Key missing the big picture

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, September 22nd, 2011 - 58 comments
Categories: bill english, capitalism, Economy, john key - Tags: , ,

It’s a bit of a worry that the PM seems to be clueless about the complexity and interdependence of the world economy.  Only from a state of blissful ignorance could Key be claiming that she’ll be right:

PM not too worried by IMF’s alarm bells

Prime Minister John Key is apparently not too alarmed by the IMF’s declaration that the global economy has entered a dangerous new phase. …

“We have a vastly different position to Greece. I mean our Government debt is about 20% of GDP, their’s is well over a hundred percent,” he said.  “We’re much more conservative. We’ll be back in surplus in three years, they’ve got no chance of being back in surplus probably for 20 years.”

Yes indeed, we can all thank the last Labour government that we went in to the global recession with zero net debt.  That gave National plenty of room to run debt up again without reaching dangerous levels.  But to brush off the IMF’s warning (coming just days after the World Bank warning) displays a fundamental lack of understanding.  Perhaps Bill English could take John aside and explain it to him:

Bill English predicts hard times for the economy

Driving the government’s austerity is the fundamental goal of getting back into surplus by 2014/15 after running some of the biggest deficits in the country’s history following the global recession.

“At the moment we’re on track for that,” English says. “But there are any number of circumstances that would put pressure on that goal – potential disruption in European financial markets, a slowdown in developed economies, and maybe China.

English is plodding along with unimaginative and destructive policies, the wrong solution to the wrong problem, but at least he understands that the New Zealand economy is a tiny insignificant cork tossed on a turbulent global sea. He should take John Key aside and explain to him that we will not be immune to the rapidly approaching Recession II.

58 comments on “Key missing the big picture”

  1. Carol 1

    Jon Key is a Used Economic/Financial Systems Salesman. He knows the economy is in a dodgey and dangerous state, but he’ll keep putting positive spin on it for the punters.

    • Craig Glen Eden 1.1

      Yup Key should have said thank God for Michael Cullen when all us idiots wanted tax cuts he paid back Government debt. The big picture for Key is selling what is left of our state assets so he dosnt want to scare the punters if he can get three more years he rape NZ for all its worth.

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        Yup Key should have said thank God for Michael Cullen who paid back Government debt from increased revenue that was the earned from us all going on a spending binge with borrowed money.

        Yup, the good old debt switch which is and will continue to hold back consumer spending while those loans and credit cards are paid off.

        Thank you Dr Cullen.

        • Puddleglum 1.1.1.1

          Michael Cullen who paid back Government debt from increased revenue that was the earned from us all going on a spending binge with borrowed money.

          Can’t recall that law Labour passed that made it compulsory for everyone to take out bank loans on the house to (a) buy more houses; (b) renovate houses; (c) go on holidays; (d) buy the boat. Whatever happened to that old-fashioned right wing notion of ‘personal responsibility’ when you really need it???

          About all the then government could have done further to stop that credit binge on the back of property would have been to introduce a CGT – now, there’s a thought. 

  2. kriswgtn 2

    Key will be fin,e hes got his millions 🙂 and doesnt give a fuck about anyone else @ the end of the day

  3. The scary thing is that Key’s “I’m relaxed about that” strikes a chord with the sector of voters that tend to decide elections.  They see a leader that makes them relax.  They do not realise that he is driving them in a bus at full speed towards the edge of a cliff but he allows them to not worry about the future.
     
    Blind ignorance is much more fun than looking to the future and realising that things are not going to be the same.
     

    • tc 3.1

      Yup MS talking to a long term umemployed person the other day who’s going to vote for them because ‘he’s a self made man’ …..turkeys, here comes christmas.

  4. Afewknowthetruth 4

    The Nazis worked out that Jews going to their deaths were a lot happier about it and put up less resistance if the station of their destination was nicely painted and had tubs of flowers etc., and had signs saying ‘hot showers this way’.

    Key and English are not ‘clueless’. They are working to a plan which has proven successful over and over again, a plan which includes them being richly rewarded for bringing feudal-style debt slavery and a much, much bigger gap between the rich and poor to NZ.

  5. AAMC 5

    Interesting his acknowledgment of our relayively low Government Debt

    “We have a vastly different position to Greece. I mean our Government debt is about 20% of GDP, their’s is well over a hundred percent,”

    when they’re Austerity meme has relied on emphasizing our debt problem.

