No one can have any confidence in a Nat NZF coalition

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 30th, 2017 - 45 comments
Categories: bill english, Dirty Politics, election 2017, national, same old national, winston peters - Tags: , , , , ,

The Peters super story looks like a clumsy dirty politics hit by National.

Rachel Smalley: Winston Peters super saga: I smell a rat

I smell a rat. I think a few people do. You’ve got to ask yourself, who benefits from this? If Peters takes a hit in the polls, if this blows up, who wins? National does. …

Barry Soper: No doubt National leaked Peters dirt

“There is no doubt in my mind at all, that this leak came from the National Party.”

Winston Peters warned he was being ‘taken down’ by National

NZ First leader Winston Peters says he was warned someone in the National Party was “trying to take him down” over a pension overpayment.

He says he has no doubt National campaign chair Steven Joyce and leader Bill English were passed on his personal pension information.

Peters says that was “dirty and “illegal” and in his decades in Parliament he’s never known anything like that sort of information being passed on under that policy. …

Cameron Slater taking tough as usual:

Over the weekend the usual rabble on Twitter started getting over-excited that there was another election scandal to come. The rumour mill did it’s job, and it rounded on two people. Paula Bennett and Winston Peters. Only the National party were pushing the Winston Peters scandal. Everyone else was pushing Paula Bennett.

National deny it of course. But that’s the problem with having a reputation for dirty politics. No one believes you. Certainly Peters doesn’t, and is angry:

Peters maintains National to blame for leak

Winston Peters has rejected an assurance from the Prime Minister, who said a leak about the New Zealand First leader’s superannuation overpayment did not come from National Party ministers. …

Winston Peters accuses National of ‘filth and dirt’

Winston Peters is on the warpath over who leaked details of his pension over-payments.

The New Zealand First leader says he’s the victim of a privacy breach, claiming it’s dirty politics orchestrated by the National government – and he’ll “lodge a serious action” when his lawyer returns from an overseas holiday today.

And it’s been revealed two senior government ministers knew about it, and so did the Prime Minister’s office. …

‘You’ve got a political party exposed all the way to the Prime Minister’ – Winston slams Nats as English says Ministers knew super details

Three investigations are now underway into whether Mr Peters superannuation overpayment details were leaked.

“You’ve got a political party that’s been deeply exposed now all the way to the prime minister,” Mr Peters told media after a public meeting in Whangarei this morning.

“This is humbug – it’s tawdry, its dirty, it’s filthy and they should not succeed on it.” …

Winston Peters says National MPs knew of his super overpayment before he did

Asked if the National Party could be trusted, he said: “I’ll leave that to the public to decide but you’ve got people who engage in chartacter assassination for political reasons and its dirty and its illegal.”

He referred to Bennett having previously released personal information about a beneficiary.

“That’s why New Zealand should be afraid. That’s the kind of ethical standard some people think should be kosher for New Zealand.” …

Fair points all.

This looks like a huge miscalculation by National. And even if they (assuming Peters holds the balance of power after the election) manage to buy him off and govern, no one can have any confidence in the stability of such a broken relationship.

Recall that Peters has called on English to resign over the Barclay Scandal. The Nats are going after Peters in Northland. English and Peters hate each other.


As a footnote, Richard Harmon on the Politik blog explains some of the “logic” behind the Nats going for Peters:

National sees path to victory

The strategy then is clear; to try and boost National’s vote — thought to be in the mid-40s – by two per cent or so, and then to rely on a high wasted vote from the Greens, TOP plus ACT to reduce the percentage it needs to get half the seats in Parliament.

Last election the so-called wasted vote was 7.15%; that meant that to get half the seats in Parliament a party needed to get 46.4% of all the votes.

If the wasted vote is much the same as the last election, then National probably needs another two or three per cent to win a majority of the seats.

The sources spoken to by POLITIK believe that is achievable if it can motivate its provincial and rural supporters to vote at the same time as it chips away at the soft Labour vote. …

More numbers and reasoning on Politik.

