Labour’s new campaign ad as Nats go negative

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 23rd, 2017 - 56 comments
Categories: election 2017, jacinda ardern, labour, same old national - Tags: , , ,

Labour’s new campaign ad is great! Compare and contrast with Nat attack ads…

https://twitter.com/nzlabour/status/899809905602813952

https://twitter.com/andykirton/status/899820076253052928

56 comments on “Labour’s new campaign ad as Nats go negative”

  1. CLEANGREEN 1

    Andrew,
    National will always use character politics when they are on the ropes so we are not surprised.

    However Andrew get jacinda or another person to skilllfully place that “guilt” back onto National again by asking “National will not tell the electorate what next public assets they will sell before the election”

    “National, Is it Kiwirail, Kiwibank, Transpower, ACC, our hospitals or health care or some airports and ports so national are you going to come clean here??????

    • tc 1.1

      And a none too subtle reminder about their bs last election about no further assett sales V the reality of state house flogging.

    • Sigh 1.2

      No one believes National are going to secretly sell assets. They signposted it clearly before an election in 2011. The public trust them on this.

      • In Vino 1.2.1

        Are you mad? Charter Schools – another step to privatisation. You write like that only because you approve of it?

        • In Vino 1.2.1.1

          Or are you referring to those secret recordings made of Blinglish? If so, the general public remained pretty much unaware.

    • tracey 1.3

      They have to do it themselves this election. Their third party stooges seem to have dried up

  2. Eco maori 2

    + 10000 Clean an Green

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    Great ad

  4. Cinny 4

    Lmao the Nat’s are freaking out if they are wasting time and money on attack ad’s.

    People want hope, attack politics do not seem to win over kiwi voters, it usually just turns them off.

    • Eco maori 4.1

      Yep we are not as gullible as voters in the USA.We are down to earth people just like that Great Honorable Rugby legend that just past bless him and his family

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 4.2

      Yes, but turning people completely off – so they don’t vote at all – is usually a winning strategy for National. Attack ads can achieve this, perhaps.

  5. ianmac 5

    Great ad Jacinda. Prime Ministerial indeed.

  6. esoteric pineapples 6

    Once again, journalists who use words for a living don’t understand the meaning of the words they are using. Unless I am mistaken, “attack ads” are ads put out by organisations supporting political parties, not parties themselves. An attack ad is not just when you attack your opposition. It’s like when journalists started to use the term”weather bomb” to denote any type of bad weather rather than what that term specifically refers to.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/96037949/national-goes-after-labour-in-new-attack-ads–but-not-ardern

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/89849345/andrew-geddis-open-slather-for-electionyear-attack-ads-by-individuals-and-wellfunded-pressure-groups

  7. roy cartland 7

    That Nat ad was truly awful, as a piece of media.

    Remember how we all looked at the last election’s Nat Boat ad vs the Cunliffe standing-round-asking-for-things ad? Even though it was cynical, it was a good ad. Even Iwi/Kiwi was effective – but this one just sucks. Too wordy, can’t hear the dialogue, boring.

    Sad, really.

  8. Ad 8

    If Labour don’t have the stomach to go negative with attack ads that highlight the government record over 9 years, they risk a really bad case of Hillary Clinton.

    Without negative ads ready, they had better have some awesome proxy commentators ready to punch back hard.

    English is going to empty the tank on this.

    • tc 8.1

      Agreed, this positive nice approach also needs a dose of reality to inform people in simple terms the wrecking job done in health, education, housing etc

      Dangerous approach not countering nationals BS which their msm echo chamber will run with.

      • Anne 8.1.1

        … this positive nice approach also needs a dose of reality to inform people in simple terms the wrecking job done in health, education, housing etc.

        Labour has made this mistake time and again. It seems to be a case of… lets ignore it and with a bit of luck it’ll go away. It doesn’t go away because there are a lot of stupid people out there who believe the attacks. Hence the reason Labour has done poorly for the past three elections.

