Judith Collins must go

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, August 19th, 2014 - 67 comments
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Back in March of this year John Key issued Judith “Tipline” Collins a final warning after she misled the media and him over how many meetings she had with Oravida Management during that fateful visit to China.

Stuff had this report:

Prime Minister John Key has signalled Justice Minister Judith Collins is on her final warning after she withheld details of a dinner in China with a company linked to her husband.

The dinner was with senior members of Oravida, a company that deals with New Zealand dairy products, and a senior Chinese government official. Collins’ husband David Wong-Tung is a director of the company.

Key met Collins this morning to express his disappointment that she did not come clean when questions were first raised about her visiting Oravida offices during her official visit to China last year.

Key said the cumulative effects of her interactions with Oravida could lead to a perception of a conflict of interest.

“I made clear to her in no uncertain terms how disappointed I was,” he said.

“She’s an outstanding minister but she’s handled this situation very poorly and I’ve made my feelings known to her directly this morning.”

Key said he had been left exposed because he had based his public defence of Collins on the incomplete information she had given him.

Collins had “misled by omission” and had a responsibility to reveal all the meetings she had in China, private or not, saying “she certainly should have made me aware of [the dinner]”.

“Judith had a responsibility when she was asked the questions not just to answer the question directly but to tell me and the New Zealand public everything that had gone on,” he said.

Instead, she had allowed events to accumulate, leading to the perception of a conflict of interest “and that’s unacceptable”.

Collins had assured him she did not discuss matters of national interest with the Chinese official and that it was just a personal dinner, and he accepted that, he said.

When asked whether this was a final warning for Collins he said “I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes if there was a repeat of it”.

“I just hope there wouldn’t be a repeat of this,” he said.

The Hager book has set out a number of claims about Collins for Key to consider and if he considers them properly Collins’ Ministerial career must be toast.

Chapter 4 of Hager’s book discusses the Collins Slater relationship.  It is possibly the most distressing part of the book. The cynical vile personal attacks Slater is willing to make and foster are bad enough but for a Minister of the Crown to willingly engage herself in this sort of approach to politics shows how morally bankrupt this Government is.

Mike Smith has highlighted the appalling attack on a public servant that occurred. Some will no doubt try and say that Collins could not predict how Slater would use the information or the outpouring of hate against an innocent public servant but she was a firm believer in “rewarding with double” and she knew Slater’s operating mode which by then was well established. She had to have a pretty good idea what was going to happen after Slater had received the information.

lprent has highlighted an astounding instance where an employee in Collins Minister’s office was told to turn around an OIA request from Slater within 30 minutes so that a reporter could be attacked. I bet every reporter in the mainstream media shook when they heard of this claim. The book describes a cynical process where legitimate OIAs were held up and Slater given the inside running so that he could break the story with suitable National spin applied. The effect of the book amongst the population at large is only just starting to be felt but I suspect that its effect on the fourth estate has been immediate and profound.

The other allegations made by Hager include these:

  • Collins being unworried at the leaking of police evidence,
  • Collins disclosing to Slater information about the Bronwyn Pullar incident and there is still a question of how the email from Michelle Boag to Collins was leaked to the media,
  • Collins disclosing to Slater all sorts of information and acting as a conduit between other National Ministers such as Amy Adams and Slater.

Are these instances and the Oravida failure to disclose incidence evidence of the same? They all show an appalling attitude to the media and anyone who Collins thought was a political problem was attacked.

Key was asked about the attacks yesterday morning by Guyon Espiner on morning report.  Stuff contains this description of the interview:

Key is standing by Collins, and said he did not know all the details of the scenario, so would not go into it.

“I don’t know all of the details behind all of that,” Key said on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report [yesterday].

“What I do know, is that it [the book] is a series of selective pieces of information, many of which can’t be backed up.”

The allegations were a “smear campaign” from the Left, he said.

How can a responsible Prime Minister admit that he does not know all the details and then use this as an excuse not to find out all the details? He has been very clever with the selection of information that he wants to know but this now looks like a charade. And where in the western world would these sorts of attacks on so called political opponents by a Minister using the resources and power of her office by tolerated?

John Key, it is time for Judith Collins to go.

67 comments on “Judith Collins must go”

  1. vto 1

    When John Key says… “don’t know the details sorry…”

    Can a journalist please ask him to find out the details?

    • Vagabundo 1.1

      Guyon Espiner in the RNZ interview basically asked him why he won’t ask Collins for the details. His voice went up a pitch and he made a very feeble attempt at blustering. To sum up, he “doesn’t know the details” and there’s no way in hell he’s going to find out. It’s the John Banks “didn’t read the police report and I never will” situation all over again.