    On another economic note…

    “Are economists ignoring Australia’s property bubble?”
    http://theconversation.edu.au/are-economists-ignoring-australias-property-bubble-3268

  6. Why would Key admit to global problems affecting NZ 8 weeks out from an election?
    Get real and tell us how Labour is going to rescue the NZ ‘cork’ in this maelstrom.
    I would say follow the course of action for Greece which is repudiate the debt as the bosses’ debt, nationalise all the key sectors of the economy including the Aussie banks and plan our way out of this mess.

  7. queenstfarmer 7

    we can all thank the last Labour government that we went in to the global recession with zero net debt

    That’s nothing to thank, because it’s no acheivement. Any big-spending Govt can immediately have zero debt via fiscal policy. The question is how much damage (or lost opportunity) is done to the economy in the meantime. And in Labour’s case, the cost was very bad.

    • r0b 7.1

      Any big-spending Govt can immediately have zero debt via fiscal policy.

      Can they indeed? Please send a memo to Greece, they will be very pleased to hear the news.

      Whereas Labour actually paid off debt and left things in good shape, as Bill English, the IMF,  Treasury, and the Governor of the Reserve Bank all agreed.

      And in Labour’s case, the cost was very bad.

      Not according to the actual facts, or to Reserve bank Governor Dr Allan Bollard in 2008:

      We have enjoyed a decade of growth, the longest period of economic growth since the post-World War 2 era. Inflation has been low, averaging 2.2 per cent since 1998.

    • Craig Glen Eden 7.2

      So a Government that increases Government debt has high inflation and is seeing real wages go backwards and has the economy performing poorly is good… because you voted for them one can only rationalize using the same logic you use for your dislike of Keith Lock.
      But a Government that reduces poverty grows the economy and pays back debt is no good because you didnt vote for them.I think the following slogan sums you up “good on ya maaate”

    • Colonial Viper 7.3

      Any big-spending Govt can immediately have zero debt via fiscal policy.

      Every man woman and child in Greece owes the equivalent of US$50K to foreign governments and foreign bankers.

      Tell me, what fiscal policy is going to pay that off?

      I can think of one policy, and its not a fiscal one.

      Strategic debt default. Greece has done it many times before, and it will do it again.

      • vto 7.3.1

        “Every man woman and child in Greece owes the equivalent of US$50K to foreign governments and foreign bankers.”

        You see though, that is not the case. Just like it is not us who owes the debt here in NZ. It is owed by the government. It aint nowt to do with me, except through the jackboots of the state forcing it from my wallet through threat of physical sanction, which goes by another name in some circles…

        Let the stupid lenders suffer. There is no rule which says that the world will end if a loan is not repaid. Every loan comes with a risk of non-repayment. Dumb-arse lenders for lending to a bad credit-risk.

        Default!

    • Lanthanide 7.4

      Here you come again with your sophistry about how easy it is to run a surplus. No one’s really interested in your boring word games, qsf.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.5

      Well, it looks like QSF has joined burt and big bruv in the Ministry of Truth.

    • bbfloyd 7.6

      queeny….. forgive me… i had no idea that your surname was canutte….

      • kriswgtn 7.6.1

        lol

      • Ianupnorth 7.6.2

        Here’s a defence of QSF, at least he has the balls to front – where are the always absent Chris73, HS and Big Bruv on these threads
        Answer Missing in action; he (QSF) at least has an opinion, even if we all realise he is quite wrong; it is a shame the other Key fanatics cannot comment on here for fear of ridicule.

        • higherstandard 7.6.2.1

          There’s two possibilities Ian

          1 – The rest of us from the VRWC had an RDO off from baiting on the left blogs.
          2 – We actually have a life outside of this blog.

        • Bazar 7.6.2.2

          “it is a shame the other Key fanatics cannot comment on here for fear of ridicule.”

          I used to post more, but got tired of the shear stupidity and total lack of respect on this forum, there’s only so much stupidity and insults i can deal with before i burn out and leave people to play in their ignorant filth.

          This isn’t a site which is happy to hear opposing points of view either, with rebuffs generally comprising of insults, because apparently if you can’t articulate your point of view, or read up on what the actual debate is about, responding with name calling and ridicule is equally acceptable.

