Kathryn Ryan – Let the man talk!

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, March 11th, 2015 - 64 comments
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One of my real pet peeves is interviewers who don’t let incredibly knowledgeable people speak to the topic they have been invited. Today Judge Peter Boshier was being interviewed by Kathryn Ryan in his capacity as a Law Commissioner.

As the interview evolved it began to focus on possible changes to methods of dealing with accused and victims within the sexual violence spectrum.

BUT SHE JUST WOULDN’T LET THE GUY GIVE ENOUGH OF HIS VIEWS

I was driving along and twice I called out “let him speak!”

Listen here

BUT SHE JUST WOULDN’T LET THE GUY GIVE ENOUGH OF HIS VIEWS

He was polite, as I have always found him to be. What he thinks on this topic is of far greater interest to me than where she wants to go with the topic or what she thinks.

To remind Kathryn Ryan, this is the promo for Nine to Noon

“From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news – in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon’s expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with the latest lifestyle trends on this award-winning programme.”

Guide and listen Ms Ryan, you are not the star, your guests are.

64 comments on “Kathryn Ryan – Let the man talk!”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Kim Hill is waaaaay better. Pity she’s Saturday only.

    • tracey 1.1

      ^^^^^^^^ THIS

    • D'Esterre 1.2

      @ Lanthanide: “Kim Hill is waaaaay better. ”

      Er…not always. Many’s the time when she was on Nine to Noon that I’d shout “shut UP, Kim!” at the radio. However, in general, she seems to be better-informed and to ask more intelligent questions than most other presenters. She’s got the knack of following up on points raised by an interviewee, which often makes her interviews sound more like a conversation over the coffee – or like the debates I and some of my fellow university students would have at the cafe between lectures – and less like she’s following a formulaic set of questions.

      Which latter point (formulaic set of questions) is my main beef with Kathryn Ryan, especially – though not exclusively – during the book reviews. I’m tired of Ryan and don’t pay a lot of attention to the Nine to Noon slot any more . I’ve long since given up expecting her to read out feedback from listeners, a feature of the programme that I used to enjoy when Kim Hill presented it. I note that Hill still does that, to my great pleasure. I also liked that aspect of the afternoon programme when Jim Mora hosted it. Now that’s another programme I’ve largely given up on since Simon Mercep took it over. Concert FM gets a lot of my attention nowadays!

      • Lanthanide 1.2.1

        Kim has a much better grasp of science than the others do.

        • D'Esterre 1.2.1.1

          @ Lanthanide: “Kim has a much better grasp of science than the others do.”

          Yup, I’ve noticed that as well. Though I don’t think it was always so: her lack of background in science used to show, years ago during her “Nine to Noon” days. It seems to me that she’s come a long way in that regard over the last 15 years or so.

          • Lanthanide 1.2.1.1.1

            Simon Morton is actually pretty embarrassing, since This Way Up is generally all about technology, science and new inventions.

            There was one particular episode where he was talking about 3D printing, and was talking to some designer. He somehow managed to ask the question “so it won’t be long until an entire plane wing is being 3d printed?”, after the guy he was interviewing had been talking about small remote-controlled planes and had already mentioned that they printed *small parts* for the aerospace industry but it would be a long time until structural parts could be done that way.

      • M Scott 1.2.2

        Gosh that’s what I do to the radio when I am driving. Kim and Kathryn are both guilty of interrupting really interesting people just as they are saying something like, “and the really interesting thing is…” because they want to take the interviewee on a completely different tangent.
        God it’s frustrating.
        Kim is much better informed, I agree.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.2.2.1

          Speaking from experience, some interviewers go over the material beforehand, and while some of their segues can be awkward, airtime is a scarce resource.

    • gsays 1.3

      generally i would agree with you however the trainwreck that was kim hill interviewing john pilger will stay with me forever.

      • D'Esterre 1.3.1

        @gsays: “the trainwreck that was kim hill interviewing john pilger will stay with me forever.”

        I’d add a couple to that: Jeffrey Archer and Robert Winston (speaking of scientific knowledge…)

        I heard all of them: though wasn’t the Pilger one televised? That’s my recollection, in any case.

        My impression at the time was that all three interviewees were hostile right from the beginning, as if, either they’d heard negative things about her and were determined to dislike her (in fact, I recall Archer saying as much), or they took exception to being asked hard questions by a woman.

        As I recall, Pilger in particular seemed to take exception to her, as if he knew everything about his area and she shouldn’t presume to question or challenge him at all. He came across as abrasive and humourless. And a self-important oik.

        The same was true of Robert Winston. By the time she did that interview, she’d got a pretty good grasp of the sciences. Not that you’d have known it from Winston’s reaction to her questions. It seemed to me that he went out of his way to misinterpret or misunderstand her. All in all, a very prickly interviewee indeed, and for no reason that I as listener could discern. He went a long way down in my estimation that morning.

