Mr Key, where is your ‘positive, ambitious campaign’?

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In four separate interviews this week, John Key used more or less exactly the same line to divert from questions on his use of Crosby/Textor: ‘I’m the Leader of the party and I’ll set the tone of the campaign. And it will be a positive, ambitious, outlooking campaign because that fits with my personality‘ OK, everyone can see that’s classic Crosby/Textor – hollow and misdirecting – but where is this supposed positivity?

For the entire remainder of those four interviews Key is entirely negative:

He calls the Government vindictive (again a pre-prepared line, identical language in each interview and Key doesn’t use words like vindictive)

He paints himself as a victim of smears, when people are only challenging him to represent himself honestly, rather than do what his Aussie handlers tell him to do.

He attacks the rail deal

He attacks SPARC, using figures that have been proven incorrect

In fact, when was the last time you can recall Key saying anything positive at all? All I can think of him doing is making dishonest attacks and never, ever offering a real solution, only vague promises that he will magically make everything better.

65 comments on “Mr Key, where is your ‘positive, ambitious campaign’?”

  1. Dan 1

    Don’t let me hear him say “Ambitious” again! Please keep repeating the clip of Tony Blair saying it years ago. At least he said it as if he meant it!
    The NZ Sucks Party running a clean campaign? Forget it. Muldoon on Moyle, Shipley on Clark, the Crosby/Textor/Brethren push polling: the list is generations old.

  2. Flippin’ heck Steve, you’re scraping the barrel today. In case you hadn’t noticed, or are ignorant about these things, John Key is the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. That means, by definition, his job is to OPPOSE the government!

    Msny media commentators have commented on Key’s “grace under fire” when the PM launched her vitriolic and false attack on him on Wednesday. I have yet to see a post on The Standard condemning Clark for her behaviour, or that of Winston Peters. This was a planned attack, given the detail that Clark trotted out in her answers to the patsy questions from Peters and Tim Barnett.

    Methinks you guys are getting paranoid, but heck, I’m only a deluded rightie, so WTF would I know?

  3. I have to agree with Steve. Sorry Inventory2. Key is talking one line and walking another. I know the faithful like yourself aren’t inclined to see the gap between the talk and the walk, but its remains nonetheless.

    Worst / funniest of all was the finger pointing at Labour for “smearing” by pointing out National had been running a smear campaign for two years.

    If that didn’t underscore National’s cynical campaign of misdirection I don’t know what would do a better job.

  4. Steve W – calling Labour to account for corrupt electoral parctices is a smear campaign? Opposing the EFA is a smear campaign? Holding Ministers to account for their portfolios is a smear campaign? Get real buddy.

  5. Carol 5

    I agree with you Steve. Also, the Nats haven’t given us much policy to debate (unlike most other parties including Labour). And Key has set himself up as standing highest office on the basis of his personality and style of leadership. So he’s asking to be judged on his performance and style.

  6. lprent 6

    I2: Have to say that Key has not run a positive campaign since joining politics. What I see is positive waffle, and negative campaigns.

    What is he going to do if he wins? More of the same? Isolate scapegoats and target them?

    I seem to have seen that before under national administrations.

  7. [lprent: trolling isn’t something that I support. How about writing something that makes sense and that fits your name. Otherwise I’ll ban you as you are not ‘fair’, don’t give any ‘facts’, and abuse my ‘media’.]

    Where’s Dear Leader’s positive campaign.
    She seems intent on just smearing.
    Just like you guys.
    Is that all Liarbour has to offer.
    Negativity and yet more tax

  8. Steve P/Steve W – I stand by what I’ve written – do you?

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2008/07/key-derangement-syndrome.html

  9. r0b 9

    Steve W – calling Labour to account for corrupt electoral parctices is a smear campaign?

    Yes it is, when they haven’t committed any.

    After the 2005 election one party lost its leader because of their duplicitous, deceitful and corrupt electoral campaign. Here’s a hint for you. It wasn’t Labour.