          Case and point, the replies to this.

          I’ll add, there are a few good commentators on this site i can respect, even if i disagree with them. Genreally i feel i’m just wasting my time replying here.

        • KJT 7.6.2.3

          Happy to have the other RWNJ Key fanatics stay in their alternative universe at the sewer.

          Their minds are too closed for anything based on evidence to have an effect. The endless repetition, of the same memes, gets tedious.

  8. vto 8

    Yes well Key’s deception in not admitting to the true state of things is yet another example of why the politicians should apply the rules they make for the rest of us to themselves….namely, the Fair Trading Act.

    Call it The Fair Trading in Politics Act whereby it is illegal and subject to incarceration to engage in misleading and deceptive conduct in politics.

    If it is good enough for the goose it is good enough for the gander. No?

  9. Brett 10

    Who would think a guy who teaches introductory java would know more about economics and finance than the PM who spent most of his career immersed within the money markets and who know mingles with the world leaders on a regular basis.
    Crazy stuff.

    • vto 10.1

      Who would think, in this day of financial meltdown, that some people would still trust a guy who has spent his career immersed in selling dodgy financial gimmicks and who mingles with the world’s politicians.
      Crazy stuff.

    • McFlock 10.2

      Who would have thought a fuck-knuckle tory would take that long to google a non-tory commentator, just for the purposes of badmouthing them?
        
      Keep it up, Anthony – logic might be pearls before tory swine, but without it they pretend that white is black, black is grey and grey “is not a good look, so I’ll pay some of the money back”.

      • Brett 10.2.1

        Who would have thought a fuck-knuckle tory would take that long to google a non-tory commentator, just for the purposes of badmouthing them?

        I am not badmouthing the guy, just making an observation.
        Out of curiosity, what is the definition of a tory, is it just someone who supports the National party or does it have some other meaning?

        • McFlock 10.2.1.1

          Slightly wider than that – anyone who defends the rule of a few folk who are in power by “virtue” of luck, criminality (or what should be criminal) or heredity.
           
          OED has many different uses, but in this case I prefer the Urban Dictionary.
          Also look up the terms “tory lies” and “tory ball-licker”, which the OED don’t seem to have encountered…

          • joe90 10.2.1.1.1

            I prefer the National Archive definition: Tory

            Originally an Irish term suggesting a papist outlaw. It was applied to those who supported the hereditary right of James despite his Roman Catholic faith. By the 18th century it denoted politicians who favoured royal authority, the established church and who sought to preserve the traditional political structure and opposed parliamentary reform.

    • Colonial Viper 10.3

      Who would have thought that people are still ignorant enough to believe that ‘the markets’ and ‘Wall St’ have anything to do with the real economy that 95% of people have to live and work in.

      Wall St is relevant to wealthy high net worth individuals with plenty of capital, full stop.

      • Brett 10.3.1

        What about 401k’s

        • Vicky32 10.3.1.1

          What about 401k’s

          What about them? How are they relevant to New Zealand? (Plus – again, plurals don’t take apostrophes. Please note that fact!)

          • Brett 10.3.1.1.1

            What about them? How are they relevant to New Zealand? (Plus – again, plurals don’t take apostrophes. Please note that fact!)

            What a shame all those smarts are wasted on a bene.

            • Vicky32 10.3.1.1.1.1

              What a shame all those smarts are wasted on a bene.

              What a pity that so much stupidity belongs to someone who has a job! Don’t you get that people are not “benes” for life? Or by choice? By choice, I am an English teacher – but it doesn’t take ‘smarts’ (sic) to avoid the grocer’s apostrophe…

    • lprent 10.4

      I note that you carefully didn’t mention his research interests or other courses.

      But he probably does know more than Key does and more importantly spends time thinking about it. Running around chasing money after doing a basic commercial degree doesn’t exactly induce a high degree of understanding. Having seen Key in action over the last few years what has been noticeable is that he clearly does not understand very much outside of his confined wee box of currency trading and investment strategies.

      Compared to Helen who I had the good fortune to spend quite a lot of time with over the last 20years, I’d rate Key as inept noob.

      • Brett 10.4.1

        I note that you carefully didn’t mention his research interests or other courses.