        • Murray Rawshark 1.3.1.1

          Pilger was a shocking interviewee. He treated Kim Hill as if she were from Fox News. I like most of his work, but as a person he seems to be a bit of a FJK. Just a bit.

      • North 1.3.2

        I remember that interview well and frankly as much as I respect and admire Pilger it was he who was the dog on that occasion.

        From the very outset (paraphrased)…….KH – “And now, John Pilger……John Pilger……how are you ?” JP – (witheringly) “How’s it relevant how I am ? What a ridiculous question !”

        And so it went on. Pilger was gratuitously offensive and came across as an up-himself prima donna on that occasion.

        • gsays 1.3.2.1

          hi d esterre and north, yes you both seem to have summed up the tone of the interview with pilger, he came across as being very prickly. kim hill being no shrinking violet didnt need much to give as well as she got.

        • D'Esterre 1.3.2.2

          @ North: ” Pilger was gratuitously offensive and came across as an up-himself prima donna on that occasion.”

          Indeed. So far up himself, in fact, that it’s a wonder he could see where he was walking. It’s affected my perception of him long-term, unfortunately. It seems to me that he’s a man who’s come to believe his own publicity.

    • Saarbo 1.4

      She used to be…haven’t been impressed with her lately, whether its her or her producer Im not sure, but the topics/interviewees just don’t impress anymore (IMHO)

  2. Marksman33 2

    Snap tracey, she did nothing but infuriate me today ( truth be known, she does most days) .I had fired of 2 strongly worded txt to her before it was even 9.30, one telling her she really should be in Parliament throwing up patsy questions to the government in question time, after her pathetic interview with that Rowarth women, honestly it was nauseating.
    Unfortunately Ryan seems to have an overinflated opinion of her intelligence, and a massive ego, to the extent that she never listens to Rnz in general or Kim Hill in particular when she is not at work. Can’t stand the competition. Word is around the traps, she is a tyrant to work for and has a high turnover of lackeys. I am hopefull that when we finally get a change of govt, she’ll be one of the first to get the arse. Here’s hoping.

    • tracey 2.1

      She is originally from Dunedin.

      Hope that helps

    • fisiani 2.2

      “when we finally get a change of government she’ll be one of the first to get the arse.”
      These are the bone chilling words of the state controllers of the Left. The Stasi. Government should never hire or fire employees because of their opinions, beliefs or faith or colour or whatever. That ugly intolerant side of the Left should be called out but the silence of endorsement is deafening.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.1

        I expect that explains why the National Party hired Griffin.

        • fisiani 2.2.1.1

          Do you agree with Marksman33? Or are you just trying to fudge. It’s not clear.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.1.1.1

            I’m sure you agree that poor performance often leads to unemployment. Bias in a public service broadcast interviewer is pretty much the definition of poor performance.

            That said, I’m not sure what Ryan has done to demonstrate bias.

            Now, about your hypocrisy…

      • So you would be opposed to sacking the Labour Government appointees to ACC the instant national got into power in 08?

      • DoublePlusGood 2.2.3

        It’s more that an incoming government has to sack all the incompetent people that National hired, which in this case would be the board of RNZ responsible for incompetent public broadcasting.

      • greywarshark 2.2.4

        Coming on The Standard and taking an opposite view to everyone and arguing it through could be prescribed as therapy for those concerned about advancing dementia. Progress would be monitored and deterioration noted to the final pont of incoherence. An unexpected beneficence from this amazing forum! RWs are quick to take advantage of freely available community amenities as we note from so many regular ones here.
        Do you agree fishiani?
        edited

      • tracey 2.2.5

        what did you think of the intervirew with peter boshier?

        • fisiani 2.2.5.1

          So several hours later and not a single person expressing disgust at the totalitarian intolerant Marksman33. No wonder the Left is clearly not fit for office.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.5.1.1

            Yes. No-one expressed disgust.

            Therefore your self-declared conditions have not been met.

            That means I’m an existential threat to you, eh. Choice, it’s your cage after all.

          • tracey 2.2.5.1.2

            several hours later and you haven’t said what you thought of the interview (the subject of the post)

            Take your distraction to Open Mike (copy the part of the offending post and take it to Open Mike) but stop distracting from the topic of this thread. It’s like you are the blog embodiment of national’s distract from the issue strategy. No wonder the Right is not fit for office.

      • Rodel 2.2.6

        f – For once (just once) I have to agree with you on this point. I wonder if M33 is genuine or serious though.

        • tracey 2.2.6.1

          you agree that the left reflects the bone chilling words of the State controller, the Stasi? Cos that is what F is claiming. Good-o, you are entitled to your opinion.