      • You_Fool 1.1.1

        I am still waiting for the follow up questions when Key does this “So is this holding your ministers to higher ethical standards?”

        • Vagabundo 1.1.1.1

          Here’s the transcript of it, which seems accurate enough. Espiner asked Key a question to that effect, and Key basically gave a very incoherent answer to it.

          ESPINER: So this, this is just a way that dir, that politics is, now is it? This is dirty politics, but it’s OK?

          KEY: Well

          ESPINER: This is the moral leadership you seem to be presiding over here? Oh, well, it’s fair game, the door was open, so we came in and had a look around.

          KEY: Well, a left wing blogger worked out that the WINZ sites were open. And went.

          ESPINER: And so you uphold the same standards as some blogger do you, as the Prime Minister of New Zealand?

          KEY: No, what I’m saying to you,

          ESPINER: Well they are the analogies you’re giving me.

          KEY: No, they’re not, what I’m saying to you is, that a whole lot of assumptions were made in the book, or were cast that way, that were either would knowingly have been wrong because Nicky Hager must have known that was wrong: this is [?] that was broken into, or he was, you know, in such a rush to get the job out that was basically gone and run roughshod over the facts. But what I’m saying to you is that in the end, yeah, look, at the end of the day, people do look at things, and that’s just, that’s just the way it works.

          Muddying the waters: transcript Key on RNZ

    • Chris 1.2

      Yes! That goes for all of the claims in the book. Nobody’s putting that squarely to him.

    • Tracey 1.3

      her final warning was for not revealling everything to the PM? Ergo, the PM knew everything she was doing with Slater so his rules werentbroken.

  2. ScottGN 2

    She should be sacked. Sadly it seems Key doesn’t have the guts for it so we’re all going to have to do it on Saturday, September 20th.

  3. Harriet 3

    Reminds me of low polling Julia standing beside Craig Thompson.

    Well not really, as Collins has done next to nothing compared to Thompson. And Key is the polar opposite to Julia – according to the polling numbers on females.

    The polls won’t be any different in Nov if she stays or goes.

    Key will do the gentlemanly thing and stick by her. Women would expect that.

    There’s more votes in women than there is in integrity. As you all know.

    • vto 3.1

      How do you get your forehead and eyebrows to do that, Judith?

    • Colonial Viper 3.2

      Key will do the gentlemanly thing and stick by her. Women would expect that.

      Gufffaw!!! You gotta hang out with a better class of more discerning woman.

    • tricledrown 3.3

      Those who uphold the law should be above the laws
      Collin’s must go !
      Looks like McCready will have another former police minister in his sights!

    • tricledrown 3.4

      Harriet your an out of touch Dinosaur !
      It must really grate on your psyhc that your leader is off grovelling for the Maori vote today !

    • karol 3.5

      Have you read some of the stuff that Collins’ mates have written, as exposed in “Dirty Politics”? Collins and her male mates are no friends to women in general. Collins supports and runs with misogynistic men.

      The majority of women deserve better.

  4. Adrian 4

    People have surmised that Collins must have something on Key and pondered on what it could be. Isn’t it more likely that Slater has damning information on Key and that if that is available to anyone it is most likely to be Collins, Slater’s BFF.
    A great game is quessing what it may be, could it be around Key’s sudden unusual interest in NZ politics in the late nineties, unusual as this is a man who has professed no interest in the subject even to the point of being blissfully unaware of the the most criticial time in NZ politics, namely the Springbok Tour only a decade before.
    He has admitted he only wanted to be Prime Minister and rumours have swirled around monies he has alleged to have given the National Party to facilitate this, figures from 1 to 5 million have been mentioned. If proven this would be alarming, the old Democracy For Sale.
    Who would know?
    Well, the Nat Party President at the time was John Slater. 1998-2001, Cameron Slaters father.
    Coincidence? The truth always looks like coincidence until proven.
    As the said in the original Watergate, follow the money!

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    I think Collins should stay on 🙂

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      Yip. Sacking her is Key’s best escape path at this point, the longer he delays it the worse he’ll look.

  6. philj 6

    I chatted to a cafe owner and he said his two friends in London were currency traders with Key and they laughed when told that Key couldn’t remember stuff. They said he had a fantastic memory. Key seems to have forgotten how frequently he contacts Slater though. Hmmm…

    • vto 6.1

      Of course he does. Key has a trap-like memory. And you could see that yesterday when he was asked about his message to the Fat Slug after he said “dead west coast feral did the world a favour”.