45 comments on “No one can have any confidence in a Nat NZF coalition”

  1. Ed 1

    Anne Tolley.
    Paula Bennett.
    Wayne Eagleson.

    Walls have ears.

    • greywarshark 2.1

      Another case for a suitable UBI for all ages. All this checking on you, it’s back to charity attitudes instead of rights. With UBI as a superannuant if you were well supported with your own income you would presumably have a small amount of cash from the state and be helped with medical care and not much more. But it wouldn’t be cut if you did this or that outside limits set by government departments.

    • Muttonbird 3.1

      Mr Peters sided with National after the country’s first MMP election in 1996, despite having an often bitter relationship with National’s leader at the time, Jim Bolger.

      Flashpoints included Mr Peters being sacked from Mr Bolger’s cabinet in 1991, Mr Bolger calling Mr Peters a racist, and Mr Peters calling Bolger “unfit to govern”.

      Mr Peters was eventually appointed deputy prime minister and treasurer, with the National-New Zealand First coalition lasting two years before he was sacked from Cabinet again in 1998, forcing him back to the opposition benches for the next six years.

      If there is a Nat/NZF government we can expect to see much more of this and ten times more bitter.

      Is that what Peters means is ‘best for the country’?

      Great times ahead…

      • Peter ChCh 3.1.1

        The chances of a National/NZF government are unquestionably dead and buried now. Labour alone possibly or Labour/NZF are the result.

        Unbelievable ineptitude on Nationals part. Tolleys silence speaks volumes.

  2. chris73 4

    My take on it is Winston will get his revenge after the election, he won’t just want a pound of flesh from English he’ll want the whole body and he’ll make it as difficult for National as he can so a National/NZFirst alliance is still a go

    Unless National drops below 40 of course then all bets are off

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1

      Labour are going to benefit from this.

      Winston is an unknown quantity at the best of times, National’s criminal ethics are on public display.

      Now even more people are going to flock to that nice Jacinda.

      • Pat 4.1.1

        tribal affiliations will remain….nothing has really changed except at the margins….which is what National’s chances are…marginal

        • Dirk Meatwhistle 4.1.1.1

          Labour, finally, learnt from National but it appears National didn’t learn from Labour

          Shame really but as long as Winston can keep the Greens out and keep the reigns on Labour NZ won’t so badly

          • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.1.1.1

            Yawn. Winston won’t have a choice, and NZ will do fine. When it does, you will deny it and cling to your bitterness like a baby with a blankie.

            • Dirk Meatwhistle 4.1.1.1.1.1

              You mean like the lefties during Sir John Keys glorious reign? Naah if that happens I’ll accept NZs decision because I actually believe in democracy

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Civics 101: opposing the government is actually a fundamental feature of democracy. That’s why they call it “opposition”.

                However, that isn’t what I said: I said when the country does well with the Greens in government, you will deny it and clutch at your bitterness blankie.

                Oh, and you didn’t answer my question: are you ignorant or lying?

        • Peter ChCh 4.1.1.2

          Disagree. This is huge for every New Zealander of every political persuasion.

          If this really was a leak from National Mp’s, then it is clear corruption and heads will roll. This goes way beyond just who gets into government in a months time.

          It also gives NZF a lot of positive airtime at this crucial period, and will likely lead to at least one Minister stepping down pre election. Tolleys silence makes it look like it might be hers. Either way, National is a dead duck for this election.

          • Pat 4.1.1.2.1

            much of that is true…and still unlikely to move many votes…..how many times have National been shown to be behaving unethically and to what effect?

            • Peter ChCh 4.1.1.2.1.1

              Not just unethically in this case, if it was National. This would be criminal. Wait and see, Tolley will step down.

