Let’s keep politics out of Rugby

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 27th, 2015 - 87 comments
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John Key Brodie Retallick

Thirty four years ago the right insisted that we should keep politics out of sport and this as the justification for the then National Government overriding advice and agreeing to allow the Springboks to tour New Zealand even though this breached the Gleneagles agreement and caused a major international incident.  I disagreed with the decision at the time because New Zealand was involved in sport with Apartheid South Africa and playing rugby with that nation meant that black South Africans were denigrated and lost their rights.

But Ad’s recent post struck a chord with readers of this blog and I agree with the premise of his argument.  We should keep politics out of sport as much as we can and just enjoy sport for its inherent quality.

The current Government has politicised Rugby to an obscene level.  Three way handshakes, Rugby News John Key covers during election periods and continuous John Key photo opportunities have really annoyed.

In my view from now on no politician (including you John Key) should ever seek political advantage from the All Blacks, especially after a test match.  I like Rugby.  I do not want to not like it because politicians get photo opportunities.

87 comments on “Let’s keep politics out of Rugby”

  1. ropata 1

    Good post. The NZRU would do well to recall how they nearly destroyed the game after the 1981 tour. Kiwis went to League in large numbers for the next two decades because rugby “union” had become a divisive force by allying itself with Muldoon and regressive politics.

    At my local club after a game of union we all would gather and watch the Winfield Cup (league) and had money riding on the games. Soccer really took off in New Zealand as well.

    • RedLogix 1.1

      Interesting … rugby was never my sport so it’s interesting to read the experience of those who were there.

      I can understand the politician in Key wanting to associate his brand with the ‘winners’. His brand is all about a society of ‘winners and losers’ so to him it is a natural fit.

      Yet for all the superficial winning and losing that goes on in sport, there was always an underlying sense that sportsmanship and mutual respect was the fundamental value.

      Because in order for the All Blacks to win the RWC – there has to be a team who turns up willing to lose every game and come last. And do it again next time with their heads held high. Because without them – there is no tournament.

      There is no stopping or shaming Key into not mixing sport and politics like this. He’ll keep on doing it as long as he thinks it’s a winning play. But the day will arrive when it will turn into a losing one.

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Agree.

    Don’t drag elite sports down into the vote-grubbing gutter. Politicians are as toxic to athletes as bookies and steroids.

  3. Aaron 3

    If he turns up after we win the final I …… actually I dont’ know what i’ll do, but it’s getting out of hand

  4. BM 4

    34 years ago, not 24

    [Right you are how time flies. Now corrected – MS]

  5. infused 5

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with it for something so big like the rwc.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1

      Then you probably haven’t considered how you’d react to Kim.com riding the All Blacks to electoral victory.

      • tracey 5.1.1

        +1

      • alwyn 5.1.2

        I know that the All Blacks are very large and very strong men, as the photo of Key and Whitelock illustrates, but I don’t think they are like Superman.
        Do you really think they could carry Kim Dotcom?
        (Actually you may mean the North Korean Kim the Com in which case it would be pretty easy).

  6. Peter 6

    .. we can be amused watching him get his jollies in public

  7. Whispering Kate 7

    My family were talking about Key’s stalking of the AB’s in their changing rooms. Everybody knows that at the end of a day’s work we like to have some time to settle down quietly at home – even 15 minutes or so before we are bombarded with “what’s been happening all day” on the home front – everybody needs this even kids who come in from school – sports teams are no different after they have come in sweaty, knackered and wanting to quietly just come down from the adrenalin rush of playing a hard game. It must be infuriating for them to have Key come in immediately and smarm all over them. He obviously, so obviously has no consideration for anybody, nor any tact or sensitivity to know when he isn’t wanted. Management of the team should be setting rules and barring people from the changing rooms until the team have at least had showers, calmed down and then allow them to come out and chat to officials etc.

    God knows how anybody puts up with the man, his wife has to be the most long suffering individual in the country – I pity her frankly. Key is nothing but a “big noter” and if the team can’t see this then they need to be frankly told so. Frankly the man is a creep.

    • Ffloyd 7.1

      @Whispering Kate. I so agree with what you have written. The photo of key chugging down a beer while the AB’s haven’t even had a chance to take their boots off is indicative of the lack of any thoughts at all of the AB’s who have just had a really tough 80 minutes. The man is absolutely oblivious to good manners and good social skills. But still he sits there, on the bench, not quite on Richie’s lap,grinning like a loon while pretty much being ignored by McCaw and co. He’s like the saddo that stalks the cool crowd, always in the background, laughing the loudest, being the meanest to the ‘not the cool crowd’ doing anything that’s demanded of him, no matter how bad or horrible so that he can say “I’m one of the cool crowd, I am a winner!”……… by default. Actually he is a sad figure of a man.

