not a Party Party treat, Internet Party instead?

Written By: - Date published: 4:35 pm, January 16th, 2014 - 57 comments
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But it looks like the ever expanding party party treat (aka KDC birthday that we have been advertising all week) has been cancelled. Now we are promised a political party instead.

Confused? I’m not. I have no idea if it was all a stunt… I suspect not.

My bet is that this is what happens when you have people not thinking about what a political party needs to do to be organised. The word “amateur” comes to mind. On the other hand 25 thousand email addresses is pretty good going. Privacy commission anyone?

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However I think it is going to be interesting finding out how well our talking heads on TV manage to explain basic electoral law…. Usually they suck at the task.

57 comments on “not a Party Party treat, Internet Party instead?”

  1. tinfoilhat 1

    I wouldn’t go calling Martyn Bradbury an amateur if I was you, he’ll go all feral on you over at his vanity project.

    • Well, he was trying to not be an amateur – in the sense that he was asking for money, rather than in the professionalism of his approach to the task…

    • lprent 1.2

      …he’ll go all feral on you….

      That would be amusing for me, pretty pointless, and has an element for danger for him. I tend to go into vendetta mode for a few decades when sufficiently irritated.

      But I have to say that the simplest way to deal with it would have to have simply required that guests donated any kind of sum. Say $2 – the same as the National party membership.

  2. One Anonymous Knucklehead 2

    +1

  3. TightyRighty 3

    bomber is hardly a very, very special guest. maybe that’s why it was cancelled?

    • Arfamo 3.1

      How’d he end up being called “Bomber”? The only other person who ever got that handle that I know of (apart from the Auf Wiedersehen actor) was a bloke whose “bombs away” used to prevent everyone not wearing a gas mask from using the toilets for at least the next 20 minutes.

      • Shrubbery 3.1.1

        Maybe Bomber is secretly this guy: http://wiki.teamliquid.net/starcraft2/Bomber

      • Naturesong 3.1.2

        I always thought it was because he tends to be bombastic.

        Anyone actually know how it came about?

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 3.1.2.1

          You appear to be correct there Naturesong -I just read the Wikipedia page on him and that is what it says about his nickname.

          link:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyn_%22Bomber%22_Bradbury#Television

        • TightyRighty 3.1.2.2

          it’s because everything he touches bombs.

          Like getting into bed with an overseas millionaire just because they don’t like national as well. strange, who was banging on about overseas bagmen owning national the loudest?

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 3.1.2.2.1

            National appear to have been following the commands of people living overseas for overseas big money interests that run roughshod over the interests of people living in NZ.

            I remain unaware of what or whose interests the Internet Party represents – considering KDC – a person whose adopted home is NZ – is clearly in direct conflict with the big money interests that John Key salivates over and tramples on NZ interests to meet – one can have a good guess that KDC is not ‘jumping into bed’ with the same questionable interests that Bradbury has objected to regarding Key&co inc.

            Of course KDC may turn out to be ‘just another businessman’ aggressively pursuing his own self interest at the expense of others – however, so far he appears to have made a number of lucid points to the NZ public and elsewhere that assert our interests – and has achieved stronger statements that some of our own politicians appear to able to achieve -and this affords him the benefit of the doubt from this quarter. Final conclusions are pending.

  4. chris73 4

    Something about paying peanuts and monkeys springs to mind

  5. Ad 5

    So the party is cancelled 72 hours before it begins.

    If this were a commercial enterprise we would be requiring our money back. Instead we get that sour taste of political hope turned dead.

    Whoever was giving ‘strategic advice’ that the opening party did not represent treating needs to be fired. Ooops another own goal by Bomber and friends.

    Anyone who registered with their details: hey you just got harvested! Congratulations suckers – your address just got owned and received nada in return.

    The Fat German is as coy and cunning as Colin Craig.

    Watch this guy people – he’s beginning to be NZ’s own 2014 political shooting star: pretty to watch, explosive even, but destined to burn out fast rather than find an orbit.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Too much money to spend on the project risks meaning clumsy and thoughtless execution with the idea that lots of dollars will somehow compensate. No it won’t.

  6. Jimmie 6

    I would have thought that Graeme Edglar would have been able to advise KDC on the ins and outs of the electoral law………..was he MIA?

  7. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7

    I have no idea what this Internet party is about and am waiting on information from that party before I make any assessment however….as I understand it Kim Dot Com is the driving force behind this Party – not Bomber –

    And in response to the bitchy comments posted on this thread by left-wing inclined people re Bomber – how easily we get divided – yep, Bomber managed that quite nicely himself not so long ago, however I wish to remind those of you on the left that Bomber has been making a lot more effort and achieving more success than many in getting left-wing principles out into the general public. I would estimate him to be quite a threat to the establishment – by the way he got canned from Radio NZ or whatever radio station it was.

    It has been a fair desert with regards to left wing information in our media sources since Nat took over and yet he managed two programmes on TV before that channel got canned (my, my this government really doesn’t want any competing views, now does it?). Bomber has also managed to set up a website which allows for more people to read left wing perception on current issues.

