Labour please take note.

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, May 26th, 2014 - 71 comments
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Labour please take note.

The more that National publicly adopts “left wing” “socialist”  party policies,  such as, “free” medical care for children under 13, keeping the retirement age at 65, and balancing the budget, the more they rise in the polls.

Of course, under that cover, they plan to continue with asset thefts, privatising or removing Government services, dropping wages, and increasing the haemorrhage of profits and interest,  making speculators, their corporate employers (after they leave parliament)  and banks,  rich,  but that is not what people hear that just get their news from TV.

The constantly repeated meme,  from the right, saying that Labour will gain more votes by being centrist,  National light, is because they wish, as you can imagine,  that Labour carries on with the destruction of New Zealand in the interests of a wealthy few,   started by Labour in 1984, barely slowed by the last Labour Government, and continued by Key, and his fellow gangsters..

71 comments on “Labour please take note.”

  1. BM 1

    So, what do you recommend the left does.

    Throw more dirt?, more attacks on Judith Collins?, protests outside John Keys house?

    I know what they should have done but that horse has well and truly bolted.

    • wtl 1.1

      The recommendation is right there in the post. You are just too dim to understand it.

      • BM 1.1.1

        So, a continuation of the negative then, suppose that appeals to the labour faithful.

        • wtl 1.1.1.1

          No, not a continuation of the negative. That isn’t the point of the post. As I said, you are too dim to understand it.

    • KJT 1.2

      Actually have “left” policies. Like the Greens.

      Though at least Labour has figured out the incredibly destructive reserve bank ACT, is not working for the benefit of New Zealand.

      Crucifying export manufacturing and passing any wage rises along to the banking system, in a vain attempt to slow rising Auckland house prices.

      Though I do not think giving even more money to the financial system, so they can lose it in the next GFC is, the answer.

      • BM 1.2.1

        I think the real issue with the left is that they have no sales people amongst it’s ranks.

        John Key is a superb salesman, that guy could sell ice to eskimos, the left needs a guy/girl with the same sales skills.

        Labour is just not selling or convincing people that their way is better than Nationals.

        Number one rule in sales.

        Smile and be positive.

        • KJT 1.2.1.1

          Yeah, just what we need, a convincing con man, like Key????????????

          • BM 1.2.1.1.1

            Seriously?

            Fucking hell, you guys are beyond help.

            • wtl 1.2.1.1.1.1

              The other point of the post was that those on the left should ignore ‘help’ from from those on the right, such as yourself.

            • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1.1.2

              Yet you still turn up every day. So good of you.

              • greywarbler

                CV
                +1 Such diplomacy, Such irony.

                • Once was Tim

                  Indeed! Even more ‘ironical’ is the way they appoint political hacks to diplomatic posts in London and NY and elsewhere as rewards, whilst the actual diplomats (versed in diplomacy) get backwaters (like Spain).
                  What’s that expression about somebody not being an [insert title] arsehole?
                  Very good @ CV. You have to wonder why the trollists turn up here day in, day out, (above and below) and why NZ is getting a reputation as a bit of a joke (the pimple on the arse end of the World’s bum)

                  ……..mPHAT lol ….. DiploCorp Ltd.

                  Now there’s something Labour could sink their teeth into for starters.

            • infused 1.2.1.1.1.3

              Yes they are.

          • Polish Pride 1.2.1.1.2

            Actually BM is right. If you can’t sell your message to voters in this so called system then you might as well pack up and go home.
            I have been watching the message from Labour and the thing that has become crystal clear is that no one with any influence in Labour or that has anything to do with strategy, seems to have the slightest understanding of how to structure a message to voters that would result in a change from the status quo.

            • Paul 1.2.1.1.2.1

              Pretty hard to sell if you get no room to deliver the message ann the message is always put through the filter of the corporate media.
              Key would never cope if he had to deal with the obstacles the opposition leaders face.
              But then he’s the corporates am so his message gets delivered with rose tinted spectacles.

          • Tracey 1.2.1.1.3

            Why do you want labour to win but wont vote for them?

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.2

          Bright-sided
          How Positive Thinking is Undermining America

          Being positive about being up shit creek doesn’t get us out of the shit.