      Key said he remembered it very well. And you could tell that he did remember it in absolute detail. Just like you can tell he lies when he says he can’t remember things.

      Key is a liar.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      There’s one thing I’ve never doubted and that’s Key’s professionalism as a money trader. To be successful in that field he would need an absolutely incredible memory. IMO, If Key says he can’t remember something then it’s pretty much a given that he’s lying.

  7. millsy 7

    Key will not get rid of Collins. He is too smart for that.

    He knows that Collins hopes of leading the National party have been all but dashed, with these clouds hanging over her, and that her ministerial career has peaked.

    If (heaven forbid!) National win the election I think you will find that Judith Collins will be in the list of losers in the subsequent cabinet reshuffle.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      If (heaven forbid!) National win the election I think you will find that Judith Collins will be in the list of losers in the subsequent cabinet reshuffle.

      Uh, no. If National win:

      “It will be proof that the NZ public was smart enough to realise that Hager’s unfounded allegations against Judith Collins were both overwrought and insubstantial.”

  8. marsman 8

    Is there anything criminal in what Collins did? Would love to see her in jail, double bunking, in a used container in a private prison.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      For example, if her Ministerial appointments showed a pattern that suggested a serious conflict of interest, and there were corroborating evidence (in the form of emails, say) that showed less than pure motives, I think she might be in trouble.

      I won’t be holding my breath though.

    • Roy 8.2

      Pity the poor woman she double-bunks with in that situation, I’d say!

  9. Dont worry. Be happy 9

    What a fascinating proposition…Key bought his leadership of the National Party and that the Slater family, and their close friend Crusher Collins, would know the details.

    Follow the money indeed.

    Then of course the question is why would John Key want to be PM? Out of another book….”By their deeds ye shall know them.”

  10. Papa Tuanuku 10

    Every day that Collins stays on the tax payer payroll is an indictment on each and every one of us. If Collins is not gone by launch time on the 24th, we need to commit to protesting the Launch in Papatoetoe. #wedontwantyouhere. Let’s take our country back.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    How can a responsible Prime Minister admit that he does not know all the details and then use this as an excuse not to find out all the details?

    John Key isn’t a responsible PM. He’s someone who thinks that the position of PM is to help his rich mates get richer.

    And where in the western world would these sorts of attacks on so called political opponents by a Minister using the resources and power of her office by tolerated?

    Apparently, NZ.

  12. mickysavage 12

    Another release of information has been made by whaledump. The email used by Collins to tell Slater of Pleasant’s details came from her lawfirm email and not from her ministerial or parliamentary email.

    There can be a number of reasons for this but one is that it is much more difficult to OIA a private email address.

    • redfred 12.1

      Even better shows her sly duplicity.

      • mickysavage 12.1.1

        It suggests a desire on her part that her role in this incident not be exposed.

        • Kiwiri 12.1.1.1

          Bloody hell. The question is what other ministerial-related purposes, parliamentary matters or government business have been conducted through that email address or her other personal addresses so that she can avoid OIA, public scrutiny or leaving a formal record!

          • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1.1

            Probably quite a bit. We need a law that says government business must be done through recorded government channels and any done outside those channels is treason.

    • Tracey 12.2

      Her law firm? Does this mean she hods a current practising certificate?

      Cathy Odgers and Judith Collins, both count slater as a friend and both are tax lawyers. Funny that.

    • Hayden 12.4

      The ol’ Sarah Palin gambit. The problem there was that someone got hold of her private account, as I recall.

  13. disturbed 13

    News flash, Nat’s are now meeting at parliament around Judith Collins. BOOM

    • Kiwiri 13.1

      The Nat MPs need help – if Collin has a kind of blackmail over the PM, what hold has she got over some or many of the Nat MPs? If she is not removed now, she will only continue to blackmail her way to more power over Cabinet and the National Party.

  14. Sable 14

    I don’t see old Keys giving Collins the the shove unless he is forced to do so by the National party. In fact I predict he will come out in her support, the question that then needs to be asked is why?

  15. One Anonymous Bloke 15

    I notice Key has stopped referring to Slater as “the guy”: now he’s “Cam”.

    There’s been substantial speculation as to why Key can’t sack Collins.

    It occurred to me this morning: what Deep Throat Mark Felt said to Bob Woodward: “Follow the money”. What else can it be?

  16. One Anonymous Bloke 16

    And Bill English just cut Collins loose.

