Leadership and loyalty

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, March 31st, 2015 - 55 comments
Categories: accountability, john key - Tags: , , , ,

One factor so far missed in the acres of coverage of the weekend’s by-election has been the behaviour of the main party leaders.

Andrew Little was there in Northland with his candidate Willow Prime, owning the call that he made and what he asked of her and her team. (I hope that she has a bright future ahead in Labour.)

John Key was on a plane, running from his candidate and the Nats’ defeat. (Off to Melbourne for the cricket – Andrew Little managed to be in Northland and get to the cricket too.)

Key has form in this respect, he abandoned Melissa Lee the night of her defeat in the Mt Albert by-election too.

Loyalty is a fine thing. A leader expects loyalty, they should also return it. Key fails.

55 comments on “Leadership and loyalty”

  1. tracey 1

    I wonder how many of Key’s troops are still prepared to die in battle for him?

    Key comes from a background where loyalty is always self serving and the people disposable. Only ever as good as the money they make for the directors/partners…

    This kind of behaviour can make people scared to NOT toe the line for fear of upsetting the leader and not getting their personal baubles. In time it can make some say “fuck it, I have shut up, toed the line, fawned and fetched and for what? I have nothing left to lose and it would be good to see this fucker squirm”

    • saveNZ 1.1

      @tracey
      +100

      In particular…

      Key comes from a background where loyalty is always self serving and the people disposable. Only ever as good as the money they make for the directors/partners…

      Key also thinks our country is disposable. Only good while he asset strips it, and then off to International Democrat Union where he is chair, and more ultra right wing fantasy proposals to inflict, like some plague, on the populous.

      • tracey 1.1.1

        s’cuse my language.

        being Pm is an extension of his career ambitions. a chance to be on th ebog stage, meet some celebs and do some favours for those he thinks can help him later, collect a knighthood and move on.

        • Karen 1.1.1.1

          +1 Tracey
          His nickname “the smiling assassin” suits him very well. Now that he has sold off NZ’s assets to his rich mates and met all the celebs he wants to, he just needs to sign the TPPA and he will be off to whatever he has been promised. If it looks like the TPPA is going to be delayed he might go sooner (let’s hope).

          • tracey 1.1.1.1.1

            As important, if not more important than RMA, imo…

            BUT it doesn’t have to go to Parliament (unlike RMA proposals) and Key knows that. Numbers don’t matter as long as others sign, we will sign. For the record NZF is anti aspects of the TPP including the process for “deciding” conflicts.

            http://nzfirst.org.nz/news/new-zealand-first-bill-more-important-ever

          • Bearded Git 1.1.1.1.2

            @Karen Agree with you on Key. This from the Dom Post editorial yesterday:

            “The by-election was a triumph for Peters, a politician almost as gifted as Key”

            They have to be joking surely? Key is a money-man to the core. No policy ideas, no “vision-thing”, no mana. His strengths are listening well to the advice he is given and smiling and waving.

          • Bearded Git 1.1.1.1.3

            @Karen Not sure if comparison between the two can be made.

            The way National/ACT intend to change the RMA will result in widespread degradation of NZ’s best landscapes. TPPA is likely to result in a world run by corporate behemoths. Both awful in their own way.

        • Patrick 1.1.1.2

          Yes the knighthood is key (no pun intended) I think.

        • Once was Tim 1.1.1.3

          +1 …….. and Mex is a D-d-d-d-d J ……… YES! a DEEE JAY
          ……. next

          He knows nothing else, and given that he hasn’t the power or intelligence for critical thought (rather snide animal cunning), not much will change until a few sharper knives in the draw ekshullly wake up and realise just how much they’ve been used and abused in the name of creating an oikun and a celeb (that goes by the name of ‘hashtag’ “Team Key”).

          We’re all worried about Labour being a fucked unit ….. When you look at National in any depth, you find the potential for REAL fucking turmoil.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    A leader expects loyalty

    No they don’t, they earn it.

    • weka 2.1

      which might go some way to explain why Little is succeeding where others have failed before him.

