Key’s racist government

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, September 9th, 2010 - 61 comments
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John Key came to power promising higher standards of government. It turned out to be another lie. The list of rorts, incompetencies, and abuses of power goes on and on. So, it’s hardly any surprise that Key doesn’t have a problem with Maurice Williamson’s racist comments. Make no mistake – it is Key’s decision that Williamson and the rest are ministers in our government. It is his failure to lead and enforce standards.

Seriously, this is Key’s response to Williamson’s racist jokes:

Mr Williamson’s jokes should be taken as the humour that he intended

“In the last 12 months he’s managed to cause offence to the Jews and the Arabs, so it’s one-all at this stage.”

Oh, a joke from the head clown himself! How unusual.

I don’t see how offending both Jews and Arabs makes things OK. And I’m neither a Jew nor an Arab and I’m offended.

I think it’s offensive for a minister of the crown to be making racist jokes in public. It doesn’t matter which group he’s insulting.

I think it’s offensive that the Prime Minister, who let’s not forget made that cannibal joke himself, thinks it’s a laughing matter when one of his ministers makes bigoted comments.

What this all reflects is that Key and co aren’t really concerned about other ethnic groups than their Pakeha elite. They are the government of and for that elite, everyone else doesn’t really exist to them except as economic units and wedge-able voting blocs.

I can’t think of any government in New Zealand history where the Prime Minister refused to enforce any expectations of good conduct on his ministers. We know why Key really won’t fire ministers who misbehave, of course – it would be an admission of his personal mistake in appointing them in the first place.

So much for higher standards.

61 comments on “Key’s racist government”

  1. Pascal's bookie 1

    Williamson didn’t insult ‘Arabs’. His joke was that Muslims stone adulterers and aren’t kiwis.

    • Bill 1.1

      “His joke was that Muslims stone adulterers and aren’t kiwis.”… and by implicit extension that Christians don’t (untrue) and that Muslims aren’t Kiwis (also not true) and that beatings and murders or families disowning sons or daughters for marrying across cultural bounds doesn’t happen in NZ (also not true)?

  2. M 2

    If Key has concerns about certain groups in NZ then taking the piss out of them is not the way to go about making a better society. If he worried about, say Shari’a law getting a foothold in NZ why doesn’t he just state that NZ’s laws are based on the Westminster system and that there won’t be any stonings, female genital mutilation clinics openings or compulsory burqua wearing here anytime soon.

    He just comes off as a K Mart version of the Duke of Edinburgh, but then he’d probably relish such a comparison as his lust for a title is palpable. His speech at anytime is annoying – hell, drunks slurring their words next to Key would appear models of diction.

  3. Joe Smith 3

    Come on. Get a sense of perspective. You’re promoting a PC gone mad world. Jokes don;t make people racist. You’re opposed to teh National government and will use any excuse at all to try and have a dig. Perhaps next time you could find something that matters to complain about.

    • Mac1 3.1

      Nope, jokes don’t make people racist. They do indicate that the joker is, though.

      ‘PC gone mad’- righty talk for why can’t I be as rude, insensitive and intolerant out loud as my world view is?

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      The list of rorts, incompetencies, and abuses of power goes on and on.

      Plenty to point at, this is just one more indicating that this government is peopled by Neanderthals.

    • Vicky32 3.3

      “Jokes don;t make people racist. ”
      No, but they show that people are racist!
      Deb

  4. Given the excuse that Williamson had ‘had a few’, so his tongue had been loosened, I would have loved for him to provide us with some joking epithets, in the style of a drunken Mel Gibson, regarding Key’s religion and ethnicity…then we’ll see who’s laughing.

    Cos yeah, as a Pasifikan and bearing in mind Williamsons ‘Are your papers in order’ comment directed at Oscar Kightley, reminds me of not only the hilarious dawnraids of the 70’s, targetting Pasifikan overstayers, but also the side splittingly funny Holocaust, that has had jews ROFLing in the aisles for the last 60 years…and to which David Fane recently got publically raked over the media coals for.

    It really is one standard for Pasifikans and one for eurocentric cultural supremacists.

