Key loses plot under election pressure

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, November 18th, 2011 - 64 comments
Categories: accountability, democracy under attack, election 2011, john key, leadership, Media, national, newspapers, radio, tv - Tags: ,

The problem with a presidential campaign strategy is that when you put all your bets on one pony, there’s not a lot of room for error. If that pony goes lame, or if it’s a one trick pony and the trick stops working, you’re in the crap.

John Key has a history of choking under pressure, but this time, calling on the police to raid the premises of our national broadcasters TVNZ and RNZ, and our major privately owned newspapers – he’s cracked under the pressure of the campaign and the spectre of losing it all. There’ll be no knighthood if Key becomes the first National PM to lose after just one term.

How can it be considered prudent to declare war on the media barely a week out from a general election when you’re in the lead? How can it be considered prudent to one minute say you’re relaxed about the content of a conversation an you have nothing to hide, then the next minute have police raid media offices to sieze all evidence of that conversation?

It seems to me that the PM is going to pieces. Let’s hope he has a nice peaceful weekend to get a bit of much needed rest.

hattip: William Joyce

64 comments on “Key loses plot under election pressure”

  1. Craig Glen Eden 1

    John Key’s persona was always just a media construct and now that the media have been shat on they look stupid, the media publishing every little photo op will stop and the real Mr Donkey is exposed, it was always going to happen. But I have to admit it took way longer than I thought it would.

    • Fermionic Interference 1.1

      The question is:
      Is it to late for our media to give the country a fair and unbiased opportunity to judge upon whom they vote in this upcoming election?

    • ron 1.2

      Very well put. “journalists” like garner and espiner look pretty f*#king stupid, now.

      • Jim Nald 1.2.1

        After our assets are sold, voters especially the 99% will look and feel pretty f*#king stupid.

  2. Tom Gould 2

    Interesting to see the real John Key roadshow on TV last night, Campbell Live I think? Never before have I seen the truth of the famous ‘Key charm’ honestly displayed, where ordinary people had nothing to say to him, and long awkward silences as he struggled to find something to say to them, and only the Tory glee club clapping and cheering? For the last 4 years, all we have seen is what has now been revealed to be carefully managed and edited staged celebrity publicity. No wonder the guy is on 50 plus percent? Brand Key is a totally artificial construct. As is he by the looks?

    • vto 2.1

      Yep, how telling was it that the factory workers had nothing to say to him. In fact you could almost see them thinking “here’s that prick that has driven down our employment situation”. When people like that don’t get up to greet a person or even say gidday and have looks on their faces like that then you know you are unwelcome.

      It is not surprising Key is starting to appear as not one of us – he holidays at Omaha and Hawaii, lives in Parnell, spent most of his working life outside of NZ, and hob-nobs with the highest flying corporate capitalists who do nothing but push capital around. Has he ever actually particiapated in a part of the economy which contributes to the daily machinations of life?

      He lives on a different planet…

    • Carol 2.2

      Thanks for the tip. It’s here:

      http://www.3news.co.nz/Keys-campaign-trail-gets-messy/tabid/367/articleID/233083/Default.aspx

      It’s all about the superficial construction of Brand Key, the smile wearing thin, the orchestration of rent-a-young-Nat, repeating carefully prepared lines to journos, and the almost invisible nodding man.

      OK, then Mr BranKey, what do you actually want to tell us about policy? And doesn’t Noddy have anything to say about about health?

      • ianmac 2.2.1

        Don’t you love the little people dressed in Blue Key t-shirts, racing from venue to venue to be ready to welcome Key as though they were meeting for the first time. Expect that at any moment they would produce pompoms and dance dainty ra ra ra cheers. A sure vote winner.

      • freedom 2.2.2

        don’t you just want to grab those kids in the blue t-shirts and ask each of them two simple questions. . .

        1. How did John Key make his money, and
        2. How did he become Leader of the National Party?

        i would bet good money they could not answer either one.

        It breaks my heart to see kids used like that, even when it is such a pathetically small number

        • Mutante 2.2.2.1

          Rise of the Blueshirts. Is there anything about this guy that doesn’t make any right thinking person a bit queasy?

          And what’s with the level of support still? I think a great deal of people out there have very little understanding of democracy and are falling into mindless leader worship, which is scary shit.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.2.2.2

          don’t you just want to grab those kids in the blue t-shirts and ask each of them two simple questions. . .

          Didn’t you just love their expressions when it was pointed out that their wasn’t any policy on their shirts?

      • Uturn 2.2.3

        That’s some of the most amusing TV I’ve seen for years. From the point John Campbell discovers a bus has 3 sides (?) it just gets better.