      • Gangnam Style 7.1.1

        Looks like he got in before the wives & partners, or is the space ‘men only’? A few ppl at my work having a bit of a giggle about Keys wannabe status.

    • Claire 7.2

      Is that why the AB’s have short hair, no pony tail tweeking? I have never seen a PM so uninterested in the Country he is representing. He really cannot comment on anything to do with politics and flusters his way around. He is socially inept when talking with people below his grade ($5.5 million) and he appears to have a passing touch of aspergers possibly terribly bulied as a child he craves attention of the famous to show the bullies he has made it! It is a rung both ways. The AB’s seem to adore him and worship him tweet his name at election time. Muldoon looks positively charming in comparison at least he had a vision for NZ!!!

      • Naturesong 7.2.1

        There is a fairly high incidence of Asperger’s within my family (about one in 3). Most are high functioning, although we have one who received all of the bad and none of the good.

        I’m curious as to why you think John Key may be touched with the gift and whether you think it is a positive or negative influence on his behaviour

      • Molly 7.2.2

        ” passing touch of aspergers”

        Also have aspergers in my family. Interestingly enough, it seems a high proportion of those on the Aspergers syndrome find it difficult to lie. Contributes to their perceived social clumsiness, but I find it fairly attractive myself.

        In other ways, Key don’t fit any of the usual criteria.

    • Melb 7.3

      You’ve never considered the idea that the All Blacks enjoy that the country’s PM takes such an avid interest in the game?

      I played plenty of rugby at Prem and provincial B level, and congratulations in the changing room (not by any Prime Ministers though) were always appreciated by the team.

    • Bruce Ellis 7.4

      The other odd thing about this, is that his wife was with him at the rugby, so what happened to her while he went off to have a beer with the boys?

      • Molly 7.4.1

        I’m thinking she is an afterthought…. I always remember watching his initial election victory in 2008, when he brought forward his daughter and son and left his wife in the background for a uncomfortably long period of time.

        Apart from the fact his daughter looks very uncomfortable, it struck me that he did not even make the usual eye contact or gesture that exists with many long term couples.

        If you have a strong stomach – there is a Youtube video – skip to the last few seconds for his disregard of marriage partner.

        • Whispering Kate 7.4.1.1

          Molly, if you can find it – watch John Campbell’s interview with Key and his wife – it was part of a series of “Meet the Leaders” before the last election. I don’t have to explain anything to you – by body language, hogging the interview and having his poor wife looking like a hanger on not knowing what to do with herself – you will be able to see quite plainly how their situation is. John Campbell even spoke with her at one point, when Key was swoozing the crowd at Matakana Markets asking her “how do you get on with all this working the crowd thing Bronagh” or something to that effect and she just shrugged it off like a poor forlorn little after thought. Go figure, there isn’t anybody else in John Key’s life, his ego is sufficient for him in spades. I have never felt so sorry for someone in a long time. To be superfluous to needs must be the saddest place to be.

  8. esoteric pineapples 8

    The King of the Hobbits congratulates the All Blacks on their win

  9. Dazzer 9

    Sigh. It’s hard to respond positively to posts where the duplicity is so obvious and indeed taken to almost hilarious levels.

    By way of example:

    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Helen+Clark/NRL+Semi+Final+1+Warriors+v+Roosters/ReV4clKd0Xe

    Have just read the post again and I can see the legalese biting me on the bum. Yes, that was league, and yes the post was about rugby. Naturally it’s different when it’s rugby and it’s different when it’s Labour.

    • Mike Bond 9.1

      Good comment! Sad that people can stoop so low to make a point!

    • It may be different in this case due to Helen Clark’s history with Rugby League which started long before she became Prime Minister.

      I.e. Her support was genuine and not just a craven attempt to bask in the AB’s success.

      I’d also note that this is distinct from the PM’s (irrespective of who is PM) duties in supporting national teams when they represent at major sporting events.
      I support the PM attending All Black matches at the world cup, and don’t mind footing the cost through my tax.

