Key not even trying any more

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, May 23rd, 2015 - 92 comments
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Those pesky knuckleheads:

John Key says levy ‘won’t make a blind bit of difference’ to tourist numbers

Asked what the difference was between a tax and a levy, he replied “many”, and when pressed, to “Google it”.

“There’s a lot of technical answers, IRD can give you those answers,” Key said. “I could too, but I’m not going to bother.”

Edit:  Remember this?

National no new taxes

92 comments on “Key not even trying any more”

  1. CnrJoe 1

    Hes gonna start yanking hair again – I can just feel it starting again.

    • linda 1.1

      Bradbury is alluding to another hair story at a government debt watch this space
      pervkey is going serial

  2. Matthew Hooton 2

    I think he’s trying air harder than you think. Having taken West Auckland off Labour, he now wants South Auckland. How he speaks with journos over the border tax isn’t relevant to his goals.

    • felix 2.1

      Do you ever consider that anyone might be talking about anything apart from political strategy?

      • vto 2.2.1

        That is a great opinion piece (well I think it is great because I completely agree with it).

        And the comments support the opinion piece by reinforcing the very things she says. Just like the right wing’s harassment of Eleanor Catton when she had a go at the exact same ‘feature’ of our society, highlighted by John Key’s character.

        This feature – the nasty right wing who hate the poor – is solidly in place in our society.

        Our society really is very divided imo.

        the
        greedy
        shallow
        ignorant
        selfish
        bastards
        of the right

    • Lanthanide 2.3

      Pretty sure the PM doesn’t get to pick the aspects of their job that the rest of the country find important. Like answering questions.

      • Matthew Hooton 2.3.1

        Oh yes he does. And which hat he is wearing.

        • felix 2.3.1.1

          Matthew.

          Stop and take breath before you say something you’ll spend the rest of the day back-pedalling from

          • weka 2.3.1.1.1

            No, what he says makes sense. For National (and Hooton), the person with the most power gets to make the rules. On Planet Key, the PM doesn’t run the country for the country, he runs it for the people who he deems he gets the most benefit from.

            • felix 2.3.1.1.1.1

              Yes I think you’re right. Matthew is essentially a feudalist.

              • Once was Tim

                +1 …. that is right up until the time some circumstance puts him in the category of the struggling.
                Then watch him screech like a stuffed pig. No wonder they are all promoting the concept of ‘fear’ and tearusm in all and everything.
                Maybe they ARE feintly conscious of history and the inevitable.

                (Btw …… I’m NOT advocating anything)

                It occurs to me tho’ (for example) that 5yo’s are starting school …. whereas often 3yo’s are quite often still in shitty nappies and bonding with their parent(s).
                There’s not going to be a good outcome from this bujit medium to long term (goan forwid)

    • mickysavage 2.4

      Last time I checked Matthew West Auckland had 5 out of the 7 electorate MPs covering the area.

      Besides do you think there should be some ethics in politics? If someone makes a promise shouldn’t they keep it?

      • Matthew Hooton 2.4.1

        Check the party vote results. Only Kelston remains Labour.

        • mickysavage 2.4.1.1

          New Lynn Labour plus Greens won party vote solidly.

          Te Atatu Labour plus Greens won party vote.

          • felix 2.4.1.1.1

            Come on micky, you know the Green votes don’t count unless Matthew is trying to scare the horses, at which time they count more than anything in the world.

          • Matthew Hooton 2.4.1.1.2

            Under that model, when it’s National 49, Labour 20 and Greens 31 you’ll be saying Labour is doing well.

            And who says the Greens will automatically back Labour, especially after this week?

            • weka 2.4.1.1.2.1

              The GP members say. But I’m sure you know that.

              It’s MMP. Labour will never govern alone again. This is good, diversity better reflects represenation, and it devolves power (which I’m sure scares the neoliberals).

            • mickysavage 2.4.1.1.2.2

              Under that model, when it’s National 49, Labour 20 and Greens 31 you’ll be saying Labour is doing well.

              Nope I will say that progressives are doing well.

              The sooner that the Greens and Labour reach some sort of accord or understanding the better.

              • Matthew Hooton

                I doubt there will ever be an accord of the sort you advocate. What would the Greens get out of it?