        And we found out National’s Health policy at last: “Health is generally the second most important policy.”

        Ah grand. It’s as easy as listing them in a heirarchy. Excellent. Stable informed leadership, that man.

      • the sprout 2.2.4

        great clip

        “the PM is exhausted”

        yeah, that’s an understatement and a half

  3. freedom 3


    dedicated to our great Leader and all who want to support him

  4. queenstfarmer 4

    but this time, calling on the police to raid the premises of our national broadcasters TVNZ and RNZ, and our major privately owned newspapers

    Where did he do this Sprout?

    • where has he not, queenstreet?

      i wonder if i complained to the police about being recorded by a journalist while i’m having a conversation i’m ‘relaxed about’ when i’m having a press conference, if they’d then dutifully issue search warrants on all of our major media outlets.

      yeah sure mate

      • queenstfarmer 4.1.1

        where has he not, queenstreet?

        So you can’t point to any fact backing up your statement. Very credible, Sprout.

        • Kaplan 4.1.1.1

          Hey QSF.
          That garden out the back of your place, I’m pretty sure it could be used for cannabis production, and I’m pretty sure it would be illegal if you were growing cannabis so I’m going to ring up and make a complaint just to be sure you aren’t growing cannabis.
          Oh, btw, if the cops come round to your place it’s not my fault OK.

          • McFlock 4.1.1.1.1

            snap.
             
            What, Key thought the cops would just do nothing for a fortnight? Bugging conversations carries a nice prison term.

      • Gosman 4.1.2

        I agree that it is not good to have the Police involved in this. However it is a big stretch from getting the Police involved to ordering them to raid media premises. If you have evidence of this then you will have my support to roll the PM. Heck I might even vote Labour. However I suspect this is just more hot air.

    • The Voice of Reason 4.2

      When he laid the complaint, Queenie. It’s a natural consequence of ordering them to investigate the taping. It’s what Police do when they are trying to establish the facts; interview, question, subpoena and raid.

      • queenstfarmer 4.2.1

        When he laid the complaint, Queenie.

        Yes, he laid a complaint. What I was asking for was where John Key “[called] on the police to raid the premises of our national broadcasters TVNZ and RNZ, and our major privately owned newspapers”.

        Sprout’s answer confirms that he has no evidence to back this up, and nor, it is now clear, do you. So it is just speculation by Sprout (and now you as well). I just wanted to check that, because I certainly wasn’t aware of the PM demanding that “raids” be carried out.

        • the sprout 4.2.1.1

          i see you’ve selectively ignored this part of my response

          i wonder if i complained to the police about being recorded by a journalist while i’m having a conversation i’m ‘relaxed about’ when i’m having a press conference, if they’d then dutifully issue search warrants on all of our major media outlets.

          😆

          • queenstfarmer 4.2.1.1.1

            I ignored your “I wonder” comment, because I was askinng for facts. With all due respect, your “wonderings” are not facts.

        • The Voice of Reason 4.2.1.2

          As Flava Flav said ‘can’t do nothing for ya, man’. If you are that ignorant of police procedure, then there is nothing anybody can say that will help you comprehend, Queenie. But I’ll try anyway:
           
          When you lay a complaint with the police you are asking them to use all the tools at their disposal to establish the facts.

          • queenstfarmer 4.2.1.2.1

            I get it already – your comment was not based on evidence or fact, just speculation. Each to their own.

            • The Voice of Reason 4.2.1.2.1.1

              No, my comment was based on fact. You just seem too dim to recognise the truth when it bites you on the arse.

            • the sprout 4.2.1.2.1.2

              fair enough. let me re-state my point then:

              it is a fact that if i complained to the police about being recorded by a journalist while i’m having a conversation i’m ‘relaxed about’ when i’m having a press conference, they would never then issue search warrants on all of our major media outlets. never.

              yet when the PM complained to the police about being recorded by a journalist while he was having a conversation he said was bland and ‘relaxed about’ during a staged press conference, police then issued search warrants on all of our major media outlets.

              it beggars belief that the complaint coming from Key had no affect on the police descision to take such drastic action over such a trivial matter. if the same complaint came from an ordinary member of the public police would, understandably enough, laugh them out of the station.

              • queenstfarmer

                it is a fact that if i complained to the police

                That is a hypothetical (the “if” is a bit of a giveaway). Once again, you have conflated your speculation with fact.