  10. stan 10

    Can you explain how the EFA allows free speech during an election campaign.
    for example it now seems like cartoons criticising a Gvt are illegal?
    The cartoon or the website( wwww.dontvotelabourcartoons.com) didnt cost millions of dollars and the cartoonist is
    not a member of a secret sect like the Brethren?
    The cartoonist is not trying to buy an election result either.
    Nor is the cartoonist trying to americanise the electoral system as cartoons have
    been part of our media culture since the days of Minhinnick.
    The cartoonist is not trying to buy huge amounts of advertising and although the
    Labour party may seee the cartoons as being negative.
    Most National M.P.’s see them as positive.

    I dont suppose that anything I’ve written will have the slightest impact on you in this matter.
    I am using this argument to point out that the EFA legislation actually impacts on the right of the individual
    to free speech and have come up with this as an example.
    I am trying to whip up a storm of public protest ( and the polls suggest that I and others have been successful)
    Unlike yourself I am not peddling misinformation about the EFA

    regards
    Stan Blanch

    [lprent: As far as I’m aware there haven’t had any legal challenges to that site. Have there been challenges to the electoral commission?
    Or more likely you are just link-whoring? Or spreading mis-information about the EFA?
    Speak or you may not get another chance to do so here. As far as I can see you haven’t made a valid statement anywhere in your comment.

    Interesting looking at previous comments it looks like the only reason you come here is to link-whore]

  11. r0b 11

    it now seems like cartoons criticising a Gvt are illegal

    Are they – why? Someone better tell Tom Scott etc at Stuff!
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/0a17216.html

    Have you had any legal challenge to your site?

    Or are you just link pushing?

  12. higherstandard 13

    The view of the authors on this site is that Key is inexperienced and not in the same league as the Prime Minister….. but how come he’s out-politicing her?

    Clearly a very fast learner that surrounds himself with good advisers and takes their advice when appropriate. I also note that recently he’s looking more confident and assured with the media perhaps horror of horrors he might just make a good Prime Minister.

    Clearly a large section of the public think so.

    Oh and I was under the impression campaigning hadn’t started yet … no election date the EFA etc sort of makes it a bit difficult.

  13. r0b 14

    So IV2 – all he had to do was add his name and address, which was already (or soon became) public knowledge anyway? And he refused, so that he could claim he was being bullied? Hmmmm.

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, political cartooning criticising the government carries on as usual.

    There’s even some (horrors!) criticising that nice Mr Key:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/711117a17217.html

  14. higherstandard 15

    NJ

    Sometimes the software catches people out – most of the time the moderators here are very reasonable even if a bit snippy sometimes.

  15. higherstandard 16

    He he excellent cartoon…….. still think a return of McPhail and Gadsby for a couple of months would be warranted – there’s some superb material/characters they could use.

  16. Blar 17

    He calls the Government vindictive (again a pre-prepared line, identical language in each interview and Key doesn’t use words like vindictive)

    I like how you fail to engage with the substance of Key’s claim but rather choose to label it as negative because it is “pre-prepared” (and by Crosby Textor no less, rather than a National party staffer). I think it is fair to describe the Government as vindictive – they pursued a vindictive smear campaign against Don Brash, culminating in Trevor Mallard’s “speaking of affairs” line in the House. They pursued a vindictive campaign against Erin Leigh and their latest witch hunt against John Key for asking a single supplementary question referring to tranzrail while his family trust owned a few shares in it smacks of vindictiveness also.

    He paints himself as a victim of smears, when people are only challenging him to represent himself honestly, rather than do what his Aussie handlers tell him to do.

    How can the tranzrail attack be described as anything other than a smear? The Standard has been smearing John Key relentlessly over this Crosby Textor stuff – you’ve taken a single SST op-ed that showed National engaged Crosby Textor to do polling work and then used it to claim that everything John Key says is personally written by Crosby Textor rather than any of his staff.

    He attacks the rail deal

    The gist of this seems to be that it’s ‘negative’ for John Key to criticise Government policy. The implication of that is that the only way to run a positive campaign is to accept Government policy or ignore it. If he did the former you would accuse him of flip-flopping and eating dead rats, if he did the latter you would say he needs to ‘come clean’ on his position and stop distracting people with other issues.

