Little weighs in on dirty politics

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, June 8th, 2015 - 104 comments
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Andrew Little (who personally shot JFK and who secretly posts on The Standard under the aliases lprent, mickysavage and r0b yeah uh huh definitely) has weighed in on the latest round of dirty politics:

Andrew Little: ‘Toxic’ Cameron Slater not wanted in NZ politics

… TV3’s The Nation at the weekend revealed claims he paid Auckland IT consultant Ben Rachinger to hack into left-leaning website The Standard. Mr Rachinger took the money, but didn’t carry out the hack, instead carrying out his own “ad hoc” investigation into Mr Slater’s activities.

The allegation is being investigated by police, and Mr Little says it’s not a good look for the National Party, which has close ties to Mr Slater. “Cameron Slater is probably the most toxic influence on New Zealand politics that we’ve ever had, and a most unwelcome one,” he told RadioLIVE. “It beggars belief any politician – like John Key and Judith Collins – wants to have anything to do with him.” …

104 comments on “Little weighs in on dirty politics”

  1. lprent 1

    Andrew Little (who personally shot JFK and who secretly posts on The Standard under the aliases lprent, mickysavage and r0b yeah uh huh definitely)…

    Memo: To all

    I expect to be told about these things.

    Sure I run the site operations and security with a heavy hand, absolute control, and limit what you can do to what you are meant to be able to do. However it appears that someone has gotten the fairydust from Cameron and miraculously cracked open the site for Labour politicians and staffers to play around with as they please.

    After all, Cameron Slater thinks so. Therefore it must be true – right (and more right)!

    lprent

    BTW: And who allowed this politician to state the clear and obvious truth in public.

    Cameron Slater is probably the most toxic influence on New Zealand politics that we’ve ever had, and a most unwelcome one

    ===
    SARCASM ENDS

    Edit: I had to add the end because I wasn’t too sure that some of the rabid right wingers would be able to figure that out past their delusions of left-wing conspiracy theories.

    Just as a word of advice for Cameron and his delusional buddies.

    We don’t and have never allowed MPs or people working as political staffers on the parliamentary payroll to write on this site except under their own names.

    So while there have been many guest posts by MPs over the years, they do it under their own name.

    Mike Smith has worked as a contractor while being an author. However he doesn’t write posts for Labour – his views are his own.

    We repost from Rob Salmond’s blog Polity. Rob also works on contracts for parliamentary Labour, but his views are distinctly his own.

    And at least one of our previous authors Clint Smith has gone on to become a staffer for the Greens and Labour after he finished writing posts for The Standard.

    This is all in the nature of our local political community. What none of them do is what Jason Ede did for National. Wrote posts and provided material to bloggers while working directly for John Key on the public payroll.

    There is no need to sneak around conspiring to hack into my systems. That is completely illegal in several several sections of the Crimes Act. You can read our about

    However we are not giving peoples identities up. Past vindictive attempts to attack anyone whose real-world identity is known by members of the right wing blogs, right-wing media, and National party MPs make it perfectly clear that they cannot be trusted with personal details. Paula Bennett and Cameron Slater being particularly disgusting examples.

  2. mickysavage 2

    ” … who secretly posts on The Standard under the aliases lprent, mickysavage and r0b …”

    I bet a number of beehive staffers are currently trying to find out if this is indeed the case …

    • r0b 2.1

      bless ’em

    • Anne 2.2

      Well, I always suspected that TRP was Trevor Mallard in disguise. You know, two sides of the same coin type of thing. And lets face it… he’s never denied it has he!! 😛

      • mickysavage 2.2.1

        You will never guess what name Clayton Cosgrove blogs under 😀

        • Tracey 2.2.1.1

          dipshit?

          joking aside, I assumed “Clayton Cosgrove” was a pseudonym used by someone from another party who got elected to the Labour party on the List?

          • the pigman 2.2.1.1.1

            Couldn’t work out who he was campaigning for during the election, either. It’s a baffling political mystery that he re-entered parliament on Labour’s list after losing his seat.

            Oh well, there’s always 2017 😀

      • just saying 2.2.2

        Mallard?
        God knows, TRP really annoys me sometimes, Anne.
        But that’s just mean.