      I understand John Key has a London flat, and although he does not need to use it, given the cost of accommodation in London this week it looks like he missed a trick – an opportunity to say, “See, I’m against profligate spending* and I prove it with my actions – look how much money I am saving the NZ taxpayer”. Negligible spend in the big scheme of things, but would have been the sort of political stunt that the press here value over actual journalism.

      Instead we have him tell everyone not to be surprised when a massive bill comes in, and English telling us that everyone loves John Key spending their money attending football games.

      I hope that every other MP who attends, whether in or out of govt, does not stick us with the bill. And if they do, are pilloried from pillar to post.

      * which is demonstrably false

  10. Mike Bond 10

    What a lame post! All countries have their PM’s/Presidents attending the world cup. I recall how Nelson Mandela handed over the Trophy to the Bok captain and then went and congratulated the team personally after the game. That was seen as a huge breakthrough in South African history, yet you want to slam Key for supporting the AB’s? Even by your standard that is low. Not mixing politics and sport is true, but that is the decisions made and management of sports teams etc. Why was nothing said when Key attended the Netball world championship? Just glad he did not go into the change rooms after the game! LOL

  11. Incognito 11

    I am slightly confused; is this post about NZ politics (John Key in particular?) and rugby or politics and sports in general?

    In any case, I think it is based on the wrong assumption that politics and sports are separable; they are not IMO. If this is the case then it becomes a rather complicated if not impossible thought experiment.

    Nelson Mandela once said:

    ”Sport has the power to change the world”

    I think he was right and it means that politics and sports can be used to achieve amazing things.

    • tracey 11.1

      “In any case, I think it is based on the wrong assumption that politics and sports are separable; they are not IMO.”

      Can’t agree more. Sports are run by committees made up of human beings with biases and likes and dislikes. the notion that they all just put those aside cos it’s sport is laughable.

      John Key is alike a few men I know including 1 of my brothers. He wasn’t good at sport at school, and wasn’t interested in it. But he grew a liking for watching it once in University and when he had children he embarked on living vicariously through them, and I suspect the All Blakcs. Loads of men do it, they idolise because deep down they wished they had done something like that, instead of the “books”.

      John Key is positively giddy around All Blacks, but not them alone, he is giddy around Royalty and celebrities. Given how many of our fellow kiwis behave similarly (I point to the relatively quick change of focus in our online newspapers to celebrity-itus) its no wonder he is not seen negatively for it.

      But, for me, it’s not good role modelling, placing your delight for life and enjoyment outside yourself and projecting onto and through the lives of others is almost never the way to fulfillment.

      People won’t criticise in others what they recognise in themselves.

    • mary_a 11.2

      @ Incognito – ”Sport has the power to change the world”

      Yes, sport might.

      But definitely not FJK! Well not for the better!

  12. Nick 12

    It’s about brand marketing. It is just Brand Key, it works too, for enough voters in NZ to keep him pm. Nelson Mandela was about integrity and cultural social political revolution….. Nothing to do with Brands or Key….you can’t compare, apart from the fact it’s Rugby.

  13. J Key is a buffoon so let him continue to make a fool of himself.

    You can bet your bottom dollar that not all the AB’s will be a fan of his and behind Keys back some of them will be laughing at the silly little man.

  14. ianmac 14

    Funny how Key was apparently ignorant of the All Blacks in 81 when keeping politics out of sport was the call. And now Key works hard to get his politics and his All Blacks joined at the wrist or hip.

    • savenz 14.1

      +1 – and txting them too!

      Psycho stalker!

      Like the ponytail waitress the All Blacks can’t really say no.

      Key loves the story to be about himself and using his position to try to bask in the limelight.

      He is damaging the All Blacks brand.

      Given half a chance, Collins will be in there picking them up in her 2nd hand sponsored car!

      It’s called cross branding!

      And since they are PM’s what can the All Blacks do?

      We know you can’t say NO in this country.

  15. Enough is Enough 15

    Squealing every time John Key does anything feeds right into the narrative that the left opposes everything. It becomes the boy who cried wolf and makes arguing the real issues that much more difficult because we are dismissed as simply being negative again when the Nats do something which actually is important and damaging to our country.

    This can hardly be compared to the tour of a racist team into New Zealand.

    There is nothing political about the current world cup (other than you trying to make an issue out of it)

    The Prime Minister attending a world cup semi final of his country’s national game and congratulating his team after the win is understandable. I can’t think of any PM, whatever side of the fence, not doing that.

    What is remarkable about the three way hand shake (other than the awkwardness)? I think every world cup has had the leader of the host country on stage at the final.

