Key has cried wolf too often

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, July 13th, 2011 - 98 comments
Categories: capital gains, john key, tax - Tags: ,

John Key is getting shriller and shriller on the topic of capital gains tax (CGT). How’s this for starters:

Key: Tax system envy of the world

New Zealand’s tax system is the envy of the world and does not need Labour’s capital gains tax which would prove to be “a dagger through the heart of growth”, says Prime Minister John Key.

Our tax system is the envy of the world [citation needed]? Probably explains why all those other OECD countries are rushing to drop their CGT. Probably explains why so many businesses and wealthy individuals are flocking to our shores. Hang on, wait, those things didn’t happen.  As for “a dagger through the heart of growth”, oh please. It’s Key vs just about every economist, analyst and commentator in New Zealand on the wisdom of a CGT.

Further Key scaremongering is summarised in this Sunday Star Times piece.  But notice how writers (and cartoonists) are not taking Key seriously any more, they’re openly making fun of his hysterics:

A capital gains tax is the end of the world. It will “crush everyday New Zealanders”, says John Key. It is “economic vandalism”, says Key’s twin, Transport Minister Steven Joyce. It will send New Zealand “screaming backwards”, says Key, and force Kiwis to “flee” abroad. It will strangle little children in their beds (or something like that).

This kind of nonsense is nothing new for Key.  Here’s a sample of the same from before the  last election:

“I’ve had nine years of being told what lightbulb I can screw into the house, what shower I can take, what food I can eat, what things I can do, what thoughts I am allowed to have.

What is new is that Key isn’t getting away with it any more.  The teflon is long gone, and Key has cried wolf too often.  His popularity hasn’t followed his credibility into the downwards spiral yet, but it will.

98 comments on “Key has cried wolf too often”

  1. “Lookout! Sri Lankan pirate-rapist-thieves on the horizon steaming DIRECTLY AT YOU!!!”

  2. Gosman 2

    So because you are stating he has cried wolf too often does this mean that you actually believed him at some stage in the past?

    If you didn’t believe him in the past then what evidence do you have that his crying wolf days have exceeded this magical limit you have identified that qualifies as ‘too often’?

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Wha…

      Not everyone was enchanted with the pied piper of Hamlin from the start you know.

      what evidence do you have that his crying wolf days have exceeded this magical limit

      The final evidence gathering stage ends on Nov 26.

      Next.

      • Gosman 2.1.1

        So you would agree that if a National led government is the result of the upcoming election then this post is a load of nonsense?

        • Blighty 2.1.1.1

          I think having to make that concession over some old blog post would be the least bad outcome of such a result.

        • Lanthanide 2.1.1.2

          I take it from this question, that if the opposite occurs and National lose, you will agree that this post is correct?

          Why did you even bother asking such a petty schoolyard question?

          • Ianupnorth 2.1.1.2.1

            Because he is a retard, as pointed out by his inane troll like posts?

        • Akldnut 2.1.1.3

          So you would agree that if a National led government is the result of the upcoming election then this post is a load of nonsense?

          Beside the scare mongering trend which is spot on the mark, it would only take a slight downward show in the polls (which I believe is highly likely to happen) for the theme of this post to be correct so will ya come back and eat “Humble Pie” if it happens!

    • Pascal's bookie 2.2

      The evidence is right there in the post Gossy. And in the media. Commentators in the media are starting to mock his statements.

  3. Bored 3

    The brilliance of Shonkey is that he spouts crap that aligns with the “aspirations” of his followers. So far its worked, more people think what is not true is good for them. How they will rage when reality bites!

    • bbfloyd 3.1

      at least half of them will be open to the theory that it was labours fault for letting him in in the first place.. and so the cycle keeps going…..

  4. sdm 4

    But to Joe Public, he is still a) believed and b) popular. It seems to be what the left dont get. Middle NZ is voting for Key, bar any major event.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      “Middle NZ” earning $29,000 p.a. is voting for Key? Really?

      Or is that “Middle NZ” on a combined household income of $60,000-$100,000 p.a.?

      BTW I know Green Party supporters who like Key. *Shrug* every one has their faults.

      • Polls keep showing Key has about two thirds support – that must cover a fair amount of the middle.

        Trying to paint Key as a wolf in sheeps clothing has not been very succussful to date, that suggests a disconnect with the electorate (on the part of the criers).

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          Polls keep showing Key has about two thirds support – that must cover a fair amount of the middle.