    He attacks SPARC, using figures that have been proven incorrect

    You are blatantly misrepresenting the situation here sunshine. His ‘attack’ was in the context of promoting National’s policy to boost kids’ involvement in sport. His ‘incorrect’ figures are open to debate – only two-thirds of SPARC’s funding is spent on actually delivering services.

    SPARC claim the internal administration costs $6.940m a year – the amount under the heading “Sparc costs” in the annual report. This covers “those internal costs associated with running Sparc’. This does not include “personnel and other operating costs directly attributable to the delivery of Sparc’s programmes’.

    Key contends that another area – the “Programme support” category (total expenditure $27.607m) also covers internal administration costs. On page 38 of the last Sparc annual report says this category covers “those internal costs associated with running Sparc’.

  17. BeShakey 18

    Interesting on the ‘positive ambitious campaign’ issue, that English is now attacking the government for criticising something (in this case the Reserve Banks framework) without having an alternative to offer. I can’t imagine the media will pick up on the hypocrisy from the man who will roll the man who will be our next prime minister.

  18. Blar. You know you got your figures wrong, the CEO of SPARC cleared it up, you got it wrong. It’s OK. I can’t be bothered reading the rest of your post.

    But, remember those are all negative statements, no matter whether they are defensible or not – and Key keeps telling us he’ll be positive and ambitious, more like pouty and bitchy if you ask me.

  19. r0b 20

    still think a return of McPhail and Gadsby for a couple of months would be warranted

    Agreed. Maybe in a short run they’d regain their mojo.

  20. Daveski 21

    The desperation continues.

    Pray tell, as has been pointed out, what the Opposition should do if they can’t oppose?

    Why is Key vindictive when it’s Labour that has chosen to play the man and not the ball?

    In terms of policy, it’s ironic that you demand policy from National yet the policy winner at the last election was a last minute grab for the student vote. Labour has excelled in doing what is necessary to keep power – surely National has the right to do what it can to get into Govt?

    In terms of skills and ability to do the job, let’s compare apples and apples until Key has had an opportunity. What experience had Helen Clark outside of academia before she was an MP? I’m happy to give HC credit for her achievements (BTW it’s called balance and objectivity ;)) but on her credentials before becoming PM you couldn’t judge her.

    Quite clearly, the co-ordinated attacks from Labour replicated here indicate how worried Labour is about the result and they should be. Labour has lost touch with voters but insists on blaming everyone but itself.

  21. higherstandard 22

    SP

    Blar does have a point regarding SPARC after reading this piece

    http://stuff.co.nz/blogs/showmethemoney/2008/07/02/id-jump-for-joy-too-if-i-was-paid-100k-to-give-away-money/

    and talking to some friends in high places in the sporting admin world I must admit to having some concerns about whether SPARC is doing a good job with the funding they are provided.

  22. vto 23

    All very interesting. Somebody said above that Key is looking more confident. I agree – I suspect he is now completely confident and Clark doesnt even scare him anymore (not that she probably ever did). Key appears to be a man with talent and confidence – the sort of person who could make a great prime minister (just as Clark used to be, despite many wrong policies.)

    Lets hope, if he gets in, that those perceived talents, abilities, confidence, etc do in fact transform into great prime minister material and consequently be good for NZ.

    And if I might repeat a previous comment of mine. Recall pre-1999 Clark’s poll ratings as preferred PM would ludicrously low. Nobody in the country thought she would be any good as PM (including me). However, when she became PM it became clear that she did in fact have many talents and made a superb PM (despite those silly policies still). Compare that to Key’s preferred PM ratings – highest ever for an opposition leader!

    My point is – experience shows that it is near impossible to evaluate someone’s PM abilities until they are PM.

    (was that an objective enough rant?)

  23. higherstandard 24

    Daveski

    Don’t wind yourself up it’s all part of the Labour plan as leaked by the greens.

    http://blog.greens.org.nz/2008/07/02/formulaic-answers/

  24. djp 25

    A negative post about key being negative… I love it!