        The election of Donald Trump to POTUS is a prime case in point. That isn’t to say our stupid people are as bad as America’s stupid people but that doesn’t mean ours are not stupid – if you know what I mean. 😉

    • weka 8.2

      Labour’s ad is very good, including how it sets the tone. I can’t see National’s ad, but I agree that at some point Labour will have to directly address how bad National are as well as doing their positive change the govt framing. I assume this isn’t the only ad that Labour are going to use though.

      • tracey 8.2.1

        Or pay others to attack so they can pretend they arent attacking. That worked for Nats from late 2007

    • No I disagree. Stay like this and ignore the gnats – save that for the debates where JA will destroy him like Lange did Rob.

      People will not like the gnat negativity – they are over them – the change is inevitable imo.

      • gsays 8.3.1

        Agree with you Marty.
        All of us have our own perception of how life in Aotearoa is.
        To try and pin all the woes of the world at nationals feet (no matter how accurate it may be), is foolhardy.

        Keep positive and articulate the future you will provide.

  9. patricia bremner 9

    People are living how bad National is in 70% of cases.

    People want hope. They want a caring intelligent Leader. They want people based policy.

    People have come to meetings hopefully, and are uplifted by Jacinda’s positivity.

    They want to compare and contrast sift and consider, but they know right away,

    Here is their Leader, and it will snowball.

    People now believe they can change things, starting with the Government.

    We are going to own the New Zealand way again. We are going to be proud again.

    We have no need to get in the gutter, we need to lift people out of it.

    Thank you Jacinda for your strong sense of what can be, you have made us believers.

    Come on Kiwis. All together now make it happen!!!

  10. gsays 10

    This stood out in the article:
    “National’s ads each have what campaign manager Steven Joyce describes as a “small amount” of money put behind them to promote them to a targeted set of Facebook users.”

    Reminiscent of trumps campaign, using Cambridge Analytica and Facebook logarithmic hocus pocus, to target certain folks.
    To great effect.

  11. alwyn 11

    Oh dear.
    I watched the ad with the speakers off. I don’t know whether it would be any better with a sound track.
    The only thought that seemed to be going through Arden’s head was something like this.
    “If I can keep the Leader of the Opposition job after the election I will have to see if Ministerial Services will get new headlining in this Beemer. This colour really, really doesn’t go with my complexion.”

    • The Fairy Godmother 11.1

      Nice to know thoughts go around in your head. Guess the add isn’t aimed at committed uncaring National voters. That’s ok don’t let it bother you.

    • Pat 11.2

      as you appear to have your crystal ball out (careful!)….can you tell us whether Bill will retire post the election and will Paula become leader of the opposition?

      • alwyn 11.2.1

        Only Winston Peters can answer the first part of this question.
        As for the second. No. Personally I think that Stephen Joyce will succeed Bill English. Probably in 2021 if National is Winnie’s choice this time around. Earlier if Winnie puts his money on Red.
        Winston will happily go with either of them if he is the King-Maker. There won’t be any Green MPs to worry about so he will be number two in either case.
        Labour will have to give him a Knighthood of course.

        • WILD KATIPO 11.2.1.1

          L0L0L0L0L !…. seriously though , as for satire , you earn top marks.

          🙂

          Long history of National leaders calling Winston names,… OK ,… yep he’ll go with National all right,… but we wont mention Pike River, the TTPA , and Keys self assurances then departure…

          Green MP’s?

          Hehehe… depends which poll you like to read… last one I saw had the Greens conservatively at 8-9%. As for Joyce, he is just an appendage of the Dipper and his former leader the Don key’s fame… he is of little consequence. Purely a lightweight.

          I suppose I must explain…

          Judging by his performance as campaign manager of Northand… and then Roskill ,… and taking into consideration Judith Collins and Simon Bridges 7 bridges road… Joyce is out of the picture.

          So that leaves Sweetie.

          Dear wee Sweetie… the motel lady.

          Scratch that. Wont work. Too thick. ( bloody nasty eh ?… but sadly its the truth.)