          About 2/3? Which polls? Polls of NAT members?

          • queenstfarmer 4.1.1.1.1

            Well, 2/3rds of decided voters:
            Although National’s support has dropped, backing for Mr Key as preferred prime minister has risen from 67.7 per cent last month to 70.6 per cent of decided respondents.
            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10735604

            On that basis I think polls of NAT members would be somewhat higher than 2/3rds.

          • Luva 4.1.1.1.2

            CV

            Are you trying to say that some median or below median income earners don’t support Key?

          • Puddleglum 4.1.1.1.3

            I think it would be interesting – so far as polls go – to have a Likert response on these ‘support’ questions, whether for Key, Goff, National, Mana, etc., etc..

            Something like ‘Strongly support’, ‘Support’, ‘Neither support nor not support’, ‘Don’t support’, ‘Strongly Don’t support’. It would go some way to indicating where there is room for movement in future.

            Perhaps there’s a poll that does that? Maybe they all do and I just haven’t noticed. 

            On the other hand, maybe it’s not a good idea to feed this appetite for polls. 

    • Bored 4.2

      As I said, therein is his brilliance. Watch how people respond when the snake oil proves to be crap.

    • Tom Gould 4.3

      @ sdm, get real please. “Joe Public” only know him through the telly, and the telly keeps telling them he is a) believable and b) really nice, so what do you expect. Then the telly polls “Joe Public” and announces the shock news that Key is seen as a) believed and b) popular. These are the same ‘telly people’ who say Goff cannot win an election. So, go figure?

      • sdm 4.3.1

        Joe Public vote.. I know that for many on the left, its hard to comprehend how the middle thinks. Too long in ivory towers, or perhaps sipping a latte in ponsonby.

        I laugh at bomber when he posts a picture of John Key drinking a beer – as if he is mocking him. What he is actually mocking, or holding in contempt, is middle New Zealand.

        There is, and has been since about 2007, a disconect between the left and middle NZ. You wont win an election until you have reconnected.

  5. Craig Glen Eden 5

    Not only is Key getting shriller and shriller so are his supporters. Calm down Gosman and stop your crying.

    • Murray 5.1

      Crying. What crying?
      All the crying, whinging and whining appears to be coming from the left

      • bbfloyd 5.1.1

        the real whinging is yet to get underway.. that doesn’t start until the dupes that voted national figure how badly they were suckered. THEN it gonna get loud and repetitive.

        it’s obvious you don’t actually read the posts completely.. or you don’t understand the difference between whinging(which is what righty’s do when their fantasy world gets disturbed by reality), and researched information put here for the benifit of any who choose to be educated on the truth of john key’s fraud, and the sad reality of life under a national socialist govt.

  6. queenstfarmer 6

    What, cartoonists not taking politicians seriously anymore? Quelle horreur!

  7. vto 7

    His other problem, besides being shrill and inconsistent, is that he really quite lacks an amount of simple knowledge on many many things that should be standard fare for a PM. He is just kind of shallow.

    • Tiger Mountain 7.1

      Whats to like? flabby, boozer, flash Hawaiian bach in contested land rights area, oodles of ill gotten (even if legal) dosh, so many shares he hasn’t had time to count them accurately, spits on conflicts of interest, a quick to surface mean and nasty streak, little eye for detail, script reader, busting to sell our assets, hangs out with scum (Vietch etc) and yes shallow.

      • Lanthanide 7.1.1

        He was voted hottest politician in that durex survey a couple of years ago.

        I think he’s aged quite a bit since then.

      • queenstfarmer 7.1.2

        oodles of ill gotten (even if legal) dosh
        Care to explain?

        • travellerev 7.1.2.1

          I’d love to!
          Here are a few links to some video’s you might need to watch to get up and running with what the reserve banking system and who owns it is all about:

          Money as debt 1 and 2 and Money Masters 1 and 2 (They’ll set you back about 5 hours but it is very entertaining and instructive)

          Here is the link to a series of articles written by William Engdahl, a German economist, journalist and and writer about the recent banking history and the financial Tsunami heading our way. (that’ll set you back another 5 hours but again is very instructive)

          And last but not least here is a link to my blog which has some links to articles I published about my research on John Key and some flyers which you might want to read and if you like them feel free to download, print and give them away. (might set you back a day or two but I promise is again very entertaining and instructive)
          I hope this helps!