    It’s not a style that I like and I don’t participate in it. I wouldn’t do it, I wasn’t involved in any of it it’s not my style of politics, it’s certainly not John Key’s style.

    “I certainly wouldn’t condone an attack by a blogger on public servant doing their job.”

  17. rob 17

    I find some of Judith Colins comments about fellow politicians highly offensive. If that kind of attitude was shown at my work place, either in public, or private correspondence, she would be spoken to.

  18. Tangled_up 18

    March this year:

    Prime Minister John Key has signalled Justice Minister Judith Collins is on her final warning after she withheld details of a dinner in China with a company linked to her husband.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9818950/Judith-Collins-comes-clean-about-dinner

    Today:

    Judith Collins’ decision to leak information to blogger Cameron Slater was “unwise” and she is now on her last chance, Prime Minister John Key says.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11311222

    • Tel 18.1

      Today’s spin and media releases have been so incredibly feeble I’m now starting to think the Nat’s are mentally unhinged.

    • Tracey 18.2

      a final warning, then a last chance… Next key will threaten to tell her dad and finally… A damehood

    • One Anonymous Bloke 18.3

      Too funny: Key’s feeble excuses include this pearler, that Collins didn’t leak Pleasant’s name, when Whaledump proved she did just that three hours ago.

      Follow the money.

  19. The real loser if and when collins goes is oravida. Who will do their bidding in China now?

    • Tracey 19.1

      jamie lee ross is only recently weaned, the smell of milk still in his nostrils and the good people of botany behind him. Who beter as next minister for oravida.

      • The Al1en 19.1.1

        Maybe, he looks like the sort that will do as he’s told.

        But just weaned, with that bald patch, must be ‘bitty’ from little Britain.

  20. redfred 20

    Unbelievably Collins just given last last chance

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11311222

    Collins and Slater must have the goods on Key.

    Key then blames Labour for a smear campaign…

    Keys clearly having a mental break.

    • wonderpup 20.1

      “Mr Key said that was still in place and denied she was now on her “last last” chance.”

      I snorted coffee all over my workstation. I would have paid good money to hear him say that.

  21. redfred 21

    Whaledump dumped again clearly showing Collins sent name and numbers contradicting her statement of numbers only…. last last last chance Mr Key?

  22. NZJester 22

    She must go? But guys this is only her second time on the last chance list and as long as she does not do anything wrong before next week her required time to be on John’s last chance list will have expired just like it did for the last offense she committed. Next week once the new evidence comes out of what else she has been doing she will have paid her dept to society for her wrong doing in John Keys eyes and will be ready to go back on his last chance list again for another week if he deems her crime serious enough. God help her if she gets caught out again before the end of the week and John has to put her on double or even triple last chance. He might ship her out of the country to somewhere like a holiday resort in Hawaii to think about what she has done. If she ever makes it to octet last chance in one week he will definitely fire her. After all there are 8 days in a week right?
    I mean guys John Key is not a monster and can only punish her for so long for committing the worst crime ever that a politician can commit. Getting caught out by the media.

    • Murray Olsen 22.1

      A week ago, I would have thought your post wasn’t serious. Now I’m not sure.

  23. daev 23

    So to must key and the entire national government

  24. daev 24

    So Amy Adams used Slater as well she got to go to

  25. Adrian 25

    Follow the money, the money Key paid the National party for the PMship and if he could hold on for long enough a knighthood. The only thing you can’t buy off the shelf with 100 mill.

  26. TheContrarian 26

    Yep – Collins has to go.

  27. disturbed 27

    TheContrarian
    +++1

  28. lurgee 28

    Every time I hear Key bleat, “The left do this too,” I really wish the journalists would challenge him on it:

    “When, Mr Key, have ‘the left’ abused their ministerial position to leak the identity of a public servant to an attack blog, so they can be held up to public abuse and threats? When have ‘the left’ abused the OIA process by alerting people to when information is being released and expediting the process?”

    Anyway, Collins has utterly, obviously lied, as she told Key she didn’t leak the name, just the job title (which is a bit like Slater’s attempts to get round name suppression). But it is right there in the email.

    Yesterday, Mr Key said he’d asked Ms Collins about the release of the civil servant’s name, identified as Simon Pleasants, and she told him she’d only passed on the job title to the blogger.

    Surely, she’s got to go after this? Key can’t let her carry on making him look really stupid.

  29. My husband & i think Judith Colins must go she has got away with to much over the past few years.
    Jane & peter Emerson

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    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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 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
    7 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
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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

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