          However marksman33 didnt write the post tot his thread and the deliberate distraction from that post from some is more than annoying and you have all played nicely into Fisi “Honest John” Ani hands.

      • North 2.2.7

        That’s rich from a guy/guyess who’s into catatonic proselytising for ‘Honest John’, the simpering, effete, gauche fuck. Wherein any foulness and filth is inspired and earth-moving apparently. You gotta get past a 15 year old’s apppreciation of things and your appalling hypocrisy old FizzyAnus. Honest John thinks you’re a fuckwit anyway mate.

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    Its clear that its a hobby horse for Ryan.

    he ended up being the ‘ moderator’ for her opinions

  4. tc 4

    Ryan is full of herself and belongs on TV with other egomaniacs like garner, gower, H men etc.

    Kim is not flash eithrr when she dislikes the subject or person and butts in constantly

  5. saveNZ 5

    She’s a shocker.

  6. greywarshark 6

    Kathryn Ryan isn’t all bad! She is interested in her subjects usually, informed usually, and might be getting like Chris Laidlaw in trying to plumb one particular point which is described in depth and length.

    • tracey 6.1

      did you listen to it?

      • greywarshark 6.1.1

        Yes a lot of it. But not all directly. I heard enough to understand that he made points and she did but if it was a contest I don’t know who won!

        There was some interesting talk going on about how to deal with rape, and what female victims would like to happen which I thought was good to air. And that he is on the Law Commission and in a position perhaps to bring about change that allowed a different way of justice that would be kinder to the victim and speak directly to the perp.

        • tracey 6.1.1.1

          but she derailed him wanting to talk about how two diff streams could be run cos she cldnt see how it cld work she stopped him.

  7. Old Mickey 7

    Havign sat on a charity board with Judge Peter, I am sure hes donest have any of his own ideas worth sharing. He didnt say one useful thing in 2 years, although he really enjoyed the tea and biscuits

    • tracey 7.1

      every time you comment you confirm that you are a fool

      this comment makes me want to know which board cos if you were one of the intelligent ones….

    • North 7.2

      That Boshier shared nothing with you OldMickey probably defines you and uplifts him. Was around him for half a decade four and a half decades ago. And all I’ve personally seen from time to time since is pretty good stuff. Can only say that where he’s at right now is not undeserved. In contrast to the cheap styles of a smart arse right-wing twerp whose choice of pseudonym is a wilful mockery of values said twerp is dispositionally incapable of appreciating.

      Further, bet you licked his arse at every one of the board meetings. Let’s test it aye ? You tell me your name and the board and I’ll give you mine and the context in which I knew him.

      • North 7.2.1

        Oh…..just this…..pious right-wing fucks on charity boards make me chunder.

        As though that atones for ringing snobbery/blackness of heart.

        Bush The Senior paid for several Ivy League buldings/alma mater/degree for the idiot chickenhawk son didn’t he ?

    • Murray Rawshark 7.3

      Is that the charity FJK gives all his pay to?

  8. Marksman33 8

    Fistula, grow up clown, we don’t need the stasi, we got GCSB. Oh thats right, they work for your side, there alright.

  9. Old Mickey 9

    You choose not to read my answers, that’s fine. Your choice. From my experience, council bureaucrats failed to follow rules, and when questioned council backed down. Watch the 180 position change coming with the Kauri.

    [Get on topic or remove yourself from this post before you’re removed from it. To make it easy for you – the post is about an interviewer not doing their job very well. The post is not about your opinion or experience with bureaucracy or with people on charity boards.] – Bill

  10. Bill 10

    Wasn’t giving it my undivided attention, but my impression was…

    Attempting to lecture when she should have been merely offering clarification.
    Grandstanding when she should have been listening.
    Promoting her own viewpoint when she should have been exploring his.

    She came across as an idiot (no surprise there) who succeeded in broadcasting a sliced and diced mess instead of a professional, flowing interview.

  11. yabby 11

    It’s not just Ryan in my books, she’s not bad, even though I did and do prefer Kim too. It’s so many of the Media across all disciplines. They’re the story, they’re the star, they’re a brand. They wonder why blogs have become so widely used across the political spectrum and they wonder why we’re turning off in droves while they have cosy tete a tetes with each other. Twitter is the place to see them all – enormous egos. I shudder

  12. Pat 12

    Really????!? A good discussion and informative….Is it perhaps KRs politics that offend you rather than her ability as an interviewer?

    • tc 12.1

      Lets not confuse her politics for her lack of objectivity and professionalism in getting an experts opinions on the airwaves rather than what she wanted or was directed to.

      It’s been so long most MSM consumers would see proper journalism as a VLWC due to the CT/NACT spin and themes dominating the discourse and leaving a taste for the dog whistle rather than where the chips may fall which is what objectivity produces.