          • queenstfarmer 7.1.2.1.1

            So after I watch 10+ hours of video, and then read a great deal of blog posts (which I see are on such highly relevant topics as anti-Zionism and Elliot Spitzer), I might or might not get an explanation?

            How about you give the executive summary instead, or is that too much to ask?

            • travellerev 7.1.2.1.1.1

              OK, Let’s start with Derivatives. Warren Buffet called them financial weapons of mass destruction.

              They were illegal after the great depression (because they were the major cause for the Great depression) until they were re-legalised in the early 1980s and one of the first speculative attacks on a currency with a Derivatives tool was in 1987 by a gentleman called Andrew Krieger. John Key was the guy who serviced this attack on the other side making his first mark in the derivatives trade (see flyers on my blog).

              When the bankers trust collapsed as a result of a court case from Proctor and Gamble against said bank because of fraudulent derivatives trades (The bank had a word for their un-transparent crappy derivatives gains: the ROF or Rip off factor) he was head hunted by Merrill Lynch were he became the global head of Forex and the European head of Derivatives and bonds (According to his own website and the beehive website ) for Merrill Lynch were he became involved in the collapse of the LTCM hedge fund scandal after which he had to fire just about all his colleagues earning him the nickname the “Smiling Assassin”. 

              Legal perhaps but thoroughly unethical and downright dangerous and currently a time bomb waiting to go and blow up whatever is left of the financial system.

              No try to blow that one up in my face and do your own research. I spent the time and so should you.

              By the way Spitzer was a going after the banksters which is why he was unceremoniously exposed for the hypocrite that he is to bring him down.
               

              • queenstfarmer

                So how does all this support an accusation of “unethical-ism” or “ill gotten-ism (for want of better words) against John Key?

                • Colonial Viper

                  NZ Rail shares. Look it up.

                • Tell you what Q, I’m not going to waste more time on you but why don’t you ask the Greek and the rest of Europe in the months to come? Here’s Max Keiser on the crisis and remember he’s got a huge amount of shares in BoA giving him a huge conflict of interest in keeping this country financially healthy.

                  His choice is keep the banking system floating and keep my fortune intact or go bankrupt but help Kiwi’s keep their country.

                  Have a nice day!

                  • queenstfarmer

                    I see. So John Key is somehow linked to the Greek crisis, and all will be revealed “in the months to come”. That settles that, then.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    There’s really no point T.Ev, queenstfarmer just doesn’t want to believe that our present socio-economic system and his hero Jonkey is unethical.

                    • queenstfarmer

                      Not a case of “not wanting to believe” anything. Just a case of where are the facts to support a serious allegation against John Key?

                      So far, there are no facts to support it, just a strange conspiracy theory involving future events in Greece and Elliot Spitzer.

                      Though I now see you’ve implicated the entire socio-economic system, so I guess facts about one particular person are neither here nor there!

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      If you’d bothered going and reading/watching what travellerev had linked to then you would see the facts. As you immediately decided not to watch/read them it can only be supposed that you just don’t want to know.

              • Gosman

                Derivativs were illegal after the Great depression were they???

                What evidence do you have for this?

                • Cowboy hat boy,
                  Read up on Roosevelt’s New Deal! All kinds of derivatives, be they exchange traded or over-the-counter, were strictly banned and outlawed in the United States between 1936 and 1982. (Webster Tarpley)
                   

                  • Gosman

                    So what was the CBOT and CME doing during the years 1936 through to 1982 if the items they specialised in were in fact illegal?

                    I don’t think you really understand derivatives travellerev. You have read a bunch of left wing bollocks on the internet which you regurgitate but your level of knowledge is seriously lacking.

                    • I have no idea what CBOT and CME stands for but I’m sure some form of very regulated derivatives were still available. As the article of Webster Tarpley states “most” forms i.e. the ones causing the great depression because they were just fancy forms of gambling just like they are now were made illegal.

                      Have a nice day, cowboy hat boy! ( I wonder, do you take this shit to your dad to give you hints as how to be as obnoxious and ignorant as possible? LOL)

                      Oh and again what’s with hte left wing shit, don’t you know that I’m right wing, at least according to most around here! ROFL.

                    • Gosman

                      CBOT and CME are just two of the biggest derivatives exchanges in the world. But why would you be expected to know that when you spout absolute nonsense about derivatives being illegal from 1936 to 1982.