      • There’s some folk who might think that was an insult … to both of us!

      • Chooky 2.2.4

        @ Anne…moi aussie…or now that it has been mentioned Clayton Cosgrove

        • te reo putake 2.2.4.1

          I’m neither Mallard or Cosgrove. I don’t have a particularly high view of either, actually: /brassneck/

          I’ve never stood for public office, worked at parliament, or at Frazer house. I chaired an LEC once and a few years ago also ran an unsuccessful election campaign for a prospective MP. If you knew which one, most of you would consider that failure was my best work ever.

          And that’s it, really. Just a lippy LP member who can string a few words together in coherent fashion. I’d like to think I modestly and humbly introduce a little sparkle and joy to the lives of the readers of the Standard, but that’s about the extent of my contribution to the labour movement at the moment.

          • Anne 2.2.4.1.1

            I was being naughty trp. Affectionate teasing. 😛

            And yes, you do add a sparkle to TS.

            • te reo putake 2.2.4.1.1.1

              Cheers, Anne. Chooky made me laugh. Mallard I can understand, but Clayton? C’mon!

              It’s occurred to me that the reason why Slater and his mates are so bitter and twisted about the identities of Standardistas is that they can’t get their heads around the fact that we’re all amateurs. In their world, nobody would put this much time and effort into any project unless there was money it. It’s an affront to their worldview.

              So, by that logic, they’re convinced we must all be paid staffers or MP’s because it doesn’t make sense to write just because we can, and because it’s worthwhile, and it adds a dimension to people’s lives that wouldn’t otherwise be there.

              • lprent

                Their worldview is a bit distorted by the profit motive.

              • Chooky

                well trp…i do have to agree with you on that!…enthusiastic “amateurs” with time on our hands …that is why we aren’t afraid to say what we think….and our thoughts are probably shared by many other New Zealanders…that is what is scary for them…they are being articulated…it is called grassroots democracy!

                …and that is anti fascist!

          • the pigman 2.2.4.1.2

            I never saw that post (Brassneck) before… it’s a good’un!

            • te reo putake 2.2.4.1.2.1

              Cheers, tp. If Labour switch to a democratic, party wide selection of the list candidates, I expect at least 3 of the 4 MP’s I mentioned in the post will be dusting off their CV’s next election.

        • Huginn 2.2.4.2

          So let me get this right.

          Chooky

          Are you Trevor Mallard, or are you Clayton Cosgrove?

          • Chooky 2.2.4.2.1

            neither Mallard nor Cosgrove ( sign of the cross!)…do you think i would come here if i was infamous?….i am….( dont tell Slater the fat stoat) ….a Chooky on a perch…with other Chookies…and a couple roosters who think they are useful

  3. just saying 3

    Faux naive: “It beggars belief any politician – like John Key and Judith Collins – wants to have anything to do with him.” …
    Is not the right tone in this instance, imo.

    I know he probably wanted to sound “blokey” and “relaxed”. But it comes across to me (in an awful schoolyard analogy) like the kid who is happy to attack and make fun of the bully when he’s finally lost his power and no longer a threat, but too craven to challenge the still popular kids who set the bully onto his mates in the first place.

    It still seems like try-hard stuff and I still think that trying to be-Key (like Jeremy Wells being ‘Like-Mike’) is a tactical error that has plagued the party since Key became PM.

    • lprent 3.1

      There is no right “tone” when dealing with arseholes like Slater.

      He is a criminal and belongs in prison. I am mostly surprised at the slow pace that the police have in handling any complaint about him.

      I’ll be laying a complaint with the police against him sooner rather than later. I’d like to find out if they are actually doing something, or if we should start fundraising for a private prosecution and/or a civil suit.

      I want to know who in the hell is funding the arsehole to attack my systems.

      • just saying 3.1.1

        So do Collins and Key.

      • Anne 3.1.2

        Glad to hear it Iprent and if we can help in any way please let us know.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.3

        Discovery, records of payments into bank accounts, nom nom nom 😈

      • just saying 3.1.4

        I appreciate your efforts on our behalf LPrent, and how angry you must be feeling. Just let us know and I’m sure we’ll all support any action you decide to take according to our means.