  25. Daveski. If you think opposition is only about opposing, you have no idea what democracy is.

    HS. Blar’s figures were wrong the first time the Nat’s used them, they’re no better now. And remember, National offered no plan to get more value out of the sports money – they just said ‘hey we should get more value for money’

  26. djp. We haven’t said we’ll run a positive blog – Key has said he’ll run a positive campaign.. I’m not the one telling lies here.

  27. Blar 28

    Steve, what on earth do you mean you can’t be bothered reading the rest of it? The SPARC thing was the last thing in the comment.

    The CEO of SPARC has come out and claimed only 12% of the budget goes on internal costs but at the same time acknowledged only 66% of their budget actually goes to the sport and recreation sector. In lieu of an the remainder goes, I think it’s fair to refer to SPARC’s annual report which – if you turn to page 38 – shows a total expenditure of about 34 million a year covering “internal costs associated with SPARC”.

    The CEO of SPARC has played a very clever semantic game by substituting “internal costs” – the term used in the report and used by Key – with “internal administration”. One is far larger and the fact that you have fallen for that spin does little for the reputation you are trying to cultivate as a spinbuster.

  28. r0b 29

    was that an objective enough rant?

    Yeah not bad!

    But you also need to compare the record of public statements of PM contenders. Key has an impressive array of flip flops and – ahhhhhhmm – errrrrr – lies. I don’t really recall Clark’s public record in this respect as she stood for PM, but I doubt that it was quite so chequered.

    There – was that a partisan enough reply?

  29. Blar 30

    I don’t really recall Clark’s public record in this respect as she stood for PM, but I doubt that it was quite so chequered.

    Clark served in the most economically right-wing Government in New Zealand’s history. I think that is pretty chequered.

  30. Daveski 31

    SP – I am happy to agree it is a negative approach but in the circumstances you would agree that it is the sensible approach.

    Actually, I have to laugh – hasn’t NP been lambasted for being Labour lite on many issues so perhaps they haven’t opposed enough?? 🙂

    In any case, how on earth is it undemocratic?? You kid yourself. Labour has consistently shown the ability to change policy when it suits its electoral chances.

    That’s smart politics, it’s not undemocratic.

    Labour used to be smart politicians but no more.

  31. Carol 32

    Desperation? From where I’m sitting any desperation seems to be coming from Key supporters, now that his inadequacies for the role of PM are being highlighted and substantiated.

    Even with all the schooling from his “advisors” he still manages to make silly blinders (“I do support push polling”), and to not have a full grasp of the Nat line on things or many of the issues.

    Be careful what you wish for. Key as PM will more fully expose his inadequacies – and indeed I can see him being rolled by English. Troubling times ahead for the Nats.

  32. r0b 33

    Clark served in the most economically right-wing Government in New Zealand’s history. I think that is pretty chequered

    I agree about that, though I don’t recall her public statements about it.

    Note also that Key served in the party of the most morally corrupt electoral campaign in NZs history, the only one where the public outcry has ever (to my knowledge) cost a party its leader. I think that is pretty chequered too.

  33. vto 34

    Not bad rOb.

    That is a fair point, but I think it stems from their differences in experience. Key seems to be learning fast though.

    I sincerely hope though that if the nats get in they dont burn people by doing something different to what they promised (which is what is continually suggested on here). That would slut the people off big time.

  34. BeShakey 35

    Key was very senior in a very large corporation, with a large number of staff underneath him. I find it hard to believe that he could assume that anything that wasn’t spent on the frontline was being used for staff. Anyone with even a faint knowledge of how large organisations work would understand that there are more areas of spending than staff and providing frontline services.
    I’m still waiting for his positive and ambitious plan for sport in NZ (or much else for that matter – he did of course have the broadband plan which now seems to be morphing into something quite different now that business and others didn’t even like it).

  35. ‘I’m the Leader of the party and I’ll set the tone of the campaign. And it will be a positive, ambitious, outlooking campaign because that fits with my personality‘

    So not only is he a liar but a narcissist to boot. Oh joy.