    • McFlock 2.2

      true.
      a tosser expects loyalty while showing none.

    • Once was Tim 2.3

      Well that’s just the difference eh? Draco. Masters of the Universe EXPECT it. Others earn it. I suspect many Natzis when they look back in time will come to realise that has been their fundamental problem. It won;t happen over night, but it WILL happen – just like those pesky split ends.
      Meantime ….. some of the more (once-upon-time) reasonable amongst them get bitterer and bitterer.
      Someone throw that Krus Finlayson a bone will ya! He’s becoming a right ole bitch!
      And Muff Mc Kully …. I see his bit on the side switched sides while the getting was good (hasn’t done much for her journalistic integrity though – but I ‘spose there’s always a Ralston to fall back on

      Like grandma used to say: “Get yourself a trade! ….. It’s always something to fall back on”
      ….. haven’t they just!

  3. mary_a 3

    Well this behaviour from Key is hardly alien to him is it? Use, abuse and dump!

    Loyalty does not even register with Key.

    Not a Natsy supporter at all and may I be struck dead should I ever turn to the blue side, but I did feel quite sorry for Mark Osborne on Saturday night, alone and left to his own devices. Very bad look on Key’s behalf.

    • tracey 3.1

      Osborne knew the nest of vipers he wanted to play with, and I feel sorry for him only insofar as he thought a nest of vipers only has an upside for him personally.

      He has spoken more since he lost. Speaks volumes about the Nats and Osborne’s personal level of courage. He was happy to be used when he thought it would advance his ambitions.

      • mary_a 3.1.1

        @ tracey (3.1) – Nest of vipers – you got that one right on. Absolutely spot on comment there.

  4. toad 4

    John Key flew off to the cricket early to avoid association with Osborne’s defeat. Meanwhile, Tony Abbott flew off to Singapore to avoid getting booed at the cricket.

    That’s Tories for you.

    • miravox 4.1

      Anyone know if Crosby or Textor (or business people looking for a deal worked out on the back of a serviette) were also at the cricket?

      • tracey 4.1.1

        funny… Hoots and Farrar have hoed into the campaign up North… queuing up to take over?

        • RJL 4.1.1.1

          Note that on election night DPF claimed to be too busy on a dinner date and then going to a play to be able to post comments on the Northland results. But, you can bet that if DPF’s polling looked better he would have been furiously blogging into the night.

          DPF abandoned Osborne just like Key.

  5. ScottGN 5

    I also couldn’t help but feel a smidgen of sympathy for Osborne as the chickens started to come home to roost. Don’t worry though I soon got over it! And abandoned to face the media on the Sunday he wasn’t that much of a munter. Just another indication of the massive panic in National’s ranks.
    And a friend in Auckland reminded me of the dreadful behaviour of Maggie Barry at that candidate’s meeting where she did her best to talk over Osborne and berated anyone who dared to question the party line.

    • tracey 5.1

      Scott & Mary

      Will we soon hear that this was the plan all along… treat the candidate like scum, and garner public sympathy for him so he wins easily in 2017? 😉

      To my knowledge Osborne hasn’t mentioned how he has been treated. I suspect in Northland he would gain alot of mana if he did.

      • Lanthanide 5.1.1

        He’s not going to get another chance in the spotlight.

        • mary_a 5.1.1.1

          @ Lanthanide (5.1.1) – Was Osborne in the spotlight? Well tickle me pink!

          And here’s me thinking it was Steven (Lord Haw Haw) Joyce’s show! Now I wonder what made me come to that conclusion?

          • Lanthanide 5.1.1.1.1

            Steven was lurking in the shadows pulling the strings of his marionette, not in the glare of the spotlight.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      ” And abandoned to face the media on the Sunday he wasn’t that much of a munter.”

      “… oh no, not at all!…”

  6. Sacha 6

    You have to wonder how the guy was raised when you see his lack of character. What an embarrassment.

    • tracey 6.1

      OR

      You have to wonder how the guy was raised (and what he was promised) to allow himself to be publicly used and ridiculed. What an embarrassment.