        But the main political angle in this, for the leader of the opposition, is the corruption going all the way to the top and the whole point of “Dirty Politics’ was that this is not just politics as usual. It’s a whole new ballgame and there is plenty of evidence that Key and Collins have been using Slater’s vicious and illegal behaviour to competely subvert parliamentary democracy.

        Which is a bit more serious than ‘beggars belief they’d hang out with him,’ imo.

        • weka 3.1.4.1

          They tried that (Hager’s book). I think Little is keeping it very simple: Slater is extremely toxic to NZ politics. The National govt has close ties with Slater, including the Prime Minister of NZ.

        • lprent 3.1.4.2

          More irritated than angry.

          Hard enough finding the time to make sure this site survives its continuous growth.

          Having some ‘funder’ performing a criminal act of funding a break-in to the machines just raises the effort level.

          I have to assume that eventually (s)he will realize the getting an incompetent arsehole to organize it is a waste of everyone’s time, and they will hire someone competent. The police appear to treat known attempts as being something they can idle away on and therefore don’t act as any kind of deterrence. Meanwhile I and everyone else in the business community will need to put more and more effort into private protection while the police allow the criminals like Slater their freedom to break the law.

          But if the damn police don’t get off their acre and stop bloody Cameron Slater breaking into computers, then clearly the changes to the Crimes Act are not worth respecting. This is the third *known* breach by Slater of the Crimes Act with regard to computer systems. So far nothing has happened.

          Perhaps opening up the systems of individual police and politician’s systems to public view would help concentrate their minds.

          In my case, I think that some honeytraps with a responding obliterating sting.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.4.3

          Which is a bit more serious than ‘beggars belief they’d hang out with him,’ imo.

          Yep, that was what I was thinking. They hang out with him because he’s a useful tool and then there’s the old saw: Birds of a feather flock together

        • Bob 3.1.4.4

          “there is plenty of evidence that Key and Collins have been using Slater’s vicious and illegal behaviour to competely subvert parliamentary democracy”
          Interesting comment, can you please give me an example of where Key has used Slater’s alleged illegal behavior to subvert parliamentary democracy? I just haven’t seen any of the evidence you mention?

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.4.4.1

            How about “not immediately reporting Cameron Slater to the Police when he confessed to Jason Ede that he had illegally accessed the Labour Party’s computer system?

            How about Ede authoring Slater’s ‘hits’?

            Yes, yes, I know: your personal responsibility demands that those things are trivial.

      • linda 3.1.5

        I want to donate to that. One.

      • whateva next? 3.1.6

        exactly, thankyou Iprent
        “There is no right “tone”..” why do people feel compelled to distract?

    • Colonial Rawshark 3.2

      There is something about the public tone which still doesn’t connect well, as you have picked up.

      The issue for Little should not be condemning Slater as an unsavoury individual; the issue (as Hager has pointed out) is further proof of how the entire system of Dirty Politics works and how it relies on people willing to deal with individuals like Slater.

      • Chooky 3.2.1

        agreed…who put the word out to Slater to organise the illegal hacking hit contract?…was it the jonkey Nacts?

        …still it is good if Slater is bagged….and he may incriminate his masters

        • Tracey 3.2.1.1

          his own hatred of the standard? That drove him to convince a “funder” that it had a worth beyond his petty vendetta.

  4. Detrie 4

    Andrew is correct. But all this is just a re-run of the hollow men TV documentary years ago, but with a change of casting and more open, vindictive. The sad thing is that most NZ’ers, especially the younger generation don’t seem to care. Perhaps they simply don’t have the time available or become part of our more selfish, isolated society.

    Maybe this sort of ongoing corruption itself is part of the problem, turning the younger ones away from politics and politicians generally be they left or right leaning? Years back there would have been more backlash. Changes and downsizing of the media to focus more upon entertainment and profits likely has a lot to do with it too.

    We are like sheep.

    • Tracey 4.1

      “especially the younger generation ”

      In my experience tit’s the over 40’s who don’t care as long as they think they are benefiting from the government “policies”.