        Had another read of his credentials, pretty impressive stuff, probably selling the man a bit short by only mentioning the intro to java aspect of his cv.

        As for Key and currency trading, very few have had a successful career in it and in all honesty the man deserves respect for that.
        I gave it a go a few years back, I certainly didn’t have what it took and a doubt very few would.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.4.1.1

          As for Key and currency trading, very few have had a successful career in it and in all honesty the man deserves respect for that.

          Respect for thieving? Not bloody likely.

  10. Bored 11

    Key is missing nothing here: he is fully aware of the state of the worlds economy. What we are not addressing is where Keys allegiances are, what is in his interest?

    You will note that first and foremost Key is a bankster. These are the worlds most powerful gang of neo feudalists. The outcome they want is our subservience and permanent indentured labour and servitude. To achieve this they commit larceny against the citizenry on a massive scale.

    Its not at the fore front of Keys mind, it is just part of his world view towards which he and his cronies drive us. There is no conspiracy or conspiracy theory here, it is as organic a kleptocracy as emerged in the former USSR, or prior in Fascist Italy. We need to wake up, our sleep walking enables these criminals to operate.

  11. Georgecom 12

    John Key absolutely is a used economic systems salesman. When you have spent your life engaged in what amounts to little more than financial gambling why would we expect anything more. NZ however needs a little bit better than that.

    Interesting to see all the Nat party “Choose a brighter future” billboards going up.

    A ‘brighter future’ when exactly?

    Certainly not in the last 3 years of smiling and waving and doing nothing. There is little indication that 3 more years of smiling and waving and doing nothing is going to deliver a different result.

    Be interesting in voting punters start to put the ‘brighter future’ rhetoric alongside their reality and wise up.

    • Puddleglum 12.1

      I think it’s a bit odd (maybe even a strategic error) for National to re-use the campaign slogan from last time (Brighter Future).

      It immediately raises the question of why we have to vote for it again? Presumably, the only answer is that we haven’t got one – a failure to deliver first time round. Certainly, the stats can be pushed back at National to confirm that failure – as Guyon Espiner did in that pre-conference interview with the constant refrain to Key of “That’s a failure, isn’t it?”

      I suppose you could subscribe to the plainly stupid argument that we now have a ‘brighter future’ and this time we’re voting for an absolutely ‘dazzling’ one – but then why not have ‘Vote for a dazzling future’ this time? Or, how about ‘Vote for a new, improved, whiter than white future!!’

      It reminds me of that Persil (?) ad years ago that featured ‘unmarked Pakuranga housewives’, or something like that …

  12. Herodotus 13

    that we went in to the global recession with zero net debt- r0b perhaps that is because we “value” items like student debt $10b as an asset, funds such as EQCD as an asset that we have unfortunately only recently leart is there fior a reason and cannot be banked upon as general govt funds, the same can be said for Nat Super Fund or ACC
    Yet under Labour our govts foreign debt increased, and pity NZ inc debt has increased from 97 to 130% of GDP- and take into consideration such contigent issues as leaky buildings $10-$20b and NZ was not left in as strong a position as manythink- pity we have weakened further !!! One day this debt will start to kill us as NZ$ depreciates and then we will see the influence of tradables into our inflation data and the subsequent reduction in our standard of living more so than present.
    http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/statistics/extfin/e3/download.html

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Fuck it if it comes to that you just default. And by the way are you ignorant? A depreciating NZ dollar is GOOD for NZ industry.

      Yet under Labour our govts foreign debt increased

      This is a lie.

      Cullen paid back a huge % of our public debt. What the fuck are you on.

      • Herodotus 13.1.1

        refer to my link Foreign debt Mar 1999 = $17.384b, or Mar 2000 = 16.368b,Dec 2008 = $18.86b. Funny how the figures/facts do not follow your emotional outburst !!! So how is it a lie or is there some issue you have with RBNZ stats???
        Inflation has been relatively low due to NZ high eexchange rate allowing the tradable portion that inflation is calculated (e.g. plasma TV) to come down in price offsetting a high non-tradeable portion of inflation. When NZ$ falls the tradeable portion of our inflation calc will increase dramatically e.g. price of petrol, imported goods. Low NZ$ does little for inflation it could for exports, but as we have seen the likes of dairy/milk we pay based on international prices.