  36. illegal cartoons? 37

    Are cartoons criticising John Key illegal?

    htttp://monstacartoons.wordpress.com/

    [lprent: Nope – but I don’t like non-relevant link-whoring, so I’ve adjusted your link]

  37. Matthew Pilott 38

    Blar, are you friggin’ kidding?

    I like how you fail to engage with the substance of Key’s claim but rather choose to label it as negative because it is “pre-prepared

    So you think there’s substance to Key’s claim that he won’t confirm he’s using spin-PR C/T because a ‘vindictive’ Labour government would refuse them business??

    Classic, what a joke! Please, for the love of humankind, tell me you don’t believe his line there…

    Pray tell, as has been pointed out, what the Opposition should do if they can’t oppose?

    daveski, they could give a few solutions and ideas, visions for the future. I guess if they can suck people like you in with warm fuzzy notions of being ‘ambitious’ they might not want to, but don’t criticise other people for calling them up on it – we’re not all as easily pacified!

  38. higherstandard 39

    IT

    What’s narcissistic about about being positive and ambitious ?

  39. hs

    It’s narcissistic because these are qualities he seems to lack yet he continues to talk them up like he is god’s gift to politics. Whatever happened to modesty?

  40. r0b 41

    What’s narcissistic about about being positive and ambitious ?

    I dunno – making a vanity piece DVD about it? C’mon – it’s just a teeny bit narcissistic don’t you think?

    vto: I sincerely hope though that if the nats get in they dont burn people by doing something different to what they promise

    So do I vto, so do I.

  41. BeShakey 42

    Pray tell, as has been pointed out, what the Opposition should do if they can’t oppose?

    The claim was that the job of the opposition was to oppose everything the government does. Instead, they can offer an alternative vision for the country, and hold the government to account for the things it does to realise its vision. It’d be a pretty poor opposition that opposed the government at every turn regardless of the merits of the proposal (and National hasn’t done this, although they have opposed for the sake of opposition a number of times).

  42. r0b said “I agree about that, though I don’t recall her public statements about it.”

    r0b – Did you recall Michael Bassett saying that both Helen Calrk and Michael Cullen voted IN FAVOUR of the privatisation of Telecom when in Cabinet?

  43. Matthew Pilott 44

    I sincerely hope though that if the nats get in they dont burn people by doing something different to what they promise

    So do I vto, so do I.

    vto, r0b, what you should really worry about is the fact that they’ve said nothing about what they’ll do. Many people seem content with this, and might end up paying a heavy toll for their mood for a ‘change’.

  44. gobsmacked 45

    I was hoping somebody would rebut the original post by telling us:

    “You’re wrong. John Key IS ambitious for New Zealand. He has the following plans for our future …”

    I guess the first two sentences would be easy – they are just assertions. But the third would require evidence.

    Damn.

  45. Matthew Pilott:

    We have heard a few things. Like ACC, doctors fees etc. Just the tip of the iceberg really. I honestly don’t trust him when he says he won’t privatize anything during his first term. He’s proven to be slippery and is always the first to cry fowl to the media claiming he was misquoted (not once, twice but thrice – perhaps freedom of the press isn’t something Key supports).

  46. Daveski 47

    BS (now that’s appropriate ;)) It’s semantics but I did say can’t oppose. By definition, the Opposition has the right to oppose which in itself is not negative, which is the criticism that is being levelled at National.

    Second, policy. I agree that in a perfect world, we would sit down and compare policies and make rational decisions based on a raft of analysis. Have you read Blink??

    The fundamental point is that this is politics not policies. The All Blacks didn’t win the RWC because of policies (we don’t win with drop goals, we want to win by playing the better rugby).

    There is a political analogy here that can be levelled at both Labour and National. Within reason, do what you can to get in power. Let’s call it realpolitiks to take it back to the 19C.

    A lot of the criticism of National appears to me criticism of the fact that they are currently playing the best politics, something that Labour has done remarkably well for some time. Hence, the calls for National to change tack when they are doing so well in the polls legitimately comes across as naive and desperate.

  47. Pascal's bookie 48

    I2 I’d really like Basset to release all his notes to another historian, or simply into the public record, so that someone a little less involved in the story could look at them.