          • Polish Pride 1.2.1.2.1

            “Being positive about being up shit creek doesn’t get us out of the shit.”

            Correct but identifying ‘pain points’ for your target audience and structuring your message in a way that activates those pain points then providing a viable solution and a clear and comprehensive vision will be far more likely too.

            That said politicians don’t have the skills required to fix the problems we as a society face.

            • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.2.1.1

              What’s stopping the politicians fixing things is that they’re listening to a) the economists and b) the corporates. Listening to these two bodies ensures that what’s wrong cannot be fixed because both entities consider what’s wrong as being right.

              Basically, the politicians probably have the skills, they don’t have the correct information.

        • Paul 1.2.1.3

          I think Key’s job is assisted by a media that acts as the Nats marketing department.

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.2

        Actually have “left” policies. Like the Greens.

        Well, the Greens are moderately ‘left of centre.’ True left wing policies like full employment, a 40 hour week, and actually free schooling is still beyond even them however.

      • Gosman 1.2.3

        So why hasn’t the Greens or even the Mana party hoovered up all this support just waiting to be harvested by offering more left wing policies?

        • felix 1.2.3.1

          They are. The Green vote is growing with every election.

          • TheContrarian 1.2.3.1.1

            That’s true – though it seems to be at a loss to Labour instead of any other party. It could be argued that those already on the left are switching their vote to greens as opposed to the left bloc gaining more members.

  2. greywarbler 2

    KJT Good post. Interesting about NACTs rising with leftie policies. Malingerers those NACTs are. They can do welfare and considerate policy but they won’t unless people make them get off the couch and do some proper work for NZ’s good.

    Just this morning I painted a picture of us all along with Radionz being a hospice for the country, sitting by its bedside administering extreme unction, as it suffers a slow demise from being fed drops of poison continuously. Poor little NZ. Poor us.

    Poor for those who sacrificed themselves in WW1 and WW2, and other war-riors who thought they were working in their own ways to ensure an improving country stayed in the hands of good NZs. We haven’t lost it yet to the relentless neo lib hordes, but it’s a battle with numerous fronts, feints, and confusing propaganda. D-Day is looming, Dunkirk is on and our compatriots in Australia are trying to cross the Ditch and need our help, so there is a lot to think about and do.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Well, Dunkirk was a very capable, competent and lucky retreat with tail between the legs, but we wouldn’t necessarily want a repeat.

      KJT Good post. Interesting about NACTs rising with leftie policies. Malingerers those NACTs are. They can do welfare and considerate policy but they won’t unless people make them get off the couch

      Actually this is what a successful left wing peoples movement does. It forces BOTH National and Labour to swerve to the left.

    • KJT 2.2

      The “troops’ made it clear what sort of world they were fighting for in the Desert Parliament in the second world war.
      http://www.alternet.org/media/propaganda-system-has-helped-create-permanent-overclass-over-century-making
      Removing despots and dictators and A better life for themselves and their children.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10879584
      The desert parliament was closed by the army superior officers when it started to come up with” radical notions” like taxing excessive wealth, equality and workers rights.

      • greywarbler 2.2.1

        That’s very interesting KJT. About the parliament. I can imagine that that would have been as worrying as the game of soccer at Christmas in World War 1. The whole thing might have stopped then and everyone gone home before the gallant men could proceed the proper war and fight and die of gangrene in the trenches.

        But the Alternet starts on the suspect all social engineering stuff that I have come to connect to religious nuts and conspiracy theorists. So while I think it makes many good points it starts to take a reverse reds under the beds approach.

  3. Will@Welly 3

    I do tend to agree with B. M. Labour is failing to get traction in getting it’s message across.
    It doesn’t need a shithouse like John Key, but it needs a more united front. David Cunliffe needs the support of all of his caucus.
    National is bereft of ideas so yes it will pinch everything the opposition puts up.
    Key & co have manipulated a shift in the ideological thinking of this country to the right in their time in office. Labour need to seriously strategize themselves to beat National.
    We cannot afford another 3 years of National. They have dug us into a hole, any deeper, and it will take more than a generation to get out of. That is not pain, that is misery, that leaves a lifetimes of unfilled promises – those who lived through the ‘Great Depression’ knew the misery that came with the poverty and wrecked lives – the same world John Key is leading us all too.