    So perhaps his style isn’t to everyone’s liking, however, I do imagine he has opened a fair few people, especially the younger generation, to the concept that politics is relevant, that left wing politics are relevant, and that all is not tickety-boo with how this country is being run.

    So how about taking time to attack the real enemies to our interests and stop helping this incredibly incompetent, destructive and sell-out of a government (and business round table freaks) conduct a free-for-all on this what-used-to-be decent country.

  8. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8

    Muppet Party. By muppets, for muppets.

  9. Yoza 10

    I posted something similar over on Kiwiblog, but it looks like the Electoral Commission shut down the Internet Party launch after coming under pressure from the Labour/National coalition. 25000 registering to attend a political rally must have scared the crap out of our social managers who, as Chris Trotter points out, are committed to ensuring vast swathes of the electorate are effectively marginalised from decision making processors.

    It is interesting to note that the closing down of the Internet Party launch is being celebrated with equal enthusiasm on both The Standard and Kiwiblog

    • lprent 10.1

      I’m not celebrating it. I’m writing an opinion on how amateurish I found having advertising for a birthday party which runs directly into a potential legal conflict with the formation of a still un (officially) announced political party.

      Personally, I’d have been quite interested in turning up at the birthday party. And under the directions of my other half, I snaffled the VIP tickets that turned up in The Standard’s mailbox (we tend to get comps when we’ve been advertising for some events – I usually give them away).

      • Yoza 10.1.1

        lprent 10.1
        16 January 2014 at 7:22 pm

        I’m not celebrating it. I’m writing an opinion on how amateurish I found having advertising for a birthday party which runs directly into a potential legal conflict with the formation of a still un (officially) announced political party.

        So after the Electoral Commission has finished with them they should have to deal with the Privacy Commission.

        On the other hand 25 thousand email addresses is pretty good going. Privacy commission anyone?

        You really cannot see the glee expressed in your post at the failure of those involved in the Internet Party launch?

        • fisiani 10.1.1.1

          Privacy legislation states that email addresses garnered for one purpose must not be used for another purpose. Thus email addresses obtained for a birthday party cannot be used for garnering support for a political party. Equally email addressess on a petition cannot be used by a political party without breaching privacy rules. None of the above however will bother KDC or the Greens who will simply ignore the privacy rules assuming that any punishment will be a token one if any.

          • veutoviper 10.1.1.1.1

            See my comment at 17 below, fisiani.

            Registration for free tickets to the PartyParty was through Eventfinda – not directly to Dotcom.

            Therefore, presumably Eventfinda – not Dotcom – would be first in line for any punishment for any breaches of privacy legislation, including using (or providing) names, email addresses etc for any other purpose than attendance at the PartyParty. In light of the nature of their business, I cannot see Eventfinda risking this in respect of information garnered from the PartyParty registration process, or from any of the many other events they ticket. It would potentially result in the end of the business.

            Links to Eventfinda’s Privacy Policy and Terms and conditions of business are at 17.

        • TightyRighty 10.1.1.2

          you took your tinfoil hat off for one minute to come on the grid and tell all that the party was shut down by Labour / National? think about that for a minute.

    • Arfamo 10.2

      It is interesting to note that the closing down of the Internet Party launch is being celebrated with equal enthusiasm on both The Standard and Kiwiblog

      Yes I think that’s interesting too. “What can it mean?”, I ask myself. “I don’t know, maybe that people of both the “left” and “right” and “dunno wot I am” persuasions who post on blogs are a bit dubious about Dotcom’s party because it’s all rather bizarre at the moment”, I answer myself.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 10.2.1

        Because Bomber is a hypocritical money-grubbing whore who has rightly earned the contempt of all NZ political observers regardless of their own personal ideologies, and anything he’s involved with inevitably turns into an embarrassing clusterfuck?

        see: schadenfreude

        • Arfamo 10.2.1.1

          Are you his ex-wife or something?

        • Bill 10.2.1.2

          🙂

        • Yoza 10.2.1.3

          Citizen A was usually worth watching and The War on News was generally o.k.. I think Bradbury can be annoyingly shrill at times, but New Zealand really is a desert when it comes to analysis of the agenda driving the coordinator class.
          The 1% wouldn’t be able to rule without the complicity of the next 10-15%, I imagine ‘Bomber’ doesn’t have many fans from either of those tiers of our class structure.

  10. Watching 11

    Outside of the political world Kim Dot Com & Colin Craig have actual entertainment value.

    Only Cunliffe, Brown and Key are going to get more media space that these two guys. I wouldn’t be surprised if both of them pick up a some of the media space that Winston owns.

    Craig bits on ‘man on the moon’ or ‘smacking’ or ‘jet streaming chemicals’ got TV, print, radio and of course blog coverage compared to what Parker or Roberston or Joyce or English or Turei get.

    The public is generally bored with politicians but KDC & Craig have not been boring.

    My above comments have nothing to do with voting outcomes.

  11. Disraeli Gladstone 12

    Can we just make the point that any talk of the Internet Party taking young voters from National are decreasing every second that Bomber Bradbury is associated with them.