                • Dave

                  A damn sight more than you would you old weka.

                  • weka

                    lolz.

                    I can see all sorts of things the Greens would get out of it, but I’m certainly not going to feed that to someone whose day job is to undermine the GP and the left.

          • dukeofurl 2.4.1.1.3

            Thats because national has turned its party vote allies into beetles.

            happened as well in UK, the Tories /LP %vote and number of seats dropped after the recent election, yet its a triumph. Helps to have the headline writers on your side.

          • swordfish 2.4.1.1.4

            Yeah, Matthew’s been pushing this Labour’s former West Auckland stronghold turns deep Blue meme for a few years, now.

            He knows full well that the Left vote has increasingly fractured over recent Elections, so that the Nats win the individual Party-Vote in West Auckland (though only just) while still trailing well behind the combined Left Bloc vote.

            West Auckland 2014 Party-Vote

            Lab 37.6
            Left Bloc 48.4
            Oppo Bloc 56.4

            Nat 37.7
            Govt Bloc 39.6
            Broad Right Bloc 43.1

            (Note: Left = Lab+Green+IMP, Oppo = Left+NZF, Govt = Nat + ACT + Maori + UF, Broad Right = Govt + Cons.
            Includes Kelston + New Lynn + Te Atatu.
            Excludes Upper Harbour – which mixes part of West Auckland with North Shore suburbs)

      • Tracey 2.4.2

        lol@ ignoring the hard question

    • DoublePlusGood 2.5

      Have you ever been to South Auckland and seen the effects of National government policies? There’s a reason the South Auckland electorates vote Labour.

      • Matthew Hooton 2.5.1

        Yes. But seeing you know it better than me, what is the reason the National party vote is growing in South Auckland?

        • felix 2.5.1.1

          Because he’s the best PM ever, and he never lies, and he really cares about the people, and he’s like a tv star, and he’s captain of the all blacks, and he’s really rich, and he’s kind of a pimp who doesn’t give a fuck, and he puts bitches in their place, but he’s also like really nice to everyone, and all he wants is what’s best for all of us, which is whatever he says it is.

          • Matthew Hooton 2.5.1.1.1

            Great attitude you have towards voters

            • felix 2.5.1.1.1.1

              Oh I’m being facetious.

              You, on the other hand, actually assist in pedaling this bullshit for money.

              • Matthew Hooton

                Ok. So why is National making gains in South Auckland?

                • Tigger

                  National have absorbed the social conservative vote that in the past went elsewhere.

                • Sacha

                  Saint Judith, naturally.

                • felix

                  Fucksake Matthew I explained that above.

                  People vote for stories. Key’s story looks quite good if you aren’t paying much attention to it.

                  Also changing demographics. When you say “South Auckland” people think you mean poor brown people but you and I know better.

                • swordfish

                  Matthew Hooton “What is the reason the National Party vote is growing in South Auckland ?”…..”Why is National making gains in South Auckland ?”

                  National’s Party-Vote in South Auckland 2008-14 – %

                  2008……………..2011……08-11 Diff………..2014……….11-14 Diff
                  Mangere
                  16.43……………14.36…….– 2.07………………15.66………+ 1.30

                  Manukau East
                  24.19…………….19.61…….– 4.58………………20.29……..+ 0.68

                  Manurewa
                  30.33…………….26.13…….– 4.20………………27.69………+ 1.56

                  Looks to me like a consistent pattern of big Nat fall in 2011 and only a slight Nat bounce back in 2014. The Blue Team’s still down on where they were two Elections ago.

                  • You_Fool

                    Don’t ruin his story with facts and figures! He had a really good line going there, and now people are pointing out the holes in it and he will get all mad and stuff… i mean really!

                • geoff

                  Matthew, people take actions which aren’t in their best interests all the time, even when they know those actions aren’t in their best interests.

                  For example, people with drinking problems.

            • emergency mike 2.5.1.1.1.2

              “Great attitude you have towards voters”

              So no self-awareness at all then Matthew? You’re a bullshit artist for hire.