    • RedLogix 4.2

      Sadly yes.

      Which is why the few of us who aren’t browsing obliviously are all the more vital.

  5. T Chris 5

    “Cameron Slater is probably the most toxic influence on New Zealand politics that we’ve ever had,”

    Has Andy not heard of Kim Dotcom?

    • Anne 5.1

      Oooo lookie… the first “trole” has arrived.

      Sweepstake on how long it takes before the speeding motorcade and the signed painting show up.

      • halfcrown 5.1.1

        Nice one Anne

      • freedom 5.1.2

        In a lovely twist of fate, the wailing about the signed painting has been thoroughly muted, thanks to the actions of John Key himself.

        Open mike 05/06/2015

      • dukeofurl 5.1.3

        You mean Gibbs funding ACT all these years as his parliament poodle isnt the same as Dotcom.?

        Alan Gibbs was the one who created frankenstein like, Rodney Hide who was a tutor at Lincoln University, until he became a sort of speechwriter for Gibbs and thus an ACT MP.
        The funny thing is that Hide was what would be called today a permanent student until he got a very bottom rung of academic life – with a couple of bachelors and a masters from a former teacher’s college in Idaho- would not be going any higher.
        But never was the ‘academic’ millstone hung a round his neck, or his privileged position as the son of a rural truck operator who in those days was protected from competition in his area.

        • Skinny 5.1.3.1

          Such a pity Rodders didn’t stay put in bum fuck Idaho, Lincoln is no step up.

          • Colonial Rawshark 5.1.3.1.1

            Hide knows his way working around on a North Sea oil rig and also on a gas processing plant; that’s more than can be said for just about any member of the Labour caucus.

            • Skinny 5.1.3.1.1.1

              Yes that’s true I had forgotten, most of the LP caucus would faint at the thought of working on an oil rig. Phil Goff Off would dispute he worked harder on the chain at a freezing works…cough cough.

              • just saying

                You mean when he worked there in his school holidays – in the most strongly union-protected industry in the country…..

                edit – at the time it was a real bastion. Then there came a government that started turning the clock backwards for workers towards the feudal conditions we have today. Who were those people…I can’t quite remember?

                • Skinny

                  It always sounds good when Goff Off casually mentions that one to the media interviewer, it gives him meat creds. We can expect to see him on the front line of upcoming pickets against newly knighted Sir Peter Slave-Driver, shiny new white gumboots and all.

            • Dave_1924 5.1.3.1.1.2

              Nicely said Tat……

      • Chooky 5.1.4

        +100 Anne

  6. maui 6

    Beggars belief that this man still has a slot on one of NZ’s biggest radio stations…

    • dukeofurl 6.1

      His close friend is the host Larry Williams.

      As well Slater is close to the the morning guy Leighton Smith.

      Slater has a very strong network in the media, especially Radio ZB

      • maui 6.1.1

        It shouldn’t matter who your friends are, if you’re that corrupt you shouldn’t be allowed to freely broadcast your views via mainstream media to a New Zealand audience.

        • Colonial Rawshark 6.1.1.1

          Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the MSM!

        • lilman 6.1.1.2

          Seriously? If thats corruption then it makes the Labour election process look like the worlds worst cock up ever.

    • Tracey 6.2

      so does Hooton… who has given out a street name in a response to a request to harm someone…

  7. weka 7

    BTW: And who allowed this politician to state the clear and obvious truth in public.

    Cameron Slater is probably the most toxic influence on New Zealand politics that we’ve ever had, and a most unwelcome one

    Little’s apparently never going to get it right (see comments above), so good on him for just speaking the truth.

    • Chooky 7.1

      yes good one Andrew Little for calling it as it is!…brownie points to Labour…keep it up!

    • Jenny Kirk 7.2

      @ weka – Yep. Little speaks as he sees it …. which is what most of us see too, but somehow the MSM just cannot !

  8. Fairy Dust 8

    I admit it. I am Norman Kirk writing here under an alias.