                • 😆 angels and pinheads

                • Carol

                  No need to speculate. Here’s what the police spokesperson said: i.e “It’s political”.

                  http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5991636/Tea-tape-investigation-lose-lose/

                  The police investigation into the recording of the prime minister’s conversation is a “lose-lose” for the organisation, but it was left with little choice, Police Association president Greg O’Connor says.
                  […]
                  “The police are between the proverbial rock and a hard place on this one. If they don’t do anything, they’ll be accused of being political; if they do anything, they’ll be accused of being political.”

                  The investigation had to be completed properly and this meant gathering evidence, hence the search warrants for the media. “It’s pure politics, the whole thing is pure politics.

                  • queenstfarmer

                    All I asked for was where John Key had called on police to carry out raids of media outlets. That article does not answer this question at all.

                    • McFlock

                      When he complained that recordings were illegally made, after it was public knowledge that multiple media outlets were in possession of said recordings.

                    • queenstfarmer

                      ^ McFlock: I am not sure if you were trying to answer my question, but if so then you haven’t. I repeat: where did John Key call on police to carry out raids of media outlets, as alleged by the authors and others.

                    • McFlock

                      “I repeat: where did John Key call on police to carry out raids of media outlets, as alleged by the authors and others.”

                      In the bit where he made a statement to police that they were in possession of illegal recordings. In exactly the same way that if I told them you had bootleg tapes under your bed, the cops will come a-knocking. 
                       
                      Actually, no – if only one normal citizen made the claim, they’d probably hold off until more evidence was presented before getting a warrant. But Key makes a complaint and it happens.

                    • Mutante

                      I think it’s high time to stop feeding the troll myself. You may as well argue with a spambot.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Once again, you have conflated your speculation with fact.

                  If Key wanted to release the facts, he could allow the release of the recording.

                  But, he’s not interested in the facts becoming known.

                • Alethios

                  What exactly is the problem? We’re all on the same page that he’s made a complaint to the police surely. You’re complaining that there is no direct evidence that Key specifically called on the police to raid the premises? I think what the others are saying is that there is plenty of circumstantial evidence, but if you’re not willing to accept it, that’s your right.

                  Personally though, I find the idea that the police are raiding all of our major new organisations on the mere nod and wink from our illustrious PM to be even more worrying.

    • mik e 4.3

      Crusher collins
      Shipley and buses helped her loose in 99 by stymieing freedom of protest

  5. kriswgtn 5

    haha The Police association have hit back at his

    The Police have spare time comment::::

    Tell that to the people who have been burgled and their cars ripped Key and the cops just dont have time to respond to these matters

    We had our letterbox vandalized 6 weeks ago.

    The cops were following these little hooligans and watched 1 of them smash 4 letterboxes

    It was only when he did the 5th (OURS!) that they arrested the twerp

    Fucking clown

    • rosy 5.1

      hmm it’s a pity those crime stats aren’t down, over the last 3 years, for things like ‘act intended to cause injury’, ‘sexual assault’, ‘endangering people’ and ‘abduction and harassment’. And that the murder rate is not trending down.

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    The post here a couple of days back was spot on about how in a given setting a psychopath’s manipulation and lack of empathy will be transparent to half the group. While the other half will likely see the person as charming and beyond reproach. The difference? The psychopath needs something i.e.-votes, approval, resources, from the second group. (sociopath is as far as you could reasonably go with ShonKey imo after reading various definitions). But there may be other posters who say don’t be a wuss, go the whole hog!

    The prime mincer has lost control of the narrative and it is most interesting to observe. Staunch tory voters are doing a good ‘three monkeys’ act but it will be interesting to see what the ‘first time caller’ softer ’08 tory vote does next week.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      +1

      If the election was in 48 hours, I’d say Key has enough momentum to still carry through and clean up. But a week is a long time in politics, and there is still more than one week to go.

      Key’s strategists were morons for not going for a July or Aug election while seas were still smooth and there was not a single cloud on the horizon.

  7. In order to understand John Key’s actions you have to know something about his past and in his past there are more leaked tapes. He should have known better but there you go the hubris of the man is truly epic!

    • Tiger Mountain 7.1

      v. interesting ev.

    • Tom Gould 7.2

      Hubris ( /ˈhjuːbrɪs/), also hybris, means extreme haughtiness, pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.

      Yes, that pretty much nails him.

  8. Audacious sums up Key this week and last week and next week.

  9. Yep – seems that the reliance on all the eggs in one basket (Nats relying on the SHONKY ‘Brand Key’) is now turning turning into one BIG FAT egg custard?

    Although I’m effectively being censored by mainstream media, and not being told about all Epsom candidates meetings (like the one last night – which I would have attended – had I known about it) – the word is still getting out…………………

    One week to go!