              • Tracey

                yup… spend time money and energy pulling the wool over voters eyes and then patronisingly defend them from being called duped.

                you seem to have recovered from your few weeks of almost balanced and compassionate outlook.

                are you taking your libertarian anger over the budget out on the left cos you cant bring yourself to target the real culprits

          • Clemgeopin 2.5.1.1.2

            You forgot he loves dirty politics and nice pony tails.

    • Tracey 2.6

      makes you wonder why bennett ran from waitakere if they own west auckland.

  3. Facetious 3

    You have to say the Nats are trying hard, very hard, and succeeding in winning over sectors of the traditional Labour vote. Key and his government deserve credit for that.

    • Paul 3.1

      It helps to have closed down all media that might question them.

      • Matthew Hooton 3.1.1

        Which media outlets has the govt closed down?

        • felix 3.1.1.1

          Outlets?

        • Lanthanide 3.1.1.2

          I’m sure the funding freeze they have on Radio NZ, despite it being a fraction of a rounding error on the government’s total spending, is just a coincidence.

          Also there used to be these things called TVNZ 6 and TVNZ 7. I seem to recall the government shut them down.

    • Colonial Rawshark 3.2

      Key and English have outflanked Labour on the Left and let loose with a major artillery barrage. I think the next 2 Roy Morgans will show that the Government is on track for 4 National terms.

      • Facetious 3.2.1

        Not that many, I hope. If the Nats win in 2017, they are likely to repeat in 2020, so 2023 will definitely be Labour’s turn.

        • DoublePlusGood 3.2.1.1

          That requires that there is no collapse of the economy at any time in the next five years. Which, given we’re close to 100 billion in debt, dairy prices are tanking, the housing bubble is poppable, and insurance money that’s been propping up the Canterbury economy will dry up, seems pretty damn unlikely.

          • Colonial Rawshark 3.2.1.1.1

            If there’s a collapse of the global economy, National will simply run with the rhetoric of being the safe pair of hands after the last GFC and that Labour has an inexperienced leadership team with no economic experience.

            Don’t even have to pay Lynton Crosby for that.

    • Stuart Munro 3.3

      Borrowing $15 billion a year for tax cuts has exhausted their credit.

      • Matthew Hooton 3.3.1

        $15b a year for tax cuts? What are you taking about?

        • Stuart Munro 3.3.1.1

          How much is debt increasing year on year?

          • Matthew Hooton 3.3.1.1.1

            About $600m this year. Not at all next year (if you believe the forecast)

            • Stuart Munro 3.3.1.1.1.1

              So where did this $70 billion debt come from – I don’t recall budgets that admitted taking on tens of billions of debt. They’re not just lying about not borrowing surely. And it’s serious – Cullen in a good year only came up with about $2 billion – so 35 years of Cullen or an infinite number of years under English just to pay for the damage he’s done so far.

            • dukeofurl 3.3.1.1.1.2

              Wrong: The borrowing isnt just $600m

              2015/16 Domestic Bond Programme Set at $8.0 Billion (21 May 2015)

              From treasury , the people who do the borrowing

              http://www.nzdmo.govt.nz/publications/mediastatements/debtprogramme

              If you look at repayments the nett amount is $6.8 bill, next year its $7 bill
              For a political commentator you really need better sources than those of the pajamas media

            • Lanthanide 3.3.1.1.1.3

              “Not at all next year (if you believe the forecast)”

              No, that’s not what the forecast actually says, Hooton.

              Here’s the treasury website: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/befu2015/021.htm

              Gross debt is expected to peak at $93.6 billion in 2016/17 after which forecast maturities are expected to exceed new debt being issued, so gross debt begins to decline. Gross debt is forecast to be $83.7 billion in 2018/19 which is equivalent to 29.3% of nominal GDP.

              The government debt is going to keep rising until 2017, even though English and Key are claiming we will be in surplus next year (which of course we won’t), they are still increasing government borrowing.

              • Matthew Hooton

                Thanks for that. Cash-flow v accounting. (And I certainly don’t believe even the accounting surplus forecast. They’ll be in deficit through to the election – they must now figure voters don’t care.)