                      You do realise that derivatives are essentially a form of insurance don’t you? Do you wish to make insurance illegal?

                    • Sigh!!!, For those off you who want to know what the hell we are talking about here are a couple of useful links:

                      Derivatives, Bucket shops, Financial Weapons of Mass destruction, New Deal. Enjoy!

                      Have a nice day Cowboy hat boy and say hello to your dad from me!

                    • Gosman

                      My dad??? Why would I be speaking to my father?

                      You didn’t answer my question which just highlights your ignorance about a subject you continue to pontificate about.

                      Are you against the idea of insurance, which essentially derivatives are a form of?

            • freedom 7.1.2.1.1.2

              Roger Waters says it well

              “A Banker in Manhatten reaps what he has sown
              Whilst a farmer in Ohio was just repaying a loan”

              Key made his money by not producing anything,
              but like all parasites in banking he profited from the earning potential of another’s efforts

  8. This is what Max Keiser has to say about Financial vandalism. ROFL!!!

  9. Murray 9

    Wow! Here you all go again, obsessing over John Key
    You guys have some serious psychological issues

    • ROFL, I just did a quick search on this site with your name and Helen Clark combined. Talk about obsession!

      F&*ck off Murray or come back with some real arguments as to why we should all crawl up John Key’s backside!

      • Murray 9.1.1

        Yea Right! Your a bit light on search accuracy.
        Doesn’t take long for the nastiness to show through, does it.
        Bit of a conspiracy theorist are we travellrev

        • travellerev 9.1.1.1

          I don’t do theories Murray and what does it have to do with you calling John Key critics obsessive? no mate, the nastiness is all on your site.

        • Gosman 9.1.1.2

          travellerev is the queen of the Conspiracy theorists. Even many left wing posters here back away quietly from her when she starts frothing at the keyboard about some wackier aspect of her beliefs.

          • travellerev 9.1.1.2.1

            Left wing, right wing, make up your mind. ROFL.
             

          • Vicky32 9.1.1.2.2

            Even many left wing posters here back away quietly from her when she starts frothing at the keyboard about some wackier aspect of her beliefs.

            It seems to me it’s not the left who back away from her, but the faux left, people who are at bottom, libertarian, like VoR…

    • r0b 9.2

      I can certainly see why you’d rather everyone forgot about him just now Murray.

    • Frank Macskasy 9.3

      Ok, Murray, do you have anything constructive to add to the debate?

  10. davidc 10

    Murry, they are obsessed with Key because they know they dont need to worry about Goff! afterall he is the leader that will carry them forward to victory!

    (Even if only 3% of voters think Goff is going a great job!)

    • Deadly_NZ 10.1

      And don’t forget KY said if he lost the next election he’s gone back to Hawaii (oh yes he’s a for real kiwi ). I did read somewhere (and i’ll try to find it) that the Bank of America was under the gun and the speculation is that KY has a lot of his $$$ tied up in them, the spec was he could lose 25-30 million. Fuck wouldn’t I laugh then!!

  11. policywonk 11

    Espiner claims Labour’s own in-house polling on the CGT shows strong disapproval of the notion of a capital gains tax:

    – 43% disapproving or strongly disapproving of the proposed tax
    – 14% approving and 17% strongly approving

    This has to be concerning for tomorrow’s announcement

    • Lanthanide 11.1

      Not really, because if you read the comments on stuff.co.nz you will see that many people really have no idea what the CGT proposal actually is. A lot of people think it’s on the family home, or only on investment properties and nothing else, etc.

      • That highlights a potential danger – that the proposed CGT policy addresses “many people really have no idea” with a simplistic populist approach rather than a proper revamp to a broader more simple tax and welfare system.

        Will Labour anounce a bold and innovative long term paln? Or just aim for rescuing November?

        • Lanthanide 11.1.1.1

          They have no idea because the policy hasn’t been formally announced yet and was instead leaked to the media. The initial media reports on Tues/Weds didn’t specifically rule out the family home and didn’t specifically rule in all capital gains not just investment properties.

          Assuming the media actually reports the policy properly tomorrow, people will be more informed about what the proposal actually is.

    • Lanthanide 11.2

      Turns out policywonk deliberately didn’t include the findings that put National’s plans in a bad light:

      “When they were asked about the Government’s intention to partially sell state-owned assets, 17 per cent approved, 21 per cent weren’t sure and 58 per cent disapproved.