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1

          Cheap TV’s meh. Herodotus we have been importing deflation from China and exporting manufacturing jobs out of KiwiLand. That’s what you are describing.

          Its a bad fucking deal.

          As for NZ’s govt debt. I admit I’m surprised by the figures. However as a proportion of NZs economy GDP declined significantly.

          • Herodotus 13.1.1.1.1

            CV – we all have less good days, and the reduction of govt debt is just follows on – if you tell a lie enough times it is accepted as the truth !!!!
            I know importing deflation is crap, but with trade deals with China, India etc it will not improve. We have been sold a dog, and Lab/Nat following the same economic blueprint will not change our direction – We need a substantial shift in our thinking, and not become servants or international bankers/IMF/World Bank. Always thought we had 2 competive advantages – cheep renewable power and we grow grass. Pity the power stations and the farms we (could be) selling off = tennants in our own country and exporting the competive advantage offshore as profits

          • mik e 13.1.1.1.2

            herodotus Labour got the economy to grow by 28% by volume something national can only dream of, in five years National have had less than 1% growth but debt
            is going to be $76 billion.

    • Puddleglum 13.2

      So how is it a lie or is there some issue you have with RBNZ stats???

      Herodotus, I don’t know about CV, but I think the problem with your initial comment was that, presumably, you were talking about raw dollar amounts (ignoring both inflation and the proportion of the govts foreign debt as a percentage of GDP).

      From the table you linked to: 

      March 2000 Govt Foreign Debt = $16,368m or 14.7% of GDP 
      December 2008 Govt Foreign Debt = $18,860m or 10.2% of GDP

      As a percentage of GDP it reduced by almost a third during Labour’s three terms. In raw dollar terms it increased by $2.5b, or about one eighth.

      For comparison, the raw dollar amount of debt, from the same table, for Dec 1995 was $22,419m and 24.1% of GDP at the time.

      I just don’t get these complaints about Cullen’s stewardship. I have some, but they’re not those. 

      • Herodotus 13.2.1

        There is this idea of debt being paid off (most people IMO think of debt reduction as the $ amount decreases), people associate all those massive operating surpluses as extra cash. The surpluses in most were not in the form of cash, But I get the strong impression that you know all this and the mirrors and widow accounting treatment that goes on.
        But I do have an issue in isolating the indexing the debt to GDP. Much of our GDP arose from the unique economic conditions of the time, with little of this growth going towards ongoing productivity
        But after the misconception of debt reduction is that lack of comment or understanding in general terms of Balance of Payments & Terms of trade and it is the build up of many of these indicators that tell me NZ is a sick patient, and one day we will experience the consequences of this. And having ivy league post-grads/Bankers running govt will not change anything.

      • mik e 13.2.2

        Labour didn’t take the treasury benches till November 99.And the debt under National was higher at times through out the ninetees they only managed 8.7% volume of growth during that time . -.8% under the final 2years when borrowing bill english was in charge.

  13. Barry 14

    We have the best terms of trade in a generation and should be bouncing back after a disaster and still we have practically zero growth.

    • marsman 14.1

      That’s because we have an inept Minister of Finance and an ‘inept noob’* as Prime Minister. (* thanks lprent)

      • Georgecom 14.1.1

        Marsman, agreed that the ineptitude and noobieness of the FM & PM is being exposed by the current economic malaise. However if this was a normal downturn the no nothing approach by this government would eventually be hidden by normal resumption of economic growth. Post 2008 the world has changed in a number of ways however and the FM and PM are simply not equipped to understand it, never mind plan our way through it. They still appear to believe that ‘business as usual’ will soon return and all they have to offer is ‘she’ll be right’.

        The past 3 years of failure to deliver a ‘brighter future’ should be enough time for capable leaders to wake up to that. All we are offered though is more ‘choose a brighter future’ rhetoric and a continued do nothing attitude. If we do actually want a ‘brighter future’ we need a brighter FM and PM, transport minister etc etc.

  14. randal 15

    He just wants three more years of power to re-distribute the states assets into his own and his cronies pockets. meanwhile appeal to the ‘crackers’ and rednecks that he is doing something. Key and his ruinous gang of inepts and pelferers must go.

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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    6 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
    7 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
    7 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
    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
    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
    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
  • 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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