    Take me away, Ossifer. >offers up wrists for handcuffs<

  9. Treetop 9

    Every time that Slater is caught out, he would make a few MPs on the right nervous. Having a link to a few MPs in government, when it comes to a police investigation, I doubt that the police would be transparent when it came to MPs in government.

    Is Slater trying to stall the Rawshark investigation to protect MPs who are in government?

    Little is right about the damage that Slater does.

    Key needs to hold a ministerial inquiry into Slater and have his toxic blog site shut down.

    • tc 9.1

      Not gunna happen as the oliy orca has heaps on Key’s crew and probably the man himself thanks to that other afction.

      There’s a reason why Key is besties with him and apologised in public and it’s not hot share tips, top wines or great Hawaii restaurants.

  10. weka 10

    Can anyone get the video of Little to play?

  11. T Chris 11

    It beggars belief that Little is going on about that idiot Slater as “probably the most toxic influence on New Zealand politics that we’ve ever had” when Kim Dotcom basically high jacked the countries media for most of the election build up with his “moment of truth”. Labour’s campaign was pushed to the back

    It was singularly one of the worst influences for labour of the whole election and they don’t seem to have put it in their review

    • It’s in there. I’d tell you where, but it would be better if you actually read the review and found it for yourself.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      Last time I looked the MSM were pretty much owned by RWNJs.

    • Tracey 11.3

      none of which changes the connection between two elected politicians (PM and Collins) and a terrible, duplicitous. vindictive blogger for their own ends.

    • whateva next? 11.4

      would National have got in a 2nd time without the venal flip side of their smiley image working hard beneath the surface?

  12. T Chris 12

    Only as a general aligning comment

    • That’s the nature of these documents, T Chris. And, if the review had mentioned KDC by name, the headlines would have read ‘Labour still in denial, blames Kim Dotcom for election loss’ etc.

  13. Aaron 13

    Can I be psuedonym for Andrew Little too?

  14. whateva next? 14

    “It beggars belief any politician – like John Key and Judith Collins – wants to have anything to do with him.” …

    absobloodylutely Andrew, daylight is the best disinfectant, ad disinfectant is what is needed.

  15. Shane Hogg 15

    I wonder with the secret life of Posters on The Standard.
    If a secret left winger (HI CAM!) posts on here LOL

    • I’m pretty sure Cam does post here, or at least has done in the past. Might be a bit busy with all the legals to do so at the moment though.

      • b waghorn 15.1.1

        I did wonder if my mate from the other day ” the prior of scion “may have been him its been awhile since anything that odds happened around me.

        • te reo putake 15.1.1.1

          Well, one thing I know is that there’s no way of knowing. And really, it’s kind of irrelevant. And given the hundreds, maybe thousands, who have commented here, if you do try and guess who’s behind a comment, chances are you’ll be miles off.

          • b waghorn 15.1.1.1.1

            Yes but it keeps me amused while I’m chipping thistles . I’ve even wondered at times that key him self doesn’t comment occasionally he’d be the type .

  16. Ad 16

    Total effect on me of authors and commentators here is to feel hopeful, more hopeful than for Greens or Labour as parties.

    the Usual Suspects here would make for quite a good night out.

  17. Reddelusion 17

    Me think you all over exaggerate the importance of this site. Michael Laws had a right ” blogging is simply electronic masterbation” irrespective of left and right. Why any one one would give a toss who blogs is beyond me

  18. Croat.5 18

    Who would allow the Leader of the opposition to “State the clear and obvious truth in public” and on Radio Live, aka Media works own station no less. Interesting question. Pretty obvious why it can’t be found on their website now really. I dunno why no one has referred to the other ” blog site” efforts on FB regarding Campbell Live. The page “Boycott TV 3 for Killing off Campbell Live”. Formerly “Save Campbell Live” is doing what others could not on MSM. That page has effectively brought down the ratings on TV3 by tens of thousands and may well contribute to its demise. Except that the new owners are probably going to sell it off in pieces anyway and then what will happen to all the “hollow men and woman” then. Karma is as Karma does, as they say.

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    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    3 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    3 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
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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
    4 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    4 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    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 ...
    7 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
    1 week 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
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    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
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks 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

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