    • savenz 15.1

      What is off about it, is that Key is in the All Black changing room. It is not some “official ” picture of the PM congratulating them when they receive a trophy or whatever.

      It looks more like a picture of JK harassing them.

      • Roflcopter 15.1.1

        You get invited to the changing room, you don’t just rock on up, you ignoramus.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 15.1.1.1

          As I keep saying, the NZRFU isn’t doing enough to shield athletes from this kind of exploitation. in fact they seem to be encouraging it.

          Yes, I know you can’t see anything wrong with it.

          • Roflcopter 15.1.1.1.1

            Oh, so now the players aren’t bright enough to see that they’re being manipulated and too scared to say anything if they wanted to?

            • Lanthanide 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes, they aren’t bright enough to realise they’re being manipulated. Key has made this ‘natural’. That’s kind of the point.

              Would the NZRFU allow Kim Dotcom down there? How about James Shaw or Peter Dunne?

              • Roflcopter

                How about Helen Clark?

                http://www.rugbyworldcup2015i.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/nonu_helenclark08_620x310.jpg

                That’s a big hug about to go down, right there.

                Oh that’s right, it’s only bad when John Key does it…

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  So it must be ok because Labour did it too. Erm, nope, that’s another logic fail, not to mention a denial of personal responsibility. Oops.

                  • Roflcopter

                    Yeah it is OK now, and was OK when Labour did it… it’s one part of what the Leader of the country does… supports those that excel in sports, not sit as a bitter, twisted prune in a corner like you.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      As I said, you can’t see anything wrong with it. So you defend it with name-calling.

                      Simply tremendous.

                    • tracey

                      I have NO problem with PM’s going to dressing rooms.

                      I don’t want our money spen ton lavish team announcements (Rugby cana nd shold pay for this, whoever is in Govt).

                      I do have a probblem with our PM involving the AB team captain directly in a political policy he (the pM) is pushing.

                      I have a problem with that whoever is PM.

                  • Enough is Enough

                    I think Roflcopter was responding the Lanth’s inference that the NZRFU would only allow Key (or the right) to be photographed with the All Blacks. It quite clear that any PM would be welcome.

                    Jacob Zuma was on stage when the Springboks were awarded the 2007 world cup.

                    The England team of 2003 that won the world cup in Australia visited 10 Downing St on their return home.

                    Every Superbowl winning team gets an invite to the Whitehouse.

                    Are you getting a theme here. Leaders honour their national teams that succeed.

                    It is hardly remarkable or something to be concerned with

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      So that’s all very exciting, and all that, and why can’t you address the point?

                      In your example, the leader supports the team. In this case, the team supports the leader. Literally, with messages of support on election day. And magazine covers.

                      Yes, I know you can’t see anything wrong with that.

                    • Lanthanide

                      Er, no, I made no such inference.

                      It is appropriate for the PM to be involved – in their capacity as prime minister.

                      It is not appropriate for a politician to be involved – hence why James Shaw or Peter Dunne would not get such an invite. John Key appearing on magazine covers as the ‘leader of the pack’ during an election campaign is about him as a politician, not about him as PM.

                      John Key can’t separate his hat of PM from his hat of National Party MP. That is the problem.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 15.1.1.1.1.2

              Going straight to a logic fail Roflcopter? Would you like a white flag with that spade?

              I note you conceded the point about exploitation. Thanks for that.

        • Olwyn 15.1.1.2

          You get invited to the changing room, you don’t just rock on up…

          Presumably the photographer and the reporter were also invited. It is completely appropriate for PM’s to support the national team, but Key tends to go further and draw the All Blacks into his own branding operation. That’s where the problem lies. If you are a PM of left or right, you affirm and support the things that the country loves, but you don’t try to make them your own. There’s a fine line between the two and Key crosses it.

          • Roflcopter 15.1.1.2.1

            but Key tends to go further and draw the All Blacks into his own branding operation

            Really? You worked that all out from a photo in the changing rooms? You are so awesome!

            • Olwyn 15.1.1.2.1.1

              And the announcing of the world cup team from parliament. And his soliciting McCaw’s opinion on the flag. And his taking a boys-will-be-boys attitude to All Blacks’ encouraging tweets on election day, etc, etc.

            • Lanthanide 15.1.1.2.1.2

              It’s not just about a single photo from the changing rooms. It’s about a continued pattern of behaviour by Key.

          • McFlock 15.1.1.2.2

            That’s the problem right there.