      Is this what all the Nat List MP’s are like who neevr have to speak to get in? In fact is it what all parties List MP’s are like?

      Green List MPs have to be public cos they all stand in an electorate and campaign but what about all those MPs who don’t campaign?… lapdogs all?

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        Did Bill English ever campaign in his Southland electorate?

        It’s all very well to say that list MPs don’t have to campaign except for that most of them actually do. And considering National’s campaigning in Northland I think that they figured that they wouldn’t have to campaign there at all.

      • mary_a 6.1.2

        @ tracey (6.1) –

        OR

        He knew something the Natsies wouldn’t want to be made public which could be embarrassing for dear leader should it come out! The reason for minder Joyce’s presence perhaps?

    • saveNZ 6.2

      Maybe after being close up and personal with the Nats, Osbourne will vote NZ First or Labour next time:)

      His idol Key is just a user.

      The other point, is that Key has now muddied the ‘National’ brand. Even conservative people are so disillusioned with what Key has done to the country that the mythical ‘National’ brand is diluted and tainted.

  7. Penny Bright 7

    Don’t forget that Mark Osborne was Mike Sabin’s electorate treasurer.

    In my view, given the significant disquiet within the Northland electorate over the lack of transparency regarding the sudden resignation of Mike Sabin’s resignation for ‘personal reasons’ – doesn’t it strike you as odd that National didn’t put some distance between their former (disgraced?) MP and their new National candidate?

    Why did National pick a new candidate, Mark Osborne, who was arguably so close to Mike Sabin?

    Arrogance – or ‘insurance’ ?

    Just asking …..

    Penny Bright

    • Melanie Scott 7.1

      Just a reminder, police policy since the year dot is to alert the ‘powers that be’ of any upcoming criminal action involving an MP, as part of the ‘no surprises’ protocol.

  8. Patrick 8

    Key went up North, and National lost.
    Key went to Melbourne, and we lost.
    Is there a pattern starting………..

  9. infused 9

    One is a prime minister, the other is in opposition. Little has all the time in the world.

    • McFlock 9.1

      And yet, given the same time constraints, Key turned up to one while Little turned up to both. Time management is an important skill for leaders 🙂

      BTW, I hope your young employee hasn’t done anything rash career-wise, and is taking some time to reconsider his decision.

    • Karen 9.2

      And as Prime Minister Key should have been at Lee Kwan Yew’s funeral and not at the cricket. The man doesn’t know how to behave decently.

      • alwyn 9.2.1

        Gosh, this was the web site where people ranted on interminably about how we shouldn’t have flown the NZ flag at half-mast when the Saudi Arabian King died because people didn’t approve of that countries policies?

        Now some people are unhappy because John Key didn’t attend the funeral of a former leader of Singapore.
        Why don’t you look at this from “No Right Turn”.
        http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2015/03/no-freedom-of-speech-in-singapore.html
        Singapore under Lee Kwan Yew, and continuing under his son who is the current PM, is anything but a democracy to be admired.

        Could it be that you are only complaining about things to be on the opposite side to our Government?
        Are there people here who, like the NZ Labour Party, only decide their policy position on the basis that whatever John Key says, they will say the opposite?
        This is the approach that says “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”, and that “The friend of my enemy is my enemy”.

        • Karen 9.2.1.1

          I didn’t say Lee Kwan Yew was someone I admire. I am fully aware of Singapore’s poor human right’s record (which is a lot better than Saudi Arabia’s if doing a comparison).

          However, trade with Asia is important to NZ’s economy and choosing a cricket match over attendance at a state funeral for an important ex leader is bound to be seen as insulting. Presumably that is why Abbott chose the funeral over the cricket. Key was just looking for a photo opportunity.

          • alwyn 9.2.1.1.1

            Why on earth should they be upset, because the second ranking New Zealander didn’t go to the funeral?
            We sent the Governor General who outranks the PM in the diplomatic pecking order.