    Obviously the notes he took are his property and he can do what he like with them. But to pretend that he is either objective or that he is telling the whole story would be naive.

    And we shouldn’t assume that his notes are the whole story in any case. They are the self selected notes of an interested participant, made with an eye to shaping the narrative.

    If he has released all those notes I’d like to see them, if any one knows where they might be seen.

  48. Hoolian 49

    Blar makes all the right points.

    Pierson obviously accepts that his position is flawed, thus the floundering in his response: I can’t be bothered reading the rest of your post.

    The hardest thing about lying, Pierson, is the scrutiny that shows it up for what it is. Tut tut

  49. mike 50

    Lol, another post dedicated to John Key.
    He’s got you guys in an absolute frenzy, like some of your supporters are even starting to say steve – concentrate on what labour is doing well – surely not a difficult task at present.

  50. My argument is Key says he will be positive but he isn’t. You can refute that claim by pointing to the many times when he has been positive and how these outweigh the times when he is negative, or you can admit that you can’t find one.

    No-one has shown that Key is positive and ambitious for New Zealand.

  51. mike. Yeah post scheduled to come up on the poverty numbers. Down 50% under Labour-led governments.

  52. lprent 53

    I2:

    lprent – this might refresh your memory

    What does that have to do with a site prompting cartoons with a similar name but offshore?

    dontvotelabourcartoons.com is not the same as dontvotelabour.org.nz

    Different country and a different name.

    I hate to say this (because I do value your comments) – but you’re as bad as Whale. He thinks that a domain I’ve owned since the early 90’s is the same domain as one owned by a political party.

    I could be a pedantic programmer (in fact I am – all programmers are pedantic), but they look completely different to me in both cases. They do to the domain registries and domain name servers as well.

  53. ants 54

    Carol – “Desperation? From where I’m sitting any desperation seems to be coming from Key supporters, now that his inadequacies for the role of PM are being highlighted and substantiated.”

    So what government department are you sitting in Carol?

    How can Key’s inadequacies for the role of PM be highlighted when he isn’t the PM and has never been one? He is the opposition leader.

  54. Dilip 55

    I don’t think Ms Clark is very positive this week, she is very negative in parliament this week with Mr Key. On television last night on tv3 the reporter said Labour is running a secret internet attack campaign against John Key, that is a very negative campaign and I think New Zealanders are sick of it.

    [lprent: The reporter is welcome to talk to me or Steve. I find it hard to conceive of a ‘secret’ internet campaign though. The whole point of this site is not to be ‘secret’ but to be visible on the web all of the time. Personally I think that the Nat’s just don’t like people pointing out how stupid they look after you get past the flim-flam. Just my opinion]

  55. Dilip:

    While conveniently ignoring the Clark hate-videos which out number those critical of Key 2:1.

  56. bill brown 57

    …a secret internet attack campaign

    1) How can it be secret if it’s been on TV?

    2) I can’t believe that you would be worried by a secret campaign – after all if it’s secret it’s not gonna be very effective is it?

    Oh sorry about your mate John, maybe he’ll buy you a beer one day – that is if he really give a flying f about you.

  57. gobsmacked 58

    Dilip

    Read this linked blog post, and the first comment, with examples of videos pouring abuse on Helen Clark.

    http://stuff.co.nz/blogs/insidethebeltway/2008/07/03/the-new-front-in-political-warfare

    As you claim to detest sewer politics and nasty attacks, you will of course condemn these, and the people who are spreading them. Then you will want to ask who these people are.

    Won’t you?

  58. Dilip 59

    Everybody is knowing who whale is gobsmacked, they don’t know who are putting together the anti john key videos. I did not like what the exclusive brethren did in two thousand and five because they lied about their identity and were not honest about them being involved in campaign. It is now ms prime ministers friends who are lying about their identity and that is wrong.

  59. r0b 60

    Everybody is knowing who whale is gobsmacked

    So Dillip – do you approve of whale’s videos and pictures?

  60. Matthew Pilott 61

    It is now ms prime ministers friends who are lying about their identity and that is wrong.

    back that wee gem up, will you?