    • tracey 12.2

      No Pat, cos this is the first time I have posted about it. I have a particular interest in the topic Boshier was trying to traverse and she just kept going on to tell me what she thinks when he is part of a group seeking to influence a new direction, new ideas and may be new legislation.

      The Left and Right ought to be equally intereste din what he was saying also, given the palava over what Little said in Campaign 2014 and what Labour policy actually was.

      https://www.labour.org.nz/sites/default/files/issues/policy-endingvoilence-policy.pdf

      What is her politics Pat, do tell?

  13. Venezia 13

    I am so pleased to see someone has posted on this issue. I heard Tuesday’s interview with the woman from the Teacher’s Union and was disgusted with Kathryn Ryan’s inability to allow her to explain the teachers’ point of view on the new Government plans for the Teachers Council. I have never heard such a hurried, quick fire questioning with many interruptions to the answers. It was nothing but dismissive of a valid critique of Government proposals. Then Hekia Parata was allowed to spout on without any challenge. What a waste of listening time!

    • tc 13.1

      Exactly, soapbox for the NACT dogma without some inconvenient facts from the so called independant public radio jock without same treatment to the woman from teachers council.

      Its designed to be a waste of anyones time who expects a fair hearing for both sides so you turn off or better still go to radio rant land for some real hillbilly rhetoric.

      RNZ has been superbly marshalled by Griffin as a DP ancillary messaging platform.

  14. peterlepaysan 14

    All of the radio (actually and TV) mouthpieces do it, to a greater or lesser degree.

    They are all seeking the attention grabbing headline (one must never let the facts get in the way of a good headline).

    Scribblers are just as bad.

    Plunket, when he was on Morning Report was one of the worst at looking for the imagined headline (mind you Espiner is getting up there).

    Plunket has since rather famously covered himself in himself.

    To be fair radio and tv have tight time constraints, I just wish Ryan and/or Freeman stop extending verbiage to reduce overseas correspondents to three minutes or less

    • Murray Rawshark 14.1

      Mihingarangi Forbes really stands out as competent and different. She elicits information in a very effective manner.

      • tc 14.1.1

        Because she cuts them off when they refuse to answer her question as any decent journalist should otherwise it’s just providing another plug for their theme…..wonder how long before maxwells silver hammer nails her.

        Her treatment of JLR in one of the pre election shows was an example of how it’s done, he had no answers just robotic slogans and you were left in no doubt as to what a buffoon he is to not even have the right message to trot out.

        Key/Joyce/Blinglish would’ve at least projected a form of credibility but JLR came across as the classic vacuous sockpuppet he is and that’s how it’s done kids.

  15. philj 15

    Timely post Tracry. + 1. RNZ National is rapidly becoming a low grade apologist mouthpiece for tbe Government. Kathryn Ryan has been guilty of incorrect framing of questions and having a pro government bias. She is not alone in that respect. The Government thinks RNZ is a hotbed of radical lefties! Give Tory Exec Griffin a bonus, he has been effective in trashing the standard and quality of a once proud Public Broadcaster. And new CEO says the plumetting ratings are due to the public getting used to new presenters. Come back Geof and Chris, all is forgiven! Or , you left the sinking ship just in time?

    • D'Esterre 15.1

      @philj: ” Give Tory Exec Griffin a bonus, he has been effective in trashing the standard and quality of a once proud Public Broadcaster.”

      I’m a very longterm (50+ years) listener to RNZ. In fairness all round, the quality of the presenters has been variable over all that time. I recall Sharon Crosbie as being the first really good interviewer RNZ had had; of all of them at the time, she was the only one who could elicit anything out of Muldoon when he was PM; he’d get hostile and combative with everyone else.

      But after her, there was a succession of very ho-hum presenters on Nine to Noon, one of which is now Minister of Conservation. Somebody forgettable before her; the name escapes me now; those years were a bit of a dark night of the soul, really.

      Then along came Kim Hill, and in my view, she’s one out of the box when it comes to interviewing. Not that I think every interview she does is good; but on balance she’s very sharp. God, she was good at nailing pollies to the wall on Morning Report when she did a stint there! She was known as the rottweiler, if I remember rightly. Remember the 9/11 attacks in New York? It was she who was brought in to present Morning Report along with Geoff that day when the news broke. Wotsisname the co-presenter got the morning off.

      I approve of the changes made to the Sunday morning programme; I’d tired of Chris Laidlaw, who really was a hopeless interviewer. I really like Wallace Chapman’s style, and the fresh approach he’s brought to the show.

      And today I heard a promo for Saturday morning, and Noelle McCarthy is sitting in for KH. Arrgghh!! I won’t be listening: a little bit of her goes an exceedingly long way with me.

  16. philj 16

    KR interviewing expert on ‘Fairy Census’. Nuf said. Switching off now …

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    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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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

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