  4. captain hook 4

    Well one thing Labour never did was hand the education system over to a gang of loudmouthed infantilised bullies who wouldnt know a verb from a prepostion. These people only want to get salaries for themselves and National is doing their best to accomodate them at the expense of the whole system..

    • greywarbler 4.1

      cp’n hook
      They might know a herb from a proposition though yet perhaps I wonder.

    • Bearded Git 5.1

      Yep Tracey as the article says a drop to $6.50 per kg milk solid looks likely. In NZ dollar terms the farm gate price of milk solids has actually dropped around 30% since the start of the year.

      The strong dollar is not helping at all. Time for Labour to make some noise about this.

  5. Brendon Harre 6

    One aspect of the Budget that the left haven’t picked up on is that the election bribes were actually quite small. Over the next electoral term the government budget surplus is forecasted to rise significantly.

    Key has stated while discussing the budget that National would look at tax cuts of an unspecified amount. So while the media is claiming National is all centrist in actuality Key is setting himself up for a right wing move when elected!

    If Key wins the election he will say he has a mandate for tax cuts. Other than specific spending promises the surplus will be spent on tax cuts for the rich. This is what he did with Cullen’s surplus in 2008 and he will do it again….

    • KJT 6.1

      Assuming that Treasury predictions are correct.??

      Which they have not been in living memory.

      The laugh is, if it wasn’t so serious, is that our economy now depends on printed US dollars, that have been paid to China for consumer goods, buying up our milk powder and land.

  6. shorts 7

    As we near the election I believe Labour and the other ‘left’ parties need to back away from acting like the opposition, trying to hold the govt to account,and move to a setting of acting like a govt in waiting – push policy in clear, short and simple phrases.

    Move away from trying to bring down collins et al down, unless it can be done in a way that is short, quick and understandable – the longer some stories play out the worse the opposition looks, the informed part of the population get it… move on or the nasty party bollocks stands to sound true to the dip and out news watchers (masses)

    Acknowledge Nat’s policy that is “left wing” et al and explain why or what they’d do to go further and why these policies are important – free whatever is great for nabbing votes, explaining why (and how that translate to the parties philosophy) is how you keep those votes over subsequent elections

    And most importantly – be confident, don’t be afraid to be left wing, be proud and focus on the parties strengths – give us reason to vote and be confident in that voting choice

    Lastly and most importantly – ignore those on the right… they are not friends, allies or GC’s…

  7. Jim 8

    The main stream polls have on average have in the past over estimated the National Party vote by about 3%, so even these latest polls show that things are neck and neck. It is still likely that NZ First will decide the balance of power.
    I note that Key stated in his speech at the Nact conference over the weekend that they will in the lead up to the election announce a significant amount of policy. Labour has significant gapes in its policy to date, particularly for beneficiaries.
    In my view as yet unannounced policy, the leaders debates, and labour mobilising its membership to optimise their vote, will decide this election.

  8. McGrath 9

    National wants Labour to keep talking about the GCSB, Collins, Dotcom, and other negative stuff. Negativity doesn’t win elections despite the headlines they generate.

    • Tracey 9.1

      yea there was no negative rhetoric from nact in 2007 and 2008

      • DS 9.1.1

        To be fair, NACT at that point had the media to attack Labour. They themselves could concentrate on formulating a cuddly “centrist” image.

    • fender 9.2

      Key likes talking about the GCSB too. Strange really as he usually says he doesn’t comment on operational matters..

    • Colonial Viper 9.3

      National wants Labour to keep talking about the GCSB, Collins, Dotcom, and other negative stuff

      What an odd perspective you have

      You’d probably consider child poverty, youth unemployment and Christchurch rebuild problems as “negative stuff” as well. Best to avoid all the difficult topics then eh?

  9. Ant 10

    It’s damn late but how about Labour actually release more good policies, ‘keeping the powder dry’ seems like a failed strategy that never really works, of course you just hold some good ones in backup for the campaign proper, but jesus give people some options here…

    It’s like they do a few good things in parts like with best start, monetary policy, but they aren’t being put in context with a larger package and then other fuck it up by scoring own goals. Labour then go back in their shells. They should be constantly showing new policy packages in full to the point where its not possible for National to copy them.