    And stop blustering about the filth from the right – I’m going to call for a good old fashioned denouncement here, or assume you’re a wholehearted supporter of it all. I doubt it’s all whale…

  61. fraser 62

    Dilip “On television last night on tv3 the reporter said Labour is running a secret internet attack campaign against John Key”

    actually (if i remember correctly) the story said that there were suspicions that it was orchastrated by labour.

    key word there – “suspicions”.

    The best the news story got to as far as explaining its source was that it was made by someone with a knowledge of modern media and editing software.

    That narrows it down to 100thou or so people

  62. higherstandard 63

    GS

    Regarding your link – the journalist comments sagely that…

    “Some of the clips are extremely clever; some very funny; and some are downright sad. The sad ones – and by sad I mean ugly and bile-filled – I’m assuming to be the work of those who are particularly tribal, and therefore mostly of interest to other tribal types. I’m not sure whether they’d exert much of a subterranean influence on the outcome of the election, other than to reaffirm the views that people already hold.”

    And as for Pete Hodgson and Trevor Mallard ‘krumping’ in their defence most of us middle aged whities have had similar sad experiences when chaperoning kids at discoes ……. no wonder the kids think we’re all a bit odd !

  63. Inventory2: The ‘slur points’ used against Labour are either unfounded or highly debatable. I have looked into each as they arose and decided they weren’t up to much and certainly nothing there to base my vote on one way or the other.

    In contrast, National has avoided anything resembling substantive policy. National has repeatedly misdirected debate and / or misrepresented current policy – as with SPARC.

    On top of that, National’s plans to involve the private sector in public services has lead, under other conservative governments, to a “biddable” pool of contractors beholden to the governing party to win contracts. No big *exclusive* donations? Go to the back of the queue. Transparency dies due to “commercial sensitivity”. Profit is guaranteed while service provision is not.

    I’ve been there and seen this PPP approach in other jurisdictions…and the results have been more cost, loss of accountability and reduced levels of service. Labour has the good sense to avoid this sort of nonsense. National is chafing at the bit to bring this about.

    Your issues with labour are trivial compared to what I’ve seen as a consequence of PPPs elsewhere. Don’t even get me STARTED on drivers license testing in the province of Ontario, in Canada!!!

    The REAL corruption is about to get underway if National wins the election with an outright majority.

    Labour will look like saints.

  64. forgetaboutthelastone 65

    John Key misleads public over shares sale:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00108.htm

    No smear from HC, more lies from JK.

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    Reprinted from Jacobinmag by Jane Slaughter and Chris Brooks Almost 50,000 UAW workers are on strike against GM and a two-tier labor system that undermines worker solidarity. But members may need to wage a battle on two fronts — against the company, but also against their own union leadership. Forty-nine ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 hours ago
  • Who Will Be Fed Next To The Hungry Gods Of Politics?
    Before Jacingrant There Was Gracinda: Grant Robertson and his 2014 running mate, Jacinda Ardern. She stood at his side: loyal and obliging, as she had ever been. The media dubbed this duo “Gracinda” – a sort of political “Brangelina”. The other young people who worked alongside Robertson were also ambitious ...
    11 hours ago
  • Simon Bridges: the 15 March Christchurch massacre and winning at any cost
    . . Just when you thought Simon Bridges couldn’t sink any lower – he has. After the March 15th  Christchurch terror attack, the (current) Leader of the National Party issued strong committments to support urgently needed gun law reform; “We will be ready and prepared to be constructive and to ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Only the least intelligent students, with bad parents, will attend the nonsense climate strike
    We all know that bad parents simply don’t care about their children’s education. Most truants have loser parents, and grow up to be involved with crime, or in low paid employment usually like their parents. The nonsense so-called “climate strike” coming up will be attended mostly by the least intelligent ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Professional Internet Trolls being used to push manmade climate change lies
    Is the terrorist Organisation Greenpeace and the loony Green parties around the World hiring professional internet trolls? I have noticed a trend lately where if you post research, news articles or even comments that show the manmade climate change scam to be just that, you are immediately attacked, often within ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    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
  • 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
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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