                • Stuart Munro

                  In any case this brings us back to an English in a good year deficit of $6 billion. So any talk of tax cuts are the height of irresponsibility – the last ones failed to operate effectively as a stimulus – they almost never do. (Krugman has a good explanation here http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/15/the-economics-of-high-end-tax-cuts/)

                  This being so the voices of fiscal responsibility on the right ought to be all over English like Key on a ponytailed waitress. Oddly however, they’re quiet.

                • Lanthanide

                  When English posts his deficit next year, he will be the first FM to post 8 in a row.

                  Weren’t they saying something about a “decade of deficits” back in 2008? Seems like they’ve delivered.

                  • Stuart Munro

                    Assuming he evades the slings and arrows of outraged constituents that long.

                • linda

                  they will care all right when the repo man (kravites brown and roberts)arrives when they cant pay it back

            • Tracey 3.3.1.1.1.4

              so when did we stop paying interest on the borrowings?

    • BevanJS 3.4

      No they bloody don’t!

  4. RedLogix 4

    CV is right. John Key will remain PM just as long as he can be bothered.

    This talking down to the media increases his popularity.

    • vto 4.1

      Talking down to media never lasts though mr red…. it is like the last sugar rush before collapse

      • Colonial Rawshark 4.1.1

        That’s what they reckoned before the last election when he was taking the piss out of the Snowden stuff and also after he got the police to raid TV3 for the teapot stuff

  5. ianmac 5

    Many feel helpless when confronted with adversity. Either as the victim or the observer. Somehow John Campbell allowed us, just for a brief moment, to feel that someone was listening and for the observers we could contribute a little empathy and maybe a few dollars.
    I cannot think of any other TV program that can fill this space.

  6. I swear I linked to this just the other day in Open Mike – Clarke & Dawe on the use of English in Australia (and, clearly, New Zealand):

  7. ianmac 7

    Stephanie! How timely is that. So true. Mr Key would get away with renaming a rose as a spade, if it suited him.

    • Hateatea 7.1

      So true, sadly of our language torturers too.

      Please come home John Clarke. Our Prime Minister and Minister of Finance need this clarification as well.

  8. SteveW 8

    Key is probably right about the travel tax. The amount is so small you can barely buy lunch at the airport with it.

    • dukeofurl 8.1

      The provisional tax bailout for dairy farmers will come later in the year

    • Lanthanide 8.2

      He is right, demand for travel is sufficient that this small increase in price will make no real difference.

      It’s called the “price elasticity of demand”, in this case international travel is fairly inelastic to small price shifts.

      I think user-pays rather than direct taxation isn’t a terrible way of paying for the border protection anyway, particularly as it will be foreigners footing a lot of the bill and really they’re the ones that are more risky than the average NZ citizen (who generally has some understanding of our laws and economy). If anything I would have reduced the levy for NZ passport holders, although that might be difficult for the airlines to administer.

      • dukeofurl 8.2.1

        I suppose they have to make up for the money lost by going back to 10 year passports

  9. SMILIN 9

    Key is trying very fuckin tryin for any sane person who has the ability to see thru nationals destruction of Leftist politics and the benefits from the tenure of Helen Clark’s govt to the only logical solution
    Vote For a Better future Thru Labour or
    Rather be Red than Dead
    Or straight up FUCK U KEY u thief
    Your are certainly not a comedian
    Why the hell is money always so important because thats all Key really knows
    Get someone with a broader consciousness

  10. Reddelusion 10

    Good week for national, pretty much outflanked left on every agenda. me think it’s all over for labour, hence why jk doesn’t care about an irrelevant, intellectually bankrupt and incredibly stupid ( even by left standards) opposition

    [lprent: If you are going to troll then do so with some originality and dignity. Recycling idiotic banalities from 2008 is just boring – even from a conservative. ]

  11. Tigger 11

    Why is Hooten so rabid on this thread? National must be paying this troll today.

  12. Clemgeopin 12

    The Budget. A kiss and a kick. My #cartoon today @PressNewsroom #nzpol #childpoverty #parenthood pic.twitter.com/vzt7EDo0US— Sharon Murdoch (@domesticanimal) May 22, 2015

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    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
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    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
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    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
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  • 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?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
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  • 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?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
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    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
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    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
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    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
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    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 ...
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  • 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
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    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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