      Asked to choose between the two policies, 55 per cent picked a capital gains tax and 32 per cent asset sales.”

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5280754/CGT-preferable-to-asset-sales-poll

      • lprent 11.2.1

        Interesting. I think I should start viewing policywonk’s comments. Being partisan is one thing. Deliberately trying to mislead tends to be a bit more idiotic?

        Ummm yes, old attitude – new handle. But no bans

    • kriswgtn 11.3

      Espiner is doing what hes told and spinning his masters wishes round like the circus clown he is

  12. randal 12

    Key was a ring in right from the start. I think he thought he could commute from hawaii and stil be PM but it just isnt that easy. He has just turned into one of boagey and roger mutts creations and unfortunately there is no substance.

  13. jackal 13

    What people don’t seem to understand is that they wont be voting for Key to be Prime Minster after the next election, he’s apparently leaving.

    It is hard to know who from the National rank and file has the same smiling assassin qualities needed in a right wing leader. Clearly he’s one of the best liars amongst them.

    Shonkey will probably be employed by Merrill Lynch again with a nice big bonus for the privatisation con.

    Key’s popularity seems to be the only argument the RWNJ have at the moment. It’s a very weak argument considering the polling is probably conducted in Remuera.

    I find it puzzling that polling for preferred Prime Minster is showing Key to be that popular. It’s my belief that the recent Joyce Mediaworks bribe of millions of dollars might have something to do with it.

    It’s also relevant to note that people don’t vote on preferred Prime Minster, so there will be no way to verify how accurate the polling is.

    Here’s an example of inaccurate polling in New Zealand.

    • marsman 13.1

      One can imagine the deeply creepy, sneaky Stephen Joyce taking over from Key so that the Nats can do as much underhanded damage to this country as possible and shovel the spoils into their chums’ pockets.

  14. Hi folks! Has anyone already done some homework with the FACTS about the existing Capital Gains Taxes that are already in operation in other countries?
    EG:

    Australia
    Canada
    UK
    USA

    Preferably with links to the critical actual pieces of CGT legislation for each of those countries?

    If not – I will make the time to do it myself – but would prefer not to ‘reinvent’ the research wheel if anybody else has already done so?

    Fight IGNORANCE with FACTS!

    Thanks!
    Penny Bright
    http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

  15. alex 15

    Excuse me Colonel Viper, but as a Green Party supporter, I would just like to point out that we have been proposing a capital gains tax for years. And your assertion that you know people who support Green and like John Key? Who cares if they like him? He’s a likeable guy, if a little smarmy. However, if you are voting Green you are probably intelligent enough to realise that you should vote based on policy, rather than personality. The Greens are the real intellectual heavyweights in parliament at the moment. Pity they tend not to have pretty faces.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      The Greens are the real intellectual heavyweights in parliament at the moment.

      Labour actually needs to move away from the intellectualism to simply getting the job needed done, and done fast and practical-like.

      I would just like to point out that we have been proposing a capital gains tax for years. And your assertion that you know people who support Green and like John Key?

      Yes I know. All credit to the Green Party for actually pushing it years ago. You helped create the receptive ground that Labour is now leveraging off to actually make it happen.

      Good Lefty teamwork.

    • vanakast 15.2

      “intellectual heavyweights” excuse me why I cough for five minutes. There is nothing intellectual about the greens, have you seen the comments they make, it’s on a level of unprecedented stupidity. They nothing about the environment, the true science of global warming, about the biotechnology industry they so vehemently hate. They are ignorant in almost every relevant way.

      • lprent 15.2.1

        I’d have to agree about a lot of them in parliament and what I have seen of some of their policy. Much of it is shallow and designed more for sector votes than for implementation.

        But what did you expect – they’re politicians – they argue what gets them elected as much as what is correct. Look at the politicians on the other side. John Key spent the entire last election being a vacuum for policies, and has spent most of this term being vacuous about policy and direction. For that matter, even my favorite party Labour has had some pretty terrible policies at various stages. I tend to be scathing about them in private, and mostly grit my teeth and don’t mention them in public…

        I wouldn’t agree about all of the green supporters. Some are around here and they are really capable of holding up their end of a argument with and understanding of the science and the trade offs. Same for the other parties

  16. Chris 16

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Just realized that you are actually on a ban for another 4 days – removed my response. Added an additional 3 weeks added for violating the ban and wasting my time. ]

  17. tombstone 17

    John Key also said that ‘people would find a way around it’ which to my mind is as good as admitting that his rich mates will do as they have always done – avoid paying their fair share but any means necessary. That line from Key speaks volumes as far as I’m concerned.