    So as long as we got chumps like Maurice Williamson, acting in an official capacity representing Oww Tear Raw, pandering to the redneck majority in spewing forth degrading, humiliating ethnically targeted insults masquerading as humour, while smiling, waving incompetent dipshits like Key and Co are running interference and support for NATIONAL NZ LTD, like everyday is a white christmas for them and their mates…

    …ain’t a damn thing gonna change anytime soon

  5. Roflcopter 5

    “And I’m neither a Jew nor an Arab and I’m offended.”

    I have arabian ancestry, and I’m not, so STFU you posturing half-wit.

    • bbfloyd 5.1

      Robbo..if you weren’t offended, then why the emotional response?

    • Mac1 5.2

      According to today’s Press, NZ Muslim leaders are chiding Williamson for ‘totally inappropriate and offensive’ jokes. Joris De Bres seems to agree about ‘pretty poor taste.”

      I have Irish, Scots, English ancestry and I get pissed off if someone comes talking about thick, pugnacious paddies around me, or mean Scots, or whinging Poms.

      I also get pissed off if people talk similar crap about other ethnicities not their own.

      Put downs are put downs.

      • Roflcopter 5.2.1

        Ban stand-up comedians then?

        • Mac1 5.2.1.1

          Nah. Just never watch them.

          Especially Williamson, who is a joke. As is his boss.

          I prefer my humour totally relaxed.

        • Maynard J 5.2.1.2

          Ah the Right. Roflcopter wants Ministers to be stand up comedians. Must be the sort of idiot who wants a PM to smile and wave and make him swoon and go weak at the knees, as opposed to a prime minister who gets things done.

      • nzfp 5.2.2

        Ka pai Mac1! Right on!

  6. tc 6

    This is maurice williamson we’re talking about here…..one of a few albatrosses sideshow’s forced to carry around by the Nat rank and file as a reward for all those years of ‘service’.

    Labour have their fair share also….just nobodys listening to them or they’ve nodded off before the first point’s been made which in Goff’s case at least 100 words or so…zzzzzz

    Whereas the msm follow the NACT around knowing it’ll gurantee some gaffs or at the least they can report that ambient level of incompetance….that’s if the journo-kiddies have been schooled in exactly what that would look and feel like.

  7. deemac 7

    it is not “PC gone mad” to object to this. It is shaming to NZ to be represented by people who think this sort of language is a joke – a joke should be funny, not crudely offensive. I can think of no other OECD country where this would be tolerated.

    • The Voice of Reason 7.1

      Well, there is Italy.

      Not that I’d want to compare Williamson to Berlosconi. Berlosconi is a far right loony, full of self importance and bigoted bluster, who can’t speak in public without offending people and wouldn’t be in his job if the media weren’t timid, brain dead sycophants.

      Hmmm, maybe there are some similarities, after all …

  8. jbanks 8

    People are allowed to say whatever they like as long as it’s within the law. If the general public don’t like his humour although it’s legal, then they won’t support him.

    Freedom of speech . . . bitches.

    • Pascal's bookie 8.1

      Good thing no one is saying he should be arrested then, fuckwit.

      • jbanks 8.1.1

        Temper temper little one.

        He’s done nothing wrong, his constitutes agree, so get over it.

        • BLiP 8.1.1.1

          His constitutes? Perhaps you can explain why his boss has had to rush into the media with not one, not two, but three apologies for Williamson? Wankspider.

          • jbanks 8.1.1.1.1

            Pure politicking. That’s what that nice man JK does best. That’s why he’s the king of the preferred prime minister polls.

            You love it.

        • Mac1 8.1.1.2

          @ jbanks. “Temper, temper little one.” You dare chastise someone for calling you a fuckwit when you’ve called all of us ‘bitches’?

          How about some justification for the statement “his constitutes (sic) agree” while we’re at it, little one?

        • bbfloyd 8.1.1.3

          bj..sorry jb..so how have you managed to find this out? are you some kind of super psychic? being able to tap into over thirty thousand minds in order to get a definitive opinion is awesome. why hasn’t john(stanley) key got you on to his staff instead of all those expensive pollsters?

          can you see through walls too? they could use you in christchurch.it would save hundreds of hours worth of engineers fees…

    • infused 8.2

      Yep. It is PC gone mad. Sick of it. New Zealand has gone overboard.