    They better get cracking quick.

    Families
    Housing
    Health
    Environment
    Transport
    Jobs

    Have a policy package with clear goals, how hard is it ffs. Instead they do it backward-ass releasing individual policies hodgepodge and you have to be a politics junkie following closely the whole time to piece it together and see the bigger picture.

    • Anne 10.1

      Yep, they made such a good job of “keeping the powder dry” last time, nobody got to know what the policies were until after the election was over.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        Keeping the powder dry and keeping Goff off all the signs around town were the strategies of the previous Labour campaign strategy team. Most of whom are still around.

        • Anne 10.1.1.1

          They may be still around but I doubt they have much influence. Matt McCarten holds the levers of power now and if anyone can pull it off in such a short period of time he can.

          Why oh why wasn’t he appointed six months ago…

  10. Tracey 11

    Given the behaviour of stalin, including killing millions of people, why is it bad to call nact facistsbut calling the greens commies is passe?

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Fascist is quite an over-used and broad term; in NZ I think we should save it for the occasions which really demand it.

      BTW in terms of social harm done, the 4th Labour Govt was far more damaging to the fabric of NZ communities than the English/Key government has been. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – we are way lucky to have this current Tory government instead of the ones headed by Abbott, Cameron, or Harper.

      Also of course (and as you know) the Greens aren’t commies. They are a mainstream pro-capitalist pro-business party. (just a slightly different form of capitalism, with slightly different types of business being favoured). Not communist or socialist at all. Just some flavour of moderate social democracy.

      • Tracey 11.1.1

        I cant recall the last time facist came out of a politicians mouth… or those commenting on behalf of the left….

        commie on the other hand

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          Well its just silly name calling trying to hark back to the dancing cossacks. Put it this way… a lot of NZ socialists and communists considered the first Labour Government under Savage to be a capitalist sell out to big business.

          What is quite interesting is how people/politicians on the Left are so scared of being labelled “commie” or whatever. Firstly, it’s not true and just displays the ignorance of the person using the term. Secondly, what a great teaching moment for explaining what modern democratic socialism might look like.

          • Anne 11.1.1.1.1

            What is quite interesting is how people/politicians on the Left are so scared of being labelled “commie” or whatever.

            And the reason why isn’t so much political as social . They want to be seen as socially acceptable by the so called high and mighty in this country. That’s why we have Labour caucus members who have moved to the right of where they used to be when they first entered parliament.

    • JAK 11.2

      Many people died of starvation, wounds or disease while Stalin was dictator of the Soviet Union

      Stalin did not “kill millions of people” but is held accountable by some for millions of deaths

      It is bad to call Nacts fascists because it is misleading – fascist regimes have so far failed to create stable and enduring governments

      The Greens are commies, in the sense that their programme is perceived as subverting society (by exalting the non-human world)

      • karol 11.2.1

        Interesting definition of “commies” there. Where’d you come by that?

        • KJT 11.2.1.1

          Some peoples minds are fascinating. The lack of comprehension and cognitive dissonance.

          Russia was democratic and communist, for all of two weeks before the Dictators took over.

        • Anne 11.2.1.2

          Interesting all round.

          Well, I guess a lot of people did die under Stalin. After all, he was in power for a hell of a long time. Even so, you’re right, Stalin didn’t kill millions of people. He just organised others to do it for him.

          The National Party got into power by spending millions of dollars and telling lies. They are still in power by spending millions of dollars and telling lies. I seem to remember that is what the fascists did in the 30s and lots of people fell for it. Not that I’m suggesting the Nats a fascists in the same sense as the 30s.

          As for the Greens… I didn’t know that humans are not part of the Earth’s natural environment. Do tell us where we came from because it sounds fascinating.

          I feel truly enlightened by JAK’s contribution.

  11. Populuxe1 12

    Basically it’s fairly obvious that the electoral rump are keen on social justice, but they’re not keen on being talked down to, told they can’t have nice things, mud slinging, or identity politics. Labour did get the memo, but seemed to think that a move to centre involved becoming ghastly neoliberal scum. Methinks it is indeed entirely about presentation, the substance was fine.

