Metiria for PM

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, August 8th, 2017 - 45 comments
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The desire to see Metiria Turei assume the role as NZ’s next Prime Minister is a serious one. That doesn’t mean it’s  expectated come September. I call it pragmatic idealism….here is the ideal, while over here are the limitations of reality. Part of the limitation is that the Green Party didn’t hit the ground running off the back of Metiria’s Welfare policy announcement and NZ Labour certainly have hit the ground running off the back of Jacinda becoming party leader.

But think of this for moment. Imagine an indigenous woman becoming the leader of a country such as New Zealand (maybe think ‘Canada’ by way of comparison) and the impact that would have throughout the English speaking world and beyond. Better still, imagine that person possessing the depth and breadth of integrity that Metiria has, and that being allied with formative life experiences from down here at the foot of the ladder, that both protect and nurture that innate ability to discern meaningful, or institutional and systemic levels of right and wrong.

Okay. Now park that off to the side for moment.

There is a rule of thumb (some might call it a golden rule) regarding ‘peoples’ champions’. If media and other aspects of the establishment view them favourably, then they aren’t our champions. They certainly aren’t any threat to the status quo.

The concentrations of power that influence our society most heavily, that I’ll simply label ‘the establishment’, can express desire for change. And does so often enough. But the type of change the establishment seeks is safe. It’s contained change that either furthers establishment goals, or that protects gains already made. So for example, after some years of “peddle to the metal” reform, there might arise a certain ‘wisdom’ within circles of power that advocates for a period of slower and gentler change – a period during which thumb screws applied to ordinary people are loosened back a notch while substantive gains get bedded in – an easing off as it were, to ensure continued traction.

Arguably, that is what the Clark years were all about- a period of short term compromise by elites that was accompanied by some long term bedding in. Then, when Clark’s time was deemed to be up, there was John Key, touted by media as the peoples champion who would lay low the increasingly autocratic and meddlesome Clark. And John Key would still be the darling of media and waltzing into a fourth term by the way except, well…he’s gone. So now the establishment can get in behind a dowdy Bill English who’d probably struggle to sell an ice cream to a child even if he promised to give the child the ice cream money in the first place, or it can back Jacinda Ardern – NZ’s very own Marcon or Trudeau (certainly not NZ’s Corbyn or Sanders).

Who would you back in their position?

The next question is, given what your position actually is, and given we have more than a simple binary choice in NZ, why would you back her (if you back her)?

There’s a lot of hype and almost astro-turfing about at the moment that would push Jacinda as caring, as selfless and even as feminist besides all manner of other ‘moma’s home made apple pie goodness’. Maybe you’re buying it. I don’t really care if you are.

But taking the spin at face value, I just can’t imagine how such an innocent survived the bear pit of NZ Labour’s caucus.

On the other hand, there’s the evidence that points to her being the front for something that’s really quite ruthless and calculating.

Take Andrew Little as an example. Jacinda and her team are really quite effusive in their admiration for the man who was noble enough to sacrifice himself for the perceived greater good of the NZ Labour Party as well as for the perceived greater good of New Zealand in general. Except that….well, just 24 hours before supposedly voluntarily stepping aside, Andrew Little was speaking on Radio New Zealand and insisting he wanted to lead NZ Labour into the election. I commented on it at the time – drawing attention to the difference between that desire and an ambition to be the next PM of New Zealand.

For me, that’s the first scratch on the surface of this shiny bauble of goodness were being presented with. It’s being somewhat wiped over for now. And of course Andrew Little isn’t going to say he was done over by NZ Labour’s caucus. Not at the moment anyway. And so Ardern and the team get to present themselves as saviours of goodness who merely stood up to fill a vacuum that was not of their making. Our heroes then, have arrived just in the nick of time to save the day – Phew!

And not only that, but Jacinda is nobody’s fool. She’s an everyday person who will go in and bat for women by way of giving a radio host a right good piece of her mind over the issue of employers asking women about their plans for having children. I watched the clip. And I was both surprised and not surprised that she didn’t simply mention that it’s illegal for an employer to ask such a question. The law, after-all, seems to be her ‘go to’ place when confronted with matters of right and wrong. It was absolutely her refuge when asked for her thoughts on Metiria’s DPB claim (ministers cannot condone breaking the law). And it was also the ground she seemed to have occupied when ‘sadly’ informing one and all that Metiria could have no place in a post September cabinet.