            The tories have consistently shown a complete inability to see lines between normal and abnormal behaviour: the line between “visibility” and “a partisan bond between the PM and the ABs”, the line between “in line with the cabinet manual” and “breaching the cabinet manual”, the line between “respected Speaker of the House” and “outright partisan Speaker, to the point of corruption”…

            The only line they see is the 60-seat hurdle. Everything else is negotiable, sold, atrophied, or corrupted.

        • savenz 15.1.1.3

          @Rofllcopter – yep and do all of the players look impressed by Key? Nope. Are the All Blacks expected to glad hand like trained seals to the PM for photo ops!

          On the field – in the changing rooms?

          Maybe a reality TV show next…. With the GCSB getting on board with reality TV shows while NSA take over our security, maybe Julie Christie could be onto a new All Blacks/Natz TV show, The All NatBlacks, a sure fire winner now ratings are so low on TV3!

          Steven Joyce get your check book our for some more corporate welfare for TV3! Ching ching.

          The ongoing commercialisation of our country’s identity…

    • Mike Bond 15.2

      @Enough is Enough. So glad someone else can see just how short sighted most of Labour and Labour supporters are. If National/Key say or do anything, it is wrong! This negativity is turning voters and supporters away. Only the very pig-headed think this is a good strategy. Key must be loving having Little as the opposition leader. He can stuff up time after time and get away with it because everyone just says it is Labour being negative again when they point out real stuff ups. The way things are right now, John Key can unfortunately choose just how long he wants to be PM as there is no opposition worth worrying about.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 15.2.1

        Your concern is so sincere, and has no weasel words or outright lies in it whatsoever. It doesn’t reveal anything about you at all. Everyone waits avidly for your advice. No-one notices when you fail to demonstrate the slightest understanding of the issue. Your pretence that you are addressing “Labour” is a clever and subtle strategy.

        Really.

    • vaughan little 15.3

      yeah but he’s a nonce. so even when he does normal stuff it has a funny pong about it.

  16. shorts 16

    National have always used sport (rugby) to further their aims…. they choose to allow the springbok tour because it made political sense to them – it was a calculated political action…

    To think sport and politics are not joined at the neck is really really niave and foolhardy, sport is just a game, there is nothing whatsoever to suggest it has some higher purpose

    If you think key and co ( and little et al) wouldn’t be all over the all blacks this and every RWC then you really don’t know anything about this country

    What makes it embarrassing is how badly Key does these things… we would at the least like a Prime Minister who was slightly statesmanlike… not a gibbering buffoon

  17. NZJester 17

    The modern All Blacks top brass though personify the right.
    They sell the All Blacks brand to companies outside of New Zealand so that little of the benefit of all the cash they make is seen here in their home country.
    They dumped a local manufacturer of clothing in order to send jobs over seas.
    How can a New Zealand manufacturer that made it cloths here compete with one that has its clothing all made in low wage countries with even less worker protection than what is left to our own workers under this current National government.

  18. Just up on the NZ Herald site –

    Rugby World Cup 2015: Taxpayers won’t mind footing finals bill for ministers, says Bill English

    What a bloody arrogant thing to say.
    Has he actually asked the taxpayers of NZ ?

    If they wish to be at the WC, pay their own way like the rest of us do.

    • tracey 18.1

      The airfares are already free as a perk, aren’t they, so they can pay their own food and accomodation, yes?

  19. tracey 19

    While we are amidst this fixation with the All Blacks, in ALL our media, almost to the exclusion of all else, can we spare a thought for those homes where an impending rugby match is met with a sense of fear and trepidation.

    The good news for those victims of the aftermath of an All Black loss is that the All Blacks have an over 85% winning record. However if you have been beaten as a result of a loss, you don’t know in advance whether the match will be a win or a loss. Imagine that fear in children and partners between matches and until the final whistle.

    There is indeed a very dark side to our fixations as a nation.

  20. Kevin 20

    I wouldn’t be surprised if one of his minders is carrying a towel, ‘just in case’.

    Although with his recent revelations I am not sure if they would want him in there doing his thing.

    • alwyn 21.1

      That first photograph is absolutely disgusting.
      I clearly implies that the All Blacks, and by implication the then Prime Minister approve of the consumption of sugar laced drinks.
      Look at them, holding containers of that appalling liquid Coca Cola.
      Have none of them any shame at all?

      • Roflcopter 21.1.1

        Clark should have her Labour Party membership cancelled for cosying up to those nasty multinational fizzy drink manufacturers…. won’t someone think of the children?