    I don’t see too many young tech savy people who generally vote National are going to now vote the Internet Party. Even more so if Bomber runs in Auckland Center.

    Bomber has taken undermining his own argument to a new extreme.

  12. Ian 13

    What stage is the germans extradition application by the USA govt at ?He may be sitting in a US jail cell,awaiting trial well before we have our little election.

    • lprent 13.1

      Highly unlikely. The case doesn’t look to me like it should have ever been a criminal case at all (civil case – maybe?). If they ever do manage to drag him to the US, my expectation is that the FBI will lose the case within a very short time.

      Quite simply they don’t have a winnable case.

      • Ian 13.1.1

        If I was in that situation and knew I was totally innocent I would face up to my accusers,and prove my innocence. He certainly won’t slip under the radar with all the media coverage he has bought.

        • lprent 13.1.1.1

          Why?

          Even if he was completely innocent of all charges, it is quite feasible for the federal prosecutors to keep him in the US running him through courts for a decade by simply appealing everything. After all they have the whole resources of the state behind them.

          That also makes it easy for other people like the Hollywood to launch litigation against him. Which based on the FBI’s actions to date appears to be the whole point of them getting him into the US court system with what look like bogus charges.

          Whereas if he fights it here then they have to prove their charges in a much more independent legal system where judges have less political pressure able to be applied to them.

          Your solution (as far as I can see) is that if *accused* but not convicted, that they should lock yourself up in case they may be guilty. Sounds to me like you would have fitted in well with the Stasi or the Gestapo. They had similar views about how the justice system should operate. Innocence meant grist for the concentration camps.

  13. millsy 14

    The way things are going, KDC will probably end up showing everyone he is full of brown stuff. And I dont mean Bavarian sausage.

  14. vto 15

    Seems like it has all been pretty good exposure for this new party party

  15. Draco T Bastard 16

    Kim Dotcom: Left or Right?

    The benefit of Dotcom’s Internet Party is making privacy, civil liberties and internet freedom an integral part of the political debate in NZ during election year. The debate is important.

    My reckon, is that Dotcom will support whoever gives him what his party demands. Its not obvious to me that the Internet Party will align to the left. Its politics after all.

    Interesting observations.

  16. veutoviper 17

    On the other hand 25 thousand email addresses is pretty good going. Privacy commission anyone?

    A middle of the night thought re this (plus being woken by a very wet cat jumping on me).caused me to get up and check the original advertising for the PartyParty.

    Registration for the PartyParty was through Eventfinda; not with Dotcom directly.

    Presumably, therefore, any harvesting of names, email addresses etc and privacy issues would lie with Eventfinda – not KDC, the Internet Party etc.- unless Eventfinda passes this information on, which seems unlikely for a company that must harvest massive numbers of names, email addresses daily and presumably is also very up with the play re privacy of this information.

    I am too half asleep right now to take in the details, but here are links to Eventfinda’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

    http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/about/privacy-policy

    http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/about/terms-of-service

  17. tricledrown 18

    SIan
    Every company John Keyworked for went bankrupt.
    All these companies were involved in insider trading ,fraudulent trading etc so he should front up and declare his direct involvement .
    Libor was started on his watch currency trading futures were sold at falsified prices even NZ farmers are sueing companies still in business that haven’t gone bust otherwise ML would be on the stand as well.
    Keys selective memory(lies)
    Are the reason KDC has become so popular.
    Leaving you to explain the redfaced barefaced liar that is Key.

  18. jaymam 19

    Those of you with long memories may remember a garden party run by ACT in its early days. ACT people were waving signs in Remuera Road and inviting people into a large Remuera mansion. There were strawberries and cream on the tables, and a string quartet for entertainment.
    Clearly that was “treating”, but nobody seemed to care.

  19. Skinny 20

    If KDC had just stuck to a 40th birthday party theme he would have been fine, blowing his trumpet on tweeter was his down fall. He has a small army of paid support personnel around him, but yet still muffed it. The guy is going to be his own biggest enemy.  

  20. David H 21

    I don’t know why he didn’t just put on a $2.00 charge for the tickets. And then donate the proceeds to some worthy charity.
    Then he has his party and some great press as well. Really put the shits up the Nats.

    But then again no-one asked me.

  21. greywarbler 22

    It’s 16 January 2014. A long time from election time, one supposes.

    Why can’t a political party throw a free event? It’s very transparent done this way. Meantime the alcohol interests that fund NACTs and probably Labour, have events they sponsor and advertisements pushing their brand at Big Night and Day In and Out. It is making money for them, and profits that go to the pollies, but all second hand and conveniently overlooked by most voters.

    If we don’t want undue influence on the voters then bring forward the limits on advertising to six months before a declared election date, or the last possible legal date.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/9616239/Dotcoms-Internet-Party-takes-shape

    The Electoral Commission- “If it is proved that any person has made an offer to provide a service with the purpose of influencing voters in relation to an election, then the Electoral Commission would be concerned that it would give rise to a breach of [the act],” he said.

    That is pretty wide – surely you could drive a red or blue bulldozer through that with red or blue balloons on the back of it and a polly with a red or blue face, and Breach!

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    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
    7 days 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 ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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