Now there’s a peoples’ champion – that erstwhile solo parent and dangerous breaker of laws! Reviled by media, unassuming, calling a spade a spade and gaining a fair bit of genuine grassroots support for her troubles. Obviously, that’s a problem for any astro-turfing pretender to the role of peoples champion. But Metiria, or so the hope must be, has been effectively side-lined now. And what’s more, Jacinda’s hands are clean. Just like Jacinda’s hands are clean over Andrew Little being ousted voluntarily stepped aside.

As an aside, I feel I have to hand it to Shaw. He’s a lousy liar. I’ve no idea who he thought he was convincing with his hesitant response to the question on Q+A of whether a phone call from who-ever in NZ Labour had forced Metiria’s hand, or whether she’d unilaterally arrived at a decision to not seek a cabinet position.

These people with such high ideals and levels of personal integrity, willingly, and with no back room pressure at all, falling on their swords! Who’d have thought NZ was so blessed!? Not for New Zealand politics any inclination to kick people when they’re down, to take full advantage of a persons short term political weakness or passing psychological vulnerability to force them out of the way. At least, not when we’re talking about NZ Labour’s caucus – that venerable institution of straight shooting, straight talking and exemplary conduct and behaviour.

So okay. The Jacinda bandwagon is rolling and the wheels probably won’t come off any time in the next six weeks. Too many facets of institutional power are there to clear away any bumps or rocks, thus ensuring a smooth ride up ’til election day. I mean Christ – even Patrick Gower is on-side. If that doesn’t tell you something, then you’re probably incapable of acquiring knowledge or assembling informed opinions.

Come September the 23rd, the choice is going to be between voting for winners over losers, or voting for right over wrong. The idealist in me imagines people in their droves voting for what’s right, while the pragmatist concedes that most people will merely vote for a shiny win.

But as I wrote in this post before the demise of Andrew Little as NZ Labour leader, the next three years should probably be regarded as NZ Labour’s swan-song. That being the case and assuming Metiria Turei remains in parliament, I can foresee happy circumstances where idealism and pragmatism merge in 2020.

So I really do hope she sticks around . Because I’m quite looking forward to swapping my #iammetiria t-shirt for a #meti4pm one.

edit – this post was written just prior to knowing that Kennedy Graham and David Clendon had done a bunk. I guess they’d disagree with the sentiments expressed in the headline…

45 comments on “Metiria for PM”

  1. Nope 1

    This is jump the shark stuff. I feel for Metiria, but when she has her own MPs resigning in protest at her leadership just seven weeks out from a general election she is in no place to be PM. It’s a sad, sorry debacle but it’s no way forward for a left that’s interested in persuading voters and winning power so we can actually implement progressive change.

    • Korero Pono 1.1

      Disagree, good riddance to those unsurprisingly white middle class males who failed to see the message delivered and instead buying in the narrative being spoon fed by the media. Two men who were already disgruntled and no doubt more interested in their own agenda than the interest of the party. No real loss, their absence will serve the Greens well.

      • Chris 1.1.1

        Who will take their place? Does it mean Hayley Holt and Teall Crossen move up the list?

  2. Carolyn_nth 2

    James Shaw did an excellent press conference last night. The Green Party are clearly with Metiria. Such courage from her.

    When have the mainstream media, or many status quo MOR people been much for the Green Party.

    Many non-GP people are pontificating on what they don’t understand, and the necessary changes they fear: the changes our country, our system and many of our people need.

    Go Metiria! We need more like her in government, representing those struggling most – rather than so many comfortable supporters of the status quo who are more worried about keeping their parliamentary salaries, and distancing themselves from the struggles of the under-represented.

    Real change doesn’t come that easy with the MSM cheering it on!

    • Keepcalmcarryon 2.1

      FYI “non GP” people are the voting public.
      They are who you need to listen to and convince -Unless the GP is gunning for just the votes of Green Party members. It could explain a lot.

      • Carolyn_nth 2.1.1

        And there are plenty of non-GP people who don’t agree with the lines being pushed by right wingers and the mainstream media. Many have given up voting. Many are swinging behind Turei and the GP.

        • Keepcalmcarryon 2.1.1.1

          Let’s see the next poll. This is not going to be pretty for the greens. We can only hope the left parties don’t suffer as a whole. labour needs to be getting the headlines with their new leadership, not batting away questions on the greens own goal.

          • Carolyn_nth 2.1.1.1.1

            I don’t waste much of my time on polls. They can be as much an influence of what happens next, as a reflection of where things are going. And a lot of them are used by media organisations to capture eyes and ears, and push their own angles in headlines and sound bites.