  18. vanakast 18

    We have a great solution to this problem. All the leftwingers can move to the great country of Australia where they can have the capital gain tax legally implemented that they want so bad, it’s almost like they’re a bunch of spoilt brats stomping their feet because they don’t get as much of other people’s money than they would like. I look forward to giving Labour a message this election, that message involving my middle finger.

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Sorry mate did you miss the bit where taxes pay for the running of civilised society, and where every dollar you don’t take in taxes you end up borrowing from the Chinese?

      And having to pay back? With interest?

      it’s almost like they’re a bunch of spoilt brats stomping their feet because they don’t get as much of other people’s money than they would like

      The taxes you owe aren’t your fucking money.

    • mik e 18.2

      You should go to Saudi Arabia or some other feudal state where your idea of only a few deserving rich have any rights or opinions . Australia has had 30 years plus non stop sustained economic growth through better economic management London school economics research ! New Zealand has had only one 8 year period of sustained growth go to a library look at the New Zealand year book financial section going back to 1976 . Bill English is the worst performing finance minister followed by Bill Birch Followed by Roger Douglas they all managed to get less than 1% per annum or less Bill English managing only 1% in volume [the true measure of sustained growth] over 5 years 98-99 & 09,10,11.

  19. gnomic 19

    Recently saw Key at a public meeting. This man is a glib facile fool who should not be in charge of a country. Did you know the Prime Minister gets to sleep after midnight and is on deck by five as he toils for the nation? That tells me he is suffering from chronic sleep deprivation and is probably incapable of effective decision making on that basis alone. When asked where all the jobs would come from to get the people of the benny back to work the man who purports to be our leader said there were plenty of jobs in New Zealand. Then he dragged out the famous 170,000 jobs over the next 4 years predicted by the utterly reliable Treasury. I didn’t roll on the floor laughing because it was too sad. On asset sales the great financier said that $7 billion worth of assets would be flogged off to the mums and dads, so that somehow we could acquire $33 billion of unspecified assets in their place. At least I think that’s what he said, incomprehensible as it seems. Call it alchemy. Was this a reference to holiday highways? Not terribly fast broadband. Who can say?

    The reason I call him a fool is that he pins his hopes on ‘growth’. He just doesn’t get it. He’s not alone in that of course, but that’s no excuse.

    John Key is not fit to be Prime Minister of New Zealand. Nothing good can come from his tenure of this office.

    • Gosman 19.1

      Wow a left winger who thinks a right wing Prime Minister is not fit to lead the county. Who would have thunk it?

    • Did you see him in Hamilton?

      • gnomic 19.2.1

        It was the gathering at Wintec which the Waikato Times described as one of his usual slick performances or somesuch sycophancy. Don’t seem to recall any mention of cycleways. They’ll be desperate to retain the Hamilton seats of course which are notorious swingers. Both the current MPs are nonentities but it looks as if they hope that Brand Key will get them through. Posters feature local man and that nice John Key.

        There was some mention of the debacle at Maungatautari. John’s on the case. He is stopping a treaty settlement until they see reason.

        • travellerev 19.2.1.1

          LOL. Yeah, I couldn’t make it. Had car problems. :-(. Mind you it he would have gotten on my wick so bad. Some friends of mine went and said the audience seemed to lick his shit up (euwh) but I reckon only his most ardent followers came to glimpse their hero. And of course some people like my friends and you who came to see the turd for real (oh, euwh again)

  20. gnomic 20

    Came upon this comment on the archdruid’s blog. It reminded me of our misleader. He needs to be sent away to pursue other business opportunities pronto. Luckily for him, he’s fully vested or so they say. Never needs to work again. He could be on holiday in Hawaii permanently. It must be a bit boring for a man of his scope in this backwater.

    ‘But I have a lot of confidence in the people who are currently running the system: They are totally amoral; they are shameless; they are arrogant; they are greedy; they are desperate; and as long as there is anything left to loot, they will keep the game going as long as they can so that they can grab as much as they can.

    But when they run out of people to defraud and there’s nothing of value left to steal – then the real trouble starts.’

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    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    18 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Strike!
    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    1 day ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    3 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    4 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    5 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    5 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    6 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago

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