          Now ,… Peters… well,… he doesn’t particularly have a soft spot for neo liberalism ,… and yeah , a knighthood would be nice,… but then again … we have a character who bailed after Operation Burnham , Pike River and a housing crisis because his shallow tire kicker sales routine was failing… all salesmanship and no substance…

          And just so you remember … there’s this …

          So much for neo liberalism and its popularity… and you can send the message on to the New Zealand Initiative as well, my dear wee matey…

          John Key booed off the stage at the Big Gay Out – LGBT … – YouTube
          you tube▶ 3:14

          • WILD KATIPO 11.2.1.1.1

            Oh,… and here’s one for Simon Bridges ‘ 7 bridges road ‘

            A favorite of mine…

            “Seven Bridges Road”…By The Eagles – YouTube

            • eco Maori/kiwi 11.2.1.1.1.1

              I am just trying to leave a Maunga for my Mokos I take a little while to click but when I do hehe !!!!!! attack them were they are weak

    • red-blooded 11.3

      Golly alwyn – I wonder if actually listening might help you to understand the message more clearly? (I’ve got my doubts…) Plus, why are you assuming a woman must be thinking about clothes and complexions? Perhaps, just perhaps, there might be more important issues to consider?

      • alwyn 11.3.1

        “actually listening”.
        I shall, if I see it on TV or get some new speakers for my computer. The existing ones have died.
        “assuming a woman must be thinking about clothes and complexions”.
        Why on earth should I think that? Actually clothes never occurred to me. As you will see I never mentioned them, did I? Is that some obsession of yours?

        “more important issues to consider”. Of course there are. It is just that that ad doesn’t make me think that she has anything more on her mind. I certainly didn’t see anyone else in the ad that she was taking the slightest notice of though. The only thing she seems to be looking at is the upholstery of the car.

        • Muttonbird 11.3.1.1

          Lol. Didn’t listen to it because of busted speakers and obviously can’t afford to buy new ones.

          You’ve just been outed as sexist – at least have the balls to admit it.

          • alwyn 11.3.1.1.1

            “can’t afford to buy new ones”.
            I am glad to see that you are sorry for a poor old hard up pensioner like me.
            Perhaps you would be willing to contribute to saving me from penury?
            No? Thought not.

            I shall ignore your second comment. You are obviously not feeling well.

            • WILD KATIPO 11.3.1.1.1.1

              Well you know old fella, I’m not that far from bein retired meself,… more than happy to see you in comfort and happiness and ruddy good health . Those new generations need so much.

              Just so much.

              But its worth it when you see those kids gleefully playing and you know you can help out… its a matter of being able to spread that love,… after all, that’s what we are all here for.

              That’s what its all about.

              Community.

    • Foreign waka 11.4

      alwyn at 11: Not to worry, National will change the fleet because this would have more priority then clean rivers.

  12. Its a great ad … but it reminds me of a little bit of this sort of thing…. L00L !

    But the message is still great 🙂

    Hertz. 1988 Love Hertz Advertisement – YouTube
    love hertz ad▶ 0:32

  13. Policy Parrot 13

    The National Party ad of Twyford talking about taxes isn’t going to scare swing voters. Swing voters know that good public services and infrastructure need to be paid for, and as long as it doesn’t impact the family home (which it doesn’t) then realistically – this National ad actually promotes the Labour message of being courageous, prepared to make the tough decisions to move society towards improved shared prosperity.

  14. Andre 14

    Ok, I’ve had all day for this and I still don’t get it. What message am I supposed to take from lingering shots of Ardern gazing pensively out the window of a luxury limousine?

    • indiana 14.1

      You are meant to be swayed by her “feelings” for a better New Zealand, irrespective of the policies that may increase your cost of living. Just remember that she drove past a whole bunch of people that looked very content with their lifestyle – there were no scenes of people sleeping in cars, her limo never got accosted by a bloke with a squeegee at an intersection, she never drove past WINZ with long queues outside, nor did she cross any bridges where kids were thinking twice before having a swim.

      • Andre 14.1.1

        You sound like a closet green voter. It’s OK, you can come out here.