            I care what people on the ground are actually saying and doing, and on the values, policies and discussions people are having. That’s where democracy resides.

            • Keepcalmcarryon 2.1.1.1.1.1

              That is well said.
              There is value in trying to understand media and political spin though, in my opinion , as that is how the majority of the public receive their messaging. (unfortunately) Most people are not interested In Politics enough to seek the real story.

          • David Stone 2.1.1.1.2

            I think a lot of people are going to be very surprised by the next poll.
            D J S

  3. Korero Pono 3

    Well there we have eh Bill? We’re kind of settling for second best to try to secure that ‘shiny’ win, right? Jacinda Ardern impressed me at first but that was ruined when Labour preseumes themselves so important that they think they have the right to tell the Greens what to do. It has simply strengthened my support of Metiria and the Greens and diminished my faith in NZ Labour. I would prefer Greens to stand their ground on this one, why must they bend and why must they behave like Metiria is an untouchable. Her supposed crime is only made so by a fanatical Green hating media, a media that only has power because we give it to them.

    It seems the NZ public are being served a false dichotomy, an either or choice between National or Labour. The Mindset of most voters is that we have to have one or the other, or at least that these two parties will always be dominant in any Government. That false dichotomy ensures their survival (even when sitting on 23 percent), it keeps people voting accordingly and fearful of voting elsewhere lest we get stuck with the one we hate most. The one million gave up on this false dichotomy and stepped out of the democratic process altogether because no one was speaking their language, well now someone is and someone has the courage to stand up and put themselves on the line to get the issues to the table. Metiria has every chance of bringing those people to the Greens, it may be too soon to galvanise these folk this election but come next election, I know what I will be doing, I only hope that Metiria sticks around long enough to see it through! In the mean time I suggest that we do what we can to get that message to the missing million.

    • Carolyn_nth 3.1

      I think we all need to stick around and campaign strongly for the changes Metiria and other strong left wingers have stood up for.

      I am totally dismayed at how timid so much of the NZ left has become. Once they took to the streets to fight Muldoon and his para-military goons. Now so many cave at the first MSM attacks and criticism.

      The Green party caucus, sans the 2 misguided traitors, are standing strong behind Turei, and are out their campaigning for true change daily.

      When did those on the left, knowing those with power and wealth would always use all their resources to attack those campaigning for change, give up so easily!

      The MSM and the likes of Gower, Hosking and Garner should not be choosing our leaders for us.

      Stand up, fight back!

      • Bill 3.1.1

        I’ll be sticking around. (Might row back from some of the assertions I’ve made in this post mind – eg, Ardern may well have been being a bit pathetic and just looking to “rub it in”) 🙂

        Anyway, I clicked into some RNZ interviews this morning and was really quite heartened at the sense of fear emanating from the Hooton’s and William’s of this world.

        Last night I read through the comments on the Clendon Graham post and couldn’t help but notice the utter lack of “doom and gloom”.

        On the blog sidebar today, I notice from a quick look, a majority of positively headed post about the supposed crisis besetting The Greens.

        My facebook feed is constantly throwing pro Green/fuck poverty posts at me.

        And I’d have to do a bit of delving, but I get a clear sense that across commentators on this blog The Greens are very much more supported by that weighted straw poll than they were last election.

        Anyway. Regardless of the election result, I’m fairly confident that the next three years will the last three years of liberal dominance in NZ.

        As for msm. If they ain’t going all naked in tooth and claw, then you ain’t doing it right. And by that measure, The Greens are certainly getting there.

        I don’t think people are giving up Carolyn. I think many are discovering resolve.

        Meanwhile, NZ Labour have lost the headlines again and I think a growing number of people are scornful towards this notion of msm that presumes to choose our leaders for us.

        We’ll see…

        • Carolyn_nth 3.1.1.1

          Bill, I am more heartened tonight than I was first thing this morning.

          When I went online early I was shocked at how the MSM spun Shaw’s press conference of last night – it was all GP in disarray.

          And the most recent comments I read on TS were very much – oh woe is us, Turei and the GP are spoiling the left and Labour’s chances of changing the government. Turei should resign now, etc.

          But now I see Jeannette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford have stood up and supported Turei and Shaw.

          So the struggle is alive and there’s more discussion of the benefity issue – eg on Checkpoint tonight.