    Penny Bright
    Independent Candidate for Epsom
    Campaigning against ‘white collar’ CRIME, CORRUPTION (and its root cause – PRIVATISATION) and ‘CORPORATE WELFARE’.
    [email deleted]

  10. Jan 10

    I still think that think there is an important aspect of Key’s shenanigans that have worked for him. It’s kept all policy comparisons off the media agenda very effectively for a week. This has effectively trumped Labour’s and the Green’s intention to have policy focussed campaigns. If not for Key’s focus grouped lines in response to this story surely by now a few journalists would have asked the Nat leader four or five times in succession whether asset sales would actually raise $5bn for example or whether a country where the top 1% have more than the bottom 50% is really a place with a brighter future. Much more meaningful lines of questioning.

    If there’s one article that you should point wavering friends to it’s this one http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2011/11/17/gordon-campbell-on-epsom-and-dodgy-aspects-of-asset-sales/ – in particular the second part on the likely value from asset sales.

    This one interesting too – including the responses.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5989843/Revealing-the-gap-between-NZs-rich-and-poor

  11. Althios? i thoroughly agree with your last comment but when I went to endorse it i somehow deleted it. please re-post if you can. sorry

    [lprent: It was in the trash. Pulled it out again. It is really hard to permanently delete comments unless you do it in the spam queue or in the trash.

    I wipe the trash periodically when it gets too large. ]

    [sprout: thanks lynn]

  12. To Lose under one term? Your kidding me right????

    Boy you guys are hopeful.

    • freedom 12.1

      Yes Brett we are hopeful. Hopeful that enough New Zealand voters realise in time that they can avoid the hate and despair that will flood this land if National get a second term. It may not matter to long-standing flypapers like yourself but many many New Zealand families are going to fall even lower than they already are and finally lose what little hold they have on your tissue paper ladders of aspiration. That will actually affect the entire country. With rising crime, growing hardship and good old fashioned desperation becoming a sinkhole that your mates will throw all and sundry into just to gather the next dollar they don’t really need.

      in short, if National get re-elected this country will not have a self-determined future, The people who own it will certainly thankyou, untill your salary/Industry/business is next on their shopping list.
      but that’s ok, i am sure you are relaxed about it.

  13. Interesting how before the 2008 election, when I made a formal complaint to the Police and Serious Fraud Office about John Key’s attempt to flush out commercially sensistive information whilst, as an MP he had an undisclosed pecuniary interest in Tranz Rail, nothing was done by either the Police or the SFO.

    I then took a private prosecution against John Key under s.228 of the Crimes Act 1981:

    There was not ONE sentence in the NZ Herald about ANY of the above.

    Want to see an historic 8 minute You Tube clip which briefly explains these matters?

    “IS JOHN KEY SHONKY?”

    Have a squiz!

    🙂

    Penny Bright
    Independent Candidate for Epsom
    Campaigning against ‘white collar’ CRIME, CORRUPTION (including its root cause – PRIVATISATION) and ‘CORPORATE WELFARE’.

    [email deleted]

  14. (A bit more history that some of you may find to be of interest?)

    “16 February 2009

    If you want evidence which confirms how under our ‘democracy’ we tend to get the government that the majority of big business want us to have – try going to the NZ Herald website.

    Search for – ‘Owen Glenn donation/NZ First’.

    You will come up with about 30 pages of articles – approx 10 articles per page.

    Then search for – ‘John Key /Tranz Rail’.
    You will come with about 6 pages – approx 10 articles per page.

    BUT NOT ONE SENTENCE about the fact that I made a complaint to both the Police and SFO about John Key’s failure to disclose his Tranz Rail shares, and his attempt to flush out commercially sensitive information about Tranz Rail through an OIA to Michael Cullen as then Minister of Finance, then a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsmen when Cullen (on the advice of Treasury) declined to release that information.

    NOT ONE SENTENCE about my lodging a private prosecution with the Auckland District Court for the alleged offence of :
    ‘dishonestly and without claim of right, attempting to use documents with intent to obtain pecuniary advantage, being an indictable offence under section 228 of the Crimes Act 1961, ‘Dishonestly taking or using a document’.

    Compare that to the continual bombardment of NZ Herald ‘MAN ON THE MOON’ headlines about Winston Peters and NZ First – although those complaints to the Police and SFO came to nought.
    In my honestly-held and considered opinion – this was the most openly biased media election campaign that I have ever seen.
    How can the public cast an ‘informed’ vote – when the information they are getting is so blatantly one-sided?