              • Pat

                not criminal (unless via IRD)…most likely source is a breach of government proscribed ‘convention”…and either way is unlikely to be resolved within 3 and a half weeks

          • Anne 4.1.1.2.2

            There’s an interesting comment over on Brian Edwards media blog site from a Paul Scott. He seems to have insight into some MSD data glitch which occurred earlier this year. Part of the comment reads as follows:

            There is more coming. The IHYA data base grenade may go pop, and it may disappear inside post election negotiations. The entire Citizen data file of the MSD appears to have drifted loose in February.
            Tolley and English jumped on the so called ‘Provider exposure’ on March 31 to cover what seems to be have been a major loss earlier. IT people were called in and an entirely new system was called for.
            The independent review was headed by former Deloitte consultant Murray Jack, who reported conveniently a minor event.
            It looks like Someone with the big key took out the entire February data base,

            I read that to mean there was personal information about [potentially] thousands of people which leaked into the public domain? Someone with more knowledge could perhaps clarify what he is saying.

            http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.2.3

            If this really was a leak from National Mp’s, then it is clear corruption and heads will roll.

            Well, they should roll but NZ seems to protect such corruption instead of punishing it. If we didn’t then Paula Bennett would have ended up in jail for the release of two beneficiaries details.

    • Ed 5.1

      So trustworthy

      • DSpare 5.1.1

        Bennett has learned a lot from Key’s technique of spouting garbled nonsequiturs to avoid questions. It is not lying if it doesn’t make any sense!

        “You’re jumping, as Winston Peters is, to a really long bow; that our integrity and our role as ministers in holding confidential information is absolutely pivotal to our roles…I chose to not tell a single soul.”

        Bennett has confirmed she did speak about it with Tolley,

        The inescapable conclusion being that Tolley has no soul.

  3. infused 6

    It’s all a bit convenient for me. National had little to gain from this imo.

    • Dirk Meatwhistle 6.1

      Who do you think is mostly likely to have leaked this and why?

      I’m leaning towards an attempted hit by National on Winston that has backfired bigtime

      • I reckon Collins, in order to demolish English, planning on 3 years in Opposition then back in power as leader.

        • Dirk Meatwhistle 6.1.1.1

          You think she reckons a Lab/Green/NZFirst government will end up going down the gurgler allowing the hard line “crusher” to reform National and lead National to victory?

          That seems a reasonable assumption

          • Antoine 6.1.1.1.1

            > a Lab/Green/NZFirst government will end up going down the gurgler

            That does have the air of plausibility

            A.

            • WILD KATIPO 6.1.1.1.1.1

              L0L0L0L0L !

              Yeah . Right. ‘ Plausibility ‘ .

              L00L!

              About as silly as this .

              No | A Mickey Mouse Cartoon | Disney Shorts – YouTube
              you tube▶ 3:46

    • Muttonbird 6.2

      Yes, they did. They are blackmailing Peters, imo.

      • Dirk Meatwhistle 6.2.1

        I’m not sure how you think blackmail works but if National are blackmailing Peters then they’re doing a really bad job of it

        • Robert Guyton 6.2.1.1

          They’re doing a really bad job of everything!

          • Dirk Meatwhistle 6.2.1.1.1

            Oh I don’t know, how not to run a hit job is a good example (they should have taken notes on how Labour dealt to the Greens as a how to ;-))

            Wait I have it! National have launched a deliberately bad hit job on Winston, at Winstons behest, to deflect criticism of Winston because instead of talking about Winstons overpayments we’re now talking who leaked and who knew what!

            Its brilliant!

            • Stuart Munro 6.2.1.1.1.1

              More likely they launched a completely uncoordinated hit on Peters because they’re completely uncoordinated.

            • WILD KATIPO 6.2.1.1.1.2

              @ Meathead ,

              So when they do find the criminal who leaked it , he/she is the willing fall guy , huh ? Take a hit for the team and all that eh ? Few years in the clink and come out a hero , right?

              Newsflash ! – this isn’t a Broadway production and you sure aint John Wayne.

              You seem to conveniently keep forgetting National party strategists ploy of taking 2-3 % off of NZ First …

              Forrest Gump watergate scandal – YouTube
              you tube▶ 0:34

  4. Treetop 7

    Will English jump before he is pushed?