        Oh wait Alwyn, it’s only from this point forward, becuase according to Mickey … “In my view from now on no politician”

        As you were.

    • Hanswurst 21.2

      The most notable thing about those photos of Helen Clark is the reminder that we once had a PM who didn’t look like a complete and utter dick all the time, as if looking like that were their full-time job or something.

  21. I have no issue with Keys behaviour (in this instance). He is a politician after all.

    It’s the NZRFU and its eagerness to be used in this manner that is the problem.
    I am curious to find out why they seem so ignorant of the risk to their (and by extension the game itself) reputation by associating with someone who is the diametric pposite of the values the All Blacks strive to represent.

    • Puckish Rogue 22.1

      by associating with someone who is the diametric pposite of the values the All Blacks strive to represent.

      Thats a matter of opinion, if a survey was done of all blacks voting habits I’d be very surprised if National wern’t the most popular choice, even more so then the general public

      • Naturesong 22.1.1

        These things happened:

        Transrail insider trading
        Skycity Convention Centre Corruption

        Not sure how you can square those actions by John Key with these key values of the All Blacks:
        – Personal Humility – Never be too big to do the small things that need to be done
        – Philosophy and focus on continual improvement and continuous learning environment
        – Better people make better All Blacks
        – Leaders are teachers
        – Care of whanau and no dickheads policy
        – Ownership, accountability and trust

        Remember the team that John Key now leads is New Zealand, every citizen and resident is part of his team.

        And then there are cases where he and ministers within our govt have used organs of the state for partisan political purposes – otherwise known as abuse of power and corruption

      • Naturesong 22.1.2

        Btw, your “perception” argument is known as argumentum ad populum. I.e. It’s not an actual argument. “The world is flat” was once a popular belief, though never an actual fact.

        Also, your assertion that the majority of All Blacks would vote for him is certainly something that John Key wants people to think.
        But without actually asking a representative number of them, your argument becomes “proof by assertion”. Which is also not an argument.

        None of your arguments address the fact that John Key and ministers have engaged in corruption and abuse of power.

        Nor do they address the conflict between the high ideals of the All Blacks culture and the demonstrably abusive, manipulative and dishonest behaviour of our PM.

  22. Draco T Bastard 23

    Rugby world cup still going on

    There was dismay across the country yesterday as people realised that the Rugby World Cup still hasn’t finished.

    “I couldn’t believe it was still going on,” said typical human being, Simon Williams.

    “I mean, didn’t it start some time last year? It seems that every time I turn on the television there’s a large man pummelling another large man in an attempt to get an oddly shaped ball.”

    The tournament is expected continue on relentlessly, forever.

  23. Grey Area 24

    Rather than keep politics out of rugby, wouldn’t it be better to keep Creepy out of politics? I’d vote for that!

    • ropata 24.1

      +1
      FJK has brought the office of PM, and thus the entire nation of New Zealand, into disrepute and embarrassment.

      PS: must read some Culture again… Mistake Not… was a cool Ship

  24. Just Me 25

    John Key is so much of an attention seeker that he must gate-crash the All Blacks after match celebration. And all because he needs the photo opportunities for political reasons.
    I get the impression Key is an insecure little person who is always seeking attention(with beer bottle in hand as per usual)at each and every opportunity.If it’s not his Monday ‘pearls of wisdom’ on the Paul Henry show it’s some other way of being in the news ALL the time.
    Perhaps Key views NZ media as his security blanket.
    I am so over this attention seeking oaf and hope, if the ABs win the final, they(the ABs)tell Key to bugger off and let them celebrate their win in their way.Not having to put up with some beer swilling PM who MUST be photographed sitting close to Richie McCaw.
    I am sure if the ABs lose the final Key will drop them like a hot potato. Just like he dropped the usefulness of the families of the Pike River 29 ended once the last votes were counted in the 2011 general election. And whilst on the matter just like Key reneged on a promise to pay those very families $3million in compensation.
    I bet Key has spent that amount in his luxurious accommodation whether it be in London or somewhere in Europe. Either that or on the usual baubles of vanity and ego that the insecure guy regularly searches for i.e spend NZ taxpayers money on baubles of ego and vanity but it’s all for himself(Key).

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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    15 hours ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    16 hours ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    18 hours ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    22 hours ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Contempt
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    2 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
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    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
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    2 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 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
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    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
    3 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
    4 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
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    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
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    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
    6 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    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
    7 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    7 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
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    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 ...
    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
    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
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago

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