  12. George 13

    Agreed, entirely.

    Get together with the Greens, announce some good policy, and tell people that you are going to be the next left-wing government of New Zealand.

  13. seeker 14

    I thought at first that National had done something good by bringing in free medical care for under thirteen year olds. But of course it was too good to be true, their hard hearts hadn’t thawed – this admirable provision does not come in until July 2015!!!!! .

    How many children may become extremely ill or even die because it was not this July and their parents could not afford to take them to the doctor?.

    How cynical and twisted of National to use children for their salesmanship of themselves. If they had really been thinking of the children they would have planned ahead for this policy and had it up and running as a necessity immediately. Instead they just use it as a cynical marketing ploy.

    NOT admirable and certainly not honourable BM. Not a salesmanship I would want to have anything to do with. In my opinion you bring shame on yourself day in
    day out by backing this shifty group of so called humans.
    Neither Labour nor the Greens nor Mana nor even NZ First would use such a ploy by the way,

  14. bad12 15

    Consider this, the Best Start program from Labour was probably the most applauded so far of Labour’s policy releases, i will couple that with the proposed 24 weeks of paid parental leave when the babies arrive, am i wrong in suggesting the above,???,

    IF as i think i am, right in suggesting the above, then the ‘extent’ of the messaging is all wrong, for all i know David Cunliffe may well have been up and down the country attending meetings where He is discussing those particular programs every day of the week, BUT, what have we heard of them since their initial announcement, not a hell of a lot i would suggest,

    SO, by ‘extent’ of messaging we can see that after the initial weeks sugar rush of the initial announcement Labour have either gone lazy on promoting Best Start, or worse, let the ‘wing-nuts’ criticism of the program cower them into silence about it,

    There is a big question here, where it really matters did Everyone hear the message, in this little country with serious divisions of wealth/earnings those with the least are less likely to (a) buy and read a newspaper, (b), listen to serious news on a radio, and (c) switch channels when the mind numbing TV news hour is broadcast,

    SO, on a positive program like Best Start Labour i would suggest need not go into its shell as it seems to have over what seemed to be a lack of traction, Labour need to amp up the volume,

    Trumped by National over the budget announcement of Paid Parental Leave, so goes the broadcast narrative, again Labour need to crank up the volume, Trumped my arse, Labour’s Paid Parental Leave is far more generous than that proposed by National and although it seems slightly petty to express this that difference should be hammered by Labour pointing out how miserable Nationals proposal is,

    There’s lots i don’t like about Labour Policy and haven’t been shy previously about expressing this, there are tho two things glaringly obvious to me the first being to have any form of Government of the left Labour have to poll well in September so overt criticism of actual Labour policy at this point is counter productive, the second, Labour politicians have what seems like an innate inbuilt ability to ignore what to many of us seems to be the obvious, personally after banging on about such things like State Housing and the proposal to raise the retirement age until even i am thoroughly sick of writing and reading the shit i have all but given up pointing out what i see as that obvious as there’s plenty of other stuff to occupy my little mind with…

  15. captain hook 16

    the public are just about fed up with key.
    and his cronies.
    dont blink or you will miss it and poooof** he will be gone.

  16. Skinny 17

    In my opinion the single biggest issue Labour & Greens face is a dumbed down electorate.

    On this cold night I just reviewed my power bill via email. Yes and just like every other household, I’m getting bloody torched by my power supplier thanks to ‘Brighter Future’ for the wealthy few Key-National.

    Interestingly I caught a snippet on tv3 news, where Cunliffe was reported to be having a crack at Immigration. Yes that’s right one of the few popular Kiwi hits, one that Peters milks every election.

    Attack ‘them’ you know their not ‘us’ damn migrants who rob us of our Kiwiness. The Left might as well, afterall NACT trot out benefit, Maori, Criminal, Union bashing. We all know its good music to the ears of 30 odd percent of the voters.

  17. Dale 18

    KJT,exports are way since 2008. The balance of trade is well in your favour. As an expat living in Perth I look at NZ with envious eyes.

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    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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 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 ...
    4 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    5 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
    5 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    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.
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    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
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    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
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    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?
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    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
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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
    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
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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 ...
    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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

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