            As far as trade goes our exports to Singapore and Saudi Arabia are quite similar. About $660m to Singapore and around $560m to Saudi Arabia.
            Imports from Singapore are quite a lot more but that is likely to make Singapore more nervous about trade falling off with us rather than us having to worry.
            I also suspect that a lot of oil imports will be recorded as coming from Singapore as there are major refineries there which supply us, rather than their original country of production.

            We are flying the New Zealand flag at half-mast for LKY which is all we did for Saudi Arabia. The King was of course the head of state whereas LKY was only a long retired (25 years after being PM) politician who had never even been the head of state.

            • Sacha 9.2.1.1.1.1

              Yeah I don’t think Key was pondering any of this stuff when he decided he’d rather be photographed with sporting heroes and his son than alone at a funeral with world leaders.

  10. Hateatea 10

    There is something about the mantra that we should be unquestionably loyal to our ‘leader’ that I have always found troubling. I think it is the assumption that a leader always knows the correct thing to do in any set of circumstances, that they are all knowing, all wise and leading the followers to a better place.

    Perhaps it is that I grew up in the aftermath of WW2 and lived through the Korean Campaign, then the Malaysian, Vietnam and on and on that I question the kind of blind obedience that allowed some seriously flawed individuals to perpetrate horrendous acts, supposedly in the name of the citizenry.

    That said, Key not going to Northland for Saturday evenings result seems typical of a person who acts as if his role as just the front person for the brand. Is this true leadership? Not to me, and it is becoming apparent, not to many others.

    The question for the various parties to the left of NACT is whether one charismatic leader is what we need or whether it is that we need the kind of practical, down to earth leaders who will work with one another to achieve the displacement of the NACTS as government with a coalition that is willing and able to work collaberatively for the betterment of ALL the people of Aotearoa New Zealand, not just the rich, nor just for the ‘workers’.

    The people who will earn my vote and my respect in the future will be those who see that we all need to be loyal to one another, and to this beautiful corner of the world. They will inspire loyalty by demonstrating loyalty, humility and collegiality themselves.

    Well, a person can dream, can’t they?

  11. adam 11

    I’ve said it before – how many people can Key throw under the bus, before the backbenchers start to revolt?

  12. I found it interesting that Gower, Owen and Garner mentioned the “don’t hug a corpse” idea – i.e. it’s bad for your political image to be associated with obvious failure.

    This makes Key’s absence understandable, but also raises an interesting question: the most senior Minister visible during Osborne’s TV appearances was Paula Bennett. (If I recall correctly, Joyce was also there, but probably standing on the other side of the camera.)

    Does Bennett lack the political instincts of the PM, or was she pressured to be the face of the administration – and thus be the one hugging the corpse? Not that it harmed her chances, according to iPredict:
    https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=contract_detail&contract=NATLEAD.BENNETT

    • Karen 12.1

      Maybe she has better political instincts. She was the only cabinet minister to forgo the ministerial car when supporting Osborne.

      • North 12.1.1

        I’m not over my euphoria yet but yes…….Paula. She bought a house on a taxpayer funded benefit. Reckon she fancies she’ll buy (Vogel) house on a taxpayer funded benefit as well !

        I mean, in the onetime Tory ethos she’s done well has Paula……

  13. Dorothy Bulling 13

    When English came to a campaign in Otautau, rural Southland, he came accompanied by mother who sat in the front row and asked patsy questions. This campaign meeting had been organised by a service club in the community.

  14. North 14

    RunFromTheCorpseKey (thanks Garner/Gower), then JinxOnTheBlackCapsKey……Oh Dear God !!!!!! How much more damage can ThisPonceKey do in his quest for celebrity ????? And I’ll betya there are heaps and heaps and heaps of Tories (and cricket fans) thinking exactly the same. Will ask around in the lifestyle blocks of Pakuranga North where presently I find my pillow.

    It’s algud…….more grist for the mill of stolen golden slippers falling from shifty clay feet. Sooner or later, and there’s the promise of sooner, one good rain……..

    Kia Ora Cuz’ Fizzy !

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    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 ...
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  • 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
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
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    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
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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.
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    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 ...
    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

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