      • BLiP 8.2.1

        In what way is it correct, politically or otherwise, for a Prime Minister to call Maori cannibals? Is he a highly-paid public servant representing the voice of all Aotearoa or is he a talk show comedian? Careful – its a trick question.

      • bbfloyd 8.2.2

        can’t help but assume you would have been pointing as hard as you could if it had been a labour minister. well most of us are sick of halfwit right wing apologists.

    • The Voice of Reason 8.3

      Actually, the last I heard, race bating was against the law, jbanks. And I’m also looking forward to Williamson explaining the subtleties of his ‘humour’ to the Race Relations Office.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.4

      legal != moral

      • jbanks 8.4.1

        No shit Draco. Morality is a subjective term relative to power not truth.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.4.1.1

          Morality isn’t subjective, it is dependent upon truth. Ask any philosopher and they will tell you that. As you think it is dependent upon power I’d say that shows you as the psychopath that you come across as.

          • jbanks 8.4.1.1.1

            Um . . . maybe a religious philosopher. MANY philosophers have a nihilist base.

            Newsflash – there is no God. There is no ultimate standard to measure one persons morals against another. “Contextual absolutes” doesn’t get around this.

      • nzfp 8.4.2

        Yeah that’s right – everything the Nazi’s did was “legal” and it sure as hell didn’t make it right – ask any Kiwi who survived WW2!

        • Draco T Bastard 8.4.2.1

          Actually, jbanks argument is that what the Nazis did was also moral because they had the power.

          • jbanks 8.4.2.1.1

            No, my argument is that it was moral from their perspective.

            Again, power is knowledge because those with power get to legitimise the knowledge.

          • nzfp 8.4.2.1.2

            Interesting, I wonder if that makes morality relative or maybe subjective?

  9. grumpy 9

    The only thing this thread proves is that the Left have no sense of humour. Probably sad that no Labour pollie could come up with anything to make the greater public smile. I bet Michael Cullen could have dropped a few similar one liners.

    • BLiP 9.1

      The only thing this thread proves is that the Left have no sense of humour.

      Or you’re too stupid to get the jokes.

    • Mac1 9.2

      Grumpy, the first refuge for being called offensive is to play the “PC gone mad” card.

      The second is to say that we lefties don’t have a sense of humour.

      I cite the latest Caption Contest here on the Standard as proof positive that is just not so.

      BTW, do you see the logical conflict between sentences one and three in your posting?

      Bob Jones used to say that the Left had no humour. He, however, was joking.

    • nzfp 9.3

      grumpy really “the Left have no sense of humour”? What’s “left” I’m not left, right or center. Those designations mean nothing – there’s only right or wrong – which side do you sit on?

    • The Voice of Reason 9.4

      Quite right, Grumpy, the left have no sense of humour. Which explains why Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are so unpopular. Not to mention George Carlin, Ben Elton, Janeane Garafalo, Bill Maher, Chris Morris and a heap of others.

      And on the right we have, um, er … Glenn Beck?

      • Pascal's bookie 9.4.1

        Mind you they do have all the best songwriters and musicians, oh nah, I mean film makers, no? oh shit, umm, playwrights? novelists? no? Revisionists, they totally kick at arse at revisionism.

  10. nzfp 10

    On Thursday 19th August 2010 RussiaToday (Youtube Newsreport) interviewed Grant F. Smith, author of “Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy” and Director of the “The Institute for Research Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep)”. Smith reported that:

    Files declassified in America have revealed covert public relations and lobbying activities of Israel in the U.S. The National Archive made the documents public following a Senate investigation. They suggest Israel has been trying to shape media coverage of issues it regards as important

    In a PR News Wire article titled “Declassified Senate Investigation Files Reveal Clandestine Israeli PR Campaign in America” Smith further notes that:

    “It is frightening how easily some in the American news media surrendered to a foreign public relations campaign that spent the 2010 equivalent of $36 million over two years. Time has proven most of the planted content to be misleading, if not dangerous. These historical documents hold many important lessons for Americans who have long needed—but rarely received—straight reporting on key Middle East issues.

    Considering these revelations – it may be worth asking if Williamson has received any financial support for his Muslim bashing comments.