    Had NZ First got another 0.8% of the party vote – it would have been quite a different election result.

    That is why there was such a corporate media onslaught to discredit and undermine Winston Peters.

    As reported in the NZ Herald by Fran O’Sullivan, on 5 November 2008, in her article

    “Meurant allegations require scrutiny ..

    All the chief executives I subsequently canvassed in a mini-survey last week told me they didn’t want either Clark or Key to have Peters in their governments.”

    that the majority of CEOs did not want NZ First or Winston Peters to be a coalition partner of either National or Labour.

    To blame Winston Peter’s behaviour for how he was treated by the media (although there was obviously quite some personal animosity on both sides), is a little unrealistic, in my view, to say the least.

    ‘Misuse of public office for private gain’ is the classic definition of corruption. Winston Peters was never accused of that. However – essentially that is my allegation against Prime Minister John Key, now the leader of what is supposed to be the least corrupt country in the world (along with Denmark and Sweden, according to Transparency International’s ‘Corruption Perception Index’).

    (For an article explaining why Transparency International NZ is so transparent it is basically invisible – check out http://www.kiwisfirst.co.nz.)

    However, my Court proceedings against John Key are not yet over.

    My appeal against Auckland District Court Judge Bouchier’s decision to dismiss my private prosecution will be heard in the Auckland High Court on 4 May 2009.

    In the meantime, I and others have been asked by senior Ministry of Justice Officials to prepare a ‘business plan’ – setting out the need for a New Zealand Independent Commission Against Corruption.

    My court case over disputing and refusing to pay Auckland City Council rates, (mainly because the CEO David Rankin is refusing to tell us where exactly over $855 MILLION of our rates monies are going to private sector providers of ‘goods, services and people’), is effectively a battle to win the war of legislative change. That being to make it a mandatory requirement under the Local Government Act 2002, that all ‘contracts issued’ be published in Council Annual Reports so that they’re available for public scrutiny.

    The Local Government Select Committee is considering Petition 2008/002, which is calling for just that, at their next meeting.

    Equally – my court case against John Key should help to focus on legislative change to help establish a NZ body tasked with helping to PREVENT corruption and corrupt practices arising from ‘conflicts of interest’. Currently we have none – the Police, SFO, Ombudsman and Office of the Auditor-General are all ‘complaints-driven’.

    As my complaint against John Key proves – what happens when you make a complaint about an allegedly corrupt practice’ and nothing is done?

    Prosecutions against corruption are apparently one of the indicator statistics upon which Transparency International’s ‘Corruption Perception Index’ is based.

    I guess if nobody is really looking for corruption – nobody is finding any. Finding corrupt practices is then left to chance and random ‘whistle-blowers’.
    (Like the Otago District Health Board $17 million fraud?)

    Clean, green ‘corruption free’ NZ.
    yeah right.

    Penny Bright
    [email deleted]
    _________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright
    Independent Candidate for Epsom
    Campaigning against ‘white collar’ CRIME, CORRUPTION (including its root cause – PRIVATISATION) and ‘CORPORATE WELFARE’.

  15. newsense 15

    Can’t believe I’d ever have a reason to recall Prebble other than Sandra Lee,

    but the candidate from central casting fluffs his lines…

  16. freedom 16

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10767078

    The Herald have published a photo that must close the Public or Private argument once and for all.
    There can be no expectation of privacy in the context of the environment occupied by John Banks and John Key as represented in this photograph.

    http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/201147/SCCZEN_A_121111NZLDWKEY01_460x230.JPG

    • Carol 16.1

      So I wonder if the woman behind Key heard every word?

      • ianmac 16.1.1

        Yes. Good point Carol. So were Key/Banks able to have a reasonable expectation of Privacy? Not bluddy likely!

    • ianmac 16.2

      Note that the glass panels end on the right and the space is therefore open by less than 2 paces from Key in the second photo.
      And who took that second photo given that all, ALL the media had been shooed out? Not all eh?

  17. freedom 17

    to any lawyers out there who can help . . .
    Is there a stipulated difference between a photograph and an audio recording in regards to privacy?

    If so, Why is there an expectation of privacy in regards to audio only?

    • McFlock 17.1

      Not a lawyer, but it’s part9A of the crimes act 1961.
       
      The legal issue is interception of the communication, not the actual medium. However, given that they knew the cameras were there but that they claim recording devices were instructed to be excluded, the communication of the visual information does not have an expectation of privacy, but the communication of the audio might be (according to their perspective – I think it’s a long shot)
       

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    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
    2 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
    2 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    3 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    5 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    6 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    7 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    7 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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