          • adam 3.1.1.1.1

            Just the trolls and liberalism’s sycophants Carolyn_nth, who I personally just disregard.

            It was the beige army in full force, and it’s a rather nasty beasty. If I had to guess, it’s all that pent up passive aggressive rage that so many kiwis hold on to.

            hooten, and co being classic examples. But you will find enough of it here, and on other web pages.

            I enjoyed hearing Jeannette and Sue pulling the rug out from under the attacks on the greens.

            But the reality is it was always going to come. The Labour party will join in, it’s what they do. I wish they didn’t, but history says otherwise.

  4. Cinny 4

    Last election was rung for a poll, they asked, who would you like as PM? Meti I replied.

  5. spikeyboy 5

    Graham and Clendens stand pretty much says if you have been on a benefit for any length of time you cant ne a green mp. I spent some time on the benefit as a single male ie not even a mitigating child and lied to winz many times.
    1. Idont know anyone who didn’t
    2. This would include omiting to volunteer relevant information
    3. I would take with a grain of salt any long term beneficiary claiming squeaky cleanness.
    The division opening up is clearly being driven by those who have never claimed a benefit as there inly source of income for any length of time

    • Nic the NZer 5.1

      http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=36587

      A present day reminder of how horendous these benefit regimes can be. NZ still routinely applies work tests to beneficiaries though not to my knowledge work for the dole.

    • KJT 5.2

      If the requirement is that MP’s be sqeaky clean then we would have an MT parliament. And very little with any life experience.

      Bill English would be gone. For one.

      We would never have had JA Lee and many others.

  6. wayne 6

    spikeyboy

    At least try and be accurate on what Graham and Clendon said. It was about the current defence of the events of 25 years, basically saying it was ok and justifiable, and therefore the lack of contriteness.

    If Meteria had used her situation as illustration, but made a payment (self assessed) to WINZ at the time of the statement, none of the current fallout, which was highly predictable, would have occurred.

    It was a point I made at the time, that she should have made a unilateral payment at the time of the announcement.

    Anyway I am now predicting a Green vote of 8% at the election, the rest having defected to Labour. Jacinda Ardern, both in style and in policy announcements (light rail to the airport) has done everything needed to attract that vote.

    Who would have guessed 3 weeks ago that the result of the initial cause of the Green upsurge would lead directly to the elevation of Jacinda, and (at least in my view) a reason why many Green voters will flock to Labour.

    • spikeyboy 6.1

      You may get a lot of smug satisfaction from your predictions as fact but I think you may get a wee surprise by the number of people that have been impacted by these policies and will now come out and vote. I myself joined the green party this morning as a small way to show my support and gratitude for what Turei has done

      • red-blooded 6.1.1

        spikeyboy, Wayne’s giving his predictions. Maybe they’re different from yours, but he managed to make his comment without any personal attacks.

        And, btw, I lived on a benefit for about a year. I didn’t tell any lies or omit any info. Note, I’m not criticising, MT, who was in different circumstances to me, I’m just replying to your “everyone does it” assertion.

        • spikeyboy 6.1.1.1

          See below for reasons to be slightly annoyed at Waynes smugness. I wouldn’t count 1 year as long term beneficiary but however I do congratulate you (sincerely too) on your honesty

    • weka 6.2

      “If Meteria had used her situation as illustration, but made a payment (self assessed) to WINZ …”

      How would one do that exactly?

      • dukeofurl 6.2.1

        Isnt that easier to do than living one place and enrolling in another and then running for election in a 3rd?

        • Cinny 6.2.1.1

          Isnt that easier to do than living one place and enrolling in another

          Not sure Duke, but John Key would know, he lived in Parnell and was enrolled and stood in Helensville.

        • weka 6.2.1.2

          Not sure, I’m still waiting for someone to explain how one would self-assess an overpayment and then pay it back without WINZ’s involvement.

    • Rubbish gnat spin – as pure as driven snow is wynae yet he bent the knee pretty quickly. Im still voting Greens – 2 ticks in Te Tai Tonga for me yay.

    • KJT 6.4

      You will predict wrong.

      The comfortable establishment is going shock/horror at being challenged.

      And don’t try and kid us it is anything other the Metiria holding up a mirror to the self obsessed comfortable establishment, in all other parties, that has caused the storm of sanctimonious criticism.

      You had your chance to make life better for New Zealanders, Wayne. And you made it worse. That is your real problem with Metiria, Wayne. She is showing up most politicians for the useless empty suits they are. I include both National and Labour in this.

