no parties want to do anything about it…”so vote Green then” lol

  37. insider 37

    Irish Bill

    How many of the leaders have actually agreed to these interviews? Because it appears from what you have written some these interviews might be in the form of unsolicited emails demanding answers.

    If I were National and got such from the Standard, I would probably ignore it, just as Labour should if it got one from DPF. I don’t think it reflects badly on either party to reject approaches by political opponents.

    If your approach is to send unsolicited questions then it seems more like a set up than an “interview”, because the result is likely to be predictable. If you hae managed to get their buy in, well good on you

  38. IrishBill 38

    insider, so far we have firm confirmation from several leaders and expect more soon. There is a lot of work being done to ensure we get the best result possible but, as the recent Greenpeace survey and the recent “kingmaker” debate showed, anything like this is dependent on buy-in from the interviewees. We are also running this over several weeks so there is plenty of time to get remaining leaders on board.

    Let me just say this is not about partisan politics but about showing the blogosphere can provide a forum where leaders can interact with voters such as yourself with a minimum of filtering. I personally am hoping that leaders will take part in the comments sections of their posts for just that reason.

  39. IrishBill 39

    Oh and once again , can I just say how disappointed I am in our resident right-wingers. I would’ve hoped that after all the sound and fury expressed by them about the greens they would have come up with some hard-hitting questions. I guess I gave them too much credit.

  40. Sam Dixon 40

    Jeanette: what are the areas in which the Greens can most improve their performance?

  41. insider 41

    Thanks Bill.

    How about: How many of the environmental calamaties you have predicted in your career have actually eventuated and which ones haven’t?

    You and the green movement has been politically active for nearly 40 years, yet still gain only marginal support (both here and overseas). What is holding you back from greater electoral success (if that is an objective) and what lessons have you learned from that?

  42. Ari 42

    “That’s easy, Ari. Some of us are all for looking for the environment, but kind of against mental left-wing looniness.”

    Billy- Well, the “loony” policies that you dislike are a direct result of the principles that lead the Greens to respect the environment, rather than treating the environment as just another part of the package that they had to tack on when it became a hot issue. I respect that some people aren’t looking for left-wing politics, but the Greens would be even less of a voice in Parliament if they were simply a one-issue party.

    “Ari – I don’t have specific problems with the Greens, in fact in the first MMP election I voted for them as I thought we needed a Green voice in parliament.

    Yes there image is a big turn off for me, it the home spun jersey, vegetarian, organic everything way of life that is just not me or I think the majority of New Zealanders. Yet I’m happy to recycle my rubbish, use cloth nappies, energy saving light bulbs, green supermarket bags and downsize my car to something more fuel efficient but I think people and jobs and growth came first and it is hard not to think the Greens want us all to live in huts, shower once a week and generally wind the clock back 200 years.

    I do hope they remain in parliament as they are our environmental conscience but when are they going to get into the 21st century? Get dynamic, young, cool and urban? Public opinion has changed, they are winning the environmental battle but I fear that in the long term they are losing the war and will drop below the 5% threshold and disappear, never to be seen again.”

    Rocket Boy- Ah, right, the whole “they’re too racial for me” thing. No, the Greens don’t think you should give up all your mod cons and live in a hovel. That’s about as rubbish as me claiming that National wants all union workers fired, even if they’re both statements that represent the very extremes of each party’s doctrine. The Green Party wouldn’t bother with the most comprehensive renewable energy strategy of any party if they didn’t believe that urban lifestyle were worthwhile.

    All the measures you’ve mentioned taking probably make you interested in exactly the kind of urban lifestyle the Greens would like to promote. Simple things that reduce waste make progress, (it can start as small as turning off lights during the afternoon, or as you leave a room) and if everyone does them, it could make quite a large difference. They don’t want to destroy economic growth- they want to redirect it into being smarter about the amount of waste and pollution we pump out with our current lifestyle.

    Prominent Green Party members aren’t all environmental radicals- have a look at Russel Norman, Keith Locke, or Metiria Turei. Greens run the gambit from those concerned with social policy and human rights, to those concerned with a better energy strategy that will last for centuries instead of decades, to those who are concerned with the environment and climate change.

    Also, it’s actually quite hard for the Green Party to be hugely radical in its policies, as decisions are made by consensus by groups of local members, and those decisions filter up to the top of the Party leadership- policy for the election is determined by these groups electing representatives to go through the same process for the whole nation.

  43. Matthew Pilott 43

    “If society continues to increase consumption (energy, land, resources, food demands) at present rates, what do you see happening to the environment and society in general in 20 years, or 50 years?

    What do you think can be done to mitigate this, and how effective could these steps be?”

  44. redbus 44

    Do you believe that your successor in Coromandel, Nationals Sandra Goudie, has been effective representation over the past six years?

  45. Benodic 45

    Why do you think the Greens’ vote is so low among workers when your policies for working people are even better than Labour’s?

  46. MikeE 46

    a) With Nandor leaving, and greens going after the Soccer Mums vote, will the greens still be putting effort into refroming New Zealand’s terrible prohibitionist drug laws, especially with regards to cannabis and BZP.

    b) Would the greens be interested in working with other pro freedom minor parties to ensure this happens?

    c) Considering Jim Andertons views on such a move, would the greens rule out going into a coalition with Jim Andertons progressives?

  47. MikeE 47

    BTW, I think this is a really good idea, and I hope that you will be asking ALL the parties the hard to answer questions, as opposed to the patsy ones that we see asked in parliament every day.

    If you do this, I think those of all persuasions should be supporting you, regardless of ideology.

    Sometimes the standard fucks up, and it fucks up royally – but in this situation I think you are doing a really good job. Good on you!

  48. Steve Pierson 48

    MikeE. Appreciate the input but we are asking one-part questions, multi-part questions are setups to try to back the answerer into a predetermined final answer, which isn’t the point of the exercise.

    I would have thought a good rightwing question would be along that lines of: ‘How much should humans have to sacrifice for the sake of the environment?’ or ‘would the Greens prefer that Saddam Hussein was still in power in Iraq?’

  49. MikeE 49

    My questions aren’t trying to back the greens into a corner. I support them on this particular issue whole heartedly, and would love to see more rational debate on the topic.

    Feel free to call me right wing if you like… but the shoe doesn’t fit.

    I’m a liberal in all senses. I dont’ like people trying to controll me, be the in national or labour 😛

  50. Steve Pierson 50

    MikeE. fair enough.

    The thing is questions can’t be set ups or patsy’s like redbus’s one on Goudie. they’re not going to bring out interesting responses. handing Fitzsimmons a club to beat National is not the point of the excerise.

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    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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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