    English aint going to survive scrutiny over the Barclay scandal. He is lucky to make it to the election.

    Who is the bright spark who came up with the flush in cards?

    Little
    Turei
    Dunne
    next one is English
    Act or/and Maori party gone.

    Winston sure is the joker.

    • Dirk Meatwhistle 7.1

      Only Crusher can save National, make her the leader!

      • DSpare 7.1.1

        DM
        Well; vote for her at the next National party conference, then. Or do they still not believe in allowing ordinary members a democratic say in the party’s leadership?

        • Dirk Meatwhistle 7.1.1.1

          Maybe National should just take a leaf out of Labours book then

          • DSpare 7.1.1.1.1

            DiM
            They seem to be your kind of people, so maybe you should renew your party membership and see how that goes.

        • Treetop 7.1.1.2

          Democratic say on 23 September. English might do a Clark, 2008 on election night. Long way till the next Nat party conference.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.2

        Please do that.

  5. DSpare 8

    In relation to Peters being warned ahead of time, about National; “trying to take him down”, this (rather long) post by Rolinson on TDB is rather interesting:

    Late last week, highly placed Beltway contacts of mine hit me up to ask if I knew anything about an impending scandal that was supposedly about to hit New Zealand First. I’m rather out of the loop when it comes to NZ First, so I had to confess that I did not.

    I did, however, have the presence of mind to ask my associates just why they thought NZF was about to be in the gun. They bluntly stated that there was about to be a rather ‘large’ scandal concerning National due to come out early the next week, and that National was looking about to find something to ‘defuse’ the situation pre-emptively by putting out a DISTRACTION SCANDAL that would harm their adversaries and minimize the damage to their own side.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/08/30/wtf-winstons-pension-the-motherofallscandals-and-filthy-politics-in-2017/

    This begs the question; what is the “scandal concerning National due to come out early th[is] week”. The only thing I can think of would be the ongoing erosion of English’s credibility with the Barclay scandal. But perhaps its public airing is on pause till this Peters distraction moves out of the spotlight?

    • tracey 8.1

      Or Bennett. Or the highly placed Beltway contact is like so many of the beltway people, love to spread unsubstantuated gossip. Note Farrar and Hooton tweeting with each other yesterday with nothing to substantiate their twittering

      • DSpare 8.1.1

        tracey
        The problem is that with such inveterate liars, one rarely has anything but unsubstantiated gossip to go off. I guess my question boils down to; what is so important to distract from, that National would risk burning their bridges with Peters? Some other interesting TDB posts:

        What seemed to stick in the craw of most voters, however, was the Government’s extraordinary hypocrisy. Through their various agents and mouthpieces, they had viciously denounced an Opposition politician who had admitted to committing a series of relatively minor transgressions in her youth. And yet, even as this Opposition politician was being hounded out of Parliament, the governing party was moving heaven and earth to prevent the much more serious transgressions of one of its own from reaching the ears of the public before polling-day.

        https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/08/30/tales-from-a-possible-future-the-mother-of-all-scandals-breaks/

        No one can talk about Paula Bennett.

        Metiria met with MSD to pay back everything she owed. Winston paid as soon as he was told he owed money. No one can talk about Paula Bennett.

        5 things concern me about all of this.

        1 How quickly forgiven Winston will be, while Metiria is still some sort of pariah. It’s not that Winston doesn’t deserves the benefit of the doubt, it’s just that we refused to extend it to Metiria.
        2 How the hell did someone inside the MSD or IRD leak Winston’s details to the media?
        3 It is pretty obvious that Winston has been set up and that it is a political hit job.
        4 If Winston can screw it up, how many other NZers can be caught and burnt by this and why can’t we extend that same level of empathy to Metiria?
        5 No one can talk about Paula Bennett.

        https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/08/28/comparing-winston-metiria-and-paula-bennett-why-why-why/

        “No one can talk about Paula Bennett” link:

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11885404

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    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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