      Time we got rid of the tweedledum/ tweedledee turns. Labour has now shown they are going to continue BAU as safe pair of hands for the establishment, so they are now to be allowed their turn with a shiny new figurehead.

      Metiria and James for PM.

      • reason 6.4.1

        Dead right on all your points KJT …. and in your post you describe why I find Wayne the Worst of the trolls …..

        …“You had your chance to make life better for New Zealanders, Wayne. And you made it worse.”…

        Wayne while a overpaid, racist, warmongering mp and then Govt minister ….. chose to make it worse ….
        https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/tag/wayne-mapp/

        Waynes get some guts war mongering lead to him being involved in the murder …..and prolonged cover-up, of a three year old child in Afghanistan ….

        But he’s hurt many children and others … by choice …. here in New Zealand.

        Mapp is the man whose fingerprints are all over our world cup for domestic violence,….. our murderous suicide rates ….. and exploitation of workers http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/search?q=mapp%2Bemployment

        Wayne Mapp has the moral authority of a piece of shrapnel entering a child s body ….. he thinks its justified though …..

        Currently hes a serial crony overpaid Govt appointee…… to the most unsuitable positions …. unless you actually wanted a partisan hack.
        https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/tag/wayne-mapp/

        And no doubt Wayne has the gold plated parliamentary pension …. the gold plated bits funded by tax payers ……. and unlike solo mothers we dont have to know about his sex life for him to get paid.

        He probably does not get taxed 80cents in the dollar once he earns over $65 in the hand either …. like solo parents punitively do.

        Wayne has no knowledge or right to talk about contrition for a solo parent trying to survive the punitive poverty ….inflicted upon solo parents and their children ….. by a horrible uncaring Tory like himself.

        And if Wayne was not scamming his ‘accommodation allowance ‘, while he was in parliament ,… as many mp’s were. ….. I would bet he knew of fiddles and falsification …….such as Bill English and his $32,000 double dipping.

        Wayne may not know morals, ethics, war crimes, torture under his nose etc etc….

        But politically…. I think he’d agree that every time Metiria is ‘discussed’ …..the comparison to Bill Englishs worse crime Must be made ..

        Bills falsification ( not double dipping euphemism ) was Greed driven , involved more money, was more recent …… he got found out,…. he did not own up …… and he’s prime minister.

        Compare it every time and the trolls will not want to talk about it ……………….

        Finally ……Greens for 15 % …… Labour to peel of soft national votes 🙂

        • garibaldi 6.4.1.1

          KJT and reason…. good on you. Well said. Wayne makes out he is “nice” but ….

    • adam 6.5

      Love how you do the establishments work wayne.

      And in what 5 short paragraphs, back up what bill said about the Tory elects.

      It would appear if your not into revenge politics, or the politics of hate, the only option is the greens.

    • Stuart Munro 6.6

      When you have been equally rigorous with the fraudsters in your own party Wayne, your position will be stronger than idle, biased, prattle.

  7. Adrian Thornton 7

    An excellent proposition Bill, however as Jacinda is now the darling of The Herald, and most other MSM, not to mention very popular with NZ CEO’s, it is starting to look like the progressive left are in deep trouble.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11899403
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11716868

  8. Kevin 8

    How strange it is that the public do not trust politicians and think they are just a bunch of self-serving troughers, yet the moment one brings some honesty to the table, they cannot handle it.

    Can’t have it both ways.

  9. Shona 9

    So fucking angry at the Turei hate fest witch hunt. Having to constantly point out to aging middle class boomer white males ( who are my friends) how they are being dog whistled. Fun at one level despair and anger over all. I have decided to change my vote back …..again from NZ First to the Greens. NZ First and the Greens have to out poll Labour by 10 points combined. So come on people get those young people into those polling booths.

  10. “We live in a society where women often need to lie to get by. Honesty is often the preserve of those who have a high level of safety and comfort. May we live in a world where we don’t need to lie to get by. We don’t live there yet.”

    http://thehandmirror.blogspot.co.nz/2017/08/the-lies-we-tell-to-get-by.html

  11. McFlock 11

    I suspect that it is possible for someone to be caring and feminist (although who amongst us is “selfless”?), part of a Labour caucus, and yet still be in the room when a tired leader is getting nowhere and is out of ideas.

    Clark was a great PM, but Labour ran out of steam in ’08. They had no new ideas and were floundering, like nats are now.