        • OncewasTim 14.1.1.1

          🙂 smirk.
          But if I were a gNat, i’d be bloody careful about going too negative.
          Tory St. and Mr Choice spring to mind for starters
          Apparently, what plays in Vegas stays in Vegas…..until it doesn’t

      • Mrs Brillo 14.1.2

        Queues at WINZ?
        It’s all by appointment these days. No queues whatsoever.
        I’d hate to see any ad you made. It would associate your party with every negative image you could think of, and would be half an hour long.
        I think the ad makers knew what they were doing, and it’s a tidy piece of work.

      • North 14.1.3

        Indiana you are so Trump.

      • North 14.1.4

        Maybe there was a thoroughly yukky rightie zealot already there in the water under the bridge like a troll.

      • WILD KATIPO 14.1.5

        L0L !… another denier… would you care to balance up your opinions against the Salvation Army…?

        Probably not.

        My sister,… was in charge of Bethany. You do know what Bethany was all about don’t you?…

        It was a govt funded sector of the Salvation Army that tended to the the needs of young mothers with baby’s… pregnant young women ,… often from broken homes , gang backgrounds ,… yes that’s right… recognized outlaw gangs by the NZ Police.

        I taught those benevolent Salvation Army women workers Japanese jujitsu combat restraining techniques because they were often challenged by hostile gang members / affiliates, – three times their strength ,- I was concerned with them not having the tools needed in the absence of security personnel , so forced to using strength in numbers … it was unpleasant to have to do so… but I did.

        Giggling , laughing, and feeling awkward ,… these peaceful women workers were .. learning arm restraints,.. … I instilled in them ( somewhat ) the ‘Sun Tzu type attitude ‘ needed… to act as a unit…

        To be able to provide protection for them , and their charges… until the law arrived.

        My sister was on TV3 frequently , I’m proud of her. She pleaded the case often, on a govt with deaf ears. On a govt that only was concerned with fiscal results, not human results. I watched as Bethany was closed down. Due to govt withdrawal of funding.

        I often wonder where young mothers who feel threatened, who are pregnant, who have literally no support or nowhere to go turn to.

        You can be as militaristic as you like, but the question remains,… what are you fighting for?

        What are you protecting ?

        Is it not for the weakest link in the party ?

        Do we not advance forward as a unit ?,… as a community ? Is there not strength and support in numbers ? Do we learn nothing from the sacrifice of millions who fought for a better society ?

        Is it really down to the personal gratification of the few against the survival of the many ?

        Sun Tzu would disagree. He was for the many. And hated the degradation of fighting.

  15. The Chairman 15

    Far better than the ad featuring Little.

  16. savenz 16

    Liked the visual style that seemed authentic and non manufactured as an add.

    But, one word of caution, many people in NZ are doing well economically (not so much socially) and we still have the demographic of 65% ish Pakeha, more wealth for select Maori with treaty settlements, 65% homeowners etc. So if you watch Natz adds they have the middle class pakeha as a dominant group shown they ‘support’. Labour need to have more middle class representation in their adds, Labour love to show it’s support for minorities, but election’s are about the majorities as well.

    And the wholesome apple pie Jacinda has leapt in the polls, because the middle class can relate to her.

    Add a bit more middle class demographic into Labour advertising and win outright in the polls.

  17. AsleepWhileWalking 17

    Speaking of attcks…David Seymour..wow what a prick

    • The Fairy Godmother 17.1

      Yep I hope every left wing voter in Epsom votes for the National candidate. Seymour really needs to go.

    • Grey Area 17.2

      Yep. Not sure what’s going on there but he seems to be getting nastier and nastier. I suspect he always was but can’t be bothered keeping the mask in place anymore.

  18. NZJester 18

    I clicked on a YouTube video today and was surprised to see Jacina pop up on my screen as the advert that played before the video.

  19. North 19

    Hey SaveNZ…….@ 16…….I take it you’re just being a bit Crosby Textor there……just giving marketing advice, sort of thing. Not…..you know, believing……

  20. lurgee 20

    I thought the ad was a bit twee, just quietly.

  21. Tanz 21

    Far better than the 2014 ad from Labour, it seemed messy and awkward, scones and tea and renovations. It was funny though.

  22. peterlepaysan 22

    The Ardern ad was aimed at a specific demographic. Most of the above commentators are obviously unaware of this, Sigh!

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    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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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