    [lprent: That last paragraph just barely (and only just) moves this comment into relevance of the topic. I read the the rest with my finger on the move button to OpenMike. ]

  11. Rex Widerstrom 11

    While I’d never elevate Williamson to the stature of Lange in any respect, least of all wit, it’s worth remembering that, when told at a Cabinet retreat in Fiji that attendees could get Chinese food all day but anything else required a specific order” Lange quipped, “So it’s wok around the clock?”. And when the contribution to exports of the dairy industry was drawn to his attention he said “What a friend we have in cheeses”. And so on…

    The first relies on the “racist” attribute that Asians cannot pronounce the letter “r”. The second mocks a hymn. So what? I’m sure Lange wasn’t intending to belittle Asians or Christians (being one of the latter himself). Rather he was fond of puns (as am I, which is why I remember them) and assumed his humour would be seen fr what it was.

    I find it more offensive that Williamson stole, without attribution, his “stoning” line (it comes from “Yes Prime Minister”, and I don’t recall howls of outrage when that first came out) and, more importantly, that he had the hypocrisy to refer to NZers who oppose foreign ownership of our country as “racists”.

    • Pascal's bookie 11.1

      I dunno Rex. Doesn’t Lange’s wok pun just refer to the idea that chinese food is quite often cooked in a wok?

      What I don’t like about Williamson’s joke is that it’s premised on the ideas that all Muslims stone adulterers, and that Muslims can’t be kiwis. Neither of which are true, and both of which have more in common with OBL’s thinking than any western liberal democratic thinker.

      It’s hardly a stretch to say that it’s tied to the current Iranian case, given his supporters are making the link, and I don’t think joking about how all Muslims are just like the Iranian mullahs is all that helpful. Key jumping in and blathering about ‘arabs’, apropos of fucking nothing, is also about what I’d expect.

      • Rex Widerstrom 11.1.1

        I get what you’re saying Pb, but I’m inclined to agree with those who point out that most jokes are at the expense of someone (which is why, on the hustings, I always try to stick to self-deprecating humour… that way I can control the target’s reaction 😀 ).

        I think it’s a little disingenuous to overlook the fact that Lange’s joke relies on “Rock around the clock” and the Asian mispronunciation of “r” to make it funny.

        The balance of humour vs offence is usually a question of degree, and I’d accept Williamson’s jokes display a greater degree of prejudice than do Lange’s, especially since the former’s were cribbed and Lange’s were an example of his brilliant off-the-cuff wit.

        But I make the point not to denigrate Lange in any way (one of my proudest possessions in a photo of he and I together) but simply to argue that Williamson is guilty of two far greater offences which are getting overlooked as we parse his “jokes”: his insulting a large number of NZers (me included) for our beliefs on foreign ownership, and the hypocrisy that reveals.

        • mcflock 11.1.1.1

          “Lange’s joke relies on “Rock around the clock” and the Asian mispronunciation of “r” to make it funny.”

          I disagree – given that he’s talking about Chinese food being available at all hours and and the implement used to cook said food, “wok around the clock”, it’s simply rhyming humour.

          Or, at the very least, can be camouflaged as such. The racism in Williamson’s stoning ‘joke’ is not so easily fobbed off.

          • Bill 11.1.1.1.1

            This is all bullshit.

            Bottom line is that I or you can crack some joke or other in whatever given company. And it might be considered funny given the make up of that company and the context. Or it might be considered offensive and really fucked up.

            And the whole scenario is private and quickly forgotten. ie, it’s basically irrelevant.

            But a minister…or any public figure for that matter, is talking to all audiences simultaneously. And so obviously just shouldn’t indulge in edgy or dodgy humour.

            Dead fucking easy.

            And if the guy is too thick to get that, then he should be jettisoned from the public sphere for being fucking stupid, if for no other reason.

            edit. piss taking on aspects of accents, ie not stupid mimicking which will inevitably tread a line, is safe… as anyone with an accent will attest to. It’s only when it’s way overdone that the piss taker looks like an arse. Which is fine. There is no offence involved.

    • comedy 11.2

      …”it comes from “Yes Prime Minister””

      Now there was a great programme..some classics below


  12. cardassian 12

    I don’t see how this can be seen as anything but inappropriate and disgraceful.
    Looking at stuffs online poll however it appears that most of my fellow countrymen disagree.
    Makes me glad I don’t live there anymore tbh, brain drain ftw.

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    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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    7 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 ...
    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
    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

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