    Little was doing a solid job, and I felt probably should have stayed in the role. It seems the fresh leadership has proved me wrong (we’ll see with the next polls, I guess).

    No leader during a campaign is going to say “I might quit” in an interview. But it is possible that Little walked into the caucus room that morning and said “I’m getting nowhere, I really don’t know what to do next, anyone who wants to try has my full support and I’ll keep out of their way”. It is equally possible that he walked in with a fresh, bold recovery plan only to find the no confidence vote had already been taken by scoundrels.

    Similarly, while it would be nice to have a PM who has lived the life of the other half of the country, I don’t believe she’s any more of a “shiny bauble of goodness” than Ardern is.

    Oh, and as for Gower’s flush of Labour love: the media do nominate leaders, but they also know which way the wind is blowing and they need advertising revenue.

    • Bill 11.1

      I don’t think Metiria’s ever tried to pass herself off as a ‘shiny bauble of goodness’ and has certainly never been presented as such by media. She’s flawed. Like all of us. That’s her appeal (for me).

      How can Gower’s “flush of Labour love” be about knowing which way the wind is blowing when the wind was decidedly driving NZ Labour down in the polls? If there was a party that any wind at its back, it was the Green Party (by the polls). But he’s been relentless in his bagging of the Greens (and Metiria in particular)… except when he rushed to offer his glowing approval of her negative move in ruling herself out of cabinet.

      If you do some google searching for the day that Andrew Little “stood down”, you’ll find reports from just just hours prior to the caucus meeting where he reiterates his intention to stay on as leader btw.

      • McFlock 11.1.1

        I don’t think Metiria’s ever tried to pass herself off as a ‘shiny bauble of goodness

        I’m not sure Ardern has, either. How the media chooses to represent either of them is not up to either of them.

        The wind was blowing Labour down in the polls. Maybe Gower picked up on the enthusiasm that lots of people seem to have for Ardern but lacked for little?

        Again, I think you’re confusing a responsible departure compared to the greens’ two MPs who decided to take a piss on the tent flap while stomping out in a huff. Little was not going to inform the media before he informed caucus if he had made a decision to leave. Similarly, he was not going to concede that he expected a leadership challenge or even a particularly tough caucus meeting to the media. These are not things people who care about their party do. Even if the speculation is right, coughing it up to the media just drags everything out and sows despondency.

    • mikes 11.2

      “Clark was a great PM”

      Great for the status quo maybe.

  12. Candy1 12

    May be a problem getting some to vote for Metiria?

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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Strike!
    Today is the first day of the global climate strike. Led by schoolkids, people all around the world are going to protest to demand action on climate change. New Zealand isn't doing it till next Friday (join us!), but if you want to get active early, there's plenty to do ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Squandering our opportunity?
    The Herald has a story today about the 400 MW of wind power currently under construction. Good news, right? Except that none of it is being driven by policy (instead, its about replacing Contact Energy's Taranaki Combined Cycle gas-fired power plant, due to shut down in 2022), and most of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Protect The King!
    To Protect and Serve: When the Prime Minister finds herself enmeshed in the coils of a full-blown political scandal, her colleagues and party comrades have only one priority: to release her as swiftly – and with as little lasting injury – as possible. Is this what Jacinda Ardern’s colleagues and ...
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top.
    When military leaders cover up and lie to elected civilian authorities, the foundation of democratic civil-military relations is undermined because it is those authorities who are entrusted to hold the military accountable to the public that they mutually serve. But this is only true if civilian political authorities take their ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Challenging the voting age in court
    The Make It 16 campaign to lower the voting age is launching this afternoon, and they have already announced plans to challenge the law in court:The campaign, named "Make it 16" will launch at Parliament on Friday, with plans to take their case to the High Court, testing the rights ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Israel’s elections herald a long siesta
    by Daphna Whitmore The long years of Netanyahu’s reign are drawing to an end. For years he has epitomized reactionary zionism as he oversaw hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers seize land in the West Bank. There are now 700,000 settlers, putting an end to the myth that Israel was ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Petrol companies promise prices will come back down once peace is restored to the Middle East
    BP, Z and Mobil all insist that petrol price hikes are temporary, “in a very literal sense.” The nation’s major petrol providers are trying to allay customer fears over prices, promising that they’ll move to lower them again “immediately” when the Middle East is returned to its formerly peaceful state. ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • All Blacks unveil boat for Rugby World Cup 2019
    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    5 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    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
    6 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    7 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

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